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					                                   PARISH OF THE HOLY NAME OF JESUS
                     Clergy: Father Pat Smythe       Presbytery, 52 Otley Old Road, Leeds LS16 6HW
                  Tel: (0113) 2678257 E-mail: office@holynameleeds.com Web: www.holynameleeds.com
    Parish Secretary 1pm – 5pm weekdays (267 8257) Hall Bookings: 07989 359 588 or helena.shortland@mailway.co.uk
                                               4th SUNDAY OF ADVENT

                                                      6.30pm           Percy Eales
                             SUNDAY 20th               9.00am          November Dead List
                                                      11.00am          People of the Parish
                             MONDAY 21st              9.30am           Rosaleen Danby
                             TUESDAY 22nd             9.30am           Frank Dowson
                             WEDNESDAY 23rd           9.30am           Phyllis & Ken Pearse
                             THURSDAY 24th
                                                      7.00pm          Celebrant‟s Intention
                             The Nativity of 10.30pm          Carols followed by Mass
                               the Lord                               (Holy Communion at Midnight)
                                              and     10.00 am        Celebrant‟s Intention

                             SATURDAY 26th            10.30am          Kathleen Hinton


 MASSES NEXT WEEKEND: 6.30pm (vigil): Yan Gaunt 9.00am: People of the Parish 11.00am: Barbara Workman

From the Parish Priest…
The promises of God are fulfilled if God‟s will is obeyed. Mary believed the promises made her by the Lord and through her
cooperation the prophecies were realised and Jesus was born to be one with us (1 Reading). In His humanity Jesus was
obedient to His Divine Father even to accepting death, death on a cross. Here I am, I am coming to obey your will (2 Reading).
To discern and respond to God‟s will requires us to be humble, generous and brave – but only in this way will we experience
the joy that comes from a recognition of God‟s presence in our lives (Gospel).
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WELCOME to any visitors and new parishioners. Please join us in the hall after the 9am Mass for a cup of tea and a chat.
CONFESSIONS: There will be no confessions in church between Christmas and the New Year, except by appointment.
Please join us for our Reconciliation Service on Tuesday 22nd at 7.30pm.
FEAST DAYS: Sat 26th St. Stephen.
LATELY DEAD: Kathleen Joyce Caton, sister of George Shepheard. May she rest in the peace of Christ.
YOUR PRAYERS ARE ASKED FOR: Nithya Akilan.

OFFERTORY: Thank you for last Sunday‟s collection of £962.77               NOV S/O: 3360.83

ST ANNE’S SHELTER wishes to thank the parishioners of Holy Name Church for their generous support this Christmas.

ADVENT PENITENTIAL SERVICE: Several priests of this Deanery are assisting Fr. Pat with Confessions at a
Penitential Service in Holy Name church on Tuesday December 22nd at 7.30pm. Parishioners are encouraged to avail of
this opportunity to prepare spiritually for the Feast of Christmas.

THE TIMES OF CHRISTMAS SERVICES are provided on the purple leaflets available on the tables in the porch.

MASSES NEXT WEEKEND (Dec 26th-27th are at the usual times. Please note that there will be Mass for the Feast of St.
Stephen (Saturday Dec 26th) but no exposition of the Blessed Sacrament or Confessions on that morning.

CHRISTMAS DAY: Come and celebrate! There will be the usual coffee and mince pies in the church hall after the 10.00am
Mass. Everyone very welcome.

CONFIRMATION 2010: Bishop Arthur has informed the Deaneries of the dates for Confirmation next year. for our
Deanery (currently West Leeds) Confirmation will be celebrated on Friday May 7th at 7.30pm, at Holy Name Church. It is
expected that the six new Pastoral Areas for Leeds will have come into being by the following year. the parish of Holy Name
will then be in the new North West Area, together with St. Mary‟s (Horsforth) and The Assumption of our Blessed Lady
(Spen Lane) and appropriate arrangements will be made for both preparation and celebration of the Sacrament..

FIRST COMMUNION CANDIDATES: Parents can collect the photos of their children (taken at the Introductory
Meetings this week) from the sacristy before/after any Mass. The next event in the Programme will be the enrolment of the
candidates at all Masses celebrated on the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord (weekend January 9th/10th) at which the Gold
Books will be given to the candidates, and parents provided with Notes for home preparation for the first Meetings of
candidates which follow that week (Wed 13th 7pm; Sat 16th 5pm).

