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Saturday 25 April 2015

Pilgrimage for St Margaret Clitherow and the York Martyrs

This year's pilgrimage for St Margaret Clitherow and the York Martyrs will be on Saturday, 9th May. We will be joined by members of the Guild of Our Lady of Ransom.

Fr Richard will give a talk in the Bedern Hall at 11.30am on the history of Christian York. There will be a High Mass in the Extraordinary Form at 1.30pm, followed by a procession at 3.00pm taking in St Margaret's House in the Shambles and the site of her martyrdom on Ouse Bridge. The day will end with Benediction back in St Wilfrid's at 3.45pm.


Friday 17 April 2015

A Birthday Mass

IMG_1117Congratulations to Sheelagh Fitzgerald who celebrated her 70th birthday (can we believe it?) on Thursday. There was a Mass for her and the other York Franciscan tertiaries at Askham Bryan on Friday.  Many happy returns, Sheelagh. Thank you for all your work with the parish finances and welcoming parishioners and visitors to our services.

Wednesday 15 April 2015

Rectory Garden Spring Opening

The Rectory garden was open again on Saturday, 11th April, and a good number took advantage of the fine weather to see the spring flowers, the magnolia just past its best and the tulips coming into bud. Parishioners provided tea and excellent cakes. Many thanks to the kind person who wrote to the York Press. The garden will be open again on Saturday, 2nd May from 12 noon until 4pm. Until then here are some photographs.2015-04-11 14.50.50Garden 4 150410The sun was shining, but the wind was a bit cold, so some visitors had their tea in the Fathers' refectory.Garden 150410Garden2 150410 Others had theirs outside. Garden 3 150410The gardening team...

Wednesday 8 April 2015

Pictures from the Easter Vigil

2015-04-04 21.05.18Lighting the Candle from the Paschal Fire2015-04-04 22.28.17Blessing the Font2015-04-04 22.33.42New Catholic Christians: Receiving our candidates into full communion with the Church and administering the Sacrament of Confirmation

Many thanks and congratulations to all involved.11149346_458216951021619_7514032144343194821_n

Photographs: Patrick Thornber

Saturday 4 April 2015

Ready for Easter

Paschal CandlePaschal Candle decorated by our guest Mr Eamon Manning is ready and the church is cleaned and decorated. The Easter Vigil takes place at 9pm this evening. Please pray for those who are to be received into full communion with the Catholic Church and confirmed: Andreina Martinez, Edith Kaluluma, Sarah Kurdziel and Douglas Rooney.Garden Easter

Mass times on Easter Sunday are as usual.

8:30am Mass with Easter Hymns

10:30am Family Mass with the Music Group

12:00 noon High Mass in the Extraordinary Form

Mozart: Missa Brevis in B flat

6pm Sung Vespers followed by Solemn BenedictionPaschale Candle 2


Thursday 2 April 2015

Maundy Thursday

Maundy ThursdayThe Altar of Repose this year is particularly beautiful. The Poor Clares  gave us a beautiful altar frontal from their former monastery in Lawrence Street together with some of the other hangings pictured. The tabernacle veil and the altar linen are from the Bar Convent. We are very grateful to the sisters for their generosity.Maundy Thursday 3

Our guest, Eamon Manning, is busy painting the Paschal Candle, so Easter will not be outdone by Maundy Thursday. A photograph will follow.

At the Mass our choir was joined by members of the St Austin's Singers from Wakefield who sang a polyphonic setting of the Mass by Casciolini.

After Mass a group walked in prayer down Petergate and Walmgate to visit the Altar of Repose at St George's Church.

Many people stayed in church until the end of the period of watching and joined the community in the Office of Compline.


IMG_1108Please pray especially at this holy time for our adult candidates for Reception into Full Communion with the Catholic Church and Confirmation. Andrea Martinez, Sarah Kurdziel, Douglas Rooney and Edith Kaluluma will be received at the Easter Vigil.

For full details of our Easter Services please scroll down the blog. Meanwhile we wish all our parishioners and visitors a prayerful Paschal Triduum.Maundy Thursday 2


Monday 30 March 2015

Holy Week and Easter Service Times



Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7.00pm

Watching at the Altar of Repose until 11.45pm when we will end the period of watching with Compline. 8.45pm Prayerful walk through York to visit the Altar of Repose at St George's.

Confessions from 6.30pm



Matins and Lauds at 9.00am

Confessions after Matins and Lauds for half an hour (from about 9.30am)

Children’s Stations at 11.00am

Confessions from 2.00pm

Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion at 3pm

Stations of the Cross at 6.30pm



Matins and Lauds at 9.00am

Confessions after Matins and Lauds for half an hour (from about 9.30am)

Easter Vigil and First Mass of Easter at 9.00pm 



8.30am Mass

10.30am (Family Mass)

12.00 noon Sung Latin Mass

6.00pm Solemn Vespers and Benediction


Saturday 28 March 2015

Pictures from the Requiem Mass for King Richard III

GMI_0925There 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.

GMI_0931We 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.

The sermon preached by Fr Richard can be read here.

There are also some excellent photographs taken by a member of the congregation who has kindly agreed to share them in this post.GMI_0936Photographs thanks to Graham Tebby


Friday 20 March 2015

Spring Flowers in the Rectory Garden

IMG_1097Many 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. IMG_1095

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!


Tuesday 17 March 2015

Clothing Ceremony for Br Henry O'Connell

Community 150316Br 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.Massimo1-400x300St Philip raising Paolo Massimo from the dead.