Saturday, December 10, 2016


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Gaudete - the third Sunday of Advent is almost upon us and means that this year Christmas is only two weeks away. The lightning of the mood with rose vestments is a gladness at the nearing of Christ's coming in the glory of his birth.
Masses on Sunday:

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

I was very lucky to be able to attend Wednesday's Cathedral Lecture (unlike the nightmare we had failing to get to the last lecture on All Souls day).

This month's talk was delivered by Professor John Rist, now of Cambridge University and formerly of Washington's Catholic University to name only two.

I hope to give a summary of the professor's talk soon.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Immaculate Conception

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Thursday is the feast of the Immaculate Conception. Mass at Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton at 11.00 a.m.
Mass on Tuesday is at the earlier time of 9.00 a.m. Masses on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at the usual time of 9.30 a.m.

Cathedral lecture. On Wednesday this week (December 7th.) Professor John Rist will give a lecture at 7.00 p.m. at the Cathedral's Wheeler Hall entitled The past, present and future of the Papacy. Free admission. 

O God our refuge and our strength, look down in mercy on thy people who cry to Thee and through the intercession of the glorious and immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of Blessed Joseph her spouse, the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul and of all the saints, mercifully and graciously hear our prayers for the freedom and exaltation of our holy mother, the Church. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Advent II

Masses for the second Sunday of Advent this weekend are as follows:

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

Thanks to Frs. Parfitt and Crawley for these Masses.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Advent I

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My annual lament at how quickly the first Sunday of Advent seems to come round! The older I get the faster things seem to come round.
This Sunday we have three Sunday Masses:

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

Advent is a season of repentance, "Do penance for the kingdom of God is at hand" and the Advent liturgical propers express this spirit of prayer and mortification - the Gloria is omitted, but the gloom of the penitential aspect is lightened by the joyful expectation of the Nativity of the Lord.

I have been asked about when Masses at Christmas are and so here is the list of Masses fulfilling the obligation in the EF:
Christmas Masses:
Christmas Eve - 11.30 p.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton
Christmas Day - 11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton
                           12.30 p.m. St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Cathedral Mass - report

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Many thanks to Fr. Hall, Canons Moger and Wiley and the schola gregoriana who made the Mass at the Cathedral such an excellent occasion. Fr Hall spoke very movingly about the Dies Irae and compared it with another hymn of another ecclesial community - namely Rock of Ages and in developing the thrust of his sermon he referred to Bishop Wheeler as the bishop who never said no to requests for the Mass and Sacraments in the old Rite - the reason we remember him with such gratitude and affection.
Clearly a lot of hard work had gone into today's Mass by the clergy, singers, servers and Cathedral staff and I am sure that together we made a very worthy sacrifice to the Lord.

Picture shows the the Lady altar at the cathedral where the EF is offered on the third Sunday of the month at 8.00 a.m.

Friday, November 18, 2016

XXIV and last Sunday after Pentecost

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This Sunday is the final Sunday of the year as next Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent. The prayers of this Mass urge us to a life of faith and co-operation with the graces that God gives us. We have three Sunday Masses this weekend as well as Saturday's 3.00 p.m. Requiem Mass at the Cathedral:

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.

Please can I ask you, of your charity, to pray for a friend of mine who has to have a brain tumour removed in the next few days and although this has been discovered early on she is understandably very anxious and distraught about this.
Salus infirmorum, ora pro nobis!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016


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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Remembrance Sunday

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Remembrance Sunday falls this weekend when a Requiem Mass of anniversary may be offered for those who died in the world wars. It is also the sixth Sunday after the Epiphany for when a Requiem Mass is not offered.


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

(Confessions at call.)

