Wednesday, August 26, 2009


Due to unforeseen circumstances Masses at Castleford are again suspended until further notice.

I am delighted to be able announce that there is to be Low Mass, every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in term time at 7.00a.m. at St. Mary of the Angels, Batley.

As a result of this there will be no evening Mass on the first Friday of the month, unless otherwise announced, after the first Friday of September (4th.) when the Mass will be a Missa cantata to celebrate the 50th. birthday of Fr. Timothy Wiley, PP and Diocesan co-ordinator for the 1962 Rite of Mass and Sacraments.

Other changes are also on the cards, which I shall make known in the next couple of days.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Happy Feastday!

As I get older, the Feast of the Assumption, which is one of my absolute favourites, seems to come around faster and faster. At Mass this evening in Halifax, Fr. Smith spoke eloquently on the subject and pointed out that the absence of original sin made Her able to be assumed, body and soul, into heaven at the end of Her earthly life. I remember Fr. Charles Doughty drawing the same conclusions at a Traditional Mass he offered on August 15th. 1985. This Mass was a first for many years on that feast in England and at St. John's, Buttershaw, Bradford. I can still remember the delight of people who came from Manchester at the Mass, people with whom I still remain in touch.

Mass on Sunday will be at St Joseph's, Pontefract Road, Castleford at 3.00p.m. Due to Priests' holidays and consequent unavailability, there has been a break in provision in Castleford for a few weeks.

There will be a special First Friday of September Mass at St. Mary of the Angels, Batley at 7.00p.m. (and not now 7.30p.m as advertised in Mass of Ages). This Mass will be a Missa Cantata to mark the 50th. birthday of celebrant Fr. Timothy Wiley who is the the Parish Priest and official Co-ordinator of the TLM in the Diocese of Leeds.

Recently Holy Mass has been offered by Fr. Parfitt at Markenfield Hall, to mark the feast of St. Henry and in June there was a solemn High Mass of Requiem for Father Charles Borromeo Holmes on the 52nd. anniversary of his ordination to the Sacred Priesthood. Father died in April.