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29TH NOVEMBER, 2020: FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT (YEAR B)

 

PRIVATE MASSES THIS WEEK:

Sunday 29th Nov (1st Sunday of Advent) at 10.00am (Intention: The People of the Parish)

Monday 30th Nov (Feast of St Andrew, apostle) at 9.30am (Intention: November Dead List)

Tuesday 1st Dec (Advent Feria) at 9.30am (Intention: Deceased – Arbuckle family)

Wednesday 2nd Dec (Advent Feria) at 9.30am (Intention: Mgr Raymond Charlton – YB)

Saturday 5th Dec (Advent Feria) at 9.30am

PUBLIC MASSES THIS WEEK:

Thursday 3rd Dec (Memoria of St Francis Xavier) at 9.30am (Intention: November Dead List)

Sunday 6th Dec (Second Sunday of Advent) at 9.30am* (Intention: Ron Turpin – LD) & 11.00am* (Intention: The People of the Parish)

The Obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended. You are invited to attend any of the above public Masses, but for the Sunday & Saturday Masses marked with asterisks* you must book a place in order to comply with the space restrictions in our church and the government’s NHS Test & Trace scheme for all assemblies.

To book a place please email stjosephspudsey@dioceseofleeds.org.uk or phone 0113 257 0803 (preferably on Monday & Fridays 9am to 1pm, leaving a message if necessary).

Everyone in our church must always wear a facemask, unless you are exempted. Please also scan our QR code as you enter the church for the NHS COVID-19 APP.

All Masses in our church continue to be livestreamed: www.stjosephpudsey.org.uk/live-stream

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

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


CHRISTMAS AT ST JOSEPH’S: As we all know, Christmas this year will not be the same with all the restrictions, even though the UK Government will allow some relaxation for families to meet. Restrictions will continue in churches though, and here at St Joseph’s we will still only be able to use 16 benches, keep social distancing, not be able to sing carols & mingle with each other. The Masses will also need to be simple & relatively short. Masses on Christmas Eve (Thursday 24th December) will be at 6.00pm, 8.00pm and Midnight, and on Christmas Day (Friday 25th December) at 10.00am and 11.15am. You must book your place to guarantee a place as soon as possible – please email stjosephspudsey@dioceseofleeds.org.uk  or phone 0113 257 0803 (preferably on Monday & Fridays 9am to 1pm, leaving a message if necessary).


“NINE LESSONS & CAROLS”: To compensate a little for not being able to sing carols in church, you are invited to join us for a Livestreamed Carol Service on Christmas Eve (Thursday 24th December) at 4.00pm. Thanks to our parish’s musicians, singers, & the children of our school, we’ll be able to sing at home, listen to the Scripture readings that tell the Christmas story, and pray & reflect together in a special way. The service will be broadcast live on our YouTube channel – and the links will be on www.stjosephpudsey.org.uk/live-stream


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: pudseystjoseph@gmail.com


OFFERTORY & DONATIONS RECEIVED THIS WEEK: Standing Orders & all donations directly to our bank account: £354.25; Offertory envelopes received: £255.00; Total received: £609.25. Sincere THANKS for your generosity to our parish, especially at this difficult time. How to give to our parish:

  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: dioceseofleeds.org.uk/supporting-your-parish

 

NOVEMBER DEAD LIST ENVELOPES: You can put your list of deceased loved ones in an envelope, along with any offering you wish to make, marked ‘Dead List’ through the Presbytery letterbox. Mass intentions for all those on the list will be offered throughout the year. The list of names so far received are on our website: www.stjosephpudsey.org.uk/november – so far, we have received 53 Masses. Please indicate on your list if you’d rather not publish your submitted names.


TRAVELLING CRIB: Could you offer Mary and Joseph a room for the night? It is a lovely, unique way to help families prepare for Christmas. The Travelling Crib is usually blessed in church on the 1st Sunday of Advent and then is taken home by a family who plays host to the nativity characters for the night, reading the Christmas story together. The next day they pass on the crib to another family. Unfortunately, we are unable to do this this year. We are however hoping to have a virtual Travelling Crib that can still travel around our parish and keep us connected. If you would like the Crib to ‘visit’ your home, please email Maria as soon as possible: catechist.stjoseph.pudsey@dioceseofleeds.org.uk


 

SYCAMORE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE: The Leeds Diocesan Youth Service invite you to Sycamore, an online series of short films and discussions for young people aged 13-17 exploring the Catholic faith and what it means for us today. The sessions will be taking place on Wednesdays from 4:30pm-6pm on Zoom. For more information/to register, please email youth@dioceseofleeds.org.uk


ONLINE ADVENT SYCAMORE COURSE: Monday evenings in Advent (from 7-8.30 pm), the Vicariate for Education for our diocese will be running a short “Sycamore” course via Zoom. Sycamore offers adults a chance to discover and grow in faith through relaxed discussion, based around attractive videos (see www.sycamore.fm ). Catechists interested in running Sycamore in their own parishes may also benefit from attending. For more information and an invitation email: gregory.stacey@dioceseofleeds.org.uk


