Saturday, September 30, 2017

Pentecost XVII

This Sunday is the seventeenth after Pentecost and we have two Masses:

11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart chapel, Broughton Hall, Skipton;  missa cantata.
12.30 p.m. St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford.

Please remember to put in your diary the Pontifical High Mass scheduled for Saturday 11th November at the Cathedral in Leeds. Bishop Stock is the celebrant at this unique occasion.

Wednesday 23rd. November sees the first public episcopal confirmations in the diocese for many years and I would please ask you to contact me if you wish for yourself or another to be considered for the reception of this Sacrament.
This ceremony is to be concluded with Pontifical Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

Monday, September 25, 2017


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Bishop Stock will be conferring the Sacrament of Confirmation according to the books of 1962 on Wednesday 23rd November at 7.00 p.m. at St. Joseph's Church, Pakington Street, Bradford.

Please contact me at if you wish to be confirmed or have a child wishing to be confirmed. Since moving to St. Joseph's we have had two baptisms and a marriage according to books of 1962.

We are very grateful to His Lordship for his solicitude.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Pentecost XVI

I hope you noticed the "deliberate" eye-watering mistake in last week's post about the Gospel. Apologies for this.

Masses this weekend for the sixteenth Sunday of Pentecost:

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

Please remember that confessions are available at call at all Masses and that Mass is offered Monday to Saturday at 9.30 a.m. at Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Pentecost XV

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This Sunday has the beautiful account in the Gospel recounting our Lord's curing of the man brought to Him suffering of the palsy. We hear the Lord's voice telling the healed man to pick up his bed and go home.  

We have three Masses this weekend:

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

The strength and  power of  the Sacrament of Confession and Penance which leads to Reconciliation with God is freely offered at all EF Masses at call.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Summorum Pontificum a decade old

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It is ten years today since Pope Benedict's motu proprio Summorum Pontificum came into force on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross in 2007. Please remember the Emeritus Pope in your prayers and for the continued promotion of his wonderful gift to the Church.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Pentecost XIV and update

Masses this weekend for the feast of the fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost are as follows:

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

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This weekend marks our first anniversary at St. Joseph's and although the numbers fluctuate they remain steady. I think it is fair to say that the EF Mass people and St. Joseph's have become good friends. Who was it who said ut unum sint? Please consider attending to celebrate this milestone. Thank you to St. Joseph's people, clergy and Jeff!

Preparations are well underway for the upcoming solemn Mass of Requiem in November to be offered by His Lordship the Bishop for his predecessors in the Cathedral. I will give more information when I am in a position to do so. In the meantime we are very grateful to Bishop Stock for his continued solicitude. I hope to find out about confirmations as well.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Pentecost XIII

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It was very refreshing today to see that the Feasts of the Epiphany and the Ascension are to be restored as holy days of obligation from next year. Eleven years ago these feasts were "demoted" - a decision I never understood as these were feasts with a timed link with other feasts i.e. twelfth night and forty days after Easter.

Less felicitous was the news of the death of of Cormac Murphy O'Connor who has died of cancer. May he rest in peace.

Masses this weekend for the thirteenth Sunday of Pentecost are as follows:
Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton at 11.00 a.m. missa cantata
St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford at 12.30 p.m.