The Catholic Parish of
Saint John Henry Newman

 Covering most of East Leeds

Parish Bulletin - Week Commencing: 29th November 2020

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For a Life of Prayer - We pray that our personal relationship with Jesus Christ be nourished by the Word of God and a life of prayer.

Today : St Andrew, Apostle, patron of Scotland

Parish Notices

With effect from Wednesday 2nd December we will be open again for public Masses in our 3 churches. We open under the same procedures as before we closed the doors.
Book to attend all weekend Masses including the Saturday 12.15pm Mass.

Face Covering / Masks MUST BE WORN in church - Face coverings are mandatory in Places of Worship. If you forget your mask there are a few available in the church porch at a cost of 50p each.

Confession/Reconciliation after all Masses weekday and weekend.

Clergy or Extraordinary Ministers of Communion: Following recent guidelines on the 28th September our Priests CANNOT now visit the sick & housebound in their own homes. If you know of anyone who needs an URGENT visit due to danger of death please ring 0113 2645260 at any time.

Christmas Mass times will be announced next weekend and booking details given. Please DO NOT ring to book a place before 7th December. The November Dead List names will remain in church until Sunday 6th December. We have received 96 Mass and these will be said during the coming year.

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. 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. Should you have an urgent query or request, please telephone 07761 081338, leave a message and someone will get back to you.

Second collection as laid down by the Diocese for the Diocesan Peru Mission on weekend 28th /29th November.
This year, please support the people of Peru with your prayers. Any donations received can still be forwarded to the Peru Commission

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. Can you consider bring any festive type food? Thank you for your continued generous support.
your continued generous support.
The SVP are also looking for Christmas gifts or cash to buy them for children and teenagers. Cash means they can buy gift for all ages. Mark your envelope "Christmas gifts"

Parish Magazine: Following hot on the heels of the Autumn issue, we are now starting work on the Christmas issue of the Parish Magazine. If you have any articles that you would like tocontribute, please send them in to or drop them in at the Parish Office. The target date for submissions is Sunday 29th November.

Christmas cards, Advent calendars, 2021 calendars and diaries are now on sale in the parish office. Please remember social distancing and do not touch everything or open the boxes. Many thanks

Sisters of Renewal - Handmaid Holy Hour Friday 11th December 7.00pm - 8.30pm

Far East Magazine - a few copies available in St Gregory's & St Theresa's Churches. See pages 4 and 5 there is an article on the kitchens which are supported from the Peru Bottles in our 2 churches.

Seeing your life through the lens of the Gospels

Matthew 25: 14 - 30

1. A gift given in love, is given to be enjoyed, treasured, and used. Through fear, one servant failed to recognise the loving trust being shown to him and buried the talent. When have you found that overcoming fear helped you to make the most of opportunities in life?

2. On the level of our own personal life, faith is not given to us to be locked away, but to be "traded" with. We trade with it when we believe in its value, trust it, and use it, bringing it into the experiences we have in daily life. Can you recall times when relying on your faith has brought you rewards?

3. Likewise with our own personal gifts and talents. We can fall into the trap of seeing these as our personal possession so that we can do with them as we like, rather than share them as gifts so that they can be multiplied.
What is your experience of hoarding or sharing your own gifts? When did you feel most alive?

4. Pope Francis in his letter The Joy of the Gospel wrote, ‘I invite everyone to be bold and creative in this task of rethinking the goals, structures, style and methods of evangelization in their respective communities. ... The important thing is to not walk alone, but to rely on each other as brothers and sisters.' EG (33) How is your parish responding to this call?

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:

St Paul's Bookshop at Hinsley Hall Closed due to Lockdown

CATHOLIC CARE COMMUNITY RESPONSE SERVICE: Are you finding lockdown isolating and would welcome some support? Catholic Care have organised a number of initiatives that are designed to help. We have weekly relax and revive sessions, a telephone befriending service or an online social group with different themes and speakers each week. For more details contact Catholic Care 0113 3885400 or Janet 07739 975008.

The Briery Retreat Centre: A Zoom Meditation is held every Thursday, 7.30pm - 8.15pm. This is free and open to everyone. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 836 1008 3525. Looking forward to seeing you.

AT SEA: AWAITING ORDERS: A book by Fr Colum Kelly. Fr Colum draws us into the lives of those seafarers, details how freight ships are the lifeblood of industry, and illustrates the hugely important role played by the priests, chaplains and lay visitors of Stella Maris. His humour and kindness - and his keen sense of the whimsical - will keep you reading, and will leave you with a smile on your face. Learn more about the hidden world of shipping today! With foreword by Rose George, author of Ninety Percent of Everything. Available on Amazon.

