17th Week in Ordinary Time

Saturday 1 August 2020

Catholic Pictorial

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This month’s Catholic Pictorial has just been published.  You can read it here:

https://issuu.com/merseymirror/docs/catholic_pic_august_2020

 

Friday 31 July 2020

Someone sent this to me the other day (click on image to enlarge)…

comfort-dog

Animals have so much to teach us humans!

 

Thursday 30 July 2020

At Mass this morning, I played the song, ‘Love Has Come’, by Matt Maher.  I used this version by the choir of St Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Ajax, Ontario, Canada.  It really is very beautiful.

 

Wednesday 29 July 2020

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The link below will take you to a video from Fr Chris Thomas, Director of the Irenaeus Project, who reflects on what sort of Church do we want following the experience of the last few months?

https://www.liverpoolcatholicresources.com/what-sort-of-church

 

Tuesday 28 July 2020

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The Road of Life

At first, I saw God
as my observer,
my judge,
keeping track of the things I did wrong,
so as to know whether I merited heaven
or hell when I die.

He was out there sort of like a president.
I recognized His picture when I saw it,
but I really didn’t know Him.

But later on
when I met Christ,
it seemed as though life was rather like a bike ride,
but it was a tandem bike,
and I noticed that Christ
was in the back helping me pedal.

I don’t know just when it was
that He suggested we change places,
but life has not been the same since.

When I had control,
I knew the way.
It was rather boring,
but predictable . . .
It was the shortest distance between two points.

But when He took the lead,
He knew delightful long cuts,
up mountains,
and through rocky places
at breakneck speeds,
it was all I could do to hang on!

Even though it looked like madness,
He said, “Pedal!”

I worried and was anxious
and asked,
“Where are you taking me?”
He laughed and didn’t answer,
and I started to learn to trust.

I forgot my boring life
and entered into the adventure.
And when I’d say, “I’m scared,”
He’d lean back and touch my hand.

He took me to people with gifts that I needed,
gifts of healing,
acceptance
and joy.

They gave me gifts to take on my journey,
my Lord’s and mine.

And we were off again.
He said, “Give the gifts away;
they’re extra baggage, too much weight.”

So I did,
to the people we met,
and I found that in giving I received,
and still our burden was light.

I did not trust Him,
at first,
in control of my life.
I thought He’d wreck it;
but He knows bike secrets,
knows how to make it bend to take sharp corners,
knows how to jump to clear high rocks,
knows how to fly to shorten scary passages.

And I am learning to shut up
and pedal
in the strangest places,
and I’m beginning to enjoy the view
and the cool breeze on my face
with my delightful constant companion, Jesus Christ.

And when I’m sure I just can’t do anymore,
He just smiles and says . . . “Pedal.”

Author unknown
From the book “Holy Sweat” by Tim Hansel

 

Monday 27 July 2020

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This is a beautiful thing to share with children and young people.  Yesterday, after praying the Angelus, Pope Francis said:

Dear brothers and sisters,

On the memorial of the Saints Joachim and Anne, Jesus “grandparents”, I would like to invite the young to perform a gesture of tenderness towards the elderly, especially the loneliest, in their homes and residences, those who have not seen their loved ones for many months. Dear young people, each one of these elderly people is your grandparent! Do not leave them by themselves. Use the inventiveness of love, make telephone calls, video calls, send messages, listen to them and, where possible, in compliance with the healthcare rules, go to visit them too. Send them a hug. They are your roots. An uprooted tree cannot grow, it does not blossom or bear fruit. This is why the bond and connection with your roots is important. “The blossom of a tree comes from what it has underground”, says a poet from my homeland. Therefore I invite you to give a big round of applause for our grandparents, everyone!

(c) Vatican News

 

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A) – 26 July 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 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

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

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

st-stephen-warrington-1

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

www.st-stephens-warrington.co.uk

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

www.newmanparishwarrington.com

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

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

 

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

the-scriptures-are-the-word-of-god-clipart-2

Mass Sheet we will be using this weekend:    mass-sheet-sunday-17a

Bidding Prayers:    bidding-prayers-sunday-17a

Sunday Plus:  (click on image to enlarge)

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

 

3)  For Children:

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You might like to use the following sheet:

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

look-17a

cafod

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

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

 

4)  Isolated but not alone! 

