The Canonisation of Saint Alphonsa tok place in Rome on Sunday 12th October 2008 and in his homily Pope Benedict XVI spoke about the new Indian saint. "This exceptional woman was convinced that her cross was the very means of reaching the heavenly banquet prepared for her by the Father. Her heroic virtues of patience, fortitude and perseverance in the midst of deep suffering remind us that God always provides the strength we need to overcome every trial."
The Shrine of Saint Alphonsa at Saint Anne's will be a special place for our brothers & sisters of the church from India to pray and remember their families and the land of their birth. It will also be a special place to ask the help & prayers of Saint Alphonsa for all those who suffer much in this life.
The Academy Trust of
Blessed Christopher Wharton
The new Academy Trust formally came into existence on Tuesday 1st July with St. Anne's and Our Lady of Victories schools; it is expected that Holy Family High School will join very soon after some legal problems have been resolved and eventually all the Catholic Schools in Keighley and Bradford will be part of this new Academy Trust. This is an exciting development for our Catholic Schools as we respond anew to the Lord's call to teach the truths of our Faith. The Academy has been placed under the protection of Blessed Christopher Wharton who was born very close to Myddelton Lodge in 1542. He converted to the Catholic Faith and studied for the priesthood; in 1586 he was ordained in Rheims and returned in great secrecy to Yorkshire where he worked as a priest but always 'on the run'. Fr. Wharton was arrested in 1599 and executed on 28th March 1600. The relic of his skull was kept safe by the Benedictines of Downside Abbey and 402 years after his death his relics were returned to Myddelton Grange and placed in the retreat house Chapel. Blessed Christopher Wharton was beatified in 1989 by Saint John Paul 11 as one of the Eighty Five Martyrs of England & Wales. When we read the history of the Catholic Church in Keighley we see the special link between Catholics in Keighley after the Reformation and Myddelton Lodge. Blessed Christopher Wharton has returned home to Yorkshire, a martyr for the Catholic Faith and how appropriate it is that today in Keighley we have placed our new Academy under his protection and we ask for his prayers for all our children & young people who are the future of the Church in this place.
Jesus, Prince of Martyrs, have mercy on us.
Mary, Queen of Martyrs, pray for us.
Holy Martyrs of Yorkshire, pray for us.
Blessed Christopher Wharton, pray for us.
The Good Shepherd Centre
This is based at St. Anne's School and is run by Mrs Dorota Plata in her new appointment as a Community Engagement Worker. The centre is open for all our families and particularly for new families arriving in Keighley from Eastern Europe. This expresses the purpose of a catholic school: to reach out to all our families with the pastoral care that is needed so that our school may better fulfil its purpose of educating our children to the highest standard possible and fulfilling the command of Jesus:
"Love one another as I have loved you."
We look forward to the formal opening and blessing of the centre on Wednesday 3rd June 2015 at 2.30pm when we welcome
Mr David Pearson H.M. Deputy Lieutenant for West Yorkshire.