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Bernard’s bits and bobs May 2020

Compiled by Bernard Fyles (St Helens 21)

At our circle, we always pray for the canonisation of Blessed Dominic Barberi and we ask for his intercession. In case you are wondering who he was and why he is important to us, here are a few key dates in his life.

June 22 1792
Born at Viterbo Italy

He joined the Passionist order. He lacked formal education up till then but rapidly made up for lost time.

March 1 1821
He was ordained priest in Rome. He served in Italy in a variety of roles but felt a strong call to serve in England which in those days was pretty much a foreign mission. Catholic worship was illegal in England until 1829 and Catholics were treated with great suspicion.

He founded the first Passionist house outside Italy at Ere in Belgium.

February 1842
He finally arrived in England and set up his first mission at Aston in Staffordshire. He travelled the country tirelessly, supporting the existing Catholic community and preaching the faith wherever he could.

October 9 1945

He received St John Henry Newman into the Catholic Church at Littlemore near Oxford.

January 1949

He came to St Helens to finalise plans for a new Passionist house. This is now the parish church of St Anne and Blessed Dominic.

August 27 1849

He died of a heart attack on Reading railway station. He was buried in the crypt of the new church of St Anne’s

October 27 1963
He was beatified. In 1972, his remains were moved into a special chapel in the new church at St Anne’s where he lies with two other candidates for sainthood, Ignatius spencer and Elizabeth Prout.


Who’s the man that’s walking with you?
Who’s the man that’s by your side?
Who’s the man bound for Emmaus?
This is Jesus,
who once died
but now he lives,
he lives again,
he lives for ever.
Jesus lives in you and me.

Twisted sayings.

Where there’s a will, ………I want to be in it.
If I agreed with you ………………we’d both be wrong.
War doesn’t decide who’s right ……………….only who’s left.
Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit………………. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
I didn’t say it was your fault………………………. I said I was blaming you.
You don’t need a parachute to skydive……………… You need a parachute to skydive twice.
I used to be indecisive………………….Now I’m not so sure.
I was always taught to respect my elders………………..but it’s getting harder to find any.

With thanks to my friend Maeve O’Neill


(Compiled by Bernard Fyles April 2020)

An alternative medical dictionary

Artery  –  the study of painting

Caesarean section – a district of Rome

Cauterize – made eye contact with her

Colic  – a sheep dog

Fibula – a white lie

Labour pains – getting hurt at work

Node – was aware of

Outpatient – someone who has fainted in the hospital

Recovery room – a place to do upholstery

Seizure – a Roman emperor

Five firsts


This was built in 1839 by Kirkpatrick  Macmillan, a blacksmith from Dumfries. The machine weighed 26 kg (57 lb) and the wheels had iron tyres.

 2.Dinner jacket

This was worn by the wonderfully named Griswold Lorillard at the Tuxedo Park Country Club in New York on October 10 1886.

3.Game of snooker

This was played at Jabalpur in India in 1875. The game was devised by Lt Neville Chamberlain who was serving there with the Devonshire Regiment. He did not go on to become Prime Minister.

4.Space flight

Four monkeys were hurled 85 miles into space at White Sands National Park in New Mexico in the autumn of 1951. They were known as Albert 1,2,3 and 4. They all returned safely.

5.Televised rugby league match

This was broadcast to the Midlands only in 1948. It was the final of the Rugby League Challenge Cup between Bradford Northern and Wigan. Bradford lost 3 – 8.

Kwiz Korner

 Last time’s answer – Winnie the Pooh and Henry the Eighth have the same middle name.

This time’s question – What is the centre of gravity?



What wood is this?

Olive or oak, cedar or pine?

Unsuited for the cabinet maker’s art.

Unfit for turning, inlay, elegance,

too warped for any honest use,

door frame or ladder or carrier’s cart.

What wood is this?

Sold cheap to minimise the grower’s loss.

Too many knots, too twisted,

no good except for firewood or a cross.

What wood is this?

Rough joints, rope lashings

hold it together for the task ahead

and the carpenter’s hands

that might have shaped it

as they shaped the world

are made to drag it through the streets instead.

What wood is this?

It is the wood of death,

the wood of life.

Bernard Fyles, St Helens 21

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