Past Notices

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Message from Fr Bill – 5th Sunday of Easter

Dear friends at St. Aelred’s,

What a wonderful celebration it will be on Wednesday as twelve young people from our parish are confirmed by Bishop Terry at St Wilfrid’s Church. There will be about twenty-five other young people joining them in celebrating this sacrament. Please do keep them in your prayers. We will be having a final meeting to celebrate their Confirmation on Thursday 9th June at 7.00pm. We also hope to use their meetings as a springboard to re-introduce youth group get-togethers for more of our young people.

The Requiem Mass for Jeanette Popely takes place on Tuesday and she will be received into church the night before. Please do come along and support the family if you are able. Jeanette was a regular here at St Aelred’s for many years and worked in our school. May she rest in peace. Amen.

ROSARY IN MAY-May is the month of Our Lady. Please join us in church and on Zoom to recite the Rosary every weekday morning, except Tuesdays, at 8.30am or if you are unable why not say it privately or as a family. If you need a focus for these prayers we have a statue of Our Lady of Fatima which you can take home for a week which has special prayers to guide you.

COVID-due to the amount of space at mid-week Mass we have decided to suspend the use of masks Monday to Saturday morning. If you wish, of course, please wear one at your own discretion. Any people displaying symptoms of Covid-19 should stay at home and not participate in acts of worship in church. This is good practice for any transmissible illness. We need to care for each other, especially our most vulnerable.

CONFIRMATION- will take place 18th May, 7.00pm at St Wilfrid’s Church. Please keep our young people in your prayers.

ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION PRAYER-My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

God Bless,
Fr Bill


DEADLY COCKTAIL-English Martyr’s Drama Group, Thur. 19th May, Fri. 20th May and Sat. 21st May all at 7.30pm, plus a Sunday matinee 22nd May at 2.30pm. A tense, thrilling whodunnit and just why they did it! The cruise ship Aurelia Blue sets sail, with Captain Tim welcoming all on board. But nothing is what it seems, each passenger has something to gain and plenty to hide. Be prepared for murder most foul! Can Pinkerton agent Barbara unravel the mysteries going on all around her? Tickets £7 or £4 (concessions), available from English Martyrs Church or Jeff Corker 793921.

ST AELRED’S SCHOOL-This week Year Two and Six have been completing their SAT’s. This is the first time we have had these tests since 2019, as they were cancelled for two years because of the pandemic. Whilst we try our best not to make them stressful for the children, they are national tests and the level of security and rules around the administration of them inevitably leads to some apprehension. Whatever the results look like when they come back in July, we are immensely proud of the children for their application, dedication and enthusiasm for all aspects of school. Their teamwork and kindness shown, their care and support towards each other and their general attitude and respect for others shown at all times of the day are all highly commendable. For our Year Six’s, they are an amazing group of young people who will, we hope, enjoy their final weeks at St Aelreds and leave remembering the community spirit and experiences they have had – this is what makes them into well-rounded members of society, not four mornings of national curriculum tests. We are all proud of you!

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee-We will be celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee on Friday 27th May – which is the last day of the half term. Children are encouraged to come dressed up for the day in any way which celebrates the theme – in red, white and blue; as a member of the Royal Guard; in a crown; dressed as the Queen; as a Corgi…be as creative as you like. In the afternoon, from 1.50pm, parents and carers are welcome to join us outdoors for refreshments and cake, some celebration, and official opening of our Early Years outdoor area. We will be sending out more information before the event, but please save the date if you would like to join us in the afternoon.

ROSARY IN MAY-May is the month of Our Lady. Please join us in church and on Zoom to recite the Rosary every weekday morning, except Tuesdays, at 8.30am or if you are unable why not say it privately or as a family. If you need a focus for these prayers we have a statue of Our Lady of Fatima which you can take home for a week which has special prayers to guide you.

UCM– our next meeting is on Tuesday, 10th May when Chris Small of Orchard Nurseries will help us to plan our summer garden displays. On Saturday 14th May we are hosting a day of recollection on how to pray. We have all been doing a great deal of praying recently and this day is designed to help us find new and deeper ways of communicating our spiritual needs. The day is led by Canon Michael Ryan and promises to be refreshing and strengthening.  This is for ALL parishioners and friends. Please sign the list on the table at back of Church if you would like to attend.

YORK NEWMAN CIRCLE-Wednesday 11th May, Dr. Marcus Pound of the Centre for Catholic Studies, Durham University and Lead Investigator of the Boundary Breaking project will speak about ‘Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church: Key Questions’ at the Bar Convent at 7. 30 pm. free and open to all and we’ll be very pleased to see you. Tea and coffee will be available before the lecture and donations towards costs and refreshments will be welcome. For more information contact Judith Smeaton,, tel. 01904 704525

CAFOD-the March Family Fast and Lenten Lunches raised £1,035 for CAFOD.  Because of gift aid declarations, on some of the donations, CAFOD will also be able to reclaim tax amounting to £141.

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY-thank you to all who joined us for this wonderful devotion of the Hour of Great Mercy. A special thank you to all who prepared the church and to Fr John who stepped in last minute when I got called out and to John who worked so hard to make the feast so full of blessings for all who took part.

WORLD APOSTOLATE OF FATIMA ENGLAND AND WALESFirst Saturday Devotions of Reparation on Saturday 7th May 2022, 8.00pm – 9.00pm with the Holy Rosary, Meditation by Clergy, Reparation Prayers and Act of Consecration. Zoom ID: 765-115-5221.  Please contact for further details. 

UCM-Following our fascinating talk by Father Bill on the Enneagram of Richard Rohr, which describes personality types as a means to greater self knowledge, our next meeting is on Tuesday, 10th May when Chris Small of Orchard Nurseries will help us to plan our summer garden displays. On Saturday 14th May we are hosting a day of recollection on how to pray. We have all been doing a great deal of praying recently and this day is designed to help us find new and deeper ways of communicating our spiritual needs. The day is led by Canon Michael Ryan and promises to be refreshing and strengthening.  This is for ALL parishioners and friends. Please sign the list on the table at back of Church if you would like to attend.

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY-Today, Sunday 24th April. We will be celebrating this Feast once again here at St Aelred’s Church. Come and join us on this day of Great Mercy. Exposition from 11.30pm, Hour of Great Mercy 3.00-4.15, Sacrament of Reconciliation 1.00-3.00. All very welcome. Please see the poster, booklets and leaflets at the back of church.

MASS IN SCHOOL- There will be Mass in school on Thursday 28th April at 9.15 am. Parishioners are very welcome. There will be tea, coffee and refreshments afterwards.

UCM NewsOur first meeting of the summer term is on Tuesday 26th April, when Father Bill will speak about The Enneagram through the spirituality of Father Richard  Rohr. This will be an enlightening experience!   All welcome. Meeting at 7:30, preceded by Mass at 7:00 p.m.

CAFOD Walk Against Hunger-I would like to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for all your support for my CAFOD Lenten Challenge Walk Against Hunger which I started on Ash Wednesday and completed on Palm Sunday.  From my walk, we raised £1510. With the exception of contributions from a few friends and family members, the majority of the money raised has come from the generosity of the St. Aelred’s family. So, my most profound thanks to you all.  Nationally, CAFOD has raised £200,000.  During the 40 days, I walked 262.4 km.  I could never have imagined doing this challenge and completing it. I learned a few things along the way, e.g. a greater appreciation for the environment and nature, especially in the changing of the seasons, and the benefits of having a positive attitude. I found time to pray on my walks, share greetings with other people and admire beautiful gardens or landscapes. I particularly enjoyed walking with others. I am still walking as it has now become a part of my routine. It is no longer necessary to continue sponsoring this walk, as there are other more pressing needs, e.g. Ukraine, but if you do still want to contribute to the Walk Against Hunger, please go to my JustGiving page: Rose Cartledge.  Please continue to pray for the children of Sierra Leone and the people who are working to help them.  Many thanks and God’s blessings for a Happy and Holy Easter. Love, Rose.

CONFIRMATION PREPARATION CLASSES- will continue Thursday 28th April, 7.00 till 8.30pm in church here at St Aelred’s. 

THE CATHOLIC VOICE-Our free Diocesan Newspaper is available at the back of church. Please take one home. 

CHRISM MASS-we have arranged a coach to take us to the Chrism Mass, Tuesday 12th April, leaving 10.00am. If you are interested please sign the list in the porch. The cost will be £14 for adults including the usual buffet refreshments afterwards. There are still plenty of places available.

HOLY PLACES COLLECTION-The annual collection which goes towards maintaining the Holy Places will be taken on Good Friday. If you pay tax please help to boost the collection by Gift Aiding your contribution. You can do this by completing a white Gift Aid Envelope, available near the holy water stoups at both entrances. Thank you for your co-operation.

ARTWORK FOR AUCTION-our artist in residence has produced two pictures, 15cm x 21cm on wooden panels, of sunflowers (The national flower of Ukraine) for auction in aid of the people of Ukraine. If you would like to bid please put your bid in an envelope with your name and number and if you are successful we will contact you after the coffee morning on Sunday. The pictures can be viewed at both Masses at the back of church.

LET US DREAM-the discussion group about Pope Francis’s book Let Us Dream has its final session on zoom at 5 o’clock on Wednesday meeting ID 83251096454 pass code 209443. Discuss your call to Action with Hope. 

FRIDAY SOUP LUNCHES FOR CAFOD DURING LENT-We continue the Friday Soup Lunches this week 8th April following Stations at 12noon. Please, if you are able, sign up to help; see poster in church porch.

UCM News-Next meeting will be on Tuesday 5th April at 7:30, following Mass at 7:00 p.m.  Our guest for the evening is Brother David of the Oratory at St. Wilfrid’s Church, York.  He will let us know what the Oratorians are and how they came to York and there will also be an opportunity for informal discussion about how the Churches in York with their different traditions are responding to the call to work together for the Synod. This should be a most interesting and stimulating discussion. The Diocesan Study Day will take place at St. Aelred’s on the theme of St Matthew’s Gospel on Saturday, 14th May, 2022.This will be a day of Reflection, introduced by Canon Michael Ryan, and we shall be welcoming visitors from across the Diocese as well as some guests from Leeds.

SCHOOL CHAPLAINCY TEAM-St Aelred’s School is looking for volunteers from the Parish to join our school chaplaincy team. Our team, who are made up of children from years 4 to 6, run weekly prayer groups on Wednesday lunchtimes, and help support with class and school liturgies. Adult volunteers are an invaluable part of the team, helping to support the children and establish links with the parish. We meet each term and run a rota for adult members who are able to help with prayer groups. If you are interested in joining us, or would like further information,  please contact Debbie Feehan ( or Paula Konefal  ( by email, at church or via school.

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR BETTY WILSON-it was lovely that so many parishioners were able to join the family of Betty for her Memorial Mass both in church and on Zoom. Thank you to all who attended. She would have smiled “That Smile” to see you all.

U.C.M. news.  Our next meeting is on Tuesday March 22nd at 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Centre. There will be Mass beforehand at 7:00 p.m.  Our guest for the evening is Ian Hill, a gifted musician and pianist; come along for an enjoyable evening.  Advance Notice.  The Diocesan Study day will take place at St.Aelred’s on the theme of St Matthew’s Gospel on Saturday, 14th May, 2022.This will be a day of Reflection, introduced by Canon Michael Ryan, and we shall be welcoming visitors from across the Diocese as well as some guests from Leeds.

YORK IRISH FESTIVAL-After an absence of two years, due to Covid restrictions, the York Irish Association is once again hosting our annual St. Patrick’s Festival on Saturday 19th March 2022. It will run from 10.30am to 7.30pm, in a marquee in St. Sampson’s Square. The Festival is all about celebrating Irish culture and the connections between York and Ireland, and will include live music, Irish dancing performances, and a ceilidh, All are welcome and entry is free.

WHITE FLOWER APPEAL-The January appeal raised £513.23 for S.P.U.C. Many thanks.

DISTRIBUTION OF PARISH OFFERTORY ENVELOPES-The new boxes of envelopes, which commence on the 9th/10th April, are now available for collection from the church windowsills until the last Sunday in March. Any then remaining will be delivered by hand before 9th April. If you wish to start using envelopes, or to change to standing order, please contact John as below. If you contribute to the Offertory collection using Envelopes or a Standing Order and pay tax, please consider making a Gift Aid Declaration to allow the parish to benefit from the 25% tax refund at no additional cost to you. For further details please contact John Ormerod by telephone on 01904 421469 (you can leave a message if out), or email . Alternatively, complete one of the pink forms available on the rear windowsill next to the steps to the choir, and post it in the adjacent white post-box.

SVP TALK & COLLECTION-today there will be a talk from the SVP and a collection at the end of Mass.

UCM NEWS-Meeting Tuesday, 8th March in the Centre at 7:30 p.m. Nicola Sweetman will talk to us on Faith, Feasting and Friendship. her work in education, All most welcome! Mass in church 7:00 p.m. for those who wish.

NATIONAL NOVENA TO ST JOSEPH-10th – 18th March. Every year the Mill Hill Missionaries prepare for the Feast of St Joseph their patron with a Novena of Masses and prayers. Masses from St Joseph’s Church, Maidenhead will be available on Zoom, via the Mill Hill website You can send petitions and request a prayer booklet, for details see poster or visit their website

BISHOP DUNN MEMORIAL LECTURE-Tuesday 8th March, in person at Ushaw College, 5.30pm drinks for 6pm lecture Archbishop John Wilson (Archdiocese of Southwark) “Is the Gospel Really Good News? Catholic Evangelisation and Catechesis in the 21st Century” Attendance is free of charge and all are welcome. If you wish to attend, please register at or leave a message at 0191 334 1656.

