This Week 24 September - 1 October 2017

 St Benedict'sSt Oswald'sSt Mary's
(Latin Mass)
Sunday10.30 am Mass
2.00 pm Mass of Anointing
(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
Tuesday12.15 pm Mass
9.30 am Mass
12.10 pm Mass
Wednesday9.30 am Mass
12.10 pm Mass
Thursday9.30 am Mass
7.30 pm Novena
12.10 pm Mass
Friday12.15 pm Mass
6.45 pm Meditation
12.30 pm Funeral Service
(Margaret Jean Cripps)
12.10 pm Mass
Saturday10.00 - 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


There will be a Mass of Anointing of the Sick for parishioners of St Benedict’s, St Mary’s and St Oswald’s today (Sunday) at 2.00 pm in St Benedict’s Church, followed by refreshments in St Benedict’s Parish Centre.


The SVP will be meeting on Tuesday 26 September at 7.00 pm in the lounge of St Oswald’s Parish Centre.

Churches Together in East Warrington will be meeting this Wednesday, 27 September, at 7.30 pm in St Oswald’s Church.

The monthly Quiz takes place on Wednesday 27 September at 7.30 pm in St Benedict’s Parish Centre, Rhodes Street. Enjoy an evening of family fun, a light hearted quiz and a game of bingo. All funds go to the Bell & Font Restoration Fund. Entry to the Quiz is £4.00 each.


The Ladies Group will be meeting on Thursday 28 September at 8.15 pm in the Parish Centre lounge at St Oswald’s. Sue from Delamere Dairies will be guest speaker.

St Benedict’s Catholic Primary School, 9.30 am – 11.30 am, on Friday 29 September. Everybody knows somebody who has been affected by Cancer and the work that Macmillan Cancer Support do to help them. If you are able to make it, you are all welcome to come along to support this very worthwhile cause.


A morning of reflection for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion on Saturday 30 September, 9.30 am – 1.00 pm, at LACE. Tea and coffee available from 9.00 am. Keynote address on the Sacraments of Healing. Workshops on the Scriptures for the sick and the dying, Prayer in busy lives, and Visiting the sick and vulnerable. To book a place, please contact Maureen Knight on 0151 522 1046 or email

Thomas Merton was a Trappist monk of the Abbey of Gethsemani, Kentucky, and an American Catholic writer, theologian and mystic. He wrote this beautiful prayer:

“My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself…
But I believe that the desire to please you
does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road
though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore, will I trust you always…
I will not fear, for you are ever with me.”


On Tuesday 3 October, I invite parishioners to come to St Oswald’s to explore this prayer for themselves. The evening will begin in church at 7.30 pm where there will be the opportunity to explore five prayer stations which describe the journeys of five individuals – ordinary people who are trying to follow Christ in their daily lives. At about 8.00 pm, there will be the opportunity to meet these five people in St Oswald’s Parish Centre over some refreshments – to hear their stories, struggles and to ask questions. The evening will finish at 9.00 pm. Fr Dave

If you are a Eucharistic Minister, member of the SVP or Bereavement Team, or undertake some other form of ministry involving older people, then you are invited to a Safeguarding Awareness meeting on Wednesday 11 October, 7.00 – 9.00 pm, in St Benedict’s Parish Centre. The meeting will be led by the Archdiocesan Safeguarding Team and will involve information on elder abuse as well as how to keep yourself safe when carrying out your ministry. This is an important meeting and I would ask you to make it a priority. If you are able to attend the meeting, please sign the sheet at the back of church.  Fr Dave



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25th Sunday of the Year (A)

Scripture Reading     (Matthew 20: 1-16)

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner going out at daybreak to hire workers for his vineyard. He made an agreement with the workers for one denarius a day, and sent them to his vineyard. Going out at about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the market place and said to them, “You go to my vineyard too and I will give you a fair wage.” So they went. At about the sixth hour and again at about the ninth hour, he went out and did the same. Then at about the eleventh hour he went out and found more men standing round, and he said to them, “Why have you been standing here idle all day?” “Because no one has hired us” they answered. He said to them, “You go to my vineyard too”.

In the evening, the owner of the vineyard sad to his bailiff, “Call the workers and pay them their wages, starting with the last arrivals and ending with the first.” So those who were hired at about the eleventh hour came forward and received one denarius each. When the first came, they expected to get more, but they too received one denarius each. They took it, but grumbled at the landowner. “The men who came last” they said “have done only one hour, and you have treated them the same as us, though we have done a heavy day’s work in all the heat.” He answered one of them and said, “My friend, I am not being unjust to you; did we not agree on one denarius? Take your earnings and go. I choose to pay the last-comer as much as I pay you. Have I no right to do what I like with my own? Why be envious because I am generous?” Thus the last will be first, and the first, last.’



Can we allow God to be so good to everyone?  The parable today is about the generosity of God, not an encouragement to idleness nor a way out of finding employment for our people, each of whom has the right to work.  It is Jesus using an unusual example from life to highlight the unconditional love of God, stressing as he so often did, that God’s love depends on God, not on our good works.

Is Jesus pointing the way to the first truth of our faith:  that God is good in love to all?  From believing that in the heart, we are empowered to love others like him, or try to.

It is only human to object to this approach. We very often repay love with love, and withdraw love when it is not given.

Pope Francis writes: “There are two aspects of love. First, love is more about giving than receiving. Second, love is more about deeds than words. Love is always given or transmitted to another, he said, and “love always gives life, fosters growth” (Feast of the Sacred Heart 2016).

The joy of God is in giving love; this is a prime meaning of the parable. He calls on us to enjoy his giving of love to everyone, even the ones we do not think deserve it.

Teach me, Lord to be generous in love, as you are to me and to all.

Fr Donal Neary SJ  (Sacred Heart Messenger)

For all those who are sick or suffering in mind, body or spirit.

For the many people killed in the earthquake in Mexico this week, and the thousands who have been left homeless.

†For all those who have been impacted by Hurricane Maria and those involved in the rescue effort.

†For the 410,000 people now estimated to have fled to Bangladesh, escaping violence in Rakhine State in neighbouring Myanmar.

†For fairer trade rules so that all may receive a just wage for the work of their hands.



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