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The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free.
~ Luke 4:18

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Welcome to the News & Events page

We welcome news stories from the parish for the News & Events page of the new website. Have you been to the pantomime, on a pilgrimage, or attended an inter-faith event? We want your photos and your stories! We can provide professional editing, so don't be shy if you don't consider yourself a "writer". Your story is valuable! Alternately, you may want to share your journey in faith to encourage others. Has your faith helped you overcome adversity, or revealed a new path in life? We'd love to hear about it! Thank you for sharing your stories. Please send your stories and photos to the Parish Office.

A Wonderful Display for LAUDATO SI
Thanks to Joanna and the Laudato Si team

A LAUDATO SI NETWORK

“Let us sing as we go. May our struggles and our concerns for the planet never take away the joy of our hope”. (Laudato Si).
During the SEASON OF CREATION last September members of this Cafod climate campaign group (some 50 parishioners, including school contacts) successfully organised a week of events to raise awareness of the Cafod Campaign ‘CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME’, the subtitle of Pope Francis’s 2015 letter LAUDATO SI. The intention was to build on that in 2020. No-one foresaw the pandemic. The virus still takes took up most, if not all, our attention; concern for climate justice was put on hold. But the climate emergency has not gone away, it has gathered force. The need to address it is even more urgent.
Three of us in the parish, followed an on-line summer course organised by the CATHOLIC GLOBAL CLIMATE MOVEMENT (Based in Rome) to become LAUDATO SI ANIMATORS – or “advocates”.
We now invite you to remain in the CAFOD group as members of a LAUDATO SI NETWORK - to be opened up to all parishioners – gathered round Pope Francis’s 3-fold pledge:

    • TO PRAY FOR AND WITH CREATION
    • TO LIVE MORE SIMPLY
    • TO ADVOCATE TO PROTECT OUR COMMON HOME
    THE AIMS:
    • To celebrate and share what many are doing and have effectively ‘signed up to’ the Pope’s Pledge
    • To develop awareness of the possibilities for prayer, living and action
    • To advocate dialogue locally and nationally for climate justice
    • To share information with Cafod; Leeds J&P; the UK LSA group; working with Shipley Christians Together, Baildon Churches and local climate groups.

WHAT CAN WE DO? Many have their hands full coping with the demands imposed by the virus. IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO REMAIN A MEMBER OF THIS GROUP - JUST LET US KNOW. YOUR NAME WILL BE REMOVED FROM THE MAILING LIST.
We ask you to support us with your prayers, as we will remember you in ours.
Thank you - Ann West (annabel7543@yahoo.co.uk), Fiona Phipps (fiona@macvane.com) David Jackson (dandt43@gmail.com)

NB: Please note that all other CAFOD activities (Family Fast Days / collections for emergencies) will be carried on as usual by Jo Buck, the Parish Cafod Rep

Celebrating Mass during phased coronavirus easement

While the live-streamed 9.15 Sunday Mass will continue to be broadcast as long as the coronavirus continues to pose a risk to health, the churches have now been opened up to a regular Mass schedule where Masses can take place with a live congregation. Attendance at the Vigil and Sunday Masses must be pre-booked in order to comply with Covid-19 restrictions. This can be done by phoning the parish office between 1-2 on Fridays or sending an email to the Parish email address. Weekday Masses are generally under-attended and therefore no booking is required. Anyone who does not feel ready to participate in the live Mass can continue to join in by watching the live broadcast each week. Fr Keiron is able to do garden visits to hear confession or bring communion on request. Thank you to everyone for your compliance in helping to keep us all safe and healthy..

Nov 29th 2020 Angelus prayer Pope Francis


Vatican News - English*
From St. Peter’s Square, recitation of the Angelus prayer led by Pope Francis

On the 22nd March, The parish of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross saw the first non-participant Mass celebrated at St. Walburga's church. The fact that we could not be present to celebrate this Laudate Sunday , which is also Mothering Sunday, may have saddened many people in the Parish. However, as Mr. Rogers used to say, in times of crisis, look for the helpers. In this case Richard Halfpenny was the helper who arranged live video streaming of the 9.15 Mass via the parish FaceBook Page. Thank you Richard for helping to keep the parish family engaged and connected during difficult times. We have now added the video to the parish web page to ensure the widest possible distribution and access.

