Diocesan news & events


  • The Briery Retreat Centre: ‘The Gift of Jesus – Advent Unwrapped’ an Advent Day of Recollection given by Fr Dennis Cassidy, Friday 4th December and repeated on Saturday 5th December. The suggested offering is £32.00 per person, to include a 2-course lunch. To book a place please contact The Briery on 01943 607287 or email:briery@btconnact.com
  • The Briery Retreat Centre: ‘The Ever-Coming God’ an Advent Preached Retreat given by Fr Eamonn Mulcahy, CSSp beginning Friday 11th December until Sunday 13 December. The suggested offering for the weekend is £175.00 per person, to include all meals. To book a place please contact The Briery on 01943 607287 or email:briery@btconnact.com
  • The Briery Retreat Centre: A Zoom Meditation is held every Thursday, 7.30pm – 8.15pm. This is free and open to everyone. Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83610083525

AT SEA: AWAITING ORDERS: A book by Fr  Colum Kelly. Fr Colum draws us into the lives of those seafarers, details how freight ships are the lifeblood of industry, and illustrates the hugely important role played by the priests, chaplains and lay visitors of Stella Maris. His humour and kindness – and his keen sense of the whimsical – will keep you reading, and will leave you with a smile on your face. Learn more about the hidden world of shipping today! With foreword by Rose George, author of Ninety Percent of Everything. Available on Amazon.

PACT (Prison Advice and Care Trust): Christmas 2020 is going to be a very difficult time for many people.  We may or may not be still ‘locked down’.  Who knows? What is certain is that about 80,000 men in prison and some 4000 women will certainly be ‘locked down’ in one of the 117 prisons in England and Wales, and without very minimal family contact. Some 89,000 children will have at least one parent in prison at this special time. However, PACT (Prison Advice and Care Trust) has established a Christmas Gift Scheme to help strengthen links between imprisoned parents and their children.  In past years the Scheme has involved gift parcels but this year, for obvious reasons, it is simpler to ensure that a BOOK TOKEN FOR £10 is sent in a Christmas card from the parent to the child.  This is called OPERATION ELF. If you would like to participate in this scheme, please send £10 book tokens (with Christmas designs) to: OPERATION ELF PACT 29 PECKHAM RD LONDON SE5 8UA. Much more information about Operation Elf and contact details are available on the website www.prisonadvice.org.uk.  (November 23rd is the closing date for Elf delivery and organisation..!)

The Diocesan Justice and Peace Commission has arranged a number of events for November & December.  Please find more information below and details of how to book.


Sat 14 Nov – Sat 28 Nov
This year’s festival is all online and you can sign up to see individual films (minimum charge £3) or buy a festival pass to see as many as you like. We have sponsored one film (Jews Step Forward) and have also arranged a panel discussion about the issues raised by the film which will be available for the last few days of the festival
See their website for full details:
This event has been organised by the COP26 Coalition – whose members include Global Justice Now amongst others.
This 5-day online event is free to attend and contains a wide range of topics. See their Eventbrite page to register.
Thur 03 Dec 7:30pm
Join us for an hour or so to reflect on the poverty we see in the world around us and the witness to resilience and creativity that so many people living in poverty give.
This Zoom-based liturgy will incorporate prayer, music and testimony and include periods of quiet reflection.
Please book a place via Eventbrite to be sent the link.

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

The October newsletter can be found here, it includes:
-Prayer and Reflection in an Online World
-Onion, A Reflection by David Jackson for J&P’s season of Creation Liturgy
-SPARK Social Justice Project Update
-J&P Sponsor Film at Palestinian Film Festival

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


SETTLED STATUS FOR EU NATIONALS: Following Brexit, parishioners from EU countries may need to register for Settled Status, even if you have been resident in the UK for many years. You have until 31st December 2020 to do so. If you are not sure whether you need to apply, you can check online at gov.uk/eu-settled-status. St Vincent’s, Leeds and CHAS@St Vincent’s Bradford are able to advise and assist.

HARBOUR: PRAYER GROUP – St Pio Friary, 7pm-9pm, Fridays: there is an adults’ prayer group run by the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal every Friday at St Pio Friary, 1 Sedgefield Terrace, Bradford BD1 2RU from 7pm-9pm. Teas and coffees are available from 7pm-7.30pm and then there is praise and worship, opportunity for prayer and fruitful sharing. Everyone is welcome. Follow @StPioFriary on Facebook for more information.


St Mary’s school Menston – please find details of vacancies for a Catering Administrator and a Kitchen Porter

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.


Church reopens for Daily Mass

Sunday was the First Sunday of Advent and happily our Church reopens for Daily Mass from Thursday 3rd onwards. Looking forward for us being together again. Please don’t forget to book a place for weekend Masses and if you would like to celebrate Mass on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day or Sunday 27th.

Churches Together

Churches Together wish everyone in our village communities a very Happy Christmas. I hope you like our Christmas banner in place of Christmas cards this year.

Laudato Si – Climate Change

Pope Francis calls on fossil fuel bosses to switch to renewable energy Pope Francis has directly appealed to oil and gas companies to move from fossil fuels to renewable energy in order to prevent climate change pushing the world’s poorest people deeper into poverty. The Pope issued the call at a meeting held in the Vatican […]

Connect2 & HandsOn programmes

Our parish supports CAFOD and its Connect2 projects.  This began with the Puentecitos community in El Salvador in 2016.  Read here about the amazing projects have been completed, helping to improve people’s income and food production in this very poor region of the country.  From January 2019 we have supported people in Magdalena Medio, Columbia through CAFOD’s […]

Attending Mass

On Wednesday 4th November we had a FULL socially distanced church as we celebrated our last parish family Mass on the Feast of St Charles Borromeo.  At the end of Mass Fr Michael asked us to remain happy during the next 4 weeks of Lockdown. He reminded us we had many things to be happy […]

Climate change

Climate change is hitting the poorest countries hardest. Severe weather events are undoing decades of development. World leaders signed a promise in 2015 to try and keep global temperature rises below 2 degrees. In 2018 scientists said that this target must drop to 1.5 degrees. Pope Francis asks us to listen carefully to those times […]