I am very pleased to say that we are adding two "new" priests to the Sunday and Holy Day rota at St. Joseph's, Bradford, starting from September.
Mgr. Paul Grogan who regularly offers Mass at St. Winefride's and St. John the Evangelist churches in Bradford will join us in September. Monsignor is certainly no stranger to the Extraordinary Form having offered his first EF Mass way back on 19th. December 2019. He has offered the EF Mass ever since.
Mgr. Grogan's first EF Mass. Fr. Hall assistant priest. St. Joseph's, Brighouse.
Also re-joining the rota is Canon Tim Wiley, who offers Mass regularly at Pontefract and until his move there from Immaculate Heart, Leeds was a regular celebrant in the earliest days at St. Joseph's, Bradford and before then at St. Mary's, Batley and St. Columba's in Bradford where he also regularly offered the EF Mass.
Fr. Wiley offering Mass in Leeds Cathedral's Blessed Sacrament chapel for the repose of the soul of Bishop Wheeler.
I cannot let this post go without mentioning the kindness and unconditional acceptance at St. Joseph's for those who come to the old Mass, the Ordinary Form and the Ordinariate Mass. In central Bradford we are not going to achieve the dizzy heights of the Parish of Saints Eugene and Celia in central Paris, where the old and new rites happily co-exist, with a choir which could bring a tear to a glass eye and an astonishingly beautiful Gothic interior.
I only wish St. Joseph's were in Paris at the moment as foreign travel has lost its appeal for the moment..
This week's EF Masses as follows:
Tuesday - St. Ignatius, Ossett, 6.00 p.m.
Wednesday - St. Winefride, Wibsey, Bradford, 6.00 p.m.
Thursday - St. Anthony, Clayton, Bradford, 9.30 a.m. AND St. Joseph, Pontefract, 7.00 p.m.
Friday - St John the Evangelist, Buttershaw, Bradford, 6.00 p.m. AND St. Austin, Wakefield, 7.30 p.m.
I am sure that before too long there will be a public daily Monday and Saturday Mass in the diocese to re-complete the daily provision since Fr. Parfitt's death last year and the effects of lockdown.