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A Special Night in the Wharfedale Deanery

28th November 2017

A Special Night in the Wharfedale Deanery A Special Night in the Wharfedale Deanery A Special Night in the Wharfedale Deanery A Special Night in the Wharfedale Deanery A Special Night in the Wharfedale Deanery

Clodagh Woods' account of the induction of Fr Michael Mahady:


'During the evening of 9th November the Parish of Sts John Fisher and Thomas More, Burley-in-Wharfedale, excitedly welcomed Bishop Marcus Stock to celebrate the Induction Mass of our new Parish Priest, Father Michael Mahady.


The Mass was attended by the Priests and Deacon of the Wharfedale Deanery, Very Rev Canons Laurie Hulme and Tom O’Connor; Monsignor Kieran Heskin: Reverend Fathers John Carlisle, Michael Sullivan, Gerard Hanlon, David Williams CP, and Reverend Martin Cawley and John Walsh.   Special guests also included ‘Churches Together’ clergy from Menston and Burley-in-Wharfedale, Rev. Alistair Kirk, Jason McCulloch and Tim Perkins -plus Father Michael’s family and friends who travelled to be witness this momentous occasion.


The Entrance Procession into a full church was a glorious sight, accompanied by singing that lifted the roof. On arrival on the Altar, Bishop Marcus made parishioners realise how blessed they are having so many Altar Servers - 24 wonderful young people from the total of 32 were present, aged from 8 to 18 years. Father Matthew Habron was delighted to enable so many servers in the extra special variety of tasks the Induction Mass entailed.  As always, they did a wonderful job of serving at Mass.  Unfortunately there were not enough small albs for them all. 


After a sincere, thought-provoking and loving Homily, Mass proceeded to the lovely Induction ceremony. Father Mahady knelt in front of Bishop Marcus and answered the Bishop’s questions. The congregation agreed to ‘preach Christ by the witness of a good life and to share our faith with one another’ and many more promises were made by everyone present. The Bishop and Father Mahady held the book of the Gospels and finally, our new Parish Priest was given the keys to the church and his documents of appointment.


Father Mahady then stood and took over the chair where the Bishop had been residing; he greeted us ‘in the name of Lord Jesus’.  There was a resounding applause—how delighted everyone was!! The Mass continued with the Bidding Prayers.


Many members of the Parish family were involved during the Eucharistic celebration undertaking the Ministries of Welcoming, Reading, Singing and Presentation of the Offertory gifts.  At the end of Mass, Sue Rix chair of the Parish Pastoral Council, thanked Bishop Marcus on behalf of us all and welcomed Father Mahady  officially to our parish. Then two of the younger servers presented Bishop Marcus and Father Matthew Habron, his secretary, with small ‘thank you’ gifts. 


After Mass, the Bishop returned to have his photograph taken with the Altar Servers - such a special occasion for them - they were all so delighted to have had a hand shake from Bishop Marcus. We at Sts John Fisher and Thomas More church are blessed with our lovely Bishop, wonderful new Parish Priest and caring Parish family including amazing Altar Servers. 


Following Mass, Bishop Marcus joined a packed Parish Hall as a supper of celebration was shared. The whole evening was so joyful - a memory to treasure!'


...and this is just one of two special events for Fr Michael Mahady.  On Friday, 8th December, the Bishop will install him as a Chapter Canon at Leeds Cathedral.  All are welcome at the Mass which begins at 12:30 hrs.