20th September 2020
25th Sunday of Ordinary Time
(Year A)

To download a copy of the bulletin this week please click here.

To download a copy of current rotas please click here.

OFFERTORY COLLECTIONS
To donate £5.00
Text either: CHURCH BATLEY or CHURCH BIRSTALL to 70500 to make your contribution.
This facility can be used as often or as little as you wish in order to match your usual weekly / monthly giving.

You can also donate by clicking here:

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

Parish Matters

WELCOME TO MONSIGNOR PAUL FISHER (VG) – May I say a warm welcome to Fr Paul Fisher who will be celebrating Masses with you in Batley and Birstall for the next two weekends. I very much appreciated his kindness in agreeing to cover for me in my absence. I know you will make him very welcome. Now that we have the recorded Masses facility, I will be able to keep an eye on what he is saying about me behind my back! 

Thank you to you all who have offered to help too in my absence. It really would not be possible to get away without your thoughtfulness and kindness in helping out in many different ways. Thank you.

MOVING THE TABERNACLE – As I mentioned last week, a design has now being drawn and submitted to the Diocesan Art, Architecture & Heritage Committee for their approval. They are due to meet in September and our project is now on their agenda. Subject to their approval, we will be able to move forward with the relocating of the Tabernacle to the centre of the sanctuary at St Patrick’s. Thank you for all your support and encouragement in this project, I know it means a lot to you to be able to place the Tabernacle / Our Lord in the heart of our church. Once again a very big thank you to the anonymous parishioner who kindly gave £2000.00 to help to finance the move. It really is a great boost and very much appreciated by us all.

BAPTISM CONGRATULATIONS TO ELIJAH JOHN BERRY-GRAHAM – who was Baptised here in St Patrick’s last Saturday. May God bless him and his family as he begins his life of faith. There is a beautiful picture of Elijah from last Saturday on the parish website.

BOOKING FOR A PLACE AT WEEKEND MASSES – As you know I am now away. It is still necessary to book a place at weekend Masses. This is done in the usual way – either book a place online or feel free to phone to book place. In my absence, please phone Annette Crowther on;
Mobile: 07738901165
and she will make sure you are entered on the Bookings Register.

1ST CONFESSIONS & 1ST HOLY COMMUNION 2020 / 2021 – As you know, due to the virus, there has been a long delay in celebrating these important Sacraments for our children. We are now planning to complete the children’s preparation for the 2020 cohort and celebrate the Sacraments and quickly and safely as possible. Once this is done we will then begin preparations for the children to celebrate these Sacraments next year.

May I say a big ‘thank you’ to the teachers of our wonderful Primary Schools who have offered to complete the preparation for the children in order that they can receive these Sacraments as soon as possible.

ABBOTT JEREMY & MOUNT ANGEL ABBEY

As you know, since the start of lockdown, Arch-Bishop Arthur Roche has very kindly shared with me a series of talks from Abbott Jeremy of Mount Angel Abbey that I was able to share with you, to support and encourage us spiritually in these challenging times.

Sadly in recent weeks Mount Angel Abbey has been under threat due to the terrible fires raging across the west coast of America. I was asking Arch-Bishop Roche how Abbott Jeremy and his community are? He shared with me the following message that he received from Abbott Jeremy this week.

Dear friends – so many of you have expressed concern and a desire to know how we are here at Mount Angel Abbey and Seminary amid the terrible fires and smoke in Oregon. Thank you for thinking about us with such love and concern.

We consider ourselves quite fortunate, although the situation is still dangerous and can change quickly. We are on a Level 2 evacuation notice, which means “be set.” So, we are prepared to evacuate if necessary. Our biggest danger continues to be extremely poor air quality from the smoke in the area, and both monks and students are remaining indoors as much as possible. The Abbey will remain closed to visitors until conditions improve.

At the same time, we are mindful that many of our neighbors and friends throughout the Northwest are suffering greatly. Reports of loss of life, homes, and livelihood weigh heavily on us, and all who are suffering remain a constant presence in our prayers throughout the day.

Please join us in prayer, not only for deliverance from the still present pandemic but now also from the danger of these fires. As a sign of hope, we also invite you to join us online tomorrow morning as we celebrate the joyous occasion of the Solemn Profession of our Br. Anselm. Here is a link to the live stream page and prayer schedule.

May God bless you and be with you,

Abbot Jeremy Driscoll, O.S.B.

CELEBRATING THE SACRAMENTS – To see a copy of the latest guidelines please see the parish websites or click here.

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;

Giving by Text – We now have the facility to take offerings using text messaging. To use this service and to contribute £5 to the Parish Offertory, please text;
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 here
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.

Again, may I say a big ‘thank you’ for your continued support and generosity at this time, it is very much appreciated. If you have any questions about your offertory giving, please do not hesitate to contact Annette Crowther and she will be happy to help.

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.

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 click here.

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.

YOUR THOUGHTS FOR THE WEBSITE
If you have any thoughts of what you would like to see on our websites, please do not hesitate to contact me – if we can do it, we will certainly try. It is a Parish Website and so new ideas from the parish are always welcome. Many thanks to Michelle and Patrick Anderson for their continued support here.

RECORDED PARISH MASSES – Thanks to Michelle & Patrick Anderson, we are now able to record a live Mass on a Saturday evening and make this available on our parish websites for those who are having to be cautious about coming back to church. Because the Mass has to be recorded and then uploaded first, this means that the Mass will be available at a slightly later time from the usual. Hopefully the Mass will be available from around 9.00pm on Saturday evenings and will remain available all week for people to watch. This is a compromise solution until we get a live-stream facility installed in our churches. Thank you for your understanding and a big thank you to Michelle & Patrick for their continued help and support.

UPDATE ON VIRUS PRECAUTIONS – May I please remind people that facemasks are now compulsory whilst in church. This is a Government stipulation. If you have your own facemask, please bring it with you. If not I will have some available as you come into church. For full guidelines please see the parish websites.

Diocesan Matters

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM: Bishop Marcus will celebrate the 12:00noon Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham on Saturday 26th September. It will not be possible for pilgrims to travel to Walsingham in large numbers this year. All are welcome to participate in this Mass via the live-stream. It can be accessed via the shrine’s website, youtube channel and facebook page.

CATHOLIC CARE VACANCY: Head Office, Leeds. Adult Learning Disability Senior Manager. Full Time Salary S.P. 38 – 41 currently £40,760 – £43,662. Closing Date: 5th October 2020. For full details and to apply please visit our website or call 0113 3885400 to request an application form.

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.