MIDDLESBROUGH DIOCESAN pilgrimage to Lourdes, 30th May-3rd June. Details are at the back of church.

HEALING SERVICE: SUNDAY-6th March 3pm in the parish centre, refreshments afterwards.

TUESDAY LUNCH CLUB: last one Tuesday 1st March, Shrove Tuesday.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER-Friday 4th March, the Holy Trinity Church, Heworth, are hosting a service – (refreshments from 9.30am and then a 10am service) to start the day of worship using materials prepared by England Wales and N Ireland World Day of Prayer. All Welcome.

WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER-is at St Hilda’s Church, Tang Hall Lane, on Friday 4th March at 2pm. All Welcome.

2021 PARISH ACCOUNTS-are up to be read at the back of church. Thank you Tony for all the hard work you do throughout the year.

UCM– Our next meeting is on Tuesday, 22nd February at 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Centre. You’ve done the Circle dancing, now it’s time for REFLEXOLOGY.  All welcome, come along and find out more.
Coffee Morning, Sunday 27th February. All donations of baking etc welcome, we are dependent on fundraising to help us support the UCM’s charities. Please come and support us.

On the occasion of last week’s christening of Benue Adrian, the baby son of Steve and Rachel Arum from the choir, the choir is hosting this Sunday’s Coffee Morning (13 February) to celebrate Adrian’s entrance into our St Aelred’s Parish Family. Everyone is invited. We hope that you will all join us and the happy parents for this happy parish celebration.

UCM– EVITA THEATRE Trip. Tuesday, 15th February. We are meeting at the Theatre Royal in time for the performance that starts at 7:30 p.m NEXT meeting, Tuesday, 22nd February, 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Centre. We are having a talk on Reflexology. All most welcome.

ST AELRED’S SCHOOL- Friends of St Aelred’s (FOSTA) is holding a cake sale on Thursday 17th February at the end of the school day. FOSTA would welcome donations of cakes – bought or homemade. These can be brought into school on the Wednesday or on the Thursday morning. Please avoid buying or baking cakes that contain whole, chopped or ground nuts. (I know many bought cakes suggest there might be traces of nuts, which is unavoidable).

200 CLUB– January prize winners: £100 No. 47 J. Goodridge; £50 No. 206 C. Duckworth; £25 No. 190 P. Rogers; £25 No. 1 J. Haigh.

EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS-as I have said many times the impact of the reduction in the number of priests will soon have an effect on Sunday Mass availability. In fact one church in York has already had a Service of the Word and Communion for their Sunday Mass due to a lack of available cover. With this in mind I would like to hold a training session for Eucharistic Ministers to feel confident to perform such a service, so could we meet in the Community Centre Tuesday 8th February 6.30pm? I imagine there will be a level of anxiety for some in performing a service in church but be assured I will not expect anyone to lead a service unless they were comfortable to do so. Please let me know if you are available to attend.

UCM-Our next meeting is on Tuesday, 8th February at 7:30 p.m.  We shall be Circle dancing with Sally Lewis. Please bring friends to join in! All welcome. Evita Theatre Trip, Tuesday,15th February, 7:30 p.m. York Theatre Royal. For those who signed up, I have your tickets. Will bring them to Mass on Sunday and to UCM meeting on Tuesday.  £17 per head. Any queries phone me on 01904 424219. Thanks.

ST AELRED’S SCHOOL-Nursery expansion; we have just had confirmation that our business plan to expand our
nursery provision beyond the 15-hour places we currently offer, to be able to offer 30-hour places plus wraparound care, has been agreed by the Trust. We are very excited about this development and we will provide more detail as soon as possible! The expansion will be taking place from after Easter.

A reminder that we have two staff vacancies currently – administrator and nursery teacher. There is information about both on our school website:

THE MARY WARD SERVICE-Today, Sunday 30th January 4.00pm at St. Thomas’ Osbaldwick. All welcome.

ST AELRED’S SCHOOL-Friends of St Aelred’s (FOSTA) is holding its Annual General Meeting next week on Tuesday 1st February 2022 at 2.15pm in school. Everyone is welcome. As COVID restrictions are easing, now is a great time for FOSTA to be able to benefit from more parents joining in with ideas and support for fundraising activities. Please come along if you are able. It would be great to see as many parents and carers attending as possible. FOSTA is holding a cake sale on Thursday 17th February at the end of the school day. FOSTA would welcome donations of cakes – bought or homemade. These can be brought into school on Wednesday or on Thursday morning. Please avoid buying or baking cakes that contain whole, chopped or ground nuts. (I know many bought cakes suggest there might be traces of nuts, which is unavoidable).

As we embark on our second round of synod meetings could I encourage all who attended the first round to come along to one of the meetings as well as anybody who may have missed the first round for whatever reason. Please put these dates in your diary- everyone is very welcome

3. 23.1.22      2 till 3.30/4pm

4. 27.1.22       6.30 till 8.30   ON ZOOM  Fr. Bill’s number  2147102040

There will also be cards at back of church to take away with questions to consider and return to Fr. Bill by end of January.
Please make every effort to attend as we need to hear your thoughts and suggestions.

UCM-The next UCM meeting will be on Tuesday 25th January in the church hall after 7pm Mass and will be the AGM followed by a discussion on the Synod and the future of the UCM.  Hoping all members can attend.

YEAR BOOKS-Diocesan Year Books are available at the back of church priced £1. They are a great source of information about local churches and beyond.

ST AELRED’S SCHOOL-Before Christmas, parents and children raised £237 for CAFOD. Our Mini-Vinnies chose specific items from the CAFOD website: The children had some interesting discussions in choosing how to direct their fundraising. It made them more aware of the needs of people that CAFOD supports and made the impact of charitable giving more evident to them. Thank you again for your support.
Vacancy-Unfortunately, we have been unable to recruit a replacement for Mrs Birch on our admin team. Trying to recruit in the Christmas period is often difficult. This advert will go back out again soon. In the meantime, if you know of anyone with suitable experience who might be interested in a part-time admin post, please make them aware that this will soon be advertised as well as on our website next week.

CAFOD is combining efforts with the DEC to launch the Afghanistan Crisis Appeal.  In Afghanistan, 8 million people are on the brink of famine because of drought, collapsing economy, food shortages, conflict, and COVID. CAFOD is supporting sister Caritas agencies to reach communities most in need with food, clean water, and fuel. During Advent, when we open ourselves to the needs of others, let’s do all that we can to save lives. You can donate on the CAFOD website: and please pray for the people of Afghanistan.

ST AELRED’S SCHOOL-We have set ourselves a goal, as we head into 2022, to have a defibrillator in school. There are defibrillators in the local area but we know that should someone at school go into cardiac arrest – child, staff, parent, visitor – we will be able to give them the best possible chance of survival if we have a defibrillator in school. For every minute someone is in cardiac arrest without CPR and access to a defibrillator, their chances of survival drops by up to 10%. We are kick-starting our defibrillator fundraising with a second-hand bring-and-buy book sale in January and a sponsored read-a-thon in February. From now, please send in any good quality, second-hand books for our bring-and-buy sale – children’s books or books for adults. Date of book sale: Friday 21 January (time and organisation to be confirmed). Thank you, for your support.

ST AELRED’S SCHOOL-Happy New Year – We hope that you have had an enjoyable Christmas and wish all our families the very best for 2022! We had collective worship to start the new year with our hopes for 2022 and KS2 pupils joined in with Mass at St Aelred’s, virtually to celebrate the feast of the Epiphany. St Aelred’s Day: Wednesday 12th January, KS2 will be attending Mass at 9.30am at church and EYFS and KS1 will have collective worship in school. Our Mini Vinnies will be commissioned at Mass alongside the recommissioning of the adult SVP members. During the day, children will enjoy activities relating to St Aelred’s feast day and relating to what makes St Aelred’s school special. The children will have a little celebration in their classes with juice and cakes.
Vacancy: We are recruiting for an admin member of staff to work in our school office. This is a part-time role, three days per week. The advert and application form are available on the SMCCAT website: The closing date is soon – Monday 10th January.  Please flag up to anyone who may be interested. The vacancy is arising as Beth Birch, one of our admin team, is taking up a new opportunity with a job offer within the NHS. We are pleased for her success in acquiring her new post, but sorry to be losing her. Beth has always been a calm, friendly, approachable and efficient presence in the school office and we will miss her hard work and willingness to support parents and staff in her role. We wish her all the best in her new job. Good luck, Beth!

ST AELRED’S SCHOOL-As we approach the deadline for selecting Primary school places; if any prospective parents would like to see the wonderful things we do, see us in action as well as meet our Head teacher, Mrs Uylett, please contact the school on 01904 806075 or email We also have some nursery places available, so please do get in contact as we would love to meet you and show you around.
We are going to be holding a second hand book sale to raise funds for a Defibrillator. We will be collecting books for the sale, so if you have any books that you would like to donate we would be extremely grateful. Children’s books for all ages are welcome, collection boxes outside the school office will be set up on our return on 6th January 2022.  


Christmas Eve                       6.00pm

                        Carols            8.00pm

                        Mass              8.30pm

Christmas Day                       9.30am


Becky has a diagnosis of Bipolar and Personality Disorder, she completed an Abseil with me a couple of years ago. This is what she wrote beforehand on her Just Giving page.

Today is the day.
This is for me and you who battle a diagnosis every minute of every day.
This is for you when life’s winds blows you so hard it shakes you to your core.
When all your leaves fall and you feel you have nothing left. You never lose your roots.
This is for you who feel there is no spark of light in the darkness.
This is for you who feel you are not worthy of this world.
Each and every one of you are loved; and each and every one of us has a purpose.
Hold a mirror to your heart and see what it can reflect.
Be courageous in the passage of fear, hold on to love and hope.
Let go of the past, do not worry about the future, surround yourself in the beauty of the present

I know I have shared this special Christmas message with you before but I felt it is even more apt today. May you be filled with light, love, hope, courage and healing this Christmas.

ST AELRED’S SCHOOL-“The Colour Monster” was the inspiration for our reception calendars this year. They love the book in Reception and with a moving hand the children can say how they are feeling every day of the year.
It was very special to be together for our class Advent liturgies. Thank you to the children for helping us to reflect on preparing ourselves for Jesus coming this Christmas . Thank you to all the parents who also joined us.
Meet the SVP – Coffee mornings: To find out more about how the SVP helps families in our parish, school and local community, please drop in for a cup of tea or coffee on Wednesday 19 January after drop off at 9am – in our Sunshine Room. As well as having a chance to get to know more about how the SVP is supporting families, this is a chance to stop and chat with other parents and carers. There will be opportunity to recycle school uniforms too, as the SVP have taken on this role of distributing pre-loved uniforms. Please come along if you can. 

ST AELRED’S SCHOOL-Our Junior Choir from Year 5 and 6 who went up to St Aelreds Community centre to sing for the parish Christmas lunch. For such a small group of singers, they made a huge sound and brought some Christmas cheer along with them.
Our fabulous kitchen team served a traditional Christmas lunch this week which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Finally, we would like to thank FOSTA and Spirit of Christmas charity who have helped Santa in giving gifts to all of our Nursery and School children this year.

UCM are having a coffee morning today after mass, Sunday 12th December and the next meeting will be our Christmas party in the hall on Tuesday 14th December after 7pm Mass, when we look forward to seeing you all.

GIFT AID AND PARISH ENVELOPE REGISTERS-These registers are due to be checked early in December. If you have Gift Aid or use Parish Envelopes or a Standing Order please notify me: if you have changed your name or address and for Gift Aid if you have ceased to pay tax or are likely to have paid insufficient tax in the current tax year.
Please also contact me if you would like to do any of the following:
Start using numbered envelopes or a standing order instead of the loose plate.
Change from envelopes to a standing order. If you pay tax, allow the parish to reclaim 25% of your contributions at    no cost to yourself, by making a Gift Aid Declaration.
Thanks also for all your contributions which have helped to keep the parish solvent during these difficult times.
John Ormerod (Gift Aid Organiser) Tel: York 421469. Email:
Or you can drop a note in the White Box on the windowsill nearest the steps to the choir.

DEANERY, ADVENT SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION-St Wilfrid’s Church, Saturday 11th December, 10.00am -1.00pm. I will be hearing confessions 11-12 if you wish to either come to me or avoid me! See poster for other available priests and their time hearing confessions. It is a wonderful way to begin the new church’s year and to prepare for the up coming feast.

RIGHT TO LIFE-Ask your MP to end ‘DIY’ abortion-The abortion lobby are now running a large campaign in the media to put pressure on the Government to make temporary ‘DIY’ abortion schemes permanent before the end of the year. It is therefore vital that as many MPs as possible write to the Health Secretary, Sajid Javid, asking the Government to end these dangerous ‘DIY’ abortion schemes. Right To Life UK has launched an easy-to-use tool on its website today which makes it easy for you to send an email to your MP asking them to write to Sajid Javid. Please visit to contact your MP now. It only takes 30 seconds.

ROTAS-Readers Rotas for the coming year are available for collection at the back of church.  There is an individual named envelope for each reader.  The rota starts this weekend (First Sunday of Advent).

PRAYER GROUP coffee morning raised £75 net of hall expenses. We have sent this to the Beth Miriam Foundation for their work in feeding the poor around the world. Many thanks for your generosity.

