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New Items for First Sunday of Lent – Year B
In Remembrance
Please pray for:18th February Dora Walker, Kathleen Hansbro, Leonie Flanagan, 19thFr. ‘Freddy’ Mawson, Winnie Leach, Winifred Campbell, 20thLeslie Thwaites, Andrew Hollingworth, Chris Harper, Kathleen Hughes, George Michael Horner, Maureen Quarmby, 21stJoseph Hanley, Elizabeth Waddington, Edith Bradshaw, Chris Harper, Jean McDonagh, 22ndTommy Barrett, Catherine Lalley, Barbara Cushing, 23rdEric Charlton, John O'Neill, 24thMary Oddy, Jack Wade, Jacqueline Midgley, Mary Trimble, Kathleen Heptonstall, George Devine, Sydney Smith.
May they rest in peace and rise in glory.
We welcome Fr Peter Rosser and Mgr Paul Fisher for this weekend 24th/25th February 2018.
Garforth Churches Together Party for the Elderly: A big thank you to all who helped in any way last Sunday to make the party such a success. All your work was much appreciated and a special thank you to NET for allowing us to hold it in their premises.
Masses received: Lilian Fineren, Margaret Taylor, Marie Taylor (2), Eddie Stapleton, John Judge.
Mother’s Prayers: Will meet in the Narthex 1.45-3pm on 1st March 2018. All welcome.
Coffee Morning in aid of NET on Friday 23rd February 2018 at 10.30am, 80 Ringway. Please leave any unwanted gifts in the box underneath the table in the Narthex. Irene Kilbride 2869587
Lourdes Group fundraiser: Bacon butties will be on sale in the Parish Centre after Mass on Sunday 25th February 2018
UCM: Wednesday 21st February 2018 after 7.30pm Mass - the UCM is hosting an "at home" evening. All very welcome.
Many congratulations to Joanne Taylor and Christopher Clark married here this weekend.
Walk with Me: Lenten reflection book for you to take away with you. During Children’s Liturgy reflection books for our young people will be distributed.
Joanne would like to say a huge you for the gifts, cards and good wishes. It is very much appreciated and thank you very much for all your help, support and friendship.
CAFOD Family Fast Day - Friday 23rd February 2018. This year's focus is on Zimbabwe and the difficulties, even in this day and age, of people going hungry, but not through choice! The fast day materials focus on Marian and the hurt of seeing her older son go hungry. By giving up something that day and donating the money saved to CAFOD, we can help to alleviate that hunger and a parents' pain. This year, UK Government Aid will match fund our donations - doubling each offering - so that's an even bigger incentive to be generous!  Envelopes will be available from this weekend.
Parish Admin role: I am now recruiting for this role. This is an exciting opportunity to assist the parish priest in an administrative capacity. Key skills for this role: Confident communicator, Ability to show empathy and treat all information as confidential, Close attention to detail with high level of accuracy, Intermediate level Excel and Word, Prioritise workloads with tight deadlines, Work autonomously, Experience of working on an accounting system, Financial experience. 15 hours per week (3 hours daily between 9.30am and 2.30pm). Please send a covering letter and CV to or by post to the Parish Priest, Administrator Vacancy, St Benedict’s Presbytery, Aberford Road, Garforth, LS25 1PX no later than Thursday 15th February 2018.

Lenten dates
Stations of the Cross will take place Wednesday evenings during Lent at 7pm (apart from 21st February).

.Garforth Churches Together: Lenten prayer services
20th February 7.15pm St Mary’s Church
27th February 7.15pm St Mary’s Church (Dayspring)
6th March 7.15pm St Benedict’s Church
13th March 7.15pm Garforth Methodist Church Following Wednesday - reflection and shared lunch at St Benedicts. 21st Feb, 28th Feb, 7th March, 14th March
Nightfever: Leeds Cathedral, Friday 16th February, 5:30pm – 10:30pm. There will be Mass, Adoration, music and prayer. Volunteers will invite people into the Cathedral to light a candle and pray if they wish. Priests will be available for conversations and/or confession. More information at . To volunteer, contact
Catholic Care is recruiting for 2 Residential Child Care Workers for its Leeds home.   37 hours per week salary £16,781 - £20,138. Further details contact Janet Flynn 0113 3885400 or visit or email
“What the Doctor’s Say”: A Lenten Day Retreat is taking place at the Briery on Tuesday 20th Feb.  The day is led by Fr Dennis Cassidy and will be an exploration of the some of the writings of the Doctors of the Church as we journey through Lent. Morning coffee at 10am, a two course homemade lunch at 12:30pm and tea and cake on departure at 3:30pm.  The suggested offerings are £25 per person for the day.   If you would like to book a place please telephone 01943 607287 or email
St Gemma’s Hospice 40th Anniversary, will be holding a very special Night to Remember on 21st March at Leeds Town Hall 7pm-9pm. The evening will celebrate our achievements over the past 40 years, remember the 50,000 patients we have cared for in that time and also look towards our future. Leeds Symphony Orchestra and ITV’s Duncan Wood and Christine Talbot will be presenting. Tickets £5. To book call 0113 218 5550
Catholic Youth Work training, facilitated by the Diocese of Leeds Youth Team – For anyone who works with young people or is interested in finding out more about Catholic Youth Work.  22nd March or 23rd April 2018, 7pm – 9pm at Hinsley Hall.
Adoremus National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress Liverpool 2018: A unique opportunity for the church to gather and reflect on the centrality of the Eucharist and particularly to explore the place of Eucharistic Adoration. 7th - 9th September 2018. Our parish has been given four places. If you would like to take part on behalf of our parish, please let me know.
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.
Mass Offerings: currently very few Mass Offerings received. When people come to church to have a ‘Mass said’, it is an ancient practice whereby they have a Mass offered for someone, an occasion or a special intention. In asking the priest to offer Mass, the accompanying money gift to him, is looked upon as an offering for his support as a priest for that day, or the Church at large, or a missionary endeavour in some part of the world. It is not a payment for Mass. The amount can vary as there isn’t a fixed cost, but generally people give around £10 per Mass. 'It is a contribution for the good of the Church and by contributing, they share the Church’s concern for the support of its ministers and its activities.’ (Code of Canon Law, 946) The Mass is the most perfect prayer a Catholic can offer to God. That is why so many people contribute to the beautiful and ancient practice of ‘having a Mass said.’ Having a Mass offered for some joyous occasion like a wedding, an anniversary, birthdays is also encouraged.
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 Club2018 subscriptions now due. New members welcome.

200 Club: January winners £50 – Jerome Murphy (202), £20 – John Bugg (180), £10 – Sharon Wright (6), £10 – Janet Daniel (131).  Subscriptions still outstanding. Thank you for your support.
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: 
Wharfedale, St James’ or Seacroft:
Fr Ben Griffiths Tel:  0113 206 4664 or email:
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.