The Parish of Saint John Vianney, Leeds

incorporating the Catholic Churches of

The Immaculate Heart of Mary and Saint Paul, the Apostle

Parish Priest – Monsignor Philip Moger     Assistant Priest – Fr Joshua Hilton

Deacon: Rev. Michael Leahy

0113 268 1373

office.stjohnvianney@dioceseofleeds.org.uk


A People who Hope in Christ

A Message from the Metropolitan Archbishops of the Catholic Church in England and Wales

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, The radiance of the risen Lord shines upon us. At a time when so many shadows are cast into our lives, and upon our world, the light of the resurrection shines forever to renew and restore our hope. In the words of our Holy Father, Pope Francis: ‘In the midst of isolation when we are suffering from a lack of tenderness and chances to meet up, and we experience the loss of so many things, let us once again listen to the proclamation that saves us: he is risen and is living by our side.’ (27 March 2020)

The impact of Covid-19, both nationally and internationally, has been immense. So much of what we take for granted has changed. Our health and physical interaction, our capacity to travel and gather, have all been affected. There is uncertainty in our future, especially with work and the country’s economy. As we know, very sadly, large numbers of people have died because of the coronavirus, and others have been or remain seriously ill. Keyworkers, not least in the National Health Service and care sectors, are serving selflessly to sustain the life of our nation. Our hearts and prayers go out to everyone who is suffering because of Covid-19, and to all those battling to overcome its effects. May those who have died rest in peace and those who are bereaved find comfort.

When the Prime Minister announced the lockdown, this included places of worship and therefore Catholic churches. These measures were put in place to stem the general transmission of the virus. It is right that the Catholic community fulfils its role in contributing to the preservation of life and the common good of society. This must continue until the restrictions applied by the Government are lifted.

None of us would want to be in the situation in which we find ourselves. While the live-streaming of the Mass and other devotions is playing an important part in maintaining the life of faith, there is no substitute for Catholics being able to physically attend and participate in the celebration of the Mass and the other sacraments. Our faith is expressed powerfully and beautifully though ‘seeing, touching, and tasting.’ We know that every bishop and every priest recognises the pain of Catholics who, at present, cannot pray in church or receive the sacraments. This weighs heavily on our hearts. We are deeply moved by the Eucharistic yearning expressed by so many members of the faithful. We thank you sincerely for your love for the Lord Jesus, present in the sacraments and supremely so in the Holy Sacrifice 2 of the Mass. The bishops and priests of every diocese are remembering you and your loved ones at Mass each day in our churches as we pray ‘in hope of health and wellbeing.’ We thank our priests for this faithfulness to their calling.

As the Government’s restrictions are relaxed step by step, we look forward to opening our churches and resuming our liturgical, spiritual, catechetical and pastoral life step by step. This will also be of service to those beyond the Catholic Church who depend on our charitable activity and outreach through which much goodness is shared by so many volunteers from our communities. None of us knows, as yet, how or when the lockdown will end. There is likely to be a phased return to travelling and gathering. As a church, we are now planning for this time and our discussions with the statutory public health agencies and Government representatives are ongoing. Together with Catholics across England and Wales we desire the opening of our churches and access to the sacraments. Until then, we are continuing to pray and prepare.

We want to acknowledge with gratitude the service of our fellow bishops and priests, our deacons and religious, our families and lay faithful, together with all our parish and school communities, for the wonderful ways the life of the faith is being nourished at this time, especially in the home. We also pay tribute to the Catholic organisations and networks that are working to support the vulnerable and needy.

On that first Easter day, the disciples were in lockdown and the doors were closed. In their isolation the Lord Jesus came among them and said ‘Peace be with you.’ May the peace of the risen Lord reign in our hearts and homes as we look forward to the day we can enter church again and gather around the altar to offer together the Sacrifice of Praise.

We unite in asking the intercession of Our Blessed Lady and assure you of our prayers and blessing

Yours devotedly in Christ,

✠ Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster

✠ Malcolm McMahon OP, Archbishop of Liverpool

✠ Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham

✠ George Stack, Archbishop of Cardiff

✠ John Wilson, Archbishop of Southwark


 

SUPPORTING YOUR PARISH

STAY SAFE: STAY SECURE

Please be aware that at this time, you and your parish are vulnerable to many dishonest financial schemes being set up by opportunistic companies and ‘crowd-funding’. In increasingly financially-straitened circumstances the question is still being asked: ‘How do I support my Parish during this time?’ In response, this page contains methods of Parish Giving which are recommended as the most secure ways for you to continue to contribute as far as you are able to the Offertory and to benefit your parish.

Online Parish Offertory  allows you to make a secure online donation to your Parish Offertory at any time.  donate

Standing Order (SO)  is still the best and most cost-effective way to ensure your Parish benefits from whatever regular giving you can afford. This may be done by completion of a simple form, please click the link above and download the form, or contact the office if you would like a form posting out. Completed (SO) forms can be posted to  St John Vianney Parish, 294 Harrogate Road,  LS17 6LE  or emailed to  office.stjohnvianney@dioceseofleeds.org.uk 

If you have not already completed a  Gift Aid Declaration  form for your parish, you can do so online.

TEXT GIVING You can also contribute £5 by texting CHURCH VIANNEY to 70500. The parish will receive 96% of your £5 donation. The money will come from your mobile network account. You only pay a donation if you receive a reply message back. Some mobile phone accounts have text donations blocked on them because they are business phones or they are pre-pay phones with insufficient credit. You may (depending on network) have to pay to send a “standard rate” message which should cost about 10p. Always get the bill payers permission. If you have questions about this service call 03306600425 to speak to someone from the service provider Vir2. Any money donated to CHURCH VIANNEY will be allocated to the parish.

Thank you for your continuing support in these strange times!

Data Protection Notice: We will always store your personal details securely. Your details will only be used by the Diocese of Leeds and HMRC. We will never give your information to other organisations for their own purposes. By providing your details you are agreeing to be added to our list of donors. To cancel at any time, please contact: louise.ward@dioceseofleeds.org.uk or call: 0113 261 8023. Further details available: https://www.dioceseofleeds.org.uk/privacy-notice


Mass of Pentecost  Sunday


Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary


Mass for the 7th Sunday of Easter


Mass of the Ascension


Mass for 6th Sunday of Easter


Mass for 5th Sunday of Easter


The Office of Compline (Night Prayer)


‘Via Lucis’ ( Way of Light – Stations of the Resurrection)


Sung Easter Evening Prayer & Benediction


The Glorious Mysteries of the Holy Rosary


 Important messages

Solemnity of the Annunciation: view message from Mgr. Philip Moger


Stations Of The Cross

Meditations of The Way Of The Cross

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eueczgYVJY


The Holy Rosary

Sorrowful Mysteries Of The Rosary