DIOCESAN ADVENT CAROL SERVICE-After its cancellation in 2020 the Advent Carol Service at St Mary’s Cathedral, Middlesbrough will return at 3.30pm on 28th November. It will include well-known carols led by the Diocesan Choir, but everyone is welcome to join the congregation (and sing if you wish!). This year is extra special as it will be the last carol service coordinated by the long-serving Music Director, Tim Harrison before his retirement. It would be wonderful to have as many of the Diocese along as possible to not only celebrate the return of the service but also wish Tim well for the future.

UCM NEWS-next meeting will be Tuesday 30th November after 7pm Mass with an Advent talk by retired Anglican Bishop, Richard Frith. Everyone Welcome

YORK HOSPITAL-The on-call Catholic priest must be accessed through the hospital. Please ask the nursing staff on the ward to do this if a loved one needs anointing. Alternatively, Sue Ellis is the temporary Roman Catholic lay chaplain. If anyone has a relative who would like a visit please contact her on 07748 108253 or the Chaplains’ office number 01904 725579.  Catherine is now also visiting York Hospital, Foss Park Hospital and White Cross Lodge. Please let her know on 07950488685 if you know of anyone who would appreciate a visit. You can ring any of the numbers to inform them about people already in hospital or will be shortly going into hospital. Visits cannot be guaranteed however as it will depend on the advice of the medics.

RIGHT TO LIFE-Please urgently contact your MP asking them to support proposed law changes to ban sex-selective abortion, reduce the abortion time limit and stop the abortion of babies with disabilities right up to birth.
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GREETINGS FROM SICILY- Helen and Leonardo, daughter of the late Rita Cunningham, sent a “Greeting to all at St Aelreds” this week as we were exchanging emails. Please keep them in your prayers.

TALK BY SALLY AXWORTHY, M.B.E.-Ambassador to the Holy See, 2014-2019. ” My Five Years as the British Ambassador to the Holy See,  Peripheries and Pilgrimages”. Monday 15th November, 7:00 p.m. at the Bar Convent, Blossom Street, York.  All welcome, there is no charge for this event, but please contact Sarah Sheils on 07855288851 or  email  to book a seat.

UCM NEWS-On Tuesday16th November we will be hearing from Paul Wordsworth about York, City of Sanctuary. Paul works with the Syrian refugees who live in our area. Everyone is welcome to come to hear about this important project. Talk will be 8:00p.m. in the Parish Centre. St. Aelred’s Primary School are looking for volunteers to come into school for an hour or two a week to help children with Reading or Maths. Due to Covid, this has not been possible recently, but you will now be more than welcome! Please contact the school on 01904551885 to arrange.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP-York Carers Centre are running an online course of six workshops on bereavement, grief and loss from Tuesday 9th November to 14th December from 10.15am to 12noon. If you are interested in attending this with a possibility of helping set up our Bereavement Support Group please let me know and, if it is possible, I will try to get us places on the course.

SHOEBOX APPEAL-The Shoe Boxes will be removed from the altar before Remembrance Sunday 14th November. Please try to bring any outstanding boxes before this date. Any boxes which can’t be filled by that date can still be placed on the pew at the left hand side of the altar. Thank you.

200 Club -October draw prize winners:- £100 No. 81 C. Cisek; £50 No. 122 M. Carrigan ; £25 No.23 C. Camidge; £25 No.181 A. Bryant.

PAX CHRISTI-Christmas cards. The three cards have real integrity and come in a mixed pack of 10 cards with envelopes and can be ordered from HTTPS://  The cards were produced with photographs of felt banners made for decorating St.Laurence’s church in Cambridge, many years ago.

COP 26-as this very important meeting takes place can I encourage you to keep the stewardship of the environment at the forefront of this meeting in your prayers. You may also like to take a copy of the Diocesan Environmental Policy which was produced in about 2016 and is available at the back of church.

Covid 19 Safety Arrangements.
Entrance/Exit as now. Keep one-way system.
Sanitise hands and face masks still to be worn – except for medical exemptions.
Congregational singing still not encouraged.
Masking tape to be removed, except for keeping 7 individual spaces for vulnerable.
Open up every other pew marked in green/red as appropriate.
Weekday Mass to be reintroduced in church.
Private prayer sessions Wed/Fri to end.
Mass on Zoom to continue.
Booking not required for W/end Masses.
Stewarding to remain for welcoming/general assistance, Communion flow.
Mass sheets/newsletters etc to be taken home after use, NOT left for re-use.

ST AELRED’S SCHOOL-a huge thank you to our families for coming along to our Harvest liturgy: Supporting Go Green for CAFOD with over £200 raised as well as lots of items donated for our local food bank. Your support and generosity is fantastic and much appreciated. Thank you to SVP for supporting our Mini Vinnies by collecting all of the food bank donations – your continued support is priceless! Our School council have also continued to take a lead on sustainability in school, which this week has seen our Year 6 reps talking through their work, Switch off fortnight as well as Walk to school week.

ST JOHN OF BEVERLEY-You are warmly invited to join us for Mass on the very special occasion to mark the 1,300th anniversary of the death of St John of Beverley celebrated by the Bishop of Middlesbrough, the Rt Rev Terence Patrick Drainey, at Beverley Minster, Sunday October 24th, 2pm. Advance booking is not required.

YORK SPUC-Next meeting Saturday 30th October, St Wilfrid’s Upper Room. 9:30am to about 11am. The newly appointed Northern Branch Development Officer, Terry Graham, will attend. All welcome. Chris Kelly 413621.

ALTAR LINEN ROTA- Thank you to everyone who have helped with the Altar Linen this past year. The new rota is being prepared so if there is anyone who wishes to change or very importantly anyone who is prepared to help, please contact:- Kath 07817973390. At present it only occurs 4 times each year basically every 13 weeks . The more people we have on the rota obviously makes it easier for everyone.

SVP-September is SVP Awareness Month when we celebrate the feast days of Blessed Frederic Ozanam and St Vincent de Paul on September 9th and 27th respectively. We ask you to join our mission to tackle poverty in all its forms through a million gestures of kindness, as the need has never been greater. The online application process can be found by going to the website and clicking on the words ‘Get involved’ on the top of the page then click on ‘Become a member’ on the next page. If you would like to know more about St Aelred’s SVP please call us on 07340011619 or email:

UCM NEWS-Tuesday 21st September, Mass in the Margaret Clitherow Chapel, the Shambles, at 7:00p.m. followed by Fish and Chip supper for those who wish at Drake’s Fish and Chip Restaurant, Petergate.(A short walk from the Shambles). Saturday 25th of September is the UCM Diocesan Annual General Meeting. Mass at St. Aelred’s Church, 12noon, followed by lunch and Meeting in the Community Centre. As part of the CAFOD appeal for the women of Lebanon, we shall be holding a small bring and buy sale, so please come with an item for sale and some cash, if you can spare it. We look forward to welcoming all of you. Any queries, please contact Sarah Sheils on 01904424219.

CATHOLIC VOICE-Summer edition still available at the back of church.

ANNUAL YORK IRISH ASSOCIATION QUIZ-Entry is from 7pm for a 7.30pm start on Saturday 11th September 2021. The venue is the function room at The Winning Post pub on Bishopthorpe Road – with enough space to be convivial but also socially distant. Entry is £2.50, with prizes for the winning (and losing) player/team – you are welcome to come alone or with a team. It is a lighthearted general knowledge paper quiz with a Yorkshire and Irish twist. This will be our first indoor social event for eighteen months and we would be glad to see old friends or new faces. Please email us at to let us know if you are coming so that we can ensure safe numbers.

INSPIRATIONAL DAY-For ministers, stewards, catechists and anyone who would like to become more involved in their parish. “Let Us Dream” with Fr Kevin Hayden via Zoom. 10am -12noon Saturday 11th September. Email Please give this some serious thought particularly in the light of my recent comments regarding greater layperson involvement.

UCM-Meetings will recommence on Tuesday 7th September with a talk by Joanna Bowe.  Could everyone bring coloured pencils or crayons and paper please.  All welcome. The UCM are continuing their fundraising for the Lebanon project, celebrating CAFOD’s 60th birthday. For more on the Lebanon project see where direct donations can be accepted.

GRANGE-We are looking to go to St Aelred’s Grange again on Thursday September 9th with the usual tea and coffee at Stean Gorge Cafe followed by Mass up at St Aelred’s Grange. We will then return to the Cafe for lunch before heading home. Could you register your interest on the sheet at the back of church as soon as possible as numbers are limited due to the size of bus that can make the journey.

YOUTH 2000-This year, Youth2000 will be hosting their summer youth festival in our diocese for the first time. It will take place at Ampleforth from Friday 27th August until Monday 30th August. Here is a link with more information

STAGE FOUR LOCKDOWN EASING-I think all the responses we received from the parish asked us to keep the Covidsafe restrictions we now have in place. With this in mind, the Parish Council have decided to do exactly that during the summer and review the situation in late August for early September implementation. Some may be disappointed by this but safety of our most vulnerable parish family members is our overriding priority.

SUMMER SONG BOX musical play groups, for families with babies, toddlers and talkers, will be at St Aelred’s Community Centre on Tuesday mornings in August. Booking essential. Details at or ring Thea Jacob on 07765 574564.

WORLD DAY FOR GRANDPARENTS & THE ELDERLY-Pope Francis has designated this Sunday, World day for Grandparents and the Elderly. It gives the church a chance to celebrate, and give thanks for, all that our grandparents and elderly contribute to society and the Church. Let us recognise and celebrate those who bring wisdom, experience, advice, emotional support and a calming energy into our lives; not to mention child-care, lifts, financial help, and so much more.

UCM-the UCM are starting their fundraising for the Lebanon project, celebrating CAFOD’s 60th birthday, with a car boot, cake sale, after each Mass on the 24th/25th July. Bring plenty of pound coins for a packaged teatime treat. For more on the Lebanon project see where direct donations by slimmers and others can be accepted.

On Tuesday July 27th, after Mass at 7pm,  Kath Stubbs will be giving us and amusing talk on the UCM in Times Past.  All are welcome.

LIFE ASCENDING-meetings will resume on 29th September after 12.10 Mass in St. Wilfrid’s Upper Room. We meet for shared lunch, a look at scripture, short prayers and a social catch up. All welcome. For further information please ring Catherine on 07950488685. Thank you.

UCM-The next  UCM  meeting will be on July 13th in the hall, after the 7pm Mass. There will be a talk by Diana Bowles, to which everyone is welcome.

THE MEACHER BILL on “Assisted Dying” is currently awaiting its 2nd reading in the House of Lords.  The Department for Social Justice of the Bishops’ Conference, with allied organisations, is working to defeat this.  “Death by Appointment: A Rational Guide to the Assisted Suicide Debate” is a DSJ webinair in collaboration with Living and Dying Well and the National Board of Catholic Women on Monday 12th July 2021 7:30-9:00pm via Zoom.

STAGE THREE LOCKDOWN EASING. Sanitizer, social distancing and masks remain as does the one way system and, strictly, no singing by the congregation. However, we can now have votive candles, incense, Offertory Procession. I can now say quietly “The Body of Christ”, before reception of Holy Communion on the hand. Baptisms are allowed 30 people, or church “Covid Safe” capacity, if during Mass. Weddings, are allowed with 30 people in church. Funerals in church up to “Covid Secure” capacity with sprinkling of Holy Water and incense permitted. Confessions in the Confessional Box are allowed but ensure a full minute between people with the door wide open as you leave. Home visits can now take place by priests, deacons, Ministers of Holy Communion and other volunteers under Government guidance for people working in, visiting or delivering to other people’s homes. I can provide advice for those planning to do so.

UCM– Tuesday would have been our annual pilgrimage to Walsingham. Please join our UCM Bishop John virtually on the day. Simply, Google  Walsingham, then go to Live Stream at 9.00am Morning Prayer, 9.30 Mass, 10.30 Talk, 11.00 Rosary, 12.00 Angelus and Mass, 3.00pm Exposition, Divine Mercy Chaplet, Rosary and benediction, 4.00 Evening Prayer, 4.30 Talk (Repeat from the morning).

POSTGATE RALLY CANCELLED-sorry this is very last minute but it was thought prudent to cancel this event this year.

We just wanted to say a great big THANK YOU to everyone for supporting us through our Ultra Challenge where we walked 100k around The Lake District in aid of The Alzheimer’s Society; whether that be from sponsorship, an encouraging word, a kind thought, or a prayer offered up on our behalf.
Whilst aching legs, blistered feet, hot weather, and some exhaustion presented its challenges we have to date raised nearly £3,000 for the charity and the thought of that, teamed with the tremendous support received from family, friends, and all of you at St Aelred’s parish kept us going – alongside some spontaneous singing outbursts of “Walk with me, O my Lord” when the going got particularly tough. But, as we hope these pictures showed, we did have a lot of fun too 😊
The circular route started in Kendal (where a surprise guest appearance from fellow parishioner Pat Walton took place to wish us good luck on our way!) and the Day 1 trek of 49k took in Longsleddale, Ambleside, Far Sawrey and ended in Lakeside, by Windermere.
Day 2 consisted of a 51k distance which after leaving Lakeside at 6am consisted of a route by Grange Over Sands, through to Witherslack, and the finish line of Kendal appeared 14 hours later, shortly after 8pm.
Again, everything St Aelred’s Parish has done for us really does mean so much and we genuinely mean it when we say we could not have done this without you.
All our love – Becky and Clare x

MISSION BOXES-I am so pleased to tell you that we have had volunteers to fulfil all these vacancies. Thank you, to all who came forward and thank you, to all who continue to support the missionary activities of the Church through our red boxes. We continue to be one of the largest contributors’, as a parish, within the Diocese.

