Friday, November 17, 2017

Sunday - Epihany VI and Pentecost XXIII

This Sunday is the sixth remaining after the Epiphany with the Introit, Gradual, Alleluia Verse, Offertory & Communion of Pentecost XXIII: Collect, Epistle, Gospel, Secret & Postcommunion  are of Epiphany VI.

Masses this Sunday:

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

This week:
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Mass Monday-Saturday at Broughton Hall at the new time of 10.30 a.m.
Thursday at St. Joseph's, Bradford, Confirmation and Pontifical Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament and given by Bishop Stock at 7.00 p.m.

It is good to see that the Cathedral is in use again for the EF Mass this weekend and just as good to see the bishop giving the Sacrament of Confirmation according to the books of 1962 in Bradford. This again marks a first. There have been traditional rite confirmations in this Diocese since 1970. Two of my children were confirmed by Canon Wiley during the interregnum period by dispensation given by the Apostolic Administrator Mgr. Wilson. What is different is that for the first time the diocesan bishop is conferring this Sacrament publicly.
The bishop recently said that he wished to offer the Mass in the Extraordinary Form to show that he is a father to all in his diocese. The bishop clearly sees that deeds speak louder than words.





Thursday, November 16, 2017

Reaction and more news

I was contacted yesterday and today by Ruth Gledhill the former Religious Affairs Correspondent for the Times who now works for the Tablet about Saturday's Mass at the Cathedral. She has written a very complementary piece about the Mass which can be viewed here:     https://www.facebook.com/TheCatholicTablet/#

There were also some good photos by Mr Sice and a good write up on the Leeds Diocesan website.

A reminder that the bishop is back in action next week on Thursday for Confirmations and Pontifical Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. This will be at St. Joseph's, Bradford at 7.00 p.m. As the diocesan website says ALL are welcome. This will be another great opportunity to show our devotion to the rites according to the books of 1962.

Fr. Parfitt has contacted me to say that Masses at Broughton Hall will now be offered at 10.30 a.m. from Monday to Saturday but the Sundays and high days and holy days will continue to be at 11.00 a.m. It is hoped that those accessing Broughton by public transport will benefit from this later time.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Last weekend


It was an incredibly edifying and moving occasion in the Cathedral on Saturday when for the first time in many years a Bishop of Leeds offered Mass according to books of 1962 in his own cathedral. Bishop Stock had requested that he celebrate this Mass for his late predecessors having presided at a Mass for Bishop Wheeler a couple of years ago from the cathedra.
This was the first public Mass offered by Bishop Stock and it flowed beautifully. Fr Michael Hall, who was the Assistant Priest, had tutored the bishop over recent months and the bishop's attention to detail and impeccable preparations were most touching. The diocese has no tunicle and dalmatic to go under the bishop's chasuble but the bishop provided his own along with a copy of the Pontifical Canon.
Fr. Abberton acted as deacon  and Canon Wiley was the subdeacon. Mgr Moger attended in white choir and other clergy were present in the congregation.
The schola gregoriana provided the music under the direction of Mike Murphy and they executed the Requiem Mass and absolution followed by Help Lord the Souls with great solemnity.
The servers were well aware of their duties and carried out their duties with care and aplomb.
Thanks to everyone who played some part in this Mass which ultimately gave great honour to Almighty God.



 Thanks to Mrs Illingworth for the photos.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Lest we forget

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This weekend sees remembrance Sunday. On Saturday the Bishop is offering a Solemn Pontifical High Mass of Requiem for his deceased predecessors.
I have seen notice of this Mass on the Offerimus Tibi Domine, Middlesbrough Latin Mass Society, Gateshead Revisited and New Liturgical Movement blogsites as well as the Leeds Diocese Website. Please do consider attending this Mass to show gratitude to the Bishop and all the clergy involved who have given freely of their considerable talents and precious time.
It must be said, not only for those of us born before and at the time of Vatican II, that it would have been unthinkable even ten years ago that such an event would have taken place.

