Sunday 18th February 2024

To download a copy of the latest bulletin please click here.
To download a copy of current rotas please click here.

NOTE: As you can see from the above, during the Season of Advent there will be:
Sundays – Holy Hours with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Stations of the Cross and also a chance to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Fridays – Stations of the Cross followed by Mass (about 6.30pm). People are welcome to attend either or both of these.

St Patrick’s after the 9.00am Mass in the Parish Meeting Room
St Mary’s after the 10.30am in the St Mary’s Social Club
Come along and join us for some social time with fellow parishioners. Meet old friends and make new ones in the parish. All welcome.

Monday 19th February– welcome back to our incredibly talented Ukulele Group. Come along and enjoy a sing along, guaranteed to lift our spirits during grey February.
Monday 26th February– Another opportunity to bring along a poem to share, or just listen to others. Funny, sad, rhythmic, whatever you would like to share.
Monday 11th March – guest speaker from CAFOD

URGENT APPEAL FOR MOUNT ST JOSEPH’S CARE HOME – The Little Sisters of the Poor have had to take the heart- breaking decision to close their Leeds Care Home after RAAC concrete was found in 95% of the roof. Over the next few months all 62 residents must be re-homed and over 90 staff face redundancy. The Sisters must meet costs upwards of £500,000 to keep everyone safe until all residents have been found new homes. More details are available on here.
Please bring this story to the attention of anyone you think may be able to help financially. Please see the poster at the back of church for more information

ST MARY’S RAFFLE TO HELP THE LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR – in light of the above sad news, Maureen Gavan is now arranging a Raffle to help the Little Sisters of the Poor. Please support her in her efforts. Every bit helps. The little Sisters and their home is a very sad loss to our Diocese.

ST JOHN FISHER’S RE-ENACTMENT OF THE CRUCIFIXION OF JESUS CHRIST – I am delighted to say that once again, the 6th Formers of St John Fisher’s will be doing their traditional ‘Re-enactment of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ’ on;
Friday 22nd March at 12.00noon at Longcauseway Church, Dewsbury
Please support St John Fishers in this very public witness to our faith. It is a wonderful act of witness by them. Thank you to all at St John Fisher’s for making this possible.

CAFOD LENT FAMILY FAST DAY – this year as always we will be supporting the annual CAFOD Lent family Fast day.
This takes place on; Friday 23rd February
Envelopes are now available at the back of church. Please do support CAFOD in their great work.

PARISH BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP – ‘The Journey’ Grief Care Group for anyone walking through Loss. An opportunity to spend time with others who recognise your journey in bereavement. The Group will meet as follows;

with coffee and cake, a listening ear and a supportive approach.
The Group will be facilitated by Eileen and Stacy and supported by the Elizabeth Prout Bereavement Care Group.

ST PATRICK’S LOURDES FUND – We are delighted to be able to offer parishioners the opportunity to bid for a stunning painting of a scene over the River Torridon, an attractive Wester Ross spate river. The painting is at the back of church for inspection. To submit your bid, please write your name, phone number and bid amount on the paper supplied and insert into the box for the bids. This is a special piece of work by the talented Pat Connor (wife of Peter) and her gift is much appreciated. Please place your best offer over £40. The highest offer when bidding closes after the 9am Mass on the 3rd March will secure the painting. Thank you and good luck!

WHITE FLOWER APPEAL THANK YOU – may I say a big thank you for your generosity in supporting the recent White Flower Appeal. As a parish we actually raised £274.00. This is very much appreciated.

ASK YOUR MP TO SUPPORT THE ABORTION TIME LIMIT REDUCTION AMENDMENT – Support an amendment to reduce our abortion time limit from 24 weeks to 22 weeks. Research indicates that a significant number of babies born at 22 or 23 weeks can now survive outside the womb, leaving a contradiction in our abortion law. Take action: Collect a postcard today from the back of the church and post it to your MP urgently in support of this amendment!

WELCOME SPACE – at St Peter’s Church, Birstall every Wednesday 11am-2pm. Free. Refreshments, hot drinks, 3 soups and sandwiches, board games and small little ones play area provided.