EVENTS AT THE BRIERY RETREAT CENTRE, ILKLEY:

  1. The Gift of Jesus – Advent Unwrapped an Advent Day of Recollection given by Fr Dennis Cassidy, Friday 4th December and repeated on Saturday 5th December. The suggested offering is £32.00 per person, to include a 2-course lunch. To book a place please contact The Briery on 01943 607287 or email: briery@btconnect.com
  2. The Ever-Coming God an Advent Preached Retreat given by Fr Eamonn Mulcahy, CSSp beginning Friday 11th December until Sunday 13 December. The suggested offering for the weekend is £175.00 per person, to include all meals. To book a place please contact The Briery on 01943 607287 or email: briery@btconnect.com
  3. Zoom Meditation’ is held every Thursday, 7.30pm – 8.15pm. This is free and open to everyone. Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83610083525 Meeting ID: 836 1008 3525. Looking forward to seeing you.

RELAX AND REVIVE WITH ‘CATHOLIC CARE’: Join Janet Kent from Leeds Catholic Care every Monday afternoon at 4pm for a friendly online relaxation group. For more information call Janet on 07739975008. Sessions will last 30 minutes. Join Zoom Meeting: Meeting ID: 742 8178 5015 Passcode: 9Td1UL

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/74281785015?pwd=cnBQbzFZemYrNjFRUTZmdzVkaU5yUT09

CATHOLIC CARE COMMUNITY RESPONSE SERVICE: Are you finding lockdown isolating and would welcome some support? Catholic Care have organised a number of initiatives that are designed to help. We have weekly Relax & Revive sessions (see above), a telephone befriending service or an online social group with different themes and speakers each week. For more details contact Catholic Care 0113 3885400 or Janet 07739 975008.

CATHOLIC CARE’S COMMUNITY MARKETS: At Catholic Care we know that many people are struggling with financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have over the last 8 months spoken to many parents who have sadly lost their jobs. The impact of this has been devastating, leaving many feeling unable to feed their families for the first time. Supporting families positively with dignity is the aim of our community markets. Customers are given a choice of fresh baked goods, fruit and vegetables along with cupboard staples such as rice, pasta and beans. Our friendly staff make every customer feel valued and cared for. We are currently operating in five schools, St Anthony’s Beeston, Holy Rosary and St Anne’s Harehills, St Nicholas Gipton, Corpus Christi Halton Moor, English Martyrs Wakefield and St Winifred’s Church Hall Bradford. We are working in partnership with our school communities, FareShare, Neighbourly and Warburton’s. Through these partnerships we are distributing surplus supermarket food and preventing it from going to landfill. We plan to expand this service to include more school communities. If you are interested in supporting us with this work please contact Janet Kent 07739975008 janet.kent@catholic-care.org.uk


LEEDS DIOCESAN SUPPLY SERVICE: are looking for teachers, teaching assistants and SEN support staff to work with schools across the diocese. For more info tel. 0113 331 4121 or 01422 384100


 

PAX CHRISTI ADVENT PEACE SERVICE: will take place on Monday 7th December at 7pm online on Zoom. This year’s liturgy is inspired by Pope Francis who says, ‘”We need a community that supports and helps us, in which we can help one another to keep looking ahead. How important it is to dream together… ” For information how to take part, please go to www.paxchristi.org.uk and follow the links under ‘Upcoming Events.’


 

FRIENDS OF THE HOLY LAND – SILENT NIGHTS IN BETHLEHEM: You are invited by the charity Friends of the Holy Land, which supports Christians in the Holy Land, to participate in two forthcoming free events. At 7.00pm on Thursday 3 December. Peter Rand, FHL’s Vice Chairman and , is running a Zoom session for our Diocese. Peter has visited the Holy Land on around 25 occasions in the last 10 years and is in regular contact with the FHL Bethlehem office, the local FHL Committee and other partners including the Latin Patriarchate, the Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem and the Pontifical Mission. He would like to share with you and take questions on the reality of life with COVID for our Christian brothers and sisters in the West Bank, Gaza, Israel and Jordan, as we approach Christmas – a very different experience to ours in the UK. Please email Peter at peter.rand@friendsoftheholyland.org.uk and he will send you the link to access the meeting.

Also at 10am on Saturday 5 December, FHL are organizing a live cookery demonstration by zoom of a traditional Palestinian Christmas meal, prepared by the ladies at St. Martha’s House, a Day Care Centre in Bethlehem, supported by FHL. Again, please email Peter who will send you the link.

 



ADVENT: PREPARE THE WAY! The Leeds Diocesan Youth Service has prepared a series of daily reflections for Advent written by various young people and those who work with them. You can download it by clicking here.


ADVENT SERVICE ONLINE: ‘He Comes, He is Revealed’. “Growing Old Grace-fully” works across our diocese to improve the well-being of older people, and they invite you to join a short reflective Advent Service, with readings, hymns, reflections and recordings from our Diocesan choirs on Saturday 12th December at 4pm (on Zoom). To book please go to www.growingoldgracefully.org.uk and see the link on the ‘Upcoming Events’ page (or click here).


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