Friday, May 30, 2014

Ascension Sunday

We have four Masses this weekend to observe the external solemnity of the Ascension:

Saturday (Vigil) - 6.00 p.m. St. Mary's, Gibbet Street, Halifax.
Sunday              11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton (Sung Mass)
                          3.00 p.m. St. Joseph's, Pontefract Road, Castleford
                          4.00 p.m. Holy Spirit, Bath Road, Heckmondwike (Sung Mass)

The Mass at Heckmondwike is part of the church's centenary celebrations and I am very grateful that we have been invited to share in those celebrations which of course bring G.K. Chesterton, Fr. Brown and Mgr. O'Connor to mind. The photo shows the recently renovated and redecorated Holy Spirit Church. This church has one of the most beautiful statues of Our Lady I have ever seen. Refreshments after Mass.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Ascension Thursday

Mass for the Ascension will be at 9.30 a.m. at Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall near Skipton (and not at 11.00 a.m.)

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Easter V

Masses on Sunday

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

Please remember our big event at Heckmondwike next Sunday at 4.00 p.m..

Friday, May 16, 2014

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Masses this weekend

Saturday (Vigil) - St. Mary's, Gibbet Street, Halifax. 6.00 p.m.
Sunday             - Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton. 11.00 a.m.
                        - St. Joseph's, Pontefract Road, Castleford. 3.00 p.m.
                        - Holy Spirit, Bath Road, Heckmondwike. 4.00 p.m.

Friday, May 9, 2014

This weekend

There is no Mass on Saturday at St. Mary's, Halifax as Mgr Smith is away.
On Sunday we have three Masses:

11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, near Skipton.
3.00 p.m.   St Peter's, Leeds Road, Laisterdyke, Bradford. Missa cantata.
3.00 p.m.   St. Joseph's, Pontefract Rd. Castleford.

This morning the latest edition of Mass of Ages, the LMS quarterly, dropped through the letterbox and a very enjoyable read it proved to be. The articles on Fr. Brown and Chesterton were particularly relevant in view of the fact that we are to have a sung Mass on the first Sunday in June (1st. June) at Holy Spirit, Heckmondwike, as part of that church's centenary celebrations. I have written before of the links with Chesterton and the then Parish Priest Fr. John O'Connor. Chesterton was received into the Church by Fr. O'Connor and it was on Fr. O'Connor that Chesterton based his fictional detective Fr. Brown.
The American Chesterton expert Dale Ahlquist recently delivered a talk at Holy Spirit about this.
The present Parish Priest, Fr. Abberton, regularly offers the traditional Mass at Holy Spirit and he will be the celebrant at the Mass in June - the external solemnity of the Ascension of our Lord. Mass at 4.00p.m.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

LMS York pilgrimage - video

The LMS has produced a short video about the recent pilgrimage to York. Please follow the link