Latest news, Our Parish Family
ADVENT ZOOM TALK by Sr Gemma C.J.
Attached to this week’s bulletin is a poster for our next online talk. It’s by the theologian and broadcaster Sr Gemma Simmonds who has very generously offered to talk about Mary – Mother of the Word Incarnate – through the medium of art. As many of you already know, Sr Gemma is an engaging and thought-provoking speaker, and her zoom presentation promises to be both stimulating and entertaining.
Booking is with Fr Henry Longbottom: email@example.com
CHRISTMAS CARDS & TREE of LIFE NEWS
Charity CHRISTMAS CARDS in Support of Catholic Care.
Things are very different this year as you might expect …….
Catholic Care can only offer the same designs as last year and are utilising the same catalogues. I understand they are not sending out catalogues, as is their normal practice, because Head Office staffing is very different. I can e-mail a catalogue to you if you let me have your e-mail address or even drop one through your door.
As you can imagine, they would be delighted if we can support them to some degree although there is no chance of matching last year’s Parish Family record of sales of £300.
I would like to put in the order by the end of the month so please could you reply to me as quickly as possible.
THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH.
THANK YOU to the Tree of Life – Working with Nature Group’s first piece of work from their Action Plan.
Frances has led the dedicated group – despite a few showers – to completely overhaul the front bed, build a planter for children’s involvement, and planted shrubs and bulbs. The children have enjoyed 2 practical activities, and another is on hold in these days of being in a Covid-19 High risk area.
PLEASE COULD I RESPECTFULLY REQUEST that, whenever possible, (in these days of restricted Mass attendance) that we DO NOT PARK IN FRONT OF THE FRONT BED. Why? Firstly, the plants need to be enjoyed and admired by all secondly, fumes from reversing cars do not help our plants!!!
The mobility parking spaces are not affected by my request and it is a request which you may or may not feel is a good one!
The next task is establishing a composting area. Frances and the team would welcome additional help on an occasional Saturday for a couple of hours. Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
They are a happy, chatty, Social Distancing group, youth and muscle welcome and children with parents too! Sue
Chair of PPC
e-mail email@example.com. 07939063120
STAY SAFE EVERYONE
We are responding to Pope Francis’ call to pray as a whole church, throughout September and until St Francis’ Feast day on October 3rd. Pope Francis is urging us all to take urgent action against the injustice of climate change and the ecological crisis, to protect the poor and future generations.
We have a very active team within our Tree of Life project, our Working with Nature Group. The group and also the Children’s Liturgy group need a little support from our whole parish family. This can be done both safely from home and also if you are able to attend Mass. There are 4 actions to choose one or more things to do in this special month.
3… Sponsor a plant or bulbs for the church garden for the newly renovated front flower bed. Full details below
2.. Help build our Bug Hotel; we need a variety of items as the poster details. Full details and meeting time on the poster
1. Have you 2 matching flowerpots 3feet/90cm wide and 3feet/90cm tall which need a new home? Yes pretty large but the Nature group have 2 shrubs to fill them.
GO !!!!! if you can spare 5 mins read the Tree of Life page. Lots of pictures of all the action this summer.
Sue, Frances, Keith, Mary
the Working with Nature & Children’s Liturgy groups.
The Tree of Life – working with nature group
Two primary school brothers have been busy looking after the sunflower seedlings we shared 3 or more months ago…Amazing!
Invite people especially young people to the new planter with insect- loving plants. Please add your plant and give them all a little drink. A water butt is being installed at the side of the hall in the next few days. Until then just bring a trowel and a little bottle of water with you.
Burley churches are praying together….
Praying in Burley is a Facebook page, located at https://www.facebook.com/groups/544556493141955/ for anyone to post something they would like prayers to be said for. Each day at 4pm a person from one of the village churches will pray live using those prayers. Everyone is encouraged to join in prayer at that time for each other’s needs.
How do we discover the church in a time of social distancing?
