Thursday, January 18, 2018

Epiphany III

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This Sunday is the third Sunday after the Epiphany and again the Gospel recalls one of our Lord's miracles, namely the healing of the centurion's servant. The Lord answered the pagan Roman's prayer. 

We have three Masses this Sunday :

8.00 a.m. Leeds Cathedral, Cookridge Street, Leeds
11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton
12.30 p.m. St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford

Attendance at Broughton and Bradford is very pleasing but last month there were only about a dozen at the Cathedral for Gaudete Sunday which was very disappointing. Please can I ask members and friends in and around Leeds to make an extra sacrifice to support this Mass, in what is the mother church of the diocese. The atmosphere is invariably serene and the celebrants and staff have been unfailingly accommodating in every respect since our first regular Mass there in April 2015. It would be a great shame to lose this Mass because of lack of support.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Epiphany II

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This Sunday is the the Second Sunday of the Epiphany and its Gospel recounts the changing of water into wine at the wedding feast in Cana. It sees the start of the public ministry of our Blessed Lord.
We have two Masses:

11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton
12.30 p.m. St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford (missa cantata)

I have been updating the sidebars and have added (and removed) some resources and links. I was recently delighted to find a pdf version of Monsignor Ronald Knox's The Mass in Slow Motion courtesy of the Ronald Knox Society of North America and Corpus Christi Watershed so I have added the link to this excellent book.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Prayer requests

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My Christmas holiday has been marred with the terrible news that my cousin who is only in her forties has been diagnosed with cancer of the throat, tonsils and tongue. Please would you remember her and her family in your prayers as she starts treatment on Monday. 
Please also remember two close friends of mine who are also receiving cancer treatment, one of whom is extremely ill and now rarely conscious.
St. Peregrine Laziosi, pray for them.
Our Lady Health of the sick, pray for them.

Mass attendance today at both Broughton and Bradford were very well attended and following the Mass at Bradford we were again able to have the blessing of chalk for the Epiphany. I shall mark our door lintel tomorrow. 
I was speaking to a gentleman last week who commented how noticeable the rising numbers are at St. Joseph's. Having stable bases where Mass is offered regularly and frequently has clearly led to this and I am increasingly grateful to the Bishop for enabling this and to the wonderful people, staff and clergy at St. Joseph's.

Last Wednesday I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the Lecture at the cathedral given by Dr. Judith Champ of Oscott College who spoke about the way the Priesthood today in this country was shaped by the Reformation's Recusant families and the enormous influx of Irish immigrants in the nineteenth century. 
Dr. Champ made some excellent points in what was a very stimulating and insightful lecture which provided much food for thought. Reflecting on what she said has re-enforced my belief that the main problems seem to be that Christ has been eclipsed and few people could define what Catholic identity actually means today or that there are so many conflicting views as to what this identity should be in post Christian Britain. 
One young man from York mentioned, in a question, that the traditional orders seem not to have problems of recruitment and Dr. Champ readily agreed that this was the case and conceded that he made an interesting point.
It was also very good to see Bishop Stock at the lecture.

The next main event on the calendar is our Lenten Mission week which will take place in the first full week of Lent. Each evening there will be Mass and a talk covering the Seven Sacraments. We hope that there will be one Solemn High Mass and confessions will be available. Details to follow over the coming weeks. 

Thursday, January 4, 2018


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This Sunday is the Feast of the Epiphany in England and Wales and we have two Masses:

11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton (missa cantata)
12.30 p.m. St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Third Cathedral lecture

On Wednesday 3rd. January at 7.00 p.m. there will be the third of this cycle's Leeds Cathedral Lecture in the Wheeler Hall, situated just behind the cathedral.
The speaker: 
Professor Judith Champ
Professor of Church History and Director of Studies at St Mary’s College, Oscott. Has published widely on the post-Reformation history of English Catholicism, including The English Pilgrimage to Rome: A Dwelling for the Soul(2000), A Different Kind of Monk: William Bernard Ullathorne (2006), A Seminary Goes to War: St Mary’s College, Oscott and the First World War (2015), The Secular Priesthood in England and Wales: History, Mission and Identity(2016).

