Parish Bulletin - Week Commencing: 24th September 2017

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Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Morning Psalter week 1
Prayer Intention This Week
For members of the SVP Society
Today : Weekday in Ordinary Time or Ss Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs

SVP Food Bank

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

Thank you

Seeing Your Life Through the Lens of the Gospels

Matthew 20:1-16

1. ‘I was there first'. Envy easily comes to the surface when faced with the good fortune of others, especially when compared to what seems less favorable treatment of ourselves. Can you recall that feeling in yourself and what it did to you? Can you also recall times when you were content with your lot, even though it seemed others had greater gifts, better opportunities, etc.

2. A parent or teacher who gives a lot of time to a difficult child does not love the others less, but if we are one of those other children we may not see that. Recall a ‘Jesus person' in your life who helped you to overcome feelings of envy and helped you appreciate that the apparently more favorable treatment of another did not mean a lessening of love for you.

3. This leads us to the core message of this parable, namely, that God's love is a free gift and not earned. Recall moments when you were particularly conscious of the gifts that God has given you by counting all the blessings that you have, no matter how small.

4. ‘It is too late now' are words sometimes uttered to justify doing nothing about a situation. This parable tells us that where love is involved, it is never too late. Can you recall times when you got a positive response after taking action when you thought it was ‘too late'?

Tales From Corpus Christi

In The Midst Of Death

There is an expression used at funerals, "In the midst of life we are in death." We live in an increasing uncertain world today, we have terrorist attacks, out of control fires, plane crashes and motorway pile ups, all of which result in death and destruction and heartache for many families.

So I thought I would cheer you all up with a little story all about death.

Mr Smith is on his deathbed and knows that the end is near. His nurse, his wife, his daughter and two sons are all gathered round his bed. As he had not made a will, he asks for two witnesses and a video camera to be present to record his last wishes. When all is set up and ready to record, he begins to speak. "To my son Bernie, I want you to take care of the Mayfair houses." "To my daughter, Sybil I want you to take over all the apartments in the East End." "To my son Jamie, I want you to take over all the city centre offices." "Finally, to my darling wife, Sarah I want you to take all the residential buildings on the banks of the river." The nurse and the witnesses are amazed, as they did not realise he was so rich and had such extensive property holdings.

As Mr Smith slips quietly away, the nurse utters a few words of comfort to his grieving wife and then added, "Your husband must have worked very hard during his life to accumulate all this expensive property." His grieving wife Sarah replies, "He didn't own any property, the idiot had a paper round."

In spite of the fact we complain and lament and view this old world with much discontent. Deploring conditions and grumbling because there's so much injustice and so many flaws. It's a wonderful world and its people like you, who make it that way by the things that you do.

For a warm ready smile, or a kind thoughtful deed, or a hand outstretched in an hour of need.
It's a wonderful world and it always will be, if we keep our eyes open and focused to see.
The wonderful things man is capable of, when he opens his heart to God and His Love.

Bulletin News

Forty Hours Devotion
Parish of Blessed John Henry Newman Saturday 30th September

St Theresa's Church
11.00am - 12.00 noon Led by the Knights of St Columba - ending for 12.15pm Mass
St Theresa's Church
1.00pm - 3.00pm
Corpus Christi Church
3.00pm - 5.00pm ending for the evening Mass at 5.15pm
St Gregory's Church
4.00pm - 6.15pm ending for the evening Mass at 6.30pm

Sunday 1st October

St Theresa's Church
3.00pm concluding at 5.00pm with Evening Prayer and Benediction.

All are encouraged to come and pray a little while during these times

As part of One World Week, on Saturday 28th October, at 5.30pm in St Theresa's Church, the Parish will be celebrating the many different cultures which make up our Parish Family at a Celebration Mass and Shared Faith Supper Did you know - there are almost 20 different nationalities represented in our parish!

Come in your traditional dress; bring musical instruments; bring traditional food to share.
Please contact Mary in the Parish Office on 2645260 if you would like to be involved in the Mass or to help with setting up in the Parish Centre - ‘many hands make light work'

Grateful thanks from Dave of St Gregory's to Carmel and her girls, Fr G & Craig the church neighbour who helped him last Friday when he had an accident while gardening. He is on the mend and can't wait to get started in the garden again.

