Welcomers

Saint Paul instructed the assembled community to “welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, to the glory of God” (Romans 15:7). It will often be appropriate for those commonly referred to as ushers to exercise this ministry of welcome by greeting people at the church door, making sure they are provided with all necessary books, music, and other items for the celebration, such as candles or palms, and helping them find their places.

At both Churches there are parishioners who undertake this important ministry of welcome.  If you would like to join them please make yourself known to one of the Priests after Sunday Mass.

(Content taken from the collection of resources produced by the Liturgy Office to assist the work of liturgical renewal in England and Wales.)


Readers

“In proclaiming the word of God from Sacred Scripture, readers exercise their responsibility in mediating the presence of Christ. God speaks to the assembly through them, and the impact of God’s message will depend significantly on their conviction, their preparation, and their delivery”. Celebrating the Mass 41

Preparing to Read: In preparing to hear the Gospel proclaimed, the highpoint of the Liturgy of the Word, Christ’s faithful people trace the sign of the Cross on their forehead, lips and heart.

The three-fold focus of that preparation is also a useful summary of the preparation a reader should make during the week before proclaiming the word.

• Understand the reading. Considering what the writer is trying to say; what it means to me and my community; how it relates to the other readings and prayers at Mass; considering what God is saying in this word today.

• Practising the proclamation of the reading. Speaking the words out loud, to see what challenges the work of proclaiming has in store; considering how to speak it so as to give fresh and authentic voice to God’s living word.

• Spending time in prayer. Expressing one’s love for God, and learning to trust in God’s love for us. Praying for the community one is called to serve, that together, and through God’s word, all might come to live in unity with God and with each other?

(Content taken from the collection of resources produced by the Liturgy Office to assist the work of liturgical renewal in England and Wales.)


Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

“Since the Eucharistic Celebration is the Paschal Banquet, it is desirable that the faithful who are properly disposed receive the Lord’s Body and Blood as spiritual food as he commanded.”

Bishops, priests and deacons are the ordinary ministers of Communion. If a large number are to receive Communion, the ordinary ministers will frequently need assistance in distributing Communion, so that the Communion rite is not unduly long. It will regularly be needed when Communion is given under both kinds, the form of Communion in which the Eucharistic banquet is more clearly signified. This assistance is given by extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion.” Celebrating the Mass, 44

Preparation: In preparing yourself for service as a Minister of Holy Communion:

• Look at the readings and prayers of the Mass and use them for your prayer.

• Reflect on how they speak of the love of God for all, and the quality of life that they call us to make our own

• Reflect on the people you will be ministering to, those at church, and the sick and housebound. Recall how, with you, they are members of the Body of Christ.

• Pray for them, for yourself, and the other parish ministers —that together you will find deeper communion with Christ and each other through this celebration of Mass.

• Ensure that you will be at church in good time to carry out any necessary preparations before Mass begins.

(Content taken from the collection of resources produced by the Liturgy Office to assist the work of liturgical renewal in England and Wales.)


Altar Servers

What do Altar servers do?

Servers hold the book while the presiding priest proclaims the presidential prayers with outstretched hands. They bring and hold such things as books, thuribles, water jug and towel, patens and chalices. They lead the entrance and concluding processions with the cross and candles; they escort the deacon (or priest) to the ambo and stand at his side while he proclaims the Gospel reading. They may, on more solemn occasions, accompany the procession with the gifts. They look after the thurible, prepare it for the priest or deacon, and themselves may incense the assembly and other ministers. The number of servers will depend upon the circumstances and the tasks to be performed. Celebrating the Mass, 45

If you have made your First Holy Communion and would like to join the team of Parish Altar Servers at Sunday Mass, then please speak to one of the Priests after Sunday Mass, or at school.

 (Content taken from the collection of resources produced by the Liturgy Office to assist the work of liturgical renewal in England and Wales.)