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

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

 

5)  And finally, a little humour…

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zoom-wedding

 

God bless you,
Fr Dave


16th Week in Ordinary Time

Saturday 25 July 2020

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Lourdes ‘At Home’ Pilgrimage

Since the annual Archdiocesan Pilgrimage is unable to go to Lourdes this year, the Archdiocese is having a Lourdes ‘At Home’ Pilgrimage beginning today.  You can find full details of the programme by clicking on the link below and the times of services will be in this week’s newsletter.

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You can watch all the services online here:  https://www.facebook.com/Liverpool-Lourdes-at-Home-2020-109541120834991

The pilgrimage begins this afternoon with an Opening Mass from St Mary’s, Aughton, with Fr Des Seddon at 2.00 pm and a Service of Reconciliation at 2.00 pm.

Tomorrow, Bishop Tom will celebrate Mass in the Cathedral at 11.00 am and there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 7.00 pm.

Schedule for Youth Pilgrimage (click on image below):

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Friday 24 July 2020

Olive & Mabel

Sports commentator, Andrew Cotter, and his two dogs, Olive and Mabel, have entertained us during the lockdown.  So how are they getting on now that restrictions are being eased…

 

 

Many thanks Andrew, Olive and Mabel

 

Thursday 23 July 2020

Synod Update

 

Synod website:  https://synod2020.co.uk/

 

Wednesday 22 July 2020

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How the Scriptures can transform us

By Fr Chris Thomas

When I was a child my nana lived with us. She was bedridden and my mum looked after her. My dad was an alcoholic and when I could not cope with his moods I would run and hide in my nana’s bed and she would read bible stories to me. It was very unusual for a woman born in the 1890’s to read the Bible but Nana did. Even when I lost faith, I would still read the Scriptures because I loved the stories that I found there, and they reminded me of times when I found a little bit of peace in what was sometimes a traumatic childhood. The Scripture stories and nana’s calm presence were pools of light for me in the darkness. There was somewhere I felt safe and stories that comforted me. When God found me, I was fifteen and one of the first things that happened to me was that the Scriptures came alive. The stories that I had read to me for so many years took on new meaning as I discovered the presence of God in and through the Word. I am convinced that through reading and praying the Scriptures we will encounter God in a new way.

The Christian Church believes the Scriptures are the word of God, inspired by the Spirit, written by communities of faith to help others on their faith journey; that God speaks to us through them. Every time we read them, God will speak, both challenging us and comforting us. The Scriptures draw us into an encounter with God where we know that God is alive and with us.

For most of us who are Catholic, when we think of the presence of God, we think about the Eucharist. We talk of the real presence, but you know the truth is that God is as really present in the Scriptures and in people as God is present in the Eucharist. Every time we read the Word we enter into the presence of God. What do I mean by presence? Well I guess it is that indescribable sense of relationship, where we know by faith that another is walking with us, and addressing us and entering into the reality of our lives.

The Scriptures tell our story, our faith story, the difficulties we have in life, the challenges we have to face, the big questions that we wrestle with. Why am I here? Why do I exist? What’s suffering all about?  They reveal the universal patterns of human experience. You know the questions that my mum asked when she was dying in a hospice in 1993 are the same questions that someone dying in first century Palestine would have asked.  The Scriptures invite us to reflect on the way in which we love one another, the way we relate to one another and see one another. The Scriptures say to us that loving one another is not about coming to church services; it is about justice, mercy and truth.  So pray the Scriptures of the day, the ones usually read at Mass and see what it does for you.

In these days, I have spent a lot of time reflecting on Matthew’s Gospel and particularly the challenge of the beatitudes.  Bro Denis was a De La Salle brother in his eighties when I was a youth chaplain in St Helens in the 1980’s. Every week he would say, ‘You know Chris when we get to heaven the only question we will be asked is did you love’, just did you love?

Paul VI in closing the Holy Year of 1975 said that ‘the work of the Church is to create a society of sharing solidarity and love.’  Jesus called this new way of living, the Kingdom of God and it is the heart of his teaching in Matthew’s Gospel. We are invited to allow the Kingdom of God to happen within us and then amongst us so that the world can recognise through our love and service that there is another way of living, which brings life and peace. The beatitudes invite us to know that the Kingdom is proclaimed in the lives of those who know their need of God and who allow gentleness and mercy and forgiveness to touch the lives of others. The Kingdom is proclaimed in the lives of those who hunger and thirst for justice, those who are willing to give their lives away for the sake of others, are single minded about the kingdom and who are fearless in the cause of right.  Somehow, we have to allow ourselves to be transformed within so that we can transform the society we live in.

