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Friday 19 January 2018

Celebrations for Candlemas

ypapanti-OCNFriday, 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.

Saturday 6 January 2018

Welcome to Fr Joel Warden Cong.Orat.


We welcome Fr Joel Warden from the Oratory in Brooklyn, New York. The Brooklyn Oratory has the care of two parishes in New York as we have the care of two parishes in Old York. Fr Joel lived for three years with our community in Oxford while he completed an Oxford University theology degree as part of his priestly

Tuesday 2 January 2018

Music List for January

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Friday 29 December 2017

The Solemnity of the Epiphany

eb34d68f6b66304e3681fdd6135ee721Although the bishops of England and Wales have restored the Solemnities of the Epiphany and the Ascension to their traditional days from 2018, the Epiphany still transfers to the nearest Sunday when 6 January falls on a Saturday or a Monday. However this Saturday, 6 January, is still the Epiphany in the Extraordinary Form. The 12.10 Mass on Saturday will therefore be a Sung Latin Mass.

Saturday 23 December 2017

Christmas Services at St Joseph's and St Wilfrid's


Sunday, 24 December, Christmas Eve

Mass at 5.00pm with Carols and Blessing of the Crib

Monday, 25 December, Christmas Day

Mass at 9.30am with Carols

Tuesday, 26 December, St Stephen’s Day (Boxing Day)

No Mass



Sunday, 24 December, Christmas Eve

6.30pm Family Mass, Children's Procession to the Crib and Blessing of the Crib

11.15pm Carols and Readings followed by Midnight Sung Latin High Mass (EF)


Monday, 25 December, Christmas Day

8.30am Mass with Carols

10.30am Mass with Carols

4pm Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament followed by Prayers at the Crib


Tuesday, 26 December, St Stephen’s Day (Boxing Day)

Mass at 12.10pm


Wednesday 27 to Sunday 31 December Masses as usual in St Wilfrid’s and St Joseph’s but there will be no Exposition or Confessions before Masses and no Vespers or Benediction on Sunday 31 December.



Thursday, 21 December, 7pm



Saturday, 23 December at 7am in St Philip’s Chapel at St Wilfrid’s



Saturday, 23 December at 4pm in St Wilfrid’s



St Wilfrid’s: Confessions at the usual times, 20 minutes before every Mass and on Saturdays from 10.45am to 12 noon. St Joseph’s 20 minutes before Saturday and Sunday Masses.

Deanery Day of Reconciliation, Saturday, 16 December. Local clergy will be hearing confessions in St Wilfrid’s from 10am until 1pm



Monday, 1 January, Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (New Year’s Day)

9.15am Mass at St Joseph’s

12.10pm Mass at St Wilfrid’s


Saturday 23 December 2017

A Meditation for Christmas Eve

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Fr Richard writes:

My father’s favourite hymn is not very well-known now: “Thou did’st leave thy throne and thy kingly crown when thou cam’st down to earth for me.” Its refrain instilled an important message: “O come to my heart, Lord Jesus, there is room in my heart for Thee.”

The following meditation for Christmas Eve might help us find a way to do this….

No Room at the Inn

These are chilling words. And they are true of us – especially at Christmas. We know that the reason for the season is to celebrate Christ’s birth and we say that this is what we want to do. Yet, we get so busy with decorating, buying presents (and queuing), and going to parties (and getting stuck in traffic) – and we add all these things to our normal busy lives.

There is no room for the Lord in our hearts when we’re rushing around, pushing to get more done, and trying so hard to make people happy. Like the Innkeeper whose Inn was too full for Jesus.

If Jesus is our Beloved then we’ll spend time being with him. We’ll take to heart his Word to us: “Be still and know that I am God”. We’ll enjoy being alone with him – at Christmas time and throughout the year.

Many of us are afraid to be alone with God. Being busy excites us. Accomplishing things helps us feel important. We think there are people who need us now and things that we have to get done ASAP.

And maybe we’re especially afraid of quiet. What do we do with silence? It feels unfocused and unproductive. It’s unfamiliar. In our culture we’re used to noise. In conversations we’re quick to interrupt a silent pause. When we’re driving alone in our cars we turn on the radio or play music on our phones. In the evening we turn on the television or computer rather than relaxing quietly. Then in the morning we break the silence with an alarm or a radio blaring at us.

Why all this noise? What is it about being alone and quiet that scares us? We’re afraid to see inside our own souls and so we divert our attention away from what’s going on in our depths. Silence and solitude open up our soul, making us aware of any restlessness, unfulfilled longings, insecurities, loneliness, or sense of inadequacy.

And we’re afraid to let go. The sacred paths of silence and solitude with Jesus require that we release our reputation and “success” into the hands of the Lord.

When we step away from people and projects then we let go of managing things – and a lot of stress too! We’re practising trust in God that he will direct things for his good purposes. Then, like the stormy seas we can respond to Jesus’ words, “Peace. Be still!”.

When we make room for the Lord Jesus, opening up our hearts to him, then we learn to enjoy his peace. The silent night is a holy night as we discover that “All is calm, all is bright, round yon virgin, mother and child.”FullSizeRender-3Our crib, waiting for the figure of the Infant Jesus....

Saturday 23 December 2017

This morning's Rorate Mass

Many thanks to everyone who sung, served or prepared breakfast for this morning's Rorate Mass, and indeed just got up in time to get here for 7am on a damp Vale of York December morning. The Lord is at hand....P1090292_DxO_DxOVP
P1090293_DxO-1P1090291_DxOA good breakfast followed in the Upper Room...P1090295_DxOFor more pictures of other pre-Christmas events have a look at our Facebook page.

Thursday 21 December 2017

Carol Service - Tonight

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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