Past live streams

Archived Letters from the church: Coronavirus

Pledges for the Year

Some life changes we can all make to reduce our carbon footprint and fight global warming.

Note* Click or Tap a Month to show a pledge. The pledge is shown on the panel displayed. To close the panel, press your Escape key, click or tap the close icon at the top rght corner of the panel, or click/tap off the panel.

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wash clothes & towels only when dirty

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use renewable water bottles

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buy, eat, waste less

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replace tops on pens

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eat less meats

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avoid veg in plastic

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use old undies & old towels for floor cloths

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take plastic bread bags to recycle centers

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save water don't overfill the kettle and take showers

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take crisp bags to recycle centers

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launder with eco-egg

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reuse plastic shopping bags

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turn lights off when not in use

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return cat food pouches for reuse

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think before buying electricals

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buy fair trade products

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never bin good old clothes donate to charity

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buy organic food

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buy no more books till read all you have

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campaign for shops and supermarkets to reduce carbon emissions

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for a year do not buy any new clothes – use charity shops

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campaign for school canteens to reduce carbon emissions

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for Xmas buy soap-on-a-rope not shower-sets

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ask your MP to support carbon reduction & zero emission policies

Pope Francis Laudato Si

“Everything is interconnected, and this invites us to develop a spirituality of that global solidarity which flows from the mystery of the Trinity.”

“We are faced not with two separate crises, one environmental, the other social, but rather with one complex crisis which is both social and environmental.”

“It cannot be emphasised enough how everything is interconnected.”

“Social love is the key to authentic development.”

“Happiness means knowing how to limit some needs which only diminish us.”

“We need to take up an ancient lesson – that less is more.”

“Purchasing is always a moral and not simply economic act.”

“Human beings, whilst capable of the worst, are also capable of rising above themselves, choosing again what is good, and making a new start.”

“The emptier a person’s heart is, the more he or she needs to buy, own and consume.”

“Many things have to change course, but it is we human beings above all who need to change.”

“The gravity of the ecological crisis demands that we all look to the common good.”

“Put simply, it is a matter of redefining our notion of progress.”

“The same mindset which stands in the way of making radical decisions to reverse the trend of global warming also stands in the way of eliminating poverty.”

“Interdependence obliges us to think of one world with a common plan.”

“The effects of the present imbalance between rich and poor can only be reduced by our decisive action, here and now.”

“Once we start to think of the world we are leaving to future generations, we look at things differently; we realise that the world is a gift which we have freely received and must share with others. What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us?”

“Once the human being declares independence from reality and behaves with absolute dominion, the very foundations of our life begin to crumble.”

“When human beings fail to find their true place in this world, they misunderstood themselves and end up acting against themselves.”

“We need to slow down and look at reality in a different way.”

“We fail to see the deepest roots of our present failures, which have to do with the direction, goals, meaning and social implications of technological and economic growth.”

“Humanity has entered a new era in which our technical prowess has brought us to a crossroads.”

“The natural environment is a collective good, the patrimony of all humanity and the responsibility of everyone.”

“Nature is a constant source of wonder and awe. It is also a continuous revelation of the divine (…) Every act of cruelty towards any creature is contrary to human dignity.”

“Nature is a constant source of wonder and awe. It is also a continuous revelation of the divine.”

“All creatures are moving forward with us and through us towards a common point of arrival, which is God.”

“We can finally leave behind the modern myth of unlimited material progress.”

“All it takes is one good person to restore hope.”

“We can speak of the priority of being over that of being useful.”

“If we scan the regions of our planet, we immediately see that humanity has disappointed God’s expectations.”

“Greater attention must be given to the needs of the poor, the weak and the vulnerable, in a debate often dominated by more powerful interests. We need to strengthen the conviction that we are one single human family.”

“We know that approximately a third of all food is discarded, and whenever food is thrown out it is as if it were stolen from the table of the poor.”

