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Lockdown January 

New goverment guidelines on the present lockdown still allows Mass to continue with the current restrictions in place.

Booking to attend Mass

The Bishop has decreed that we must ask people to register in advance & book a space at Mass. You will be able to do this online, from our parish website. For those who do not have internet access, there will be a few spaces reserved that can be booked by phoning the parish offices.
Each church has an allocated number of spaces, which will hold up to a designated number of people from the same household. At Holy Name & Assumption, this is up to 4 adults, or 2 adults & 3 children.

Please note that one ticket is required for individuals, one ticket is required for households of 2, and only two tickets are required for households of 3 or more. Visitors will be able to select the number of tickets at the top right-hand corner of the registration page.

At St Mary’s, the spaces will hold 2 adults. There are also 6 family spaces available. Once you have booked, you will receive an email confirming your place. Once each Mass is full, no more bookings will be available. You will need to book a space each week. If you do not book in advance, you will not be able to attend Mass. Please pass this information on to as many parishioners as you can, as not everyone will be reading the online bulletin.

Click on the links below to enter the registration pages.

Holy Name

St Mary's Church

Our Lady Assumption

How to go to Mass in a pandemic

A little film has been put together to guide people (who haven’t returned to Mass since the first lockdown) on how to book online and what Mass looks like with social distancing measures. Click this link on YouTube.


The Diocesan Gold Medal is awarded to Michael Walker

Mr. Michael Walker who has lived in Horsforth and attend St Mary’s Church for over 50 years have recently been awarded a gold Diocesan Medal for his services to Church, Parish and Catholic life in the Parish & Diocese over the years. 

Michael unfortunately had to retire from playing the organ at St Mary’s church due to ill health in March 2020 just as the pandemic hit so we have not been able to recognise his commit to the parish and the wider community due to the restriction. His life has been steeped in the Catholic faith and church which we are too many to mention here but please read the accompanying testimony. Click Here  


Sacramental Preparation

1st Reconciliation, 1st Holy Communion & Confirmation
Please download & fill in the enrolment & consent form Here.  If possible, please email it to Jessica Wilkinson at:
If you are not able to do this, a paper copy can be dropped off at our parish offices, but please email Jessica to let her know that you have done this.  Thank you


Click here to see pictures of Bishop Marcus, Mass at Assumption 3 Jan 2021


Thank you to the children in our parish who have sent letters & pictures for us to pass on to our older parishioners & those who are 'shielded' at home because of underlying health conditions.  Here's a lovely example by a 6 year old girl with a message for us all:
"Be happy"


To contribute £5 to our parish offertory, you can now text Church OLK to 70500. There is no way to change the amount donated. If you are unable to contribute £5 a week, text monthly instead. Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.

Online Giving -is now up and running for all parishes and accessible through the Diocesan website at

The Online Parish Offertory yellow box allows you to select a chosen Parish or fund from a list.This is also available via the Diocesan Website homepage.

To donate directly to OLK parish via the diocese portal press HERE


Merciful God, come to the help of your people.
Be our shelter in this time of peril
and strengthen the bonds of our community.
Bring healing to all who suffer the ravages of disease
and assist those whose skill and art
can put an end to this affliction.
Through Christ our Lord.  Amen

Following the Prime Minister’s address to the nation, we remind you that everyone should stay at home, except for:

“That’s it – these are the only reasons you should leave your home.  You should not be meeting friends.  If your friends ask you to meet, you should say no.  You should not be meeting family members who do not live in your home.  You should not be going shopping except for essentials like food and medicine – and you should do this as little as you can”.

Please check this page for updates.


We will be offering help to those parishioners who are self isolating/unwell who have no-one else to help – please see our bulletin online each week. We have had many offers of volunteers – huge thanks to all of you! Bear with us, we will be in touch!

May God bless each & every one of you.  Stay safe & we hope we’ll meet again before Summer is over.



Prayer Links

How to recite the Holy Rosery

Prayers during a time of ‘flu and illness

When Mass cannot be celebrated publicly




Download the latest report
on the parish
Live Simply Project
click here


UCM coach trips from Holy Name, in 1961

Can you identify anyone? Visit the All our Yesterdays Page for more info. Click here


Fr Emmanuel in Malawi

They received the Rosaries and Statues of the BVM sent by OLK parishioners.
Some recipients of clothing; and Fr E Giving Rosaries/statues to some members of the Legion of Mary.

Photos of the rural church. Top right shows the old roof. Top Left shows the new roof with help from OLK parishioners.

Click here to view a video from the Mass of Thanksgiving.

All items arrived safely in Malawi and are being distributed under Fr EMMANUEL’s supervision!

Fr Emmanual said Mass outside and the service lasted 4 hrs!



As part of the parish Live Simply campaign Beavers, Cubs and Scouts planted bulbs and made a start on the insect garden, helped by parishoners donating bulbs, pots and giving the chilldren a helping hand.



The Window at the Church of the Assumption of Our Lady is a symbolic depiction of her under the title of 'Our Lady Star of the Sea' - but the 'Sea' is the 'surge of life' as expressed in the Hymn below.

Hail Queen of Heaven, the ocean star!
Guide of the wanderer here below!
Thrown on life's surge we claim thy care;
Save us from peril and from woe.
Mother of Christ, Star of the Sea,
Pray for the wanderer pray for me.

