29th Week in Ordinary Time

Thursday 22 October 2020 – St John Paul II

If you need cheering up today, these might help…

Some baby owls…

baby-owls

Apologies to Aldi, but this made me smile…

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And finally, something I shared with a patient in the hospital this week who was afraid of dying.  It’s a copy of a beautiful painting called ‘First Day in Heaven’ …

first-day-in-heaven

 

Wednesday 21 October 2020

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Armchair Retreats with Denis Blackledge SJ

If you’ve not seen the little reflections by Fr Denis, why not try them out?  They’re very good and very encouraging.  Clink on the link below:

https://www.liverpoolcatholicresources.com/armchair-retreats

 

Tuesday 20 October 2020

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Migrants and Refugees

Given the ongoing rhetoric about asylum seekers crossing the English Channel, this article by Liam Allmark bears repeating.  Liam is the Head of Public Affairs for the Bishops’ Conference, and he wrote this blog post in August for Premier Christianity Magazine.

Alan Kurdi would be around eight years old today if he had not drowned during the early hours of 2 September 2015.  For a short time, images of his body on a Turkish beach changed how we talked about refugees.  Not as a political problem to be solved, but as human beings who deserve protection.

Compare that to the response this summer as desperate women, men and children risk their lives crossing the English Channel.  Amid the clamour of politicians talking about law enforcement or sending the navy to stop boats, the words ‘person’ or ‘human’ are conspicuous by their absence.

Meanwhile parts of the British press have taken to broadcasting live footage and running commentary as people struggle towards safety in overcrowded dinghies, like they are contestants in a dystopian reality TV show.

This spectacle could not be more at odds with our fundamental Christian belief that everyone is made in the image of God. Perhaps now more than ever, we have an imperative to ensure the person does not get lost in the politics.

There are many reasons why a small number of people driven from their homes by war, poverty or persecution are currently trying to reach the UK from mainland Europe.  Some have family here.  Others have been mistreated by the authorities and are scared to remain where they are.  Several know basic English, so have better life chances this side of the Channel.  Essentially, they are making the kind of decisions any of us would in their circumstances.

The journeys of refugees have always been complicated.  Jewish people fleeing the Nazis arrived through lots of different routes, often crossing multiple borders and sometimes moving onwards after a short time in the UK.  My own family escaped Myanmar’s military dictatorship, via Thailand, to settle in London because, as part of the Anglo-Indian community, they already spoke English and had connections here.

The debates currently raging about where people should claim asylum and whether they could stay in other supposedly safe countries are far more nuanced than they first appear.  They are also a distraction from what should be our fundamental starting point: protecting human life.

At this stage our government faces a decision.  By prioritising more resources for search and rescue efforts we may help to avert the tragedy of Alan Kurdi’s death being repeated on the South coast of England.  On the contrary, turning back unsafe boats in order to enforce draconian immigration controls will only put more people at risk.  From a Christian perspective the choice is clear.

At the same time, there is an urgent need for more safe and legal routes to the UK, so that people do not have to undertake dangerous journeys in the first place. This is essential for saving lives, but also integral to our understanding of one global family, in which we all must take responsibility for those who are most vulnerable.

Of the world’s eighty million displaced people, only a tiny fraction seek sanctuary in the UK.  The vast majority are accommodated by the world’s poorest countries and many of our European neighbours play a much bigger role than us.  Extending opportunities for resettlement and family reunification causes championed by so many of our churches, is surely now a more urgent moral duty than at any time in our recent history.

This is also a critical moment to confront questions of justice and peace, particularly concerning the UK’s complicity in displacing people from their homes.  Last year hundreds of Christians protested outside London’s Excel Centre, where our government was running Europe’s largest arms fair and hosting regimes responsible for some of the world’s most prolific human rights abuses.

Many of those being refused sanctuary are fleeing precisely because our own country has fuelled conflicts and repression across the globe.  As Christians we are called to both care for our neighbour and welcome the stranger, twin obligations that should shape our response to this hypocrisy.

Around two thousand years before Alan Kurdi and his family set out on in search of safety, Jesus and his family began their own flight as refugees.  And when his death reminded the world that every refugee is a human being, Christians were among those at the forefront of demanding that our governments act with humanity and compassion.

Today, as more desperate families risk their lives trying to reach the UK’s shores, let’s raise our voices once again.

Reproduced from https://www.cbcew.org.uk/people-behind-the-politics-as-refugees-continue-to-cross-channel/

 

Monday 19 October 2020

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29th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A) – 18 October 2020

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SYNOD SUNDAY & WORLD MISSION DAY

Three years ago, we began a journey to an Archdiocesan Synod.  The Synod was due to take place this weekend, but it’s had to be pushed back to next June.  Today, all the proposals you put forward for discussion at the Synod are being published on the Synod website:  www.synod2020.co.uk

Today is also World Mission Day when we pray especially for all those who work alongside communities across the world that are poor or in need, regardless of their background or belief.

Sunday Mass

If you are coming to Mass today and haven’t been since before the lockdown in March, please read this leaflet first so that you know what to expect:  cautious-reopening-of-our-churches-what-to-expect-print

 

1)  You can join in Mass online 

There are lots of websites that are livestreaming Mass:

cathedral2

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

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

blessed-john-henry-newman-latchford-3

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

www.newmanparishwarrington.com

st-paul-of-the-cross

Fr John Schofield is uploading Mass on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/user/Tonyat999/videos

live-stream-masses

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:

candle-small

Mass Sheet we will be using this weekend:    mass-sheet-sunday-29a

Bidding Prayers:    bidding-prayers-sunday-29a

Sunday Plus:    sunday-plus-sunday-29a

Message from the Archbishop:  synod-sunday-2020-pastoral-letter

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:    look-sunday-29a

 

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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)  And finally, a little humour…

testing-aldi

rule-of-6

God bless you,
Fr Dave


28th Week in Ordinary Time

Saturday 17 October 2020

pope-francis-audience

During the summer, Pope Francis used his weekly General Audience to reflect on the global pandemic and the lessons it is teaching us.  His addresses have been collected together and published in an online booklet entitled, ‘To Heal the World’.  You can download it here:

to-heal-the-world

 

Friday 16 October 2020

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From today’s Gospel (Luke 12: 1-7):

“Can you not buy five sparrows for two pennies?  And yet not one is forgotten in God’s sight.  Why, every hair on your head has been counted.  There is no need to be afraid: you are worth more than hundreds of sparrows.”

Perhaps take a moment today to be quiet, and in the quietness, simply let God care for you.

