SUNDAY 9TH MAY 2021
6TH SUNDAY OF EASTER
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MESSAGE FROM FR EAMONN
I hope this note finds you keeping well.
I am delighted to say that we now have many baptisms booked in for both St Patrick’s and St Mary’s. This is very welcome news as many parents have been waiting for almost a year to be able to celebrate their child’s baptism. At least we are now able to make a start and celebrate this important sacrament.
Likewise I am delighted to say that in the next few weeks, the children of St Mary’s and St Patrick’s, will also be celebrating their First Holy Communion. I was in St Patrick’s this week celebrating the Class 5 Mass, and I know from speaking to the children how excited they are to be receiving their First Holy Communion very soon. Again, I am delighted that we can once again celebrate these important moments in our children’s lives of faith.
There does appear to be some confusion about the easing of restrictions in churches over the coming weeks and months. People have been asking me what the situation is. To be honest, at the moment I really do not know what will happen. On the one hand, the Government are saying, there will be no legal limit on the numbers of people who can attend church by the end of June. On the other hand, they are saying ‘social distancing’ will still need to be in place. Obviously the two do not go together – we either have no legal limit or we have social distancing.
Unfortunately, the data is not looking good for us here in Kirklees. No doubt further guidance and clarification will come from the Diocese once it is clear what the Government are asking of us. I for one am very much hoping that we can have full churches very soon and also an end to Track and Trace, but only if it is safe to do so. I will continue to be guided by the Diocese and do all I can to keep us all safe in church.
Please remember that the obligation to attend Sunday Mass has been lifted for the time being by the Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales. Those who can safely come to Mass are encouraged to do so. However, you are very welcome to come to any weekday Mass if that is better for you. I have purposefully put on extra weekday Masses in the evening, in order for there to be more choice for you to attend Mass, especially, if you are working during the day. Between St Patrick’s and St Mary’s we now have 12 weekly Masses that people are very welcome to attend. There is no need to pre-book during the week. But please remember that booking is required for the Saturday evening and Sunday morning Masses.
I hope and pray that we are finally coming to the end of this situation, but in the meantime, let us continue to do all we can to keep ourselves and each other safe. If there is anything I can do to help, please do not hesitate to contact me. I will keep you fully informed as to any changes as soon as I hear of them.
DIOCESE OF LEEDS – Church Road Map out of Covid-19 Restrictions
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CHANGE TO THE TRACK & TRACE MASS BOOKING SYSTEM – Please note that as of this week the online booking system will close at 5.00pm on Friday evening. This just gives me extra time to finalise the lists for both churches. The Booking Office is available as follows;
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 by families all over Batley and Birstall.
ST PATRICK’S EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS – Although we currently do not need the services of our great team of Eucharistic Ministers, so that we are prepared and up and running for when they can recommence their duties, I will shortly be doing an up to date rota for the Eucharistic Ministers for St Patrick’s. However, having looked at the names on the rota and I very conscious that for some people, their circumstances have changed and some are having to be very careful about coming back to church. With this in mind, could all the Eucharistic Ministers for both Saturday at 6.00pm and Sunday at 9.00am, please let me know as soon as possible, if they are willing to resume their duties at such point as it is allowed. Phone: (01924) 474650 or email here. Thank you
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.
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 of Leeds
FINANCE VACANCY: in the Diocesan Finance Department for an Accounts Assistant to provide accounting and clerical support to a small dynamic team based in Hinsley Hall. Please contact here for a full job description and an outline of the application process. Closing date for applications Friday 14 May 2021.
- Virtual workshop on ‘Life in Prison’ led by Chris White, Catholic Prison Chaplain at HMP Leeds. Wednesday 12th May 6.30-8.00pm. Part of the action plan developed following the publication of the report ‘Justice and Mercy’ the Criminal Justice Inquiry. To register please click here
- Virtual workshop for Dementia Action week, Saturday 22nd May, 2.00-3.30pm. To book a place and your choice of workshop, please email here
More information available here
CATHOLIC CARE VACANCIES:
- Job Title: Support Worker Outreach
Salary: Spinal Point 2 – 7 Salary £18,198 – £20,092 pro rata dependent on qualifications and experience Post: Full & Part Time positions, (Flexible working/Weekends/Nights)
Location: Vacancies in Brighouse, Todmorden, Shipley
Closing Date: 20th May 2021 Interview Date: To be arranged with applicant
- Job Title: Senior Manager for Children and Young People’s Services
Salary: SP38 to 41 £40,760 to £43,662 plus pension and other benefits
Post: Permanent Full Time
Location: As part of your role, you will be expected to travel across West and parts of North Yorkshire and be based at Head
Office in Headingley, Leeds
Closing Date: 21st May 2021 Interview Date: 7th June 2021
- Job Title: School Social Worker
Salary: Spinal Point 18 -25 currently £24,982 – £29,577 pro rata dependent on qualifications and experience Post: Full time and Part time vacancies (Term Time Only)
Location: West Yorkshire
Closing Date: 14th May 2021 Interview Date: 24th May 2021
COUNSELLING SERVICE: Catholic Care are offering a free and confidential counselling service to members of our Catholic community, if you free that you, a family member or friend might benefit from counselling support please contact us on 01133885400, 07739975008 or email here
For more information please click here
ENCOUNTERING THE RISEN JESUS: A series of 5 reflections taking place on Zoom on Mondays 7-8pm, beginning 12 April. Led by Fr Mark Jarmuz these will explore the varied responses to the resurrection of: (2 remaining sessions) Emmaus (10 May) and the beloved disciple (17 May).
For further details and Zoom invitation, please email here. Poster available here.
MENTAL HEALTH IN EDUCATION: A CATHOLIC APPROACH: an online conference for those involved in the education or catechesis of young people. Friday 28th May 2021, 9am-3.30pm (online) Hosted by Leeds Trinity University. Input from Christian psychiatrists, psychologists, counsellors, academics, clergy, media professionals and students. Places are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment. More information email here or visit here
BEREAVEMENT RETREAT – LIVING WITH LOSS, 21st – 23rd May, 2021 led by Abi & John May. The aim of this retreat is to better equip ourselves to deal with life-changing loss. The offering is £160 for the weekend with full board and en-suite accommodation. For further details and a booking form please email heremailto:[email protected] or telephone: 01943 607287.
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.