Sunday marks the start of the pre-Lenten season of Septuagesima. The vestments of the Mass are purple. We have two Masses:
11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton
1.00 p.m. St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford missa cantata
Confession at call.
I have just returned from a few days in Berlin.
The first time I ever went to Germany was Easter 1983 before my O' Level German exam. Because of the nature of the trip (to East Germany then behind the Iron Curtain) I could only hear Mass in a small immaculately kept convent chapel in Dresden on Easter Thursday. I can still smell the chapel over thirty-six years later.
This week I was able to hear the EF Mass daily at two churches dedicated solely to the celebration in this Rite within a few minutes of where I was staying in the the old East Zone of Berlin.
The church of St. Afra in West Berlin which is home to the Oratory of St. Philip Neri in formation is only a few metres away from where the wall stood. The church was in the western zone. My hotel was only two streets away but in the East . It was also a stones-throw from the Gethsemane Lutheran church where people gathered in 1989 as a major part of the Silent Revolution which helped to bring an end to the atrocious Communist regime of the which had existed since the end of WWII in Germany.
Daily EF Mass attendance in Berlin churches match those in Paris, Krakow and Cologne where I've heard Mass in the last few months. Similar daily Mass attendance figures match those in most of our churches in this diocese.
In Bradford in one deanery Mass in the EF is offered at least once a week in three churches by different priests. Could this be a record?
On Tuesday Mass at St Winefride's will again be at 10.00 a.m. because of the deanery conference on that day.
On Wednesday there will be Mass at Pontefract, St. Joseph's, Back Street at 7.30 p.m.
Mass as usual at St Anthony's, Clayton on Thursday at 9.30 a.m.