Welcome to the parish of St Mary St Michael

The church of St Mary & St Michael is situated in the market town of Settle in North Yorkshire. 

Our parish serves a most beautiful area of Yorkshire and includes much of the Southern Dales part of the National Park, and part of the Forest of Bowland, one of the country's designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.


The church of St Boniface in Bentham is also served from this parish. See St Boniface

Parish Priest:
Rev. Father Francis Smith, 
The Presbytery, Tillman Close, Craven Terrace, SETTLE, North Yorkshire, 
BD24 9RA

Settle     01729 822525
Bentham 015242 61315

Website: http://www.ssmaryandmichael.co.uk

Click here for the Parish Facebook page 

Please click here for the WEEKLY BULLETIN

Diocese of Leeds Registered Charity No. 249404

Along with all the other very kind offers in our communities, If you live in Settle or Bentham or the surrounding areas following the announcement of no Free School Meal vouchers for FSM receiving children during half term or Christmas holidays. Just so you know, if you run out of food or necessities, or times are just tough, please don’t let you or your kids go to sleep on an empty stomach. Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to send me a private message. I will do what I can to help. It may simply be a case of dropping off a food parcel and leaving. No one need know.

Bless you.

Father Francis Smith.

Parish Priest

In July representatives from all the major UK faith groups –for the Catholics Bishop John Arnold - signed an open letter to the government urging it to ensure that its economic recovery strategy is centred on the urgent need to reduce the risk of catastrophic climate change. “We call on government to implement policies for sustainability in every sector of the economy and take its due share of responsibility for a global and just transition, including through its approach to trade, investment and overseas aid.”
Remarkably all the faiths committed to the goals of the Laudato Si encyclical including we “Undertake to Speak out urgently about the need for change; Promote the vision of the earth as our common home which must be shared equitably; Protect biodiversity and restore natural environments” and “Model what we teach.” Every sector of civil society should use this opportunity to work together to create a better world: LiveSimply!


CAFOD has joined forces with the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) to help millions of vulnerable people whose lives are at risk as the pandemic spreads into refugee camps and countries suffering conflict. Just enabling hand washing and providing PPE, health advice and food parcels can make a huge difference. You can donate directly through DEC or at cafod.org.uk/donations


Sadly abortion is currently available in the UK right up to birth for babies with cleft lip, cleft palate and club foot. All of these conditions can be corrected. 

A cross-party group of MPs from the three largest parties in the UK Parliament have come together to bring forward the Abortion (Cleft lip, cleft palate and club foot) Bill. The Bill will change the law to clarify that cleft palate, cleft lip, and club foot are not grounds for abortion in the UK. You can find out more about the Bill and the families supporting it at www.standupandsmile.org.uk

We are encouraging members of the public to write to their MP asking them to support this sensible piece of legislation.

Father Francis Smith.

Parish Priest


 Coronavirus Update


As from today (5th November), public Masses have been suspended. Mass will be live streamed 10.00amSunday 10.00am Tuesday 10.00am Wednesday 10.00am Thursday and 12.00pm Friday.

I do plan to open church for private prayer however that is dependent on Stewards being available and prepared to be present. Further info on this to come soon.

Please keep checking the parish website for updates, spiritual and other information.

If you should need anything at all which I can help with please call me on the parish telephone number above.

Take care of yourselves, pray for each other and may God bless you and your families.

Fr. Frank 



    Mass Times at St Mary & St Michael (live streamed through Facebook page RevFrank Smith.)     


        Sunday                                   10.00am

        Tuesday                                  10.00am

        Wednesday                              10.00am

        Thursday                                 10.00am

        Friday                                      12.00pm

Private Prayer

Chris and Anne have agreed to open St Mary and St Michael's Church on Tuesday from 11.00am to 12.00 pm for private prayer. If no-one avails themselves of this opportunity then it won't happen during the rest of 'lockdown'.

‘Livestreaming’ mass in the 16th century.

At the height of the 16th century plague, the city of Milan imposed a quarantine and nobody could attend church. The archbishop of Milan, St Charles Borromeo, had altars set up in the streets so that people could see Mass celebrated from their windows.

WEEKLY OFFERTORY - If you have envelopes please save these each week and put them into the collection once church reopens, likewise, if you are a cash giver, OR, you could post your offerings through my door.
OTHER WAYS TO SUPPORT OUR PARISH - To contribute £5 to our parish Offertory, please text: Church Settle to 70500, you will then get a text thanking you for your donation to the Diocese of Leeds, which they will identify as our parish due to the code Settle.
OR, make a direct online payment, or set up a standing order. If you have offertory envelopes please quote your envelope number as a reference. Our bank details are: Name: Diocese of Leeds St Marys & St Michaels Settle Sort Code: 40-27-15 Account No. 61224972
Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.