28TH FEBRUARY 2021
2ND SUNDAY OF LENT
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Information for the parishes
MESSAGE FROM FR EAMONN
I hope this message finds you all keeping safe and well.
It looks as though there is now light at the end of this ‘Covid Tunnel’ with the easing of restrictions, which we are all very much looking forward to. At the moment, it will not have much change with regards how we operate our churches. Things will continue as they are for the time being. I am expecting an update from the Diocese in due course as to any changes with regards, Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals. At the moment, things are still as they were a few weeks ago. Hopefully we will soon be out of this situation and can start to build our parishes again and get people back to church and start to celebrate our Sacraments again.
In the meantime, let us continue to do all we can to keep ourselves and each other as safe as possible. If there is anything I can do to help, I am only a call / email away.
HOLY WEEK- The times for our Holy Week services are as follows;
HOLY WEEK VOLUNTEERS – You will find some lists at the back of church asking for volunteers to please help with the services (Readings). Your help will be very much appreciated. I always think the more people involved the better. If you are willing to offer your services as a reader, please sign your name on the form and I will get the reading to you as soon as possible.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
St Patrick’s Day – Wednesday 17th March – As this is the patronal feast for Birstall and I know many people both in St Mary’s, Batley & St Patrick’s, Birstall like to celebrate St Patrick’s Day with Mass, I will be celebrating two Masses in our parishes as follows;
St Joseph (Solemnity) – Friday 19th March – As this is a Solemnity I will be celebrating Mass in both St Mary’s and St Patrick’s as follows;
Supporting your parish financially
I would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to you all who have continued to support your parish financially at this difficult time. You really have been very generous in so many ways. There are various ways in which we are able to support the parish – as follows;
CHURCH BATLEY to 70500 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.
Email: [email protected]
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.
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 see the parish websites.
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. This can be of anything you wish from our parish past.
Any pictures which you are happy to share or stories of parish life, we would love to see them here too. Photographs can be sent as hard copies and we can scan them if required.
St Mary’s Social Club – Is once again taking bookings for Funerals, Weddings and Christenings within Covid 19 guidelines. Unfortunately in line with other government guidelines some of the Club’s regular events continue to be postponed. For further information or to make a booking please see website or contact 07773 205311 or 07474 664868.
BRADFORD CATHOLIC PLAYERS – LIVE-STREAMED CONCERT – 27th February at 7.30pm
Anyone wishing to watch on FB live would need to join the BCP Facebook group in good time before that date, via this link.
To join via Zoom: 848 8860 6791 611331 The event is free but there will be a “tips jar” on FB live and any donations will go to an education charity to provide computer equipment for disadvantaged families for home-schooling.
Donations can be made via here.
News from the Diocese of Leeds
CATHOLIC CARE’S ANNUAL APPEAL: Weekend of 13th/14th March. Their work for those in need in the community is dependent on grants, donations, fundraising and volunteers. The long pandemic impacts their ability to fundraise so this year’s appeal is so important. Please give generously. Donations can be made online here.
GOD WITH US: EXPLORING THE OLD TESTAMENT TOGETHER – an online Scripture course for Lent with Fr Tim Swinglehurst, Mondays 7-8pm via Zoom. For more details and Zoom invitations, email here.
Link for first talk: Genesis and the Wonders of Creation
ONLINE WEEKS OF GUIDED PRAYER: 8th – 19th March 2021. 2 weeks. First week: online meetings from 7.30pm to 8.30pm covering introductions and different ways of praying. Second week: commitment to daily prayer time and individual online meeting with prayer guide (about 30 mins each.) Suggested Offering £50.
THE EMERGENCE OF THE EARLY CHURCH: 7.00pm – 8pm Wednesday 24th February 2021 – Talk by Joe Fitzpatrick, local Scripture scholar, via Zoom on the lead up to the Council of Jerusalem in 49 AD, the meeting that changed the world’. Further information here, or call01943 607287 or email here
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86079309671?pwd=SVFMKzYzcHY4Vnp4Nk1PbzNHK2lqZz09
Meeting ID: 860 7930 9671 Passcode: 575317
GOD CALLS ADVENTURE: Looking for something extra this Lent? The National Office for Vocation has a 40 day spiritual
journey, helping you grow in Faith, Prayer and Self Discipline. All details and how to join here
ONLINE ROSARY FOR PRIESTS: The World Priest Apostolate are hosting an online Zoom Rosary to pray for priests on Thursday 25th February 2021 at 5pm (UK time). It is an international opportunity to join together to pray the Luminous Mysteries for the sanctification of priests. More details and registration 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.