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

ALL SOULS DAY MASSES – these special Masses, where we pray for our Faithful Departed will be celebrated in our parishes as follows;

NOVEMBER MONTH OF THE HOLY SOULS – once again this year I will be compiling a Book of Remembrance for the parishes. In this book will be the names of our loved ones who have died and also the date of their passing. This will mean that each week, we will be able to continue praying for those whose anniversaries occur that particular week. Please find at the back of church, the forms for you to put the names and dates of your loved ones who have died and I will make sure their names are added if they are not already in the Book of Remembrance. If you are not sure if the names are already in, feel free to give me the names again and I can check for you when I compile the new list.
As always each year, I will be having the Service of Prayerful Remembrance for our loved ones who have died. This Service is open to everybody, Catholic and non-Catholic. Please feel free to invite your friends and neighbours, especially if they have suffered a bereavement. Also, feel free to add their loved ones names to the Book of Remembrance so we can pray for them too.
The dates of the Services of Prayerful Remembrance are as follows;

ST PATRICK’S U. C. M. MEETING – The next meeting for the St Patrick’s U. C. M. will take place on;
Monday 25th October at 2.00pm in St Patrick’s Church.

CHILDRENS LITURGY APPEAL FOR ST MARY’S & ST PATRICK’S – as you may remember, prior to the pandemic, every weekend (in term time) we had a Children’s Liturgy at both of our Sunday Morning Masses. This was well attended and much appreciated by both the children and their parents. Having had a number of enquiries as to if / when this might start again, I thought it might be a good time to start to see can we begin our Children’s Liturgies again. However, this requires that we have the catechists / helpers who are willing to do this. I am aware that some of our catechists have not yet come back to church, for various reasons, so we may need new volunteers to help too.
If you are willing to help with Children’s Liturgy once again (or if you are a new volunteer) could you please let Fr Eamonn know and we will see can we get this important ministry in the parish going again both for the children and their parents.
Training is now available for new catechists from the Diocese. Please see the bulletin item below.

THE HELP NEEDED AT ST MARY’S SOCIAL CLUB – Further to the appeal made last weekend for St Mary’s Social Club, I have been asked what sort of help is needed by the Club? Apparently it is not too onerous or time consuming, it just needs extra hands – and as always, ‘many hands makes light work’. The help needed involves;

The more people that are involved, would mean that the burden is spread out and so it does not become too much for just a few people trying their best to keep the Club going. Please have a think, are you able to offer your time and support to our wonderful Club? If you are interested in joining us or would like more information please contact;

Mobile No: 07773205311
Email: [email protected]
New faces are always welcome. Let us do all we can to keep St Mary’s Social Club Open!

Social Dancing – Sunday evenings from 7.30pm
Masc Batley Karate Club – Tuesdays 4.00-5.00pm
Singing for Fun – The classes have now moved back into the downstairs room at the Social Club on Wednesdays from 2.00pm – 4.00pm. All welcome
Batley Rock and Roll Club – Wednesdays form 8pm
Slimming World – Thursdays – 9.00am | 10.30am | 6.00pm
Monday to Thursday – Central Pointe Dance (in the studio)

BAPTISM CONGRATULATIONS – on behalf of the parishes may I say ‘congratulations’ to Finlay Atreus Griffiths-Austin who was baptised in St Patrick’s last weekend. May God bless him and his family as he begins his life of faith.

2ND COLLECTION TODAY – on this World Mission Sunday, there is a 2nd Collection for;
The Association for the Propagation of the Faith
Helping the Church to spread the Good News of our Lord Jesus around the world.

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BECOMING A PARISH CATECHIST? – The Diocese is launching a new initiative to support and encourage new catechists to assist in parishes – The Diocese of Leeds Bishop’s Certificate in Catechesis.
For more information about this very important initiative, please see the post at the back of church or look on the parish website. Each parish across the Diocese is looking to recruit two new catechists who would like to take part in the Bishop’s Certificate in Catechesis. If you are interested please see Fr Eamonn. It would be great to get more help with parish catechesis.

