Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Founders' Day Requiem Mass at Barnard Castle

The annual Requiem Mass for John and Josephine Bowes will be celebrated at St Mary's Church, Barnard Castle on Saturday 21st July 2012 at 12 noon. The church was intended to be a memorial to Josephine Bowes who, together with her husband John, was responsible for building the pseudo French chateau which now houses the famous Bowes Museum in the town.  The church is not as initially intended but is, nonetheless, a beautiful church completed when funds were available.

The celebrant will be the parish priest, Fr Elkin, who celebrates a weekly Sunday EF Mass plus an additional Tuesday midweek Mass.  Holydays of obligation are also celebrated.

The music will be provided by the Rudgate Singers of York augmented by singers from the Ordinariate Choir from Darlington which, with their newly ordained priest, was recently received into the Catholic Church.  The Mass setting will be by Pearsall and this will be the first time it will have been performed in the proper liturgical setting.

Weather permitting refreshments will be served after Mass on the lawn.  Weather of our normal English standard will see refreshments moved indoors.

All are encouraged and invited to attend this annual Mass.

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