Friday, July 29, 2016

This weekend

Masses this weekend including Pentecost XI

Sacred Heart chapel, Broughton Hall, Skipton, 9.30 a.m.
St Ignatius, Storrs Hill Road, Ossett, NOON  (Missa cantata)

Sacred Heart chapel,  Broughton Hall, Skipton, 11.00 a.m.
St. Joseph's, Pontefract Road, Castleford, 3.00 p.m.

Next week I am taking my son to the amazing Roman-Germanic Museum in Cologne where there is an exhibition of Roman glass.
Last year the special exhibition was medicine in the Roman world. One archaeological dig in Cologne just beside the cathedral had not only revealed the existence of some ancient dental instruments but also an enameled tin bucket full of eggs from the Second World War, all perfectly preserved.
It is amazing that beneath the streets of  the oft besieged Cologne there is still a maze of  undamaged (and dry) Roman sewers, which lead to extant parts of Roman Cologne. I revel in the fact that something many hundreds years old has continued to exist, albeit underground, and moreover in spite of the horrors inflicted upon it in the mid-twentieth century.

Meanwhile I am working on a plan for a Belgian monastic beer tour before the end of August. It is time for me to use my Flemish/Dutch, which although I did at university as a subsidiary I only rarely use these days.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Pentecost X

Masses this Sunday the tenth after Pentecost

Sunday              Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton.                                            11.00 a.m.

                           St. Joseph’s, Pontefract Road, Castleford.                                          3.00 p.m.

There is no Mass at Clayton as Fr. Abberton is still very unwell, please remember him in your prayers.

Next Saturday (July 30th.) we have been invited to the parish patronal celebrations at St Ignatius,37, Storrs Hill Road, Ossett, WF5 0DQ . There will be a sung Mass at noon followed by a BBQ.

Fr. Aladics now offers Mass each Tuesday at 8.00 a.m. at the Lady altar.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Pentecost IX

This weekend we start with a Low Mass at 9,30 a.m.on Saturday morning at Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall near Skipton. Then there is Mass at St Austin's, Wakefield at noon, which is Mgr Smith's "new" parish. This is a solemn high Mass and marks the 20th anniversary of the wonderful Rudgate singers. There is then a sung missa salve sancta parens at 2.00 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist, Cooper Lane, Bradford.

On Sunday:
The Cathedral, Cookridge Street. Leeds at 8.00 a.m
Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton at 11.00 a.m.
St Joseph's, Pontefract Road, Castleford at 3.00 p.m.

Six public Masses in two days with four celebrants and at least one deacon. We have come a long way in recent time and can only give thanks to Almighty God for this.

Announcement about the new autumn schedule will follow in the next couple of weeks.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Pentecost VIII

Masses this Sunday are as follows:

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.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Fr. Michael Krychiwskyj who died last week. Fr. Michael was a good friend to the LMS. He was the Parish Priest at the parish of St. Jeanne Jugan and his body will be received into Our Lady of Lourdes, Leeds on Sunday evening at 6.00 p.m. This will be followed by Rosary and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. On Monday the bishop will be the principal celebrant at the Mass of Requiem at 11.00 a.m. May Fr. Michael's soul rest in peace and may the angels lead him into paradise.

Also, on a much happier note:
in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite
on the occasion of the Twentieth Anniversary
of the Rudgate Singers

Wentworth Terrace, Wakefield WF1 3QN

Saturday, 16th July 2016, at 12:00pm
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Palestrina Missa Papae Marcelli & motets also by Palestrina, concluding with the Solemn Salve Regina written for St. Mary's Abbey in York.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Pentecost VII

Mass at Markenfield Hall for the Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour on Monday was a triumph. Singers from Wakefield's St. Austin's sang some beautiful polyphony and the schola sang the plainchant which all added superbly to the ambiance of the little ancient chapel which has been lovingly brought to life again by Lady Deirdre and Mr. Ian Curteis, to whom again we extend our thanks.
The addition of a new artifact, in the form of a distressed carved stone figure of Christ from a crucifix of great antiquity, is most sensitive and touching at many levels. The figure is housed in a little wooden case on the sill below the great east window. Lady Deirdre told me that she had picked it up quite by chance in France.

Masses this Sunday are as follows:

11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton, sung.
3.00 p.m    St. Joseph's, Pontefract Rd. Castleford,

Please remember the sick in your prayers this month which traditionally is given over to the Precious Blood and remember that every Mass of our lives gives us the chance to worship that life giving Blood shed for us and for many.

Our Lady, health of the sick, pray for us.

Please also of your charity pray for the repose of the soul of Dr Joseph Shaw's mother who died yesterday.
May she rest in peace and may her soul and those of the faithful departed rest in peace.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Pentecost VI

Just two Masses this week due to the cancellation of the Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes, Leeds.

Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton. 11.00 a.m.
St. Joseph's, Pontefract Road, Castleford. 3.00 p.m.
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Reminder that there is Mass at 6.00 p.m. on Monday at Markenfield Hall on Monday for the feast of our Lady of Perpetual Succour, patroness of the diocese.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Prayers please

Of your charity please remember two of our diocesan priests who are both suffering from serious illnesses, Fr. Krykiewski who is parish priest at Our Lady of Lourdes, Leeds and Fr. Abberton, the parish priest at St. Anthony's, Clayton, Bradford. I have already suspended the Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes and I am afraid that I shall have to do the same at Clayton as well until further notice.

Masses this weekend for the fifth Sunday of  Pentecost are as follows:

Leeds Cathedral - 8.00 a.m.
Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton - 11.00 a.m.
St. Joseph's, Pontefract Rd. Castleford - 3.00 p.m.

Please remember our Mass at Markenfield Hall on June 27th.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

June 27th notice

The feast day of Our Mother of Perpetual Help is celebrated on June 27th. Under Pope Pius XII's Pontificate, our Mother of Perpetual Succour was designated as the national Patroness of the Republic of Haiti and Almoradi, Spain.

It is also one of the patronal feasts of the diocese of Leeds. 

We have again been invited by Lady Deirdre and Mr Ian Curteis to hear a sung Mass in their beautiful medieval chapel at Markenfield Hall, just south of Ripon towards Harrogate on the right hand side. The celebrant is Father Parfitt, to whom thanks are also due. Mass at 6.00 p.m.  

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Pentecost IV

Masses this weekend for the fourth Sunday after Pentecost

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.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Happy news from Bradford

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June - month of the Sacred Heart

Happy news from Bradford announces Fr. Z on his blogsite. His information is taken from the latest edition of the Catholic Herald.
The links are:

This Sunday Mass will be offered at:

   (Sung) Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton.            11.00 a.m.
               St. Joseph’s, Pontefract Road, Castleford.           3.00 p.m.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Queenship of Our Blessed Lady

Tuesday 31st May. Missa cantata for the Queenship of Our Lady at Bewerley Grange Chapel, nr Pateley Bridge at 7.00 p.m.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Corpus Christi Sunday

Sunday              (Sung) Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton.                             11.00 a.m.

                           St. Joseph’s, Pontefract Road, Castleford.                                      3.00 p.m.

On Tuesday 31st May there will be a sung Mass for the Queenship of our Blessed Lady at 7.00 p.m. at Bewerley Grange Chapel. 

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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