WELCOME TO THE PARISH OF BLESSED EDMUND SYKES

Please note that there is no Mass this weekend at Our Lady of Good Counsel. This is constantly under review and the Mass will be reinstated as soon as possible.”

STEWARDS:

Thank you to the new people who have volunteered to be stewards at St Nicholas.

We still need more people to act as Stewards at both St Nicholas and Our Lady of Good Counsel, especially as we approach Lent and Easter. If we are unable to guarantee the Covid Security of any Service or Mass, then they will regrettably have to be not take place or be suspended.

So please consider acting as a Steward, the greater the number of stewards the more Masses we will have. the work is simple yet rewarding.

 

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My Day by Day

For those attending Mass this weekend, to help facilitate your Lenten Journey, the parish is distributing copies of ‘My Day by Day’ there is no charge for the booklets. There are three versions: Adult, Junior and infant – you chose!

 

GOD WITH US: EXPLORING THE OLD TESTAMENT TOGETHER – an online Scripture course for Lent with Fr Tim Swinglehurst, Mondays 7-8pm via Zoom. For more details and Zoom invitations, email gregory.stacey@dioceseofleeds.org.uk. Poster attached. Link for first talk:

Genesis and the Wonders of Creation https://zoom.us/j/95908368351?pwd=d2NmMXRJTTFYQklObDRRWVJSTlZvdz09

Passcode: 654245

Meeting ID: 959 0836 8351

DIOCESE OF LEEDS MUSIC ARE RECRUITING full-time positions to further our programme of evangelisation through Music & Liturgy; thanks to funding from a charitable foundation, restricted to the specific purpose of financing choral director & instrumental tutor roles. More information & an Application Pack via office@dioceseofleedsmusic.org.uk Closing date: 22 February 2021, 5pm. Poster attached.

 

CATHOLIC CARE is looking to recruit a new dedicated Payroll Administrator to join the finance team who is experienced, knowledgeable and values driven. Full or part time applications considered. Pay scale £23,541 to £25,991. Closing date 26th February 2021. Full details: www.catholic-care.org.uk

 

ONLINE WEEKS OF GUIDED PRAYER: 8th – 19th Marc 2021. 2 weeks. First week: online meetings from 7.30pm to 8.30pm covering introductions and different ways of praying. Second week: commitment to daily prayer time and individual online meeting with prayer guide (about 30 mins each.) Suggested Offering £50. Further information: www.briery.org.uk, 01943 607287 or briery@btconnect.com. Poster attached.

 

THE BRIERY ZOOM MEDITATION: Thursday, 7.30pm to 8.15pm. Opens at 7.15pm for a chat, prompt start at 7.30pm. Simple format of praying with the Sunday Mass Readings and sharing in small groups. To Join, telephone (01943 607287) or use the link:

 

DIOCESE OF LEEDS MUSIC ARE RECRUITING full-time positions to further our programme of evangelisation through Music & Liturgy; thanks to funding from a charitable foundation, restricted to the specific purpose of financing choral director & instrumental tutor roles. More information & an Application Pack via office@dioceseofleedsmusic.org.uk Closing date: 22 February 2021, 5pm. Poster attached.

 

‘BOYS MAKE NOISE!’ SINGING WORKSHOP: Sunday 28th February, 4.15pm. Diocese of Leeds Music is holding a ‘Boys Make Noise!’ singing workshop on Zoom. For boys aged 6-11 from

Diocesan primary schools and parishes. A great lockdown activity for boys who may be bored at home: 45 minutes of warm ups, songs and musical games. Flier attached.

 

THE EMERGENCE OF THE EARLY CHURCH: 7.00pm - 8pm Wednesday 24th February 2021 – Talk by Joe Fitzpatrick, local Scripture scholar, via Zoom on the lead up to the Council of Jerusalem in 49 AD, the meeting that changed the world’. Further information: www.briery.org.uk, 01943 607287 or briery@btconnect.com. Poster attached.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86079309671?pwd=SVFMKzYzcHY4Vnp4Nk1PbzNHK2lqZz09

Meeting ID: 860 7930 9671

Passcode: 575317

 

GOD CALLS ADVENTURE: Looking for something extra this Lent? The National Office for Vocation has a 40 day spiritual journey, helping you grow in Faith, Prayer and Self Discipline. All details and how to join at http://www.godcalls.co.uk/godcalls-adventure

 

 

 

 

Parish Donations

There are different ways you can make a donation to the Parish. 

 

You can make a donation online by clicking the following link.

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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.”

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RELICS

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.