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Weekly Bulletin
New Items for First Sunday of Lent
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In Remembrance
Please pray for the repose of the souls of:Bertha Laverty, Evelyn Holmes,Joseph Derbyshire, Joseph Harold Bowes, Ada O’Leary, Emily Spirett, Derrick William Mills, Mary Costello, John Walter Gill, James Kennedy,Canon Leonard Rout, Billy Littler, Nan Littler,  Roger Davis, Clara Pickles,Stephen Patrick Flynn, Sadie Campbell, Jack Kelly, Mgr. Bernard Gilmore, Albert Yates, John Joseph Sadler, John Dylan Morgan, Kathleen Britton, John Jackson, Greville Howson, AgnesThompson, James Cross McLelland,John Fitzgerald, Kathleen Murphy, Phyllis Gaughan, Hubert George Ryan,Alfred Dickinson, Mary Carraher, Peter Anthony Fox, Rose Hawthorne and Pauline Mann.
May they rest in peace and rise in glory.
Sunday Message - click on this link

The obligation to attend Sunday Mass has been removed for the time being as decreed by the Holy See.

Other Sacraments, Masses and services updated:
Confessions – special arrangement
Sacrament of the Sick – special arrangements for house calls
Baptisms – special arrangements
Funerals- services and requiems with special arrangements
Weddings – special arrangement

Saturday Vigil Mass on Saturdays has been recommenced at 6.30pm

Faith, Justice & Action Group:We would like to invite you to join us for Prayer and Reflection Liturgies during Lent. 4th March: Poverty -"The Lord hears the cry of the Poor"; 25th March: Creation - Focus on the Environment. Each 7.30pm session will have suggested actions, related to the themes, in which you might like to participate in the weeks to come, as part of your Lenten commitment. The Lord hears the cry of the poor - 4th March at 7:30 pm
https://tinyurl.com/garforthlent3

Robert William Unwin: On Bob's behalf, and our own, the family wish to acknowledge with immense gratitude, the love, prayers and support received over recent weeks from the wonderful St Benedict's community. The Catholic Church certainly delivered to Bob on the promises it made to him in Baptism.

Family Fast Day with CAFOD will take place on Friday 26 February. The fast day is an expression of our shared love and concern for the universal family of the Church, by supporting those in of the most poor and vulnerable around the world. Particularly those effected by the CV-19 which separates them from the sacramental life of the Church, and those pushed into extreme poverty. There will be no CAFOD envelopes this year. Please donate to them directly: cafod.org.uk/lent or tel 03000115680 or send to: Romero House, 55 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7JB.

Sacrament of Confirmation – Cath Ups. We have finalised dates for the online courses for the children. The cohort will be split into three groups and will be learning online together, and with their families. The first round of sessions will be Wednesdays:  17th, 24th and 31st March. Then successive weeks from 21st April – 26th May. I will deliver the packs this week.

Mill Hill Missions National Novena to St Joseph in the year of St Joseph will take place 10-18 March. Available to ‘zoom’ via millhillmissionaries.co.uk/novena

Word of thanks from the SVP-East Leeds for all those who have contributed with food and clothing in these times. Your generosity to those who are truly poor makes a big difference for families in Leeds. If you would like to contribute please bring what you want to give to church.

First Holy Communion – Catch-Ups. Please do keep the children in your prayers as they are making their First Holy Communions on 13th, 20th and 27th March. These are Saturday morning Masses where immediate families have made their bookings.
The catch-up First Holy Communion from last summer the dates have been rearranged to 13th, 20th & 27th March at 10am. All parents have been notified. Due to reduced space in Church and for Covid Security, immediate family only may attend. These Masses are a closed booking. We will arrange a larger celebration at a later date for extended family and friends to enjoy. Also…
Catch-up Confirmation from last summer: news of the preparation classes online will be coming soon. There is no date set for the celebration of the Sacrament as yet.

This year I am encouraging you to pray the Stations of the Cross at home instead of a service in church. Here are some reflections:

instead of a service in church. Here are some reflections:
The Fourth Station: Jesus meet his mother. We adore you O Christ and we praise you. Because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world. The Lord turns his suffering gaze towards his mother who is silently accompanying her son on the road to Calvary. We all have some idea of what this means to see someone we love suffering. Let us remain with Mary when life brings us events we cannot understand, when we feel helpless, when the Father’s will seems harsh or inexplicable. With Mary we can seek and be with Jesus – that is enough.
The fifth Station: Jesus is helped by Simon of Cyrene. We adore you O Christ and we praise you. Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. The Father too allows us to share compassion for Jesus, through the help we give to others often at a cost for us. We do this by offering a hand to those in need: those we live with, those the Father sends to us, and by our prayers and sacrifices for the whole Church. Let us learn to bear the cross willingly, without complaining and find in it joy and honour at being asked to carry for our faith. Accept whatever God wills to send you, for love of him, just as he bore his sufferings for love of us. Simon, an unwilling helper, helped Jesus. His whole family became believers.

