12th July
15th Sunday of Ordinary Time (Year A)

Dear parishioners and friends,

I hope this message finds you keeping well and safe. Today (Friday) I am celebrating my 21stanniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood. I don’t know where the years have gone – it has flown by. I am delighted to say that, the longer I am a priest, the more I want to be a priest. I have been very blessed with all my parishes and appointments over the years. And I can’t think of anywhere, where I would rather be as a priest today than St Mary’s, Batley and St Patrick’s, Birstall. I have almost completed 5 years in St Mary’s and amazingly, I have almost completed my first year in St Patrick’s – this last year has gone so fast. Thank you for all your support and kindness.

I am delighted to update you that baby Sophia continues to do well. This week she came out of the Intensive Care Unit and is now in the High Dependency Unit. She is still poorly but doing well. Please continue to keep her and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

It is just a short message this week as there is so much on the website to read, both in the bulletin and also the update on celebrating the Sacraments once again in church. Please do have a careful read through all the new guidelines and updates. Slowly but surely, we are getting back to celebrating our Sacraments, albeit in a somewhat changed but hopefully safe way. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Over the next weeks and months, there will be a lot of catching up to do with regards Baptisms, Weddings, First Confessions and First Communions. These will all happen in due course, but some will need careful planning first in order for them to go ahead safely. In due course I will be in touch regarding all these things and in time we will catch up. Again, do not hesitate to contact me if you have any concerns.

May I wish all our children and staff a very happy and safe summer holiday. It has been a strange few months, hopefully you can switch off and relax and enjoy some happy times over the summer. To anybody who is going away, or just taking a break, keep safe and I hope you come back refreshed.

I must say it really was lovely to see so many people back in church once again this week. I really had missed seeing you in church with me for Mass. I know many of you are still concerned about going out and coming to church – that is understandable. I will continue to keep recording the Masses until I get the live stream in place in both our churches. We as a Diocese and parish are doing all we can to keep everyone as safe as possible at this time.

In the meantime, take good care and hopefully will be seeing you soon.

God bless

Fr Eamonn