Advent begins on Sunday.
It is the start of the liturgical year as the cycle begins again.
8.30 a.m. St. Ignatius, Ossett
1.00 p.m. St. Joseph, Bradford
Tuesday - 6.00 p.m. St. Ignatius, Ossett
Wednesday - 6.30 p.m. St. Winefride, Wibsey, Bradford
Thursday - 9.30 a.m. St. Anthony, Clayton, Bradford
Parish confirmations at Pontefract - no Mass
Friday - 6.30 p.m. St. John the Evangelist, Buttershaw, Bradford
7.30 p.m. St. Austin, Wakefield
Confessions are usually available before or after Mass at call
PLEASE NOTE THAT MASSES AT ST. WINEFRIDE'S AND ST. JOHN'S WILL NOW BE CELEBRATED AT THE LATER TIME OF 6.30 p.m. This will avoid the rush hour through the city.
Moving to Saint Patrick's church.
Preparations are well under way for a smooth transition from St. Joseph's to St. Patrick's. We are set to leave St. Joseph's church, Pakington Street after 5 very happy years, on the third Sunday of Advent.
Already I wish to thank the clergy - specially Fr. Angel, the Parish Priest, sacristan Mr Hirst, staff and parishioners at St. Joseph's church for their unfailing hospitality and kindness over these past years.
The first Sunday Mass at St. Patrick's will be at 1.00 p.m. on Sunday 19th December, which is the fourth Sunday of Advent. There will be Masses at 1.00 p.m. on Christmas Day and Boxing Day at St. Patrick's. The address of the church is: St. Patrick's, Sedgefield Terrace, Westgate, Bradford BD1 2RU.
We remain within the territory of St. Joseph's parish but not in the parochial church.
I had a meeting with the Local Servant, the Rector and the Sacristan/Celebrant last week and they are very much looking forward to us going there.
There are a few small practical issues still being addressed but nothing onerous.
The scariest bit for me was the cupboard with the lighting and sound equipment looking like something with which you'd land a small jet.
I hope that with the Franciscan presence the Portiuncula indulgence of 2nd August (and/or its nearest Sunday) will be an occasion of shared joy.
Sunday street parking is very easy on Sundays in addition to which the Rebecca Street carpark is a minute's walk from the church.
The 617/618 buses run regularly to stop S1 at Sedgefield Terrace - to and from the Interchange and the Bradford Royal Infirmary. The Forster Square and Interchange railway stations are within reasonable walking distance.
I would like to thank Bishop Stock for his pastoral solicitude since the Holy Father's motu proprio.
Once again we will be having the candlelit Rorate Mass at 6.30 a.m. on Monday 20th. December at St. Joseph's, Martin Street, Brighouse.