Saturday, June 30, 2012

Welcome to the Diocese of Leeds, Bishop Rifan

As far as I am reliably informed Bishop Rifan landed safely in England yesterday and is now resting in Yorkshire before offering Mass at Immaculate Heart, Moortown Leeds, tomorrow at 3.00 p.m.

After Mass he will travel on to Wales in order to offer High Mass at the shrine of Holywell on Sunday. Because of my duties at Broughton I have only ever been able to attend this annual pilgrimage once. This year is no exception as I then have to shoot over to Castleford for the 3.00 p.m. Mass.

Thanks again to Archbishop Roche for so readily agreeing to Bishop Rifan's visit so many months ago. On behalf of the Latin Mass Society in this Diocese I should like to take this opportunity to welcome Bishop Rifan to our Diocese and offer my thanks and prayers to him.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Masses this weekend

Sunday is the Feast of the Precious Blood.

Masses are as follows:  Sacred Heart,  Broughton Hall, Broughton,  Missa cantata, 11.30 a.m.
                                      St. Joseph's, Pontefract Road, Castleford, 3.00 p.m.
                                      Holy Spirit, Bath Road, Heckmondwike, 4.00p.m.
NO MASSES at Halifax or Leeds University Chaplaincy on Saturday  because of the Pontifical High Mass with Bishop Rifan and Archbishop Roche at Immaculate Heart of Mary, Leeds at 3.00 p.m.

Mass on Friday for Ss Peter and Paul at Sacred Heart, Broughton at 11.30 a.m.
Solemn High Mass tomorrow (Thursday) in anticipation of the Feast on Friday at Immaculate Heart of Mary, Leeds at 7.30 p.m.


I was as delighted to learn of Bishop Roche's elevation to the office of Archbishop as Secretary to the Congregation for Divine Worhip and Discipline of the Sacraments as I was saddened that we shall be losing a dedicated and orthodox pastor.
I wish Archbishop Roche every success in his new role and pray for a worthy successor.

God bless the Pope!

Monday, June 25, 2012

A very busy week ahead

Apologies for absence of posts over recent days, but I have just nicely returned from leading a punishing trip to Germany and Belgium with 40 children and three staff.

This week sees the holyday of Ss Peter and Paul. There will be two EF Masses I know of:

Thursday at 7.30 p.m. SOLEMN HIGH MASS at Immaculate Heart of Mary, Harrogate Road, Moortown,  Leeds. Mass in anticipation.
Friday at 11.30 a.m. Low Mass at Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, near Skipton.

Then for the feast of St. Paul:

Saturday at 3.00p.m. PONTIFICAL HIGH MASS at Immaculate Heart of Mary church, Harrogate Road, Moortown, Leeds. The celebrant will be Bishop Rifan of Campos. Our own Bishop, Bishop Roche also hopes to attend this Mass.

Please do all you can to attend some or all of these Masses so we can show that there is a demand for the Traditional Mass and leave our visitors with a very positive impression of what we do here in Leeds.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Quick reminders

No Mass at Leeds, St. Augustine's on Sunday. Our celebrant is in Rome for a diaconal ordination.

Masses at Halifax (Saturday), Castleford and Heckmondwike (Sunday).

Solemn High Mass at Immaculate Heart, Leeds, in anticipation of the Feast of Sts Peter & Paul at 7.30 p.m. on Thursday 28. June.

Pontifical High Mass at Immaculate Heart, Saturday 30. June at 3.00 p.m. Celebrant Bishop Rifan. Bishop Roche also wishes to attend the Mass. I also hope that there will be a good number of clergy in attendance and that members and friends from other dioceses will make their way to Leeds for this memorable occasion - and certainly another "first" in many years.

The Sacred Heart of Jesus

It is thirty-eight years today since I made my First Holy Communion. The Parish Priest, Father Reginald Bessler, is still alive and in his 62nd year of priesthood.

Below is the Litany of the Sacred Heart copied from EWTN to mark this feast where we pray for the sanctification of the Priesthood.

