This Week 20 - 27 January 2019

 St Benedict'sSt Oswald'sSt Mary's
(Latin Mass)
Sunday 20 January
2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time (C)
10.30 am First Communion Preparation Mass (3)
(Sat) 6.00 pm First Communion Preparation Mass (3)
8.30 am Mass
3.30 pm Polish Mass
11.00 am Mass
6.00 pm Low Mass
7.30 pm Prayer Group12.10 pm Mass
11.30 am Confessions & Exposition
12.15 pm Mass
9.30 am Mass

12.10 pm Mass
10.00 am Funeral Mass
(John Gorman)
12.10 pm Mass
9.30 am Mass4.00 pm Novena
(Please not change of time)
12.10 pm Mass
12.15 pm Mass
6.45 pm Meditation
12.10 pm Mass

Saturday4.00 pm Slovak Mass10.00 - 11.00 am Exposition
5.15 pm Confessions
6.00 pm Vigil Mass
12.10 pm Mass
Sunday 27 January
3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time (C)
10.30 am Mass8.30 am Mass
3.30 pm Polish Mass
11.00 am Mass
6.00 pm Low Mass




Today, the Catholic Church in England and Wales observes a Day of Prayer for Peace. This year’s theme is “Good politics serves peace”.

In his message for World Peace Day, Pope Francis recalls the “Beatitudes of the Politician”, proposed by Vietnamese Cardinal, François-Xavier Nguyễn Vãn Thuận, who died in 2002:

“Blessed be the politician with a lofty sense and deep understanding of his role.
Blessed be the politician who personally exemplifies credibility.
Blessed be the politician who works for the common good and not his or her own interest.
Blessed be the politician who remains consistent.
Blessed be the politician who works for unity.
Blessed be the politician who works to accomplish radical change.
Blessed be the politician who is capable of listening.
Blessed be the politician who is without fear.”



The annual Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity takes place from 18 to 25 January. Churches Together in East Warrington will be holding an Ecumenical Service today (Sunday) at the Church of the Resurrection at 4.00 pm.

“I encourage parishioners to come along to this service, especially if you haven’t been to an ecumenical service for some time. It is only by meeting together, praying together and working together that Christian unity will come about. The baptism we share means that each one of us has a responsibility to build bridges with our sisters and brothers in the other Christian churches and groups. Our Lord’s prayer, “that they may all be one” (John 17: 21) will only be answered if we all play our part.” Fr Dave


Archbishop Malcolm McMahon will host an evening for men who may be wondering if they are called to serve as deacons and what the formation involves. Wives, priests and deacons are also welcome. Monday 28 January, 7.30 – 9.00 pm, at St Anne’s, Overbury Street, Liverpool L7 3HJ. Refreshments available from 7.00 pm.



On Sunday 3rd February, the Archbishop will celebrate formally the calling of a Synod for the Archdiocese of Liverpool during a special service in the Cathedral at 3.00 pm. This service will begin an important period of time leading up to the Synod itself in October 2020. As the Archbishop said in his Pastoral Letter for Synod Sunday 2018: “the Synod is the time when we choose the path to walk on.”

During the service, the Synod Members (Parish, Pastoral Area, and others) will be mandated to undertake their task and we will all be invited to pray with and for them and for the working of our Synod. At the same time, on the Isle of Man, a parallel service will take place at St Mary’s, Douglas, led by Bishop Tom. Synod Members from the Island will be commissioned at this service.

If you would like a place on the coach going to the Cathedral, please sign the sheet at the back of church.


Parishes talking to Refugees & Asylum Seekers

A short workshop to help parishes engage with refugees and asylum seekers at a very simple but very important level. Saturday 16 February, 10.00 – 1.00 pm, at St Benedict’s. This workshop will be particularly useful for those parishioners looking forward to supporting the Syrian Refugee Family coming to live in the parish in the near future. To book a place, please call the Parish Office on 01925 630127.

FLAME 2019


The biggest Catholic youth event in England and Wales is back! Organised by CYMFED (Catholic Youth Ministry Federation), Flame 2019 takes place on Saturday 2 March at the SSE Arena, Wembley. Cost: £25 for ticket and travel (which will be covered by the Parish). To book a place, let Fr Dave know and then go to or phone 01744 740460.


