WEEKLY NEWSLETTER

18th FEBRUARY 2024: FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT (YEAR B)

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MASSES THIS WEEK:

Saturday 17th February (1st Sunday of Lent – Vigil) at 6.30pm (Intention: Veronica Pallister – A)

Sunday 18th February (First Sunday of Lent) at 9.30am (Intention: John Whitworth – B) & 11.00am (Intention: The People of the Parish)

Tuesday 20th February (Lenten Feria) at 7.00pm (Intention: Margaret Garbutt)

Wednesday 21st February (Lenten Feria) at 9.30am (Intention: James Heffron)

Thursday 22nd February (Feast of the Chair of St Peter) at 9.30am (Intention: Harris Husain)

Friday 23rd February (Lenten Feria) at 9.30am (Intention: Marnie Spencer – LD)

Saturday 24th February (2nd Sunday of Lent – Vigil) at 6.30pm (Intention: November Dead List)

Sunday 25th February (Second Sunday of Lent) at 9.30am (Intention: Raul Totanes) & 11.00am (Intention: The People of the Parish)


ADORATION & STATIONS OF THE CROSS: on Sundays in Lent 4pm-5pm, with simple Stations of the Cross from 4.40pm & Benediction at 5pm, starting today (Sunday 18th February). Come & spend time with Our Lord and pray especially for peace in Ukraine & the Holy Land.


CONFESSIONS: Saturday 6.00pm-6.20pm; Tuesday 6.30pm-6.50pm.


PARISH OFFICE: Mondays and Fridays 9am–1pm. Janice: office.stjoseph.pudsey@dioceseofleeds.org.uk


ONLINE SCRIPTURE GROUP: meets on Tuesday evenings. For info: pudseystjoseph@gmail.com


REST IN PEACE: Please pray for the repose of the soul of Canon Joseph Smith, who was Parish Priest at the former Holy Spirit church in Stanningley in the late 1970’s and 1980’s. Reception of the body into St Patrick’s Church, Huddersfield HD1 5JY at 6.30pm on Thursday 29th February followed by Mass. Requiem Mass at St Patrick’s Church, Huddersfield on Friday 1st March at 11am.


OFFERTORY RECEIVED LAST SUNDAY:

Envelopes: £269.00; loose plate: £252.39; bank transfers: £268.00; Total: £789.39. Sincere thanks for your generosity! Ukraine appeal: £25.00. You can continue to give to CAFOD’s humanitarian aid for Ukraine by putting your offering in an envelope marked ‘Ukraine’.

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CAFOD LENTEN APPEALThe first Friday in Lent is CAFOD’s Lenten Fast Day, when we’re asked to give to its efforts to relieve global poverty & social injustice. This year’s appeal focuses on James, a fisherman from Liberia. Five fishermen a month – many he called ‘brothers’ – were dying in storms at sea. Just like him, they couldn’t afford the life jackets, compasses and other equipment needed to stay safe at sea and get a good catch. You can see a video about James and how CAFOD has helped him & others on www.cafod.org.uk/lent

Please take one of the CAFOD envelopes & bring your offering next weekend for collection at Sunday Mass.


RED MISSION BOXES: Many of you have the Red APF Mission Boxes in your homes, and you can have them emptied now by bringing them to church and leaving them in the sacristy (not the church porch please). They will be emptied and returned to you for the following weekend. Thanks to Pat Lucas for her work with this – and if you would like to have a mission box, please speak with her or get in touch with Fr Peter.


PUDSEY COMMUNITY PROJECT: are appealing for food and toiletries for people in need in our area. We can collect donations here at St Joseph’s – so please leave any in the church porch and we will transfer them each week. For more info: www.pudseycommunity.org.uk


CAFOD BIG WALK CHALLENGE: Janice Whitworth is taking on the CAFOD Big Lent walk challenge: I am trying to raise at least £500 for CAFOD by walking 220km during lent. If you are able to help me, I would very much appreciate it and it will make a difference to CAFOD.  I have set up a just giving page making it really easy to donate to this cause – www.justgiving.com/page/janice-whitworth-1704792536066 or just go to justgiving.com and search for “Janice Whitworth”. Thank you to those who have generously supported me so far and I really hope I can reach my target.


PARISH BEER FESTIVAL: Tickets are now on sale for the 10th anniversary St Joseph’s Beer Festival hosted by St Joseph’s MOPS.  There we will be 2 sessions on Saturday 4th May 2024 from 2-6pm and 7.30-11.30pm. The ticket price is £12.50 (plus booking fee) if you book before 4th March 2024. Tickets will then go up to £15.00 (plus booking fee) after that date. The ticket includes a free glass (filled 5 times), food and quality entertainment from the Average Joes or Celtic Cowboys. There are child tickets available for the afternoon session only priced at £3 each. To book: www.tickettailor.com/events/stjosephsmops/1125384


URGENT APPEAL FOR MOUNT ST JOSEPH’S CARE HOME:

The Little Sisters of the Poor have had to take the heartbreaking decision to close their Leeds Care Home after RAAC concrete was found in 95% of the roof. Over the next few months all 62 residents must be re-homed and over 90 staff face redundancy. The Sisters must meet costs upwards of £500,000 to keep everyone safe until all residents have been found new homes.

