This Week 21 - 28 July 2019

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(Latin Mass)
Sunday 21 July
16th Sunday of Ordinary Time (C)
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
Monday
7.30 pm Prayer Group12.10 pm Mass
Tuesday
No Mass or Confessions today

No Mass today12.10 pm Mass
Wednesday
No Mass today12.10 pm Mass
ThursdayNo Mass today
7.00 pm Novena
12.10 pm Mass
Friday
No Mass or Meditation today12.10 pm Mass

Saturday10.00 - 11.00 am Exposition
6.00 pm Vigil Mass
12.10 pm Mass
Sunday 28 July
17th Sunday of Ordinary Time (C)
10.30 am Mass 8.30 am Mass
3.30 pm Polish Mass
11.00 am Sung Mass
6.00 pm Mass

News

ARCHDIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES

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This weekend, we will join the Archdiocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes in prayer with special Masses in honour of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Lord,
help us to be united in prayer
with our pilgrims
who have travelled to Lourdes
in answer to Mary’s call to Bernadette.
We pray that during these special days
all of us may be drawn closer to you,
through the prayers of your Blessed Mother.
Bless us dear Lady with blessings from heaven;
and to our petition let answer be given.

Our Lady of Lourdes: pray for us.
St Bernadette: pray for us.

SUNDAY MASS DURING HOLIDAYS

If you are going away on holiday and are concerned that you might not be able to find a church for Sunday Mass, why not prepare for this eventuality by taking a Mass sheet on holiday with you.  All the Mass sheets we will use for Sunday Mass during the summer are available from the sacristy.  Then, if you can’t find a church, why not gather those you’re with, make the Sign of the Cross, read the Scripture Readings together, perhaps invite each person to share something that may have struck them from the readings, then conclude with some simple spontaneous Bidding Prayers and the Lord’s Prayer.  Fr Dave

30 HOUR PROVISION NURSERY PLACES

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Did you know that St Benedict’s Catholic Primary School have free 30 hour childcare places for 3 and 4 year olds in September. For further information or a visit to the school, please phone 01925 234699. Please note: they also have free 15hr places available too.

CHURCHES TOGETHER PILGRIMAGE

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Churches Together will be making a pilgrimage to Liverpool on Thursday 22 August.  The pilgrimage is an opportunity to spend a half-day together by visiting the two Cathedrals in Liverpool.  Leaving St Oswald’s car park at 10.30 am, we will visit the Metropolitan Cathedral, share a packed lunch together, and then visit the Anglican Cathedral.  We should arrive back in Warrington at approximately 4.00 pm.  If you would like a place on the coach, please sign the list at the back of church by Sunday 11 August.  Cost: £5 per person.  Fr Dave

FAMILY GROUPS

We delayed the beginning of the Family Groups because of the sudden death of Sarah Boardman who was going to be one of the coordinators of the groups.  Given that the summer holidays are about to begin, we will launch the groups on Sunday 15 September.  Details to follow.

TEN TIPS FROM THE NHS FOR COPING WITH THE HOT WEATHER

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1) Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. You can open the windows for ventilation when it is cooler.
2) Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don’t go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you’re vulnerable to the effects of heat.
3) Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn’t possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).
4) Have cool baths or showers and splash yourself with cool water.
5) Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and diluted fruit juice. Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine (tea, coffee and cola) or drinks high in sugar.
6) Listen to alerts on the radio, TV and social media about keeping cool.
7) Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.
8) Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.
9) Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors.
10) Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.

ONLINE SAFETY FOR CHILDREN

Our children and young people are growing up in an increasingly digital world that is filled with social media and the need to access online services to learn, create and grow. While this opens up a world of possibilities, it also opens up a world of child protection issues in terms of accessing inappropriate content, sexual abuse and bullying. Parents will find the following websites useful:

  1. The UK Safer Internet Centre: saferinternet.org.uk
  2. Educational packs aimed at different age groups:  www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/safer-internet-day-2019/education-packs

PARISH EMAIL ADDRESS

Please note: the Parish Office has a new email address: blessedjamesbell@rcaolp.co.uk Fr Dave’s personal email address remains the same: frdave@rcaolp.co.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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16th Sunday of Ordinary Time (C)

