This Week 15 - 22 April 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
Tuesday12.15 pm Funeral Mass
(Beryl Campbell)
9.30 am Mass
6.30 pm First Reconciliation
12.10 pm Mass
Wednesday9.30 am Mass12.10 pm Mass
Thursday9.30 am Mass
7.30 pm Novena
12.10 pm Mass
Friday12.00 noon Funeral Mass
(Anne Munday)
12.10 pm Mass
Saturday4.00 pm Slovak Mass10.00 - 11.00 am Exposition
6.00 pm First Communion Mass
(Group A)
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

News

NEW PARISH OF BLESSED JAMES BELL

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I am pleased to announce that the three parishes of St Benedict’s, St Mary’s and St Oswald’s will merge into one new parish on 1 May 2018 under the patronage of Blessed James Bell. The new parish will incorporate 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).

This Friday, 20 April, marks the anniversary of the death of the Warrington martyr, Blessed James Bell, in 1584. Parishioners chose Blessed James Bell as the patron of the new parish and we will celebrate his feast day each year on the nearest Sunday. We will, of course, continue to celebrate the patron saints of our churches too.

James Bell was born in Warrington in 1524. He was educated at Oxford University where he was ordained to the priesthood. At first, he served as a minister of the Church of England but, after being reconciled to the Catholic Church in 1581, he served as a missionary priest among the poorer Catholics of Lancashire. He was arrested at Golborne in January 1584 and brought to trial at the Lent Assizes in Lancaster.

During his trial, Fr James Bell behaved with great courage, and on being convicted said to the judge: “I beg your lordship, for the love of God, to add to the sentence that my lips and the tops of my fingers may be cut off for having sworn and subscribed to the articles of heretics, contrary both to my conscience and to God’s truth.”

Fr James Bell was hanged and quartered at Lancaster Castle on 20 April 1584 alongside the layman, John Finch, who had also reconciled to the Catholic Church. Fr Bell was among the 108 martyrs beatified by Pope Pius XI on 15 December 1929.

The picture above is of the stained glass window in St Mary’s Shrine depicting Blessed James Bell.

Fr Dave

SONGS WE REMEMBER

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Singing and enjoyment for anyone who likes to sing but particularly geared towards those living with dementia and their carers. Wednesday 18 April, 1.30 – 3.30 pm, at St Thomas of Canterbury Parish Hall, Great Georges Road, Waterloo L22 1RD. For further details: 0151 949 1199 or email: jenny@irenaeus.co.uk

DAY OF REFLECTION FOR THE EASTER SEASON

Led by the Right Reverend John Arnold, Bishop of Salford. Tuesday 24 April, 10.30 am – 3.30 pm at St Joseph’s Prayer Centre, Blundell Avenue, Freshfield, Formby L37 1PH. Lunch included, donations welcome. Bookings: 01704 875850 or 07712 178670.

THE PRIESTS LIVE IN CONCERT

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The internationally acclaimed classical singing trio from Northern Ireland, The Priests, return to Liverpool Philharmonic for a memorable evening of heartfelt song and humour on Friday 1 June, 7.30 – 9.30 pm. They’ve sang for The Queen, Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla and Pope Benedict XVI and now is your opportunity to hear the award-winning trio, made up of Father Eugene, Martin & David. You’ll be further enthralled as they’re joined by guest mezzo soprano, Danielle Thomas. Be it USA, Canada, Europe or their Irish homeland, when not touring the world singing to sell out audiences The Priests return to everyday life ministering in their dioceses. This exclusive concert will jointly support Nugent and the Friends of the Metropolitan Cathedral. Tickets, from £16 are available online or in person from The Liverpool Philharmonic Box Office or from the Metropolitan Cathedral Gift Shop.

 

Fr Dave's Blog

God is a good Father

On Sunday, Pope Francis visited a very poor parish in Rome.  While he was there, some children were invited to ask him questions.  But then it was Emanuele’s turn.  The young boy smiled at the Pope as he approached the microphone, but then froze.  “I can’t do it”, Emanuele said.  Msgr. Leonardo Sapienza, a papal aide, encouraged the boy, but he kept saying, “I can’t.”

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“Come, come to me, Emanuele”, the Pope said.  “Come and whisper it in my ear.”

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The little boy broke down and Pope Francis gave him big hug.

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With their heads touching, the Pope and the boy spoke privately to each other before Emanuele returned to his seat.

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“If only we could all cry like Emanuele when we have an ache in our hearts like he has”, the Pope told the children. “He was crying for his father and had the courage to do it in front of us because in his heart there is love for his father.”

Pope Francis said he had asked Emanuele if he could share the boy’s question and the boy agreed.  The boy had said:  “A little while ago my father passed away.  He was a nonbeliever, but he had all four of his children baptised.  He was a good man.  Is dad in heaven?”

“How beautiful to hear a son say of his father, ‘He was good’,” the Pope told the children. “And what a beautiful witness of a son who inherited the strength of his father, who had the courage to cry in front of all of us.  If that man was able to make his children like that, then it’s true, he was a good man.  He was a good man.  That man did not have the gift of faith, he wasn’t a believer, but he had his children baptised.  He had a good heart”, Pope Francis said.

“God is the one who says who goes to heaven”, the Pope explained.

The next step in answering Emanuele’s question, he said, would be to think about what God is like and, especially, what kind of heart God has.  “What do you think?  A father’s heart.  God has a dad’s heart.  And with a dad who was not a believer, but who baptised his children and gave them that bravura, do you think God would be able to leave him far from himself?”

“Does God abandon his children?” the Pope asked. “Does God abandon his children when they are good?”  The children shouted, “No.”

“There, Emanuele, that is the answer”, the Pope told the boy.  “God surely was proud of your father, because it is easier as a believer to baptise your children than to baptise them when you are not a believer.  Surely this pleased God very much.”

Pope Francis encouraged Emanuele to “talk to your dad; pray to your dad.”

(From the Catholic News Service)


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