For more details: www.dioceseofleeds.org.uk/urgent-appeal

 You can donate here: 

www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/mount-st-joseph-care-home-appeal


SVP VISITS: Our St Vincent de Paul Society offer visits to any parishioner, and they can also offer lifts to meet friends & family. If you’d like a visit, please contact Chris Hirst on 07715 414262 or chris.j.hirst@outlook.com


CEILIDH: Pudsey Parish Church invites you to its Bicentenary Ceilidh Celebration on Saturday 24th February from 6.30pm at the church, with music by Bandera Rossa. £12 person, Under-16’s £6, Under 5’s free. Food included. For more info and to book: www.pudsey2024.co.uk/ceilidh or tel. 0113 257 7843.


WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER: This annual ecumenical prayer service takes place all over the world, and in our area it will be on Friday 1st March at 2.00pm at St Mark’s Methodist Church in Swinnow. All welcome!


LENTEN MISSION: Start Lent with the joy of the Gospel and the power of the Holy Spirit. The Craig Lodge Mission Team with guest speaker, former stand-up comedian Fr Frankie Mulgrew, will lead four evenings of prayer, worship, preaching and ministry. The themes include The Gospel is Good News, Reconciliation and Healing (opportunity for Confession on Tuesday evening), Hearing the Lord and A Fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit. At Ss Peter & Paul Church, Wakefield WF2 7NR. Monday 19th – Thursday 22nd February 7-9pm each evening. All welcome.


FAITH IN ACTION (FIA) AWARDS INFORMATION MEETING: The Leeds Diocesan Youth Service are running information meetings for all FIA Award Leaders and those interested in running the Awards Scheme in your Parish or School. This session will provide information about our recently updated FIA Awards – now more accessible and easier to run! Hinsley Hall, Tuesday 27th February 2-4pm or 7-9pm. Places are free but please book at youth@dioceseofleeds.org.uk to secure your place.


The Franciscan Friars of the Renewal will be holding monthly Discipleship Days at St Patrick’s Church, Bradford BD1 2RU, including Rosary, Holy Mass, Confessions, and Eucharistic adoration along with talks on Franciscan spirituality. 2024 marks 800 years since St Francis received the stigmata and the arrival of the first Franciscans in England. Next meeting: Saturday 2nd March, 11.45am-4.30pm.


LEEDS DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES: Friday 5th to Thursday 11th July 2024. The pilgrimage will be led by Bishop Marcus Stock and is being organised through Tangney Tours. More information and booking available at Diocese www.dioceseofleeds.org.uk/lourdes-pilgrimage


ANNUAL LOURDES DINNER DANCE: From 7:30pm on Friday 23rd February at the Met Hotel in Leeds. Tickets are £40, includes a reception drink, a 3-course meal and entertainment in the form of a DJ until midnight. Please call Phil Marshall on 07766 148375 for more info & tickets. All profits from the event go to the Diocesan Lourdes Fund.


HOPE HOUSING: is a Christian charity based in Bradford and they are looking to recruit a full-time Volunteer Coordinator (£25k per annum funded for two years minimum). For more info see: www.hopehousing.org.uk or phone Veronica on 01274 900764. The closing date is Friday 1st March.


NAZARETH FAMILY MINISTRIES – STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Saturday 24th February 1-3pm, Myddleton Grange, Langar Road, Ilkley, LS29 0EB. Please wear appropriate footwear/clothing as the Stations are in a wooded area. Unfortunately, there is no wheelchair accessibility. Registration is not required – just turn up. Refreshments available to buy. For more info: follow @nazarethfamilyministries on Facebook and Instagram.


WHERE DO WE FIND RESILIENCE IN WORKING FOR JUSTICE & PEACE?: Hear how the lives of St Oscar Romero & Archbishop Dennis Hurley can inspire us. Thursday 14th March 7.00pm, Leeds Trinity University LS18 5HD. This is a presentation of the 2024 Romero Lecture organised by the J&P Commission in partnership with Leeds Trinity University. For info & to reserve a place at this free talk: www.leedsjp.org.uk


CRIMINAL JUSTICE BILL: A large group of MPs in our parliament are supporting an amendment to the Criminal Justice Bill that would reduce the abortion time limit from 24 to 22 weeks in England & Wales. This pro-life amendment may be debated and voted on as early as next week. So, all Catholics are encouraged to send a postcard supporting the amendment to their local MP – they are available in the church porch. For more info see: www.righttolife.org.uk/abortionamendments


