18th OCTOBER 2020

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World Mission Sunday supports missionaries who work alongside communities that are poor or in need, regardless of their background or belief. By supporting Missio, the Pope’s charity for world mission, you will help missionaries like Sr Nilcéia share the love of Christ with those most in need. Please pray for the mission of the Church throughout the world and give what you can to this very important collection which will sustain the future of our Church. Please call 020 7821 9755 (office hours) or visit Missio’s website to give a single gift, set up a Direct Debit and Gift Aid your donation, if possible. Thank you
Our website address is:
Here you will also find our uplifting video about the inspiring work of missionaries around the world:
‘We Are Still Here’

‘On Fraternity & Social Friendship’
Last Sunday Pope Francis issued a new Encyclical Letter for the Catholic Church and indeed to the whole of humanity called ‘Fratelli Tutti’ – ‘On Fraternity & Social Friendship’. This very important and much needed message in today’s world focuses upon Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together.

May I encourage you all to take time to read and even more to reflect upon this important document. It is a radical but faith filled document which is calling us to totally change the way we see the world, the way we see each other.

Click here to find links to the following…

  • Fratelli Tutti  –  the full text
  • An overview of the Encyclical
  • A quick key to Fratelli Tutti
  • An illustrated guide to Fratelli Tutti
  • A question & answer sheet about Fratelli Tutti
  • A Youtube presentation explaining Fratelli Tutti

‘Fratelli Tutti’ is not available in print form until the 4th November, however, it is available online now.

In due course, hopefully next year when things should be better, we can come together as a parish and spend some time sharing and reflecting over this document from Pope Francis and how we can respond to its challenge, both as individuals and as a local parish.

BOOKING A PLACE AT MASS – You can book a place at Mass either online through the Parish websites;

St Mary’s Church – click here
St Patrick’s Church – click here

or by phoning Fr Eamonn on (01924) 474650.

The office for booking a place at weekend Masses either online or by phone is;
Open  –  Mondays at 9.00am & Closes Friday 8.00pm

For full details regarding all aspects of church worship and precautions please see the parish websites.

John Lyons (RIP)
Reception of the Body – Monday 19th October – 4.30pm – St Mary’s Church
Requiem Mass – Tuesday 20th October – 11.00am – St Mary’s Church
Sean Quinn (RIP)
Requiem Mass – Friday 23rd October – 11.00am – St Patrick’s Church
Maureen Pickles (RIP)
Requiem Mass – Monday 26th October – 10.45am – St Patrick’s Church
Kirsty McIntyre (RIP)
Funeral Service – Tuesday 27th October – 11.00am – St Mary’s Church
Mary Senior (RIP)
Reception of the Body – Monday 2nd November – 6.00pm – St Mary’s Church
Requiem Mass – Tuesday – 3rd November – 10.30am – St Mary’s Church

NOVEMBER ONLINE BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE – Due to the ongoing threat of the Coronavirus, it is highly unlikely that we will be able to hold our annual Service of Prayerful Remembrance for our Faithful Departed. However, I have decided, with the help of Michelle Anderson, to produce for St Mary’s & St Patrick’s an Online Book of Remembrance where the names of all our loved ones are written and prayed for. This will also give us the added benefit of being able to pray for more of our faithful departed each week as their anniversaries come up.
If you would like the names of your loved ones included in this Book of Remembrance please fill in one of the forms which are available at the back of church with their names and date of death (for purposes of remembering the anniversary).
Alternatively feel free to email me the details (names and date of death) and I will make sure they are included.
The Online Book of Remembrance will be opened on the 1st November and will be available on the parish websites from that day onwards. There will be a dedicated page on our parish websites for our faithful departed, including the Book of Remembrance and various prayers for the dead, including Morning a& Evening Prayer from the Office for the Dead.
You will be able to add the names of your loved ones at any time throughout the year. Once the Book is launched. The names of our faithful departed that week, will be remembered in the parish bidding prayers in future. People will still be able to requested Masses being said for their loved ones as normal.

Sunday 18th October 2020 – For the Association for the Propagation of the Faith

1ST CONFESSIONS & 1ST HOLY COMMUNION 2020 / 2021 – As you know, due to the virus, there has been a long delay in celebrating these important Sacraments for our children. We are now planning to complete the children’s preparation for the 2020 cohort and celebrate the Sacraments and quickly and safely as possible. Once this is done we will then begin preparations for the children to celebrate these Sacraments next year.

May I say a big ‘thank you’ to the teachers of our wonderful Primary Schools who have offered to complete the preparation for the children in order that they can receive these Sacraments as soon as possible.

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;


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: [email protected]
Mobile: 07738901165

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.

Your Thoughts for the Websites – If you have any thoughts of what you would like to see on our websites, please do not hesitate to contact me – if we can do it, we will certainly try. It is a Parish Website and so new ideas from the parish are always welcome. Many thanks to Michelle and Patrick Anderson for their continued support here.

St Mary’s Social Club – Is once again taking bookings for Funerals, Weddings and Christenings within Covid 19 guidelines. Unfortunately in line with other government guidelines some of the Club’s regular events continue to be postponed. For further information or to make a booking please see website or contact 07773 205311 or 07474 664868.


VACANCY FOR A PERSONAL ASSISTANT TO THE CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER – Based at Hinsley Hall. Excellent opportunity for an experienced PA or Executive Assistant to join the Executive Team providing administrative support across our Diocese. Job description available via
For more details please contact
[email protected] or [email protected]
CV with a covering letter may be submitted to [email protected] at any time before the closing date: Friday, 23 October 2020.

Join us for a daily online Rosary at 8.00pm.
31st October – National Rosary Relay Rally (9.00am – 9.00pm)
1st November – online Rosary Led by Bishop John Keenan at 8.00pm
For more information please see;
www.walsingham.org.uk or email here

‘A Lifeline for Marriages’
Is your marriage struggling, do you find it hard to communicate with your wife / husband? Are you separated, divorced or thinking of these things? Maybe the Retrouvaille Programme can help.Please see the poster at
the back of church for more details please see their website;
www.retrouvaille.org.uk or email here


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.
Fr Eamonn

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.