LIFE ASCENDING-meetings will resume on 29th September after 12.10 Mass in St. Wilfrid’s Upper Room. We meet for shared lunch, a look at scripture, short prayers and a social catch up. All welcome. For further information please ring Catherine on 07950488685. Thank you.

UCM- the next meeting will be on Tuesday 29th June after the 7pm Mass, when there will be a World Day of Prayer Service written by the Women of Vanuatu.  All are welcome.

TREKKING FOR ALZHEIMERS – THANK YOU: By now, Becky and Clare should be well into covering the 100k distance (God willing) as part of their Ultra Challenge in The Lake District. Sun cream has been packed alongside lots of water, and confidence is high – and we are delighted to let you all know that we have raised nearly £1,500!!! The support received from all of St Aelred’s Parish is humbling and this support, alongside knowing the amazing things The Alzheimer’s Society will be able to do with this money will help us throughout this epic walk – and hopefully we will still have a smile on our faces at the end. Looking forward to seeing you all again when we are back. Becky and Clare.

UCM-The next Meeting of the UCM will be in the church hall on Tuesday 15th June, 7.30pm, with a talk about being on Death Row in the United States.

GIFT AID PROVISIONAL RESULTS 2020 – 2021-The Provisional Gift Aid Claim for 2020/21 indicates that the parish will receive a refund of £8,637 which is £23 more than the previous year. Over the last 22 years, since the current Gift Aid scheme commenced, £155,000 has been refunded to the parish, an average of £7,045 per year. Very many thanks to everyone for helping to keep the parish financially stable over the past very difficult year.

If you are not already a participant of the Gift Aid Scheme, and pay tax, please consider joining. Further details are available from John at or Tel 01904 421469.

GIFT AID STATEMENT LETTERS 2020/21-These have now been sent to parishioners who have requested them for previous tax years. If anyone else requires a statement of their Gift Aid contributions for 2020/21 please contact me on 01904 421469 or

MASS IN THE FIELD- Mass will be celebrated by Fr Kevin Melody at Stean, St Aelred’s Grange, 12.00noon, Thursday 3rd June. All welcome. If you wish, there is coffee at How Stean Gorge Cafe at 11.00am. Unfortunately we are not providing transport this year but hopefully we will be doing so later in the Summer.

FRATELLI TUTTI-the ladies of the parish will be meeting on Zoom at 7.00pm on Tuesday the 25th to discuss the final chapters of Fratelli Tutti – all welcome. War, peace and the role of religions. Meeting ID: 845 3036 8863 Passcode: 857089 

UCM– The UCM will resume meetings on the Tuesday 18th May after 7.00pm Mass with a talk by Mark Rochester about the rescue boat operation on the River Ouse.

FUNDRAISING FOR ALZHEIMER’S – Parishioners Becky Hargreaves and Claire Stead have signed up to a challenge walk of 100k (approx 63 miles) across 2 days in The Lake District to support the vital services The Alzheimer’s Society provide to people with dementia – a cause close to both their hearts.  The walk will take place across 12/13th June taking in a circular route from Kendal past Windermere to Lakeside on Day 1, all the way back to Kendal on Day 2.  If anyone would like to donate then a fund raising page has been set up at or speak to Becky or Clare directly.  There is no pressure to contribute but any donations will be gratefully received, as will thoughts and prayers sent their way when the challenge takes place.

THE LADIES OF THE PARISH –  will continue with their book club review of chapter 7 of Fratelli tutti on Tuesday 4th May.  New readers and the unprepared welcome.

SVP Sudan & South Sudan Appeal: Thank you, on behalf of our brothers and sisters in Sudan, for your generous contributions which totalled £547.50 of which £247.50 was Gift Aided. Our thanks also go to any parishioners who donated via the SVP website, (Not included in this total.)

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY– Thank you, to all who joined us on this special day of God’s Mercy. A special thank you, to those who prepared the church and service, and to those who read.

MESSAGE FROM MELA KELLY-Mela would like to thank the parish for all the prayers, Masses, cards, and letters of condolence and support since the passing of her dear husband Damien. It has helped her enormously through this difficult time. If you would like to send anything to Mela, I am afraid I cannot give her address out but I will forward any cards, letters, etc. that is handed to myself.

 DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY– is today. If you have never taken part in this liturgy can I encourage you to join us from 3.00pm for The Hour of Great Mercy in church or on Zoom, please give me a ring to see if there are any places in church or join us on Zoom at the usual Zoom ID 2147102040

WALKING FOR WATER- I have done my 10,000 steps every day throughout Lent to raise funds for CAFOD, actual total steps were 524,668 0ver the 46 days. You have generously raised £2040 which is absolutely amazing, my original target was £500. Thank you so much.

YEAR BOOKS-Diocesan Year Books are available at the back of church priced £1. They are a great source of information about local churches and beyond.

ANNUAL MARY WARD SERVICE at St Thomas’ church in York. This year the service will take place on Zoom. The service will be recorded for those who cannot join us live. Mary Ward Service, Sunday 24th January 4pm. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 883 9827 0387  Passcode: 296524


Christmas Eve    5:00pm and 8:00pm
Christmas Day    9:00am and 11:00am

All Masses will be on Zoom

UCM-The last UCM meeting for 2020 will be on Tuesday 15th December in the Parish centre, following 7pm Mass in Church. Fr. Bill has offered .to give us a talk about the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Everyone most welcome in person or on Zoom.

WANTED-Has anyone got an old laptop they are not using to help someone redundant to learn new skills? Please ring 07950488685 if you can help. Thank you.

CHRISTMAS CARDS– are available at the back of church during private prayer and after Mass but handle them as little as possible. Any handled will be quarantined for a week.

ST ELISABETH CONVENT-Our Online Christmas Market is now open so that you can purchase Christmas presents and souvenirs made with love and continuous prayer. I am sure many of you will remember the sisters who visit occasionally.

GIFT AID AND PARISH ENVELOPE REGISTERS – message from John Ormerod- These registers are due to be checked early in December. If you have Gift Aid or use Parish Envelopes or a Standing Order please notify me: if you have changed your name or address, and for Gift Aid, if you have ceased to pay tax or are likely to have paid insufficient tax in the current tax year. Please also contact me if you would like to do any of the following:

Start using numbered envelopes or a standing order instead of the loose plate.

Change from envelopes to a standing order.

If you pay tax, allow the parish to reclaim 25% of your contributions at no cost to yourself, by making a Gift Aid Declaration.

Thanks also for all the contributions which are helping to keep the parish solvent during these difficult times.

John Ormerod (Gift Aid Organiser) Tel: York 421469. Email:

UCM NEWS-Despite all expectations this year’s Shoebox Appeal has been a resounding success even exceeding last year’s total by 15. The boxes were dispatched on Tuesday. Thank you to you all.

R.I.P. SISTER TERESA CURLEY- Sr Teresa sadly died earlier this week. Sister was head teacher for many years at St Wilfrid’s and I am sure there are many who will remember her. May she come to her eternal reward.

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES– sadly next year’s pilgrimage has been cancelled due to safety issues.

CHILDREN’S RESOURCES – If you’re looking for some resources for children to do at home, please have a look at the Mission Together website. November resources will be updated on Mission Together Website.

UCM-next meeting will be on Tuesday 3rd November after Mass in the church at 7pm.  Mary Callan will then give an illustrated talk in the church hall.  Everyone welcome either in person or on Zoom

40 DAYS FOR LIFE-It has become tradition with other 40 days for life campaigns to end with a candle-lit vigil. It’s a fitting way to conclude, offering it all up to God and representing the light of Christ in the midst of darkness. I am planning one for us, too, on Sunday (All Saints’ Day) from 6-7pm. Important rules: Under the government’s coronavirus restrictions we are allowed to gather outside in numbers greater than six (and greater than thirty, too, though I doubt that we’ll be that many!) as we count as a political body. We are also required to have made a satisfactory risk assessment, taking all reasonable measures to limit the risk of transmission of the coronavirus, and notifying the police, which I will be doing.”

WORLD APOSTOLATE OF FATIMA– First Saturdays Devotion of Reparation on Zoom, (virtual), is starting next Saturday at 8.00pm until 9.15pm. This is a new initiative and the hope is that it will run for a full year. We will still continue with our Saturday morning Rosary. Access: Zoom I.D.  5888918462

UCM-the next UCM meeting will be on Tuesday 6th October and will be preceded by a Mass in the church at 7pm followed by a talk by Julie Couttie about Kinder Transport.  All are welcome either in person or on zoom.

Message from Tony Questa.
Using the Notice Board as a means of communication with the Parishioners.

We will use the Notice Board page of the website to post any notices that we think is important to pass on to other parishioners.
Usually the latest or most important item will be at the top.
If you want me to post something for you then send me the information in an email (with attachment if desired) or send me a text.  My email is and my phone is 07419 907003.

To keep the notice board reasonably tidy I will move old notices to the “Past Notices” section so if you are looking for something from a previous week then this is where to go in order to find it. It’s a drop down menu under Notice Board.

SCHOOL TELEPHONE NUMBER- We have a new telephone number for our primary school: 01904 806075

ALL SAINTS SCHOOL VIRTUAL OPEN EVENING-Tuesday 29th September, any parents interested in sending their children to our wonderful secondary school are advised to visit the school website where you can view a selection of short videos outlining ethos, values, vision and testimonials from pupils of all ages. Also further details can be found about the opening evening there.

UCM NEWS- meeting Tuesday 22nd September will be a Thanksgiving Mass at 7.00pm in Church and on Zoom. We will then return to the Parish Centre for poetry taking Zoom with us. The Parish Centre and Church can hold the usual numbers, (We checked), and please ring Barbara Cookson on 01904 501319 to reserve a space.

Wool needed.  Ladies from St Aelred’s UCM are knitting blankets for Lourdes next year, so if you have any wool it would be gratefully received.  Please drop off at 60 Penyghent Ave. or can collect if you ring 01904 415859.  Thank you.

Wednesday meetings Cancelled due to Coronavirus.

Friday lunches Cancelled due to Coronavirus.

Saturday 28th March – Pie & Pea Supper and Quiz. Cancelled.
Weekend 18th and 19th April – SVP Collection after Masses. Cancelled.
Sunday 26th April – Coffee Morning after 9:30 Mass. Cancelled.

Tuesday 7th April. 
Coach departs 10 am returns approx 5 pm.  Travel and buffet cost £13.  Please sign up on the list in the porch if interested.  Cancelled.

Tuesday 17th March, Mass will be celebrated by Canon Jerry Twomey and local priests at 12:00 noon in St George’s Church.  All very welcome.  Light refreshments will be available in the Sacristy after Mass.

Sunday 8th March – Healing Service 4:00 pm in the Community Centre.

Thank you to all who came along to support our two enquirers.  If you know anyone who may wish to consider becoming a Catholic or next meeting will be on Tuesday 10th March 6:30 pm in Church.  As part of the Year of the Word we will be making this a Lectionary Based program where everyone is encouraged to join us.

Our next meeting takes place on Tuesday 3rd March with a talk “Catholics and Quakers in our are, Walmgate to Tang Hall” by Sarah Sheils which will be of great local interest.  Everyone is very welcome.

Our final lunch for this session is in the Community Centre this Tuesday 25th February at 12:00 noon.  
A huge “Thank You” to all our cooks who have kept the lunches going.  Your help is very much appreciated.

Our next meeting takes place on Tuesday 18th February at 7:30 pm  with a talk by Pauline Allen of the Walsingham charity for street children, called “Let the children live.”  Everyone is most welcome.

Our next meeting takes place on Tuesday 4th February with a talk, A Cry in the Dark by Sarah Billington, All Saint’s School, about the support given for Romanian orphan children which promises to be very interesting.  We are a strong and vibrant group who derive much from friendship, fun and mutual support and all are welcome.

Next Sunday 19th January at 6 pm there will be an ecumenical service here at St Aelred’s to begin The Week of Christian Unity.  Please come along and support our efforts.

On Saturday 1st February, the parish will be hosting the Word of God Day Retreat in preparation for Lent.  The Retreat will be led by Dom Leo Maidlow Davis of Downside Abbey (Somerset).  It will start with concelebrated Holy Mass at 10:00 am, followed by the Day’s activities which will take place in the Community Centre.  The theme of the Day is Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and be Glad), Pope Francis’s Apostolic Encyclical (2018), which will focus on the Word of God as presented in St Matthew’s Gospel.
Registration starts after Mass from 10:45 – 11:00 with teas/coffees followed by the activities of the day and ends at 3:30 pm.  Please bring a packed lunch.  Refreshments will be available at lunch.  Please indicate your participation by putting your name on the list in the foyer at the entrance of the church so that we can provide enough materials for participants for the day.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 21st January and is our Annual General Meeting.  Please would officers have a brief written report ready to share.  Elections will be taking place to ready us for another busy year. We are a strong and thriving group who derive much from friendship, fun and mutual support.  Please come along and discover what we do.

Annual Dinner on Wednesday 29th January 12:30 for 13:00 at Hilton Double Tree Hotel, Monkgate.  £21 per person.  All welcome to join us.  Please sign the sheet in the porch if interested.

