There 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.
We 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.Photographs thanks to Graham Tebby
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
10.30am (Family Mass)
12 noon Sung Latin Mass
Solemn Vespers and Benediction
Many 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.
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!
Br 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.St Philip raising Paolo Massimo from the dead.
Parishioners 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.
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.
There 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 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.
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.