The Catholic Parish of
Saint John Henry Newman

 Covering most of East Leeds

Parish Bulletin - Week Commencing: 2nd May 2021

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Sixth Sunday of Easter

May - the month dedicated to Our Blessed Lady - Year B

PRAYER INTENTIONS OF THE HOLY FATHER POPE FRANCIS FOR MAY 2021 - Please remember in your prayers the following intention: The World of Finance Let us pray that those in charge of finance will work with governments to regulate financial markets and protect citizens from its dangers

Today : 6th Sunday of Easter

'In 2020, our community raised £3245.49 through our Red Boxes and donations to Missio and the Mill Hill Missionaries. Thank you. Communities around the world are so grateful that people here are supporting them through prayer and our generous donations. The missionaries, and the communities they serve are living in such difficult circumstances, made even harder by COVID-19. They have asked us to pass on their thanks, and tell us that they pray for us all. Find out more at'

Parish Notices

During the current National Lockdown our churches will continue to remain open for Mass. Further updated guidelines received this week on the 25th January from Bishop Marcus as follows:


  • Hand Sanitisation ➢ Ensure hand sanitiser is available and used on entering and leaving the Church or using the toilet facilities. ➢ Remind all present of the importance of hand hygiene.
  • Face Coverings ➢ Face-coverings are compulsory by law in churches. There are a limited number of valid medical exemptions, and individuals who do not need to wear a face covering should make their circumstances known when asked.
  • Social Distancing ➢ Everyone must abide by social distancing advice and wherever possible keep 2 metres apart. ➢ No one is to mingle with anyone who is not a member of their household or support bubble, either within or outside the church. This requires people to leave promptly at the end of the service. ➢ Ensure seating areas are clearly identified.
  • Ventilation ➢ Where possible introduce good cross ventilation. This can be achieved by partially opening windows, opening higher windows, and keeping doors ajar (this does not include fire doors) to create a flow of air whilst maintaining a comfortable temperature.
  • Mass ➢ Mass should be celebrated reverently but in the briefest period of time possible.


Please REMEMBER to book before 12 noon on Friday to attend all weekend Masses including the Saturday 12.15pm Mass. Use the NHS Test & Trace QR in church.

Ring 01132645260 any weekday morning or email

May - Month of Mary Devotions: There is a leaflet of daily Marian Readings for the month of May. Please take one and use at home.

Thursday 13th May - The Ascension of the Lord.

The obligation to attend Mass is still suspended. Extra Masses are available on this day should you wish to attend Mass. YOU MUST BOOK A PLACE FOR ALL THE FOLLOWING MASSES.
St Gregory's: Vigil Mass Wednesday 12th May 7pm
Corpus Christi: Thursday 9.30am
St Gregory's: Thursday 9.30am
St Theresa's: Thursday 12.00noon and 7.00pm
Ring the office on 2645260 and weekday morning or email to book.

On line via YouTube Sunday school for children - 10 mins a week reflection on Sunday Gospel with a Mission. Google "Little Way Sunday school and follow the week link.

SVP Food bank:

There continues to be a huge demand of food from the parish SVP food bank. When shopping could you please consider donating any items especially - Beef stew - Tinned meats to make a hot meal - Tinned veg - household washing items - Toiletries - tinned meat - tinned fish - Hot dog sausages - Beans with sausage, tea & coffee - crisps/snacks/sweets - long life milk,. Items can be brought to church or dropped off at the Parish office any weekday morning.

Holy Ground leaflet for May - June available in the church porch.

St Gregory's Credit Union:

St Gregory's Credit Union: Should you have a query or request, please telephone 07761 081338, leave a message and someone will get back to you.

Holy Family Sisters of Bordeaux

With great sadness we announce the Convent on Selby Road will close in the next few weeks. The Sisters have been in our parish for 84 years. We thank them for all their teaching services in our schools and their work in our churches. We send our love and prayers as they move on to pastures new.

Seeing your life through the lens of the Gospels

John 14:23
A commandment of love is something of a contradiction in terms. Love is a free choice. That is what gives the thrill to the experience of being loved. Recall times when you received gestures of love from another - a spontaneous embrace from a husband or wife - a wave from a friend - word of comfort and affirmation - not because the other person felt obliged to reach out to you but because they wanted to let you know that you were loved. What effect did that have on you? Did it bring you joy? Perhaps you have had a glimpse of the truth of what Jesus said, that it is in loving that our joy is complete.

Often love and friendship make demands on us. Parents give freely of their children but sometimes it requires a lot of effort. Also, in responding to you the needs of friends or spouses we can be challenged to ‘lives' at least for a time. Can you recall a time when putting yourself out for others bore fruit for them and for you? ‘I chose you'. Have you had the experience of being ‘chosen' by someone? What was it like for you to be chosen? What is it like for you to consider yourself as one chosen by Jesus? That is what we are - chosen by Jesus to bear fruit through our love.

Diocesan & Other Notices

Bishop Marcus continues to celebrate Mass from Leeds Cathedral by live-streaming the 11am Mass on Sunday Morning. To participate online, please access the following YouTube channel which will be live each day. and may also be accessed via a link embedded on the Cathedral's home page:

BEREAVEMENT RETREAT - LIVING WITH LOSS, 21st - 23rd May, 2021 led by Abi & John May. The aim of this retreat is to better equip ourselves to deal with life-changing loss. The offering is £160 for the weekend with full board and en-suite accommodation. For further details and a booking form please email: or telephone: 01943 607287.