Saturday:    3.00 p.m. Leeds Cathedral, Cookridge Street, Leeds. Celebrant - the Bishop

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Sunday:        11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton
                       12.30 p.m. St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford - Sung Requiem Mass for the War Dead with prayers at the parish cenotaph. 


Sunday, November 5, 2017

This week

This week we have two important events.

On Wednesday at Wheeler Hall, which is adjacent to the Cathedral the latest cycle of Cathedral Lectures start with a talk by journalist and author Dennis Sewell. The talk begins at 7.00 p.m.


The title of Dennis Sewell's talk is "How to be Counter-Cultural". He describes his topic as follows:


“I ask you to swim against the tide” said Pope Francis, calling on Catholics to be counter-cultural. But in an age of liberal intolerance where the teachings of the Church can be represented as bigotry or even ‘hate crime’, what are the practicalities and the potential risks of telling the truth? And what does being counter-cultural really entail? Is it merely about asserting tradition in the face of modernity and relativism in today’s increasingly secularized Western world? Or must the Church be counter-cultural in a more profound way at all times and in all places?

Later in the week on Saturday we have the Solemn Pontifical High Mass of Requiem.

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SOLEMN PONTIFICAL MASS OF
REQUIEM
offered by His Lordship, Bishop Stock.
SATURDAY 11TH. NOVEMBER 2017
at
3.00 P.M.
ST. ANN’S CATHEDRAL COOKRIDGE STREET, LEEDS
for
the repose of the souls of his  predecessors
Bishops   Cornthwaite, Gordon, Cowgill, Poskitt,  Heenan,  Dwyer,  Wheeler & Konstant

Music provided by the Leeds Schola Gregoriana.



Saturday, November 4, 2017

Pentecost XXII and Pontifical Requiem

Many thanks to Fr. Driver for saying the Masses earlier this week at St. Joseph's, Bradford for All Saints and All Souls.

Father Parfitt is much better now and on Sunday we have two Masses:

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

Also on Sunday at 8.10 a.m. BBC Radio 4's Morning Worship comes from St. Joseph's, Bradford. The celebrant of the OF Mass is the Assistant Parish Priest, Fr. Whitwell and the preacher Fr. Michael Hall.
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On Saturday November 11th. at 3.00 p.m. Bishop Stock will offer a Solemn Pontifical High Mass of Requiem at Leeds Cathedral for his predecessors. I believe that this something of a first in this country and I am grateful to the Schola Greg led by Mike Murphy who readily accepted my request for them to sing.

Fr. Michael Hall. the Assistant Priest, has been working with Bishop Stock in preparation for next week's Mass.


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Urgent update

I have only  just received news that due to illness there will be no Mass at Broughton Hall for the Feasts of All Saints or All Souls as far as I know.
So there will only be Masses at 5.00 p.m. at St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford on Wednesday and Thursday.

All Saints & All Souls

We have morning and evening Masses for both of these feasts.
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11.00 a.m. Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton
5.00 p.m. St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Christ the King

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The last Sunday of October is the Feast of Christ the King and we have two Masses:

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

Remember to put your clocks back tonight.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Pentecost XX

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We have two Masses this weekend for the twentieth Sunday of Pentecost.

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

Daily Mass at Broughton Hall, Skipton, at 9.30 a.m.
Confessions available at call at all of our Masses.

Next weekend is the Feast of Christ the King and at the start of November we have the Feasts of All Saints and All Souls.


Sunday, October 15, 2017

November

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November is to be a busy month for us:

Wednesday 1st November - Feast of All Saints. Mass at 5.00 p.m. at St. Joseph's, Bradford and 11.00 a.m. at Broughton Hall, Skipton
Thursday 2nd November - Feast of All Souls. Mass at 5.00 p.m. at St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford and at 11.00 a.m. Broughton Hall, Skipton
Wednesday 8th November - Leeds Cathedral Lecture at 7.00 p.m. Wheeler Hall, Leeds Cathedral "How to be counter-cultural" by Mr Dennis Sewell.
Saturday 11th November - Pontifical High Mass of Requiem at 3.00 p.m. Leeds Cathedral
Sunday 12th November - Sung Mass of Requiem for the war dead at 12.30 p.m. St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford
Thursday 23rd November - Confirmations and Pontifical Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 7.00 p.m. St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford

Please put these in your diary and make every effort to attend as many of these events as you can.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Pentecost XIX

How camest thou in hither, not having on a wedding garment?
We have three EF Masses this weekend for the nineteenth Sunday of Pentecost:

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

There has been a noticeable increase in the attendance at many of our Masses over recent months which is very rewarding for our clergy who freely give of their time to offer the Mass for us. Please continue to lend your support and show demand for the EF Mass.

