The Catholic Parish of
Saint John Henry Newman

 Covering most of East Leeds

Parish Bulletin - Week Commencing: 5th December 2021

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Second Sunday of Advent
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Catechists - Let us pray for the catechists, summoned to announce the Word of God: may they be its witnesses, with courage and creativity and in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Today : St Ambrose, Bishop, Doctor of the Church

Act of Consecration to St. Joseph

O dearest St. Joseph, I consecrate myself to your honour and give myself to you that you may always be my father, my protector and my guide in the way of salvation.
Obtain for me a greater purity of heart and fervent love of the interior life.
After your example may I do all my actions for the greater glory of God, in union with the Divine Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary!
O Blessed St. Joseph, pray for me that I may share in the peace and joy of your holy death.


Parish Notices

With immediate effect MASKS must be worn at all times. 50p from church if needed.

Advent 2021

Advent Day by Day on sale at a cost of £1 each

Advent at Home: booklet available in the church porch.

Churches Together Advent Service
Sunday 28th November at St Mary's Whitkirk at 6.00pm.

Assembling the Crib:
Over the 4 weeks of Advent the crib will be assembled a little at a time in front of the main Altar in our 3 churches. The Children's Liturgy groups will do this at the 3 main Masses on a Sunday.

Christmas Songs & a cuppa: Wednesday 8th December 1.30om - 2.30pm at the Methodist Church Hall on Austhopre Road.

Christmas Carol Service: Sunday 12th December at 3pm in St Theresa's Church.Music by Corpus Christi Brass Band. Followed by refreshments

Live Nativity Saturday 18th December Corpus Christi Church at 2.00pm.
Followed by refreshment in Corpus Christi primary school. If you would like donate baked or bought cakes they would be very welcome. Please ring Sr. John-Paul 2350573 to advise what you can donate.

EXTRA Confessions - 2 priests hearing Confessions at St Theresa's Church between 11am - 12noon on Saturday 12th & 19th December. Also on request after each weekday and weekend Masses.

Advanced Notice of our Christmas Masses:
Christmas Eve Friday 24th Vigil Mass
St Theresa's - 4.00pm
Corpus Christi - 5.00pm
St Gregory's - 5.30pm
St Theresa's - Carols 11.00pm Midnight Mass 11.30pm

Christmas Day Masses
Saturday St Theresa's 8.15am 10.15am
St Gregory's 9.00am
Corpus Christi 10.30am
NO evening Mass

Honouring Sunday:

A statement has been issued from the Catholic Bishop's Conference of England and Wales. Please pick up a copy from the church porch for yourself and if you know of anyone near you that can't get to church please drop a copy into their letter box. Many thanks.

Children's Liturgy is returning from Sunday 28th November at ALL our 3 churches. This will be at the 9.00am St Gregory's 10.15am St Theresa's & 10.30am Corpus Christi Masses. We have catechists at each of the churches but more help is required. If you can help please contact the parish office 2645260. The more help received the better for all and a rota can be prepared.

Newman Weekly Draw - 16/2021

Please collet your winnings from church or the parish office.
NO Subscriptions due until February 2022
£25 153 M Caterill Selby Road
£10 223 T Higgins Halton
£5 294 J Cohen Selby Road
£5 308 R McGreevy Whitkirk
£5 089 G Collins Kingwear

When visiting the Crib please consider making a donation to the "Friends of the Holy Land" donation box at each church Crib.

Organist - Pianist
St Theresa's church is looking for help to share the duties with Christine of playing at Sunday morning Mass. CAN YOU HELP? If so please contact the parish office 2645260 or

Year Book 2022 (Directories) on sale at all piety shops at a cost of £4

A FREE Catholic daily news service and weekly newsletter is available via the Catholic Network. To access the site go to

The November Dead List Masses: We have received 93 Mass and these will be said during the coming year.

Gospel Meditaion

Luke 3: 1-6

1 The manner in which Luke identifies in detail the time when John the Baptist started his preaching shows that Luke regarded this as a historic moment. Perhaps you can recall in detail the time and the circumstances of particularly significant moments in your life?

2 John called people to give expression to their desire for a change of heart by a symbolic baptism in the Jordan. When have you found it helpful to symbolise your desire to change for the better by some symbolic gesture, e.g., burning a packet of cigarettes, sending a card, making a phone call, etc.

3 "A voice crying in the wildernesses is sometimes taken to refer to a voice that is ignored. Pope Francis has issued a call to all of us to take part in the consultation process preparing for the Synod in 2023. What can you, and your faith community, do to make sure his call is answered.

Diocesan & Other Notices

LIVE-STREAMING OF MASS FROM LEEDS CATHEDRAL - continues each Sunday to live stream Mass. Visit: or

CATHOLIC CARE VACANCIES: A number of vacancies available:, 0113 388 5400.

CATHOLIC CARE VACANCIES: Senior Support Workers, Waking Nights Support Workers, Finance Assistant, Day Support Workers, Outreach Workers, Residential Child Care Workers, and a Catholic Care Trustee. Please note that we offer flexible working hours. For more information please visit or call 0113 388 5400.