The topic:
The Priest in the Parish: Shopkeeper or Sherpa?
(A discussion of some aspects of how the priesthood in this country has been shaped by its missionary history since the Reformation, and how it has reached its present sense of ‘crisis’. But the main focus will be on the direction for the future, and ways in which history can be harnessed to power renewal, exploring some ideas that might point towards a positive and dynamic vision for the future of the priesthood and the parish.)

As always, please consider attending the lecture. As with all things there is a danger that we might lose it if we don't use it.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year

Pictured is the Sanctuary of  the Sacred Heart Chapel, Broughton Hall on Christmas Eve, and kindly sent to me by one of the servers, Mr O' Dowd.
Many thanks to him and a happy new year to all.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Sunday within the Octave of the Nativity

We have two Masses this weekend for the Octave within the Nativity:

11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton
12.30 p.m. St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford

Masses this week at Broughton Hall at 10. 30 a.m.
Confessions at call.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Merry Christmas

Attendance at our Masses over the holiday season have been very pleasing with  well over a hundred attending our Masses for Christmas.

May I take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy new year.

Friday, December 22, 2017

This weekend

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Two days of obligation back to back this weekend with five Masses to celebrate the sacred mysteries of the third joyful mystery of the holy Rosary.

On Sunday which is the Vigil of the Nativity we have two Masses:

11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton
12.30 p.m. St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford (missa cantata)

For Christmas Day on Monday

11.30 p.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton (Sunday night)
11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton
12.30 p.m. St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford

Confessions at call.
Masses at 10.30 a.m. weekdays including Saturdays at Sacred Heart, Broughton.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Gaudete Sunday

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Gaudete Sunday is almost upon us and we have three Masses this Sunday:

8.00 a.m. Leeds Cathedral, Cookridge Street, Leeds
11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton
12.30 p.m. St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford

Attendance continues to rise at many of the Extraordinary Form Masses in the diocese and following the success of the the Mass at the chantry chapel last week plans are afoot for regular Solemn High Masses next year as well as a Missa Cantata to mark Candlemas - the end of the Christmas Season.

Confessions at call.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Chantry photos

Thanks to John Roberts of Wakefield here is a small selection of photos from Friday's Mass at Wakefield's chantry chapel for the feast of the Immaculate Conception.

The missal is set

The prayers at the foot of the altar

The Gospel

Again thanks to all concerned.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Advent II

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The High Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception at Wakefield's historic chantry chapel was attended by about forty souls tonight who braved the freezing cold outside and the music provided by the St. Austin's singers was absolutely first class. Thanks to them, the serving team and Revv. Smith, Aladics and Crawley. It was lovely to see the statue of our Lady being incensed after the Mass. I hope to publish some photos of the event on Sunday, thanks to John Roberts of Wakefield.

Masses for the second Sunday of Advent are as follows:
11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton
12.30 p.m. St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford

Confessions at call.
Masses Monday - Saturday at Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton at 10.30 a.m.

Sunday, December 3, 2017


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There are two Masses on Friday for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Both of these are thirty minutes later than the times mentioned in the previous post.

11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton
7.30 p.m. Wakefield Chantry Chapel, Kirkgate, Wakefield This will be a Solemn High Mass.  The clergy will be Mgr Smith, Fr. Aladics and Fr. Crawley.

There were good turnouts today for the first Sunday of Advent both at Broughton and St. Joseph's. This is very encouraging.

Today I have confirmed the Christmas Masses - there will be three:
11.30 p.m. (24th. December)  Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton
11.00 a.m. (25th. December) Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton
12.30 p.m. (25th. December) St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Advent I & the Immaculate Conception

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This Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent and the first day of the new liturgical year. Happy new year!
This year there is no fourth Sunday of Advent as the Vigil of Christmas Eve (traditionally a fast and abstinence day) falls on a Sunday. The feast  supersedes the fourth Sunday of Advent but no fast and abstinence is required.  The technical bits do not diminish the idea of the significance of the beauty of the Gospel
Advent is a good time to make a resolution to transform our old selves in preparation for the end of time and Christ's triumphant Second Coming and er...Christmas.
Confession at call is available at all Masses. 


11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton, (missa cantata)
12.30 p.m. Saint Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford 

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10.30 a.m Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton
7.00 p.m. Wakefield's historic Chantry Chapel, Kirkgate, missa solemnis - more details on Monday.