This Week 13 - 20 October 2019

 St Benedict'sSt Oswald'sSt Mary's
(Latin Mass)
Sunday 13 October
28th Sunday of Ordinary Time (C)
Synod Sunday
(Day of Prayer for Prisoners
and their Dependents)
10.30 am Mass
(Sat) 6.00 pm Vigil Mass
8.30 am Mass
3.30 pm Polish Mass
11.00 am Sung Mass
6.00 pm Mass
7.30 pm Prayer Group
12.10 pm Mass
St Teresa of Avila
9.40 am Funeral at Walton Lea
(Baby Jamie Bennett)
11.30 pm Exposition
12.15 pm Mass
9.30 am Mass12.10 pm Mass

9.30 am Mass
11.00 am Funeral at Walton Lea
(James 'Alan' Brown)
12.10 pm Mass
7.00 pm Mass
St Ignatius of Antioch
2.00 pm Funeral Service
(Jane Sutch)
2.00 pm Service of Welcome
with Reception (in School)
9.30 am Mass
7.00 pm Novena
12.10 pm Mass
Feast of St Luke, Evangelist
12.15 pm Mass12.10 pm Mass

10.00 - 11.00 am Exposition
3.00 pm Wedding Service
(Simon Gent & Jenna Booth)
6.00 pm Children's Vigil Mass
12.10 pm Mass
Sunday 20 October
29th Sunday of Ordinary Time (C)
World Mission Day
10.30 am Children's Mass8.30 am Mass
3.30 pm Polish Mass
11.00 am Sung Mass
6.00 pm Mass




Today, across the Archdiocese, we are celebrating our second Synod Sunday and the beginning of the next stage in our Synod journey.  During Mass, the Archbishop will announce the four Synod Themes which have emerged from all the listening sessions that have taken place in recent months.  The next part of our Synod journey is to explore these themes and generate proposals for action within each theme.  Please keep the Synod in your prayers.  Thank you.



This weekend, Pope Francis will declare John Henry Newman a saint.  Born in London in 1801, John Henry Newman was for over twenty years an Anglican clergyman and Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford.  His studies of the early Church led him progressively towards Catholicism, and in 1845 he joined the Catholic Church.  In 1847, he was ordained priest and went on to found the Oratory of St Philip Neri in Birmingham.  He was a prolific and influential writer on a variety of subjects.  In 1879, he was created Cardinal by Pope Leo XIII.  Praised for his humility, unstinting care of souls and contributions to the intellectual life of the Church, he died in Birmingham on 11th August 1890.



Today (Sunday) is Prisoners’ Sunday – a day to direct our thoughts and prayers to prisoners, their families and children.  Prisoners’ Sunday is also the time to reflect on how we as individuals, as a Church and as a community are serving those affected by imprisonment.

Prisoners’ families, prisoners and people with previous convictions often find themselves on the margins of society due to the social stigma associated with imprisonment.  They are often forgotten or come lower down on the list of causes to ‘hold a hand out to’.  But the Gospel reminds us of our duties towards them:  ‘I was naked and you clothed me, sick and you visited me, in prison and you came to see me’ (cf. Matthew 25: 36).

Prisoners’ Sunday also marks the first day of Prisons Week – a week of prayer which has been raising awareness of issues faced by those affected by the criminal justice system for over forty years.  For more information, check out the website:


During the month of October, Fr Dave will lead the Rosary each week.  This week, the Rosary will be prayed after the 9.30 am Mass on Wednesday at St Benedict’s.


1) Diploma in Pastoral Ministry and Leadership – Information Session at LACE on Thursday 17 October, 7.00 – 8.30 pm.

2) Annual Healing Service at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral on Saturday 19 October, 3.00 – 7.00 pm.

3)  Liverpool Hope University Lecture – ‘Christian Faith in the City over 175 years. Is it ‘Better Together’ or getting worse?’ by Bishop Tom Williams on Tuesday 22 October at 5.30 pm.


On Tuesday 1 May 2018, the three parishes of St Benedict’s, St Mary’s and St Oswald’s merged into the new Parish of Blessed James Bell. The new parish incorporates three Churches (St Benedict’s, St Mary’s Shrine & St Oswald’s), two Catholic Primary Schools (St Benedict’s & St Oswald’s), two Parish Centres (St Benedict’s & St Oswald’s) and one Parish Office (based at St Benedict’s).

Mass of Inauguration of the New Parish of Blessed James Bell


Clergy from the Pastoral Area enter with Archbishop Malcolm


The Archbishop welcomes everyone and leads us in prayer:



Presentation of Canonical Decree merging the three parishes into one new parish:

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Renewing our Baptism as we set out as a new community:


Presentation of new Parish Registers and Seal:


Some of our altar servers with the Archbishop:


With many thanks to Kevin Holt for the superb photographs.


