We have two Masses:
11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton
12.30 a.m. St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford
The Pope has expressed a more than passing concern about the life of this child who lives less than ninety miles from here.
The child's estimated time of life after the turning off of the machine would be a matter of minutes we were told. It is a few days ago since this machine was switched off.
The politics of the situation are important but what is really essential is that we pray for the boy and his suffering parents.
Tony Bland died near here and this still sticks in my mind - as does the pressure my wife in particular was put under to abort our fifth child over fifteen years ago. Our son, Patrick, died within three minutes after his delivery.
His Mass of Angels funeral still stays in our mind which the Vicar General, Mgr Peter McGuire, offered and who blessed a new family grave in utterly atrocious weather conditions.
Prayer sustained us.
Please do remember young Alfie and his parents in your prayers.
Below I am reproducing the first of Fr. Michael Hall's excellent sermons delivered for the Triduum on the Feast of the Lord's Supper . I will produce the Good Friday one next week and the final one - the Vigil one- for the Feast of the Ascension. These beautifully crafted sermons are potent food for thought and I have benefited from cogitating about their content and illuminating clarity.
Circled by his brethren band
Meekly with the law complying,
First he finished its command
Then, immortal food supplying
Gave himself with his own hand.
gives himself in the Eucharistic Host to his disciples.”
Bread his very flesh to be;
Man in wine Christ’s Blood partaketh:
And if senses fail to see,
Faith alone the true heart waketh
To behold the mystery.
Delivered at Notre Dame, Leeds, Maundy Thursday, April 2018.