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Saturday 3 December 2016

Music at Mass and Benediction

Sunday, 4 December

12 noon Mass

Monteverdi: Messa da Capella a Quattro Voci
Grancini: Dulcis Christe
Ecce panis angelorum (Portuguese melody)

Benediction 6:30pm

O Salutaris: Saint-Saens
Tantum Ergo: Schöpf

Thursday 1 December 2016

Christmas Service Times at Saint Wilfrid's & Saint 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



Saturday, 17 December at 7am in St Philip’s Chapel followed by breakfast in the Upper Room. Please reserve your place for breakfast by emailing Fr Richard


Wednesday 21 December, 7.30pm



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

Deanery Day of Reconciliation, Saturday, 10 December: local clergy will be hearing confessions in St Wilfrid’s from 10am until 1pm

St Joseph’s: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Confessions, Saturday, 17 December from 4pm until Mass at 5pm

Friday 25 November 2016

St Crux Sale

4057802_e443894dSt Wilfrid’s & St Joseph’s have a sale at St Crux Hall, Pavement, on 14 December from 10am to 4.30pm. Gifts of home made produce, especially seasonal jams, chutneys etc. are most welcome as well as gifts suitable for Christmas. Offers of help for the day are also gratefully received. Otherwise just come along to spend your hard-earned money! If you can help please contact Eileen Sparks.

Friday 11 November 2016

A sign from heaven!

A parishioner sent this photograph today which parishioners and friends might enjoy. It looks as if the crock of gold should be in the garden, but we didn't find it....15039494_1148403338546070_5128597387563113254_o

Friday 4 November 2016

November Music at the Sunday 12 noon Mass and Benediction

Sunday 6

Schubert in C

Pitoni Cantate Domino

Guilmant Ave verum

Saint-Saëns: Sept Improvisations, no.7, Allegro giocoso


O Salutaris: Saint-Saens

Tantum ergo: Faure


Sunday 13 (Remembrance Sunday)

Pitoni Missa pro defunctis & plainchant

Elgar: Nimrod (arr. W.H. Harris)


Tantum Ergo Bruckner in A minor

Pitoni: Laudate Dominum


Sunday 20

Haydn Little organ Mass

Gounod Ave verum

Mozart Ave verum

Mendelssohn: Organ Sonata no.1 in F minor, last movement, Allegro assai vivace


O Salutaris: Zelinka

Tantum ergo: Franck


Sunday 27

Byrd 4 part

Pitoni Misericordia Domini

Byrd Ave verum

Improvisation sortie


O Salutaris: Elgar in E flat

Tantum ergo: Déodat de Sévérac

Saturday 29 October 2016

All Saints and All Souls

300px-all-saintsTuesday 1 November is the Solemnity of All Saints and a Holy Day of Obligation. There will be Mass at 9:15am at St Joseph’s, 12:10pm at St Wilfrid’s and 6pm (EF Sung High Mass) at St Wilfrid’s.

Wednesday 2 November is the Commemoration of All Souls. There will be a Requiem Mass at St Joseph’s at 9:15am and Requiem Masses at St Wilfrid’s at 12:10pm and 6pm (EF Sung)

Please note there will be no Holy Day Masses on the eve at 6pm, at 8am or at 10am in either St Wilfrid’s or St Joseph’s as advertised on the notice board or in the Diocesan Directory.

Music for All Saints at 6pm

Mozart: Organ solo Mass; Saint-Saëns: Justorum animae; Elgar: Ave verum

Music for All Souls at 6pm


Friday 28 October 2016

Parish Mission at St George's

york6St George's Parish are having a Mission from 6-11 November. Full details of the talks and services can be found on the Mission Leaflet.

Saturday 22 October 2016

Feast of Pope St John Paul II

pope-john-paul-ii-holy-mass-for-families-york-racecourse-1982_largeOn the Feast of Pope St John Paul II here is a small reminder of that great Pope's visit to York on 31 May 1982. After paying tribute to our northern saints he preached a beautiful homily on Marriage and the Family, as timely now as it was then, if not more so....

Monday 10 October 2016

The Lampedusa Cross

img_2055Along with all churches in the Middlesbrough Diocese with a Door of Mercy we have welcomed the Lampedusa Cross for a month this year. Here at St Wilfrid's we have the cross for the whole of October. The cross is made from wood from a boat which brought migrants across the Mediterranean in very dangerous conditions. It is an invitation from Pope Francis to keep refugees and migrants in our prayers. Last Saturday we had Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament for this intention. From now until the end of the month the cross will be displayed on the Sacred Heart Altar in the Baptistery together with prayer cards and the opportunity to light candles. At the end of the visit the cross will feature in the All Saints' School Mass at 9:30am on Tuesday, 1 November in York Minster.


Words of Pope Benedict XVI

Asylum seekers, who fled from persecution, violence and situations that put their life at risk, stand in need of our understanding and welcome, of respect for their human dignity and rights, as well as awareness of their duties. Their suffering pleads with individual states and the international community to adopt attitudes of reciprocal acceptance, overcoming fears and avoiding forms of discrimination, and to make provisions for concrete solidarity also through appropriate structures for hospitality and resettlement programmes. All this entails mutual help between the suffering regions and those which, already for years, have accepted a large number of fleeing people, as well as a greater sharing of responsibilities among States.

The press and the other media have an important role in making known, correctly, objectively and honestly, the situation of those who have been forced to leave their homeland and their loved ones and want to start building a new life.

Christian communities are to pay special attention to migrant workers and their families by accompanying them with prayer, solidarity and Christian charity, by enhancing what is reciprocally enriching, as well as by fostering new political, economic and social planning that promotes respect for the dignity of every human person, the safeguarding of the family, access to dignified housing, to work and to welfare.

Priests, men and women religious, lay people, and most of all young men and women are to be sensitive in offering support to their many sisters and brothers who, having fled from violence, have to face new lifestyles and the difficulty of integration. The proclamation of salvation in Jesus Christ will be a source of relief, hope and “full joy”.

A Prayer of Pope Francis

Merciful God, we pray to you for all the men, women and children who have died after leaving their homelands in search of a better life. Though many of their graves bear no name, to you each one is known, loved and cherished. May we never forget them, but honour their sacrifice with deeds more than words.

We entrust to you all those who have made this journey, enduring fear, uncertainty and humiliation, in order to reach a place of safety and hope. Just as you never abandoned your Son as he was brought to a safe place by Mary and Joseph, so now be close to these, your sons and daughters, through our tenderness and protection. In caring for them may we seek a world where none are forced to leave their home and where all can live in freedom, dignity and peace.

Merciful God and Father of all, wake us from the slumber of indifference, open our eyes to their suffering, and free us from the insensitivity born of worldly comfort and self-centredness. Inspire us, as nations, communities and individuals, to see that those who come to our shores are our brothers and sisters. May we share with them the blessings we have received from your hand, and recognize that together, as one human family, we are all migrants, journeying in hope to you, our true home, where every tear will be wiped away, where we will be at peace and safe in your embrace.

Monday 3 October 2016

Weekday Mass times at St Wilfrid's and St Joseph's

From this week beginning Monday, 3 October, there will no longer be an 8am Mass at St Wilfrid's on Monday, nor any Masses at St Joseph's on Tuesday and Thursday. On Saturday the only Mass at St Joseph's will be the 5.15pm Vigil Mass of Sunday. We are sorry for any inconvenience these necessary changes will cause.