Sunday, July 31, 2016

A delightful afternoon

Thanks to Fr. Aladics for offering Mass this afternoon with about 30 parishioners at his parish's beautiful church of St. Ignatius Loyola for this weekend's patronal feast.
Father was more than ably accompanied by members of the Rudgate singers who sang the solemn Salve at the end of Mass as the relics of Saints Ignatius, Aloysius Gonzaga, Stanislaus Kostka, Francis Xavier, Peter Canisius and other prominent Jesuits were venerated.
In his sermon Fr. Aladics recalled the original mission territory in the area which much predates the current church of  the early 1930s and he spoke warmly of his early Jesuit predecessors who helped to make this part of Yorkshire a source of God's own grace.
Following Mass there was a BBQ in the presbytery grounds with excellent company, food and drink expertly prepared and served by Father himself. An excellent touch was the Spanish salad "Crown of Thorns", consisting of lettuce, red onions and pomegranate seeds with a light glossy dressing.

Father offers Mass at 8.00 a.m. each Tuesday at the lady altar in the church and is more than agreeable to stepping up the number of Masses he already offers in the EF.

The re-ordering of this church is of the most tasteful I have ever seen (regardless of what it originally might have looked like) and there has been no loss of balance. The entire light building draws the eye to the tabernacle and the wall crucifix.  To the rear of the church there is a garden of remembrance for stillborn and neonatal babies.

Please remember Masses tomorrow at Broughton and Castleford.

Friday, July 29, 2016

This weekend

Masses this weekend including Pentecost XI

Sacred Heart chapel, Broughton Hall, Skipton, 9.30 a.m.
St Ignatius, Storrs Hill Road, Ossett, NOON  (Missa cantata)

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

Next week I am taking my son to the amazing Roman-Germanic Museum in Cologne where there is an exhibition of Roman glass.
Last year the special exhibition was medicine in the Roman world. One archaeological dig in Cologne just beside the cathedral had not only revealed the existence of some ancient dental instruments but also an enameled tin bucket full of eggs from the Second World War, all perfectly preserved.
It is amazing that beneath the streets of  the oft besieged Cologne there is still a maze of  undamaged (and dry) Roman sewers, which lead to extant parts of Roman Cologne. I revel in the fact that something many hundreds years old has continued to exist, albeit underground, and moreover in spite of the horrors inflicted upon it in the mid-twentieth century.

Meanwhile I am working on a plan for a Belgian monastic beer tour before the end of August. It is time for me to use my Flemish/Dutch, which although I did at university as a subsidiary I only rarely use these days.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Pentecost X

Masses this Sunday the tenth after Pentecost

Sunday              Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton.                                            11.00 a.m.

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

There is no Mass at Clayton as Fr. Abberton is still very unwell, please remember him in your prayers.

Next Saturday (July 30th.) we have been invited to the parish patronal celebrations at St Ignatius,37, Storrs Hill Road, Ossett, WF5 0DQ . There will be a sung Mass at noon followed by a BBQ.

Fr. Aladics now offers Mass each Tuesday at 8.00 a.m. at the Lady altar.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Pentecost IX

This weekend we start with a Low Mass at 9,30 a.m.on Saturday morning at Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall near Skipton. Then there is Mass at St Austin's, Wakefield at noon, which is Mgr Smith's "new" parish. This is a solemn high Mass and marks the 20th anniversary of the wonderful Rudgate singers. There is then a sung missa salve sancta parens at 2.00 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist, Cooper Lane, Bradford.

On Sunday:
The Cathedral, Cookridge Street. Leeds at 8.00 a.m
Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton at 11.00 a.m.
St Joseph's, Pontefract Road, Castleford at 3.00 p.m.

Six public Masses in two days with four celebrants and at least one deacon. We have come a long way in recent time and can only give thanks to Almighty God for this.

Announcement about the new autumn schedule will follow in the next couple of weeks.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Pentecost VIII

Masses this Sunday are as follows:

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.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Fr. Michael Krychiwskyj who died last week. Fr. Michael was a good friend to the LMS. He was the Parish Priest at the parish of St. Jeanne Jugan and his body will be received into Our Lady of Lourdes, Leeds on Sunday evening at 6.00 p.m. This will be followed by Rosary and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. On Monday the bishop will be the principal celebrant at the Mass of Requiem at 11.00 a.m. May Fr. Michael's soul rest in peace and may the angels lead him into paradise.

Also, on a much happier note:
in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite
on the occasion of the Twentieth Anniversary
of the Rudgate Singers

Wentworth Terrace, Wakefield WF1 3QN

Saturday, 16th July 2016, at 12:00pm
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Palestrina Missa Papae Marcelli & motets also by Palestrina, concluding with the Solemn Salve Regina written for St. Mary's Abbey in York.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Pentecost VII

Mass at Markenfield Hall for the Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour on Monday was a triumph. Singers from Wakefield's St. Austin's sang some beautiful polyphony and the schola sang the plainchant which all added superbly to the ambiance of the little ancient chapel which has been lovingly brought to life again by Lady Deirdre and Mr. Ian Curteis, to whom again we extend our thanks.
The addition of a new artifact, in the form of a distressed carved stone figure of Christ from a crucifix of great antiquity, is most sensitive and touching at many levels. The figure is housed in a little wooden case on the sill below the great east window. Lady Deirdre told me that she had picked it up quite by chance in France.

Masses this Sunday are as follows:

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

Please remember the sick in your prayers this month which traditionally is given over to the Precious Blood and remember that every Mass of our lives gives us the chance to worship that life giving Blood shed for us and for many.

Our Lady, health of the sick, pray for us.

Please also of your charity pray for the repose of the soul of Dr Joseph Shaw's mother who died yesterday.
May she rest in peace and may her soul and those of the faithful departed rest in peace.