26th Week in Ordinary Time

Saturday 3 October 2020

A Thought for the Day…

treat-people

 

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

archangels

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:

warning-about-dogs

 

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:

child-praying-hands-1510773_960_720

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…

hyacinth

police-check

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

pet-blessing

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)

blessing-of-animals

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:

pieta

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:

child-praying-hands-1510773_960_720

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…

asda-back-to-school

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

catholic-pic-sept

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

season-of-creation-2017

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

 

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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)  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)

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5)  And finally, a little humour…

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God bless you,
Fr Dave