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’

This Lent, we are invited to join a series of reflective evenings with inspiring speakers, prayer and discussion, using the film-based resource “Global Healing”.  These engaging documentaries will inform and challenge us to take action to respond to Pope Francis’ call to Care for Our Common Home.

Thursdays from 18th February – 25th March 2021, 7.30pm – 8.30pm.  To register please click HERE or email jane@catholicclimatemovement.global

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  

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

  • The SVP’s Response to the Budget 2021
  • John Battle on Stations of the Cross for today
  • Sr Sheila Griffiths gives her thoughts on the Pax Christi/J&P Peace Sunday Liturgy
  • J&P Needs You!

JUSTICE AND PEACE COMMISSION ONLINE STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Tuesday 30th March, 7.30 – 8.30pm. Walking alongside those who are being crucified today and reflecting on the damage that we continue to do to our Common Home – the Earth. To attend: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-justice-themed-stations-of-the-cross-registration-145112556563?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch

GOD WITH US: EXPLORING THE OLD TESTAMENT TOGETHER – an online Scripture course for Lent with Fr Tim Swinglehurst, Mondays 7-8pm via Zoom. For more details and Zoom invitations, email gregory.stacey@dioceseofleeds.org.uk. Link for 5th talk: The Psalmist: Songs of Wisdom, Songs of Praise https://zoom.us/j/91675002407?pwd=dHpBSnVBTE9yOWdMNTgrMW96TWZiUT09

Passcode: 373919
Meeting ID: 916 7500 2407

A series of 5 reflections taking place on Zoom on Mondays 7-8pm, beginning 12 April. Led by Fr Mark Jarmuz these will explore the varied responses to the resurrection of: the women who followed Jesus (12 April), Peter (19 April), the disciples (26 April), Emmaus (10 May) and the beloved disciple (17 May). For further details and Zoom invitation, please email gregory.stacey@dioceseofleeds.org.uk.

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/


ONLINE WEEKS OF GUIDED PRAYER: 8th – 19th March 2021. 2 weeks. First week: online meetings from 7.30pm to 8.30pm covering introductions and different ways of praying. Second week: commitment to daily prayer time and individual online meeting with prayer guide (about 30 mins each)  Suggested Offering £50. Further information: www.briery.org.uk, 01943 607287 or briery@btconnect.com.

THE BRIERY ZOOM MEDITATION: Thursday, 7.30pm to 8.15pm.  Opens at 7.15pm for a chat, prompt start at 7.30pm.  Simple format of praying with the Sunday Mass Readings and sharing in small groups. To Join, telephone (01943 607287) or use the link:

Meeting ID: 834 3658 3706
Passcode: 977049

JOURNEYING WITH JESUS TOWARDS EASTER: You are invited to join the “God for Grown Ups” online group as we ponder the great Biblical Stories which are part of the Lenten Liturgies. These sessions will be held weekly during Lent on Zoom from 7.30pm -8.45pm commencing on Ash Wednesday  Feb 17th. For more details contact: bredamcstay941@gmail.com

CATHOLIC UNIVERSE AND CATHOLIC TIMES:at the moment you are unable to collect your paper at Mass, but you can get it delivered direct to your home every week, POST FREE.   Please go to www.thecatholicuniverse.com or call 0161 820 5722 and they will arrange this for you.

SPECIAL OFFER  12 Months:  £99.00
DIGITAL COPY:- 12 Months:    £55.00
Copies of the 5 March edition can be found here

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

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St Stephen’s Catholic Primary School
Has a vacancy for a SCHOOL SITE SUPERVISOR. Details: www.bishopwheelercatholicacademytrust.org/vacancies/

St Marys Menston – Teacher of Mathematics (MPS/UPS)
Permanent and Full Time
Further details and a CES application form are available via the school website www.stmarysmenston.org in the Vacancies section. Please email your completed application to recruitment@stmarysmenston.org addressed to the Headteacher

Holy Name Primary Cookridge
Key Stage 2 Teacher required September 2021 and
Key Stage 1 Teacher required September 2021
NQTs Welcome Pay scale MPS 1 – 6

DAYTIME/EVENING VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: The SVP need more van drivers and drivers mates in Leeds and Bradford to  enable them to collect donated furniture for those in need or for sale in their Community Shops. The furniture will be used to support the SVP’s work for families in need.  Do you think you can spare some time to help?  For Leeds, Please contact Julie Milner 0113 2450800.  For Bradford, Please contact Annette Haigh on 01274 726790.


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 […]