Sunday 9th June 2024
10th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Joe Halloran (RIP)St Mary’sRequiem Mass – Monday 10th June at 1.30pm
Margaret Gallagher (RIP)St Mary’sRequiem Mass – Thursday 13th June at 1.30pm
Agnes Gilbert (RIP)St Mary’sRequiem Mass – Monday 17th June at 1.45pm
Anthony “Tony” HalloranSt Mary’sRequiem Mass – Friday 28th June at 11.00am

Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord. Let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.

St Mary’s: Saturday 4.30 97 | Sunday 10.30am 105
St Patrick’s: 
Saturday 6.00 81 | Sunday 9.00am 90
Total Combined Mass Attendance: 373
Total Online Sunday Mass Views: 309

Fr Eamonn is available for Confessions as follows;
St Patrick’s St Mary’s
Sat 9.15am – 9.45am Sat 3.45pm – 4.15pm
(and upon request)

Baptism are celebrated as follows;
St Patrick’s St Mary’s
Sat at 11.00am Sun at 11.30am
(Please see Fr Eamonn after a weekend Mass.)

As you know Fr Eamonn is celebrating his 25th Anniversary of Ordination in July. We as a
parish are currently planning to celebrate this special day with him. We would like as many
people from the parish involved as possible. If you can spare any time or would like to be
involved in a big or a small way, we are arranging a;
Planning Meeting – Thursday 13th June at 6.00pm in St Mary’s Parish Room
All are welcome. Please come along and support us for this special event for our Parish Priest.
If you have any questions / ideas about this celebration please contact Eileen in private on 07756473101

VISITATION OF THE PARISH BY BISHOP MARCUS – I am delighted to inform you that Bishop Marcus is coming to visit the parish. This is in accordance with his visitation every 5 years to all the parishes of the Diocese. He will be coming to celebrate the following Parish Masses;

Saturday 15th June | 4.30pm Mass | St Mary’s, Batley
Sunday 16th June | 9.00am Mass | St Patrick’s, Birstall

This will give him the opportunity to meet with you the people of the parish and also, enable me and the Bishop to discuss my role here as Parish Priest. I know we will make our Bishop very welcome here in Batley & Birstall.

Please note: Whilst renovations take place, we will be meeting at:
St Peter’s Church, Birstall – 12.00noon – 3.00pm
Monday 10th June- join us for a quiz. Lots of fun and laughter as we put our memory and general knowledge to the test.
Monday 17th June– TBA
Monday 24th June– our wonderful ukulele group join us for a sing along. Always an enjoyable event.
Come along and meet old friends and perhaps make some new ones. Everyone welcome.

PARISH BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP – ‘The Journey’ Grief Care Group for anyone walking through Loss. An opportunity to spend time with others who recognise your journey in bereavement. The Group will meet as follows;
St Mary’s Presbytery, Cross Bank Road, Batley, WF17 8PQ
with coffee and cake, a listening ear and a supportive approach. The Group will be facilitated by Eileen and Stacy and supported by the Elizabeth Prout Bereavement Care Group. NEXT MEETING – TUESDAY 25TH JUNE AT 6.30PM

GOLDEN JUBILLEE CONGRATULATIONS TO CANON EUGENE McGILLYCUDDY – on behalf of our paraish, may I say ‘congratulations’ to Canon Eugene McGillycuddy who this weekend is celebrating the Golden Jubilee of his ordination to the Priesthood. Canon Eugene was a much loved Parish Priest in St Patrick’s Church for many years. We wish him every health and blessing as he begins his well earned retirement.

THANK YOU FROM ST JOHN FISHER’S – on behalf of the children from St John Fisher’s who are going to Lourdes with the Diocese of Leeds, may I say a big ‘thank you’ for your generosity in supporting them in their fund raising. They actually raised £245.15 on the Sunday they were here. It really is very much appreciated.

THANK YOU FROM THE LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR – I have received a lovely thank you card from the Little Sisters of the Poor for all your kindness and generosity in raising finds for them. It reads as follows;
“Dear Fr Eamonn, Thank you so much for your kind donation made within the parish. We are so grateful to you and all your parishioners. Please be assured of our prayers for you and your parish community.”

OUR PARISH HISTORY – On 7 June 1940 Private James Lloyd, 6th King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, of New Street, Batley, became the first St Mary’s Catholic to fall during World War Two. He died as a result of wounds received whilst on sentry duty during a Luftwaffe air raid over England. Fr McBride announced his death at 9 June Sunday Benediction. On 11 June over 200 people attended his burial in Batley Cemetery, with the service conducted by Fr O’Mahoney. He left a widow and five children.

ST PATRICK’S DISCUSSION GROUP – We meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 10.00am in the St Patrick’s Church Tea/ Coffee room. All are welcome. For further details call Andy Hill on 01274 315271 or 07729 626966.

ST PATRICK’S LEGION OF MARY – The St Patrick’s legion of Mary meet every Tuesday morning at 10.00am in the St Patrick’s Parish Meeting Room. New members are always welcome.

CAN YOU HELP US PLEASE? – Are you currently in rented accommodation? If so, then please help us to home a refugee family. The Committee of the IHOM Community Sponsorship Group have been frantically looking for accommodation for our refugee family for the last few months. In total we have applied for or looked at over 30 properties, but sadly we have not been successful. Will you please share with us the contact details of your landlord so that we can approach them directly to see if they have any suitable accommodation to house this refugee family, who are desperately waiting to escape their awful plight. Please email here. Many thanks – Fr John

BATLEY CENTRAL CHURCH SUMMER PROM – Batley Central Church invites you to a Summer Prom featuring the Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band. A fabulous opportunity to spend a summer afternoon listening to this Championship band in a concert of well-known music for brass –
Sunday 23rd June, 3.00 pm. £10 on the door (under 16s free).

