Parish Notices

Sunday 6th February


If you want a Mass to be said on a particular date, please submit the details as soon as possible. The newsletter is prepared a week in advance (usually Monday), so last minute changes to the Mass schedule aren’t always possible



As at St Nicholas’ church, there is now a Prayer Intentions book placed on the altar at Our Lady’s church for those intentions that Fr Craig becomes aware of at the last minute, or which people want to keep private. Please let Fr Craig know if you’d like names added.



Now that COVID restrictions are being relaxed we can resume home visits with Holy Communion. As Fr Craig said last week, we are basically starting from scratch rebuilding our parish outreach structures. If you want to continue or start as a parish volunteer, we will need to confirm or organise DBS clearance. Please let Fr Craig have your details so we can restart this process. Thank you to all those who have already come forward to volunteer.


Would you be willing and able to knit some squares to be made into blankets for homeless people? Needles and wool will be provided! Please speak to Stella if you would like to help



Every Monday between 2pm and 4pm St Teresa’s Retirement Club meets in the Newman Centre next to St Teresa’s church. This is a wonderful opportunity for our retirees to get together.


 HANDMAIDS’ WOMEN’S PRAYER MEETING led by the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal

First Friday of the month (except 8th July), 7pm-8.30pm, Corpus Christi church, Neville Road, LEEDS, LS9 0HD. With Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, opportunity for Confession, Rosary, Night Prayer and refreshments afterwards! We are so fortunate to have the Sisters amongst us so let’s support their invaluable witness and work.


Thanks to all of you, your families and friends, the Parish of Blessed Edmund Sykes is in a strong position financially. However, much of our money is deposited with the Diocese for security. So, although the money is ours, it’s not always easy to access it at short-notice. Given a couple of upcoming projects (the roof at Our Lady’s and the parish kitchen at St Nicholas’) I am asking as your priest for your support so that we can build up the parish’s current account (the one that we have immediate access to) so that we can get on with what needs doing.



As we emerge from Lockdown, a diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes is tentatively being planned from Friday July 1 - Thursday 7 July with Tagney Tours. Further details will be available soon and the situation with COVID is being monitored closely.



6th March, 3-5pm. The Friends of the Briery have linked up with Ilkley Civic Society and the Sisters of the Cross and Passion to present an afternoon talk on the heritage of the Briery. Offerings £10 per person including afternoon tea. To book please call the Briery on 01943 607287 or email:



There are many methods of prayer. Some of us go only one way, some of us another. There are moments of living certainty: Christ is there; He speaks within us. In other moments he is the silent one, a distant unknown one.. For all, prayer in its infinite variations remains a path to a life that does not come from us, but from elsewhere.