This Week 28 May - 4 June 2017

 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 Mass
Monday7.30 pm Prayer Group12.10 pm Mass
Tuesday12.15 pm Mass
9.30 am Mass
12.10 pm Mass
Wednesday7.00 pm Baptism Mass

12.10 pm Mass
Thursday9.30 am Mass
7.30 pm Novena
12.10 pm Mass
Friday12.15 pm Mass
7.00 pm Ecumenical Stations of the Resurrection
12.10 pm Mass
Saturday10.00 - 11.00 am Exposition
6.00 pm Vigil Mass
12.10 pm Mass
Sunday10.30 am Mass
8.30 am Mass
3.30 pm Polish Mass
11.00 am Sung Mass
6.00 pm Mass




God of compassion,
you hear the cries of all who are in distress.
Hear our prayers for those whose lives
have been affected by the bombing in Manchester.
We pray especially for those suddenly facing a future
without a child, parent or loved one,
young ones who are in deep distress,
and those who are injured and traumatized.
Strengthen them in their hour of need,
grant them perseverance
and courage to face the future,
and be to them a firm foundation
on which to build their lives.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.

(Adapted from the Church of England)



Orford Churches Together have tended to mark the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in the week leading up to the Feast of Pentecost. This year, the churches are invited to come together to ponder the Stations of the Resurrection at St Benedict’s on Friday 2 June at 7.00 pm, and then to share some cheese and wine.

2 – 5 June, 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
To celebrate the Golden Jubilee weekend, the iconic interior of the Metropolitan Cathedral will be transformed by a dazzling array of floral displays themed around Cathedral life. Join us for a glorious day out, and enjoy homemade refreshments in the Gibberd Room while viewing over 20 displays designed by award winning florists from across the region. Entrance is free and all are welcome to attend.

Sunday 4 June at 11.00 am
The Solemn Jubilee Mass of Thanksgiving, which takes place on the Feast of Pentecost, will officially mark 50 years of the Metropolitan Cathedral. The Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP, Archbishop of Liverpool, and Crosby-born Cardinal Vincent Nichols. All are most welcome to attend.

St Joseph’s Family Centre, Warrington, is seeking to appoint a full-time Centre Manager. The Centre offers a counselling service for children and adults, is an accredited child contact centre and provides a welfare service. Applicants should ideally have experience in mental health services or social care fields allied to proven operational management experience. Salary in the range of £34,000 to £39,000 per annum. For an application pack, please call 01925 635448, email or visit The closing date for applications is the 8th of June 2017.

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Pentecost Novena – Day 2




Begin by invoking the Holy Spirit using Pope John XXIII’s ‘invocation’ prayer:

Renew your wonders in this our day, as by a new Pentecost.

Grant to your Church that, being of one mind and steadfast in prayer with Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and following the lead of Blessed Peter, it may advance the reign of our Divine Saviour, the reign of truth and justice, the reign of love and peace. Amen.

Come Holy Spirit, in your power and might to renew the face of the earth.



‘In the days to come – it is the Lord who speaks – I will pour out my Spirit upon all mankind. Your sons and daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. Even on my slaves, men and women, in those days, I will pour out my spirit. I will display portents in heaven above and signs on the earth below. The sun will be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the great day of the Lord dawns. All who call on the name of the Lord will be saved’ (Joel 3: 1-5).


Prayer Intention

Pray for the ‘Spirituality of Pentecost’ to renew the Church throughout the world – especially in your continent, nation, diocese, parish and in your own life.


Pentecost Sequence

Holy Spirit, Lord of Light,
From the clear celestial height.
Thy pure beaming radiance give.
Come, thou Father of the poor,
Come, with treasures which endure;
Come, thou Light of all that live!

Thou, of all consolers best,
Thou, the soul’s delightful guest,
Dost refreshing peace bestow.
Thou in toil art comfort sweet;
Pleasant coolness in the heat;
Solace in the midst of woe.

Light immortal, Light divine,
Visit thou these hearts of thine,
And our inmost being fill.
If thou take thy grace away,
Nothing pure in man will stay;
All his good is turned to ill.

Heal our wounds, our strength renew;
On our dryness pour thy dew,
Wash the stains of guilt away.
Bend the stubborn heart and will;
Melt the frozen, warm the chill;
Guide the steps that go astray.

Thou, on us who evermore
Thee confess and thee adore,
With thy sevenfold gifts descend.
Give us comfort when we die;
Give us life with thee on high;
Give us joys that never end.

Amen. Alleluia.

Ascribed to Stephen Langton, Archbishop of Canterbury (1228)

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