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Saturday, 5 July 2014

Marian Saturdays and the First Five Saturdays Devotion


Today is the First Saturday of the month of  July, so perhaps it is time to think about the First Five Saturdays Devotion . As eloquently states:-

I promise to assist at the hour of death, with the graces necessary for salvation, all those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months shall confess, receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary, and keep me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to me.”

Immaculate Heart of MaryIt may come as some surprise that this devotion of the first five Saturdays, requested by Heaven through Sister Lucia of Fatima in 1925 at her convent in Pontevedra, was not new; in fact it is an ancient custom in the Church! It fits precisely into the long tradition of Catholic piety that, having devoted Fridays to the remembrance of the Passion of Jesus Christ and to honouring His Sacred Heart, found it very natural to devote Saturdays to His Most Holy Mother.

It is sometimes asked why Our Lady asked for Communions of reparation on five first Saturdays, instead of some other number. On 29th May, 1930 Our Blessed Lord explained to Sr. Lucia in another apparition to her that it was because of five kinds of offenses and blasphemies against the Immaculate Heart of Mary, namely: blasphemies against her Immaculate Conception, against her perpetual virginity, against the divine and spiritual maternity of Mary, blasphemies involving the rejection and dishonouring of her images, and the neglect of implanting in the hearts of children a knowledge and love of this Immaculate Mother.

My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning” (Psalm 130:6)
It is also an age-old tradition that Jesus appeared to Mary on the Saturday, the day after His death, whilst the world lay in hushed waiting for the Resurrection. The great theologians of the 12th and 13th centuries, Sts. Bernard, Thomas and Bonaventure, explained the dedication of Saturdays to Mary by pointing to the time of Christ’s rest in the grave. Everyone else had abandoned Christ; only Mary continued to believe, demonstrating her deep faith by never doubting for a moment her Son’s promise of Resurrection. This was her day!

St Peter Damian, one of those who most aided the spread of Mariology in the eleventh century, expresses the same thought in the following manner: “Sabbath signifies rest, for one reads that God himself rested on that day. Is it not then fitting that the same day should be dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, in whom the divine Wisdom chose its abode, and rested as on a couch of holiness?”
The liturgical books of the ninth and tenth centuries containing Masses in honour of Mary on Saturday were largely the work of Alcuin (735-804), the Benedictine monk who was “Minister of Education” at the court of Charlemagne and who contributed in a decisive manner to the Carolingian liturgical reform. Alcuin composed six formularies for Votive (i.e. devotional) Masses – one for each day of the week. And he assigned two formularies to Saturday in honour of Our Lady. The practice was quickly and joyously embraced by both clergy and laity.

There were several theological reasons for dedicating this day to Mary. A 15th century missal gives
several of those reasons in a hymn: Saturday is the day when creation was completed, therefore it is also celebrated as the day of the fulfillment of the plan of salvation, which found its realisation through Mary. Sunday is the Lord’s Day, so it seemed appropriate to observe the preceding day as Mary’s day. In addition, as Genesis describes, God rested on the seventh day, Saturday. The seventh day, and the Jewish Sabbath, is Saturday; we rest on Sunday, because we celebrate the Resurrection as our Sabbath Day. In parallel, Jesus rested in the womb and then in the loving arms of Mary from birth until she held His lifeless body at the foot of the Cross; thus the God-head rested in Mary.
St. John of Damascus (d. 754) writings testify to the celebration of Saturdays dedicated to Mary in the Church of the East.

Down through the centuries the Marian Saturdays were expressed in several local devotions. This was the day the faithful selected to go on pilgrimages. Sodalities held their meetings on Saturdays and called them Fraternity Saturdays or Sodality Saturdays. The seven colours or sorrows of Mary were in some places commemorated on seven consecutive Saturdays. The 15 Saturdays before the liturgy in honour of Mary as Queen of the Rosary, 7th October, recalled the fifteen decades of the rosary; in some areas this was the day that the crops and harvests were blessed and celebrated. An Irish version of the Saturday devotions to Mary is known as the Fifteen Saturdays of the Rosary. The devotion consists in receiving Holy Communion and saying at least five decades of the Rosary sometime during the day or evening on fifteen consecutive Saturdays or to meditate in some other way on its mysteries.

