Welcome to St. Mary of the Angels, Batley

Due to the increasing threat of the Coronavirus it is no longer safe to keep our churches open, even for an hour a day.

Following Government advice PLEASE STAY AT HOME and keep safe.

Further updates will be given in due course.

Thank you for your understanding.

Fr Eamonn

New Message from Fr. Eamonn – 1st April 2020

My dear parishioners / friends,

I hope you are keeping well and as safe as possible under the circumstances. How are you coping under the new living restrictions? I hope you are not feeling too lonely or isolated. If you are, feel free to phone me or send me your number and I will give you a ring:

Tel: (01924) 474650

Email here

We are all in this together, so let us support each other as best we can and get through this.

As you know I have been recording the Sunday Masses and also, ‘Holy Hour’ too. I would like to say a sincere ‘thank you’ to all who have been in touch to express your appreciation for these recordings to help you in your life of prayer. Having a stammer, I am sure you will understand it is not easy celebrating Mass by myself, but your prayers and words of encouragement have helped a great deal and I will continue to do the recordings for as long as is necessary.

I must say too, it has been especially heartening to receive emails and phone-calls from people around the Deanery / Diocese and indeed the country who have also joined us for the Masses. May I say a special welcome to parishioners from the Holy Spirit, Heckmondwike, St Paul’s Cleckheaton, St Aidan’s, Mirfield, St Mary’s, Carlton and friends from Liverpool, Ireland and even Olympia in America who have been joining us for Mass and have made contact. You are all very welcome.

Once again, thank you to Michelle & Patrick Anderson for their hard work and skill in making all this possible. You are making a big difference to people’s lives of faith.

Should you wish to celebrate a ‘live streamed Mass’, there are some very good Masses available, especially our own St Anne’s Cathedral. To see the live streamed Masses that are available, please click here.

Below this message, you will find a ‘social messaging box’ which will enable us to keep in touch and encourage each other at this time. Please click the button below and feel free to leave a message of support and let us keep each other close in thought and prayer.

Once again, please do follow government guidelines, they are acting on the best available scientific advice. Also please follow the guidance from our Bishops too. These measures are only temporary and one day, in the not too distant future, we will be together again in church celebrating our faith.

As always, if there is anything I can do to help, do not hesitate to contact me. I am still in the parish and I am still available.

With very best wishes and an assurance of my prayers.

Fr Eamonn


To read the Pastoral Letter from Bishop Marcus Stock
on how to participate as fully as possible in the Holy Week Celebrations, please click here.

Click here

For details of live streamed services from the Vatican, please click here.

(Thank you to Archbishop Arthur Roche for making these available)


My dear parishioners, after Holy Week (next week) I will be celebrating the Mass in Time of Pandemic. This Mass is obviously very much needed at the moment.  When I have celebrated it, I will make it available on our website. I will actually be celebrating this Mass on many occasions during the pandemic.

However, I wanted to make the text of this Mass available to you the faithful, in order to read it and pray and hopefully derive some comfort and hope at this difficult time. The readings are beautiful and very appropriate.

May I encourage you to take some time to read and meditate upon the Sacred Scriptures for this Mass and feel God’s presence at this time. You will find the text for this Mass here.


In these troubled times, let us lean on our faith to give us hope to face the future. Jesus is the light of our lives, the Light of the World. Let us stay close to Him as He guides us to face the future with hope. Please click the play for the message.

St Patrick's UCM Invitation to Prayer

Palm Sunday Mass 2020

Holy Hour 31st March 2020

Click here for today’s daily Mass reflection

Here in St Mary’s & St Patrick’s we are used to having a Holy Hour each day before Mass. In these days where sadly our churches can no longer be open to the faithful, I thought it might be appreciated to record a Holy Hour that people can access whenever they wish.
Please press play to view Sunday Mass and to spend an hour in prayer before Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.

Parish Offertory

Offertory envelopes and standing orders for offerings

For more information and to download a
standing order form please click here.



