Welcome Back! St Oswalds re-opening 22nd June

After many weeks of closure during lockdown, St Oswalds has been given the go ahead to reopen its doors for private prayer from Monday 22nd June 2020.
opening times are:

Monday-Friday 10.00am to 12.00pm

Wednesday and Friday 6.00pm-8.00pm


Fr John has produced this video to walk us through the guidelines to be adhered to during your visit.



Video:Mass celebrated by Fr John Gorman for Sunday 21st June

Mass is now available by clicking the link toour Youtube channel above.

Video: Mass of the Feast of Corpus Christi

Father John has again videoed mass, this week to celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi on Sunday 14th June

Video: Mass for Sunday 7th June 2020, Trinity Sunday

Father John Gorman has again recorded mass which can be viewed on Our You Tube Channel. Please click the link below

Video: mass to celebrate the Feast of The Ascension

Father Johnhas again recorded mass, this time to celebrate the Feast of the Ascension.

click on the YouTube link below to view

Bishop Vincent Malone RIP

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Bishop Vincent Malone, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus, who died earlier this morning at the Royal Liverpool Hospital aged 88 years. Fr Stephen Lee, the hospital chaplain, was able to administer the sacraments to him during the night.

Bishop Vincent trained for the priesthood at St Joseph’s College, Upholland, and was ordained priest at St Oswald’s Church, Old Swan, Liverpool on 18th September 1955. After a number of years spent in the teaching profession, mainly at Cardinal Allen Grammar School, Liverpool, he became chaplain to the University of Liverpool (1971) and then Administrator of the Metropolitan Cathedral (1979).

On 13th May 1989 he was named as Titular Bishop of Abora and Auxiliary Bishop of Liverpool, and received episcopal consecration the following 3rd July. His resignation as Auxiliary Bishop was accepted on 26th October 2006, shortly after his 75th birthday, but he continued in his role as Vicar General and Canon of the Cathedral Chapter long after that.

A fuller obituary and funeral details will follow in due course.

For many years Bishop Vincent commended to our prayers the souls of deceased priests and faithful in our archdiocese. May we now pray for him, bidding the choirs of angels to lead him into paradise.


Video: Mass for 31st May 2020,Pentecost Sunday

Mass celebrated by Fr John Gorman can now be viewed on our Church YouTube channel. Click on the link below  to view.

Once we hit 1000 subscribers we will be able to Live stream mass. Please if you have not already done so, subscribe to the channel, it costs nothing and would help us to bring live mass to more parishioners.

