This Week 19 - 26 May 2019

 St Benedict'sSt Oswald'sSt Mary's
(Latin Mass)
Sunday 19 May
5th Sunday of Easter (C)
10.30 am First Communion Mass (3)(Sat) 6.00 pm Vigil Mass
8.30 am Mass
3.30 pm Polish Mass
11.00 am Sung Mass
6.00 pm Mass
12.00 noon Funeral Service
(Bill Whitlow)
7.30 pm Prayer Group12.10 pm Mass
11.30 am Confessions & Exposition
12.15 pm Mass
7.30 pm Novena to Our Lady, Untier of Knots
(at St Peter's, Woolston)
9.30 am Mass
2.30 pm May Procession (in church)
12.10 pm Mass
12.15 pm Mass
12.10 pm Mass
10.15 am Funeral Mass
(Daniel Davies)
6.00 pm Medley Music Concert
(No Novena)
12.10 pm Mass
12.15 pm Funeral Mass
(Barbara Preston)
2.00 pm May Procession (at School)
6.45 pm Meditation
12.10 pm Mass

SaturdayNo Slovak Mass10.00 - 11.00 am Exposition
6.00 pm Vigil Mass
12.10 pm Mass
Sunday 26 May
6th Sunday of Easter (C)
10.30 am Mass8.30 am Mass
3.30 pm Polish Mass
11.00 am Sung Mass
6.00 pm Mass




This week, the schools will be holding their annual May Processions. St Oswald’s May Procession will take place in church on Tuesday at 2.30 pm, and St Benedict’s May Procession will take place in school on Friday at 2.00 pm. Parishioners are very welcome to join the children in honouring Mary, the mother of Jesus.



The Pastoral Area Novena to Our Lady, Untier of Knots, continues this Tuesday, 21 May, at 7.30 pm. This month, the Novena will be held at Ss Peter & Michael, Woolston. Theme: Undoing the Knots of exploitation and abuse of the Environment and our common home.


Fran Sixsmith from Medley Music is bringing children together from Primary Schools in Warrington to perform a variety of pop, rock, ballads and musicals at a vocal concert at St Oswald’s Church on Thursday 23 May, 6.00 pm – 7.15 pm. Fran will also accompany Clare who will also be performing on the night. Special guests Wendy and Colin Parry and Chris Bent will be attending as Medley Music and the children dedicate a remembrance to Tim Parry, Jonathon Ball, lives lost at the MEN attack and those lost at war. Entrance is £4 adult & £1 child. Donations will be made to The Peace Centre & St Oswald’s Church. For any further details, please contact


Just before Holy Week, ten parishioners and I met with Sue Faulkner, the new coordinator for Family Groups in the Archdiocese. Family Groups are a way to bring a greater sense of belonging for everybody in the parish community. Family Groups are open to everybody in the parish whether you are married, single, have children, divorced, have non-Catholic partners, widowed, etc., ALL ARE WELCOME. Family Groups are not prayer meetings or bible study groups, nor are they intended to replace existing groups in the parish. The purpose of family groups is to bring a mix of parishioners for no cost / low cost events to share time as a family group. More information next week. Fr Dave

SYNOD 2020



Tuesday 21 May – Going out to the Peripheries – Mary Ebbasi
Tuesday 28 May – The Church as Leaven in our Culture – Monsignor Peter Fleetwood

All the talks begin at 7.00 pm in the Church of St Charles, Aigburth Road, Liverpool L17 9PG and will be followed by light refreshments in the Parish Hall.


Dr Karen Groves, Medical Director of Queens Court Hospice in Southport, will speak about this vital topic at a Strawberry Cream Tea Afternoon, 2.00 – 4.00 pm on Wednesday 17 July at LACE. Karen’s sensitive and faith-filled presentation will be of interest to Funeral Ministers, Bereavement Team Members, Hospital Visitors, Eucharistic Ministers and anyone who has experienced caring for those nearing the end of life. To book your place, please contact Pastoral Formation on 0151 522 1040 or


Please note: the Parish Office has a new email address: Fr Dave’s personal email address remains the same:


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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5th Sunday of Easter (C)

Gospel  (John 13: 31-33, 34-35)

When Judas had gone Jesus said:

‘Now has the Son of Man been glorified,
and in him God has been glorified.
If God has been glorified in him,
God will in turn glorify him in himself,
and will glorify him very soon.

‘My little children,
I shall not be with you much longer.
I give you a new commandment:
love one another;
just as I have loved you,
you also must love one another.
By this love you have for one another,
everyone will know that you are my disciples.’



The first followers of Jesus were recognised by the love they showed for one another: they were learning to love one another in the same way that Jesus loved them. That is the challenge Jesus has left us — to go and make disciples by loving as he loved. Can you imagine trying to do this on your own? For all its faults, the Church is still called to do what Jesus came to do.


Risen Jesus,
may we know the power of your love in our lives
and through your Holy Spirit
may we have the courage to share that love
with a world that is hungry and broken
and so glorify your name.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.



Over the next two months, there will be the opportunity for you to contribute to the Synod. You are invited to do this by responding to the following questions:

1) Where in your everyday life do you experience love, truth, goodness, hope, and joy?
2) When you reflect on your life now, and as you look to the future, what causes you concern or worry?
3) What is the purpose of the Catholic Church in the world today?
4) Having reflected on these things, what are the topics you would like to see on the agenda of Synod 2020?

The Parish and Pastoral Area Synod Representatives are now organising meetings in the Parish and across the Pastoral Area to allow parishioners to share their responses to these questions. In our own parish, we will be inviting all the parish groups to meet and share; there will be opportunities after Sunday and weekday Masses; Eucharistic Ministers and SVP Visitors will be invited to seek responses from those they visit; and there will be opportunities for our children, young people and their parents to share in our schools.

But how do we hear from those who no longer come to church or who have given up on their Catholic faith? Perhaps you can help here – gently seeking responses to the questions from family members and friends and noting down their replies so that their input is included as well.

You can also respond to the questions online:




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