This Week 3 - 10 December 2023

 St Benedict'sSt Oswald's
Sunday 3 December
1st Sunday of Advent (B)
10.30 am Mass
(Ken Hindle)
(Sat) 4.30 pm Vigil Mass
(The Parishioners)

8.30 am Mass
(Ellen Cox)

10.30 am Service at Ryfields Village
Monday 4 December7.00 pm Prayer Group
Tuesday 5 December
St John Almond

11.00 am Mass
(Deacon John Traynor)
Wednesday 6 December10.15 - 11.00 am

11.00 am Mass
(Jack Skelland)
Thursday 7 December
St Ambrose
11.00 am Mass
(Fr David O'Kane)

No Novena & Benediction
(Resumes in January)
Friday 8 December
Solemnity of the Immaculate
11.00 am Mass
(Holy Souls)
Saturday 9 December4.30 pm Vigil Mass
(Jo & Barry Thompson)
Sunday 10 December
2nd Sunday of Advent (B)
10.30 am Mass
(Anthony Potter)
8.30 am Mass
(The Parishioners)

10.30 am Service at Ryfields Village

Quick Links

News & Information

USEFUL INFORMATION & RESOURCES  (Updated 2 December 2023)

This Week’s Newsletter:    03-12-23

Catholic Pictorial:    News – Catholic Pic   

Newsletter from Irenaeus:    November newsletter final

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict:    Israeli-Palestinian Crisis

Pastoral Development Bulletin (every two weeks):    

PD Bulletin 1st & 2nd Sunday in Advent2023


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General Information
Pastoral Plan & Deanery Synodal Council
Parish Finance
Domestic Abuse
Mental Health & Wellbeing
Family Life
Animal Welfare



Parish Office

The Parish Office is open Monday to Friday, 9.00 am – 5.00 pm.

Telephone:  (01925) 630127    Email:  [email protected]

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Wednesdays:  10.15 – 10.45 am at St Benedict’s
Saturdays:  After the 4.30 pm Mass at St Oswald’s

Confession is also available on request or by appointment.

Private Prayer

St Benedict’s is open for private prayer, Monday to Friday 9.30 am – 3.00 pm (except on Bank Holidays).  Both churches are also open 30 minutes before each Mass.

Communion at Home

If you are no longer able to come to church and would like to receive communion at home, please contact the Parish Office on 630127.

Care of the Sick & Dying

(1) If you have a loved one in hospital who needs a priest urgently, please ask one of the nurses to contact the ‘On Call Catholic Priest’ rather than phoning around the parishes.  This is the quickest way of getting a priest to the hospital.

(2) If you have a loved one in hospital who would like a priest to visit them, please contact Fr Dave on 630127.

(3) If you are worried about a loved one in a care home, please contact Fr Dave on 630127.  Thank you.




Pastoral Letter:    pastoral_letter_first_sunday_advent_2021

Pastoral Plan Website:

Pastoral Plan Overview:    overview-of-the-pastoral-plan-final

Synod One Year On:    Synod – One year on – YouTube

Pastoral Plan Update:    Pastoral plan update June 2022 (1)

Pastoral Plan for Families:    Pastoral Plan for families

Pastoral Plan for Children:    Pastoral Plan for children

Pastoral Letter (26 March 2023):    Pastoral_Letter_26_March_23

Update from Priests:    Update from your priests



There are four ways you can support the parish financially:

1) By giving to the Sunday Collection at the end of Mass.

2) By standing order.  You can download a form here:


3) One-off and regular donations to the Parish can be made online here:

4) Text giving is also available for both one-off and regular donations:




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

Practical Booklet on Domestic Abuse:




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




Contacts for support:

Warrington Council have a great website:


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:



Dementia Prayer Week | RP Books


Additional Resources:

Sleep problems during the current pandemic:


The importance of laughter in our daily lives:


Relaxation techniques:





Messy Church for Children:

Books for Parents and Children to read together:






Warrington Animal Welfare

Website:    Warrington Animal Welfare

Telephone:    01925 748638  (10.00 am – 4.00 pm)

Email:    [email protected]

Lucky Hens Rescue


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

1st Week of Advent

Wednesday 6 December 2023

A beautiful service from York Minster to begin the season of Advent:

Live: Advent Procession broadcast from York Minster – YouTube

Order of Service:    Advent-Procession-2023


Tuesday 5 December 2023 – St John Almond

the story of advent


Monday 4 December 2023


An Advent Prayer

Loving God,
as your light grows in the dark of winter,
bring its strength and its hope to the people of the Holy Land
and to all people who suffer through war and conflict.
Just as you sent the star of Bethlehem to lead the way to your Son,
guide all people – leaders and citizens – to follow your ways of peace and justice.
As we remember the difficult journey of Mary and Joseph,
may the Holy Family be a source of courage for each of us,
helping us to reach out in friendship to the oppressed and displaced of this world.
Help us to see in the Christ-child we welcome this Christmas,
the one who came to bring an end to all divisions.
Through Christ our Lord.

(From the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin, Ireland)


1st Sunday of Advent – 3 December 2023


Mass Sheet we will be using in church:    Mass Sheet (Advent 1B) 2023

Bidding Prayers:    Bidding Prayers (Advent 1B) 2023

Reflection on the Readings:    prego-sunday-advent-1-year-b-2023


Prayers for Peace:    Prayers for Peace

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict:    Israeli-Palestinian Crisis


Some Funnies






God bless,
Fr Dave

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