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.

A message from Fr Michael

Please remember in your prayers Stuart Bell and Elizabeth Brown who have died during the past week. May they rest in peace and rise in glory. We continue to pray for the many who have died because of the Coronavirus.
We thank the Lord for so many generous and courageous people who are caring for the sick.
The Holy Week will be one we will long remember, but may we remember it especially for the closeness we felt to the Loving Lord Jesus who suffered and died for us, and rose again on the third day
Fr Michael

Scripture Readings for Palm Sunday

Mass begins with the “blessing of the Palms” and a Gospel Reading Matthew 21: 1 -11 “Blessings on him who come in the name of the Lord.” 1st Reading Isaiah 50: 4-7 “I did not cover my face against insult – I know I shall not be shamed”
The Psalm 21:
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
2nd Reading: Philippians:2 6 – 11
He humbled himself but God raised him high
Holy Gospel: Matthew 26: 14 – 27: 66
The Passion of the Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew

LIVE-STREAMING OF DAILY MASS AND DEVOTIONS FROM LEEDS CATHEDRAL
Holy Mass is being live-streamed each weekday at 10:30am and on Sundays at 11:00am.  During Holy Week these services will also be live-streamed:
Maundy Thursday, 7pm – Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Good Friday, 3pm – Celebration of the Passion of the Lord
Saturday, 8pm – Easter Vigil
Easter Sunday, 11am – Easter Mass
There will also be a live-stream of the Angelus at 12.00 noon each weekday, followed by praying the Rosary. Details of other devotions are available via the Leeds Cathedral website and Cathedral Bulletin.

To participate online, please access the Leeds Cathedral Live YouTube channel www.leedscathedrallive.org.uk where the words of Prayers, Devotions and Orders of Service may be viewed, or downloaded from the Diocesan and Cathedral websites.

Mass and daily bulletins from Pope Francis can be read at http://www.vatican.va/content/vatican/en.html 

Special prayers for us to say during this time of ‘flu and illness can be found here.  Readings and prayers for all daily services including Mass can be found here.

BBC’s Thought for the Day has a reflection by Tim Stanley on how it feels not to be able to attend Mass, this can be heard here. (You will need to sign into or create a BBC account to listen to this.)

Please see the announcement from Cardinal Nichols and Archbishop Malcolm McMahon in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, this is given in full hereCould you forward this to friends please.  Our weekly online bulletin will include messages from Fr Michael, details of mass readings & prayers, offers of practical help to parishioners and also information on parish activities that will resume once we can return.  Please send any items you would like to include to our parish email ssfishermore@gmail.com 
 
We will be printing copies of the bulletin for distribution to those who do not use the internet. Please let us know of anyone who would like to receive the bulletin in this way, we will arrange to have this delivered to their home.
 
There are two new teaching vacancies at local schools, please see our Diocesan News and Events page for details.
 

News

Parish Family Events

Today was the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord and the children spent time finding out about the Sacrament of Baptism, which most of them received when they were too young to remember !! Robyn the baby doll proved the perfect baptismal candidate.

Sacrament of Reconciliation 2019

Eleven younger members of the Parish Family made their First Confession on Saturday 23rd March. Canon Michael thought them the best group ever! The children told their Catechist James, helped by Gabby and other parents, they had had a lot of fun in their preparation sessions. After receiving the Sacrament the celebrations continued in the […]

Christmas vigil mass for children

The mass was directed at our children, our young parishioners did the readings and the bidding prayers. Children read the Gospel story whilst others gathered on the altar steps when their part was mentioned. We had Mary and Joseph, lots of lovely angels, shepherds and lambs—plus the kings. Fr Michael blessed the crib and then […]

Special mass for altar servers

On 21st September Bishop Marcus celebrated a special mass for the altar servers of the diocese. About 80 attended with their families. 3 of our servers represented our parish family. Bishop Marcus thanked the servers for their loyal service to God.  It was a wonderful way to show the servers how important they are to us all.

