Season of Creation
Sep 1 – Oct 4 all-day

I love my planet motifInstituted by Pope Francis in 2015, this season offers all in the Church the opportunity to reflect on our care of creation.

There are a number of resources available to help church communities do this.

The season of creation website has much material:-

Season of Creation Website

The Columbans have also published guides relating to the individual Sundays during this period:-

Columban Sunday guide


National J&P Network Open Networking Meeting in York
Sep 14 @ 10:30 am – 4:00 pm

NJPN logoThe National Justice & Peace Network’s (NJPN) Open Networking Days are opportunities to hear from people involved in action for Social Justice from across the country. It might be in the Middlesbrough Diocese but this one in York will be easy to get to for most people in the Leeds Diocese.

Journeys on the Margin: The morning will include two presentations from those working with marginalised groups.

In the afternoon will be opportunity for discussion and suggestions for action.

There will also be opportunities for networking and to get the latest updates from national agencies

NJPN Events page

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World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel
Sep 15 – Sep 22 all-day

logo of world council of churchesThe World Council of Churches invites member churches, faith-based communities, and civil society organizations around the world to join together for a week of prayer for a  just peace for all in Palestine and Israel.

The theme in 2019 is “Humanity and Equality in God’s Creation”.

The ongoing conflict and injustice in Palestine and Israel has created victims from all communities. This situation affects the future for everyone in the region, denies the equal human dignity of all people, and in all aspects of God’s creation. Though we are all created equally in God’s image, the military occupation and its discriminatory practices and impacts on entire Palestinian communities is an obstacle to the fullness of life for all in God’s creation.

Drone warfare from Gaza to raqqa with Chris Coles @ Mill Hill chapel
Sep 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Chris Coles is the Director of Drone wars UK and vice-chair of Pax Christi UK. A rare opportunity to hear about this relatively new aspect of warfare and how it is being used in the Israel Palestine conflict.

Everyone is welcome at Sabeel-Kairos events in Yorkshire.

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North Fairtrade Supporter Conference @ Teeside University
Sep 21 @ 10:30 am – 3:30 pm

Many of our parishes are ‘Fairtrade parishes’ (so much so that we are designated as a ‘Fairtrade Diocese’).

All supporters of Fairtrade are invited to this conference.

logo of the Fairtrade FoundationThis will be a great chance for Fairtrade campaigners across the North (North East and Cumbria) to come together. There will be inspiring talks, opportunities to discuss new campaigning ideas and the chance to hear what other Fairtrade activists have been up to.

Highlights of the day will include:

  • Workshops, news and updates from the Fairtrade Foundation – planning for Fairtrade Fortnight 2020 and their upcoming 25th anniversary celebration this year
  • Fair Trade experts sharing insights on Fairtrade and the wider movement
  • Inspiration and ideas from fellow Fairtrade campaigners in your region

All are welcome but registration for this free event is essential.

Conference Registration

Justice & Peace Commission Meeting
Sep 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm

Leeds J&P logoThis is the regular quarterly meeting of the full Justice & Peace Commission. Anyone in the Leeds Diocese is welcome to come along to a Commission meeting. Please email the office if you are interested and want more details.

I Have Met The Enemy (and the enemy is us)
Sep 27 – Oct 5 all-day

An exciting unique theatre event coming to Bradford from 27th September – 5th October.

What if we said that Britain (this tiny island) is the second biggest arms dealer in the world?

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A former British soldier and a Palestinian citizen meet in an intimate and powerful exchange, in a joint attempt to understand the UK arms trade and its impact around the world. Through differing perspectives and a shared love of techno, I Have Met the Enemy (and the enemy is us) takes us on a personal and political journey into the darkest corners of what makes Britain tick.

Common Wealth will transform community spaces into worlds for audiences to explore – worlds charged with light, sound and robotics.

I Have Met the Enemy is part techno party, part investigation and above all else, a call to action.

Watch the trailer

Our Common Home @ St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, Shipley & Baildon @ St Walburga's church
Sep 28 – Oct 4 all-day

A week long set of events at St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross parish in Shipley & Baildon to celebrate and explore the Season of Creation.

The main events during this week are as follows:-

cover of flyerSat 28 Sep 5:45 pm Mass of Creation @ St Walburga’s Church, Shipley

Sun 29 Sep  09:15am Youth Mass of Creation @ St Walburga’s Church, Shipley

Sun 29 Sep 11:00 Harvest Mass @ St Aidan’s Baildon

Mon 30 Sep Rest Day!