RESIDENTIAL CHILDCARE WORKER VACANCY (CATHOLIC CARE): Salary: SP2 £18,649 to SP7 £20,444 (Dependant on qualifications and experience). Residential Child Care Worker - two vacancies available Post: Full and Part Time Positions
(Shift patterns to include weekends, bank holidays and sleep-ins) Sleep in allowance payable. Location: Leeds. Closing Date: Until position filled. Interview Date: To be arranged with applicant. For more information please visit or call 0113 388 5400.

ADVENT PREACHED WEEKEND - "Advent Characters" 10th-12th December. Fr Michael Winstanley, SBD, leads a preached residential weekend retreat at the Briery. For further information or to make a booking, please call the Administrators on 01943 607287 or email:

CHRISTMAS LUNCHES - The Briery is pleased to be able to offer groups of family, friends or parishes a pre-Christmas lunch served on Thursday, 16th December at 12.30pm, £30 per person. For more details about the delicious menu please call the Administrators on 01943 607287 or email:

RACHEL'S VINEYARD TALK: Rachel's Vineyard-provide reconciliation and healing retreats for those have been involved in an abortion: Talk in Wheeler Hall, St Anne's Cathedral, Leeds LS2 8BE, by Rachel from Rachel's Vineyard on Wednesday 8th December starting at 6:30pm. Rachel will include her own abortion story, the stages of abortion grief, hope and healing for those affected by abortion and supporting someone who is post abortive. There is Mass at 5:30pm in the Cathedral. Talk arranged by
Leeds People for Life, email:

HORIZONS OF HOPE - Saturday, 22nd January 2022. Inspired by the Wisdom of Fr 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:

CARITAS LEEDS invites all to its first workshop, part of the FaithWorks Framework, rescheduled for Tuesday 7th December 2021, 6 - 8pm, St John Fisher Catholic Voluntary Academy, Oxford Road, Dewsbury, WF13 4LL. (This engaging workshop on Early Childhood Experiences will focus on: How stress from childhood experiences can change brain development and affect how the body responds to stress.) I person and also streamed live. Book a place at:


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:
Pat McGary, Quita Owen, Andrew Sellers, James (Jim) O'Connor Jennifer Margaret Batt, Marie Elizabeth Pearson, Michael Joseph Carroll, Francis Kerrigan, Joan Frances Kitson (101), Josephine Fella, who have died recently and Paddy Gibbons, Frank Barnes, Ronnie Neal, Paul Durant, David Stead whose anniversaries occur at this time.

Please Pray for All Who Are Sick, including:
Sr. Millie (Peru), Sara Bakal, Nora Bottomley, Joan Brown, Minnie Chana, Vicky Clarkson, Mary Cohen, Maureen Cohen, Sheila Cornick, Peter Cumiskey, Joan Cuthbertson, Amiee Dale, Nora Davey, Bernice Deeves, Brian Dickinson, Mary Ferguson, Michael Gaughan, Mary Gill, Jason Grudzien, Susan Haigh, Paul Hampson, Peter Hanlon, Barbara Hayes, Shirley Heselton, Bridget Holman, Lily Howley, Les Kelly, Thomas Cole Kelly, Pat Lusardi, Paul Mallinson, Bridget Mallon, Billie Marginson, Megan McDonnell, Jean McGuire, Paul McMillan, Emma Mather, Angela Murphy, Ellen Musarurwa, Carole Naughton, John Newton, Annette Nicholas, Beryl Oakes, Brian O'Boyle, Hannah O'Dea, Sue Parry, Alison Pegg, Jimmy Pitts, Peggy Richardson, Elijah Robinson, John Robinson, Margaret Royston, Sr. Regina (Lydon), Danny Scott, Catherine Scrimshaw, Jake Shaw, Derek Shotton, Barbara Slinger, John Small, Mary Smith, Patricia Spencer, Sylvia Spencer, Scott Summers Jnr., Callum Tempest, Marguerita Toth, Deborah Tree, Effie Wallis, Jim Walsh, Maureen Walsh, Denis Waite, Phil Watkin-Jones, Eileen Winn, Pat Wynter

Mass intentions received:
For the Lately Deceased:

Pat McGary, Quita Owen, Andrew Sellers, James (Jim) O'Connor

For Anniversaries:
Peter Kelly, Michael & Mary Sheader,

For Other Intentions:
Carmel Diamond & Angela Anderson, Margaret & Helen Fleming, Rose & Michael Clifford, Christmas Wishes
Bridget Mallon Sick, Kuleip, Mike & Reeya Special Intention, Pat Conroy Memories, Betty Norwell Memories,

SVP Food bank:
Thank you for the great response to our call for food for the bank. If you could please consider when shopping to donating Milk, Toilet rolls, Chocolate biscuits, beans with sausages, jams, shower gel, pasta sauce, items to support the families in need.

SVP Christmas
While shopping can you please consider donating a Christmas gift for a child to late teenager ages. Also Christmas is getting near if you can buy festive food it will help to make up Christmas hampers. Last year over 60 families benefited from your donations.

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

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