The Catholic Parish of
Saint John Henry Newman

 Covering most of East Leeds

Parish Bulletin - Week Commencing: 8th December 2019

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Second Sunday of Advent
Year A

Prayer Intention This Week
For all in Government

Today : Weekday of Advent, St Damasus I, Pope

SVP Food Bank

There are boxes in each church porch for non-perishable food items.

Thank you

Seeing your life through the lens of the Gospels

Matthew 3:1-12

1. John the Baptist came to bear witness to Jesus. Who have been the people who have borne witness to us of the good news of the gospel that God loves us - a friend, a parent, a teacher, etc.? To whom have we borne that witness?

2. John appears in the story as one who had the courage to be himself in the face of opposition. He was also a person who knew his own value, did not make exaggerated claims and was content with his mission. Can you recall times when you have been content to be yourself, without pretending to be more than you are? What was it like to have that freedom, even in the face of criticism from others?

3. John was ‘the voice of one crying out in the wilderness' - announcing confidently to those in the wilderness that they must not despair because God's grace may come to them at any moment. Have you had the experience of being in the wilderness, feeling lost? From whom did you hear a voice that gave you hope? Have you been able to give hope to other people when they were in the wilderness?

Advent & Christmas 2019

Friday 29th November - 4 week sessions Bible Reflection (Lectio Divina) 7pm -7.45pm

Sunday 1st December
4.00pm Churches Together Service at St Gregory's

Saturday 7th December
2 Priests hearing Confessions St Theresa's 11am - 12 noon

Saturday 14th December
2 Priests hearing Confessions St Theresa's 11am - 12 noon

Sunday 15th December
3.00pm Carol Service at St Theresa's Church

Saturday 21st December
2 Priests hearing Confessions St Theresa's 11am - 12 noon

Saturday 21st December
2.00 pm Corpus Christi Church Live Nativity Crib

Christmas Eve 24th December
5.00pm Corpus Christi Church - Family Christmas Mass
5.30pm St Gregory's Church - Family Christmas Mass
11.00pm St Theresa's Carols followed by Mass at 11.30pm (NOTE CHANGE OF TIME)

Christmas Day Masses
8.15am at St Theresa's
9.15 am at St Gregory's
10.15am at St Theresa's
10.30 am at Corpus Christi

Prepare the way for Christ's birth
Setting up the Crib in our 3 Churches as follows:
1 December - Set up the stable ONLY,
8th December - Add an animal
15th December - Add the remaining animals
22nd December - Add Mary & Joseph
Christmas Eve Masses - Add the infant Christ

Reconciliation/Confession for years 4 and above
To start the season of advent we
are inviting years 4, 5 and 6 and above to confession on Saturday 30th November
11.00am -12noon at St Theresa's Church
4.30pm - 5.00pm at Corpus Christi Church
5.45pm - 6.15pm at St Gregory's Church Catechists & parents will be there to help

Children's Advent Masses:

Sunday 1st December 10.15am at St Theresa's Church and 10.30am at Corpus Christi
Advent will soon be here and what a great way to start this wonderful season with a joyful Children's Mass.

Anyone who wishes to read or join in the offertory can do so by completing a volunteer slip available from primary school offices or in the volunteer boxes at any of our 3 church porches. Closing date for volunteers is Monday 25th November.

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Pilgrim Prayer for the Year of the Word

Pilgrim God,
you walk alongside us
and speak to us throughout the Scriptures:
in the message of the prophets,
the songs of David
and the vision of Paul.
Your Son, Jesus Christ, listens to our hopes and fears
and shows us how to live:
in our love of neighbour
our desire for justice,
and in our dying and rising each day.
Send us the Holy Spirit to open our hearts and minds so that we may be your witnesses throughout the world:
in our protection of the vulnerable,
our words and actions
and in our communion with the earth.
V. Your word is our path and your truth is our light.
R. This day and every day.
Our Lady of the Annunciation
Pray for us
St Matthew
Pray for us
St Jerome
Pray for us

Children wanting to take part in the Christmas Eve Mass at St Gregory's 5:30pm Mass to contact Alison on her mobile 07964894730 with the name and age of the child , no later than Sunday 15th December.