APF (RED) BOXES are due to be emptied over the coming weeks.

Harvest Family Fast Day Friday 6th October Envelopes will be given out over the weekend 30th September / 1st October for the Family Fast Day. These are your savings from the fast day. Please return them for the CAFOD second collection over the weekend 7th - 8th October. If you are a taxpayer please complete the slip and put it into the envelope. Thank you.

40 Days for Life: runs from Wednesday 27th September until Sunday 5th November. This involves people praying SILENTLY outside the Marie Stopes Abortion Clinic, Barrack Road, Leeds, LS7 4AB between 7am -7 pm every day, (or pray at home) to save babies from abortion.
See poster and flyers in porch. If you wish to be accompanied to the clinic contact Catherine 07443534869.

Batley Torchlight Procession 2017 Cancelled this year

Leeds Male Voice Choir presents "From Earths Wide Bounds" Saturday 30th September 7.30pm at St Edmund's Roundhay.
See Poster in church.

Leeds Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham. The Leeds Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham will take place this year on Saturday 30th September 2017.
The Pilgrimage will begin with the celebration of Holy Mass starting at 12:00 Noon at the Catholic Shrine located near the Slipper Chapel.

NATIONAL MASS FOR ALTAR SERVERS: Westminster Cathedral, Saturday 21st October 2017 at 2.30pm. Attending servers should bring their vestments to the Cathedral Hall, Ambrosden Avenue (entrance by the rear door) and be ready to process into the Cathedral by 2pm. For more details, please contact Mr Frank Sheridan, Diocesan Director, via email at:

NIGHTFEVER: Leeds Cathedral, Friday 6th October, 5:30pm - 10:30pm. There will be Mass, Adoration, music and prayer. Volunteers will invite people into the Cathedral to light a candle and pray if they wish. Priests will be available for conversations and/or confession. More information at To volunteer, contact

MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING in Tara Suite, Leeds Irish Centre, York Road, Leeds plus other stalls and entertainment on Friday 29th September 12pm-4pm fee £3 donation.

CATHOLIC CARE will be holding their Annual Meeting on Wednesday 27th September at Leeds Trinity University at 7pm.

CARITAS LEEDS will be formally launched by Bishop Marcus on Saturday 23rd September at Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College in Leeds between 1:00pm-5:00pm.

LEEDS CATHEDRAL LECTURES 2017-2018: a series of lectures given at
Wheeler Hall next to Leeds Cathedral, from October 2017 to January 2018. See poster on the church porch.


£25 305 J Wilson Whitkirk
£10 163 Fr G St Gregory's
£5 058 J Childerson Crossgates
£5 400 C Rigg Penlands
£5 454 C Lightfoot C/o June

St Theresa's Reader & Eucharistic Ministers rotas ready to collect.

Lunchtime Supervisory Assistant required: St Theresa's Catholic Primary
School require a Lunchtime Supervisory Assistant to work 5.42 hours per week. Salary is paid in accordance with the National Living Wage. The successful candidate will be required to work weekdays, 12.00 -1.05. For further information please contact Mrs Judith Childerson at the school (0113 2930240).

Handmaids Women's Prayer Meeting: 7.00 - 8.30p.m. at Corpus Christi
Church - Led By the Franciscan Sisters of Renewal 2350573. Next meeting will be 6th October

LIFE SHOP HALTON: Can you spare any time to volunteer to help in the
shop on Selby Road, Halton? Contact the shop on 2641872 or call in for a
chat. Thank you.

Bulletin Items

*** All items for the bulletin must in future be sent to email address. Thank you ***

Funeral Service for Stephen Mortimer on Tuesday 26th September at Lawnswood Crematorium at 11.40 am.

Diocese of Leeds Pilgrimage to Ripon Cathedral.

We are invited again this year to the celebration of Mass to honour Our Lady and St Wilfrid in Ripon Cathedral on Wednesday 18th October at 11:00 am.

Parish coach booked leaving:
Corpus Christi at 8.30am
St Theresa's 8.45am
St Gregory's 9.00am.
Leaving Ripon at 4pm.
Cost is £10 per person. Names, telephone number, pick-up point and payment to the parish office (2645260) by Monday 9th October. Bring your own packed lunch.

