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.
By courtesy of John Roberts of Wakefield I am reproducing some of his great photos of Saturday's Mass at Leeds Cathedral where we had a Solemn Requiem Mass for Bishop Wheeler. The present Bishop, Marcus Stock was in attendance and presided. This solemn Mass was the first such since the changes of the late 1960s in the cathedral. In the morning the Bishop had raised a man to the diaconate in the same place.
Mgr Moger and his staff could not have been any more helpful on the day and in the weeks leading up to it. Our schola members gave freely of their time and as ever did us proud. Servers were plentiful and able to enjoy concentrating on the Mass with the deacon and subdeacon doing most of the work. Similarly the clergy - Celebrant Fr. Abberton, Deacon Fr. Kravos, Subdeacon Fr. Wiley, Clergy's M.C. Fr. M. Hall, Bishop's Assistant Priest Fr. Crawley and Mr Cortes the deacon to the Bishop, please may I put on the record my sincere thanks to you and of course to Bishop Stock who despite the novelty of the occasion to him (and the rest of us) was able to soon relax into the occasion with grace and humility. I'm certainly not used to ordering the local ordinary around, but after clergy and servers were blessed by him following the Mass in the sacristy I couldn't resist saying to him it was "a piece of cake". Joking apart the bishop did add to the calmness of the occasion.
The Bishop has told me before that he is willing to preside or preach at EF Masses and Sacraments and I was spurred on when he repeated this to me on Saturday and indicated his desire for continued and further involvement in the the extraordinary form.
Bishop Wheeler became Bishop of Leeds in 1966 until his retirement in 1985. He was Bishop during the Council and in its hectic aftermath. Ours was a diocese where sanity and saintliness ruled. Bishop Wheeler was grounded in the Blessed Sacrament and our Lady. He was uniquely generous in his provision of the older form of Mass and as such we owe him a debt of thanksgiving and prayerful remembrance.
We have a sung Mass again at Bewerley Grange chapel near Pateley Bridge in Upper Nidderdale tomorrow (Tuesday 27th October) at 11.30 a.m.
This Mass will be offered for our beleaguered fellow Christians in the Middle East and will be in honour of Our Lady help of Christians. Many thanks to Fr. Parfitt for this.
St. Joseph’s, Pontefract Road, Castleford. 3.00
St. Anthony’s, Bradford
Road, Clayton, Bradford. BD14 6HW 4.00 p.m.
Apologies for the slightly late post but I have just returned from a few days in Paris and Lille. In the shadow of Notre Dame de Paris on Thursday I picked up a pristine copy of the 1962 Pontificale Romanum for a few pounds at a second hand bookstall. I felt like a dog with two tails for the rest of the day! I would love to know its history.
If you are in or around Bradford tomorrow please remember that we are having our first Mass for very many years at St. Anthony's, Clayton. Many thanks to Fr. Abberton for this. Mass is at 4.00 p.m. and will be a regular fourth Sunday Mass. Sadly the order of sisters (Franciscans of Littlehampton) who taught at two of the schools I attended recently left the parish.
Thanks also to Fr. Driver for agreeing to sing Mass again for us at St. Peter's, Bradford next month. St Peter's church in Bradford was bombed during the second world war but the bomb didn't actually explode. The unexploded bomb went through the roof and landed in the body of the church. The church also has the papal coat of arms of Pope John Paul I painted above the sanctuary which is extremely rare in this country. Fr. Driver is also the celebrant tomorrow at Castleford.
Please remember that there is no Mass at Halifax on Saturday. Sunday's Masses are as follows:
Sunday St. Anne’s Cathedral, Great
George Street, Leeds 8.00
Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton. 11.00
St. Joseph’s, Pontefract Road, Castleford. 3.00 p.m.
Our third Sunday Masses continue at the Cathedral and our next event there will be on Saturday November 14th at 4.00 p.m. in the presence of His Lordship Bishop Stock who said earlier this year when we met him that he would be willing to attend our functions. It is not often that I have had the pleasure of requesting that the Bishop attend a Solemn High Mass in his own cathedral church! The Mass will be a solemn high Mass of Requiem for Bishop Wheeler followed by absolution at the catafalque. Details to follow.
Please also note that next we have our first Mass at St. Anthony's, Clayton, Bradford at 4.00 p.m. Thanks to Fr. Abberton for this. I also hope to have news of Mass in another deanery shortly.
As the synod in Rome enters its third week please remember to pray for the Church at this unusual point in the Church's history.
Holy Mass this weekend the seventeenth after Pentecost:
Saturday (Vigil) St. Mary’s, Gibbet Street, Halifax.
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.
Thanks to Fr. Driver for so readily agreeing to stand in for Fr. Hall at St. Peter's, Bradford last week when he sang the Mass for us. Fr. Driver will be offering Mass again for us at Castleford on Sunday.
Also on Sunday is our now regular Cathedral Mass at 8.00 a.m. The long holiday season has also elicited some telephone calls from regulars who are taking advantage of out of term breaks. Bonnes vacances! Please come along if you are curious.
Fr. Abberton who was at Heckmondwike has now established a regular fourth Sunday Mass in his new parish of St. Anthony's, Clayton, Bradford. These Masses will be at 4.00 p.m. The first Mass is on Sunday 25th October.
I am hoping to be able to announce a regular Mass soon in Fr. Abberton's old deanery encompassing Batley and Heckmondwike, now that Fr. Abberton is no longer at Holy Spirit (and Fr. Wiley and Fr. Hall are no longer at Batley)
There is to be a solemn Mass of Requiem for the repose of the soul of Bishop Wheeler at the Cathedral in Leeds on Saturday 14th. November at 4.00 p.m. There will be no Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes, Leeds on this Saturday.
Mass will be sung again, bearing our suffering Christian brothers and sisters of the Middle East in mind and prayer, at Bewerley Grange chapel, near Pateley Bridge in the October half term. Exact details to follow soon, but it is most likely to be on the Tuesday of the last week of October. As ever I am grateful to Fr. Parfitt and the Anglican custodian Sr. Mary Cuthbert.