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Saturday 24 January 2015

The Reliquary Bust of St Philip

St Philip Neri, the founder of the Oratory, was born in Florence in 1515 so this year is the 500th anniversary of his birth. There will be celebrations in Florence and in Rome in the course of the year. For those members of his spiritual family unable to get to those celebrations a bust containing our founder's relics will visit every Oratory in the world. In that way we can be united in spirit with our holy father St Philip and with each other. The bust will probably come to York towards the end of this year.

The photographs show the blessing of the very fine new carving by the Archbishop of Seville in the Oratory church in that city.IMG_3600IMG_3606

Friday 23 January 2015

Fr Richard's Visit to Goa and Sri Lanka

Fr Richard was privileged to visit Goa and Sri Lanka in the first two weeks of January. There were three main reasons for the visit: to encourage a group of priests who want to refound the Oratory in Goa; to represent the Oratorian Confederation at the Canonisation of St Joseph Vaz who was a founding member of that community and went on to become the Apostle of Sri Lanka; finally to take part - with hundreds of thousands of others - in the exposition of the relics of St Francis Xavier. The body of this great Jesuit Missionary saint is exposed for veneration every ten years and still inspires enormous devotion among Catholics - and members of other faiths - across India and further east. Family members from our Goan community in York made him very welcome. Here is a link to an article he wrote about St Francis Xavier and St Joseph Vaz, and a few photographs. York now feels very cold!

With Fr Mario Aviles, the Procurator of the Confederation of the Oratory outside the sacristy on the beach and with Most Rev. Filipe Neri Ferrao the Archbishop of Goa; St Joseph Vaz's birthplace, Benaulim, Goa; the former house and church of the Goa Oratory, India; the procession of the relics; and the shrine of St Francis Xavier in the Jesuit Church of Bom Jesus.IMG_1028 IMG_1054image2-400x300image31-400x533IMG_0883IMG_0907

Sunday 11 January 2015

St Joseph Vaz

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The Holy Father Pope Francis will canonize Joseph Vaz, the great Oratorian Apostle of Ceylon, during his visit to Sri Lanka this week. Fr Richard will be present at the canonization, representing our Apostolic Visitor, Fr Felix Selden. We will celebrate St Joseph Vaz’s feast day on Friday 16th January, and the 12pm Sung Latin Mass on Sunday 18th January will be a Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving, with the singing of the Te Deum. There are very few canonised Oratorians – St Joseph will only be the third – so do come and celebrate this great event in the life of the Oratory with us.

Fr Richard recently visited Goa, where St Joseph Vaz was born, and sent us a few photographs of his birthplace and the former Oratory church in Goa.

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The house where Joseph Vaz was born.

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  The Goan Oratory church

Tuesday 23 December 2014

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

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Fr Richard, Fr Nicholas, Fr David, Fr Mark, Br Adam and Ciarán wish all the parishioners and visitors to St Wilfrid's and St Joseph's a happy, holy and peaceful Christmas.

MASSES AT ST WILFRID’S

Christmas Eve

6pm Family Mass, Children's Procession to the Crib and Blessing of the Crib

11.15pm Carols and Readings followed by Midnight Sung Latin Mass

Christmas Day

8.30am Mass with Carols

10.30am Mass with Carols

4pm Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament and Prayers at the Crib

St Stephen’s Day (Boxing Day)

Mass at 12.10pm

There will be no Vespers and Benediction on Sunday, 29th and no 8am Mass on Monday, 30th

 

MASSES AT ST JOSEPH’S

Christmas Eve

Masses at 5.15pm and 8.00pm

Christmas Day

Mass at 9.30am

St Stephen’s Day (Boxing Day)

Mass at 2.00pm

Tuesday 23 December 2014

Pictures of the Rorate Mass

Here are some pictures of our very prayerful Rorate Mass last Saturday morning. Veni ad salvandum nos, Domine Deus noster.  O come and save us, Lord our God. Attachment 2 Attachment 3Attachment 5

Monday 15 December 2014

Rorate Mass

Rorate MassWe will celebrate the Mass of Our Lady for Advent on Saturday, 20th December. This Mass, known by its Introit as the Rorate Mass, is traditionally sung in the early morning by candlelight. Our Mass will be at 7:00am in the Lady Chapel at St Wilfrid's.

This is a beautiful and evocative way to prepare for the coming of Our Lord at Christmas as we wait in expectation with his Blessed Mother.958_Rorate_CaeliRorate Caeli desuper et nubes pluant justum.  Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the Just One. 

 

Friday 12 December 2014

Christmas Service Times

Nativity

Christmas Eve

6pm Family Mass, Children's Procession to the Crib and Blessing of the Crib

11.15pm Carols and Readings followed by Midnight Sung Latin Mass

Christmas Day

8.30am Mass with Carols

10.30am Mass with Carols

4pm Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament and Prayers at the Crib

St Stephen’s Day (Boxing Day)

Mass at 12.10pm

There will be no Vespers and Benediction on Sunday, 29th and no 8am Mass on Monday, 30th

 

MASSES AT ST JOSEPH’S

Christmas Eve

Masses at 5.15pm and 8.00pm

Christmas Day

Mass at 9.30am

St Stephen’s Day (Boxing Day)

Mass at 2.00pm

Thursday 4 December 2014

Survey on the Rectory Roof

We plan to decorate and use the top floor of the house but before that happens we need to be sure the roof is in good condition. It's fine at the front which had new slates not long ago. But we await the verdict on today's survey....  Here's a picture of the brave chap who climbed the ladder up there!P1020452

Sunday 23 November 2014

New Sunday Mass times begin next weekend

  • 6:15pm (Saturday) VIGIL MASS
  • 8:30am QUIET MASS
  • 10:30am FAMILY MASS WITH CHILDREN’S LITURGY
  • 12:00 noon SUNG LATIN MASS EXTRAORDINARY FORM
  • 6:00pm SUNG LATIN VESPERS
  • 6:30pm approx  BENEDICTION
Saturday 22 November 2014

Another Military Parade

A gloomy winter day was livened up by Army Medics, including 34 Field Hospital based here in York, parading outside St Wilfrid's, after a homecoming thanksgiving service at York Minster.  The Military Hospital at Camp Bastion became the world's leading trauma care facility. The Lord Mayor and the Sheriff of York met the troops.

_79195458_paradeIMG_0815For video clips click here and here.