26 July 2018
The Pilgrimage in honour of St Margaret Clitherow & the Martyrs of York will take place this year on Saturday 1st September. The programme for the day has changed from previous years, and is as follows:
10.30am Assemble at the Bar Convent for veneration of the relic.
The procession will set off from there visiting Ouse Bridge, the place of execution, and The Shambles, the location of the shrine, and arriving at St Wilfrid's Church in time for Mass at 12.10pm, followed by Benediction.
19 July 2018
Fr Mark Morris is Parish Priest of the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary at Balornock in Glasgow. It was in this church that Cardinal Burke celebrated a Pontifical Mass last year. Fr Morris has attended many of the Priest and Server Training Conferences organised by the Latin Mass Society, usually bringing with him other priests and servers from Scotland.
Amongst Fr Morris's duties has been that of Catholic Chaplain to Glasgow Caledonian University - or that was the case until a few days ago when he was dismissed from that position bu the University authorities. He had offered Rosary, Benediction and a Litany at his church in reparation for the "gross offence against God" caused by Glasgow Pride.
It is pleasing to see that the Catholic students of Glasgow Caledonian University have reacted in a very measured but firm way saying that they were "extremely disappointed" at the move and that it was "abhorrent that a priest should be dismissed for affirming the teachings of the Catholic Church".
09 July 2018
As I was collecting Mass books etc at the back of St Wilfrid's Church in York after the Latin Mass last Sunday, an elderly man approached me and asked why it was that he had been refused Communion. He went on to express his outrage that Communion could only be given on the tongue. I responded that it was the law of the Church that at Older Form Masses for Communion is given on the tongue. At this point, he became fairly aggressive and spoke in such a loud voice that he attracted the attention of people nearby, some of whom decided to join in the debate. He then said that he was a priest, and had been for 62 years, and claimed that he had been ordained long before all those around him were even born. This could not be true in my case, but he probably did not realise how old I am, so I will forgive him for that error.
Although I would have liked to debate with him, he was so aggressive that no reasonable discussion was possible. I was anxious to calm the man down, as such a public row in a church seemed improper. I asked him where he came from, and he replied: Australia. Eventually he moved on to do battle with Br Henry, who was outside the church.
I had noticed this elderly man when he entered the church before Mass, perhaps because he was particularly tall. He went to sit in the front row. At Communion time, he stood up and remained standing at his place in a conspicuous way. He did not go to the altar rails to receive Communion, so his allegation that he was refused Communion was not true. What was true was that, as is normal in St Wilfrid's, there was an announcement that the "law of the Church required that Communion is received on the tongue and kneeling....". This is presumably what annoyed him, as it was clear from the way he stood at the front of the church whilst others were receiving Communion time that he was trying to make some point.
Why am I relating this story? It is only to illustrate how how irrational some people (including priests) are when they encounter traditional practices. This priest claimed that he was not able to receive Communion because it was being distributed on the tongue. As Br Henry pointed out this is an example of the sin of Pride. What is more serious is that he was prepared to have a major row inside a church on the issue. Everything is compounded by his being a priest.