Saturday, June 24, 2017

Pentecost III

Masses for this Sunday, the third Sunday of Pentecost are as follows:

11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton
12.30 p.m. St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford
4.00 p.m. St. Anthony's, Bradford Road, Clayton, Bradford

Thursday is the Feast of Ss Peter and Paul and there will be Mass at Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall at 11.00 a.m. and at St. Joseph's, Bradford at 5.00 p.m. This feast is a holy day of obligation.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Troubled times

Mass for the feast of Corpus Christi at Saint Joseph's went ahead yesterday as usual and was followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament which all went very well. Many thanks to Fr. Driver for this.

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A very pleasant experience was however soured with the news that thieves had broken into the church last week and having broken several doors gained access to the sacristy where the safe was prized open and all the plate was stolen including some very old chalices of great significance to the history of Catholicism in Bradford after the restoration of the hierarchy. The collection money from last Sunday was also stolen as well as some electronic equipment.
What a sad testimony to the times we live in.
A few months ago Saint Anthony's in Bradford was also broken into - the thief got away with about £40 from the candle box but did £400 worth of damage breaking a stained glass window.
None of this however compares with the abominable break in at Killingbeck chapel a few years ago when we had our regular Masses there. Somebody who was well equipped broke in by gaining access through the roof, simply to get to the safe for the tabernacle key. Nothing was stolen but the contents of the ciborium had been strewn about the place and other things had been done which are too distasteful to mention. After this Bishop Konstant rightly insisted that the Blessed Sacrament not be reserved there and sent the local Dean to say prayers in reparation for the sacrilege - including psalm 42, the Judica me.
There are some very sick people about.
Please pray that the thieves be brought to justice and the silver is returned as happened elsewhere in the diocese a few years ago.
The picture shows the hand of Dismas touching that of Jesus on the cross, the repentant thief who was crucified with Christ - and the one who was personally promised eternal happiness in heaven by the Lord.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Corpus Christi Sunday

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This Sunday is Corpus Christi in England and Wales and we have three Masses on Sunday:

8.00 a.m. Leeds Cathedral, Cookridge Street, Leeds

11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton
12.30 p.m. St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford

Mass at St. Joseph's will be followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

Also remember that there is Confession at call at any of our Masses

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

EF Ordinations in Warrington

Image result for st mary's shrine warringtonArchbishop Malcolm McMahon will be ordaining two members of the Priestly Society of St Peter to the Priesthood on Saturday 17th June at St Mary's Church in Warrington.  They are Deacons Alex Stewart, FSSP and Krzysztof Sanetra, FSSP.  The programme for the day is as follows:
  • 11.00 a.m. Priestly ordination of Deacons Alex Stewart, FSSP and Krzysztof Sanetra, FSSP by Archbishop Malcolm McMahon of Liverpool (no booking needed)
·         1:30 p.m. Refreshments in Priory Garden – while First Blessings are given by the new priests
·         2.00 p.m. Buffet Lunch at nearby venue (no booking needed)
·         5.00 p.m. Solemn Vespers

These will be the first ordinations in the Extraordinary Form  to take place in England or Wales for about 50 years, so it is a significant occasion for all interested in the traditional movement.  Everybody is welcome, although early arrival is recommended to be assured of a seat in the church.
(Photo Dr. Joseph Shaw)

Friday, June 9, 2017

Trinity Sunday

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Blessed be the Holy and Undivided Trinity now and forever!

Masses for this incomprehensible and mystical feast which sees two Masses on Sunday.

11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton
12.30 p.m. St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford

The Mass at St. Joseph's will be followed by the baptism of Jasper Patrick Shackleton.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Pentecost treat

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I reproduce the following from the blog site of the Ronald Knox Society of North America (hence the American English spelling). It is worth ten minutes of anybody's time.

