INFORMATION FOR THE PARISHES
MESSAGE FROM FR EAMONN
As we continue our Easter celebrations, may I once again wish you all a very happy Easter. May God’s blessings be showered upon you and your loved ones at this special time.
May I also say a big ‘thank you’ for your generosity over Easter. As always, your kindness and generosity has been very touching and also much appreciated. As I have said before, I feel very blessed to be the Parish Priest of both St Patrick’s, Birstall and St Mary’s, Batley.
Please God, things are going to get very busy as we start to celebrate various sacraments in our parishes over the coming months. I have already started celebrated the Sacrament of First Reconciliation with the children, and a plan is in place for the children’s First Holy Communion (for the children who should have received it last year) for the children in both St Mary’s & St Patrick’s Primary Schools and those children in other schools too. In due course a date will be arranged to celebrate the children’s Sacrament of Confirmation too, once the preparation has been completed. It will be wonderful to get up to date and celebrate these special times with our children and their families.
Also, as long as things continue in the right way, Baptisms will recommence from the 21st June. Many families are already booking dates for their children’s baptisms, some of whom have been waiting since March last year. I am delighted that we can once again, start to celebrate these important moments in ours and our children’s lives of faith.
As always, let us do all we can to keep ourselves and each other as safe as possible.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE THOMPSON FAMILY – On behalf of the parish, I would like to say a warm welcome to Paris Thompson who this weekend celebrated his conversion to the Catholic faith. Over the last year, Paris has been preparing for this moment and I am delighted that he is now one with us in the faith. This Sunday he will be making his First Holy Communion in St Patrick’s Church, as he joins us at the Lord’s table to receive him the Eucharist.
At the same ceremony his son Alfred was also baptised into the Catholic faith. These special events would normally take place during the Easter Vigil, but sadly it was not permitted this year due to the virus. May God bless Paris, Alfred and all the family as they embark on their journey of faith with us in the Catholic Church.
SACRAMENTS OF FIRST RECONCILIATION & HOLY COMMUNION – with the return of our schools, the children’s preparation can recommence for these Sacraments. I have now spoken with Mrs Grant of St Mary’s and Mrs Moulding of St Patrick’s and we have a tentative plan in place to begin celebrating both First Reconciliation and First Holy Communions over the coming months.
DIOCESE OF LEEDS – Church Road Map out of Covid-19 Restrictions
For the latest information please click here
OFFERTORY ENVELOPES 2021/22 – Last year, for obvious reasons, a lot of envelopes were not collected or used. This year, in order to save waste and costs, we have reduced the number of boxes of envelopes that we have ordered. If you still wish to use a box of envelopes please let Annette Crowther know, either by;
Email here or Telephone: 0773 890 1165.
You may be able to keep your current envelope number but due to the reduction of boxes then it might have to be changed.
JOB VACANCY – DEPUTY HEADTEACHER AT ST PATRICK’S CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL, BIRSTALL
Range: L6 to L10 Salary: Dependent upon experience Start: September 2021
The Governors at St Patrick’s Catholic Primary school are seeking to employ an outstanding, enthusiastic and inspirational Deputy Headteacher who, as a practising Catholic, embodies the mission of our school. The position will be a class based Deputy Head with leadership time and responsibilities. Our priority is to find an outstanding classroom practitioner, who is a determined and ambitious leader, with the vision and skills to work alongside the Headteacher to continue driving high standards of learning and teaching for all children. The education of the whole child is central to our vision and intent at St Patrick’s.
Candidates are welcome and warmly encouraged to visit the school in a COVID safe way by prior arrangement. Please contact the school office on 01924 423220 to make an appointment.
Our application pack and further details are available on the school website, alternatively, you can request a pack to be emailed by contacting the school office by:
emailing here or telephone 01924 423220
Closing Date: Wednesday 28th April at Noon
Shortlisting: Thursday 29th April
Lesson Observations will be arranged with candidates between Thursday 6th May and Tuesday 11th May, subject to Covid-
19 restrictions and in line with Public Health guidelines at the time.
Interview Day: Wednesday 12th May
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.
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
YOUTH 2000 RESTORE ONLINE: Friday 16 & Saturday 17 April, from Leeds Trinity University. Come and be RESTORED as we approach the end of lockdown and prepare to venture back out into the world. RESTORE at Leeds will be two online evenings of prayer, worship, talks, and interactive small groups. As well as interactive games and activities during the day on Saturday. More information and booking click here
MENTAL HEALTH IN EDUCATION: A CATHOLIC APPROACH: an online conference for those involved in the education or catechesis of young people. Friday 28th May 2021, 9am-3.30pm (online) Hosted by Leeds Trinity University. Input from Christian psychiatrists, psychologists, counsellors, academics, clergy, media professionals and students. Places are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment. More information email here or visit here
ENCOUNTERING THE RISEN JESUS: A series of 5 reflections taking place on Zoom on Mondays 7-8pm, beginning 12 April. Led by Fr Mark Jarmuz these will explore the varied responses to the resurrection of: the women who followed Jesus (12 April), Peter (19 April), the disciples (26 April), Emmaus (10 May) and the beloved disciple (17 May). For further details and Zoom invitation, please email here. Poster available here
SPARK SOCIAL JUSTICE: People under 30 who are passionate about social justice are invited to send in a 2 minute video about issues which concern them. £25 will be paid for every video used on social media. More information email here
ZOOM COFFEE MORNING (Hosted by Catholic Care): Friday mornings at 11am. A place to have a chat, become part of a community and have some fun! All welcome.
Meeting ID: 882 6618 1071 Passcode: Hello21
RELAX AND REVIVE with Catholic Care: Join Janet Kent every Monday afternoon at 4pm starting Monday 12th April for a friendly online relaxation group.
Meeting ID: 829 0366 7151 Passcode: 526282
SHORT ONLINE COURSE ON THE EARLY CHURCH: The Church that Follows Jesus Christ, covering the early life of the Church leading to the Council of Nicea (325CE) is now available as six 30-minute recordings available on the diocesan website at 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.
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.