News Archive

Saturday 28 March 2015

Pictures from the Requiem Mass for King Richard III

GMI_0925There were good numbers of people in St Wilfrid's for the Requiem Mass for King Richard III celebrated by the Rt Rev. Terence Drainey, Bishop of Middlesbrough, on Thursday, 26th March, the day of the reburial of the King's remains in Leicester Cathedral.

The choir sang the Plainchant Requiem Mass very beautifully, words that the King himself would have known and sung. It was his wish that this Mass should be celebrated for him in York and now that request has been fulfilled.

GMI_0931We borrowed a replica of King Richard's Standard of the White Boar to place on the catafalque where the Bishop said the prayers for the dead at the end of the Mass. Many people brought white roses.

Our bells rang fully muffled before and after Mass. This is a privilege reserved to the death of a monarch, and so is rarely heard.

A number of people have asked for the sermon to be posted on this website. It was preached from notes but will be written up and put online in the next few days. Meanwhile a visitor took some excellent photographs which he has kindly agreed to share in this post.GMI_0936Photographs thanks to Graham Tebby


Sunday 22 March 2015

Holy Week and Easter Service Times


Tuesday, 31st March

12 noon at Middlesbrough Cathedral

A coach will leave the Memorial Gardens at 10.00am costing £10

There is a list to sign in the church porch. Only payment in full guarantees a place.

Mass times as usual from Monday to Wednesday in Holy Week with Stations of the Cross at 11.30am.



Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7pm

Watching at the Altar of Repose until 11.45pm when we will end the period of watching with Compline.



Matins and Lauds at 9.00am

Children’s Stations at 11am

Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion at 3pm

Stations of the Cross at 6.30pm



Matins and Lauds at 9.00am

Easter Vigil and First Mass of Easter at 9pm 



8.30am Mass

10.30am (Family Mass)

12 noon Sung Latin Mass



Solemn Vespers and Benediction

Friday 20 March 2015

Spring Flowers in the Rectory Garden

IMG_1097Many thanks to all those who gave bulbs in memory of their loved ones last autumn and planted them in the Rectory Garden. There is now a wonderful display. Weather permitting we will say the Rosary in the garden after the 12.10pm Mass next Wednesday, the Solemnity of the Annunciation, with prayers for all those in whose memory the flowers were given. For those unable to come there will be another opportunity when the garden is open on Saturday, 11th April. The tulips may be out by then. Mrs Kate Thornber has inscribed a beautiful Book of Remembrance that will be on display in the sacristy. IMG_1095

The pictures were taken in the morning but the light looks more like the evening. That is because the eclipse was beginning to make a difference!


Tuesday 17 March 2015

Clothing Ceremony for Br Henry O'Connell

Community 150316Br Henry O'Connell received the habit of St Philip on Monday, 16th March at St Wilfrid's, our second novice for York and the first to be clothed in the habit here. The date is significant. It is the anniversary of the famous Massimo Miracle in Rome when St Philip raised the young Paolo Massimo from the dead. The event is still celebrated annually in Rome at the Palazzo Massimi where the house is open to the public for one day only and Mass is celebrated in the family chapel. Please remember Br Henry in your prayers. Br Henry is in the back row, first on the left and pictured with other Fathers and Brothers of the Oxford Oratory.Massimo1-400x300St Philip raising Paolo Massimo from the dead.

Saturday 14 March 2015

Day with Mary

11057269_10153693396948989_4780522655616568233_nParishioners of St Wilfrid's and others from around York were joined by a good crowd of visitors from as far afield as Sunderland and Preston for the Day with Mary. After a beautiful Votive Mass of Our Lady of Sorrows with singing by our own choir and the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate there was a procession through the streets to the Shrine of St Margaret Clitherow in the Shambles. Fr Richard gave a talk at lunchtime about the Christian history of York. The afternoon was more meditative with Exposition, Rosary and other devotions.  Many thanks to all those who worked so hard to make the day a success. To see some video footage of the day, please click here.IMG_1087

Friday 13 March 2015

Day with Mary at St Wilfrid's

There will be a Day with Mary at St Wilfrid's on Saturday, 14th March. To view the flier with full details of the day, please click here.


Wednesday 4 March 2015

Requiem Mass for King Richard III

Coat_of_Arms_of_Richard_III,_King_of_EnglandThere will be a Requiem Mass for King Richard III on Thursday 26th March (the day of his burial in Leicester) at 7pm in St Wilfrid’s Church after the events in York Minster. This is at the request of some members of the Richard III Society who point out that King Richard left instructions for a chantry chapel in York Minster with one hundred priests to say Masses for his soul.

The celebrant will be Rt Rev. Terence Drainey the Bishop of Middlesbrough and the preacher, Fr Richard Duffield, Parish Priest of St Wilfrid's.

The Mass will be in English with the Latin Plainchant familiar to King Richard sung by the choir.Richard III A.jpg-pwrt2

Friday 27 February 2015

Middlesbrough Schools' Catholic Cup

FootballLast year St Wilfrid's School did brilliantly in the Middlesbrough Catholic Schools' Football Cup. Our school made the last sixteen - out of seventy schools - and won the cup for sporting excellence.


The 19th annual Catholic Cup football tournament will take place in Hull on Saturday, May 9th and we will be taking both a boys’ and girls’ team this year. The fantastic event is still the only time in the year when more than fifty schools from across the diocese get the chance to meet up. Now the organisers are urgently looking for volunteers to help ensure the event continues in future years. If anybody can offer their help on the day (car parking, water stewards, etc.) or with longer term planning (sorting the fixtures, making the programme, etc.) please can you let Mr Dan Jones know and he will pass your details on.


Saturday 21 February 2015

Catholic News from the York Press

Parishioners and friends of St Wilfrid's may be interested in some York Catholic news from the Press.

The Poor Clares' Monastery site in Lawrence Street recently had planning permission for redevelopment. This prompted a nicely illustrated article about the life of the convent over the years. York Poor Clares continue to live a prayerful religious life at their new monastery at Askham Bryan and the Order continues to attract vocations to its many houses elsewhere in the UK and around the world. For information click here.

Meanwhile congratulations to the students from All Saints' School who have been sweeping the board with academic success.

Saturday 21 February 2015

Lent at St Wilfrid's



Fridays of Lent: Stations of the Cross at 11.30am

Friday Lent Lunches after the 12.10pm Mass

Joint Lenten Meditations at St Joseph’s & St Wilfrid’s

Sermon, Prayers and Benediction

“The Characters of the Passion”  

Thursdays at 6pm in St Joseph’s and St Wilfrid’s in alternate weeks. 19th February (St J’s), 26th February (St W’s), 5th March (St J’s), 12th March (St W’s), 19th March (St J’s), 26th March St W’s)



Apart from the usual times (Saturday, 10.45am - 12 noon and twenty minutes before every Msss) there will be a Day of Reconciliation on Saturday, 28th March Priests from the different York Parishes will be available for Confessions in St Wilfrid’s from 10am until 3pm.


For full details of Lenten Services at St Wilfrid's (and St Joseph's) please click here.