Children’s liturgy

Sunday 1 November

Hello Everyone, we hope that you are all safe and well.





Our theme for this month is PRAYER AND REMEMBRANCE





November is a time when we remember all the people who we know who have died and gone to heaven. Perhaps there are people in your family you’d like to remember this month.

Today is a special day it is the Feast of All Saints when we remember all the people who have lived their lives really well and who have died and gone to heaven.

We have two special Saints in our church – can you remember who they are?

St John Fisher

He was born in Yorkshire and he was a clever man who was a catholic bishop. Fisher was executed by order of Henry VIII for refusing to accept him as the head of the Church of England and for upholding his catholic beliefs.




St Thomas More

He was born in London and lived from 1478 to 1535. He was a lawyer, humanist, statesman and author as well as advisor to Henry VIII. He held many political roles – he was an Undersheriff of the City of London, Master of Requests, a member of the Privy Council, Speaker of the House of Commons. Like St John Fisher, More too refused to recognise Henry VIII as the Supreme Head of the Church and he was found guilty of treason and he was beheaded on 6th July 1535.


Maybe you have a favourite saint or you could find out about a saint this week. Maybe you are named after a saint – find something about Saint’s name. You can send your Saint’s information and pictures to:

All of the saints dedicated their lives to God. Their love of Jesus was so great that they were ready to die for his sake. We don’t have to do that.

What ordinary things could you do this week to show how much you love God?  I have a few suggestions:

  • Do the washing up at home
  • Tidy your bedroom
  • Call or message an old person who may be feeling lonely as they cannot get out because of the virus
  • Share your toys with your brother or sisters
  • Let a friend who is on their own join in your games at school

What ideas do you have?

Maybe send us some pictures of you showing how much you love God.

We hope you will continue to enjoy reading the Look and ICHTHUS pages each week.

Please see your Look activities page: Look 31st October 1st November 2020

Some new pages here with some lovely words to help us think about this week’s Mass readings & prayers.



An invitation to our Parish Family children 

We hope to be making a bug hotel soon to put in the church grounds, possibly during October half-term. Items needed to help make this are:


  • old wooden pallets,
  • bamboo tubes/canes,
  • twigs, pine cones, bark,
  • old terracotta pots, pipes,
  • old roofing slates and tiles​.

Please start collecting these now and let Frances know if you would like to help at:

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 when we hear of the world been harmed or where we hear the cry of the poor and we should think about what we can do to help. We have pushed our world to its limits, we demand more cars, more flights to take us on holidays to faraway places, more land is built on for industry creating more pollution. All of this production and consumption is exhausting our world. The forests are cut down, the topsoil erodes, the fields fail, the deserts advance and the storms intensify. We are not allowing the land to rest at all or the earth to be renewed. During this season of creation we need to think about being satisfied with what we have and not constantly seeking more.

During lockdown

I have ridden my bicycle rather than drive my car.




I have recycled my plastics and garden waste.

I have composted waste materials such as vegetable cuttings and egg shells and I will put this back on my soil when it has decomposed.

What have you done or would you like to do – send your ideas and your pictures to



As we think about our nature project, remember that God has created the whole world and all the people, animals, plants and other things in it. There are so many treasures in our world for us all to share. Like water, the sun, fresh air, trees, food.

So when you look around you and count all the treasures that God has given us. And try your hardest to do at least one thing to show your care for God’s world and the treasure that is in it.

Raised beds

We have a great new raised bed on the gravelled area just outside the church hall.

If any of the children have grown insect friendly flowers this year, could you bring them along with a trowel and a small container of water to plant them in the planter.
You can choose any part of the planter you like!
Frances will also bring in a few flowers soon too, so we can start to build-up a wildlife haven for insects and birds.

Is your sunflower taller than this one? Do you have any flowers on it? Perhaps you can send a photo of your sunflower by email to






What interesting plants, creatures or features do you have in your garden  – please share some photos or drawings by email to

Sunflowers are growing well, here are Joseph, Chris and Nathan with their plants.  Look how much the plants have grown!

Seb’s is going to have 2 blooms ! Grow one get one free ! We just need the sun to see their beauty !
Seb is just short of 140cm so this plant may just equal his height !!!




Here is a message from Frances:
Any children or their families who have taken a sunflower seedling, flowering plant or tomato or pepper plants from the front steps recently, please let us know how your plants are getting on by taking photos or writing stories about them and what you notice about the insects and other wildlife they attract.

We hope to share these photos and stories very soon when we are able to meet again. 
Also any families wishing to come along to the development of the church gardens please contact me via email

You can find some posters here  with more information about sunflowers.  See our Tree of Life webpage for more details.

Prayer for the end of the virus

Almighty and merciful Father, who show your love to all your creation
We come before you asking for a quick control of the Coronavirus currently ravaging our world.
Hear graciously the prayers we make for those affected by the virus in various parts of the world.
Grant healing to the sick, eternal life to the dead and consolation to the bereaved families.
We pray that an effective medicine to combat the sickness be speedily found.
We pray for the relevant governments and health authorities that they take appropriate steps for the good of the people.
Look upon us in your mercy and forgive us our failings.

God Bless and stay safe

The children’s liturgy leaders





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 […]

Parish Offertory

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: 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 where the words of Prayers, […]

Yorkshire lad parts with his brass!

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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

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