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.


Diocesan Justice & Peace Commission newsletter

* Welcome to our July newsletter. There has been a lot happening and it is great to be able to report on the actions and achievements of many younger people in the diocese.
* THE TIME IS NOW: CLIMATE CHANGE LOBBY REPORT The mass lobby of Parliament about Climate Change included many people who had travelled to London from Yorkshire.
*POEMS OF HOPEThe Diocesan Refugee Support Group recently launched a booklet of poems about refugees written by school students in the Leeds Diocese. The poems were submitted as part of a competition where they were asked to write Poems of Hope on the theme of refugees. The top prize went to a poem by Esmee Vince-Morgan, aged 6.
*CARE OF CREATION AWARD FOR STUDENT IN LEEDS DIOCESE Tom Allan, from St Mary’s High School Menston, has been awarded the Barbara Ward award for ‘Care of Creation’. Tom has featured in the newsletter previously in relation to the Global Warriors group in the school.
*LEEDS CITIZENS ASSEMBLY Leeds Citizens has now been going for 5 years and is growing in strength and depth with the help of their paid organisers Tom Chigbo and Becky Howcroft. Many faith communities, including the Diocese itself, the Commission and Catholic Care are members. In the coming year there are plans to develop citizens in both Kirklees and Bradford districts.

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.

Parish Meetings

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

2019 Thursday 17 October
2020 Thursday 30 January, 21 May

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.

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.