“Even our soul itself becomes more beautiful when beauty meets us, takes hold of us, and fires us with enthusiasm.”
Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Angel of God, my Guardian dear, to whom God's love commits me here, ever this day (or night) be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.
REOPENING OF OUR CHURCH FOR HOLY MASS - “Every day is like Sunday.”
MASS TIMETABLE - From SATURDAY 5 DECEMBER 5.30pm and SUNDAY 6 DECEMBER 11.00am
Tuesday 8 DEC Mass 09.30am – no need to book online (Church will be open at 09.00am)
Thursday 10 DEC Mass 7.30pm – no need to book online (Church will be open at 7.00pm)
PRINCIPAL MASSES FOR CHRISTMAS 2020
Let us remind ourselves that Christmas is an octave – eight days – and that Masses celebrated between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day are all Christmas Masses. The Church regards each day in an Octave as if it were the solemnity itself. So, for example, the prayers for Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours during the Christmas Octave refer to each day as if it were still Christmas Day. Despite having days within the Octave that are feasts: St Stephen, St John the Evangelist, the Holy Innocents and the Holy Family, and the concluding Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God, each of these days is as the Roman Missal states, a “day within the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord.” This means that, liturgically, each day of the octave is ‘Christmas Day’. Please arrange to come to ONE HOLY MASS sometime during that period to celebrate Christmas.
All through this period, it has been vital to have stewards at Holy Masses and times when the Church has been open for private prayer. Many thanks to those who continue to provide this service our community of faith.
CHRISTMAS EVE 5.30pm Thursday 24th +THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD (CHRISTMAS) MUST BOOK ONLINE
CHRISTMAS DAY 11.00am Friday 25th + THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD (CHRISTMAS) MUST BOOK ONLINE
SATURDAY 26TH +ST STEPHEN, THE FIRST MARTYR FEAST (CHRISTMAS) VIGIL 5.30PM MUST BOOK ONLINE
SUNDAY 27TH + THE HOLY FAMILY OF JESUS, MARY AND JOSEPH FEAST (CHRISTMAS) 11.00AM MUST BOOK ONLINE
TUESDAY 29TH + ST THOMAS BECKET, BISHOP AND MARTYR FEAST (CHRISTMAS) 09.30am – no need to book online
THURSDAY 31ST + SEVENTH DAY WITHIN THE OCTAVE OF THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD 7.30pm – no need to book online
Fr Larkin is on call for the hospital; 19 – 25 November 2020, 17 – 23 December 2020 & Friday 22 – 28 January 2021
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Originally a small hamlet, Sowerby Bridge in Saxon times, had a little church called St Peters (at the top of the hill), which was, of course, before the Reformation, Roman Catholic. Just before this, in 1526, during the reign of Henry VIII, a new church was built on the banks of the River Calder, but ten years later, when Henry split from Rome, this church became Anglican.