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 March 2022 newsletter has an article from one of our parishioners about forming a Green Team to start this process.

The J&P July 2022 newsletter can be found here, it includes:

– A full report from Matty Maslen on his attendance in Vienna at the first Meeting of State Parties (Youth Stream) of the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
-Tim Devereux’s novel approach to fundraising
– Celebrating Paul Hypher’s 60 years of ministry
– Roe vs Wade decision: it needs dialogue

Download it now to find out more.

The J&P 2021 Annual Review has also just been published, you can find out what has happened here.

HOW TO READ THE GOSPELS: This short course prepared by the Vicariate for Education is an introduction to the gospel texts, their origins, and their shared and distinctive qualities. For use by individuals or parish groups, it can be found at:https://www.dioceseofleeds.org.uk/education/our-faith/learning-about-our-faith/resources-2/how-to-read-the-gospels/


LEADERS OF CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD: A day for both new and experienced leaders, Saturday 2 July 2022, 10am-4pm.
DAY FOR CATECHISTS: Saturday 9 July 2022, 10am-4pm.
Opportunity for prayer, reflection discussion and exploring the guidelines and the principles of Children’s Liturgy of the Word and Catechesis, sharing ideas, good practice and resources. Please book either, or both, events directly with The Briery: briery@btconnect.com. Suggested offering: £37, including lunch. Some parishes may feel able to fund places, so please do speak with your parish priest if this might be possible.
BRIERY ONLINE ZOOM MEDITATIONS on 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 register, please email the Briery: briery@btconnect.com

Called to be a Deacon?
The Church needs more Deacons to carry out the ‘mission’ of the Church and meet pastoral needs of the people.  You can find out more here.

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:

Pentecost 2021
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  

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Fr Barrie Holmes

With great sadness I have to let you know that Fr Barrie Holmes died in St Gemma’s Hospice on the evening of Friday 19th November. He was our Parish Priest for some very special years. It was he who re-ordered our lovely Church, and help make it the lovely place / centre we all love. […]

Pope Francis’ on Thought for the Day for climate change

Dear BBC listeners, Good Morning. “Climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic have exposed our deep vulnerability and raised numerous doubts and concerns about our economic systems and the way we organise our societies. “We have lost our sense of security and are experiencing a sense of powerlessness and loss of control over our lives. “We […]

Bug Hotel

We have built a bug hotel from an old wooden pallet, a milk crate and some unused fencing panels.  We gave it a new roof and covered it with roofing felt to make it last a long time.  It is in place and now open for visitors!  Our children will be filling it soon with […]

Jack’s hedgehog hotel

Jack and his grandad John have teamed up to build an amazing hedgehog hotel for their holiday project. Jack cut the tunnel and legs to size, he then drilled, glued and screwed the box and tunnel together leaving grandad to cover the box and fit the lid.  The hotel is now in the Parish garden […]

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 […]