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New Items for Third Sunday of Advent - Year C
In Remembrance
Please pray for Kate Lynch, Richard O’Toole, Ellen O’Toole,Alec Lubgan, Kathleen Linfoot, Catherine Robson, Walter Jackson, Margaret Potter,Bernard Shaw, Bernard Suggitt, Annie Dickinson, Wendy Carragher, Hannelore Marie Louise Buckley, Jack Johnson, Frederick Butterfield, Joseph Smith, Mary Jane Naylor, Ernest Berry, Raymond Corrigan,Peter Irish, John Devine, Agnes Reilly, Shirley Moore, Rosellina Gutman, Teresa (Tess) Waldron, Anne Laval, Kathleen Hughes, Margaret Jones, Margaret Martin, Alma Rigby, Kathleen Giedzuwn, Susan Reilly, Partick James Scully, Lucy Davin, Annie Young, Patrick Quirk, Seamus Power, Terry Farley, Mary Hannah Pearson, Howard Grinham, Maria Sen Jack Carragher, Roy Connolly and Jack Gerraghty. May they rest in peace and rise in glory.
Masses received: Brian Gilmore, Linda and John Havarts & Family, Mary Fitzpatrick and Family, Mary and Peter McGlynn.
Christmas Carol service, Sunday 23 December at 3:00pm.  All welcome.  Refreshments will be served afterwards including presbytery strength mulled wine.
UCM Meeting – Secret Santa and St Gemma’s Collection, 8:00pm, Wednesday 19 December in the Lounge.  All welcome.  Please bring along your cheques for the Christmas meal.  Also, a huge thank you to all those who attended the UCM Homeless Street Angels talk on 5 December when £75.56 was raised.
Mothers Prayers will meet on Thursday 20 December in the Narthex from 1:45pm until 3:00pm.  All very welcome to join us in prayer.
Renewal of Ministers of Holy Communion and Ministers of the Word: On the fourth Sunday of Advent (22 and 23 December) Ministers will be invited to renew their commitment to the Ministries they perform in service to the Parish.  This will be done during Mass.
Small new toys are again being collected this weekend as Christmas presents for children of aslyum seeker families.  A huge thank you to people who have already donated gifts - there are some beautiful things. Sunday 9th is the last day to donate, as the toys have to be sorted and wrapped.  Dot Read 07946 368953.
WYDAN Night Shelter: w/c 7th Jan, Garforth Methodist Church is again providing a warm place to sleep, hot food and friendship for asylum seekers who have become homeless.  Volunteers are needed to cook a meal, play a game, simply chat or do an overnight stay.  If you can give a couple of hours or more, that would be great.  Most people find that it's an enjoyable and rewarding experience. All volunteers will need basic training if they haven't previously helped at the Night Shelter.  Please contact Dot Read 07946 368953.
Live Simply: As part of trying to have a plastic-free Christmas use paper bags, greaseproof paper, silicone wraps, recycled foil for wrapping andstoring food instead of single-use plastic bags. Food-grade boxes made of recycled plastic are also an alternative.  Please keep in your prayers the Climate Change Summit. Thank you, Trish Sandbach..
Enrolment for First Sacrament, Saturday 16 March 2019: For parents and guardians of children in Year 3 who do not attend St Benedict’s School, please pick up an enrolment form from the table in the Narthex and return it to Fr Phillip before Christmas. Course details to follow.
Christmas Readers and Ministers of Holy Communion: Please, as ever, sign up on the noticeboard in the Narthex if you are willing to help with these duties. Many thanks.
Live Simply: Care for the Earth. Using eco-friendly cleaning products such as white vinegar for cleaning hand basins, loos etc. protects water &the life within it. Bleach kills useful micro-organisms, plants and animals and ends up polluting the water table. Alternative cleaners such as Method can be found in most supermarkets or you can go to ethical superstore.comfor a wide range of products.

Confessions: during Advent confessions will be available after every Mass. A quote from William Barclay, Professor ofBiblical Theology, University of Glasgow, “We must be clear about one thing regarding forgiveness. It is not so much the remission of penalty as the restoration of a relationship. Nothing can deliver us from certain consequences of our sins; the clock cannot be put back; but estrangement from God is turned to friendship, the distant God has become near and the God we feared has become the lover of human souls.” (Commentary on the Gospel of Luke).

