We often welcome groups of pilgrims coming to the Shrine of St Margaret Clitherow or to discover more about our other York saints and pray to them. Last week we were pleased to have a group from an even more ancient and venerable city than York, from the Catholic Parish at St Alban's in Hertfordshire.
Congratulations to the children in St Wilfrid's parish who made their First Holy Communion last Sunday and at St Joseph's last Sunday. (Fr Richard has not had any photos of that!) Thanks to the catechists, especially Sarah Kurdziel and Sue Whitaker and our catechists' assistants Charlotte and Mary. And, of course, to Angela Stabler who made the cakes that have become a feature of our First Communion parties....
Will you not watch one hour with me? Once again we will be praying in a special way for our city with prolonged Eucharistic Adoration at St Wilfrid's from Friday to Saturday 8/9 June the Feasts of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Postcards giving details of service times are available at the back of St Wilfrid's and St Joseph's. Please use the sign up sheet at the back of St Wilfrid's to pledge an hour's watching before the Blessed Sacrament. Information also available at prayerforyork.org.uk
Bishop Marcus has kindly allowed us to publish the excellent homily he preached on St Philip's Day last Saturday.
The York Oratory in Formation celebrated its first St Philip's Day in York, rather than join with our Mother House in Oxford as we have done in previous years. We were delighted to welcome as celebrant and preacher the Bishop of Leeds, Rt Rev Marcus Stock, an old friend of the Oratories in both Birmingham and Oxford and who has been a devotee of St Philip since his days as a seminarian at the Venerable English College in Rome. He gave us an excellent sermon on St Philip which we hope to make available soon. Here are some photographs of the Solemn Mass - with thanks to Simon Crouch.
St Philips' DayThe Solemnity of St Philip Neri, the founder of the Oratory, is on Saturday, 26 May. There will be Sung First Vespers at 6pm on Friday, 25 May. On Saturday, 26 May, Rt Rev Marcus Stock, the Bishop of Leeds, will be the Celebrant and Preacher at the Sung Mass in St Wilfrid’s which will be at the slightly earlier time of 12 noon.