Welcome to St John Fisher & St Thomas More Roman Catholic Church

St John Fisher & St Thomas More Catholic Church is situated between the villages of Burley in Wharfedale and Menston, our friendly parish would very much like to welcome you to our church throughout the year.

Please take a look through our website, we hope it will provide you with a brief insight into our church, its history and what’s going on. But if it doesn’t answer all your questions, please don’t hesitate to call us on: 01943 863179

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Parish Family Youth Matters – Thursday 8th March 6:30-8:30pm

A Youth Meeting with Pizza and fun and more…. for ALL High/Secondary School students……….the Youth Leaders of the Diocese are coming to meet All the Youth of the Parish Family.  Fr Michael hopes to meet you all in one Parish Family gathering too!

Rachel and Liz invite ALL members of last year’s Confirmation group to come along and “Catch Up”.  More information can be found here.

Follow CAFOD’s give it up challenges for Lent fasting ideas

Not sure what to give up for Lent?  Take on a give it up challenge to help our brothers and sisters around the world. First, choose your challenge. Then decide whether you will donate the money you save through fasting, fundraise towards the CAFOD Lent Appeal, or ask people to sponsor you during your challenge.

Your Lenten challenge could be a traditional fast, like giving up sweets, or you could try and make that lifestyle environmental change you’ve been considering for a while.  CAFOD has some great suggestions, they can be found here.  More information about its work can be found on our CAFOD webpage.

Pastoral letter on the permanent diaconate

Bishop Marcus’ letter inviting us to find out about the permanent diaconate ministry can be found here.

Mass readings
Readings for daily Mass and prayers can be found at Universalis

Catholic Care
Catholic Care is one of the charities we support.  A link to a short video describing its work can be found here and further information is given on our charities webpage.

Pope Francis launches new migration campaign
Pope Francis has asked that we respond with compassion and call on our government to protect the human dignity of people on the move, see our CAFOD webpage for more details..
CAFOD campaigns
This year CAFOD has celebrated seven campaign successes.  These include defending UK overseas aid that saves lives, asking the World Bank & UK government to invest in renewable energy spending to benefit the world’s poorest people, and calling on governments to respond to the climate challenge in a way that reflects the spirit of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’  More information on how we can support these initiatives can be found on CAFOD’s webpage.

News

A Special Night in the Wharfedale Deanery
On 9th November Bishop Marcus celebrated the induction Mass for Fr Michael.  It was a splendid occasion, here is Bishop Marcus’ homily and a link to the Leeds diocese website for Clodagh’s account of the evening – Fr Michael’s induction Mass.

Congratulations!
To Father Michael on his appointment as a Canon of the Diocese which was celebrated at Leeds Cathedral.

Parish Council Meetings
The 2018 Parish Council meetings will be held on:
– Thursday May 10 (AGM)
– Thursday July 12

All will start at 7.30pm in the church hall.  Items for the agenda to Sue please, email suerix@btinternet.com

Car Parking – POLICE WARNING
We have had an e-mail advice /warning about parking on Bradford Road adjacent to the double white lines with two pictures of offending cars. PLEASE NOTE IT IS ILLEGAL TO PARK ON THE ROAD OR EVEN HALF ON THE PAVEMENT.