WEEKLY NEWSLETTER

21st APRIL 2024: FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (YEAR B)

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MASSES THIS WEEK:

Saturday 20th April (4th Sunday of Easter – Vigil) at 6.30pm (Intention: November Dead List)

Sunday 21st April (Fourth Sunday of Easter) at 9.30am (Intention: The People of the Parish) & 11.00am (Intention: Peter Steele – B)

Tuesday 23rd April (Solemnity of St George) at 7.00pm (Intention: Sean McKeever – LD)

Wednesday 24th April (Easter Feria) at 9.30am (Intention: Peter Ingram)

Thursday 25th April (Feast of St Mark, the Evangelist) at 9.30am (Intention: Alan McDermott – LD)

Friday 26th April (Easter Feria) at 9.30am (Intention: Mirko Kravos – A)

Saturday 27th April (5th Sunday of Easter – Vigil) at 6.30pm (Intention: Rose McManus – LD)

Sunday 28th April (Fifth Sunday of Easter) at 9.30am (Intention: Ann Maguire – A) & 11.00am (Intention: The People of the Parish)


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


BAPTISMS: Prayers and congratulations to Hamish Stuart Angus Andrew Bennett and Daisy Valerie Ward, who were baptised yesterday (Saturday) and to their proud families!


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


OFFERTORY RECEIVED LAST SUNDAY:

Envelopes: £274.00; loose cash: £261.96; bank transfers: £382.00; Total: £917.96. 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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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.


ANN MAGUIRE: This year is the 10th Anniversary of the tragic death of Ann Maguire, who was killed while teaching at Corpus Christi High School, Leeds on the 28th April 2014. A Mass in her memory has been organised by past pupils and friends, and will take place at Immaculate Heart of Mary church, 294 Harrogate Rd, Moortown, Leeds LS17 6LE on Saturday 27th April at 6.00pm. All welcome.


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


SVP SOCIAL: Our St Vincent de Paul Society are organising a social to the Wetherby Whaler on Friday 7th June at 12.30pm. Due to the funds we raised at the recent beetle drive, we are in the position to provide a free meal to anyone that would benefit from the company. There is a list in the porch to register your interest so that we can get an idea for numbers. Should you require a lift, this will be arranged nearer the time.


MOPS WALK: Our “Men of the Parish” group (MOPS) will be going on a walk at Hebden Bridge, taking in Hardcastle Crags, on Saturday 20th April. We will meet at New Pudsey train station at 09:15 (the train leaves at 09:22). This is open to all members of the parish so please feel free to join us. If you would like any more details, please get in touch with Stephen Massie (07809 743584).


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


  • Mary-Elizabeth would like to thank the people of the parish for supporting her cake sale on Sunday 24th March. She raised £144.00 for Bambisanani. Thank you!
  • Fundraising Lunch on Sunday 12th May 12.30pm for 1.00pm, at Tharavadu Indian Restaurant, 7-8 Mill Hill, Leeds LS1 5DQ (2 minutes walk from Leeds train station). Cost: £25 per adult, £12.50 under-16s, Under-fives free. Two course Keralan Indian lunch. There will be an auction and some fundraising games to support the Bambisanani Partnership. Tickets available from Catherine Chattoe at St Mary’s school, Menston c.chattoe@stmarysmenston.org or Tel. 01943 883000.
  • Mr Farmer from St Joseph’s school & parish has now completed his epic virtual run, swim & cycle from Leeds to Africa and is now collecting all the sponsorship money, which has already bought a new sound system, parachutes for team games, balls with bells inside for the blind to play football, skipping ropes, netballs and bibs. He recently received the following message from the school in South Africa:

Dear David, Your achievements in raising funds for children with special needs are truly commendable. As a fellow South African who understands the challenges faced by these children, I appreciate the impactful difference your efforts are making. It’s disheartening to see many of these special kids being neglected or denied opportunities to participate in sports due to various obstacles. Your dedication and hard work in providing support and resources for these children are noticed and deeply appreciated. Through your actions, you’re not just raising funds; you’re also raising awareness and creating opportunities for these children to thrive and experience the joy of sports. May you be blessed abundantly in your future endeavours, and may your work continue to inspire positive change in the lives of those in need. God bless you for your kindness and compassion towards these special kids. Kind regards, Poppy Bhengu. God is Love!

