In addition to the trips mentioned in an earlier post parishioners also enjoyed a pilgrimage to the Relics of St Anthony of Padua when they came to the Cathedral. Afterwards we had excellent fish and chips in Saltburn followed by a beautiful drive back over the Moors on what was one of the few fine days.
Children from St Wilfrid's School have won the York Civic Trust's Schools' Public Speaking Competition for the second year running. This year Beau Gascoigne and Ellen York battled it out pitching the Romans against the Vikings debating which had the greatest influence in our city's history. Last year the winners were Isabel Jatto and Maeve Reeve-Smith.
Fr Richard often has a look at the York Past and Present website which is full of interesting pictures and historical information. They recently posted a picture of what Duncombe Place would look like without St Wilfrid's.The left hand side of the photograph is a recent picture, but the right hand side shows the corner of Blake Street and the old Lop Lane before Duncombe Place was built in 1864 to provide a better view of the Minster and a more dignified means of access from the railway station. Below is another old picture from the same position.
June has been a very full month. We began with Canon Michael Ryan's Golden Jubilee Mass at St George's. Pictures from the display about Fr Michael's life in Ireland and Yorkshire are still up in the Upper Room for those who would like to go and take a look.
We had a pilgrimage to Lourdes with the Diocese.........
......and another smaller one to Pantasaph and Holywell in North Wales.Meanwhile a lot of visitors came to see us, including eight priests from the Diocese of Argyll and the Isles on a Retreat/Pilgrimage (no photo), all the seminarians from Oscott College in Birmingham and the Staff of the Maryvale Institute (Adult Formation) also in Birmingham.If only the weather had been a bit better. Here's hoping for July!
Tessa the dog arrived at St Wilfrid's a year ago today. Here are some pictures of the year from York Races to York Floods....
Thank you to Teresa Caddy for organising a lovely visit to North Wales, a pleasant mix of the sacred and the secular. We had a morning in Llandudno followed by visits to the Marble Church of Bodelwyddan and St Winifred's Well at Holywell.We spent the night at the Franciscan Friary and National Shrine of St Pio of Pietrelcina where we had Mass and Holy Hour.On the way back we called in at Chester and saw the Cathedral.Please contact Teresa if you would be interested in future trips to Rome, Walsingham or Ladyewell.
Mass at 12 Noon
Haydn - Missa Sancti Nicolai
Haydn - Insanae et vanae curae
Bruckner - Christus factus est
Voluntary: Howells - Paean
Benediction at 6.30pm
Rossini - O salutaris
Schöpf - Tantum ergo
Allegri - Adoremus
Voluntary: Hakim - Tantum ergo
Do get to the York Minster Mystery Plays if you can. The production is excellent - very dramatic and compelling. You will find your understanding of the Catholic Faith enriched.
The plays were written and performed in Medieval York not only to help people understand the stories of the Bible but to enable them to enter more deeply in the worship of the Church. They serve the same purpose today. The cycle of the Christian year from Creation to the Last Judgement was brought out of the city's churches and into the streets.
This production makes excellent use of the space in the Minster and is true to the spirit of medieval performance. Highly technical effects are avoided but great drama is achieved by relatively simple means. The plays are perfomed on three levels, as they would have been on the carts in York's ancient streets. Earth is in the middle with heaven and hell above and below, each engaged in combat for the souls of men. The cosmic context of the drama is constantly present as the the angels and demons make their dramatic entrances.
There is so much to highlight, but for me the flood with its spectacle and comedy, the baptism in the Jordan and the tableau of the Last Supper were particularly fine. The Sacrifice of Isaac who willingly laid himself down on the altar was paralleled by the crucifixion when Jesus lay down willingly on his own Cross. Philip McGinley is an excellent Christ, conveying gentleness and authority, always in complete control of his destiny, striding though each scene completely at one with his Father's will for the salvation of the world.
You will be inspired.