Joyce Marshall & Family wish to thank all who contributed to the beautiful Requiem Mass for Deacon Tom. Thank you to all for being there and all the cards, Masses, prayers and love sent to me and our family at this special time. On Sunday Tom would have celebrated his Silver Jubilee as a Deacon of Diocese. May Tom rest in peace.

Children's Advent Masses: Thank you to everyone who came and made these masses a wonderful joyous way to start the season of Advent. Big thanks to all those children who volunteered to read and process in the offertory.

Diocesan & Other Notices


(Please note this notice is from Bishop Marcus.) In the next parliament, it is likely that there will be efforts to introduce changes to the law that would allow abortion on demand, for any reason, up to birth and that there will be further attempts to introduce assisted suicide. Whatever political party you may be considering voting for, please reflect on the importance of human life. Find out where your local political candidates stand on life issues - abortion and assisted suicide - by visiting If you use social media, please also consider sharing this campaign on your Facebook page or whatever social media platform you use. Draft flyers are also available from: Thank you. A statement has been issued by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales on the General Election which there is a copy available for parishioners to take in the porch or you can visit it online at: Thank you. + Marcus

PAID WORK OPPORTUNITY WITH THE J&P COMMISSION: Do you want to make the world a better place? Do you have the time and skills to help the Commission in its work of celebrating what people do about social justice issues across the Leeds Diocese and to build awareness of what more people could do? We need one or two self-employed people who are available, on a flexible basis, to do in the region of 500 hours of work per annum. Please email for a set of the Terms of Reference detailing out the activities that we need doing or see the home page of our website - Closing date: 18th December 2019.

CARITAS LEEDS: CAROLS FOR ALL: Saturday 14th December 2019, 3.00pm at Leeds Cathedral, Great George Street, Leeds LS2 8BE. Prepared by Caritas Leeds Disabilities and Dementia Groups. Featuring the students from Holy Rosary and St. Anne's Catholic Primary School. Refreshments will be served afterwards at Wheeler Hall. For further information, please contact Rev. Dr. Joseph Cortis (Co-ordinator for Caritas Leeds) on:

DAY OF RECONCILIATION AT LEEDS CATHEDRAL: Thursday 19th December 2019. Confessions will be available from 7.00am until 7.00pm.

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Prepare the way for Christ's birth - Setting up the Crib in our 3
Churches as follows:
8th December - Add an animal
15th December - Add the remaining animals
22nd December - Add Mary & Joseph
Christmas Eve Masses = Add the infant Christ

Newman Weekly Draw - 12/20
£25 - 191 - M McDonnell - Hawkhills
£10 - 054 - C Neeson - Templegates
£5 - 023 - H Duffield - Birchfields
£5 - 405 - M Flynn - Sherburns
£5 - 009 - D O'Gorman - Kennerleigh

Advent Day by Day booklets on sale £1 each.

Happy Birthday to Betty Norwell who celebrates her 100th birthday on the 8th December. God Bless You.

Filipino Choir will be at St Gregory's 9.15am Mass on Sunday 15th December.

General Election Hustings 2019
The planned Hustings arranged for Sunday 8th December at St Wilfrid's CHURCH has been cancelled due to some parties unable to attend. Apologies for any inconvenience.

The God Who Speaks - Year of the Word
Fancy an Advent Faith-Lift?

The God Who Speaks: Year of the Word has begun! A Bible reflection ("Lectio Divina") group will meet each Friday evening for 45minutes during Advent. The second session will be led by Deacon Henry and will meet on 13th December in the Newman Lounge 7pm-7.45pm

Parish Office will be closed on Wednesday & Thursday 11th & 12th December and reopen on Friday afternoon

The Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal are in need of a chest freezer: The sisters serve a number of families at Christmas time and receive donated turkeys. Because of this generosity they need a freezer to safely store the turkeys until they can be given out. It would be helpful to have a donated freezer that could store at least 10 turkeys. Please contact Sr. Faustina on 0113 2350573 as soon as possible. Thank you and have a Blessed Advent.

