Thursday, January 18, 2018

Epiphany III

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This Sunday is the third Sunday after the Epiphany and again the Gospel recalls one of our Lord's miracles, namely the healing of the centurion's servant. The Lord answered the pagan Roman's prayer. 

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

Attendance at Broughton and Bradford is very pleasing but last month there were only about a dozen at the Cathedral for Gaudete Sunday which was very disappointing. Please can I ask members and friends in and around Leeds to make an extra sacrifice to support this Mass, in what is the mother church of the diocese. The atmosphere is invariably serene and the celebrants and staff have been unfailingly accommodating in every respect since our first regular Mass there in April 2015. It would be a great shame to lose this Mass because of lack of support.


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Epiphany II

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This Sunday is the the Second Sunday of the Epiphany and its Gospel recounts the changing of water into wine at the wedding feast in Cana. It sees the start of the public ministry of our Blessed Lord.
We have two Masses:

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

I have been updating the sidebars and have added (and removed) some resources and links. I was recently delighted to find a pdf version of Monsignor Ronald Knox's The Mass in Slow Motion courtesy of the Ronald Knox Society of North America and Corpus Christi Watershed so I have added the link to this excellent book.


Monday, January 8, 2018

Prayer requests

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My Christmas holiday has been marred with the terrible news that my cousin who is only in her forties has been diagnosed with cancer of the throat, tonsils and tongue. Please would you remember her and her family in your prayers as she starts treatment on Monday. 
Please also remember two close friends of mine who are also receiving cancer treatment, one of whom is extremely ill and now rarely conscious.
St. Peregrine Laziosi, pray for them.
Our Lady Health of the sick, pray for them.

Mass attendance today at both Broughton and Bradford were very well attended and following the Mass at Bradford we were again able to have the blessing of chalk for the Epiphany. I shall mark our door lintel tomorrow. 
I was speaking to a gentleman last week who commented how noticeable the rising numbers are at St. Joseph's. Having stable bases where Mass is offered regularly and frequently has clearly led to this and I am increasingly grateful to the Bishop for enabling this and to the wonderful people, staff and clergy at St. Joseph's.

Last Wednesday I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the Lecture at the cathedral given by Dr. Judith Champ of Oscott College who spoke about the way the Priesthood today in this country was shaped by the Reformation's Recusant families and the enormous influx of Irish immigrants in the nineteenth century. 
Dr. Champ made some excellent points in what was a very stimulating and insightful lecture which provided much food for thought. Reflecting on what she said has re-enforced my belief that the main problems seem to be that Christ has been eclipsed and few people could define what Catholic identity actually means today or that there are so many conflicting views as to what this identity should be in post Christian Britain. 
One young man from York mentioned, in a question, that the traditional orders seem not to have problems of recruitment and Dr. Champ readily agreed that this was the case and conceded that he made an interesting point.
It was also very good to see Bishop Stock at the lecture.

The next main event on the calendar is our Lenten Mission week which will take place in the first full week of Lent. Each evening there will be Mass and a talk covering the Seven Sacraments. We hope that there will be one Solemn High Mass and confessions will be available. Details to follow over the coming weeks. 

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Epiphany

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This Sunday is the Feast of the Epiphany in England and Wales and we have two Masses:

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



Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Third Cathedral lecture

On Wednesday 3rd. January at 7.00 p.m. there will be the third of this cycle's Leeds Cathedral Lecture in the Wheeler Hall, situated just behind the cathedral.
The speaker: 
Professor Judith Champ
Professor of Church History and Director of Studies at St Mary’s College, Oscott. Has published widely on the post-Reformation history of English Catholicism, including The English Pilgrimage to Rome: A Dwelling for the Soul(2000), A Different Kind of Monk: William Bernard Ullathorne (2006), A Seminary Goes to War: St Mary’s College, Oscott and the First World War (2015), The Secular Priesthood in England and Wales: History, Mission and Identity(2016).

The topic:
The Priest in the Parish: Shopkeeper or Sherpa?
(A discussion of some aspects of how the priesthood in this country has been shaped by its missionary history since the Reformation, and how it has reached its present sense of ‘crisis’. But the main focus will be on the direction for the future, and ways in which history can be harnessed to power renewal, exploring some ideas that might point towards a positive and dynamic vision for the future of the priesthood and the parish.)


As always, please consider attending the lecture. As with all things there is a danger that we might lose it if we don't use it.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year



Pictured is the Sanctuary of  the Sacred Heart Chapel, Broughton Hall on Christmas Eve, and kindly sent to me by one of the servers, Mr O' Dowd.
Many thanks to him and a happy new year to all.