This Week 15 - 22 July 2018

 St Benedict'sSt Oswald'sSt Mary's
(Latin Mass)
Sunday10.30 am Children's Mass

(Sat) 6.00 pm Children's Vigil Mass
8.30 am Mass
3.30 pm Polish Mass
11.00 am Sung Mass
6.00 pm Low Mass
Monday7.30 pm Prayer Group12.10 pm Mass
Tuesday12.15 pm Mass

9.15 am School Leaver's Mass12.10 pm Mass
Wednesday10.45 am Funeral Mass for George Denton12.10 pm Mass
Thursday(2.00 pm Year 4 Mass in School)8.00 am Lourdes Departure Mass
(11.30 am Year 4 Mass in School)
7.30 pm Novena
12.10 pm Mass
Friday12.15 pm Funeral Mass for Veronica Cooke
6.45 pm Meditation
10.15 am Funeral Service for Brenda Malone12.10 pm Mass
Saturday10.00 am - 4.00 pm Asian Christian Fellowship Day10.00 - 11.00 am Exposition
4.30 pm Slovak Mass
6.00 pm Vigil Mass
12.10 pm Mass
Sunday10.30 am Baptism Mass8.30 am Mass
3.30 pm Polish Mass
11.00 am Sung Mass
6.00 pm Low Mass




Today (Sunday) is Disability Awareness Day at Walton Hall Gardens from 10.00 am – 5.00 pm. Admission is free. There will be various stalls giving information on a variety of support groups and services, equipment suppliers, holidays and transport providers. There will also be a Sports Zone, Arts Marquee, live bands, dance and even drama. Let’s not forget the park and the zoo and ice cream van! A great family day out. For further information, call 01925 240064 or check out their website:



This coming Friday, 20 July, pilgrims from across the Archdiocese will leave for the annual pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in the south of France.

a) The Lourdes Departure Mass takes place today (Sunday) at 5.00 pm in the Cathedral.

b) The young pilgrims from Warrington will depart a day earlier than the main pilgrimage and will meet for Mass at St Oswald’s on Thursday 19 July at 8.00 am. You are most welcome to join them for this celebration prior to their journey.

c) If you would like to join the pilgrims in prayer, there are copies of a Novena at the back of church which includes a prayer for each day of the pilgrimage.

d) Next weekend, we will join the pilgrimage in prayer by offering the Sunday Masses in honour of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Coach 6
“We are Coach 6, the Warrington coach, who will be attending the annual Liverpool Archdiocese pilgrimage to Lourdes. The pilgrimage will last from Thursday 19 July until Saturday 28 July. Each year the pilgrimage has a different theme, and this year the theme is “Do whatever He tells you” which is a quote from Our Lady in the story of Jesus turning water into wine at the wedding in Cana. During the pilgrimage our work will include aiding pilgrims on their spiritual journey, whether this be through taking them to Mass, attending prayer services at the Grotto, or taking them to experience the healing of the waters of Lourdes, as Mary instructed us to do. If you have any petitions to be left at the Grotto, or wish to support us in any other way, boxes will be left at the back of church, or follow us on social media to be updated on what we are doing during our time in Lourdes. Our Instagram accounts are @coach6lourdes and @coach6custardcream (our coach mascot’s account) and our twitter account is called @lourdescoach6.”

National Eucharistic Pilgrimage & Congress
Liverpool 7-9 September 2018


1) There are still some tickets available for the Saturday Echo Arena event with Bishop Robert Barron and other speakers and for the Sunday 9.30 am Mass in the Cathedral. You can book online at:

2) The Bishops Conference will send out tickets to those who have booked during the summer.

3) There is an Adoremus Parallel Programme for Friday-Sunday, 7-9 September. Individuals and parish groups are welcome to these supporting events. You will find full details of all these events displayed in church or you can obtain a booklet by sending an email to Fr Dave. Almost all these events are free, but some require advanced booking. Highlights will be advertised in the newsletter each week from today until September.

4) There will be an Adoremus Youth Congress for those aged 13-20 at the Echo Arena auditorium on Saturday 8 September. Visit for full details and booking form.