Other well known hymns invoke the intercession of Our Lady Star of the Sea, such as this verse from 'O purest of creatures':
Deep night hath come down on this rough-spoken world
And the banners of darkness are boldly unfurled;
and the tempest-tossed Church, all her eyes are on thee.
They look to thy shining sweet Star of the Sea.

May the new Window evoke such prayers in the hearts of all who look upon it.

When the window has been paid for it will be blessed and a plaque fitted beneath with these - and maybe some additional words to be decided nearer the time. 

The Blessing was the first Sunday in November when the year of activities to celebrate the Assumption Church Diamond Jubilee concludes - with prayers for the deceased members of this Community of Faith.


Peter Trust Fundraising made Easy!

Whenever you buy anything online you could be collecting free donations for The Peter Trust. Thanks to the Parishioners who have already signed up, the Peter Trust has now received donations from the retailers they used to make their purchases._

There are over 3,000 shops and sites ready to make a donation,
including Amazon, John Lewis, Aviva, thetrainline and Sainsbury's -
it doesn't cost you a penny extra!

It really is Easy!

1. Head to 
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2. Every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising first to find the
site you want and start shopping.

3. After you've made your purchase, that retailer will make a donation
to the Peter Trust for no extra cost to you whatsoever!

There are no catches or hidden charges and The Peter Trust will be
really grateful for your donations.

Thank you for your support.




Official portrait of Bishop Marcus.

Bishop Marcus Stock Biography Click Here

Diocese of Leeds Press Release Click Here

Bishops' Conference Press Release Click Here

Letter to the Diocese of Leeds from Mgr Marcus Stock, Bishop-Elect Click Here




Young artists at Holy Name School

A recent art project by our Year 2 school children (aged only 6 or 7) involved producing a painting in the style of pointillism. What better subject could we choose than our own Holy Name Church which they see each day out of their classroom window.
This was a collaborative piece, every child contributing to create one large painting made up of dots. They used small dowelling sticks to transfer paint to paper and it took a few weeks to finish. The children worked on top of a very simple pencil drawing of the church, gradually adding colour to each different section. They were very interested in the creation of light and shade using colour and how the image became much more ‘real’ when they stepped back to look at it.  There was a strong sense of responsibility for everyone to do his or her best for the group – and of shared pride in the end result.
It has been lovely to see the care with which every child has tackled this ambitious project and I hope you’ll agree the results are impressive!

The finished painting is now on display inside the main entrance to school and I imagine that any one of our young artists could tell you which dots they painted!


Spirituality in our Parish

Why Spirituality? Click here


Assumption Latin American Evening in support of their CAFOD Connect2 El Salvador projects.

latin Night

Over 70 people came along to a Latin American evening at the Assumption Social Club on Sat 5th October. The CAFOD group had decorated the tables and put South American flags on the walls. They had also prepared a range of S American snacks including empanadas, cheese bread and sweets (with some invaluable help from Julia Palacios). Music was provided by local group Mestisa who soon had people doing a Peruvian folk dance.

Including a raffle, some £800 was raised to support the work of CAFOD in the areas around Puentecitos in the West of El Salvador.


stained glass windows

To find out more about the imagery in the new stained glass windows on the sanctuary of the parish church (Holy Name) click here.


Our Lady of Kirkstall - A prayer for the Parish Formation (click here)



Bishops Letter on Safeguarding can be downloaded here

lineThe masthead is based on this view of the parish......kirkstall abbey painting

Thomas Girtin, Kirkstall Abbey, a watercolour
Yorkshire, England, AD 1800

This watercolour is signed and dated 1800, late in Girtin's career. A ruined abbey is set in a wide valley through which the River Aire meanders. In the background are hills and clumps of trees crowned by a typical English summer sky of moody clouds. In the foreground, a few farmers go about their work. Individual elements often regarded as 'picturesque' are treated with unexpected grandeur and seriousness.
The landscape appears unconfined, with the suggestion of great distances extending both to the sides and to the far horizon. Yet the viewer is drawn to focus on the white stones of the ruined abbey and the river which bends at this point, its water lit, the left bank in shadow. This effect of light and shade (chiaroscuro) is reinforced by the clouds which are dark and light, broken up by the clear blue sky and sunlight.
Thomas Girtin (1775-1802) and J.M.W.Turner, born in the same year, knew each other well. Both artists painted fine watercolours of English cathedrals and antiquities. Between 1793 and 1795 they worked side by side, copying watercolours by John Robert Cozens, learning from his subtleties of mood and technique. Girtin toured England on sketching trips, the tones of his watercolours developing from the cool grey blues of Cozens to his won warm browns and reds. He dies at the early age of twenty-seven, described by his contemporary, Joseph Farington (1747-1821) as 'a genius'.
J. Rowlands, Master drawings and watercolou (London, The British Museum Press, 1984)
L. Stainton, British landscape watercolours (London, The British Museum Press, 1985)
D. Hill, Thomas Girtin: genius in the N (Harewood House, Leeds, 1999)

(There is no sign of Cookridge tower on top of the hill! But interestingly it depicts the area of the new parish of Our Lady of Kirkstall rising up from the Aire valley - it hasn't changed a bit!).