St Theresa's Catholic Primary School

St Theresa's Catholic Primary School

Walking in Theresa's Little Way

St John Henry Newman Parish

Welcome to our Parish page.

 This page has information about our links with the Parish of Saint John Henry Newman including links to the parish website and Mass times in the different Churches in our parish.

Thank you to all the families who attended the family Mass at St Theresa's last Sunday. The children read and sang beautifully and it was wonderful to gather in prayer as a home, parish and school community. A massive thank you to Father for engaging the children so fully in the Mass, Mrs Dowd for preparing the Mass alongside members of the Parish and a special thank you to Mrs McNutt for giving up her Sunday morning to provide the music for us. 

Photos from the Mass can be found my clicking the link below:

 

Family Mass.pptx

Our Parish Priest is Fr Pat Wall and he is ably assisted by Fr Michael Hughes.  The Parish is also supported by Deacon Sean Quigley.  Deacon Sean is a Foundation Governor at St Theresa’s.

If you click on the link below it should take you straight to the website of the Blessed John Henry Newman Parish:

 Please note new Parish email address: office.stjohnnewman@dioceseofleeds.org.uk

Mass times at the various parish churches are as follows for when the Lockdown is released:

St Gregory’s, Swarcliffe Drive, Leeds, LS14 5AW

  • Saturday Evening Vigil Mass: 6.30pm
  • Sunday, 9.15am with Children’s Liturgy

St Theresa’s, Station Road, LS15 7JY

  • Sunday, 8.15am;  10.15am with Children’s Liturgy and 6pm

Corpus Christi, Neville Road, LS9 0HD

  • Sunday, 10.30am with Children’s Liturgy

As a Catholic school we strongly encourage all our Catholic families to take their children to Mass to fulfil their Sunday obligation, especially those preparing to receive the sacraments of Holy Communion and First Confession.

We celebrate Holy Mass in school as often as we can though we are not able to do so at the present time.  These are beautiful celebrations and we very much look forward to them as a worshipping community.  We are very blessed that we have some many parents, grandparents and members of the parish who join us for Mass.  

Sacramental Preparation:

Sacramental preparation is now fully Parish based through Family Catechesis led by member of Saint John Henry Newman parish.  This is coordinated by Mrs Maureen Fletcher who can be contacted through the Parish offices.  Sacramental preparation has changed fundamentally across the whole Diocese of Leeds in recent years and it is now entirely based in the family.  Below is an outline of the changes:

First Reconciliation will take place when children are in Y3 (7-8 years old)

First Holy Communion will take place when children are in Y4 (8-9 years old)

Confirmation will take place when children are in Y6 (10-11 years old).  Preparation for this will begin in Y5.

The rationale behind this is to complete all the initiation sacraments before children enter High School so that the Church can focus on young people developing their faith in a more evangelical way… see themselves as ambassadors for Christ.  Justice and Peace will be at the heart of what they will do as well as acts of pilgrimage, good works and service to others especially the poor and dispossessed.

Bishop Marcus’s vision is that preparation for the sacraments should be based around the family not just the school.  Parents are the first educators in the faith and he wants them to take a greater share in the preparation for these major signposts in their children’s lives; this helps them to fulfil the promises made at Baptism.  The transition period will allow us to work more closely as Parish and School to support the Home in developing all our children to full human wholeness in the faith.

If you have any questions about Sacramental Preparation in our school/parish please speak to Mrs Ryan or Mrs Dowd.