John Sullivan has shared his thoughts about this, you can read John’s article here.
Our page for children
A page for the YOUNGER MEMBERS of the Parish Family, a wonderful way to help everyone feel our Parish Family is alive and still growing together.
Mary and the Children’s Liturgy Leaders have designed a new Children’s Liturgy page which brings the Gospel story and activities to celebrate Sunday Mass themes. It will bring smiles between parents and children, and a with one extra click as directed a range of activities which children can choose from according to the age and interests , from colouring to a wordsearch.
CAFOD continues to offer a CHILDREN’S LITURGY at 10am EVERY SUNDAY MORNING. It is quite short, see cafod.org/Education/Children-s-liturgy.
Please do send in any items you think we could include on this website …it is good to have different items of interest!
During live streamed Masses it is possible to make a Spiritual Communion. This is a special opportunity which is so valuable in these most unusual and stressful times. Here is a summary and prayer to help us.
There are times when people are unable to receive the Body and Blood of Christ, through illness or due to their personal disposition. Even though some may not receive ‘sacramental’ Communion, all are united in some way by the Holy Spirit. The traditional idea of ‘spiritual’ Communion is an important one to remember and reaffirm. A deep spiritual communion is possible even when we do not share together the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ.
(cf. Celebrating the Mass 212)
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in this Holy Sacrament of the altar.
I love you above all things and I passionately desire to receive you into my soul.
Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come spiritually into my soul
so that I may unite myself wholly to you now and forever.
based on a prayer of St Alphonsus Liguori
Our Parish Prayer
God our loving Father, You made us your children in baptism. Pour out on us the gifts of your Holy Spirit. Help us as a parish to know the paths we must follow so as to build up your kingdom. Teach us to grow in faith, to encourage one another with words of hope, and to care for your family with love. Let us bear witness to the Good News, and be faithful followers of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. Amen
Pastoral Letter from Bishop Marcus
Bishop Marcus has sent us a Pastoral Letter for this Sunday, day of prayer for prisoners and their families. It is aimed to raise awareness about the criminal justice system and explore different approaches to Restorative Justice. Please see our Diocesan news & events page for more information. We can read Bishop Marcus’ letter here and […]
Changes to our church
You will see from these photos the layout of the benches has had to be changed in order to ensure distancing of 2m. • in the lady chapel we have individual seats and these should NOT be moved • if the Mass you want is full, you may be able to choose one of the other […]
Volunteer stewards THANK YOU
Thank you and well done to all the Stewards, Cleaners and Organisers of the Church and its services over the last few weeks. You have been doing a great job keeping our Parishioners as safe and protected as you can. Many of you will be away with your families over the next few weeks. Travel […]
Please remember the people of Tereli in your prayers
On Tuesday 21st April, the village was attacked by as many as 300 well-armed bandits who arrived on motorbikes to loot the village and take all of the cattle. For three hours a few young people tried to hold them off with hunting rifles, while others hid in their houses or fled to the caves […]
If you would like to, and only if your circumstances allow, you can now make a donation to the Parish Offertory, either by this online page: https://donor.secure-operations.com/detailed/donate?charity_id=1086222&type=2&reference=10154&amount= or, to contribute £5, please text CHURCH SSFM to 70500
Leeds Cathedral live-streaming of Mass & devotions
Mass is being live-streamed on Sundays at 11:00am. Weekday Masses Monday to Friday are now live-streamed usually at 12:30pm (12noon on Saturdays) and preceded by the Angelus and Rosary which will be prayed at 11:50am (11:20am on Saturdays). To participate online, please access the Leeds Cathedral Live YouTube channel www.leedscathedrallive.org.uk where the words of Prayers, […]
Yorkshire lad parts with his brass!