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 BATLEY 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. Thank you for supporting the work of the Church: your generosity is much needed and particularly appreciated at this time

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Announcement

Due to the on-going threat of the Coronavirus, it is with regret that I inform you that as of:

Thursday evening 19th March

there will be no more public celebrations of the Mass or any other liturgies in any of the Catholic Churches in England and Wales. This will be the case until further notice, when it is safe for people to gather together once again.

As your parish priest I will continue to celebrate Masses on a daily basis, but these will now be private until such time as things change.

Please read the guidance for people to continue their lives of prayer and also find where live stream Masses are available.

I will continue to keep you all in my prayers. Please remember me in your prayers also.

Thank you for your understanding at this sad and difficult time.

Fr Eamonn

 A word from our Parish Priest
 Fr Eamonn Hegarty

Welcome to the website of St. Mary of the Angels in Batley – the home of the Torchlight Procession. Feel free to browse around. Here you will find useful information about who we are and what we do. If there is anything you can’t find or want further information, please feel free to contact us and we are happy to help. We do hope you enjoy our website and find what you are looking for.

In this surreal time as we deal with the Coronavirus and Church Masses and services are now in private, in order to help us continue our lives of prayer, you will also find links to the prayers and readings of the daily Mass, links to the full Divine Office of the Church, and the Rosary.

I will also make available various materials for spiritual reading and reflections of the readings for daily Mass

Please join with us in prayer each day.

God bless you.

Fr Eamonn Hegarty (PP)

Mass/Holy Hour times for the week ahead

Children’s Liturgy – Sunday 10.30am Mass in term time

Readers and Eucharist Ministers and Counters rota available here.

Sacrament of Baptism
St. Patrick’s: Saturdays at 11.00am (after Mass)
St Mary’s: Sundays at 11.30am (after Sunday Mass)
Please pick up a Baptism Application Form from Fr Eamonn.
Date of baptism to be arranged with Fr Eamonn.
Sacrament of Marriage
Arranged with Fr Eamonn. Please speak to him in good time in order to get your preferred date and to  allow time for the preparation to take place.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
St Patrick’s – Saturday 9.30am  –  9.55am
St Mary’s – Saturday 3.45pm  –  4.15pm
Or by appointment
 Sacrament of the Sick
If you or your loved ones are poorly and / or in hospital and would like a visit from Fr Eamonn, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am more than happy to visit our sick parishioners.
If it is an emergency and I am not available, it may be quicker to phone the hospital chaplain directly.
They can be contacted as follows:
Dewsbury District Hospital
Fr Patrick Mungovin  –  (01924) 492950
Pinderfields Hospital
Priests at St Austin’s Wakefield  –  (01924) 372080

Our Lady’s Candle 
Private Intention & Winifred Harrison

Please pray for…..

Those who are poorly
Peggy Walker, Maria Ashton, Kathleen Pawson (nee Rush),
Fr Bernard Funnell, Patricia Scrutton,
Lindsey Redgewick, Frank O’Neill, Ruth McMullen,
Ann Leach, Elaine Richardson, Catherine & Jimmy McVeigh,
Andy Swindells, Sheila Haigh, Michael Haigh,
Cindy Carter, Leonie Briggs,
Fr David Bulmer

Those who have died
Joan Tingle, Michael McManus, Donald Mawson

Tommy Connor, Leo Scott, Ken Towner and Stephen Higo

Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord.
Let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace.

The Year of the Word

in the Catholic Church in England and Wales

“The God who Speaks”

The year 2020 sees the 10th anniversary of Verbum Domini, the Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Benedict XVI on The Word of the Lord. The year 2020 is also the 1,600th anniversary of St Jerome’s death. These are strong reasons for us to embark at this time on a creative and deeper engagement with the Holy Scriptures across the life of each diocese.

To download the brochure, where you will find the three themes and vision for the year, together with information about our key events, resources and activities, please click here.

Prayer Life of the Church

Liturgical Calendar 2019/20

Wednesday Word

To see the Gospel at Mass this Sunday please click here.

Useful Links