Sunday 16th January 2022

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SACRAMENT OF CONFESSIONS ST MARY’S YEAR 6 CHILDREN – Please keep in your prayers the following children who are in Year 6 in St Mary’s Catholic Primary School who will be confirmed on Tuesday evening

This is an important moment in their lives of faith. I am very honoured to be able to celebrate this important Sacrament with them and am grateful to Bishop Marcus for giving me the Faculty to do this on his behalf.

Parishioners are warmly invited to join us for this special occasion. All welcome

ST PATRICK’S TEA & COFFEE POSTPONED FOR JANUARY – After consultation with those who help with the serving of Tea & Coffee after the 9.00am Mass, due to the increasing prevalence of the virus, it has been decided to postpone this social event for the month of January and then reassess the situation for February. I am sorry to have to do this, but I would rather err on the side of caution and not put people in unnecessary danger. Thank you for your understanding.

ST MARY’S TEA & COFFEE ROTA – Could the people who have offered to help with Tea and Coffee after the 10.30am Mass please confirm that they are still willing to do this. I think I now have 3 teams who are willing to get this of the ground again. If this is the case, then HOPEFULLY we can recommence Tea & Coffee after the 10.30am Mass very shortly. I know it has been missed by many in the parish.

ST MARY’S SOCIAL CLUB MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL – Membership renewal in February 2022
May we take this opportunity to wish all our members and visitors a Merry Christmas and a Happy 2022 Thank you to those who have supported our Parish Hall over the years, everyone is welcome.

Social Dancing – Sunday evenings from 7.30pm
Masc Batley Karate Club – Tuesdays  – 4.00pm – 5.00pm | 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Singing for Fun – The classes have now moved back into the downstairs room at the Social Club on Wednesdays from 2.00pm – 4.00pm. All welcome
Batley Rock and Roll Club – Wednesdays form 8pm
Slimming World – Thursdays – 9.00am | 10.30am | 6.00pm
Monday to Thursday – Central Pointe Dance (in the studio)

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BECOMING A PARISH CATECHIST? – The Diocese is launching a new initiative to support and encourage new catechists to assist in parishes – The Diocese of Leeds Bishop’s Certificate in Catechesis.
For more information about this very important initiative, please see the post at the back of church or look on the parish website. Each parish across the Diocese is looking to recruit two new catechists who would like to take part in the Bishop’s Certificate in Catechesis. If you are interested please see Fr Eamonn. It would be great to get more help with parish catechesis.


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 here
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.


WHY WE NEED THE BEAUTIFUL: Life Transfigured, a series of talks exploring Catholic Faith and the Arts throughout 2022, begins on 18th January, 7-8pm with an online presentation by Fleur Dorrell of the Bible Society. Fleur will consider the contribution of visual arts to faith. PLEASE NOTE THIS TALK IS ONLINE ONLY (and not at Hinsley Hall as originally advertised). For a Zoom link, please email here.

CATHOLIC YOUTH WORK TRAINING: Facilitated by the Diocese of Leeds Youth Service, this training is for anyone who works with young people, is interested in working with young people or anyone who just wants to find out more about Catholic Youth Work! The training will take place at Hinsley Hall on Monday 7th February 2022 from 7-9pm. The training is free but you must book your place by emailing the Youth Office here

HEADTEACHER VACANCY:( Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Hunslet, seeks to appoint a Headteacher for September 2022. For further information or to visit the school, contact Mr Hutchinson on 0113 2712093 or for an application pack please email here
Closing date: 4th February 2022, 12 noon.

HEADTEACHER VACANCY: St Francis Catholic Primary School, Morley, from September 2022. For further information and an application pack, visit the website ( under the vacancies section. If you have any queries, contact the current Headteacher, Mrs Rose Harrison on 0113 323 0554.
Closing date for applications: Monday 24th January 2022, 12 noon.

CARITAS LEEDS is holding its second on-line workshop, part of the Faith Works Framework. The focus of this workshop will be on ‘Exploitation’: How young people and vulnerable adults can be manipulated and coerced into committing crimes drawn into criminal activity and modern slavery and the severe exploitation of vulnerable people for personal or commercial gain. Thursday 20th January 2022 Online 6.00-8.00pm. To book a place please register through this link

JUSTICE & PEACE COMMISSION: Are you passionate about wanting to eradicate poverty and caring for the Earth, together? You could be the person we are looking for. We need someone to lead our successful SPARK Social justice project for younger adults and who can help the Commission reach new audiences and raise awareness of our work by enhancing and developing its presence and visibility. We have about £18,000 available to pay an individual or organisation to provide various services on a self-employed basis. This works out at about 3 days’ work per week.

VACANCY: St Mary’s, Menston. Subject leader of Computer Science – full-time and permanent.
Closing date: 31st January, 12noon.
Further information:

ANNUAL LOURDES DINNER DANCE: Friday 18th February at the Met Hotel in the centre of Leeds. Begins at 7:30pm. Tickets: £35 include a reception drink, 3 course meal, Live music and entertainment. Tickets are available from here or Tel: 07766 148375.
All profits go to the Lourdes fund.

BOOK CLUB: The Diocesan Vicariate for Education is marking 2022 as a year to celebrate ‘Life Transfigured’ and have chosen our books which we hope you will enjoy reading and discussing. You may like to form a Book Club in your own parish or, for those who would prefer it, we have organised four sessions on ZOOM so that everyone – including those especially who are housebound – can join in. Please spread the word! To sign up for the Zoom sessions, please email here – The details are:

  • To be read January – February for a Zoom on Tuesday 1 March 7-8pm: Behold the Beauty of the Lord: Praying with Icons, by Henri Nouwen (£10.99), led by Fr. Mark Jarmuz
  • To be read April – May for a Zoom on Tuesday 31 May 7-8pm: Silence and Honey Cakes: The Wisdom of the Desert, by Rowan Williams (£7.99), led by Mrs. Helen Edwards
  • To be read June – July for a Zoom on Tuesday 26 July 7-8pm: Fifty Catholic Churches to See Before You Die, by Elena Curti (£14.99), led by Sr. Susan Irwin
  • To be read September – October for a Zoom on Tuesday 25 October 7-8pm: What is the Point of Being a Christian? by Timothy Radcliffe (£13.99), led by Mr. Joseph Fitzpatrick.

BRIERY ONLINE ZOOM MEDITATIONS: On 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. Zoom link Meeting Link – here
Meeting ID: 810 9014 9641 Passcode: 530903

HORIZONS OF HOPE: Saturday, 22nd January 2022. Inspired by the Wisdom ofFr Daniel O’Leary’s book, the day will be facilitated by the Begin with the Heart Team. For further information or to make a booking, please call the Administrators on 01943 607287 or email here

EXPLORING PRAYER: 7th-18 March 2022. This online retreat will cover 2 weeks. Only 1 hour each day with a personal guide. Suggested offering of £20 per person. For further information see the poster or to make a booking, please call the Administrators on 01943 607287 or email here

CATHOLIC CARE have a number of vacancies across the Diocese including: Waking Nights or day Support Workers, Residential Child Care Workers, a Management Accountant and a Catholic Care Trustee. Please note that we offer flexible working hours. To request an Application form or for more information please visit here or call 0113 388 5400.


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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.