News Archive

Saturday 30 August 2014

Words, words, words!

LiturgyReflections on disputed points in the new translation of the Mass

A series of talks at 7pm in the Upper Room at St Wilfrid's, York

Third Tuesday of each month from October to March

Fr Mark Drew M.A., S.T.D.

Priest of the Diocese of Sens-Auxerre, France, Assistant Priest at St Wilfrid’s and St Joseph’s, York

Download details of the talks and the titles here


Friday 29 August 2014

Evangelium Course - discover the faith or enrich it


  • Are you a Catholic who would like to know more about your faith or enrich your life of prayer?
  • Are you interested in becoming a Catholic through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults?
  • Are you a parent with a child preparing for First Holy Communion or Confirmation?
  • Are you curious to know more about a faith that shaped the history of the world?

The Evangelium Course is a systematic presentation of the Catholic Faith through Catholic culture. It is for people with questions like these. The course will run at St Wilfrid’s from September to May on Wednesdays in the Upper Room starting on 10th September. Sessions will begin at 7pm, followed by refreshments from about 8pm with a chance to ask questions or talk informally about the matters raised. We end with a short period of prayer in church until about 8.45pm.  There is no cost, no enrolment…. Just turn up.

Click to find out more about Evangelium.

Monday 25 August 2014

Pilgrims to St Margaret Clitherow

Over the summer we have welcomed several hundred pilgrims to the Shrine of St Margaret Clitherow as individuals or in smaller or larger groups: parishes and schools from as far away as London; teachers from the Diocese of Westminster; groups from abroad stopping over in York; even a Scottish bishop. Larger groups have Mass in St Wilfrid's before going to St Margaret's house in the Shambles. Some like to include a guided tour of York's long Christian history.

Today we welcomed a group from the United States with their priest Fr Michael Stinson FSSP. They were accompanied by an English student for the priesthood with the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter, James Mawdsley. Some readers will remember James's courageous stand for democracy in Burma.

2014-08-25 11.28.48Readers of the website from near or far are warmly invited to come on pilgrimage to St Margaret Clitherow as individuals or in groups. Please let us know if we can help with your plans….


Monday 25 August 2014

Feast of St Margaret Clitherow

Saturday, 30th August is the Feast of St Margaret Clitherow, an important celebration for our parish, the City of York and the Diocese of Middlesbrough. There will be Mass as usual at 10am in the Shrine in the Shambles. In addition we will have a triduum of prayer in preparation for the feast after the 12.10pm Mass from Wednesday to Friday this week.

Those who know the Oratory will realise that St Margaret Clitherow coincides with the Oratorian memoria of Blessed Juvenal Ancina. We will celebrate him on the first available day after, that is Monday, 1st September.

While Newgate Market is being resurfaced and the stalls are down there are some good views of St Margaret's house and shrine from the rear. The Tudor elements are much clearer from that side.  Go to have a look if you can.


Thursday 21 August 2014

Nature red in tooth and claw...

…or in beak and talon!

A female sparrow hawk decided to have pigeon for breakfast this morning in Fr Richard's herb garden which became a small battlefield. photo-17
Those with a strong stomach can watch the meal in progress here!

Perhaps this is the answer to the rat and pigeon problem that afflicts our city centre garden.

Breakfast is over…. photo-18With apologies for the poor quality of the photography. We couldn't get David Attenbrough!


Friday 15 August 2014

The Royal Dragoon Guards parade in front of St Wilfrid's

The Royal Dragoon Guards were on parade in Duncombe Place today before a service in the Minster commemorating their role in the First World War.

The Royal Dragoon Guards can trace its ancestry back to 1685, and was formed by the amalgamation of four of the senior cavalry regiments in the British Army. The regiment recruits mainly in Yorkshire and Northern Ireland.

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Monday 11 August 2014

Work on the roof begins

Cherry PickerThe cherry picker arrived early this morning and found more than cherries to pick! The immediate cause of the leak has now been cleared but the men are also assessing the work that needs to be done to the gutters all around the church and the rectory.

Apart from the blocked and broken gutters the pictures below show glass missing from the windows and pointing that has perished.


Thanks to the donors who have already contributed about £7000 towards the £17000 that the whole job will need for completion. Watch this space for future fundraising events...

The pictures below show Br Adam making rapid heavenly progress in the spiritual life! Adam 6Adam 4Adam 2

Saturday 9 August 2014

Solemnity of the Assumption of Our Lady

the-assumption-of-the-virgin-1670On Saturday, 16th August there will be a High Mass of the Assumption in the Extraordinary Form at 12 noon. (This Mass will not fulfil the obligation.) The choir will sing a Mass setting by Tomás Luis da Victoria O quam gloriosa. Ave Maria  by Victoria and Alma Redemptoris Mater by Palestrina will also be sung.

The Masses for the Solemnity itself will be at 6pm on Thursday, 14th August and at 8am, 12.10pm and 6pm EF on Friday, 15th August.

Tuesday 5 August 2014

Commemoration of the Start of the Great War

Many thanks to all who contributed to Monday's Solemn Requiem Mass. This was St Wilfrid's contribution to the centenary of the start of the First World War. Thanks to the choir, organist and servers; to the bell ringers who rang half-muffled peals before and after Mass; and to the bugler from the West Yorkshire Police who sounded the Last Post and the Reveille at the end of Mass.


Thanks also to Major Wiles MBE who led the Act of Remembrance and to Fr David Smith of the Royal Army Chaplains' Department who assisted with a large contingent of Junior Soldiers from the Army Foundation College in Harrogate.

St Wilfrid's York, War Dead Requiem 2014The church was very full - apologies to those who did not get orders of service! Please continue to pray for those who lose their lives or who are injured in conflict, for their families, friends and dependents; and for peace in our increasingly troubled world.


Tuesday 29 July 2014

First Oratorian Novice for York


Please pray for Br Adam Fairbairn who received the habit of St Philip on Monday evening. He is pictured below with the Provost of the Oxford Oratory, Fr Daniel Seward. Br Adam is from Tadcaster and was at All Saints' School before studying Business Studies at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He has been living and working at St Wilfrid's as a Pastoral Assistant since Christmas.IMG_6619-400x266