The Catholic Parish of
Saint John Henry Newman

 Covering most of East Leeds

Parish Bulletin - Week Commencing: 10th January 2021

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PRAYER INTENTIONS OF THE HOLY FATHER POPE FRANCIS FOR JANUARY 2021| Human Fraternity May the Lord give us the grace to live in full fellowship with our brothers and sisters of other religions, praying for one another, open to all.

Today : Weekday in Ordinary Time

Parish Notices

Following the recent National Lockdown our churches will continue to remain open for Mass.
These updated guidelines have been received from Bishop Marcus THIS WEEK:

"It is important that during this time all places of worship continue to provide hand sanitiser at points of access and egress, there should be stewarding and managed social distancing within the church premises and that full cleaning should be done immediately after the church has been in use. The time that people are in the church should be minimised (so the use of liturgical choices should reflect this, including a brief homily, the omission of the General Intercessions and any other permitted mitigations). The church must be well ventilated, even during the liturgical celebrations. There should be no congregational singing as part of the liturgical celebrations and if a choir or cantors sing, the choice of music should be such that the liturgy is not unduly prolonged."

Please book to attend all weekend Masses including the Saturday 12.15pm Mass.

Face Covering / Masks MUST BE WORN in church


Home visits: Following guidelines dated the 28th September our Priests CANNOT 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.

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.

REMINDER: Cheques issued to the Parish: If paying your offertory collection or any second collections to the parish by cheque, the cheque must be made payable to "St John Henry Newman Parish". The bank will no longer accept cheques payable to our individual 3 churches. Thank you your cooperation with this matter.

Happy 80th Birthday to Carmel Diamond. God Bless You.

Holy Ground Leaflet for January / February available in church.

Justice & Peace Newsletter for January available in church porch or download a copy from

Thank you from our SVP
for all your support and very generous donations of cash, gifts and food over the many weeks leading up to Christmas. Over 60 families in our parish and near received parcels of food and gifts in time for Christmas.

Fr G's Calendars: Fr Ghebreyesus has produced a 2021 calendar for fund raising for St Augustines. There are a few in each church at a cost of £2.50 each. To support please put your money in the piety stall honesty box.

Second Collection: In your box of envelopes there is an envelope for the 10th January for Leeds Diocese Lourdes Fund. This collection will NOT be taken due to no pilgrimage in 2021.

Seeing your life through the lens of the Gospels

Mark 1:7-11

1. John gives an example of humility as a person confident in his own role but not seeking to claim to be more than he is. He acknowledges that Jesus is greater. There is a freedom in being able to acknowledge the gifts of others without losing a sense of one's own giftedness. Recall times when you were able to do this.

2. The baptism of Jesus was an extraordinary religious experience for him. Something happened that was a major step forward for Jesus in coming to know that he was the beloved Son of God. We all have events in our lives that are milestones along the road of discovering who we are. What have been these milestones for you?

3. ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.' Bring to mind experiences in which you knew you were the beloved (of God or of another person) and that the one who loved you was well pleased.
Remember these experiences with gratitude, knowing that the only proper response to love received is thankfulness. Perhaps you have also given that experience to another.

4. It is easy to lament the growing secularisation in the world today, but the Spirit of God who spoke loudly to the world in the Christ-event is active today. How can we be open to the new things the Spirit is saying to the church today?

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:

VACANCY: Headteacher - Barkston Ash Catholic Primary School. Salary: L8 - L14. Required from 12th April 2021. Closing Date EXTENDED: Monday 11th January. For further information please email Poster attached. (NB: New, updated notice and poster)

The Drama Displayed: A Journey of Salvation - A free series of online talks offered by the Christian Heritage Centre. A range of excellent speakers will examine the key moments of salvation history, with the aid of great works of art. At 7:30pm every second Thursday, from 14th January to 25th March. For info and registration:

PATHWAYS TO PEACE FOR EARTHLINGS - A LITURGY FOR PEACE SUNDAY - Sunday 17 January @4pm Join us for some prayer, reflection and quiet time on Peace Sunday. We reflect on the Pope's message "A culture of Care as a Path to Peace". A culture of care is needed not just in how we relate to each other. It also extends to how we live sustainably - as Earthlings - alongside the myriad forms of life on this planet. The liturgy will last no more than an hour. Please book a place using our Eventbrite page for this event. This just makes it easier to manage letting everyone know the details. Here is the link:

An Introduction to Nonviolence Tuesday 2nd February @ 7pm via Zoom This one hour Zoom meeting has been organised by the Leeds Diocese J&P Commission and the Leeds Diocese Pax Christi group. Not sure about nonviolence? What is it? What has it to do with Catholic Christianity in the twenty-first century? Didn't we Catholics sort this all out years ago with the Just War theory???? - Well, there is a lot of new Catholic thinking around these topics!
The Pax Christi Group in collaboration with the J&P Commission are running a 5 week introductory course during Feb and March. This pre-session, led by former General Secretary of Pax Christi UK - Pat Gaffney - will give you a flavour of what to expect and help you decide if you want to do the course.


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
Joan Corcoran, Maureen Craggs, Michael O'Hearne, Teresa Maria Farquharson, Patricia Bell, Mary Winifred Golden, John Gannon, Deidre Fitzgerald, Manuel Montoro-Blanch, Lynne Grayson who have died recently and Patrick Kelly, Margaret & Tommy Lyons, Peter Hayes, Mike Smith 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, Brian Dickinson, Tony Evans, Marie Flynn, Michael Gaughan, Mary Gill, Celia Grainge, Jason Grudzien, Paul Hampson, Peter Hanlon, Mary Hartley, Barbara Hayes, Shirley Heselton, Lily Howley, Doris & Les Kelly, Eamon Kelly, Gail 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, John Ratcliffe, Elijah Robinson, John Robinson, Margaret Royston, Danny Scott, Barbara Slinger, Ann Smith, Patricia Spencer, Sylvia Spencer, Derek Shotton, Scott Summers Jnr., Callum Tempest, Marguerita Toth, Deborah Tree, Pauline Wagstaff, Effie Wallis, Jim Walsh, Maureen Walsh, Denis Waite, Phil Watkin-Jones, Eileen Winn

Do you know anyone on the above sick list who can be removed? If so please contact the office.

Mass intentions received
For the Lately Deceased:

John Gannon x 2 Masses, Deidre Fitzgerald, Maureen Craggs, Paul Durant, Peter Cohen x 2 Masses

For Anniversaries:
Andrea (Andy) Ruck, Bernard Welsh, Mary & Clifford Lawless, George & John Fella, Michael Cain, Harry Brady

For Other Intentions:
Lisa Jane Valentine-Jonsson 50th Birthday,

Please do not leave your written Christmas cards in our churches porch to be collected by parishioners.

Baptisms and Marriages contact the office for further details.
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:
The preparation of our children for the Sacraments of First Holy Communion will be announced in the New Year. The Sacrament of
Confirmation for year 6 has started in our schools

Living Faith booklet for January to March available cost £1 each.

Year Book 2021 - Diocese Directory on sale at a cost of £4.

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

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