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GRADUAL CHANGES AS LOCK DOWN NATIONAL RULES & LOCAL PROCEDURES ARE ADJUSTED IN STAGES

26th November 2021 : THE SUNDAY OBLIGATION TO ATTEND MASS
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference met on the 18th November and have published a document called “Honouring Sunday” (available online here….). Whilst acknowledging the rate of covid infection is still high in this country but with this in mind, the bishops have agreed that the Sunday Obligation is still suspended saying “The pandemic is clearly not over. The risk of infection is still present. For some, there is legitimate fear in gathering together. As your bishops, we recognise that these prevailing circumstances suggest that not everyone is yet in the position to fulfil the absolute duty to attend freely Sunday Mass.” The bishops go on to remark that the Sunday Mass is a gift. So it is: a gift which we should gratefully accept if we can.

23rd July 2021 : Planned Amended Procedures for Church attendance effective Monday 19 July

Please see the bulletin of the 25th July for the planned changes, via the archive, click here … … , or alternately print the image below, as required.

Any further details following the (partial) “relaxation” of procedures effective from the 19th July, will be updated as they occur. Please check with the current week’s bulletin.


28 May 2021 : Confessions re-introduced

Initially, without Exposition and Public Recitation of the Rosary, commencing this Saturday 29th May from 10:45am – 11:30am in the Lady Chapel. Fr James’ urges folk to “keep him busy”.

24 May 2021 : Private Prayer re-introduced

Private Prayer: the church will be open mostly in the mornings every day. On Mondays we will have to close at 2pm. On Sundays the church will be closed all day from the end of Mass. On all the other days it is envisaged being open until 5pm (except Saturdays, when there is Mass at 5:45pm). Please sign in on the record available, to comply with current covid protection practices.

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New Abbot of Ampleforth : Dom Robert Igo OSB

5 Jan 2021 : Dom Robert Igo has been elected ninth Abbot of Ampleforth.

The election took place at Ampleforth today, in the presence of Abbot Paul Stonham OSB, delegate of the President of the English Benedictine Congregation, the Right Rev Christopher Jamison OSB.

Dom Robert takes on the role of Abbot with immediate effect and replaces Abbot Cuthbert Madden, whose eight-year term of office had come to an end. The new Abbot will now hold overall responsibility for the monastic community and its works. Fr Robert was born and educated in Manchester and worked at Manchester Royal Infirmary as a Student Nurse for three years in the 1970s. He was ordained priest in the Anglican Church in 1980 and served in parishes in Sunderland and Hartlepool. He was received into the Catholic Church in 1987 and joined the monastic community at Ampleforth in August 1988. He was ordained a Catholic priest on 27 June 1993. Three years later he joined a small group of Ampleforth monks in Zimbabwe, at the monastic foundation established by the community in 1996, the Monastery of Christ the Word in Macheke… ..., Zimbabwe ( East of Harare, on the road to Beira, Mozambique ). Since 2005 he has been Prior at the Monastery of Christ the Word.  

Here is a brief article entitled “My Vocation” from an Ampleforth Diary : click here … … .

23/02/21 : Greetings from Abbot Robert: “I have at last arrived at Ampleforth and I am out of isolation” more … …

{upd : 24/03/2021 . }


5 Jan 2021 : Full National Lockdown (Tier 5) introduced effective today. Saturday evening mass is introduced, but available spaces will be managed as before, but with further spacing between worshippers. Any further details may follow where effecting worship, once any instructions are refined



26 Dec 20 : To lighten your day, a Christmas message & Childrens’ Carol concert from our Orthodox friends from St Elisabeth Convent, Belarus who due to the coronavirus situation have been unable to travel this year: click here … …


Coronavirus Local restrictions for Tier2, effective 3rd December

27 Nov 20 : Following the announcement from the Government we will be able to return to COVID secure Mass from Thursday, 3rd December, with the first secure Mass in practice on the Friday.

