This Week 20 - 27 May 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
Monday12.30 pm Funeral Mass
(Laurence McGann)
7.30 pm Prayer Group12.10 pm Mass
Tuesday9.30 am Funeral Mass
(Joan Weaver)
12.15 pm Funeral Mass
(Isolina Woods)

No 9.30 am Mass today
2.15 pm May Procession
7.30 pm Pastoral Area Holy Hour
with the Archbishop at St Joseph's, Penketh
12.10 pm Mass
Wednesday9.30 am Mass12.10 pm Mass
Thursday9.30 am Mass
No Novena - Concert in Church
12.10 pm Mass
Vigil of Prayer for the Irish Referendum
(9.00 pm - 6.00 am)
Friday12.15 pm Mass
2.00 pm May Procession in School
No Meditation (Resumes 15 June)
12.10 pm Mass
Saturday4.00 pm Slovak Mass10.00 - 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




Pope Francis has added a new memorial to the Liturgical Calendar: the memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church, which will be kept on the Monday after Pentecost. A decree issued on 11 February 2018 states: “Having attentively considered how greatly the promotion of this devotion might encourage the growth of the maternal sense of the Church in the pastors, religious and faithful, as well as a growth of genuine Marian piety, Pope Francis has decreed that the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, should be inscribed in the Roman Calendar on the Monday after Pentecost and be now celebrated every year.”



The Schools will lead the annual May Processions in honour of Mary, the mother of Jesus, this week. On Tuesday, St Oswald’s Catholic Primary School will lead a May Procession in church at 2.15 pm. On Friday at 2.00 pm, there will be a May Procession at St Benedict’s Catholic Primary School.

“If you ever feel distressed during your day – call upon our Lady – just say this simple prayer: ‘Mary, Mother of Jesus, please be a mother to me now.’ I must admit – this prayer has never failed me.” St Teresa of Calcutta



As part of a year of prayer in preparation for the Eucharistic Congress in September and the Archdiocesan Synod in 2020, Archbishop Malcolm will be leading a Holy Hour for the Warrington and Widnes Deaneries this Tuesday, 22 May, at 7.30 pm at St Joseph’s, Penketh. Please come along if you can.



Sunday 3 June at 3.00 pm

For the third year running, Fr de Malleray (Rector of St Mary’s Shrine) and I would like to invite the parishioners of the new Parish of Blessed James Bell to come together for a Corpus Christi Procession on Sunday 3 June at 3.00 pm. The procession will begin at 3.00 pm in St Mary’s Shrine, Buttermarket Street. It will then make its way through the town centre to St Alban’s, Bewsey Street, for Benediction at approximately 3.45 pm. We extend a special invitation to the children who have just celebrated First Communion to wear their special clothes and lead the procession. Fr Dave


On Saturday 9 June at 11.00 am, Deacon Seth Phipps, FSSP will be ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Malcolm McMahon at St Mary’s Shrine. All are welcome. Please pray for Deacon Phipps.



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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Pentecost Sunday 2018

Pentecost Sequence


The Pentecost Sequence, also known as the ‘Golden Sequence’, is one of the most beautiful prayers in the Roman Missal.

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.


Pope Francis on Pentecost

Then, there is something else: this Holy Spirit is a disaster because he never tires of being creative! Now, with the new forms of consecrated life, he is truly creative, with the charisms… It is interesting: he is the Author of diversity but at the same time the Creator of unity. This is the Holy Spirit. And with this diversity of charisms and many things, he makes the unity of the Body of Christ, and also the unity of consecrated life. And this too is a challenge. (Speech to participants in the International Convention of the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and the Societies of Apostolic Life, May, 2018)

Let us ask ourselves today: Are we open to God’s surprises? Or are we closed and fearful before the newness of the Holy Spirit? (Mass with ecclesial movements, Pentecost 2013)

The Holy Spirit would appear to create disorder in the Church, since he brings the diversity of charisms and gifts; yet all this, by his working, is a great source of wealth. (Mass with the ecclesial movements, Pentecost 2013)

Be open to the surprises of the Spirit. Have the grace of docility to the Spirit, to go along the path that the Lord Jesus wants for each one of us and for the entire Church. (Daily Mass in St. Martha chapel, April, 2016)

The Spirit is the wind pushing us forward, keeping us going, that makes us feel like pilgrims and foreigners and doesn’t allow us to get comfortable and become sedentary. (General audience in preparation for Pentecost, May, 2017)

The world needs men and women who are not closed in on themselves, but filled with the Holy Spirit. Closing oneself off from the Holy Spirit means not only a lack of freedom; it is a sin. There are many ways one can close oneself off to the Holy Spirit: by selfishness for one’s own gain; by rigid legalism – seen in the attitude of the doctors of the law to whom Jesus referred as ‘hypocrites’; by neglect of what Jesus taught; by living the Christian life not as service to others but in the pursuit of personal interests; and in so many other ways. However, the world needs the courage, hope, faith and perseverance of Christ’s followers. The world needs the fruits, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, as St. Paul lists them: ‘love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.’ The gift of the Holy Spirit has been bestowed upon the Church and upon each one of us, so that we may live lives of genuine faith and active charity, that we may sow the seeds of reconciliation and peace. (Pentecost Homily, 2015)

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