INFORMATION FOR THE PARISHES
MESSAGE FOR READERS FOR NEXT WEEKEND – If you are due to read NEXT weekend, then please note, that next Sunday is the Diocesan Feast-day of Our Lady of Unfailing Help, therefore the readings are for the feast-day. If you wish to see the readings in advance, you can either, get a copy at the back of church / see me for a copy / see the parish website for the readings.
BAPTISM CONGRATULATIONS TO
LORENA MAI FEATHER & LENNY MICHAEL DYSON
On behalf of the parish may I say ‘congratulations’ to Lorena Mai Feather & Lenny Michael Dyson who were baptised in St Patrick’s & St Mary’s Churches last weekend. May God bless them and their families as they begin their lives of faith.
ST PATRICK’S FIRST HOLY COMMUNION CONGRATULATIONS
On behalf of the whole parish, may I say ‘congratulations’ to the following children who made their First Holy Communion this week;
May I also say a big ‘thank you’ to Mrs Moulding and all the staff at St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School for all the work they did to prepare our children for their First Holy Communion. It would not have been possible without your help.
COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS UPDATE FROM BISHOP MARCUS – For the latest update received from Bishop Marcus about the restrictions in our churches, please click here.
MESSAGE FROM FR EAMONN – I am going away this week on annual leave. Next weekend we welcome Monsignor Paul Fisher to our parishes, who will be celebrating Masses in my absence. I know you will make him very welcome. Thank you to Monsignor Fisher for agreeing to come again to Batley and Birstall.
ST MARY’S SOCIAL CLUB – Thursday evenings 6.15 to 7.15 pm – Yoga with Kathryn. Ideal for beginners and those with experience. Please book online.
Unfortunately Singing for Fun and Social Dancing along with other events have not been able to start due to Covid 19 regulations.
The Club is taking bookings for Parties, Christenings, First Communions, Funeral wakes, Weddings etc. For more information please see the Club’s website, Facebook or phone / text 07773205311
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.
The donations from St Mary’s, Batley go to the Batley Food Bank.
The donations from St Patrick’s, Birstall, go to Batley Care & Drop in Centre
All donations are gratefully received
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;
Giving by Text – 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 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.
Annette Crowther: Email here
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.
NEWS FROM THE DIOCESE
HINSLEY HALL is available for meetings, conferences, function, receptions and overnight stays. Please see website for more details.
VACANCIES: Sacred Heart Ilkley are looking for 2 inspirational, experienced teachers for September 2021. The teaching posts are for 2 days a week in Y5 and a full-time position in our Y3/4 class. Please see the advert and documents on the school website.
THE LEEDS CCRS: A new course, exploring Catholic faith, education, and spirituality, will be offered by the Diocese and Leeds Trinity University from Autumn 2021. An online information evening, on 22nd June (7- 8pm), will introduce the course in detail. For links or more information, email here. Poster available here.
LAUDATO SI’ MINI-PILGRIMAGE: walk and social event at Myddelton Calvary in Ilkley on the afternoon of Sunday 27 June 2021, restrictions permitting. For more information, please register your interest via here.
CHASING THE WIND – PHILOSOPHY, THE BIBLE, AND THE PROBLEM OF EVIL: A series of 5 talks by Dr Gregory Stacey, exploring accessible responses to the claim that the existence of evil makes belief in God irrational, will take place via Zoom on Monday nights from 7-8pm beginning on 14th June. For information and Zoom invitations, please email here. Poster available here.
EU SETTLEMENT SCHEME: The deadline for applications to the Settlement Scheme for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens is on 30 June 2021. For more information click here.
THE BRIERY ZOOM MEDITATION: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 Join Briery Thursday Meditation click on this link: Or log into the app using the following:
Meeting ID: 834 3658 3706 Passcode: 977049
FOLLOWING JESUS – DISCIPLESHIP IN THE NEW TESTAMENT: 12th-17th July – Fr Donald Senior, CP, presents a live streamed retreat. Participants can be residential at the Briery from 12th-17th July with full board and en-suite accommodation (offering £400) or receive the link at home (offering £200). For further details and a booking form please email here or telephone: 01943 607287.
To donate £5.00
Text either: CHURCH BATLEY or CHURCH BIRSTALL to 70500
…to make your contribution.
This facility can be used as often or as little as you wish in order to match your usual weekly / monthly giving.
You can also donate by clicking here:
Thank you for your continued support at this time.
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.