Click here … … for full relevant official statement, including : “Places of worship open but you must not socialise with people from outside of your household or support bubble while you are indoors there, unless a legal exemption applies”


20 Nov 2020 : St Elisabeth Convent, Belarus : Christmas market

As the Sisters from Minsk are unable to participate in annual Christmas markets they are moving online so that people from all over the world can purchase Christmas presents and souvenirs made with love and continuous prayer. Click here …… for more information.

Christmas Tree Nesting Doll


5 Nov 2020 : National Coronavirus Lockdown restrictions commence

06 Oct 2020 update : During the duration of lockdown no2, the Church will be closed, apart from Private Prayer available Wednesdays, Friday and Sundays, between 11am – 12 noon –  for the latest procedure to follow (click below … …)


4 Nov 2020 : Statements from the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales:  – for details please click here … ….

31 Oct 2020 : Please be aware of the latest Coronavirus Lockdown restrictions, nationally, effective Thursday, 5th November (click here … …)


16 Aug 2020 : Ecumenical Service at Easingwold Anglican Parish Church, 10.45, held via Zoom. Apply to the webmaster for the necessary codes by midnight, Saturday 15 Aug, to allow for organisational arrangements and to allow sign on by 10.30am tomorrow.

Please contact the webmaster via email direct, for the important necessary codes and further instructions. Email is quickly accessible as the webmaster link on the contacts page: click here … …


Steps towards re-opening of Churches


10 July 2020 : Introduction of public Masses, but only with ‘limited’ pre-arranged numbers

Fr James is happy to be able to announce at last that we can open the church for Holy Mass this Sunday, 12 July, at 10am – but only for a limited number of people. A summary of the arrangements is given below, thus please read the following carefully if you would like to come to mass on that day:

  • We have to operate a booking-system. Please make contact in advance either by email or telephone, if you wish to come to mass – we will have about 50 places available. (Contact details : click here … … ). Please be ready to let us know how many people from your household, if any, will be coming with you. When you arrive, a steward will direct you to your place.
  • Because we are distancing at 1 metre, a face-mask/covering will be needed. The “One-Way” system we have been using for private prayer will be in effect. Enter the Church through the porch, where hand gel is provided, and exit via the Hall
  • As just before lockdown, we cannot use holy water and during mass there will be no intercessions or sign of peace.

Finally, and most importantly: welcome back to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass! Despite the changes and the rules, it is still the Mass – the ultimate prayer of Thanksgiving to God and the essential means of grace for all the brothers and sisters of Christ – that is, you and me!


25 June 2020 : A Message from the Metropolitan Archbishops of the Catholic Church in England, on planning future arrangements for Offices. Due 4th July 2020.


19 Jun 2020 : Opening of the Church for Private Prayer: Procedure, from 24 June 2020, to be followed until Masses resumed.



7 Jun 2020 : Coronavirus: Places of worship to reopen for private prayer

“Although places of worship will reopen solely for private prayer, it seems … …” See BBC News… ...


Rededication of England as the Dowry of Mary

24 Mar 2020 : England was first dedicated as the Dowry of Mary by Richard II in 1381. It was decided in 2017 (so, long before the current crisis) to rededicate our country, to highlight and to ask for her continued protection. More details …. ….

Coronovirus (Covid-19)

The Catholic Bishops’ of England and Wales gave guidance on 18th March 2020 that public services will be held in private and not open to the public until further notice. It is with regret that this action has to be taken, but we must follow the Bishops’ guidelines.… Streaming information and further resources are also available from many sources. Click here for details … …

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EU settlement scheme : message from the Catholic Bishops

All EU, EEA and Swiss citizens living in the UK are required by the Goverement to apply through its Settlement scheme to continue living, working and accessing services here. The deadline for applications is 30 June 2021. Click here …. ... for details of the application process.

