Two new ventures start on the first and third Tuesdays of each month this autumn and winter, a series of talks and an informal discussion group.
There will be a series of talks in the Upper Room to help us understand the significance of some demanding phrases from the new translation of the Mass. The talks will be given by Fr Mark, the new assistant priest for St Wilfrid's and St Joseph's.
The first talk will be on Tuesday, 21st October at 7pm on the theme The Word is made flesh - the role of language in God’s dealings with us. Its importance and its limitations.
The full list of talks can be downloaded here.
Theology on Tap is a discussion group which meets for drinks and a pub supper followed by a talk and discussion of difficult or controversial matters relating to faith. These will take place in the Lamb and Lion in High Petergate. The first meeting will be on Tuesday, 4th November at 7pm when the topic will be Does faith have a future in contemporary society?
After the first meeting the topics will be chosen according to the interests of the group. Please download the flier here.
The Holy See has announced that Pope Francis will canonise Blessed Joseph Vaz of the Oratory during the Holy Father's visit to Sri Lanka this coming January.
Joseph Vaz was a priest of the Congregation of the Oratory in Goa, before going to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) as a missionary. He is known as the "Apostle of Sri Lanka".
For a biography of Blessed Joseph click here:
O God, who granted your Church to shed light throughout the lands of Asia through the ministry and example of your priest, Blessed Joseph, look upon your people, who were instructed by him with the Word of God, and nourished with the heavenly Sacrament, and grant that through his intercession our faith may flourish more and more, and we be made faithful witnesses to your Gospel. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Some parishioners and friends celebrated the feast of the Birthday of Our Lady with a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady, Queen of Martyrs at Ladyewell near Preston. There was a chance to visit the museum, with the "dresser" altar on which so many of the English martyr priests celebrated Mass.
Afterwards we visited the archives at Stonyhurst College and saw some of their treasures: the Book of Hours belonging to both Queen Mary Tudor and Mary, Queen of Scots; the eye relic of Blessed Edward Oldcorne - a former pupil of St Peter's School, York; some spectacular vestments; and many fine Catholic books, manuscripts and paintings.
We prayed for the other parish pilgrims who left for Knock today. Time did not permit the planned visit to the reputed burial place of St Margaret Clitherow. Another year….
Sky Ride York, part of the York Festival of Cycling, will take place in the city centre on Sunday, 14th September. Many streets will be closed, including Duncombe Place and vehicle access to church may be difficult. Details of traffic restrictions can be found on the York City Council website.
On Tuesday we welcomed the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal from Leeds. The Sisters came to Adoration, Mass and Rosary and then joined Fr Nicholas, Br Adam and Fr Richard for a barbecue in the garden. Afterwards the sisters had a short tour of Catholic York and prayed at the Shrine of St Margaret.
The sisters do a lot of work for the homeless and in schools on the east side of Leeds. The brothers do similar work in Bradford.
We hope the sisters will come over to York from time to time to help with our young people.
A series of talks at 7pm in the Upper Room at St Wilfrid's, York
Third Tuesday of each month from October to March
Fr Mark Drew M.A., S.T.D.
Priest of the Diocese of Sens-Auxerre, France, Assistant Priest at St Wilfrid’s and St Joseph’s, York
- Are you a Catholic who would like to know more about your faith or enrich your life of prayer?
- Are you interested in becoming a Catholic through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults?
- Are you a parent with a child preparing for First Holy Communion or Confirmation?
- Are you curious to know more about a faith that shaped the history of the world?
The Evangelium Course is a systematic presentation of the Catholic Faith through Catholic culture. It is for people with questions like these. The course will run at St Wilfrid’s from September to May on Wednesdays in the Upper Room starting on 10th September. Sessions will begin at 7pm, followed by refreshments from about 8pm with a chance to ask questions or talk informally about the matters raised. We end with a short period of prayer in church until about 8.45pm. There is no cost, no enrolment…. Just turn up.
Over the summer we have welcomed several hundred pilgrims to the Shrine of St Margaret Clitherow as individuals or in smaller or larger groups: parishes and schools from as far away as London; teachers from the Diocese of Westminster; groups from abroad stopping over in York; even a Scottish bishop. Larger groups have Mass in St Wilfrid's before going to St Margaret's house in the Shambles. Some like to include a guided tour of York's long Christian history.
Today we welcomed a group from the United States with their priest Fr Michael Stinson FSSP. They were accompanied by an English student for the priesthood with the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter, James Mawdsley. Some readers will remember James's courageous stand for democracy in Burma.
Saturday, 30th August is the Feast of St Margaret Clitherow, an important celebration for our parish, the City of York and the Diocese of Middlesbrough. There will be Mass as usual at 10am in the Shrine in the Shambles. In addition we will have a triduum of prayer in preparation for the feast after the 12.10pm Mass from Wednesday to Friday this week.
Those who know the Oratory will realise that St Margaret Clitherow coincides with the Oratorian memoria of Blessed Juvenal Ancina. We will celebrate him on the first available day after, that is Monday, 1st September.
While Newgate Market is being resurfaced and the stalls are down there are some good views of St Margaret's house and shrine from the rear. The Tudor elements are much clearer from that side. Go to have a look if you can.