The LMLEEDS blog exists to make people aware of the activities pertaining to the Extraordinary Form of Mass (also known as the Traditional Latin or Tridentine Mass) in the Diocese of Leeds and to promote and publicize other issues of interest to traditional Catholics. This blog looks to Our Lady of Walsingham and Saint Nicholas Owen as its heavenly patrons.
St. Joseph's, Pontefract Rd. Castleford, 3.00 p.m.
A Catholic colleague at school today told me that she had recently seen my talk about Monsignor Ronald Knox advertised (on the Cathedral noticeboard) for December in the Wheeler Hall . This scared me as I still have a lot to do to it having started and roughly finished it in May. Details to follow.
Please remember to pray for those who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith in this month of November dedicated as ever to the souls of the faithful departed.
It will not have escaped the notice of some readers of this blog that this is the start of half-term. This has been a long half-term and I am glad to have breathing space to catch up on my extra-curricular activities. I have to finish preparing my forthcoming December talk at the Cathedral on the life of Mgr Knox, fix up some wardrobes and do the garden. Simple!
Masses for the fourth Sunday of the month are at the usual venues and times - Halifax, Saturday 6.00 p.m., Broughton Hall, Sunday 11.00 a.m. and St. Joseph's Castleford, 3.00 p.m. It is of course the Feast of Christ the King.
During the coming week there will be two differences to the regular schedule,
On Tuesday there will be a sung Mass at Pateley' Bridge's beautiful medieval chapel at Bewerley Grange. This will be at 11.30 a.m. All hopeless cases welcome.
On Wednesday morning the funeral of Mgr. Boyle takes place at Glasgow Cathedral. Fr. Parfitt will also offer a Mass of Requiem for Mgr Boyle (who often attended Mass at Broughton when on holiday) on Wednesday morning at 11.00 a.m.
Thanks as always to Fr. Parfitt for offering these Masses.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.