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In Remembrance

Please pray for the repose of the souls of Eileen Belcher, Mary Ellis, Adele Ann Walsh, Thomas Reginald Street, Barbara Powell, Paul Hands,Gordon Cheyney, Delia Hirst, Patrick Cummins, Mary Craig, Terry Higgins, William Arthur John Sharp, Florence Clark, Michael McGee, Hugh Smith,Peter Aloysius Martin, Gertrude McCarthy, Thomas Ashcroft, Edith Berry,Fr. John Cairns, Frank Smith, Margaret Moorhouse, Charlotte Brennan,Patrick Archer, Peter Nugent, Derek Watson, Mary Winifred Booth,Vincent Wetherhill, Geoffrey Wetherhill, Ernest Brumwell, Barry Street,Stella Marie Kemp, Owen Gerard Clarke, Ann Jean Katherine Lynch, Ernest Berry, Shelia Hennigan, Walter Shepherd and Sheila Dobson. May they rest in peace and rise in glory.

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

UCM members please be aware that a programme of events is being compiled for later this year. Remember the Auction for Peru and save those unneeded gifts for when we return.Thank you, ladies, and stay safe. Janet D.

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.An Ancient Prayer to Saint Joseph:
O St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in thee all my interests and desires. O St. Joseph, assist me by thy powerful intercession and obtain for me all spiritual blessings through thy foster Son, Jesus Christ Our Lord , so that, having engaged here below thy heavenly power, I may offer thee my thanksgiving and homage.

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
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.

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

This week there will be the second collection for the Diocese of Leeds Pilgrimage to Lourdes. The fund provides for costs throughout the year including: helping cover costs for some pilgrims who are poor, helps with covering nurses and carers to help them come to Lourdes, provides costs for medical equipment and prescriptions in Lourdes as when is required, it helps to cover the cost of using the facilities of Lourdes for Masses etc. If you would like to alter your Will accordingly, please speak to me privately. Thank you for your generosity

Catholic Care Vacancies: Due to the continuing development of services within the charity there are now the following job vacancies:        Adult Learning Disability Service:   
Registered Manager - House of Light, Leeds.
Residential Care Worker + outreach - House of Light, Leeds.  Floating Support Worker- Leeds.
Support worker + Outreach – Shipley, Elland, Skipton, Todmorden and Keighley
Older People’s Service:
Registered Manager - Extra Care Facility, Skipton
For more information visit www.catholic-care.org.uk/recruitment/latest-vacancies/   or email recruitment@catholic-care.org.uk

Catholic Care events: Zoom Coffee Morning. Friday mornings at 11am starting on 22nd January. A place to have a chat, become part of a community and have some fun! Meeting ID: 882 6618 1071; Passcode: Hello21 .

An Introduction to Nonviolence - Tuesday 2nd February @ 7pm via Zoom. This one hour Zoom meeting has been organised by the Leeds Diocese J&P Commission and the Leeds Diocese Pax Christi group. Not sure about nonviolence? What is it? What has it to do with Catholic Christianity in the Twenty-First century? Didn't we Catholics sort this all out years ago with the Just War theory? The Pax Christi Group in collaboration with the J&P Commission are running a five week introductory course during February and March.  This pre-session, led by former General Secretary of Pax Christi UK – Pat Gaffney – will give you a flavour of what to expect and help you decide if you want to do the course:  www.leedsjp.org.uktinyurl.com/leedsjpgaffney

Saints we celebrate this week
The Conversion of St Paul:  On the road to Damascus from Jerusalem, Saul a known persecutor of Christians in the early life of the Church soon after Pentecost, had an experience of conversion when he encountered Jesus himself. This moment proved pivotal in the life of the Church as Saul was instructed to be converted to Christianity. He changed his name to Paul. Paul became the Apostle to the Gentiles by taking the message of Christianity tothe Southern and Eastern parts of the Roman Empire. He converted countless numbers of people to the faith and established local churches.

Ss. Timothy & Titus: were companions of St Paul. They were entrusted with the care of the churches at Ephesus and Crete respectively. In a general audience Pope Benedict XVI spoke of these saints in 2006 noting their readiness to take on a variety of offices ina time of when being a Christian was far from easy compared to today. They “teach us to serve the Gospel with generosity, realizing this entails a service to the Church itself”. In the New Testament part of the Bible, there are letters attributed to St Paul written to both Timothy and Titus.

St Angela Merici:was born in 1470. From her childhood, she had a sense that God was calling her to do something special. But she did what she could to put this out of her mind – she was poor, uneducated and too ordinary. But she met many women and widows, young and old who longed to follow Jesus: to lead a consecrated life serving God and neighbour but were not attracted to the life in the cloister. She took the habit of the Third Order of St Francis and gathered around her like-minded girls to help her in works of charity. St Angela formed the Ursuline religious order. They were dedicated in teaching impoverished children, especially girls.  She died in 1540.

St Thomas Aquinas:was born in Aquino in Italy in 1225. He entered the Dominican Order. He studied under St Albert the Great in Cologne. He is widely respected in theology. He wrote many works of theology and philosophy; his Summa Theologicais used today in seminaries and universities. He is famous also for the theory accepted by the Church, of how bread and wine are changed into the Body and Blood of Christ in the Holy Mass. He called it Transubstantiation. He dies at the age of 49 in 1274. He loved chocolate also.

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

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.