Please remember next week's annual requiem for Bishop Wheeler at the Cathedral at 3.00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Annual Requiem Leeds Cathedral

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St. Anne's Cathedral, Leeds

There will be a sung Mass of Requiem at the Cathedral on Saturday 19th. November at 3.00 p.m. this will be followed by absolution at the catafalque.  The schola gregoriana will sing the Mass. Celebrant Fr. Michael Hall.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

V Sunday remaining after the Epiphany

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Because of  how Easter fell this year there are remaining Sundays to "use up" following the Epiphany which were unused before Septuagesima fell quite early on. The prayers of the proper of this Mass are of Pentecost XXIII but the epistle and Gospel are of the fifth Sunday after the Epiphany.
As Advent fast approaches the Gospel of this Mass gives us food for thought.

Masses on Sunday:

Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton. 11.00 a.m. missa cantata.

St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford. 12.30 p.m. 

The Mass at St. Joseph's will be the first public Mass of Fr. Crawley who now officially joins the rota of regular celebrants. Many thanks to Fr. Crawley for this.
Readers may remember that Father assisted the bishop last year as priest in cope when his Lordship presided at the High Mass of Requiem for Bishop Wheeler at the Cathedral.

On behalf of the LMS in Leeds I am requesting Fr. Parfitt to offer Mass for the repose of  the soul of Bishop Konstant.
I shall personally always be grateful to Bishop David for establishing the regular bi-monthly Sunday Masses at Killingbeck chapel in the summer of 1988 and moreover for later putting Canon Peter McGuire in charge of all matters pertaining to the EF Mass.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Congratulations Canon Wiley

I have just been informed that Fr. Timothy Wiley, the co-ordinator for the EF Rite of Mass in our Diocese has been made a Canon of the Cathedral Chapter by His Lordship Bishop Stock. Congratulations to him.
The photo shows Fr. Wiley officiating at my youngest daughter's wedding earlier this year at St. John's in Bradford.

Monday, October 31, 2016

All Saints and All Souls

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Please remember that Tuesday is the holy day of obligation when we give glory to God as we remember and thank Him for those who have gone before us now sharing eternity with him in heaven.
On All Souls we remember and pray to God especially for those good souls who haven't yet been purged of  all their sins and are still waiting to see God in all His glory and to be eternally happy with him. Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.


Tuesday - All Saints:
11.00 a.m.  Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton
5.00 p.m. St. Joseph's, Bradford

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Wednesday - All Souls:
9.00 a.m, 10.00 a.m. and 11.00 a.m.  Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton
5.00 p.m. St. Joseph's, Bradford

There was a very good attendance at Mass on Sunday and many people commented on how uplifted they felt afterwards. Mr Watson played the missa viii as well as the Adoro te devote and a rousing Hail Redeemer at the end. It was a truly festive atmosphere and it was good to see old and new faces again. It is always very pleasing to see families with small children and babies at Mass; this particularly always strikes me  at the Notre Dame de Fatima chapel near Lille which is under the jurisdiction of the Institute of Christ the King. Throngs of little children are brought by their parents and it is a pleasure to see everybody mingling outside afterwards as the toddlers run about and the adults chatter away.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Christ the King

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We were blessed with fine autumnal weather on Tuesday at  Bewerley Grange which attracted a good twenty souls for the feast of St. John of Beverley. It was good to see new and old faces and in one case Mr Jim Carroll who is our oldest active member.

Masses for the Feast of Christ the King, which in the 1962 calendar is always the last Sunday of October are as follows:

11.00 a.m.  Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton
12.30 p.m. St. Joseph's, Bradford (with missa de angelis)

This week we have the feasts of All Saints and All Souls. Masses are as follows:

Tuesday - All Saints:
11.00 a.m.  Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton
5.00 p.m. St. Joseph's, Bradford

Wednesday - All Souls:
11.00 a.m.  Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton
5.00 p.m. St. Joseph's, Bradford

Also on Wednesday there is another lecture at Wheeler Hall, Leeds Cathedral at 7.00 p.m. This month Mrs Rowan Morton Gledhill (the Bishop's press secretary) will speak on the topic "Evangelizing Auntie" which is 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.

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.