The Holy Spirit If a man should set out to go through the Bible, pausing and making a meditation wherever he found material, his attention would be caught without fail, I think, by the second verse of it. “Earth was still an empty waste, and darkness hung over the deep; but already, over its waters, stirred the breath of God.” Creation still in the melting-pot, so that we have nothing for our composition of place except a formless sea of undifferentiated matter; dark, not by some effect of shadow, but with that primal darkness that reigned before light was made. And over this inert mass, like the mist that steals up from a pool at evening, God’s breath his Spirit, was at work. Already it was his plan to educe from this chaos the cosmos he had resolved to make, passing up through its gradual stages till it culminated in the creation of Man. Deep in your nature and mine lies just such a chaos of undifferentiated matter, of undeveloped possibilities. Psychology calls it the unconscious. It is a great lumber-room, stocked from our past history. Habits and propensities are there, for good and evil; memories, some easily recaptured, some tucked away in the background; unreasoning fears and antipathies; illogical associations, which link this past experience with that; primitive impulses, which shun the light, and seek to disguise themselves by a smoke-screen of reasoning; inherited aptitudes, sometimes quite unexpected. Out of this welter of conditions and tendencies the life of action is built up, yours and mine. And still, as at the dawn of creation, the Holy Spirit moves over those troubled waters, waiting to educe from them, with the cooperation of our wills, the entire life of the Christian. The moment you begin to speculate why you started humming such and such a tune at such and such a moment, or why you dreamt last night of a friend, long dead, who in your dream was alive, you catch some glimpse of the vast network of association there must be below the level of consciousness. Have you ever tried to eradicate sorrel from a garden path? Or even thistles? Those long ligaments which connect one patch of weeds with the next make a good image of what mental association must be like, if it could be unearthed to our view. Nowadays, there is so much novel-writing and so much art criticism which exploits the findings of the psychoanalysts that we are, if it is not too paradoxical to put it in that way, perpetually unconscious-conscious. We are forever turning in upon ourselves, and scrutinizing the hidden sources of our own conduct. What I want to suggest, in giving you a meditation about the action of the Holy Spirit on our lives, is that there is a further, rather interesting parallel between the chaos out of which the world was formed and the chaos with underlies consciousness. In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, when the discoveries of the scientists, and of Newton in particular, had dominated men’s minds with the notion of order and mechanical sequence in the world of nature around us, the thought of the day became infected with the tendency which we remember under the name of Deism. Philosophers who believed, sincerely enough, that the existence of the universe could only be attributed to a creator, restricted his role to that of a creator and let it stop there. He had made (these people told us) a piece of mechanism so flawless in its construction that it could roll on its course by means of some self-regulating principle without any further interference. How they managed to remain satisfied with such a naïf doctrine, it is difficult to see. Nobody who contemplates Michael Angelo’s picture of the creation of Adam can fail to be impressed by the gesture of the outstretched arm, which seems to suggest that Adam is just letting go; how far, we wonder, and in what sense was it possible to let go? But I am not concerned to discuss the difficulties of the theory, held by people who were Christians after a fashion, which left no room for the divine conservation, left no room for miracles or the intrusion of the supernatural; which regarded the whole of creation as a mere fait accompli, set in a mould. And, if you come to think about it, that is exactly the danger which the new psychology has for you and me. It tends to make us think of ourselves as set in a mould, certain to react in this or that fashion to this or that stimulus, because that is the way we are built. Or rather, that is the way we have got warped, by the impressions we get in extreme youth, long before we’ve attained the use of reason. The first seven years of our lives are like the seven days of creation, the only really formative period; after that, nothing will make any difference – except perhaps going to a psychoanalyst. Oh, we go on fighting against our temptations, but with the feeling that the dice are loaded against us; we are obeying the call of something so deep down in us that we can’t get at it – that is the frame of mind we find ourselves in, when we have been coming across this modern talk about psychology. If you want to get a complete reversal of the eighteenth-century Deist approach, you have to go back to the Middle Ages. How splendidly the medieval people took everything in their stride! To them, the constant stir and motion in the world around them was the work of the Holy Spirit – the rustling, as it were, of his passage; that “the spirit of the Lord fills the whole world” was as clear to them as to the author of the Book of Wisdom. So it was