Track and Trace – Whilst it is no longer necessary to book a seat at Mass, we are still required to keep a record of who is in church. We are taking all names as you enter church. However, if you wish to pre-book a place at Mass to avoid having to queue to give your name, the booking system(on-line or phone) is available.
PASTORAL LETTER FROM BISHOP MARCUS – This weekend we have received an important Pastoral Letter from our Bishop Rt Rev Marcus Stock entitled, ‘From Parish to Mission’ and the Synod of Bishops 2023. I will read the Bishop’s Letter out at each of our 4 Sunday Masses, but should you wish to access a copy of the Pastoral Letter please click here or a hard copy is available at the back of church.
FR EAMONN – APPOINTMENT AS DEAN FOR THE KIRKLEES DEANERY – I would just like to inform you, that as a result of a recent vote by the clergy of the Kirklees Deanery (the combined deaneries of Dewsbury & Huddersfield), I have been appointed by Bishop Marcus to be the Dean of the Kirklees Deanery. Please keep me in your prayers as I take on this responsibility.
BAPTISM CONGRATULATIONS TO MAISIE JEAN MARKHAM SMITH – on behalf of the parishes may I say ‘congratulations’ to Maisie who was baptised here in St Mary’s last Sunday. May God bless her and her family as she begins her life of faith.
ST MARY’S TEA & COFFEE ROTA- as you know, we are currently trying to put together a rota so we can once again serve tea and coffee after the 10.30am Mass in the Hall. So far I have had two people who have offered to be a team. But we do need more people to come forward so that we can put together a rota, and share out the work as much as possible. Please consider putting your name forward to help with this important social aspect of St Mary’s parish. If you are interested, please see Fr Eamonn.
ST PATRICK’S UNION OF CATHOLIC MOTHERS (UCM) – Following a long break we plan to meet on Monday 13th September 2021. 2pm at Church it will be good to welcome Members.
ST PATRICK’S CARPARK – As you will have noticed last weekend, I have now started to open the gates to provide access to the back carpark to accommodate the increasing number of people coming to church. As you can imagine, some people are more able bodied than others and some struggle to walk too far. With this in mind, may I ask that as far as possible, could people please leave the front carpark to those who would appreciate being able to park nearer the entrance of the church.
Also, may I ask that people park sensible and with consideration, always ensuring that exits are not blocked and that people can get in and out I an emergency if need be.
PARISH EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS – with numbers of people attending church now happily beginning to increase, I think it would be good to have some help with the distribution of Holy Communion. At the moment, I am unable to offer the chalice to the faithful, but I would appreciate help with the distribution of the hosts in church.
Although I do have a list of names of our Eucharistic Ministers I am not sure which Mass each minister would like to perform their ministry. With this in mind, could all our Eucharistic Ministers please sign their name on the form at the back of church and please indicate which weekend Mass they would be willing to help with. I will then produce a new rota and we can begin to have our wonderful team of Eucharistic ministers helping again in our parish. Initially, I will just need 1 minister for each Mass. Thank you for your help, it is always appreciated.
ST PATRICK’S DISCUSSION GROUP – When it was possible to have six people meeting in doors, a group of male parishioners had met once a month in St Patrick’s parish Tea Room to discuss current affairs. As things are now returning to normal, anyone who is interested in coming along would be most welcome.
These get-togethers are held on the first Wednesday of each month between 10..00am – 12.00noon, with the next one set for Wednesday 6th October at 10.00am. Why not make a note in the calendar to see if this is for you.
If you would like any further information, please contact Andy Hill on 07729 626966
CAFOD FAMILY FAST DAY – Friday 1st October 2021 – Envelopes will made made available nearer the time. For more information about the wonderful work of CAFOD and especially about this year’s Family Fast Day please visit website.
YOUNG CHRISTIANS CLIMATE NETWORK (YCCN) RELAY TO COP 26 – In November, world leaders meet in Glasgow for important climate negotiations. We believe it’s time to make decisions which;
- Protect people not bank balances
- No country should be pushed further into debt by climate change.
It is a decade-defining opportunity to make a stand. It’s time to ‘Rise To The Moment’. With this in mind, there is currently a YCCN Climate March in progress from Cornwall to Glasgow. On the 17th September they will be passing through Birstall. Please feel free to support them on the route as they pass through our parishes. It would be good to show our support and solidarity with them. If I hear any more details I will pass them on to you. To see their website, please search, Young Christian Climate Network, for more details.
ST MARY’S SOCIAL CLUB
COMING SOON – FRIDAY 17th SEPTEMBER 2021 – 7.30pm
1940’s Fancy Dress Ball – with the fantastic MANHATTAN SOUND
All profit in aid of Dewsbury NHS.
Tickets available soon £10
EVENTS IN ST MARY’S SOCIAL CLUB
Tea Dances – returning on a Thursday only (no Tuesdays) starting 22nd July, 1.30-4pm
Social Dancing – Starting 22nd July – Thursday and Sunday evenings from 7.30pm
Singing for Fun – During Summer join Antony at the Band Stand below the Cemetery on North Bank Road, Batley on a Wednesday from 1pm until 3pm. £5 per session. Indoor classes to start in September.
