This Week 12 - 19 July 2020

 St Benedict'sSt Oswald's
Sunday 12 July
15th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)
Sea Sunday
The Public Celebration of Mass resumes today.

10.00 am Mass
12.00 noon Mass
You can continue to watch Mass online or pray in your own way. Links and resources below.

Intention: The Parishioners
Intention: Perfecto Rivera
MondayChurch closed today
Tuesday11.00 am Mass

St Benedict's open for Private Prayer
10.30 am - 2.30 pm
Intention: Deidre Keville
Wednesday
St Bonaventure
11.00 am Mass

St Benedict's open for Private Prayer
10.30 am - 2.30 pm
Intention: John Hughes
Thursday11.00 am Mass

St Benedict's open for Private Prayer
10.30 am - 2.30 pm
Intention: Maureen Holt
Friday11.00 am Mass

St Benedict's open for Private Prayer
10.30 am - 2.30 pm
Intention: People of Yemen
SaturdayChurch closed today
Sunday 19 July
16th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)


10.00 am Mass
12.00 noon Mass
Intention: Those who have died during the Pandemic
Intention: The Parishioners

News

USEFUL INFORMATION & RESOURCES  (Updated 11 July 2020)

Celebrating Mass at St Benedict’s

We are now able to celebrate Mass in church again.  We have to do this very carefully to prevent infection and to protect those attending.  Please understand – this is not a return to normal.

Because of social distancing, we have to limit the numbers in church to 50, so you are encouraged to attend weekday Mass, if possible, as an alternative to Sunday Mass.  Please remember – the Sunday obligation remains suspended.

If you are coming to Mass this weekend, please watch the video below and read the leaflet under the video so that you know what to expect:

 

 

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TEMPORARY MASS TIMES AT ST BENEDICT’S

Tuesday to Friday
Mass at 11.00 am

Sunday
Mass at 10.00 am & 12.00 noon

St Benedict’s Church is open for private prayer  
Tuesday to Friday, 10.30 am – 2.30 pm

If you are unwell, you should stay at home.  If you are shielding, vulnerable or feel unsure about coming to church at the moment, you should trust your instincts.  All the resources we’ve been using during the lockdown – online Masses, prayer sheets, etc – will continue for the time being.  We are still in an emergency situation and this is not a return to normal.  

 

CELEBRATING OTHER SACRAMENTS

1)  Baptisms, Marriages & Funerals

Although the Government has given permission for these sacraments to take place in church again – with a maximum of 30 people and other restrictions, we are not ready to celebrate these sacraments in church at present.  The priests of the area will review this situation at the end of July.  For now, funerals will continue to be celebrated at the graveside or crematorium, subject to the conditions laid down by the cemetery or crematorium authorities.  A Memorial Mass or Service can be celebrated in church at a later date.

2)  Sacrament of Reconciliation

Individual confession can be celebrated on request (as long as hygiene and social distancing requirements are observed).

3)  First Reconciliation & First Communion

These celebrations continue to be postponed for the time being.

4)  Care of the Sick

While we are not able to visit parishioners who are self-isolating until the isolation period ends, we can offer phone support.  For now, Communion and the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick can only be given to those who are critically ill or in danger of death.  Please contact Fr Dave if you are concerned about a loved one at home, in hospital, or in a care home.

God bless you.
Fr Dave

 

PRAYING FOR A DECEASED LOVED ONE

The present pandemic means that restrictions have been placed around funerals.  This means that many people won’t be able to attend the funeral of a relative or friend.  The links below offer some suggestions for a little time of prayer for use at home – perhaps at the time of the funeral.

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Remember Me

The Prince of Wales and Cardinal Nichols are among those backing the ‘Remember Me’ project – an online memorial book for victims of Covid-19. This is accompanied by a simply beautiful video of a special anthem from the choristers of St Paul’s Cathedral in London, recorded Zoom-style in their individual gardens and homes.

https://www.rememberme2020.uk

 

PARISH FINANCES

There are four ways you can continue to support the parish financially at this time:

1) You could put your weekly offering aside and then bring it to church when you next visit.

2) You could set up a standing order.  You can download a form here:  standing-order-mandate-249

3) You can now make one-off and regular donations to the Parish online at this address:

https://donate.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk/blessed-james-bell-warrington

4) Text giving is now also available for the Parish for both one-off and regular donations.  I’ll post details about this shortly.