That is what I have wrestled with over these last weeks. What does the transformed heart look like? It looks like the beatitudes! Deep within ourselves we have to know our need of God more than anything else. We are to weep for the world, which is the victim of greed and oppression. I wonder how many of us ignore the structures of injustice and intolerance that are around. We are to hunger and thirst for justice. Gentleness, mercy, forgiveness, love are to flow out of us into the lives around of us. Can we honestly say they do?

If the Church is not radically different from the rest of the world, then we have lost our way and whatever we might be proclaiming it is not the Kingdom of God. If we have sold out to consumerism and power, and the value systems of society, we might satisfy those around us, but we are not proclaiming the Kingdom.  If we proclaim a pie in the sky religion, which is just about the next world and has us only involved in the saving of our souls then we might feel good about ourselves, but we are not proclaiming the Kingdom. So, my reflection has made me feel uncomfortable because it will cost us to allow the kingdom to be born within us. It will mean a letting go of what we thought life was about. It can lead us into conflict with those who cling to the ways of the world. We can be ridiculed and persecuted but more than that, it will bring us life, purpose and fulfilment, and it will bring the hope of new life to those around us. Please God it will happen in me and in all of us.

Fr Chris Thomas is a priest of the Liverpool Archdiocese. He has been a full-time youth chaplain, a University chaplain, a Parish Priest and is now the director of the Irenaeus Project. The Project is an attempt to promote the whole area of spirituality for everyone. He is part of the committee for the Catholic network for spirituality and of the Harvesters Men’s steering group as well as representing the diocese at meetings led by the Bishops Conference spirituality group. He has spoken all over the British Isles as well as Ireland and mainland Europe. He is the author of nine books including ‘Love is the Key’, ‘When did we stop skipping?’ and ‘Meta What? He writes regularly for periodicals and magazines. More than anything else Chris loves working with the scriptures and encouraging people to see them in a different way. Chris’s hobbies include reading, music, football and filling his house with so called antiques…others may well say junk!

(c) Reproduced from the website of the Catholic Bishops Conference of England & Wales

 

Tuesday 21 July 2020

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A Prayer for the Present Time

Holy God,
as we continue to live in this time of responding
to the pandemic of COVID-19,
we come asking for strength and grace.
It has not been easy for us
to live in a state of physical distancing.
We cannot greet friends and loved ones,
we cannot offer an embrace to comfort,
a handshake to greet,
a pat on the shoulders to encourage.
To keep ourselves and each other safe,
we must keep apart.
Lord, we are unable to greet our elderly and seniors
because we need to keep them safe.
Give to us the strength to keep each other safe.
Give to us the love that will seek to do the highest good
for those who are vulnerable.
Give us the grace to seek for new ways to be social
even as we keep distance.

When we feel overwhelmed and unable to go on,
provide us for us the brother or sister
who will be your channel of grace to the moment.
When we feel frustrated and impatient
because we are tired of staying away from others,
give to us the love that sees the need to keep each other safe.

We remember the medical professionals who even now
continue to work for our health.
Give to them the gifts they need to do their work.
Give to them the strength to continue when things are hard.
Give to them the energy when the day is long.
Keep them safe so that they may be able to continue.
Surround their families
and keep those that they love within your safe keeping.
Help us, the people they serve,
to be grateful for their service.

Stand beside those who have been tested positive for COVID-19,
give to them peace to know that you are with them.
Calm their anxiety, comfort them in their distress,
assure them and their families
that you will neither leave them not forsake them.

Holy One, we know that the race is not for the swift,
and we sense that this race will be a marathon.
But in this race, remind us that we are not alone
and that you have promised to provide the things we need.
So, we run with perseverance mindful that you journey with us.

Amen.

Rev Dr Paul Douglas Walfall, United Church of Canada

 

Monday 20 July 2020

The Warrington Blessing

Yesterday, a song called ‘The Warrington Blessing’ was released.  It’s sung by members of various churches across Warrington in their own homes, and then put together by the wizardry of Zoom to make a single video.  The song is a way of telling the people of our community that God loves them, and his Church loves them too.