J&P SPARK Social Justice project is sponsoring 10 people to attend the National Justice & Peace Network Conference (23-25 July) which is about what more we can do about our Climate Emergency - especially with COP26 coming up in Glasgow. More details and application form:

VACANCY: in the Diocesan Finance Department for an Accounts Assistant to provide accounting and clerical support to a small dynamic team based in Hinsley Hall. Please contact for a full job description and an outline of the application process. Closing date for applications Friday 14 May 2021.

YOUTH WORKER VACANCY: Parish Youth Worker, Mary, Mother of God Parish, Bradford. £20.500-£22,000pa (depending on experience). Please contact Emma:

CARITAS LEEDS: Virtual workshop on ‘Life in Prison' led by Chris White, Catholic Prison Chaplain at HMP Leeds. Wednesday 12th May 6.30-8.00pm. Part of the action plan developed following the publication of the report ‘Justice and Mercy' the Criminal Justice Inquiry. To register please use the following link: Virtual workshop for Dementia Action week, Saturday 22nd May, 2.00-3.30pm. To book a place and your choice of workshop (please see poster) please email

Fundraiser for Pax Christi. In the week from 15 to 21 May, Pax Christi, the Catholic Peace organisation, will be trying to raise funds to make up for lost income due to Covid19. Fausta is having a dance-a-thon, Bruce is delivering a peace message to foreign embassies in London, Matt is cycling 50 miles visiting peace sites, Pat is going on a walk from Victoria to the Peace Pagoda in Battersea Park, Rachel will be cycling for 75 miles, to celebrate Pax Christi's 75th anniversary. More fundraisers are joining the fun. Please go to their website for details on how you can sponsor them.


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:
Mary O'Byrne, Stephen Cocker, Michael Hetherington, Mary Glen, Kevin Gibbons who have died recently and Fr Patrick Nolan OMI, John Keane, Mary Eastwood, Patrick Howley, David Ruane, Ivy Reynolds, James McAualy, James McAualy Snr, Michael Ludden Snr, John Henry Madden whose anniversaries occur at this time.

Please Pray for All Who Are Sick, including:
Sr. Millie (Peru), Sara Bakal, Joan Brown, Mary Cohen, Maureen Cohen, Sheila Cornick, Peter Cumiskey, Joan Cuthbertson, Amiee Dale, Nora Davey, Sheila Davey, Bernice Deeves, Brian Dickinson, Michael Gaughan, Mary Gill, Celia Grainge, Jason Grudzien, Paul Hampson, Peter Hanlon, Mary Hartley, Barbara Hayes, Shirley Heselton, Lily Howley, Les Kelly, Eamon Kelly, Gail Kelly, Thomas Cole Kelly, Pat Lusardi, Paul Mallinson, Billie Marginson, Andrew McCabe, Mary McCann, Megan McDonnell, Peter McGoff, Jean McGuire, Paul McMillan, Emma Mather, Angela Murphy, Ellen Musarurwa, Carole Naughton, John Newton, Tatiana Nicholas, Beryl Oakes, Brian O'Boyle, Hannah O'Dea, Brenda O'Gorman, Sue Parry, Alison Pegg, Terry Pickles, Jimmy Pitts, John Ratcliffe, Peggy Richardson, Elijah Robinson, John Robinson, Margaret Royston, Danny Scott, Jake Shaw, Derek Shotton, Barbara Slinger, John Small, Patricia Spencer, Sylvia Spencer, Catherine Scrimshaw, Scott Summers Jnr., Callum Tempest, Marguerita Toth, Deborah Tree, Pauline Wagstaff, Effie Wallis, Jim Walsh, Maureen Walsh, Denis Waite, Phil Watkin-Jones, Eileen Winn

Mass intentions received:
For the Lately Deceased:

Kevin Gibbons, Mary O'Byrne, Pat Backhouse x 4 Masses, Stephen Cocker, Michael Hetherington, Mary Glen

For Anniversaries:
Tony Loftus, Hilda Ratcliffe,

For Other Intentions:
Teresa & Tony Claypoole - Thank you, Billy Cook Special Intention, Denise Cavell Birthday wishes

Baptisms and Marriages contact the office for further details. Due to the current lockdown we are unable to conduct these Sacraments.
It is hoped with effect from the 17th May Baptism can resume with a maximum number in attendance of 30. All depends on the guidelines.

Requiem Mass or Service for Funerals can continue to take place in our 3 churches. The maximum who can attend a Funeral is 30 people excluding the Priest and organist.

Sacramental Preparations:
The preparation of our children for the Sacraments of First Holy Communion
is almost complete. The children will be making the First Holy Communion at one of our extra Private 7 Masses over the come few weeks. Please keep the children and their families in your prayers.

Sacrament of First Reconciliation (Confession) Year 3: If your child or a relative of a child in year 3 that does not go to either of the 2 parish primary schools, now is the time to register them for the preparation course. This is due to start after the May half term. Parents of those attending Corpus Christi or St Theresa's primary schools will be contacted in May. Please ring the parish 01132645260 ASAP

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

Last Modifed on Fri 7th May 2021 23:02:59

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