The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878

The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878


Gap Year Opportunities

Have you ever considered taking a gap year? There are plenty of amazing opportunities for you to learn new skills, develop your gifts, live in community, meet people from all over the world, work with young people from across the country and grow in your faith by volunteering in a Catholic Retreat Centre or Organisation! 

Residential Retreat Centres

Alton Castle

Alton, Staffordshire


St Helens

The Briars

Crich, Derbyshire

Castlerigg Manor

Keswick, Cumbria

Savio House

Bollington, Cheshire

Soli House

Alton, Staffordshire

SPEC Centre

Pinner, London

St Cassian’s

Kintbury, Berkshire

St Vincent’s

Whitstable, Kent


Glasgow, Scotland

Walsingham House

Brentwood, Essex


Consett, Durham

Other Gap Year Opportunities

Bosco Volunteer Action

Catenian Bursary Fund

Jesuit Missions

Cafod Step into the Gap


The Year of the Word (The God Who Speaks) is here and this Advent we invite you to spend time preparing for Christmas with the Gospel readings for each day.

We would like to thank our 25 contributors who are from all over the Diocese of Leeds. These include members of the youth leadership team, The Twelve, as well as clergy, young people and adults from parishes and schools.

In these resources you will find the Gospel passage for each day of Advent and a short reflection on it. These resources can be used in personal reflection, collective worship, as part of a Lectio Divina and much more!

God Speaks In Advent Booklet

God Speaks In Advent PowerPoint



Novena to Our Lady of Unfailing Help

Join The Twelve, the Youth Leadership Team for the Diocese of Leeds in praying the Novena to Our Lady of Unfailing Help who was declared the principal patron of the newly-created Diocese of Leeds in 1878. In the midst of the current challenges we face during he Covid-19 pandemic, we have a great opportunity to be united in prayer.

Click Here to Download the Novena.