We re-commence this Tuesday 7th January 2020.  A huge “thank you” to all our cooks and volunteers who keep the lunches going. The new list for cooks and helpers is on the church notice board.  Your help is very much appreciated.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 7th January at 7:30 pm in the Parish Centre. Subscriptions are due.  the rate is £16 for the year.  Please bring a small item for a plate supper.  All most welcome.  If you haven’t been before come along and see what is on the programme. We have a busy year ahead with some excellent occasions and speakers to look forward to.

A small statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be going directly into homes to encourage us to say the Rosary.  if you would like the statue for a couple of days or even a week please put your name on the list in the porch.

Dear Friends
A very happy and holy Christmas to you and all your families.
I am also aware for many Christmas can be a difficult time so know you are held in my prayers over the Christmas season.
Thank you for all your kindness, cards and gifts.
Fr Bill

Our term ended with a happy Christmas party on Tuesday.  Our main Christmas donation has gone to Zoe’s Place, the Baby and Young Children’s Hospice in Middlesbrough, one of the few in the country.
We have two coffee mornings coming up, one this Sunday and the next one on the Sunday after Christmas.
The Poppy appeal on Remembrance Sunday in church raised £33.35.  Many thanks to all concerned.  Our next UCM meeting is on Tuesday 7th January 2020.

6:00 pm Christmas Eve – especially for children
8:00 pm Carols
8:30 pm Christmas Eve
9:30 am Christmas Day

On Tuesday 10th December we have our Christmas Lunch in the Community Centre.

We visit the following homes for Carols this week:
CHERRY TREE HOUSE – Wednesday 18th December at 2:00pm.
DERWENT HOUSE – Friday 20th December at 2:30pm.
All very welcome.  Contact 07950 488685

Thursday 19th December.

The Lunch Club continues on Tuesday 10th December in the Community Centre.  This is a Parish wide activity co-ordinated by the SVP.  If you can cook for about 30 people or help, please add your name to the rota on the notice board at the back of Church.  Helpers are needed for setting tables, peeling vegetables or washing up.  The cost of any ingredients provided will be reimbursed on the day.
Please come along any Tuesday from 10:30am to help.  Diners usually start arriving from 11:45 and lunch is served 12 – 1pm.  All help most welcome.

Firstly a big thank you to everyone who helped to make the Diocesan 60th Anniversary Mass and Celebration such a lovely occasion.  Special thanks to the choir and Rose and Olga for the music and to all involved in decorating the church and assisting with the Mass and lunch party.  It was great to be able to welcome the Bishop and all our guests who have supported us over the years.
Secondly, our meeting this Tuesday 3rd December is an Advent reflection led by Fr Kevin Melody, the University Chaplain.  Come along and enjoy a peaceful evening.

Christmas Fair.  Friday 29th November, 3:30 – 5:30 in the School Hall.  All welcome.  Meet Santa, Refreshments, Hot Dogs, Games, Craft Stall, Tombolas, Raffle, Reindeer Food and much more.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 19th November at 7:30pm.  Our speaker is Claire Douglas who will tell us about The Big Futures Foundation, an organisation  that she  has set up to help local York children to achieve their potential and have a good time.  Come along and hear about the work done in our area.
On Saturday 23rd November we are looking forward to welcoming the Bishop and members of the UCM from across the Diocese of Middlesbrough to celebrate our 60th Anniversary.  Mass will be at 12 noon followed by a celebratory lunch in the Parish Centre.

Healing Service – Sunday 17th November at 4:00pm in the Community Centre.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 5th November.  Our speaker will be Tony Cleaver on “Some well known York gardeners.”  All parishioners very welcome.
Shoeboxes – following the hugely successful shoe box appeal last year all parishioners are invited to get involved, either by packing a box themselves or by providing a few items such as small toys, games, pencils, crayons, toiletries etc.  These can often by purchased reasonably at The Works, Poundland etc.
If you are a knitter, hand knitted beanie hats or children’s bobble hats would also be welcome.  Pattern and wool can be given to you on request.  Please contact Sarah Sheils.

An alternative to Halloween, Thursday 31st October.  A short service starts at 6:00pm followed by Fun and Refreshments.  All welcome.  Dress up in positive themes of “light”, no ghost or ghoul costumes.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 22nd October in the Community Centre at 7:30pm.  We shall be having a fascinating talk by a new Parishioner,
Dr. Marianne Wilson, on “Katherine Swinford and the Mediaeval Women of Lincoln”.  This will be an insight into the women of 14th Century England and their relations with the Church.
All parishioners most welcome. (If you wish just to attend the talk come at 8:00pm).

Collection after Mass Saturday 12th October and Sunday 13th October.
Pie and Pea Quiz Saturday 19th October from 7:30pm.  Tickets on sale after Mass.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 8th October.  We are going to Mass at Thicket Priory to visit the Carmelite sisters.  They have just celebrated 10 years in their new Convent.  We shall be leaving the car park at St. Aelred’s at 6:15pm for Mass at 7:00pm.  Lifts have been arranged.  If you wish to come but haven’t been in touch please contact Sarah Sheils on 01904 424219.

50 free day trip places are available to Whitby via Thornton le Dale in the company of the SVP, Wednesday 25th September 2019. Depart from St Aelred’s Church10:00 return around 18:30 the same day.  To book your place please add your name, food order and emergency contact number to the sheet on the notice board at the back of church.

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Pig racing night!  Friday 13th September 2019 at Osbaldwick Sports Club, YO10 3PR. 7:30pm with live music, BBQ and raffle.  If you would like to sponsor a lane or buy a pig please contact us for more details:
Caitlin (07988 438166) or Cath (07962 023118).

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 16th July.  This will be our last meeting of the term.  There will be a Strawberry Party and we shall make last minute arrangements for the St Crux sale on Friday 19th July.  Please come to the party, starting at 7:30pm.  Friends welcome.
There is a list for the St Crux sale on the glass door at the back of Church.  Please sign up for offers of help or donations of cakes, catering, or saleable goods.  Please put a contact number beside your name if possible.  Many thanks, Sarah Sheils Tel: 01904 424219.

The Players present “Life is a Cabaret” at St Aelred’s Community Centre on Friday 12th July and Saturday 13th July at 7:30pm. Price £6 Adults and £4 Concessions.  Everyone welcome just bring your own drinks; nibbles provided.  Tickets from Ann Rochester – phone 410226.

On Wednesday 26th June we are going to visit Goddards, formerly home of the Terry family.  This is a lovely house and garden, now belonging to the National Trust.  We are planning to arrive at 2:00pm and have a good look round and afternoon tea.  If you can make your own way the Coastliner bus travelling towards Leeds will drop you off just beyond York racecourse.  If travelling by car, parking is rather limited.  Any questions please contact Sarah Sheils on 01904 424219.  All members, partners and friends welcome.  If you are a National Trust member don’t forget to bring your pass.

To Ripon and Newby Hall and Gardens Friday 21st June.  Departs St Aelred’s 9:30 and Our Lady’s 10:00.  Return approx. 6:30pm.  Cost of coach £10.  Entrance to Newby Hall and Gardens £19. Gardens only £13.  Bring picnic if wished.  Please sign name on list in porch.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 4th June. We are going to having a short talk about the Life Ascending Group.  All very welcome.

Annual trip, Tuesday 4th June, Depart 10:00am and return approx. 6:00pm.  £16.  Please sign list in porch, reserves by car.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 21st May.  We are going to have a Mass at the Poor Clares’ Convent at Askham Bryan.  We shall be gathering at St Aelred’s car park to sort out lifts and leaving at 6:15pm in time for Mass at 7:00pm.  Any questions please contact Sarah Sheils on 01904 424219.
On Sunday 26th May we have a coffee morning after 9:30 Mass.  All assistance welcome and baking too.  Many thanks.

Our first meeting next term is on Tuesday, 7th May.  Talk on the history of The Bar Convent.   All most welcome.
For those going to Walsingham on 1st and 2nd July 2019 Kath Stubbs will be giving us information about outstanding payments etc.

Sunday 28th April.  We will be celebrating this Feast  once again here at St Aelred’s Church.  Come and join us on this day of Great Mercy.  Exposition from 11:30am, Hour of Great Mercy 3:00 – 4:15.
Sacrament of Reconciliation 1:00 – 3:00.  All very welcome.  Please see the poster and leaflets.

Holy Thursday 18th April
Mass of the Lord’s Supper         7:00pm
Watching until                              9:00pm

Good Friday 19th April
Walk of Witness St Aelred’s    11:00am
Good Friday Service                  3:00pm
Ancient Burial                             6:00pm

Holy Saturday 20th April
Morning Prayer                           10:00am
Easter Vigil                                    8:00pm

Easter Sunday 21st April     9:30am

We visit the Cathedral on Tuesday 16th April 2019 for the Chrism Mass at 12:00 noon.  Coach departs 10am returns approx. 4pm.  Cost for coach and buffet £12.  Please add your name to list in the porch.

In aid of CAFOD.  Each of the six Fridays in Lent at 12:30pm in the Community Centre.  Please see poster for volunteer rota.

Saturday 23rd March 2019.  Tickets on sale at weekend Masses – see poster.

In the Community Centre 17th March 2019.  For details please see poster.

Last lunch for this season will be this Tuesday 5th March 2019.

A Mass of Thanksgiving for the work of Bill Scriven – Friday 15th February at 7pm at St Aelred’s.
Pupils and parents, parishioners and friends, please come along to celebrate the work and dedication Mr Bill Scriven has given to the schools of York.  All are welcome.

Annual Dinner Tuesday 5th February at Fulford Golf Club, 6:30 for 7:30pm. If you require a lift please contact Sarah Sheils on 424219.

We will be hosting a study morning on Saturday 9th February from 10:45 to 1:30pm in the Community Centre.  The theme of the event is Pope Francis’s Exhortation of Amoris Laetitia – The Joy of Love – and how to support families and family life in our community.  As this is the new focus for parish life, we welcome fellow parishioners to join us to share ideas on how our church community can better serve the needs of families in our parish.  We especially welcome parents of young families and teenagers, as well as young people.  We look forward to seeing you and listening to your views and ideas.  Light refreshments will be provided.

You are invite. to watch the children and Peter Pan fly to Never Land at St Aelred’s School on the evenings of Thursday 31st January and Friday 1st February at 7:30pm; or Saturday 2nd February, Matinee 2:00pm or Evening 7:00pm.  Tickets: Adults £6, Concessions £4 and are obtainable from Ann Rochester Tel. 410226 or after Mass at the back of Church.  Oh Yes They Are!!

Our next meeting is on Tuesday, 8th January at 7:30pm in the Parish Centre.  All very welcome, particularly new members.  We are having a social evening with a plate supper. Please bring a small savoury or sweet contribution along.  We will also be collecting subscriptions for 2019 which have gone up a little to £16 per person per year.  This term’s programme can be collected if you don’t have one yet and there are spare copies on the table at the back of Church.  Please come along and see what we can offer.

6:00 pm Christmas Eve – especially for children
8:00 pm Carols
8:30 pm Christmas Eve
9:30 am Christmas Day

There will be a meeting for anyone interested in being on the newly forming Pastoral Parish Council on
Wednesday 5th December at 7:00pm in the Community Centre.  It would be great to have a good cross-section of the parish at this meeting.  Attendance does not commit you to anything so come along and see what you can contribute.

At a recent meeting of the Parochial Church Council, which in recent times has met very infrequently, it was agreed that a formal Parish Pastoral Council should be set up which is now standard for each parish in our diocese.  A copy of the model constitution is available for anyone interested and if you are please contact me and I will make sure one gets to you.
The PCC is chaired by the Parish Priest in accordance with canon law but in his absence will be chaired by the Vice Chair Person who will be elected by the council from among its members.  A Secretary will be elected from among the members and officers will serve for one year, but be available for a second but not a third without a break.  Lay membership of the council should be elected.  The PP may appoint advisers (parishioners) up to a maximum of half the council membership.  Representation is encouraged from each major activity within the parish eg finance, liturgy (including children’s), SVP etc.
Total membership should be about twelve to include two or three members elected to represent general parish affairs.  Members should be elected for three years and the Council should meet not less than three times a yea

Meeting on Tuesday 20th November. Starts at 7:30pm.  At 8:00pm Mrs McKewon will enlighten us on Nursery Rhymes, their meeting and history.  All very welcome.

Saturday 24th November. 
Bingo night, cash and chocolate prizes.  At the Community Centre.  Eyes down 7:30pm all welcome.  Tombola, raffle, pizza, hot dogs.  Bring your own alcohol  but tea, coffee and soft drinks will be on sale.  See you there.

Sunday 25th November. 
At 4 p.m. in the Community Centre.  Refreshments available after the service.

Pie and Pea Supper with Quiz on Saturday 17th November. 7:00pm for 7:30pm in our Community Centre.  Cost £5, Tickets from Hilda 422601 or Jadviga or write your name on the list in the porch.  All welcome.  Numbers are needed by Sunday 11th November.

An alternative to Halloween, Wednesday 31st October.  A short service starts at 6:00pm followed by Fun and Refreshments.  All welcome.

This will be at the Spa Conference Centre in Scarborough on Saturday 20th October.  If you would like to go, please add your name to the list in the porch by the weekend 22nd/23rd September.

Saturday 13th October
in the Centre.  Tickets on sale after Mass.

 Our next meeting is on Tuesday 9th October.  Please note, we are meeting for Mass at St. Margaret Clitheroe’s Chapel in the Shambles.  Mass will be at 7:00pm.  Afterwards we are going for a fish and chip supper at Drakes in Petergate.  If you require a lift or more information please contact Sarah Shiels on 01904 424419.

