Saturday, March 18, 2017

Lent III

There are three EF Masses this weekend for the third Sunday in Lent.
The Gospel again involves an encounter with the devil. Our Lord makes it clear that we must choose between good and evil - because the truly blessed are those who hear the Word of God and keep it. Sounds like Faith and more good works.

Sunday is also the feast of St. Joseph but this year his feast is observed on Monday because the Lenten Sunday naturally takes precedence.
Mass in honour of this great saint will be offered twice in the EF.


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

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Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton. 9.30 a.m.
St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford. 5.00 p.m.

* From the litany of St. Joseph.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Lent II

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The Gospel for the Mass today is the Transfiguration, an occasion which has its own Feast in August and forty days before the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Last week's Gospel saw the tempting of Jesus the Man - this week's recalls Him as the uber-radiant transfigured God revealed to the Apostles and so to us.
Confessions before and after Mass at call.
We have two Masses this Sunday:

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

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Please remember that this year the Feast of St. Joseph is transferred to Monday 20th. March. There will be an EF Mass at St. Joseph's, Bradford at 5.00 p.m. which is of course the parish's patronal feast and in the month devoted to him on this day.
I am pleased to hear that Fr. Whitwell, the assistant priest at St. Joseph's is doing well in his training with a view to offering his first public Mass in the Extraordinary Form soon.

On a sadder note please pray for the repose of the soul of Fr. Geoffrey Hilton of St. Osmund's, Bolton in the diocese of Salford who was found dead in his presbytery a couple of days ago aged 59.
Father Hilton enjoyed the support of his parishioners in some very difficult times.
As a family we were able to attend our first ever midnight Mass at midnight in the EF several years ago when Fr. Hilton broke the mould offering this Mass publicly anywhere in the north of England for some years. May he rest in peace.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Lent I

There was a pleasing turnout for Mass on Ash Wednesday and one gentleman had travelled from Rochdale and braved the teatime traffic of the M62 to be there with forty odd other souls at St. Joseph's in Bradford.
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This Sunday, the first of Lent, sees two EF Masses in the Diocese of Leeds and by this I do not mean the C of E diocese with the same name as ours on the internet and which recently sprang up.
In the meantime there are a couple of changes to weekday provision which I shall also soon bring to the sidebar:
Tuesday Masses at St. Ignatius in Ossett are now at the later time of 9.30 a.m. and Monsignor Smith has established a first Friday Mass at St. Austin's, Wakefield at 7.30 p.m.

Sunday's Mass has the incredibly powerful Gospel about the temptations of Christ by the devil. Our Lord knew temptation until his last dying breath on the cross, the Lord who told us to pray to the Father saying, "...and lead us not in to temptation but deliver us from evil".
It is a vivid Gospel by which I set my spiritual watch each year, having last renewed my baptismal promises publicly nearly a year ago at the Easter Vigil.
The now redundant 2017 septuagesimal season has served its purpose in preparation for the spiritual battle the Church gives us in Lent.
Like any good parent knows the medicine may not be nice but its benefits far outweigh the bitter and even painful taste where their child's life is involved. This is our Church and Mother.

Mass on Sunday:
11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton (sung)
12.30 a.m. St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Ash Wednesday

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Reminder that we have two Masses tomorrow for the Feast of Ash Wednesday:

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

ALSO there is Mass at St Austin's, Wentworth Terrace, Wakefield on Friday March 3rd at 7.30 p.m.

Saturday, February 25, 2017


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This Sunday is Quinquagesima Sunday and as such this Wednesday is Ash Wednesday and marks the start of Lent or the great build up to the feast of Easter .
We have three Masses on Sunday:
11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton
12.30 p.m. St. Joseph's. Pakington Street, Bradford  (sung)
4.00 p.m. St. Anthony's, Bradford Road, Clayton, Bradford.
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I am very pleased to be able to say that this year there are two public EF Masses in the diocese on Ash Wednesday:
11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton
5.00 p.m. St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford

Friday, February 17, 2017


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This Sunday is Sexagesima - the second pre-Lenten Sunday of the season of Septuagesima and soon it will be Ash Wednesday.
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

Again at St. Joseph's last week there was a good congregation and again lots of new faces and Fr. Crawley sang the Mass with great dignity. We are grateful to him - the youngest priest in the diocese for having agreed so readily to offer the Mass for us.
This week is half term for me and I hope to be able to continue my little project on the history of the Mass pre-1570. I hope to look at the Rite of York as well as undertaking a detailed reading of Mediator Dei, Pope Pius XII's famous encyclical on the liturgy promulgated just after the Second World War.

I have received two requests from young men wishing to learn to serve at St. Joseph's, so please let me know if you would like to join them.

Saturday, February 11, 2017


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This weekend marks the start of the Easter cycle in the 1962 calendar and so until Easter no Sunday Masses in the EF include the Gloria or Alleluia verse.

Masses this weekend for the feast and start of the season of Septuagesima:

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

*This will be Father Crawley's first sung EF missa cantata in this diocese and following the excellent attendance at Mass last week I hope that even more people will be able to join us this week.

Once again after the prayer for the queen we shall offer prayers for the Church and conclude with the hymn Immaculate Mary on account of Saturday's feast of our Lady of Lourdes .

