The Golden Jubilee of St Margaret Clitherow in Threshfield, near Grassington was celebrated on the actual date of the church’s 50th Anniversary: Friday 6 October 2023.
It is one of only a few churches dedicated to North Yorkshire Catholic convert, wife and mother, Margaret Clitherow, who was martyred in York on Lady Day (25 March, Feast of the Annunciation) 1586, which that year was also Good Friday. Her ‘crime’ was supporting Catholic priests and hiding them from the authorities.
Saint Margaret was canonised in October 1970, three years before the church which enjoys her Holy Patronage was built to serve Catholics in Upper Wharfedale.
The church is part of the Parish of St Stephen in Skipton and many parishioners attended the Mass celebrated by Parish Priest Fr Christopher Angel, with his predecessors, Mgrs Andrew Summersgill and Patrick Hennessy. Bishop Marcus, currently away in Rome for the Assembly of Bishops sent a letter with his greetings and blessing.
The weather outside was frightful – but the Jubilee atmosphere (and cake!) delightful!
Prayers and congratulations for all members of our Diocesan Family, past and present, who for 50 years have kept this thriving church at the heart of the Catholic community living in – or visiting – the Yorkshire Dales National Park.