Sunday 22nd May 2022
6th Sunday of Easter

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

ST PATRICK’S FIRST HOLY COMMUNIONS – Congratulations to the following children who made their First Holy Communion this weekend;

May God bless them as they make this important step in their life of faith.

APF – MILL HILL MISSIONARY APPEAL – WEEKEND OF 4TH & 5TH JUNE – I am delighted to say that once again we will welcome the Mill Hill Missionaries to our parish who are coming to say thank you for your support and make an appeal for their work. We will welcome Fr Frank Graham MHM to our parishes. May I say a big thank you to Sr Gemma (St Patrick’s) and Tom Lockwood (St Mary’s) who are our parish co-ordinators for the ‘Red Box Appeal’ and to all our parishioners who support the Mull Hill Missionaries in their work through the Red Boxes. This appeal is not for money, but for parishioners to become members and take a Red Box. If you have not yet thought of doing so, perhaps this thank you & appeal might persuade you to think about doing so. Please see the poster at the back of church for more details.

ST PATRICK’S LOURDES GROUP NEXT PILGRIMAGE – The St Patrick’s Lourdes Group will travel to Lourdes from; 22nd to 30th June 2023.
Preparations are already starting for this important pilgrimage and we are requesting the services of a Nurse or Doctor to travel with us on the Jumbulance for the dates above. If you are interested in this rewarding activity then please contact Dorothy Kenny (01924 476967) or Paul Leese (07582101538). Thank you.

ST PATRICK’S OFFERTORY COUNTERS – prior to the pandemic we had a great team of counters who very kindly counted the money from the offertory collection each week. Your help is now needed again. The system of counting has slightly changed but is still very straight forward. If you are interested in being a parish counter please see Fr Eamonn and we will get this off the ground again. It would be very helpful (but not essential), if the counters were willing to come to St Mary’s Presbytery on a Monday morning to do the counting.
It would also be very helpful, if we could get some volunteers who are willing to bank the money for us. Again, I can explain the system when I speak to you.

NEXT WEEKEND FUNDRAISING CRAFTS SALE FOR TEENAGE CANCER TRUST – Alison Newman-Burke will be selling hand-made crafted goods in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust in memory of her son Xavier who died of leukaemia in 2017 and would have been 21 this year. Alison will be at our weekend parish Masses as follows;
St Mary’s the weekend of the 28th / 29th May
St Patrick’s the weekend of the 18th / 19th June
Xavier attended Holy Spirit and St John Fisher schools and was a committed parishioner at Holy Spirit. Various prices. FB page ARK crafts if want to see items for sale. For further information about this please contact Alison.

FUNDRAISING CRAFTS SALE FOR TEENAGE CANCER TRUST – Alison Newman-Burke will be selling hand-made crafted goods in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust in memory of her son Xavier who died of leukaemia in 2017 and would have been 21 this year. Alison will be at our weekend parish Masses as follows;
St Mary’s the weekend of the 28th / 29th May
St Patrick’s the weekend of the 18th / 19th June
Xavier attended Holy Spirit and St John Fisher schools and was a committed parishioner at Holy Spirit. Various prices. FB page ARK crafts if want to see items for sale. For further information about this please contact Alison on here

St Patrick’s – after the 9.00am Mass each Sunday. All welcome
St Mary’s – this will recommence on Sunday 29th May. All will be welcome!

ST GEMMA’S HOSPICE LAKE WINDERMERE ROW – This is the final year for the St Gemma’s Lake Windermere Row.
The Leese family have completed this event for many years and Paul every year since it’s inception in 1982. The family will row 12 miles from Ambleside to Windermere and back and the event takes place on the 26th June. If you wish to support St Gemma’s you will find sponsor forms at the back of church or you can give online here. Thank you.

MASS IN CELEBRATION OF THE LIFE OF FRANCES FLANAGAN (RIP) – The family of the late Frances Flanagan (RIP) warmly invite you to join them for a Mass in celebration of her life on;
Saturday 2nd July at 11.00am in St Patrick’s Church
This will be followed at 12.30pm with a celebration at the Batley Irish Nash to gather together to share a buffet meal
with family and friends which Frances would have loved. All welcome.

ST MARY’S SOCIAL CLUB – Are you thinking about where to celebrate a family party, baptism, wedding, birthday? 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

Social Dancing – Sunday evenings from 7.30pm
Masc Batley Karate Club – Tuesdays  – 4.00pm – 5.00pm | 5.00pm – 6.00pm
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 | 11.00am | 5.00pm | 7.00pm
Monday to Thursday – Central Pointe Dance (in the studio)

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.

News from the Diocese of Leeds

NOVENA TO OUR LADY OF UNFAILING HELP: 18th – 26th July, Leeds Cathedral, Mondays – Fridays at 6.15pm; Saturdays and Sundays at 5.00pm. Poster attached.

DIOCESAN DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION VACANCY: The Diocese of Leeds and the Vicariate for Education wish to appoint a practising Catholic to promote and implement the Bishop’s vision for Catholic Education within the Diocese. Please contact Liam Dowds, on 01737 652043 or email for further details. Closing date: Monday 6th June 2022 at 12 noon.

More information available here

OUT OF THE ORDINARY: SINGING THE PROPER TEXTS AT MASS: Life Transfigured, a series of talks exploring Catholic Faith and the Arts throughout 2022, continues on 14th June, from 7-8pm at Hinsley Hall. Fr Guy Nicholls, Oratorian priest and Director of the John Henry Newman Institute for Liturgical Music will discuss his work to make Gregorian chant accessible to parish musicians. To register for a place, please email herePoster attached.

