Sunday, August 20, 2017

Pentecost XI

We have three Sunday Masses this weekend for the eleventh Sunday of 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

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

This week

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This week sees the feast of the Assumption of our Blessed Lady on Tuesday, when we shall have two Masses:
Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton at 11.00 a.m.
St Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford at 5.00 p.m.

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On Saturday there will be a sung Mass of Requiem at Markenfield Hall near Ripon (HG4 3AD) at 11.00 a.m. for the repose of the souls of those members of the Markenfield family who were directly affected by the results of the the Rising of the North. As always some monks of Ampleforth Abbey will chant the Mass which will be offered by Father Creighton-Jobe of the London Oratory. We are always grateful to Lady Deirdre and her family for allowing us the privilege of hearing Mass in their beautiful home. The last time we were there we celebrated the late addition to the 1962 missal in the form of the Mass for St. Rose of Lima, where the chapel is home to a relic of this saint.

Friday, August 4, 2017

The Tansfiguration

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Already we reach the ninth Sunday of Pentecost which this year is the Feast of the Transfiguration and the first Sunday of August. Masses this Sunday are as follows:

11.00 a.m. Missa Cantata, Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton
12. 30 p.m. St. Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Pauline Sutcliffe RIP

Of your charity pray for the repose of the soul of Pauline Sutcliffe who was a regular attender at Broughton Hall over many years and who died last Saturday. Below is the obituary which will appear in the Catholic Herald later this week (with my emphasis):

On July 29th, peacefully in the Friary Hospital, Richmond, N Yorks aged 88 years, of Castle Bolton, N Yorks, formerly of Bredfield, Suffolk. A much loved aunt and friend. A Latin Funeral Mass will take place at Sacred Heart Chapel, Broughton Hall, nr Skipton, N Yorks on Tuesday 8th August at 12 noon followed by interment at Waltonwrays Cemetery, Skipton. Family flowers only please, donations if desired will go to MacMillan Cancer Care (plate in Church) or may be sent c/o Sanderson & Co Funeral Directors, Leyburn Business Park, Leyburn, N Yorks, DL8 5QA. Will friends please meet at the Church. RIP
Pauline was a surprising person in many ways and I don't think I've ever met anybody who had been an air hostess and a headmistress. Any child in trouble or passenger in distress would have soon calmed down in Pauline's presence. May she rest in peace and rise in the glory of God.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Pentecost VIII

This Sunday is the fifth Sunday of the month and is the eighth Sunday of Pentecost.

Masses are as follows:

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

1962 Rite of Marriage

I have just about recovered from the end of term relief and my eldest daughter's wedding which took place on Sunday at St. Joseph's, Bradford. The bride's own great-great grandparents were married in this church nearly 125 years ago with the same Rite. How marvellous that this same Faith has remained in the same family and even the same parish church and God-willing that same Faith will extend in generations to come.
My daughter's father-in-law who is not a Catholic commented that the purpose of marriage had never been made so clear to him as at the wedding he had just attended. Pro-creation was what he said. He had remembered the words of the final prayer over the bride and groom which refer to the propagation of mankind
I would like to extend my sincere thanks to St. Joseph's for the usual perfect preparation, to Fr. Michael Hall, for having conducted the service so sensitively, to Canon Wiley who attended in white choir and respectively to the authorised person and organist, Jan and Richard Niczyperowicz.  I have heard Richard playing at the World Heritage Saltaire URC and seen him on YouTube but he excelled himself on Sunday. 
The servers are two of the bride's brothers.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Pentecost VII

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Last Sunday was of course the sixth and not the fifth Sunday of Pentecost as I stated erroneously last week, so on Sunday we celebrate the seventh Sunday of Pentecost.

There will be no Mass at St. Anthony's on Sunday as Fr. Abberton is retiring and these Masses have been discontinued.

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

Confessions at call.

Fifth Sacrament is the Marriage Covenant

At 2.00 p.m. at St. Joseph's there will be a Service of Marriage according to the liturgical books of 1962 when my eldest daughter will walk up the aisle with me to Pachelbel's Canon.
You are cordially invited to the ceremony.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Pentecost V

This Sunday is the fifth Sunday of Pentecost and we have three Masses:

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

Confessions at call.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Saints John Fisher and Thomas More

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This year the fifth Sunday of Pentecost is also the Feast of Saints John Fisher and Thomas More.