In 1899 Pope Leo XIII approved this Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus for public use. This litany is actually a synthesis of several other litanies dating back to the 17th century. Father Croiset composed a litany in 1691 from which 17 invocations were used by Venerable Anne Madeleine Remuzat when she composed her litany in 1718 at Marseille. She joined an additional 10 invocations to those of Father Croiset, for a total of 27 invocations. Six more invocations written by Sister Madeleine Joly of Dijon in 1686 were added by the Sacred Congregation for Rites when it was approved for public use in 1899. This makes a total of 33 invocations, one for each year of life of our Lord Jesus Christ. A partial indulgence is attached to this litany.
Lord, have mercy
Christ, have mercy
Lord, have mercy

Christ, hear us
Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of Heaven,
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
God, the Holy Spirit,
Holy Trinity, One God,
Heart of Jesus, Son of the Eternal Father,
Heart of Jesus, formed by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mother,
Heart of Jesus, substantially united to the Word of God,
Heart of Jesus, of Infinite Majesty,
Heart of Jesus, Sacred Temple of God,
Heart of Jesus, Tabernacle of the Most High,
Heart of Jesus, House of God and Gate of Heaven,
Heart of Jesus, burning furnace of charity,
Heart of Jesus, abode of justice and love,
Heart of Jesus, full of goodness and love,
Heart of Jesus, abyss of all virtues,
Heart of Jesus, most worthy of all praise,
Heart of Jesus, king and center of all hearts,
Heart of Jesus, in whom are all treasures of wisdom and knowledge,
Heart of Jesus, in whom dwells the fullness of divinity,
Heart of Jesus, in whom the Father was well pleased,
Heart of Jesus, of whose fullness we have all received,
Heart of Jesus, desire of the everlasting hills,
Heart of Jesus, patient and most merciful,
Heart of Jesus, enriching all who invoke Thee,
Heart of Jesus, fountain of life and holiness,
Heart of Jesus, propitiation for our sins,
Heart of Jesus, loaded down with opprobrium,
Heart of Jesus, bruised for our offenses,
Heart of Jesus, obedient to death,
Heart of Jesus, pierced with a lance,
Heart of Jesus, source of all consolation,
Heart of Jesus, our life and resurrection,
Heart of Jesus, our peace and our reconciliation,
Heart of Jesus, victim for our sins
Heart of Jesus, salvation of those who trust in Thee,
Heart of Jesus, hope of those who die in Thee,
Heart of Jesus, delight of all the Saints,

Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world,
Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world,
Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world,

V. Jesus, meek and humble of heart.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

have mercy on us.
have mercy on us.
have mercy on us.
have mercy on us.
have mercy on us.

have mercy on us.

have mercy on us.
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have mercy on us.

have mercy on us.

have mercy on us.

have mercy on us.
have mercy on us.
have mercy on us.
have mercy on us.
have mercy on us.
have mercy on us.
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have mercy on us.
have mercy on us.
have mercy on us.
have mercy on us.
have mercy on us.
have mercy on us.
have mercy on us.
have mercy on us.
have mercy on us.

spare us, O Lord.

graciously hear us, O Lord.

have mercy on us, O Lord.

R. Make our hearts like to Thine.
Let us pray;

Almighty and eternal God, look upon the Heart of Thy most beloved Son and upon the praises and satisfaction which He offers Thee in the name of sinners; and to those who implore Thy mercy, in Thy great goodness, grant forgiveness in the name of the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who livest and reignest with Thee forever and ever. Amen.

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Happy Feast day, Sacred Heart, Broughton.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Patronal feast - Sacred Heart, Broughton

Friday is the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The chapel at Broughton Hall is dedicated to the Sacred Heart and Mass will be offered there on Friday at 9.30 a.m.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Next Sunday - Pentecost II

There will be no Mass at St. Augustine's, Leeds, next Sunday (17th. June) as Fr. Wiley will be attending the diaconal ordination in Rome of Mr. Philip Hall for this diocese.
There will be Mass at Halifax on Saturday at 6.00p.m. And on Sunday at 3.00p.m. at St. Joseph's, Castleford and at 4.00 p.m. at Holy Spirit, Heckmondwike.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Upcoming events outside of the diocese

                                                                National Events
Young Catholic Adults National Weekend 14-16th Sept 2012
During the weekend of the 14-16 September 2012. Young Catholic Adults will be running a retreat at Douai Abbey, it will be led by Juventutem Ecclesiastical Assistant Fr. de Malleray . The weekend will be full-board.

* YCA will be running the weekend with the Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge who will be holding Gregorian Chant workshops.
* There will be a Marian Procession, Rosaries, Sung/High Mass, Low Mass, Gregorian Chant Workshops, Confession and socials.
* Fr. de Malleray FSSP will preach the retreat, Masses will be in the Extraordinary form.
Prices range from £5 to £51 per person per night .