- CAFOD World Gifts are a fun and meaningful way to give gifts to the people you love, and make a difference to some of the poorest communities around the world. Each gift comes with a Christmas gift card and you can choose from a great range, including sending a goat, building a business or helping a refugee child. World Gifts catalogues will be available at the back of church or visit https://worldgifts.cafod.org.uk
Midnight Mass at Leeds Cathedral will be broadcast live on Radio 4 from 11:30pm on Christmas Eve.  It is a Leeds Cathedral Choir Broadcast. The Preacher is Bishop Marcus.
Crucifix: Our bishop, Marcus has offered us as a personal gift of this crucifix for our church. It was commissioned by Bishop Arthur Roche, who is now Archbishop and Secretary to the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Sacraments, in the Vatican Curia. It was commissioned for the chapel at Hinsley Hall, the diocesan Pastoral Centre at Headingley. The Crucifix was created by David Johns, who also created in the church, the Stations of the Cross, the statue of Our Lady and Jesus as well as the Processional Cross which is used during Masses on Sundays. It is an amazing piece of work; totally unique; it is amazing how much it fits into the church scheme and design.  I brought it from Hinsley Hall this week to show to our Parish Council. On their advice and following consultation, I am placing this crucifix in the church for a few months to allow the power of this Cross to grow on us.Over the next few months it will give everyone a chance to view it close up and also to aid prayer most especially during the Sacrifice of Mass.  I may well move it from place to place to find a suitable position long term. It is hoped that this gift offered to us by Bishop Marcus will be received in due course and following much reflection. May it deepen our faith, and our understanding of what Jesus has done for us. May it enliven our faith and give us a deeper understanding of the 'loving kindness of the heart of our God, who visits us like the dawn from on high. He will give light to those in darkness and those who dwell in the shadow of death and guide us into the way of peace'. (Luke 1:79).
Interested in learning to play the organ? The Diocese of Leeds Music Department is offering opportunities to learn the organ. The cost of lessons will be covered by the parish.  Please speak to Fr Phillip for further information.
Date for your diary: There will be a joint Churches Together Choir singing Christmas Carols in Garforth on Saturday 23 December.  More information to follow.
Car park: The route from church to the emergency assembly meeting point is going to be made more prominent. Within the next few weeks work will be completed to block off the area in front of the gate that leads to the grass knoll. It will involve bollards being installed, signage being displayed and additional yellow lines being painted.Please do not cause an obstruction by parking your motor vehicles in front of the gate. This will ensure all pedestrians can safely access the assemblypoint in an emergency.

Christmas Services:

Saturday 22 December

6:00pm

Sunday 23 December

8:30am; 10:00am and Carol Service at 3:00pm

Monday 24 December

6:00pm; 9:00pm Mass of Christmas Night

Tuesday 25 December

8:30am; 10:00am

Wed 26 – Fri 29 December

10:00am

Saturday 29 December

10:00am; 6:00pm

Sunday 30 December

8:30am; 10:00am

Diocese of Leeds 2019 Yearbooks are available in the Narthex at a cost of £4.00 each.  Please place money in the newspapers box
The Parish Centre Hall, Lounge and Bar are available to hire for weekend events/parties (except 18th and 21st birthdays).  The venue has a license to sell alcohol.  Booking enquiries – 07514 053 325
New email address for the Parish Office – from now on please use the new email address which is office.stbenedicts@dioceseofleeds.org.uk
Becoming a Catholic: If you know someone who has expressed an interest in becoming a catholic, please contact Fr Phillip directly.
New email address: Fr Phillip has a new Diocesan email address. Please use the new email address from now onwards:phillip.hall@dioceseofleeds.org.uk
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
Online resources for the deepening of faith and knowledge of the Church:
1, wordonfire.org – Bishop Robert Barren – Proclaiming Christ in the Culture. All kinds of reflections on the Gospels and dogma based on our living in the world: homilies, DVDs, downloads, blogs on all kinds of topics relating to the Catholic Church and beyond.
2, Catholicapptitude.org - If you are new to using Catholic apps, let’s start with the basics. Begin by downloading a Swiss Army-type app that comes loaded with many useful Catholic apps and special features all in one package. There are a few to choose from based on your type of device and platform. After you choose one of those “essential” all-in-one Catholic apps.  
Mass offering envelopes: Please be aware that it is on a first come first served basis. Therefore we will our best to accommodate a particular day, but it will not always be possible.
Following the Saturday 10am Mass there will be Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 11am, during which time there will be an opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Wednesday Word is a way of reflecting on the Sunday readings to deepen our understanding of the Sacred Word. Also known as Lectio Divina. Copies can be found at the back of church.
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.
200 Club November Draw:  £50 - George Spink (287),
£20 - Frances Hoban (1), £10 - Hannah Taylor (96),
£10 - B Ripley (54).  December's payment now due before 14th please. Last chance to back-pay to qualify for Christmas Draw.
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.