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Second Week of Lent

Monday 26 February 2024

“Let us pray together for the tormented Ukrainian people and for Palestine, for Israel, and for the many peoples torn apart by war. Let us think of the huge amount of suffering; let us think of the wounded, innocent children.”

Pope Francis, 25 February 2024


2nd Sunday of Lent (B) – 25 February 2024


Mass Sheet we will be using in church:    Mass Sheet (Lent 2B) 2024

Bidding Prayers:    Bidding Prayers (Lent 2B) 2024

Reflection on the Readings:    prego-lent-2-year-b-2024-2024


Pope Francis’ Message for Lent 2024

Pope Francis Lent 2024


Some Funnies







God bless,
Fr Dave

First Week of Lent

Friday 23 February 2024


Funeral Mass for Maureen Knight

Today at 1.45 pm in Our Lady of Walsingham, Netherton.
The link to the livestream is

CAFOD’s Lent Fast Day


Today is CAFOD’s Lent Fast Day – one of two days in the year when we reach out to poorest of the poor in countries around the world.  You can find out more here:

Family Fast Day (

CAFOD’s Fast Day Prayer

Loving God,
when our boat is rocked
by poverty, illness or disaster,
you quiet the waves,
and lead us safely to shore.

When we work hard,
but still go hungry,
you walk beside us,
calling, “cast out your nets”,
there is enough for all.

Lead us, Lord, to play our part
in calming the storm
and sharing your gifts
so all people
may look to the future with hope.


Thursday 22 February 2024 – Feast of the Chair of St Peter the Apostle

Yesterday, Parliament’s International Development Committee reported back on conditions in Gaza.  Speaking on their return from Al-Arish, Chair of the Committee, Sarah Champion MP, said:

“Nothing that has been reported braces you for the true scale of the horror in Gaza. We’re simply not getting accurate information about the levels of destruction and brutality.

“Listening to seasoned humanitarians tell us that what they’ve witnessed in Gaza makes it the worse disaster they’ve ever seen really brought home the savagery befalling civilians. Aid workers repeatedly questioned why international law wasn’t being followed or upheld in relation to civilians, humanitarians and medics.

“They also expressed a deep feeling of dread and inevitability of Israeli forces carrying out their threat to escalate the assault into Rafah. A senior aid worker described Rafah as water in the bottom of a glass with the pressure getting more and more intense.

“We learned about the lawlessness in Gaza, with Hamas police being killed and civilians getting increasingly desperate. Personally I fear that unless something happens to stabilise the situation, the remaining UN support will withdraw leaving Palestinians utterly alone.

“Politicians around the world need to demand an immediate end to the violence, full access for aid and a long term strategy to rebuild Gaza; both its infrastructure and its society.”

You can read the full report here:

Committee Members report back on conditions in Gaza – Committees – UK Parliament


Wednesday 21 February 2024

Prayer to Our Lady (source unknown)

As my mum’s health deteriorated and she found it difficult to walk, she drew great strength from this beautiful prayer:

Take my hand, O Blessed Mother, hold me firmly lest I fall.
I am nervous when I am walking and to thee, I humbly call.
Guide me over every crossing, watch me when I’m on the stairs,
let me know that you’re beside me, listen to my fervent prayer.
Bring me to my destination, safely every day,
help me with each undertaking as the hours pass away.
And when evening falls upon us and I fear to be alone,
take my hand, O Blessed Mother, once again and lead me home.


Tuesday 20 February 2024



Monday 19 February 2024

“We are all wounded. Take those wounds to the Eucharist. Every time you go to a Eucharist, stand by an altar, and receive communion, bring your helplessness and paralysis to God, ask God to touch your body, your heart, your memory, your bitterness, your lack of self-confidence, your self-absorption, your weaknesses, your impotence. Bring your aching body and heart to God. Express your helplessness in simple, humble words: Touch me. Take my wounds. Take my paranoia. Make me whole. Give me forgiveness. Warm my heart. Give me the strength that I cannot give myself.”

Fr Ron Rolheiser, OMI


1st Sunday of Lent (B) – 18 February 2024


Mass Sheet we will be using in church:    Mass Sheet (Lent 1B) 2024

Bidding Prayers:    Bidding Prayers (Lent 1B) 2024

Reflection on the Readings:    prego-lent-1-year-b-2024


Pope Francis’ Message for Lent 2024

Pope Francis Lent 2024


Some Funnies







God bless,
Fr Dave

The Season of Lent

Saturday after Ash Wednesday – 17 February 2024

Pope Francis Lenten Resolutions


Friday after Ash Wednesday – 16 February 2024

A beautiful hymn from the Divine Office for Lent:

Creator of the earth and skies,
To whom the words of life belong,
Grant us thy truth to make us wise;
Grant us thy power to make us strong.

Like theirs of old, our life is death,
Our light is darkness, till we see
The eternal Word made flesh and breath,
The God who walked by Galilee.