Tue 01 Oct 1pm An easy Walk around Northcliffe Conservation area with Brian Gresswell @ main gate to Northcliffe Park

Tue 01 Oct 7pm God’s World – Our Responsibility: Read, listen, share & discuss @St Walburga’s parish room, Shipley

Wed 02 Oct 7pm Shrinking Amazonia – a talk by Fr Gerry Hanlon @ St Walburga’s parish room, Shipley

Thu 03 Oct 7:30pm The Politics of Climate Change -a talk by Prof Paul Rogers @ St Aidan’s Church Hall, Baildon

Fri 04 Oct 7pm Concluding Mass of Creation@ St Aidan’s Church Baildon – followed by a celebration shared meal


Everyone is welcome to any of these free events but please download the programme and book a place where it is indicated.

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105th World Day for Migrants and Refugees 2019
Sep 29 all-day

An opportunity to take part in the this global show of solidarity with those who seek to get to a different country to their own.

Pope Francis, in his message encouraging people to participate in prayer and action on this day, says

“Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!” (Mt 14:27).

refugees walkingIt is not just about migrants: it is also about our fears. The signs of meanness we see around us heighten “our fear of ‘the other’, the unknown, the
marginalized, the foreigner… We see this today in particular, faced with the arrival of migrants and refugees knocking on our door in search of protection, security and a better future. To some
extent, the fear is legitimate, also because the preparation for this encounter is lacking” (Homily in Sacrofano, 15 February 2019). But the problem is not that we have doubts and fears. The problem is when they condition our way of thinking and acting to the point of making us intolerant, closed and perhaps even – without realizing it – racist. In this way, fear deprives us of the desire and the ability to encounter the other, the person different from myself; it deprives me of an opportunity to encounter the Lord (cf. Homily at Mass for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, 14 January

What will you be doing in your parish community?

CAFOD Harvest Fast Day
Oct 4 all-day

CAFOD logoThis year, CAFOD’s Harvest Fast Day falls on the feast of St Francis of Assisi.

Given CAFOD’s work on Climate Change it is fitting that the season of Creation should end on this day and that we should remember all those in the world who are most affected by Climate Change: the world’s poorest communities.

CAFOD Harvest Fast Day information & Resources


Keep Space for Peace Demonstration at Menwith Hill NSA base @ Menwith Hill Communications Base
Oct 8 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

people with bannersYorkshire CND will be marking Keep Space for Peace Week (5th-12th October) with a demonstration at NSA Menwith Hill, near Harrogate. The focus of this year’s week of protest will be NATO.
There will be FREE transportation from the Bradford CND Office and from Leeds, please get in touch with them for a lift.

Yorkshire CND website

Chances for Peace in the 2020’s: From Climate Crisis to Peaceful Planet @ Judi Dench drama studio
Oct 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

This event has been organised by Grassington Peace Group. Paul Rogers is always worth listening to!

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ACTA National Conference with Diarmuid O’Murchu – Imagining the Church of the Future
Oct 12 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

This seveth ACTA (A Call to Action) conference has Fr Diarmuid O’Murchu as the keynote speaker- taking part in both the morning and afternoon  sessions.  What do you imagine the Church of the future to be like?

Should be an interesting day!

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The cost is £20 for the day. Booking via the ACTA website is essential.

Book a place

Day of Reflection: The Altar of the World @ Good Shepherd Parish Centre
Oct 19 @ 11:00 am – 4:30 pm

An abstract painting of a hostAn extended celebration of the Eucharist to help us reflect on God’s creation, our relationship within it and our responsibility as co-creators with God for the flourishing of our mother earth.

To guide our reflection we will enter more deeply into the different movements of the Mass. Our day will be facilitated by members of the Commission with Mgr. Donal Lucey.

This day is free to attend but places are limited so please book a place by emailing

Everyone coming is asked to bring some food to share at lunchtime.

Could you print off and put up a flyer in your church? – then click the link below.

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One World Week 2019 – Climate Changes Everything – Now is the time to act
Oct 20 – Oct 27 all-day

chart showing impacts of climate changeIn case you hadn’t noticed, Climate Change seems to have come to the top of everyone’s agenda (apart from one D Trump).

Here it is again appearing as the theme for this year’s One World Week. Even if you do not intend to mark this week in your church you might find their resources useful.