2021 is dedicated as the year of St Joseph. St Joseph is the universal patron saint for the sick and the dying, he is also the patron saint of the Protector of the Family.A Daily Morning Prayer with St Joseph:

Receive me, dear chosen father, and the offering of my every movement of my body and soul, which I desire to present through thee, to our Blessed Lord.

Purify all! Make all a perfect holocaust! May every pulsation of my heart be a spiritual communion, every look and thought an act of love, every action a sweet sacrifice, every word an arrow of divine love, every step an advance towards Jesus, every visit to our Lord as pleasing to God as the errands of the angels, every thought of thee, dear saint an act to remind me that I am your child.

I recommend to thee the occasions I usually fail [mention these]. Accept each little devotion of the day, though replete with imperfection, and offer it to Jesus, whose mercy will overlook all, as he regards not so much the gift as the love of the giver. Amen

Word of thanks from the SVP-East Leeds for all those who have contributed with food and clothing in these times. Your generosity to those who are truly poor makes a big difference for families in Leeds. If you would like to contribute please bring what you want to give to church.

Mill Hill Missions National Novena to St Joseph in the year of St Joseph will take place 10-18 March. Available to ‘zoom’ via millhillmissionaries.co.uk/novena

Community Counselling: 0113 38885400 Or email: info@catholic-care.org.uk
Lifeline for marriages: Retrouvaille Group tel 07887296983 or email:retrouvailleukinfo@gmail.com
Fasting & Abstinence in Lent – A guide:
Fasting: for those between 16-60 years old. If you are outside this age group, you may wish to fast as a personal decision of faith. If you are ill or have long term conditions, you are not bound by fasting.
Abstinence: from meat or meat substitutes for those over the age of 14. Under this age abstinence in not required. Over 14 years there is no upper limit. Usually Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, or on days you want to choose also.
Days of Penance: Ash Wednesday, Good Friday & Fridays of Lent. To make a specific act of sorrow for sins either through extra prayer, fasting or alms giving.
Giving something up for Lent: this is a great tradition. We remember Jesus fasting for 40 days in the desert. In return, we give up something small like tea, coffee or sugar etc. Or we could give up our free time to do something for others as an act of charity. The gestures are meant to be small and not onerous.

Lenten Notices
Online Weeks of Guided Prayer:8th – 19th March 2021.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: www.briery.org.uk, 01943 607287 or briery@btconnect.com

God is with us: Talks on the Old Testament: Fr Timothy Swinglehurst will be leading. You will be exploring the Old Testament together, online via Zoom. This online course will give adults a chance to
explore how some key Old Testament texts and figures show us the different ways in which God comes to live with His people. Meetings will take place each Monday evening in Lent, from 7-8 pm, with the opportunity to continue conversation afterwards. Each session will include a brief introduction to some passages of Scripture, time to read them quietly in prayer, and an opportunity to discuss how God speaks to us through those texts in small groups. 
Monday 22nd February: Genesis and the Wonders of Creation
Zoom links for the Lenten Talks 2021 can be found on the Diocesan website
 https://www.dioceseofleeds.org.uk/lent-talks-2021-god-with-us/
I will post the details every week for the log-in and course content. This will be an excellent course led Fr Tim. The outline looks like good introduction to the Old Testament. If you are looking for a deeper connection with your faith, join in.

The Diocese of Leeds Annual Review 2020 is now available. This year the publication is online only – but as ever, highlighting the good news stories from many parishes, schools and charities which comprise our One Diocesan Family: click on 2020
https://www.dioceseofleeds.org.uk/communications/
This year our Parish is featured with photos about the work of the allotment for providing food for the poor during the spring and summer for St Vincent’s, the SVP and NET. It also features our feathered friends, the chickens. Well done to our Allotment Team for all their hard work and their continued support for the poor and those effected by the COVID-19. (click on this link to see the page about St Benedict's)

As we continue with the lockdown please do not fall into a false sense of security with the prospect of the vaccine. Please remain vigilant and observe the rules that govern your entry into church, participation and leaving church. We are very fortunate to remain open when so many public buildings are closed. Please continue to set the great example to everyone: SPACE – MASK – HANDS. Please leave church quickly and save any conversations until you are outside in the open air.

