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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In 2015 Pope Francis instituted September 1st to be a special day of prayer for creation. It marks the beginning of Creation Time that runs through to October 4th, the feast of   St Francis of Assisi, patron of the environment. In Laudato Si’,  the  encyclical letter that he addressed to the whole world, Pope Francis says: “Let ours be a time remembered for the awakening of a new reverence for life, the firm resolve to achieve sustainability, the quickening of the struggle for justice and peace, and the joyful celebration of life” (para 207). But he also challenges each one of us, saying: “Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience. All of us can cooperate as instruments of God for the care of creation”.

This year the day of prayer for creation is on a Sunday and we have an opportunity to reflect on Live Simply in the parish.

M McSherry 

For further tips see LiveSimply

‘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