 

Thursday 15 October 2020 – St Teresa of Avila

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Today we remember St Teresa of Avila.  She was born in Avila in Castile, Spain, during the 16th century.  Teresa joined the Carmelites and reformed the order –  getting it back to the ideals of its founder.  She wrote this beautiful prayer which strikes me as quite apt for these days:

Let nothing disturb you,
let nothing frighten you.
All things are passing;
God never changes.

Patience obtains all things.
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices.

 

Wednesday 14 October 2020

In all the madness, frustration and weariness of the present time, thank goodness for Andrew Cotter’s dogs, Olive and Mabel, who brought such joy to many during the lockdown earlier in the year.  This morning, they appeared on BBC Breakfast to launch a book, “Olive, Mabel & Me”.

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And, thanks to Andrew, here’s their latest video:

 

Tuesday 13 October 2020

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Prayers during Covid-19 Pandemic

God of life,
you have promised to be with us every day,
especially in difficult times like these.
Give us
clarity in our minds,
strength in our work and discernment,
rest as we sleep,
peace in our minds.
Be with those
who need help
more than we do ourselves,
and help us to see what we can offer
from your love.

Adapted from (c) World Council of Churches

God of compassion,
have mercy upon this nation and our world
in this time of fear and confusion:
we bring before you those who are suffering from the Coronavirus;
the aged and those who are most vulnerable
and for all who tend to their needs;
we pray for those who are now in isolation;
may they know your comfort and company
and that those around them may truly love their neighbour
by prayer and in works of care and kindness;
we pray for health professionals, doctors, nurses and hospital support staff
as they answer their vocation under increasing pressure;
and we pray for those upon whose shoulders
the yoke of leadership rests,
that in their conversation and communication
your still small voice may be heard;
we ask this in the power of the Holy Spirit,
through the One who stretched out his hands to bless and to heal
even Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Norwich Cathedral

Prayer for Healthcare Workers

God of all wholeness and healing,
we thank you with all our hearts
for those who are working
with selfless skill and dedication
to sustain our National Health Service.
Grant that they may receive
the resources they require
to meet the demands that each day brings.
Keep them safe and healthy while at work,
and bless their families and loved ones at home.

Canon Clare MacLaren (Newcastle Cathedral)

 

Monday 12 October 2020

prisons-week

This week is Prisons Week when we pray especially for those in prison and their families, together with those who work in prisons and all those who are victims of crime.  You can find out more here:  https://prisonsweek.org/  and  https://www.prisonadvice.org.uk/

THE PRISONS WEEK PRAYER

Lord, you offer freedom to all people.
We pray for those in prison.
Break the bonds of fear and isolation that exist.
Support with your love prisoners and their families and friends,
prison staff and all who care.
Heal those who have been wounded by the actions of others,
especially the victims of crime.
Help us to forgive one another, to act justly, love mercy
and walk humbly together with Christ
in his strength and in his Spirit,
now and every day.
Amen.

 

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A) – 11 October 2020

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Sunday Mass

If you are coming to Mass today and haven’t been since before the lockdown in March, please read this leaflet first so that you know what to expect:  cautious-reopening-of-our-churches-what-to-expect-print

 

1)  You can join in Mass online 

There are lots of websites that are livestreaming Mass:

cathedral2

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

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

blessed-john-henry-newman-latchford-3

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

www.newmanparishwarrington.com

st-paul-of-the-cross

Fr John Schofield is uploading Mass on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/user/Tonyat999/videos

live-stream-masses

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:

candle-small

Mass Sheet we will be using this weekend:    mass-sheet-sunday-28a

Bidding Prayers:    bidding-prayers-sunday-28a

Sunday Plus:    sunday-plus-sunday-28a

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

 

3)  For Children:

child-praying-hands-1510773_960_720

You might like to use the following sheet:

Children’s Activity Sheet:    look-sunday-28a

 

kidz-zone_we-are-cafod-illustration_opt_fullstory_small

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)  And finally, a little humour…

christmas-shopping

 

i-washed-my-hands

 

God bless you,
Fr Dave


27th Week in Ordinary Time

Saturday 10 October 2020

This morning…

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This afternoon…

grandma-coming-for-snuggles

This evening…

be-a-kindly-light

 

Friday 9 October 2020 – St John Henry Newman

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Today is the first time we celebrate the feast of St John Henry Newman who was canonised last year by Pope Francis.

Born in 1801, John Henry Newman was an Anglican clergyman and Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford, before joining the Catholic Church on 9 October 1845.  Two years later, he was ordained priest and went on to found the Oratory of St Philip Neri in Birmingham.  In 1879, he was created a Cardinal by Pope Leo XIII.  Praised for his humility, his unstinting care of souls and his contributions to the intellectual life of the Church, he died in Birmingham on 11 August 1890.

A Prayer by St John Henry Newman

Dear Jesus,
help me to spread your fragrance everywhere I go.
Flood my soul with your spirit and life.
Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly,
that my life may only be a radiance of yours.

Shine through me, and be so in me
that every soul I come in contact with
may feel your presence in my soul.
Let them look up and see no longer me, but only Jesus!

Stay with me and then I shall begin to shine as you shine,
so to shine as to be a light to others;
the light, O Jesus, will be all from you; none of it will be mine;
it will be you, shining on others through me.

Let me thus praise you the way you love best,
by shining on those around me.
Let me preach you without preaching,
not by words but by my example,
by the catching force of the sympathetic influence of what I do,
the evident fullness of the love my heart bears to you.
Amen.

A very happy feast day to Fr Peter Montgomery and the parishioners of the Parish of St John Henry Newman in Latchford, Warrington.

 

Thursday 8 October 2020

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Beatification of Carlo Acutis

The beatification of the Venerable Carlo Acutis will take place at 4.00pm (CEST) this coming Saturday, 10 October, at the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi.

Carlo Acutis, who died of leukaemia at the age of 15, offered his suffering for the Holy Father and for the Church.  Born in London on 3 May 1991 to parents of Italian origin who returned to Milan shortly after his birth, Carlo was a pious child, attending daily Mass, frequently praying the rosary, and making weekly confessions.  He was also known for his cheerfulness and computer programming skills – a wonderful example for young people.  He is currently buried in Assisi’s Church of St Mary Major.

You can find out more about Carlo’s short but extraordinary life here:  https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/who-was-carlo-acutis-a-cna-explainer-19684

 

Wednesday 7 October 2020 – Our Lady of the Rosary

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Wednesday Thoughts 

With thanks to Raymond Friel for sharing these quotes on Twitter:

“All shall be well, all shall be well… For there is a force of love moving through the universe that holds us fast and will never let us go.”

