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.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Latest LMS video

The LMS has produced another excellent instructional video about the Mass and the direction the priest faces whilst offering the sacrifice.
Please copy, paste and follow this link :
I have tried to embed this video with little success and the children are all away. Sorry to do it the old fashioned way.

Monday, August 4, 2014

100 years

100 years

Requiescant in pace.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Pentecost VIII

Sunday Masses this weekend are as follows:

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

Sunday at Broughton Hall, Skipton. 11.00 a.m. *
                Castleford, St. Joseph's. 3.00 p.m.
                Heckmondwike, Holy Spirit. 4.00 p.m.

* There is an event in the grounds at Broughton Hall which will not affect the Mass but may cause traffic to be heavier than usual so please allow yourself a little extra time for travelling.

Masses each day next week at Broughton Hall at 9.30 a.m.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Pentecost VII

Apologies to those of you who went to Halifax this evening, I only found out as I was en route that the Mass had been cancelled because Mgr Smith had missed his flight. Regular time of 6.00 p.m. resumes next week.

Masses tomorrow:
11.00 a.m. at Broughton
3.00 p.m. At Castleford

Please watch this blog for any changes over the holiday period. I shall be spending time near Wisque in August and so there will be no Mass at Notre Dame, Leeds on the last Saturday of August.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Pentecost VI

Masses for tomorrow

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.  

Friday, July 11, 2014

No Mass at Halifax

There will be no Mass at Halifax this week or next as the Parish Priest is away.
Masses on Sunday for the fifth Sunday of Pentecost are as follows:

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.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Le grand tour

Unless you have been asleep during the last few weeks you will know that this diocese is the place where this year's Tour de France is starting this weekend. Over 1000 roads are to be closed over the next three days and this is having a lot of impact on weekend Masses in both Rites in many parishes.

There will be no first Friday Mass tomorrow at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Moortown, Leeds. As Broughton Hall is now a huge campsite the first Sunday Mass at sacred Heart has been CANCELLED. This is only the second time in over 30 years that this has happened (the last time was the early nineteen-eighties when flooding occurred).

Unaffected Masses -

Saturday Halifax, St. Mary's, Gibbet Street 6.00 p.m.
Sunday, Castleford, St. Joseph's, Pontefract Road 3.00 p.m.
             Heckmondwike, Holy Spirit, Bath Road 4.00 p.m.

Happy cycling. The Madonna del Ghisallo was named patron saint of bicyclists by Pope Pius XII.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Mass for the Feast of Corpus Christi, Thursday is at 9.30 a.m. at Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall near Skipton.