VACANCY: Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Leeds KS2 Class Teacher (Maternity Cover) Required from January 2021. Closing Date: Friday 4 th December. Further info at

VACANCY: Headteacher - Barkston Ash Catholic Primary School. Salary: L8 - L14. Required from 12th April 2021. Closing Date: Monday 7th December. For further information please email

Advent Service Sat 12th December at 4pm (on Zoom) 'He Comes, He is Revealed'. Growing Old Grace-fully invites you to join a short reflective online Advent Service, with readings, hymns, reflections and recordings from our Diocesan choirs. To book please go to and see the link on the home page.

Sisters from the St. Elisabeth Convent (Minsk, Belarus) are unable to participate in annual Christmas markets in our region due to travel restrictions. Nevertheless they have found a great way to spread the Christmas joy, love and deeds of mercy.
They are launching the very first Online Christmas Market this year, so that people from all over the world can purchase Christmas presents and souvenirs made with love and continuous prayer. Please, click here to participate:
Through purchasing beautiful Christmas gifts each one of us will be able to serve the poor, sick, homeless and lonely people. Every item purchased at the Online Market is a donation towards one of the Convent's ministries. Sisters are sending their prayers and blessings from Minsk.


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.

TO OUR CATHOLIC UNIVERSE AND CATHOLIC TIMES READERS IN THE PARISH: - at the moment you are unable to collect your paper at Mass, but you can get it delivered direct to your home every week, POST FREE. Please go to or call them on 0161 820 5722 and they will arrange for you. SPECIAL OFFER 3 MONTHS:-£22.00 or 12 Months: - £80.00.

Rosary Whirlwind British Isles: SEE POSTER IN CHURCH. Sunday 1st November8.00pm- Finale thanksgiving online Rosary led by Bishop John Keenan of Diocese of Paisley.

SYCAMORE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE: The Youth Service are delighted to invite you to Sycamore, an online series of short films and discussions for young people aged 13-17 exploring the Catholic faith and what it means for us today. The sessions will be taking place on Wednesday from 4:30pm-6pm on Zoom. The first session will be Wednesday 4th November. For more information/to register, please email Please see poster.


Please pray for the repose of
Fr Jack Kennedy, Millie Durkin, Michael Newton, Rose Woods, Stanley Fitzsimmons, Rosalie Audsley, John Riches, Charles Philliben, Sheila O'Neill, Keith Body, Peter Stanton, Ted O'Sullivan and Valarie Wright who have died recently and John Hopkins, Margaret Ryan, Brian Knaggs, Paddy Gibbons, Mary Markinson, anniversaries occur at this time.

Please remember Millie Durkin in your prayers she passed away on Monday 23rd November age 19yrs. Millie started serving at the 6pm Mass at St Theresa's as soon as she could. She then started to read at the same Mass having to stand on a stool. Millie was a beautiful ray of sunshine to all who knew her. May she rest in peace.

Please Pray for All Who Are Sick, including:
Sr. Millie (Peru), Sara Bakal, Joan Brown, Tony Chana, Mary Cohen, Peter & Maureen Cohen, Joan Corcoran, Sheila Cornick, Peter Cumiskey, Joan Cuthbertson, Amiee Dale, Nora Davey, Sheila Davey, Julie Diggings, Brian Dickinson, Tony Evans, Marie Flynn, Mary Gill, Celia Grainge, Jason Grudzien, Paul Hampson, Peter Hanlon, Mary Hartley, Barbara Hayes, Shirley Heselton, Lily Howley, Doris & Les Kelly, Thomas Cole Kelly, Pat Lusardi, Paul Mallinson, Billie Marginson, Mary McCann, Megan McDonnell, Jean McGuire, Paul McMillan, Emma Mather, Angela Murphy, 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, Lynne Ramsden, John Ratcliffe, Elijah Robinson, John Robinson, Margaret Royston, Danny Scott, Barbara Slinger, Ann Smith, Patricia Spencer, Sylvia Spencer, Derek Shotton, Scott Summers Jnr., Russell Sweeney, 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:

Millie Durkin x 2 Masses, Rosalie Audsley, John Riches x 2 Masses, Charles Philliben, Sheila O'Neill, Keith Body, Peter Stanton, Ted O'Sullivan

For Anniversaries:
Michael & Mary Sheader,

For Other Intentions:
Don Holdsworth x 2 Masses memories, Thanksgiving for our Stewards, Betty Norwell Birthday memories, Edith Mary Smith Memories, Caroline Mary Atkinson memories, Patricia Horgan 80 th Birthday, Callum Tempest Sick, Albert Capitano, William Holdsworth & Family 10 Foundation Masses, Gladys Holdsworth & Family 10 Foundation Masses, Elsie Holdsworth & Family 10 Foundation Masses, Doris Holdsworth & Family 10 Foundation Masses, Mary Tomassi & Family 10 Foundation Masses, Winnie Tomassi & Family 10 Foundation Masses

Baptisms and Marriages are cancelled until further notice.
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.

Sacramental Preparations:
Please ring the office for more details.

The preparation of our children for the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation. Will be announced in due course.

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

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