This Week 12 - 19 August 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
MondayNo Prayer Group
(Resumes on 3rd September)
12.10 pm Mass
Tuesday12.15 pm Mass
9.30 am Mass12.10 pm Mass
Solemnity of the Assumption
12.15 pm Mass7.00 pm Mass6.45 am Mass
12.10 pm Mass
7.00 pm Mass
ThursdayNo morning Mass today
No Novena during August
12.10 pm Mass
Friday9.30 am Funeral Mass
(Joan Carey)
12.15 pm Mass
6.45 pm Meditation
12.10 pm Mass
6.00 pm Mass
SaturdayNo Slovak Mass
(Resumes on 1st September)
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




A warm welcome to visitors, those who have come home for the summer, and guests of parishioners. This week, a greeting in Polish: “Drodzy przyjaciele, powitanie i mamy nadzieję, że cieszyć się wakacjami tutaj z nami.”



This Wednesday is the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary and is a holyday of obligation. Masses:

12.15 pm         Lunchtime Mass at St Benedict’s
7.00 pm           Evening Mass at St Oswald’s

Masses at St Mary’s Shrine: 6.45 am, 12.10 pm & 7.00 pm



Sunday 19 August in the Priory Garden.  Entrance is £2.50 (includes strawberries and cream, maybe gateau or scone and tea/coffee). There will be a raffle, a fresh fruit & veg stall with produce from local farms, stalls for the kids too and more. The event is pay on the gate only.


An Afternoon Tea will be held in aid of the ‘The Children of Kenya’ at St Benedict’s Parish Centre on Tuesday 21 August, 2.00 – 4.00 pm. Tickets cost £3.00 (£1 children) available from Brenda Grindle y or Mary Monks. Parents & Grandparents: There’ll be a children’s bring & buy stall and tombola, as well as cakes and other refreshments, so do bring the children along.



Do you have any gardening equipment you no longer need?  Some refugees in Warrington are finding it difficult to look after their gardens without equipment. If you have anything you can donate, please contact Celia in the Parish Office on 01925 630127. Many thanks.


If you are going away on holiday and are concerned that you might not be able to find a church for Sunday Mass, why not prepare for this eventuality by taking a Mass sheet on holiday with you. All the Mass sheets we will use for Sunday Mass during the summer are available from the sacristy. Then, if you can’t find a church, why not gather those you’re with, make the Sign of the Cross, read the Scripture Readings together, perhaps invite each person to share something that may have struck them from the readings, then conclude with some simple spontaneous Bidding Prayers and the Lord’s Prayer. Fr Dave


The Parish website has a new address: For the time being, you can still reach the website using the old address as well.

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


The Adoremus Parallel Programme supports the Adoremus National Pilgrimage & Congress with talks, workshops, prayer and cultural events in the city of Liverpool, 7-9 September.

Peace & Justice Workshops and Discussion

1) Diakonia – Food for the Hungry: practical responses to physical hunger

Coordinated by the Liverpool Order of Deacons, this event looks at issues surrounding hunger and food poverty today, with input from Church Action on Poverty and Micah (the two Cathedrals foodbank). Includes panel discussion and the opportunity to make and deliver food in the city centre to hungry and homeless people. There will also be space for quiet prayer in support of this work. St Vincent de Paul Church, St James Street, Liverpool L1 5EE. Saturday 8 September, 12.00 noon – 6.00 pm.

2) ‘I am the Bread of Life’

Learn how to make bread from scratch! Includes food-related workshops while the dough is rising. With the involvement of Feeding Liverpool. Nugent Kitchen, Epsom St Community Centre, Epsom Way, Liverpool L5 2QT. Saturday 8 September, 12.00 noon – 6.00 pm.

3) ‘On the altar of the world’ – Reconciliation & the Eucharist

The Northern Dioceses Environmental Network, Together for the Common Good (T4CG) and Pax Christi will explore a sacramental theology of creation ‘on the altar of the world’. Beginning and ending with meditation on the Icon of Reconciliation, the day includes an intergenerational panel of women discussing peace-making in families, in our country and globally. Hospitality and family-friendly activities. St Philip Neri Church, 30 Catharine Street, Liverpool L8 7NL. Saturday 8 September, 12.00 noon – 6.00 pm.

4) Welcoming the stranger: Immigration, asylum seekers and refugees

A look at the history of immigration into the Northwest of England, current issues of migration, asylum and refugees, the Home Office Community Sponsorship Scheme and how churches can be involved. Takes place in an historic Liverpool Irish immigrant parish. St Anthony of Egypt Church, Scotland Road, Liverpool L5 5BD. Saturday 8 September, 11.00 am – 3.00 pm.