COP26 – 1st – 12th NOVEMBER – CAFOD INITIATIVE – This year, the UK will host the largest gathering of world leaders ever to take place on British soil; the ‘COP26’ climate talks. Wiuth the eyes of the world on the UK, it is important that we urge the Prime Minister to make sure communities hit hardest by the climate emergency are listened to at the COP26. Please sign the CAFOD petition to add your voice to our concerns here.
For more information please see the cards at the back of church.

ST MARY’S TEA & COFFEE ROTA- as you know, we are currently trying to put together a rota so we can once again serve tea and coffee after the 10.30am Mass in the Hall. So far I have had two people who have offered to be a team. But we do need more people to come forward so that we can put together a rota, and share out the work as much as possible. Please consider putting your name forward to help with this important social aspect of St Mary’s parish. If you are interested, please see Fr Eamonn.

FOOD DONATIONS –  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

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;


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.

News from the Diocese of Leeds

THE LEEDS CCRS: In partnership with Leeds Trinity University, the Diocese is launching a new programme which explores Catholic faith, education and spirituality. An information evening will be held at Hinsley Hall, and online via Zoom, on Monday 25th October from 7-8pm. For more information email here.

Poster available here

REVELATION: The Youth Service’s monthly youth event for young people in Years 8-13 is back! It will be taking place on Thursday 11th November at Hinsley Hall from 5:30-7:30pm. It will be an evening of prayer, music, games, fellowship and more as we focus on the theme of ‘Remembrance’. For further information, email here.

Poster available here.

MYDDELTON GRANGE FARM & CALVARY: Laudato Si’ Pilgrimage / Guided Walk on Sunday 7 November 2021. For further details and to sign up please contact here.

EVENT FOR WOMEN DISCERNERS: The Diocesan Vocations Service invite women who are discerning or curious about religious/consecrated life to join sisters from different orders for Holy Hour, refreshments and social chat. 6th November 2021 2.30pm-5pm St Clare’s Convent, 19 Neville Road, LS9 0HD. To register, please email here.

CATHOLIC CARE TRUSTEE VACANCIES: Catholic Care seeks to recruit new trustees to increase the breadth of knowledge and experience on its established Board of Trustees. (Could you be part of a dedicated team delivering social action throughout the Diocese of Leeds through caring for and supporting adults, children and families who are disadvantaged, vulnerable and marginalised? 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 here.
Closing date for applications is Monday 15 November 2021

CATHOLIC CARE VACANCIES: Catholic Care are recruiting a new Head of Finance who will work closely with the strategic Leadership Team with opportunities to progress. Catholic Care are working in exclusive partnership with Sharp Consultancy. Please send your CV (quoting reference CC11154) directly here.
For other vacancies at Catholic Care, please visit their website or call 0113 388 5400.

MOUNT ST JOSEPH’S: Little Sisters of the Poor Christmas Fair, 20th November, 12-4pm. Christmas Raffle – please
contact reception for tickets, tel: 0113 278 4101.

Poster available here

LAY CHAPLAIN VACANCY: Holy Family Catholic School, Keighley seek a Lay Chaplain. Further details from Michelle Clare here.
Closing date: 8th November.

More information available here

SVP VACANCY: St Vincent’s Centre, Osmondthorpe seek an honourary treasurer. Approx. 30 hours per quarter. More information: George Skalski, Tel: 07771 997174, Email here.

JUSTICE & PEACE VACANCY: The Commission has a paid opportunity for self-employed people to undertake part-time activities for the Commission. For full details see the home page of our website.
Closing date for submissions: 5 November 2021.

More information available here

GROWING OLD GRACEFULLY ZOOM EVENT: ‘Life after Lockdown – sharing ideas on supporting and involving older people in our parishes’ Thursday 4th November 7pm on Zoom.
Join this discussion event by Growing Old Gracefully. To find out more and book click here.

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.