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Harvest 2022

Masses also at 8am and at 5pm (at Archbishop Holgate Hospital)

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National Mourning upon the Death of Her Majesty The Queen

The Mourning Bell

The Proclamation of the New King

Giving in Memory of Her Majesty The Queen

The collection at the two services listed above will be given to
The Prince’s Trust
a youth charity that helps young people aged 11 to 30 get into jobs education and training. Founded by HM The King and keenly supported by our Late Queen, the Trust does much to improve the long-term prospects of young people.

During the time of National Mourning:

-It is possible to lay flowers outside of church (to the left of the main door).

-Whenever Church is open it is possible to offer prayers and light candles –

-Mass on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday will be Requiem Masses –

-It is possible to sign a Book of Condolence at Hemsworth Community Centre

Photos from the Sung Mass of Requiem

Photo from the Service of Commemoration

Special Ringing During this Time

The Day of the Funeral

19 September

9.00am Morning Prayer of the Dead
9.30am Requiem Mass

For those who would like to watch Her Late Majesty’s Funeral service in company we are planning on watching the service on a TV in the church from 10am until about 1pm. If you would like to join us during this time please do bring whatever you need to be comfortable (deckchairs, cushions etc) . This will be an informal, church family occasion. We will have tea and coffee available through this time, but do feel free to bring anything else you may need and feel to come and go as you wish.

Reflecting more deeply

The Archbishop of Armagh preached an excellent sermon which can be read here

The Bishop of Burnley preached an excellent sermon which can be read here

The King’s remarks to Faith Leaders can be read here

A fascinating conversation between Fr Steve Rice and Canon Jeremy Haselock, both of whom have visited this parish can be listened to here. It’s well worth listening to and a helpful guide as we prepare to celebrate Her Majesty’s Funeral Rites and begin to consider King Charles’ Coronation.

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This year the Church of England has been running a #StainedGlassSummer Social Media campaign.

We were fortunate to be kindly sent some beautiful photos by an expert in Victorian Stained Glass Chris Parkinson, so we thought we’d join in.

The order of the posts matches the order in which the windows were installed.

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A Review of S Helen’s Day 2022

We were delighted that our preacher for Saint Helen’s Day this year was Canon Nicholas Turner SSC, Canon Theologian of the Diocese of St Helena. It’s possible to read his sermon here.


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Walsingham Youth Pilgrimage 2022

Join us for the 2022 Youth Pilgrimage:

Monday 1st – Friday 5th August

Homeward Bound

2022 Youth Pilgrimage

The Youth Pilgrimage is a week of lively worship, teaching, fellowship and fun for 11-18 year olds.

Our pilgrimage this year will explore the different ways that we can build homes around us: locally, internationally and spiritually. We will rejoice that here at Walsingham, Mary welcomes us as pilgrims, and we will give thanks for the way that she invites us to share her home and to make it our own. We will consider what we need to do to build good homes around us and we will think about how the world is our common home and what we need to do to care for it. Finally, we will reflect on how we can make a home for God in our hearts, so that we can share his love when we return home.

More information from the Shrine

Photos from a previous year

A Report from a previous year

We shall be going as part or a group from the Deanery of Pontefract in the Diocese of Leeds. Price just £150 per person. If you’d like to go please contact Fr Robert as soon as possible.

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Join us for our Patronal Festival

Feast of S Helen Celebration Weekend

Thursday 19 May

10.00am     School Mass in Church

Friday 20 May

9.00am      Morning Prayer

9.30am     Funeral Mass

6.00pm      Exposition & Confessions

6.30pm      First Evening Prayer

Saturday 21 May – S Helen’s Day

9.00am       Morning Prayer

9.30am       Rosary

10.00am     Exposition & Confessions

5.00pm       Patronal Festival Mass with procession of the relic

(Preacher: Canon Nicholas Turner SSC, Canon Theologian of the Diocese of St Helena )

followed by a Bring and Share Buffet

Sunday 22 May – Easter 6

8.00am       Mass

9.00am       Morning Prayer

9.45am       Sung Mass with Children’s Liturgy of the Word

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Holy Week & Easter 2022

Principal Liturgies:

Full schedule:

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Lent Services and Activities

This year our corporate Lenten Pilgrimage will include:

Wednesdays in Lent (from 9 March)

at 9.30am we will be gathering for a Study Group.