St Julian of Norwich

“We rarely think of the air we breathe, yet it is in us and around us all the time. In similar fashion the presence of God penetrates us, is all around us, is always embracing us.”

“Silence is God’s first language; everything else is a poor translation.”

Fr Thomas Keating

 

Tuesday 6 October 2020

This is powerful and beautiful…

special-needs-poem

 

Monday 5 October 2020

It’s not surprising many of us are wondering what we can and can’t do within the new restrictions imposed on Warrington.  So I’ve been looking for a simple explanation and found this on the BBC News website.  I hope it helps:

restrictions-in-warrington

 

cat-breaking-lockdown

 

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A) – 4 October 2020

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Sunday Mass 

If you are coming to Mass today and haven’t been since before the lockdown in March, please read this leaflet first so that you know what to expect:  cautious-reopening-of-our-churches-what-to-expect-print

 

1)  You can join in Mass online 

There are lots of websites that are livestreaming Mass:

cathedral-on-night-light

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

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

blessed-john-henry-newman-latchford-3

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

www.newmanparishwarrington.com

live-stream-masses

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:

candle-small

Mass Sheet we will be using this weekend:    mass-sheet-sunday-27a

Bidding Prayers:    bidding-prayers-sunday-27a

Sunday Plus:    sunday-plus-sun-27a

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

 

3)  For Children:

child-praying-hands-1510773_960_720

You might like to use the following sheet:

Children’s Activity Sheet:    look-sun-27a

 

kidz-zone_we-are-cafod-illustration_opt_fullstory_small

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)  And finally, a little humour…

 

bruce-forsyth

 

cow-in-the-air

 

God bless you,
Fr Dave


26th Week in Ordinary Time

Saturday 3 October 2020

A Thought for the Day…

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Friday 2 October 2020 – The Guardian Angels

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With restrictions being ramped up in Warrington this weekend, a prayer from Spain:

Jesus Christ, you travelled through towns and villages
“curing every disease and illness.”
At your command, the sick were made well.
Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus,
that we may experience your healing love.

Heal those who are sick with the virus.
May they regain their strength and health through quality medical care.

Heal us from our fear, which prevents nations from working together
and neighbours from helping one another.

Heal us from our pride, which can make us claim invulnerability
to a disease that knows no borders.

Jesus Christ, healer of all,
stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow.

Be with those who have died from the virus.
May they be at rest with you in your eternal peace.

Be with the families of those who are sick or have died.
As they worry and grieve, defend them from illness and despair.
May they know your peace.

Be with the doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical professionals
who seek to heal and help those affected
and who put themselves at risk in the process.
May they know your protection and peace.

 

Thursday 1 October 2020 – St Therese of Lisieux

Simply this…

A post from Fr Austin Fleming, a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston, on his blog http://concordpastor.blogspot.com/

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Wednesday 30 September 2020 – St Jerome

Here’s something new…

Armchair Retreats

Fr Denis Blackledge SJ, Parish Priest of St Francis Xavier, Liverpool, delivers a series of armchair retreats:

https://www.liverpoolcatholicresources.com/armchair-retreats

 

Tuesday 29 September 2020 – Saints Michael, Gabriel & Raphael

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Today is the Feast of the Archangels – Michael, Gabriel and Raphael.

In the Scriptures, each archangel has a different mission:  Michael guards and protects, so he chased the power of evil out of heaven as recounted in today’s 1st Reading;  Gabriel announces, so he visited Zechariah and announced the conception of John the Baptist and he visited Mary and announced the conception of Jesus;  Raphael guides – in the Book of Tobit, Raphael guides Tobit’s son, Tobias.

From the earliest days of the Church, Christians have believed that God uses his angels to protect us, communicate with us and guide us.

Let’s pray with Pope Francis:

“Saint Michael, help us in the battle for salvation we are fighting.
Saint Gabriel, bring us the good news that Jesus has saved us, and grant us hope.
Saint Raphael, take our hands and help us along on the path of complete healing.”

 

Monday 28 September 2020

migrants-and-refugees

Abridged version of the Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the 106th World Day of Migrants and Refugees, 27 September 2020

At the beginning of this year, in my Address to the members of the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See, I pointed to the tragedy of internally displaced people as one of the challenges of our contemporary world:  “Situations of conflict and humanitarian emergencies, aggravated by climate change, are increasing the numbers of displaced persons and affecting people already living in a state of dire poverty.”

The Covid-19 pandemic has not only exasperated these problems but also put them to the bottom of national agendas as we try to deal with the crisis facing us all.  But “this is not a time for forgetfulness”.

During the flight into Egypt, the child Jesus experienced with his parents the tragic fate of the displaced and refugees, “which is marked by fear, uncertainty and unease (cf. Mt 2:13-15, 19-23).  Unfortunately, in our own times, millions of families can identify with this sad reality. Almost every day the television and papers carry news of refugees fleeing from hunger, war and other grave dangers, in search of security and a dignified life for themselves and for their families” (Angelus, 29 December 2013).  In each of these people, forced to flee to safety, Jesus is present as he was at the time of Herod.  In the faces of the hungry, the thirsty, the naked, the sick, strangers and prisoners, we are called to see the face of Christ who pleads with us to help (cf. Mt 25:31-46).  If we can recognize him in those faces, we will be the ones to thank him for having been able to meet, love and serve him in them.

Displaced people offer us this opportunity to meet the Lord, “even though our eyes find it hard to recognize him:  his clothing in tatters, his feet dirty, his face disfigured, his body wounded, his tongue unable to speak our language” (Homily, 15 February 2019).

When we talk about migrants and displaced persons, all too often we stop at statistics.  But it is not about statistics, it is about real people!  If we encounter them, we will get to know more about them.  And knowing their stories, we will be able to understand them.  We will be able to understand, for example, that the precariousness that we have come to experience as a result of this pandemic is a constant in the lives of displaced people.

Fears and prejudices – all too many prejudices – keep us distant from others and often prevent us from “becoming neighbours” to them and serving them with love.  Drawing close to others often means being willing to take risks, as so many doctors and nurses have taught us in recent months.

In today’s world, messages multiply but the practice of listening is being lost.  Yet it is only through humble and attentive listening that we can truly be reconciled.  In 2020, silence has reigned for weeks in our streets.  A dramatic and troubling silence, but one that has given us the opportunity to listen to the plea of the vulnerable, the displaced and our seriously ill planet.  Listening gives us an opportunity to be reconciled with our neighbour, with all those who have been “discarded”, with ourselves and with God, who never tires of offering us his mercy.

