Glimpses of Our Patronal Festival 2019

Our Statue of Saint Helen Decorated for the Feast

Fr Nicolas’ has kindly allowed us to publish his sermon here.

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Join us for our Patronal Festival

Feast of S Helen Celebration Weekend

Friday 17 May

9.00am       Morning Prayer

10.00am     School Mass in Church

6.00pm      Exposition & Confessions

6.30pm      Evening Prayer

Saturday 18 May – S Helen’s Day

9.00am       Morning Prayer

9.30am       Rosary

10.00an      Confessions

5.00pm       Patronal Festival Mass with procession of the relic

(Preacher: Fr Nicolas Stebbing CR: Founder of Tariro – Hope for Youth in Zimbabwe )

followed by a Bring and Share Buffet

Sunday 19 May – Easter 5

8.00am       Mass

9.00am       Morning Prayer

9.45am       Sung Mass with Children’s Liturgy of the Word

5.00pm       Evening Prayer and Benediction

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Glimpses of Holy Week & Easter in the Parish of Hemsworth

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Holy Week & Easter Services 2019

Easter Services Poster 2017 in Colour

Palm Sunday – 14 April

8.00 am         Mass

9.00 am         Morning Prayer

9.45 am        Procession, Sung Mass

                       & Children’s Liturgy

4.00 pm        Evening Prayer

6.00 pm        Chrism Mass with Bishop Tony

                       at S Peter’s, Horbury

Fig Monday – 15 April

9.00 am         Morning Prayer

9.30 am        Mass

10.00 am      Stations of the Cross

6.00 pm        Confessions

6.30 pm        Evening Prayer

Temple Tuesday –  16 April

9.00 am Morning Prayer

9.30 am Mass

10.00 am Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary

6.00 pm Confessions

6.30 pm Evening Prayer

Spy Wednesday –  17 April

9.00 am Morning Prayer

10.00 am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

10.30 am Mass

Fr David will be available to hear confessions after Mass

6.00 pm Confessions

6.30 pm Evening Prayer

Maundy Thursday – 18 April

9.00 am Morning Prayer

6.00 pm Confessions

6.30 pm Evening Prayer

7.30 pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper

followed by watch of prayer until

11.45 pm Compline

Please bring back your Lenten Giving to the Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Good Friday 19 April (Day of Fasting)

9.00 am Morning Prayer

11.00 am United Walk of Witness

starting in the lay-by behind S Helen’s church

1.00 pm Children’s Stations of the Cross

2.00 pm The Liturgy of Good Friday

3.15 pm Confessions

4.00 pm Evening Prayer

Holy Saturday –  20 April

9.00 am Morning Prayer

9.30 am Church Cleaning

5.00 pm Confessions

5.30 pm Evening Prayer

8.00 pm Easter Vigil

& First Mass of Easter

followed by a celebratory drink

Please bring a Bell or something noisy to the Vigil.

Easter Day –  21 April

8.00 am Mass

9.00 am Morning Prayer

9.45 am Sung Mass & Children’s Liturgy

5.00 pm Evening Prayer

The Easter Octave: each weekday the Mass is at 9.30am (apart from Wednesday when it is at 10.30am) See full schedule here.

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Parish Retreat 2019

Are you interested in joining the 2019 parish retreat to the beautiful Abbey of Lérins, France on 27 to 31 May? More detailed information is available from Hanna Hart or by clicking here.

Unsurprisingly, many of the texts which explain the historical importance of Lérins are written in French, however this article in English is very interesting.

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Pastoral Letter, Lent 2019

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Lent Services and Activities


This year our corporate Lenten Pilgrimage will include these things:

Wednesdays in Lent

at 10am we will be meditating on a few Stations of the Cross before Mass starts at 10.30am. At 5pm we are also warmly invited to Stations of the Cross in the Chapel of the Holy Cross at Archbishop Holgate Hospital.

Fridays in Lent

there will be a Mass at S Helen’s at 12 noon followed by a soup lunch.

Please have a good think about who you might be able to invite to come along for Mass at noon followed by a simple lunch. Perhaps someone who lives on their own or someone who doesn’t get out much. Or just someone who would be interested in coming with you to church to see what it is about. These Friday lunches of worship and fellowship are perfect opportunities to invite someone new to join us. Please also sign up to help with making soups and providing bread.

Stations of the Cross will take place at 6.30pm in these locations:

Mar   8         S Helen’s

           15       Sacred Heart

           22       S Helen’s

           29       Sacred Heart

Apr    5         S Helen’s

           12       Sacred Heart

All through Lent


Special Lenten devotional reading material is available in Church.


We get the name ‘Shrove Tuesday’ from the ancient tradition of people going to confession on the day before the start of Lent. They went to be ‘shriven’ of their sins. As the Prayer Book teaches, confession is a wonderful part of our Anglican heritage.

If you have never been to Confession but want to know more PLEASE, PLEASE ask for help. If you have slipped away from Confession, now is the perfect time to come back.

Fr Robert will be available for Confession at the usual times – see here, or book an appointment (01977 610507).


This year we will be supporting Tariro a small but excellent charity based in the UK that raises money to support orphans or young people whose own parent can’t look after them anymore in Zimbabwe. Please be generous.  There are no lent boxes so please take a jar and fill it throughout Lent and bring it back to the Mass on Maundy Thursday. Read about the great work of Tariro here.

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Ash Wednesday

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Join us in Saint Helen’s Church, Hemsworth this Christmas with your family and friends. Find our services and events here


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