Come along to sing some of your favourite Hymns / Worship songs and support the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) in celebration of Music Sunday. This is being led by our very own Sam Wilson who is the organist at Dewsbury Minster and also plays the organ for us at St Patrick’s.

SVP ST BLAISE REES WAY CONFERENCE OPEN EVENT – an event for anybody who wishes to find out more about the SVP and meet members of this newly formed St Blaise Rees Way Conference:
Tuesday 11th June – 5.00pm – 7.00pm
St Vincent’s Bradford, Allenby House, Rees Way, Bradford, BD3 0DZ

For more information please see the poster at the back of church.

WELCOME SPACE – at St Peter’s Church, Birstall every Wednesday 11am-2pm. Free. Refreshments, hot drinks, 3 soups and sandwiches, board games and small little ones play area provided.

DRU YOGA WITH TAMLIN WALKER – Dru Yoga is great for maintaining and improving flexibility and for maintaining the health of your joints. It can help with stress, relaxation and even help you sleep better!
Sundays 6pm-7.10pm £7.50 Heckmondwike Community Centre Wednesdays 7.15-8.20pm £6 online via Zoom
Please contact Tamlin Walker on 07957434127 or email here for further information and a health registration form.

ST MARY’S SOCIAL CLUB – Are you thinking about where to celebrate a family party, baptism, wedding, birthday? (Not children’s parties) St Mary’s Social Club has great rooms available to hire at very good prices.
The Melton Lounge – ideal for parties up to 50 people with a well stocked bar.
The Ball room – can hold up to 160 people, with an adjoining kitchen and bar. For more information please visit here
St Mary’s Social Club and Parochial Hall – Melton Street, Batley, WF17 8PT
Booking Enquiries – Michelle 07896 974429 or find us on Facebook


8.30pm Every Wednesday in the Melton Lounge.
£25 bar tab to the winning quiz team!
£50 cash squares prize and rising every week until it’s won!! 
Chocolate prizes!  

Starts Wednesday June 5th (AND IT WAS GREAT..!!)

Social DancingSunday evenings from 7.30pm
MASC Batley Karate ClubTuesdays 4.00pm – 6.00pm
Bingo in the LoungeTuesdays 8.00pm & Fridays at 8.00pm
Singing for FunWednesdays from 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Batley Rock and Roll ClubWednesdays from 8.00pm
Fitness with KarenWednesdays 5.45pm – 6.45pm
Slimming WorldThursdays 9.00am – 11.00am & 5.00pm – 7.00pm
Friday 9.00am
Central Pointe Dance (in the studio)Monday to Thursday

Regular sell out Rock and Roll Band nights – first Friday of the month
Monthly Tribute nights with Batley’s Legendary DJ Mick Ingram. Early booking essential: Ticket Hotline 07766336951


DIOCESAN EUCHARISTIC PROCESSION – The annual Diocesan Eucharistic Procession will take place on Sunday 9th June 2024, 3:00pm at Hinsley Hall (weather dependent). Barbecue and children’s games afterwards. All invited to participate including Altar servers and First Holy Communion children (wheelchair/pram accessible route). Further details on the Diocesan website!

NOVENA TO OUR LADY OF UNFAILING HELP – The annual Novena to Our Lady of Unfailing Help, the Principal Patron of the Diocese, takes place from 18th to 26th June 2024 at Leeds Cathedral, Cookridge Street, Leeds LS2 6BE. Monday to Friday 6.15pm; Saturdays and Sundays 5.00pm.

EUCHARISTIC HEALING SERVICE – The Parish of Our Lady of Kirkstall invites you to a Healing Service. This is a beautiful opportunity to pray for healing for yourself or others, whether physical, psychological, or spiritual. Remember Jesus is alive, and miracles can and do happen! Everyone is welcome, including non-Catholics and those of no faith – all that is needed is an openness to Jesus. Tuesday 18th June, 7pm, St Mary’s, Horsforth.

FOUNTAINS ABBEY MASS – Mass for the Feast of St Benedict, Thursday 11th July, 12noon. All welcome.

CENTENARY OF THE DEDICATION OF THE CATHEDRAL JULY 2024 – On Thursday 18th July at 11.30am, together with the Priests, Deacons, Religious and Lay Faithful, Bishop Marcus will celebrate a Solemn Pontifical Mass at the Cathedral Church of St Anne, the Mother Church of the Diocese of Leeds, to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Cathedral’s Dedication. More information about the Cathedral’s centenary celebrations will be published in due course.

SAFEGUARDNG IN THE DIOCESE OF LEEDS – SURVEY – Diocese of Leeds Safeguarding and the Catholic Safeguarding Standards Agency (CSSA) would like to hear your views on current Safeguarding practice and processes in our Diocese. The Survey is very short – just two questions – and it’s anonymous, unless you choose to provide details. Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts before 15th July 2024. Survey and more information available here.

For a full list of vacancies across the Diocese, please click here.

If you have any items for the parish bulletin, please may I have them no later than Thursday 12.00noon. These can be sent to Michelle Anderson here or post them through either presbytery letterbox and I will pick them up and add them to the coming week’s bulletin. Many thanks.