Music

“Singing is one of the most delightful of the signs and symbols that make up the liturgy. Song has been called ‘the sign of the heart’s joy’, and an old proverb says ‘the one who sings well, prays twice’. All the liturgical books and instructions published since Vatican II have strongly emphasised the value of singing, especially singing by the whole assembly.

These are some of the ways in which music and song contribute to the celebration: they give a more noble and emphatic form to the Word of God; they help to strengthen the unity of the assembly; they give shape to the rite, emphasising its high points; they create festivity; and they point to something beyond the present, towards the ‘hymn that is sung throughout all ages in the halls of heaven’.” (Preliminary Syllabus for the Formation of Church Musicians. Bishops’ Conference of England And Wales)

Within the Parish there is music at all the Sunday Masses to enable those who gather to give fitting praise and thanksgiving to God.   More details to follow as to how you can join the different music groups/choirs.


Childrens Liturgy of the Word

“Sometimes, moreover, if the place itself and the nature of the community permit, it will be appropriate to celebrate the liturgy of the word, including a homily, with the children in a separate, but not too distant, room. Then, before the Eucharistic liturgy begins, the children are led to the place where the adults have meanwhile celebrated their own liturgy of the word. Directory for Masses with Children” (DMC), 17.

The Liturgy of the Word with Children takes place at the 9.30am Mass at the Immaculate Heart of Mary and at the 10.00am Mass at Saint Paul, the Apostle each Sunday in term time.  More details of how to join the group to follow.


Flowers
about the flower groups

Tea/Coffee - Communitea
Tea and Coffee are available after 9:30am Mass at Immaculate Heart and 10:00am Mass at St Paul’s

Mums and Toddlers
about Mums and tots groups

Scouts,
Scouting is an international organisation that provides “every day” adventures appropriate for Beavers (6-8yrs), Cubs (8-10.5 yrs) , and Scouts (10.5-14yrs).
The 24th North Leeds  (Immaculate Heart of Mary) is part of the wider North Leeds District Scouts and national/international scouting moment. You can find more information about our Beaver group by following this
link: at http://sdrv.ms/HgiMhY

Places are limited so please add your child’s name to the waiting list by sending an email with your childs name, dob, and school to
24thBeavers@gmail.com All leaders are trained and CRB checked. Our programs and activities help children earn activity, challenge and other badges. More details can be found by following these links below:
24th North Leeds (Immaculate Heart of Mary) Waiting list: http://sdrv.ms/HgiMhY
North Leeds District Scouts (including map): http://www.northleedsscouts.org.uk/groups.php
Information about scouting: http://scouts.org.uk/about-us/

Beaver activity badges:http://goo.gl/W4qNfr
Cub activity badges: http://goo.gl/xcqrec
Scout activity badges: http://goo.gl/NYKUCd


Parish Women's Group

Over 55s
about the over 55s group

SVP
about the SVP in the Parish

Out and About
about Out and About

Wednesday Weeders
about the gardeners at Immaculate Heart

Mothers Prayers
about Mothers’ Prayers

Lectio Divina
about Lectio Divina

APF boxes
about the APF red boxes

CAFOD

CAFOD is the official agency of the Church in England and Wales. Its aims are:

  • To raise awareness of the underlying causes of poverty and injustice in the world. CAFOD provides educational materials for use in schools and parishes
  • To work for change through campaigning. CAFOD is a member of the Jubilee Debt Campaign and Trade Justice Campaign and invites supporters to work with these related campaigns to bring justice to the international order
  • To fund development projects and respond in emergencies in the poorest countries of the world. Currently CAFOD, in partnership with local organisations, supports over 1,000 projects in over 70 countries.The parish group organises events and collections to coincide with the Lenten and Harvest Fast Day collections and emergency appeals.

CAFOD’s slogan, “JUST ONE WORLD”, answers Pope John Paul’s call for us all to make a meaningful commitment to bring justice to the world, a necessary condition for peace and harmony.

Registered Charity No: 286776.

Meetings as advertised.

CAFOD Web Site