The next meeting is on Tuesday 25th September, 7:30pm.  We will be packing shoe boxes.  This year the boxes are provided by The Rotary Club of Great Britain who will arrange their delivery.  Please come along and help to pack a box.  See poster on doors at back of church advising on contents.  All parishioners are welcome to contribute contents or donations towards cost of delivery.  Phone Sarah Sheils, 01904 424219 for further information.

Saturday 6th October  – York Racecourse.  Tickets £40pp and includes 3-course dinner.  The is a casino, DJ/Karaoke, dancing and much more.  If you are interested and would like a booking form please contact Claire or Irene Shanks –  or  07793 573259.

Wednesday 19th September
– 50 free places are available for the annual SVP trip to Whitby, leaving church at 10:00am and returning about 6:00pm.  As usual this includes fish and chip tea.

The first meeting of next term will be on Tuesday 11th September. 7:30 in the Centre.  There will be a short presentation on Fracking and what it might mean for our area.  There will be a shared plate supper afterwards.  Please bring a small sweet or savoury contribution.  All very welcome.

As part of Pope Francis’ “Share the Journey” initiative we will be having a Parish Walk of about five miles in York on Sunday 8th July after Mass.  Please put this in your diary and see the poster at the back of church for further details.  I am sure it will be a lovely day for people of all ages.

Two trips  26th June to St Aelred’s Grange, Middlesmoor.  Cost £12.50.  Coach departs St Aelred’s Church 10am return approx. 5pm.  List in porch.
Life Ascending (Formerly Ascent) trip to Hutton le Hole and Whitby 27th June.  Cost £10.  Coach departs St Aelred’s Church 10am return approx. 6pm.  List in porch.

Meetings begin again on 10th April at 7:30pm.  The meeting will include aa showing of the short True Life in God DVD
Sunday 29th April.  UCM Coffee Morning.  Helpers welcome.
Tuesday 1st May. Daily Mass Scheme. Please come to the 9:00am Mass if you can.  The Daily Mass Scheme ensures that UCM members somewhere in the UK are attending a Mass for UCM intentions every day.
Tuesday 8th May.  Bill Scriven will give us a talk on Bee Keeping.  Bees are vital to our ecology and our very survival on the planet.  Come and find out more.
Tuesday 22nd May.  Tour of Holy Trinity Church, Micklegate at 2:00pm followed by tea at the Bar Convent. Holy Trinity was the first stop for the Mediaeval York Mystery Plays and there is an exhibition on the Monks of Micklegate.  Professor Bill Sheils, who worked on the Christianity and Culture national project, will give a short guided tour.  Transport to be arranged.
5th June.  “Know your rights”.  Rachel Rowe will give an introduction to the law as it may affect us, with particular reference to granting powers of attorney and other matters relating to family law.
19th June.  “Hospice at Home”.  A talk by Alison Skelton, Senior Sister, Hospice at Home.
Saturday 23rd June.  The Diocesan UCM Annual General Meeting at Filey.  Travel arrangements to be finalised.
Monday and Tuesday 2nd and 3rd July.  UCM Pilgrimage to Walsingham.  Travel details to be confirmed.  Coach leaves Church at 9:00am on Monday 2nd July.
17th July. Strawberry Tea and short film “Marvellous !”

ROSARY ON THE COAST – Sunday 29th April.  Coach departs from Union Terrace Coach Park at 1:30pm.  Departs from Scarborough at 4pm to be back in York by 5:30pm.  Cost £10 per person.  To book a place on the coach please contact Sue Whitaker or 07973 321555

24th April.
Tour of the Old York Cemetery, led by Dennis Shaw.  Please meet at Church at 6:15pm so that lifts can be arranged.  Tour starts at 6:30pm from the Cemetery Chapel, entrance on Cemetery Road.  The will be a £3 charge for donation to Cemetery Trust and Tea and Biscuits. entitled “Come to Me as You are: God’s urgent call to humanity”.  All very welcome.

Sunday 8th April.  We will be celebrating this Feast once again here at St. Aelred’s Church.  Come and join us on the day of Great Mercy.  Exposition from 11:30 am, Hour of Great Mercy 3.00 – 4.15.
Sacrament of Reconciliation 1.00 – 3.00.  All very welcome.  Please see the poster and leaflets.

Holy Thursday 29th March
Mass of the Lord’s Supper         7:00pm
Watching until                               9:00pm

Good Friday 30th March
Walk of Witness St Thomas’   11:00am
ood Friday Service                    3:00pm
Ancient Burial                               6:00pm

Holy Saturday 31st March
Morning Prayer                           10:00am
Easter Vigil                                     8:00pm

Easter Sunday 1st April             9:30am 

We visit the Cathedral on Tuesday 27th March for the Chrism Mass at 12 noon.  Coach departs 10 am and returns approx. 4 pm.  Cost for coach and buffet £12.  Please add name to list in porch.

We continue our Friday Soup Lunches on each Friday during Lent at 12:30pm in the Community Centre.  Please add your name to list in the porch if you can help to provide soup and roll or help with tables, kitchen etc.  All proceeds to CAFOD.

Saturday 17th March.  Mass will be concelebrated at 12 noon at St George’s Church, Walmgate.  Light refreshments will be available in the Sacristy after Mass so as to give people a chance to enjoy the craic at St Patrick’s Festival in Parliament Street.  All very welcome.

Sunday 4th March at 4:00pm in the Community Centre with refreshments afterwards.  All welcome.

Saturday 10th March 7:30pm in the Community Centre.  Tickets on sale after Mass.

Thursday 22nd February 7:00pm in the Community Centre.  Please could anyone with an item for the agenda put it in writing with your name.  I realise it is a good while since we have had a meeting so please come along and have your voice heard.  All are welcome.

Continuing each Tuesday until Lent.  List in church porch for volunteers please.

St Aelred’s Players will be performing Aladdin on 24th to 27th January 2018 in St Aelred’s School.  Please contact Ann Rochester ( 01904-410226 or Stewart Gray ( 07712-891244.

6:00 pm Christmas Eve – especially for children
8:00 pm Carols
8:30 pm Christmas Eve
9:30 am Christmas Day

Monday 18th December at 6:30pm in St Aelred’s Church.

Christmas Lunch Tuesday 19th December.

Tuesday 19th December at 7:00pm.  Meet at St. Thomas’ then proceed through Derwenthorpe, finishing at Derwent Arms, Osbaldwick.

Each Tuesday through to 19th December.   If you could help to prepare lunch for about 30 people please sign the list at the back of church.  We also need table setters and servers and, of course, Diners.  All very welcome.

On Friday 3rd November at Tramways WMC 7:30pm onwards.  All Old Boys are welcome and a buffet will be provided; a raffle will be held and any raffle prizes that can be donated will be greatly appreciated.

Sunday 19th October at 4pm in the Community Centre.  Refreshments available after the service.

St Aelred’s School are having an Autumn concert, Thursday 26th October at 6:16pm in the school hall.  All proceeds going to the arts curriculum for the school.  Raffle and refreshments on sale.  All welcome.

Saturday 14th October.  Tickets available at the back of Church after Mass.  Come and have some fun testing your brain power.

Ever wondered what SVP members door what it’s like to be a member?  Come and have “Tea with the SVP” Tuesday 3rd October, 7:30 – 8:30pm and find out.  Coffee, cake and biscuits will also be available.

Day on “Creating a fairer world – a day of reflection on the Pope’s message Laudato Si”  On Saturday 7th October we are hosting a day on Caring for our World, caring for our Neighbour in the Parish Centre from 11:00am until 3:00pm.  Please come and support us for part if not all of the day.  We are privileged to be being visited By Rachael Maskell MP for York Inner Constituency and Sheila Dunkinson from the Salvation Army as well as representatives from other local parishes in the TOUCH group.  Please come along and make them welcome and hear what they have to say about what they are doing to work for a fairer world.  EVERYONE welcome.  Lunch provided.  Please phone Sarah Sheils on 01904 424219 so we know numbers.

Wednesday 20th September 2017. 50 Free Day Trip places to Whitby via Thornton le Dale in the company of the SVP.  Depart from St Aelred’s Church 10:00am return around 6:30pm.  The ‘sign up sheet’ will soon be on the SVP noticeboard on the right hand side as you walk into the main entrance of Church.

Outing to Scarborough on Sunday 10th September 2017.  Our coach will set off at 11:00am for a fun dday out of sun, sea and sand, fish and chips and whatever you want to do and will return for approximately 6:00pm.  Cost will be £7 per adult, children free.  More the merrier and all, of course, welcome.

St. Crux day on Thursday 13th July.  We shall be undertaking our annual day to raise money for the charities that we support in Yorkshire and nationally.  All offers of help with contributions of goods, plants, toys etc. for the sale are welcome.  Please contact Hilda Carney on 01904 422601 or Sarah Sheils on 01904 424219 if you want to make a contribution.  We also need help with setting up and taking down gazebos, tables etc. so all strong parishioners needed at beginning and end of the day.  If you can’t help, do come along and enjoy a visit to the café during the day, all home made cakes, sandwiches and other tasty snacks.

Day trip to Sledmere and Bridlington 28th June.  See poster.

Sunday 2nd July.  See posters.

On Saturday 17th June we attend the UCM AGM at Church of the Holy Name of Mary, Middlesbrough.  Our bus departs church at 10am and returns 5.30pm.  Any questions please contact Sarah Sheils on 01904 424219.

St Aelred’s Players will be performing a murder mystery and cabaret night in the community centre on June 24th.  Tickets will be £5 adult £3 concession with light supper; please bring your own drink.  Look out for tickets at the back of church.  Please come along and join us and solve the mystery.

This lovely annual outing will be on Wednesday 7th June.  Sign-up sheet in the porch.  See poster.

Visit to Thicket Priory, Tuesday 23rd May.  Mass at 7.00pm.  Please put your name on the list on the UCM notice board in the porch.  Any queries contact Kath 414991. 

Date for your diary.  Tuesday 9th May visit to Sledmere House.  Depart from church 1:00pm return by 6:00pm.  Visit to House, Gardens, Museum and Tea Rooms etc.  Fr Bill will celebrate Mass for us in the House Chapel at 3:30pm.  this will be a great opportunity to visit this historic Yorkshire House with Catholic connections.  Notice in porch at the back of church.

Next Sunday 7th May at 9:30am Mass.  Would children please bring flowers and meet 9:20am in the Parish Centre,

Sunday 23rd April.  We will be celebrating this Feast once again here at St Aelred’s Church.  Come and join us on this day of Great Mercy.  Exposition from 11:30,  Hour of Great Mercy 3:00 to 4:00, Sacrament of Reconciliation 1:00 to 3:00.  All very welcome.  Please see poster and leaflets.

11th April 2017.  Coach leaving 10am return approx. 5pm.  £12 for coach and buffet.  Please add your name to the list in the porch.

Holy Thursday 15th April
Mass of the Lord’s Supper         7:00pm
Watching until                               9:00pm

Good Friday 14th April
Walk of Witness St Thomas’   11:00am
ood Friday Service                    3:00pm
Ancient Burial                                6:00pm

Holy Saturday 15th April
Morning Prayer                           10:00am
Easter Vigil                                     8:00pm

Easter Sunday 16th April           9:30am 

Each Friday in Lent running for six weeks.  If you would be willing to make soup on one of the Fridays please add your name to the list at the back of church.  Thank you.

Fridays 11:30am and 7:00pm.  All welcome.

Talk by Rev. Vince Purcell on Tuesday 14th March at 7pm in the Centre.  The talk will be on Mary, the Mother of God in the Mystery of Christ and the Church.  We’ll be asking questions such as “whatever happened to all the old Marian devotions?” and “what does the church actually say about Mary?”  All welcome.

The SVP invite you and your families to a Quiz and Pea & Pie supper on Saturday 18th March 7pm for 7:30pm in the Community Centre.  Raffle, bingo and a great night out.  Bring own booze!!  See poster in church.  Tickets on sale after Masses.  Info: 07950 488685.

PARISH HEALING SERVICE – Please note the revised time.
Sunday 5th March 4:30pm in the Community Centre.  All very welcome to come along for a short service, receive the Sacrament of the Sick and stay for afternoon tea.  All very welcome, parishioners, their families and carers.

Meets for our last lunch 28th February.   Thanks for all your support.

Tuesday 14th February 7:00 – 8:00pm in the Centre.  “how do we approach the ‘dark passages’ of Scripture?”  – this refers to Pope Benedict’s Apostolic Exhortation Verbum Domini, in which he acknowledges the difficulty and even scandalous nature of some Biblical stories.  He goes on to suggest a way of approaching such accounts that might lead to a deeper understanding while not denying their shocking nature.

Fund-raiser for HCPT volunteers.  Family fun bingo night, cash prizes, kids prizes, raffle, food and refreshments, bring your own drinks.  Saturday 11th February 2017 at 7pm in the Community Centre.  All welcome.

Vince Purcell will be speaking on Women in the Gospels” on Tuesday 17th January 7:00pm in the Centre.  All welcome.

Thursday 26th, Friday 27th and Saturday 28th January in St. Aelred’s School.

6:00 pm Christmas Eve – especially for children
8:00 pm Carols
8:30 pm Christmas Eve
9:30 am Christmas Day

Tuesday 20th December 6:30 to 7:30pm followed by mince pies and mulled wine.

Children’s preparation:  The four Sundays are 27th Nov, 4th Dec, 11th Dec and 18th Dec.  From 4:00 to 5:00pm in the Community Centre.  See poster for details of the events.  All very welcome. 

13th December 7:30pm.  Christmas Party.  All welcome.

