Congratulations to Brother Henry who was admitted as a Triennial of the York Oratory in Formation last Saturday, St Patrick's Day. Oratorians do not take vows so there is no public ceremony, but there is a short private service in church and the community exchanges the sign of peace as a welcome to the new member. Please keep Br Henry in your prayers.
For details of the service times at St Wilfrid's and St Joseph's for Holy Week and Easter, please click here.
This month's seminar is entitled "Old and New Visions of the Cross". Details on the Catholicism and the Arts Blog.
On Tuesday the "Beast from the East" arrived. In the morning we had Our Lady of the Snows...By the evening we had a new parishioner...And on Wednesday, things still look beautiful but some clearing has to be done...
The Oratory Young Adults were not deterred by the weather. One of them even brought small hot water bottles for the Fathers and Brothers!
Mass at St Joseph's at 9.15am
All Masses will have the blessing and imposition of ashes.
Ash Wednesday is a Day of Fasting and Abstinence.
On Fridays in Lent there are Stations of the Cross in St Wilfrid's at 11.30am and a soup lunch for Aid to the Church in Need in the Upper Room after the 12.10pm Mass.
Friday, 2 February is the Feast of Candlemas and a special day for the Oratory in England as it it our birthday. It is also the anniversary of the installation of the new Statue of Our Lady of York. In addition to the 12.10pm Mass There will be a Mass at St Wilfrid’s for St Wilfrid’s School (to which all are welcome) at 10am with Blessing of Candles and Procession. There will be a sung Mass in the Extraordinary Form at 6pm also with Blessing of Candles and Procession.
The Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, has launched a national consultation - “Abortion Clinic Protest Review” - seeking the views of those “who have experience of protest activity outside abortion clinics”.
The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children is appealing to anyone who takes part in pro-life vigils to respond to this consultation.
If you would like to respond please read these Briefing Notes. There is a link from the notes to the survey itself.
It is important that as many people as possible respond, not only to protect the rights of the unborn and those who speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, but also to defend the right of freedom to bear public witness in our society.