We had thought about Solar panels ever since they first came on the scene, as our home does not have a gas supply. But the cost was well beyond our pockets. What with the mortgage, the financial outlay, it was well out of our reach. 10 years ago solar panels were expensive. We could have […]
ANNE JUDGE – REFLECTIONS 20th February 1928 – 19th March 2020 Anne was born on the 20th February 1928 in Granard, County Longford in the Republic of Ireland and after a lifetime of loving service, this smiling and gracious servant of God, returned peacefully to the Lord on 19th March 2020. She was the last […]
Sacrament of Reconciliation 2019
Eleven younger members of the Parish Family made their First Confession on Saturday 23rd March. Canon Michael thought them the best group ever! The children told their Catechist James, helped by Gabby and other parents, they had had a lot of fun in their preparation sessions. After receiving the Sacrament the celebrations continued in the […]
Christmas vigil mass for children
The mass was directed at our children, our young parishioners did the readings and the bidding prayers. Children read the Gospel story whilst others gathered on the altar steps when their part was mentioned. We had Mary and Joseph, lots of lovely angels, shepherds and lambs—plus the kings. Fr Michael blessed the crib and then […]
Special mass for altar servers
On 21st September Bishop Marcus celebrated a special mass for the altar servers of the diocese. About 80 attended with their families. 3 of our servers represented our parish family. Bishop Marcus thanked the servers for their loyal service to God. It was a wonderful way to show the servers how important they are to us all.
Parish family walk 2019
A very happy and chatty bunch gathered after the ‘Back to School’ 11am Mass for a picnic in the Parish Hall. Next a short walk led by Martin, was enjoyed by all from 2 years old to where “80 years young” has been celebrated!! As the walkers ran back across the car park the heavens opened! […]
First Holy Communion
Congratulations to all of our children celebrating their first holy communion on 15&16 June. Fr Michael said, ‘It has been a wonderful occasion for our whole parish family. I am hoping that many of the children will now wish to train as altar servers and many take part in the Children’s Liturgy of the Word […]
Ilkley half marathon
Sunday 14 July was a great event, the weather was fine, not too hot, and our runners were cheered on throughout the route. We would like to thank all the Burley churches, families and friends for your generous support, both on the day and your donations to support Zakari and his colleagues as they strive to […]
Celebrating Mothering Sunday
Children of the Parish Family presented all the ladies with daffodils galore. Thank you to this year’s Flower Fairy Godmother Pat for preparing all the lovely daffodils!
DAY OF REFLECTION: Caring for the Earth – Our Common Home:
The Justice & Peace Commission held its Day of Reflection on 30 March at our church. It was a day of prayer and personal reflection about our place in God’s creation and our responsibilities towards looking after our common home. We discussed some main themes in Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato si. We heard about what […]
Sacrament of Confirmation 2019
On 28th February 2019 26 year 6 & year 7 students received the Sacrament of Confirmation from Canon Michael. Our Catechists Rachel and Liz thoroughly enjoyed the preparation sessions. It was wonderful to hear Saint John Paul being chosen as her Confirmation name by one of the students. Laughter was the keynote of each session […]
Bishop of Leeds’ annual appeal for Catholic Care
Bishop Marcus has asked us to support our diocesan charity Catholic Care. You can read Bishop Marcus’ letter here.
Bishop of Leeds’ letter to the clergy and faithful of the diocese
Bishop Marcus has responded in his capacity as Bishop of Leeds to the publication on 20th August 2018 of the Holy Father’s Letter to the People of God on the need for ‘…combatting all forms of the abuse of power, sexual abuse and the abuse of conscience’. You can read Pope Francis’ letter here and […]
Catholic Care is one of the charities we support. A link to a short video describing its work can be found here and further information is given on our charities webpage.
Catholic Care Bulletin Spring 2019 – SS John Fisher & Thomas More parish family receives a mention … Bags of Dignity
A huge thank you goes to Parish Family of SS John Fisher and Thomas More Parish, Burley-in-Wharfedale; who had the novel idea of filling used handbags with toiletries, ladies products and men’s personal hygiene and shaving necessities for those in need. Six bags have been given to Sheila Pickles from St Monica’s Housing to give […]