If anyone is in the North Yorkshire area there will be a sung Mass
in the Traditional Form for the
Feast of St George this Saturday, 23rd April 2016
St Mary’s Church, Yarm Road, Crathorne, North Yorks. TS15 0BB
11am Mass - Missa Cantata in the Tradirional Form
for the Feast of St George, Protector of England.
The Mass will be celebrated by Parish Priest, Fr William Charlton and is being organised by the Order of St Lazarus, in conjunction with their annual Chapter Meeting being held later that day - the Mass is, of course, open for everyone to attend and all are most welcome,
The present St Mary’s Church (1819) replaced an adapted cowhouse used for Mass from about 1777. But Mass was celebrated in the area some considerable time before that. The Crathorne family maintained the Catholic faith after the Reformation and Mass was celebrated in the manor house. The present chapel, the work of the ‘resident missioner’, Fr George Corless, using funds donated by Ralph Crathorne in 1742, was completed by 1821. The present chapel is ‘of outstanding importance on both historic and architectural grounds. The exterior is modest for a Catholic chapel of its time, but the interior is a remarkably complete example of box pews, gallery and rich Gothick decoration of the highest quality.’