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
PEERTALK CHARITABLE FOUNDATION – PeerTalk, a national charity offering support to people facing depression, anxiety, is recruiting volunteer facilitators for its peer support group in Batley. There will be full training on 25th Sept, with ongoing support. If you are interested in getting involved or would like further information please contact here or visit website.
Closing date for applications: 16th Sept 21. Please see the poster at the back of church for more details.
FOOD DONATIONS – 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.
CAFOD RESPONDING TO MULTIPLE EMERGENCIES ACROSS THE WORLD – CAFOD is responding to significant crises across the world this week. We are working with local Church organisations in Haiti to deliver emergency aid to people affected by the catastrophic earthquake and tropical storm. In the tragic situation in Afghanistan, we are working to ensure the safety of our local partners and their communities. We are supporting local aid workers to deliver urgent food and water supplies to hundreds of thousands of people facing extreme hunger in Tigray in Ethiopia, South Sudan and north-east Nigeria. You can read more about how we can all express solidarity with our sisters and brothers affected by these emergencies on the CAFOD website. Your compassion, generosity and prayers have helped us to stand together and enable us to continue to support communities in these difficult times. Thank you.
NEWS FROM THE DIOCESE
VACANCY: With the upcoming retirement of the current officeholder, the Diocese of Leeds is recruiting for the post of Chief Operating Officer. Contract: Permanent, Full-time. Salary: £70k to £80k p.a. related to experience. For details of the application process and job specification, email here.
Closing date for applications: Friday, 24th September 2021. Date of Interviews: Monday, 4th October 2021.
INFORMATION EVENT ON THE PERMANENT DIACONATE – BY ZOOM: Wednesday 20th October at 8pm. An event for those who feel you might have a calling to the Permanent Diaconate or just want to know more about this ministry. For further information and log-in details contact here.
Poster available here
CATECHESIS MEETINGS: Meetings to discuss and plan the return to catechesis after the pandemic will be held on Tuesday 14th September, from 10.00am-12.30pm (at Hinsley Hall or online) and from 7.00-8.30pm (online). For information, contact here.
Poster available here
INTRODUCTORY COURSE IN PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION: exploring the relationship between Catholic faith and reason. Tuesday evenings from 21st September – 19th October at Hinsley Hall. Please contact here.
FAITH IN ACTION AWARDS INFORMATION MEETING: Meetings for all Faith In Action Award Leaders and those interested in running the Awards Scheme in your Parish or School will be held at Hinsley Hall on Tuesday 28th September and Wednesday 6th October, 2-4pm or 7-9pm on each day. Please book your free place at here.
Poster available here
LEEDS DIOCESAN MISSION MASS: Saturday 25th September 2021 at 12.45pm St Joseph’s, Batley Carr. Guest
Speaker Fr Emmanuel Mbeh MHM.
Poster available here
NAZARETH – A FAMILY FRIENDLY MASS COMMUNITY: Are you a Catholic family with young children who would like to meet others in your situation for worship? Come to the launch of the Family-friendly Mass Community at St Patrick’s church Elland, on Sunday October 3rd at 1.30pm. Further details from Katie McNamara-Hall 07712 127036.
REVELATION: The Youth Service’s monthly event for young people in Years 8-13 is back! An evening of prayer, music, games and fellowship focusing on the theme of ‘Creation.’ Thursday 7th October, Hinsley Hall, 5:30-7:30pm. For further information, email here.
Poster available here
SHELTERED HOUSING ST SCHOLASTICA’S RETREAT OPEN DAY: The Retreat offers sheltered housing to Catholics aged 60 or over in 36 self-contained flats at £562pcm – more information from The Warden: Deacon Seán Duffy – 27 The Retreat, Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire, HP27 0JG
Poster available here
ONLINE TWO WEEKS OF GUIDED PRAYER: Monday 27th September to Friday 8th October, 2021. First week: online meetings from 7.30pm to 8.30pm covering introductions and different ways of praying. Second week: commitment to daily prayer time and individual online meeting with prayer guide (about 30 mins each.) Suggested Offering £50. Further information please visit website, call: 01943 607287 or email.
MINDFULNESS IN THE CHRISTIAN TRADITION: Tuesday, 28th September 2021, 10am – 3.30pm. Led by Angela Rogerson, this retreat is suitable for those new to mindfulness and experience practitioners. Suggested offering: £35 per person, includes lunch and tea/coffee. For further information please contact here or 01943 607287.
THE JUSTICE & PEACE COMMISSION are sponsoring a limited number of people to participate in an online 8 week course (over 9 weeks) exploring racism in the context of Christian communities in the UK. Running from end of September to end of November, Thursday evenings. For more details and to be considered for sponsorship to attend please email here
NATIONAL PRO-LIFE PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM: will take place on Saturday 23rd October 2021. To book your place on the coach with Leeds People for Life or for further details, please contact Kate on 07505 767415.
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.
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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.