Saturday, April 30, 2016

Busy bees

A flash two day Ofsted monitoring visit and catch up controlled assessments at other schools in speaking and writing components have blighted my life for recent days. I have had no extra time to follow a less hectic and more enjoyable routine. I have neglected to advertise two important events in neighbouring Middlesbrough Diocese on Saturday.
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Tomorrow is the annual Solemn High Mass and procession in honour of St. Margaret Clitherow, a Blessed Martyr of York, starting at the Oratory of St. Wilfrid at 1.30 p.m.  The procession follows the Mass and starts at 3.00 p.m. concluding with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 4.00 p.m.

Following is an adapted copy of a notice which I received from the organiser of the Walk for Life.


With Our Lady of Guadalupe and the English Martyrs.
(Led by Franciscan Friars of the Renewal)

Coach departs Leeds, joyful mysteries of Rosary and introductory prayers
1.00 pm Procession departs from WEST PRECINCT OF MINSTER.

     Process to Margaret Clitheroe plaque, Ousebridge,(via St Margaret Clitheroe’s Shrine in the Shambles) for hymns, prayers, flower ceremony and naming the babies.

Process to the Bar Convent. Veneration of the relic of St. Margaret Clitheroe

Process to the Tyburn monument, Knavesmire for prayers

Process to Church of English Martyrs, Dalton Tce YO24 4DA
For final prayers and Benediction at 4.15pm. Followed by refreshments
Departs home 5.15

Both St. Wilfrid’s Church, Petersgate and
English Martyrs, Dalton Terrace are open for prayer all day.

NB please walk orderly in pairs, keeping close together, maintaining silence except for vocal prayers and hymns,
This is a walk of reparation for the sins against life

West Yorkshire Playhouse, 9.45 a.m.  

PAT 01132582745/07747698553

Masses in the Extraordinary Form on Sunday in the Diocese of Leeds are as follows:

Sunday              (Sung) Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton.                             11.00 a.m.
                           St. Joseph’s, Pontefract Road, Castleford.                                      3.00 p.m.

If all this were not enough I have undertaken to write an essay about the role of bees in scripture and tradition and have already spoken to several people.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Easter IV

Masses for the fourth Sunday of Easter are as follows:

Sunday              Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton.                                            11.00 a.m.
                           St. Joseph’s, Pontefract Road, Castleford.                                          3.00 p.m.
                           St. Anthony’s, Bradford Road, Clayton, Bradford.                            4.00 p.m.  

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Easter III

Masses this Sunday for the third Sunday of Easter are as follows:
Sunday              St. Anne’s Cathedral, Great George Street, Leeds.                        8.00 a.m.
                           Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton.                                         11.00 a.m.

                           St. Joseph’s, Pontefract Road, Castleford.                                       3.00 p.m.

Friday, April 8, 2016


Please note that due to illness and holiday leave there are no Masses at Our Lady of Lourdes tomorrow and St. Peter's on Sunday. Sincere apologies for this.

Masses on Sunday:
Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton. 11.00 a.m.
St. Joseph's, Pontefract Road, Castleford. 3.00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Triduum photos

Thanks to Mike Forbester for his patience explaining to me how to download some of his great pictures of the Sacred Triduum to put on the blog, below is a sample.

Imposition of incense before the procession the the altar of repose on Holy Thursday
 Good Friday - prostration
 The exposition of the Cross
 Easter Saturday - Lumen Christi

Elevation of the Sacred Host at Easter

Monday, April 4, 2016


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So far I have received three requests for children to be confirmed according to the books of 1962 and I shall contact the bishop about this before the end of the week. If you wish for your child to be confirmed please let me know so that you may be added to the list.

It has been most gratifying to learn of people's positive reactions to the recent Sacred Triduum at the Leeds University chaplaincy. Some people who had not experienced the ceremonies in this Rite were deeply moved by the its ritual and the incisive sermons delivered by Fr. Hall.  Father Kravos has also written to me to thank us for the collection for the holy places on Good Friday, which realised just under £100.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Low Sunday

Masses for Quasimodo Sunday or Divine Mercy Sunday are as follows:

11.00 a.m. Missa cantata at Sacred Heart chapel, Broughton Hall, Skipton
3.00 p.m. Low Mass at St. Joseph's, Pontefract Road, Castleford.

This is perhaps a wonderful opportunity to go to confession in this Year of Mercy and I'm sure either of the celebrants will hear confessions at call.

I was very pleased to see that the new Leeds Diocesan Website features a separate tab advertising the times of Mass in the Extraordinary Form and this blog, just as the Bishop promised it would be when I first met him.
It is under the Churches tab 

Friday, April 1, 2016


We have just returned from a few days away looking at Roman museums and ruins in Chester and Wroxeter. I was very surprised to find a prominent northern priest of liberal disposition saying the old Mass at an ecumenical centre (former  Anglican church) near Newport wearing a blue kimono and sitting cross-legged throughout the liturgy (versus populum before a tea tray) whilst a Sri Lankan gentleman played the sitar. The "sermon" was given by a United Reformed lady pastor who spoke about strength in unity whilst alluding also to her husband's double glazing business. Val and Russ (as they were called) are keen to develop links with other faith groups and already have contact with some Zoroastrians and a Rastafarian organization in Wolverhampton. It's a funny old world.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

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Masses for Easter Sunday:

Broughton Hall, Sacred Heart Chapel, 11.30 a.m.
Castleford, St Joseph's, 3.00 p.m.