For further details please visit

I draw this to your attention as I know of at least one young person from this diocese hoping to attend this event.

Earlier in the summer in July the St Catherine's Summer School will be up and running again in north Wales after the unfortunate cancellation last summer on account of Ushaw closing its doors. Please visit the following for further details

I mention this as one of my daughters loved every minute of the several summer schools she attended and learnt a lot about the Faith.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Masses this weekend - Corpus Christi Sunday

Apologies for the delay in getting this posted.

There will be no Mass at St. Peter's, Bradford, as it is the annual parish Corpus Christi procession. Instead there will be Mass at St. Joseph's, Pakington Street (opposite the Lidl supermarket in Manchester Road) at 3.00p.m.

Alternatively there will be Mass at St. Mary's, Gibbet Street, Halifax on Saturday at 6.00 p.m. and at St. Joseph's, Pontefract Road, Castleford at 3.00p.m. tomorrow.

These will be Masses for Corpus Christi.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Corpus Christi Thursday and update

Mass today at Bewerley Grange was for the feast of St. Boniface, apostle of Germany, who was an English monk and Bishop and was in old age martyred by pagans, saying that meeting violence with violence was not the way of Christ.
Probably due to the extended holiday the Mass was less well attended than usual but nevertheless the prayer for the Queen and the National Anthem were sung with no little gusto before the Salve and the Angelus after Mass.

On Thursday Fr. Parfitt will offer Low Mass at 11.30 a.m. at Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall near Skipton for the non-obligatory Feast of Corpus Christi, the solemnity of which will be observed externally at the weekend. (More information soon.)

Preparations for Bishop Rifan's visit and Pontifical High Mass continue and I am pleased to announce that Bishop Roche has expressed the desire to attend. New vestments for the occasion have been ordered and serving and singing are sorted. Servers from Leeds, Salford and Hexham & Newcastle have agreed to serve and our own schola will sing with the St. Austin singers from Wakefield. Refreshments will be available after Mass. The Recessional hymn will be For all the Saints.
There will be a Solemn High Mass in anticipation of the Feast of Ss Peter and Paul on Thursday 28th. June at Immaculate Heart of Mary, Harrogate Road, Leeds, LS17 6LE. This will be at 7.30 p.m.

I was very impresssed with the music today from St. Paul's in London for the service to mark the Jubilee. I thought that Dr. Williams spoke well and the only thing that irritated me was the BBC Radio 4's News at one o'clock. An interview with a Cof E bishop and a rabbi was introduced with
the remark that the title Defender of the Faith was one bestowed upon Henry VIII by himself and moreover the title was his own invention. Neither speaker corrected the interviewer. Not that the BBC is selective about such howlers. Earlier this year I heard on the same programme that a copy of the Koran had gone on show in London and was seven thousand years old. Fancy that!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Masses this week - half term

Monday 9.30 a.m. Broughton Hall   Low Mass
Tuesday 11.30 a.m. Bewerley Grange Chapel, Pateley Bridge  Missa cantata
Wednesday 9.30 a.m. Broughton Hall Low Mass
Thursday 11.30 a.m. Broughton Hall Low Mass for the Feast of Corpus Christi (no longer obligatory).
Friday 9.30 a.m. Broughton Hall Low Mass
Saturday 9.30 a.m. Broughton Hall Low Mass

Many thanks to Fr. Parfitt for these Masses

Domine, salvam fac Reginam nostram Elisabeth

This weekend is the glorious feast of the Blessed Trinity. I always remember starting every assembly with my old headmaster Mr. Earnshaw at Cardinal Hinsley GS in Bradford proclaiming, "Blessed be the Holy and undivided Trinity", to which we dutifuly responded, "Now and forever more. Amen." Walter Earnshaw knew the Faith - he certainly tried to impart his interpretation of it to my generation.
At the end of our Low Masses in Halifax on Saturday and at Castleford on Sunday we shall sing the traditional prayer for the Queen to mark her Diamond Jubilee.
Sung Mass marks the use of the Asperges beforehand again following the end of Eastertide. There will be a sung Mass at Broughton at the usual time of 11.30 a.m.

God save and bless the Queen!
God bless the Pope!
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us!