The Catholic Parish of
Saint John Henry Newman

 Covering most of East Leeds

Parish Bulletin - Week Commencing: 9th August 2020

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Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Year A

Prayer Intention This Week
The Maritime World
We pray for all those who work and live from the sea, among them sailors, fishermen and their families.

Today : St Dominic, Priest

Parish Notices

Face Covering / Masks in church - Face coverings will be mandatory in Places of Worship from Saturday 8th August 2020. All those who are attending churches must wear a face covering unless they are exempt from doing so. This is for the good of all who gather in the Church for Mass as it is an enclosed public space where there are people from differing households who they do not normally meet.
Priests in the sanctuary providing they are sufficiently distant (2m or more) from the congregation do not need to wear a face covering except when distributing Holy Communion. Other ministers in the sanctuary should wear face coverings and remain socially distant from the celebrant.

Fr Henry Longbottom will take up the position of Assistant Priest at the Parish of St John Mary Vianney on the 21st August.

Fr Ghebreyesus (Fr G) will leave the Parish on 16th August to take up his new role as Parish Priest at St Augustine's in Harehills. It is our usual practise to have a second collection to show our appreciation to him. In these strange times we are unable to take a collection so if you would like to make a donation for him please put your money into an envelope marked "Fr G's collection" and drop it into the parish office, collection plate or the presbytery letter box.

We welcome Fr Joshua Hilton from the Parish of St John Mary Vianney who will take up the position as Assistant Priest and will live at the presbytery of St Gregory's. This will also happen in mid-August.

The Diocese of Middlesbrough, in conjunction with the Knights of Saint Columba, began Dial-a-Mass for the benefit of those who do not have access to a computer or the internet. The Mass is recorded and put on the telephone at 12:00noon each Sunday and remains available until 11:59am the following Sunday. The Mass will not go over one hour in length and tends to be around 45 minutes. Anyone who wishes to hear Mass in this way, for the cost of a local call, can access it by dialling 01642 130 120. This service has been well received and has been of particular benefit to those who feel isolated from the faith community. Additional costs for this service are covered by the Knights of Saint Columba.

Church opening.
If you wish to help with stewarding please contact the Parish Office on 0113 2645260 any weekday morning or email as above.

Weekend Masses: To attend any of our weekend Masses please book a place via the parish office on 0113 2645260 or by email by Friday morning. Please arrive in time for Mass starts.

REMINDER FOR ALL MASSES: After you receive Holy Communion you are asked to leave the church
immediately and not return to your seat. Please DO NOT linger at the statues or the side of the altar. This is for the health and safety of all present.

Baptisms, Marriages & Requiem Mass or Service for Funerals can now take place in our 3 churches. The maximum who can attend is 30 people. The same guidance applies to these services - no singing - no standing or kneeling

Clergy or Extraordinary Ministers of Communion are still unable to visit the sick or housebound with

Face Covering / Masks in church - Face coverings are currently mandatory on public transport and will be mandatory in shops and in supermarkets from 24th July 2020. People are also strongly encouraged to wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces where there are people they do not normally meet, such as a church. You will not be denied access if you don't have a mask.

Sacramental Preparations:

During lockdown all the Sacraments have been on hold. We can now conduct infant Baptisms, Weddings and Requiem Mass in all our churches. The number that can attend has been laid down by the government and number of person who can attend is 30.

Baptism can be booked. Ring of the office for more details.

The preparation for First Reconciliation took place in February and March and the children should have made the First Confession with weekend following lockdown.

First Holy Communion did not take place at all this year for Year 4 children.

Confirmation took place in February 2020 prior to lockdown.

Various ways are being considered to complete the First Reconciliation and prepare the children who did not make their First Holy Communion.

More details and programmes will be known by September when the school year begins after the summer break.

Sr. Catherine: Former Head Teacher of St Theresa's primary school - will be 80 on the 28th August. If you want to send her a card to her ask the parish office for her address.

