Diocesan news and events

CELEBRATING SAINT OSCAR ROMERO: This Sunday 14th October at 8:10am BBC Radio 4’s Sunday Worship will be broadcast live from Leeds Cathedral.  Bishop Marcus will celebrate Mass to mark the canonisation of Bl Oscar Romero, former Archbishop of San Salvador, and six others. Pope Francis stated during Romero’s beatification, ‘His ministry was distinguished by his particular attention to the most poor and marginalized.’ It seems fitting that this celebratory broadcast will take place in one of the most deprived areas of West Yorkshire and draw communities together from a diverse range of cultures and backgrounds. The Choirs of Leeds Cathedral, conducted by Benjamin Saunders and accompanied by organist David Pipe, will sing works by Andriessen and Bermudez. Tune in live at 8:10am, BBC RADIO 4 or catch up on BBC iPlayer.
LEEDS DIOCESAN SINGLE CATHOLICS meet every first Friday of the month in an upper room at Trinity Church Boar Lane, Leeds for prayers and refreshments, discussion and occasional events such as meals out or walks. We are primarily a social group, open in principle to any single catholic over 18 although our actual age range is currently 40 – 70yrs. If you would like to join us, you would be very welcome. Contact Robert 07900 473955 or email: leedssinglecatholics@googlemail.com.

CONFIDENTIAL, EXPERT, MARRIAGE RELATIONSHIP SUPPORT from Marriage Care. Marriage is an enduring commitment to love, but knowing how to keep love alive for life is not always easy or straightforward. The best relationship help for couples in difficulties is provided by Marriage Care which aims to be open to all irrespective of ability to pay. Contacts:  MarriageCare atwww.marriagecare.org.uk  FREEPHONE:   0800 389 3801

TIME TO TALK: Do you need a listening ear? Most of us need a little time to talk things over. Come along on Fridays 1:30pm-3:30pm at Blessed John Henry Newman Centre, Station Road, Cross Gates and Tuesdays 7-8pm Dial house, 12 Chapel St, Leeds LS15 7RW and talk to one of our trained listeners in a confidential space.

KERALA FLOODING AID RELIEF:  Following the recent devastating floods in Kerala, the worst in living memory according to local sources, the Bishop urges the parishes of the Diocese to support the ongoing relief effort to make donations either to CAFOD’s appeal (https://cafod.org.uk/News/Emergencies-news/Kerala-floods), which is distributing aid via Caritas India, or to the SVP appeal (https://www.svp.org.uk/news/kerala-emergency-appeal) which sends money directly to the SVP National Council in India. Our brothers and sisters need help now, but also in the months ahead to rebuild their lives – homes, schools, churches and the general infrastructure. Let us also continue to pray for all those affected.

DAY OF ADORATION AT LEEDS TRINITY UNIVERSITY: On Fri 19th Oct from 8:00am-8:00pm there will be Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the chapel of Leeds Trinity University (Brownberrie Lane, Horsforth, LS18 5HD). Please let Fr Michael Doody know if you would like to volunteer to cover one of the hours. Phone 0113 2490762 or email michael.doody@dioceseofleeds.org.uk.

WAF OCTOBER ROSARY CAMPAIGN: to promote October as the month of the Rosary, that 7th Oct is the Feast of the Holy Rosary, and also that 13th Oct is the anniversary day of the Fatima Miracle of the Sun on 13th  Oct 1917. So we are inviting parishes, groups, families and individuals in England and Wales to particularly pray the Rosary during the month of October. Our Lady requested that people should pray the Rosary for peace in the world during each of her six apparitions at Fatima and said of herself on 13th Oct 1917, “I am the Lady of the Rosary.” For details about how to pray and promote the Rosary in October, please visit: https://worldfatima-englandwales.org.uk/october-2018-rosary-campaign-2/

FIRST SATURDAY DEVOTION: From Sat 6th Oct 2018 and every 1st Saturday of each month, all Catholics are encouraged to observe the First Saturday Devotion requested by Our Blessed Lady wherever Day Mass is celebrated in the Diocese of Leeds.The devotion is made up of Confession, Holy Communion, five decades of the Rosary and keeping Our Lady company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to Our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Briery Retreat Days:

1ST DECEMBER, “THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT” led by Canon Timothy Swinglehurst.  At Confirmation we receive the wonderful gifts of the Holy Spirit.  During the day we will reflect on the meaning of these special gifts and how they help us live like Christ and serve the Church and the world around us.

CHOOSE 7TH OR 8TH DECEMBER, “WHAT THE TEACHERS SAY” led by Fr Dennis Cassidy.  This Advent Retreat day will explore the teachings of various schools of Spirituality.

14TH-16TH DECEMBER, “THE EVER-COMING GOD” led by Fr Eamonn Mulcahy, C.C.Sp.  Shafts of Light Refracted through the Prism of Love.  Insights and Intuitions from Fr Daniel O’Leary to help us get the most out of Advent.

For further information and to receive a booking form for any of the above please contact the Administrators by email briery@btconnect.com or call 01943 607287.