CONVENT ADDRESS – As I mentioned a few weeks ago, Mass at 12 noon on Thursdays is now being held in our Convent. The address for the Convent is: 918, Bradford Road, Birstall, WF17 9PH

ST PATRICK’S DISCUSSION GROUP – We meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 10.00am in the St Patrick’s Church Tea/ Coffee room. All are welcome. For further details call Andy Hill on 01274 315271 or 07729 626966.

ST PATRICK’S LEGION OF MARY – The St Patrick’s legion of Mary meet every Tuesday morning at 10.00am in the St Patrick’s Parish Meeting Room. New members are always welcome.

DRU YOGA WITH TAMLIN WALKER – Dru Yoga is great for maintaining and improving flexibility and for maintaining the health of your joints. It can help with stress, relaxation and even help you sleep better!
Sundays 6pm-7.10pm £7.50 Heckmondwike Community Centre Wednesdays 7.15-8.20pm £6 online via Zoom
Please contact Tamlin Walker on 07957434127 or email here for further information and a health registration form.

ST MARY’S SOCIAL CLUB – Are you thinking about where to celebrate a family party, baptism, wedding, birthday? (Not children’s parties) St Mary’s Social Club has great rooms available to hire at very good prices.
The Melton Lounge – ideal for parties up to 50 people with a well stocked bar.
The Ball room – can hold up to 160 people, with an adjoining kitchen and bar. For more information please visit here
St Mary’s Social Club and Parochial Hall – Melton Street, Batley, WF17 8PT
Booking Enquiries – Michelle 07896 974429 or find us on Facebook

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.

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 Michelle Anderson 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 Michelle Anderson the Parish Administrator. The following contact details are for both St Mary’s and St Patrick’s.

Michelle Anderson:
Email: [email protected]

Phone: 01924 474650

News from the Diocese of Leeds

LENTEN MISSION – Start Lent with the joy of the Gospel and the power of the Holy Spirit. The Craig Lodge Mission Team with guest speaker, former stand-up comedian Fr Frankie Mulgrew, will lead four evenings of prayer, worship, preaching and ministry. The themes include the Gospel is Good News, Reconciliation and Healing (opportunity for Confession on Tuesday evening), Hearing the Lord and a Fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Saints Peter and Paul Church, Wakefield Monday 19th – Thursday 22nd February, 7-9pm each evening.

NAZARETH FAMILY MINISTRIES – STATIONS OF THE CROSS – Saturday 24th February, 1-3pm, Myddleton Grange, Langar Road, Ilkley, LS29 0EB. Please wear appropriate footwear/clothing as the Stations are in a wooded area, and unfortunately, there is no wheelchair accessibility. Registration is not required – just turn up. Refreshments available for purchase. For more info, follow @nazarethfamilyministries on Facebook and Instagram.

LENTEN DAY OF REFLECTION: ‘JOURNEY THROUGH LENT – EXPLORING GOD’S GREATEST GIFTS TOGETHER’ – Saturday 24th February 10.00 – 4.00 at The Briery, Ilkley. Fr Dennis Cassidy will lead a quiet day of prayer and reflection in Lent. £40pp to include morning coffee, a home-cooked two-course lunch, and tea before departure. For more information or to book call 01943 607287 or email here.

FAITH IN ACTION AWARDS INFORMATION MEETING – The Youth Service are running information meetings for all FIA Award Leaders and those interested in running the Awards Scheme in your Parish or School. This session will provide information about our recently updated FIA Awards – now more accessible and easier to run! Hinsley Hall, Tuesday 27th February, 2-4pm or 7-9pm. Places are free but please book here to secure your place.

CATECHISTS DAY – Diocesan Catechists are invited to Hinsely Hall, LS2 6BX, Saturday 2nd March 10am-3pm for a day of celebration and thanksgiving for your wonderful ministry. Input from Sr Therese CFR, an opportunity for sharing and times of reflection, simple lunch provided. This is a free event but booking is essential. Email here to book.