that Adam of St. Victor wrote, in his hymn Qui procedis ab utroque: “Love, that equally enchainest Son and Father, Love that reignest Equally, of both the peer, All things fillest, all things lovest, Planets guidest, heaven movest, Yet unmoved dost persevere.” They, no less than the men of the eighteenth century, were impressed by the movements of the celestial bodies, but to them it was something alive, not something mechanical. Well, I suppose they were naïf about their science, just as the men of a later age were naïf about their philosophy. But I always feel that we have lost something, we modern Catholics, something of that splendid boldness with which the medieval treated all experience as one. We think of the Holy Spirit, don’t we, as concerned with us men, as helping us in our decisions, as quickening us with more fervor of devotion; we do not feel the draught of his impetuous movement in the world around us. We are all so scientific. Well, be that as it may, we have got to believe, on pain of heresy, that the Holy Spirit does interfere, all the time, in your life and mine; that his influence plays over us, like the steady breeze which fills the sails of a boat, or like the sudden gusts which send the autumn leaves spinning in the air. At least, I don’t know that that is really a very good comparison. Because the wind catches the surface of things; when it is blustering on the hill-tops you may be sheltered from it in the valley. Whereas it is a plain fact of experience that the operations of the Holy Spirit do not manifest themselves on the surface; they take effect within. They belong to that hidden self of which we have been speaking, the self that lies below the level of consciousness. Below? Perhaps above; but at least beyond the range of our knowing. When you stand in the face of some important decision, when (for example) you are electing your state of life, you naturally invoke the aid of the Holy Spirit. But, having done that, you proceed to make up your mind exactly as you would have made it up in any case; by weighing arguments, by taking human advice, and so on. You do not expect a sudden illumination from heaven to break in upon your calculations. Even on those rare occasions when a salutary thought strikes you quite out of the blue, with no previous train of thought to account for it, you say, perhaps, “It was an inspiration”; but then you reflect, “How can I be certain of that? How do I know what hidden association of past memories may have set my brain working in that way? Perhaps it wasn’t an inspiration after all.” But it was; there’s nothing to prevent the Holy Spirit using some association of past memories in your brain cells to produce the effect he wanted. The breath of God stirred over the turbid waters of your unconscious self, and said, “Let there be light.” What I’m trying to suggest is that most of us have a rather limited view about the help we expect to receive from the Holy Spirit. Our devotion to him is real, but it is something that we keep for special occasions; moments of vital decision, or acute spiritual crisis. It is so easy to think of yourself as a boat propelled by machinery, which can get along all right most of the time by its own power – it’s only when the engine breaks down that you bother to hoist the sails. When I used to teach at Old Hall you would get summoned, now and again, to some meeting of professors to discuss College business; and you put your pipe in your pocket on the chance; but if the meeting began with Veni Creator Spiritus you knew that you might just as well have left it behind. I don’t want to criticize my old college, but it did and does seem to me that there’s a slight tinge of Jansenism about the idea that if you light a pipe the Holy Spirit ceases to take any further interest in your deliberations. We forget, you see, how constant and how intimate is the play of his influence on our lives. But why should we? We’ve lost, no doubt, the medieval trick of tracing it in the movements of the heavens, but surely we ought to trace it in the mysterious movements of our own minds, stirring over that primeval chaos which underlies the cosmos of our daily thoughts? It isn’t true, and of course it can’t be true, that only the impressions of early childhood have the power to mould a man’s character. On the contrary, we are building it up all the time; from hour to hour the complicated tapestry of our lives is being woven out of fresh material. We are accustomed to remember that, when it is a question of the will making some conscious decision – consenting, for example, to sin. Every sin, the spiritual authors hasten to assure us, diminishes in some tiny degree our capacity to resist the next temptation. But, you see, it isn’t only our moral choices or even our conscious thoughts that have this power to affect us; all the time we are taking in something from our surroundings. Just as our bodies are exposed, day by day, to a hundred dangers which we cannot see, so our minds can be influenced by things which don’t seem to matter; sights and sounds that were hardly registered, impressions which at the time had no moral significance, no taint of sin and no relish of salvation in them, can leave their mark ever so slightly, and help to make us, for better or worse, the people we are. I’m not saying this to frighten anybody or make anybody scrupulous; I’m only trying to point out that when you and I invoke the Holy Spirit we are not just inviting him to be there in case of accidents. We are