The Catholic Parish of
Blessed John Henry Newman

 Covering most of East Leeds

Parish Bulletin - Week Commencing: 18th February 2018

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First Sunday of Lent
Morning Psalter week 1
Prayer Intention This Week
For us all that we have a fruitful Lent
Today : Weekday of Lent

SVP Food Bank

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

Thank you

The Word This Week

Mark 1:12-15

1. Jesus he is about to start his public ministry. Mark tells us this was preceded by a deep inner struggle when his resolve to take on his God-given mission was tested. Recall important decisions in your own life. Were they accompanied by struggle and doubt? Who were the angels who supported you at that time? Give thanks for them.

2. Such periods of anxiety may seem like wilderness experiences at the time. Later, with hindsight, we may see them as being good for us. Perhaps, like Jesus, you recall a time when the Spirit of God led you into the wilderness to be tested and after the experience you had a clearer sense of your own identity or your purpose in life?

3. Repent and believe the good news was the heart of the message of Jesus. It was not a call to penance but to a change of heart, a change of attitude, leading to a change in behaviour. The kingdom of God is a kingdom of right relationships: with God, with one another, with creation, with ourselves. It is a change that leads to a fuller life. When have you found that a change in your attitude towards God, others, yourself, or the world around you, has led you to a more fulfilled or more fruitful life?

4. There is immediacy about the call of Jesus: ‘the time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near'. Recall when you had a realisation that NOW was the moment of opportunity - for a change in your life, for a spiritual renewal, or a time to give a wholehearted yes to life. At this moment to what do you believe you are invited to say ‘yes'?

Tales from Corpus Christi

A Fishy Story.

A Losing streak, a life destroyed, in debt, no friends, now unemployed.
Distressed, confused about to break, I chanced upon a nearby lake.
With fingers burnt and future bleak, with ego bruised and spirit weak.
A wrecking ball inside my head, what I left unsaid.

I teetered on the muddy bank; the water looked so dark and dank.
My mind resigned, my thoughts a mess, so low I felt I must confess.
But then I saw a fish in trouble, caught between the reeds and rubble.
I cleared his path and set him free, and then I compared that fish to me.

A thought occurred, a tiny light, I clung to it with all my might.
This needn't be the soggy end, if rescued like my scaly friend.
He must have thought his days were numbered, exhausted, and encumbered.
His lousy luck changed and so can mine. I gladly took it as a sign.

Because, amid this crippling strife, I saw the value in his life.
Quite small and pointless, one might think, but yet I couldn't let him sink.
I too could use help from above, an act of life-affirming love.
Some greater power might descend...a long shot though let's not pretend.

A second thought, this time quite weird, my saviour had indeed appeared.
No angel from the clear blue sky, but lower down and much less dry.
This Good Samaritan had fins; a whole new chapter now begins.
But first to solve the mystery: Did I save him, or did he save me?

"Live for today, as yesterday is already a dream and tomorrow only a vision."

Bulletin News

(Particularly parents who would like their children to be Baptised but who have not yet been received into the Catholic Church themselves). A series of
weekly sessions of introduction to what Catholics believe on Thursday evenings at 7.15 pm to 9 pm in the Newman Centre (lounge), Station Road, Crossgates. For more information please contact the Admin office Tel. 0113 2645260, or Carol Daley 0113 2937494.

Parish Magazine: The next issue of the Parish Magazine will be published just before Easter. Please send your articles to or drop them into the Parish Office. The deadline for submissions is Sunday 25th February.


Diocese of Leeds 80th Pilgrimage to Lourdes: 6th - 12th July. Flying from Leeds & Bradford direct to Lourdes. See poster in church for more details.
Online: - all booking documents will be given to you online subsequently or Telephone: 0161 820 8790 or ask in the office for a booking form.

NEWMAN WEEKLY DRAW 20/20 This cycle raised £855 for parish funds. Thank you for your continued support. We will be collecting for the next cycle from next weekend 17th & 18th February. If you would like to join the draw, please see any of the collectors.

DO YOU KNOW The date that Corpus Christi Club opened? Do you have any pictures or papers for this event? We understand it is 50 years ago this year. Please contact parish office 2645260.