CATHOLIC CARE ANNUAL APPEAL – 9th-10th March 2024. In 2023, in its 160th Anniversary Year, the Charity supported over 2700 people in need. Please give generously as you are able to enable us to continue our work. If you would like to become a Friend of Catholic Care please visit our website. If you are able to make a regular contribution you can set up a standing order. Bank details: Catholic Care (Diocese of Leeds) 05-00-20; 11472611. If you are a UK tax payer and would like to Gift Aid your donation, please contact us for a Gift Aid form.

EUCHARISTIC HEALING SERVICE –  12th March, 7pm in Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church (52 Otley Old Rd, Leeds, LS16 6HW). All are welcome to come and pray for healing for themselves or their loved ones. On this occasion we are delighted to welcome the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal (CFRs) who will say a few words. Both Catholics and those of other faiths or no faith are welcome. Confession will be available. Tea and Coffee will also be available in the hall next door after the service.

WHERE DO WE FIND RESILIENCE IN WORKING FOR JUSTICE & PEACE? – Hear how the lives of St Oscar Romero & Archbishop Dennis Hurley can inspire us. Thursday 14th March, 7pm, Leeds Trinity University. This is a presentation of the 2024 Romero Lecture organised by the J&P Commission in partnership with Leeds Trinity University. See our website for more details and to reserve a place at this free talk.

BLESSED PETER SNOW CATHOLIC ACADEMY TRUST VACANCIES – currently have a variety of senior leadership opportunities within Kirklees and Calderdale for committed and passionate practitioners. For more information on any of our vacancies please visit our website.

LAY CHAPLAIN VACANCY – St Thomas A Becket Catholic Secondary School seeks to appoint a practicing Catholic to join the team as Lay Chaplain. Salary: Grade 7 SCP 19 to SCP 23 £29,777 – £32,076 (pro rata for term time plus 5 days) Closing date: 26/02/2024. Interview date: 18/03/2024 For more details visit website.

WALK IN FATHER BROWN’S FOOTSTEPS! PILGRIMAGE FOR PRIESTLY VOCATIONS – Saturday 16th March 2024 following the route over Ilkley Moor taken 120 years ago when GK Chesterton first met Fr John O’Connor (the Diocese of Leeds priest who was the inspiration for ‘Fr Brown’). Starts at St Anne’s, Keighley and ends with Stations of the Cross at Myddelton Calvary, Ilkley. More details here. Contact here.

LEEDS CATHEDRAL LENT DAY OF RECONCILIATION – Tuesday 19th March, 7am to 7pm. There will be priests available to hear confessions and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament throughout the day.

LEEDS DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES – Friday 5th – Thursday 11th July 2024. Bookings will be opening in the next few weeks and can be made either online or by telephone with the tour operator.
Assisted pilgrims needing support please complete medical forms before booking with the tour operator (please contact here for medical form) All pilgrims who have travelled with us previously, will receive information from the tour operator. Information can also be found on the Diocesan website. We welcome new volunteers, particularly nurses and we are in need of a GP for 2024. Please consider joining this rewarding service.
To volunteer, please contact here
Any questions, please contact here

TRUSTEES VACANCIES – Catholic Care is seeking to recruit new trustees to increase the breadth of knowledge and experience on its established Board of Trustees. Applicants with experience of property management are particularly welcome. If you want to live your faith through action we would welcome an application from you. For further information and if you are interested in applying, please visit website.

CATHOLIC CARE VACANCY – Senior Manager Older Peoples Service Spinal Point SP40 £46,549 to SP43 49,590 full time equivalent plus mileage allowance and many other benefits Location: based at Head Office in Headingley. Please download our application form here and email to here.

LENT AND EASTER AT ST PAUL’S BOOKSHOP – A wide range of Lenten and Easter reading and devotional material for adults and children, and a good selection of Easter cards all now in stock. Open Monday – Friday, 10.00am – 4.00pm. 0113 275 4043. Email here.

WEEKLY ONLINE MEDITATIONS FROM THE BRIERY – Join us for a short meditation on the Sunday Gospel from 7.30pm to 8.15pm on Thursdays. The Zoom opens at 7.15pm for a chat. All are welcome. Register for Zoom link by emailing here or call 01943 607287.

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 Michelle Anderson 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.