Diocesan news and events

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.

HARBOUR: PRAYER GROUP – St Pio Friary, 7pm-9pm, Fridays: there is an adults’ prayer group run by the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal every Friday at St Pio Friary, 1 Sedgefield Terrace, Bradford BD1 2RU from 7pm-9pm. Teas and coffees are available from 7pm-7.30pm and then there is praise and worship, opportunity for prayer and fruitful sharing. Everyone is welcome. Follow @StPioFriary on Facebook for more information.

THE CHRIST IS ALIVE CATHOLIC CHARISMATIC RENEWAL COMMUNITY will be organising a Life in the Spirit Seminar from 10 November 2019. The seminar will run every Sunday from 10 November 2019 from 16.30 to 19.00 for six weeks at the Holy Rosary Church, Chapel Town Road, LS7 4BZ in Leeds. The seminar is free of charge and anybody interested in attending should send an email with their names and contact details to LISS_CCRLeeds@outlook.com or call or text the following numbers: 01132741007 / 07983776337 / 07909083440.

FILM SHOWING: VOICES ACROSS THE DIVIDE: Friday 22nd November, 5:30pm, Wheeler Hall, Leeds Cathedral. The Justice & Peace Commission is working with the Leeds Pax Christi group to show this film exploring the Israel /Palestine conflict through the voices of different people. It lasts about one hour and there will be some opportunity to discuss the issues raised by the film afterwards. Pay as you feel for the event.

ADVENT DAY OF REFLECTION: led by Fr Dennis Cassidy – choose either Friday 6th or Saturday 7th December 2019 – “An Advent Journey to Christmas with St John Henry Newman”.  Offerings £30 per person to include morning coffee and homemade biscuits, a two course lunch and afternoon tea and cake.   For further information or to book a place please contact the Administrator on 01943 607287 or email: briery@btconnect.com.

ADVENT PREACHED WEEKEND RETREAT: led by Fr Bernard Bickers – 13th-15th December 2019 – “Mark’s Gospel: The Beginning of the Good News about Jesus Christ, the Son of God.”  For more information or to book a place, please contact the Administrators on 01943 607287 or email: briery@btconnect.com.

ADVENT LECTIO DIVINA: As the Year of the Word starts, resources for groups to use for short weekly Lectio Divina sessions are available from the Vicariate for Education. If you a interested in exploring the possibility of forming an Advent Lectio group in your parish, please email gregory.stacey@dioceseofleeds.org.uk, or look for the resources on the Year of the Word section of the Diocesan Website.   

MORNING OF TRAINING FOR READERS: Prior to the start of The Year of the Word this Advent, Readers are invited to a morning of theological reflection and practical training on November 30th from 10am-1pm at Hinsley Hall. We will examine how we can best understand and proclaim the readings at Mass for Advent, with a particular focus on texts from Isaiah. For more information or to confirm a place, please emailgregory.stacey@dioceseofleeds.org.uk

PERU MISSION APPEAL 2019:On the First Sunday of Advent a collection is taken throughout the Diocese for the people of Peru. Our grants allow young practicing Catholics complete their University degrees. As trained catechists & youth leaders they enrich their parishes. SidaVida, associated with the Columban Fathers, supports those affected by HIV and AIDS. Many are refugees from Venezuela. Work protecting women from domestic violence is critical as abusive relationships can lead to infection & difficulty in seeking treatment. Hanoprem is a house of adults with special needs who make their house a welcoming home. All your generosity goes to Peru and directly to those who study, provides healthcare and loving support for people in need. Your generosity goes far. Thank you so much for your contribution.

VESPERS FOR THE YEAR OF THE WORD: Solemn Vespers for the First Sunday of Advent, to mark the beginning of The God Who Speaks: The Year of the Word, will be celebrated at Leeds Cathedral on 1st December at 4:30 pm, with Bishop Marcus presiding. All are welcome.

