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15 of St Robert's Youth Group went to Wembley Arena on Saturday 7th March 2015 to participate in a national youth event
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It was an exhilarating and uplifting day encouraging us all in our Catholic faith.
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St. Robert's Feast Day 2014
On Sunday 28th September 2014 we celebrated our Patronal Festival in the open air in the grounds of St John Fisher School. St Robert's Day was a great success both spiritually and socially.
In the afternoon we celebrated an ecumenical evensong with the choir of St Robert's C of E, Pannal, singing for our liturgy. The music and prayer was beautiful.
Tour de France
St Roberts Church and Catholic Club combined on Saturday to take part in the Tour de France hospitality and hosted a BBQ and drinks for hundreds of people. A great day was held by all!
Catholic Women's League
Sally Hamp, CWL Regional Representative
Confirmation 2014On the Feast of Pentecost 14 people were Confirmed in St Robert's Church. Let us pray for them...
Ordination of Deacon John to the Sacred Priesthood
Archbishop Arthur Roche, Bishop Emeritus, returned to St. Anne's Cathedral on Saturday 7th December to preside at the Ordination to the Priesthood of Deacon John Carlisle. He was joined by fellow Bishop Emeritus, Bishop David Konstant, and a host of priests from our Diocese and further afield.
Aged 47, John was born in Glasgow and grew up within the tradition of the Church of Scotland. He attended Glasgow Academy and then went to St Andrews to read Theology (MTh).and Cambridge to study for for a PGCE. He also turned to the Church of England and embarked upon a teaching careeer teaching Religious Education in a secondary school near Oxford. Perceiving a call to Ministry he trained as an Anglican priest st St Stephens House in Oxford, and was ordained for the London diocese, serving at St Alphage, Burnt Oak. John then moved to become Team Vicar of a Church in Ribbleton, Preston, before moving to become the Vicar of St Lukes, New Rossington. After 14 years of Anglican Ministry, John felt his faith journey was leading him to join the Roman Catholic Church and was received into full communion by the then Bishop of Leeds, Arthur Roche. Next he worked for a year teaching at St. Marys Comprehensive School, Menston before spending three years studying for priesthood at the Venerable English College in Rome.
John was ordained a Deacon in the summer and has spent the last six months working in St Robert's Parish Harrogate where he now becomes the Assistant Priest and Chaplain at St John Fisher High School. We wish him many happy years of fruitful priestly ministry.
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St Robert's Day 2014
The parish had an outdoor celebration of our Patron, St Robert, on Sunday 22nd September. It was a beautiful day.
Summer 2013 Ordination of John Carlisle as Deacon
John was born in Glasgow in 1966, the second son of Dr & Mrs James Carlisle. John was baptised within the Church of Scotland, then educated at the Glasgow Academy before going on to the University of St Andrews where he gained his Masters in Theology.
John then undertook a PGCE in Cambridge, he was Confirmed within the Church of England, before teaching Secondary RE in Witney in Oxfordshire.
John then trained for the Anglican priesthood at St Stephen’s House in Oxford (here he trained with Fr Stephen Webb). After leaving Oxford, John was ordained within the Church of England, serving in London, Preston and finally in Doncaster.
John was received into the Catholic Church by Bishop Arthur Roche, after which John returned to teaching RE at St Mary’s, Menston.
One year later Bishop Arthur sent him to undertake training in Rome, where he has completed a Licence in Sacred Theology specialising in Spirituality. John was ordained to the Diaconate on 14th July in Palazzola, and will (God willing) be ordained to the Priesthood on Saturday 7th December in Leeds Cathedral.
Confirmation Candidates' celebration in Whitby
Saturday 22nd June 2013
A group of Confirmation Candidates and Catechists had a day out in Whitby - After arriving in Whitby, we had our packed lunch at St Hilda's Catholic Church Parish Centre, where we were welcomed and looked after by Mary, one of the parishioners at St Hilda's.
After dodging a short rain shower, the group then took an 'Open -Top Tour' of Whitby on the Yellow Bus - great fun with entertaining commentary by Alison the tour guide.
After some free time, the group met again for Ice-Creams, and then back to Church where Fr Stephen celebrated the Vigil Mass for the parish. After Mass we sat down to a splendid Fish& Chip supper in the parish hall before departing for home. Exhausted pilgrims arrived back in Harrogate around 9.30pm. What a lovely day!
The rainbow above was seen just before we left for home
We said thank you and happy retirement to Peter and Helen
Helen, centre, with husband Peter left
After 11 years of preparing regular Parish Lunches, Mrs Helen McNamara has decided to hang-up her apron and retire. On Tuesday around 60 people met for a sumptuous buffet lunch, prepared by Helen and her fantastic team, and to eat, drink, chat and of course thank Helen for all she has done for the parish.
Monsignor Donal and Fr Stephen made a presentation to Helen on behalf of the Parish, and passed on our heartfelt thanks!
The Parish Lunch will cease over Summer, as it usually does, and will resume after Summer - though perhaps in a slightly altered form!
Sunday 9th June
Confirmation Candidates at St Robert's
20 Young People received the Sacrament of Confirmation at St Robert's. Over the past few months, a group of 35 young people have been preparing for Confirmation. 20 of this number were confirmed at St Robert's last weekend, whilst the remaining 15 will be confirmed at St Aelred's this weekend. The Diocese of Leeds is currently in sede vacante, meaning that there is no Bishop of Leeds at the moment, and so the authority to Confirm this year has been delegated to the Parish Priests. Here Monsignor Donal confirmed the Candidates, and Fr Stephen preached at the Mass.
The Confirmation Cake, made and decorated by two members of our parish
We wished Fr. Stephen Webb a happy life in his new parish Saturday 8th June - Sunday 9th June
Our Lady of Perpetual Succour & St Clare, Fagley where Fr Stephen is to be Parish Priest
It was announced at each of the Masses this weekend that as part of the annual clergy moves, Fr Stephen Webb will be leaving the parish at the end of August to take up an appointment at Parish Priest of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour and St Clare, in Fagley.
It was also announced that Fr Stephen would be replaced here by John Carlisle, who is currently studying for the Priesthood at the Venerable English College in Rome. John will be ordained Deacon in July this year, and it is hoped that his Priestly ordination will take place before the end of the year.