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.

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.

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.


The 2019 World Day of Migrants and Refugees (WDMR) will be celebrated on Sunday 29th September 2019 and the theme this year is “It is not just about migrants”. With this theme, Pope Francis wants to stimulate our prayer and action by reflecting on ways in which migrants, refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and victims of human trafficking, are part a wider concern for all marginalised people.

To help prepare for the celebration of this day, the Migrants and Refugees Section (M&R) is conducting a diversified communication campaign offering reflections and information materials. These resources are available at: https://migrants-refugees.va/resource-center/worlddayofmigrantsrefugees2019

SYCAMORE PROGRAMME- Sycamore is an informal course about the Christian faith and its relevance for life today. It gives you space to meet other people, share ideas, explore your beliefs, and think about questions that really matter:  How can we find happiness? Is there a God? Does prayer make a difference?  Each Sycamore session starts with a simple meal followed by a short film and some time for discussion. There’s no pressure and no commitment; but there will be friendly conversation, a sense of community and delicious food! Everyone is welcome. Sessions will run at St Joseph’s Church Hall, 20 Westgate, Wetherby LS22 6LL on Thursday evenings at 6.45pm – 8.15pm, from 26th September to 5th December. For more information, see www.sycamore.fm or contact office.stjoseph.wetherby@dioceseofleeds.org.uk if you plan on coming.

ST WILFRID’S WAY 2019: Annual diocesan walking ‘Camino’ between Leeds and Ripon.  Friday 11th and Saturday 12thOctober.  See information on diocesan website, but could ALL planning to join ANY part of the walk or ANY of the Pilgrims’ Masses and Devotions at historic sites along the way, please email communications@dioceseofleeds.org.uk to register their interest and obtain a booklet with this year’s route.

DAY OF REFLECTION: THE ALTAR OF THE WORLD – A MASS IN CELEBRATION OF CREATION: Saturday 19thOct 11:00 – 4:30pm Good Shepherd parish centre, Mytholmroyd Organised by the J&P Commission, this Day of Reflection (free – but donations taken on the day), will help us reflect on God’s creation, our relationship within it and our responsibility as co-creators with God for the flourishing of our mother Earth. Places are limited so please book a place by emailingjandp@dioceseofleeds.org.uk

THE ANNUAL LOURDES DINNER DANCE is being held on Friday 25th October, which includes a complimentary drink, 3 course dinner and DJ/dancing is being held at the Met Hotel in Leeds.  All profits raised from the night will go to the Leeds Diocesan Lourdes fund.  Tickets are priced at £40 each or £350 for a table of ten – for more information or tickets please contact Phil Marshall on 07766 148375 or at Philmarshall49@hotmail.com

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.

PARISH RETREAT WEEKEND: 27th-29th September 2019 – “Lord, to whom shall we go?”  There are places available to join with people from other parishes on a weekend Parish retreat at the Briery.  For further information or to book a place please contact the Administrator on 01943 607283 or email: briery@btconnect.com.

QUIET DAY AT THE BRIERY: Saturday 5th October 2019 – 10.30am-4pm (coffee available from 10am).  The Quiet Day is open to anyone who would like the opportunity for prayer and reflection and individual prayer guidance.  Offerings £27 per person including morning coffee, two course lunch and afternoon tea.  Please contact the Administrators on 01943 607287 or email: briery@btconnect.com to book a place.

A WEEK OF GUIDED PRAYER IN WAKEFIELD: 6th – 11th October 2019. The parish of St Peter & St Paul, Wakefield, are hosting a Week of Guided Prayer, led by members of The Briery Team, in October.  Everyone is welcome.  Further information can be found on The Briery website: www.briery.org.uk.  Please contact The Briery to book a place: 01943 607287 or briery@btconnect.com.


CATHOLIC CARE has an exciting opportunity to join its Strategic Leadership Team through the role of Head of Operations.  If you are a values led person, have experience within a similar senior role and would relish the opportunity of the challenge of this new and exciting role, we would like to hear from you.  Please visit www.catholic-care.org.uk or telephone Ann Gosney on 0113 3885400 for the Candidate Information Pack.

HEADTEACHER, ST JOHN FISHER CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL, HARROGATE. (SALARY L33 – L39):The governors are seeking to appoint an inspirational Catholic leader to the role of Headteacher for September 2020. For more information about the vacancy please see www.sjfchs.org.uk or contact Dion Mills (Hays Recruitment) on 07899063321 or dion.mills@hays.com. Closing Date: Monday 14 October 2019.

TRUSTEE VACANCIES AT ST GEMMA’S is now live on our website, as well as on other recruitment sites. You’ll also see the vacancies promoted through our social media channels and other newer routes to market.  Please make your networks aware of the opportunity by sharing the link: https://recruitment.st-gemma.co.uk/home/trustee-roles/Please note that there are two versions of the candidate pack – the pack under Essential Information is mainly text (to meet the upload criteria); a larger file with additional photos in is available by clicking the link at the bottom of the page.

Growing Old Grace-fully is looking for an energetic self-starter to work on a freelance basis supporting the development of our project, started 10 years ago, working with older people across the Diocese of Leeds. The project has funding for a part-time role, working 14 hours per week (or monthly equivalent) at £18 per hour plus travel expense. We have funding initially for a one year contract. The closing date is 30th September 2019.  Interviews will be held on Friday 25th October 2019. To send for an application pack please e mail growing.old.gracefully@dioceseofleeds.org.uk

Informal enquiries to Carol Burns 07739 975019.

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.