Gaudium et Spes – Friday will be a day of Joy and Hope as Deacon Henry Longbottom is ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Marcus. Henry’s ordination was originally scheduled for the end of May but it was postponed owing to the closure of the Cathedral during the period of the lockdown. Happily this has now been relaxed, the Cathedral has re-opened and Henry has been able to invite a limited number of relatives and friends to his Ordination Mass.
The liturgy begins at 11.00am and is being livestreamed – follow this link to join with Bishop Marcus and the congregation who will be gathering in the Cathedral http://www.leedscathedrallive.org.uk
Last weekend Bishop Marcus announced that Henry will take up appointment as Assistant Priest in the parish of St John Mary Vianney, Leeds in September.
And on Sunday 19 July……..
BBC Radio 4’s Sunday Worship, at 8:10am on 19 July, comes from the Diocese of Leeds. Fr Michael Hall, parish priest of St Joseph’s, Brighouse and St Patrick’s, Elland will lead ‘A Word for All Seasons’ to reflect on how the ‘God who Speaks’ meets us in the changing circumstances of our lives. The service will include Scripture passages that have particular emphasis on the importance of the Word of God and hymns and motets previously recorded by the Leeds Diocesan Choirs.
The homily will be given by our newest priest, Rev Henry Longbottom, just two days after his ordination at Leeds Cathedral.
On Saturday 25 July the Bishop will ordain Deacon Darren Jones to the priesthood in a ceremony at Leeds Cathedral. More information about Deacon Darren’s ordination will follow next week.
Meanwhile we offer both Henry and Darren our best wishes and and our prayers for their future ministry in the Diocese of Leeds.