Running until Christmas.  Lunch served at 12 noon.  All very welcome. 07950 488685 for more info.  Thank you to all our cooks and helpers.

The next talk on St Paul – A man between two worlds – by Rev Vince Purcell is on Tuesday 6th December at 7pm in the Community Centre.  All warmly welcome.

Friday 2nd December 2016 6:30 until 8:00pm in St Aelred’s school.  St Aelred’s choir will be singing.  Mince pies, mulled wine, raffle, chocolate and bottle tombola.  All welcome, proceeds go to the playground fund.

Adult Formation:  Vince Purcell is giving a series of  talks in the Community Centre:
8th November – The Mass.
6th December – St. Paul.
Talks from 7 to 8 pm.

1st November 7:30pm.  Alan Bott Charity – speaker Alan Ramsbottom – all welcome.
12th November Diocesan Study Day.  St Luke’s gospel.
15th November 7:30pm.  Boxes and cards.
22nd November 9:00am.  Mass – daily Mass scheme.
29th November 7:30pm.  The Gladstone family and guests – musical evening.
13th December 7:30pm.  Christmas Party.  All welcome.

Takes place at on 18th November at 7:30pm at the Tramways Working Men’s Club.

On Sunday 30th October 2016 after Mass.  Tables are available £5 each.  If you would like a table please call the SVP mobile: 0734001161.

Next weekend 15th/16th October.  If you are a taxpayer and would like to gift aid your donation please use one of the white envelopes available at the back of church.  Please put the initials RPF on the envelope.  Thank you.

On Saturday 15th October 2016 at 7:30pm in the Community Centre.  Tickets available after Masses. 

On Sunday 2nd October 2016 at 2:30pm in the Community Centre.

There will be our annual ecumenical Harvest Supper, this year in our Community Centre on Sunday 2nd October at 6:00pm with a collection for Water Aid.  The cost is £6.  Please add your name to the list in the church porch by Sunday 25th September.

There are 50 free day trip places available to Whitby via Thornton le Dale, in the company of St Aelred’s SVP on Wednesday 7th September 2016.  We will leave from St Aelred’s Church at 10:00 and return around 18:30.  The trip includes a fish and chip tea and is available to anyone in our community who would benefit from a day at the seaside.  If you would like to join us please add your name and food order along with an emergency contact name and telephone number to the sign up sheet on the SVP noticeboard at the back of church.  Thank you, Pat Nobbs.

For Ministers of the Word and Holy Communion.  At the Spa, Scarborough on Saturday 10th September.  Please add your name to the list in the porch by 14th August.  Transport will be provided.

Monday 18th July.  Depart 10:00am prompt and return approx. 4:00pm.  Please wear sensible shoes/clothing.  Coach now full.

Trip to Whitby planned for Sunday 10th July departing at 11am and returning approx. 6pm.  A great parish/family day out.  Please add names to list in the porch.  All we ask is a donation on the bus to offset some of the cost. 

On Wednesday 13th July St Aelred’s UCM are holding a fund raising day at St Crux.  If anyone has any items they wish to donate for the various stalls we would be delighted to accept them.  Books,, Bric-a-Brac, Cakes, Plants, Home Produce, Jams etc.  These could be collected; please ring Hilda 422601 or Kath 414991.  If you are in town on that day we would be delighted if you could call and support us and enjoy a cup to tea or coffee.  Thank you.

To clean the church 1 hour every other Thursday morning after 9.00am Mass.  Please contact Pauline 416528 or Molly 422201.

The Players present the Wizard of Oz at St Aelred’s school on Thursday 23rd,  Friday 24th June at 7:30pm.  Also on Saturday 25th June at 7:00pm.
Tickets £8 Adults and £5 Children/Concessions.  Tickets available after weekend Mass and from 01904 414529.

We will say the Rosary before Mass each day in May at 8.30am.  Please come and join us.

FOSTA’S are doing St Crux on Saturday 11th June, we are looking for any bric a brac, books, toys etc.  Cakes and helpers on the day.  If anyone can help in any way please contact Trish Thompson 07712 337605.

FOSTA’S are having a Ceilidh on Friday 20th May at the Burnholme Club.  Starting at 7:30pm.  It’s free entry, there will be a raffle, Irish bingo and lots of dancing.  All proceeds to the playground fund.
Sunday 1st May there will be a procession to place flowers around the statue of Our Lady.  Could all children wishing to take part bring a few flowers and gather in the Community Centre before 9.30am Mass.

Sunday 17th April at 2.30pm in the Community Centre followed by afternoon tea.  Please do come along and bring family and friends and carers for a short service and the Sacrament of the Sick.  See poster in porch.  All very welcome.

Sunday 3rd April.  We will be celebrating this Feast once again here at St Aelred’s Church.  Come and join us on this day of Great Mercy.  Exposition from 11.30pm, Hour of Great Mercy 3.00-4.00pm.  Sacrament of Reconciliation 1.00- 3.00pm.  All very welcome.  Please see poster and leaflets.

Following our Lenten Lunches and through your generosity we were able to send a cheque to CAFOD for £450.  This will be matched by Government Funding and with some parishioners completing Gift Aid Envelopes the total received by CAFOD will be £940.

St Aelred’s Community Centre is recruiting a part time Administrator.
12 hours per week Monday to Thursday 10:00 – 13:00.  £8.50 per hour.
Duties  include: Acting as first point of contact for the Community Centre, managing enquiries, booking and invoicing.  Managing the Church and Community Centre websites.  Promoting and marketing the Community Centre facilities.
Full training will be given on our systems but the applicants should be computer literate and be proficient in the use of Word and Excel.
For a copy of the Job Description please email
If you wish to apply for the role please send a copy of your CV together with a covering letter to

Holy Thursday 24th March      7:00pm
Watching until                              9:00pm

Good Friday 25th March           3:00pm
Ancient Burial                               6:00pm

Holy Saturday 26th March
Rosary                                            10:00am
Easter Vigil                                     8:00pm

Easter Sunday 27th March       9:30am 

We visit the Cathedral on Tuesday 22nd March for the Chrism Mass at 12 noon.  Coach departs 10am and returns approx. 4pm.  Cost for coach and buffet £12.  Please add name to list in the porch.

Talk on Scripture NEXT Tuesday 15th March at 7pm in the Centre.  Last in the series.  All welcome.

Saturday 19th March.  7:00 for 7:30 pm in the Centre.  Tickets on sale after Masses or from 415859.  See poster.  Please put it in your diary.  Your support is very much appreciated.

This Friday 11th March, Stations of the Cross 11.30 followed by Mass at 12 noon.  Soup Lunch in the Centre at 12:30.   Please add your name to the list in the porch if you can provide soup and rolls.  All proceeds to CAFOD.  Please come along and support.

At St Wilfrid’s Wednesday 9th March at 6:00 pm.  “Forgive Offences”  Celebrant Canon Sheridan, Preacher Fr. Peter Keeling.  Fr. Peter is always worth taking time to listen to.

A Lenten Journey to Easter 2016

Friday 26th February at 7.30pm.  Osbaldwick Sports Club.  All proceeds to go to HCPT Group 122.  Help us to take a child to Lourdes.  Contact for further information Josie Hoban 07548 876301.

Wednesday 24th February at 7pm in the Centre.  The Management Team would like to invite new members on to the team.  If you are interested please come along; you will be most welcome.

Thicket Priory – 10:30am to 3:30pm on 6th February.  Around the theme of Lourdes and the Year of Mercy. Please see poster for details.

Present Jack and the Beanstalk on 21st, 22nd and 23rd January in St Aelred’s School Hall.  More details to follow.

The Groups next meeting is on Sunday 10th January at 3pm at 9 Malham Grove.  New members are very welcome to join us.  Please ring 413621 or email: if you are interested.

To conclude the preparations for Christmas over the last 3 Sundays, it is the Children’s Liturgy Party this Sunday
2-4 pm.  Venue: St Aelred’s Community Centre.  Refreshments available and all very welcome indeed.

Wednesday 23rd December 7:30pm at St Wilfrid’s Catholic Church, Duncombe Place, York.

6:00 pm Christmas Eve – especially for children
8:00 pm Carols
8:30 pm Christmas Eve
9:30 am Christmas Day

Everyone is invited (particularly children, parents, grandparents) to join the parish as we prepare during the 4 Sundays of Advent for a meaningful Christmas.

29th November 4 – 5 pm:  The Christmas Story through the eyes of a master storyteller.
6thDecember 4 – 5 pm: Carols and Music Making.13th December 4 – 5 pm: Bingo-Quiz and Treasure Hunt.
20th December 2 – 4 pm:  Children’s Party/activities.

Under 3’s to be accompanied by a parent.  All events in the Parish Centre.
Refreshments will be available and all are very welcome.

Wednesday 9th December 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm.
Choir night in school – Choir singing, Refreshments, Raffle, Bottle Tombola, Bricabrac, Face Painting and much more.  All most welcome.

Continues each Tuesday up to 15th December. Doors open from 10.30 am and lunch served at 12 noon.
Come along, for some company, a game of cards, the book club, raffle and a hearty 3 course meal. All welcome.

Saturday 5th December after 6pm Mass.

Christmas Social with Cheese and Wine, Quiz Games and Music  Everyone is invited to the Centre after evening Mass.  Wine, beer and soft drinks are available for donations.
Please come along and start the Christmas fun with us.

Saturday, 28th November . 10:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
We are hosting the Diocesan UCM study day. The theme is ‘Telling our own Faith stories’ . There is further information on the UCM notice board in the Church porch. This will be a really fun and stimulating day and ALL parishioners are welcome.

 Will be held on Friday 20th November at Tramways WMC, from 7:30pm onwards.  Old Boys of all ages are most welcome and donations to the raffle will be much appreciated.

Saturday 17th October 2015 7.30 – 10.00p.m. Community Centre tickets will be sold after Saturday and Sunday masses

Monday 19th October at 1900
Exhibition Centre, University of York, Heslington, York. YO10 5DD.

Mary Doogan, one of “The Glasgow Midwives” is coming to speak in York and I would be very grateful if you would promote this event with your congregation. The White Flower appeal for the last two years focussed on this case of conscientious objection to participation in abortion and the York parishes were all extremely generous with their White Flower donations. Here is their chance to hear Mary tell her story and it would be lovely if there was a good turnout. For more information please contact Rhoslyn Thomas 0207 820 3140

Sunday 4th October 2015 2.30 – 4.00 p.m. in Community Centre

Tuesday 29th September at 7:00pm in the Centre.  If anyone has anything for the agenda please submit it to Fr. Bill in writing with your name.  Thank you.  Please do come along and air your views and ideas at this meeting.

This has been reorganised for Tuesday 22nd September.  Please put your name down on the list at the back of church.  It is a lovely, simple day out in the Dales including outdoor Mass, or in a barn if wet; lunch and coffee.

ASCENT TRIP (16/09/15)
Trip to Burton Agnes Gardens and Bridlington.  Wednesday 16th September departing St Aelred’s at 9:50.  Please add name to list in porch.  Cost £9.00.  Contract Catherine on 079504 88685

A coach has been booked for 6th September at 11am to take us to Dalby Forest.  Bring a picnic or visit the café.  Walks, children’s paly area, visitor centre.  Returning approx. 5pm.  More details later.  Please add you name and number to list in porch.  Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
There will be a 2 hour walk led by Tony Questa starting at High Staindale car park to High Bridestones (possible lunch stop) with a descent down Needle Point to Dove Dale.  Walking boots or sturdy shoes or trainers and waterproof advisable.  If interested please let Tony or Catherine McGlinchey know.  See notice in porch for more details.
Great chance of a parish day out before school return.

Church will be open every Friday 24th July to 28th August 11.00 to 02.00 for quiet reflection.
Pick up a flyer; invite a friend to church.

Ordination of Philip Cunnah on 25th July still has places;  please sign up on the list on the blue freestanding notice-board in the porch.

Thursday 16th July at 7:30pm in the Centre.  If anyone has anything for the agenda please submit it to Fr. Bill in writing with your name.  Thank you.  Please do come along and air your views and ideas at this meeting.  A lot of important decisions are made at these meetings.

The UCM are having their fund raising day at St. Crux on 17th July.  If you have any Bric-a-brac you would like to donate please contact Hilda on 422601.  If anyone can offer help on the day it would be greatly appreciated between 8.30am and 3.30pm.  There will be a list on the notice board if you can help at anytime or if you with to contribute with cakes, plants etc.  If you are unable to help please come and support us on the day enjoy a cup of tea or coffee.

14th July Summer Party.
17th July St. Crux.

The Team have planned a series of DVD presentations based on Reflections on the Creed.  7.15 – 8.30 pm in the Centre. 19th May postponed.  Next DVD  16th and 30th June.  All very welcome, especially anyone who has been away from church for a while.  Please come along and bring someone with you.

“BE OUR GUEST” is the name of our Summer show on Thurs 25th, Fri 26th June, at 7:30pm and Sat 27th June at 7:00pm.  Tickets £6, Concessions £4 on sale after Mass or on the door. Also can we say a big thank you to all of you who supported our Spring Concert.  We raised £119.80.  So looking forward to seeing you at our Summer Show.

Will take place on Tuesday 16 June at St George’s Church at 7.00pm.
If you are 9 years or above, including adults and wish to be confirmed, the third meeting is 6.45 pm at St George’s on the 12 May. Any Catechists who wish to join us please come along.

Sunday 3rd May 2:30pm in the Centre.  See poster in church.

