12th July 2020
15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
(YEAR A)

To download a copy of the bulletin this week please click here.

OFFERTORY COLLECTIONS
To donate £5.00
Text either: CHURCH BATLEY or CHURCH BIRSTALL to 70500 to make your contribution.
This facility can be used as often or as little as you wish in order to match your usual weekly / monthly giving.

You can also donate by clicking here:

Thank you for your continued support at this time.
Fr Eamonn

Parish Matters

FORTHCOMING FUNERAL
Alyce Caine (RIP) – Requiem Mass – St Patrick’s – Thursday 16th July at 11.15am

CELEBRATING THE SACRAMENTS – I have now received the latest guidelines from Bishop Marcus about the celebration of the various Sacraments. To see a copy of the latest guidelines please see the parish websites or click here.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS – May I wish all the children and staff of our schools a very happy holiday. I know it has been a very strange few months and nothing is the same any more. But do try to relax and rest and hopefully come September, things will be much better – for us all.

PARISH OFFERTORY – I have been asked by a number of parishioners how they might be able to continue contributing financially to their parish during these days when access to the church is no longer possible. If people wish to continue giving to the church at this time, there are two ways possible.

Giving by Text – We now have the facility to take offerings using text messaging. To use this service and to contribute £5 to the Parish Offertory, please text;
CHURCH BIRSTALL to 70500
Please note that it is a feature of the text-giving facility that allows for no more and no less than £5 to be given to the Offertory via each text. If your regular weekly parish giving is either more or less than this amount, please feel free either to send more than one text – or maybe use this facility just once a month.

Standing Order Mandate – More and more people are paying their offertory collection by Standing Order, rather than using cash each week. If you would like to start using this facility please download the standing order form from the parish website or contact Annette Crowther and she will arrange to post one to you. If you have any questions about setting up a standing order with the parish, do not hesitate to contact Annette Crowther the Parish Administrator. The following contact details are for both St Mary’s and St Patrick’s.
Annette Crowther:
Email: [email protected]
Mobile: 07738901165

Pay by Card – following advice from the Diocese we now have a facility available to the parish, whereby people can make donations to the parish via their bank cards. This facility is available on the parish website and is very quick and easy to use.

Thank you for supporting the work of the Church: your generosity is much needed and particularly appreciated at this time. If you have any questions about your offertory giving, please do not hesitate to contact Annette Crowther and she will be happy to help.

ONLINE PRAYER INTENTIONS – We now have a new facility on our website for our personal prayer intentions. You are very welcome submit your prayer requests and we as a parish will also remember these prayer intentions in our own prayers. It is good as a parish that we not only pray with each other, we also pray for each other too. If you wish to use the ‘Online Prayer Intentions facility, please click here.

PARISH MEMORY LANE PAGE – If you have any old photos / stories / articles of the parish of yester-year we would love you to share them on our new ‘Parish Memory Lane’ page which is currently being constructed. This can be of anything you wish from our parish past. Photographs can be sent as hard copies and we can scan them if required.

YOUR THOUGHTS FOR THE WEBSITE
If you have any thoughts of what you would like to see on our websites, please do not hesitate to contact me – if we can do it, we will certainly try. It is a Parish Website and so new ideas from the parish are always welcome. Many thanks to Michelle and Patrick Anderson for their continued support here.

PARISH ADMINISTRATION – Once again a big thank you to Annette Crowther who continues to do all she can to make sure that things are as up to date as possible in the parish. I appreciate all the help, especially at this time. The annual returns are now in so that is another big job that has been completed.

CORONAVIRUS HELP AVAILABLE – This week I have received the following two contact numbers of agencies which provide help and support for people who are struggling at this time. If you need help with shopping, collecting medication, or require a telephone call to combat feelings of isolation and loneliness, the following numbers may be of help;

Kirklees Communities in Action:
01484 226919 (8am – 6pm weekdays)
or visit here

NHS Volunteers:
0808 196 3646
or visit here

ANYTHING FOR THE BULLETIN?
If you have any items for the parish bulletin, please may I have them no later than Thursday 12.00noon. These can be sent to Annette Crowther here or post them through either presbytery letterbox and I will pick them up and add them to the coming week’s bulletin. Many thanks.