Mass Times 05 Jul - 12 Jul
10.00 am, (3.30 pm Polish Pastoral Area Mass)
9.30 am Requiem Mass for John Stanley Fox
10.00 am, Centenary Mass (3.30 pm Polish Pastoral Area Mass)
Liturgy of the Word & Eucharist
St Benedict'sMonday - Friday
09.00am(when there is no Mass, see newsletter HERE for more details)
10.00 am - 12.00pm
- This week's bulletin is available for download HERE
The Archbishop has appointed Monsignor John Devine as parish priest at St Mary of the Isle, Douglas, Isle of Man. He will be replaced as parish priest at St Mary’s, St Benedict’s at St Oswald’s by Father David Heywood, currently serving a cluster of parishes in the Leigh Pastoral Area. Father Austin Griffin, parish priest in Penwortham, will live in retirement at St Oswald’s. These changes will take place in the first week of September.
- ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE ARCHBISHOPREGARDING THE FUTURE OF ST MARY’S
“I have invited the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter to come to the archdiocese and to have responsibility for St Mary’s Church, Warrington. In due course this will become a centre for the celebration of the extraordinary form of Mass and the sacraments. The priests of this fraternity will not, however, assume pastoral responsibility for St Mary’s parish, which will be the responsibility of Fr David Heywood from September.”
- CONGRATULATIONS TO FR MATTHEW STEPHEN JOLLEY
Matthew was Ordained to the Priesthood at St Mary’s on Saturday. The ceremony was a wonderful and joyous occasion which was a privilege to witness and will be remembered in our parish for many years to come. Today Fr Matthew says his first Mass in the church and we wish him every blessing as he embarks on his new life as a priest. We especially welcome his family and friends who have supported him in his journey, to share in this special occasion here today. All are invited to stay after mass for a picnic in the garden. Our prayers are with Fr Matthew, today and always. A big thank you also for the tremendous efforts of those parishioners who did so much behind the scenes to help prepare the church for this weekend’s events; also to the choir who provided us with such beautiful and fitting music. You helped to make St Mary’s and Fr Matthew very proud!
- ST BENEDICT’S CENTENNIAL MASS
St Benedict’s are celebrating 100 years since the opening of the church with a special Mass on Sunday 12th July 2015 at 10.00 am. Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP will be presiding. All are invited to join in the celebrations. There is to be a free, lavish Celebratory Brunch after the Mass to which all are invited but you must come to the Mass.
- EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT AND HOLY HOUR
To follow the 11.30am Mass at St Mary’s, Sunday 12th July. Pope Francis’ writes in Evangelii Gaudium ‘We must admit, though, that the call to review and renew our parishes has not yet sufficed to bring them nearer to people...’ To further this call, the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales initiative PROCLAIM 15, helps us to become more missionary focussed parishes. As the first step they ask that we pray. Accordingly you are invited to St Mary’s on the 12th July.
- WARRINGTON WALKING DAY
It was wonderful to see all of the children so beautifully dressed on Friday and for a change the sun smiled on everybody – all day – without even a hint of rain! Thank you to all those who volunteered to be marshals, banner and statue bearers. Thank you also to the parents and teachers. A wonderful day was had by all.
- ‘LAUDATE SI’
Inspired by Pope Francis’ words, we join with Catholics worldwide, as part of the Global Catholic Climate Movement, and call on our Prime Minister and on other world leaders to take urgent action to prevent climate change pushing people deeper into poverty. Please call on David Cameron to show leadership on climate change. Sign the online petition at:www.cafod.org.uk/Campaign/One-Climate-One-World/climate-petition
- RESPONDING TO THE CALL TO BE A PRIEST? VOCATION DISCERNMENT GROUP
“How does one become a priest? This is an initiative which the Lord takes. The Lord calls. He calls each of those whom he wills to become priests. Perhaps there are some young men present who have heard this call in their hearts… If some of you have heard this call in your hearts, it is Jesus who has placed it there. Pay attention to this invitation and pray that it might bear fruit for the whole Church.” Pope Francis. To support men who are exploring vocations to priesthood in our diocese, a monthly day of recollection has been organised for the first Saturday of each month. These days will help men who feel called to ordained ministry to discover more about diocesan priesthood and meet others discerning a call to priesthood. Meetings take place at St Charles’ Presbytery, 224 Aigburth Road, Liverpool. For further information, contact Fr James Preston at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0151 727 2493.
- ‘COME & SEE’ (RCIA) ST BENEDCT’S CHURCH
For those who are curious about the Catholic Faith or are adults and wish to be Baptised, or are thinking of coming back to church after being away for a long time. A small group of parishioners and those like yourself will be meeting from September this year. If you are interested to attend please leave your name and telephone number at St Benedict’s Parish office on 01925 630127 or contact Doreane Child on 07554 382448. When the meetings are to resume will be advertised here and on the parish bulletin nearer the time. In the meantime if you are eager and can’t wait until September, you could simply attend Mass and ‘Come & See’ what happens and what we’re like.
St Benedict’s – The Meditation Group next meets every Friday at 6.45pm in the Holy Family Chapel. A half hour of peace and tranquillity. (If you’re coming please arrive a little early to avoid disturbing the peace once they’ve started. Entrance is via the Priory).
- WARRINGTON FOODBANK
Warrington Foodbank are experiencing food shortages due to the consistent high demand for emergency 3 day food parcels in Warrington. Donations of food can be left at St Mary’s before each lunchtime Mass or at St Benedict’s between 9.00 am and 4.30 pm Sunday to Friday. Needs are ever increasing and all donations are greatly appreciated. Thank you.
- THE SISTERS OF THE CROSS AND PASSION
We have been advised by Sister Maire O’Sullivan, Province Leader of the Sisters of the Cross and Passion, that sadly they will be leaving Warrington in the next year or so. They currently reside in the Bruche Avenue area and currently serve the parish of St Oswald’s. At some time in the future we will ensure that the Catholic community in Warrington expresses its gratitude to generations of sisters in an appropriate way.
- MARRIAGE AND FAMILY LIFE
Support for Divorced and Separated Catholics. The next series of meetings “Recovering and Moving on after Divorce” will start mid-September 2015. General enquiries may be directed to Maureen O’Brien, Marriage and Family Life Co-ordinator 0151 522 1044.