This Week 25 July - 1 August 2021

 St Benedict'sSt Oswald's
Sunday 25 July
17th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)
World Day for Grandparents
and Older People
10.00 am Mass
(The Parishioners)

12.00 noon Mass
(Angela & Mike Birchall)
(Sat) 4.30 pm Vigil Mass
(Successful Operation R)
Monday 26 July
Saints Joachim & Anne
Lourdes 'At Home' Pilgrimage.
See below for details.
Tuesday 27 JulyNo Masses this week
while Fr Dave has a break.
The Parish Office is also closed.
Wednesday 28 July
Thursday 29 July
St Martha
Friday 30 July
Saturday 31 July
St Ignatius Loyola
Sunday 1 August
18th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)
No Masses this weekend. Please keep
the Lord's Day in your own way at home.
See Fr Dave's blog for resources.

News & Information

USEFUL INFORMATION & RESOURCES  (Updated 24 July 2021)

This Week’s Newsletter:    25-07-21

Catholic Pictorial for July:    Catholic Pic July 2021 by catholicpic – issuu

Lourdes ‘At Home’ Pilgrimage:    lourdes_at_home_2021

 

COVID-19 UPDATE

Although the Prime Minister has lifted most of the restrictions that were in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19, given the high rate of infection in the UK and in Warrington, I intend to keep our churches covid-secure environments based on risk assessments by continuing with the protocols we already have in place.  I will review these measures when the rate of infection reduces to a ‘safe’ level.  So, for now, wearing a mask or face covering in church remains mandatory, social distancing and sanitising will also continue.

It’s important to remember that even if you have received two jabs, you can still catch Covid-19 and transmit it to others.  However, the vaccine should prevent you from becoming seriously ill.

New Covid-19 Symptoms

The Delta (Indian) variant is now the dominant variant in the UK and the symptoms are different.  The top five symptoms reported are: (1) Headache, (2) Sore Throat, (3) Runny Nose, (4) Fever, (5) Cough.

Daily Update

See Dr John Campbell:    Dr. John Campbell – YouTube

Mass Times

We will continue the temporary schedule of Mass times for the time being.  The Sunday obligation remains suspended.

Baptisms, Marriages & Funerals

As from 19 July 2021, given the high rate of infection in Warrington, only 50 people will be allowed to attend a Baptism, Wedding or Funeral at both St Benedict’s and St Oswald’s.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Confession is available on request or by appointment.

Private Prayer

For the time being, our churches are open 45 minutes before each Mass and for 30 minutes after each Mass.  Once the rate of infection falls, we hope to reopen St Benedict’s during the day.

Care of the Sick & Dying

Fr John Schofield and I continue to cover the hospital.  If you are concerned about a loved one, please ask the hospital to page us and we will attend as soon as possible.  Similarly, if you’re worried about a loved one in a care home, please ask the care home to contact us directly.

Many thanks,
Fr Dave

 

SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION

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Thank you to all the young people who have signed up for Confirmation.  I will write to you very soon.  Fr Dave

 

ARCHDIOCESAN SYNOD

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Pastoral Letter from the Archbishop

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Synod Day Newsletter

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Synod Recommendations

www.synod2020recommendations.org.uk

Reflections on the Synod Recommendations

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PARISH FINANCES

There are four ways you can continue to support the parish financially at this time:

1) You could put your weekly offering aside and then bring it to church when you next visit.

2) You could set up a standing order.  You can download a form here:

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3) You can make one-off and regular donations to the Parish online at this address:

https://donate.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk/blessed-james-bell-warrington

4) Text giving is also available for both one-off and regular donations.  Details can be found here:    text-giving

 

DOMESTIC ABUSE

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#YouAreNotAlone is the Government’s campaign to reassure victims of domestic abuse that there is help for them during the current crisis:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-and-domestic-abuse/coronavirus-covid-19-support-for-victims-of-domestic-abuse

If you are in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police.  If you call 999 from a mobile and cannot speak, press 55 and this will connect you to the police.

