The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878

The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878

Crowned in Castleford: Queen of the Angels & Queen of the May!

On the 12th day of the month traditionally dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Castleford crowned Our Lady ‘Queen of the May’!

At the Church of St Joseph – ‘her spouse most chaste’ – Mary was honoured by parishioners of all ages, joining with Parish Priest Fr John Aveyard in singing some of the Catholic Church’s treasury of Marian hymns and hearing a Reading from Scripture.

A tip-top Proclamation on tip-toe!


Stepping up to crown Our Lady’s statue!

The statue of Our Lady was crowned with a circlet of white flowers and the congregation processed to bring their own ‘flowers of the rarest’ to place at her feet, whilst singing O Mary, We Crown Thee with Blossoms Today.  This was followed by the Litany of Loreto, Intercessions and a Solemn Blessing.

St Joseph’s Parish has a thriving Union of Catholic Mothers (UCM), where the Mother of God is a model and inspiration for Christian women’s particular gifts and charisms. The Service in Praise of Our Lady was a beautiful occasion and the intention is to make this an annual parish event in Mary’s Month of May.

St Joseph, Castleford - In Praise of Mary

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