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

A right good read

After a tiring day at school it was lovely to come home and sit down with a cup of hot chocolate and a piece of cake and read the latest copy of Mass of Ages from cover to cover. This is the second edition of the new look magazine and it was even better than the first. Tom Quinn, the editor has done a great job. There is a good variety of interesting and thought provoking articles including one by the LMS chairman Dr. Joseph Shaw entitled Mystery and imagination about the participation of children in the EF Mass. 
I was amazed at how many young children were at Mass on Sunday at Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall and how well behaved they all were. It reminded me (and not for the first time) of the Masses we attend near Lille at the ICKSP chapel of Our Lady of Fatima in Chapelle d'Armentieres during the summer months.
Free copies of the magazine will be available on Sunday at St. Joseph's. 

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Epiphany V

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This weekend is the fifth of the Epiphany and next week sees the start of septuagesimal season. The crib has only nicely been packed away and the Easter cycle is already upon us with Lent on the liturgical horizon.

Please remember that confession is at call at all of our Masses.

Sunday Masses:

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

Monday, January 30, 2017


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Thursday marks the feast of the Purification of our Lady or the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple. This feast is also known as Candlemas because of the blessing of candles before Mass.
Mass at Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton at 11.00 a.m.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Epiphany IV

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And the tempest-tossed Church all her eyes are on thee; 
They look to thy shining, sweet star of the sea.

This weekend is the fourth after the Epiphany and we have two Sunday Masses:

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

It is fortuitous that this weekend's Gospel recalls Christ's sleeping on the boat when a great storm arose which petrified the disciples - the embryonic first bishops. Admonishing them as faint-hearted, men of little faith our Lord then proceeds to calm the sea. The See of today's Peter is also not currently calm. Whereas in Paul's epistle to the Romans, which is the epistle of Sunday's Mass, Paul repeats the Commandments citing adultery first before murder.
We are, I fear, living in uncharted waters in the Church at the moment with many strange and dare I say diabolical events at large abroad. Things are in a mess, a terrible mess and there is no sign that things are going to get better anytime soon. Opacity would appear to be the order of the day, attacks on the Church continue to grow from within and without. There is of course nothing new in any of this and the Church survives and continues, yet it is not a stroll in the park. In fact it's very hard and it is a cross which the faithful have to carry.
The Truth will survive - we are never given a cross too heavy to carry and we have Christ's own assurance that the gates of hell shall not prevail. We have our collective and individual parts to play to save our souls from damnation. We must hear God's word and keep it, we must love and live the Gospel message but nobody ever said it would be easy. The forces of darkness are at large and growing increasingly darker and rebellious.
So what do we do? As the now famous iconic meme says, we keep calm and carry on, even with gathering and raging storms which only add to the struggle. We carry on hearing Mass, accessing the Sacraments - all seven of them, offering our rosaries and prayers without losing faith, hope or charity.

I have always found great consolation in the following (which I've lifted from the internet instead of typing it):
Cardinal Mercier wrote this prayer on the back of a holy picture while on pilgrimage at the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in England. In 1926, while preaching a retreat, he offered a little commentary on it:
"I am going to reveal to you a secret of holiness and of happiness. Every day for five minutes, silence your imagination, closing your eyes to things of the senses and your ears to all earthly sounds so as to withdraw into yourselves, and there in the sanctuary of your baptized soul, which is the temple of the Holy Spirit, speak to that Divine Spirit, saying:
Holy Spirit, soul of my soul, I adore Thee;
enlighten, guide, strengthen and console me;
tell me what I ought to do and command me to do it,
I promise to be submissive in everything that Thou shalt ask of me
and to accept all that Thou permittest to happen to me,
only show me what is Thy will.
If you do this, your life will flow along in happiness, serenity, and consolation, even in the midst of sorrows, because grace will be proportioned to your trials, giving you the strength to bear them, and you will arrive at the gates of Paradise laden with merits. This submission to the Holy Spirit is the secret of holiness." 


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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Epiphany III

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I was embarrassed last week to realise that I had advertised the wrong feast - namely not the second Sunday after the Epiphany but that of the Holy Family. Apologies for this. All Masses offered were the "correct" ones.

This Sunday is the third Sunday after the Epiphany and we have three Masses:

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

The sung Mass at St. Joseph's on Sunday will be followed by the prayer for the queen and the prayer for the Church. Recessional hymn - Faith of our Fathers.


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Feast of the Holy Family of Nazareth

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Sunday is the feast of the Holy Family and we have three Masses:

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

Confessions at call.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Final in series -Cathedral lecture

Fr Andrew Pinsent
The final lecture of the present series will take place this Wednesday, 11th January, usual time and place, i.e., 7.00 p.m. at Wheeler Hall adjacent to the Cathedral.
The speaker will be Fr. Andrew Pinsent, who is returning after giving an excellent lecture in the last session when he spoke on “God, Grace, and Science.”
Fr. Pinsent is Research Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion at Oxford University, a member of the Theology Faculty there, a Research Fellow of Harris Manchester College and a Catholic priest of the diocese of Arundel and Brighton.
Fr. Pinsent has a D.Phil in high energy physics fromOxford, three degrees in philosophy and theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and a further Ph.D. in philosophy from Saint Louis University. He is also a member of the United Kingdom Institute of Physics and a tutor of the Maryvale Institute in Birmingham.
Fr. Pinsent's most recent book is The Second-Person Perspective in Aquinas’s Ethics: Virtues and Gifts. Besides academic publications, he is a co-author of the Evangeliumcatechetical course and the CredoApologia, and Lumen pocket books, published by the Catholic Truth Society. He has done much writing work with Fr. Marcus Holden, our first speaker in the present series.

The title of Fr. Pinsent’s lecture on Wednesday is "What is the Good News?” In this he will examine new perspectives on grace from the subject areas of science, philosophy, and theology."

Fr. Pinsent will be bringing along recent DVDs that he has made and a selection of his writings. These will be available to buy.