National Domestic Violence Helpline:
0808 2000 247 or https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/

Practical Booklet on Domestic Abuse:

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MENTAL HEALTH & WELLBEING

Useful resources from Public Health England and The Mental Health Foundation:

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Contacts for support:  https://www.liverpoolcatholicresources.com/mental-health

Warrington Council have a great website:    www.happyoksad.org.uk

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New 24/7 Mental Health Crisis Line
People of all ages, including children and young people, living in Warrington who are experiencing a mental health crisis can access support through a new, 24/7, mental health crisis line:  0800 051 1508  (This is a FREE number)

 

Those living with Dementia and their Carers

The Archdiocese has provided links to resources which may be helpful for those living with dementia and their carers:

https://www.liverpoolcatholicresources.com/dementia

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Dementia Prayer Week | RP Books

 

Additional Resources:

Warrington Public Health Bulletin for December includes information loneliness and mental well being, mental health support and working from home healthily:

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Sleep problems during the current pandemic:

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The importance of laughter in our daily lives:

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Relaxation techniques:

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FAMILY LIFE

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Parenting during the present crisis:

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For those who are divorced and separated:

https://www.restoredlives.org/dealing-with-the-covid19-crisis-for-divorcees

Messy Church for Children:

https://www.messychurch.org.uk/covid-19

Books for Parents and Children to read together:

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ANIMAL WELFARE

Warrington Animal Welfare

Website:    Warrington Animal Welfare

Telephone:    01925 748638  (10.00 am – 4.00 pm)

Email:    [email protected]

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Lucky Hens Rescue

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Lucky Hens Rescue is a non profit organisation that rescues hens that are going to be slaughtered and tries to rehome them.  A few parishioners have adopted hens and alerted me to the charity.  You can read more here:

Lucky Hens Rescue – Lucky Hens Rescue – Non Profit Organisation – Based in Ince, Wigan

 

Fr Dave's Blog

17th Week in Ordinary Time

Tuesday 27 July 2021

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Monday 26 July 2021

Young People & Covid-19

Daily statistics tell us that more young people in the UK are getting Covid-19 than any other age group since the pandemic began.  While this is partly due to the roll out of the vaccine in other age groups, it’s not the whole story.  The Delta variant is far more infectious and far more likely to make you sick.  In addition, the uptake of the vaccine among younger people is lower than other age groups.  Here’s Gareth Southgate appealing to young people:

 

 

And to those who think they don’t need the vaccine…

 

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17th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B) – 25 July 2021

World Day for Grandparents and Older People

Today is the first World Day for Grandparents and Older People instituted by Pope Francis.

 

Text of prayer:  laity-grandparents-elderly-prayer

Message from Pope Francis:  papal-msg-grandparents-elderly-230621

 

Sunday Mass 

The obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended at this time and, if you are unwell or don’t feel safe coming to church, then please stay at home.

If you are celebrating Sunday at home today, the following may be helpful:

 

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 the Cathedral at 11.00 am on YouTube:

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

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Fr Peter will livestream Mass at 10.00 am from St John Henry Newman:

www.newmanparishwarrington.com

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Fr John Schofield will upload Mass on YouTube:

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

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Canon Christopher will livestream Mass at 10.00 am from St Alban’s:

Parish of Sacred Heart and St Alban Warrington | Facebook

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

www.churchservices.tv

https://www.mcnmedia.tv

 

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

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Mass Sheet we will be using in church:   mass-sheet-sunday-17b

Bidding Prayers:    bidding-prayers-sunday-17b

Sunday Plus:   sunday-plus-sunday-17b

 

3)  For Children:

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You might like to use the following sheet:

Children’s Activity Sheet:    look-sunday-17b

If you are joining in Mass online, this sheet might be helpful:

Children’s Mass Sheet:    ichthus-sunday-17b

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

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

 

And finally, a little humour…  (click on images to enlarge)

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God bless you,
Fr Dave


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