The pandemic has reminded us how we are all in the same boat.  Realizing that we have the same concerns and fears has shown us once more that no one can be saved alone.  To grow truly, we must grow together, sharing what we have, like the boy who offered Jesus five barley loaves and two fish… yet they proved enough for five thousand people (cf. Jn 6:1-15)!

Sometimes the impulse to serve others prevents us from seeing their real riches.  If we really want to promote those whom we assist, we must involve them and make them agents in their own redemption.  The pandemic has reminded us of how essential co-responsibility is, and that only with the contribution of everyone – even of those groups so often underestimated – can we face this crisis.

“This is not a time for self-centredness, because the challenge we are facing is shared by all, without distinguishing between persons” (Urbi et Orbi Message, 12 April 2020).  To preserve our common home and make it conform more and more to God’s original plan, we must commit ourselves to ensuring international cooperation, global solidarity and local commitment, leaving no one excluded.

 

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A) – 27 September 2020

migrants-refugees

Sunday Mass 

If you are coming to one of the Sunday Masses at St Benedict’s today and haven’t been since before the lockdown in March, please read this leaflet first so that you know what to expect:  cautious-reopening-of-our-churches-what-to-expect-print

If you are unwell or are shielding, it is important to stay at home for now.  If you don’t feel ready to come back to church, 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:

cathedral-on-night-light

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

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

st-stephens

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

www.st-stephens-warrington.co.uk

blessed-john-henry-newman-latchford-3

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

www.newmanparishwarrington.com

live-stream-masses

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:

candle-small

Mass Sheet we will be using this weekend:    mass-sheet-sunday-26a

Bidding Prayers:    bidding-prayers-sunday-26a

Sunday Plus:    sunday-plus-sun-26a

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

 

3)  For Children:

child-praying-hands-1510773_960_720

You might like to use the following sheet:

Children’s Activity Sheet:    look-sun-26a

 

kidz-zone_we-are-cafod-illustration_opt_fullstory_small

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)  And finally, a little humour…

school-in-2020

pumpkin-v-arse

 

God bless you,
Fr Dave


25th Week in Ordinary Time

Saturday 26 September 2020

Saturday Thoughts

Holy Spirit
wipe away the mist
of this week…

Walk with me
through the stations
of despondency,

the moments
when fear got
the better of me…

Help me to see
with the eyes
of faith,

the moments
of grace
I overlooked…

Give me a heart
for the way
ahead.

(c) Raymond Friel

 

Friday 25 September 2020

Some news for Warrington today…

 

1) From Warrington Animal Welfare:

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2) From Monday 28 September:

Given the rise in the number of viral infections, we have been informed that from Monday 28 September there will be new restrictions to the following gatherings in church:

a)  The ‘Rule of Six’ will apply to Baptisms, i.e. child to be baptised plus five others (e.g. parents and godparents).

b)  The ‘Rule of Six’ will apply to First Communion Masses, i.e. child to celebrate First Communion plus five others.

c)  Only 15 people will be allowed in church for Weddings.

d)  The number permitted for Funerals remains at 30.

e)  The ‘Rule of Six’ does not effect weekday or Sunday Mass at this time.

 

3)  QR Codes

The new track and trace NHS app asks that places of worship set up a QR bar code and display it on posters at the entrance to churches so that people can use a smart phone to register their presence.  We will ensure that this is done in the next few days.

 

Thursday 24 September 2020 – Our Lady of Walsingham

Someone sent me this video today.  It’s beautiful.

 

Thank you, Lord, for your beautiful gift of animals.

 

Wednesday 23 September 2020

Today we keep the memory of the Italian priest, St Padre Pio, who died on this day in 1968.

padre-pio

Some quotes to ponder from Padre Pio:

“The Lord our King will hold the door of his heart open for anyone who wants to enter for an audience at any time.”

“Go to the tabernacle in spirit when you are not able to do so physically!”

“It happens at times, that because the voice of the Lord is always there, we no longer hear it; but the Lord enlightens and calls. It’s man who places himself in such a position that he can no longer hear.”

“Like our Lady, remain at the Cross of Jesus, and you will never be deprived of comfort.”

“The Lord sometimes makes you feel the weight of the cross. Although the weight seems intolerable, you are able to carry it, because the Lord, in his love and mercy extends a hand to you and gives you strength.”

 

Tuesday 22 September 2020

Simply this… (click on image to enlarge)

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(c) Charlie Mackesy

 

Monday 21 September 2020 – Feast of St Matthew

God’s Plan for Me

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 naught. 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 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.
He knows what He is about.
He may take away my friends.
He may throw me among strangers.
He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future from me.
Still, He knows what He is about.

St John Henry Newman

 

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A) – 20 September 2020

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Sunday Mass 

If you are coming to one of the Sunday Masses at St Benedict’s today and haven’t been since before the lockdown in March, please read this leaflet first so that you know what to expect:

cautious-reopening-of-our-churches-what-to-expect-print

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

If you are unwell in any way, have poor health or are shielding, it is important to stay at home for now.  If you don’t feel ready to come back to church or feel it is too soon, 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:

cathedral-on-night-light

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

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

st-stephens

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

www.st-stephens-warrington.co.uk

blessed-john-henry-newman-latchford-3

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

www.newmanparishwarrington.com

live-stream-masses

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:

candle-small

Mass Sheet we will be using this weekend:    mass-sheet-sunday-25a

Bidding Prayers:    bidding-prayers-sunday-25a

Sunday Plus:    sunday-plus-sun-25a

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:    look-sun-25a

 

kidz-zone_we-are-cafod-illustration_opt_fullstory_small

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)  Blessing of Animals

The annual Blessing of Animals will take place at St Benedict’s today (Sunday) at 2.00 pm.  It will be a great opportunity to thank our beloved pets for their company during the lockdown, to pray for those animals who suffer in our world, and to remember our dear pets who have died.

(Click on image below for poster)

blessing-of-animals

5)  And finally, a little humour…

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God bless you,
Fr Dave


24th Week in Ordinary Time

Saturday 19 September 2020

Please pray for the children who will be celebrating their First Communion with us this weekend.  Here’s a couple of lovely pictures from last week’s celebrations:

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Good and gracious God,
look upon your beloved children
who are to take part fully in the eucharist for the first time.
Deepen their faith, strengthen their love
and help them always to live in friendship with Jesus,
who is Lord for ever and ever.
Amen.

