Latest news, Our Parish Family

Hello everyone,
We have been sharing this message now for 20 weeks…it is hard to remember which day of the week it is as a retired person and many of the weeks blend into each other.

For many of the Parish family it has a busy time. We are happy to say that, led by Fr Michael under the care of Bishop Marcus, we have daily Mass where numbers have increased from 84 in week 1 to 130 in week 4. We are keeping to the 2 metre rule and we are being very safe with our masks and sanitising etc. The Lady chapel means that people whose mobility is not too great can receive communion without many steps.

So without being too boring…
There are 4 opportunities to hear the Sunday Mass, 2 on Saturday and 2 on Sunday. All these masses have a booking facility to ensure your seat but to date none has been near to full. Saturday 11am has lots of room. With the Sunday Mass obligation suspended in these unusual times, we can also attend a Mass in the week no booking system. 9am Monday, 10:00am the rest of the week. Doors open 10 minutes before Mass …

The Tree of Life – working with nature group

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. Till then just bring a trowel and a little bottle of water with you.

Thank you to Mary for all the lovely Children’s Liturgy materials she has organised on the website for a lot of weeks. Mary is taking a little Summer holiday for a few weeks. Mary has joined the T of L working with nature group.

I AM CONTINUING TO PUT OUT A BIG PLEA FOR SOME MORE STEWARDS TO HELP at Mass to continue to keep us all safe. 1 hour a fortnight would be so helpful.. Mass last about 35mins and you need to be there 15minutes early to prepare and then a few minutes afterwards. Anyone 18 to 65 can help us as long as in good health. We are so short some of us are 70 [The new 40!!]

Again a big THANK YOU to the Cleaners and the Stewards for their care of us!!
If YOU can help please do let me know. 

PLEASE would all MASS ATTENDEES bring and wear their own masks.

For the 4 weekend masses there is a Booking system on the Home page of the Parish Website. I am happy to answer your questions 07939063120. 2 people, adult or child from the same household count as one!

Unfortunately, not all of us can return to celebrate Mass at this time as we or our loved ones are very vulnerable….so please choose very wisely.

PLEASE if you are under 65 years and in good health come forward as a Steward.  The letter to Stewards can be accessed here and the number to contact is 07939063120 or the E mail on the Bulletin. Many Stewards will mean one or less duties a week. We are short for the 4 weekend masses too! [0793906312]

APPEAL. Lauren who has just begun her career at Catholic Care needs some Children’s Story books for her on-line Story Telling activities. Books suitable for 0-6years. If the story is about a creature or character for which you have a soft toy or similar, she would be very grateful for those too, as her sessions are interactive. With Stay and Play groups etc. still closed Lauren’s initiative is so welcomed by the parents, she is being asked to do more and more sessions hence the lack of stories to share. 07939063120


Burley churches are praying together….
Praying in Burley is a Facebook page, located at 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.

 New 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

Weekly Collections. Some Parishioners have continued to put their weekly contributions through the Presbytery door. If you have an offertory envelope number please pop the number on the outside of the ordinary envelope you may be using. As soon as we are allowed we will get your Offertory envelopes out to you. Please make All cheques for weekly collections payable to DOL SS Fisher/More Burley. We promise to get them to the right place. THANK YOU for this much valued support at such a difficult time

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

Please continue to join together in praying the Parish Family Prayer as often as possible. We pray especially for all caring and critical service workers, our sick, those who have died and all who need our prayers.

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


Anne Judge

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 […]

Parish Family Events

Today was the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord and the children spent time finding out about the Sacrament of Baptism, which most of them received when they were too young to remember !! Robyn the baby doll proved the perfect baptismal candidate.

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 […]

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 […]

Catholic Care

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 […]