Masses are at:

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

There was a very pleasing turnout at Markenfield on Thursday evening. The Bird polyphony was incredibly evocative and the feast of Saint Maria Goretti was itself something of a novelty given that few altar missals contain it.
At the end of Mass Fr. Parfitt revealed that above altar and beyond reach was a relic of Saint |Maria Goretti.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Mass on Thursday

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There will be no Mass at Broughton Hall on Thursday 6th. July  because Fr. Parfitt will be offering Mass at Markenfield Hall at 6.00 p.m. in the medieval chapel (above).
This will be a missa cantata and will be accompanied by the Rudgate Singers. The feast is that of the Virgin and Martyr, St. Maria Goretti who died 115 years ago to the day.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Pentecost IV

Holy Masses for the fourth Sunday of Pentecost are as follows:

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

On Thursday, July 6th. there will be missa cantata at 6.00 p.m. at Markenfield Hall, just south of Ripon. The Rudgate singers will sing the Mass. Reminder nearer the time.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Saints Peter and Paul

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This Thursday, June 29th, is the feast of Saints Peter and Paul and is a holy day of obligation.
We have two Masses:

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

Please do all you can to attend either of these Masses. 

Monday, June 26, 2017


The Parish Priest at St. Anthony's, Fr. John Abberton, is retiring this summer and as such the Masses at that parish will now be discontinued. Many thanks to him for being a regular celebrant at this parish and when he was at Holy Spirit, Heckmondwike. Father was also most welcoming allowing us to use the old St. Mary's in Bradford when he was Parish Priest there.
Yesterday he assured me that he is willing to continue to say the Mass for us as he will be living locally. Again thanks to him for this. We are very fortunate in this diocese having so many priests ready, willing and able to offer Mass for us in different areas of the diocese.
We wish Fr. Abberton a long and happy retirement.

YCA National Weekend - Douai Abbey

The Young Catholic Adults National weekend at Douai Abbey 20th-22nd OCTOBER 2017 with Fr. Lawrence Lew OP and Canon Poucin ICKSP.

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(Douai 2011)

YCA's aims are:-
-To foster authentic Catholic teaching and spirituality
-Promote a spirit of charity as practiced by the great saints of the Church such as St. John Vianney, St. Francis de Sales and the English Martyrs 
-We aim to promote a spirit of beauty and reverence in the Sacred Liturgy

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Pentecost III

Masses for this Sunday, the third Sunday of Pentecost are as follows:

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

Thursday is the Feast of Ss Peter and Paul and there will be Mass at Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall at 11.00 a.m. and at St. Joseph's, Bradford at 5.00 p.m. This feast is a holy day of obligation.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Troubled times

Mass for the feast of Corpus Christi at Saint Joseph's went ahead yesterday as usual and was followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament which all went very well. Many thanks to Fr. Driver for this.

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A very pleasant experience was however soured with the news that thieves had broken into the church last week and having broken several doors gained access to the sacristy where the safe was prized open and all the plate was stolen including some very old chalices of great significance to the history of Catholicism in Bradford after the restoration of the hierarchy. The collection money from last Sunday was also stolen as well as some electronic equipment.
What a sad testimony to the times we live in.
A few months ago Saint Anthony's in Bradford was also broken into - the thief got away with about £40 from the candle box but did £400 worth of damage breaking a stained glass window.
None of this however compares with the abominable break in at Killingbeck chapel a few years ago when we had our regular Masses there. Somebody who was well equipped broke in by gaining access through the roof, simply to get to the safe for the tabernacle key. Nothing was stolen but the contents of the ciborium had been strewn about the place and other things had been done which are too distasteful to mention. After this Bishop Konstant rightly insisted that the Blessed Sacrament not be reserved there and sent the local Dean to say prayers in reparation for the sacrilege - including psalm 42, the Judica me.
There are some very sick people about.
Please pray that the thieves be brought to justice and the silver is returned as happened elsewhere in the diocese a few years ago.
The picture shows the hand of Dismas touching that of Jesus on the cross, the repentant thief who was crucified with Christ - and the one who was personally promised eternal happiness in heaven by the Lord.