Many thanks to everybody who made our Triduum such a success again this year, especially to the indefatigable Fr. Hall whose preaching was as potent and smart as ever, the servers, singers and all those who attended. God bless you all.

Saturday, March 19, 2016


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The time of year when we begin to recall the most sacred events in the history of the Church are once again upon us.
The times of the Masses for the whole week from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday are listed below. Please note there are some differences to the usual schedule.

Palm Sunday                                      (No Cathedral Mass)
                                Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton         11.00 a.m. ( singing and procession)
                                St. Joseph’s, Pontefract Road, Castleford.      3.00 p.m. (Low)

Monday                  Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton.          9.30 a.m.  
Tuesday                  Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton.          9.30 a.m.  

Spy Wednesday     Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton.          9.30 a.m.  

Holy Thursday       Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton.          5.00 p.m.  
                                 Notre Dame,  Leeds University chaplaincy, St. Mark's Avenue, Leeds, 7.30 p.m                                   with repose of the Blessed Sacrament and adoration until 9.15 p.m. (Reminder                                      that adoration continues after this time at the Cathedral).     

Good Friday           Notre Dame,  Leeds University chaplaincy, St. Mark's Avenue, Leeds, 3.00 p.m.                                  -with the traditional collection for the holy places.

Holy Saturday        Notre Dame, Leeds University chaplaincy, St. Mark's Avenue, Leeds, 3.00 p.m. 
                                 (to enable us to have the ceremony sung and followed by missa cantata.) Thanks                                  again to Mr. Murphy for agreeing to this. 
Easter Sunday         Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton.          11.00 p.m.  (With singing)
                                  St. Joseph’s, Pontefract Road, Castleford.        3.00 p.m.
                                                              (No Mass at Clayton)

I joined the Latin Mass Society in the very early 1980s. At that time the very best that the above could have read (but only very seldom did) would have registered only two "public" Masses in one week on consecutive days.
Yet, in context, Bishop Wheeler never refused permission for public celebration of the "old" Mass. At that time people came from near and far for the festive celebrations at Killingbeck Cemetery chapel for the first Mass of  Christmas and the Easter Vigil. This has continued to be the case.

Well over thirty years later we have a different bishop who not only willingly accepts celebration of the Extraordinary Form (regularly offered at his request in the cathedral) but who is in the process of learning to offer this rite of Mass himself.

Bishop Stock has also agreed that those attached to the older Rites should become a natural and regular part of an easily accessible parish, with freedom to access all of the Sacraments. As I have reported before consultation is now underway to come to a decision before the first Sunday of September.

The first time I met the Bishop he expressed his desire to administer Sacrament of Confirmation for those eligible to receive it.  Please let me know if your child is eligible and you wish the bishop to confer the Sacrament.

In the meantime please consider attending some part of the Triduum at Notre Dame.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Passion Sunday

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Masses this weekend for the fifth Sunday of Lent are as follows:

Saturday          (Vigil Mass) Our Lady of Lourdes, Cardigan Road, Leeds.            5.30 p.m.          
Sunday              Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton.                                        11.00 a.m.
                           (Sung)  St. Peter’s, Leeds Road, Laisterdyke, Bradford.                3.00 p.m.

                           St. Joseph’s, Pontefract Road, Castleford.                                      3.00 p.m.


Friday, March 4, 2016

Laetare Sunday

Masses for the feast of the fourth Sunday of Lent are as follows:

Sunday              (Sung) Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton.         11.00 a.m.

                           St. Joseph’s, Pontefract Road, Castleford.                   3.00 p.m.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Third Sunday of Lent

Masses for this weekend - already the third Sunday of Lent. 

Following the astonishingly beautiful Gospel recalling the Transfiguration last week, this Sunday's Gospel is much harder to understand and demands our reading and thinking as well as our hearing, wondering and imagining, I am looking forward to Father Abberton's sermon about this week's readings. 
Sunday              Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton.                                      11.00 a.m.
                           St. Joseph’s, Pontefract Road, Castleford.                                     3.00 p.m.
                               St. Anthony’s, Bradford Road, Clayton, Bradford. BD14 6HW   4.00 p.m.   

Unfortunately I couldn't get to the Mass at Broughton on Friday morning which was offered by Bishop Schneider but our Mr O'Dowd was able to attend and has sent me some photos. When I transfer the images in a compatible format I'll post them on this blog.  Bishop Schneider is in Warrington tomorrow and I look forward to reading what he says.

I only very recently learned of the death of Mrs Winefride Lynch (Pickles) who before her illness was a regular attendee at many of our Killingbeck Masses. May she rest in peace. 

Friday, February 19, 2016

Second Sunday in Lent

Masses this weekend are as follows:

Sunday              St. Anne’s Cathedral, Great George Street, Leeds.              8.00 a.m.
                           Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton.                             11.00 a.m.

                           St. Joseph’s, Pontefract Road, Castleford.                           3.00 p.m.

Following my meeting with the Bishop earlier this week I had a very nice e-mail today from him thanking me for meeting with him, which I found very thoughtful and touching. Watch this space as things unfold for us. Please also try to support our existing Masses. We are again to have the Sacred Triduum at Notre Dame at Easter thanks to Fathers Hall and Kravos.