News Archive

Thursday 13 November 2014

Ordination of the New Bishop of Leeds


Fr Daniel Seward, Provost of the Oxford Oratory, Fr Dominic Jacob and Fr Richard were present at Leeds Cathedral for the Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Marcus Stock as the new Bishop of Leeds.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols was the principal co-consecrator together with Archbishop Arthur Roche, Bishop Emeritus of Leeds and Archbishop Bernard Longley, the Archbishop of Birmingham, the new bishop's former diocese. Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP, Archbishop of Liverpool and Metropolitan of the Northern Province, was the preacher at the inspiring Mass.

Bishop Marcus has been a friend of the Birmingham and Oxford Oratories for many years. We are delighted to have him as such a near neighbour in York. No doubt he will be very busy in his new role but he assures us he will pay visits to St Wilfrid's from time to time.

Please keep the Leeds Diocese and their new bishop in your prayers.



Thursday 16 October 2014

New Mass Times at St Wilfrid's

The Bishop's Council agreed to a change in the Mass schedule at St Wilfrid's which will come into effect on the First Sunday of Advent, 29th/30th November 2014.

Sunday Masses will be at 6.15pm on Saturday evening and on Sunday morning at 8.30am (Quiet Mass), 10.30am (Parish Mass for Families) and 12 noon (Sung Mass in the Extraordinary Form). On Sunday evenings there will be Sung Latin Vespers at 6pm followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

The new weekday Mass schedule is already in effect. There is Mass at 8am on Monday and at 12.10pm from Monday to Saturday preceded by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Confessions and followed by Rosary or Devotions. There is still a Mass at 10am on Saturday morning in the Shrine of St Margaret Clitherow.

There is also Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament during confessions from 10.45am until 12 noon on Saturday mornings and from after the 12.10pm Mass until 2pm on Thursday afternoon.

Thank you very much to all those who took the time and trouble to respond to the consultation. The Report on the Consultation can be read here and the replies have been put in a folder in the church porch for consultation.

Friday 10 October 2014

New Oratory in Jamaica

image1The Procurator General of the Confederation of the Oratory has announced that the Holy See has formally established a new Oratory at Port Antonio, Jamaica. This is the first Oratory of St Philip Neri in the Caribbean.

There are now seven Oratories in the Commonwealth: Birmingham, London, Toronto, Oxford, Oudtshoorn, Port Elizabeth and Port Antonio.

From the website of the Port Antonio Oratory:

Who are The Oratorians in Port Antonio ?

The Congregation of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri of the Port Antonio Oratory, is a Congregation of Pontifical Right and member of the Confederation of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri. The Congregation of the Oratory was founded in Rome by St. Philip Neri in the 18th Century and approved in 1575.

Priests from the Archdiocese of Kingston in Jamaica, Fathers Samuel Alloggia, Joseph Burg, Roland Dessine, Michael Palud, Brad Smith and Raymond Sorin, were encouraged by his Grace Archbishop Charles Dufour Of the Archdiocese of Kingston on the Oratorian path undertaken after a number of years of common life and Apstolate in Jamaica. Following the juridical steps outlined by the Confederation of the Oratory we have had the immense joy of paternal support of the Archbishop of Kingston as well as The Procurators General of the Oratory of St.Philip Neri, Fathers Edoardo Cerrato, C.O. now Bishop of Ivrea in Italy and his successor, the Very Rev. Fr. Mario Aviles, C.O.

The Congregation of the Oratory of Port Antonio was formally erected by Decree of the Holy See on July 16, 2014.

The The Congregation of the Oratory is a Society of Apostolic Life. Oratorians serve the universal Church and their local dioceses and parishes by living the charism imparted to them by Saint Philip Neri The characteristics of the Oratorian way of life are the same as in his day, namely:

• Priests of the Congregation of the Oratory are secular priests; that is, they do not profess religious vows yet they are incardinated in their Congregation. The Oratorian vocation is unique in the Church: secular priests living in community. Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman, an Oratorian himself, called the Oratorian life a bridge between diocesan and religious life.

• Oratorians live a fraternal life in a stable community. They make a commitment to one local Congregation and remain there for life. Living as a family is key to the Oratorian way of life.

• Their spirituality is marked by fervent prayer, reverent celebration of the Sacraments (especially Mass and Confession), familiar preaching of the Word of God, and a joyful love for God and neighbour, particularly their brothers in the Congregation. Their motto is to “Serve in Joy”. St. Philip used to say that there was no place for melancholics in his Congregation!

Tuesday 7 October 2014

Feast of B. John Henry Newman


Thursday, 9th October is the feast of Blessed John Henry Newman of the Oratory. The 12:10pm Mass on that day will include several of Cardinal Newman's hymns, and there will be an additional Mass, a Sung Mass in the Extraordinary Form, at 6pm.

