This Week 18 - 25 November 2018

 St Benedict'sSt Oswald'sSt Mary's
(Latin Mass)
Sunday 18 November
World Day of the Poor
10.30 am First Communion
Preparation Mass (1)

(Sat) 6.00 pm First Communion
Preparation Mass (1)
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
Tuesday11.30 am Exposition
12.15 pm Mass
7.30 pm Novena to Our Lady
Untier of Knots at St Alban's
9.30 am Mass (with Y3 & Y4)12.10 pm Mass
Wednesday9.45 am Mass12.10 pm Mass
9.30 am Mass
7.30 pm Novena
12.10 pm Mass
12.15 pm Mass
6.45 pm Meditation
12.10 pm Mass
Saturday4.00 pm Slovak Mass
10.00 - 11.00 am Exposition
6.00 pm Vigil Mass
12.10 pm Mass
Sunday 25 November
Solemnity of Christ the King
Youth Sunday
10.30 am Mass 8.30 am Mass
3.30 pm Polish Mass
11.00 am Sung Mass
6.00 pm Low Mass




In his apostolic letter to close the Year of Mercy in 2016, Pope Francis suggested the Catholic Church set aside one day each year when communities can “reflect on how poverty is at the very heart of the Gospel.”  He designated this day as the “World Day of the Poor” to be celebrated on the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary time each year.  Today (Sunday) is the second World Day of the Poor.

Loving God,
open our ears to hear you
in the cry of those living in poverty.
Open our eyes to see you
in the lives of the oppressed.
Open our hearts to meet you in others
and to respond with mercy and compassion.
Pour out on us your grace,
so that we may grow as your faithful people,
always seeking your kingdom of truth,
justice and peace.
­Through Christ our Lord.



A very warm welcome to the children in Year 4, and their parents and families, who are joining us for Mass this weekend as they begin their preparation for First Communion.


The Pastoral Area Novena to Our Lady, Untier of Knots, continues this Tuesday, 20 November, at 7.30 pm. This month, the Novena will be at St Alban’s. Theme: Undoing the Knots of Ill-Health.


Archbishop Malcolm McMahon will host an evening for men who may be wondering if they are called to serve as deacons and what the formation involves. Wives, priests and deacons are also welcome. Tuesday 20 November, 7.30 – 9.00 pm, at St Mary’s Parish Centre, Broadfield Drive, Leyland PR25 1PD. Refreshments available from 7.00 pm.



The second orientation evening for all those who have offered to help with the resettlement of a refugee family from Syria will take place this Wednesday, 21 November, at 7.00 pm in the Holy Family Chapel at St Benedict’s. At the meeting, two refugees will share their experience of coming to the UK and there will be a presentation on what life is like in Syria. If you have not signed up to help but would be interested in attending the meeting, you will be very welcome. Fr Dave


The Annual Mass to Remember Children who died before birth, at birth, or anytime afterwards will take place on Tuesday 4 December at 7.00 pm at St Benedict’s. The Mass will be a gentle celebration for all the children we miss so much. During the Mass, there will be an opportunity to light a candle for the baby, child or teenager you may be remembering and for their names to be read out during the eucharist. If you know someone who might appreciate an invitation, please let them know about the Mass. Thank you.


The Warrington Central Area regeneration masterplan project will produce a plan that will guide development, investment and projects in the central areas of the borough for the next 25-30 years. It is a real chance to shape the future of Central Warrington. The areas mainly covered by the masterplan are the wards of Bewsey and Whitecross, Fairfield and Howley, Orford, Latchford East, Latchford West and Poplars and Hulme.

Over the next 6 months there will be lots of ways that people who live or work in the area can get involved, have their say, design, prioritise and influence the ideas and projects that get taken forward into the future. The first round of engagement events and activities will take place in the weeks of 12 – 25 November 2018.   The flyer on the noticeboard highlights the main drop-in events in each area, and there will be a series of additional events with community groups, schools, colleges and businesses. There is also an online survey.

If you live or work in the central area, please consider attending one of the events, feeding back via the survey or linking with the Facebook page:


Please note: the Parish Office has a new email address:  This address replaces the one we have been using: Fr Dave’s personal email address remains the same:


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 Mary’s Shrine & St Oswald’s), 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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33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time (B)

Gospel  (Mark 13: 24-32)

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘In those days, after the time of distress, the sun will be darkened, the moon will lose its brightness, the stars will come falling from heaven and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory; then too he will send the angels to gather his chosen from the four winds, from the ends of the world to the ends of heaven.

‘Take the fig tree as a parable: as soon as its twigs grow supple and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. So with you when you see these things happening: know that he is near, at the very gates. I tell you solemnly, before this generation has passed away all these things will have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

‘But as for that day or hour, nobody knows it, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son; no one but the Father.’

From ‘The Jerusalem Bible’ © 1966 by Darton Longman & Todd Ltd and Doubleday and Company Ltd.



As we hasten towards the end of the Church’s year, the readings focus on the end of time when Christ will come again and gather us all into his kingdom.  This gathering into his kingdom is the task of every Christian.  People are attracted to Christ and his way of love when we, his followers, show his welcome, his love, his compassion and his mercy.

On this World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis writes: “Very often the poor hear voices scolding them, telling them to be quiet and to put up with their lot. These voices are harsh, often due to fear of the poor, who are considered not only destitute but also a source of insecurity and unrest, an unwelcome distraction from life as usual and needing to be rejected and kept afar. We tend to create a distance between the poor and the rich, without realising that in this way we are distancing ourselves from the Lord Jesus, who does not reject the poor, but calls them to himself and comforts them.”

In the run up to Christmas, how can we show the face of Christ to the poor in our own communities?

Fr Dave


God of Justice,
open our eyes
to see you in the face of the poor.
Open our ears
to hear you in the cries of the exploited.
Open our mouths
to defend you in the public squares
as well as in private deeds.
Remind us that what we do to the least,
we do to you.

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