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.

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

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!

Parish BBQ

It was a great BBQ, lots of yummy food donated and baked by our parishioners.

Something for the future……

We are hoping to hold one event each quarter, we are thinking around a social evening before Christmas.  More to follow soon…..

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.


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.

CAFOD Free Will Writing Service

A gift to CAFOD in your will is a wonderful way to share your faith, hope and love with future generations. Find out about CAFOD’s free will-writing service for supporters by picking up a leaflet at the back of church or call Hannah on 020 7095 5367

Charity Christmas Cards!

Last year many Parishioners supported those in great need through purchasing their Christmas cards from Catholic Care. I am happy to enable us to do this once again and will bring Christmas cards to all Masses the last week in September and 1st/2nd week in October. Also order forms will be available for you to fill in and I will save your postage by bringing all your cards from Head Office. If you fill in a form for your order you can then gift aid the amount you spend even if it is just 2 packs –it makes your purchase worth a lot more.  If anyone would like to help with the sale of the cards please let me know which Mass you would like to cover. Sue 07939063120

Gift Aid

You can Gift Aid donations you make in the future or have made in the past 4 years.  Please complete the GAD form which can be obtained here and return to Greg Jessop.

Parish Meetings

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

2018  Thursday 11 October.
2019 Thursday 24 January, Thursday 9 May.


The youth group meets every Friday 7pm-8.30pm during term time in the church hall. Everyone 11-18 years welcome. Anyone interested working with young people on a rota basis also welcome. Any ideas for events or for more information on the group contact Mary Preston on preston.mary@googlemail.com or Peter Thompson on ptthomp5@aol.com