Latest news, Our Parish Family

Happy Pentecost Weekend

What a major and wonderful feast we celebrate this weekend enhanced by amazing weather and some positive news as long as we continue to stay safe and stay alert and follow the guidelines!

Reassuring to hear that the Bishop and Deans are in close contact with all Bishops of England and Wales and, the Governments’ Health and Safety advisers. They are working to put together a blueprint to help us very gradually return to worship in our churches. Father Michael will keep us up to date with the progress of the process.

We thank Father for his Pentecost message, we miss Father Michael’s care and poignant celebration of our Parish Family Masses so much. Father concludes his message this week Some time, soon, we hope, we the Church will emerge from lockdown. Hopefully we have been preparing for the moment as we have listened to the wisdom of the Holy Spirit. What kind of Church does God call us to be at our New Pentecost?” A question we will perhaps return to many times in the coming months.

This Sunday evening at 6pm please join together in praying the Rosary in union with the National event for England, Scotland and Wales.

The “Tree of Life” page is alive! Frances has more news over the weekend!

Finally, before I come to the regular messages …. here is a short article/reflection from a parishioner well-known to us all,  John Sullivan.  John asks us, ‘How we can discover the church in a time of social distancing?’

Supporting our Lenten Charities is a subject of a notice in the Bulletin but I will pop it here as well as I know it will be helpful.  LENTEN COLLECTIONS –our Charities need Us! If possible, would Parishioners kindly empty their Lent boxes and write a cheque for the amount collected. Kindly make cheques payable to DOL SS Fisher/More Burley and put the cheque through the Presbytery letter box before the end of May. Please NAME the Charity you collected for.

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

Keith has posted the Justice and Peace Newsletter on the Tree of Life page, I hope you will read the page and see a nice surprise for the Parish Family, the work of our Parish Family is being shared to encourage others respond to Caring for our Creation.

Burley churches are praying together….Here is the link to join with parishioners of all Parishes.

We continue our prayers and wait for news of Tereli and how we can help in the future.

 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.

CHILDREN How are the sunflowers thriving? Please send the name you have given your sunflower and a photo of it to the church website. More items to grow will be offered soon!

CAFOD continues to offer a CHILDREN’S LITURGY at 10am EVERY SUNDAY MORNING. It is quite short, see

A parishioner has sent in a personal reflection of the Annunciation which is alongside our Parish prayer for us to share.

John Naylor has written an amazing piece about his new solar panels for the website, please go to the Tree of Life page and read it. I am sure you will enjoy it and I hope it will cause you to respond by e mail or traditional manner.
We are waiting for your responses and ideas to the Tree of Life initiative; it is on the Tree of Life page, please email these to Thank You.

Please do send in any items you think we could include on this website …it is good to have different items of interest!
Staying in Touch is a number one priority for the Parish Family. Please use this website for Parish and diocesan news also your phones as well as other social media to make contact with each other. PLEASE KEEP UP THE CALLS AND MESSAGES TO EACH OTHER; Let’s make sure no-one is lonely or in need. THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME KNOW WHERE YOU ARE KEEPING IN TOUCH WITH A VULNERABLE PERSON and Thank You for and Thank You to the Volunteers who are still willing to shop etc.

Please call, text or Whatsapp. 07939063120 , and I will, with our parish volunteers, make sure we make contact and shop as needed. Let’s continue to pray together for strength and safety of every member of our  Parish Family but especially our most senior members, those who are vulnerable or ill, those living alone, and parents with young children.

I appreciate this is already happening, with parishioners and friends continuing their care through calls, practical help and messages so, if you are already looking after someone in the parish family please just let me know so I can reassure others who may call and mention the same name, and again make links between us as a Family.

Live streaming of Masses from St Anne’s Cathedral Sunday Mass at 11am and Daily Mass at 10.30am Please check times as they MAY alter. To participate online, please access the Leeds Cathedral Live YouTube channel where the words of Prayers, Devotions and Orders of Service may be viewed.  These can be downloaded from the Diocesan and Cathedral websites and 

Also from many other parishes The Redemptorists, who produce our weekly Bulletin have a streamed Mass and CAFOD has a Children’s Liturgy at 10am.

During these 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

A Reflection on the Annunciation

Mary 2020
Jump for joy
Cower with fear
Great sadness and great joy both came from your resounding “Yes !”
You shared your good news and distracted me from my pains
Thank you for your courage
Let it be a source of strength for me
Time and time again your message breaks into my life
But i cannot comprehend.
Except perhaps when friends refuse to flinch under the pain of adversity
Allow me to share in their determination 
Allow me to give thanks with them for your Son’s love
For that love is easily understood in the sacrifices I see all around me
May your love empower all those who dedicate themselves to caring for others.
May the Holy Spirit give greater strength to all who share life’s joys and adversities
May we draw with confidence on your willingness to experience at first hand
God’ s love for all humanity brought to us in the sacrifice of your Son
Divine partnership is beyond comprehension.

• 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 […]