Message from the Bishops of England and Wales 3rd May 2020

A People who Hope in Christ
A Message from the Metropolitan Archbishops
of the Catholic Church in England and Wales
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
The radiance of the risen Lord shines upon us. At a time when so many shadows are
cast into our lives, and upon our world, the light of the resurrection shines forever to
renew and restore our hope. In the words of our Holy Father, Pope Francis: ‘In the
midst of isolation when we are suffering from a lack of tenderness and chances to meet up,
and we experience the loss of so many things, let us once again listen to the proclamation that
saves us: he is risen and is living by our side.’ (27 March 2020)
The impact of Covid-19, both nationally and internationally, has been immense. So
much of what we take for granted has changed. Our health and physical interaction,
our capacity to travel and gather, have all been affected. There is uncertainty in our
future, especially with work and the country’s economy. As we know, very sadly,
large numbers of people have died because of the coronavirus, and others have been
or remain seriously ill. Keyworkers, not least in the National Health Service and care
sectors, are serving selflessly to sustain the life of our nation. Our hearts and prayers
go out to everyone who is suffering because of Covid-19, and to all those battling to
overcome its effects. May those who have died rest in peace and those who are
bereaved find comfort.
When the Prime Minister announced the lockdown, this included places of worship
and therefore Catholic churches. These measures were put in place to stem the
general transmission of the virus. It is right that the Catholic community fulfils its
role in contributing to the preservation of life and the common good of society. This
must continue until the restrictions applied by the Government are lifted.
None of us would want to be in the situation in which we find ourselves. While the
live-streaming of the Mass and other devotions is playing an important part in
maintaining the life of faith, there is no substitute for Catholics being able to
physically attend and participate in the celebration of the Mass and the other
sacraments. Our faith is expressed powerfully and beautifully though ‘seeing,
touching, and tasting.’ We know that every bishop and every priest recognises the
pain of Catholics who, at present, cannot pray in church or receive the sacraments.
This weighs heavily on our hearts. We are deeply moved by the Eucharistic yearning
expressed by so many members of the faithful. We thank you sincerely for your love
for the Lord Jesus, present in the sacraments and supremely so in the Holy Sacrifice
of the Mass. The bishops and priests of every diocese are remembering you and your
loved ones at Mass each day in our churches as we pray ‘in hope of health and wellbeing.’
We thank our priests for this faithfulness to their calling.
As the Government’s restrictions are relaxed step by step, we look forward to
opening our churches and resuming our liturgical, spiritual, catechetical and pastoral
life step by step. This will also be of service to those beyond the Catholic Church who
depend on our charitable activity and outreach through which much goodness is
shared by so many volunteers from our communities.
None of us knows, as yet, how or when the lockdown will end. There is likely to be
a phased return to travelling and gathering. As a church, we are now planning for
this time and our discussions with the statutory public health agencies and
Government representatives are ongoing. Together with Catholics across England
and Wales we desire the opening of our churches and access to the sacraments. Until
then, we are continuing to pray and prepare.
We want to acknowledge with gratitude the service of our fellow bishops and priests,
our deacons and religious, our families and lay faithful, together with all our parish
and school communities, for the wonderful ways the life of the faith is being
nourished at this time, especially in the home. We also pay tribute to the Catholic
organisations and networks that are working to support the vulnerable and needy.
On that first Easter day, the disciples were in lockdown and the doors were closed.
In their isolation the Lord Jesus came among them and said ‘Peace be with you.’ May
the peace of the risen Lord reign in our hearts and homes as we look forward to the
day we can enter church again and gather around the altar to offer together the
Sacrifice of Praise.
We unite in asking the intercession of Our Blessed Lady and assure you of our
prayers and blessing
Yours devotedly in Christ,
✠ Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster
✠ Malcolm McMahon OP, Archbishop of Liverpool
✠ Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham
✠ George Stack, Archbishop of Cardiff
✠ John Wilson, Archbishop of Southwark

Live Mass Streaming – Appeal from Father John

Following on from the Blessing of Palms on Palm Sunday, a second recording has now been made, centred on a short period of adoration before the Blessed Sacrament together with a reading from scripture and concluding with Benediction. The recording can now be viewed on Youtube on rcchurchesashton. I am most grateful once again to Paul Hurst for his time and dedication in producing this video.
Now that we have the Youtube facility, the intention is that from next weekend (2nd May) the Vigil Mass on Saturday evening will be recorded and uploaded onto the same channel in time for you to view it on Sunday morning. This will continue for a number of weeks until such a time as it is possible for us to live-stream Masses. However…
For us to be able to do so, I need everyone’s help, and I mean everyone. To livestream on Youtube we have to have a minimum of 1000 subscribers. So, when all of you who are able, view the latest recording, there will be a box for you to subscribe to rcchurchesashton and, as well as doing so yourselves, I need you to get all your family (mum, dad, children, aunties and uncles etc. etc.) to subscribe. Even if they have no intention of ever viewing it, they will be do a charitable work in possibly allowing someone else, who can’t otherwise do so, to join in the Mass. So, please do so straight away, and don’t put it off.

to access the Youtube channel and view the latest video, please click on the link below.

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Thank you

Father John

Good Friday Message From Archbishop Malcom

Click on the link above to read the message for Good Friday from our Archbishop Malcom McMahon

Sacramental programme postponed

In light of the current stipulation to close all churches for public worship, the decision has been taken to postpone the two First Holy Communion masses scheduled for June. In addition, the final preparation sessions scheduled for the end April/early June are also postponed.

it is hoped this programme can be completed later in the year should circumstances permit.

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