 

Friday 18 September 2020

From next Tuesday, 22 September, here in Warrington…

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God our Father,
each person is precious to you.
You are the giver of life.
Have mercy on us and protect us at this time,
as the Coronavirus threatens health and life.
You are an ever-present helper in time of trouble.
Watch over those who are suffering,
give strength to those who are aiding the sick
and give courage to all in this time of anxiety.
We ask this of you in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ.
Amen.

(Archdiocese of Liverpool)

 

Thursday 17 September 2020

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Blessing of Animals

A reminder that the annual Blessing of Animals will take place at St Benedict’s this Sunday, 20 September, at 2.00 pm.  Please spread the word.  It’s a great opportunity to thank our beloved pets for their company during the lockdown, to pray for those animals who suffer in our world, and to remember our dear pets who have died.  All are welcome.

Please ensure your pet is safe, i.e. on a lead or in a carrier.  If your pet has died or is unable to come to the service, do bring a photo of them or a card with their name on.

(Click on image below for poster)

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Wednesday 16 September 2020

A thought for the day…

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Tuesday 15 September 2020 – Our Lady of Sorrows

My first appointment as a priest was to a parish called ‘Our Lady of Compassion’.  It’s a fairly unusual title in the UK but it comes from today’s feast of Our Lady of Sorrows.  A more common parish title in the UK is ‘Our Lady of Pity’.  The feast recalls the sorrows that pierced Mary’s heart during her life, particularly standing at the foot of the Cross and receiving the dead body of her Son into her arms depicted in Michelangelo’s ‘Pieta’ in St Peter’s Basilica, Rome:

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At Mass this morning, I shared this extract from an essay by Jennifer Hubbard, mother of two, one of whom, Catherine Violet (age 6), was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting:

“Comfort is a grace revealed as a mother cups her baby’s cheek and dries the tears. It is a grace found as one sits vigil beside a loved one’s bed, scared and exhausted, but still offering an assuring smile. Beside each person quietly comforting another, Mary is there. Mary encourages, strengthens, and intercedes because she understands. She knows from whom her strength and comfort is found.

She had seen her Son flogged, scourged, spit on, his clothing cast for lots. My soul aches for the pain Mary endured. With the life she bore splayed on a cross, we are told she stands at the foot of it. She stands and does not turn her eyes and Jesus provides (Jn 19:26). Mary lives the final instruction we hear her offer, ‘Do whatever he tells you’ (Jn 2:5). She lives Jesus’ command, and teaches us to love and trust in his ways. She inspires me to walk in a similar courage. My heart yearns to be the gentle mother to which she calls me.

The day Catherine died, his eyes told me everything. They longed for comfort, his heart searching for any assurance. I looked at my brave one and prayed the words would come. I locked eyes and pleaded that what I was about to say would penetrate the deepest part of his soul. I mustered all the strength to stand as Mary stood and quietly told him: She is in heaven. She is safe. She is home. As we cried, my hand cupped his cheek and I knew Mary was with me.”

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Monday 14 September 2020 – The Exaltation of the Cross

Need a little cheering up? …

Let’s see how sports commentator, Andrew Cotter, and his two dogs are getting on.

Olive & Mabel – looking for love

 

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A) – 13 September 2020

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Sunday Mass 

If you are coming to one of the Sunday Masses at St Benedict’s today and haven’t been since before the lockdown in March, please read this leaflet first so that you know what to expect:

cautious-reopening-of-our-churches-what-to-expect-print

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 continuing to shield, it is important to stay at home for now.  If you don’t feel ready to come back to church or feel it is too soon, 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:

cathedral-on-night-light

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

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

st-stephens

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

www.st-stephens-warrington.co.uk

blessed-john-henry-newman-latchford-3

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

www.newmanparishwarrington.com

live-stream-masses

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:

candle-small

Mass Sheet we will be using this weekend:    mass-sheet-sunday-24a

Bidding Prayers:    bidding-prayers-sunday-24a

Sunday Plus:    sunday-plus-sun-24a

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:    look-sun-24a

 

kidz-zone_we-are-cafod-illustration_opt_fullstory_small

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)  Blessing of Animals

The annual Blessing of Animals will take place at St Benedict’s next Sunday, 20 September, at 2.00 pm.  Please spread the word.  It’s a great opportunity to thank our beloved pets for their company during the lockdown, to pray for those animals who suffer in our world, and to remember our dear pets who have died.

(Click on image below for poster)

blessing-of-animals

5)  And finally, a little humour…

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shower-mask

God bless you,
Fr Dave


23rd Week in Ordinary Time

Saturday 12 September 2020

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Friday 11 September 2020

Today, 11 September, is better known to us as “9/11”.  Nineteen years ago today, the world was shattered by the dreadful terrorist attacks in the United States.  We join the people of America in remembering all those who were killed, those who gave their lives to try and save others, those who grieve, and the many scarred in body or mind.

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In 2015, Pope Francis visited Ground Zero and prayed this prayer:

O God of love, compassion, and healing,
look on us, people of many different faiths
and religious traditions,
who gather today on this hallowed ground,
the scene of unspeakable violence and pain.

We ask you in your goodness
to give eternal light and peace
to all who died here:
the heroic first-responders:
our fire fighters, police officers,
emergency service workers
and Port Authority personnel,
along with all the innocent men and women
who were victims of this tragedy
simply because their work or service
brought them here on September 11.

We ask you, in your compassion,
to bring healing to those who,
because of their presence here fourteen years ago,
continue to suffer from injuries and illness.

Heal, too, the pain of still-grieving families
and all who lost loved ones in this tragedy.
Give them strength to continue their lives
with courage and hope.

We are mindful as well
of those who suffered death, injury, and loss
on the same day at the Pentagon
and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Our hearts are one with theirs
as our prayer embraces their pain and suffering.

God of peace, bring your peace to our violent world:
peace in the hearts of all men and women
and peace among the nations of the earth.
Turn to your way of love
those whose hearts and minds
are consumed with hatred,
and who justify killing in the name of religion.

God of understanding,
overwhelmed by the magnitude of this tragedy,
we seek your light and guidance
as we confront such terrible events.

Grant that those whose lives were spared
may live so that the lives lost here
may not have been lost in vain.

Comfort and console us, strengthen us in hope,
and give us the wisdom and courage
to work tirelessly for a world
where true peace and love reign
among nations and in the hearts of all.

 

Thursday 10 September 2020

Catholic Pictorial

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This month’s Catholic Pictorial, the Archdiocesan montly magazine, is now available at the back of church and online here:

https://issuu.com/merseymirror/docs/catholic_pic_september_2020

 

Wednesday 9 September 2020

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Are the Churches closing again?