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28th Sunday in Ordinary time (C)

Gospel  (Luke 17: 11-19)

On the way to Jerusalem Jesus travelled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered one of the villages, ten lepers came to meet him. They stood some way off and called to him, ‘Jesus! Master! Take pity on us.’ When he saw them he said, ‘Go and show yourselves to the priests.’ Now as they were going away they were cleansed. Finding himself cured, one of them turned back praising God at the top of his voice and threw himself at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. The man was a Samaritan. This made Jesus say, ‘Were not all ten made clean? The other nine, where are they? It seems that no one has come back to give praise to God, except this foreigner.’ And he said to the man, ‘Stand up and go on your way. Your faith has saved you.’


Pastoral Letter from the Archbishop

My dear friends in Jesus Christ,

The words “thank you” are central to everything we do at Mass today. The Mass, the Eucharist, is our great prayer of thanksgiving and praise to God. In this way when we gather for Mass we are a people formed by thanksgiving.

The Gospel today is an example of thanks unexpectedly given. The Samaritan, who was one of the ten cured, returns and says thank you; he is the only one.

I want to say thank you today to all those who have taken part in our Synod listening. It is remarkable that over 20,000 people have been part of this journey so far. This is encouraging and fills me with hope as does every act of thanksgiving.

But today I also want to say thank you to God for the gift of a new saint. On Sunday 13 October, Pope Francis will declare John Henry Newman a saint of the Church. That means we can all learn from his example, from his holiness, from his teaching, writing and praying. We can ask Saint John Henry Newman to intercede for us with God.

He was associated with Blessed Dominic Barberi whose mortal remains were laid to rest at Sutton Monastery, within our Archdiocese. He became intellectually convinced of the truth of Catholicism but yearned to meet a person imbued with the holiness it promised. He found this in Blessed Dominic who received his declaration of faith and prayed with him at the time of his conversion. Newman was a man of the Spirit who yearned to encounter true sanctity, he discerned this holiness in Blessed Dominic and discerned the presence of the Holy Spirit in his own life and the life of others. He said: ‘Heart speaks unto heart’.

God has given each of us a calling, to use John Henry Newman’s words “an invitation to a definite service”. The Synod invites us to use the gifts that God has given to us to be truly missionary disciples for and in the world today. We must use our gifts in growing and strengthening our parish communities and taking our Faith out to the wider community in service of all, particularly the marginalised and the poor just as John Henry Newman did. In one of his many writings our new saint wrote: ‘I sought to hear the voice of God and I climbed the topmost steeple, but God declared: “Go down again – I dwell among the people.”’

This is something that Pope Francis is very aware of as he encourages us to be the Church that listens. Over these last months we have listened together. We have journeyed along the road towards our Synod. I would encourage you to have a look at the report from the listening that can be accessed through our Synod website. Even a quick glance will give you an idea of the riches that have been shared by so many who have participated. As you read through you may notice some ideas that you think might make good proposals to be considered at the Synod itself next October. You may also notice some ideas that lie outside of what can be considered at a diocesan Synod.

From all the listening that has taken place 4 themes have emerged.  These are:

  • All called and gifted by God

In this Synod Theme we reflect on the vocation that God gives to each of us.

  • Sharing the mission of Jesus

Here we reflect on how we are sent out into the world to proclaim the Good News to the whole of creation.

  • How we pray together

In our third theme we reflect on the place of prayer and worship in our life as Church.

  • Building community, nurturing belonging

In our final Synod Theme, we reflect on what it means to be a Church of welcome and discipleship.

Please take the Synod Sunday leaflet with you today and be ready to play your part in shaping proposals.

We do all this led by the kindly light of God’s love. Those words are part of St John Henry Newman’s great hymn – Lead kindly light. In the midst of what can sometimes seem to be dark times we are confident of that light. Our Synod listening has shone a light, a bright light which with God’s help will lead us on the path we should choose. It will not always be an easy path – but we walk it together, on the road – becoming the Church God is calling us to be.

St John Henry Newman lived during a period of tremendous changes: social, cultural, technological, intellectual and spiritual. He tried to assimilate all this into his traditional Christian life of faith. He said: ‘To live is to change and to be perfect is to have changed often’.

With courage and great faith and with thanksgiving in our hearts we commit the next steps in our Synod to his intercession as we journey together to become the Church God is calling us to be.

St John Henry Newman, pray for us.

I wish you and your families every blessing in the months ahead.

+ Malcom McMahon, OP

Archbishop of Liverpool



Pope Francis asks us to pray with him at midday every Friday in October, the following prayer:

God our Father,
when your Son Jesus Christ rose from the dead,
he commissioned his followers
to ‘go and make disciples of all nations’.

Through our Baptism you send us out
to continue this mission among all peoples.

Empower us by the gifts of the Holy Spirit
to be courageous and enthusiastic
in bearing witness to the Gospel,
so that the mission entrusted to us,
which is still far from completion,
may bring life and light to the world.

May all peoples experience the saving love
and generous mercy of Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.

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