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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



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



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
  • 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.


Thursday 13 November 2014

Ordination of the New Bishop of Leeds


Fr Daniel Seward, Provost of the Oxford Oratory, Fr Dominic Jacob and Fr Richard were present at Leeds Cathedral for the Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Marcus Stock as the new Bishop of Leeds.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols was the principal co-consecrator together with Archbishop Arthur Roche, Bishop Emeritus of Leeds and Archbishop Bernard Longley, the Archbishop of Birmingham, the new bishop's former diocese. Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP, Archbishop of Liverpool and Metropolitan of the Northern Province, was the preacher at the inspiring Mass.

Bishop Marcus has been a friend of the Birmingham and Oxford Oratories for many years. We are delighted to have him as such a near neighbour in York. No doubt he will be very busy in his new role but he assures us he will pay visits to St Wilfrid's from time to time.

Please keep the Leeds Diocese and their new bishop in your prayers.



Thursday 16 October 2014

New Mass Times at St Wilfrid's

The Bishop's Council agreed to a change in the Mass schedule at St Wilfrid's which will come into effect on the First Sunday of Advent, 29th/30th November 2014.

Sunday Masses will be at 6.15pm on Saturday evening and on Sunday morning at 8.30am (Quiet Mass), 10.30am (Parish Mass for Families) and 12 noon (Sung Mass in the Extraordinary Form). On Sunday evenings there will be Sung Latin Vespers at 6pm followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

The new weekday Mass schedule is already in effect. There is Mass at 8am on Monday and at 12.10pm from Monday to Saturday preceded by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Confessions and followed by Rosary or Devotions. There is still a Mass at 10am on Saturday morning in the Shrine of St Margaret Clitherow.

There is also Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament during confessions from 10.45am until 12 noon on Saturday mornings and from after the 12.10pm Mass until 2pm on Thursday afternoon.

Thank you very much to all those who took the time and trouble to respond to the consultation. The Report on the Consultation can be read here and the replies have been put in a folder in the church porch for consultation.

Friday 10 October 2014

New Oratory in Jamaica

image1The Procurator General of the Confederation of the Oratory has announced that the Holy See has formally established a new Oratory at Port Antonio, Jamaica. This is the first Oratory of St Philip Neri in the Caribbean.

There are now seven Oratories in the Commonwealth: Birmingham, London, Toronto, Oxford, Oudtshoorn, Port Elizabeth and Port Antonio.

From the website of the Port Antonio Oratory:

Who are The Oratorians in Port Antonio ?

The Congregation of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri of the Port Antonio Oratory, is a Congregation of Pontifical Right and member of the Confederation of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri. The Congregation of the Oratory was founded in Rome by St. Philip Neri in the 18th Century and approved in 1575.

Priests from the Archdiocese of Kingston in Jamaica, Fathers Samuel Alloggia, Joseph Burg, Roland Dessine, Michael Palud, Brad Smith and Raymond Sorin, were encouraged by his Grace Archbishop Charles Dufour Of the Archdiocese of Kingston on the Oratorian path undertaken after a number of years of common life and Apstolate in Jamaica. Following the juridical steps outlined by the Confederation of the Oratory we have had the immense joy of paternal support of the Archbishop of Kingston as well as The Procurators General of the Oratory of St.Philip Neri, Fathers Edoardo Cerrato, C.O. now Bishop of Ivrea in Italy and his successor, the Very Rev. Fr. Mario Aviles, C.O.

The Congregation of the Oratory of Port Antonio was formally erected by Decree of the Holy See on July 16, 2014.

The The Congregation of the Oratory is a Society of Apostolic Life. Oratorians serve the universal Church and their local dioceses and parishes by living the charism imparted to them by Saint Philip Neri The characteristics of the Oratorian way of life are the same as in his day, namely:

• Priests of the Congregation of the Oratory are secular priests; that is, they do not profess religious vows yet they are incardinated in their Congregation. The Oratorian vocation is unique in the Church: secular priests living in community. Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman, an Oratorian himself, called the Oratorian life a bridge between diocesan and religious life.

• Oratorians live a fraternal life in a stable community. They make a commitment to one local Congregation and remain there for life. Living as a family is key to the Oratorian way of life.

• Their spirituality is marked by fervent prayer, reverent celebration of the Sacraments (especially Mass and Confession), familiar preaching of the Word of God, and a joyful love for God and neighbour, particularly their brothers in the Congregation. Their motto is to “Serve in Joy”. St. Philip used to say that there was no place for melancholics in his Congregation!

Tuesday 7 October 2014

Feast of B. John Henry Newman


Thursday, 9th October is the feast of Blessed John Henry Newman of the Oratory. The 12:10pm Mass on that day will include several of Cardinal Newman's hymns, and there will be an additional Mass, a Sung Mass in the Extraordinary Form, at 6pm.

Blessed John Henry was a famous convert and a great teacher of the Faith, and an important figure in the religious history of England in the 19th century. He brought the Oratory to England - founding the Birmingham Oratory in 1847. Cardinal Newman was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010.

O God, who bestowed on the Priest Blessed John Henry Newman the grace to follow your kindly light and find peace in your Church; graciously grant that, through his intercession and example, we may be led out of shadows and images into the fulness of your truth. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

For more information on Blessed John Henry Newman visit:

Monday 29 September 2014

Mass at St Walburge, Preston


On Saturday, 27th September, Brother Adam and a group of parishioners from St Wilfrid's travelled to St Walburge's church in Preston, Lancs, for a Solemn Mass to celebrated by Mgr Gilles Wach of the Institute of Christ the King, in the Presence of Bishop Michael Campbell OSA, the Bishop of Lancaster. Bishop Campbell has recently asked the Institute to make a new foundation in Preston, and to take over the care of St Walburge's, which is to become a Shrine Church of the Blessed Sacrament. 15184564087_b2cb673959_k

The Institute of Christ the King is a Society of Apostolic Life, like the Oratorian Fathers, and is dedicated to the celebration of  Holy Mass and the Sacraments in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.  They have a great devotion to our own St Philip, to whom the Institute has dedicated its seminary in Florence, and their Patron Saint is St Francis de Sales, another Oratorian saint!


The beautiful church of St Walburge was opened in 1864, and was designed by J. A. Hansom.  Joseph Hansom was married in St Michael-le-Belfry here in York, and among the other churches he designed are St George's, York (our neighbouring parish) and St Aloysius', Oxford (the church of the Oxford Oratory).


We wish the Canons of the Institute of Christ the King every blessing as they begin this new apostolate in the North of England.

Ss Philip Neri and Francis de Sales, pray for us!

 With thanks to Martin Gardner and the LMS for these photographs.