recognizing that there is a whole world of minute mental happenings which, but for his watchful care, may turn to poison for us. We are asking him to guide us, not only in the momentous choices which seem to us important, but in every tiny decision of our wills, because the effects, even of such a decision, may have results beyond our knowing. One has heard of sectaries who would not even cross the street without asking for guidance; we may laugh at their scruples, but we have to admit that they are distortions of a true principle. Don’t let us be content, then, to ask the aid of the Holy Spirit in getting the better of our temptations; let us ask him also to do something about this background of sinfulness from which our temptations arise, this chaos of hidden, conflicting tendencies within us which is, which has become, our nature. There is a work of cleansing and of mending to be done in us at a level which escapes our observation altogether. That haunting list in the fourth verse of Veni, Sancte Spiritus is not a list of sins; it is a list, drawn up under various images, of those faults in our nature which are the context of our sinning. Lava quod est sordidum, wash clean what is sordid. What is filthy, if you will; but in our speech that metaphor has a narrow compass; defilement conjures up in our minds the picture of sensual temptations. It is natural that it should be so; dirt is only displaced matter, and those sins in which sex plays a part are only the abuse of a noble thing in our nature. But in the language of the New Testament the word “defiled” has a more general meaning; when St. James, for example, tells us to cast aside all defilement, and all the ill-will that remains in us, he seems to be thinking of that mean streak in our natures which rejoices in taking unfair advantage of an enemy. What is sordid in us is what we ourselves would be ashamed of if it came to light. When you are moved by jealousy to detract from the praises of some rival, that is sordid. When you grudge somebody the help he might expect of you, just because he is a bore and uncongenial to you, that is sordid. Not only from the rebellion of sensual desires, which makes itself clearly felt, but from the meanness which hides itself away under so many cunning disguises, we ask to be delivered when we pray Lava quod est sordidum. Riga quod est aridum, water the parched soil. When we say that, we are not thinking only of disabilities which arise from our own fault. There is, as we all know, a dryness in prayer which belongs to a different category. Commonly – I think you can say, most commonly – it is not the result of sin or a punishment of sin, but a discipline which God sends us by way of testing the quality of our love for him. And if we ask the Holy Spirit to lighten that discipline for us, it is only from a salutary fear that we shall not be able to stand the test. But there is a dryness in our human contacts which is a defect in us, and often a defect which grows in us. A kind of selfishness cuts us off from our fellow-men; we can’t summon up the effort to make friends of people. From this ingrowing selfishness, our fault only in part, we ask that we may be delivered. Sana quod est saucium, cure what is wounded in us. There we find ourselves talking the language of psychology. Our traumas; the irrational antipathies, the unaccountable phobias which seem to mark us out from our fellow men – they have become part of our nature, and we can do nothing about them. We can do nothing about them, and therefore we ask the Holy Spirit to heal us, if he will, of these forgotten wounds which so hamper our activity. Flecte quod est rigidum, bend what is stiff in us. That difficulty of approach which our neighbors find in us, so largely due to mere shyness, mere awkwardness; that unsympathetic attitude towards the failings which we don’t evidently share; that self-withdrawal which isn’t quite pride but is next-door-neighbor to it – we want to be rid of that too. Fove quod est frigidum – chafe what is numb. Sometimes a kind of torpor creeps over the mind, like the chill of old age, deadening (or so it seems) the faculties of the spirit; our zeal for souls, our hope of salvation, even faith itself, haven’t been lost, but it’s as if they had been sealed off, like a finger or a foot rendered insensible by frost. What is the explanation of it, where lies the fault in it, and how grave, we cannot tell; but oh, if it could be chafed back to life! Rege quod est devium – straighten out what is warped. What a curious thing it is, the cross-grainedness, the contrariness of some people; how a man can so want to be different from his fellows that he differs for the sake of differing; enjoys the martyrdom of intellectual loneliness; delights in shocking the prejudices of his neighbors. Oh, it is harmless enough on a small scale, and often amusing; but it is a dangerous kink, not always far removed from pride. If the Holy Spirit would iron out those exaggerated eccentricities, bring us back again to the true! “The Spirit,” says St. Paul, “comes to the aid of our weakness; when we do not know what prayer to offer, to pray as we ought, the Spirit himself intercedes for us, with groans beyond all utterance.” Down in the depths of our fallen nature he is at work, reinterpreting us to ourselves, subtly fashioning us, according the measure of the perfect man in Christ – without our knowledge, but not, perhaps, without our asking for it.
Ronald Knox Excerpted from ‘The Layman and His Conscience’

