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St Austin’s

Catholic Church

Wakefield

WF1 3QN

Diocese of Leeds Registered Charity No. 24940

  • 01924 372080

  • Fax 01924 215723

Email staustinschurch@yahoo.co.uk Website www.staustins.co.uk






Priests: Fr Timothy Swinglehurst, Fr Duane Reilly and Fr Matthew Habron


30th March 2008 - Divine Mercy Sunday (A)


Times of Services

Sat. 6.30pm Mass Rev. Michael Kelly

Sun. 9.00am Mass Harry Hibbins

11.00am Mass People of the Parish

3.00pm Mass Special Intention

6.00pm Mass Barbara O’Donnell


Mon. 7.45am Mass Mary Wade

10.00am Mass Faye Marshall


Tues. 7.45am Mass Angela Cullan

12 noon Liturgy of the Word & Communion


Wed. 7.45am Mass Glenn Webster

12 noon Liturgy of the Word & Communion


Thurs. 7.45am Liturgy of the Word & Communion

12 noon Mass Herman Custer


Fri. 7.45am Mass Special Intention

12 noon Mass Maureen Warters


Sat. 8.30am Mass James Dearlove


Sacrament of Reconciliation

Saturday - No morning Confessions.

In the evening 5.00 - 6.00pm

Prayer of the Church

Week of the Year: 2nd week of Easter

Psalms week 2


The Parish Bulletin is now accessible on the Parish Website www.staustins.co.uk. To access it please click on the link “Bulletin” on the home page.


After Mass Refreshments are on sale after Sunday morning masses. Please come for a cuppa to help us on our way to Sydney! (Tadge & David).

Liturgy of the Word

1st Reading

Acts 2:42-47

The faithful all lived together and owned everything in common.

Responsorial Psalm

Psalm 117

R/. Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his love has no end.

2nd Reading

1 Peter 1:3-9

In his great mercy he has given us a new birth as his sons by raising Jesus from the dead.

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia, alleluia! Jesus said: ”You believe because you can see me. Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe.”.

Gospel

John 20:19-31

Eight days later, Jesus came.





Next Sunday’s Readings:

3rd Sunday of Easter

Acts 2:14. 22-28

Psalm 15

1 Peter 1:17-21

Luke 24:13-35


PARISH NOTICES


Easter Season


Divine Mercy Sunday: there will be a Holy Hour from 2pm during which the Chaplet and Litany will be prayed. Then there will be Mass at 3pm. Afterwards light refreshments will be served in the parish rooms.


Frs Tim, Duane and Matthew wish to thank all parishioners for their generosity, kindness and prayers at Easter.


The Annunciation of the Lord will be celebrated on Monday 31st March.


As we journey through Easter towards the great feast of Pentecost and the birthday of the Church there will be a series of three talks/discussions on the Church on Thursday 8th, 15th and 22nd May.

More details to follow.


Songs of Praise: from Leeds Cathedral at 5pm on BBC1.

Walk with Me: the Easter edition of this very useful booklet is on sale in the Narthex. Price £1 each . Please put money in the slot marked “Papers”. Thank you!

Parish Pastoral Council - copy of the minutes of the meeting held on 4 March 2008 are now on display in the Narthex.

Our Parish Centre - Bookings should now be made through Paul Blackburn on 01924 374248. Bookings can also be made by completion of a form available in the narthex.

ECHOES: this Parish-based training for handing on the faith will take place in St Austin’s rooms on 4 Tuesdays after Easter (April 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th). There is still time to inscribe. It costs £10 (to cover the cost of session packs and refreshments). Enrolment forms are available in the narthex: if you are interested, please fill one in and give to Fr Tim. Echoes is ideal for anyone who wants to learn more about the faith, so that they can pass the faith on with confidence to children and to anyone who may want to know more about the Catholic faith.

Fitness, Fund Raising and Socialising meets on Wednesday afternoon 1-4pm.