Please bring this to the attention of friends, family members and fellow parishioners who may need to apply. Information on assistance for those who may have difficulty applying is also available click here … …

The Catholic Church in England and Wales stands in solidarity with all European citizens who have made their homes here. They are a valued part of our parishes, schools and communities.

{ 29 Feb 2020 }

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Proposed Sunday Evening Service (Vespers, Blessed Sacrament Exposed and sung Benediction)

26 Jan 2020 : Following the generous gift of the Benediction candelabra, it makes it possible to have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament more regularly and with greater honour. I am therefore hoping to introduce, on Sunday Late Afternoon or Evenings, Vespers (ie Evening Prayer of the Church, the same prayers and psalms said by all clergy and an ever- increasing number of lay people throughout the world) before the Blessed Sacrament Exposed, followed by sung Benediction.

Remember: Our Lord may well be calling even YOU to come and worship Him in an extra way! God bless you all. Fr James

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The Gate of the Year 
God Knows 

And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year:
“Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.
And he replied: “Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God. 
That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”
So I went forth, and finding the Hand of God, trod gladly into the night.
And He led me towards the hills and the breaking of day in the lone East. 
 
So heart be still: what need our little life
Our human life to know, if God hath comprehension? 
In all the dizzy strife of things both high and low, 
God hideth His intention. 
 
God knows. His will is best. The stretch of years 
Which wind ahead, so dim to our imperfect vision, 
Are clear to God. Our fears are premature; In Him, 
All time hath full provision. 
 
Then rest: until God moves to lift the veil
From our impatient eyes,
When, as the sweeter features
Of Life’s stern face we hail, fair beyond all surmise 
God’s thought around His creatures 
Our mind shall fill 

From HM King George VI in his Christmas Broadcast, 1939. 

God bless you all and a Happy New Year         
Fr James, 3rd Jan 2020 
                       

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RIP Very Rev Dom Leo Chamberlain, OSB (1940-2019)

Please pray for the eternal happiness of The Very Reverend Dom Leo Chamberlain Monk of Ampleforth Abbey who died peacefully in the Ampleforth Abbey Monastery Infirmary on 23rd November 2019

Fr Leo served the Ampleforth Community and College both as a teacher, Housemaster and in was 1972 appointed Head of History. He was the Headmaster from January 1993 to December 2003, and Master of St Benet’s Hall, Oxford, between 2004 and 2007. More recently as parish priest of St John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Easingwold, from 2008 to 2018.

Suscipe me Domine secundum eloquium tuum et vivam, et non confundas me ab excpectatione mea.
Uphold me, Lord, according to your promise and I shall live, and let my hopes not be in vain
The Suscipe is sung when a monk makes his Solemn Profession and at his funeral
(short mp3 extract from CFM CD 1783 © Ampleforth Abbey/Classic FM (click here)

For a short obituary from Ampleforth Abbey (click here … …), and from osb.org (click here … …)

The Services & Funeral Litany were held over the period Thu-Fri 5-6 Dec : Reception of Fr Leo Chamberlain‘s body into the Abbey Church (Thu 18h00), with The Durge (Thu 20h15 – Vigil for the Dead) and in the morning 07h30 (Lauds for the Dead), 08h45 Little Hour, culminating with Solemn Sung Funeral Mass, (Fri 11h30).

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Visit from St Elizabeth Convent, Minsk, Belarus

Wednesday, 18 Sept 2019 :  Today we had a visit at Mass from Sister Veronica from the convent, which gave parishioners an opportunity to view some of the artefacts produced in their various workshops, which in turn provide for ther work of supporting very many disadvantaged children & adults.   The following gives a little detail about the convent, and its creation in 1994,  more … … 

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Annual Ecumenical Service (8 Sept 2019)

This Year was held at St John the Evangelist. The following is courtesy of the Publicity Officer of the CTED (Churches Together in Easingwold and District) :

Fr James Callaghan, OSB

Welcomed by Fr James Callaghan, representatives from 3 Churches in Easingwold had opportunity to share very lusty singing with hymns well known to all, prayers, and readings including from Luke’s Gospel, read by Rev Margaret Young, Vicar of Easingwold.