Sunday, June 4, 2017


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Masses for this wonderful Feast and birthday of the Church are as follows:

Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton  11.00 a.m. (missa cantata)
St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford  12.30 p.m.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Ascension Sunday

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This Sunday when the Church in England and Wales celebrates the glorious Ascension into Heaven of Our Lord we have three Masses.

11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton
12.30 p.m. St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford
4.00 p.m. St. Anthony's, Bradford Road, Clayton, Bradford

Friday, May 19, 2017

Easter V

This weekend is the fifth Sunday of Easter and we have three Masses in the Extraordinary Form:

8.00 a.m. Leeds Cathedral. Cookridge Street. Leeds
11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton
12.30 p.m. St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Easter IV

The Requiem Mass for Henry Tempest of Broughton took place last evening and was a very solemn and dignified occasion.
Fr. Parfitt offered the Mass and the Parish Priest, Mgr.Andrew Summersgill, preached a very prayerful and most apt sermon about death and our responses to it in the knowledge of our Lord's promises and eventually the Resurrection.
A friend of the Tempest family, a Benedictine of Ampleforth, speaking before the prayers of absolution quoted from St. John of the Cross's meditation about when we die in Jesus we simultaneously die into pure love. I always try to find something spiritually satisfying at a requiem. I had nothing to try hard about here.
The serving team did a first class job and the cantor and schola sang the requiem Mass, Praise to the Holiest and Soul of my Saviour beautifully. It was so good to see many regular Broughton attendees who wished to pay their respects to Mr. Tempest for his kindness over the many years that the old Mass has been offered at Broughton Hall.
Last Sunday I was speaking to a lady who attended the very first Masses back in the 1970s with her late father and mother.

I was very pleased to receive my copy of the latest issue of Mass of Ages today but sorry to see that my own report for this edition about Leeds Diocese appears to have been omitted. This must be a technical problem because the editor assured me had received my report about the Sacred Triduum in time to go to press and to report that His Lordship, Marcus Stock, the Bishop of Leeds will be the celebrant for the annual Mass of Requiem in November in the Cathedral. This year the Mass will be offered for all departed Bishops, Archbishops and Cardinals who are predecessors of Bishop Stock in this diocese.

Masses for the fourth Sunday of Easter this weekend are as follows:

11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton
12.30 p.m. St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford

Please remember to pray for the Holy Father today in Fatima on the 100th anniversary of the apparitions there.
Our Lady, Queen of the Holy Rosary, Pray for us and for our Holy Father.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Of your charity

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Of your charity please pray for the repose of the soul of Captain Henry Tempest of Broughton Hall, Skipton who departed this life on Saturday May 6th.
Mr. Tempest was always extremely generous in allowing the chapel to be used for the traditional Rite of Mass back in the hard days following the introduction of the new Rite of Mass when there existed a strong desire by many to rid the Church of the vetus ordo. Mr. Tempest had requested his requiem be held in the Extraordinary Form in his chapel and the funeral will be on Friday 12th. May at 5.00 p.m.  Requiescat in pace. 

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Easter II

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Apologies for this late posting for Masses on Sunday. Our daughter gave birth to a lovely little boy on Friday and so our routine has been less than routine.
The Tour de Yorkshire cycling fest has significantly affected our activities and the 12.30 p.m. Mass at St. Joseph's is likely to start a few minutes late.

11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton
12.30 p.m. (but see note above) St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford

Friday, April 21, 2017

Divine Mercy Sunday

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Missa in albis, Low Sunday. and Divine Mercy Sunday - the Sunday after Easter Sunday is our next main feast.
As Fr. Abberton is holding his traditional Divine Mercy Sunday celebrations there will be no Mass at St. Anthony's in Bradford on Sunday.

Masses in the EF for this Sunday are:
11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton
12.30 p.m. St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford

Confessions at call.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter!

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Happy Easter!

Many thanks to everybody who made it to any part of the Triduum and for the continued support of of Frs Hall, Parfitt and Kravos.

Masses today:

11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton
12.30 p.m. St Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford

Gaudia Paschalia!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017


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Maundy Thursday: 
5.30 p.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton
7.30 p.m. Notre Dame Chapel, St. Mark's Avenue, Leeds, with watching at the altar of repose until 9.00 p.m.

Good Friday:
3.00 p.m. Notre Dame Chapel, St. Mark's Avenue, Leeds

Holy Saturday:
3.00 p.m. Notre Dame Chapel, St. Mark's Avenue, Leeds

Reminder that confessions are at call at all of our Masses, but please not 10 seconds before Mass is due to start or during the last Gospel.

Easter Sunday:
11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton
12.30 p.m. St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford

Friday, April 7, 2017

Palm Sunday and Holy Week

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Hosanna to the Son of David, Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord.