The Wednesday Word Pick up a leaflet and prepare for next Sundays Mass!

CATHOLIC CARE will be holding their Annual Meeting on Wednesday 27th September Leeds Trinity University at 7pm.

SVP Awareness Month Welcome the Stranger.

Week Four: Our poster this week focuses on Hunger
Fact: 3,609 emergency food parcels were supplied to families in Leeds in the months of July and August by trusted foodbanks
Fact: Hospital admissions for malnutrition particularly in children have almost doubled in England between 2014 and 2016
Fact: Last year the SVP members gave out food parcels on over 26,000 occasions and assisted with foodbanks and soup runs.
Fact: If you care about people suffering from hunger in the fifth most wealthy nation in the world please to continue to support our weekly appeal for food donations. Please see the SVP notice board for more facts on our theme this week. Thank you for your support.

SVP Sponsored Walk Today -- it is not too late to join us! Sunday 24th September Start and finish at St Paul's Church Hall Alwoodley. Arrive for 1.30 to register: Walk begins at 2.00pm. Two routes round Eccup Reservoir:
Short Walk is pushchair and wheelchair friendly with activities for children. Refreshments throughout the walk and a buffet at the finish. Posters and information on the notice board in the church porch.
Your sponsorship or donation will raise vital funds for the St Vincent's Support Centre Community Projects in Leeds. Should you wish to sponsor the SVP members who are walking please sign the sponsor sheet in the porch or make a donation to the Parish office.
Thank you.

Mass for the SVP Society on 2nd October at 7pm at St Theresa's Church All parishioners are welcome.

LARGE PRINT HYMN BOOKS We have purchased 12 books for each of our three
churches. Please ask for one if needed.

New arrangements outlined by Bishop Marcus for the Sacraments of First Confession - First Holy Communion and Confirmation: There will be a meeting for all Catechists involved with the preparation of our young people on Monday
25th September at 7.00pm in the Newman centre. Invitation letters have been sent.

Tea & Coffee at Corpus Christi church on Sunday 24th September after the 10.30am Mass. See you there!

Corpus Christi church is looking to increase the team of people who help clean the church. If you could spare a couple of hours on the 1st Wednesday of each month starting on the 4th October please call into church at 10.00am.
"More hands make light work". Materials will be provided.

Corpus Christi Brass Band - Afternoon of traditional Brass Music with Cream scone & tea/coffee on Sunday 22nd October from 2.00pm - 4.00pm. Cost £3 per ticket. Tickets on sale from 30th September after all Masses. All proceeds to St Gemma's Hospice.

St Theresa's Church Cleaners: Team D 29 September.



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
Joe McGowan, Stephen Mortimer, Irene Nye (Nee Longbottom) Australia, Michael Brown who have died recently and Celia Finnell, Thomas Gallagher, Annie McDonnell, Sam & Betty Clarkson whose anniversaries occur at this time.

Mass Intentions received:
For Lately Deceased:

Irene Nye (Nee Longbottom) Australia, Michael Brown

For Anniversaries:
William Quigley, Florence, John & Trevor Botterill, Richard Humphrey, Sam & Betty Clarkson, Andrew McHale,Margaret Mir, Annie McDonnell, Eileen & Noel Clarke,

For other Intentions:
Sr. Anne Marie Diamond Jubilee, Peter Foley sick

Please Pray for All Who Are Sick, including,
Mark Ashworth , Joshua Barrow (12 years), Susan Boggs, Joan Brown, Mary Cohen, Jack Denison, Julie & Mark Diggings, Margaret Fenton, Christine Flynn, Peter Foy, Ted Fryer, Claire Gaffney, Betty Gregory, Maria Grogan, Peter Hanlon, Josh Harland, Barbara Hayes, Shirley Hesellton, Mr Howell, Tony Kearney, Margaret Kelly, Joe Markham, Anita Mason, Jean McGuire, Emma Mather, Mary Meehan, Teresa Moses, Molly Neal, Beryl Oakes, Terry Pickles, Elijah Robinson (Baby), Scott Summers Jnr. (2years old), Deborah Tree, Pat Walker, Jim Walsh, Maureen Walsh, Eileen Winn.

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

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