CARITAS LEEDS: CAROLS FOR ALL: Saturday 14th December 2019, 3.00pm at Leeds Cathedral, Great George Street, Leeds LS2 8BE. Prepared by Caritas Leeds Disabilities and Dementia Groups. Featuring the students from Holy Rosary and St. Anne’s Catholic Primary School. Refreshments will be served afterwards at Wheeler Hall. For further information, please contact Rev. Dr. Joseph Cortis (Co-ordinator for Caritas Leeds) on:joseph.cortis@dioceseofleeds.org.uk.

LEEDS TRINITY UNIVERSITY CAROL SERVICE: Join us for a festive evening of song and celebration as we enjoy the annual Carol Service at Leeds Trinity! The evening will begin with carols at 7.00pm in the Leeds Trinity University Chapel, with performances from a variety of our partnership choirs including the Chapel Choir of Leeds Trinity University, Trinity Voices, Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Primary School Choir, Mount St Mary’s Catholic High School Choir and St John Fisher High School, Harrogate. Following the service, at approximately 8.15pm, we will be serving complimentary mulled wine and mince pies in the Atrium (juice, tea and coffee will also be provided).
For catering purposes, please RSVP by Friday 29 November by registering your attendance via Eventbrite (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/carol-service-at-leeds-trinity-university-tickets-81696906647) If you have any queries please contact our Events Assistant Christopher Hulme, either via email (c.hulme@leedstrinity.ac.uk) or phone 0113 467 3942.

CHRISTMAS LUNCH AT THE BRIERY: Delicious Home-cooked Christmas Luncheons ideal for family, friends or parish groups are being served at the Briery on either 10th or 12th December.  For more information about booking a table and a copy of the menu please contact the Administrator on 01943 607287 or email: briery@btconnect.com.


Out of School Club Manager. Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Leeds. Closing date: 3rdDecember. Application form and job description can be found on the school website: www.sacredheartleeds.org.uk. Poster attached.

Deputy Headteacher, Our Lady and St Brendan’s, Bradford.  Information from Mrs N. Clancy. NClancy@olsb.bradford.sch.uk.  Closing date: 3rd December.

TRUSTEE VACANCIES AT ST GEMMA’S is now live on our website, as well as on other recruitment sites. You’ll also see the vacancies promoted through our social media channels and other newer routes to market.  Please make your networks aware of the opportunity by sharing the link: https://recruitment.st-gemma.co.uk/home/trustee-roles/Please note that there are two versions of the candidate pack – the pack under Essential Information is mainly text (to meet the upload criteria); a larger file with additional photos in is available by clicking the link at the bottom of the page.

GROWING OLD GRACE-FULLY is looking for an energetic self-starter to work on a freelance basis supporting work  with older people across the Diocese of Leeds. We take a holistic approach whilst focusing on the spiritual dimension of growing older.

The project has funding for a part-time role, working 14 hours per week(or monthly equivalent) at £18 per hour plus travel expense. We have funding initially for a one year contract. The closing date is November 22nd 2019. Interviews will be held on Friday December 6th 2019. To send for an application pack please e mail growing.old.gracefully@dioceseofleeds.org.uk. Informal enquiries to Carol Burns 07707061115

PAID WORK OPPORTUNITY WITH THE J&P COMMISSION: Do you want to make the world a better place? Do you have the time and skills to help the Commission in its work of celebrating what people do about social justice issues across the Leeds Diocese and to build awareness of what more people could do? We need one or two self-employed people who are available, on a flexible basis, to do in the region of 500 hours of work per annum. Please email jandp@dioceseofleeds.org.uk for a set of the Terms of Reference detailing out the activities that we need doing or see the home page of our website – www.leedsjp.org.uk. Closing date: 18th December 2019.

DAYTIME/EVENING VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: The SVP need more van drivers and drivers mates in Leeds and Bradford to  enable them to collect donated furniture for those in need or for sale in their Community Shops. The furniture will be used to support the SVP’s work for families in need.  Do you think you can spare some time to help?  For Leeds, Please contact Julie Milner 0113 2450800.  For Bradford, Please contact Annette Haigh on 01274 726790.