Blessed John Henry was a famous convert and a great teacher of the Faith, and an important figure in the religious history of England in the 19th century. He brought the Oratory to England - founding the Birmingham Oratory in 1847. Cardinal Newman was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010.

O God, who bestowed on the Priest Blessed John Henry Newman the grace to follow your kindly light and find peace in your Church; graciously grant that, through his intercession and example, we may be led out of shadows and images into the fulness of your truth. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

For more information on Blessed John Henry Newman visit:

Monday 29 September 2014

Mass at St Walburge, Preston


On Saturday, 27th September, Brother Adam and a group of parishioners from St Wilfrid's travelled to St Walburge's church in Preston, Lancs, for a Solemn Mass to celebrated by Mgr Gilles Wach of the Institute of Christ the King, in the Presence of Bishop Michael Campbell OSA, the Bishop of Lancaster. Bishop Campbell has recently asked the Institute to make a new foundation in Preston, and to take over the care of St Walburge's, which is to become a Shrine Church of the Blessed Sacrament. 15184564087_b2cb673959_k

The Institute of Christ the King is a Society of Apostolic Life, like the Oratorian Fathers, and is dedicated to the celebration of  Holy Mass and the Sacraments in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.  They have a great devotion to our own St Philip, to whom the Institute has dedicated its seminary in Florence, and their Patron Saint is St Francis de Sales, another Oratorian saint!


The beautiful church of St Walburge was opened in 1864, and was designed by J. A. Hansom.  Joseph Hansom was married in St Michael-le-Belfry here in York, and among the other churches he designed are St George's, York (our neighbouring parish) and St Aloysius', Oxford (the church of the Oxford Oratory).


We wish the Canons of the Institute of Christ the King every blessing as they begin this new apostolate in the North of England.

Ss Philip Neri and Francis de Sales, pray for us!

 With thanks to Martin Gardner and the LMS for these photographs.

Sunday 28 September 2014

Another road closure

On Sunday, 12th October, the Yorkshire Marathon will be take place in York. Once again, access to the city centre will be difficult that day. Details are given on the Yorkshire Marathon website.

Friday 26 September 2014

Diocesan Education Mass

photo 1-1On Thursday evening we welcomed Bishop Terence, many of the priests of the Deanery of St Wilfrid, and the teachers from the Catholic schools in the York area. The teachers renewed their commitment to Catholic education. Thanks to the teachers in all our schools for their hard work, inspiration and commitment. Thanks also to the children from St Wilfrid's School choir who sang at the offertory and at communion.

Friday 26 September 2014

Proposed changes to Sunday Mass times

We are proposing to make some changes to the Mass times on Sundays. Full details of these are given in the letter from Fr Richard which can be downloaded. If you would like to make your views known, please reply in writing before 15th October. Click here to reply by email directly from this post.

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Two new ventures

Two new ventures start on the first and third Tuesdays of each month this autumn and winter, a series of talks and an informal discussion group.

There will be a series of talks on the third Tuesday of each month in the Upper Room to help us understand the significance of some demanding phrases from the new translation of the Mass. The talks will be given by Fr Mark, the new assistant priest for St Wilfrid's and St Joseph's.

The first talk will be on Tuesday, 21st October at 7pm on the theme  The Word is made flesh - the role of language in God’s dealings with us. Its importance and its limitations.

The full list of talks can be downloaded here.

Theology on Tap is a discussion group which meets for drinks and a pub supper followed by a talk and discussion of difficult or controversial matters relating to faith. These will take place in the Lamb and Lion in High Petergate. The meetings will be on the first Tuesday of each month beginning on Tuesday, 4th November at 7pm when the topic will be Does faith have a future in contemporary society?  

After the first meeting the topics will be chosen according to the interests of the group. Please download the flier here.

Friday 19 September 2014

Pope Francis to canonise B. Joseph Vaz of the Oratory


The Holy See has announced that  Pope Francis will canonise Blessed Joseph Vaz of the Oratory during the Holy Father's visit to Sri Lanka this coming January.

Joseph Vaz was a priest of the Congregation of the Oratory in Goa, before going to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) as a missionary.  He is known as the "Apostle of Sri Lanka".

For a biography of Blessed Joseph click here: 

O God, who granted your Church to shed light throughout the lands of Asia through the ministry and example of your priest, Blessed Joseph, look upon your people, who were instructed by him with the Word of God, and nourished with the heavenly Sacrament, and grant that through his intercession our faith may flourish more and more, and we be made faithful witnesses to your Gospel. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.