For more info about the partnership & the above: www.bambisananipartnership.org


ST GEMMA’S HOSPICE PRECIOUS TIME APPEAL: On Sunday 21st and Monday 22nd April, St Gemma’s Hospice will be running a new 36-hour fundraising initiative – the Precious Time appeal. The appeal invites people to donate during a 36-hour window, during which all donations will be doubled by major donors. So, if someone gives £10, we can turn it into £20. We have already received pledges from major donors of over £100,000 to use during this 36-hour period. For more details www.st-gemma.co.uk/precious-time-appeal


LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR – CAR PARK SALE FUNDRAISER: Saturday 11th May 12noon- 4.00pm. Sale of New Designer Clothing, Furniture, Bric-a-brac, and lots more! Raising funds for the building of a new home at Mount St Joseph’s, Shire Oak Road, Headingley, Leeds LS6 2DE. Telephone: 0113 2784101


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 4th May, 11.45am-4.30pm.


SOCIAL JUSTICE LISTENING EVENT: Join us in person for a listening event focused on people living in poverty, organised by Leeds Diocesan Justice & Peace/Sparks Social Justice. Saturday 27th April 11am-1pm at St Monica & St Mary Church, Cottingley, Bingley. Lunch will be provided. www.leedsjp.org.uk to register.


CAFOD/SVP GENERAL ELECTION PREPARATION: The “SVP Year of Encounter” provides webinars and on-line resources providing information to enable Catholics to make better informed voting choices. Next webinars: Thursday 25th April, 6.30pm and Saturday 4th May, 11am. See www.svp.org.uk/encounter to register.


DIOCESAN LOURDES PILGRIMAGE: 5th-11th July 2024 from Leeds/Bradford Airport: The theme is ‘And that people should come in Procession’. Booking now open and places are filling up. Please book with Tangney Tours Tel: 01732 886666 or: www.tangney-tours.com/tours-and-pilgrimages/diocese-leeds/  Further information is available at www.dioceseofleeds.org.uk/lourdes-pilgrimage. If you are interested in volunteering (especially appealing for doctors, particularly GPs and nurses) please contact: lourdes.enquiries@dioceseofleeds.org.uk. Dates for your diary: Sunday 14th April Meet the pilgrims, Hinsley Hall, 2-4pm. Saturday 8th June Pre-departure Mass 11:30am Leeds Cathedral.


CELEBRATION OF MARRIED LIFE: On Saturday 18th May there will be a special Celebration Mass for Married Life at Leeds Cathedral at 12noon for couples and their families celebrating their 25th (Silver), 40th (Ruby), 50th (Golden), 60th (Diamond) and 70th (Platinum) wedding anniversaries this year. There will be an opportunity for couples, who wish to do so, to renew their marriage vows during the liturgy. If you are celebrating the anniversary of your wedding and you would like to take part in this celebration, please ask Fr Peter for an application form, which needs to be submitted by Friday 3rd May.


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

BISHOP JOHN CROWLEY PREACHED RETREAT: 8th – 14th May 2024. Finding our way home to God amid the sorrows and joys of life. “The whole of our spiritual journey revolves around these two things: we are troubled when we contemplate ourselves, and our troubles bring us to salvation; when we contemplate God we are restored by the joy of the Holy Spirit” (St Bernard of Clairvaux). Total offering is £642, fully inclusive with en-suite room.

FRIENDS OF THE BRIERY QUIZ NIGHT: You are invited to an evening of gentle fun at their next Quiz Night on Wednesday 24th April 7:00pm – 9:30pm at The Briery, 38 Victoria Avenue, Ilkley LS29 9BW. Tickets are £5 each and include your first drink! Booking is essential, so please contact the office to save your place.

