This Week 23 - 30 September 2018

 St Benedict'sSt Oswald'sSt Mary's
(Latin Mass)
Sunday10.30 am Mass
2.00 pm Mass of the Anointing
of the Sick

(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
Monday12.45 pm Funeral Service
(Raymond Price)
7.30 pm Prayer Group
12.10 pm Mass
Tuesday11.30 am Exposition
12.15 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 Mass
10.00 - 11.00 am Exposition
1.30 pm Wedding Service
(Rebecca Crook & Shaun McWilliams)
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




There will be a Mass of Anointing of the Sick for parishioners today (Sunday) at 2.00 pm in St Benedict’s Church, followed by refreshments in St Benedict’s Parish Centre. Please note: this Mass fulfils the Sunday obligation.


There will be a Farewell Mass for Sr Brenda and Sr Elizabeth at St Bridget’s this Monday, 24 September, at 7.00 pm. The Mass will be followed by refreshments. The sisters of the Poor Servants of the Mother of God have served the people of Warrington for over 30 years. A large part of their work has been with St Joseph’s Family Centre in Museum Street where they lived and worked before moving to Orford. The sisters have helped so many families in need over the years and become great friends to many of us. We will miss them dearly.


The monthly Quiz Night takes place this Wednesday, 26 September, in St Benedict’s Parish Centre – 7.30 for 7.45 pm start.  Pay on the door – £4.50 includes raffle & bingo.



On Friday 28 September there will be two choices of venue for those supporting Macmillan Cancer Care.  St Benedict’s Catholic Primary School, Quebec Road, from 9.00 – 11.30 am and St Ann’s Church, Central Avenue, from 9.00 am – 12.30 pm. Which ever you choose, it all goes to a worthy cause.



A member of Survive-Miva will speak at the Masses next weekend. Survive-Miva is a Catholic lay association, based in Liverpool, which exists to provide one vital element for the success of the Church’s health and pastoral work in areas of great need – a means of transport. Check out their website:



Global Healing is a film-based resource to help us to respond to the damage being done to our planet – our common home. It’s for parishes, groups and individuals and aims to inform, challenge and equip people to engage with Pope Francis’ vital call to ‘Care for Our Common Home’.

As part of the Season of Creation, the 30-minute film will be shown over a simple shared table on CAFOD’s Harvest Fast Day, Friday 5 October, after the 12.15 pm Mass at St Benedict’s. Please bring something for the shared table. If parishioners would like an evening viewing, please let Fr Dave know.



A day for Christians to experience the Bible afresh through informative and inspiring talks, workshops and worship. Saturday 6 October, 10.00 am – 4.30 pm, at Salford Cathedral. Keynote Speakers: Fr Kieran O’Mahony OSA and Dr Dominika Kurek-Chomycz. Workshops include the Bible and Mary, Discipleship, Laypeople, Art, Post Resurrection narratives, Gifts of the Spirit, Justice & Peace, Digital Bible resources. Resources include: Prayer Stations, Bookshop, Poetry competition, Lectio Divina, Worship. Only £5 registration fee. Ensure your place by booking early at


To support those exploring vocations to the priesthood, a monthly day of recollection has been organised for the second 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. There will be an opportunity to talk with and hear from priests who minister in the diocese, and also a time for prayer and discussion. The next day of recollection will take place on Saturday 13 October at St John’s Presbytery, 13 Powell Street, Wigan WN1 1XL. For further information, please contact Fr James Preston, Vocations Director for the Archdiocese of Liverpool, at or 0151 727 2493. Regular updates will be posted on our Facebook page: Archdiocese of Liverpool Vocations.


A reminder that EduCare, the free e-Learning programme which raises awareness and understanding across child and vulnerable adult activities. is not only open to our clergy and volunteer workforce but also to other members of our parish communities, for example schools and parents. To download a brochure and see the courses available, go to


The Parish website has a new address: For the time being, you can still reach the website using the old address as well.

St Mary’s Shrine also has a new website address:



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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25th Sunday of Ordinary Time (B)

Gospel  (Mark 9: 30-37)

Jesus and his disciples made their way through Galilee; and he did not want anyone to know, because he was instructing his disciples; he was telling them, ‘The Son of Man will be delivered into the hands of men; they will put him to death; and three days after he has been put to death he will rise again.’ But they did not understand what he said and were afraid to ask him.

They came to Capernaum, and when he was in the house he asked them, ‘What were you arguing about on the road?’ They said nothing because they had been arguing which of them was the greatest. So he sat down, called the Twelve to him and said, ‘If anyone wants to be first, he must make himself last of all and servant of all.’ He then took a little child, set him in front of them, put his arms round him, and said to them, ‘Anyone who welcomes one of these little children in my name, welcomes me; and anyone who welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.’



‘If anyone wants to be first, he must make himself last of all and servant of all.’

Sometimes churches put out reserved signs for VIPs when there’s a special celebration.  But the people for whom we might reserve seats might not be the ones Jesus would reserve seats for.  In today’s Gospel, Jesus gives first place to a little child.  Perhaps that tells us something about the attitude we need to have for the little ones who come to church – they have first place in God’s house.

I try not to use reserved signs in church if I can help it because in church we’re all equal and that’s how we gather around the Lord’s Table.


O God,
protector of the poor and defender of the just,
in your kingdom the last become first,
the gentle are strong,
and the lowly exalted.

Give us wisdom from above,
that we may find in your servant Jesus
the pattern of true discipleship
and the grace to persevere in following him,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.

Prayer © 2010 International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved.  Gospel from The Jerusalem Bible © 1966 by Darton Longman & Todd Ltd and Doubleday and Company Ltd.

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