It is becoming clear that our current values system and associated economic system make it difficult to achieve the rapid and profound changes necessary to safeguard the future of our children. This is why “Everything needs to change – and it needs to start today” (Greta Thunberg, TED talk.

One World Week resources for 2019

Project Bonhoeffer Day 2019: Faith in our Democracy @ St George's Conference Centre
Oct 26 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

The leeds-based charity, Project Bonhoeffer, organise a conference annually. This year it is in Leeds at the St George’s conference centre – just along the road from the Leeds General Infirmary.

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Speaking at this conference will be leading modern theologian, Prof Tom Greggs,  Professor in Historical and Doctrinal Theology at Aberdeen University.
He will be speaking about his vision of Christianity in our 21st-century secular and multi-religious world.

This event is free to attend but a place must be booked with their Eventbrite page :-

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CAFOD Faith in Action Day – Love is Civic and Political: Our Faith and the Common Good
Nov 2 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

This CAFOD ‘Faith in Action’ day is being organised in various dioceses. This event looks like the nearest one for people in the Leeds Diocese.

What will the day be about? – CAFOD writes

meme of the day's titleFrom Trump to Brexit to climate, politics is everywhere. But when should we pray from the side-lines and when should we roll up our sleeves?

The Church here and around the world has a proud history of encouraging Catholics’ political reflection and action. With amazing results.

At this CAFOD day, we’ll explore the links between faith and politics.

Join us and reflect on Scripture and Church teaching. Be inspired by others and CAFOD’s campaigning and work overseas.

Sign up on their Eventbrite page for this event.

CAFOD Eventbrite for Faith in Action Day

3rd World Day of the Poor
Nov 17 all-day

logo for the World day of the poor 2019In a powerful text, Pope Francis explores the meaning of the quote given from the Psalms and applies it  to our world today.

Daily we encounter families forced to leave their homeland to seek a living elsewhere; orphans who have lost their parents or were violently torn from them by brutal means of exploitation; young people seeking professional fulfilment but prevented from employment by shortsighted economic policies; victims of different kinds of violence, ranging from prostitution to the narcotics trade, and profoundly demeaned. How can we overlook, too, the millions of immigrants who fall victim to any number of concealed interests, often exploited for political advantage, and are refused solidarity and equality? And all the homeless and ostracized persons who roam the streets of our cities?

How many times do we see poor people rummaging through garbage bins to retrieve what others have discarded as superfluous, in the hope of finding something to live on or to wear! They themselves become part of a human garbage bin; they are treated as refuse, without the slightest sense of guilt on the part of those who are complicit in this scandal. Frequently judged parasites on society, the poor are not even forgiven their poverty. Judgment is always around the corner. They are not allowed to be timid or discouraged; they are seen as a threat or simply useless, simply because they are poor.
To make matters worse, they can see no end to the tunnel of extreme poverty. We have come to the point of devising a hostile architecture aimed at ridding the streets of their presence, the last places left to them. They roam from one end of the city to the other in the hope of getting a job, a home, a sign of affection… The least offer becomes a ray of light; yet even where justice might be expected to prevail, they meet with violence and abuse. Forced to work endless hours under a burning sun to gather seasonal fruits, they receive ridiculously low pay. They labour in unsafe and inhuman conditions that prevent them from feeling on a par with others. They lack unemployment compensation, benefits, or even provision for sickness.

How will you use this opportunity in your parish?

Film Showing: Voices Across the Divide
Nov 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Voices Across the Divide posterThe Justice & Peace Commission has joined forces with the Leeds Pax Christi group to show this film aboout the Palestinian conflict. It will be shown as part of the Leeds Palestinian Film Festival.

Voices Across the Divide is a powerful documentary and oral history project exploring the Israeli/Palestinian conflict through rarely heard personal stories. Narrated by Alice Rothchild, an American Jew raised on the tragedies of the Holocaust and the dream of a Jewish homeland in Israel, the film follows her personal journey as I begin to understand the Palestinian narrative, while exploring the Palestinian experience of loss, occupation, statelessness, and immigration to the US.

Booking for this event will open in the Autumn.

Justice & Peace Commission Meeting
Dec 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm

Leeds J&P logoThis is the regular quarterly meeting of the full Justice & Peace Commission. Anyone in the Leeds Diocese is welcome to come along to a meeting. Please email the office if you are interested and require further details.