St Wilfrid’s RC Primary School, Monkgate, will be holding it’s Christmas Fayre on Friday 27th November between 5.00pm and 7.00pm. Santa will be there and the school choir will be singing carols. There will be a Christmas Raffle, Tombola, festive stalls, food and drink.
Br Benedict has discerned that his true vocation lies in the classroom rather than in the Oratory and has decided to return to teaching, the career he has been pursuing for the last six years, first in training here at St John’s University and then at Worth Abbey School. He is as sad to leave as we are to see him go. But we are full of gratitude for the enormous contribution he made to our community in the period of discernment, most especially the last two months in the habit of St Philip. The purpose of the novitiate is to enable this discernment to take place.
We wish Br Benedict well in his future life and our prayers go with him. He has many friends here in Yorkshire and we are confident that we will continue to see him from time to time.
Br Benedict will revert to his baptismal name of Eamon. If anyone would like to make contact with him his address for the time being will be: Eamon Manning, 7 Sandown Court, Newbury Road, Worth, Crawley. RH10 7SN firstname.lastname@example.org
St Wilfrid's and the Shrine of St Margaret Clitherow have both been named by Bishop Terence Patrick as Shrines of Mercy for the Year of Mercy in the Diocese of Middlesbrough, along with the Cathedral, St Charles Borromeo in Hull and St Peter's in Scarborough. Fr Richard has been appointed as one of the Missionaries of Mercy. It will be possible to obtain the Jubilee Indulgence in St Wilfrid's. Details of the ceremony for the opening of the Holy Door, explanations of the meaning of the Jubilee, and information about events connected with the Year of Mercy will follow. Please watch this space.
12 noon Requiem Mass for the Fallen in War
Morales: Missa pro defunctis Listen to an extract
Fauré: Pie Jesu
Tantum Ergo: Bruckner in E flat
The Legion of Mary visited York Cemetery and Fulford Cemetery and prayed for the souls of all those who have been laid to rest there, especially our fellow parishioners who have "gone before us marked with the sign of faith". This is one of the Spiritual Works of Mercy. A plenary indulgence may be gained for the Holy Souls in Purgatory during the month of November by visiting a cemetery or Church and praying for the faithful departed, receiving the Sacrament of Confession and Holy Communion, and praying for the Pope’s intentions.
The Legion also does the more practical Corporal (or bodily) Works of Mercy by visiting the housebound and the sick in hospital and at home, as well as the families of those who have recently been baptised. If anyone is interested in helping in this work or if you know of someone who would appreciate a regular visit, please let Br Benedict know.
The church was well attended for last night's Solemn Requiem Mass for All Souls' Day. Many thanks to the musicians whose singing of the Fauré Requiem made the Mass such a prayerful experience. In answer to a number of enquiries the choir sings every Sunday at the 12 noon Mass and at Vespers and Benediction at 6pm. The choir will also sing Advent and Christmas Music at the Carol Service and Benediction on Wednesday, 23rd December at 7pm.
Monday, 2nd November is the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, All Souls' Day. There will be Masses at the usual times, 8am and 12.10pm. There will also by a High Mass at 6pm in the Extraordinary Form. The St Wilfrid's Choir will be joined by singers from St Helen's Church in King's Square to sing the Requiem Mass by Gabriel Fauré. Sunday, 8th November is Remembrance Sunday and the 12 noon Mass will be a Requiem Mass for those who fell in war.
Envelopes for Mass Intention Lists for the Holy Souls are available in the church porch. There will be a Requiem Mass each week for the names on these lists. Please see the weekly newsletter for the Mass times.
All Saints' Day has been a double celebration at St Wilfrid's.
At the 10.30am Family Mass we welcomed Jane Thirlwell into full communion with the Catholic Church. Jane is pictured here with her family including her parents and her sponsor, Marion Hall.We also welcomed the relics of Blessed Nicholas Postgate, the Priest of the Moors. The relics, including portions of his cloak and the rope used to hang him, were formerly kept at Oscott College near Birmingham. They are now kept by Middlesbrough Diocese which covers the area where Blessed Nicholas worked in the 17th Century. They are visiting every parish in the diocese over the next few months. Many people came to venerate the relics and pray before them after Mass. The 12.10pm Mass on Thursday will be a Votive Mass of Blessed Nicholas Postgate and we will sing his well-loved hymn.