You can watch the video here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEoatszAKLk&fbclid=IwAR26rCQY3HRsla3eFBo8QW1LXHvmk1ScFLa1bkkF-k0e6knPPS8PuXpn0DI&app=desktop#menu

 

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A) – 19 July 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 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

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

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

st-stephen-warrington-1

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

www.st-stephens-warrington.co.uk

blessed-john-henry-newman-latchford-1

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

www.newmanparishwarrington.com

online-masses-healthcare

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:

the-scriptures-are-the-word-of-god-clipart-2

Mass Sheet we will be using this weekend:    mass-sheet-sunday-16a

Bidding Prayers:    bidding-prayers-sunday-16a

Sunday Plus:  (click on image to enlarge)

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

 

3)  For Children:

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You might like to use the following sheet:

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

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cafod

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

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

 

4)  Isolated but not alone! 

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

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

 

5)  And finally, a little humour…

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now-weve-learnt-to-wash-hands

 

With my prayers,
Fr Dave


15th Week in Ordinary Time

Saturday 18 July 2020

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Calm me, Lord

I weave a silence on to my lips,
I weave a silence into my mind,
I weave a silence within my heart.

I close my ears to distractions,
I close my eyes to attractions,
I close my heart to temptations.

Calm me, O Lord,
as you stilled the storm.

Still me, O Lord,
keep me from harm.

Let all the tumult within me cease.

Enfold me Lord in your peace.

Source unknown

 

Friday 17 July 2020

You Are Not Alone

Renowned musician, Fr Liam Lawton, has recorded a new song called You Are Not Alone based on the current pandemic and people’s experiences of lockdown.  It is very beautiful.

 

Thursday 16 July 2020

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As the end of the school year approaches, two beautiful prayers by Raymond Friel:

 

A Prayer for Rest

It’s been
a long road
this last while.

I need
to sit here
by the lakeside,

breathe in,
let my soul
catch up with me,

listen again
to the stories
of God.

Raymond Friel

 

A Blessing for Leavers

May the Lord
of the future

go before you
bless you
and keep you

in a world that needs
your generous hearts
more than ever.

May you be
agents of change,
ambassadors

of a kingdom
of tenderness
and reconciliation

in which your light,
your skills,
your imagination

will bring healing
to broken
hearts

bring justice
peace and
hope.

Raymond Friel

 

Wednesday 15 July 2020

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Prayers in Lockdown

The booklet “Prayers in Lockdown” was published on 1st June 2020.  It has been written in collaboration by 25 people through Coffee Shop Sunday, which is a new expression of Church and part of Coventry and Nuneaton Methodist Circuit.  This has all been done ‘virtually’ and the 25 co-authors have never met.  The entire project was completed in less than one month.

Each prayer has twelve verses and there are 19 prayers (in recognition of Covid-19) – each prayer has a one word theme.  Two sentences in each prayer were written by a different co-author to inspire collaboration.

You can download the booklet here:    19-prayers-in-lockdown-booklet-version

If you would like to order a hard copy of the booklet as a gift for someone, please contact Trevor Gay at  coffeeshopsunday@gmail.com

The booklet is free but there is £2 charge to cover postage and printing costs.

 

Tuesday 14 July 2020

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LOURDES UNITED!

This Thursday, 16 July, the International Sanctuary of Lourdes will hold its first ever global online pilgrimage.  The day will mark the anniversary of the 18th and final apparition of Our Lady to Bernadette.  From 7.00 am to 10.00 pm, you will be able to join in the celebrations, processions, rosaries and prayers.  For more information, go to:

https://www.lourdes-france.org/lourdes-united/

Click here for the programme of the day:

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Monday 13 July 2020

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Sing Forever

269 choristers from cathedrals and colleges across the country have joined their voices with Aled Jones, Elizabeth Watts and the current BBC Young Choristers of the Year for a special lockdown recording of ‘Sing Forever’ to raise funds for the Cathedral Choirs’ Emergency Fund.

The Robert Prizeman song has been re-arranged by Norwich Cathedral’s Master of Music, Ashley Grote, and premiered yesterday on Radio 2’s Good Morning Sunday and on Aled Jones’ show on Classic FM.