“We cannot fail to consider the effects on people’s lives of environmental deterioration, current models of development and the throwaway culture.”

“Climate change is a global problem with grave implications – it represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day.”

“I wish to address every person living on this planet. Humanity is called to recognise the need for changes of lifestyle, production and consumption.”


Pope Francis reminds us to celebrate the Season of Creation.

Upcoming Events

The Season of Creation from September 1st to October 4th, 2020
Pope Francis invites you to take part in the Season of Creation. Join thousands of Catholics around the world and unite to protect our common home.

SEASON OF CREATION. LAUDATO SI - CH 2 – ‘THE GOSPEL OF CREATION’
The light of our faith and the wisdom of Scripture reveal the Mystery of the Universe and the message of each creature in the Harmony of Creation. “The universe in all its manifold relationships shows forth the inexhaustible riches of God” (86) The universal presence of Christ is hidden in all creation (john 1:1-18) and is made visible in Jesus, the Christ. He lived in full harmony with creation: ‘What sort of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?’ (98)

THE SEPTEMBER SEASON OF CREATION –- THREE INVITATIONS

  1. CELEBRATE THE SEASON – Pray for Creation; read Pope Francis’ Laudato Si (Care for Our Common Home) See weekly extracts in the bulletin, on the website and FB page.
    • AT ITS END (OCT 4th)
  2. SIGN THE POPE’S LAUDATO SI PLEDGE - I pledge:
    • TO PRAY FOR AND WITH CREATION
    • TO LIVE MORE SIMPLY
    • TO ACT TO PROTECT OUR COMMON HOME
  3. LAUDATO SI CIRCLE - CONSIDER joining this to discuss how the parish can continue and extend how it hears the cry of the earth and the poor. Details of this will be available in early October.
(Ann West, Fiona MacVane Phipps and David & Teresa Jackson: Laudato Si Advocates)

CAFOD PARISH CAMPAIGN
CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME – GENERATIONS UNITE. “The cry of the earth, the cry of the poor”. Climate change is disproportionately affecting the poor now, hence CAFOD’s focus. The Leeds Diocese has been asked to follow up our September efforts by linking parishes with youngsters in four schools in the poorest areas of Lima, Peru. This is fortunate - since Fr Gerry Hanlon our ‘home grown’ priest has worked for over 50 years in Peru, both in the Amazon region and in Lima. Pupils on the poorest fringes of Lima are planting trees to assuage the effects of climate change. We are asked to write PRAYERS on PRAYER CARDS to show our support. We are also asked to petition our PM (via Cafod) to adopt measures which will slow climate change. ALL DETAILS of the campaign and Show More...how we can get involved will be available in the porches of both our churches. GENERATIONS UNITE - We hope to encourage pupils in our schools in particular to learn about and support with prayers the actions of their generation of pupils in the four schools of Lima. The success of our parish week in September relied on a grand CAFOD support group. If you want to join in this time round in planning this campaign – MOST WELCOME – contact me, David Jackson (Parish CAFOD CAMPAIGN Contact) – 01274 581094 or 07810111880. THANK YOU....Show Less

Winter Shelter February 24th – March 2nd 2020
The notes from the Leaders Meeting are on the Noticeboard in both Churches. The Rota for ‘Volunteers needed’ (not the Food one) is also available. If you can help please write initials and no personal details (data protection guidelines). Please email me teresa.xfenham@btinternet.com. Send a Text or better still contact me on What’s App (07538755976) or phone 01274581095 and leave a message. Please always tell me your full name (avoids confusion) or leave a note in the sacristy.

Oberammergau 2020
Start planning now for the trip of a lifetime! The Oberammeragau Passion play commemorating the village's salvation from the bubonic plague in 1634 is performed every ten years. There are places available on Pax Travel's coach trip from 16th - 22nd September 2020. The cost is £1179 per person. Please email Bernadette Cawley on: blivesey@outlook.com or ring her on: 01274 826343 for a brochure.

