This Week 24 - 31 October 2021

 St Benedict'sSt Oswald's
Sunday 24 October
Parish Feast of Blessed James Bell
World Mission Day
10.30 am Mass
(Frank Healey)
(Sat) 4.30 pm Vigil Mass
(Fr Gerald Postlethwaite)

8.30 am Mass
(The Parishioners & Claire Taylor)

10.30 am Service at Ryfields Village
Monday 25 October7.00 pm Prayer Group
Tuesday 26 October
10.00 am Mass
(Mary Robinson)
Wednesday 27 October11.00 am Mass
(Catherine & Joanna Eason)
Thursday 28 October
Feast of SS Simon & Jude
10.00 am Mass
(Teresa & Bill Moss)

7.00 pm Novena to Our Lady
Friday 29 October11.00 am Mass
(Brenda Snelson)
Saturday 30 October2.00 pm Wedding Service
(Hannah Clark & Patrick Birchall)
4.30 pm Vigil Mass
(The Parishioners)
Sunday 31 October
Solemnity of All Saints
10.30 am Mass
(James O'Donnell)
8.30 am Mass
(Stanislaw & Genowefa Matkowski)

10.30 am Service at Ryfields Village

News & Information

USEFUL INFORMATION & RESOURCES  (Updated 23 October 2021)

This Week’s Newsletter:    24-10-21

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.


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

30th Week in Ordinary Time

Wednesday 27 October 2021

Preparing for COP26 – the UN Climate Summit


Image (c) UK Government

In the run up to COP26 (31 October – 12 November), we are invited to pray:

Loving God,
we praise your name with all you have created.
You are present in the whole universe,
and in the smallest of creatures.
We acknowledge the responsibilities you have
placed upon us as stewards of your creation.
May the Holy Spirit inspire all political leaders at COP26
as they seek to embrace the changes needed
to foster a more sustainable society.
Instil in them the courage and gentleness
to implement fairer solutions
for the poorest and most vulnerable,
and commit their nations
to the care of Our Common Home.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

For more information:

COP26: What is the UN climate summit and why is it important? | CAFOD


Tuesday 26 October 2021


A Night Prayer

We walk by faith, and not by sight and so I pray…

Grant me the faith I need, Lord, to see what only faith can see…
Grant me the faith I need to face what I don’t want to see…
Grant me the faith I need to see the peace I’ve not yet found…

Grant me the faith I need to see where love is calling me…
Grant me the faith I need to see what others see with love…
Grant me the faith I need to see what’s right when I am wrong…

Grant me the faith I need to see your hand in everything…
Grant me the faith I need to see the path you’ve laid for me…
Grant me the faith I need to see what others fail to see…

Grant me the faith I need to see your Spirit moving…
Grant me the faith I need to see what I’ve refused to see…
Grant me the faith I need to see how you watch over me…

Grant me the faith I need to see through what deceives me…
Grant me the faith I need to see you in my enemy…
Grant me the faith I need to see the ways I fail to see…

Grant me the faith I need to see what’s hidden in plain sight…
Grant me the faith I need to see how grace empowers me…
Grant me the faith I need to see the good you find in me…

Grant me the faith I need to see with hope when I have none…
Grant me the faith I need to see where wisdom beckons me…
Grant me the faith I need to see you in my neighbour

Grant me the faith I need to see you walking by my side…
Grant me the faith I need to see what I most need to see…
Grant me the faith I need to see beyond my selfishness…

Grant me the faith I need to see the world as you do, Lord,
to see with eyes of faith…

Protect me, Lord, while I’m awake
and watch over me while I sleep
that awake, I might keep watch with you
and asleep, rest in your peace…

(c) Fr Austin Fleming  A Concord Pastor Comments


Monday 25 October 2021

Little Amal

Little Amal is a giant puppet, 3.5 metres tall, travelling 8000 km to raise awareness of the plight of refugees.  Here she is arriving at Westminster Cathedral:


Little Amal represents a young Syrian refugee child.  She has walked across Turkey, Greece, Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and arrived in the UK this week on her way to Manchester.


Photographs (c) Archdiocese of Westminster




Happy Feast Day!

This weekend, we celebrate our Parish Feast of Blessed James Bell (transferred from 20 April).  It was three years ago, on 26 October 2018, that Archbishop Malcolm came to Warrington and inaugurated our new parish under the patronage of the Warrington martyr, Blessed James Bell, bringing together the three former parishes of St Benedict’s, St Mary’s and St Oswald’s.  The picture above is a photograph of the window depicting Blessed James Bell in St Mary’s Shrine.

Today is also the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B) and World Mission Day.  For more information:

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-parish-feast-sunday-30b

Bidding Prayers:    bidding-prayers-bl-james-bell-2021

Sunday Plus:   sunday-plus-30b


3)  For Children:

You might like to use the following sheet:

Children’s Activity Sheet:    look-30b

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

Children’s Mass Sheet:    ichthus-30b

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)







God bless you,
Fr Dave

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