Masses on Palm Sunday marking the start of Holy Week:

11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall,
12.30 a.m. St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford, (sung)

And for the rest of the week:

*9.30 a.m. Monday of Holy Week, Sacred Heart, Broughton, Skipton,
*9.30 a.m. Tuesday of Holy Week, Sacred Heart, Broughton, Skipton,
*9.30 a.m. Spy Wednesday, Sacred Heart, Broughton, Skipton,
*5.30 p.m. Holy Thursday, Sacred Heart, Broughton, Skipton,
7.30 p.m. Holy Thursday  Mass of the Lord's Supper, adoration at the altar of repose until 9.00 p.m. Notre Dame, St. Mark's Avenue, Leeds,
3.00 p.m.Good Friday, Liturgy of the Passion and death of our Lord,  Notre Dame, St. Mark's Avenue, Leeds,
3.00 p.m. Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil, cantata.  Notre DameSt. Mark's Avenue, Leeds 
   NB No Cathedral Mass on Easter Sunday

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Passion Sunday

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... but Jesus hid Himself, and went out of the temple.

From this Sunday until Easter Sunday there are no prayers at the foot of the altar as the Church continues to prune the liturgy, with veiled statues until the great feast itself. The Gloria Patri is also omitted after the Introit and lavabo until Easter.
As Passiontide begins there are two Masses in the EF on Sunday:

11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton. Sung.
12.30 p.m. St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford. 

Next Sunday is the start of Holy Week when again we shall be having the Sacred Triduum. I am so grateful that Fr. Kravos has put the Notre Dame chapel at our disposal again for this purpose. The Holy Week schedule (subject to additions marked with asterisks) is as follows: 

VENUE    Notre Dame Chapel, Leeds University Catholic Chaplaincy, St. Mark's Avenue, Leeds.  
Holy Thursday  Mass of the Lord's Supper,  7.30 p.m. with adoration at the altar of repose until 9.00p.m.
Good Friday  Liturgy of the Passion and death of our Lord,   3.00 p.m. 
Holy Saturday  Easter Vigil  3.00 p.m. Missa Cantata.

Saturday, March 25, 2017


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Verum bonum et suave 
Personemus, illud Ave
Per quod Christi fit conclave
Virgo, mater, filia

Per quod Ave salutata
Mox concepit fecundata
Virgo, David stirpe nata,
Inter spines lilia.

Ave, veri Salomonis
Mater, vellus Gedionis,
Cujus magi tribus donis.
Laudant puerperium.

Ave, solem genuisti
Ave, prolem protulisti,
Mundo lapso contulisti,
Vitam et imperium.

Ave, mater verbi summi,
Maris portus, signum dumi,
Aromatum virga fumi,
Angelorum domina.

Supplicamus, nos emenda, 
Emendatos nos commenda
Tuo nato ad habenda
Sempiterna gaudia.

Friday, March 24, 2017


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Rejoice is the message of this Sunday's Mass which is the mid Sunday of Lent and means that there are only three weeks left before Easter Sunday. The Gospel looks forward to the establishment of the Holy Eucharist - Fr Pius Parsch in his "The Church's Year of Grace" calls it another Corpus Christi. We shall have a hymn devoted to the Blessed Sacrament at St. Joseph's to mark this on Sunday. There are three Masses in the EF:

11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton,
12.30 p.m. St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford (sung)
4.00 p.m. St. Anthony's, Bradford Road, Clayton, Bradford

Saturday is the feast of the Annunciation - or the Incarnation and there is Mass at Sacred Heart Broughton at 9.30 a.m.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Lent III

There are three EF Masses this weekend for the third Sunday in Lent.
The Gospel again involves an encounter with the devil. Our Lord makes it clear that we must choose between good and evil - because the truly blessed are those who hear the Word of God and keep it. Sounds like Faith and more good works.

Sunday is also the feast of St. Joseph but this year his feast is observed on Monday because the Lenten Sunday naturally takes precedence.
Mass in honour of this great saint will be offered twice in the EF.


St. Anne's Cathedral , Cookridge Street, Leeds. 8.00 a.m.
Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton. 11.00 a.m.
St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford. 12.30 p.m.

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Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton. 9.30 a.m.
St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford. 5.00 p.m.

