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There will be Mass at St Lawrence's Church on Lawrence St at 7pm this Wednesday 19/1 to mark the beginning of a week of prayer for Christian Unity.
There will be a listening session for the Synod 2021-2023 at 5pm on Sunday 23rd January in St George's church.
It is a chance to listen to others as we think about how to "journey together" in our parish community.
Anyone and everyone is welcome to come. The session lasts about an hour.
For any questions and if you want to take part but can't make that day or time, please email
Some details below from Rosemary's family of arrangements for her funeral next Tuesday 18th January at 10:30am at English Martyrs Church.
Dear friends,
We will be celebrating the life of Rosemary ‘Bud’ Bentley on Tuesday 18th January 2022.
Rosemary will journey with her family from their home on to Bishopthorpe Road, down to Scarcroft Road and across to the service at English Martyrs church on Dalton Terrace.
For those who do not feel comfortable attending the service we welcome you to line our route, should you wish, from around 10.00 am. It would be lovely to see your smiling faces.
There will be a Requiem Mass at 10.30 and all are welcome to attend the church, providing government guidance does not change. We ask that you wear a splash of colour with your mourning attire, as Rosemary would have wanted.
We welcome the congregation to enjoy light refreshments at English Martyrs Church Hall after the service, where the family will join after attending a private ceremony at Bishopthorpe Crematorium.
At the request of the family we would only like flowers from close relatives but should you wish to contribute then donations to St Leonard’s Hospice will be greatly appreciated.
We thank everyone who has extended messages of condolence and for those who have shared memories of how Rosemary has touched their life in some way.
So please join us, if you can, to pay tribute to this wonderful woman that we have been so lucky to have known.



May her soul and the souls of all the faithfully departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen

RIP Rosemary Bentley.


As we all try to make small changes to get back to celebrating Mass in person, we have decided to discontinue the streaming of Sunday morning Mass after this Sunday 16th Jan.
Viewing numbers have dropped off significantly in the last 2 months, which hopefully is a sign that more parishioners are able to attend Mass in person.
If for any reason you are still relying on a regular stream of Mass then there are very good alternatives from the Cathedral at Middlesbrough:
and from Walsingham Priory:




St George's Fairtrade Stall - Every Sunday after 10.30 Mass
Fairtrade changes the way trade works through better prices, decent working conditions and a fairer deal for farmers and workers in developing countries.
The Fairtrade premium helps provide funding for community projects including education, sanitation and basic health provision.
Very many thanks to all who have supported St George's Fairtrade stall over the years. We now carry a range of 25 plus food items for sale together with greetings cards.
Please pay with cash - change can be given
Very many thanks
Frances & Dennis




The first sessions in our parish will be this weekend in the church:
Saturday 8th January after 10am Mass
Sunday 9th January after 10.30am Mass
Everyone (YES that includes YOU) is very welcome to join us. We will listen to the Holy Spirit and each other as we share how to journey together in our parish.
The meetings will last about 1 hour.
There will be other opportunities to join in the process. If you want to join in but aren't able to make these sessions for any reason, please contact Katy Iggulden ( or speak to one of us.
We can be flexible and will explore other options for in person and online involvement.
Fr Jerry, Marika Gatt Sacco, Marcel Gatt, Damian Rooney, Katy Iggulden
Norman Fowler, former Head Teacher of St George's School, has very kindly written a heartfelt and moving tribute to Rosemary for us, as follows:
Rosemary died on Christmas Eve after being hospitalised after a serious fall the previous day.
Rosemary was an extraordinary woman loved by everyone who met her. People quickly realised that this energetic talented lady was there to help.
Rosemary wanted nothing in return but her kindness and talent touched so many lives. As a consequence she was valued and respected around the City. Countless children’s and adult’s lives were enriched by knowing her.
She loved the world and cared for it by taking on tasks which made the world a better place. Rosemary was a joy giver and a positive, life enhancing force.
She was a teaching assistant at St George’s School where her contribution to the life of the school had many parents believing that she was the deputy headteacher! She was always there for the children and the staff.
The plays presented in school or in various theatres around York were always outstanding due in large part to her attention to detail and her thoroughness. She took charge of the set design and costumes, every last detail.
The garden at school was designed by her and she engaged the children in all aspects of the work.
Rosemary’s contribution to the life of the city was multifarious, too much to encompass in this brief account. Suffice to say she is irreplaceable.
We send our love and prayers to her family and thank God for the life of this wonderful woman.
Norman Fowler
We learned over the Christmas weekend that Rosemary passed away very suddenly on Christmas Eve.
This is bound to be a great shock to her many friends in the parish and former colleagues and pupils at St George's school where Rosemary worked for many years.
We will publish more details of arrangements once we have them and in the meantime our thoughts and prayers are very much with her husband Hugo and their family.
RIP Rosemary
We learned today that Pat sadly passed away recently. Pat was a member of St George's Parish for many many years and will be remembered fondly by many of our current parishioners.
Pat will be received into Church at 4pm on Monday 20th December.
The Requiem Mass is on Tuesday 21st December @ 12 noon.
May Pat's soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen

