SUNDAY 25TH JULY
17TH WEEK OF ORDINARY TIME
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Thank you for your continued support at this time.
MESSAGE FROM FR EAMONN REGARDING THE EASING OF RESTRICTIONS
I hope this note finds you keeping well and managing to keep cool. At the time of writing this, it is scorching!! But cooler weather is on the way! 🙂
As you will see in church, the restrictions have now been eased a little. However please be aware of the following;
- “Designated Safe-Area” – this area is for those who are clinically vulnerable and / or very anxious about being in church. Face-coverings must be worn in the designated safe area.
- Face-coverings – it is ‘strongly recommended’ that these be worn by people in church. They are mandatory in the designated safe area.
- Social-Distancing – Please be aware of other people’s space. Don’t forget, some people are more vulnerable / anxious than others.
- “Please leave a space” sheets – these are now available at the back of church. If you see a person with this sheet next to them, please leave some space between you at that person.
- Hand-sanitising – let us please keep up the good practice of sanitising our hands as we enter and leave church.
- Track and Trace – Whilst it is no longer necessary to book a seat at Mass, we are still keeping a record of who is in church. This weekend, we are taking all names as you enter church.
However, from next weekend, the online-booking system will be open again, so people are able to pre- book (on-line or phone), and thus avoid having to queue to sign their name when they enter church. But I stress, there is no need to – I am happy to take your names as you enter church.
God bless you all and keep safe.
Information for the parishes
GOOD NEWS STORY – COUNTERING RACISM – HELEN CONNOR – As you know, sadly there was an awful racist backlash again the England players who missed their penalties at the Euro 2021 Final, even to the extent of putting graffiti on a mural of Marcus Rashford. However, Helen Connor, the daughter of Peter & Sylvia Connor (our parishioners) started a counter-protest to the racists by adding messages of support on the same mural. This has now been seen all over the world.
For the full story please see the following link:
Well done to Helen on standing up to the racists. We in your home parish are very proud of you.
BAPTISM CONGRATULATIONS TO
ELOISE BAILEY & ISAAC SULLIVAN
On behalf of the parish may I say ‘congratulations’ to Eloise Baily & Isaac Sullivan who were baptised in St Mary’s Church last weekend. May God bless them and their families as they begin their lives of faith.
CONFIRMATION CONGRATULATIONS TO THE YEAR 6 CHILDREN OF ST PATRICK’S
On behalf of the parish, may I say ‘congratulations’ to all the Year 6 children in St Patrick’s who received the Sacrament of Confirmation last week:
It really was a lovely occasion. Thank you especially to Miss Jenna Smith our Deputy Head-teacher who prepared the children. Your time and effort is much appreciated by us all. Please keep al the children in your thoughts and prayers at this important step in their life of faith.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS – to all the staff and children of our schools, may I wish you all a very happy and safe holiday. It has been a tough year, enjoy the well earned rest and switch off for a while.
MRS NICKY GRANT HAPPY RETIREMENT – may I wish Mrs Nicky Grant the Head-teacher of St Mary’s a long and happy retirement. She has been in the school for 24 years! She will be very much missed in our school. Please keep in your prayers Mr Phil Glover as he takes up the reigns as ‘Acting Head-teacher’ and Mrs Jane Nagy who is the new Acting Deputy Head-teacher. We wish them both well in their new responsibilities.
ST MARY’S SOCIAL CLUB
Yoga with Kathryn – Thursday evenings 6.15pm – 7.15pm Ideal for beginners and those with experience. Please book online.
Tea Dances – returning on a Thursday only (no Tuesdays) starting 22nd July, 1.30-4pm
Social Dancing – Starting 22nd July – Thursday and Sunday evenings from 7.30pm
Singing for Fun – During Summer join Antony at the Band Stand below the Cemetery on North Bank Road, Batley on a Wednesday from 1pm until 3pm. £5 per session. Indoor classes to start in September.
The Club is taking bookings for Parties, Christenings, First Communions, Funeral wakes, Weddings etc. For more information please see the Club’s website, Facebook or phone / text 07773205311
BATLEY / BIRSTALL FOOD-BANK COLLECTION – As you can imagine, at the moment there are many families who are really struggling at the moment financially. The local foodbanks are being inundated with requests for help for food. May I ask that we as a parish once again, recommence our weekly collection of food for the local foodbank and help families locally who are struggling to feed themselves at this time. Your donations will be much appreciated.
The donations from St Mary’s, Batley go to the Batley Food Bank.
The donations from St Patrick’s, Birstall, go to Batley Care & Drop in Centre
All donations are gratefully received
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.
News from the Diocese of Leeds
CATHOLIC CARE VACANCIES: There are many vacancies for employment within Catholic Care, as well as opportunities for volunteering. Please see website for full details;
THE BRIERY ZOOM MEDITATION:Thursday from 7.30pm to 8.15pm. We open at 7.15pm for a chat and start promptly at 7.30pm. It is a simple format of praying with the Sunday Mass Readings and sharing in small groups. To Join Briery Thursday Meditation click on this link: Or log into the app using the following:
Meeting ID: 834 3658 3706 Passcode: 977049
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.