This Week 19 - 26 September 2021

 St Benedict'sSt Oswald's
Sunday 19 September
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)
Home Mission Sunday
10.00 am Mass
(John & Doris Ryan;
Catherine Shireby)

12.00 noon Mass
(The Parishioners)
(Sat) 4.30 pm Vigil Mass
(Margaret Cripps)

10.30 am Service at Ryfields
Monday 20 September
SS Andrew Kim Taegon & Companions
7.30 pm Prayer Group
Tuesday 21 September
Feast of St Matthew, Apostle
11.00 am Mass
(A Special Birthday)
Wednesday 22 September11.00 am Mass
(Jeremy & Family)
Thursday 23 September
St Pius of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio)
11.00 am Mass
(Mary Robinson)

7.00 pm Novena to Our Lady
Friday 24 September
Our Lady of Walsingham
11.00 am Mass
(George Frederick Burns)
Saturday 25 September12.00 noon & 2.00 pm
First Communion Masses

4.30 pm Vigil Mass
(The Parishioners)
Sunday 26 September
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)
World Day for Migrants and Refugees
10.00 am Mass
(Joanne Monkhouse)

12.00 noon Mass
(Marion Manfredi)
10.30 am Service at Ryfields

News & Information

USEFUL INFORMATION & RESOURCES  (Updated 18 September 2021)

This Week’s Newsletter:    19-09-21-revised

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

Season of Creation:    season-of-creation-challenge

 

COVID-19 UPDATE

Changes to Covid-19 Protocols

Having taken advice, we will make the following changes to our protocols in church in the coming weeks:

1)  Face coverings will continue to be required for all services in church.  These need to cover both nose and mouth.

2)  Contact tracing will continue but by using the QR codes posted at the entrance of the church.

3)  Sanitising hands will also need to continue.

4)  Social distancing:  The tape will be removed from the benches, but you are asked to leave a space between the people either side of you (unless they are in the same household) and not sit directly in front of the person behind you or behind the person directly in front of you.

5)  Communion will be brought back to its usual place in the Mass, but stewards will guide you forward a bench at a time to ensure social distancing.

6)  Leaving church will also continue a bench at a time for now to ensure social distancing.

Weekend Mass Times

The old schedule of weekend Mass times will resume on 2/3 October with one change – the Saturday Vigil Mass will continue at 4.30 pm for the time being.  So, weekend Mass times will be:

Saturday       4.30 pm         Vigil Mass at St Oswald’s
Sunday           8.30 am         Mass at St Oswald’s
Sunday          10.30 am       Mass at St Benedict’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.  We hope to reopen St Benedict’s during the day in October.

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

 

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

 

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 here:

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

25th Week in Ordinary Time

Thursday 23 September 2021

A rational guide to the Assisted Suicide debate

Following on from yesterday’s post, you may find the following video helpful.  It’s a recording of a webinar held on 12 July 2021 that aimed to provide a rational guide to the assisted suicide debate with two speakers with extensive experience of this complex and sensitive subject.

Founding Director of Living and Dying Well, Robert Preston, is a former civil servant and parliamentary official. Baroness Ilora Finlay is a cross-bench member of the House of Lords and one of Europe’s leading palliative care consultants.  They make clear from the outset that, in their view, the case being made for changing the law to legalise physician-assisted suicide does not stack up.

From law, to clinical practice, social attitudes, end of life care, public safety and the experience of those jurisdictions, they carefully lay out their evidence in a manner that recognises and respects that others may see the matter differently – something of a rarity in this emotionally-charged area of discussion.

Click on the link below to watch the video:

Death by Appointment: A Rational Guide to the Assisted Suicide Debate – YouTube

 

Wednesday 22 September 2021

Assisted Dying Bill

Bishop John Sherrington, lead Bishop for Life Issues, has written an open letter inviting Catholics to pray for the defeat of the Assisted Dying Bill to be debated in the House of Lords in October.