* From the litany of St. Joseph.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Lent II

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The Gospel for the Mass today is the Transfiguration, an occasion which has its own Feast in August and forty days before the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Last week's Gospel saw the tempting of Jesus the Man - this week's recalls Him as the uber-radiant transfigured God revealed to the Apostles and so to us.
Confessions before and after Mass at call.
We have two Masses this Sunday:

11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton
12.30 p.m. St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford (sung)

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Please remember that this year the Feast of St. Joseph is transferred to Monday 20th. March. There will be an EF Mass at St. Joseph's, Bradford at 5.00 p.m. which is of course the parish's patronal feast and in the month devoted to him on this day.
I am pleased to hear that Fr. Whitwell, the assistant priest at St. Joseph's is doing well in his training with a view to offering his first public Mass in the Extraordinary Form soon.

On a sadder note please pray for the repose of the soul of Fr. Geoffrey Hilton of St. Osmund's, Bolton in the diocese of Salford who was found dead in his presbytery a couple of days ago aged 59.
Father Hilton enjoyed the support of his parishioners in some very difficult times.
As a family we were able to attend our first ever midnight Mass at midnight in the EF several years ago when Fr. Hilton broke the mould offering this Mass publicly anywhere in the north of England for some years. May he rest in peace.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Lent I

There was a pleasing turnout for Mass on Ash Wednesday and one gentleman had travelled from Rochdale and braved the teatime traffic of the M62 to be there with forty odd other souls at St. Joseph's in Bradford.
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This Sunday, the first of Lent, sees two EF Masses in the Diocese of Leeds and by this I do not mean the C of E diocese with the same name as ours on the internet and which recently sprang up.
In the meantime there are a couple of changes to weekday provision which I shall also soon bring to the sidebar:
Tuesday Masses at St. Ignatius in Ossett are now at the later time of 9.30 a.m. and Monsignor Smith has established a first Friday Mass at St. Austin's, Wakefield at 7.30 p.m.

Sunday's Mass has the incredibly powerful Gospel about the temptations of Christ by the devil. Our Lord knew temptation until his last dying breath on the cross, the Lord who told us to pray to the Father saying, "...and lead us not in to temptation but deliver us from evil".
It is a vivid Gospel by which I set my spiritual watch each year, having last renewed my baptismal promises publicly nearly a year ago at the Easter Vigil.
The now redundant 2017 septuagesimal season has served its purpose in preparation for the spiritual battle the Church gives us in Lent.
Like any good parent knows the medicine may not be nice but its benefits far outweigh the bitter and even painful taste where their child's life is involved. This is our Church and Mother.

Mass on Sunday:
11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton (sung)
12.30 a.m. St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Ash Wednesday

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Reminder that we have two Masses tomorrow for the Feast of Ash Wednesday:

11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton
5.00 p.m. St Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford

ALSO there is Mass at St Austin's, Wentworth Terrace, Wakefield on Friday March 3rd at 7.30 p.m.

Saturday, February 25, 2017


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This Sunday is Quinquagesima Sunday and as such this Wednesday is Ash Wednesday and marks the start of Lent or the great build up to the feast of Easter .
We have three Masses on Sunday:
11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton
12.30 p.m. St. Joseph's. Pakington Street, Bradford  (sung)
4.00 p.m. St. Anthony's, Bradford Road, Clayton, Bradford.
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I am very pleased to be able to say that this year there are two public EF Masses in the diocese on Ash Wednesday:
11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton
5.00 p.m. St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford

Friday, February 17, 2017


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This Sunday is Sexagesima - the second pre-Lenten Sunday of the season of Septuagesima and soon it will be Ash Wednesday.
We have three Masses this Sunday:

8.00 a.m. Leeds Cathedral, Cookridge Street, Leeds
11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton
12.30 p.m. St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford

Again at St. Joseph's last week there was a good congregation and again lots of new faces and Fr. Crawley sang the Mass with great dignity. We are grateful to him - the youngest priest in the diocese for having agreed so readily to offer the Mass for us.
This week is half term for me and I hope to be able to continue my little project on the history of the Mass pre-1570. I hope to look at the Rite of York as well as undertaking a detailed reading of Mediator Dei, Pope Pius XII's famous encyclical on the liturgy promulgated just after the Second World War.

I have received two requests from young men wishing to learn to serve at St. Joseph's, so please let me know if you would like to join them.

Saturday, February 11, 2017


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This weekend marks the start of the Easter cycle in the 1962 calendar and so until Easter no Sunday Masses in the EF include the Gloria or Alleluia verse.

Masses this weekend for the feast and start of the season of Septuagesima:

11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton
12.30 p.m. St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford (Missa cantata*).

