Funeral Rites of Fr David Wheatley SSC

We are anticipating that a large number of people will want to take part in Fr David’s funeral rites.  We have therefore made the following arrangements to allow the maximum number of people to participate safely.

Thursday 12 August

3.30pm            Outdoor Reception of Fr David’s Body and Vespers of the Dead

                        at Ebor Hall, Archbishop Holgate Hospital. No Booking Required.

                        Please park in Robin Lane

                        Please bring deckchair/umbrella/parasol as necessary

After this service Fr David’s Body will repose in the Chapel of the Holy Cross.  The chapel will remain open until midnight for individual prayer.

Friday 13 August

9.00am            Fr David’s body will be brought to S Helen’s, Hemsworth

9.30am            Sung Mass of Requiem:

                        Principal Celebrant: The Bishop of Beverley

                        Preacher: Fr Stephen Dickinson SSC

                        at S Helen’s, Hemsworth.  Booking Essential – book here

12.30pm          Sung Funeral Mass:

                        Principal Celebrant: The Bishop of Wakefield

                        Preacher: Fr Stephen Dickinson SSC

                        at S Helen’s, Hemsworth.  Booking Essential This Mass is now fully booked

2.30pm            Committal

                        at Pontefract Crematorium

                        (Immediate family only please)

Since we are anticipating large numbers of participants:

-Please do not attend if you are experiencing any symptoms of Covid-19 or if you have been asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace.

-Please ensure you book for either of the services at S Helen’s.

-Wear a face covering.

-If you think you might be uncomfortable when a large number of people are present, please take the opportunity of private prayer in the chapel of the Holy Cross between 4pm and midnight.


Please book using the online system.  If that is not possible, please ask somebody to do it for you or phone 07495 141202


At Fr David’s request the Masses will have a very limited number of concelebrants, however Deacons and Priests are welcome to ‘sit in choir’ : Cotta and Purple stole.  However for the two masses it is essential that clergy book via the online booking system.


Fr David specifically asked that there be no flowers at his funeral liturgies. However he asked that if anybody wanted to give a donation in lieu of flowers then would we please support Christian Aid. Donations can be brought to church (over the next few weeks except Friday) or made online here:…/Fr-David-Wheatley The retiring collection after the Masses on Friday will be given to S Helen’s in his memory.

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