In the next weeks, we face an unprecedented attack on the sanctity of life with Baroness Meacher’s ‘Assisted Dying Bill 2021’ is due its 2nd Reading in the House of Lords with full debate on Friday, 22 October.

The term ‘Assisted Dying’ is euphemistic, the truth is that this bill seeks to introduce Assisted Suicide. If legalised, this Bill would allow a terminally ill adult with less than 6 months to live to be assisted in committing suicide. Catholic teaching opposes assisting suicide, since life is a gift to be cared for and preserved until its natural death. The Church is clear that we cannot directly choose to take the life of another, even if they request it. The solidarity of praying and caring for the most vulnerable at this fragile time of their lives is a profoundly Christian act which imitates Our Lady’s prayer at the cross and Christ’s service to the weakest.

Those in favour of the bill are making good use of language to confuse the issue and call it a compassionate and caring approach to redefine the question and obscure the actual reality and consequences of such legislation.

As Pope Francis has said, “Physician-assisted suicide is part of a ‘throwaway culture’ that offers a ‘false compassion’ and treats a human person as a problem… True compassion does not marginalise anyone, nor does it humiliate and exclude – much less considers the disappearance of a person as a good thing.” He criticised “those who hide behind an alleged compassion to justify and approve the death of a patient.”

Dangers of the introduction of Assisted Suicide

Importantly, at this stage we need to argue the dangers of the introduction of Assisted Suicide, which include the safety of people who are vulnerable due to external pressures, and the later liberalisation of the law which is evidenced by other countries which have introduced Assisted Suicide. Many voices from the world of disability-rights and other allies are also very fearful and fighting this bill. Whilst there are clear arguments to support Catholic teachings, it is important to remember that this position is not only a matter of faith but also human reason.

Later this month, the BMA will be debating whether to change their stance to support or neutrality on this matter. I hope that healthcare professionals will enter this debate and highlight the dangers of this Bill to change and skew the meaning of medicine.

Take action

There are three important actions in the next weeks: prayingwriting and sharing.

First, I ask you to pray that the Bill will be defeated.

Second, I ask you to write to the Peers from your personal experience and share stories which will argue the reasons for opposing the Bill as well as narrate the importance of precious time during the final stages of life.

The testimony of healthcare and legal professionals will also be important. This needs to be done before the Second Reading on 22 October.

Third, I ask you to engage and share stories and reasons against the Bill on social media.

Briefing papers will be available on the bishops’ conference website to assist you as this work develops.

Be assured of my prayers,

+John

Bishop John Sherrington
Lead Bishop for Life Issues
Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales

 

Tuesday 21 September 2021

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God in my daily life

God to enfold me,
God to surround me,
God in my speaking,
God in my thinking.

God in my sleeping,
God in my waking,
God in my watching,
God in my hoping.

God in my life,
God in my lips,
God in my soul,
God in my heart.

God in my sufficing,
God in my slumber,
God in mine ever-living soul,
God in mine eternity.

From ‘The Carmina Gadelica’ – An Anthology of the Celtic Oral Tradition

 

Monday 20 September 2021

Fascinating conversation between Pope Francis and Jesuits in Slovakia on 12 September:

“Freedom Scares Us”: Pope Francis’ conversation with Slovak Jesuits  | La Civilta Cattolica

 

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B) – 19 September 2021

Home Mission Sunday

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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

Fr John Schofield will upload Mass on YouTube:

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

Canon Christopher will livestream Mass at 9.30 am from St Alban’s:

Parish of Sacred Heart and St Alban Warrington | Facebook

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 on your own or with other members of your household.

The following resources may be helpful:

Mass Sheet we will be using in church:    mass-sheet-sunday-25b

Bidding Prayers:    bidding-prayers-25b

Sunday Plus:   sunday-plus-25b

 

3)  For Children:

You might like to use the following sheet:

Children’s Activity Sheet:    look-25b

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

Children’s Mass Sheet:    ichthus-25b

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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