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Updated weekly (05 July 2020):

14 Sunday of Ordinary Time (Yr A) – “Humility”

“Come to me, all you who labour and are burdened, and I will give you rest.”

Sometimes, looking around at our society, one gets the impression that the only way to succeed is to be hard and ruthless.  This is not the way of christ, who was gentle and humble of heart.  As St Paul tells us, the interests of the true follower of Jesus should not be in the unspiritual but in the spiritual.

[Future Holy Days:   Assumption – Thu 16 Aug;   All Saints – Sun 01 Nov ]



The Re-opening of Our Churches – Fr Kevin writes (05 July):

St Margaret Clitherow – Opening of the church for private prayer.

Fr Kevin writes : We hope to have the church open for prayer before the Blessed Sacrament on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays – again from 10am to 12Noon. Thank you to the ten people who have offered to be stewards on these occasions. It has been suggested that there be a 25 minute limit on a visit, also would people not sit on the end of a pew and so prevent others from entering.

Re opening for Mass : Let us remember that the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays remains suspended. Strict guidelines have been imposed by the Government and the Bishops to make sure everyone is safe. Only those churches that have had risk assessments approved by the Diocese are able to start public Masses. To comply with this those wishing to attend Mass must let the church know in advance what Mass they are going to attend and supply names, addresses and contact numbers. Those attending according to the Government rules must be under 70. The 2 metre rule also has to be observed, so for St Margaret Clitherow, this means a limit of 30 persons and for St Paulinus, a limit of 20 persons. For this reason, I feel that we should continue with open for prayer only. I would welcome your views.

[Read the full guidelines / instructions for any reopening.]


Almighty ever-living God, only support of our human weakness, look with compassion upon the sorrowful condition of your children who suffer because of this pandemic; relieve the pain of the sick, give strength to those who care for them, welcome into your peace those who have died and, throughout this time of tribulation, grant that we may all find comfort in your merciful love. Through Christ our Lord.




The Act of Spiritual Communion (please click on the image)




Dedication – July 2020:  The month of July is dedicated to The Precious Blood of Jesus. The entire month falls within the liturgical season of Ordinary Time, which is represented by the liturgical colour green. This symbol of hope is the colour of the sprouting seed and arouses in the faithful the hope of reaping the eternal harvest of heaven, especially the hope of a glorious resurrection. It is used in the offices and Masses of Ordinary Time.  (Read more …)

The Holy Father’s Intentions for the Month of July 2020:

Our Families: We pray that today’s families may be accompanied with love, respect and guidance. 

(See also Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network)   (See the Pope’s Prayer Intentions for July)

Welcome to the joint website of the twinned parishes of St Paulinus and St Margaret Clitherow (York UK).  Whether you are a visitor or new to our joint parishes, interested in becoming Catholic, seeking to return to the practice of your faith, or an active member of our parish, you are most welcome.  Fr Kevin


Vatican Media Live:  St Peter’s Square – people now present as well as the pigeons, fountain, church bells on the quarter-hour and the occasional Police car. (Italy is 1 hr ahead of UK).