St Gregory's Credit Union: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, there will be no collection points open (including the office) until it is safe to do so. This will be reviewed regularly and updates printed here
In the meantime, there will be a secure drop-off point for Credit Union Members in the Parish Office at the Newman Centre between 9am - 1pm Monday to Friday. Please be advised the Parish Office Administrator will not be able to assist you with any Credit Union related queries. Should you have an urgent query or request, please telephone 07761 081338, leave a message and someone will get back to you.

SVP Food Bank the food banks are always looking for food.

Please continue to bring your donations to the parish office any weekday morning. Cash donations are also welcome. Thank you for your continued generous support.

Our very first electronic issue of the Parish Magazine is now available via this link. For parishioners without internet access, paper versions of the magazine will be available from the Parish Office.

Seeing your life through the lens of the Gospels

Matthew 14: 22- 33
1. The story illustrates the power of faith. Have you noticed that when you believe in someone, or something, you can do things that would not be possible when you are full of doubts? Recall moments when your faith gave you strength and courage? Name for yourself the different kinds of faith that had this effect: belief in yourself, trust in another, faith in God.

2. When Jesus got into the boat, the winds ceased. Who has been a Jesus-person for you, helping to calm a storm that frightened you or made you anxious?

3. The experience of Peter gives encouragement to us when we waver in our trust and belief in God. In his doubt and fear, Jesus reached out to him. Who has reached out a helping hand to you when you felt you were sinking?

4. The story ends with a profession of faith in Jesus as the Son of God. Have you had experiences of being rescued from some hazard or danger, experiences which deepened your faith in the presence and compassion of God?

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:

2020 Diocesan Retreat, which is being led by the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal online from St Patrick's Mission in Bradford. This one-day retreat begins with Holy Mass at 09.00 hrs on Saturday 15 August and is on the theme of Healing in Christ. Access via our diocesan website home
page: or

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


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
Florence Garbutt, Kathleen Ford, Leslie Ripley, James Rankine who have died recently and Mollie Wood, Michael Spencer, Susan Webster & Family, Mary Levey, Vincent Poole, John & Rose Loughran whose anniversaries occur at this time.

Please Pray for All Who Are Sick, including:
Sr. Millie (Peru), Sara Bakal, Joan Brown, Shirley Butcher, Tony Chana, Joan Corcoran, Sheila Cornick, Mary Cohen, Claire Crook, Joan Cuthbertson, Nora Davey, Sheila Davey, Julie Diggings, Brian Dickinson, Tony Evans, Mary Gill, Jason Grudzien, Peter Hanlon, Mary Hartley, Barbara Hayes, Shirley Heselton, Betty Hindley, Don Holdsworth, Lily Howley, Doris & Les Kelly, Thomas Cole Kelly, Pat Lusardi, Paul Mallinson, Billie Marginson, Mary McCann, Megan McDonnell, Jean McGuire, Emma Mather, Angela Murphy, Carole Naughton, Molly Neal, John Newton, Tatiana Nicholas, Beryl Oakes, Brian O'Boyle, Brenda O'Gorman, Sue Parry, Alison Pegg, Terry Pickles, Jimmy Pitts, Lynne Ramsden, John Ratcliffe, Elijah Robinson (Baby), John Robinson, Margaret Royston, Danny Scott, Barbara Slinger, Patricia Spencer, Sylvia Spencer, Derek Shotton, Scott Summers Jnr., Marguerita Toth, Deborah Tree, Pauline Wagstaff, , Effie Wallis, Jim Walsh, Maureen Walsh, Denis Waite, Phil Watkin-Jones, Eileen Winn Valarie Wright.

Mass intentions received
For the Lately Deceased:

Michael McDermott, Flo Garbutt, James Rankine

For Anniversaries:
Delores Harvey, Susan Webster & Family, Ann & Eddie Madden & Family, Tommy & Kevin Dillon, Eileen Wager

For Other Intentions:
Theresa Halpin Sick, Tony Readman Birthday, Phil Watkin-Jones, Anne & Vernon Vincent 60th Wedding Anniversary, Vera & Chris Moyles 50th Wedding Anniversary, EB & Family Special Intentions, Roger & Jackie 30th Wedding Anniversary, Betty Cooke Birthday

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

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