Sunday 12th April.  We will be celebrating this Feast once again here in St Aelred’s Church.  Come and join us on this day of Great Mercy.  Exposition, the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Hour of Great Mercy will be incorporated into the day.  Please see the poster and leaflets at the back of church.
Exposition from 11:30.
Sacrament of Reconciliation 1:00 – 3:00 pm.
Hour of Great Mercy 3:00 – 4:00 pm.

 Holy Thursday 2nd April   7:00pm
Watching until                          9:00pm
Good Friday 3rd April         3:00pm
Ancient Burial                           6:00pm
Holy Saturday 4th April
Rosary                                       10:00am
Easter Vigil                                8:00pm
Easter Sunday 5th April      9:30am

Pea and Pie Supper and Quiz night Saturday 28th March at 7:30 pm in the Centre.  Tickets on sale now.  Please support the SVP and come along for a good night out.

During Lent, everyone is invited to pop into St Aelred’s Church, on Friday afternoons between 2.30pm and 3.00pm to say a prayer, light a candle, listen to some music, re-connect with Church, ask a question – someone will be there.  Come along, bring the children or a friend; all are very welcome indeed.

Each Friday during Lent starting on Friday 20th February.  We will have Station’s of the Cross at 11:30 am, Mass at 12:00 noon then Soup Lunch in the Centre at 12:30 pm.  All proceeds will go to CAFOD.  If you can help by preparing the soup lunch there is a list at the back of church.  Please add your name asap.  Thank you.

Last Lunch this Tuesday 17th February.  a huge thank you to all who supported the lunches in any way.  We will recommence in the Autumn.

Proudly present a “Valentines Celebration”, Steve Cassidy Band, Raffle, Hot Buffet.  Come along for a traditional Italian Festa at Gimcrack Rooms, York Racecourse on Saturday 14th February 2015.  Tickets from Anita £26. Tel: 416390 See poster at the back of church.

Cordially invite you to the Ball as they presentCIDERELLA” this year’s panto at St Aelred’s School, Fifth Ave. on Thursday and Friday 29th and 30th January at 7.30pm and on Saturday 31st January Matinee 2.30pm Evening 7.00pm.  Tickets £6 and £4 concession on sale after weekend Mass or from Lindsey Tel. 414529.  Don’t leave it too late. 

MAKE SPACE FOR CHRIST AT CHRISTMAS – As part of our “Crossing the Threshold” initiative, this series of liturgies on Sunday evenings in Advent at 6:00pm is open to all.  It is an informal time of prayer and reflection to help us to prepare for the coming Feast and to take time out with Our Lord at this busy time of year.

6:00 pm Christmas Eve – especially for children
8:00 pm Carols
8:30 pm Christmas Eve
9:30 am Christmas Day

Every Tuesday for 10 weeks up to Christmas.  10.30 for coffee, chat, game of cards.  Lunch at 12 noon.  Volunteers welcome to cook or help in any way on the day.  List in church porch for rota.  Raffle prizes gratefully received and books for book club.  All very welcome.The Christmas Lunch will be on Tuesday 16th December.  If you intend to be there please add your name to the list which is being circulated at the Tuesday sessions or advise a member of the SVP.  We need the names to give us some idea of numbers to cater for.

Area Mass at St Margaret Clitheroe’s ~Thursday 4th December 7:00 pm.  Prayers at 6:45 pm.

Reunion, Friday 21st November at The Tramways W.M.C. (opposite St George’s church) from 7:00 pm onwards.  Raffle prizes and old photographs would be appreciated.

Diocesan Study Day, Saturday 22nd November.  Mass at 10:00 am followed by Study Day in the Parish Centre.  Our theme is “Poverty in our Midst?”  Excellent speakers on aspects of financial problems, loneliness, housing difficulties, all based on experience in York.  ALL WELCOME.  No need to be a member of the UCM or Female to come to the day.  Please bring a packed lunch.  Tea, coffee etc. provided.  the day ends at 3:30 pm.  Please contact Sarah Shields on 01904 424219 or e mail  if you are coming so we have an idea of numbers.

“HUGE TRIBUTE BAND” Friday 10th October 7:30pm to midnight.
at The Post Office Club, Marygate. Tickets £15 (over 18s only).
Contact: Claire Wickins on 07835 681507

Joseph Rowntree Theatre on Sunday 5th October.
Tickets £10 concessions £9 from Theatre Royal Tel. 623568
See poster on church notice board.

Sunday 5th October 2.30pm in the Centre, followed by afternoon tea.  All welcome, see poster in church.

Saturday 4th October.  Pie and Pea Quiz Night 7:30 to 1000pm in the Centre.
Sunday 5th October.  Healing Service 2:30 to 4:00pm in the Centre.
Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th September.  SVP Appeal at Masses.
Wednesday 10th September.  Parish Trip to Whitby.  Coach leaves after morning Mass.

A Summer Festa Italiana with Steve Cassidy and his band on Saturday 5th July from 6:30pm at English Martyrs Hall.  Tickets £13.50 from Anita 426390.

This year’s Summer show:  “We’re all in this Together”  26th, 27th, 28th June Thursday, Friday Saturday.  Tickets on sale at the back of church.

Once again we are going to visit St Aelred’s Grange in Stean (just after Pateley Bridge), Tuesday 24th June.  Coach departs at 10:00am and returns approx. 5:00pm.  Please put your name down on the list in the porch because places are very limited due to the accessibility for the coach.  For more information about St Aelred’s Grange go to  You may remember that the wood from our church windows was recycled to use as benches for this project.

Wed 14th May.  Trip to Masham, Hawes and Constable Burton Gardens.  Depart from Memorial Gardens 9:00am or Our Lady’s 9:15am.
Return about 7:00pm.  Cost £10 (deposit £5).  Please add name to list in the church porch and see Catherine re deposits or ring 415859.

Wednesday 7th May.  Meet at St Aelred’s school at 10:00am.  All welcome.

Tuesday 6th May 7:00pm in the Centre.  All welcome to come along and have your say in the running of the parish.

Sunday 4th May 2:30pm in the Centre.  All welcome to this opportunity to receive the sacrament of the sick and pray for healing for ourselves and others.  Followed by afternoon tea.  If transport is needed please ring 415859 by Saturday 3rd May.

Sunday 27th April.  We will be celebrating this Feast once again here at St Aelred’s Church.  Come and join us on this day of Great Mercy.  Exposition, the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Hour of Great Mercy will be incorporated into the day.  Please see the poster and leaflets at the back of church.

Saturday 26th April 10 am to 4 pm.  Did you know that there are loads of young Catholics just like you all across York?  We’re going to be meeting up for a day at Ampleforth – for workshops, to play games and reflect with one another.  If you are secondary school age, whether you’re preparing for your confirmation or not, you should grab a friend and come along.  Go on, be brave!  Booking forms now available from Ruth.

Holy Thursday 17th April   7:00pm
Watching until                 9:00pm
Good Friday 18th April       3:00pm
Ancient Burial                  6:00pm
Holy Saturday 19th April
Rosary                              10:00am
Easter Vigil                       8:00pm
Easter Sunday 20th April  9:30am

Every Friday in Lent from about 12:30 at the Community Centre.  Proceeds to CAFOD.  We need cooks to prepare and serve the soup; please sign the rota in church.  Helpers to set tables, wash up etc. very welcome.

Saturday 5th April 7pm for 7:30pm in the Centre.  Tickets: Adults £5 Children £1.  All proceeds to assist SVP’s work within the community.

Eyes down 3:45pm Wednesday 2nd April.  In school.  Refreshments available.  All welcome. Organised by St Aelred’s PTA.

St Aelred’s Players are holding a Mexican Night in the Centre on Saturday 1st March.  Tickets £5 will be on sale this weekend at the back of church (food included in the price).  So dust down those holiday sombreros and shine up your dancing shoes, come along and join us.  All welcome.

Come along from 10:30, have a coffee and a game of cards etc. before lunch at 12:00 midday.
Or just come along for lunch at 12:00 midday.
For lifts please contact Catherine on 415895.
Raffle prizes are needed again – box in porch.  Also helpers and cooks are still needed – please sign up on the list in the church porch.

This years pantomime is Sleeping Beauty.  Thursday 23rd January 7:30pm, Friday 24th 7:30pm, Saturday 25th 2:00pm and 7:00pm.
Tickets £6 adults, £4 concessions and children.  Available after Mass at the weekends or from Linsee 01904 414529.

6:00 pm Christmas Eve – especially for children
8:00 pm Carols
8:30 pm Christmas Eve
9:30 am Christmas Day

Tuesday 10th December 2013 at 12:00 noon.  I you would like to attend please put your name on the list provided.
For more information please contact Catherine on 415895.

Tuesday 26th November 2013 at 7:00pm in the Community Centre.  Please come along to find out what’s happening in the Parish and to have your say.  Everyone is welcome.

Hungry for Change.  We live in a world where 870 million people world wide go hungry.  Yet we actually produce enough to feed everyone.  the way we share food around the world just isn’t working.  So what can we do?  Come together and listen to what some young Catholics from York have to say on 27th November 7pm-8pm at St George’s Church, Peel Street, York.

Saturday 16th November 2013, starts 7 pm in the Community Centre. Wonderful food with an international flavour, quiz, speaker and live music. Tickets now on sale. More information from Chris Kelly 413621 or email

Annual Reunion on Friday 15th November 2013 at Tramways Working Mens’ Club (opposite St. George’s Church) from 7:00 pm onwards. All welcome.  Any old photographs and raffle prizes would be gratefully received.

Saturday, 12th October, 2013 – 7.00pm for 7.30pm.  Tickets on sale now.

Healing Service with Anointing of the Sick to be held on Sunday, 13th October, at 2.00pm in the Centre followed by Afternoon Tea.  All welcome.

Wednesday, 11th September, 2013 – Depart 10.00am/Return 6.30pm.  Don’t miss this lovely day out.  List for names in the Church porch.  If you require any more details – please contact Catherine – 415859.

Special trip planned for this Year of Faith for Tuesday, 30th July.  See the poster in the Church porch for details.

St Aelred’s Players present for 3 days only – ‘High School Musical’!  27th/28th/29th June.  Tickets – £6.00 adults/£4.00 children and concessions.  At St Aelred’s School.  More details – contact Linsie Thompson – Tl:  41459

St Aelred’s School invite you to join them on Sunday, 30th June, from 2.00pm until 5.00pm.  Entry is £1.00 and children taking part are free.  Come along and enjoy the music, bring a picnic and have a great afternoon.  All welcome.

The Church will be open all day on Friday, 21st June, for prayer and reflection for the Year of Faith.  Please come along.

You are invited to come along on Thursday afternoons 2.30 – 4.30 commencing Thursday, 11th April to the end of May in St Aelred’s Community Centre.
Bring family and friends along for a social afternoon with games, book club, bingo and raffle and delicious tea and cakes. Come and meet old friends and make new friends – bring your knitting, card games and photo albums.  All welcome.

You are invited to come along to St Aelred’s Community Centre on Tuesday, 18th June, at 8.00pm when a ‘Colour Me Beautiful’ Consultant will demonstrate how colour selection can enhance your colour type.
UCM Members – £3.00    Non-members – £4.00   Glass of wine and nibbles included.
Contact Chris Kelly – 01904-413621 or Sarah Sheils – 01904-424219 for details or to reserve a place.

SVP Pea & Pie Supper and Quiz Night
Saturday, 13th April, 2013, 7.00pm for 7.30pm start in the Community Centre.
Please come along and support the SVP – enjoy a hearty supper and brain teasers!
Tickets on sale soon!

11.30—4.00          Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
1.00—3.30           Sacrament of Reconciliation
(Tapes of excerpts from the Diary)
3.00—4.00 Hour of Great Mercy
Conversion (3.00 pm) Prayer           (Prayer to be Merciful)
Blessing and Veneration of the Image           (Litany of the Divine Mercy)
Congregation Commitment of Trust           (Lighting of candle at the Image)
Chaplet of Divine Mercy
Conclusion of Exposition
Final Blessing

We begin on Friday 15th February in the Community Centre for 6 Fridays following 12 midday Mass in Church. This is a great way to do something special during Lent and to raise funds for Cafod.
We need helpers to prepare and serve the soup and parishioners to come along to participate each Friday. If you could help prepare lunch, please fill in the rota in church porch. Everybody very welcome.
Further information ring 415859.

At the next Meeting on Tuesday, 19th March, 2013, we will be welcoming Carole Bromley, well known local poet, for an evening of her poetry reading.  Her poems are funny, tender and very enjoyable.  All very welcome to join us in the Community Centre at 7.30pm

PARISH HEALING SERVICE Sunday 17th March 2013  2:00pm to 4:00pm in the Community Centre followed by afternoon tea. All welcome to come along to receive the Sacrament of the Sick.
Don’t miss it!. More information from 415859.

Friday 1st March 2:00pm in church. Followed by light refreshments in the Community Centre.
All welcome.

Saturday 2nd March 2013 in the Community Centre. 7pm – 10pm. Come along and sing and dance to the music of Celtic Blend. Bring your own food and drink and have a great time. Tickets £3 on the door, accompanied children free.

St Aelred’s Players proudly present the 2013 Pantomime – “Babes in the Wood”
To be held at St Aelred’s School, Fifth Avenue on
Thursday, 31st January – 7.30pm
Friday, 1st February – 7.30pm
Saturday, 2nd February – 2.30 & 7.00pm
Tickets:  Adults:  £5.00 / Children:  £3.00  / Concessions:  £3.00
Tel:  410226 or 426327

Results of York Consultation



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