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.

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.

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.

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.

MEMORIAL MASS FOR ALBERT MAHER – former President of the Leeds Central Council of the SVP. There will be a Mass offered for Albert at Ss Peter & Paul, Sandal on Monday 22nd July 2019 at 7pm. The Mass will be celebrated by Fr Simon Bradbury and the homily will be offered by Fr Phillip Hall who is the Spiritual Director for the Leeds Central Council of the SVP. Refreshments will be served in the hall after Mass.

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:


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.


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

CATHOLIC CARE VACANCIES – RESIDENTIAL CHILDREN’S HOME – LEEDS:Residential Child Care Workers; 2 x Full Time Permeant; 1 x Full Time Temporary; 1 x Part Time 30 hours; Salary S.P. 2 –  17 currently £ 17,711 – £ 23,836 pro rata; Closing Date:  19th July 2019. For further details please contact Ann Gosney on 0113 3885400 or at ann.gosney@catholic-care.org.uk