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Justice & Peace Commission

You can read the Justice & Peace Commission’s May 2020 newsletter here, it includes work our parish is doing to respond to Pope Francis’ message in Laudato Si’

The J&P December 2021 newsletter can be found here, it includes:

Welcome to the December issue of the J&P Leeds Newsletter.
It has been another difficult year and I hope that this email finds you and your loved ones well.
Wishing you all a very Happy and Holy Christmas.
In December’s newsletter:

      • Exciting news from the SPARK project
      • John Battle on In work Poverty part 2
      • J&P Leeds’ letter to the Comboni Fathers re Comboni Survivors

Called to be a Deacon?
The Church needs more Deacons to carry out the ‘mission’ of the Church and meet pastoral needs of the people.  You can find out more here.

WHY WE NEED THE BEAUTIFUL: Life Transfigured, a series of talks exploring Catholic Faith and the Arts throughout 2022, begins on 18th January, 7-8pm with an online presentation by Fleur Dorrell of the Bible Society. Fleur will consider the contribution of visual arts to faith. PLEASE NOTE THIS TALK IS ONLINE ONLY (and not at Hinsley Hall as originally advertised). For a Zoom link, please email lifetransfigured@dioceseofleeds.org.uk<mailto:lifetransfigured@dioceseofleeds.org.uk>.

CATHOLIC YOUTH WORK TRAINING: Facilitated by the Diocese of Leeds Youth Service, this training is for anyone who works with young people, is interested in working with young people or anyone who just wants to find out more about Catholic Youth Work! The training will take place at Hinsley Hall on Monday 7th February 2022 from 7-9pm. The training is free but you must book your place by emailing the Youth Office at: youth@dioceseofleeds.org.uk<mailto:youth@dioceseofleeds.org.uk>

The 12-session course on the Scriptures by Fr Mark Jarmuz is now available in audio format, his Eastertide course ‘Encountering the Risen Jesus’ and a new 6-session course on the documents of the Second Vatican Council are now available online:

Bishop Marcus’ Pastoral Letter for Pentecost talks about the role we all have a part to play in the routines, choices and decisions of our everyday lives and our aspirations for the future.  We have either been ignorant of, or ignored, the systematic exploitation of our planet and the unsustainable consumption of its resources.  Bishop Marcus asks us to “keep this Feast with that enduring hope that we can begin to repair the damage we have done and provide a healthy home for future generations.”

During Lent we joined a series of reflective evenings with inspiring speakers, prayer and discussion, using the film-based resource “Global Healing”.  These engaging documentaries informed and challenged us to take action to respond to Pope Francis’ call to Care for Our Common Home.  Recordings of the sessions can now be accessed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhBIwXxBhHA&feature=youtu.be

Handouts prepared by the Laudato Si’ animators with lots of helpful information, prayers and links to aid further reflection for the sessions are available below
2 Eco Conversion, from Head to Heart
3 Together, with the Holy Spirit

The Global Healing Documentaries are produced by CaFE (Catholic Faith Exploration) on behalf of the Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales. They are film-based events for parishes, groups and individuals. They will inform, challenge and equip us to engage with Pope Francis’ vital call to Care For Our Common Home. These events begin with a shared meal followed by film clips including well-known experts, engaging testimonies and on-location filming from around the UK. There are times for discussion & prayer to help stir deeper ecological conversion and fresh practical responses. They can be accessed here: https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/our-work/environment/global-healing/global-healing-films/ and here: https://faithcafe.org/pages/ourcommonhome  

ONLINE ZOOM MEDITATIONS: On Thursdays from 7.30pm to 8.15pm.  We open at 7.15pm for a chat and start promptly at 7.30pm.  It is a simple format of praying with the Sunday Mass Readings and sharing in small groups. Zoom link Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81090149641?pwd=c1lxYjFBT3Jtc3V4dXJpTjE5UlQxUT09<https://eu-west-1.protection.sophos.com?d=zoom.us&u=aHR0cHM6Ly91czAyd2ViLnpvb20udXMvai84MTA5MDE0OTY0MT9wd2Q9YzFseFlqRkJUM0p0YzNWNGRYSnBUakU1VWxReFVUMDk=&i=NWNmNjM5Zjk2M2EzYmMxNDI0YzEyMGU1&t=ZUhZMXF4SWpZU2xJNHJPdVdyZ3gvNGRDZEJsL29zaDVnQWRUZTlyTXNwUT0=&h=2f73b6404d244672a5214f6e41b45d94>  Meeting ID: 810 9014 9641  Passcode: 530903

