WELCOME TO THE PARISH OF BLESSED EDMUND SYKES
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Stan Fitzsimons who passed away on the 14th of November 2020 in St James’ hospital at the age of 83.
Dearly beloved husband of Pat devoted dad of Clare and Gemma, much loved father in law of Mark and Jamie and an adored grandad of Joseph and Jude. Also a dear brother of Gerard.
Stan was a long-standing servant of this parish and touched so many lives in his lifetime. His passing leaves a great void. He will be deeply missed by all his family, friends and all who knew and loved him.
A Requiem Mass will be celebrated at Saint Nicolas’ is church on Thursday 26th of November at noon, followed by burial at Killingbeck cemetery, but due to the current restrictions attendance is limited.
Both of our churches are now closed as a result of the latest lockdown, we hope to reopen sometime after the 2nd December 2020. This Sunday St Nicholas will be open from 8:30am to 9:00am and Our Lady of Good Counsel from 11:00am to 11:30am for the purpose of private individual prayer.
Holy Souls Masses/Dead List
Holy Souls Masses are still being said. As in previous years if you would like a mass to be said as a Holy souls Mass please place your donation along with the names of those you would like remembering in one of the small brown envelopes in the church entrance and then had in with the collection of post through the presbytery letter box.
Please hand in your CAFOD envelope at your convenience.
Places of Worship will be closed, unless they are being used for:
· To broadcast acts of worship
· Individual prayer
· Formal childcare or where part of a school
· Essential voluntary and public services, such as blood donation or food banks
· Other exempted activities such as some support groups
CATHOLIC CARE COMMUNITY RESPONSE SERVICE: Are you finding lockdown isolating and would welcome some support? Catholic Care have organised a number of initiatives that are designed to help. We have weekly relax and revive sessions, a telephone befriending service or an online social group with different themes and speakers each week. For more details
EVENTS AT THE BRIERY
AT SEA: AWAITING ORDERS: A book by Fr Colum Kelly. Fr Colum draws us into the lives of those seafarers, details how freight ships are the lifeblood of industry, and illustrates the hugely important role played by the priests, chaplains and lay visitors of Stella Maris. His humour and kindness - and his keen sense of the whimsical - will keep you reading, and will leave you with a smile on your face. Learn more about the hidden world of shipping today! With foreword by Rose George, author of Ninety Percent of Everything. Available on Amazon.
At this difficult time many people will need to consider new employment opportunities so when we become aware of potential vacancies we will endeavour to providing details in this part of our website:
CATHOLIC CARE VACANCIES:
- A new and exciting senior management opportunity, at the heart of a charity that has supported vulnerable people for over 150 years. Catholic Care are looking to appoint an Adult Learning Disability Senior Manager. Salary: SP 38 – 41 £40,760 – £43,662 p.a. plus pension and other benefits. Post: Permanent -37 Hours Full Time (Part time would be considered) Location: Based at Head Office in Headingley, Leeds. Closing Date: 27th November 2020. Interview Date: 7th December 2020.
- A new and exciting senior management opportunity, at the heart of a charity that has supported vulnerable people for over 150 years. Catholic Care are looking to appoint a Senior Manager for Older people’s Services. Salary: SP 38 – 41 £40,760 – £43,662 p.a. plus pension and other benefits. Post: Permanent -37 Hours Full Time (Part time would be considered) Location: Based at Head Office in Headingley, Leeds. Closing Date: 27th November 2020. Interview Date: 7th December 2020.
- Leeds Residential Care Worker. Salary: SP 2 - 7 Salary £18,198 - £20,092 pro rata. Full & Part Time positions, Flexible.
CHAPLET OF DIVINE MERCY FOR THOSE SUFFERING FROM THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC The Covid-19 pandemic is affecting our so many of our brothers and sisters in our communities, our country and around the world. Many people feel anxious and helpless. The pandemic does, however, provide us with an opportunity to turn all that is negative into something positive; we are given a favourable time to renew our trust in God’s tender care for us and to make our own the prayer: “Jesus, I trust in you.” So many of our parishioners are already praying for those suffering from Covid-19, their families, healthcare workers and those who are struggling in so many ways as a result of the pandemic. One devotion which is already being widely used is to unite in prayer at 3:00pm each day, or whenever we can, to recite the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for the above intentions, together with the prayer below, which St John Paul II offered on the occasion of the Dedication of the Shrine of Divine Mercy on 17th August 2002. I warmly commend this devotion to you and to the faithful. God, merciful Father, in your Son, Jesus Christ, you have revealed your love and poured it out upon us in the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, We entrust to you today the destiny of the world and of every man and woman. Bend down to us sinners, heal our weakness, conquer all evil, and grant that all the peoples of the earth may experience your mercy. In You, the Triune God, may they ever find the source of hope. Eternal Father, by the Passion and Resurrection of your Son, have mercy on us and upon the whole world! Amen
COMMUNITY SPONSORSHIP FOR REFUGEES
NO PERU COMMISSION APPEAL THIS YEAR: This year, please support the people of Peru with your prayers. Any donations received can still be forwarded to the Peru Commission.
FRIENDS OF THE HOLY LAND - SILENT NIGHTS IN BETHLEHEM:
Also at 10am on Saturday 5 December, FHL are organizing a live cookery demonstration by zoom of a traditional Palestinian Christmas meal, prepared by the ladies at St. Martha’s House, a Day Care Centre in Bethlehem, supported by FHL. Again, please email Peter who will send you the link.
There are different ways you can make a donation to the Parish.
You can make a donation online by clicking the following link.
Unable to go to confession?
Pope Francis has given this advice for those unable to go to confession:
“But many people today would tell me, ‘Father, where can I find a priest, a confessor, because I can’t leave the house? And I want to make peace with the Lord, I want him to embrace me, I want the Father’s embrace.'”
The pope said his response would be:
“Do what the Catechism (of the Catholic Church) says. It is very clear: If you cannot find a priest to confess to, speak directly with
God, your father, and tell him the truth. Say, ‘Lord, I did this, this, this. Forgive me,’ and ask for pardon with all your heart.”
Make an act of contrition, the pope said, and promise God:
“‘I will go to confession afterward, but forgive me now.’ And immediately you will return to a state of grace with God.”
The Catechism of the Catholic Church, N. 1452, says:
“When it arises from a love by which God is loved above all else, contrition is called ‘perfect’ — contrition of charity. Such contrition remits venial sins; it also obtains forgiveness of mortal sins if it includes the firm resolution to have recourse to sacramental confession as soon as possible.”
“As the catechism teaches,” Francis said, “you can draw near to God’s forgiveness without having a priest at hand. Think about it. This is the moment.”
As previously highlighted the relics of three saints have been found in St Nicholas Church.
Below are photographs of the boxes and envelopes they were discovered in. If you have any information or memories of how they came to be deposited at St Nicholas, please would you drop Fr Duane a line. At the end of the lockdown they will be placed on display within the Parish Church.