Sunday 3rd December 2023
1ST SUNDAY OF ADVENT (YEAR B)
EVANGELII GAUDIUM – Preparing for the Jubilee Year in Faith and Prayer
Evangelii Gaudium Sunday calls us to be joyous in proclaiming our faith. “Evangelii Gaudium” is Latin for “Joy of the Gospel”. The day supports the work carried out by the Mission Directorate on behalf of the Bishops’ Conference.
A key focus of work for the next few years is responding to Pope Francis’ calling of a Jubilee Year in 2025 with the theme Pilgrims of Hope. The Holy Father has invited the whole Church to prepare for the Jubilee in the two years prior through:
* Reflecting on the four Constitutions of the Second Vatican Council.
* Deepening our prayer life, with a special focus on the Lord’s Prayer.
To support the Church in England and Wales in this important initiative the Mission Directorate has produced a series of videos on the four Constitutions which reflect on the Liturgy, the Word of God, the Church and on its role in the modern world.
(We as a parish will have a chance to share / discuss these videos together over the course of the next year.)
A range of resources are being prepared for the Year of Prayer in 2024 which include a course on the Lord’s Prayer from small groups for Lent, encouragement to try different ways of praying from the tradition of the Church. Please support the Mission Directorate through prayer and giving to the second collection. However much you give, big or small, it will go directly to support this important work to bring the joy of the Gospel to all.
Live Streamed Masses
All Masses which take place in our parishes are now live streamed to our YouTube Channel. Visitors to the channel will have the option to subscribe (this is free). As a subscriber you will receive notifications when a live stream is available. Live streams will be available to view all day on the day of broadcast and will be replaced by the next Mass on the following day.
Please click here to access the St Mary’s and St. Patrick’s YouTube Channel.
Please click here to access Leeds Cathedral’s YouTube Channel
St Mary’s, please pray for……
PLEASE PRAY FOR THOSE WHO ARE POORLY
Maria Ashton, Kathleen Pawson (nee Rush), Frank O’Neill, Ann Leach, Elaine Richardson, Catherine & Jimmy McVeigh, Sheila Haigh, Geoff Holland, Stefan Stadnicki, Jennie Farnhill, Peter McKenna, Raymond Crorken, Anthony Clementson, Brenda Riley, Simon Murphy, Margaret Harrison, Franco Menic, Katie Gallagher-Peel, Barbara Maguire, Elaine Wraith, Fr David Bulmer, Jane Hellings, Barry Murphy, James Waldron, Pauline Clark, Canon Eugene McGillycuddy, Canon John Nunan, Marian McGeown, Zoe Sands, Tony Halloran, David Hodgson, Peter Savage, Clare Gavan, Mason Ross Kilgallon, Julie Murphy, Pauline Hughes, Baby Archer, Ro, Gail, Nancy, Judy, Mary Sage, Gail & the Teal Sisters (Ovarian Cancer Support Group), Paris Thompson, Joan Franklin, Rod McKenzie, Patricia Mould, Sr Francis, Michael Andrews, Elaine Mulqueen, Linda Beck, Evelyn Hall, David Nicholson, Neil Hilton, Margaret Norton, Celia & Harry Wilson, Mary De-Gol, Desmond Graham, Sheila Power, Michael O’Hanlon, Joan Fenton.
Colin Plumb | Kathleen Farley | Irene Donnelly | Brian Kelly
Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord. Let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace.
Prayers for Ukraine
Let us keep in our prayers the people of Ukraine. May the world community join together and do all they can to support Ukraine and bring an end to Putin’s barbarous regime. (Fr Eamonn – 24th Feb. 2022)
Missio ignites God’s love by helping missionaries to work alongside communities globally that are poor or in need, regardless of their background or belief.
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ARE YOU A CATHOLIC…and have lost touch?
I just want you to know that you are always welcome back to your parish of St. Mary’s.
It is still your parish.
‘Come to me all you who labour and are over-burdened.’ (Matthew 11.28)
We would love you to be part of our future in this your parish, and I can assure you of a warm welcome, no matter how long it may have been. For more information please click here.
God bless you,
your Parish Priest