EXPLORING PRAYER:  7th-18 March 2022.  This online retreat will cover 2 weeks. Only 1 hour each day with a personal guide.  Suggested offering of £20 per person.  For further information or to make a booking, please call the Administrators on 01943 607287 or email: briery@btconnect.com<mailto:briery@btconnect.com

Live streaming of Mass from Leeds Cathedral 
The live-streaming of the 11 am Sunday Mass will continue each week.  To participate online, please access the following new YouTube channel which will be live from Sunday: www.leedscathedrallive.org.uk  and may also be accessed via a link embedded on the Cathedral’s home page:  https://www.dioceseofleeds.org.uk/cathedral

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



JUSTICE & PEACE COMMISSION: Are you passionate about wanting to eradicate poverty and caring for the Earth, together? You could be the person we are looking for.  We need someone to lead our successful SPARK Social justice project for younger adults and who can help the Commission reach new audiences and raise awareness of our work by enhancing and developing its presence and visibility. We have about £18,000 available to pay an individual or organisation to provide various services on a self-employed basis. This works out at about 3 days’ work per week. Closing date: midnight Sunday 13 February. Please see here for further information.
St Mary’s, Menston. Subject leader of Computer Science – full-time and permanent. Closing date: 31st January, 12noon. Further information: www.stmarysmenston.org
CATHOLIC CARE has a number of vacancies across  the Diocese including:  Waking Nights or day Support Workers, Residential Child Care Workers, a Management Accountant  and a Catholic Care Trustee. Please note that we offer flexible working hours. To request an Application form or for more information please visit www.catholic-care.org.uk<https://eu-west-1.protection.sophos.com?d=catholic-care.org.uk&u=aHR0cDovL3d3dy5jYXRob2xpYy1jYXJlLm9yZy51ay8_ZmJjbGlkPUl3QVIxcktGcWkyOGE2aUdlemRrU1REcnh4WXZGZWFINVFIajBMbVR3aVRKd3FEdlJHNGNxd09La20yQXc=&i=NWNmNjM5Zjk2M2EzYmMxNDI0YzEyMGU1&t=TWxKSW1JbklseTFLWnN2TmtSUmRGUHBzeDFtaFo3ZkdyVTRkU0l1cmRxND0=&h=e46d472a2dee4e98a4db49fbb9d6acfb> or call 0113 388 5400.


Fr Barrie Holmes

With great sadness I have to let you know that Fr Barrie Holmes died in St Gemma’s Hospice on the evening of Friday 19th November. He was our Parish Priest for some very special years. It was he who re-ordered our lovely Church, and help make it the lovely place / centre we all love. […]

Pope Francis’ on Thought for the Day for climate change

Dear BBC listeners, Good Morning. “Climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic have exposed our deep vulnerability and raised numerous doubts and concerns about our economic systems and the way we organise our societies. “We have lost our sense of security and are experiencing a sense of powerlessness and loss of control over our lives. “We […]

Bug Hotel

We have built a bug hotel from an old wooden pallet, a milk crate and some unused fencing panels.  We gave it a new roof and covered it with roofing felt to make it last a long time.  It is in place and now open for visitors!  Our children will be filling it soon with […]

Jack’s hedgehog hotel

Jack and his grandad John have teamed up to build an amazing hedgehog hotel for their holiday project. Jack cut the tunnel and legs to size, he then drilled, glued and screwed the box and tunnel together leaving grandad to cover the box and fit the lid.  The hotel is now in the Parish garden […]

Under the Gaze of God

Fr David Williams C.P. (who lives in Otley) has written a book which may be of interest to our parishioners.  It is available from Amazon books.

Fr Michael – “A Golden Priest”

Fr Michael – “A Golden Priest” We at SS John Fisher and Thomas More are one of the lucky ones. We have the privilege and joy of celebrating a priest’s Golden Jubilee. Congratulations Fr Michael! Fr Michael as an altar boy at St Patrick’s,            Fr Michael at his Ordination Mass […]