Consultation on Admissions Arrangements for September 2020

Schools across the Archdiocese are consulting on proposed changes to admissions policies to take effect from September 2020. The consultation period will run until 25 January 2019 and any comments should be sent to the Archdiocese of Liverpool and to the Chair of Governors of your school. Further information about the proposed changes and where to send any comments can be found on school websites and at  Paper copies are available from schools.


Please note: the Parish Office has a new email address:  This address replaces the one we have been using: Fr Dave’s personal email address remains the same:


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 Mary’s Shrine & St Oswald’s), 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).

Mass of Inauguration of the New Parish of Blessed James Bell


Clergy from the Pastoral Area enter with Archbishop Malcolm


The Archbishop welcomes everyone and leads us in prayer:



Presentation of Canonical Decree merging the three parishes into one new parish:

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Renewing our Baptism as we set out as a new community:


Presentation of new Parish Registers and Seal:


Some of our altar servers with the Archbishop:


With many thanks to Kevin Holt for the superb photographs.


Fr Dave's Blog

2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time (C)

Gospel  (John 2: 1-11)

There was a wedding at Cana in Galilee. The mother of Jesus was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited. When they ran out of wine, since the wine provided for the wedding was all finished, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ Jesus said ‘Woman, why turn to me? My hour has not come yet.’ His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’ There were six stone water jars standing there, meant for the ablutions that are customary among the Jews: each could hold twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, ‘Fill the jars with water’, and they filled them to the brim. ‘Draw some out now’ he told them ‘and take it to the steward.’ They did this; the steward tasted the water, and it had turned into wine. Having no idea where it came from – only the servants who had drawn the water knew – the steward called the bridegroom and said, ‘People generally serve the best wine first, and keep the cheaper sort till the guests have had plenty to drink; but you have kept the best wine till now.’

This was the first of the signs given by Jesus: it was given at Cana in Galilee. He let his glory be seen, and his disciples believed in him.



“Mary, at the very moment she perceives that there is no wine, approaches Jesus with confidence: this means that Mary prays. She goes to Jesus, she prays. She does not go to the steward, she immediately tells her Son of the newlyweds’ problem. The response she receives seems disheartening: “What does it have to do with you and me? My hour has not yet come” (John 2:4). But she nonetheless places the problem in God’s hands. Her deep concern to meet the needs of others hastens Jesus’ hour.

“And Mary was a part of that hour, from the cradle to the cross. She was able “to turn a stable into a home for Jesus, with poor swaddling clothes and an abundance of love” (Evangelii Gaudium, 286). She accepted us as her sons and daughters when the sword pierced her heart. She teaches us to put our families in God’s hands; she teaches us to pray, to kindle the hope, which shows us that our concerns are also God’s concerns.”

(Pope Francis, Homily in Ecuador on 6 July 2015)

A Prayer for the UK

“In this time of turmoil…

We pray for the Prime Minister and Party Leaders
as they negotiate the political future of our nation:
Father, give them your wisdom and vision.

We pray for all in Parliament as they represent their communities:
Jesus, give them your humility and strength.

We pray for the media as they interpret events for the nation:
Holy Spirit, give them your truth and compassion.

We pray for ourselves as we show your love to our neighbours:
May we speak hope, embody courage and model unity in diversity.

Almighty God, we place our trust in you:
For yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory,
now and forever, Amen.”

(By Carla Harding, National Director for 24-7 Prayer Great Britain)


Prayer for Peace Sunday and Christian Unity

R.  Help us to sow the seeds of peace and justice.

In a world crying out for love but still filled with too much hatred and violence. R.
In a country that speaks of equality but often fails to live up to that promise. R.
In our communities in which some people are considered worth less than others. R.
In our churches where we often neglect Jesus’ teaching of compassion. R.
In our families when words or deeds hurt each other. R.
In ourselves, when we are tempted by the world to desire more and to neglect what really matters. R.

(From ‘The Way of Peace: Exploring Nonviolence for the 21st Century’, Pax Christi USA)

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