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.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

We have a Bishop

It was a great relief to learn the Holy Father has appointed the tenth Bishop of Leeds in the person of Mgr Marcus Stock, who is a Priest of the archdiocese of Birmingham and Secretary to the Bishop's Conference.
I pray that Bishop-elect Stock will quickly settle in to his new role and wish him every happiness in his new position. Ad multos annos!
I shall write to his Lordship in the coming weeks to offer him our best wishes.
I should also like to put on record my sincere thanks to Mgr John Wilson for his solicitude over the last couple of years, especially in permitting Fr Wiley to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation in the absence of a Bishop in 2013 and for permitting an early celebration of the Easter Vigil earlier this year due to pastoral need.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Masses tomorrow:

11.30 a.m. Sacred Heart chapel, Broughton Hall
3.00 p.m. St. Joseph's, Castleford
3.00 p.m. St. Peter's Leeds Road, Laisterdyke, Bradford (Sung Mass)

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Pentecost XIII

Masses this weekend for the thirteenth Sunday of Pentecost:

Saturday - 6.00 p.m. Halifax, St. Mary's, Gibbet Street.

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

No Mass at Heckmondwike.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Holiday reflections

We have just returned from a very enjoyable rest in northern France. Mass last Sunday was offered by a priest of the Institute of Christ the King in the chapel of Our Lady of Fatima school at Chapelle d'Armentieres near Lille (pictured in the internet photo). This substantial chapel was filled to capacity with a lot of people (including us) standing at the back. What was instantly noticeable was the number of young and very young families. It was unusual to feel like a very old oldie at Mass and to hear little lots of little babies crying throughout the Mass as their older siblings were silent watching what was happening in the sanctuary. Also noticeable was the inevitable and seemingly unending stream of small children processing in and out with maman or papa for the customary visits to the toilet! Despite this activity the atmosphere was one of unity of purpose and absolute reverence. Another ICKSP priest heard confessions during Mass. At one point a little girl walked over to the priest for a little chat as he sat there and it was enchanting to watch her radiant little face as he was obviously telling her something very important sitting on the step of the box at his feet! The eldest server of a total of ten was about 15 and the youngest no older than 4 years old. The younger boys sat on the altar steps during the sermon. It was an occasion where the buzz expression of "community" fizzled away in my mind and there was a real sense of family. 
The ICKSP are to take charge of another church in northern England. As I reported earlier this year they are to become custodians of St Walburge's in Preston at the invitation of Bishop Campbell of Lancaster. The inaugural Mass of the Institute's tenure will take place in September and I shall post details later. It will be a solemn high Mass offered by Mgr Wach in the presence of Bishop Campbell. I hope that this church will also see standing room only in years to come.

Masses on Sunday in this diocese:

11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart chapel, Broughton Hall
3.00 p.m. St. Joseph's, Castleford

No Mass at Heckmondwike next week as Fr. Abberton will be in Lourdes.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Pentecost X

Masses this weekend:

Saturday - St Mary's Halifax at 6.00 p.m.
Sunday - Sacred Heart, Broughton at 11.00 a.m.
              St. Joseph's, Castleford at 3.00 p.m.
              Holy Spirit, Heckmondwike at 4.00 p.m.

Friday's Mass at Broughton for the Assumption saw a good attendance, a thought provoking sermon and was concluded with the litany of Loreto. Many thanks, as ever, to Fr. Parfitt for this. Reminder that Mass is offered each weekday in the old Rite at 9.30 a.m. and at 11.00 a.m. on Sundays.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Pentecost IX

Masses this weekend for the ninth Sunday after Pentecost:

Saturday St Mary's, Halifax 6.00 p.m.
Sunday   Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton 11.00 a.m.
              St. Peter's, Laisterdyke, Bradford 3.00 p.m. (sung)
              St. Joseph's, Castleford 3.00 p.m.
Reminder also that this week sees the feast of the Assumption. Mass at Broughton Hall at 11.00 a.m.