The devotion in honour of the Immaculate Conception by the Franciscan Order has also contributed to furthering this pious custom of “the Marian Saturdays”.

H/t to

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Please note to guarantee your place this year Douai Abbey please book in before 29th August 2014.

Please note to guarantee your place this year Douai Abbey have requested that everyone books in 3 weeks before the start of the weekend i.e. 29th August 2014.

How to book

For more details, please see:-

Or use the online booking system at:

I AM MARGARET - Launch Party 27th June 2014 at St. Gregory's Church, Cheltenham

  • You are invited to celebrate the launch of Corinna Turner's debut novel, I AM MARGARET

    on 27th June, 7:00 - 9:30pm (Official Launch 7:30pm)

    at The Old Priory, Clarence Street, Cheltenham, GL50 3JL

“Look, if you don’t pass...” said Bane, “I’ll have to see what I can do about it. Because... well… I’ve been counting on marrying you for a very long time, now, and I’ve no intention of letting anything stop me!”

Margaret Verrall dreams of marrying the boy she loves and spending her life with him. But she’s part of the underground network of Believers – and that carries the death penalty.
And there’s just one other problem.
She’s going to fail her Sorting.
But a chance to take on the system ups the stakes beyond mere survival.
Now she has to break out of the Facility - or face the worst punishment of all.
Conscious Dismantlement.

I AM MARGARET is out 27th June. Read the first chapter now at:

Praise for:
Great style – very good characters and pace. Definitely a book worth reading, like The Hunger Games.”
EOIN COLFER , author of Artemis Fowl
“An intelligent, well-written and enjoyable debut from a young writer with a bright future.”
STEWART ROSS, author of The Soterion Mission
“This book invaded my dreams.”
Sr Mary Catherine Bloom OP

There is also this bit that goes into more detail about the target audience:

I AM MARGARET’s Target Audience:
·       Teenagers (14+) who are ‘churched’ but who are almost exclusively reading mainstream fiction.
I AM MARGARET has exactly the same tone, pace and style as a mainstream novel (NO preaching!) but features Catholic characters whose faith and morals are integral to the plot.
It will also appeal to:
·       Any Christian aged 14 to 100+, especially Catholics.
·       Any secular young person or adult open to reading a book that contains faith.

Monday, 2 June 2014

George Cardinal Pell, Prefect of the Secretariat for Economy Will Celebrate High Mass for International Juventutem Federation

News from the International Juventutem Federation:-

The International Juventutem Federation is pleased to announce that His Eminence George Cardinal Pell, Prefect of the Secretariat for Economy, has kindly accepted our invitation to be the Celebrant at a Pontifical Solemn High Mass according to the Missal of St John XXIII on Friday 24 October 2014, 6:30pm, at Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini, Parish Church of the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter in Rome, Italy. The Holy Sacrifice will be offered in thanksgiving for the tenth anniversary of Juventutem, the worldwide youth movement fostering the sanctification of the young through the Roman traditions of Holy Mother Church. We are grateful to His Eminence who generously presided at Solemn Pontifical Vespers organised by Juventutem during World Youth Days in the past, first in Düsseldorf on 17 August 2005, and again in Sydney on 16 July 2008.
After Vespers in Düsseldorf, Cardinal Pell gave the following encouragements to the young WYD pilgrims of Juventutem: "I am happy to be here because the old Latin rite is one of the most beautiful things in the entire Western civilization. And I am very glad that this ancient rite has its place in the Church today. I am happy because this rite helps you to love God and to love one another. In this ancient rite we always see that our prayer is an act of worship. It is impossible to see a celebration like these Vespers as something horizontal. We have one Church only, whose Head is the Successor of Peter, with the Bishops as successors of the Apostles, and this unity is very important for the life of the Church” (translated from the original French).

Members and supporters of Juventutem are cordially invited to make arrangements to be in Rome and attend the Mass, which will be preceded by other Juventutem activities (full schedule to be advertised soon). All pilgrims in Rome are naturally invited as well, regardless of their involvement with Juventutem. The event will be part of the Populus Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage 2014. The following day, on Saturday 25 October, His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, will celebrate a Solemn Pontifical High Mass according to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in Saint Peter’s Basilica, at 12:00 noon.

Signed: International Juventutem Federation, on 27 May 2014.