5) Eucharist in the world with CAFOD

Workshop and exhibition showing how the meaning of the Eucharist is brought to life by communities and partners of CAFOD across the world. Stories, workshops, films and bread from El Salvador, Democratic Republic of Congo, Bangladesh and Colombia! Sacred Heart Church, West Derby Road & Low Hill L7 8TN. Saturday 8 September. Workshops 12.00 noon, 2.00 & 4.00 pm.

6) Becoming A Eucharistic Community: The Joys and the Struggles

Join parishioners of the inner-city parish St Michael & Sacred Heart to share how your parish strives to be a Eucharistic Community. Presentations, discussion, art, activities, conversations…and free cake! Feedback gathered in preparation for Synod 2020 in the Archdiocese of Liverpool. St Michael’s Church, Horne Street, Liverpool, L6 5EH. Saturday 8 September, 2.00 – 7.00 pm.



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).


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19th Sunday of Ordinary Time (B)

Gospel  (John 6: 41-51)

The Jews were complaining to each other about Jesus, because he had said, ‘I am the bread that came down from heaven.’ ‘Surely this is Jesus son of Joseph’ they said. ‘We know his father and mother. How can he now say, “I have come down from heaven”?’ Jesus said in reply, ‘Stop complaining to each other.

‘No one can come to me
unless he is drawn by the Father who sent me,
and I will raise him up at the last day.
It is written in the prophets:
They will all be taught by God,
and to hear the teaching of the Father,
and learn from it,
is to come to me.
Not that anybody has seen the Father,
except the one who comes from God:
he has seen the Father.
I tell you most solemnly,
everybody who believes has eternal life.

‘I am the bread of life.
Your fathers ate the manna in the desert
and they are dead;
but this is the bread that comes down from heaven,
so that a man may eat it and not die.
I am the living bread which has come down from heaven.
Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever;
and the bread that I shall give is my flesh,
for the life of the world.’



In today’s First Reading (1 Kings 19: 4-8), the prophet Elijah is very low and on the point of giving up.  He even asks the Lord to take his life.  The Lord sends an angel to minister to him and restore his strength and hope.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus describes himself as ‘the bread of life’ and ‘the bread that comes down from heaven’.  Like the angel in the First Reading, Jesus gives himself to us in the eucharist to nourish us and strengthen us for life’s journey.  We need to come to him often.

I think an old Latin hymn, ‘O Esca Viatorum’, puts this well:

O food of travellers, angels’ bread,
Manna wherewith the blest are fed,
Come nigh, and with thy sweetness fill
The hungry hearts that seek thee still.

O fount of love, O well unpriced,
Outpouring from the heart of Christ,
Give us to drink of very thee,
And all we pray shall answered be.

O Jesus Christ, we pray to thee
That this presence which we see,
Though now in form of bread concealed,
To us may be in heaven revealed.




The Eucharist is a place of mercy

In the story of the Forgiving Father (or the Prodigal Son), we see the Father who welcomes his son home with open arms and with tears of joy in his eyes. No condemnation. No angry words. A feast is prepared. “Welcome home my child.” We also see the older brother standing outside, refusing to celebrate and refusing to take a place at the table with his wayward brother.

Jesus knows that sometimes we think there should be justice, not mercy. But he asks us to be people of mercy. If we are sinners who have been forgiven by God, how can we deny this to our fellow sinners? It’s at Mass that we learn what mercy looks like so that we are able to be merciful in our turn to our brothers and sisters.

Throughout his years of ministry, Jesus didn’t only talk about mercy and forgiveness, he showed it. He went to the homes of sinners and ate with them. Every Mass is a place of mercy. Jesus calls us, sinners though we are, to take our place at his table as his friends.

Pope Francis

“If we don’t feel in need of God’s mercy and don’t think we are sinners, it’s better not to go to Mass. Do you go to Mass because it’s a habit or a time to see friends or is it something more?”

“When we go to Mass, we find ourselves with all sorts of people. Does the Eucharist we celebrate lead me to consider all of them as brothers and sisters? Does it increase my ability to rejoice when they do and to weep with those who weep?”

Pope Francis said it is not enough to say one loves Jesus; it must be shown in love for those he loved. Attendance at Mass should lead to “the grace of feeling forgiven and able to forgive others” (12 February 2014).

Prayer Moment

Reflect on these words Pope Francis spoke at the end of the Year of Mercy:

“The Holy Door is now closed, but the door of mercy in our hearts continues to remain wide open. We are called to travel along the road of mercy on which we meet so many of our brothers and sisters who reach out for someone to take their hand and become a companion on the way.”

Make a promise to God to walk with someone who needs to see the face of mercy.


Illustration above by Elizabeth Wang, T-01088-OL, ‘Even in the darkness of our sufferings Jesus comforts and guides us’ © Radiant Light. Excerpt from the English translation of The Roman Missal © 2010 International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved.



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