Welcome to the
parish of
St Mary & St Michael, Settle


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.

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

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Diocese of Leeds Registered Charity No. 249404

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“Saint Francis…invites us to see nature as a magnificent book in which God speaks to us and grants us a glimpse of his infinite beauty and goodness…For this reason, Francis asked that part of the friary garden always be left untouched, so that wild flowers and herbs could grow there, and those who saw them could raise their minds to God, the Creator of such beauty”. (Laudato Sí; §12).

 Maybe give the weeding and lawn mower a rest for a couple of weeks?

For further tips see LiveSimply

Refugee ReSETTLEment Community Sponsorship – as part of living in solidarity with the poor the parish has committed to take a significant role in the community volunteer group, planning with the Home Office to enable a Syrian family displaced by the war to settle and flourish here. At this stage there are groups looking for housing, teaching English, Arabic interpreters, planning publicity and finance. They need more help now with each of these areas and to build up fundraising and safeguarding teams; nearer the time volunteers for transport, accompanying to appointments, help with IT, etc.  It is much better if lots of people can each do a bit. To find out more or offer help contact Paul Kelly at settle.refugee@gmail.com  or come along and listen at the next group meeting. There are some flyers and contact forms on our meeting room table at St Mary & St Michael's church.

Listen to Dr. Paul Kelly being interviewed about the . . .

. . . Syrian Resettlement Project.

‘The cry of the earth and the cry of the poor’

An introduction to Pope Francis’s encyclical, 

Laudato Sí’

In a recent riveting talk Peter Hampson explained how Laudato Si’ draws on Catholic teaching and theology to understand the crises in ecology, society and finance. Pope Francis raises some big challenges for us as nations, as churches, and as individuals. We will ask for the talk to be repeated in Spring – really not to be missed, especially as the encyclical is the basis for the LiveSimply award.

Peter focussed on the Pope’s words about climate change and pollution, water, biodiversity, the quality of life, social breakdown and global inequality. Many issues must be addressed by politicians but we each play our own part. From the pledges after our launch week-end 14 parishioners will only buy things they need and avoid special offers that lead to waste, 15 plan meals carefully to only buy the food we need, and 13 parishioners have promised to not ‘shop until you drop’. So much for Black Friday!

Here is a transcript of the talk ‘The cry of the earth and the cry of the poor


    Mass Times

      Saturday Vigil 6.00pm

       Sunday 11.15am

       Tuesday 10.00am 

       Thursday 10.00am

       Friday 12.00 noon

       Holy Days 7.00pm


        Saturday 5.15 - 5.45pm
        & on request

        Baptisms & Weddings

        By appointment


Memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church
added to liturgical calendar . . .
 On Saturday 3rd March 2018, the Vatican announced Pope Francis’ decision that the Church celebrate the Blessed Virgin Mary in her role as "Mother of the Church" every year on the Monday after Pentecost, as a way to foster Marian piety and the maternal sense of the Church. . . .Catholic News Agency