We have not known thee: to the skies
Our monuments of folly soar,
And all our self-wrought miseries
Have made us trust ourselves the more.

We have not loved thee: far and wide
The wreckage of our hatred spreads,
And evils wrought by human pride
Recoil on unrepentant heads.

For this, our foolish confidence,
Our pride of knowledge and our sin,
We come to thee in penitence;
In us the work of grace begin.


Thursday after Ash Wednesday – 15 February 2024

From Pope Francis’ Homily for Ash Wednesday:

Let us return, brothers and sisters.  Let us return to God with all our heart.  During these weeks of Lent, let us make space for the prayer of silent adoration, in which we experience the presence of the Lord, like Moses, like Elijah, like Mary, like Jesus.

Have we noticed that we have lost the sense of worship?  Let us return to worship.  Let us lend the ear of our hearts to the One who, in silence, wants to say to us:

“I am your God – the God of mercy and compassion, the God of pardon and love, the God of tenderness and care… Do not judge yourself.  Do not condemn yourself.  Do not reject yourself.  Let my love touch the deepest, most hidden corners of your heart and reveal to you your own beauty, a beauty that you have lost sight of, but will become visible to you again in the light of my mercy.”


Ash Wednesday, 14 February 2024

ash wednesday

Day of Fast & Abstinence

Ashes will be blessed and distributed during Mass as follows:

11.00 am Mass at St Benedict’s
7.00 pm Mass at St Oswald’s

Mass sheet we will be using in church:   Ash Wednesday Mass Sheet 2024

Prayer sheet for use at home:   Ash Wednesday at Home 2024

(Don’t worry if you don’t have any ashes, it’s perfectly okay to use a little soil from the garden instead)

Sixth Week in Ordinary Time

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B) – 11 February 2024


Mass Sheet we will be using in church:    Mass Sheet (Sunday 6B) 2024

Bidding Prayers:    Bidding Prayers (6B) 2024

Reflection on the Readings:    prego-sunday-6-otb-2024


World Day of Prayer for the Sick

Message from Pope Francis:    World Day for the Sick 2024


Some Funnies







God bless,
Fr Dave

Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

Wednesday 7 February 2024

“I don’t always find it easy to pray. Often I’m overtired, distracted, caught up in work, short on time, lacking the appetite for prayer, or more strongly drawn to do something else. But I do pray daily because I’m committed to a number of rituals for prayer: the office of the Church, the Eucharist, and daily meditation. These rituals hold me, keep me steady, and keep me praying regularly even when I don’t feel like praying. That’s the power of ritual.”

Fr Ron Rolheiser, OMI


Monday 5 February 2024 – St Agatha


National Marriage Week begins tomorrow, 7 February.

The Bishops of England and Wales have produced a resource to reflect on the vocation of marriage which you can download here:


More information here:

Marriage Week 2024 – Catholic Bishops’ Conference (


5th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B) – 4 February 2024


Mass Sheet we will be using in church:    Mass Sheet (Sunday 5B) 2024

Bidding Prayers:    Bidding Prayers (5B) 2024

Reflection on the Readings:    prego-plus-5th-sunday-otb-2024


Some Funnies







God bless,
Fr Dave

Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B) – 28 January 2024

sun 4b

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

Bidding Prayers:    Bidding Prayers (4B) 2024

Reflection on the Readings:    prego-sunday-4-otb-2024


Day of Prayer for Racial Justice

Click on the link below for more information:

Racial Justice Sunday – Catholic Bishops’ Conference (


Some Funnies







God bless,
Fr Dave

Third Week in Ordinary Time

Wednesday 24 January 2024

WPCU 2024 English pamphlet Final v3.indd

Ecumenical Service

A reminder that Churches Together in East Warrington are meeting this evening at 7.00 pm for a time of prayer together at Risley Independent Methodist Church on Fearnhead Lane, Fearnhead.  The service will be about forty minutes followed by some refreshments.  If you’re free, do come along.  These are always special moments – when Christians of different traditions step out of their comfort zones and pray together.  It’s a moment of grace – and you can feel it.

I forgot to post this year’s booklet for the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity.  It’s well worth a read:



Tuesday 23 January 2024

O Christ, the Light of heaven
And of the world true Light,
You come in all your radiance
To cleave the web of night.

May what is false within us
Before your truth give way,
That we may live untroubled,
With quiet hearts this day.

May steadfast faith sustain us,
And hope made firm in you;
The love that we have wasted,
O God of love, renew.

Blest Trinity we praise you
In whom our quest will cease;
Keep us with you for ever
In happiness and peace.

