There 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.
We 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.
Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the Just One.
The 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.
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.
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. He 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.
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.For 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.
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.
Devotion 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! Almighty 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.