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Short Prayers For Every Day


stay with me while I try to get closer to you † Amen

Living Lord

call me to follow you, but give me the strength to be faithful in whatever way you call me † Amen

Loving Lord

give me the courage and generosity to put other people's needs before my own † Amen


remind me that you are always beside me as I complete the ordinary tasks of my day † Amen


grant that I may be free from greed and selfishness † Amen


help me to seek your presence in the people I meet † Amen


help me to slow down and enjoy the beauty of the world † Amen

St Walburga's
*opening times subject to change
Fri and Sat Mass Times w/c 03.12.23

Mass Times w/c Sun 10.12.23
Sunday 9:15am
Monday 9am
Tuesday 9am
Wednesday 9am
Thursday 9am
Friday 9am
Saturday 10am
5:45pm (Vigil Mass)
Sunday 17.12.23 9:15am
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday 10:30 - 11:00am
After morning Mass
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
1hr Before weekday Masses and Saturday morning

St Aidan's
*opening times subject to change
Fri and Sat Mass Times w/c 03.12.23

Mass Times w/c Sun 10.12.23
Sunday 11am
Monday none
Tuesday 7pm
Wednesday none
Thursday none
Friday 12pm Service of the Word
Saturday none
Sunday 17.12.23 11am
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Tuesday cancelled
Only available by appointment with a Priest
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Monday to Friday except Tuesday cancelled
Tuesday 6:30pm

Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never thirst again; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life
John 4.14

St Walburga's

St Aidan's

Parish Priest:
Fr Keiron Walker

Parish Administrator:
Nick Connor

Diocese Of Leeds

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St. Walburga's

Mass Times w/c Sun 03.12.23

Friday 9am
Saturday 10am
5:45pm (Vigil Mass)

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St. Aidan's

Mass Times w/c Sun 03.12.23

Friday 12pm Service of the Word
Saturday none

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Advent Calendar December 2023
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HAVE A MERRY, SUSTAINABLE XMAS!: The bishops of England and Wales, following the Pope’s lead, are encouraging us to change our lifestyles so as to help reverse climate change. Here are some tips for Christmas. Remember the 3 R’s – Show More...refuse, re-use, recycle. For instance, you can reduce plastic use in toiletries by buying bars of soap and bars of shampoo, instead of bottles of handwash and shampoo. You will find a wide range of green toiletries (plastic free/ethically sourced/organic/vegan) on offer online, and some high street shops sell shampoo bars, for instance Lush and Superdrug....Show Less


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PRESENTS Don’t buy unnecessary presents. Each year the UK spends about £700 million on unwanted presents. Find out what people need before you buy. Offer home-baked treats. Arrange a spending limit with family and friends. Check that the items you buy are green and ethical –workers properly paid, not tested on animals, sustainably sourced. Lists of ethical companies can be found by looking online. Best of all, make reciprocal arrangements with family and friends to not buy each other presents. They may be relieved!

WRAPPING PAPER Half of the paper America consumes each year is used to wrap and decorate consumer products! In Britain every Xmas we throw away 226,800 miles of wrapping paper. There is no need to throw it away. It can be re-used many times. And you can buy wrapping paper made from hemp, or from recycled paper. How about using attractive and re-usable cloth material instead of paper? Use ribbon instead of tape for sealing, so that the paper can be more easily re-used or re-cycled. The ribbon can be re-used as well, as can the bows.

CARDS Do you need to buy cards for people you see regularly? If you decide not to, explain that you are trying to reduce consumerism. Home-made cards are a great idea – people like the thought and effort that goes into them. You can use up leftover resources – cards, calendars, things around the house etc… A much better idea is to send a Happy Xmas email. If you receive cards, recycle don’t bin them. It’s estimated that each year we bin 1 billion cards instead of recycling them.

XMAS TREES Millions of Xmas trees both real and artificial are discarded every year in the UK. To cut down on plastic dependence and to offset carbon emissions, buy a living tree, and keep it in the pot in the house or garden when not being used. They can be used year after year. Norfolk pines are suitable, as they don’t grow large. Many Local Councils will collect and compost your tree when you’ve finished with it. Or you can take it to the local recycling centre, or compost it yourself in your garden. Decorations can be home-made or home baked. Use LED lights, as they use up to 95% less energy than traditional bulbs.

MEALS You’ve probably seen headlines like “Tackling the world’s most urgent problem: meat” (United Nations Environment Programme). Growing animals for food involves destruction and pollution of the land, forests, waters and atmosphere, and takes resources from the poorest people. Include some vegan meals over the Xmas period. Vegan meal recipes can be found online – at for instance - and there are plenty of vegan ready meals in the shops.

DRIVING signal your support for phasing out fossil fuels through simple, peaceful but transformative action. Adopt one or more of the following resolutions, during COP28, and maybe beyond:

  1. Drive at no more than 55 m.p.h. on major roads
  2. Drive at no more than 20 m.p.h. near homes, shops or schools
  3. Switch off your engine when idling
  4. Put in your car back window a notice saying: SLOW DOWN FOR THE PLANET
Driving less hastily:
  • reduces GHGs
  • saves money
  • avoids serious accidents
  • reduces respiratory disease
  • reduces local pollution
  • makes driving less stressful
  • shows that you are serious about fossil fuels

SYCAMORE ADVENT COURSE: Sycamore is an informal course about the Christian faith and its relevance for life today. It gives people space to meet others, share ideas, explore their beliefs and think about questions that really matter.
Each Sycamore session involves Show More...a short film and time for discussion. There's no pressure and no commitment. People can be themselves without any fear of being judged. There's a real sense of community, a spirit of friendship, some great conversation, and often some delicious food.
Everyone is welcome!

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy!
Hail, our life, our sweetness, and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn, then, O most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us; and after this our exile show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus; O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

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The official prayer to prepare for the Synod
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We stand before You, Holy Spirit,
as we gather together in Your name.
With You alone to guide us,
make Yourself at home in our hearts;
teach us the way we must go
and how we are to pursue it.
We are weak and sinful;
do not let us promote disorder.
Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path
nor partiality influence our actions.
Let us find in You our unity
so that we may journey together to eternal life
and not stray from the way of truth
and what is right.
All this we ask of You,
who are at work in every place and time,
in the communion of the Father and the Son,
forever and ever.

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I. The journeying companions

As we journey together let us look around. Who are you on the journey with and what persons or groups are marginalised and why?

II. Listening

How might our local Church better listen to lay people (and especially young people and women) and minorities and those who are not respected?

III. Speaking out

How can everybody be encouraged to communicate appropriately what is important to them?

IV. Celebrating

How might I be better able to participate in Mass and other liturgies?

V. Co-responsible in the mission

How can each Baptised person become a “missionary disciple”, revealing Christ to others through their words and deeds?

VI. Dialogue in Church and society

How might we improve our conversations within our diocesan family and also outside of it, (for example with people of different faiths, those who have no faith and those who have particular roles and duties in society)?

VII. With the other Christian denominations

Are our relations with our Christian brothers and sisters good? How might they be improved?

VIII. Authority and participation

How might we develop teamwork and a sense of co-responsibility in our local Church?

IX. Discerning and deciding

How might we improve the process of decision-making in our local Church, so that we truly listen and recognise that the Holy Spirit can speak through each one of us?

X. Forming ourselves in synodality

What formation is necessary within the local Church if we are to become better at listening to one another and sharing our insights with one another?

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