This Week 22 - 29 October 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
TuesdayNo Mass or Confessions todayNo Mass today12.10 pm Mass
WednesdayNo Mass today
12.10 pm Mass
Thursday10.00 am Funeral Mass for Ann Wilson(Mass at St Benedict's)
7.30 pm Novena
12.10 pm Mass
FridayVigil of Prayer for Life
9.30 am - 4.30 pm Exposition
11.30 am Confessions
12.15 pm Mass
1.00 pm Rosary
(6.45 pm Meditation)
12.10 pm Mass
Saturday3.30 pm Wedding Service
(Michelle Williams & Paul Searle)
10.00 - 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

News

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WORLD MISSION SUNDAY
Today is World Mission Sunday. It is our chance to support missionaries and the Church in proclaiming the Gospel of peace to those who suffer around the world. By supporting Missio, the Pope’s official charity for overseas mission, we will be sharing the peace and love of Christ with all people by helping everyone in need, regardless of background or belief. Today, our prayers and donations will help a spirit of peace spread across South Sudan and around the world.

VIGIL OF PRAYER FOR LIFE
This Friday, 27 October, will mark 50 years since the 1967 Abortion Act was passed in England, Scotland and Wales. At this time, we need to pray for and remember all the lives lost before birth, as well as offering practical and emotional support to women and men who are worried and concerned about an unexpected pregnancy.

For those who have had an abortion, this anniversary year is a reminder that 50 years on “there is no sin that God’s mercy cannot reach and wipe away when it finds a repentant heart seeking to be reconciled with the Father”.

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On Friday, there will be a Vigil of Prayer at St Benedict’s: 9.30 am – 4.30 pm. There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament throughout the day, together with Confessions (11.30 am – 12.05 pm), Mass at 12.15 pm, and the Rosary at 1.00 pm. Please call in during the day.

OCTOBER DEVOTIONS
During the month of October, Fr Dave will lead the Rosary each week. This week, the Rosary will be prayed after the 12.15 om Mass on Friday at St Benedict’s.

ADOREMUS
National Eucharistic Pilgrimage & Congress
Liverpool, 7-9 September 2018

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Friday 7 September 2018
Theological Symposium and workshops for better forming Parish Catechists, RE Teachers, Hospital and Prison Chaplains, Eucharistic Ministers and Seminarians.

Saturday 8 September 2018
Six-hour stage led programme in the new Echo Arena for 10,000 pilgrims including: keynote speakers, drama, music, screen presentations and adoration.

Sunday 9 September 2018
Pilgrimage Masses at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, followed by Street Procession (open to all).

Tickets
Since this will be a national event, entrance is by ticket only. Our Pastoral Area has been allocated 4 tickets per parish for the Saturday programme at the Echo Arena. If you would like to attend this event, please contact the Parish Office as soon as possible. At present, we are unsure about the allocation of tickets for the Friday Symposium and the Sunday Pilgrimage Masses. However, please contact the Parish Office as soon as possible if you are interested in one or other of these events.

PEER SUPPORT GROUP
Peer Support Group for anyone facing depression or similar mental health concerns now runs in Warrington, every Monday evening, 7.00 – 8.30 pm, at The Gateway, 89 Sankey Street, Warrington WA1 1 SR. Hosted by PeerTalk, a charity underpinned by the Methodist Church, it offers a friendly and confidential space to share and be heard. No need to book. Just come along. More info at www.peertalk.org.uk/index.php/support-groups

CONAN NEEDS A ROOM
A Catholic young man, Conan, is coming from County Derry for a postgraduate in Warrington (Chester University). He is looking for a room from October until next summer. You can be sure he will be a very quiet (prayerful) and respectful guest. He can offer help for shopping, cleaning, and can pay an affordable rent. Please contact Conan on conanmcgonagle@live.co.uk or ask Fr Dave or Fr de Malleray. Many thanks.

 

 

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29th Sunday of Ordinary Time (A)

Scripture Reading          

Matthew 22: 15-21

The Pharisees went away to work out between them how to trap Jesus in what he said. And they sent their disciples to him, together with the Herodians, to say, ‘Master, we know that you are an honest man and teach the way of God in an honest way, and that you are not afraid of anyone, because a man’s rank means nothing to you. Tell us your opinion, then. Is it permissible to pay taxes to Caesar or not?’ But Jesus was aware of their malice and replied, ‘You hypocrites! Why do you set this trap for me? Let me see the money you pay the tax with.’ They handed him a denarius, and he said, ‘Whose head is this? Whose name?’ ‘Caesar’s’ they replied. He then said to them, ‘Very well, give back to Caesar what belongs to Caesar – and to God what belongs to God.’

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Reflection

Behind Jesus’ back, his enemies prepared a dangerous trap for him. The trap is well thought out: “Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” If he answers negatively, they will be able to accuse him of rebellion against Rome. If he justifies the payment of tribute, he will end up discredited by those poor farmers who are oppressed by those taxes, those he loves and defends with his whole might. Jesus’ answer has been summarised throughout the centuries in these terms: “Render to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” Few of Jesus’ words have been cited as much as these. But they are often distorted and manipulated by interests very far from those of the speaker himself, the great defender of the poor.

Jesus isn’t thinking of God and of the Roman Caesar as two powers that can demand, each in their respective spheres, dominance over their subjects. Like any faithful Jew, Jesus knows that to God alone belongs the earth and all that it contains, the world and all its inhabitants (Ps. 24). What could belong to Caesar that doesn’t come from God? Aren’t all the subjects of the empire also sons and daughters of God?

Jesus doesn’t discuss the different positions held by various groups in that society about taxes paid to Rome and their significance: if they are carrying the money of the taxing-master in their pockets, then they should fulfil those obligations. Instead he reminds them of something that no one has asked him about: “Give to God what belongs to God.” That’s to say, don’t give to Caesar what belongs only to God: the life of God’s sons and daughters. As he has repeated over and over to his followers: the poor are God’s special ones, God’s Reign belongs to them. No one should abuse them.

We must not sacrifice people’s life, dignity or happiness to any power. And surely today no power sacrifices more lives and causes more suffering, hunger and destruction than that tyranny of a faceless economy without a truly human purpose that, according to Pope Francis, the powerful of the earth have succeeded in imposing. We can’t remain passive and indifferent to this, stifling the voice of our consciences even while practicing the rituals of religion.

Fr José Antonio Pagola

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Prayer

Let us pray for the many refugees driven from Myanmar, more than half of whom are children, worn down and traumatised. May the nations of the world wake up to the tragedy unfolding before them, and reach out to the thousands who are terrified, hungry and sick.
Lord, in your mercy.                R. Hear our prayer.

For missionaries working all over the world. May our prayers and offerings help to protect and sustain them and the people they serve, so that all may come to know the Good News of Jesus.
Lord, in your mercy.                R. Hear our prayer.

For ourselves and all who follow Jesus. May the Holy Spirit help us to show our faith in action, work for love and persevere through hope.
Lord, in your mercy.                R. Hear our prayer.


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