Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Saint Peter & Paul


Reminder that we have Mass for the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul this Thursday, which is a Holy Day of Obligation. Mass at St. Patrick's, Bradford at 5.00 p.m.

A reminder also that Sunday (July 2nd) is the Ruby Jubilee of Ordination to the Priesthood of Fr. Kevin Driver. It would be lovely to see as many people as possible joining Fr. Kevin's friends and family on this very special occasion. Mass at St. Patrick's, Bradford at 1.00 p.m.

Thursday, June 22, 2023


I have been taken to task by several good people for the paucity of posts on this blog over the last few months since the rescript issued by Cardinal Roche.  The latest restrictions on the public celebration of Mass according to the books of 1962 have pained me more than I could begin to describe. My life is impoverished without regular access to the Mass in the old Rite. 

There is only so much I can do to "big up" one Sunday Mass per week.

I remain very grateful for the provision at St. Patrick's, Bradford, each Sunday at 1.00 p.m. and on Holydays of Obligation at 5.00 p.m. and for the Friars' continued support and hospitality.

Thursday 29th. June is the feast of Ss Peter and Paul and there will be Mass at St. Patrick's on this Holyday offered by Fr. Kevin Driver. 

The following Sunday (July 2nd) marks the Ruby Jubilee of Fr.  Driver who will also be the celebrant of the Mass at St. Patrick's on that day, exactly forty years after Bishop Wheeler elevated him to the priestly life. He will wear the vestments he was ordained in and we shall have some of the same hymns he had on his ordination day. 

I hope those who have benefited from Fr. Kevin's ministry will join us on that day of jubilation as we say Ad multos annos to him in gratitude for all he does for us. 

Thank you also to Mr. George Watson who has played the organ for us regularly on the third Sunday of the month at St Patrick's and before that at St. Joseph's who is officially bowing out and  retiring at the grand age of 82 on that day.

Thank you Fr. Driver and thank you George.

Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Corpus Christi & Update

This Thursday is marked as the Feat of Corpus Christi in the Roman Missal but in England and Wales will be celebrated on Sunday as an external solemnity, which means there will be no Mass on Thursday at St. Patrick's.

Our Mass on Sunday at St. Patrick's will be a missa cantata to celebrate this wonderful feast and will be different in two ways to our regular sung Mass.  Firstly it will serve as a First Holy Communion Mass for one of our younger people and secondly there will be a procession of the Blessed Sacrament following the Mass. Please do consider lending your support to attend this Mass and procession. Last year's procession was very moving.

I am also very pleased to report that David Adolph is now out of hospital and is now being well looked after in a local nursing home. He is in much higher spirits than he was in hospital. Thank you for your prayers.