Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Ash Wednesday

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Reminder that we have two Masses tomorrow for the Feast of Ash Wednesday:

11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton
5.00 p.m. St Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford

ALSO there is Mass at St Austin's, Wentworth Terrace, Wakefield on Friday March 3rd at 7.30 p.m.

Saturday, February 25, 2017


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This Sunday is Quinquagesima Sunday and as such this Wednesday is Ash Wednesday and marks the start of Lent or the great build up to the feast of Easter .
We have three Masses on Sunday:
11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton
12.30 p.m. St. Joseph's. Pakington Street, Bradford  (sung)
4.00 p.m. St. Anthony's, Bradford Road, Clayton, Bradford.
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I am very pleased to be able to say that this year there are two public EF Masses in the diocese on Ash Wednesday:
11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton
5.00 p.m. St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford

Friday, February 17, 2017


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This Sunday is Sexagesima - the second pre-Lenten Sunday of the season of Septuagesima and soon it will be Ash Wednesday.
We have three Masses this Sunday:

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

Again at St. Joseph's last week there was a good congregation and again lots of new faces and Fr. Crawley sang the Mass with great dignity. We are grateful to him - the youngest priest in the diocese for having agreed so readily to offer the Mass for us.
This week is half term for me and I hope to be able to continue my little project on the history of the Mass pre-1570. I hope to look at the Rite of York as well as undertaking a detailed reading of Mediator Dei, Pope Pius XII's famous encyclical on the liturgy promulgated just after the Second World War.

I have received two requests from young men wishing to learn to serve at St. Joseph's, so please let me know if you would like to join them.

Saturday, February 11, 2017


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This weekend marks the start of the Easter cycle in the 1962 calendar and so until Easter no Sunday Masses in the EF include the Gloria or Alleluia verse.

Masses this weekend for the feast and start of the season of Septuagesima:

11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton
12.30 p.m. St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford (Missa cantata*).

*This will be Father Crawley's first sung EF missa cantata in this diocese and following the excellent attendance at Mass last week I hope that even more people will be able to join us this week.

Once again after the prayer for the queen we shall offer prayers for the Church and conclude with the hymn Immaculate Mary on account of Saturday's feast of our Lady of Lourdes .

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

A right good read

After a tiring day at school it was lovely to come home and sit down with a cup of hot chocolate and a piece of cake and read the latest copy of Mass of Ages from cover to cover. This is the second edition of the new look magazine and it was even better than the first. Tom Quinn, the editor has done a great job. There is a good variety of interesting and thought provoking articles including one by the LMS chairman Dr. Joseph Shaw entitled Mystery and imagination about the participation of children in the EF Mass. 
I was amazed at how many young children were at Mass on Sunday at Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall and how well behaved they all were. It reminded me (and not for the first time) of the Masses we attend near Lille at the ICKSP chapel of Our Lady of Fatima in Chapelle d'Armentieres during the summer months.
Free copies of the magazine will be available on Sunday at St. Joseph's. 

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Epiphany V

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This weekend is the fifth of the Epiphany and next week sees the start of septuagesimal season. The crib has only nicely been packed away and the Easter cycle is already upon us with Lent on the liturgical horizon.

Please remember that confession is at call at all of our Masses.

Sunday Masses:

11.00 a.m Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton (sung)
12.30. p.m. St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford