Well here we are.
Benedict XVI "EP"* is I pray happily in retirement and at the same time we have no Pope. The silver hammer traditionally used by the Camerlengo to check if a Pope is dead will for our last Pope not now be used.
*EP - Emeritus Pontiff who gave us the EF.
Our thoughts can respectfully return to the matter in hand. A new Pope.
Anybody with an opinion and his brother will know who the next best Pope will be. Even more people will believe that they know what the Church needs and even more will like me have a personal favourite.
But nobody actually knows who will emerge as the next Pope.
Let our next Pope continue to lead us in the Faith to reach our heavenly home.
On Friday evening Father Wiley offered Mass for the election of a Pontiff and it was a pleasure to see a chap who attended our training day in February serve the Mass with near perfection.
At the end of Mass we sang "Lord for tomorrow and its needs".
Father Wiley commented afterwards on how strange it felt to mention neither the name of the pope nor that of the bishop during the Canon.
Saturday 9.30 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, near Skipton
6.00 p.m. (Vigil Lent III) St. Mary's, Gibbet Street, Halifax
Sunday 11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, near Skipton- Missa cantata
3.00 p.m. St Joseph's, Pontefract Road, Castleford
4.00 p.m. Holy Spirit, Bath Road, Heckmondwike