News Archive

Saturday 16 December 2017

Service of Nine Lessons and Carols

25398892_164645554287970_3863521830378415109_nThere will be a Service of Nine Lessons and Carols with choir pieces and congregational singing on Thursday, 21 December at 7pm in St Wilfrid's Church. The Carol Service wil be followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. There will be a retiring collection to help with the music expenses at St Wilfrid's.2-the_adoration_of_the_shepherds

Friday 15 December 2017

Crib Service for Children

P1030302-400x300Crib Service for Children and Families. Saturday, 23 December at 4pm in St Wilfrid’s. Children are invited to bring the image of the baby Jesus from their cribs at home to be blessed.P1030290-400x300

Friday 15 December 2017

Rorate Mass

Attachment-2-400x400-400x400We will celebrate the Mass of Our Lady for Advent on Saturday, 23 December. This Mass, known by its Introit as the Rorate Mass, is traditionally sung in the early morning by candlelight. Our Mass will be at 7am in the Lady Chapel at St Wilfrid's.

The Mass will be followed by breakfast in the Upper Room. If you would like to have breakfast afterwards please contact  Sue Whitaker.

This is a beautiful and evocative way to prepare for the coming of Our Lord at Christmas as we wait in expectation with his Blessed Mother.958_Rorate_Caeli-400x136Rorate Caeli desuper et nubes pluant justum.

Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the Just One.

Thursday 14 December 2017

Do we have to go to Mass twice this Christmas?

457830453The short answer is "yes"! We cannot fulfil two obligations with the one Mass. For a fuller explanation there is a good article in the Catholic Herald. To see the full list of Christmas Services at St Wilfrid's and St Joseph's click here. Sunday Mass times are as usual on 23 and 24 December.cropped-img_3859

Wednesday 13 December 2017

We now have a Facebook page...

We now have a Facebook page which we hope to update rather more regularly than the website with events, photos, interesting links and short items related to the Church's feasts and seasons. Please visit us, follow us and share the page with your friends.facebook-logo_0

Monday 4 December 2017

Oratorian Procurator to be Auxiliary Bishop of Brownsville

Congratulations and an assurance of prayers from the Oratory-in-Formation in York for Fr Mario Áviles, the Procurator of the Confederation of the Oratory who is to become a bishop. images-6He is pictured here (on the right) with Bishop Robert Byrne C.O. and Fr Felix Selden our Fr Visitor. Fr Mario has visited us here in York. Fr Richard and Fr Mario represented the Oratory when Pope Francis canonised St Joseph Vaz in Sri Lanka in January 2015. The Procurator represents the interests of the Oratory to the Holy See and presides over the Permanent Deputation, our consultative council. There is more about Fr Mario on the Oxford Oratory website.1347466522IMG_1028-400x533

Tuesday 28 November 2017

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

Friday, 8 December is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Our Blessed Lady. There will be Mass at 12.10pm and a Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form at 6pm. There will be a Novena of Preparation from Wednesday, 29 November after the 12.10pm Mass from Monday to Saturday and at Benediction on Sunday.Peter_Paul_Rubens_-_Immaculate_Conception_-_WGA20251For those who cannot make it to church there is a good novena prayer on the EWTN website. There is, of course no obligation to abstain from eating meat on Fridays which are also solemnities! The picture is the Immaculate Conception by Rubens.

Monday 27 November 2017

Bah! Humbug!

When the City Council asked us about putting Christmas lights on Petergate House we were worried the hooks would penetrate the rendering and give us damp problems. So for a while ours was the only house in High Petergate without lights. We felt a bit like Scrooge! This evening the city engineers came and found a way to put the lights up without damaging the house - so now we are lit up after all. Scrooge still thinks it's far too early for this kind of thing but at least when it's Christmas Present rather than Christmas Yet to Come we will look as if we've got into the spirit. FullSizeRender-2

Sunday 26 November 2017

Devotion to the English Martyrs

23844480_10155097849090267_8259649598379465481_nDevotion to the English Martyrs in the Shrine of St Margaret Clitherow in the Shambles.... Many thanks to Fr Brian Doolan, Parish Priest of Brailes, for the Daphne Pollen picture of the Forty Martyrs and to the Oratorians in Bournemouth for the candle stand - electric for safety reasons but very realistic! 24131580_10155097849130267_105036003286838939_nAlmighty God,
who in our country raised up martyrs
from every walk of life
to vindicate the authority of Your Church
in teaching and worship,
grant through their intercession, we pray,
that all our people may be gathered once again
to celebrate the same sacraments
under the one Shepherd, Jesus Christ Your Son.
Who lives and reigns with You in the unity
of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Saturday 25 November 2017


IMG_3344-1Congratulations to Mike and Jen from Urmston who got engaged in St Wilfrid's this afternoon. Fr Richard was passing through the church just after Jen said "yes" and the newly engaged couple asked for a blessing and a picture. Since Mike and Jen are happy to have their picture on the website perhaps readers and parishioners could say a prayer for them. It's certainly a good start to their future to take this step in the presence of the Lord.