REVELATION: The Youth Service’s monthly youth event for young people in Years 8-13 takes place on Thursday 9th June, Hinsley Hall, 5:30-7:30pm. An evening of prayer, music, games, fellowship and more as we focus on the theme of ‘Empowered.’ For further information, email here. Poster attached.

VOCATIONS SERVICE HOLY HOUR: There will be Adoration on Wednesday 25th May 2022 and the last Wednesday of every month. All welcome, whether exploring your own relationship with Jesus, or simply to pray for vocations. Hinsley Hall 7pm-8pm. Bar open afterwards for informal chat with Vocations Service. Poster here

THE TWELVE YOUTH LEADERSHIP TEAM ARE RECRUITING!: The Twelve, the Diocesan Youth Leadership Team, are looking to recruit Catholic young people in Years 8-12 to continue their work of collaborating with Bishop Marcus on Diocesan decision making, giving voice to young people on Diocesan matters and priorities.
The Deadline for Applications is Friday 10th June.
Email Ryan Wilkinson for further information.
Poster available here.

CATHOLIC CARE is hosting a welcome session for people interested in becoming a parish representative at their Head Office, 11 North Grange Road, Headingley, Leeds LS6 2BR (next to Hinsley Hall) on Tuesday 7th June at 6pm. Please confirm your attendance here.

RALPH MARTIN: Internationally renowned author and catholic speaker, Ralph Martin will be speaking at St Patrick’s Mission, Bradford on June 2nd at 7:30pm on the topic of “Being a Catholic in Challenging Times.” It is not necessary to book tickets. See websitePoster attached.

CELEBRATING LATER LIFE – JUBILEE TEA PARTY: Wheeler Hall, Leeds, Thursday 16th June, 2.30pm. To book your place search on Eventbrite, or see the link on our website  under ‘Calendar’, or ring LCI on 0113 2452700. Leaflet attached.

BOOK CLUB: A reminder that the ZOOM Book Club will take place on Tuesday 31 May 7-8pm: Silence and Honey Cakes: The Wisdom of the Desert, by Rowan Williams (£7.99), led by Mrs. Helen Edwards. To book a place, please email here

YORKSHIRE LAY DOMINICANS: Lay Dominicans are lay people, married and single, who commit themselves to lives based around prayer, study, community and preaching. For more details see here. If you are interested in being part of a Lay Dominican group in Yorkshire, please contact Simon Hewitt.

HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT ONE OF OUR NEWEST SAINTS?: Charles de Foucauld will be canonised on 15 May. Join the J&P Commission Zoom conversation with Br Xavier Chevillard (who lived in Leeds for many years) on 24 May at 7:30pm to find out more. Simply click here to book a place.

CATHOLIC CARE VACANCIES: Vacancies across the Diocese, Outreach Support Workers in adult care, Care Bank Support Workers in adult care and for Children and young people, Senior Support Workers in adult care, Residential Child Care Workers, Floating Support Workers, School Social Workers, A Catholic Care Trustee. Flexible working hours available. For an Application form or more information visit website or call 0113 388 5400.

Leaders of Children’s Liturgy of the Word: A day for both new and experienced leaders, Saturday 2 July 2022, 10am- 4pm.
Day for Catechists: Saturday 9 July 2022, 10am-4pm.
Opportunity for prayer, reflection discussion and exploring the guidelines and the principles of Children’s Liturgy of the Word and Catechesis, sharing ideas, good practice and resources. Please book either, or both, events directly with The Briery. Suggested offering: £37, including lunch. Some parishes may feel able to fund places, so please do speak with your parish priest if this might be possible.

DIOCESAN LOURDES PILGRIMAGE: 1-7 July 2022. Tagney Tours booking forms available in all parishes. You can also book online here or call: 01732 886666. New volunteer carers and registered nurses welcome. Full training given. Please email Anita for more information about volunteering. Please book as soon as possible.

TRINITY CONFERENCE: A CATHOLIC RESPONSE TO THE DIGITAL AGE: 9-10th June 2022 at Leeds Trinity University. How does Digital Media impact our young peoples’ mental health, safeguarding, privacy, character, discipleship, mission and much more? See website for timetable, speakers, and booking info.

BRIERY ONLINE ZOOM MEDITATIONS on Thursday from 7.30pm to 8.15pm. We open at 7.15pm for a chat and start promptly at 7.30pm. It is a simple format of praying with the Sunday Mass Readings and sharing in small groups. To register, please email here

JONATHAN TULLOCH “A Life in Nature” – Saturday 11th June from 10am-4pm. Times and Tablet columnist, Jonathan Tulloch, will be inviting you to come close to nature and all her glory. Offerings £37 per person. To book a place please call the Briery on 01943 607287 or email here

CELEBRATING LATER LIFE: A Jubilee Tea Party – Sunday 12th June, 3pm. Join the Briery and the Growing Old Grace-fully team to celebrate and reflect on our Queen and her long life over a high tea. Offerings £10 per person. To book a place please call the Briery on 01943 607287 or email here. Poster attached.

JOB VACANCY AT THE BRIERY – Casual House Staff required at the Briery, Ilkley. Household duties as well as serving in the dining room. For more information please call 01943 607287 or email here. Further information attached.

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.