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.

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.

‘YOU MAKE ME BRAVE’: YOUTH 2000 YOUNG ADULTS’ RETREAT WEEKEND: 15-17th February, Leeds Trinity University; aged between 16-30 years?  You are invited to a weekend of talks, workshops, liturgy, worship and friendship for young Catholic adults at Leeds Trinity University.  For more info, see:  https://www.facebook.com/pg/Youth2000/events/

FLAME 2019: The biggest Catholic Youth Event in the UK- Flame 2019 is coming up in March. See here for more details on how to book your tickets.

MONASTIC EXPERIENCE WEEKEND AT QUARR ABBEY, ISLE OF WIGHT: Fri 8th (evening) – Sun 10thMarch 2019: The Monastic Experience Weekend is designed to give single Catholic men aged 18-35 the opportunity to sample monastic life, as it is led at Quarr Abbey in the Benedictine tradition of the Solesmes Congregation. They will be able to attend the liturgical worship in the church, pursue personal prayer and meditation on the Bible in the prayerful silence of the monastery, and hear talks from the monks about their way of life, their liturgy and the Rule of Saint Benedict which they follow. There will be opportunities to participate in the work of the monks and to ask questions. It will be of particular interest to those wanting to explore the possibility of a vocation. Contact: Brother Duncan Smith  novicemaster@quarr.org See here for more details.

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

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 February & March 2019 there will be three short courses on Tuesday evenings at Hinsley Hall.  There is a choice of Catholic Social Teaching, Lay Chaplaincy in Schools or Liturgy.

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


The Diocese of Leeds is seeking NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS to help undertake the Governance of a variety of charitable trusts and schools within the Diocesan ‘family’.  Would lay Catholics wishing to be considered as potential future Trustees and School Governors please send CV and covering letter to: Mr Ian Burrell, Chief Operating Officer, Diocese of Leeds, Hinsley Hall, 62 Headingley Lane, Leeds LS6 2BX.  For more information, email: volunteering@dioceseofleeds.org.uk

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.

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.