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement in response to the increase in the number of Covid-19 infections, I have received a number of phone calls asking if the First Communion Masses are still on, if the church will still be open for Mass, and so on.  The answer is ‘YES’.

The new restrictions announced today do not affect places of worship at the moment because our churches are risk assessed to be ‘Covid-secure’ environments.  In other words, our churches have complied with the Government’s guidance on managing the risk of Covid-19.

Churches, like St Benedict’s and St Oswald’s, have only been allowed to reopen because they have demonstrated that all reasonable steps are being taken to manage the risk of people gathering together during the current pandemic.

It is true that this situation could change.  It is very difficult to predict how the pandemic will unfold.  However, for now, our churches will remain open at the new temporary times, public Masses will continue, as will the First Communion Masses, Weddings and Baptisms.  For the time being, funerals will continue to be celebrated at the crematorium or graveside.

Fr Dave  

 

Tuesday 8 September 2020 – The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Image ‘Jesus comforts and guides us’ (c) Elizabeth Wang (www.radiantlight.org.uk)

A Thought about Prayer

“We think of prayer as something we do for God whereas prayer is essentially a gift.

“Prayer is intimacy with God and it is God who offers this intimacy.  We respond.

“There is only one Christian prayer and that is Jesus, the New and Eternal Covenant, the union in person of God and man.  All Christian prayer is essentially through him, with him and in him.

“That we should pray is as much a command of the Lord as that we must love our neighbour.  Further, our prayer must be “in my name”.  “Truly, truly, I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father, he will give it to you in my name” (John 16: 23-24).  The implications of this simple command are immeasurably profound.  If we ponder it carefully, we shall see that it must eliminate any claim to a spiritual competence of our own and, consequently, remove the burden of anxiety we feel at our helplessness and incompetence – a ‘burden’ that is not the Lord’s.

“The God revealed in Jesus is like a loving mother who, seeing her little one struggling to climb the stairs to reach her, runs down and lifts up the child to her heart … “

Sr Ruth Burrows OCD in ‘Love Unknown’ (Burns & Oates, an imprint of Continuum, 2011)

 

Monday 7 September 2020

Do you need a smile today?  Have a look at this.  It’s a video of Pope Francis’ visit to the United States in 2015.  In the video, Pope Francis is visiting St Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington DC.  This is priceless.  I don’t know how they did it, but…

 

Due to the current pandemic, public buildings have to have a one-way system to assist with social distancing and to help to keep people safe.  Have you noticed how many people find it difficult to follow a one-way system?  It really isn’t that difficult.  Even this seagull can do it…

 

Have a good day!

 

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (A) – 6 September 2020

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Sunday Mass 

If you are coming to one of the Sunday Masses at St Benedict’s today and haven’t been since before the lockdown in March, please read this leaflet first so that you know what to expect:

cautious-reopening-of-our-churches-what-to-expect-print

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 continuing to shield, it is important to stay at home for now.  If you don’t feel ready to come back to church or feel it is too soon, 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:

cathedral-on-night-light

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

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

st-stephens

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

www.st-stephens-warrington.co.uk

blessed-john-henry-newman-latchford-3

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

www.newmanparishwarrington.com

live-stream-masses

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:

candle-small

Mass Sheet we will be using this weekend:    mass-sheet-sunday-23a

Bidding Prayers:    bidding-prayers-sunday-23a

Sunday Plus:    sunday-plus-sun-23a

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:    look-sun-23a

 

kidz-zone_we-are-cafod-illustration_opt_fullstory_small

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)  Blessing of Animals

The annual Blessing of Animals will take place at St Benedict’s on Sunday 20 September at 2.00 pm.  Please spread the word.  It’s a great opportunity to thank our beloved pets for their company during the lockdown, to pray for those animals who suffer in our world, and to remember our dear pets who have died.

(Click on image below for poster)

blessing-of-animals

5)  And finally, a little humour…

love-island-in-st-helens

beatles-abbey-road

God bless you,
Fr Dave


22nd Week in Ordinary Time

Saturday 5 September 2020

Debunking a few myths about wearing face coverings or masks:

 

Friday 4 September 2020

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Pray for Lebanon

A month ago, while Lebanon was already going through the worst economic and political crisis in its history, an explosion tore through the city of Beirut.  Today, Pope Francis invites all Christians across the world to join him in prayer for the people of Lebanon as a way of standing with them and being close to them.

God of refuge,
hear our prayer
as we hold the people of Beirut
in our hearts at this time.
Fill us with compassion
and move us to reach out in love.

In your mercy,
bring comfort to those who mourn,
healing to those who are injured,
shelter to those who are homeless,
and sustenance to those who hunger.

Give strength to those who are working
to rebuild shattered lives,
and protect those who are vulnerable,
especially in a time of pandemic.

Lead us in your ways
so that together we may bring
the light of new hope
wherever there is destruction and despair.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

(CAFOD)

 

Thursday 3 September 2020 – Feast of St Gregory the Great

Happy Feast Day to St Gregory’s Catholic High School in Warrington.

Another prayer for those returning to school:

(Click on image to enlarge)

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(Source unknown)

 

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School of Prayer

School of Prayer is a new series from the Archdiocese which seeks to enable people to explore different ways of praying.

Session 4 – An Exploration of Centering Prayer (click on the link below):

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Picture above (c) Elizabeth Wang from her website: www.radiantlight.org.uk

 

Wednesday 2 September 2020

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If your child is feeling anxious about going back to school, here are some tips on how you can support them:

https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/supporting-a-child-returning-to-school-after-lockdown

Returning to school for the whole community – children, staff, parents – may raise anxiety in all.  Anxiety may be masked by behaviours and not be immediately recognisable, leaving our response at odds with the individual.  ‘Trauma Informed Schools UK’ have put together some common indicators and ways to respond:

(click on the images to enlarge)

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Children’s Prayer for the Beginning of a New School Year

God our Father,
Bless us as we begin this new year with our friends.
Bless our teachers and all who help us in our school.

May our school be a happy place
where we can grow together in mind, body and spirit.
Help us to listen
and to know the best words to use when we speak.

We thank you for our friends.
Help us love and care for each other.
May we try not to say or do anything
to hurt the feelings of others.
May we always be ready to say sorry
and to forgive as you forgive.

Bless our school and keep us safe.
Be with us as we travel each day.
Bless our families.

