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

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

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!



Christmas Lunch at The Briery

A group of the Parish Family enjoyed a splendid Christmas Lunch at The Briery on 11th December. We were given a great welcome, we shared The Briery grace together with Sacred Heart Ilkley’s group and listening to Christmas music we shared much laughter as we were served a scrumptious traditional Christmas meal. Thank you to The Briery staff. Some parishioners have already booked for next year, please join us.

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.


World Day of Prayer Come – Everything is Ready!

Everything is ready and the invitation is for everyone – men, women and children of all ages to join this Day of Prayer. Women of Slovenia, one of the smallest and youngest countries in Europe, have prepared this year’s service and they encourage us to reflect on the barriers they have faced since the end of the Second World War when their country was a part of Yugoslavia, a Marxist socialist republic. They share the challenges they have met and the hopes they have for the future.

The Day of Prayer is celebrated in over 120 countries. It begins in Samoa and prayer in native languages travels throughout the world – through Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas before finishing in American Samoa some 38 hours later.

Our service will be held in Menston Methodist Church on Friday 1st March 2019. The service begins at 6.30pm and refreshments will be served from 6pm. Please do come and join us for this special service.

Diocesan Justice & Peace Commission newsletter

In this month’s newsletter read about:
* A new work opportunity with the J&P Commission
* Our Spring Day of Reflection – about Creation
* A personal account of a recent visit to Palestine
* An update from Settle about their efforts to work with the Government Syrian Refugee Resettlement Sponsorship scheme.

What’s been happening in your church, school or college community? Let us know and we will be delighted to share it across the Diocese.  Click here to read the newsletter.

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.