Diocesan news and events


Pope Francis has sent a message for this lent, titled: “Because of the increase of iniquity, the love of many will grow cold” (Mt 24:12).  It can be accessed here or online at:


Diocesan Annual Review

The 2017 Diocesan Annual Review is available at the back of church, also online at:http://www.dioceseofleeds.org.uk/assets/files/Annual-Review-2017(1).pdf  Feedback appreciated to communications@dioceseofleeds.org.uk


There are three ways to book a place on the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes:

  1. Online: joewalshtours.co.uk– all booking documents will be given to you online subsequently
  2. Telephone: 0161 820 8790
  3. Via the booking form sent to parishes along with the posters. Please do photocopy the booking form as required. Booking forms can be downloaded and printed off at this link:


NIGHTFEVER is a simple outreach initiative based on gentle invitation and prayer. It will take place at Leeds Cathedral on Friday 16th February, beginning with Mass at 5:30pm and ending with Compline and Benediction at 10:30pm. Inside the Cathedral will be Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, music, prayer, and a warm welcome. Volunteers will go out onto the streets to invite people into the Cathedral to light a candle, pray, or simply to soak up the atmosphere. Priests will be available for conversations and/or confession. For more information visit www.nightfever.org. To volunteer, find Nightfever Leeds on Facebook/Twitter or contact nightfeverleeds@outlook.com . Please keep the event in your prayers.

CATHOLIC YOUTH WORK TRAINING, facilitated by the Diocese of Leeds Youth Team – For anyone who works with young people or is interested in finding out more about Catholic Youth Work.  22nd March OR 23rd April 2018, 7pm – 9pm at Hinsley Hall.  See Catholic Youth Work Training poster for more details.


An event for young people (in Years 8-13) from across the Diocese. There’ll be games, a talk, small groups, and Adoration at Wheeler Hall on Tuesday 20th February, 6:30-8:30pm. If you’re planning to attend, please contact Jade at youth@dioceseofleeds.org.uk for more information.

LENTEN DAY OF REFLECTION WITH FR DENNIS CASSIDY: The Briery Retreat Centre, 38 Victoria Avenue, Ilkley, LS29 9BW. “An exploration of some of the writings of the Doctors of the Church as we journey through Lent”. This day is being led by Fr Dennis on both Tuesday 20th February and Saturday 10th March 2018 from 10:00am – 4:00pm (Coffee at 10:00 for a 10:30 start, afternoon tea at 3:30pm). Cost £25 to include a 2 course hot lunch.  To book for one of these days please contact the Retreat Secretary on 01943 607287 or briery@btconnect.com.  

A WEEKEND RETREAT ENTITLED “MINDFULNESS IN THE CHRISTIAN TRADITION” led by Angela Rogerson is being held at The Briery, 38 Victoria Ave, Ilkley on 23rd-25thMarch.  “Come aside and rest a while…” an opportunity to step aside from everyday life, to take time to pray and reflect.  The offerings for the weekend are £145 per person and include full board and accommodation.  For further information and to book a place call the Administrators on 01943 607287 or email: briery@btconnect.com

PILGRIMAGE TO POLAND 24TH – 29TH SEPTEMBER 2018: Itinerary to include: Krakow, Czestochowa, Wieliczka, Wadowice, Kalwaria Zebrzydowskan & Auschwitz.  Further details: Fr Timothy Whitwell – telephone: 01274 720299 or e-mail: timothy.whitwell@dioceseofleeds.org.uk 

SHELTERED HOUSING – ST SCHOLASTICA’S RETREAT – VACANT FLATS AVAILABLE: The Retreat offers sheltered housing to practising Catholics aged 60 or over in 36 self-contained flats at £459pcm – more information from The Warden: Deacon Seán Duffy, 27 The Retreat, Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire, HP27 0JG – telephone: 01844 344437. email:info@stscholasticas.co.uk www.stscholasticas.co.uk