Gospel  (Luke 10: 38-42)
Jesus came to a village, and a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. She had a sister called Mary, who sat down at the Lord’s feet and listened to him speaking. Now Martha who was distracted with all the serving said, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister is leaving me to do the serving all by myself? Please tell her to help me.’ But the Lord answered: ‘Martha, Martha,’ he said ‘you worry and fret about so many things, and yet few are needed, indeed only one. It is Mary who has chosen the better part; it is not to be taken from her.’
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Reflection

It’s the kind of story everyone loves to hear:  an ordinary person treats a stranger kindly and the stranger turns out to be someone extraordinary.  In today’s 1st Reading, that’s what happens.  Abraham welcomes three strangers during the afternoon heat of the desert.  He and Sarah go above and beyond in serving them.  Only at the end of the story do the strangers reveal themselves – not wandering travellers, but the Lord.

In the Gospel, Martha and Mary make Jesus welcome – each in their own way.  Martha cooks for their guest while Mary attends to Jesus by listening to him.  Don’t we try and do the same when we have guests?

Contrast those two stories with what is going on at the border between America and Mexico.  Children are separated from their parents and held in cages – they have no adequate access to medical care, no basic sanitation, they’re exposed to extreme cold at night and don’t have adequate access to drinking water or food.  For adults, there is dangerous overcrowding in detention centres.  People held up signs with the word ‘help’ written on them as Mike Pence toured the facilities last weekend.  President Trump talks about making America great again.  Is this making America great?

Some Christians have responded by saying migrants should come to America legally, then there would be no problem.  What they fail to realise is that America has raised the bar so high it’s very difficult for an asylum seeker or refugee to get into America legally.

In our own country, we’re not much better.  We take one of the lowest quotas of refugees in Europe.  We keep asylum seekers in detention centres that are worse than any prison.  Contrary to popular rhetoric, our immigration policies are among the strictest in the world.

In his message for this year’s World Day for Migrants and Refugees in September, Pope Francis writes: “The most economically advanced societies are witnessing a growing trend towards extreme individualism which, combined with a utilitarian mentality and reinforced by the media, is producing a “globalization of indifference”. In this scenario, migrants, refugees, displaced persons and victims of trafficking have become emblems of exclusion. In addition to the hardships that their condition entails, they are often looked down upon and considered the source of all society’s ills. That attitude is an alarm bell warning of the moral decline we will face if we continue to give ground to the throw-away culture. In fact, if it continues, anyone who does not fall within the accepted norms of physical, mental and social well-being is at risk of marginalization and exclusion.”

Fr Dave

SYNOD 2020 REFLECTIONS

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On Listening

Teach me to listen, O God, to myself.
Help me to be less afraid to trust the voice inside
in the deepest part of me.
Teach me to listen, Holy Spirit, for your voice
in busyness and in boredom, in certainty and doubt,
in noise and in silence.
Teach me, Lord, to listen.
Teach me to listen, O God, to those nearest me,
my family, my friends, my co-workers.
Help me to be aware that no matter what words I hear,
the message is:
“Accept the person I am. Listen to me”.
Teach me to listen, my caring God, to those far from me
the whisper of the hopeless, the plea of the forgotten,
the cry of the anguished.
Amen.

Fr John Veltri SJ

A People Place

If this is not a place where tears are understood,
Where do I go to cry?
If this is not a place where my spirits can take wing,
Where do I go to fly?
If this is not a place where my questions can be asked,
Where do I go to seek?
If this is not a place where my feelings can be heard,
Where do I go to speak?
If this is not a place where you’ll accept me as I am,
Where can I go to be?
If this is not a place where I can try to learn and grow,
Where can I be just me?

William J. Crocker

Blessing

May we be blessed with companions on the journey,
friends who will listen to us
and encourage us with their presence.
May we learn to live with what is unsolved in our hearts,
daring to face the questions
and holding them until, one day, they find their answers.
May we find the still, quiet place inside each one of us
where we can know and experience
the peace that passes all understanding.
May love flow in us and through us to those who need our care.
May we continue to dream dreams and to reach out into the future
with deeper understanding of God’s way for us.
Amen.

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