MASS ATTENDANCE LAST WEEKEND: 244
CAFOD FAMILY FAST DAY – FRIDAY 6TH MARCH—Envelopes available at the back of church.
ASH WEDNESDAY NEXT WEEK – Please note that next week Lent begins. Ash Wednesday is on the 26th February. Masses in St Patrick’s and St Mary’s will be as follows;
Mass with the distribution of Ashes – St Patrick’s – 10.00am
Mass with the distribution of Ashes – St Mary’s – 12.00noon
Mass with the distribution of Ashes – St Mary’s – 7.00pm
IRISH NIGHT 6th MARCH 2020 –Our next fundraising event will be our Irish Night on the 6th March 2020. This year will see a new band entertaining us “Whisky in the Jar”. Tickets will be £10.00 this includes a pie and pea supper. Tickets are now on sale, but if you would like to register your interest in buying a ticket please speak to Jennifer Roche (Saturday 4.30 p.m. Mass or Maureen Gill Sunday 10.30 a.m or alternatively please ring 07876453306 or 01924 472774. This promises to be a really good evening so don’t miss out – order your ticket now!
ST. MARY’S SOCIAL CLUB SUBSCRIPTIONS NOW DUE – please note that membership (£3.00) is due at the beginning of February. Would members who wish to renew their subscription please contact Mary Clancy on 01924 507901. Mary will be available at the Club on Thursday and Sunday evenings throughout February and on Sunday morning at Tea/Coffee club after 10.30 am Mass at St. Mary’s. New members are very welcome—chance to win the annual draw. Both the Social Club ballroom and lounge are available to hire for parties, Christenings, funerals etc at reasonable rate. Contact Debbie 07864 656100. See website here. Please support your Parish Hall.
BATLEY FOOD BANK – Every week we pass on your kind food donations to Batley Food Bank and this week they told us that they are desperately in need of toiletries. If you can help in any way then pop your donations into the box at the back of church. Thank you
CONFIRMATION – Congratulations to all our young parishioners who received the Sacrament of Confirmation from Bishop Marcus on Thursday. May God bless them at this important step in their life of faith.
ST. PATRICK’S RAMBLERS 2020 – The following walks are planned to take place on every other Thursday. Be at St. Patrick’s car park for 9.20 am to set off from Church at 9.30 am unless otherwise stated:
27th February -Calverley – Chris
RACE NIGHT – Friday 28th February Family fun night out. Please come along and support St. John Fisher Race Night at 7.00 pm at Batley Irish Club, Churchfield Street, Batley. Tickets £2 each available on the night. Under 12 free. Raising funds for students to assist Diocesan pilgrims in Lourdes. See Annette Crowther for tickets or further details.
SINGING FOR FUN GROUP – we meet down in the St. Mary’s social club every Wednesday afternoon 2 pm until 4pm. There are no auditions, we are a friendly group just trying to encourage new members.
LEEDS DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES 2020 – Led by the Bishop of Leeds Rt. Rev Marcus Stock. 3 – 9 July by air from Leeds Bradford Airport. See information at the back of church.
VACANCY: Leeds Cathedral is recruiting a part time caretaker to work in a small dedicated team. For an application form and further information, please e-mail your contact details here or alternatively for an informal chat please phone 0113 261 8029.
CATHOLIC CARE VACANCY – LEEDS: Residential Manager – Children’s Home. Full Time hours. Salary: £38,813 – £42,683 . Closing Date: 10th February 2020. For further details please visit our website.
CATHOLIC CARE VACANCIES: Head Office Leeds. Head of Adult Care – Full Time: £50k – £55k; Head of Children and Family Care – Full Time £50k – £55k. Full details and how to apply are available on our website.
VACANCY: CAFOD Regional Administration and Development Officer. 1-year fixed term, 35 hour per week, £25,634 – £30,161 per annum. The role can be based in any CAFOD Volunteer centre; Leeds, Hallam, Middlesbrough, Newcastle or Nottingham. The main aim of this role is to provide administrative and development support for the work of the region’s Community Participation Coordinators and coordinating tasks for a number of office volunteers in the region. To apply, please visit here. Closing date: Monday 10th February 2020
THE GOD WHO GIVES LIFE: As part of The Year of the Word, the Diocese is hosting a series of talks which explore the theme of human flourishing in Scripture. The second talk: “The God Who Leads by Example: How Christ Teaches us to be Human” will be given at Hinsley Hall on Thursday 13th February at 7pm by Fr Richard Ounsworth OP of Blackfriars, Oxford. For more details or to confirm a place, please contact here.
YOUTH 2000: LEEDS RETREAT: 21st-23rd February 2020, Leeds Trinity University. The Youth 2000 & Leeds Trinity University Retreat is a weekend of friendship, prayer and fun, where we come together as a community of young people to grow in our relationship with God with the support of the Church. If you’ve heard the story of the Lost son, the Father says: ‘You are with me always and everything I have is yours.’ (Luke 15:31) Whether you’ve wandered far or just need a weekend at ‘home’ with the Father, the Leeds retreat is for you! Over the weekend, we will journey together in prayer, friendship, social time & teaching to discover that God is with us always and everything He has really is ours!
CARITAS VACANCY – The Diocese of Leeds is seeking to appoint a dynamic and enthusiastic researcher with a passion for social justice. Your main task will be working with volunteers to develop outcomes from an exciting action research project: the Caritas Leeds Criminal Justice Inquiry. Fix term contract of two-days a week (April – September 2020). Closing date: Monday 24th. February 2020. Further information is available here.
ST MARY’S TEACHING SCHOOL, HORSFORTH – School Direct recruitment for academic year 2020/21 is well underway and under NCTL guidelines St. Mary’s Teaching School are allowed to recruit unlimited places! If you are a post graduate looking to get into teaching, what better way than a one year school based training programme. St Mary’s Teaching School will be attend- ing the School Direct open day at Leeds Trinity University on Saturday 22nd February 2020, 10am-3pm. Come along for more information. Should you wish to apply, or for more details, follow the link below or you can email us here. Alternatively, contact Aisling Wells on 0113 2677532 Monday – Friday. Follow us on Twitter @StMarysTS to see the exciting opportunities or click here!
MINDFULNESS DAY: “THE SACRED PAUSE”: 4th March 2020. Angela Rogerson will lead a day on Mindfulness in the Christian Tradition. Offerings £32 (to include tea/coffee on arrival, a 2-course hot lunch and afternoon tea). To book a place please call the Administrator on 01943 607287 or email here.
A LENTEN JOURNEY led by Fr Dennis Cassidy. 5th or 7th March 2020. A quiet day of reflection during Lent. Offerings £32 (to include tea/coffee on arrival, a 2-course hot lunch and afternoon tea). To book a place please call the Administrator on 01943 607287 or email here.
A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH – Growing old gracefully is joining with the Leeds Church Institute and Faith in Elderly People to organise a one day event on Wednesday 18th. March at Leeds Church Institute under the title of ‘A Matter of Life and Death’: a day to talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement.
LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR RACE NIGHT FUNDRAISER – Mount St Joseph’s, Saturday 21st March, 7.30pm. Tickets £10 available from reception. Fish and Chips, Bar and Raffle. All welcome.
LAST SUNDAY’S COLLECTIONS
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.