At the York Oratory Churches we use Option Two in the guidance issued by the Bishops' Conference. Holy Communion will be given in St Philip's Chapel and the Baptistry at St Wilfrid's and in the Lady Chapel at St Joseph's after the final blessing of every Mass. There will be a brief pause while the celebrant returns to the sacristy to sanitise his hands. Directions will be given at the end of each Mass and a steward will be on hand to guide you.
If you are at all unsure about receiving Holy Communion please be reassured that there is not - and never has been - any obligation to receive Holy Communion at every Mass and that you probably should not receive if you think you are at all vulnerable. It is always possible to make a spiritual communion.
A kind and brave parishioner has undertaken to operate the camera for the 12.10pm daily Mass and 10.30am Sunday Mass for the time being, while we arrange a long term way of broadcasting. We’re sorry that the Extraordinary Form Mass is not available right now, but hope that will come before long.
Every now and again it’s a good idea for us to make sure that we have contact details for as many people as possible, and that these are correct and up-to-date. Forms are available at the back of church, and it would be really helpful if you could complete one and return it, even if you think we already know all about you! Alternatively you could print off the form here and return it:
Or else, you could simply email the information to Fr Daniel: firstname.lastname@example.org
The information will be kept in accordance with data protection regulations, and we’ll never share your details without your permission.
Please click here for the list of Mass intentions for the week beginning Sunday, 13th September.
Please pray for Perry Fox who received the habit of St Philip this evening as Br Gabriel. He has taken the name of St Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin, an Italian Passionist saint and the patron of Oratorian novices. Br Gabriel is originally from Sheffield and graduated this year in Psychology from the University of Bristol. He is pictured with the community, with his Novice Master, Fr Daniel and his former University Chaplain, Fr Rupert Allen who encouraged his vocation.
Some of you may have come across Perry Fox who has been staying at the Oratory for the last few months. On the other hand, you may not have, because in these strange times it has been hard to get to Mass. Among Perry’s many jobs has been taking charge of the camera for the live stream Masses.
We hope to give Perry the Oratorian habit on Tuesday and he will begin his noviciate for our community. When that happens he needs to be serving Mass rather than filming it. Since we have nobody capable of taking this task on, the broadcast Masses will have to stop for the time being.
We are looking into setting up a new, unmanned system. We will keep you posted about progress. We do see that in these times it is important that we do our best to keep this service going.
We intend to begin having Vespers again in October but until then there will be no afternoon service of any kind until the end of September.