This Week 17 - 24 October 2021

 St Benedict'sSt Oswald's
Sunday 17 October
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)
10.30 am Mass
(Joan Howl)
(Sat) 4.30 pm Vigil Mass
(John Murphy)

8.30 am Mass
(The Parishioners)

10.30 am Service at Ryfields Village

2.00 pm Confirmations
Monday 18 October
Feast of St Luke, Evangelist
7.00 pm Prayer Group
Tuesday 19 October
2.00 pm Funeral at Walton Lea
(Margaret Green)
No Mass today
Wednesday 20 OctoberNo Mass today
Thursday 21 October1.00 pm Funeral Mass
(Linda Murphy)

7.00 pm Novena to Our Lady
Friday 22 October
St john Paul II, Pope
12.00 noon Funeral Service
(Margaret Harris)
Saturday 23 October4.30 pm Vigil Mass
(Fr Gerald Postlethwaite)
Sunday 24 October
Parish Feast of Blessed James Bell
World Mission Day
10.30 am Mass
(Frank Healey)
8.30 am Mass
(The Parishioners)

10.30 am Service at Ryfields Village

News & Information

USEFUL INFORMATION & RESOURCES  (Updated 16 October 2021)

This Week’s Newsletter:    17-10-21

Catholic Pictorial for October:    Catholic Pictorial October 2021 by – issuu



For the most up to date, reliable, medical and scientific updates, I recommend:

Dr John Campbell:    Dr. John Campbell – YouTube

Zoe Covid Study with Professor Tim Spector:    ZOE – YouTube


It’s important to remember two things.

First, even if you have received two jabs, you can still catch Covid-19 and transmit it to others.  However, the vaccine should prevent you becoming seriously ill.

Secondly, the Delta variant is presenting different symptoms.  The top five symptoms reported in those who are vaccinated and children to date are:

(1) Runny nose, (2) Headache, (3) Sneezing, (4) Sore throat, (5) Cough.



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

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

3)  Sanitising hands also needs to continue.

4)  Social distancing:  please leave a space between the people either side of you (unless they are in the same household) and please try not to sit directly behind or in front of another person.

5)  Communion has been 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 continues a bench at a time for now to ensure social distancing.

Weekend Mass Times

The old schedule of weekend Mass times has resumed with one change – the Saturday Vigil Mass will continue at 4.30 pm for the time being.  So, weekend Mass times are:

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

St Benedict’s is open for private prayer, Monday to Friday 9.30 am – 3.00 pm.

Baptisms, Weddings & Funerals

There is no longer a restriction on the number of people who can attend a Baptism, Wedding or Funeral at St Benedict’s and St Oswald’s, but those attending must wear a face covering and practice social distancing for the safety of everyone else.

Communion at Home

As Eucharistic Ministers begin to come back to church, we can bring communion to parishioners in their homes once again.  So, 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

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




Pastoral Letter from the Archbishop


Synod Day Newsletter


Synod Recommendations



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:


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

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




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

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

29th Week in Ordinary Time

Tuesday 19 October 2021

Poem about the Climate Crisis


Suhey is a wife and mother who lives in a beautiful area called Telpaneca, high in the hills in northern Nicaragua.  Telpaneca lies in the so-called dry corridor that crosses central America, and is extremely vulnerable to climate change.

Suhey loves where she lives – the mountains, the coffee plantations, the forest, the huge Coco river.  But she has told us how people, who are not necessarily from her community, are causing damage to the area.  They are extracting sand from a huge, beautiful river nearby, chopping down trees, and contaminating the water.

She says: “This is what hurts my soul – we try and have something nice, a healthy place, a beautiful place, and yet people without a conscience come to damage it.”

This inspired Suhey to write a poem called “From the foot of the mountain” about ‘La Montañita’ near where she lives.  In it, she expresses her grief at what is happening.


From the foot of the mountain

Deep in the mountain,
I hide away in a place of beauty,
But humans with all their prowess,
Know not how to care for me.
Little by little, they strip me bare,
And senselessly destroy me,
Depriving me of my being,
My deep green gown.

No more do the birds sing
Their sweetest melodies,
Nor do the children enchant me with their joyful smiles.

My name is Telpaneca,
A land of drought and damp.
I am the mother of a river they despoil pitilessly.

They remove stones and sand, increasing my thirst,
And bind me with chains, preventing me from blossoming.

“No more of such hurt and villainy”,
Is my irony-filled cry from the heart of the mountain.

Help me escape from this present hell
And I promise to endow you with fruit, fresh water and joy.



Monday 18 October 2021



29th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B) – 17 October 2021



Opening of Worldwide Synod

Homily by Pope Francis:    pope-francis-homily-synod-2021-2023

Choral Evening Prayer to launch Synod 2021-2023 at the Cathedral at 3.00 pm live on YouTube:


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:


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

Fr John Schofield will upload Mass on YouTube:

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:  and


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-29b

Bidding Prayers:    bidding-prayers-29b

Sunday Plus:   sunday-plus-29b


3)  For Children:

You might like to use the following sheet:

Children’s Activity Sheet:    look-29b

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

Children’s Mass Sheet:    ichthus-29b

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


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

“I suppose I better help out! …







God bless you,
Fr Dave

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