Monday, May 23, 2016


The Bishop has now released information about the future of provision in the diocese of the Extraordinary Form of Mass and I am extremely grateful to him for listening to our request for a permanent home and the suggestions which accompanied it. The Bishop writes:

EXTRAORDINARY FORM RITE OF MASS.  I am making St Joseph’s Church in Bradford a principal church for the celebration of the Extraordinary Form Rite of Mass within the Diocese of Leeds. This will not of course alter or restrict the ability of priests to celebrate the Extraordinary Form in other churches of the diocese but is, rather, a pastoral response to the request from a number of the faithful for a central church that is easily accessible with a celebration at a time on a Sunday that will facilitate a larger congregation of the faithful to attend. It is anticipated that the Mass will be celebrated each Sunday at 12:30pm.

The new venue will be in use for the EF Mass from September by which time a lot of behind the scenes work will be undertaken in drawing up rotas and organising the singing, serving and extra Masses. Please watch this space!
We have, of course, used St. Joseph's on many occasions in recent years when both Canon McCreadie and Fr. Newman were Parish Priests. Indeed the first Solemn High Mass in many years took place there when Canon Boyle was our celebrant assisted by Mgr Smith and Fr. Wiley. Let us pray that our move goes smoothly.

Interior of St. Joseph's
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Friday, May 20, 2016

Blessed Trinity

Masses for the Feast of the Blessed Trinity this weekend 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. BD14 6HW               4.00 p.m.   

Saturday, May 14, 2016


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Veni, Sancte Spiritus,
et emitte caelitus
lucis tuae radium.
Veni, pater pauperum,
veni, dator munerum,
veni, lumen cordium.
Consolator optime,
dulcis hospes animae,
dulce refrigerium.
In labore requies,
in aestu temperies,
in fletu solatium.
O lux beatissima,
reple cordis intima
tuorum fidelium.
Sine tuo numine,
nihil est in homine,
nihil est innoxium.
Lava quod est sordidum,
riga quod est aridum,
sana quod est saucium.
Flecte quod est rigidum,
fove quod est frigidum,
rege quod est devium.
Da tuis fidelibus,
in te confidentibu s,
sacrum septenarium.
Da virtutis meritum,
da salutis exitum,
da perenne gaudium.

At a purely linguistic level the Sequence we have at Mass today is straightforward Latin and therein lies its beauty. The depth of its meaning and at the same time the easy and measured simplicity of its expression could hardly be conveyed so beautifully in any other way. 
At the same time I have read many approved translations in different prayer books (as well as in English) and therein lies the power of the prayer because it is a pure source of  goodness however the words are received.
Veni Sancte Spiritus!   

EF Masses this weekend for the birthday of the Church 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.

As a birthday treat please listen to this:

Friday, May 6, 2016

Ascension Sunday

Due to illness of the Parish Priest I have taken the decision to suspend Masses at Our Lady of Lourdes, Leeds until further notice.
Masses this weekend for the external solemnity of the Ascension are as follows:

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.
Mass at Bradford will be followed by May devotions.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Ascension Thursday

Holy Mass on the Feast of the Ascension. (No longer a holy day of obligation) 

11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart Chapel, Broughton Hall, near Skipton. Low Mass.

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.