ST THERESA'S CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL: There are still some nursery places available for the academic year 2017/18. We will be admitting children after the Easter holidays. If your child is 3 years old or will be 3 by 22nd April 2018, please contact Mrs Childerson at school for further information or visit our website to download an application form. We are also compiling our waiting list for September 2018. If your child is born between 01/09/14 and 31/08/15 please see above for application forms. We offer 30 hour places (subject to eligibility), two and a half days and morning and afternoon sessions. We also have a ‘Before and After' school club.

DIOCESE OF LEEDS FOUNDATION DIRECTOR VACANCIES: a number of vacancies exist for Foundation Directors for Multi Academy Trust Boards throughout the Diocese. Please see poster for more information. Closing Date: 19th March 2018.

ADORATION CHAPEL AT LEEDS TRINITY: UNIVERSITY We are hoping to set up an adoration chapel at Leeds Trinity University Horsforth, which would operate from 7:30am till 10:30pm every day (apart from certain holidays). In order to make this project a reality we are going to need a lot of volunteers in order to make sure the hours are covered and that Our Lord is not left alone. Please would you consider giving an hour of your time a week to adore the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament? If you would like to help cover a slot or you need any more info about this please contact Fr Michael Doody Telephone: 01977 552753. Email:

LENTEN DAY OF REFLECTION WITH FR DENNIS CASSIDY: The Briery Retreat Centre, 38 Victoria Avenue, Ilkley, LS29 9BW. "An exploration of some of the writings of the Doctors of the Church as we journey through Lent". This day is being led by Fr Dennis on both Tuesday 20th February and Saturday 10th March 2018 from 10:00am - 4:00pm (Coffee at 10:00 for a 10:30 start, afternoon tea at
3:30pm). Cost £25 to include a 2 course hot lunch. To book for one of these days, please contact the Retreat Secretary on 01943 607287 or See posters in church porch.

FIVE FIRST SATURDAYS: at Leeds Cathedral on 7th April, 5th May, 2nd June, 7th July and 4th August: Start 10:30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, if possible; the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet; Confession; 12noon Mass; 12:30pm Talk in the Hall when possible; 4:00pm Finish.

World Day of Prayer - join Christians around the world for this annual service, planned this year by the women of the South American country of Suriname. The service will take place at St James' Church, Manston, on 2.00pm Friday 2nd March.

Posters - Leaflets and any items MUST NOT be left in any of our church porches with prior permission from the Parish Priest or via the office.

ST JUDE'S FURNITURE STORE - urgently need donations of good furniture and white goods. Contact 01274 726790 for collection.

Mgr Philip Holroyd has finished his treatment and is in remission and has to return to the hospital in 3 months.
He looks very well and in good spirit. Please pray for him.

Bulletin Items

Lent 2018

Lenten Retreat given by Fr Pat Wall.
On the theme of "Let it Be done unto me" How Mary helps us to be filled with God.
Every Monday evening from 7.00pm - 8.00pm in the Newman Centre lounge.
Monday 19th February - Chosen by God
Monday 26th February - The First Disciple
Monday 5th March - Mother of All
Monday 12th March - Queen of Heaven
Monday 19th March - Help of Christians
DVD followed by discussion for 25 minutes.

Stations of the Cross - During Lent

Every Friday evening at 7pm at St Theresa's. Starts 16th February
Before morning Mass at Corpus Christi at 9.00am - 9.25am on a Thursday morning. Starts 15th February
Before morning Mass at St Gregory's at 9.00am - 9.25am on a Tuesday morning. Starts 20th February
Both morning services will be subject to any Funeral requests. Please note there will be NO exposition on these specified days.
Friday 23rd February 6.30pm Family and Youth Stations of the Cross at St Gregory's Church.

Friday morning Mass in St Theresa's primary school during Lent at 8.30am. Anyone from the parish will be welcome to attend.

Sunday 4th March 9.15am Children's Lenten Mass also at St Gregory's Church.

CAFOD Family Fast Day Friday 23rd February.
Envelopes will be given out today for your fast savings. Please return to church on the weekend on 24th - 25th February.

