Friday, November 28, 2014

Happy new year

Advent is upon us.

Masses this weekend

Saturday (Vigil) St Mary's, Gibbet Street, Halifax. 6.00 p.m.
Sunday              Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton. 11.00 a.m. (Missa cantata)
                        St. Joseph's, Pontefract Road, Castleford. 3.00 p.m.

Reminder that there is Mass every day except Sundays at Sacred Heart, Broughton at 9.30 a.m.

On Wednesday I shall be giving my little talk at the Cathedral's Wheeler Hall as part of the regular series, this is the third in this present series. My topic is about the life, works and influence of Monsignor Ronald Knox. Squeezing this into 40 odd minutes will be interesting, I hope. The talk starts at 7.00 p.m.

Friday, November 21, 2014

XXIV and last Sunday of Pentecost

Already the last Sunday after Pentecost. Tempus fugit! Next week we see the first Sunday of Advent and the start of the Church's new year.


Saturday (Vigil) 6.00 p.m. St. Mary's, Gibbet Street, Halifax
Sunday              11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart Chapel, Broughton Hall, Skipton
                          3.00 p.m. St. Joseph's, Pontefract Road, Castleford

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Ad multos annos, Bishop Stock


The above picture of our new Bishop, Marcus Stock is from the Leeds Diocese's website. I hope they do not mind my using it.
 May I take this opportunity to wish His Lordship all good wishes and prayers on his episcopal ordination as 10th bishop of Leeds.

Ad multos annos!

This weekend's Masses for Pentecost XXIII include:

Saturday (Vigil) St Mary's, Gibbet Street, Halifax, 6.00 p.m.
Sunday               Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton, 11.00 a.m.
                         St. Joseph's, Pontefract Rd. Castleford, 3.00 p.m. 

A Catholic colleague at school today told me that she had recently seen my talk about Monsignor Ronald Knox advertised (on the Cathedral noticeboard) for December in the Wheeler Hall . This scared me as I still have a lot to do to it having started and roughly finished it in May. Details to follow.

Please remember to pray for those who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith in this month of November dedicated as ever to the souls of the faithful departed.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Requiem Masses of Remembrance

This weekend there will be several Masses which fulfil the Sunday obligation.

Saturday - Sung Mass of Requiem- Leeds University Chaplaincy- Notre Dame, St. Mark's Avenue, Leeds, 4.00 p.m. Thanks to Fr. Kravos for this.
             Also    St. Mary's, Gibbet Street, Halifax. 6.00 p.m.
Sunday 11.00 a.m  Sacred Heart Chapel,  Broughton Hall, Skipton
             3.00 p.m. St. Peter's, Laisterdyke, Leeds Road, Bradford (Requiem)
             3.00 p.m. St. Joseph's, Pontefract Road, Castleford.


Apologies to Fr Smith of Harrogate.
I forgot to announce another extra Mass on Sunday

4.00 p.m. St. Joseph's, Skipton Road, Bilton, Harrogate (Requiem)

Friday, October 31, 2014

All Saints and All Souls

Masses this weekend:

Saturday (Vigil) 6.00 p.m. St. Mary's, Gibbet Street, Halifax.
Sunday             11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton (sung)
                         3.00 p.m. St. Joseph's Pontefract Road, Castleford
                         4.00 p.m. Holy Spirit, Bath Road, Heckmondwike

Monday             11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

This week

It will not have escaped the notice of some readers of this blog that this is the start of half-term. This has been a long half-term and I am glad to have breathing space to catch up on my extra-curricular activities. I have to finish preparing my forthcoming December talk at the Cathedral on the life of Mgr Knox, fix up some wardrobes and do the garden. Simple!

Masses for the fourth Sunday of the month are  at the usual venues and times - Halifax, Saturday 6.00 p.m., Broughton Hall, Sunday 11.00 a.m. and St. Joseph's Castleford, 3.00 p.m. It is of course the Feast of Christ the King.

During the coming week there will be two differences to the regular schedule,

On Tuesday there will be a sung Mass at Pateley' Bridge's beautiful medieval chapel at Bewerley Grange. This will be at 11.30 a.m. All hopeless cases welcome.

