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.

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.

THE CHRIST IS ALIVE CATHOLIC CHARISMATIC RENEWAL COMMUNITY will be organising a Life in the Spirit Seminar from 10 November 2019. The seminar will run every Sunday from 10 November 2019 from 16.30 to 19.00 for six weeks at the Holy Rosary Church, Chapel Town Road, LS7 4BZ in Leeds. The seminar is free of charge and anybody interested in attending should send an email with their names and contact details to LISS_CCRLeeds@outlook.com or call or text the following numbers: 01132741007 / 07983776337 / 07909083440.

SYCAMORE INTRODUCTION EVENING: Sycamore is an informal course about Catholic faith and its relevance which can be run in parishes, schools or other settings. The recently-updated sessions allow adults who are unfamiliar or unengaged with Christianity a chance to ask important questions about faith in a welcoming atmosphere and can be used as part of initial evangelisation, RCIA, or ongoing formation. Anyone interested in learning more about the course, and how it could be used in their parish or school, is invited to an Information Evening at Hinsley Hall from 6.30-8.30 on Thursday 14th November. To confirm a place or for more information, please contact gregory.stacey@dioceseofleeds.org.uk.

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE POOR: Caritas Leeds are hosting a day of prayer, discussion and presentations, with a particular focus on the service of victims of crime, prisoners ex-offenders and their families.  Saturday 16th November, 9.30am – 4pm.

FILM SHOWING: VOICES ACROSS THE DIVIDE: Friday 22nd November, 5:30pm, Wheeler Hall, Leeds Cathedral. The Justice & Peace Commission is working with the Leeds Pax Christi group to show this film exploring the Israel /Palestine conflict through the voices of different people. It lasts about one hour and there will be some opportunity to discuss the issues raised by the film afterwards. Pay as you feel for the event.

ADVENT DAY OF REFLECTION: led by Fr Dennis Cassidy – choose either Friday 6th or Saturday 7th December 2019 – “An Advent Journey to Christmas with St John Henry Newman”.  Offerings £30 per person to include morning coffee and homemade biscuits, a two course lunch and afternoon tea and cake.   For further information or to book a place please contact the Administrator on 01943 607287 or email: briery@btconnect.com.

ADVENT PREACHED WEEKEND RETREAT: led by Fr Bernard Bickers – 13th-15th December 2019 – “Mark’s Gospel: The Beginning of the Good News about Jesus Christ, the Son of God.”  For more information or to book a place, please contact the Administrators on 01943 607287 or email: briery@btconnect.com.


Deputy Headteacher, Our Lady and St Brendan’s, Bradford.  Information from Mrs N. Clancy. NClancy@olsb.bradford.sch.uk.  Closing date: 3rd December.

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 work  with older people across the Diocese of Leeds. We take a holistic approach whilst focusing on the spiritual dimension of growing older.

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 November 22nd 2019. Interviews will be held on Friday December 6th 2019. To send for an application pack please e mail growing.old.gracefully@dioceseofleeds.org.uk. Informal enquiries to Carol Burns 07707061115

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.