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.
LIVING WITH LOSS RETREAT PART 2: 6th to 8th September 2019.  Led by Abi May, this retreat is intended for those who would like a follow up from Part 1.  The offering for this is £173.  For more information please call the Administrators on 01943 607287 or email: briery@btconnect.com.  Deadline for booking is Thursday, 15th August 2019.
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.

ANNUAL REPORT: The Diocese’s Report and Consolidated Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2019 has been filed with the Charity Commission and is now available on the Diocese’s web site.To access the Report, either go to the Finance Section on the Web site (Our Diocese Section the click on Finance from the drop down box) or click on the following link: https://www.dioceseofleeds.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/ANNUAL-REPORT-2019.pdf Copies of the Annual Report can be obtained by contacting Louise Ward in the Finance Department (Louise.Ward@dioceseofleeds.org.uk) 

KASIA CZERNIGA: We have just learned that Kasia, a member of our parish family at St Clare’s, Bradford, has been diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer, called medulloblastoma, so rare in fact that she is only the 33rd person in the country to be diagnosed with this condition.  Having done a great deal of research into the treatment of this cancer, she is currently undergoing a course of radiotherapy, but would possibly benefit more from receiving proton beam therapy, which is able to attack the cancer with a greater accuracy than other treatments.  Sadly this treatment is not available on the NHS, and so Kasia’s friends and family have launched an appeal to try to raise the funds necessary to help her.  Of the £60,000 needed, the family have raised around £30,000 to date through donations and a fund-raising event at the Polish Centre in Bradford.  As members of her parish family, we are also hoping to help her make this target, and so ask you, our brothers and sisters throughout the diocese whether you might be able to help us raise the money needed?  There is a “Just Giving” page on the internet for donations.  www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/justyna-naworska-2 Thank you, Fr Stephen Webb PP St Clare’s, Bradford.

NEWMAN FESTIVAL: In anticipation of their patron’s canonisation on 13th October, the Parish of Blessed John Henry Newman in East Leeds will host a “Newman Festival” 22nd – 27th September. Aimed at the whole diocese, the Festival includes a pilgrimage to Newman’s Shrine at the Birmingham Oratory (afternoon/evening of Sun 22nd), a series of three talks held at St Theresa’s, 7pm on Mon 23rd (Fr Dennis Cassidy, Leeds Diocese) Tue 24th (Fr Richard Duffield, York Oratory) and Wed 25th (Mgr Prof. Rod Strange). On Thu 26th, 7pm Bishop Marcus will celebrate a thanksgiving Mass and dedicate a relic of Newman at Corpus Christi Church.  An additional post-canonisation event will be held on 20th October: A “Come and Sing” workshop and informal performance of choruses from The Dream of Gerontius led by the Diocese Music Department, it will be open to singers of all abilities from across the Diocese.  More details about the Festival will be provided on the Diocese website within the next few weeks.

DOWRY TOUR: From Thursday 7th November, 4pm, until Saturday 9th November, 1pm, the statue of Our Lady of Walsingham will be at Leeds Cathedral.  There will be a range of liturgical celebrations and devotions throughout the visit, including Mass, the Rosary, processions, talks and a display telling the story of English Catholic history in images and words.  A full programme will be available soon.

MASS FOR ALTAR SERVERS:Sat 21st Sept 2019, Leeds Cathedral,12:00 Noon. All Diocesan altar servers are welcome to attend.  Those attending will need to bring their albs/cassocks and cottas and gather in Wheeler Hall by 11.40am.  Also, please bring a picnic lunch which will be eaten in Wheeler Hall following the Mass.

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.

ST PATRICK’S MISSION, BRADFORD LEGACY PROJECT: St Patrick’s Mission, Bradford is proposing to erect a plaque in the vestibule of the newly refurbished Church honouring former parishioners and friends of St Patrick’s Parish.  If you would like to sponsor the name of a family member or friend please sign-up on-line at https://www.stpatricksmission.co.uk/legacy-project or contact the Friars at St Patrick’s Mission 01274-721-989 orsaintpiofriary@gmail.com.  All proceeds will go towards the renovation and maintenance of St Patrick’s Mission Church.

OUR FATHERS OF FAITH (vols. 3 & 4) is a collection of biographical sketches of over 200 priests who served the Diocese of Leeds (c.1915 – 1939). The two volumes (totalling over 600 pages) are available from Fr. Nicholas Hird at cost price £25 (for the 2 volumes)  tel: 01274 – 872984 or nicholas.hird@dioceseofleeds.org.uk)

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:



THE BRIERY: The Briery is seeking to appoint a part-time Cook for 10 hours per week, flexible hours.  Good working conditions and rate of pay.  For further information please call the Administrators on 01943 607287 or email: briery@btconnect.com

SPARK SOCIAL JUSTICE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: This is a new project for young people aged 16-30 years, living in the Diocese of Leeds. SPARK aims to raise awareness of social justice issues and inspire young people to take positive action in light of their faith. We will be delivering a number of interactive, practical workshops from September – December in schools, colleges and universities and are looking for an enthusiastic, friendly volunteer or two to support the delivery of these workshops.

If this Sparks your interest and: ​you are aged between 18-30yrs​, you enjoy working creatively , you would like to try something new​ and you would like to develop your skills, then we would love to hear from you! ​(If this isn’t you perhaps you know someone who might be interested?) Please emailinfo@sparksocialjustice.co.uk for more information.

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.