God our Father,
you made us and you know all our names.
You love us and hold us
in the palm of your hands.
Thank you for your love.
Amen.

(Source unknown – adapted)

 

Prayer for School Staff

God our Father,
we ask that, during this school year,
your Holy Spirit will guide us in all we do:

in our relationships with colleagues –
that we will always be supportive of each other,
in our teaching – that we may inspire
a love of learning in our children,
in our interactions with our children –
that, no matter how difficult,
we will always remember that each is a child of God,
in meeting with parents – that we will be the friendly face,
and caring soul they need to meet when they sit in front of us.

We pray that we may always be inspired
by the teaching of your Son;
that we will remember to make space
for silence and reflection in our own lives;
and that we will always use the gifts you have given us
to enable our children to discover their own gifts
and become the best people they can be.

May our school community
be a place of faith, hope and love.

(Source unknown – adapted)

 

Tuesday 1 September 2020

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World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Today, 1st September, is World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.  The day was introduced into the Church’s calendar by Pope Francis in 2015, but it’s been observed by our brothers and sisters in the Orthodox Church since 1989.

The day marks the beginning of the Season of Creation which lasts until the feast of St Francis on 4th October.  During these five weeks, we are invited to pray and care for creation, ‘our common home’, which is God’s gift to us and to future generations.  We’ll mark the season during Mass next Sunday and with a little focus for action each week.

Today, we could pray this prayer from Pope Francis:

All-powerful God,
you are present in the whole universe
and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.

O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned
and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.
Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.

Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognise that we are profoundly united
with every creature
as we journey towards your infinite light.

We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle
for justice, love and peace.

(From the encyclical, Laudato Si’, by Pope Francis)

 

Monday 31 August 2020

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Picture (c) Jonathan Bean, Freshwater West, UK

Thought for the Day

If we truly love our neighbours,
we refrain from saying anything prejudicial to them.
We support everyone as we would like to be supported.
We try to give the example that we would like to receive from others.
We excuse and forgive the blunders of others
as we would like ours to be forgiven and excused.
We rejoice in the happiness of others and are sorrowful in their pains,
just as we would like them to respond to us in ours.
We graciously help others in their needs both by prayer and actual service
because in this way we truly show our goodwill and love.

From ‘The Selected Letters of St Jane de Chantal’ (Burns and Oates, 1918)

 

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (A) – 30 August 2020

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Sunday Mass 

If you are coming to one of the Sunday Masses at St Benedict’s today and haven’t been since before the lockdown in March, please read this leaflet first so that you know what to expect:

cautious-reopening-of-our-churches-what-to-expect-print

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 continuing to shield, it is important to stay at home for now.  If you don’t feel ready to come back to church or feel it is too soon, 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:

cathedral-on-night-light

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

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

st-stephens

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

www.st-stephens-warrington.co.uk

blessed-john-henry-newman-latchford-3

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

www.newmanparishwarrington.com

live-stream-masses

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:

candle-small

Mass Sheet we will be using this weekend:    mass-sheet-sunday-22a

Bidding Prayers:    bidding-prayers-sunday-22a

Sunday Plus:    sunday-plus-sun22a

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

 

3)  For Children:

child-praying-hands-1510773_960_720

You might like to use the following sheet:

Children’s Activity Sheet:    look-sun22a

 

kidz-zone_we-are-cafod-illustration_opt_fullstory_small

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…

pianists-drying-socks

bar-in-shower

God bless you,
Fr Dave


21st Week in Ordinary Time

Saturday 29 August 2020 – The Passion of St John the Baptist

I think this is worth sharing again… (click on the image)

let-yourself-rest

 

Friday 28 August 2020 – St Augustine

Olive & Mabel

Have you been wondering how Olive and Mabel are getting on?  Let’s join sports commentator, Andrew Cotter, and his two dogs…

 

Many thanks Andrew, Olive and Mabel

 

Thursday 27 August 2020 – St Monica

Simply this…

be-a-kindly-light

 

Wednesday 26 August 2020 – Blessed Dominic Barbari

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School of Prayer

School of Prayer is a new series from the Archdiocese which seeks to enable people to explore different ways of praying.

Session 3 – An Exploration of Imaginative Contemplation (click on the link below):

school-of-prayer-3

Picture above (c) Elizabeth Wang from her website: www.radiantlight.org.uk

 

Tuesday 25 August 2020

Thinking of the refugees trying to cross the English Channel, especially the young boy who lost his life last week, this is worth a watch:

 

Monday 24 August 2020

This will make you smile…

 

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time (A) – 23 August 2020

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Sunday Mass 

If you are coming to one of the Sunday Masses at St Benedict’s today and haven’t been since before the lockdown in March, please read this leaflet first so that you know what to expect:

cautious-reopening-of-our-churches-what-to-expect-print

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 continuing to shield, it is important to stay at home for now.  If you don’t feel ready to come back to church or feel it is too soon, 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:

cathedral-on-night-light

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

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

st-stephens

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

www.st-stephens-warrington.co.uk

blessed-john-henry-newman-latchford-3

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

www.newmanparishwarrington.com

live-stream-masses

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:

candle-small

Mass Sheet we will be using this weekend:    mass-sheet-sunday-21a

Bidding Prayers:    bidding-prayers-sunday-21a

Sunday Plus:    sunday-plus-sunday-21a

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

 

3)  For Children:

child-praying-hands-1510773_960_720

You might like to use the following sheet:

Children’s Activity Sheet:    look-sunday-21a

 

kidz-zone_we-are-cafod-illustration_opt_fullstory_small

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…

laptop-breville

 

russian-vaccine

 

God bless you,
Fr Dave


20th Week in Ordinary Time

Saturday 22 August 2020

A simple prayer for today – click on the image to make it larger:

appreciate-good-things

Image: source unknown

 

Friday 21 August 2020

candles

A beautiful prayer from Fr James Martin SJ, which he prayed last night at the Democratic National Convention in the United States:

Loving God,
Open our hearts to those most in need:
The unemployed parent worried about feeding his or her children.
The woman who is underpaid, harassed or abused.
The Black man or woman who fear for their lives.
The immigrant at the border, longing for safety.
The homeless person looking for a meal.
The LGBT teen who is bullied.
The unborn child in the womb.
The inmate on death row.
Help us to be a nation where
every life is sacred,
all people are loved,
and all are welcome.
Amen.

 

Thursday 20 August 2020

migrants-refugees-channel

As migrants and refugees continue to cross the English Channel,
let us pray that we may reach out with help rather than punishment,
a willingness to listen to their stories instead of thinking we know everything,
and the compassion we hope others would show us if we were in their shoes.