FAIRTRADE AT St GEORGE'S - Every Sunday after 10.30 Mass

We have a good selection of Christmas cards which can now be bought from the stall

Other Fairtrade goods are available - either refer to the Price List at the back of church (copies may be taken away) or view on St George's Facebook page.

Please order these goods using the Order Forms provided and pay with exact money (cash only please) on collection of goods.

Thank you for supporting producers in the developing world

Frances & Dennis


The Advent Scripture Group will be meeting via Zoom on Wednesdays at 7.30pm for about an hour - 24th November, 1st, 8th, 15th December.  Everyone is welcome - email to join us. More details by following this link:

Praying with Scripture Group


We restarted Children's Liturgy at Sunday morning Mass for any school age children who haven't made their First Holy Communion. More details by following this link:

Children's Liturgy


A supply of 2022 Diaries are now available at the back of Church, priced at £5 each.
We are making plans for next year’s Holy Communion programme. Parents of children in year 4, who are from the Parish but are not at St George’s school, please contact Ann Ripley or Liz Goldstein if you would like your child to join the group.
Please email to register interest or for more information.


The thoughts and prayers of all the parish are with Martin, Benedict and Lucy Thorpe at this time. Debbie passed away peacefully on Sunday evening after a long and brave resistance to a most debilitating health condition. Throughout, Debbie never lost her faith and attended Mass with Martin whenever practical. Martin and Debbie have been an inspiration to many in the parish for their positivity and patience throughout the last decade. RIP Debbie.


Steve (Holder) would love to hear from past servers who would like to return or any new recruits.

Email the bulletin address:

or drop a note through the Rectory door addressed to Steve.



Here is the link to take you to a high quality recording of the Funeral Mass for Monsignor Seamus Kilbane RIP on St George's YouTube Channel:

We have been very moved by the number of messages and tributes that have followed the news of Seamus passing away earlier this week. We thought parishioners would like to read more about his various ministries.
Seamus was born in Mount Bellew, County Galway on 28 July 1930. He went to St Patrick’s Seminary in Thurles and was ordained on 10 June 1956. His first parish as a curate was at Corpus Christi in Hull from 1956 to 1960. He was moved to St Peter’s in South Bank as a curate from 1960 to 1963 then he was moved to St Andrew’s in Teesville as a curate from 1963 to 1967.
Between 1967 and 1968, he went to Corpus Christi College for the Institution of Religious Education in Bayswater, London and returned in 1968 to be appointed as curate at the Sacred Heart in Redcar. In 1971, he was appointed chaplain at Endsleigh College in Hull for one year and in 1972, he was appointed parish priest at St Mary & St Joseph’s in Pocklington.
He returned to being chaplain for the Endsleigh students from Hull College of Higher Education from 1973 to 1979 and during that time took up his appointment as parish priest in 1976 at St Anthony & Our Lady of Mercy in Hull. In 1982, he was given the title of Monsignor and was moved to St George’s in York as parish priest up until 1995. In 1995 until 2002, he was moved as the parish priest to St Peter & St Paul in Leyburn and in 2002, he retired in York and then moved to the Holy Name Care Home in Hull.
Seamus did a great deal of work for education in this part of the world and was indeed a very educated man himself.
His funeral took place at St George’s in York on Friday 23 July 2021 and he is buried in York cemetery. 
A high quality recording of the Funeral Mass is available via this link:
We thought parishioners would be interested to know what is happening with the site opposite Church which houses the former Tramways Club. The developers have contacted us to say they have submitted a planning application for a residential development to be called "St George's Terrace". The full details are available by following this link:
The website also includes a facility to send any comments directly to the developers.


The Mass readings for each day of the week are available via the following link:

Link to today's liturgy




We stream all our services from St George’s Church via our Facebook page:

High quality recordings of Holy Mass are also available the same day on our You Tube Channel:

Live streams of Holy Mass from the Cathedral in Middlesbrough are also broadcast from the Diocesan You Tube Channel