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.

DISABILITIES WEEK 17th-23rd JUNE 2019. Caritas Leeds is organising a Mass, Saturday 16th May 2019 (please see here for details).

AUDITIONS FOR LEEDS CATHEDRAL CHOIRS: A superb opportunity for young singers.  The Choir of Leeds Cathedral, one of the country’s finest Catholic choirs, is holding auditions for a limited number of places on Sunday 9th June, for boys in Y5-10 (including tenor and bass) and girls in Y6-10.  Opportunities include regular vocal tuition, BBC broadcasts and recordings.  Please contact the Diocese Music Department at office@dioceseofleedsmusic.org.uk or 0113 244 8634 for more information.

NOVENA TO OUR LADY OF UNFAILING HELP: The annual Novena to Our Lady of Unfailing Help, the Principal Patron of the Diocese, takes place from 19th to 27th June 2018 at Leeds Cathedral, Cookridge Street, Leeds LS2 6BE.  Monday to Friday 6.15pm; Saturday and Sunday 5.15pm.

LEEDS INTERNATIONAL ORGAN FESTIVAL EVENTS: Saturday 1st June: Wheeler Hall, Leeds Cathedral, 12:30-5:30pm Come and Sing Haydn Workshop, Leeds Cathedral; 7:30pm Come and Sing Haydn Performance in Leeds Cathedral. Tickets available on Eventbrite:

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All Festival information and ticket details can be found online at: leedsiof.org and facebook.com/LeedsIOF

THE BRIERY: On 15th June Jonathan Tulloch, writer in The Tablet and The Times, will be leading a day entitled “Glimpses of Eden” at the Briery.  The offerings are £30 per person and include morning coffee, a two-course lunch and afternoon tea with cake.  For further information or to book a place please call the Administrators on 01943 607287 or email: briery@btconnect.com

THE BRIERY: On 27th June Margaret Silf will be leading a day called “The River of Faith” at the Briery.  The offerings are £30 per person and include morning coffee, a two-course lunch and afternoon tea with cake.  For further information or to book a place please call the Administrators on 01943 607287 or email: briery@btconnect.com.

WORLD YOUTH DAY AT HOME: 7th – 9th June 2019 is a weekend festival in Staffordshire bringing young people ages 15 – 25 together to have a taste of WYD.  With prayer, catechesis, fellowship, liturgies and worship, the weekend promises to provide a wonderful experience of God’s love for young people from all over the country.  Please see website for further details www.wydathome.com

CATHEDRAL BELL RINGERS: We are coming up to the 40th Anniversary of the installation of our peal of eight bells at St Anne’s Cathedral. To help us to continue with our Sunday bell ringing between the two main Masses, 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.

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.

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.

FRIENDS OF CATHEDRAL MUSIC gives £30,000 endowment to support teenagers at Leeds Cathedral: The national charity ‘Friends of Cathedral Music’ (FCM) was founded in 1956 to support, raise standards and increase public awareness and appreciation of the living tradition of cathedral music. Over £4 million has been given to cathedral, church and collegiate chapel choirs, endowing choristerships, and maintaining the cathedral tradition of choral worship.

In May 2019 it was announced that FCM would support individual vocal training for the Leeds Cathedral School Choral Scholars through an endowment grant of £30,000.  This grant will make high standard training accessible to young people aged between 12 to 18, developing essential musical skills that will be used in daily liturgies, concerts, broadcasts and recordings.  The Diocese of Leeds Music Department would like to express their sincere thanks to FCM for continuing to support the children and young people within the Diocese of Leeds.  For more information about Friends of Cathedral Music visit: fcm.org.uk

THREE PEAKS CHALLENGE: On Saturday 3rd August 2019, walkers, raising money for St Patrick’s Mission Bradford, will climb the highest 3 peaks in Yorkshire. This year we will be joined with walkers from SVP and St Georges Crypt.  Led by the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, who are based at St Patricks’ Mission, we aim to climb the 3 peaks in under 12 hours.  Support us by signing up to walk or sponsoring us by visiting:


A RETREAT WITH A DIFFERENCE: A Foyer de Charité Retreat will be held in 2019 at Hinsley Hall, the Diocese of Leeds Pastoral Centre, from Sunday 21st July (6pm) –Saturday 27th July (2pm). The theme is God’s Plan for the Fullness of Time, and the preacher will be Mgr Keith Barltrop.  Foyer retreats are held mainly in silence, with three talks a day, and offer a holistic way of deepening our faith in the Church’s teaching and our life in Christ.  For further information or to book a place, contact Mgr Barltrop: keithbarltrop@rcdow.org.uk or 07879 953953.

Short Courses at Hinsley Hall 2019

At present sixteen teachers and catechists from around the diocese are participating in the two year Foundations in Faith (CCRS) course at Hinsley Hall.  This includes the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies and two days of reflection each year.   In February to June 2019 this current group will be studying the specialist modules.  The cost for each five-week course is £60.

These specialist modules are being offered to anyone from the diocese either as ‘stand-alone’ courses or as an introduction to Foundations in Faith (CCRS). 

In May & June 2019 there will be another group of short courses offered.  The choice this time will be Catholic Schools and Religious Education, Family Life Ministry or Youth Ministry.

For further details of any of these courses please contact Emma on 0113 261 8040 or evangelisation.admin@dioceseofleeds.org.uk


Personal Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer based at Hinsley Hall. An excellent opportunity for an experienced PA or Executive Assistant to join the Executive Team at Hinsley Hall providing administrative support across our Diocese.  Full job description available through the Diocesan website www.dioceseofleeds.org.uk/vacancies. For more details please contact Rebecca.phillips@dioceseofleeds.org.uk.  Your CV with a covering letter should be submitted to vacancies@dioceseofleeds.org.ukclosing date Friday, 31st May 2019.

The St Gregory the Great Catholic Academy Trust requires a full time Financial Accountant. Ideally some experience of school finance required. For further information and an application form please contact Emmaeducation.admin@dioceseofleeds.org.uk

 Parish Youth Ministry Worker at Our Lady and All saints Parish, Otley. For more information and an application form email:  evangelisation.admin@dioceseofleeds.org.uk

 The St Gregory the Great Catholic Academy Trust requires a full time Financial Accountant. Ideally some experience of school finance required. For further information and an application form please contact Emma education.admin@dioceseofleeds.org.uk

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.