Confirmation dates

All the Candidates will have been booked on to one of the following services. If you are in any doubt, please speak to your school of Fr Duane directly; under no circumstances change the date without consulting both the school and Fr. Duane.

Even if lockdown ends on the 21st June 2021 Covid security will be paramount and the existing rules applied with regards to the Covid Security Measures under which we operate are still likely to be enforced. Numbers for all the services are likely to be severely restricted for each Candidate, their sponsor & guests. More information will be provided nearer the time.

23rd June 2021 – Year 6 St Nicholas School

28th June 2021 – Year 7 St Nicholas School

30th June 2021 – Year 7 Our Lady of good Counsel

1st July 2021 – Year 6 Our Lady of Good Counsel

4th July 2021 – Other Schools (as per List)

11th July 2021 - Other Schools (as per List)


All Confirmation services will take place in the Parish Church of St Nicholas and attendance is by invitation only.

Saturday vigil Mass – If you really want this Mass to restart please volunteer to be a steward. I need to know that we have al all times at least one steward available.

So yet again if you would like to see this Mass once more become a feature of our Parish life again please volunteer to be a Steward?

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) – Is now available by appointment with Fr. Duane at 8:00am and 9:30am at St. Nicholas.


YOUTH WORKER VACANCY: Mary, Mother of God Parish, Bradford are recruiting a Parish Youth Worker to develop their ministry to young people. £20.500-£22,000pa (depending on experience). 3 year contract. Please contact Emma Nicholson: evangelisation.admin@dioceseofleeds.org.uk. Poster attached.

VACANCY: Part-Time Parish Administrator for St Benedict’s, Garforth. 16.5 hour p/w role – days worked can be negotiated. Full job description available from Fr Phillip Hall. Please send a covering letter and CV to office.stbenedict@dioceseofleeds.org.uk or post to Fr Phillip Hall. Closing deadline: 3:00pm Wednesday 9 June. Interviews: Tuesday 15 June.



· Job Title: HR Manager

Salary: SP25 £29,577 to SP30 £33,782

Post: Permanent – Full Time (37 Hours)

Location: Head Office, Headingley, Leeds

Closing Date: 16th June 2021

Interview Date: 1 July 2021


LAUDATO SI’ MINI-PILGRIMAGE walk and social event at Myddelton Calvary in Ilkley on the afternoon of Sunday 27 June 2021, restrictions permitting. For more information, please register your interest via communications@dioceseofleeds.org.uk

BRADFORD CATHOLIC YOUTH CHOIR IS RECRUITING! Join our family of fantastic choirs for children in Y3 and above. Come along to our June open rehearsals at St Walburga's Church (Shipley) and try it out - Mon 14th (Girls Choir, Y6+), Weds 16th (Junior Choir, Y3-6), Thurs 17th (Boys’ Choir, Y4+). Please book a place by emailing office@dioceseofleedsmusic.org.uk. www.dioceseofleedsmusic.org.uk. Poster attached.

CHASING THE WIND – PHILOSOPHY, THE BIBLE, AND THE PROBLEM OF EVIL: A series of 5 talks by Dr Gregory Stacey, exploring accessible responses to the claim that the existence of evil makes belief in God irrational, will take place via Zoom on Monday nights from 7-8pm, beginning on 14th June. For information and Zoom invitations, please email gregory.stacey@dioceseofleeds.org.uk. Poster attached.

NEW RESOURCES: The 12-session course on the Scriptures by Fr Mark Jarmuz is now available in audio format, his Eastertide course ‘Encountering the Risen Jesus’ and a new 6-session course on the documents of the Second Vatican Council are now available online: https://www.dioceseofleeds.org.uk/education/finding-out-more/resources

THE TWELVE YOUTH LEADERSHIP TEAM ARE RECRUITING! The Diocesan Youth Leadership Team looks to recruit Catholic young people aged 11-18 to continue collaborating with Bishop Marcus, giving a voice to young people. Deadline for Applications: Sunday 20th June. Email Ryan Wilkinson at youth@dioceseofleeds.org.uk for further information. Recruitment Pack attached.


THE LEEDS CCRS: A new course, exploring Catholic faith, education, and spirituality, will be offered by the Diocese and Leeds Trinity University from Autumn 2021. An online information evening, on 22nd June (7-8pm), will introduce the course in detail. For links or more information, email gregory.stacey@dioceseofleeds.org.uk. Poster attached.

ST PAUL’S BOOKSHOP: The shop at Hinsley Hall has re-opened, initially on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am – 4pm.


COMMUNITY SPONSORSHIP OF REFUGEES: A national Catholic celebration of the scheme via Zoom on 14th June at 6pm at the start of Refugee Week. Find out how you can get involved and hear from refugees and parishes. To register visit: www.communitysponsorship.org.uk/events (For Information: Here in the Leeds Diocese we now have four Community Sponsorship Groups who have either already welcomed a family or are making plans to do that. If you would like to find out more about setting up a group in your parish, then contact Sue Parsons at Catholic Care – 07702 255113 or sue.parsons@catholic-care.org.uk. Poster attached.)


THE BRIERY ZOOM MEDITATION, Thursday from 7.30pm to 8.15pm. We open at 7.15pm for a chat and start promptly at 7.30pm. It is a simple format of praying with the Sunday Mass Readings and sharing in small groups. To Join Briery Thursday Meditation click on the link below: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83436583706?pwd=M1RUNFNVcVJkMXUwSUNWSVdlTnhJZz09

Or log into the app using the following:

Meeting ID: 834 3658 3706

Passcode: 977049


THE CHURCH TODAY AND TOMORROW: Zoom talk at 7.30pm on 15th June 2021 led by Joe Fitzpatrick. For further information please contact The Briery on 01943 607287, email: briery@btconnect.com


THE GOD WHO SPEAKS THROUGH FAMILIES IN THE BIBLE: 19th June 2021 led by Breda Theakston & Jean Marsh. The offering is £35 for this day’s retreat and includes morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea with cake. For further details and a booking form please email: briery@btconnect.com or telephone: 01943 607287.


FOLLOWING JESUS – DISCIPLESHIP IN THE NEW TESTAMENT: 12th-17th July – Fr Donald Senior, CP, presents a live streamed retreat. Participants can be residential at the Briery from 12th-17th July with full board and en-suite accommodation (offering £400) or receive the link at home (offering £200). For further details and a booking form please email: briery@btconnect.com or telephone: 01943 607287.



Parish Donations

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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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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.