Sunday, December 24, 2023

Wishing you peace and joy this Christmas

In these somewhat depressing days in the Church it is sometimes difficult to find things about which to rejoice. I mentioned this in confession a while ago and was told that the Lord never gives us a cross which is too hard to carry. We don't always see this, but as another priest told me in confession - every Lent has its Easter, just as every Advent has its Christmas. And here we are on this holy night of Christmas 2023.

May I take this opportunity to wish everybody a very peaceful and joyful Christmas. Those who should know better seem hell bent on destroying the Church from within but we have our Lord's divine assurance that the gates of hell will not prevail against that Church founded by Him. We should be people of hope.

Mass on Christmas Day  is at 1.00 p.m. at St. Patrick's, Westgate Bradford. And on every Sunday at the same time and place.

Confessions available before Mass.

Holydays of Obligation and High days which do not fall on Sundays will now be offered at 7.00 p.m. at St. Patrick's instead of 5.00 p.m. (which is a legacy time from our time at St. Joseph's over two years ago.) Our first such Mass will be the Feast of Ash Wednesday on 14th. February 2024.