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PENTECOST SUNDAY: 31st MAY, 2020

MASSES LIVE-STREAMED THIS WEEK:

www.stjosephpudsey.org.uk/live-stream 

Sunday 31st May (Pentecost Sunday) at 10.00am (Intention: The People of the Parish)

Monday 1st June (Memoria of Our Lady, Mother of the Church) at 10.00am (Intention: Valerie Flessati – sick)

Tuesday 2nd June (Feria) at 10.00am (Intention: David Francis Eifer)

Wednesday 3rd June (Memoria of the Ugandan Martyrs) at 10.00am (Intention: Arbuckle & Newland families)

Thursday 4th June (Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Eternal High Priest) at 10.00am (Intention: Ethel Nolan)

Friday 5th June (Memoria of St Boniface) at 10.00am (Intention: Kiaran O’Sullivan – LD)

Sunday 7th June (Trinity Sunday) at 10.00am (Intention: The People of the Parish)

Fr Peter will try his best to fulfil the Mass intentions requested, though on Sundays he must always offer Mass for the entire parish and everyone’s intentions. Please do get in touch with Fr Peter if you have a Mass intention request.


VATICAN LIVESTREAM LITURGIES: www.stjosephpudsey.org.uk/vatican

LEEDS CATHEDRAL LIVESTREAM LITURGIES: www.leedscathedrallive.org.uk


PRAYERS PLEASE: Please remember in your prayers Fr Michael Sullivan who has died recently. If you have someone who has died recently, or who is sick or in need, please email Fr Peter and he’ll publish the names here.


WHEN WILL OUR CHURCHES OPEN? – LATEST UPDATE & APPEAL: There have been no developments this past week. Our churches have been closed since the 23rd March, and it’s clear that the government will not allow public worship until Stage 3 of its plans, which will start on the 4th July at the very earliest. There is a consultation process with the government to allow some churches to open for private prayer before then. However, as part of that process it’s clear that any church that will be open needs to have a team of volunteer stewards, one of which needs to be present at all times to ensure social distancing, and a team of volunteer cleaners, who must clean the church fully every day. Both stewards and cleaners need to be provided with gloves, aprons, etc which must be disposed of correctly. At this early stage, please let Fr Peter know if you are willing to be a volunteer for either or both of these positions. It is envisaged that just a selected number of churches would open up first, so if you are willing to volunteer it may be for another church in the city, and not necessarily St Joseph’s.


OFFERTORY & DONATIONS RECEIVED THIS WEEK: Envelopes received this week: £307.00. Standing Orders & all donations directly to our bank account: £602.25. Donations through the “supporting your parish webpage” (see below): £5.00. Donations by SMS: £10.00. This means that altogether our parish has this week received £924.25. Sincere thanks for your generosity to our parish, especially at this difficult time.

How to give to our parish:

  1. Bank transfer or Standing Order – please contact Fr Peter for our bank details & further information.
  2. By popping your offertory envelope through the presbytery letterbox. The envelopes have now run out, and obviously we can’t issue the new ones until the lockdown is over. If you have had offertory envelopes, you can still pop your donation into an ordinary envelope through our presbytery letterbox, marked with the number of your usual envelope.
  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: dioceseofleeds.org.uk/supporting-your-parish

CHRISM MASS: Normally the bishop of every diocese will consecrate the Sacred Chrism and bless the Holy Oils of the Sick and Catechumens in Holy Week, and it was hoped that he would be able to celebrate Mass with the priests of the diocese later in the summer. However, as it seems unlikely there will be a such an opportunity in the near future, Bishop Marcus will do this today (Pentecost Sunday) at the 11.00am Mass at the Cathedral, which is livestreamed on www.leedscathedrallive.org.uk


PENTECOST NATIONAL ROSARY RALLY: Pope Francis has been encouraging Catholics to pray the Rosary in their homes during the month of May. We are invited to join in an initiative that follows on the Pope’s request to pray the rosary across Scotland, England and Wales. Our Diocese has been asked to pray a Rosary Hour at 6:00pm today (Pentecost Sunday).


ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY: Our SVP are regularly phoning those known to them to check that they are coping and well. In-house visits are not possible during this time, but we will try to help as much as possible. If you would like to help or need help, please contact Fr Peter and he will forward your details to our SVP.


NATIONAL WEEKLY MASS FOR NHS & CARE HOME WORKERS: A National Weekly Mass is celebrated by one of the bishops of England and Wales and live-streamed from his Cathedral for NHS front-line and Care Home workers, the sick and their families each Thursday at 7.00pm. This week (4th June) Mass will be from Salford Cathedral by Bishop John Arnold. You can watch it by following the livestream link here: https://www.churchservices.tv/salfordcathedral


COVID-19 SUPPORT LINES: A telephone support line is available to anyone in Leeds with family members or friends who are critically ill, or who have died from Covid-19. The phone support line is staffed by trained bereavement workers who are able to listen when you need someone to talk to, provide emotional support and allow you to express your feelings, and signpost you to other services and resources if necessary. Call St Gemma’s Hospice on 0113 218 5544 or Wheatfield’s Hospice on 0113 203 3369 Monday to Friday 9.00am to 4.00pm (excluding Bank Holidays). If the phone line is engaged please leave a message with your name and phone number and they will return your call.


CATHOLIC CARE: In response to the impact of COVID-19, Catholic Care Leeds has launched its Community Response Service to support those in our communities who are sick, self-isolating, have been adversely financially impacted or are finding it difficult to cope. The service will be available Monday – Friday 8am-6pm. A team of Catholic Care workers and volunteers will be available to support parishioners, families and people in need in a number of ways:

  • A telephone support service. This service will provide a listening ear and a friendly voice for those experiencing isolation in their community.
  • A pick up and drop off groceries and pharmacy service.
  • A dog walking service
  • A hamper delivery or food voucher service for those experiencing financial hardship.

Please contact us on 07739975001 or 07739975008 or 07739975009 or email janet.kent@catholic-care.org.uk or jessica.price@catholic-care.org.uk if you would like to access this service or you would like to refer a person in your Parish or school community.


LEEDS NORTH WEST FOODBANK: The Foodbank has closed all its distribution centres and will be operating a delivery service instead. Referrals can be made by email or telephone (see website below) and food parcels deliveries are being done by British Gas. Most of the major supermarkets who do online orders are now including the option to donate to the Foodbank on their websites. The best way to support the foodbank at this critical time is by making a financial donation – please see the website for more details of how to do this – www.leedsnorthandwest.foodbank.org.uk


SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME: for children in school Year 3 and above, and who have yet to start on the parish programme. We are unable to say when we can start the programme but you can still enrol so we have your details, and so we can keep you updated. If you have been unable to collect an enrolment application pack from Fr Peter, please email Sacraments@stjosephpudsey.org.uk and we will email you the documents. If you have a pack but have been unable to return it, we can email you the form so you can return via email.


CATHOLIC PAPERS & “LIVING FAITH”: We are still receiving The Universe every week, which now incorporates The Catholic Times. The Catholic Herald has just issued an edition for the whole month, priced £8. Please get in touch with Fr Peter if you would like any of the above posting to you.


PARISH ONLINE SCRIPTURE GROUP: If anyone is interested in joining in, please email pudseystjoseph@gmail.com to register your interest, and Helen Edwards will coordinate.


MOUNT ST JOSEPH’S HOME, HEADINGLEY – LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR: During this period of quarantine, all of the usual means of fundraising which would normally be open (i.e. store/church collections, raffles etc.) can no longer happen at the moment. The sisters rely heavily on this source of income to supplement the day to day running costs of the home and they are also currently looking to purchase some vital pieces of medical equipment. If you can think of any creative ways to help them or can source the masks or gowns (Personal Protective Equipment) they need through this demanding time, they would be eternally grateful. The sisters also ask everyone to join the quest to get one million families around the world to pray the Rosary with the Little Sisters each day for an end to this pandemic. If you can help the Sisters in any way, please email Mother Caroline: ms.leeds@lsplondon.co.uk or if you would like to join them in prayer see www.littlesistersofthepoor.org