Parish family walk 2019

A very happy and chatty bunch gathered after the ‘Back to School’ 11am Mass  for a picnic in the Parish Hall.  Next a short walk led by Martin, was enjoyed by all from 2 years old to where “80 years young” has been celebrated!!  As the walkers ran back across the car park  the heavens opened!  […]

First Holy Communion

Congratulations to all of our children celebrating their first holy communion on 15&16 June.  Fr Michael said, ‘It has been a wonderful occasion for our whole parish family. I am hoping that many of the children will now wish to train as altar servers and many take part in the Children’s Liturgy of the Word […]

Ilkley half marathon

Sunday 14 July was a great event, the weather was fine, not too hot, and our runners were cheered on throughout the route. We would like to thank all the Burley churches, families and friends for your generous support, both on the day and your donations to support Zakari and his colleagues as they strive to […]

Celebrating Mothering Sunday

Children of the Parish Family presented all the ladies with daffodils galore. Thank you to this year’s Flower Fairy Godmother Pat for preparing all the lovely daffodils!

DAY OF REFLECTION: Caring for the Earth – Our Common Home:

The Justice & Peace Commission held its Day of Reflection on 30 March at our church.   It was a day of prayer and personal reflection about our place in God’s creation and our responsibilities towards looking after our common home. We discussed some main themes in Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato si.  We heard about what […]

Sacrament of Confirmation 2019

On 28th February 2019 26 year 6 & year 7 students received the Sacrament of Confirmation from Canon Michael. Our Catechists Rachel and Liz thoroughly enjoyed the preparation sessions. It was wonderful to hear Saint John Paul being chosen as her Confirmation name by one of the students. Laughter was the keynote of each session […]

Bishop of Leeds’ annual appeal for Catholic Care

Bishop Marcus has asked us to support our diocesan charity Catholic Care.  You can read Bishop Marcus’ letter here.

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 […]

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 […]

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.

Catholic Care Bulletin Spring 2019 – SS John Fisher & Thomas More parish family receives a mention … Bags of Dignity

A huge thank you goes to Parish Family of SS John Fisher and Thomas More Parish, Burley-in-Wharfedale; who had the novel idea of filling used handbags with toiletries, ladies products and men’s personal hygiene and shaving necessities for those in need.  Six bags have been given to Sheila Pickles from St Monica’s Housing to give […]

A special Lenten fast prayer

Give up harsh words: use generous ones.
Give up unhappiness: take up gratitude.
Give up anger: take up gentleness and patience.
Give up pessimism: take up hope and optimism.
Give up worrying: take up trust in God.
Give up complaining: value what you have.
Give up stress: take up prayer.
Give up judging others: discover Jesus within them.
Give up sorrow and bitterness: fill your heart with joy.
Give up selfishness: take up compassion for others.
Give up being unforgiving: learn reconciliation.
Give up words: fill yourself with silence, and listen to others.

See here for more Lent prayers

Parish Family Events

Today was the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord and the children spent time finding out about the Sacrament of Baptism, which most of them received when they were too young to remember !! Robyn the baby doll proved the perfect baptismal candidate.

Christmas vigil mass for children

The mass was directed at our children, our young parishioners did the readings and the bidding prayers.

Children read the Gospel story whilst others gathered on the altar steps when their part was mentioned. We had Mary and Joseph, lots of lovely angels, shepherds and lambs—plus the kings.

Fr Michael blessed the crib and then sat on the steps to read the children a Christmas story—called ‘Room for a Little One’. We sang lots of lovely Christmas carols, it was the perfect start to Christmas.

Special mass for altar servers

On 21st September 2019 Bishop Marcus celebrated a special mass for the altar servers of the diocese. About 80 attended with their families. 3 of our servers represented our parish family. Bishop Marcus thanked the servers for their loyal service to God.  It was a wonderful way to show the servers how important they are to us all.

