News Archive

Saturday 7 January 2017

Christmas Raffle Prizes

To see if you won a prize in the Christmas Raffle, please click here.  Prizes can be collected after all Masses from the sacristy at St Wilfrid's. Many thanks to everyone who took part by contributing to the prizes, organising the draw or buying tickets.  Happy New Year.

Wednesday 4 January 2017

Music for January

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Wednesday 4 January 2017

Solemnity of the Epiphany

bray-_jan_de_-_the_adoration_of_the_magi_-_1674As usual the Solemnity of the Epiphany, marking the end of the Twelve Days of Christmas, is transferred to the following Sunday. There will, however, be a High Mass in the Extraordinary Form at 6pm on Friday, 6 January in St Wilfrid's Church.

Wednesday 4 January 2017

Help with a research project

Michael Jacobs, a parishioner at the Oxford Oratory completing the final year of a history degree, is looking for help with a research project on Catholic attitudes to cremation and burial. He writes "The thesis focuses on attitudes towards cremation and burial among Catholics in Britain, looking to chart and explain any changes in Catholic funeral practice particularly in light of the post-war popularisation of cremation, Vatican II's subsequent lifting of the ban in the 1964, and again more recently with the Vatican's reiteration - last October - of its preference for burial."

If you can help there is an online survey which can be completed by clicking on this link.  Fr Richard has done it himself and can reassure you that it is not at all intrusive and takes no more than ten minutes!

Tuesday 3 January 2017

Keralan Community Christmas Mass and Party

img_2194The York Keralan Community celebrated Christmas at St Joseph's on Bank Holiday Monday with a Mass in their own ancient Syro-Malabar Rite followed by a Christmas Party and Nativity Play. Members of this community play a vital part in the parish at St Joseph's and make up a major portion of our Sunday and Weekday congregation. They have Mass in their own rite once every month. You can find out more about this ancient South Indian Catholic Community from the website of the recently established Eparchy of Great Britain of the Syro-Malabar Church. Fr Richard and Br David greatly enjoyed the celebrations and warm welcome.img_2200

Saturday 31 December 2016

Some dates for 2017

Here are a few dates for your diaries.

Thursday, 2 February is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord and a big celebration for the Oratory. It was the day Blessed John Henry Newman started the Birmingham Oratory so in a way it is our birthday.

There will be a Sung English Mass at 6pm with the blessing of candles and a procession. At the end of Mass we will enthrone the new statue of Our Lady of York in the Lady Chapel. This will replace the statue that was stolen in the 1970s. Afterwards there will be a party in the Rectory.image-09-11-2016-at-11-20The new statue was carved in Oberammergau in lime wood. Our Lady has a White Rose of York at her neck and together with Our Lord she is holding a golden rose. The rose has a single red thorn as a sign of the Passion. This reminds us that with the help of Our Lord and his Blessed Mother our own trials can become a pathway to glory. 

On Saturday, 8 July at 12 noon, Fr Richard will celebrate his Silver Jubilee of Ordination with a Mass at St Joseph’s followed by a party in St Joseph’s Hall.

Wednesday 28 December 2016

Thank you

The Fathers and Brothers would like to thank all the parishioners at St Wilfrid's and St Joseph's for the very generous Christmas Clergy Offering, and our friends and well-wishers for the thoughtful and entertaining presents and cards. Some of them were on the whacky side as the Boxing Day photos show!img_2156img_2169Here are some memories of 2016. It wasn't all political upheaval....

Monday 26 December 2016

Christmas Service Times at St Wilfrid's and St Joseph's


Saturday, 24 December, Christmas Eve

6.30pm Family Mass, Children's Procession to the Crib and Blessing of the Crib

11.15pm Carols and Readings followed by Midnight Sung Latin High Mass

Sunday, 25 December, Christmas Day

8.30am Mass with Carols

10.30am Mass with Carols

4pm Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament followed by Prayers at the Crib

Monday, 26 December, St Stephen’s Day (Boxing Day)

Mass at 12.10pm



Saturday, 24 December, Christmas Eve

Mass at 5.00pm with Carols and Blessing of the Crib

Sunday, 25 December, Christmas Day

Mass at 9.30am with Carols

Monday, 26 December, St Stephen’s Day (Boxing Day)

No Mass

Tuesday 27 to Sunday 1 January Masses as usual in St Wilfrid’s and St Joseph’s but there will be no Exposition or Confessions before Masses and no Vespers or Benediction on Sunday 1 January.


Monday, 2 January

No Mass at St Joseph’s. Mass at 12.10pm in St Wilfrid’s



St Wilfrid’s: Confessions at the usual times, 20 minutes before every Mass and on Saturdays from 10.45am to 12 noon.

Photograph shows the Nativity Scene in the Sanctuary of St Wilfrid's. Photo Credit: Mr Mark Fairbairn

Monday 26 December 2016

Christmas Nativity Service

Br David led the Nativity Service the day before Christmas Eve. Once again we had a newborn baby Jesus, but Sienna Catherine, born the Wednesday before, probably broke all records for a youthful stage début! More photos can be seen here.p1030843p1030866 All photographs shown with parental permission.

Monday 26 December 2016

The St Wilfrid's views we often miss

A parishioner recently took these great photographs the church....15672594_10202603335681962_1666477923702179500_n15589648_10202587714211435_365676109283417776_n14232464_10202147357322788_5215334639826339733_n

15493837_10202566253874940_6541816141289945861_oWith thanks to Dr Simon Crouch