St Austin’s 200+ Club It’s here, our Birthday weekend. We now come to the end of our 32nd year and hopefully look forward to more successful years ahead. To do this we not only need our members to re-join but we are also very much in need of new members as each year we naturally lose some. Each number costs £24 a year, £2 a month, and there are forms at the back of church, or you can just tell me you want to join. We have 52 prizes of £150 each. Please think about joining and therefore helping us to continue for even more years.

I intend to be around after all Masses on the two weekends after Easter to give members a chance to pay their subs. for next year. Also, I hope to gather in new members to the Club.


Clothes and More With Supper - Fair Trade Ackworth are holding this event at Ackworth Methodist Church on Saturday 12 April at 7 30 pm. Admission, by ticket only is £250 including supper. For more information and to book tickets  01977 612263

Confirmation Course: following the evening in Leeds the confirmation course continues from this Wednesday 2nd April in the Parish rooms from 7.30 - 9pm.

Rite of Enrolment on Sunday 6th April: during the 6pm Mass next Sunday the 29 young people who are to be confirmed in June will be enrolled in the programme. Therefore the length of the Mass will be extended a little.

Marriage Preparation Course: please keep in your prayers the 7 couples who begin their marriage preparation course next Saturday.

Parish Giving: at the end of the financial year we are very grateful for all that so many people have given over the last year for the up-keep of the Parish. If you would like to give regularly to the Parish through Gift Aid or by Standing Order and are not already doing so, please take one of the forms in the narthex or speak to Fr Tim.


PARISH EVENTS


Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Mon 9.15am, Tues 7am, Thurs 7am,

Fri 815am - 11.55am.

Please note the extended period of exposition for the 1st Friday is to pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life.


LOURDES PILGRIMAGE Fund raising events. To help students of St Thomas à Becket’s go to Lourdes to help the sick pilgrims in this the 150th anniversary year please come and support these events:

Thurs 3 April at 7 30 in the Parish Theatre - an Art and Entertainment Evening with local artist David Newbould sketching, talking about life in Yorks. Tickets £3 - see poster in narthex for further details.

Sun April 6th - Bacon sandwiches on sale after 9am Mass, refreshments after 11am Mass. Also Bun Sale.

Fri April 11th A Family Quiz Night at St Thomas a Becket College. Family ticket £10 with individual tickets £2.50. Pie and Pea supper available at an extra cost. For tickets or further info - Kath McKnight 01924 369056 or Cath Samardzija 01924 211750.

Murder Mystery Evening written by Keith Lowe. Fri 18th April 7.30pm St Austin’s Theatre, £6 adults, £5 children, including Pie & Pea supper. Details and tickets contact Beccy and Margaret - 01924 365779. Join us for an evening full of mystery and mayhem. Test your little grey cells and solve the murder!

Life Group: To enable us all to be better informed and raise awareness of the sanctity of all human life, it is proposed to formally set up a Life Group in the parish. To allow as many people as possible to become involved there will be a choice of meeting time for all those interested this Friday 4th April at 10.30am or at 7.30pm in Room 2. We hope that this will encourage as many parishioners as possible to come along to one of the meetings. Please see Fr Matthew if you have any questions and if you intend to attend one of the meetings. Thank you.

The London Bridges Walk - Anne Blackburn and Marilyn Monaghan will take part in this sponsored walk, over 10 London Bridges. Sunday 27 April 2008, the 40th anniversary of the coming into operation of the Abortion Act in 1968. Sponsorship forms are available at the back of the Church and money raised will be used to support the newly formed West Yorkshire Life Group and Life’s work nationally. Please help to further this vitally important work.

THE WEDNESDAY WORD: the school mission begins in our Diocese a week on Wednesday (April 9th). Please pray that it may touch many of our families and deepen or reawaken their faith.

Reading Group: the next meeting is on 11th April at 7.30pm when we will be discussing “Christianity Rediscovered” by Vincent Donovan. All welcome.


Our Parish Centre -

Co-Operative Northern is holding an “Ethical Dilemmas Seminar” in the Parish Rooms on Monday 14 April from 7-9 pm. Parishioners are welcome to attend. A list will be put in the Narthex shortly.

