This Sunday is the Church's Day for Life when we are asked to promote—through prayer—dignity for life. In 2005 Pope Francis, then a Cardinal-Archbishop, said: "Jesus teaches us to care for life because it is the image of God, who is absolute life. We cannot announce anything else but life, and from the beginning to the end. All of us must care for life, cherish life, with tenderness, warmth ... to give life is to open our heart, and to care for life is to give oneself in tenderness and warmth for others, to have concern in my heart for others. Caring for life from the beginning to the end. What a simple thing, what a beautiful thing ... So, go forth and don't be discouraged. Care for life. It is worth it !"
Leaflets are available from the back of all of our churches highlighting this special day, & further details are available at www.dayforlife.org
It is hoped that the autumn will bring with it the formation of a Parish History Group; a number of Parishioners have expressed an interest in this. If you are interested let Fr. Nicholas know. A couple of ideas have been mooted:
- Researching, with a view to produce a History of the Parish, embracing the histories of St. Joseph's (including its former Mass centres such as St. Monica's at Kirkburton & also Holmfirth), English Martyrs', the Meltham Catholic community & the Catholic congregation at Shepley.
- With the approaching centenary of the outbreak of the Great War it would be good to do some work on the production of a list of St. Joseph's / Huddersfield Catholic's who lost their lives in both the First & Second World Wars.
Just a couple of thoughts!
Due to the celebration of the 1940's Weekend & Civic Service on Sundays 7th & 28th July at St. Bartholomew's Church a VIGIL MASS will be celebrated next SATURDAY 6th JULY at 5.00PM. The same arrangements will also be in place for SATURDAY 27th JULY with Mass at 4.00PM.
Meltham Memories Weekend
The annual Meltham Memories Weekend is being held between Friday 5th—Sunday 7th July; on the Saturday & Sunday afternoons tea & cakes will be served in St. Bartholomew's Church Hall. Local school children are singing in the Hall on both afternoons, so much help will be needed. If you can bake or help please sign the list at the back of the church. All proceeds to Help For Heroes & the Church Tower Repair Fund.