 

DOMESTIC ABUSE

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#YouAreNotAlone is the Government’s domestic abuse campaign to reassure victims of domestic abuse that there is help for them during the current crisis:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-and-domestic-abuse/coronavirus-covid-19-support-for-victims-of-domestic-abuse

If you are in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police.  If you call 999 from a mobile and cannont speak, press 55 and this will connect you to the police.

National Domestic Violence Helpline:
0808 2000 247 or https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/

 

MENTAL HEALTH & WELLBEING

The COVID19 outbreak is having an impact on everyone.  During this time, you may feel bored, frustrated or lonely.  You may also feel low, worried, anxious or concerned about your health or that of those close to you.  Everyone reacts differently to events, and changes in the way we think, feel and behave vary between people and over time.  It’s important to take care of your mind as well as your body and get further support if you need it.  Public Health England and The Mental Health Foundation have produced some useful information:

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Contacts for support:  https://www.liverpoolcatholicresources.com/mental-health

New 24/7 Mental Health Crisis Line

People of all ages, including children and young people, living in Warrington who are experiencing a mental health crisis can access support through a new, 24/7, mental health crisis line:  0800 051 1508  (This is a FREE number)

 

Those living with Dementia and their Carers

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This time of isolation and social distancing can be especially hard for people living with dementia and their carers.  The Archdiocese has provided links to resources which may be helpful:

https://www.liverpoolcatholicresources.com/dementia

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FAMILY LIFE

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Parenting during the lockdown:

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For those who are divorced and separated:

https://www.restoredlives.org/dealing-with-the-covid19-crisis-for-divorcees

Messy Church for Children:

https://www.messychurch.org.uk/covid-19

Books for Parents and Children to read together:

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MASS FOR THE SICK, NHS STAFF & CARE WORKERS

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In order to show a spiritual solidarity with all those affected by the pandemic, one of the Bishops is celebrating Mass each Thursday at 7.00 pm which is live-streamed here:  www.cbcew.org.uk

 

PARISH OF BLESSED JAMES BELL

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

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Clergy from the Pastoral Area enter with Archbishop Malcolm

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The Archbishop welcomes everyone and leads us in prayer:

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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:

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Presentation of new Parish Registers and Seal:

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Some of our altar servers with the Archbishop:

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With many thanks to Kevin Holt for the superb photographs.

 

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15th Week in Ordinary Time

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A) – 12 July 2020

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Sunday Mass 

At long last, we can gather for Mass in church this weekend.  If you are coming to one of the Masses, please read this leaflet first so that you know what to expect:

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Please remember – you do not have to come to church today.  The Sunday obligation remains suspended.

If you are unwell in any way, vulnerable or shielding, it is important to stay at home for now.  If you don’t feel ready to come back to church just now, please trust your instincts.  The ways we’ve been trying to pray together during the lockdown will continue to be available.  So:

 

1)  You can join in Mass online 

There are lots of websites that are livestreaming Mass:

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Mass will be livestreamed from Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral at 11.00 am on YouTube:

https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCOiDR9mRmfnAu05Yg3ifyMw

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Fr John McLaughlin continues to upload Mass from St Stephen’s:

www.st-stephens-warrington.co.uk

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Fr Peter continues to livestream Mass from St John Henry Newman:

www.newmanparishwarrington.com

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There are plenty of Masses livestreamed throughout the day at the following websites:

www.churchservices.tv and https://www.mcnmedia.tv

 

2)  You can join in by praying at home – on your own or with other members of your household.  The following resources may be helpful:

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Mass Sheet we will be using this weekend:    mass-sheet-sunday-15a

Bidding Prayers:    bidding-prayers-sunday-15a

Sunday Plus:  (click on image to enlarge)

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Archdiocese:    www.liverpoolcatholicresources.com/sunday-reflections-readings 

 

3)  For Children:

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You might like to use the following sheet:

Children’s Activity Sheet:    (click on image to enlarge)

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CAFOD continue to host a virtual Children’s Liturgy of the Word on Sundays at 10.00 am:

https://cafod.org.uk/Education/Children-s-liturgy

 

4)  Isolated but not alone! 

‘The Tablet’ Catholic magazine has lots of links to online resources to help us during the pandemic.  The page is updated regularly:

https://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/12590/isolated-but-not-alone-resources-for-catholics

 

5)  And finally, a little humour…

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With my prayers,
Fr Dave


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