DIOCESAN NOTICES

Applications are invited for the following posts:

1. Team Leader - Safeguarding, 2 days per week - Salary up to £33,000 per annum, pro rata.

2. Safeguarding Officer, 3 days per week - Salary up to £30,000 per annum, pro rata. Informal inquiries are welcomed - please contact the Safeguarding Office on 0113 2618 046. Closing date for applications: Fri 4th April 2008. See notice board for more details.

Vacancies at Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School, Leeds: Senior Science Technician, immediate start, closing date 17th April.

Teacher of ICT from Sept 2008.

Curriculum Leader for Spanish from Sept 2008. Closing date 18th April.

Contact Mr Gibbons further details on 0113 294 1166.

Hallam Diocese, North Sheffield Deanery - Youth Worker required 37.5 hour working week, 3 year contract, C.£16,000. Closing date: Fri 11th April 2008. See notice board for details.

COURSES FOR CATECHISTS (Tuesdays 8th April-6th May) and on The Lord’s Prayer (Saturday 19th April). Please see notice board for more details.

THE BEGINNING EXPERIENCE: 25TH-27TH April 2008 at Hinsley Hall, Leeds. Enquiries: Kathryn 01274 402251; Kath 01942 246542.

OTHER NOTICES

Oberammergau 2010: Fr Tim is organising a pilgrimage to the Passion Play (with a holiday in the Austrian lake district) 9th-18th June 2010. Popularity means that we have to book now and send deposits in May. If you are interested, please take a brochure from the narthex and read the pink leaflet inside. Details of the tour are under “Salzburg and Its Lakes: 10 day holidays”. To make a reservation, please contact Fr Tim as indicated in the brochure.

A Pilgrimage of Prayer following in the footsteps of the martyrs. York Tyburn Sunday 27th April 2008. Walk in the courageous footsteps of the martyrs and pray for the renewal of our church. Programme details in narthex

Medjugorje 17th-24th September 2008: for further details contact Joyce Gilroy on 01924 372619.

School Vouchers - place any School vouchers in the collection bags and they will be given to St Austin’s Primary and St Thomas a Becket College.

PRAYER & DEVOTIONS

Polish Mass

in Austin’s Church every Sunday at 4.30pm

The Rosary

8.15am Monday to Friday in the Church

11.35am Tuesday, Thursday, Friday in the Church

12.15pm Pinderfields Hospital Chapel

Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour

Every Monday 7.00 - 7.30pm in Church.

Prayer Meeting

Meets on Mondays from 7.30-8.30pm in the Narthex.

Lectio Divina Group

Meets on Wednesdays from 7.30pm in the Parish Rooms.

Mothers Prayers

Thursdays after the midday Mass.

St Padre Pio Group

Meets on the 1st Thursday of the month 7 - 8pm.

SVP Holy Hour - see Parish Groups below

Prayer Meeting in Malayalam

Meets in Church on the 1st Friday of the month 6.00-7.00pm


MINISTRIES

Next Week’s Duty Roster

Cleaning: Team 5

Flowers: Easter

Ministry of Reading: Please consult your rota.

Extraordinary Ministry of Holy Communion: Please consult your rota.


PARISH GROUPS

Catholic Women’s League meet 1st Monday of the month at 7.30pm in the Parish Rooms (contact Jeanette Sharpe on 370723 for details).

Knights of St Columba (KSC) meets every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 7.30pm in the parish rooms (contact John North for details: 216786)

St Austin’s SVP Conference meets 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 7.00pm in the Parish Rooms. Also Holy Hour 7 to 8pm 4th Thursday.

Thursday Club meets after lunchtime Mass for friendship, chat and a game of bingo. All welcome.

Legion of Mary meet on Fridays at 12.30pm. All parishioners are invited to attend.


Your offerings last week

Envelopes: £1,785.71

Loose: £1,430.90

Standing Orders: £581.84

Total: £3,798.45

Many thanks for your generosity.

Parish Debt: £82,681.50

Suzy Fund £139.87

Next weekend there will be a 2nd collection to support our young people going to Lourdes on the

Diocesan Pilgrimage.


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