On Wednesday morning the funeral of Mgr. Boyle takes place at Glasgow Cathedral. Fr. Parfitt will also offer a Mass of Requiem for Mgr Boyle (who often attended Mass at Broughton when on holiday) on Wednesday morning at 11.00 a.m.

Thanks as always to Fr. Parfitt for offering these Masses.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Of your charity

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Mgr Canon Hugh Boyle, who died today at the home of the Little Sisters of the Poor in Glasgow. He was 79 and in the 52nd year of his sacred ministry. 

Mgr Boyle was a great friend to the Latin Mass Society - especially in this diocese and to Una Voce in Scotland. When I joined the LMS thirty four years ago it was Mgr Boyle who was one of the regular celebrants I remember from the start, offering Masses regularly each year at St. John's, Normanton and at the shrine of St. Margaret Clitherow in York. Mgr Boyle was celebrant at the first solemn high Mass at St Joseph's, Bradford since 1970 and by chance offered the first Mass at Killingbeck Cemetery chapel following the release of the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum.

In his own diocese of Glasgow Mgr Hugh was a former Archdiocesan Chancellor and Administrator of the Cathedral.

A very pragmatic, erudite and honest man, Mgr always had a kind word and a dry sense of humour. Despite his failing health I was saddened and shocked to learn of his death and my prayers go out to his family in Leeds, London and Glasgow. I shall ask Fr. Parfitt to offer Mass for the repose of his soul and I ask Almighty God to let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Pentecost XIX

Masses this weekend:

Saturday (Vigil) 6.00 p.m. St. Mary's, Halifax

Sunday 11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton
            3.00 p.m.  St. Joseph's, Pontefract Road, Castleford
            4.00 p.m.  Holy Spirit, Bath Road, Heckmondwike

Holy Michael Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke we humbly pray, and do thou Prince of the heavenly host, thrust down to hell, Satan and all wicked spirits who wander the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Mater ecclesia

And the tempest-tossed Church, all her eyes are on thee, as they look to thy shining sweet star of the sea.
Mater Ecclesia, ora pro nobis

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Pentecost XVIII

Masses this weekend:

Saturday, Vigil Mass, Halifax, St. Mary's 6.00 p.m.

Sunday, 11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton
                3.00 p.m. St. Peter's, Leeds Road, Laisterdyke, Bradford (Sung)
                3.00 p.m. St. Joseph's, Pontefract Road, Castleford

Advance notice - Mass at Bewerley Grange chapel near Pateley Bridge,  October 28th. 11.30 a.m. This will be a sung Mass. Thanks to Fr. Parfitt and Sr. Mary Cuthbert for this.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Pentecost XVII

Masses this weekend:

Saturday 6.00 p.m. St. Mary's Halifax
Sunday  11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton (Sung)
                 3.00 p.m. St. Joseph's, Castleford.
                 4.00 p.m. Holy Spirit, Heckmondwike

Confessions at call.


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Pentecost XVI

Masses for this weekend

Saturday (Vigil) 6.00 p.m. St. Mary's, Halifax

Sunday 11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton
               3.00 p.m. St. Joseph's, Pontefract Rd. Castleford

Due to blocked fuel pipe I was unable to attend the Mass at Preston today, but by all accounts it was a tremendous occasion with standing room only. I wish the Institute all the best in their new venture and pray that their presence will revitalise Catholic life in that area.

Friday, September 26, 2014

St. Walburge's Preston

Pontifical High Mass this Saturday (27th September) at noon at St. Walburge's, Preston. The music will be provided by the Seminarians of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest and the celebrant Mgr Gilles Wach of the Institute.
I know there are people coming from far and near to hear this Mass which will be offered in the presence of Bishop Michael Campbell OSA, Bishop of Lancaster, who has offered the church to the Institute, who are also custodians of Ss Peter, Paul and Philomena in New Brighton.

Church address:  Weston Street, Preston PR2 2QE

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Pentecost XV

Masses this weekend:

Saturday - Vigil Mass, St. Mary's, Halifax, 6.00 p.m.

Sunday - Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton, 11.00 a.m.
               St. Joseph's, Pontefract, 3.00 p.m.
               Holy Spirit, Bath Road, Heckmondwike, 4.00 p.m.

Please pray for our new bishop.