Here’s the song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgqHHeyEGTU

Under normal circumstances these choristers would be singing in their cathedrals at the start and end of each day, lifting the spirits of all who hear them. They can’t wait for the chance to sing together again, but the future of our precious cathedral choirs hangs in the balance.

At the moment our wonderful cathedrals are silent and nobody knows when singing will be able to resume. Cathedrals have suffered an unprecedented drop in income since the start of the national lockdown and there is a great deal of uncertainty about how cathedral choirs can be funded.

The young people who sing in our cathedral choirs come from a wide range of backgrounds and make an enormous contribution to the musical life of our nation. The choirs are a training ground for professional musicians of the future.

Can you help sustain them at this difficult time?

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Cathedral-Choirs-Sing-Forever

 

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

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Sunday Mass 

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

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

 

1)  You can join in Mass online 

There are lots of websites that are livestreaming Mass:

cathedral

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

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

st-stephen-warrington-1

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

www.st-stephens-warrington.co.uk

blessed-john-henry-newman-latchford-1

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

www.newmanparishwarrington.com

online-masses-healthcare

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:

the-scriptures-are-the-word-of-god-clipart-2

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

Bidding Prayers:    bidding-prayers-sunday-15a

Sunday Plus:  (click on image to enlarge)

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

 

3)  For Children:

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You might like to use the following sheet:

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

look-15a

cafod

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…

im-glad-we-can-attend-church-again

statues-fight-back

 

With my prayers,
Fr Dave


14th Week in Ordinary Time

Saturday 11 July 2020 – Feast of St Benedict, Abbot

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Today is the Feast of St Benedict.  All three churches in the parish – St Benedict’s, St Mary’s Shrine and St Oswald’s – were founded and served by the Benedictines from Ampleforth Abbey.  So a very happy feast day to you all.

Usually I transfer this feast, and that of St Oswald, to the nearest Sunday so that we can celebrate the patron saints of our churches and schools together.  Given the extraordinary situation in which we find ourselves and the limited numbers permitted in church at any one time, I think it is best to postpone the celebration of our patronal saints until later in the year.

Still, tomorrow will be a special day.  It will be the first time we’ve been able to celebrate Mass together in church since March.  There will be two Masses for parishioners – 10.00 am and 12.00 noon.  Both will take place in St Benedict’s Church.

Please remember:  we are only able to admit 50 people to each Mass at this time.  So if you arrive and that number has been reached, you could either stand outside remembering to keep 2 metres apart from others, or come to the next Mass, or come to Mass during the week.  The Sunday obligation remains suspended at this time.  If you choose to stay, you will be able to receive communion at the end of Mass.  If numbers are more than I am expecting, I will consider providing a third Mass next weekend.

If you are coming to Mass tomorrow, please read the leaflet below so that you know what to expect.

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Prayer of St Benedict

Gracious and Holy Father,
give us wisdom to perceive you,
intelligence to understand you,
diligence to see you,
patience to wait for you,
eyes to behold you,
a heart to meditate on you,
and a life to proclaim you.
Through the power of the Spirit of Jesus Christ our Lord
Amen.

 

Friday 10 July 2020

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Thought for the Day

“Our lives are a dialogue between God’s mercy and our weaknesses:  we are forever falling short at something, no matter the strength of our sincerity, good intention, and willpower.  Only mercy, receiving it and giving it, can lead us out of the choppy waters of our own anxieties, worry, and joylessness.  Only in knowing mercy do we know gratitude.”

Fr Ron Rolheiser OMI

Psalm 50

Have mercy on me, O God, in your kindness.
In your compassion blot out my offence.
O wash me more and more from my guilt
and cleanse me from my sin.

My offences truly I know them;
my sin is always before me.
Against you, you alone, have I sinned;
what is evil in your sight I have done.

That you may be justified when you give sentence
and be without reproach when you judge,
O see in guilt I was born,
a sinner was I conceived.

Indeed you love truth in the heart;
then in the secret of my heart teach me wisdom.
O purify me, then I shall be clean;
O wash me, I shall be whiter than snow.

Make me hear rejoicing and gladness,
that the bones you have crushed may thrill.
From my sins turn away your face
and blot out all my guilt.

A pure heart create for me, O God,
put a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from your presence,
nor deprive me of your holy spirit.

