Friday, November 25, 2016

Advent I

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My annual lament at how quickly the first Sunday of Advent seems to come round! The older I get the faster things seem to come round.
This Sunday we have three Sunday Masses:

11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton
12.30 p.m. St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford (This is a sung Mass)
4.00 p.m. St. Anthony's, Bradford Road, Clayton, Bradford

Advent is a season of repentance, "Do penance for the kingdom of God is at hand" and the Advent liturgical propers express this spirit of prayer and mortification - the Gloria is omitted, but the gloom of the penitential aspect is lightened by the joyful expectation of the Nativity of the Lord.

I have been asked about when Masses at Christmas are and so here is the list of Masses fulfilling the obligation in the EF:
Christmas Masses:
Christmas Eve - 11.30 p.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton
Christmas Day - 11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton
                           12.30 p.m. St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Cathedral Mass - report

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Many thanks to Fr. Hall, Canons Moger and Wiley and the schola gregoriana who made the Mass at the Cathedral such an excellent occasion. Fr Hall spoke very movingly about the Dies Irae and compared it with another hymn of another ecclesial community - namely Rock of Ages and in developing the thrust of his sermon he referred to Bishop Wheeler as the bishop who never said no to requests for the Mass and Sacraments in the old Rite - the reason we remember him with such gratitude and affection.
Clearly a lot of hard work had gone into today's Mass by the clergy, singers, servers and Cathedral staff and I am sure that together we made a very worthy sacrifice to the Lord.

Picture shows the the Lady altar at the cathedral where the EF is offered on the third Sunday of the month at 8.00 a.m.

Friday, November 18, 2016

XXIV and last Sunday after Pentecost

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This Sunday is the final Sunday of the year as next Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent. The prayers of this Mass urge us to a life of faith and co-operation with the graces that God gives us. We have three Sunday Masses this weekend as well as Saturday's 3.00 p.m. Requiem Mass at the Cathedral:

8.00 a.m. St. Anne's Cathedral, Cookridge Street, Leeds
11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton
12.30 p.m. St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford

Confessions at call.

Please can I ask you, of your charity, to pray for a friend of mine who has to have a brain tumour removed in the next few days and although this has been discovered early on she is understandably very anxious and distraught about this.
Salus infirmorum, ora pro nobis!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016


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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Remembrance Sunday

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Remembrance Sunday falls this weekend when a Requiem Mass of anniversary may be offered for those who died in the world wars. It is also the sixth Sunday after the Epiphany for when a Requiem Mass is not offered.


11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall.
12.30 p.m. St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford. Sung Requiem.

(Confessions at call.)

Please remember next week's annual requiem for Bishop Wheeler at the Cathedral at 3.00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Annual Requiem Leeds Cathedral

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for Bishop Wheeler
St. Anne's Cathedral, Leeds

There will be a sung Mass of Requiem at the Cathedral on Saturday 19th. November at 3.00 p.m. this will be followed by absolution at the catafalque.  The schola gregoriana will sing the Mass. Celebrant Fr. Michael Hall.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

V Sunday remaining after the Epiphany

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Because of  how Easter fell this year there are remaining Sundays to "use up" following the Epiphany which were unused before Septuagesima fell quite early on. The prayers of the proper of this Mass are of Pentecost XXIII but the epistle and Gospel are of the fifth Sunday after the Epiphany.
As Advent fast approaches the Gospel of this Mass gives us food for thought.

Masses on Sunday:

Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton. 11.00 a.m. missa cantata.

St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford. 12.30 p.m. 

The Mass at St. Joseph's will be the first public Mass of Fr. Crawley who now officially joins the rota of regular celebrants. Many thanks to Fr. Crawley for this.
Readers may remember that Father assisted the bishop last year as priest in cope when his Lordship presided at the High Mass of Requiem for Bishop Wheeler at the Cathedral.

On behalf of the LMS in Leeds I am requesting Fr. Parfitt to offer Mass for the repose of  the soul of Bishop Konstant.
I shall personally always be grateful to Bishop David for establishing the regular bi-monthly Sunday Masses at Killingbeck chapel in the summer of 1988 and moreover for later putting Canon Peter McGuire in charge of all matters pertaining to the EF Mass.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Congratulations Canon Wiley

I have just been informed that Fr. Timothy Wiley, the co-ordinator for the EF Rite of Mass in our Diocese has been made a Canon of the Cathedral Chapter by His Lordship Bishop Stock. Congratulations to him.
The photo shows Fr. Wiley officiating at my youngest daughter's wedding earlier this year at St. John's in Bradford.