This Week 18 - 25 March 2018

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

(Sat) 6.00 pm Children's Vigil Mass
8.30 am Mass
3.30 pm Polish Mass
11.00 am Sung Mass
6.00 pm Mass
Monday7.30 pm Prayer Group12.10 pm Mass
Tuesday12.15 pm Mass
9.30 am Mass
10.00 am Holy Half-Hour
12.10 pm Mass
Wednesday9.30 am Mass 12.10 pm Mass
6.15 pm Mass
Thursday10.00 am Funeral Mass
for Mary (Shirley) Jones
7.30 pm Stations of the Cross
12.10 pm Mass
Friday9.15 am School Mass
11.45 am Stations of the Cross
12.15 pm Mass
6.45 pm Meditation
12.10 pm Mass
Saturday4.00 pm Slovak Mass10.00 - 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 Mass



Just as Ramadan is a special month for Muslims and Passover is a special week for the Jews, Holy Week is a special week for Christians. In fact, it is the holiest week of the year, culminating in the most important day of the year for Christians – Easter Sunday.

During Holy Week, we remember what Jesus did for us out of the great love he has for each one of us.

The week begins on Palm Sunday. We remember the day Jesus arrived in Jerusalem. Just as people greeted him by waving palms and singing ‘Hosanna’, we begin Mass by blessing palms and singing ‘Hosanna’.

Then, on Holy Thursday evening, we recall what Jesus did on the night before he died – how he washed the feet of his disciples and shared the Last Supper with them. We do the same: Fr Dave will wash the feet of some parishioners and then we will celebrate the eucharist – the meal Jesus asked us to share in memory of him.

On Good Friday, we remember Jesus’ death on the cross. All over the world at 3.00 o’clock in the afternoon, Christians stop what they are doing and go to church to listen to the Passion – the story of what happened to Jesus, and to venerate the cross. For children, there is Stations of the Cross in the morning at 11.00 am. For those who have to work, there is a short service in the evening at 7.00 pm.

Then, on Holy Saturday night at 8.00 pm, we gather for the great Easter Vigil – the most important service of the year. We begin by lighting the big Easter candle, we listen to stories from the Scriptures about the great things God has done for his people, we welcome new members into the Church and celebrate the eucharist.

The feast of Easter continues on Easter Sunday.

See newsletter for times of Holy Week liturgies.



For the second year running, there will be a short Walk of Witness in Warrington town centre during Holy Week on Wednesday 28 March. The idea of the walk is to reflect on the cost of placing our security in armaments and to pray for peace by stopping at three places in the town centre with links to past acts of war and violence.  We will meet at 12.00 noon at the Bridegfoot War Memorial, walk to the Fountain of Life in Bridge Street, and then to Palmyra Square – named after a city in Syria. Then we could go for a cuppa together!



The Gospel according to St Mark is the shortest of the four Gospels but often tells of Jesus’ ministry in more detail. A series of films, called ‘Exploring Mark’, aims to bring us a little closer to Mark the Evangelist and his account of Jesus, his life and his ministry. The commentary is provided by the excellent Nicholas King SJ – an eminent author and Bible scholar and, as the post-nominal letters suggest, Jesuit priest. You can watch the short films at:


Fr Peter Morgan (St Anne & St Bernard’s, Liverpool) will lead this year’s Catholic Pic Retreat/Break to York, the Holy Island of Lindisfarne and Durham Cathedral from Tuesday 24 to Friday 27 April 2018. Cost £325. For further information and itinerary, please call 0151 733 5492.


Resources, workshops and ideas for including people with disabilities (including deaf) in the parish setting. Saturday 14 April at St Teresa’s, Upholland, 10.00 am – 12.00 noon. RSVP to or 0151 522 1040.


Chief Operating Officer for the Offices of the Archdiocese of Liverpool. Information pack available from  Closing date: 5.00 pm on 3 April 2018.






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Our Lenten Journey – Week 5

Fifth Thursday of Lent


Psalm 129

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord,
Lord, hear my voice!
O let your ears be attentive
to the voice of my pleading.

If you, O Lord, should mark our guilt,
Lord, who would survive?
But with you is found forgiveness:
for this we revere you.

My soul is waiting for the Lord.
I count on God’s word.
My soul is longing for the Lord
more than those who watch for daybreak.

Because with the Lord there is mercy
and fullness of redemption,
Israel indeed God will redeem
from all its iniquity.