Parish family walk 2019

A very happy and chatty bunch gathered after the ‘Back to School’ 11am Mass  for a picnic in the Parish Hall.  Next a short walk led by Martin, was enjoyed by all from 2 years old to where “80 years young” has been celebrated!!  As the walkers ran back across the car park  the heavens opened!  The wet clothes were quickly forgotten as they were greeted with tea and scrumptious cakes!!
Thank you everyone for such a happy time together as Parish Family!
Diary date for next year Sunday 6th September .
First Holy Communion

Congratulations to all of our children celebrating their first holy communion on 15&16 June.  Fr Michael said, ‘It has been a wonderful occasion for our whole parish family. I am hoping that many of the children will now wish to train as altar servers and many take part in the Children’s Liturgy of the Word group during the 11:00 Mass each weekend.’


Ilkley half marathon

Sunday 14 July 2019 was a great event, the weather was fine, not too hot, and our runners were cheered on throughout the route. We would like to thank all the Burley churches, families and friends for your amazing, generous support, both on the day and your donations to support Zakari and his colleagues as they strive to initiate a palliative care programme for cancer in Mali. We raised an amazing £7,900, which will make a real difference and is what helped to inspire us during the run.

Chris, Keith, Tom, Colin, Neil, India, Richard, Mary, Lynne, David, & Laura

Celebrating Mothering Sunday

 

 

 

 

Children of the Parish Family presented all the ladies with daffodils galore. Thank you to this year’s Flower Fairy Godmother Pat for preparing all the lovely daffodils!

Catholic Care Bulletin Spring 2019 – SS John Fisher & Thomas More parish family receives a mention … Bags of Dignity

A huge thank you goes to Parish Family of SS John Fisher and Thomas More Parish, Burley-in-Wharfedale; who had the novel idea of filling used handbags with toiletries, ladies products and men’s personal hygiene and shaving necessities for those in need. 

Six bags have been given to Sheila Pickles from St Monica’s Housing to give to the destitute asylum seeking women in the House in Beeston, four bags have been retained for the new house in Harehills for the destitute asylum seeking women who will be housed there. Carol Hill (Director of Catholic Care) made the final delivery of the remaining bags to St George’s Crypt to support homeless men and women.

Martin Patterson (Development Director at St George’s Crypt) said people often forget about specific ladies toiletries and the bags were very welcome. He thanked those who had donated.

DAY OF REFLECTION: Caring for the Earth – Our Common Home:
The Justice & Peace Commission held its Day of Reflection on 30 March at our church.   It was a day of prayer and personal reflection about our place in God’s creation and our responsibilities towards looking after our common home. We discussed some main themes in Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato si.  We heard about
– what the parish of Our Lady of Kirkstall has achieved in their Live Simply actions
– a person from an indigenous community talking about opposition to mining
– Greta Thunberg’s address to COP24 in Katowice about political action
We finished with discussions about personal and parish actions that we can do,  committing these to paper in the shape of a leaf for our future use.

Sacrament of Confirmation 2019

On 28th February 2019 26 year 6 & year 7 students received the Sacrament of Confirmation from Canon Michael. Our Catechists Rachel and Liz thoroughly enjoyed the preparation sessions. It was wonderful to hear Saint John Paul being chosen as her Confirmation name by one of the students. Laughter was the keynote of each session as it was at the gathering in the parish hall after the celebration of the sacrament. Both church and hall were filled to overflowing as the parish family gathered with Father Michael to share a party supper!

Sacrament of Reconciliation 2019
Eleven younger members of the Parish Family made their First Confession on Saturday 23rd March. Canon Michael thought them the best group ever! The children told their Catechist James, helped by Gabby and other parents, they had had a lot of fun in their preparation sessions. After receiving the Sacrament the celebrations continued in the Parish Hall with a party for children and families – as the photos show Father got lots of help when cutting the scrumptious cakes!

Bishop of Leeds’ annual appeal for Catholic Care
Bishop Marcus has asked us to support our diocesan charity Catholic Care.  You can read Bishop Marcus’ letter here.

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.