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


Mary’s Meals
Once again, many thanks for all the support you are giving!  Donations to the collecting bin at the back of church have enabled us to send another 40 backpacks to Africa this week!  Especially welcome were the box of flip-flops and pencil cases. 
Until 1st March the government has pledged to match fund up to £2 million for donations made to Mary’s Meals.

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.

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.


Order of Malta 2019 Pilgrimage to Lourdes

The British Association of the Order of Malta takes a group of sick, disabled and older pilgrims with us every year on pilgrimage to Lourdes, flying from Stansted.  Our pilgrimage is part of the Order’s International Pilgrimage, with 7,000 to 8,000 people attending in total.

Further information can be found here please contact Kim O’Connor before 14 January 2019.

11am Mass, Sunday 16th December

As part of parish -school links we will be welcoming Sacred Heart School to join us in celebrating Mass on Gaudate Sunday 16th December at 11am.  Also some of our Confirmation Candidates will be enrolling at Mass.

Mary’s Meals – gift cards

A gift card can be given instead of buying a present for a special occasion.

For a donation of £13.90, you will be sent a beautiful gift card that will provide a child with meals for a whole school year. At Christmas, you might prefer to send the stocking filler version, which provides 100 meals for hungry children in school for a suggested donation of £7.00. Order your gift card online, or call 0800 698 1212.

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 24 January, Thursday 9 May (AGM)

Minutes from the October 2018 meeting can be found here.