I am pleased to announce that we have been able to organise a first in this diocese. During the first full week of Lent 2018 we have a week long Parish Mission at St. Joseph's, Bradford to be preached by Fr. Hall on the theme of the Seven Sacraments. Daily Mass and Confessions will be part of the Mission. Details nearer the time.


Saturday, October 7, 2017

Pentecost XVIII

Masses this weekend for the eighteenth Sunday of Pentecost with its beautiful Gospel are as follows:

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

Please remember that we have a pontifical High Mass of Requiem at 3.00 p.m. on Saturday 11th November at St. Anne's Cathedral in Leeds. Twelve days later on THURSDAY* 23rd. November the bishop will confer the Sacrament of Confirmation at 7.00 p.m. at Bradford's St. Joseph's.  This will be followed by pontifical Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

(* not Wednesday as wrongly stated earlier)

Please make a note in your diary for these events.

At the end of this year we will be able to say that in the Leeds Diocese six of the seven Sacraments have been given using the books of 1962 in the last twelve months.
With the grace of God it will not be long before the remaining seventh Sacrament, Holy Orders, will be celebrated as we have seen recently in Liverpool.

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Wednesday November 8th. sees the first in the latest cycle of the Leeds Cathedral Lectures.
I am looking forward to the first in this series to be given by Mr. Dennis Sewell at 7.00 p.m. at Wheeler Hall, Leeds Cathedral.
I remember reading his book Catholics (pictured above) years ago and being struck by the quality of its content.

I promised John Beaumont who organises the Cathedral Lectures that I would re-read Mr. Sewell's book before hearing his lecture, "How to be counter-cultural". Here is the extract from the poster:

Mr. Dennis Sewell

Writer and broadcaster. Contributing editor of the Spectator and a frequent contributor to the Catholic Herald. Previously on the staff of BBC News, where he worked as a reporter on Newsnight and presented Radio 4’s Talking Politics. His books include Catholics (2002) and The Political Gene - How Darwin’s Ideas Changed Politics (2010).

“How to be Counter-Cultural”

(“I ask you to swim against the tide” said Pope Francis, calling on Catholics to be counter-cultural. But in an age of liberal intolerance where the teachings of the Church can be represented as bigotry or even ‘hate crime’, what are the practicalities and the potential risks of telling the truth? And what does being counter-cultural really entail? Is it merely about asserting tradition in the face of modernity and relativism in today’s increasingly secularized Western world? Or must the Church be counter-cultural in a more profound way at all times and in all places?)

Reminder that Confession is available at call before or after all EF Masses.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Pentecost XVII

This Sunday is the seventeenth after Pentecost and we have two Masses:

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

Please remember to put in your diary the Pontifical High Mass scheduled for Saturday 11th November at the Cathedral in Leeds. Bishop Stock is the celebrant at this unique occasion.

Wednesday 23rd. November sees the first public episcopal confirmations in the diocese for many years and I would please ask you to contact me if you wish for yourself or another to be considered for the reception of this Sacrament.
This ceremony is to be concluded with Pontifical Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.





Monday, September 25, 2017

Confirmations

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Bishop Stock will be conferring the Sacrament of Confirmation according to the books of 1962 on Wednesday 23rd November at 7.00 p.m. at St. Joseph's Church, Pakington Street, Bradford.

Please contact me at lmsleedsATgmail.com if you wish to be confirmed or have a child wishing to be confirmed. Since moving to St. Joseph's we have had two baptisms and a marriage according to books of 1962.

We are very grateful to His Lordship for his solicitude.