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SUNDAY OF THE WORD OF GOD: To listen to Fr Mike Schmitz’s daily podcast of continuous reading of the Bible this year click here.

CHURCH CLOSURE: Our church remains closed during this national lockdown. The new variant strain of the virus is far more transmissible and now accounts for 70% of positive cases in our part of the world. Please stay at home and avoid anything that is not essential. We made the sad decision to close our church as our capacity would be severely reduced to just 11 benches (and individuals attending would have to occupy a whole bench), and the risks and efforts are just too high at this moment to remain open. We are so close now to the end of this battle against the virus with the hope of the vaccine that we should all take very seriously the instruction to stay at home in order to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our wonderful National Health Service.


Sunday 24th Jan (Third Sunday of Ordinary Time) at 10.00am (Intention: The People of the Parish)

Monday 25th Jan (Feast of the Conversion of St Paul) at 9.30am (Intention: Special Intention MdS)

Tuesday 26th Jan (Memoria of Ss Timothy & Titus) at 9.30am (Intention: Private Intention PB)

Wednesday 27th Jan (Memoria of St Angela Merici) at 9.30am (Intention: November Dead List)

Thursday 28th Jan (Memoria of St Thomas Aquinas) at 9.30am (Intention: November Dead List)

Friday 29th Jan (Feria) at 9.30am

Saturday 30th Jan (Mass in Honour of Our Lady) at 9.30am (Intention: Tom Sheppard Plenderleith – A)

Sunday 31st Jan (Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time) at 10.00am (Intention: The People of the Parish)



PARISH ONLINE SCRIPTURE GROUP: meets on Tuesday evenings at 7.15pm. As well as praying with Scripture, we are following material looking at the Early Church. If anyone else would like to join the group, please get in touch:

OFFERTORY & DONATIONS RECEIVED THIS WEEK: Standing Orders & all donations directly to our bank account: £655.25; Offertory envelopes: £196.50; Cash donations: £25.00. Total received: £876.75. A sincere THANK YOU for your generosity, especially at this difficult time.


  1. Bank transfer: Sort Code: 40-27-15, A/C no: 21018175, A/C Name: ST JOSEPHS PUDSEY.
  2. By popping your offertory envelope (or your own envelope with your number clearly marked please) through the presbytery letterbox.
  3. By SMS: text CHURCH PUDSEY to 70500 to contribute £5 to the offertory of our parish.
  4. You can also make donations online by going to:

AN INTRODUCTION TO ACTIVE NONVIOLENCE: The Leeds Pax Christi group and the Leeds Diocesan Justice & Peace Commission are collaborating to deliver a 5-week course about active nonviolence and what this means in the context of living out our lives as Catholic Christians in the 21st century. The 5 sessions of the course will take place weekly at 7pm starting on Tuesday 16th February. There is an Introductory ‘taster’ session on Tuesday 2nd February led by Pat Gaffney, former General Secretary of Pax Christi in the UK and a member of some of the working groups of the global Catholic Nonviolence Initiative. To register, click here: or visit and follow the links on the ‘Upcoming Events’ page.

WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY 2021: Monday 18th January to Monday 25th January. Every year a group or nationality of Christians leads the global Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in its reflections and prayers. This year the sisters of the ecumenical Monastic Community of Grandchamp in Switzerland takes the lead, and the theme that was chosen, “Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit,” is based on John 15:1-17 and expresses Grandchamp Community’s vocation to prayer, reconciliation and unity in the Church and the human family. You can download the booklet produced by Churches Together in Britain & Ireland by clicking here.

ONLINE WEEKS OF GUIDED PRAYER: 8th – 19th March 2021, from The Briery Retreat Centre, Ilkley. First week: online meetings from 7.30pm to 8.30pm covering introductions and different ways of praying. Second week: commitment to daily prayer time and individual online meeting with prayer guide (about 30 mins each.)  Suggested Offering £50. Further information: or tel. 01943 607287 or email

“THE UNIVERSE”: Copies of this weekly Catholic newspaper can be picked up in Fr Peter’s shed, in front of the presbytery. The price is £2.40, which you can pop through the presbytery letterbox or which you can make by bank transfer (see above for details).

“LIVING FAITH”: You can pick up a copy of the new edition (January – March) of these popular daily devotional booklets in Fr Peter’s shed, in front of the presbytery. Please contact Fr Peter if you would like any posting to you.

“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:

CATHOLIC CARE VACANCIES: Due to the continuing development of services within the charity there are now the following job vacancies:

Adult Learning Disability Service:

  • Registered Manager – House of Light, Leeds
  • Residential Care Worker + outreach – House of Light, Leeds
  • Floating Support Worker- Leeds
  • Support worker + Outreach – Shipley, Elland, Skipton, Todmorden and Keighley

Older People’s Service:

  • Registered Manager – Extra Care Facility, Skipton

For more information visit

or email

CATHOLIC CARE COMMUNITY RESPONSE SERVICE: Are you finding lockdown isolating and would welcome some support? Catholic Care organise two weekly events on Zoom:

Zoom Coffee Morning: Friday mornings at 11am – a place to have a chat, become part of a community and have some fun! Meeting ID: 882 6618 1071; Passcode: Hello21

Zoom Relax and Revive: Join Janet Kent every Monday afternoon at 4pm for a friendly online relaxation group. Meeting ID: 820 5307 5411; Passcode: 655300

For more details contact Catholic Care 0113 3885400 or Janet 07739 975008.

VACANCY: Interim Deputy Head Teacher, St Malachy’s Catholic Primary School, Halifax. Fixed term to the end of the summer term 2022.  Further information, copy of the full advert and job description, contact Lianne Lomas, Executive Headteacher, email: Closing date: 12.30, Wednesday 27th January.  Interviews w/c 1st February.

100 DAYS OF PRAYER FOR THE CHURCH AND VOCATIONS with a special focus on the saints of England and Wales. Join in praying for the Church and for an increase in the various vocations. Daily prayers are available on the National Office for Vocation webpage

ONLINE ROSARY FOR PRIESTS: The World Priest Apostolate hosts an online Zoom Rosary to pray for priests on Thursday 28th January 2021 at 5pm (UK time). An international opportunity to pray together the Luminous Mysteries for the sanctification of priests. More details and registration at


YEAR OF ST JOSEPH: 8 December 2020 – 8 December 2021

Pope Francis has announced that the coming year will be dedicated to St Joseph to commemorate the 150th anniversary of his declaration as Patron of the Universal Church.

St Joseph is, of course, our own parish & school patron, and as we hope and pray that the year ahead will release us from the grip of the Covid-19 coronavirus it would be good for us as a parish to rededicate ourselves to St Joseph’s protection – and to mark this by working to have a statue or icon of him in the main body of our church. In the meantime, please commit to making this prayer, written by Pope Francis, a daily devotion in the year ahead:

Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. To you God entrusted his only Son; in you Mary placed her trust; with you Christ became man. Blessed Joseph, to us too, show yourself a father and guide us in the path of life. Obtain for us grace, mercy, and courage, and defend us from every evil.  Amen.

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