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 address is Bradford Road, Burley-in-Wharfedale, LS29 7PX.

Our friendly parish would very much like to welcome you to our church throughout the year.

You can find details of our parish life, how you can get involved and who to contact for further information, in our welcome pack that can be found here. Hard copies of the welcome pack are available in the church foyer.  If you think you would like to help in any role, please feel free to ask Fr Michael to pass your details to the organiser of your chosen ministries.

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

Parish Family Events

DAY OF REFLECTION: Caring for the Earth – Our Common Home: The Justice & Peace Commission has organised a Day of Reflection on 30 March 2019 at our church. It will start with a community Mass at 10am and finish around 4pm. A day of prayer, some discussion and time for personal reflection about our place in God’s creation and our responsibilities towards looking after our common home. The day is free to attend but please email the Justice & Peace office to book a place: jandp@dioceseofleeds.org.uk

Mary’s Meals
Once again, many thanks for all the support you are giving!  Another 40 backpacks have been sent to Africa.  




Fantastic turnout for the Parish Family walk!! A brilliant sunny afternoon, walkers of all generations, some with sticks, others with pushchairs. No-one got lost!! It was good fun and good company followed by delicious cakes and tea! Here’s to next time!

Bishop of Leeds’ letter to the clergy and faithful of the diocese

Bishop Marcus has responded in his capacity as Bishop of Leeds to the publication on 20th August 2018  of the Holy Father’s Letter to the People of God on the need for ‘…combatting all forms of the abuse of power, sexual abuse and the abuse of conscience’.  You can read Pope Francis’ letter here and Bishop Marcus’ letter here.
Mass readings Readings for daily Mass and prayers can be found at Universalis
Our parish prayer
God our loving Father, You made us your children in baptism. Pour out on us the gifts of your Holy Spirit. Help us as a parish to know the paths we must follow so as to build up your kingdom. Teach us to grow in faith, to encourage one another with words of hope, and to care for your family with love. Let us bear witness to the Good News, and be faithful followers of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. Amen

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.



Please see news here of Traidcraft’s trading position from Robin Roth (CE0), with hopeful news of plans to slim down and keep trading in 2019.

Diocesan Justice & Peace Commission newsletter

In March’s newsletter read about:
* An Inter-generational Conversation about Climate Change at St Mary’s school Menston
* Updates from the  recent Diocesan Refugee Support Group meeting in Bradford
* A new CSAN Report about Catholics and the Housing Crisis
plus our usual events summary and reflection.

Kim’s poem for corporal David O’Connor

Kim wrote this poem just after David’s funeral. He was Kim’s brother’s eldest son. He was a corporal in the Royal Marines. He was killed while on active service in Afghanistan on 24 October 2012. He was 27 years old.

CAFOD – El Salvador and Columbia

Our parish has supported CAFOD’s work with the Puentecitos community in El Salvador for the last 3 years.  We raised £491 from book sales in the church foyer and £2,511 from our parish team running the 2015 Great North Run.  Read here about the amazing projects that have been completed, helping to improve people’s income and food production in this very poor region of the country.  From January 2019 our parish will support people in Magdalena Medio, Columbia through CAFOD’s HandsOn programme.

Parish Meetings

Dates for future parish meetings are below, all start at 7:30pm

2019 Thursday 9 May (AGM)

Minutes from the October 2018 meeting can be found here.

Knights of St Columba

You can find out more about the work and the history of the Knights of St Columba (KSC) here.  An application form to join our parish KSC can be downloaded here.