(c) Stanbrook Abbey Hymnal


Monday 22 January 2024

I am with you


3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (B) – 21 January 2024


Mass Sheet we will be using in church:    Mass Sheet (Sunday 3B) 2024

Bidding Prayers:    Bidding Prayers (3B) 2024

Reflection on the Readings:    prego-sunday-3-otb-2024


Sunday of the Word of God

Click on the links below for more information:

Sunday of the Word of God – Catholic Bishops’ Conference (

The God Who Speaks


Some Funnies







God bless,
Fr Dave

Second Week in Ordinary Time

Thursday 17 January 2024

the story of scripture


Wednesday 17 January 2024 – St Anthony of Egypt

WPCU 2024 English pamphlet Final v3.indd

The annual Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity begins tomorrow.

You can find full details and resources here:

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – Catholic Bishops’ Conference (

look with kindness on your people
and pour out upon us the gifts of your Spirit,
that we may grow in love of truth
and work zealously
for the perfect unity of all Christians.
Through Christ our Lord.


Tuesday 16 January 2024

the church should be a community


Monday 15 January 2024


The world needs peace!

“Let us not forget those who suffer the cruelty of war in so many parts of the world, especially in Ukraine, Palestine and Israel. At the beginning of the year, we exchanged wishes of peace, but weapons continue to kill and destroy. Let us pray that those who have power over these conflicts reflect on the fact that war is not the way to resolve them, because it sows death among civilians and destroys cities and infrastructure. In other words, today war is in itself a crime against humanity. Let us not forget this: war is in itself a crime against humanity. Peoples need peace! The world needs peace!

Pope Francis, Angelus, 14 January 2024


2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (B) – 14 January 2024


Mass Sheet we will be using in church:    Mass Sheet (Sunday 2B) 2024

Bidding Prayers:    Bidding Prayers (2B) 2024

Reflection on the Readings:    prego-sunday-2-otb-2024


Peace Sunday

Click on the link below for more information:

Peace Sunday 2024 – Catholic Bishops’ Conference (


Some Funnies






God bless,
Fr Dave

First Week in Ordinary Time

Thursday 11 January 2024

“To say that we believe in God, as Jesus revealed God, is to believe that God takes pleasure in loving us, that it gives God delight to be our parent, and that God takes joy in continually offering us forgiveness and love. To believe that God sees us in this way is to make an act of faith in the God that Jesus revealed.”

Fr Ron Rolheiser, OMI


Wednesday 10 January 2024

latest events in archdiocese


Tuesday 9 January 2024

the only person who dares to wake up a king

Weekdays of Christmas Time

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord (B) – 8 January 2024


Today is the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord and the last day of Christmas.


Almighty ever-living God,
who, when Christ had been baptised in the River Jordan
and as the Holy Spirit descended upon him,
solemnly declared him your beloved Son,
grant that your children by adoption,
reborn of water and the Holy Spirit,
may always be well pleasing to you.
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.

Gospel (Mark 1: 7-11)

In the course of his preaching John the Baptist said: ‘Someone is following me, someone who is more powerful than I am, and I am not fit to kneel down and undo the strap of his sandals. I have baptised you with water, but he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit.’

It was at this time that Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptised in the Jordan by John. No sooner had he come up out of the water than he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit, like a dove, descending on him. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; my favour rests on you.’


Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord – 6/7 January 2024


Mass sheet we will be using in church:    Mass Sheet (Epiphany) 2024

Bidding Prayers:    Bidding Prayers (Epiphany) 2024

Reflection on the Readings:    christmastide-2023-24-to-read-online


Friday 5 January 2024

Prayer Thought

“If our hearts and minds struggle to engage in prayer, we can always still pray with our bodies. Physical gestures and postures like making the sign of the cross, kneeling, raising our hands, joining hands, genuflection, prostration are prayer. We should never underestimate the importance of these bodily gestures. Simply put, when we can’t pray in any other way, we can still pray through our bodies!”

Fr Ron Rolheiser, OMI


Thursday 4 January 2024

be still and breathe


Wednesday 3 January 2024

school of prayer

come and see day


Tuesday 2 January 2024 – St Basil the Great & St Gregory Nazianzen 


“Into this world, this demented inn, in which there is absolutely no room for Him at all, Christ has come uninvited. But because He cannot be at home in it, because He is out of place in it, and yet must be in it, His place is with those others for whom there is no room. His place is with those who do not belong, who are rejected by power because they are regarded as weak, those who are discredited, who are denied status as persons, who are tortured, bombed, and exterminated. With those for whom there is no room, Christ is present in the world.”

Thomas Merton in an essay titled “Time of the End is the Time of No Room”


Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God – 1 January 2024

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Mass sheet we will be using in church:    

Solemnity of Mary Mother of God Sheet 2024

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Feast of the Holy Family (B) – 31 December 2023

simeon and anna

Mass sheet we will be using in church:    Mass Sheet (Holy Family B) 2023

Bidding Prayers:    Bidding Prayers (Holy Family B) 2023

Reflection on the Readings:    christmastide-2023-24-to-read-online

Pastoral Letter:    Pastoral Letter Holy Family 2023


Some Funnies

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parents of little drummer boy


thanks for the ipad


God bless,
Fr Dave

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