SVP Says thank you - Many thanks indeed for your most generous second collection. Your offering will make a difference to a lot of families this Christmas. We would still very much like to receive Christmas presents for all ages along with your usual food and clothing. If wrapped please indicate boy or girl and age suitable for. Thank you very much. If anyone might be interested in joining us please enquire through Mary in the parish office. Happy Christmas and a Good New Year.

Counters Rota: for 2020 available to collect from the parish office.

St. Theresa's Church Cleaners - Team C - 13th December


All children going to the toilet must be accompanied by their parent/guardian.

Will the parents of the young children who are changing to serve Mass and need assistance please help them. Please do not leave it to other adults.


If you are thinking of getting married in any of our churches at least 6 months' notice must be given. This will enable the couple's preparation and the necessary paper work to be completed

Gluten Free Hosts

There is a supply of hosts in each church. Should you need one of the hosts consecrating please make yourself known to the priest before Mass starts.

Mass Offerings

If you wish a Mass to be said on a certain date for a special intention then we ask you to please give 12 weeks' notice.


LIFE: Pregnant?
Need to talk? Life will help. Ring 07554003000

Children's Liturgy

All children & adults attending children's liturgy must sign the weekly register.


Please pray for the repose of:
Irene Rawson, Brian Knaggs, Monsignor Anthony Boylan, Hannah McNulty, John Joe McNulty, who have died recently and Paddy Gibbons, John Michael Egan, Joe Driscoll, David Stead, Lily Loftus, Terence & Bridgett Fitzpatrick, Vincent & Anne Marocco, Grace Collins, whose anniversaries occur at this time.

Please Pray for All Who Are Sick, including:
Sr. Millie (Peru), John Bettison Jnr, Joan Brown, Rose Bulmer, Tony Chana, Joan Corcoran, Sheila Cornick, Mary Cohen, Denis Connolly, John (Sean) Craig, Claire Crook, Joan Cuthbertson, Nora Davey, Julie Digings, Brian Dickinson, Michael Foy, Ted Fryer, Claire Gaffney, Mary Gaughan, Jason Grudzien, Peter Hanlon, Barbara Hayes, Shirley Heselton, Joan Hill, Don Holdsworth, Kathleen Howley, Doris & Les Kelly, Thomas Cole Kelly, Marjory Levin, Pat Lusardi, Paul Mallinson, Matteo Manfredini, Billie Marginson, Mary McCann, Megan McDonnell, Jean McGuire, Emma Mather, Angela Murphy, Molly Neal, John Newton, Tatiana Nicholas, Beryl Oakes, Brenda O'Gorman, Sue Parry, Alison Pegg, Terry Pickles, Jimmy Pitts, Deacon Sean Quigley, Lynne Ramsden, Bernard Robinson, Elijah Robinson (Baby), Margaret Royston, Andrea Ruck, Danny Scott, Barbara Slinger, Patricia Spencer, Sylvia Spencer, Derek Shotton, Scott Summers Jnr., Marguerita Toth, Deborah Tree, Pauline Wagstaff, Pat Walker, Effie Wallis, Jim Walsh, Maureen Walsh, June Watson, Ann Wilkin, Eileen Winn.

Mass intentions received
For the Lately Deceased:

Hannah McNulty x 2 Mass, Brian Knaggs x 4 Masses, John Joe & Hannah McNulty

For Anniversaries:
Zena Sheehy, Charlie McLaughlin, Bridgett Thompson, Terence & Bridgett Fitzpatrick, Brendan Fitzgerald, Lily Loftus

For Other Intentions:
Lillian Driscoll Birthday, Tommy Waite Christmas Memories, Kenneth Keeling Birthday Memories, Sean Sweeney Christmas Memories, Nancy McDonnell Birthday (June), Patrick McDonnell Birthday memories.

New names will be added in alphabetical order and highlighted for the first week.

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