Fifth Wednesday of Lent

you will not fail today
to show me your face,
speak to my heart,
and touch my soul with healing…

You will not fail today
to walk by my side,
to show me the way,
and lead me to where your peace awaits…

You will not fail today, Lord,
to help me carry the burdens I bear,
to be the light in my darkness
and to offer some joy in my sadness…

You will not fail today
to give me what I need,
everything I need,
to come to this day’s end
in peace…

So, help me then not fail this day
to look for you
and listen for your word, Lord;
to open my heart
to your presence and touch;
to find you at my side, guiding my way
and lifting me up each time I fall…

Help me not fail today, Lord,
to find and accept
your saving presence in my life,
in my heart and in my prayer…

This is the day that you’ve made, Lord,
and you will not fail
to live and walk it with me:
help me not fail
to live and walk it with you…


(c) Fr Austin Fleming aka ‘Concord Pastor’

Fifth Tuesday of Lent


25 years ago today (20 March 1993), two bombs exploded in Warrington Town Centre killing two little boys – Tim Parry and Johnathan Ball – and injuring scores of other people.

Today, as we remember Tim and Johnathan and their families, together with all those who bear the scars of that terrible day, let us pray:

Loving God,
welcome into your arms the victims of violence and terrorism.
Comfort their families and all who grieve for them.
Help us in our fear and uncertainty,
and bless us with the knowledge that we are secure in your love.
Strengthen all those who work for peace,
and may the peace the world cannot give reign in our hearts.

(Picture:  ‘Fountain of Life’ erected in memorial to Johnathan Ball and Tim Parry in Bridge Street, Warrington)


Fifth Monday of Lent


More ideas from the Church of England’s Lent Plastic Challenge:

  1. Avoid wet wipes.  These contain plastic fibres so don’t break down like toilet roll, despite often being described as flushable.
  2. Acquire used necessary plastic items instead of new.  Check second-hand shops, Freecycle or Freegle.  Look for sharing groups locally.
  3. Avoid the Mini bar snacks and drinks.  Not only are they incredibly expensive, but they all come in plastic packages or bottles.  Even if you can’t avoid plastic entirely, you can resist single serving sizes.

Fifth Sunday of Lent (B)


Gospel  (John 12: 20-33)

Among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. These approached Philip, who came from Bethsaida in Galilee, and put this request to him, ‘Sir, we should like to see Jesus.’ Philip went to tell Andrew, and Andrew and Philip together went to tell Jesus. Jesus replied to them:

‘Now the hour has come
for the Son of Man to be glorified.
I tell you, most solemnly,
unless a wheat grain falls on the ground and dies,
it remains only a single grain;
but if it dies,
it yields a rich harvest.
Anyone who loves his life loses it;
anyone who hates his life in this world
will keep it for the eternal life.
If a man serves me, he must follow me,
wherever I am, my servant will be there too.
If anyone serves me, my Father will honour him.
Now my soul is troubled.
What shall I say:
Father, save me from this hour?
But it was for this very reason that I have come to this hour.
Father, glorify your name!’
 A voice came from heaven, ‘I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.’ People standing by, who heard this, said it was a clap of thunder; others said, ‘It was an angel speaking to him.’ Jesus answered, ‘It was not for my sake that this voice came, but for yours.

‘Now sentence is being passed on this world;
now the prince of this world is to be overthrown.
And when I am lifted up from the earth,
I shall draw all men to myself.’
 By these words he indicated the kind of death he would die.

Pondering the Gospel

As I come to prayer, I ask the Lord to help me be aware of his welcoming presence, and to offer anything that burdens me into his hands.

In time, I read through the Gospel text prayerfully. I may like to place myself within the scene, sensing the hustle and bustle of Passover, the different nationalities and languages … Jesus and his disciples nearby. I stay here for a while, noticing what stirs for me.

Perhaps I stand with the Greeks, sensing their eagerness to meet Jesus. Who is the Jesus that I would like to encounter? Is there something I would like to say to him? I take time to do that now, trusting that he listens to me with the greatest love and compassion.

Is there anyone in my life who might be asking me to introduce them to Jesus? I ask the Lord to show me.

Jesus is clear about the challenges of life in his service – and also clear about the promised reward. I ponder the ways in which Jesus himself comes to us as a loving servant. How does it feel as he invites me to work alongside him, as servants together? Where might he be calling me to follow him this day, this week?

I ask for any grace that I need, and the courage to respond with an open and generous heart.

In time I end my prayer, giving thanks for all that the Lord has done for me.

(From St Beuno’s Outreach, Diocese of Wrexham)


Father in heaven,
the love of your Son led him to accept the suffering of the cross
that his brothers and sisters might glory in new life.
Change our selfishness into self-giving.
Help us to embrace the world you have given us,
that we may transform the darkness of its pain
into the life and joy of Easter.
Through Christ our Lord.

(c) 1973 International Committee on English in the Liturgy Corporation.

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