This Week 21 - 28 April 2024

 St Benedict'sSt Oswald's
Sunday 21 April
4th Sunday of Easter (B)
World Day of Prayer for Vocations
10.30 am Mass
(Helen Catherine Swift)
(Sat) 4.30 pm Vigil Mass
(Patricia & Clarence Knowles)

8.30 am Mass
(The Parishioners)

10.30 am Service at Ryfields Village
Monday 22 April7.00 pm Prayer Group
Tuesday 23 April
Solemnity of St George,
Patron of England
11.00 am Mass
(Patricia Fox)
Wednesday 24 April10.15 - 11.00 am Exposition

11.00 am Mass
(Margaret Jenkins)
Thursday 25 April
Feast of St Mark,
11.00 am Mass
(Tony Hulme)

7.00 pm Novena & Benediction
Friday 26 April12.00 noon Deanery Mass
(at St Stephen's, Orford)
Saturday 27 April
Isle of Man: St Maughold
4.30 pm Vigil Mass
(Pat Crawford)
Sunday 28 April
5th Sunday of Easter (B)
10.30 am Mass
(Mary Howl)
8.30 am Mass
(The Parishioners)

10.30 am Service at Ryfields Village

Quick Links

News & Information


This Week’s Newsletter:    21-04-24

Catholic Pictorial:    News – Catholic Pic   

Newsletter from Irenaeus:    newsletter April 24 final

Helping the People of the Holy Land:    Israeli-Palestinian Crisis

Pastoral Development Bulletin (every two weeks):    

PD Bulletin 2nd and 3rd Sundays of Easter

Religious Inspection Report for St Oswald’s:

Letter from CoG RE Inspection Report FINAL

St Oswald’s CSI FINAL

Report from Archdiocesan Synodal Council:



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



Parish Office

Parish Administrator:  Mrs Bernie Griffin

New office hours:  Tuesday to Friday, 9.30 am – 2.30 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, Tuesday to Friday 9.30 am – 2.30 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

Fourth Week of Easter

Thursday 25 April 2024 – Feast of St Mark

Pastoral Reflection on Gender

The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have issued a pastoral reflection on gender entitled, Intricately Woven by the Lord: A Pastoral Reflection on Gender.

Bishop David Oakley, Bishop of Northampton, said:  “We have published this document because we know that those working in pastoral settings can find this issue complex. It is also an issue that needs to be handled sensitively.

“Accompaniment is crucial to the journey of faith, and we wish to emphasise that everyone is welcome in the Church. It is vital that as followers of Christ we imitate the boundless mercy and compassion of God as we deal with the complexity of another’s life.

“But this needs to be done with a clear understanding of the Catholic vision and understanding of the human person and a holistic view of human sexuality.”

To read or download the document:

Bishops issue pastoral reflection on gender  – Catholic Bishops’ Conference (


Wednesday 24 April 2024

Enjoy what you have

“We live with constant pressure, from without and from within, to see more, consume more, buy more, and drink in more of life. The pressure to increase the dosage is constant and unrelenting. But this is precisely where a deliberate, willful, and hard asceticism is demanded of us. To quote Canadian theologian and author Mary Jo Leddy, we must, at some point say this, mean it, and live it: It’s enough. I have enough. I am enough. Life is enough. I need to gratefully enjoy what I have.”

Fr Ron Rolheiser, OMI


Tuesday 23 April 2024 – Solemnity of St George, Patron of England

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Happy Feast Day!

Today is the Solemnity of St George, Patron and Protector of England.

St George was a Roman soldier who was martyred on this day in 303 AD during the persecution of Christians in what is now present day Israel.  He became a favourite saint for the Crusades and his feast day has been kept in England since 1222.

Let us ask St George to pray for us and for all the people of our country.  Here is the prayer for today’s feast in the Roman Missal:

God of hosts,
who so kindled the fire of charity
in the heart of Saint George your martyr,
that he bore witness to the risen Lord
both by his life and by his death;
grant us through his intercession, we pray,
the same faith and power of love,
that we who rejoice in his triumph
may be led to share with him
in the fullness of the resurrection.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, for ever and ever.


Monday 22 April 2024


Earth Day

Heavenly Father,
you have taught us, through your servant St Francis,
that all creation is your handiwork.
Grant us your grace that we may
exercise wise stewardship of this Earth;
tread lightly upon it;
and cherish its resources;
that our children may enjoy its riches, throughout all generations,
and your name be glorified through all that you have made.

Rt Revd David Walker
Bishop of Manchester


4th Sunday of Easter (B) – 21 April 2024


Mass Sheet we will be using in church:    Mass Sheet (Easter 4B) 2024

Bidding Prayers:    Bidding Prayers (Easter 4B) 2024

Reflection on the Readings:    prego-easter-4-year-b-2024-1

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World Day of Prayer for Vocations

Pastoral Letter:    Pastoral letter Archbishop Malcolm 2024

Message from Fr Ron Johnson:    Message from Vocations’ Director


Some Funnies





God bless,
Fr Dave 

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