The Homily was delivered by Fr Henry Wansbrough, from Ampleforth Abbey, based on the theme “The blood of Martyrs is the seed of the Church”

Fr Henry Wansbrough, OSB

He said that in the past different traditions bloodily persecuted each other, but through the courage of those martyrs we are brought closer together. From his long experience of serving on many international bodies aimed at promoting ecumenism, he cited examples of where Christians can share common practice which we can all share, accompanied by some amusing anecdotes! We are trying to make ourselves one community as we learn from one another, even though we do not agree on everything.

We are aware of Christians today being martyred for their faith in many place in the world, their sacrifice being an example to us all. He enjoined that we should all work together and encourage one another in developing a common faith – let us answer the Lord’s call that his Church may be one.

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The Art of Dying Well (June 2017)

The Catholic Church has 2,000 years’ worth of experience of helping people to die in peace and a treasury of resources and reflections on death, dying and eternity that the Bishops of England and Wales would like to open up to everyone.

We don’t have to think only about our own death; we may want to help family or friends who are dying or very ill. There may be someone we have loved and lost. All these questions are addressed on a new website promoted by our bishops, www.artofdyingwell.org/ Everyone should become familiar with it – because everyone should think about the meaning of their lives. And, as a Catholic approaches death, there are a series of comforting rites and rituals that can help a person spiritually prepare for the final journey.

The website explains much by the way it is set up. It features the fictional story of the Ferguson family. It uses video and cartoons. It is narrated by the English actress Vanessa Redgrave. It’s well worth a look.

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Blankets for Lourdes (June 2016)



Easingwold Advertiser 23 January 2016 : Article in the Easingwold Advertiser : “Easingwold’s Catholic Church Restored”

After three months’ of repair and restoration work on Sunday 20 December we celebrated Mass in our church and are once again ready to welcome parishioners : click here for more … …


Concert on 17th May 2015

A wonderful treat for the Parish took place on Friday night, 17th May, when four friends from the Royal Northern College of Music led by David McCaffrey, serenaded us with their mellifluous voices. We heard songs in Italian, Welsh, German and even English from Opera through to Billy Joel. A very good time was had by all, and over £630 raised for the Church Restoration Fund.


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Synod of Bishops’ Questionnaire on marriage and the family (2014) :

All Catholics are being asked to answer a ten question survey. The best way to do this is online at the Catholic Bishops’ website (click here……). Some paper copies will be available in the Church porch for those who do not have access to the internet, or upon request from Kathryn.

Follow through in 2015, with the invitation to

Reflect on the Gift of Marriage and Family Life :

Ahead of the forthcoming Ordinary Synod on the Family in October 2015, the Holy Father, Pope Francis, has asked us to reflect with ‘true spiritual discernment’ on the themes relating to marriage and family life that emerged from the Extraordinary meeting of Bishops held in Rome in October 2014.

Click here … … for the CBEW page “Marriage and Family Life”

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St Martin’s Ampleforth : Schola (February 2013)

Sunday 3rd February saw our 10.30 am Mass joined by members of the choirs from St Martin’s Ampleforth (‘SMA’), which is the Preparatory School to Ampleforth College, for pupils between the ages of 3 to 13 years. Conducted and accompanied by Mr Vincent Conyngham, SMA Director of Music.

Mass Music was celebrated with some of the new English compositions, following the new translation of the Mass, with further pieces from Delibes (“O Salutaris Hostia”) sung solo by Henry Laird; Marcello (“Give ear unto me”) and Lallouette (“O mysterium ineffabile”).

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Jubilate Choir (8 December 2012)

The concert , supporting church fundraising efforts, consisted of a wide choice of choral music appropriate for a monastic church, and included items from Handel through to John Rutter.

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{ upd 26 Nov 2021 }

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