Gradual reopening of churches

The Archbishop has given permission for three churches in our Pastoral Area to open next week:  St Benedict’s, St Joseph’s in Penketh, and St Mary’s Shrine.

These churches have been chosen because they are normally open each day for private prayer.


St Mary’s Shrine (from Monday 15 June)

Monday to Saturday
8.00 – 10.00 am and 4.00 – 6.00 pm

Sunday
2.00 – 5.00 pm


St Benedict’s (from Tuesday 16 June)

Monday to Friday
10.30 am – 2.30 pm

Sunday
10.00 am – 12.30 pm


St Joseph’s Penketh (from Wednesday 17 June)

Monday to Friday
10.00 am – 1.00 pm


If you call into any of these churches, you will be asked to sanitise your hands on entering and leaving, keep to a one-way system, and be guided to where you can sit or kneel.  Social distancing must be followed at all times.  Unfortunately, toilet facilities will not be available.

Please note: there is no obligation to come to church, and praying in our own way at home remains the norm at this time.

Lourdes Coach 6 Lockdown Challenge

Lourdes Youth from parishes in Warrington and Widnes usually travel on Coach 6, but as the Archdiocesan Pilgrimage has been postponed they have decided to challenge themselves to run, cycle, or walk the 1002 miles they would have travelled to reach Lourdes.

They hope to raise funds by being sponsored £1 for each mile they ’travel’. If you feel able to donate and support our youth then please follow this link to make your donation: https://gf.me/u/x4wd3i

You can also Google ‘Go Fund Me Lourdes Coach 6’ to find the page.

Mary Curtin

Would you please remember in your prayers the soul of Mrs Mary Curtin (92 years) the sister of Bishop Malone who died yesterday in the USA where she had lived for many years. They are united again in death.

Bishop Malone’s Requiem Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Malcolm in the Cathedral today at 4pm and will be live streamed on the Cathedral website.

Parish fundraising through online shopping

This week I received a cheque from easyfundraising in the amount of £202.00. This is the charitable donation from the shops you have bought from online. The more you access your favourite shops through the easyfundraising website the more the parish can receive.

If you shop on-line you can raise money for the parish!

Access over 3,600 shops and sites through easyfundraising.org.uk and the parish will receive charitable donations from the sites you shop at.

Raising free donations when you shop online couldn’t be easier! You’ll find big name retailers such as…

…all ready to help you raise more for St Stephen’s and St Bridget’s when you shop with them.

How to get started:

  • Log on to easyfundraising using this link
  • Follow the instructions for set up – name/email/password
  • Access your chosen shops through this site and the parish will receive charitable donations from the stores you use – ‘simples!’

Don’t forget to spread the word and recommend this to others!

PS: The fund is for both parishes, but I was unable to use both parish names for the fund title.

Bishop Vincent Malone funeral arrangements

Archbishop Malcolm will celebrate Mass for Bishop Vincent at the Metropolitan Cathedral on Monday 1 June 2020 at 4.00pm

This Mass will be live-streamed with access via the Cathedral website https://www.liverpoolmetrocathedral.org.uk

The funeral service for Bishop Vincent will take place at Allerton Cemetery, Liverpool on Tuesday 2nd June at 11.30am, where his body will be buried in a family grave. The service, which will be recorded, will be conducted by Bishop Tom.

Message from Pope Francis on the death of Bishop Vincent Malone

Archbishop Malcolm has received the following message from Pope Francis on the death of Bishop Vincent Malone:

‘His Holiness Pope Francis was saddened to learn of the death of Bishop Vincent Malone, and he sends prayerful condolences to you and to the clergy, religious and lay faithful of the Archdiocese. United with you in offering thanks to God for the late Bishop’s many years of priestly and episcopal ministry, especially his service to the education of young people, His Holiness commends his soul to the merciful love of our heavenly Father. To all who mourn Bishop Malone’s passing in the sure hope of the resurrection, the Holy Father cordially imparts his Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of peace and consolation in the Risen Lord.’

Cardinal Pietro Parolin
Secretary of State

Online & text giving

Online giving

The Archdiocesan online giving website is now ready to be used and can receive both one-off and regular monthly donations for every parish in the archdiocese.

Each parish has its own unique link on the website and a photograph of our church is shown to give you an additional reassurance that you are donating to our parish. All donations will go to the parish selected by the donor.

The link to the page for St Bridget’s and St Stephen’s is through the St Stephen’s link below:

https://donate.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk/st-stephen-first-martyr-warrington-2

There is also a detailed guide on how to donate on the website.

Text giving to St Bridget’s

Text STBRIDGET to 70085 to donate £2
Texts cost £2 plus one standard rate message and you’ll be opting in to hear more about our work and fundraising via telephone and SMS. If you’d like to give £2 but do not wish to receive marketing communications, text STBRIDGETNOINFO to 70085.

Text STBRIDGET to 70450 to donate £3
Texts cost £3 plus one standard rate message and you’ll be opting in to hear more about our work and fundraising via telephone and SMS. If you’d like to give £3 but do not wish to receive marketing communications, text STBRIDGETNOINFO to 70450.

Text STBRIDGET to 70460 to donate £5
Texts cost £5 plus one standard rate message and you’ll be opting in to hear more about our work and fundraising via telephone and SMS. If you’d like to give £5 but do not wish to receive marketing communications, text STBRIDGETNOINFO to 70460.

Text STBRIDGET to 70470 to donate £10
Texts cost £10 plus one standard rate message and you’ll be opting in to hear more about our work and fundraising via telephone and SMS. If you’d like to give £10 but do not wish to receive marketing communications, text STBRIDGETNOINFO to 70470.

Text giving to St Stephen’s

Text STSTEPHEN to 70085 to donate £2
Texts cost £2 plus one standard rate message and you’ll be opting in to hear more about our work and fundraising via telephone and SMS. If you’d like to give £2 but do not wish to receive marketing communications, text STSTEPHENNOINFO to 70085.

Text STSTEPHEN to 70450 to donate £3
Texts cost £3 plus one standard rate message and you’ll be opting in to hear more about our work and fundraising via telephone and SMS. If you’d like to give £3 but do not wish to receive marketing communications, text STSTEPHENNOINFO to 70450.

Text STSTEPHEN to 70460 to donate £5
Texts cost £5 plus one standard rate message and you’ll be opting in to hear more about our work and fundraising via telephone and SMS. If you’d like to give £5 but do not wish to receive marketing communications, text STSTEPHENNOINFO to 70460.

Text STSTEPHEN to 70470 to donate £10
Texts cost £10 plus one standard rate message and you’ll be opting in to hear more about our work and fundraising via telephone and SMS. If you’d like to give £10 but do not wish to receive marketing communications, text STSTEPHENNOINFO to 70470.