We will follow a Lent Course called In the Comfort of the Holy Spirit –

‘The season of Lent offers us an opportunity to lay down the things that burden us. Lent is a season of safety when we can admit that not all is well. 

Jesus Christ says to us, “Come to me all you that are weary and carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

The five sessions of this year’s Lent Course offer images, stories and prayers that speak of the God who knows us and loves us.’

Mass starts at 10.30am as usual.

Thursdays in Lent

Stations of the Cross will take place at 7.00pm in these locations:

Mar 3 Sacred Heart

10 S Helen’s

17 Sacred Heart

24 S Helen’s

31 Sacred Heart

Apr 7 S Helen’s

At 5pm there is also Stations of the Cross in the Chapel of the Holy Cross at Archbishop Holgate Hospital.

On Thursdays during Lent there’ll be no Mass at S Helen’s however there’ll be a 9.45am Mass at AbHHH to which everyone is most welcome.

Fridays in Lent

There will be a Mass at S Helen’s at 12 noon followed by a soup lunch.

Please have a good think about who you might be able to invite to come along for Mass at noon followed by a simple lunch. Perhaps someone who lives on their own or someone who doesn’t get out much. Or just someone who would be interested in coming with you to church to see what it is about. These Friday lunches of worship and fellowship are perfect opportunities to invite someone new to join us. Please also sign up to help with making soups and providing bread.

Saturday in Lent

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament 10-11am

All through Lent


Special Lenten devotional reading material will be available in Church.


We get the name ‘Shrove Tuesday’ from the ancient tradition of people going to confession on the day before the start of Lent. They went to be ‘shriven’ of their sins. As the Prayer Book teaches, confession is a wonderful part of our Anglican heritage.

If you have never been to Confession but want to know more PLEASE, PLEASE ask for help. If you have slipped away from Confession, now is the perfect time to come back. 

Fr Robert will be available for Confession at the usual times – see the weekly Mass sheet, or book an appointment (01977 610507).


This year we will be supporting The Samaritans. Our gifts mean their volunteers can answer calls for help from those struggling to cope. Every day, they respond to around 10,000 calls for help. No judgement. No pressure. They’re there for anyone who needs someone.  Please be generous.  There are no lent boxes so please take a jar and fill it throughout Lent and bring it back to the Mass on Maundy Thursday.


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Ash Wednesday

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Announcement of 24th Master of Archbishop Holgate Hospital

The Trustees of Archbishop Holgate Hospital in Hemsworth are delighted to announce the appointment of Canon Andrew Sage SSC, currently Vicar St Stephen on the Cliffs,  Blackpool and Chairman of Blackburn Diocesan Property Committee as the 24th Master of the Hospital.
We are very much looking forward to welcoming Fr Andrew and his wife Helen to our community and it is hoped that it will be possible to licence Fr Andrew at some point during the Easter season.  
Having begun his ministry nearby in Rawmarsh, Rotherham Fr Andrew has had incumbencies both in the Diocese of Chichester and in the Diocese of Blackburn, where he’s also fulfilled various diocesan roles. He is an Honorary Canon of Blackburn Cathedral.  We are blessed to have been able to appoint a priest of Fr Andrew’s calibre and we look forward to him continuing and developing the pastoral legacy of the previous Master, Fr David Wheatley who died suddenly, in office last summer.

-This is announcement is subject to the satisfactory completion of the usual formal safeguarding processes.
-Archbishop Holgate Hospital in Hemsworth is an alms house of 24 cottages founded by the will of Hemsworth’s most famous son, Archbishop Robert Holgate – more information here.

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