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Thanks to Mgr Wilson, the Apostolic Administrator, we are again able to celebrate the Sacred Triduum this year at NOTRE DAME chapel, St. Mark's Avenue, LeedsLS2 9BN, which is part of the Catholic Chaplaincy to the University of Leeds. Thanks again to the chaplain Father Kravos and moreover to our celebrant Father M. Hall.
Maundy Thursday 7.30 p.m. Good Friday 3.00 p.m. Holy Saturday 2.30 p.m. (by special dispensation)
Masses also at Broughton Hall near Skipton on Spy Wednesday at 9.30 a.m. and on Holy Thursday at 5.15 p.m.
It was very pleasing to learn this morning that the church of St. Walburge in Preston (Lancaster diocese) has been given over to the charge of the Institute of Christ the King, on a similar basis as to that which operates in the Wirral's Saints Peter, Paul and Philomena (Diocese of Shrewsbury). The church will become a place of Eucharistic adoration and the Institute will take over the daily running of the church later in the year.
There are some events which I would like to draw to your attention over the next few days:
Tuesday 25th March - Mass for the feast of the Incarnation - Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall near Skipton, 9.30 a.m.
Saturday 29th March - National annual pilgrimage to York in honour of St Margaret Clitherow and the York Martyrs - High Mass at St Wilfrid's, York. There will be no Mass at Notre Dame, Leeds as I shall be at the Mass in York.
On Sunday 30th we have an extra sung Mass at St. Joseph's, Bilton Harrogate at 4.00 p.m.
On Monday 31st we have an extra Mass at St Ignatius, Ossett at 7.30 p.m.
The Holy Father has appointed Bishop Malcolm McMahon of Nottingham as Archbishop of Liverpool. I have met his grace on several occasions at Latin Mass events and Masses and have always found him to be charming and courteous. I wish him every success in taking on Liverpool.
Photo - Bishop McMahon at the 2013 LMS training event at Radcliffe College near Leicester.
This year marks the centenary of the opening of the church of the Holy Spirit at Heckmondwike. There has been extensive work to repair the fabric of the building over recent months and now the church is closed for a few weeks to enable complete redecoration. Consequently there will be no Extraordinary Rite of Mass there until after Easter. There are plenty of celebrations planned for the centenary including a visit from Mr. Dale Alquist, the President of the American Chesterton Society* who will give a talk at the church on Sunday April 6th. at 2.00 p.m.
Masses tomorrow for the second Sunday of Lent
11.00 a.m. at Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall near Skipton
3.00 p.m. at St. Joseph's, Pontefract Rd. Castleford
Dale Ahlquist is President of the American Chesterton Society, creator and host of the EWTN series “G.K. Chesterton: The Apostle of Common Sense,” and Publisher of Gilbert Magazine. He is the author of three books, including The Complete Thinker, which was published in the fall of 2012, and has edited eight books of Chesterton's writings. He is a Senior Fellow of the Chesterton Library at Oxford, and is considered one of the leading Chesterton scholars in the world.
Dale has given over 400 lectures at major colleges and universities and other venues, including Yale, Columbia, Cornell, Notre Dame, Oxford, Cal-Berkeley, Cal-Tech, Rice, Penn, Dartmouth, San Pablo (Madrid), the Vatican Forum in Rome, and the House of Lords in London.
He is the co-founder of Chesterton Academy, a high school near Minneapolis, which was named one of the top 50 Catholic high schools in the country in 2012.
Dale received a B.A. from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and a M.A. from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. He and his wife Laura have six children.
“Ahlquist on Chesterton is like Plato on Socrates, or Boswell on Johnson.” New Oxford Review.
Wednesday is Ash Wednesday - the holy season of Lent begins and our spiritual journey to the Easter fire begins.
Ashes will be blessed and distributed before Mass at 11.00 a.m. on Wednesday at Sacred Heart, Broughton. Thanks again to Fr. Parfitt for this.
After a lot of negotiating and selfless goodwill from our clerical friends we are once again able to have the Easter Triduum. The Vigil had been in doubt, but thanks to permission from Mgr Wilson (the Apostolic Administrator) and obtained by Fr. Wiley we are able to have the Vigil earlier in the afternoon. I am really delighted that Fr. M. Hall can again grace us with his presence as celebrant for the entire Triduum and that this jubilant Mass will be sung. Thanks to Fr. Kravos for hosting us again at Notre Dame Chapel. Details of Triduum to follow.
Reminder that the Mass for the first Sunday of Lent at St. Peter's, Leeds Road, Laisterdyke, Bradford will be sung at 3.00 p.m.
Next Sunday is Quinquagesima and we remain in the time of Septuagesima which is an ancient time of preparation in the Church for Lent. It was abolished after thirteen hundred years in the wake of the Counsel. The following is a video from the Latin Mass Society explaining the origins of this time of preparation. It is interesting that this time pre-dates Ash Wednesday. Copy and paste the following link: http://vimeo.com/87314140.
Mass today at Pateley Bridge was well attended and we were glad to greet the Vicar of the local Anglican parish. Father Parfitt spoke passionately about the plight of Christians in the Middle-East, especially Syria, as he offered Mass in honour of Our Lady Help of Christians and highlighted why we seek Our Lady's intercession.
Our Lady, Help of Christians, pray for us.
Saints of God, come to our aid.
Already we are half way through the school year and on Tuesday at 11.00 a.m. we have our Mass at Bewerley Grange Chapel, Pateley Bridge. This will be a Missa cantata. Many thanks to Sr. Mary Cuthbert and Fr. Parfitt for again enabling us to have Mass in this Grange chapel established by the Cistercians of nearby Fountains Abbey.
Today I had the privilege of attending the traditional Requiem Mass of local member Francis Savage who died earlier this month at the fine old age of 88. Frank was a very gentle man who put Christ at the centre of his life. The Requiem was the first traditional Mass to be offered in the new church at Alwoodley, Leeds. Despite the modern layout the church lent itself very well to the old Rite and the sacristans were very impressed. One lady told me afterwards that the gradual nature of the changes in the sixties had made her forget just how it really had been and it had come flooding back to her - the silent canon had made the biggest impact on her...she could actually focus and pray!
My first post of the New Year is one with immediate good news. Our old friend Father Richard Aladics who has now returned to the Diocese and is Parish Priest at St. Ignatius, Ossett has with his new parishioners arranged to have the Extraordinary Mass there each last Monday of the month.
Fr. Aladics has written:
I plan to have the Mass on the last Monday of the month at 7.30pm. So, the dates for the first half of next year are:
I am also now finalising details for a conference to be held in February half term which promises to be a very special occasion and the Sacred Triduum.