21st May 2017
6th SUNDAY OF EASTER (A)

PARISH MATTERS

MASS ATTENDANCE LAST WEEKEND: 245

BAPTISMS IN ST MARY’S
If you would like to arrange the baptism of your child, please see Fr Eamonn after Mass to pick up an application form and arrange a date. Baptisms take place at 11.30am after the Sunday Masses.

SICK / HOUSEBOUND & HOSPITAL
If you or your loved ones are sick or in hospital and would like a visit from me, please do let me know. I am more than happy to visit them.

TEA / COFFEE AFTER THE 10.00am MASS – SOCIAL CLUB
If you are free, please come down to the Hall and join us after Mass for some refreshments. It is good to be able to spend social time together.

ROOF FUND EXTRA – ELVIS TRIBUTE NIGHT
Sat 8th July – St Mary’s Social Club
Tickets £10.00 including supper. All proceeds towards the Roof Fund

THE GREAT GET TOGETHER – IN MEMORY OF JO COX MP (RIP)
Sunday 18th June starting at 12.00noon
Come and join members of our wonderful Batley community for an open event for all people to celebrate our community spirit. This is to mark the first anniversary of the murder of Jo Cox. Let us join together in a spirit of solidarity and friendship. ALL WELCOME

LAST COFFEE MORNING RAFFLE PRIZE
One raffle prize remains unclaimed. Please check your tickets.
The winning ticket is Green 461-465.

CONFIRMATION CONGRATULATIONS..
…to Fallon and Kian who received the Sacrament of Confirmation from Bishop Marcus on Tuesday. May God bless them at this very special time.

PARISH DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Saturday 24th June – First Communion
Saturday 22nd July – Parish BBQ – after 6pm Mass – in the Presbytery Garden
Friday 29th Sept – Game and Race Night – 7pm – Parish Hall Ballroom
Monday 2nd Oct – Torchlight Procession
Saturday 18th Nov – Christmas Fayre – 12noon – Parish Hall

WELCOME TO FR MARTIN
This weekend we welcome Fr Martin again to St Mary’s as I attend my nephew’s First Holy Communion in London. Thank you as always to Fr Martin for his generosity in helping me in my absence.

8.00AM MASS AND THE DEANERY REORGANISATION
As you know last August after a number of requests, I added an extra Mass at 8.00am on Sunday mornings here at St Mary’s. Whilst this Mass is very much appreciated by those who attend, sadly only between 30 and 35 people attend. In the present climate of falling numbers of priests and the deanery reorganisation with parishes joining together, it is just not feasible to keep this Mass going. I have to prepare the parish for the time when St Mary’s will also have to accommodate another parish (probably St Patrick’s, Birstall), with one priest doing both parishes.
With this in mind, I regretfully inform you that the 8.00am Mass will cease at the end of August this year. I know this will be disappointing to those who attend the 8.00am Mass, but I also hope, that you will understand that I have to get St Mary’s ready for when one priest will be covering two parishes and have to celebrate Sunday Masses in both churches.
This will be the first of the changes taking place over the next year as we work out when Masses will take place in St Mary’s and indeed the whole deanery. I pray for your understanding in this matter. As always, please keep the reorganisation in your prayers.

ST MARY’S RESTORATION UPDATE
The work in the sanctuary is now almost complete. The scaffolding is coming down on Monday and then the plasterers will be working in the old Baptistery area where we have the Piety Stall. I am still awaiting a start date for the restoring the ceiling. I will keep you informed.

AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED APPEAL
On behalf of Aid to the Church in Need may I say a sincere ‘thank you’ for your generosity last weekend in supporting their great work. I have received a letter of thanks from them which informs us that they actually raised £452.60 over the weekend. £240.50 in the collection and £212.10 in sales. Thank you.

“THE PATH TO CATHERINE” – A PLAY BY JUDITH GREENWOOD
at Bagshaw Museum on June 10th and 11th at 2pm until 4pm.
This is an event to celebrate the life of Catherine Exley, a local woman who went with her soldier husband to the war against Napoleon in Portugal in 1807. When they returned, they lived in Hanover Street and Ward’s Hill. “The Path to Catherine” will take place. To book free tickets please email here or call 07736 416668

DIOCESE MATTERS

DIOCESE OF LEEDS MUSIC DAY
Sat 10th June 2017, Leeds Cathedral 10:00am Registration and Coffee in Wheeler Hall; 10:15am Singing workshops: Mass Including a new work by John Duggan, and a Gregorian Chant Mass setting and Introits. Participants are invited to sing for the Cathedral’s Mass at noon; 1:30–3:00pm Organ accompaniment David Pipe, Director of the Organists’ Training Programme, will lead a session on liturgical accompaniment playing the Cathedral’s magnificent Klais organ.
See posters for more details.

PARISH RENEWAL THROUGH THE ‘LIVE SIMPLY’ AWARD SCHEME
In the twenty-first century how do we live out our lives as Christians? How do we care for the earth better? How do we live in solidarity with poor people? How do we ‘live simply’ – so that we are not always seeking ‘more’ but striving for everyone to have ‘sufficient’? These questions should be at the heart of personal and parish renewal. The Justice and Peace Commission has organised a workshop for parishes to explore these themes in detail. It will take place on Saturday 24th June 10:30 – 14:00 at St Benedict’s parish centre, Aberford Road, Garforth, Leeds LS25 1PX. See the website  for more details and how to register to attend. The event is free, a simple lunch is provided and there is a separate programme of activities for young people. See flyer attached for more details.

DIOCESE OF LEEDS – FOUNDATIONS IN FAITH
A Course of Catholic Faith Formation for catechists, teachers and anyone interested in learning more about the catholic faith. The course incorporates the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) and begins at Hinsley Hall in September 2017. There will be an information evening about the course at Hinsley Hall on Tuesday 13th June from 7:00 – 8:30pm. To book a place or for further information please contact Emma on 0113 261 8040 or email
here. Please see poster for more details.

THY KINGDOM COME
A global ecumenical prayer initiative between Ascension and Pentecost including novenas and services: Wakefield Churches Together Ascension Morning Service 7:30am outside at Sandal Castle, praying over the City: Pentecost Praise at English Martyrs Church Wakefield WF2 9DD Sunday 4th June 3pm: Special Novena for Catholics between Ascension Thursday and Pentecost: follow links from here.

LAST SUNDAY’S COLLECTIONS
Many thanks

Envelopes (G) £89.50
Envelopes (NG) £160.50
Loose £245.17
Total Offertory £495.17
Roof Donations £23.44
Total Income £518.61

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13th May 2017
Bonus Ball No: 52
No winner