This Week 17 - 24 June 2018

 St Benedict'sSt Oswald'sSt Mary's
(Latin Mass)
Sunday10.30 am Children's Mass

(Sat) 6.00 pm Children's Vigil Mass
8.30 am Mass
3.30 pm Polish Mass
11.00 am Sung Mass
6.00 pm Low Mass
Monday7.30 pm Prayer Group12.10 pm Mass
Tuesday12.15 pm Mass

9.30 am Mass12.10 pm Mass
Wednesday9.30 am Mass12.10 pm Mass
Thursday9.30 am Mass
7.30 pm Novena
12.10 pm Mass
Friday12.15 pm Mass
6.45 pm Meditation
12.10 pm Mass
Saturday4.00 pm Slovak MassNo Exposition today
Padgate Walking Day
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




Today is the annual Day for Life – the day in the Church’s calendar dedicated to raising awareness about the meaning and value of human life at every stage and in every condition. The Church teaches that life is to be nurtured from conception to natural death.  This year’s Day for Life aims to raise awareness of the vile crime of human trafficking.

In his latest Apostolic Exhortation, Gaudete et Exsultate, Pope Francis says: “Our defence of the innocent unborn, for example, needs to be clear, firm and passionate, for at stake is the dignity of a human life, which is always sacred… Equally sacred, however, are the lives of the poor, those already born, the destitute, the abandoned and the underprivileged, the vulnerable infirm and elderly exposed to covert euthanasia, the victims of human trafficking, new forms of slavery, and every form of rejection” (GE 101).

Invoking the intercession of the Patron Saint of victims of human trafficking and modern slavery, St Josephine Bakhita, Pope Francis has sent his Apostolic Blessing to those marking Day for Life in England and Wales. The Holy Father prays “that God might free all those who have been threatened, wounded or mistreated by the trade and trafficking of human beings and bring comfort to those who have survived such inhumanity.”

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has responded to the rise in these inhumane crimes by developing the Santa Marta Group – a global alliance of international police chiefs, bishops and religious communities working in partnership with civil society to eliminate human trafficking and modern slavery. It is named after the house where Pope Francis lives and where the founder members stayed in 2014 prior to signing an historic declaration of commitment. The Group now has members in over 30 countries. Check out the website:

In the UK alone, it is estimated that every year there are over 13,000 victims of trafficking. Day for Life asks for your prayers and donations in supporting those that work to restore their lives to the full.



There will be a three-day visit of the Walsingham Statue to Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral this week:

Thursday 21 June
5.00 pm Welcome Mass & Reception of the Statue
followed by private prayer and devotions (until 10.00 pm)

Friday 22 June
7.30 am Rosary & Mass
School visits will take place during the day
12.15 pm Lunchtime Mass
5.45 pm Evening Prayer
7.00 pm Sung Mass, Adoration & Talk (until 10.00 pm)

Saturday 23 June
7.30 am Rosary
9.00 am Mass
12.00 noon Concluding Mass and Departure of Statue



As you know, there will be a National Eucharistic Pilgrimage & Congress in Liverpool from 7-9 September 2018.

1) There are still some tickets available for the Echo Arena Event on Saturday 8 September with Bishop Barron and other speakers.  If you would like to go, please book online as soon as possible:

2) There will be two National Pilgrimage Masses in the Cathedral on Sunday 9 September – Archbishop Malcolm McMahon will preside at Mass at 9.30 am, and Cardinal Nichols will preside at Mass at 11.30 am.  If you would like to attend, please book online:

3) There will be an Adoremus Parallel Programme for Friday to Sunday, 7-9 September.  Full details can be found in a brochure at the back of church or online at:

4) Talks in preparation for the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage & Congress:

— Thursdays in June, 1.00 – 2.30 pm repeated 7.30 – 9.00 pm at Widnes Pastoral Centre, Mayfield Ave, Hough Green WA8 8PR.

— ‘The Unexpected Gift: Spiritual Journey of a Deaf Person’ on Sunday 24 June, 3.30 – 5.30 pm at Liverpool Carmelite Monastery.

5) Adoremus Youth Congress – Saturday 8 September at the Echo Arena Auditorium.  Join 1000 young people aged 13-20 in a unique experience of being the Young Church.  Contributions by Katie Prejean, Jo Boyce, Rise Theatre, CAFOD, Animate, Salesians, One Hope, Joel’s Bar, Cardinal Nichols, Archbishop McMahon and much more.  Cost only £10.  Visit for full details and booking form.


Saturday 23 June, 10.00 am – 12.00 noon, at St Teresa’s, Upholland WN8 0PY.  Resources, workshops and ideas on how to work in partnership with people with disabilities in the parish.  For more information:  RSVP to


“Blessed are the Peacemakers – Resolving Personal & Political Conflict”.  Saturday 23 June, 10.00 am – 4.00 pm, at LACE.  Speakers: Rt Hon Jane Kennedy, Celia McKeon, Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Kemi & Natasha Ryan, Fr Nicholas Postlethwaite.  Suggested donation £10 (includes hot meal).  RSVP to or 0151 522 1080/81.



Pope Francis has confirmed that he will be travelling to Ireland to take part in the World Meeting of Families, which is taking place in Dublin from 21 to 26 August 2018. Pope Francis will attend the Festival of Families in Croke Park on Saturday 25 August and celebrate an open air Mass in the Phoenix Park on Sunday 26 August. For tickets and registration, please use the following link:



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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11th Sunday of Ordinary Time (B)

Gospel  (Mark 4: 26-34)

Jesus said to the crowds: ‘This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man throws seed on the land. Night and day, while he sleeps, when he is awake, the seed is sprouting and growing; how, he does not know. Of its own accord the land produces first the shoot, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. And when the crop is ready, he loses no time: he starts to reap because the harvest has come.’

He also said, ‘What can we say the kingdom of God is like? What parable can we find for it? It is like a mustard seed which at the time of its sowing in the soil is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet once it is sown it grows into the biggest shrub of them all and puts out big branches so that the birds of the air can shelter in its shade.’

Using many parables like these, he spoke the word to them, so far as they were capable of understanding it. He would not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything to his disciples when they were alone.



It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view.
The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision.
We accomplish in our lifetime
only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work.
Nothing we do is complete,
which is a way of saying that the kingdom always lies beyond us.
No statement says all that could be said.
No prayer fully expresses our faith.
No confession brings perfection.
No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No programme accomplishes the Church’s mission.
No set of goals and objectives includes everything.

This is what we are about.
We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realising that.
This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.
It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way,
an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results,
but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future not our own.

© 1979 Ken Untener (Bishop of Saginaw)

Let us pray

For fathers and grandfathers, godfathers and stepfathers, and for those who have been like a father to us.

†That every human life may be protected and cherished from conception to natural death.

†For the victims of human trafficking – that they may be helped to rebuild their lives after the traumatic experiences they have gone through.

†For the people of Lourdes and surrounding regions in France following the floods this week.

†That the courageous meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong-un may bear fruit, especially for the suffering people of North Korea.


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