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Fr Alex’s ordination

AnointingMost probably, the first ordination ever held in the parish.  On Saturday, 24th June, Bishop Tony Robinson of Wakefield, with Bishop Robert Ladds and priests of The Society, ordained Alex Ladds, our curate-in-training, to the sacred priesthood, in the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Thornton-in-Craven.  Good weather, a full church, great singing, a wonderful and moving occasion.

The next day, Sunday morning, at the Church of All Saints, Broughton-in-Airedale, Fr Alex celebrated his First Mass, giving individual blessings at the end of the service;  before we all gathered in the church hall for a buffet lunch and presentations.  Fr Damien Feeney, a former curate of Bishop Ladds when he was a vicar in Lancashire, and one time Vice-Principal of St Stephen’s House, gave a memorable homily which can be downloaded here.

The trilogy was completed the next Sunday at the Church of St Peter, Martons Both, when Fr Alex celebrated his first Holy Communion according to the rites of the Book of Common Prayer (complete with the Exhortation).Fr A & two bishops

Fr Alex’s own words:

‘Over a decade ago I walked into a room at Mirfield for an Additional Curates Society weekend exploring vocation; I was surprised (and encouraged) to find that out of the two dozen people in the room I was one of three police officers! Fast forward to the last week of June 2017 and I am reflecting upon being Ordained Priest and celebrating my First Mass. It has been a long journey, not without unexpected twists and turns, ups and downs and the odd dead end.

‘The journey up to this point would not have been possible without the help, encouragement and support of so many people, my family, friends, Father Nicolas and Canon Ann, and last but not least the wonderful parishioners of BMT. Despite all the preparation I was not prepared for the impact that this weekend would have on me. I have tried to explain to others how Ordination ‘felt’ and words fail me. The sense of being supported, uplifted, blessed and loved leaves me with no words.

‘This was followed less than 24 hours later by my First Mass. once again I felt unprepared for the emotions that would accompany this service. The sense of closeness, not just with God but with you all was so consuming and overwhelming; I hope and pray that celebrating the Mass never loses that sense of awe and wonder, that numinosity. I would like to thank all who worked so very hard to make my Ordination and First Mass such a wonderful occasion.

‘The churches looked fantastic, the flowers adding to the beauty of the buildings. Thank you too for all the effort that went into the catering at both services and the magnificent cake! I was very well fed, not just spiritually but physically as well. I am looking forward to continuing my Curacy in the Parish and also for your continued support and patience, I may have been Priested but I am still learning. I am blessed to have so many good friends to help me on the next leg of this exciting journey.’

For more photos, go to the Gallery

Canon Ann retires

Ann preaching

Ann preaching

At the end of 2016, having reached the age of 70, Canon Ann had no option but to retire (that’s the law for parish clergy), from her work as Diocesan Director of Ordinands, as Rural Dean of Skipton, and as Parish Deacon of Broughton, Marton & Thornton, and at the end of some thirty years in ministry.

On the Feast of the Epiphany, transferred to the Sunday (8th January), there was a united service at St Mary’s.  [And thanks to those who gave generously at the collection:  the money will be given the local charity, the Craven Trust.  After which the parish laid on a wonderful lunch at the West Marton Institute.

A tremendous occasion, of great warmth, at which speeches were made and generous gifts given.  A very happy and most successful event even if, sadly, Ann will not be worshipping in the parish for the next six months.

Annette, our resident photographer as it were, took several pictures during the day, and many more can be see in the Gallery.

Sunday tent service


British Caravanners Club – Festival of Lanterns

It was a great privilege for Alex and Paul to lead the Sunday Service of worship for The British Caravanners Club’s National “Festival of Lanterns” event, which this year, took place on Heslaker Farm Field, near Carleton on Sunday 28th August.

Despite the night before having a torrential rain storm, complete with thunder and lightning, and the ground being sodden, over thirty people joined us in a Marquee for a moment of prayer, song and reflection.

We all arrived feeling a little despondent, wondering if we would even get off the field, as it felt very much like a Glastonbury moment, with muddy boots and vehicles sunk in the ground, but we all left the service filled with joy and praise to God and all his creation, looking forward to the rest of the Bank Holiday weekend.

Churchyard wall repair

Tesco bags for life

A new deacon

With bishop
What a wonderful weekend, and busy. On Saturday afternoon in Wakefield Cathedral, Bishop Nick, diocesan bishop of Leeds, ordained fifteen men and women to the diaconate, having ordained nine others in the morning, in a grand but well-ordered service that lasted nearly two hours. Among them, Alex Ladds (second from left in the first photo).
On Sunday, Alex attended the Eucharist at each of our churches: as deacon he read the gospel, and then formally made the Declaration of Assent before the churchwardens and congregation – the necessary legal commencement to his ministry among us. He then introduced himself with a few (light and humorous) words from the pulpit.
At St Mary’s, his father Bishop Robert Ladds, former Bishop of Whitby, celebrated the Mass, with his son on his right as deacon – a powerful expression of our place in the wider Church. At the end of the service, Bp Robert told of his disappointment (reciprocated) that Fr Nicholas and Canon Ann had not come to a parish under his care back in 2001.
As it happened God had other plans. They came instead to this parish, and Ann as Diocesan Director of Ordinands oversaw and guided Alex’s progress through the process of discernment and training; and together they now have the responsibility for his training as a curate. So we meet again in a different setting, to share Christ’s ministry.
A long and tiring day for Alex, but an uplifting one all round. Many have said since, from all three congregations, how exciting and inspiring they found each service. A lovely day! May God bless Alex in his work among us.
Second photo shows Bp Robert Ladds, Alex, Louise his wife and son Joseph (elder son Isaac was away) by the statue of Our Lady at St Mary’s after the first service.