The 2017 ANNUAL REVIEW is available at the back of church. Now also available online at: Feedback appreciated to

? Before Mass - Talk to the Lord
? During Mass - Listen to the Lord
? After Mass - Talk and Listen to your friends
Please turn off your phone to silence or off while in church. Thank you

Optional second Collection today for our own Youth Fund.

If you are part of a family and everyone is, you are most welcome come to a short discussion on how we might set up Family Groups in the Parish, this will be after the 10:30 Mass at Corpus Christi, on the 25th of February, the added bonus is, there is also tea & coffee with delicious homemade cakes available.

LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR SPRING FUNDRAISER: Sat 3rd March at 2pm Mount St Joseph's, Shire Oak Road, Headingley, Leeds LS6 2DE. See poster for more details.

Mill Hill Missionaries National Novena to St Joseph 10th - 18th March. If you would like to place a petition at the altar please complete a form and return it to address at the bottom of the form. See the notice board in church.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! If you have an hour to spare perhaps once every couple of weeks and you have a sympathetic ear, perhaps you can help our listening service, TIME TO TALK. A drop-in each Friday afternoon and Wednesday afternoon is open to anyone - lonely anxious or depressed - anyone who needs to talk. If you think you can help please call Adrian on 07817388332.
The Leeds CCE branch is hosting the 2018 Echoes of Erin Concert at the Leeds Irish Centre at 7.30 pm on the 20th February. It will star some of the best young traditional musicians from Ireland.
Tickets: Adult £8 Childre4n £4 Family £20 on the door. Enquiries: 0113 2480887.

CLAY - CHRISTIANS LEARNING ACROSS YORKSHIRE: The spring 2018 edition of the CLAY (Christians Learning Across Yorkshire) leaflet is now available in the porch.

*** All items for the bulletin must in future be sent to email address, or handed into the Parish Office in paper form. Thank you ***

St Theresa's Church Cleaners: Team A 23 February


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


Please pray for the repose of
Fr. Bernard Ratlidge, John Mackie, Janice Hatherly, Anna Maria (Ria) Poulter, Mollie Britten, Patrick Rowley, Bill Nation, Frank Davis, Eileen Spier, Joan Wattis, Jean Gadsby, who have died recently, and Johnnie Grady, Maureen & Raymond McLoughlin, Mick Allinson, David Broadbent, Jim Gibbons, Bridget Thompson, Wally Booth, Patrick O'Donnell, Mark Loftus & Tom Ratcliffe, Terence Fitzpatrick, Albert, Steven & Lisa Barker, Jack Cleary, Michael Cleary, whose anniversaries occur at this time.

Mass Intentions received:
For Lately Deceased:

Bill Nation, Frank Davis, Keith Hewson, Eileen Spier, Willie Harrison, Billy Harrison, Joan Wattis x 2 Masses, Millie Britten x 6 Masses

For Anniversaries:
Patrick O'Donnell, Mark Loftus & Tom Ratcliffe, Jack Banks, Margaret Banks, Donna McHale, Terence Fitzpatrick, Albert, Steven & Lisa Barker, Jack Cleary, Michael Cleary.

For other Intentions:
Pat Preston Sick, Betty Norwell & Lisa Valentine-Jonson Mother's Day Blessings, Private Intention, Sarah Kane Birthday Memories.

Please Pray for All Who Are Sick, including,
Joan Brown, Gary James Burke, Eileen Caine, Mary Cohen, Janet Daley, Jack Denison, Julie Digings, Ted Fryer, Claire Gaffney, Mary Gaughan, Betty Gregory, Peter Hanlon, Josh Harland, Barbara Hayes, Shirley Heselton, Mr Howell, Kathleen Howley, Margaret Kelly, Joe Markham, Margaret Marsh, Anita Mason, Jean McGuire, Emma Mather, Tom Morrison, Teresa Moses, Molly Neal, Beryl Oakes, Terry Pickles, Elijah Robinson (Baby), Godfrey (Robby) Robinson, Bett (Harrison) Spencer, Sylvia Spence, Scott Summers Jnr. (2years old), Marguerita Toth, Deborah Tree, Pat Walker, Effie Wallis, Jim Walsh, Maureen Walsh, Eileen Winn.

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

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