29TH NOVEMBER 2020
1ST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
(YEAR B)

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OFFERTORY COLLECTIONS
To donate £5.00
Text either: CHURCH BATLEY or CHURCH BIRSTALL to 70500 to make your contribution.
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Thank you for your continued support at this time.
Fr Eamonn

Information for the parishes

IMPORTANT NOTE: FR EAMONN IN SELF ISOLATION UNTIL 8TH DECEMBER
Due to having being in contact with a parishioner who has tested positive for the virus, I now legally have to self-isolate until the 8th December. This means that I am unable to say any public Masses. The weekday Masses that are scheduled will be said in private from the Presbytery. Monsignor Paul Fisher has kindly agreed to celebrate the weekend Masses for both parishes next weekend

Churches Open Again – I am delighted to say that it looks like, as of Thursday 3rd December our churches will be open again for Masses. Hopefully this will be the last time our churches are closed.

The Booking Office for the weekend Masses (5th / 6th December) will be open as of Monday 30th November at 10.00am. All the usual precautions will be in place to make coming to church as safe as possible. I am very much looking forward to welcoming you back to your churches again, especially in this holy Season of Advent. For the start of the week (which is still in lockdown) our churches will be open for Private Prayer as follows:

Christmas Masses – please see attached, an insert which explains what will happen with regards Masses for Christmas. Due to the virus, we must plan ahead, so I am giving you plenty of notice as to when the Masses will take place and how to book a place for a Christmas Mass. These Masses are usually packed, so please do try and book early to ensure your place. I do not want to have to turn anybody away, but once a Mass is full then it is full and nobody else will be allowed in. This is only to ensure as far as possible the safety of all people who come to our churches. It is sad we are in this situation, but we must do all we can to try and keep ourselves and each other as safe as possible. (Please click here to see the Christmas Masses Leaflet.)
As the Christmas Mass Leaflet explains, I will need your help to be able to celebrate these Masses. If you are will and able to volunteer your services for a particular Christmas Mass, please either sign the form at the back of Church (when you are next in) or send me an email here with how you can help.

Online Christmas Carol Service to mark the 150th Anniversary of the Dedication of St Mary’s Church – Next month will see St Mary’s celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Dedication of the Church. This is a very special time for the parish. We had big plans to celebrate this special occasion including Mass with Bishop Marcus on Sunday 20th December at 10.30am. However, due to the virus these plans have had to be put on hold. However, the parish quite rightly wanted to mark the occasion in some way. So thanks to a number of parishioners, a ’Christmas Carol Service to mark the 150th Anniversary of the Dedication of St Mary’s Church’ is currently being produced.
We will present the Christmas Carol Service on;
Sunday 20th December at 3.00pm
and will be available throughout the Christmas Season.
Thank you to all those who have very kindly helped to get this wonderful idea off the ground. Hopefully, once things get back to normal, we may be able to celebrate this occasion properly and invite Bishop Marcus to be
with us for Mass in the not too distant future.

Relocation of the Tabernacle at St Patrick’s – As you know we now have permission to relocate the tabernacle at St Patrick’s. A new design is currently being done for the plinth which will then go out to tender for building. Like most things these days, things are somewhat delayed due to the virus. However, work is taking place and hopefully we will be able to complete the relocation early next year.

No recorded Mass next weeekend – I am sorry to inform you that unfortunately, there will be no recorded Mass available next weekend, the 2nd Sunday of Advent. This is due to Michelle Anderson and her family having to self-isolate due to one of the children testing positive for Covid-19. This is the first weekend Mass since March that Michelle has missed recording a Mass for us. Michelle is very sorry that she cannot be available, but I have reassured her that we more than understand. Her health and that of her family is the primary concern. Please keep Michelle and her family in your thoughts and prayers at this time.

Thank you to the Family of Teresa Passaway (RIP) – on behalf of the parish, I would like to say thank you to the family of Teresa Passaway who donated £70.00 to the St Mary’s Roof Fund which they collected at her funeral recently. Please be assured of our prayers for Teresa and indeed for you all at this time.

St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School – Proposed Changes to the Admissions Policy – There is now a Period of Formal Consultation on Admission Arrangements for St Patrick’s Catholic Primary for September 2022/23. The Governing Body are proposing to make changes to the school’s defined area. The reasons for this and the consultation on the proposed changes can be viewed on the school website here .
You are invited to make any comments, in writing, by 22 January 2021 either via email here. Or Vicariate for Education – Hinsley Hall – 62 Headingley Lane – Headingley – Leeds – LS6 2BX

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.

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.

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.

News from the Diocese

NO PERU COMMISSION APPEAL THIS YEAR: This year, please support the people of Peru with your prayers. Any donations received can still be forwarded to the Peru Commission.

ADVENT: PREPARE THE WAY! : For Advent 2020 we invite you to Prepare the Way for the coming of Christ with Gospel readings and reflections for each day. These will also posted on the Youth Service social media pages each day:  Please click here for further information.

ADVENT SERVICE: ‘He Comes, He is Revealed’. Sat 12th December at 4pm (on Zoom) Growing Old Gracefully invites you to join a short reflective Advent Service, with readings, hymns, reflections and recordings from our Diocesan choirs. To book please click here and see the link on the home page.

CATHOLIC CARE’S COMMUNITY SPONSORSHIP FOR REFUGEES: Things are a little difficult at the moment. For those groups part way through the process and those thinking about it please bear with us, we are committed to the cause and are optimistic of what 2021 might bring. For further details please contact Sue Parsons 07702 255 113  or email here.

VACANCY: Headteacher – Barkston Ash Catholic Primary School. Salary: L8 – L14. Required from 12th April 2021. Closing Date: Monday 7th December. For further information please email here. Please click here for further information.

VACANCY: Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Leeds KS2 Class Teacher (Maternity Cover) Required from January 2021. Closing Date: Friday 4thDecember. Please click here for further information.

ONLINE ADVENT SYCAMORE COURSE: Monday evenings in Advent (from 7-8.30 pm), the Vicariate for Education will be running a short “Sycamore” course via Zoom. Sycamore offers adults a chance to discover and grow in faith through relaxed discussion, based around attractive videos (see www.sycamore.fm). Catechists interested in running Sycamore in their own parishes may also benefit from attending. For more information and an invitation email here.

CATHOLIC CARE COMMUNITY RESPONSE SERVICE: Are you finding lockdown isolating and would welcome some support? Catholic Care have organised a number of initiatives that are designed to help. We have weekly relax and revive sessions, a telephone befriending service or an online social group with different themes and speakers each week. For more details contact Catholic Care 0113 3885400 or Janet 07739 975008. For more information please click here.

CATHOLIC CARE’S COMMUNITY MARKETS: The COVID-19 pandemic is bringing untold economic hardship, the impact of which is leaving many feeling unable to feed their families for the first time. Supporting families positively with dignity is the aim of our Community Markets. If you are interested in supporting us with this work please contact Janet Kent 07739 975 008  or email here. For more information please click here.

FRIENDS OF THE HOLY LAND – SILENT NIGHTS IN BETHLEHEM:
At 7.00pm on Thursday 3 December. Peter Rand, FHL’s Vice Chairman is running a Zoom session for our Diocese to share and take questions about Christians in the Holy Land, especially in the pandemic. Please email Peter here for the link to access the meeting.

Also at 10am on Saturday 5 December, FHL are organizing a live cookery demonstration by zoom of a traditional Palestinian Christmas meal, prepared by the ladies at St. Martha’s House, a Day Care Centre in Bethlehem, supported by FHL. Again, please email Peter who will send you the link.

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.