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New Items for Third Sunday of Lent - Year C
In Remembrance
Please pray for : Fred Young, Nellie Egan, John McNally,Kathleen O’Neill, Terry Caldwell, Archbishop Romero,Gwen Rogerson, Beuno Laverty, Martin Hughes,David Robert Callaghan, Charles Coffey, Patsy BrownLilian Agnes Bradley, Margaret Butler, Harry Pullan,Margaret Waterhouse, Ellen Freeman, Andrew ArcherRonald Greenwood, Theresa Mary Street, Harry Swales,Thomas Staden, Francis Anthony Smith, Ethel HastonGeorge Edward Cook, Ethel Bills, Nora Clarkson,Annie Wray, Albert Tilley and Mrs Ray Lunn
May they rest in peace and rise in glory.
A limited supply of ‘A Lenten Prayer Journey’ for adults and children is available to pick up from the Narthex table.
Masses received: Mrs Helen Maloney, Charles and Veronica Porter and Albert Maher (LD – SVP).
Day of Reflection: Caring for Earth – our Common Home. Sat 30 March 2019 – please see noticeboard in Narthex.
Date for the diary: 7:30pm, Wednesday 10 April, Memorial Mass for Fr Gerry Hargreaves.  We will be joined by former parishioners of Allerton Bywater who now attend Mass at St Joseph’s, Castleford. Light refreshments will be served after Mass.  Fr Gerry Hargreaves served in the Parish of St John’s, Allerton Bywater for thirty years.
Film Night: Garforth Refugee Group is hosting a Film Night in the Methodist Church in Holy Week.  We will watch the film 'Moving to Mars', a powerful story about refugees from Burma / Myanmar who were resettled in Sheffield several years ago.  Tuesday, 16th April at 7pm at Garforth Methodist Church. Entry by ticket only.  Suggested donation £4, inc refreshments. Tickets will be available after Mass on 31 March and 7 April or contact Dot Read 07946 368953.  
Anniversary of the installation of our peal of eight bells at St Anne’s Cathedral. We are looking to recruit more bell ringers. If you are interested in “learning” to ring with our keen and enthusiastic team, do come “up” the tower and see us, the entrance is via the staircase in the Memorial Chapel.  Or contact our Ringing Master – Barrie Dove on 07952 026608.

Becoming a dementia friendly parish:  Belinda Connolly, a Memory Support Worker and a member of the Dementia Friendly Diocese Working Group, will be running a short Dementia Friends session on Wednesday 8th May at 7.00pm-8.00pm in the Parish Centre to help give a better understanding of dementia and the small things we can all do that make a difference in our communities. This session is open to all but may be of particular interest to Eucharistic Ministers, members of the SVP, hospital visitors and anyone wanting to understand more about helping people living with dementia.

Mothers Prayers will meet on Thursday 28 March in the Narthex from 1:45pm until 3:00pm.  All very welcome to join us in prayer.
Live Simply in Lent:Stuff – buy less stuff. The extraction of raw materials needed to make our stuff is often extremely harmful to workers and their environment.  Buy less clothes – use charity shops and swap events. Buy fewer gadgets. If you need to buy something vote with your wallet. Our purchases have ethical implications, whether we realise it or not. When buying something consider how it was made.  Will it last? What happens to it at the end of its life? 
(A Diocese of Salford Resource).
Dates for diaries: First Holy Communion will be held on Saturdays 8 and 15 June at 10:00am. A new date for Confirmation has been arranged.  The Mass will now be celebrated by Bishop Marcus at 7:00pm on Wednesday17 July 2019.
First Holy Communion preparation for children who do not attend St Benedict’s Primary School: Catechesis for children willtake place on Thursdays at 6:15pm – 7:15pm in the Narthex: 4 and 25 April, 2, 9, 16 and 23 May.  It will be led by the Year 3 class teacher at St Benedict’s, Miss Carney.  Please bring the ‘I Belong’ book you were given last year for First Reconciliation.
New Reader and Eucharistic Minister rotas are available on the Narthex noticeboard.
Welcome Fr Paul Moxon and Fr Gerry Thornton who will be saying Mass the weekend of 30 / 31 March.
Churches Together, Garforth - Lent Talk on the theme of ‘Togetherness’ to be hosted bythe Methodist Church on Tuesday 26 March at 7:15pm. Lunch, 12pm – 1pm on Wednesday 27 March 2019 here in the Narthex.  All welcome.
APF Missions Appeal (Red Boxes): an appeal will be given by Claire Colleran on the weekend of Missio (23/24 March).  St Benedict’s donations during 2018 totalled £1461.52 (plus Gift Aid donations). Thank you for sharing God’s love all around the world.
Churches Together, Garforth - Lent Talk on the theme of ‘Togetherness’ to be hosted at St Benedict’s on Tuesday 19 March at 7:15pm in church. Lunch, 12pm – 1pm on Wednesday 20 March 2019 in the Narthex.  All welcome.
Confession during Lent will be available after Masses as well as at the usual times.  The Church teaches that we must go to Confession at least twice a year. As we prepare ourselves for the great season of Easter, let us make every effort to receive the wonderful sacrament.
Baptismal course: Saturday 13 April at 10:00am – 11:00am in the Parish Centre Lounge. Please see
Fr Phillip for more details.
The Lourdes group is having a weekend at Hinsley Hall, 14 -16 June, at which we try to re-create the atmosphere and ethos of our Lourdes pilgrimages.If you would like to join us for this fun and prayerful weekend please see Chris or Catherine Simpson for more details (tel:2870562).

