Friday, October 21, 2016

Pentecost XXIII

Once again we have three Masses this Sunday for the twenty third Sunday of Pentecost. In two weeks we shall be using up the readings of remaining Sundays after the Epiphany.

11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton
12.30 p.m. St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford (Missa cantata)
4.00 p.m. St. Anthony's, Bradford Road, Clayton, Bradford

Reminder that on Tuesday there will be a sung Mass in honour of St. John of Beverley at Bewerley Grange chapel, Pateley Bridge at 11.30 a.m.

Looking ahead to the week after next I have organised Masses at St. Joseph's, Bradford for the feasts of All Saints and All Souls in addition to the Masses at Sacred Heart, Broughton. Details to follow.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Pentecost XXII

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There are three Masses this Sunday for the twenty-second after Pentecost:

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

Despite the baby's parents suffering from food poisoning last week the baptism went ahead last week and the baby "behaved" herself with very little crying.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Pentecost XXI

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Masses this Sunday for the twenty-first after Pentecost are as follows:

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

Following the Mass at St. Joseph's the baptism of Thea Alexandra Illingworth will take place.

Things are continuing well at St. Joseph's and it is lovely to see so many children there. Even crying babies!

May I just apologise for having forgotten to advertise the Batley Torchlight Procession last week? One of my colleagues did go, however and said that her family couldn't fit into the church and had to stand outside as it was so very well supported. Many of us will remember the Masses we had, often daily, at St. Mary's in Batley a few years ago. The procession was of course resurrected under Archbishop Roche and is a great witness to the Faith.

Notice - there will be Mass at Bewerley Grange chapel near Pateley Bridge on Tuesday 25th. October at 11.30 a.m.

I have not had time to find out how the Cathedral lecture went on Wednesday as I was unable to attend. I am however looking forward to hearing Rowan Morton Gledhill's next Cathedral lecture in November when she will talk about the BBC. I love as much as I loathe about the BBC but continue to regard it as part of the family.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Cathedral lectures

This Wednesday sees the first of the Cathedral lectures:
 Wheeler Hall, St Anne Street 

Wednesdays @ 7.00pm

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Admission free; retiring collection

Wednesday 5th October 2016

Fr. Marcus Holden
(Priest of the Archdiocese of Southwark)

Special Divine Action - The Theology, Meaning, and Reality of Miracles”

(An examination of the Catholic understanding of the miraculous both in the bible and in the life of the Church, exploring specific divine action from both philosophical and theological viewpoints)

Wednesday 2nd November 2016

Rowan Morton-Gledhill
(Diocesan Communications Officer and Press Secretary to the Bishop of Leeds)

“Evangelizing Auntie”

(An insider’s view of how Catholicism is understood and portrayed at the BBC, and how Catholic broadcasters and contributors can - and must - take the initiative to make the media work for them)

 Wednesday 7th  December 2016

John Rist
(Professor of Philosophy at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.)

“The Past, Present and Future of the Papacy

(Papal authority viewed in parallel to the development of Catholic doctrine; the new papal prospects in 19th and 20th centuries; how future popes should handle the contemporary situation)

Wednesday 11th January 2017

Fr. Andrew Pinsent
(Priest of the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton)

“What is the Good News?”

(An examination of new perspectives on divine grace from the subject areas of science, philosophy, and religion)

Friday, September 30, 2016

Pentecost XX

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Masses for the twentieth Sunday after Pentecost are as follows:

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

This week there is an excellent piece in the Universe about the first Mass at St. Joseph's which is well worth a read. I have also just spoken to a gentleman preparing an article for EWTN in this country who was keen to know about the Mass at St. Joseph's.

Should you wish for confession please ask the celebrants at any of our Masses.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Happy Michaelmas

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Mass for the feast of St. Michael at Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton, 9.30 a.m.
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I have never been to Coventry but would like to visit there if only to see Epstein's masterful depiction of the triumph of good over evil at the Anglican Cathedral, which was destroyed by Hitler's bombs in WW II.

Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle and be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray and do thou Prince of the heavenly hosts thrust down into hell, Satan and all the wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen 

St. Michael, pray for us!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

More good news

Father Abberton who has been very ill telephoned me today to say that he is feeling better and would like to resume offering Mass at St. Anthony's, Bradford Road, Clayton on the fourth Sunday of the month. So this Mass will resume on the fourth Sunday of October. Many thanks to Fr. Abberton for this - he really has been through the mill lately. Please remember him in your prayers.
Two Sunday Masses in Bradford in the EF is something I never thought I would live to see.
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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Pentecost XIX

Our first Low Mass at St. Joseph's, Bradford on Sunday was another triumph with organist accompaniment at points and a couple of vernacular hymns. This was thanks to Mr Richard Niczyperowicz, Richard is another native Bradfordian with an unpronounceable surname and strong family links to St. Joseph's.  Fr. Driver who offered the Mass for our intentions was also much impressed with this joyful lift and I hope Richard will play again for us soon. His father tells me that his repertoire is growing and strengthening all the time and his tutor Mike Murphy is similarly enthusiastic. Well done Richard!

Mike Murphy will be the organist and cantor this Sunday at the 12.30 p.m. Mass at St. Joseph's which will be a Missa cantata.

Mass will also be offered on Sunday at 11.00 a.m. and on Saturday morning at 9.30 at Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Pentecost XVIII

This is a three Sunday Mass weekend for the XVIII of Pentecost:

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

I have had a mixed reaction to the photos in the last post. Some people can see all the photos and some cannot. I can see all the pictures on somebody else's computer but not on my daughter's mobile telephone. My techno-nerd friend is still on holiday so I have been unable to seek expert advice. I shall persevere.
This also stymied my attempts to get pictures from a disc with the excellent pictures by John Roberts of the Wakefield Chantry Mass which proved to be embarrassing when an eleven year old child showed me what to do today at school. We were examining blogging language styles at the time.

Monday, September 12, 2016

First Mass at St. Joseph's

It was a great pleasure to have our first Mass at St. Joseph's, Bradford yesterday with an attendance of just under sixty. This was a sung Mass and celebrated by Fr Hall. The newly ordained curate at St. Joseph's, Fr. Whitwell sat in white choir and Fr. Wiley was in the congregation. We were very pleased to find vestments in every colour with matching maniples, veils and burses at the church. The new parish priest and the sacristan were more than helpful. We would now like to concentrate on building up a schola to sing the Mass under the direction of Mike Murphy and a team of additional servers so that we can perform all the liturgical ceremonies with all due dignity. Next Sunday will be Low Mass with Fr. Driver as celebrant.

Tomorrow I shall post pictures of last Thursday's Mass at the chantry chapel taken by Mr John Roberts of Wakefield.

Below is a selection of the excellent pictures taken by Mr. John Aron of Lincolnshire. 


Friday, September 2, 2016

Pentecost XVI

I hope you like the new look and updated blog in preparation for our first regular Sunday Mass at St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford next week.

In the meantime our only Sunday Mass this weekend is at:

Sacred Heart Chapel, Broughton Hall, nr Skipton, 11.00 a.m. It is of course a sung Mass.

Masses on Sunday will continue at Broughton in addition to those at St. Joseph's.

The holidays are now almost over and for the last six weeks I have been only seldom at home so I shall reply to outstanding e-mails and confirm meetings in the next few days.

Please continue to pray for Fr. Abberton who is still unwell.

The Feast celebrating Our Lady's birthday falls this week on Thursday. Masses at Broughton at 9.30 a,m. and at 7.30 p.m. at the Wakefield chantry chapel, this Mass will be sung. The evocative picture below of the chapel is from

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Pentecost XV

Mass for this the fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost is at 11.00 a.m. at Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, near Skipton.
Preparations are well underway for our Masses at St. Joseph's, Bradford which will start in two weeks.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Pentecost XIV

Apologies for the late posting - we have just returned from France and Belgium.

Masses tomorrow for the fourteenth Sunday of Pentecost are as follows:

Leeds Cathedral, Great George Street, Leeds, 8.00 a.m.
Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton, 11.00 a.m. 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Sunday Mass

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The only Sunday Mass this week is at:
Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton at 11.00 a.m.

This is of course the external solemnity of the Assumption of our Blessed Lady.