Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Lockdown 2

I must confess to feeling dejected by today's vote in the Commons today which prevents public acts of worship for all those of faith communities. 

Our own Bishop Stock has added his voice to that of the Cardinal Nichols and Archbishop McMahon in a letter to Boris Johnson.  The Leeds diocesan website reports the following:  

"The global spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a fast-evolving situation. From Thursday, 5 November to Wednesday, 2 December, the Government has said that places of worship in England, including Catholic churches, will only be permitted to open for private individual prayer and funerals.

Bishop Marcus has contacted the Prime Minister, adding his personal request to the statement made on behalf of all the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales by the CBCEW President and Vice-President, Cardinal Nichols and Archbishop McMahon, that churches be allowed to stay open for worship and religious services throughout the forthcoming period of national ‘lock-down’.

In the letter, the Bishop told Mr Johnson:

‘Our human nature is comprised of body and spirit, and the spirit is sustained by hope. It is in the heart that hope is born and builds within us the resilience we need to face the challenges in our lives. What I ask you is, please help places of worship to sustain hope in the hearts of a great many people of our country.’ 

Bishop Marcus has asked that both lay faithful and clergy circulate his letter and the CBCEW statement and contact their MPs with all speed to request that the Government’s guidance be amended to allow places of worship to remain open for acts of worship and religious services. 

This means that there will be no public Masses in the the EF or OF for a month in our Diocese.

Oremus pro invicem.

Friday, October 30, 2020

All Saints and All Souls

Sunday is the Feast of All Saints.  Monday is the Feast of All Souls.

Mass on Sunday at 1.00 p.m. at St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford and again  on Monday at 5.00 p.m. Confessions at call. 

Please remember the indulgences which can be obtained at this time of year for the Holy Souls in purgatory. 

The annual Mass of Requiem at Leeds Cathedral will go ahead this year on Saturday 21st. November at the main altar at 3.00 p.m. We hope that it will be a missa cantata.  

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Christ the King

This Sunday is the Feast of Christ the King - the eternal high Priest. 

This feast was instituted by Pope Pius XI in his 1925 encyclical Quas Primus.

While the encyclical that established this feast was addressed to Catholic bishops, Pope Pius XI wanted this feast to impact the laity.
“The faithful, moreover, by meditating upon these truths, will gain much strength and courage, enabling them to form their lives after the true Christian ideal. If to Christ our Lord is given all power in heaven and on earth; if all men, purchased by his precious blood, are by a new right subjected to his dominion; if this power embraces all men, it must be clear that not one of our faculties is exempt from his empire. He must reign in our minds, which should assent with perfect submission and firm belief to revealed truths and to the doctrines of Christ. He must reign in our wills, which should obey the laws and precepts of God. He must reign in our hearts, which should spurn natural desires and love God above all things, and cleave to him alone. He must reign in our bodies and in our members, which should serve as instruments for the interior sanctification of our souls, or to use the words of the Apostle Paul, as instruments of justice unto God.”

Holy Mass at 1.00 p.m. at St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford. Please remember to bring a mask. Confession available before Mass at request.

Reminder that there is Mass on Wednesday evenings at 6.00 p.m. at St. Winefride's church, Wibsey, Bradford and on Thursday mornings at 9.30 a.m. at St. Anthony's, Clayton, also in Bradford. 

I am hoping to arrange a Mass of Requiem for Bishop Wheeler at Leeds Cathedral in November. Details to follow.

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Pentecost XIX -Missa cantata

I'm pleased to announce that we are going to attempt a covidtime sung Mass this Sunday at St. Joseph's, Bradford. This will be the first public sung Mass since March. Holy Communion is distributed on the tongue. l have received some very encouraging comments recently about the EF Mass at St. Joseph's from priests and people. l hope it isn't too long before the Bishop is able to offer Mass and administer the Sacrament of Confirmation according to the books in use in 1962. 

It is pleasing to see the sustained good numbers at Mass. Please remember to register and to bring your masks. It will be good to leave church with the smell of freshly burned incense in the nostrils.

Friday, October 2, 2020

Pentecost XVIII etc

Friday October 2nd - First Friday

Mass - Feast of the Guardian Angels

St. John the Evangelist - Cooper Lane, Bradford  6.00 p.m.

St. Austin's  - Wentworth Terrace, Wakefield  7.30 p.m.

This Sunday -  October 3rd is the Eighteenth Sunday of Pentecost 


St. Joseph's - Pakington Street, Bradford 1.00 p.m. 

Please remember masks and to make your reservation. Increasing numbers at this Mass suggest we may need to adopt an extra usher even as the darkening evenings of autumn approach. 

We owe Bishop Stock a great deal of gratitude for permitting reception of Holy Communion on the tongue at both Forms of the Mass in this diocese. This privilege has sadly not been afforded to other places.

I hope that traditional missals and prayer books will shortly be available in the repository at St. Joseph's, Bradford. I am going to arrange for Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament after a Sunday Mass in the next few weeks and will post details shortly.  

I am pleased to announce the birth of our sixth grandchild - Felicity May Stephens, who weighed in at 8lb 6oz on Tuesday. Mum and baby both doing fine. 

Friday, September 25, 2020

Pentecost XVII

Mass at 1.00 p.m. on Sunday at St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford. Please register beforehand and remember facemasks.

Today (Friday) saw the first public Mass in many years at St Robert's, Harrogate. The occasion was the Requiem Mass of Austin Jennings who had been a loyal attendee at the EF Mass for many years. RIP.  His nephew, Mgr Grogan offered the Mass. 

Mgr Grogan offers Mass at 6.00 p.m. at St. Winefride's, Wibsey, Bradford.

The Thursday morning Masses at St. Anthony's, Clayton continue at 9.30 a.m. 

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Pentecost XV

Mass on Sunday at St. Joseph's, Bradford at 1.00 p.m. Holy Communion distributed on the tongue.

I have been in Krakow this week in an attempt to improve my execrable Polish and to enjoy the wonderful culture. Again I was able to hear Mass every day. Tuesday's Mass for the feast of our Lady's birthday was a sung Mass and I was moved to be able to join in with missa viii  - de angelis . The hymn to our Lady at the offertory brought a lump to my throat. I have not attended a sung Mass in England since March. 

Reminder that there is Mass on Wednesday evenings at St. Winefride's, Wibsey at 6.00 p.m. and on Thursday mornings at St. Anthony's, Clayton at 9.30 a.m.