At the Cathedral and other Prayer Opportunities


The Adoremus Parallel Programme supports Adoremus National Pilgrimage & Congress with talks, workshops, prayer and cultural events in the city of Liverpool, 7-9 September.

a) At the Metropolitan Cathedral – Prayer, Adoration, Reconciliation, Mass and exhibitions. An exhibition from the archives about the 1908 Eucharistic Congress and an exhibition about Eucharistic Miracles: Friday 7 September through Sunday 9 September, 8.00 am – 6.00 pm. All welcome.

b) The Eucharistic Miracles exhibition is also available Friday to Sunday at St John the Evangelist Church, 70 Fountains Road, Kirkdale, Liverpool L4 1QL.

c) Other prayer opportunities include a Holy Hour for families at the Redemptorist Community at Our Lady of the Annunciation, Bishop Eton, Woolton Road, Liverpool L16 8NQ on Friday 7 September at 6.00 pm; and Exposition & Vespers with the Carmelite Community on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 September from 1.00 pm with Vespers at 4.30 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 Oswald’s & St Mary’s Shrine), 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).


Fr Dave's Blog

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

Gospel  (Mark 6: 7-13)

Jesus made a tour round the villages, teaching. Then he summoned the Twelve and began to send them out in pairs giving them authority over the unclean spirits. And he instructed them to take nothing for the journey except a staff – no bread, no haversack, no coppers for their purses. They were to wear sandals but, he added, ‘Do not take a spare tunic.’ And he said to them, ‘If you enter a house anywhere, stay there until you leave the district. And if any place does not welcome you and people refuse to listen to you, as you walk away shake off the dust from under your feet as a sign to them.’ So they set off to preach repentance; and they cast out many devils, and anointed many sick people with oil and cured them.



In today’s First Reading, God asks a simple farmer called Amos to go and preach to a self-sufficient people who were paying lip service to God.  In the Gospel, Jesus asks his apostles to go and continue his work of proclaiming the Good News of God’s love.

At the end of every Mass, we are sent out too.  The deacon or priest tells us to “Go” – “Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord” or “Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life”.  Like Amos in the First Reading and the apostles in the Gospel, we are to go and proclaim the Good News of God’s love by the lives we lead.

But how do we do this?  Perhaps this little story will help.

One winter’s day, a man came upon a small boy sitting begging on a wind-swept city bridge. The boy was shivering from the cold and obviously in need of a good meal. On seeing the boy, the man got very angry and said to God: “God, why don’t you do something about this little boy?” And God replied, “I’ve already done something about him.” This surprised the man, so he said, “I hope you don’t mind me saying this, but whatever you did, it doesn’t seem to be working.” “I agree with you there”, replied God. “By the way, what did you do?” the man asked. “I made you” came the reply.




Illustration by Elizabeth Wang, R-60018-CW, ‘The Good Shepherd’ © Radiant Light.

The Eucharist is our vocation

Jesus said that no one lights a lamp only to put it under a tub. The lamp must be in a place where it can give light to take away the darkness.

In the same way the Eucharist, that we are so blessed to receive, cannot be hidden away. It needs to show itself in our words and actions. It is a gift not only for ourselves, but through us, it can be the gift of God’s presence and God’s love for the world.

Wherever we go we carry Christ within us.

At the end of every Mass, we are blest and sent out renewed and clear about who we are and the work God has given us to do.

Pope Francis

“Repeat frequently that “I am on a mission” and not simply that “I have a mission.” To be on a permanent mission “requires courage, audacity, imagination and the desire to go beyond, to go even further” … “The Lord invites those called to go out of themselves in order to be a gift for others” (5 January 2017).

Prayer Moment

Prayer written by Blessed John Henry Newman:

God has created me to do him some definite service;
he has committed some work to me
which he has not committed to another.
I have my mission – I may never know it in this life,
but I shall be told it in the next.

I am a link in a chain,
a bond of connection between persons.
He has not created me for nothing.
I shall do good. I shall do his work.
I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth
in my own place while not intending it
– if I do but keep his commandments.

Therefore, I will trust him.
Whatever, wherever I am, I can never be thrown away.
If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve him;
in perplexity, my perplexity may serve him;
if I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve him.
He does nothing in vain.

Want to see more like this? Visit Fr Dave's Blog