Diocesan news, Justice & Peace

Justice & Peace Commission

You can read the Justice & Peace Commission’s May 2020 newsletter here, it includes work our parish is doing to respond to Pope Francis’ message in Laudato Si’

The J&P July 2021 newsletter can be found here, it includes:

      • News from this year’s Annual National Justice & Peace Conference
      • Leeds J&P’s Vice Chair on meeting her MP
      • Upcoming events for the Season of Creation and how you/your parish can get involved.
Clear Running Water?
An hour of reflection and prayer to recognise God’s presence in the beauty of Creation and a call to harness the energy of the Holy Spirit to live more sustainably within our Common Home and to encourage others to do the same.
Tuesday 7th September 2021 @ 7:30pm
Register via Eventbrite to receive a link:
ST PATRICK’S MISSION FUNDRAISER: Three peaks challenge on 7th August and One peak challenge on 3rd July. For more information visit: https://www.stpatricksmission.co.uk/events
The 12-session course on the Scriptures by Fr Mark Jarmuz is now available in audio format, his Eastertide course ‘Encountering the Risen Jesus’ and a new 6-session course on the documents of the Second Vatican Council are now available online:

Bishop Marcus’ Pastoral Letter for Pentecost talks about the role we all have a part to play in the routines, choices and decisions of our everyday lives and our aspirations for the future.  We have either been ignorant of, or ignored, the systematic exploitation of our planet and the unsustainable consumption of its resources.  Bishop Marcus asks us to “keep this Feast with that enduring hope that we can begin to repair the damage we have done and provide a healthy home for future generations.”

During Lent we joined a series of reflective evenings with inspiring speakers, prayer and discussion, using the film-based resource “Global Healing”.  These engaging documentaries informed and challenged us to take action to respond to Pope Francis’ call to Care for Our Common Home.  Recordings of the sessions can now be accessed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhBIwXxBhHA&feature=youtu.be

Handouts prepared by the Laudato Si’ animators with lots of helpful information, prayers and links to aid further reflection for the sessions are available below
2 Eco Conversion, from Head to Heart
3 Together, with the Holy Spirit

The Global Healing Documentaries are produced by CaFE (Catholic Faith Exploration) on behalf of the Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales. They are film-based events for parishes, groups and individuals. They will inform, challenge and equip us to engage with Pope Francis’ vital call to Care For Our Common Home. These events begin with a shared meal followed by film clips including well-known experts, engaging testimonies and on-location filming from around the UK. There are times for discussion & prayer to help stir deeper ecological conversion and fresh practical responses. They can be accessed here: https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/our-work/environment/global-healing/global-healing-films/ and here: https://faithcafe.org/pages/ourcommonhome  

SHORT ONLINE COURSE ON THE EARLY CHURCH The Church that Follows Jesus Christ, covering the early life of the Church leading to the Council of Nicea (325CE) is now available as six 30-minute recordings available on the diocesan website at: https://www.dioceseofleeds.org.uk/education/finding-out-more/resources/


THE BRIERY ZOOM MEDITATION, Thursday from 7.30pm to 8.15pm.  We open at 7.15pm for a chat and start promptly at 7.30pm.  It is a simple format of praying with the Sunday Mass Readings and sharing in small groups. To Join Briery Thursday Meditation click on the link below:

Live streaming of Mass from Leeds Cathedral 
The live-streaming of the 11 am Sunday Mass will continue each week.  To participate online, please access the following new YouTube channel which will be live from Sunday: www.leedscathedrallive.org.uk  and may also be accessed via a link embedded on the Cathedral’s home page:  https://www.dioceseofleeds.org.uk/cathedral

CONFIDENTIAL, EXPERT, MARRIAGE RELATIONSHIP SUPPORT from Marriage Care. Marriage is an enduring commitment to love, but knowing how to keep love alive for life is not always easy or straightforward. The best relationship help for couples in difficulties is provided by Marriage Care which aims to be open to all irrespective of ability to pay. Contacts:  MarriageCare atwww.marriagecare.org.uk
FREEPHONE:   0800 389 3801



Sacred Heart school Ilkley is looking for 2 inspirational, experienced teachers for September 2021. The teaching posts are for 2 days a week in Y5 and a full-time position in our Y3/4 class. Please see the advert and documents on the school website, www.sacredheartilkley.org<https://eu-west- 1.protection.sophos.com?d=sacredheartilkle y.org&u=d3d3LnNhY3JlZGhlYXJ0aWxrbGV 5Lm9yZw==&i=NWNmNjM5Zjk2M2EzYmM xNDI0YzEyMTMz&t=NVg2MHB2VmpLVVF QWXRZM3BvRklTbzdmd2x3MVF1Q1Bib1h VRjZxM3dDcz0=&h=d9c72b080f434dcb971 c12f77ef97d36>

Mary, Mother of God Parish, Bradford are recruiting a Parish Youth Worker to develop their ministry to young people. £20.500-£22,000pa (depending on experience). 3 year contract. Please contact Emma Nicholson: evangelisation.admin@dioceseofleeds.org.uk<mailto:evangelisation.admin@dioceseofleeds.org.uk


Janet & Kevin’s new solar panels

The Crottys are over the moon with their new addition to the garage and house roofs and would like to offer a short explanation as to why we decided to purchase our solar panels. So here we go dear readers! Firstly the time to reflect that lockdown has prompted, twinned with the increased concern, awareness and […]

Under the Gaze of God

Fr David Williams C.P. (who lives in Otley) has written a book which may be of interest to our parishioners.  It is available from Amazon books.

Fr Michael – “A Golden Priest”

Fr Michael – “A Golden Priest” We at SS John Fisher and Thomas More are one of the lucky ones. We have the privilege and joy of celebrating a priest’s Golden Jubilee. Congratulations Fr Michael! Fr Michael as an altar boy at St Patrick’s,            Fr Michael at his Ordination Mass […]

A poem to celebrate Fr Michael’s golden jubilee

From Us to You The Lord asked you to follow Him and serve with grace and love To minister to those in need of blessings from above To watch His flock and guide us and to teach us how to pray To understand the Gospels and to follow in His way This task accepted graciously […]

Youth take part in Father Michael’s Golden Jubilee Mass celebration

At Mass, on Sunday 7th March at SS John Fisher & Thomas More church Burley-in-Wharfedale, we gave thanks for and celebrated the Golden Jubilee of a Golden priest. Exactly 50 years ago, Father Michael Mahady was ordained a priest at St Patrick’s Church, Leeds on a wet Sunday in Lent. Father Michael celebrated his Golden […]

Catholic Care – Annual Review

Catholic Care’s 2020 annual review has been published, you can read it here.  This is Bishop Marcus’ summary of its amazing work. “Despite all the phenomenal challenges and restrictions of the last year, the leadership, staff and volunteers of Catholic Care have diligently continued to provide an outstanding range of services and support to people […]