*This will be Father Crawley's first sung EF missa cantata in this diocese and following the excellent attendance at Mass last week I hope that even more people will be able to join us this week.

Once again after the prayer for the queen we shall offer prayers for the Church and conclude with the hymn Immaculate Mary on account of Saturday's feast of our Lady of Lourdes .

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

A right good read

After a tiring day at school it was lovely to come home and sit down with a cup of hot chocolate and a piece of cake and read the latest copy of Mass of Ages from cover to cover. This is the second edition of the new look magazine and it was even better than the first. Tom Quinn, the editor has done a great job. There is a good variety of interesting and thought provoking articles including one by the LMS chairman Dr. Joseph Shaw entitled Mystery and imagination about the participation of children in the EF Mass. 
I was amazed at how many young children were at Mass on Sunday at Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall and how well behaved they all were. It reminded me (and not for the first time) of the Masses we attend near Lille at the ICKSP chapel of Our Lady of Fatima in Chapelle d'Armentieres during the summer months.
Free copies of the magazine will be available on Sunday at St. Joseph's. 

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Epiphany V

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This weekend is the fifth of the Epiphany and next week sees the start of septuagesimal season. The crib has only nicely been packed away and the Easter cycle is already upon us with Lent on the liturgical horizon.

Please remember that confession is at call at all of our Masses.

Sunday Masses:

11.00 a.m Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton (sung)
12.30. p.m. St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford

Monday, January 30, 2017


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Thursday marks the feast of the Purification of our Lady or the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple. This feast is also known as Candlemas because of the blessing of candles before Mass.
Mass at Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton at 11.00 a.m.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Epiphany IV

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And the tempest-tossed Church all her eyes are on thee; 
They look to thy shining, sweet star of the sea.

This weekend is the fourth after the Epiphany and we have two Sunday Masses:

11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton
12.30 p.m. St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford

It is fortuitous that this weekend's Gospel recalls Christ's sleeping on the boat when a great storm arose which petrified the disciples - the embryonic first bishops. Admonishing them as faint-hearted, men of little faith our Lord then proceeds to calm the sea. The See of today's Peter is also not currently calm. Whereas in Paul's epistle to the Romans, which is the epistle of Sunday's Mass, Paul repeats the Commandments citing adultery first before murder.
We are, I fear, living in uncharted waters in the Church at the moment with many strange and dare I say diabolical events at large abroad. Things are in a mess, a terrible mess and there is no sign that things are going to get better anytime soon. Opacity would appear to be the order of the day, attacks on the Church continue to grow from within and without. There is of course nothing new in any of this and the Church survives and continues, yet it is not a stroll in the park. In fact it's very hard and it is a cross which the faithful have to carry.
The Truth will survive - we are never given a cross too heavy to carry and we have Christ's own assurance that the gates of hell shall not prevail. We have our collective and individual parts to play to save our souls from damnation. We must hear God's word and keep it, we must love and live the Gospel message but nobody ever said it would be easy. The forces of darkness are at large and growing increasingly darker and rebellious.
So what do we do? As the now famous iconic meme says, we keep calm and carry on, even with gathering and raging storms which only add to the struggle. We carry on hearing Mass, accessing the Sacraments - all seven of them, offering our rosaries and prayers without losing faith, hope or charity.

I have always found great consolation in the following (which I've lifted from the internet instead of typing it):
Cardinal Mercier wrote this prayer on the back of a holy picture while on pilgrimage at the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in England. In 1926, while preaching a retreat, he offered a little commentary on it:
"I am going to reveal to you a secret of holiness and of happiness. Every day for five minutes, silence your imagination, closing your eyes to things of the senses and your ears to all earthly sounds so as to withdraw into yourselves, and there in the sanctuary of your baptized soul, which is the temple of the Holy Spirit, speak to that Divine Spirit, saying:
Holy Spirit, soul of my soul, I adore Thee;
enlighten, guide, strengthen and console me;
tell me what I ought to do and command me to do it,
I promise to be submissive in everything that Thou shalt ask of me
and to accept all that Thou permittest to happen to me,
only show me what is Thy will.
If you do this, your life will flow along in happiness, serenity, and consolation, even in the midst of sorrows, because grace will be proportioned to your trials, giving you the strength to bear them, and you will arrive at the gates of Paradise laden with merits. This submission to the Holy Spirit is the secret of holiness." 


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