Recent Events

The Shipley Christians Together (CTS)
Celebrate the Season of Creation with our fellow Christians in Shipley! The Shipley Christians Together (CTS) online service on the theme of Creation will be broadcast on YouTube at 6.30 pm this Sunday, September 20th from St Walburga's church and is being produced and led by Fr Keiron.

Shipley Christians Together

CTS Archive

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Laudato Si' Week from May 16th to 24th, 2020
Pope Francis invites you to celebrate Laudato Si' Week. Join thousands of Catholics around the world and unite to protect our common home.

Holy Week from April 5 to 11, 2020

Parish Garden Party/BBQ Saturday 7th September 2019
The Parish Garden Party was held this year at St Aidan’s between 11.00am and 3.00pm. A total of £2,224 was raised. Thank you for everyone who helped to make this enjoyable event so successful.

Easter Flowers
Flower arrangement for Easter.

Some beautiful Eastertide flower arrangements from the two churches of the Parish.

Visit to one of Bradford's historic places of worship
Bradford Tree of Life Synagogue

Fr Keiron and parishioners were part of a group organised by the Bradford Interfaith Prayers for Peace invited by the congregation of the Bradford Tree of Life Synagogue to attend their Sabbath Morning Service on 23rd March. The Synagogue is a beautiful but often overlooked building on Bowland Street in Manningham. It has long played a leading role in building interfaith relations in the district, out of all proportion to the size of its membership.
Rabbi Douglas Charing of Leeds led the service and Rudi Leavor, the well known Cantor the singing. The words of the service in both Hebrew and English took us immediately into the religious origins of Jesus and of our own liturgy, in its prayers, use of the Psalms and readings from the Torah scrolls, the whole a reverent and moving expression of the abiding faith of our Jewish neighbours in the living and joyful presence of the Word of God in Scripture.

Our visitors stood round the reading Desk at the end of the service with its Hebrew words: “The Tree of Life” a reference to the life and joy to be found in hearing the words of God in the Torah. In October 2018, eleven worshippers were gunned down at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. The formerly named ‘Bradford Synagogue ‘ decided to change its name to ‘The Tree if Life Bradford Synagogue’ in a linked memorial to those who died in America. With thanks to the Bradford Jewish Community and the Bradford Interfaith Prayers for Peace for what was a much appreciated experience and share in the life of our Jewish friends.

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Winter Shelter 2020
Some of the treats on offer.

Winter Shelter 2019
Volunteers have fun in the kitchen.

Another successful Winter Shelter week came to end during the first week in March when we bid our guests goodbye for another year.
Each year our parish hosts a shelter for up to twelve homeless individuals in St Aidan's church hall. This is part of an interdenominational charity called Innchurches . Volunteers are involved in driving the minibus that collects the guests each evening, in cooking breakfasts, in providing delicious home cooked evening meals each day and in providing night support. Guests are also provided with games and entertainment, a visit from a GP and a complementary pedicure.

Parishioners who are unable to volunteer contribute through a collection and by praying for the success of the week. Our guests are on a journey back to a more regular life. While we and all the other churches offer them a home over the winter the Innchurches charity is sorting out their long terms needs, jobs, housing and help with other problems.
Guests and volunteers alike have enjoyed a wonderful uplifting week in which we have been able to demonstrate our love for our fellow man in Jesus' name.

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Panto
Children of the parish enjoy meeting the panto stars.

Around 90 parishioners, both young and old had a wonderful time at the parish trip to the panto. We all enjoyed a fantastic afternoon with ice cream in the interval and lots of laughs. The panto was excellent with audience participation and plenty of songs to join in with. The altar servers really love this treat and are looking forward to next year already!

Parish Stories

WIP (WORK IN PROGRESS).
Our Parish Stories section is a WIP and under construction. This section will be populated as and when contents become available.

News from the Catholic World

From ICN February 28

The Bishop of Salford reaffirms call for parishes to continue taking action on climate change. The Bishop of Salford, John Arnold, has written to parishes in the Diocese of Salford suggesting they use the Season of Lent to consider how they respond practically and personally to the urgent situation of climate change see more ...

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