Next weekend’s second collection is for Catholic Care which offers support to families experiencing difficulties, including pregnant women; people with mental health issues; those with learning difficulties; and children in residential care.

Dayspring Counselling: a local counselling service offered by Dayspring Church where practitioners work according to the Association of Christian Counsellors Code of Ethics and Practice. £45 per session.  Concessions available.  Contact 0113 287 5055 / / 26a Main Street, Garforth, LS25 1AA.

“We too experience great pleasure when we hear how the shepherd’s shoulders exalt when they carry the lost sheep, and as we listen to the story of the lost coin restored to your treasuries while the neighbours rejoice with the woman who found it.”
St Augustine’s Confessions.

If you know of anyone who would like to be added to the left hand page section of the bulletin titled ‘Please Pray For’, please speak with Fr Phillip.
Churches Together in Garforth is continuing with Storytime sessions in the Library after the success of our Advent Storytime. Sessions run in the Cielo Library Cafe on Mondays at 9:30am for an hour. Sessions involve a story, a craft, some singing, chat, and a prayer. Please do tell those who might enjoy attending or helping out! Revd Becki Stennett, Methodist Minister,,0113 287 2412.

Race Night:Sat 13th April, 7:30pm.Little Sisters of the Poor, Mount St Joseph, Headingley, Leeds LS6 2DE. Telephone (0113) 2784101.

Bradford Catholic Players Youth present “High School Musical” on stage at Bradford Playhouse from Tuesday 9th to Saturday 13th April.  Tickets (£8-£16) from, 07505 948909 or online at .  Please support our talented young people!

Do you know a local group looking to hire a venue on a weekly basis?  From 10 April the Parish Centre will be available to hire on Wednesdays between 9:15am and 2:00pm.  Please pop into the Parish Office for further details including hire charge.

Leeds Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes, 5 – 11 July 2019.
There are various ways to book: through Joe Walsh Tours (, by telephone (0161 820 8790), or pick up a booking form at the back of church.  Also please see the poster on the noticeboard.
There is an information evening taking place at Mount St Mary's School, LS9 8LA, on Tues 19 March, 7pm for all doctors, nurses and carers who are interested in being part of the hospitality team on the Leeds Diocesan Pilgrimage.
Church flowers: If you would like to contribute to church flowers, please see the rota on the noticeboard for details. Thank you.
Sacrament of Confirmation:  Letters have been sent out to parents/guardians of those who have enrolled for 2019.  Any new candidates are welcome to apply for the next preparation course
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 07879 953953.
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
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
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
Online resources for the deepening of faith and knowledge of the Church:
1, – 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, - 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 February Winners: £50 - Emma Wilkinson (286); £20 - Pauline Sibson (188); £10 - Ann Martin (111).  March subscriptions now due. Thank you.
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.