8 August 2022 : St Bernadette Relics to visit Ampleforth Abbey

The relics of St Bernadette will be displayed at Ampleforth Abbey in October in what is being described as a “once-in-a-lifetime” tour of England, Scotland and Wales. It is an opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to experience the special gifts and charisms of Lourdes, where Our Lady appeared to Saint Bernadette in 1858.

The relics will arrive at Ampleforth Abbey at 1.30 p.m. on Monday 3 October and depart for Leeds Cathedral at 5.00 p.m. The event is part of a national pilgrimage of the relics of Saint Bernadette of Lourdes, Bernadette Soubirous. A section of bone from Saint Bernadette’s thigh, enshrined in a specially-built reliquary, is being taken to major cathedrals and churches of the dioceses of England, Scotland and Wales beginning on 2 September and ending on 30 October.

Updates about the visit to Ampleforth Abbey will be provided in the newsletter each week and can also be accessed here… ...

For full details about the national pilgrimage, visit the dedicated website… …

29 Jul 2022 : Support for Ukrainian families :
There are host families in our area with Ukrainians staying, who may find it helpful to have some support in integrating with the community. Easingwold and District Community Care Association are trying to organise some events that might promote this, but don’t always know who would find this helpful. Ukrainians who would like to be involved can contact Di Watkins on 01347 822875 or click here… …

08 Jul 2022 : “Rome Reports” website

A link has been added to the ‘Streamed Masses and Offices’ page, which also has some Catholic press offerings. You may wish to browse accordingly: click here … ….

10 Jun 2022 Amended Email Address
Due to Network simplification changes, the Parish Email is even longer now with the word “abbey” inserted, thus becoming . For a short while emails sent to the old address will be forwarded to the new, but it would be helpful if you could amend details in your contact lists. Website address links are be changed on a page by page basis (check the update date at the bottom left).

29 May 2022 : Coronavirus (Covid-19)

As there has been a whole series of changes effecting attendance at Churches since the start of the pandemic, and the associated Catholic Bishops’ directives then and later, please refer to the Coronavirus page for the latest updateclick here……), which is also quoted in our bulletin of 29 May 2022 (click here … …).

Ukraine :

Adapted from our own Bulletin this week (27 Feb 22): This Lent, however, with the barbaric Russian attack on Ukraine, perhaps we could offer up some at least of our Lenten observance for the people of that suffering country, in the hope that peace and security may be restored to them very quickly. It is a terrible thing to see one Christian country attack another so blatantly and a shocking reminder of what human beings can do when they try to marginalise God or dismiss Him altogether….a salutary thought as we begin this our penitential season!

29 May 2022 : Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN) – Poverty Challenge: See, Judge, Act: Following the pandemic, many households now also face new hardships as prices rise. Caritas, the Catholic agency addressing poverty and injustice in England and Wales, has released a free new booklet to increase awareness of Catholic Social Teaching on poverty, and inform local responses. See link … …


From Ash Wednesday to Easter Wednesday. Lent in 50 Moments is for all of us who want Lent and Easter to make a difference in our lives… Lent is an opportunity to begin again. Pope Francis says that Lent is ‘a time to reconsider the path we are taking…and rediscover our profound relationship with God, on whom everything depends.’

If people are interested in attending the book launch please email – for numbers and contact purposes in case of need. Thursday 24 February in the Newman Room, 7.00pm – 8.00pm at Ampleforth Abbey. Copies of the book will be available for purchase on the night.

Liam Kelly, is well known to many parishioners, and works in the Abbot’s Office at the Abbey. He is the author of other works and Has been involved in church communications for over 40 years.


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 … …

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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

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 … …

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 …. ….

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.

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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

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 

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 (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).

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 … … 

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.

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, 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.


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.

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”

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”).

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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