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Message from Fr Jim Leavy:I would like to thank all parishioners who have been sending me cards, making phone calls and keeping me in your prayers during my recent illness.  I have felt very connected to you all. I had planned to mark my 50th Anniversary of Ordination on June 7th this year with a celebratory mass and social.  Unfortunately, that is not possible.  Hopefully, this may happen at some point in the future. Please be assured that you too are in my prayers.
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Parish Finance
Many thanks to all who continue to support our Parishes of St. Robert’s and St.
Aelred’s during the present time of crisis and lock- down. The Diocesan Finance
Office report that many people from around the Diocese are phoning and sending emails asking how they can contribute to their parishes while public Masses are
suspended. What follows is an explanation of the ways in which you can contribute
but if you already have a standing order, or collection envelopes please ignore what
follows.Set-up a Standing Order with your bank or building society. (GAD forms can be
downloaded) to either St. Robert’s or St. Aelred’s; Diocese of Leeds Our Lady
Immaculate St Robert’s Harrogate Sort Code: 40-27-15 Account No: 81017489
Diocese of Leeds St Aelred of Rievaulx Sort Code: 40-27-15 Account No: 41017470
Make a one-off payment via internet or telephone banking to the Church using the
details below:
Diocese of Leeds Our Lady Immaculate St Robert’s Harrogate Sort Code: 40-27-15
Account No: 81017489 Diocese of Leeds St Aelred of Rievaulx Sort Code: 40-27-15
Account No: 41017470
Press the Donate Button on the opening page of the St. Roberts or St Aelreds
webpage, and follow the instructions.
Use the text service, to donate £5 to St Robert’s text CHURCH ROBERT to 70500 for
St. Robert’s and to donate £5 to St. Aelred’s text CHURCH AELRED to 70500 for St.
Aelred’s **Please note that it is a feature of the text-giving facility that allows for no
more and no less than £5 to be given to the Offertory via each text. If your regular
weekly parish giving is either more or less than this amount, please feel free either to
send more than one text – or maybe use this facility just once a fortnight or once a
month.**
Leave a donation (cash or cheque) through the Presbytery letterbox at St. Robert’s.
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St Mary’s Church Knaresborough – Are showing their weekly Sunday Mass online,
the link can be found on their website: http://www.stmarysknaresborough.org/
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Evening Prayer of the Church:For the people of the parish, Evening Prayer of the Church is taking place using the web application “Zoom” at 6pm each day for the foreseeable future. It will finish by about 6.25pm.

If you want to be able to join us,

email: office.staelred@dioceseofleeds.org.uk and you will be sent the Zoom ID and the group password for the sessions.

If you want to have the words of Evening Prayer in front of you, they can be found on the universalis app or the book of Morning and Evening Prayer of the Church.

The address for Zoom is: https://zoom.us

No need for a long term or every evening commitment, just join if and when you can.

Please phone Deacon David if you have any questions or need help to access these prayer sessions.

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No Internet? No problem! – Although we will be listing ways in which you
can watch live broadcasts and be involved in prayer groups online in this
bulletin, please do not worry if you don’t have access to the internet, please
reflect and pray within your home. Canon Callaghan and Fr Ben are
celebrating Mass each day for the people of St Aelred’s and St Roberts
parishes and remember them in your prayers. Please also be aware that the
bishop has issued, until further notice, a decree lifting all obligation to
attend mass on Sundays and other Holy Days of Obligation including all
obligation to ‘Easter Duties’. It is most important that you stay at home and
stay safe.
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St Aelred SVP and the response to the Coronavirus Emergency

SVP members are continuing to phone and support parishioners and others in need. Thank you to all those who have volunteered to help with this support. If you would like to add your name to the list of volunteers to do shopping, collect prescriptions, or other tasks, please do phone. Also, do contact us if you know of anyone in need whom you are unable to help.

St Aelred’s SVP telephone number is 07311214364

If you would like to make a donation to the St Aelred SVP Conference the details for a bank transfer are as follows:

Sort code 60-60-04
Account no 46076255
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If you would like to donate to Harrogate Food Bank the details are as follows:
Harrogate District Food Bank:

You can make a one-off gift direct to our bank account or via cheque. Our bank details are:

Sort Code: 05-05-45

Account Number: 33843617

or donate food at: Waitrose, 92 Station Parade, Harrogate, HG1 1HD
(front of store) Urgently needed food items: Long Life Fruit Juice , Long Life Milk, Pasta
Sauce, Chocolate, Sponge Puddings
Washing Up Liquid, Sugar, Shower Gel, Shaving Foam, Razors, Shampoo.

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FHL Pentecost Challenge! – The coronavirus is tightening its grip as it spreads
throughout the Holy Land so we have taken the decision to widen the scope of our
appeal to all of the West Bank (including Bethlehem), Gaza, Israel and Jordan.
Therefore, we have launched the “Pentecost Challenge” At the same time three
generous supporters have committed to match any donations to our appeal received
from April 3rd 2020 until Pentecost, 31st May 2020 up to £100,000. Your donations
will be doubled, whilst match funds last. Naturally we have carried forward the gift
aided balance of £21,300 that had been donated up until April 2nd to make our
target. Every £1 you donate will have the impact of £2! Please donate at
https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charityweb/charity/displayCharityCampaignPage.action?charityCampaignUrl=bethlehemcor
onavirus
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Email List – Would you like to be added to the Parish email list to receive the weekly bulletin and other Parish notices? If so, please let us know by emailing us at: office.staelred@dioceseofleeds.org.uk  Please note; If you are already on the Eucharistic and Readers email circulation, you will be automatically added to this list.
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The Parish Summer Fair is cancelled this year.  The Parish usually gives half the profits of the Fair to the St Aelred SVP Conference. Consequently, we need to raise money for the next half of the year in other ways.  We know this is a difficult time for many families but would you consider making a donation, however small, by bank transfer?

The St Aelred SVP account details are:

Sort code: 60-60-04 / Account number: 46076255

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