This Week 14 - 21 October 2018

 St Benedict'sSt Oswald'sSt Mary's
(Latin Mass)
Sunday10.30 am Mass

(Sat) 6.00 pm Vigil Mass
8.30 am Mass
3.30 pm Polish Mass
11.00 am Sung Mass
6.00 pm Low Mass
Monday7.30 pm Prayer Group12.10 pm Mass
Tuesday11.30 am Exposition
12.15 pm Mass
9.30 am Mass12.10 pm Mass
Wednesday9.30 am Mass12.10 pm Mass
Thursday9.30 am Mass
7.30 pm Novena
12.10 pm Mass
Friday7.00 pm Mass of Inauguration of the
Parish of Blessed James Bell
12.10 pm Mass
Saturday3.30 pm Wedding Service
(Sharon Bourke & Daniel Newton)
4.30pm Slovak Mass
10.00 - 11.00 am Exposition
6.00 pm Vigil Mass
12.10 pm Mass
Sunday10.30 am Mass8.30 am Mass
3.30 pm Polish Mass
11.00 am Sung Mass
6.00 pm Low Mass




Today (Sunday) is the National Day of Prayer and action for prisoners and their dependants. It’s a day to direct our thoughts and prayers to prisoners, their families and children. Prisoners’ Sunday is a time to reflect on how we as individuals, as a Church and as a community are serving those affected by imprisonment.

Prisoners’ families, prisoners and people with previous convictions often find themselves on the margins of society due to the social stigma associated with imprisonment. They are often forgotten or come lower down on the list of causes to ‘hold a hand out to’. But the Gospel reminds us of our duties towards them: ‘I was naked and you clothed me, sick and you visited me, in prison and you came to see me (Matthew 25: 36).

This year’s theme, ‘Go Beyond’, reflects on the impact we have when, as a community, we work to build a platform from which those confined to the margins of society can have their voices heard. As we ‘go beyond’ in our dedication, our belief, our common love, we offer fresh hope to those affected by imprisonment.

Prisoners’ Sunday also marks the first day of the ecumenical Prisons Week – a week of prayer which has been raising awareness of issues faced by those affected by the criminal justice system.



Today (Sunday), Pope Francis will canonise Pope Paul VI, Blessed Oscar Romero and four others. Pope Paul VI succeeded Pope John XXIII in 1963. He continued the Second Vatican Council begun by Pope John and oversaw its implementation. This was no easy task – some Catholics are still resisting the changes today! Oscar Romero was appointed Archbishop of San Salvador in 1977 during a civil war in El Salvador between guerrilla forces and a dictatorial government. Romero was an outspoken critic of the violence and injustices being committed at the time. He was shot while celebrating Mass on 24 March 1980.

Many have been inspired by the life and witness of Archbishop Romero. In a spirit of thanksgiving, Archbishop Malcolm will celebrate Mass in the Cathedral on Sunday 28 October at 11.00 am. All are welcome.



The Pastoral Area Novena to Our Lady, Untier of Knots, continues this Tuesday, 16 October, at 7.30 pm. This month, the Novena will be at Sacred Heart, Old Liverpool Road. Theme: Placing our Knots before the Blessed Sacrament.



Pope Francis invites us to join him in praying the Rosary each day during October to protect the Church from evil, which seeks to separate us from one another and from God.

The Rosary isn’t everyone’s way of praying, but we could all probably manage a decade of the Rosary each day during October. Let’s try to do that. Imagine every Catholic in the world praying a decade of the Rosary each day – just think of the power of that prayer!





During the month of October, Fr Dave will lead the Rosary each week. This week, the Rosary will be prayed after the 9.30 am Mass on Wednesday at St Benedict’s.

SYNOD 2020


Next weekend is the first Synod Sunday. There will be a letter from the Archbishop telling us about the Synod and about how we can get involved. The Archbishop will also tell us why he has decided to call a Synod. A special leaflet has been prepared which you will receive at Mass next weekend. Please keep the Synod in your prayers.


A reminder that EduCare, the free e-Learning programme which raises awareness and understanding across child and vulnerable adult activities. is not only open to our clergy and volunteer workforce but also to other members of our parish communities, for example schools and parents. To download a brochure and see the courses available, go to


The Parish website has a new address:

St Mary’s Shrine also has a new website address:



On Tuesday 1 May 2018, the three parishes of St Benedict’s, St Mary’s and St Oswald’s merged into the new Parish of Blessed James Bell. The new parish incorporates three Churches (St Benedict’s, St Oswald’s & St Mary’s Shrine), two Catholic Primary Schools (St Benedict’s & St Oswald’s), two Parish Centres (St Benedict’s & St Oswald’s) and one Parish Office (based at St Benedict’s).


The Mass of Inauguration of the new Parish of Blessed James Bell will take place on Friday 26 October at 7.00 pm in St Benedict’s, followed by a reception in the Parish Centre.  Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP will preside at the celebration.

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28th Sunday of Ordinary Time (B)

Gospel  (Mark 10: 17-30)

Jesus was setting out on a journey when a man ran up, knelt before him and put this question to him, ‘Good master, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: You must not kill; You must not commit adultery; You must not steal; You must not bring false witness; You must not defraud; Honour your father and mother.’ And he said to him, ‘Master, I have kept all these from my earliest days.’ Jesus looked steadily at him and loved him, and he said, ‘There is one thing you lack. Go and sell everything you own and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.’ But his face fell at these words and he went away sad, for he was a man of great wealth.

Jesus looked round and said to his disciples, ‘How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!’ The disciples were astounded by these words, but Jesus insisted, ‘My children,’ he said to them ‘how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.’ They were more astonished than ever. ‘In that case’ they said to one another ‘who can be saved?’ Jesus gazed at them. ‘For men’ he said ‘it is impossible, but not for God: because everything is possible for God.’

Peter took this up. ‘What about us?’ he asked him. ‘We have left everything and followed you.’ Jesus said, ‘I tell you solemnly, there is no one who has left house, brothers, sisters, father, children or land for my sake and for the sake of the gospel who will not be repaid a hundred times over, houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and land – not without persecutions – now in this present time and, in the world to come, eternal life.’



There are three sections in today’s Gospel passage: a narrative about Jesus’ encounter with a rich man, Jesus’ sayings about wealth as a possible obstacle to following him, and Jesus’ promise of reward for those who share their material possessions with the poor.

Jesus reminded the rich man of the commandments that deal with relationships with other people and challenged him to sell what he had and to give the money to the poor.    This shocked the disciples because it challenged the Jewish belief that material wealth and prosperity were signs of God’s blessings.  Instead, Jesus declared that true religion consists in sharing our blessings with others rather than hoarding them and getting inordinately attached to them.

(Adapted from Fr Anthony Kadavil)


God of Wisdom,
whose Word probes the motives of our hearts;
with you all things are possible.
Let worldly treasure not keep us from Jesus,
who looks on us with love.
Free us to leave all things and follow him,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever and ever.

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