Monday, May 30, 2016

Queenship of Our Blessed Lady

Tuesday 31st May. Missa cantata for the Queenship of Our Lady at Bewerley Grange Chapel, nr Pateley Bridge at 7.00 p.m.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Corpus Christi Sunday

Sunday              (Sung) Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton.                             11.00 a.m.

                           St. Joseph’s, Pontefract Road, Castleford.                                      3.00 p.m.

On Tuesday 31st May there will be a sung Mass for the Queenship of our Blessed Lady at 7.00 p.m. at Bewerley Grange Chapel. 

Monday, May 23, 2016


The Bishop has now released information about the future of provision in the diocese of the Extraordinary Form of Mass and I am extremely grateful to him for listening to our request for a permanent home and the suggestions which accompanied it. The Bishop writes:

EXTRAORDINARY FORM RITE OF MASS.  I am making St Joseph’s Church in Bradford a principal church for the celebration of the Extraordinary Form Rite of Mass within the Diocese of Leeds. This will not of course alter or restrict the ability of priests to celebrate the Extraordinary Form in other churches of the diocese but is, rather, a pastoral response to the request from a number of the faithful for a central church that is easily accessible with a celebration at a time on a Sunday that will facilitate a larger congregation of the faithful to attend. It is anticipated that the Mass will be celebrated each Sunday at 12:30pm.

The new venue will be in use for the EF Mass from September by which time a lot of behind the scenes work will be undertaken in drawing up rotas and organising the singing, serving and extra Masses. Please watch this space!
We have, of course, used St. Joseph's on many occasions in recent years when both Canon McCreadie and Fr. Newman were Parish Priests. Indeed the first Solemn High Mass in many years took place there when Canon Boyle was our celebrant assisted by Mgr Smith and Fr. Wiley. Let us pray that our move goes smoothly.

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Blessed Trinity

Masses for the Feast of the Blessed Trinity this weekend are as follows:

Sunday              Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton.                                                  11.00 a.m.
                           St. Joseph’s, Pontefract Road, Castleford.                                                 3.00 p.m.
                           St. Anthony’s, Bradford Road, Clayton, Bradford. BD14 6HW               4.00 p.m.   

Saturday, May 14, 2016


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Veni, Sancte Spiritus,
et emitte caelitus
lucis tuae radium.
Veni, pater pauperum,
veni, dator munerum,
veni, lumen cordium.
Consolator optime,
dulcis hospes animae,
dulce refrigerium.
In labore requies,
in aestu temperies,
in fletu solatium.
O lux beatissima,
reple cordis intima
tuorum fidelium.
Sine tuo numine,
nihil est in homine,
nihil est innoxium.
Lava quod est sordidum,
riga quod est aridum,
sana quod est saucium.
Flecte quod est rigidum,
fove quod est frigidum,
rege quod est devium.
Da tuis fidelibus,
in te confidentibu s,
sacrum septenarium.
Da virtutis meritum,
da salutis exitum,
da perenne gaudium.

At a purely linguistic level the Sequence we have at Mass today is straightforward Latin and therein lies its beauty. The depth of its meaning and at the same time the easy and measured simplicity of its expression could hardly be conveyed so beautifully in any other way. 
At the same time I have read many approved translations in different prayer books (as well as in English) and therein lies the power of the prayer because it is a pure source of  goodness however the words are received.
Veni Sancte Spiritus!   

EF Masses this weekend for the birthday of the Church are as follows:
Sunday              St. Anne’s Cathedral, Great George Street, Leeds.                        8.00 a.m.
                           Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton.                                         11.00 a.m.
                           St. Joseph’s, Pontefract Road, Castleford.                                       3.00 p.m.

As a birthday treat please listen to this:

Friday, May 6, 2016

Ascension Sunday

Due to illness of the Parish Priest I have taken the decision to suspend Masses at Our Lady of Lourdes, Leeds until further notice.
Masses this weekend for the external solemnity of the Ascension are as follows:

Sunday              Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton.                                        11.00 a.m.
                           (Sung)  St. Peter’s, Leeds Road, Laisterdyke, Bradford.                3.00 p.m.

                           St. Joseph’s, Pontefract Road, Castleford.                                      3.00 p.m.
Mass at Bradford will be followed by May devotions.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Ascension Thursday

Holy Mass on the Feast of the Ascension. (No longer a holy day of obligation) 

11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart Chapel, Broughton Hall, near Skipton. Low Mass.