The Catholic Parish of
Saint John Henry Newman

 Covering most of East Leeds

Parish Bulletin - Week Commencing: 29th March 2020

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Fifth Sunday of Lent
Year A

Prayer Intention This Week
For ALL our parish community

Today : 5th Sunday of Lent
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  • Altar Servers workshop & social 28th March followed by a social. CANCELLED.
  • Wednesday Lenten Holy Hour 7-8pm at St Theresa's. CANCELLED
  • Confession: 2 priest to hear confession on Saturday 4th - 11th April at St Theresa's 11.00am - 12 noon. CANCELLED.
  • Stations of the Cross as in previous years - one weekday morning prior to morning Mass at 9am CANCELLED.
  • Stations of the Cross on a Friday evening at St Theresa's at 7pm. Friday evening to be said by the team and a different theme
    each week. CANCELLED.
  • Stations of the Cross on Good Friday to be International with the different languages of the parish.

CANCELLEDChildren's Lenten Mass Sunday 29th March at the 9.15am Mass at St Gregory's Church. If your child would like to be involved please complete a slip found in church or text Marie on 07944433416. Refreshment after the Mass.

Seeing your life through the lens of the Gospels

John 9: 1-38

A long story like the one we have today provides many different points of entry for prayer. Read the story and stay with what resonates with you. Some possible points of entry are:

1. The blind man was healed. Can you recall occasions when some blindness of yours was taken away and you could see in a new way? What was that experience like for

2. The Pharisees claimed to be the ones who could see, who knew where God was to be found, when in fact they were blind. It was the man born blind who showed himself open to seeing the hand of God at work in what happened. There can be some of each attitude in us. What has helped you to be open to seeing the hand of God at work in your life? Who have been the Jesus people who have led you to this point?

3. There are many characters in the story: Jesus, the blind beggar, the disciples, the neighbours, the blind man's parents, and the Pharisees. Put yourself in the position of each one and see what you learn from identifying with them.

Parish Notices

With effect from midnight
on 23rd March 2020 ALL
our churches will remain
closed until further notice

Bishop Marcus will celebrate Mass from Leeds Cathedral. The live-streaming of the 11 am Sunday Mass will continue each week whilst the celebration of public Masses is suspended. To participate online, please access the following new YouTube channel which will be live from Sunday 22nd March and may also be accessed via a link embedded on the Cathedral's home page:

Help if you know of anyone who would like some help with getting supplies please contact the office and we can ask one of the many offers of help to contact them.

New Gift Aid offertory envelope boxes all collected or delivered.
Thank you.
Unnumbered envelopes will be available in church during the opening times or from the parish office.

Offertory collections: While Mass is suspended you make drop your collection in the church on a Sunday during the opening times or into the presbytery letter boxes or parish office. Thank you for your continued support.

If you would like to set up a standing order to pay your offertory please contact Parish Office 0113 2645260 between 8.30am - 1.30pm

SVP Food Bank the food banks are empty.
Please continue to bring your donations to the parish office any weekday morning between 9am - 11am. Let me know you are here and the bag can then be dropped at the door if you don't want to come. Cash donations are also welcome. Thank you for your continued support.

St Gregory's Credit Union: Due to the current crisis, as of Monday 23 rd March, there will be no collection points open (including the office) until the weekend of 18th/19th April, circumstances permitting.
Should you have an urgent query or request, please telephone 07761 081338, leave a message and someone will get back to you.

Funeral Service for Michael Patrick Fowbert on Monday 30TH March at Lawnswood Crematorium at 10.20am. Family to attend only.

Funeral Service for Gerald (Gerry) McCormack on Tuesday 7th April at Lawnswood Crematorium at 1.40pm. Family to attend only.


Leaflet of ideas how we can live simply

Readers & Eucharistic Ministers Rota St Theresa's - The new rota's due out for Easter have been delayed until Masses resume.

HANDMAIDS WOMEN'S PRAYER MEETING: Next meeting will be Friday 3rd April from 7:00 - 8:30pm at Corpus Christi Church, Neville Road, Leeds LS9 0HD. Led by the Franciscan Sisters of Renewal. For more information please call 0113 2350573

Time for God Time for Me Flyers and "expression of interest" forms for our 6 days of guided prayer experience (10-15 May) are now available in the church porches. POSTPONDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

APF Red box collections for April is CANCELLED. Will be review before next collection due. 2019 collections in the parish raised £4,840.41

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

Diocesan & Other Notices

CANCELLED - LEEDS CATHEDRAL DAY OF RECONCILIATION: Thursday 2nd April, from 7am to 7pm priests will be available for the Sacrament of Confession and Reconciliation. There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament throughout the day.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 3rd - 9th July. For more details see poster and booking forms in the church porch. LOURDES INFORMATION EVENTS:

DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION VACANCY: The Vicariate for Education seeks to appoint a full time Deputy Director of Education for September 2020. Please contact or for further information.

CATHOLIC CARE VACANCIES: Senior Support Worker - Leeds & Brighouse, Full Time S.P. 8 - 12 currently £19,945 - £21,589 for full time; Support Worker - Bingley, Full and Part -Time S.P. 2 - 7 currently £17,771 - £19544 for full time. Closing Date for both posts: 18th March 2020. For full details please visit our website: or call our HR department on 0113 3885400.


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 Rowe, Michael Patrick Fowbert, Michael Murray, Tess McDermot, and Gerald (Gerry) McCormack who have died recently and whose anniversaries occur at this time.

Please Pray for All Who Are Sick, including:
Sr. Millie (Peru), Maria Ainsley, Sara Bakal, John Bettison Jnr, Joan Brown, Tony Chana, Joan Corcoran, Sheila Cornick, Mary Cohen, John (Sean) Craig, Claire Crook, Joan Cuthbertson, Nora Davey, Julie Digings, Brian Dickinson, Sue Driscoll, Ted Fryer, Mary Gaughan, Mary Gill, Jason Grudzien, Peter Hanlon, Mary Hartley, Barbara Hayes, Shirley Heselton, Betty Hindley, Don Holdsworth, Kathleen Howley, Lil Howley, Doris & Les Kelly, Thomas Cole Kelly, Marjory Levin, Pat Lusardi, Paul Mallinson, Matteo Manfredini, 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, Bernard Robinson, Elijah Robinson (Baby), John Robinson, Margaret Royston, Danny Scott, Leslie Scott, Barbara Slinger, Patricia Spencer, Sylvia Spencer, Derek Shotton, Scott Summers Jnr., Marguerita Toth, Deborah Tree, Pauline Wagstaff, Pat Walker, Effie Wallis, Jim Walsh, Maureen Walsh, Eileen Winn.

Mass intentions received
For the Lately Deceased:

Michael Murray, Lily O'Callaghan, Tess McDermot x 2 Masses,

For Anniversaries:
Agnes O'Callaghan, Rosie Hodgson

For Other Intentions:
Michael Spencer birthday memories, Mary Levey Mother's Day memories, Holdsworth Family x 3 Masses Special Intentions, Sue Driscoll Special Intention

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

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