17TH JANUARY 2021
2ND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
(YEAR B)

To download a copy of the bulletin this week please click here.

INFORMATION FOR THE PARISHES

LIVE-STREAMED MASSES FROM ST MARY’S & ST PATRICK’S – I am delighted to say, that both of our churches now have live-stream facilities available. This will be a tremendous boost for our parishes, particularly in these restricted times.
I am aware that already this is being appreciated. This coming week, the family of Barrie Auty (RIP) are very grateful that we are able to live-stream the funeral for family and friends who are unable to attend in person. Also the family of John McCaffrey are very pleased that they will be able to attend the Mass for John via the live-stream. Some of the family actually live abroad and are unable to come home for the Mass. This is just 2 benefits in our first week.
With the live-stream facility, we are able to offer our parishes and indeed beyond;

  • Daily Mass (Mass will remain available all day)
  • Funerals
  • Weddings
  • Baptisms

FREE SUBSCRIPTION TO OUR LIVE-STREAM CHANNEL – From Saturday 16th January all the Masses which take place in our parishes will be live streamed to our YouTube Channel. This can be found by visiting our parish websites and following the link. Visitors to the channel will also have the option to subscribe (this is free). As a subscriber you will receive notifications when a live stream is available. Live streams will be available to view all day on the day of broadcast and will be replaced by the next Mass on the following day.

DAILY MASS FROM THE DIOCESE OF LEEDS – I am delighted to say that St Mary’s, Batley & St Patrick’s, Birstall will be hosting Masses for the Diocese of Leeds as of this week. Our Daily Mass on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday will be available both on our parish websites and also the Leeds Diocesan website.
I would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to Michelle & Patrick Anderson who have made this possible. They have put in hours of work in order to make this possible. I know it is much appreciated by the whole parish.

LATEST GOVERNMENT ‘NATIONAL LOCKDOWN’ GUIDANCE – during these times of another national lockdown there have been a few slight changes as to how and when we can function as a church. The full set a measures is available on our parish website or at the back of church. The following are a few important matters for us.

  • Parish Masses – can still happen provided all the necessary precautions are in place.
  • Baptisms – All baptism must now be deferred until this current lockdown has ceased. Any baptisms that are currently booked in will be rearranged (except when the person is in danger of death).
  • Funerals – can take place – with the following restrictions;
    * Only one household may attend the Reception of the Body
    * A maximum of 30 may attend the Requiem Mass / Service
    Marriages – can only take place currently in exceptional circumstances (eg when one of those getting married is seriously ill and not expected to recover). A maximum of 6 people may attend.

ST PATRICK’S NEW ROTAS – The new Rotas for St Patrick’s are now available at the back of church and also on the parish website. These rotas are for the Sacristans who open and close church and also for the Readers at Mass. Thank you to all who continue to help the parish in this way – it is much appreciated.

THANK YOU FROM BRENDA HUDSON – I have been asked by Brenda Hudson to say a big ‘thank you’ to the parishioner who found and handed in her ring over the Christmas Season. Brenda was thrilled to get her ring back and is very grateful to the kind person who found it.

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
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.

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.

NEWS FROM THE DIOCESE

CATHOLIC CARE VACANCIES: Due to the continuing development of services within the charity there are now the following job vacancies: Adult Learning

Disability Service:
· Registered Manager – House of Light, Leeds
· Residential Care Worker + outreach – House of Light, Leeds
· Floating Support Worker- Leeds
· Support worker + Outreach – Shipley, Elland, Skipton, Todmorden and Keighley

Older People’s Service:
· Registered Manager – Extra Care Facility, Skipton
For more information visit www.catholic-care.org.uk/recruitment/latest-vacancies/ or email [email protected]

VACANCY: Interim Deputy Head Teacher, St Malachy’s Catholic Primary School, Halifax. Fixed term to the end of the summer term 2022. Further information, copy of the full advert and job description, contact Lianne Lomas, Executive Headteacher, email : [email protected]
Closing date: 12.30, Wednesday 27th January. Interviews w/c 1st February.

100 DAYS OF PRAYER FOR THE CHURCH AND VOCATIONS with a special focus on the saints of England and Wales. Join in praying for the Church and for an increase in the various vocations. Daily prayers will be uploaded onto Leeds Diocesan Vocations Service Facebook page and on the National Office for Vocation webpage.

ONLINE ROSARY FOR PRIESTS: The World Priest Apostolate hosts an online Zoom Rosary to pray for priests on Thursday 28th January 2021 at 5pm (UK time). An international opportunity to pray together the Luminous Mysteries for the sanctification of priests. More details and registration here.

FRATELLI TUTTI, COMMUNITY ORGANISING & CATHOLIC SOCIAL ACTION: Friday 22nd January, 9-11am. At this symposium, we will hear reflections and testimonies from Archbishop McMahon and representatives of Catholic parishes, schools and charities using community organising to realise the vision of fraternity and social friendship expressed in Fratelli Tutti. Register here.

OFFERTORY COLLECTIONS

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

ANYTHING FOR THE BULLETIN?
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.
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