DIOCESE OF LEEDS SAFEGUARDING COMMISSION VACANCY: An independent chair person is needed for the Diocese of Leeds Safeguarding Commission. The applicant should have extensive and current professional safeguarding expertise and experience in working with children and/or adults who may be at risk and will ideally have a proven track record or working extensively at a senior level in related areas (i.e. social care, police, probation or family law).

For further information about this voluntary role please call Suzanne Mitchell, Safeguarding Coordinator on 0113 261 8069. Application is by way of a written expression of interest, CV and details of 2 referees to be submitted to suzanne.mitchell@dioceseofleeds.org.uk. Closing date is the 30 October 2018. Interviews to be held at Hinsley Hall, Leeds in November 2018

Due to the impending retirement of the current postholder we are looking to appoint a Human Resource Administrator.  Part Time / Full Time   S.P. 24 – 27 currently £22,401 – £24,657 pro rata.  Closing Date: 22nd October 2018.  For further details please contact Janet Flynn on 0113 3885400 or at janet.flynn@catholic-car.org.uk

CATHOLIC CARE VACANCY – HEAD OFFICE LEEDS: Due to the impending retirement of the current postholder we are looking to appoint a Human Resource Administrator.  Part Time / Full Time   S.P. 24 – 27 currently £22,401 – £24,657 pro rata.  Closing Date: 22nd October 2018.  For further details please contact Janet Flynn on 0113 3885400 or at janet.flynn@catholic-care.org.uk

PARISH YOUTH WORKER WANTED: Our Lady and All Saints Parish, Otley, wish to appoint an enthusiastic and committed Catholic to work with the young people of their parish.  Please see here for further details.

FULL TIME GENERAL MANAGER: Hinsley Hall Conference and Pastoral Centre is recruiting a full time General Manager, with an immediate start.   A full job description is available at  http://www.dioceseofleeds.org.uk/vacancies/.  Please apply by sending a covering letter and CV to recruitment@dioceseofleeds.org.uk as soon as possible.  Further information, and a preliminary discussion, can also be requested through this e-mail address.

DUTY MANAGER, HINSLEY HALL Principle Objective – To assist in helping Hinsley Hall provide a high quality service to all its users. Please contact thegeneralmanager@hinsley-hall.co.uk  for more details.

RECEPTIONIST, HINSLEY HALL Principle Objective – To ensure the smooth and efficient running of a busy reception area. Please contact thegeneralmanager@hinsley-hall.co.uk  for more details.

CLAY – Christians Learning Across Yorkshire: The summer 2018 edition of the CLAY (Christians Learning Across Yorkshire) leaflet is now available.  In it you will find details of courses throughout Yorkshire which are open to all Christians.  The website www.claycourses.org.uk contains full details and the leaflet can be downloaded from here.

40 DAYS FOR LIFE: Prayer, fasting and peaceful vigil outside the Marie Stopes abortion facility in Leeds (Barrack Road, Leeds, LS7 4AB) from 26th Sept to 4th Nov 2018 from 7am to 7pm. To get involved contact Chris Redding 07815 681343 or email40daysforlifeleeds@gmail.com. For further information visit: www.daysforlife.co./leeds

To Celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the Leeds Diocese travelling on Pilgrimage to Lourdes a DINNER DANCE (incl. a welcome drink, 3 course dinner, coffee and DJ) is being held at the Met Hotel on Fri 26th Oct (7:30pm) . Tickets are £40 and available from Phil Marshall tel: 07766 148375 or email: philmarshall49@hotmail.com

MASS FOR ALTAR SERVERS: Sat 20th Oct 2018, in Leeds Cathedral, at 12:00 Noon. All altar servers are encouraged to attend, and maybe the parish might consider bringing a group of them and their parents to this Mass. Those attending will need to bring their cassock and cotta or servers alb and gather in Wheeler Hall by 11:40am. Also, please bring a picnic lunch which can be eaten in Wheeler Hall following the Mass.

 LEEDS CATHEDRAL LECTURES 2018-2019: please find details here of the series of lectures to be given at Wheeler Hall next to Leeds Cathedral, from October 2018 to January 2019.

DAY OF REFLECTION WITH THE JUSTICE & PEACE COMMISSION: Join us for a day to reflect on the call of the Gospels to work for Social Justice. This free to attend Day of Reflection will be led by Fr Michael Doody, Vocations Director for the Leeds Diocese. Saturday 20th October 10:00am – 3:00pm, Good Shepherd parish centre, Mytholmroyd. Please email jandp@dioceseofleeds.org.uk  to book a place.

WORLD APOSTOLATE OF FATIMA (WAF) ENGLAND AND WALES NATIONAL PILGRIMAGE, 10-16th JULY, 2019: half board at Domus Pacis hotel in Fatima with 2 half-day excursions included in the price. Flights with TAP: 10th July, Heathrow-Lisbon, dep. 11:20 arr. 14:05; 16th July, Lisbon-Heathrow, dep. 15:05, arr. 17:45. The costs are: £632 per person sharing, Single supplement £120, Insurance from £33.  On-line Pilgrimage details including the book form are here:https://worldfatima-englandwales.org.uk/waf-england-and-wales-national-pilgrimage/  It is possible to download posters and flyers advertising the pilgrimage.