Welcome to St John Fisher & St Thomas More Roman Catholic Church

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.


Day of Recollection

A Day of Recollection will be held at Leeds Trinity University on Saturday 21st March from 10am to 5pm. The theme will be “Where are the Scriptures in your Life” and will be led by John Arnold, Bishop of Salford. See here for full details. Please contact Chris L’Estrange on chris.lestrange@sky.com or 07740 624989 to advise if you wish to come.

Mgr Tony Boylan

It is with sadness that I inform you of the death of Mgr Tony Boylan who died peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday morning 20th November. Mgr Boylan was born in Bradford on the 6th May 1939. He studied at St Bede’s before going to Ushaw College to study for the priesthood. He was ordained at St Joseph’s Church, Bradford on the 24th May 1964. He was our Parish Priest from 1998 until 2006. He is remembered with love and deep gratitude. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

Message from Pope Francis for the Care of Creation

Fr Michael spoke to us to about Pope Francis’ message to feel challenged to assume, with prayer and commitment, our responsibility for the care of creation. Also for God to grant us the courage to do good without waiting for someone else to begin, or until it is too late. A summary of Pope Francis’ appeal can be found here and the encyclical Laudato Si’ here.

Diocesan Justice & Peace Commission newsletter

Welcome to our January newsletter.   The New Year is traditionally a time for making resolutions about how we are going to change our behaviour during the coming year. In this month’s edition:-
*Our January newsletter is full of ideas for getting involved in social justice and social action issues in our diocese – as well as a selection of the events you will find on the events calendar of our website.
*There is also an appeal for more people to engage with the work of the Commission. So many people in our parishes help others through refugee support groups, the SVP, UCM, CAFOD and other groups.
*We also need more people prepared to work on getting decision makers to change systems if we are truly to become a ‘Church of the Poor’. Working together we really can make a difference beyond just addressing directly the needs of so many people going to foodbanks or people trapped for years inside the asylum system, not to mention the problems with the Criminal Justice system.

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 4 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 has been supporting people in Magdalena Medio, Columbia through CAFOD’s HandsOn programme.