Give me again the joy of your help;
with a spirit of fervour sustain me,
that I may teach transgressors your ways
and sinners may return to you.

O rescue me, God, my helper,
and my tongue shall ring out your goodness.
O Lord, open my lips
and my mouth shall declare your praise.

For in sacrifice you take no delight,
burnt offering from me you would refuse,
my sacrifice, a contrite spirit.
A humbled, contrite heart you will not spurn.

In your goodness, show favour to Sion:
rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
Then you will be pleased with lawful sacrifice,
holocausts offered on your altar.

From The Psalms: A New Translation © 1963 The Grail (England) published by HarperCollins.

 

Thursday 9 July 2020

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Mass for the Sick and Front-line Care Workers

The weekly Mass for the Sick and Front-line Care Workers continues online every Thursday at 7.00 pm.  This evening, Bishop Tom Williams will celebrate the Mass from Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral and it will be live streamed here:

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

Prayer

Gracious God,
when the flame of our faith burns low;
when we are tempted to despair,
remind us that this is your world
and that your love and justice will prevail.
Take our small flame of faith and fan it into life.
Empower us to work for our common good.
Amen.

Rev Jennie Hurd, Chair of the Cymru Methodist District

 

Wednesday 8 July 2020

synod-update

When we set off on our Synod journey with the words, ‘Together on the Road’, we never imagined what God had in store for us.  The last few months have been unexpected and they have taught us that the road has many twists and turns on it.  As our Synod journey continues, God is calling us to listen, often in new and exciting ways.

Archbishop Malcolm has issued a video message and a revised Synod timetable has been published.  Our Synod weekend will now take place on 18, 19, and 20 June 2021.  You can watch the video message below, and you will find full details of the changes on the Synod 2020 website: synod2020.co.uk

 

Tuesday 7 July 2020

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Open for Mass!

St Benedict’s Church reopened three weeks ago for private prayer.  Each day, there has been a steady trickle of people coming to pray quietly.  This has only been possible because of the parishioners who have been able to volunteer as stewards.  Thank you so much to each one of them.

Yesterday, we closed the church for a deep clean and prepared the building so that we can celebrate Mass safely together once again.

Today, at 11.00 am, we will celebrate Mass in church for the first time in 15 weeks – nearly 4 months!  I am feeling excited, joyful and relieved at the thought.

If you’re coming to Mass this week, please read this brochure so that you know what to expect and what to do:

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Temporary Mass Times at St Benedict’s

Tuesday to Friday at 11.00 am
Sunday 10.00 am & 12.00 noon

The church will continue to be open for private prayer:  Tuesday to Friday, 10.30 am – 2.30 pm.

With social distancing in place, the church can only accommodate 50 people.  So if you can come to Mass during the week instead of Sunday, please do.  The Sunday obligation remains suspended.

Next week, I will publish the numbers attending Mass so that you have an idea of how the land lies, as it were.

Remember:  there is no obligation to come to Mass.  If you are unwell in any way or vulnerable, it is best to stay at home.  If you don’t feel ready to come back to church or feel it is too soon, please trust your instincts.

 

Monday 6 July 2020

Another beautiful prayer from Raymond Friel:

Night Prayer

May the knots
of this day
loosen

May the storms
of this day
pass

May the wrongs
of this day
wither

May the good done
take root
and last

Raymond Friel

 

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A) – 5 July 2020

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Sunday Mass

Although we can’t celebrate the Eucharist in church this weekend, there are still ways we can pray together on this, the Lord’s Day.

 

1)  You can join in Mass online 

There are lots of websites that are livestreaming Mass:

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

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

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Fr John McLaughlin is uploading Mass from St Stephen’s:

www.st-stephens-warrington.co.uk

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Fr Peter is live streaming Mass from St John Henry Newman:

www.newmanparishwarrington.com

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

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

 

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

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Celebrating Sunday at Home:    celebrating-sunday-at-home-sunday-14a

Fr Dave’s Prayers:    bidding-prayers-sunday-14a

Sunday Plus:  (click on image to enlarge)

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

 

3)  For Children:

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You might like to use the following sheet:

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

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CAFOD are hosting a virtual Children’s Liturgy of the Word on Sundays at 10.00 am:

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

 

4)  Isolated but not alone! 

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

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

 

5)  And finally, a little humour…

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With my prayers,
Fr Dave