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


HOLY SPIRIT WORKSHOP DAY: The final workshop led by the Diocesan Faith Formation team will take place on Saturday 4th May at St Stephen’s, Skipton and Saturday 25th May at St Benedict’s, Garforth. Join us for the morning workshop or afternoon worship and prayer (or both!) and explore the power of the Holy Spirit following the Catholic Parish Summit webinar Sent or Stuck: Where are your people going. Free event open to all. Please book with us at formation@dioceseofleeds.org.uk and don’t forget to bring your packed lunch!


CENTENARY OF THE DEDICATION OF THE CATHEDRAL JULY 2024: On Thursday 18th July at 11.30am, together with the Priests, Deacons, Religious and Lay Faithful, Bishop Marcus will celebrate a Solemn Pontifical Mass at the Cathedral Church of St Anne, the Mother Church of the Diocese of Leeds, to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Cathedral’s Dedication. More information about the Cathedral’s centenary celebrations will be published in due course.


SCHOOL VACANCIES

DEPUTY HEADTEACHER VACANCY: St. Stephen’s Catholic Primary School and Nursery, Skipton. Start: September 2024. Closing date: Monday, 22 April 2024. Further info: https://www.bishopwheelercatholicacademytrust.org/Trust-Academy-Vacancies/

HEADTEACHER VACANCY: St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Brighouse. Start: September 2024. Closing date: Tuesday 23rd April 2024. https://bpstrust.org.uk/Vacancies/

HEADTEACHER VACANCY: St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Halifax. Start: September 2024. Closing date: Tuesday 23rd April 2024. https://bpstrust.org.uk/Vacancies/

TEACHER OF ENGLISH (MATERNITY COVER) VACANCY: St. John Fisher Catholic Academy, Harrogate, Start: As soon as possible. Closing date: Monday, 29 April 2024. https://www.bishopwheelercatholicacademytrust.org/Trust-Academy-Vacancies/

CLASS TEACHER (MATERNITY COVER) VACANCY: St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Otley. Start: Sept 2024. Closing date: Monday, 29 April 2024. https://www.bishopwheelercatholicacademytrust.org/Trust-Academy-Vacancies/

DEPUTY HEADTEACHER VACANCY: St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Bradford. Start: September 2024. Closing date: Wednesday 1st May 2024. For further info, please contact the school: 01274 727970 or office@sjbr.bcwcat.co.uk

DEPUTY HEADTEACHER VACANCY: Deputy Headteacher, St. Theresa’s Catholic Primary School, Leeds, Start: September 2024. Closing date: Monday 6th May 2024. Further info: https://www.st-theresas.leeds.sch.uk/our-school/governors/vacancies-in-school


CATHOLIC CARE VACANCIES:

1. Community Development Worker: £24,702 to SP11 £25,979 pro rata (dependent on qualifications and experience) Location: Harrogate, Knaresborough and Huddersfield Post: 22 Hours per week. Job share considered.

2. Support Worker Spinal Point SP4 – 7 £23,151 to SP7 £24,294 pro rata (dependent on qualifications and experience). Location: Todmorden Post: Permanent Part-time or Full-time positions available.

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


Rediscover Your Marriage: Retrouvaille offers you the chance to rediscover yourself, your spouse, and a loving marriage relationship. Many headed for divorce have successfully saved their marriages by attending and using the tools provided. There is no group therapy or group work. The next programme commences with a weekend in Welwyn Garden City on 14-16th June 2024. Contact 07887 296983 or retrouvailleukinfo@gmail.com, or visit www.retrouvaille.org.uk


PREPARATION FOR THE SECOND SESSION OF THE SYNOD OF BISHOPS: Preparations are now underway for the second session of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome this October 2024. The Synod Office in Rome has asked the local Churches to reflect on the following specific question: ‘HOW can we be a synodal Church in mission?’ For further information on this stage of the synodal process and to submit any reflections please visit the diocesan synodal webpages: www.dioceseofleeds.org.uk/parish-to-mission