THE BRIERY RETREAT CENTRE, ILKLEY:

Briery Weekly Online Meditations: Each Thursday evening The Briery hosts a meditation via Zoom focusing on the Gospel for the upcoming Sunday and provide an opportunity for shared reflection in small groups. Meditation begins at 7.30pm and the ‘doors’ are open from 7.15pm for a welcome and chat. All are welcome. Register for zoom link by emailing: admin@briery.co.uk

LENTEN DAY OF REFLECTION: ‘JOURNEY THROUGH LENT – EXPLORING GOD’S GREATEST GIFTS TOGETHER’: Saturday 24th February 10.00 – 4.00 at The Briery, Ilkley. Fr Dennis Cassidy will lead a quiet day of prayer and reflection in Lent. £40pp to include morning coffee, a home-cooked two-course lunch, and tea before departure.

THE BRIERY RETREAT BROCHURE FOR 2024: is now available to view at https://www.briery.org.uk/brochure-2024-2/

For bookings & further information about all the above, please email briery@btconnect.com or tel. 01943 607287. www.briery.org.uk


CATHOLIC PARISH SUMMIT 2024: If you want to see your parish come alive and bring people to Jesus, be a part of the Catholic Parish Summit on 12-14th June 2024, Harrogate Convention Centre. Speakers include Archbishop Mark O’Toole, Sr. Miriam James Heidland, and Fr. James Mallon. See what’s behind a growing movement of parishes coming to new life, and learn how your parish can do it, too. Booking at catholicparishsummit.com (earlybird discount available using code 25OFFCPS).


SCHOOL VACANCIES

LAY CHAPLAIN VACANCY: St Thomas A Becket Catholic Secondary School, Wakefield seeks to appoint a practicing Catholic to join the team as Lay Chaplain. Salary: Grade 7 SCP 19 to SCP 23 £29,777 – £32,076 (pro rata for term time plus 5 days) Closing date: 26/02/2024. Interview date: 18/03/2024. For more details visit https://careers.bkcat.co.uk/job/515638

BLESSED PETER SNOW CATHOLIC ACADEMY TRUST VACANCIES: currently have a variety of senior leadership opportunities within Kirklees and Calderdale for committed and passionate practitioners. For more information on any of our vacancies please visit www.bpstrust.org.uk/vacancies

FACULTY LEADER FOR ENGLISH AND MEDIA VACANCY: St. Mary’s, Menston. Start: September 2024. Closing date: Monday, 19 February 2024. Further info: https://www.bishopwheelercatholicacademytrust.org/trust-vacancies

HEADTEACHER VACANCY: Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Leeds. Required September 2024. Closing date: Monday 19th February 2024. All applications must be on CES application form, which is available by emailing hr@sgtgcat.org.uk or from the Trust website – https://stgregorythegreatacademytrust.org.uk/

HEADTEACHER VACANCY: Holy Rosary and St Anne’s Catholic Primary School, Leeds. Required April 2024. Closing date: Friday 23rd February 2024. All applications must be on CES application form, which is available by emailing hr@sgtgcat.org.uk or from the Trust website https://stgregorythegreatacademytrust.org.uk/

TEACHER OF SCIENCE VACANCY: St. Mary’s, Menston. Start: Easter 2024. Closing date: Monday, 19 February 2024. Further info: https://www.bishopwheelercatholicacademytrust.org/trust-vacancies To discuss or arrange a visit, contact Jo-Anne Hughes, PA to the SLT, ja.hughes@stmarysmenston.org


CATHOLIC CARE VACANCIES:

TRUSTEES VACANCIES: Catholic Care is seeking to recruit new trustees to increase the breadth of knowledge and experience on its established Board of Trustees. Applicants with experience of property management are particularly welcome. If you want to live your faith through action we would welcome an application from you.

Senior Manager Older Peoples Service Spinal Point SP40 £46,549 to SP43 49,590 full time equivalent plus mileage allowance and many other benefits Location: based at Head Office in Headingley.

For further details about the abocve and how to apply please visit https://catholic-care.org.uk/recruitment/latest-vacancies/


WALK IN FATHER BROWN’S FOOTSTEPS! PILGRIMAGE FOR PRIESTLY VOCATIONS: Saturday 16th March 2024 following the route over Ilkley Moor taken 120 years ago when GK Chesterton first met Fr John O’Connor (the Diocese of Leeds priest who was the inspiration for ‘Fr Brown’). Starts at St Anne’s, Keighley and ends with Stations of the Cross at Myddelton Calvary, Ilkley. More details here: https://www.dioceseofleeds.org.uk/walking-towards-the-jubilee-in-father-browns-footsteps/