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Weekly Bulletin
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New Items for Second Sunday of Ordinary Time- Year C
In Remembrance
Please pray for :Elizabeth Carrack, Robert Lambert,Ivy Horan, Anthony Jones, Marie O’Toole, Rose Smith,John Clarkson,Lionel Kearney, Michael Bourke,Michael Sheerin, Joe Waldron, Pauline Brash, Jack Bills,Pauline Hands, Margaret McHale, Bernard Launders,John Archer, Annie Barker, Eileen Inman, Francis Allan,Aaron Tarbotton, Agnes Rimmer, John Hennigan,Paddy Crotty, John Kenneth Madden, Norah McNulty,Joan Downes, Eileen Belcher, Adele Ann Walsh,Thomas Reginald Street, Barbara Powell, Delia Hirst, Gordon Cheyney, Patrick Cummins, Mary Craig,Terry Higgins, Florence Clark, Michael McGee William Arthur John Sharp and Peter Aloysius Martin
May they rest in peace and rise in glory.
Lourdes Group, Murder Mystery Night, Saturday 16 February 2019, 7:00pm arrival for a 7:30pm start in the
Parish Centre.  Tickets cost £10 inc supper.  Raffle tickets available.  Please contact Sue Oldroyd (0113 286 8159)
or Janet Daniel (0113 286 7790).
This week’s second collection is for The Poor Mission Fund. This collection helps parishes in our Diocese that are very poor and unable to support a priest by their own efforts and resources

CAFOD/Refugee Group News and Thanks

Grateful thanks to all our parishioners and volunteers for supporting the social events we organised in the autumn.  Because of your amazing generosity we have been able to support CAFOD by buying two World Gifts that will make a significant difference to vulnerable people’s lives

Medical Outreach Team (£300) - This gift helps support mobile health teams to provide emergency care to patients in remote communities who cannot travel to a health clinic. The outreach teams also provide training on local health issues, meaning that communities are less vulnerable to disease. The teams also make sure health clinics are well stocked.
Safe Place to Learn (£550)- Violence can have a devastating effect on families and especially on children. CAFOD works to support people in places where ‘normal’ education becomes very difficult because of conflict. This special gift funds counselling and skills workshops in a safe haven away from upheaval caused by war and conflict.  It is a unique gift that allows vulnerable children to learn and develop away from violence.
Connect to Puentecitos
- A special thanks for the many ways in which our community has supported Peuentecitos during the last 8 years. Although CAFOD is continuing its long-term commitment to the people of El Salvador and will continue to support the villagers of Puentecitos, the Connect scheme that has helped do this is closing.  In the narthex there are copies of September’s newsletter that gives details of improvements in people’s lives. There are also copies of December’s final newsletter from the villagers. Please take these and enjoy reading messages from our friends in Puentecitos.
Next meeting of the CAFOD/Refugee Group 7.30pm, Monday 11th February in the Narthex – all welcome.
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2019: The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally observed from 18 – 25 January; the octave of St Peter and St Paul.  Garforth Churches Together are planning to mark this special week of prayer. To mark this we will be hosting the usual Churches Together Lunch on Wednesday 16 January at 12:00pm. There will be a service at 11:30am.
200 Club - A reminder that 2019 subscriptions are due. Please consider joining - there are still numbers available. £1 a month per number.  Cash prizes available each month! Thank you for your continued support.
Vacancy at St Benedict’s Primary School, KS1 lunchtime Supervisor, 5 hours per week 12-1pm, £8.62 per hour (term time only). Contact Mr Flood on 07860773400 for more details and an application form. Successful applicants will need two references and to undertake DBS checks to ensure we fulfil our safeguarding requirements in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education.
The Gardening Team have started the new year by offering pots of daffodils. These are available in the Narthex after Masses this weekend.  Voluntary donations welcome.
Catechists’ meeting: Sat 9th March, Hinsley Hall, 10am-1pm: The Diocese invites all catechists and those involved in faith formation to a meeting at Hinsley Hall. There will be a chance to meet fellow catechists, to share best practice, and to meet the new Co-ordinators for Catechesis (Gregory Stacey and Kieran Hughes). There will be a particular focus on the opportunities presented by “family catechesis” and the ways in which the Diocese is developing ways to support catechists in their work. Those interested in attending are encouraged to email gregory.stacey@dioceseofleeds.org.uk.
Car park: On Saturday 26 Jan bollards will be installed to block off the area in front of the gate that leads to the grass knoll. Please do not cause an obstruction by parking your motor vehicles in front of the gate.
The Lourdes Group will be offering bacon butties after both Sunday Masses THIS Sunday (20 Jan).  Funds raised will support children going to Lourdes.
You Make Me Brave” – a retreat for young adults (16-30).  15 – 17 February at Leeds Trinity University,www.youth2000.org
Baptism course, Saturday 26 January at 10:00am.  Please see Fr Phillip for more details.
If you would like to be a voluntary Safeguarding Officer for the parish, please come and see Fr Phillip.  Volunteers must be computer literate.
St Benedict’s School, Tesco Bags of Help Counter Scheme for bikes: School is asking Tesco shoppers to add their counters to the in-store box between now and the end of February. Funds received will be for the purchase of bikes to be used on the Daily Mile track andimprove children's cycling abilities and fitness.
Monastic Experience Weekend, Quarr Abbey, Isle of Wight: Fri 8- Sun 10 Mar 2019: Designed for single Catholic men aged 18-35. Sample monastic life, as led at Quarr Abbey in the Benedictine tradition of the Solesmes Congregation. Attend liturgical worship, pursue personal prayer and meditation on the Bible, and hear talks from monks about their way of life, their liturgy and the Rule of Saint Benedict. Of particular interest to those wanting to explore a vocation. Contact: Brother Duncan Smith novicemaster@quarr.org
A retreat with a difference:A Foyer de Charité Retreat at Hinsley Hall, Sun 21  (6pm) – Sat 27 July (2pm). The theme is God’s Plan for the Fullness of Time,with preaching by Mgr Keith Barltrop.  Mainly in silence, with three talks a day, the retreat offers a holistic way of deepening our faith in the Church’s teaching and our life in Christ.  Contact keithbarltrop@rcdow.org.ukor 07879 953953.
St Benedict's Catholic Primary School 50th Anniversary Commemoration. School will be hosting a 50th Anniversary Celebration Ball at the Holiday Inn, Garforth on Friday 24th May from 7pm onwards. The dress code is ‘Smart’
(Black Tie is optional). Tickets are £25 and includes drink on arrival, 3-course dinner, a glass of wine and entertainment for the evening. Tickets on sale from Friday 1st February from the school office.
Party for the elderly at NET, Sunday 27 January 2019. If you have any new items/unwanted Christmas presents that you would like to re-gift to a party attendee, please place them in the box in the Narthex, thank you.  Drivers may be required to help – please see the noticeboard in the Narthex.On the daydonations of food (small plate of sandwiches and savouries) – please note contribution on the Narthex board. Anyone wishing to attend please contact Catherine Simpson (tel: 2870562) or Brenda Stanton (tel: 2864372).
Upcoming event: Liz Andrew of the Medaille Trust will be giving a talk about the work of a charity founded by a group
of religious congregations in 2006 to work against the evils of human trafficking in response to the plight of thousands of people who have been trafficked into the UK each year.  The talk will take place in the Parish Centre on a Wednesday, date to be confirmed. 
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.
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 assembl ypoint in an emergency.
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.
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.