SENIOR CITIZENS CHRISTMAS PARTY – HELPERS NEEDED: This year the Christmas Party for senior
members of the Parish will take place on Wednesday 30th December from 4pm til 7pm. Offers of help on the day, either
setting up or at the party itself, would be much appreciated – new faces are very welcome. We also hope many of the young
people (10+) in our parish will be willing to help, either as waiters& waitresses/providing some of the entertainment/acting as
compere/hosting the quiz and bingo. If you are able to help in any way, please sign up on the forms at the back of church or
ring Helen Oliver (278 1992). Many people kindly turn up on the day, but for planning purposes it would be helpful if we
could know in advance. Raffle prizes are also needed. If you are able to make a donation then please leave prizes in the
Parish Office or bring them to the Church Hall on the day.
INVITATIONS & TRANSPORT: If anyone would like an invitation to the Christmas Party, or knows someone who
would, please contact Kate Burton on 226 0056. Transport will be provided for anyone who needs it.

BUILDING BLOCKS OF PRAYER: Those who participated in the recent (November) series are encouraged to complete
and return the Evaluation forms distributed at the last meeting as this will help in preparing for the next series (June 2010).
There are spare copies on the tables in the porch. Thanks to those who have already done this.

JOURNEY INTO FAITH SPIRITUALITY PROGRAMME: "Have you visited the place where the snow is stored...?"
(Job 38:22). Please see posters and leaflets in the porch and on website for the first of our "Seasons of the Spirit" reflective
events for Winter on Sunday January 10th 6.30-8pm or Monday January 11th 10 a.m.-3p.m. 2010. Please return booking
forms in the box provided or by email to office@holynameleeds.com or by post, by DECEMBER 21ST.

FEED AN ORPHAN APPEAL: Copies of the letter describing the suggestion to make a donation towards feeding the 55
orphans in the Dominican House in Dili, East Timor in lieu of a Christmas gift to a relative or friend are available in the
porch (below the displays of photographs of the orphans). Envelopes & Colour Christmas cards are alongside, to use for the
donation/message to relative/friend. As donations are still being made, the final total will be announced at Christmas Masses.

MASS INTENTIONS: Mass is offered each day for the intentions that are presented to the Parish Priest. Recently the
number of such intentions has become less than the number of masses which can be celebrated each week. Mass is the best
prayer that can be made for your loved ones, living or deceased. The donations (or „stipends‟) customarily made to the Priest
for rendering this service are entirely optional, but they are one of the principal sources of regular income for your Priests, in
this parish and diocese and also on the foreign missions. Envelopes for your Mass intentions are available in the porch.
Simply fill them in and hand to Fr. Pat or Su, put them in with the collection or put them through the presbytery letter box.

LEEDS CARMELITE SPIRITUALITY GROUP gather monthly to reflect upon „Carmel‟ at St. Theresa‟s Church in
Crossgates. The first meeting of 2010 will be on 17th January (Peace Sunday) on the topic “Peace Built on Justice”, beginning
with Mass at 10am in the parish church. For further details, see the notice in the porch or contact Mr Johan Bergström-Allen
(01904 411 521 or email leeds@laycarmel.org )

RACHEL’S VINEYARD: If you or anybody you know is suffering the consequences of pregnancy loss through abortion or
miscarriage please let them know that there is hope. Rachel‟s Vineyard is running a powerful healing retreat, for women &
men who are struggling, in the Leeds are 8th – 10th January 2010. For booking or more information call the confidential
mobile 07505 904 656 or visit www.rachelsvineyard.org.uk

STAMPS FOR EAST TIMOR: Thanks are expressed to all who donate used stamps for the development projects headed
up by the Salesian Missionaries (SDB) in East Timor – which include health and education provisions. Pictures and „thank
you‟ letters are on display in the porch (alongside the photos of the children in the Dominican Sisters‟ orphanage in Dili).

APF RED BOXES: Three collectors are urgently needed to help empty 8-10 boxes twice per year (Jan/Feb & again
Aug/Sept). Please contact Norah Small (284 3873 or email norahsmall@btinternet.com ). Thank you.

“200 CLUB”: December draw: £30 no 31 Mrs D Coltman; £20 no 37 Mrs M Carr.

EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS’ ROTA: The new rota, Christmas to March, is in the box file in the porch.
READERS’ ROTA: The new rota, Christmas til April, is in the box file in the porch.

                                               THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
                 In the midst of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer (Albert Camus)


                      Father Pat wishes you all a very Happy and Holy Christmas

				
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