As we continue with the lockdown please do not fall into a false sense of security with the prospect of the vaccine. Please remain vigilant and observe the rules that govern your entry into church, participation and leaving church. We are very fortunate to remain open when so many public buildings are closed. Please continue to set the great example to everyone: SPACE – MASK – HANDS. Please leave church quickly and save any conversations until you are outside in the open air.

Collection envelopes/monies: For you usual weekly offering envelopes and basket offertory collection, please deposit in the basket or through the presbytery letter box.If you would like to make an electronic funds transfer to St Benedict’s, our account details are: 402715-01208853. If you would like to create a regular weekly/monthly Standing Order rather than awaiting to use cash in the church, please contact your bank and use the above sort code and account number of St Benedict’s church. If you are a tax payer, contact the parish office. We will be able to claim back on your contributions which directly benefit the parish. These benefits help to pay for building maintenance, repairs, liturgical/prayer books, your children’s sacramental instruction materials

Family Fast Day with CAFOD will take place on Friday 26 February. The fast day is an expression of our shared love and concern for the universal family of the Church, by supporting those in of the most poor and vulnerable around the world. Particularly those effected by the CV-19 which separates them from the sacramental life of the Church, and those pushed into extreme poverty. There will be no CAFOD envelopes this year. Please donate to them directly: cafod.org.uk/lent or tel 03000115680 or send to: Romero House, 55 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7JB.

On 20th February, 2pm CAFOD is holding an event called ‘Walk for Water’. Help relieve water poverty by walking five miles. More info cafod.org.uk/walk

Knitters would you like to make knitted squares to make blankets for hospitals? One lady in our parish is knitting night and day to make squares…it beats watching Judge Judy repeats. Any offerings bring to the presbytery/church.

If you are feeling the long lockdown a very isolating experience, you can have some support through Catholic Care.Catholic Care have organised a number of initiatives that are designed to help. They have weekly relax and revive sessions, 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. Further information attached.
 The COVID-19 pandemic is bringing untold economic hardship, the impact of which is leaving many feeling unable to feed their families for the first time.  Catholic Care Community Market is supporting families positively with dignity is the aim of our Community Markets.  If you are interested in supporting us with this work please contact Janet Kent 07739 975 008 janet.kent@catholic-care.org.uk. Further information attached.

Cafod are continuing their children’s liturgy weekly at 10am. To register for the LIVE and recorded Children’s Liturgy sessions click here https://cafod.org.uk/Education/Children-s-liturgy

Prayers for Children and Children’s Liturgy
- Icthus
(2 pages)
- Look
- Wednesday Word (children)

Please use the following link for the CAFOD resource for children
https://cafod.org.uk/Education/Children-s-liturgy

Click on the words above to access these resources

If you would like to bring any spare food or other items to church for the benefit of others, I will gladly distribute it locally for the use of the SVP and St Vincent’s Centre. Thank you to Paula’s Café on Main Street who donated a substantial amount of food this week.

200 Club :In view of the current circumstances, 200 Club will be cancelled for the rest of the year.  We have had two draws - Jan/Feb this year, and aware that some Parishioners have paid for the full year, and some part-paid.  This will be taken into account when we can resume, and as soon as this occurs, a system will be worked out to credit the remaining amounts paid for next year, excluding Jan/Feb.  A full explanation of how this will work will be given then.
Leeds City Council are offering chances for volunteers to help people who are stuck at home. Tel 0113 3781877.
Bulletin Delivery Service: Please let me know and I will drop one in your letter box.
House blessings: if you would like Fr Phillip to come and bless your house, he would be delighted to perform this in your home.
If Fr Phillip is absent from the parish and you need a priest please contact the Dean of East Leeds, St Theresa’s, Crossgates, Fr Pat Wall, 0113 264 5260.
Catholic Care Community Counselling Service: A free and confidential service for people with mental health issues. Operating from three discrete locations in the Leeds area, ensuring the upmost confidentiality for clients. Contact 0113 388 5406 or email counselling@catholic-care.org.uk
If you or a relative are taken into hospital, please ensure that you register as Roman Catholic with the nursing staff, to enable a visit from the hospital chaplaincy team.
If you would like a Mass intention to be remembered on a specific date – please kindly give at least 2 weeks’ notice to facilitate this. Thank you.
Hospital Chaplain Details:
LGI and Chapel Allerton: Canon Chris Irving
Tel: 0113 392 2914 or email: Christopher.irving@leedsth.nhs.uk 
Wharfedale, St James’ or Seacroft:
Fr Ben Griffiths Tel:  0113 206 4664 or email: benjamin895@btinternet.com
St Gemma’s Hospice:
If you or a relative are in hospital please ask the ward staff to contact the chaplain for you or use the details above.