 

Wednesday 19 August 2020

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School of Prayer

School of Prayer is a new series from the Archdiocese which seeks to enable people to explore different ways of praying.

Session 2 – An Exploration of Lectio Divina (click on the link below):

school-of-prayer-2

Picture above (c) Elizabeth Wang from her website: www.radiantlight.org.uk 

 

Tuesday 18 August 2020

night-photo

Night Prayer
A prayer for the end of the day by Fr Austin Fleming aka Twitter’s Concord Pastor:

Some nights when I come to pray, Lord,
I don’t have words to say,
not even a voice to speak with,
no song to sing…

Sometimes I just can’t put the words together,
sometimes I’m just too lazy,
and sometimes it’s because I’m tired and sleepy…

When I can’t find my voice, Lord,
when my words can’t find my lips:
then be my prayer and speak for me,
be the voice of my silent heart,
be my song and sing the lyrics
locked inside my soul…

I know that if I trust in you, Lord:
you’ll be my strength,
you’ll lift me up,
you’ll be my everlasting love
and yes, you’ll be my song…

Protect me, Lord, while I’m awake
and watch over me as I sleep
that awake, I might keep watch with you
and asleep, rest in your peace…

Amen.

(c) Fr Austin Fleming

 

Monday 17 August 2020

Yesterday, Pope Francis gave a beautiful address after the Angelus on this Gospel passage:

Matthew 15: 21-28

Jesus left Gennesaret and withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. Then out came a Canaanite woman from that district and started shouting, “Sir, Son of David, take pity on me. My daughter is tormented by a devil.” But he answered her not a word. And his disciples went and pleaded with him. “Give her what she wants,” they said, “because she is shouting after us.” He said in reply, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the House of Israel.” But the woman had come up and was kneeling at his feet. “Lord,” she said, “help me.” He replied, “It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the house-dogs.” She retorted, “Ah yes, sir; but even house-dogs can eat the scraps that fall from their master’s table.” Then Jesus answered her, “Woman, you have great faith. Let your wish be granted.” And from that moment her daughter was well again.

pope-francis-angelus

Dear brothers and sisters, good day!

This Sunday’s Gospel (see Mt 15:21-28) describes the meeting between Jesus and the Canaanite woman. Jesus is to the north of Galilee, in foreign territory. The woman was not Jewish, she was Canaanite. Jesus is there to spend some time with His disciples away from the crowds, from the crowds whose numbers are always growing. And behold, a woman approached Him seeking help for her sick daughter: “Have mercy on me, Lord!” (v. 22). It is the cry that is born out of a life marked by suffering, from the sense of the helplessness of a mamma who sees her daughter tormented by evil who cannot be healed; she cannot heal her. Jesus initially ignores her, but this mother insists; she insists, even when the Master says to the disciples that His mission is directed only to “the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (v. 24) and not to the pagans. She continues to beg Him, and at that point, He puts her to the test, citing a proverb. It’s a bit…this seems almost a bit cruel, but she puts her to the test: “It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs” (v. 26). And right away, the woman, quick, anguished, responds: “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table” (v. 27).

And with these words, that mother shows that she has perceived the goodness of the Most High God present in Jesus who is open to any of His creatures necessities. And this wisdom, filled with trust, touches Jesus’s heart and provokes words of admiration: “Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish” (v. 28). What type of faith is great? Great faith is that which brings its own story, marked even by wounds, and brings it to the Lord’s feet asking Him to heal them, to give them meaning.

Each one of us has our own story and it is not always a story “of export”, it is not always a clean story… Many times it is a difficult story, with a lot of pain, many misfortunes and many sins. What do I do with my story? Do I hide it? No! We must bring it before the Lord. “Lord, if You will it, you can heal me!” This is what this woman teaches us, this wonderful mother: the courage to bring our own painful story before God, before Jesus, to touch God’s tenderness, Jesus’s tenderness. Let’s try this story, this prayer: let each one of us think of his or her own story. There are always ugly things in a story, always. Let us go to Jesus, knock on Jesus’s heart and say to Him: “Lord, if You will it, you can heal me!” And we can do this if we always have the face of Jesus before us, if we understand what Christ’s heart is like, what Jesus’s heart is like: a heart that feels compassion, that bears our pains, that bears our sins, our mistakes, our failures. But it is a heart that love us like that, as we are, without make-up: He loves us like that. “Lord, if You will it, you can heal me!” This is why it is necessary to understand Jesus, to be familiar with Jesus.

I always go back to the advice that I give you: always carry a small pocket-size Gospel and read a passage every day. There you will find Jesus as He is, as He presents Himself; you will find Jesus who loves us, who loves us a lot, who tremendously wants our well-being. Let us remember the prayer: “Lord, if You will it, you can heal me!” A beautiful prayer. Carry the Gospel: in your purse, in your pocket and even on your mobile phone, to look at. May the Lord help us, all of us, to pray this beautiful prayer, that a pagan woman teaches us: not a Christian woman, not a Jewish woman, a pagan woman.

May the Virgin Mary intercede with her prayer so that the joy of faith might grow in every baptized person as well as the desire to communicate it through a consistent witness of life, that she give us the courage to approach Jesus and to say to Him: “Lord, if You will it, you can heal me!”

© Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana

 

Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary – 16 August 2020

corby-eisbacher-jump-for-joy

Image: ‘Jump for Joy’ (c) Corby Eisbacher

Sunday Mass 

If you are coming to one of the Sunday Masses at St Benedict’s today and haven’t been since before the lockdown in March, please read this leaflet first so that you know what to expect:

cautious-reopening-of-our-churches-what-to-expect-print

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 continuing to shield, it is important to stay at home for now.  If you don’t feel ready to come back to church or feel it is too soon, 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:

cathedral-on-night-light

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

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

st-stephens

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

www.st-stephens-warrington.co.uk

blessed-john-henry-newman-latchford-3

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

www.newmanparishwarrington.com

live-stream-masses

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:

candle-small

Mass Sheet we will be using this weekend:    mass-sheet-assumption

Bidding Prayers:    bidding-prayers-assumption

Sunday Plus:  (click on image to enlarge)

sunday-plus-assumption

 

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

 

3)  For Children:

child-praying-hands-1510773_960_720

You might like to use the following sheet:

Children’s Activity Sheet:    look-assumption

 

kidz-zone_we-are-cafod-illustration_opt_fullstory_small

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…

ventriloquist

next-weeks-covid-19-news

 

God bless you,
Fr Dave