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

LEEDS DIOCESAN SINGLE CATHOLICS meet every first Friday of the month in an upper room at Trinity Church Boar Lane, Leeds for prayers and refreshments, discussion and occasional events such as meals out or walks. We are primarily a social group, open in principle to any single catholic over 18 although our actual age range is currently 40 – 70yrs. If you would like to join us, you would be very welcome. Contact Robert 07900 473955 or email: leedssinglecatholics@googlemail.com.

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

TIME TO TALK: Do you need a listening ear? Most of us need a little time to talk things over. Come along on Fridays 1:30pm-3:30pm at Blessed John Henry Newman Centre, Station Road, Cross Gates and Tuesdays 7-8pm Dial house, 12 Chapel St, Leeds LS15 7RW and talk to one of our trained listeners in a confidential space.

News

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 February newsletter.  In this month’s bumper 12 page edition:-

  • A report from Our Lady & St Joseph of the Aire Valley about a pilgrimage with a difference
  • Hello to Sue Parsons -Coordinator for the Syrian Refugee Sponsorship Scheme
  • Goodbye (ish) to Joe Burns and hello to Helen Hayden
  • An update about the Northern Dioceses’ Environment Group (who knew there was one?)

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.