Monday, 21 April 2014

YCA National Weekend at Douai Abbey 19th-21th September 2014


Guest Speakers - John Pridmore, Fr. Gregory Person OP, Fr. Matthew Goddard FSSP

There will be:-

Sung/High Masses
Marian Procession

Cottages (student style dormitory accommodation) £18 per person per night (incl. food).

Guest House (mostly single rooms - hotel style accommodation) £60 per person per night (incl. food).

Day Guests. For those wishing to come for the day on Saturday or Sunday - please bring a packed lunch. It will not be possible to provide food in the Guest Refectory for people coming for the day.

-Please note to guarantee your place this year Douai Abbey have requested that everyone books in 3 weeks before the start of the weekend i.e. 29th August 2014.

How to book

For more details, please see:-

Or use the online booking system at:

Sunday, 20 April 2014


Victimae paschali laudes
immolent Christiani.

Agnus redemit oves:
Christus innocens Patri
reconciliavit peccatores.

Mors et vita duello
conflixere mirando:
dux vitae mortuus,
regnat vivus.

Dic nobis Maria,
quid vidisti in via?

Sepulcrum Christi viventis,
et gloriam vidi resurgentis:

Angelicos testes,
sudarium, et vestes.

Surrexit Christus spes mea:
praecedet vos in Galilaeam.

 Scimus Christum surrexisse
a mortuis vere:
Tu nobis, victor Rex, miserere.
 Amen. Alleluia.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

His Holiness Benedict XVI, who turns 87 Today

Please, during the day today, say prayers for His Holiness Benedict XVI, who turns 87 today.
Thank you, Your Holiness, for all that you did for us and Christ’s Church.


Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Aid to the Church in Need News

Hymn to the Mother of God in aid of the suffering Church - 4 April 2014 19:00 St Mary’s Church Cadogan Street SW3

Please join Aid to the Church in Need for a special service of prayer with a focus on Ukraine and the Middle East at St Mary’s Catholic Church on the evening of the Fifth Friday in Lent The event, which includes Stations of the Cross and the Akathist Hymn in Honour of the Mother of God and a prayer is organised with support from the Society of St John Chrysostom. The entry is free, but there will be a retiring collection for Aid to the Church in Need.


Lenten music and meditations for Syria 's Christians - 8 April 2014 19:00 The Church of the Immaculate Conception 114 Mount Street Mayfair London W1K 3AH

A Lenten Witness on behalf of Christians suffering the Way of the Cross in Syria Talks by Lord David Alton of Liverpool and John Ponitfex. There will be a selection of classical Motets for the season of Lent from the Schola Cantorum of the London Oratory School . Musical Director: Charles Cole. Organist: (to be confirmed). Featuring: Miserere Mei by Gregorio Allegri Entry is free, however there will be a collection for Aid to the Church in Need’s work for children and families who have been made refugees through the conflict in Syria . Time: 7pm – 8pm (Timings approximate) followed by refreshments in the hall.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Chartres pilgrimage 2014

Applications are now invited from pilgrims to join the Chartres pilgrimage 2014. This pilgrimage is an annual event in France commencing at Notre Dame, Paris on 6th to 10th June 2014. Details for applicants can be found at

There are 15 sponsored places available by the LMS (a reduction of £100), but you need to register quickly as places are going fast.

Sponsorship for Roman Forum’s Annual Symposium

The LMS is offering sponsorship for two young people (18-35) to attend the Roman Forum’s annual symposium at Lake Gardone in northern Italy this summer. Originally the brainchild of the late Dietrich von Hildebrand and in recent years organised by Dr John Rao (who spoke at our last One-Day Conference), this eleven-day event has an impressive line-up of international speakers that would be of great interest to Catholics sympathetic to the Traditional Mass. Full details of the event can be seen on the LMS website here:
The headline cost of the event is Euro 2100. The LMS is offering two bursaries of £500 each towards this cost. However, from our talks with the event organisers, we understand that they would be prepared to bring the price for our two sponsored places down further (they haven’t specified a figure yet).

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Happy Christmas!

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
In the bleak midwinter, long ago.

Our God, heaven cannot hold Him, nor earth sustain;
Heaven and earth shall flee away when He comes to reign.
In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed
The Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ.

Enough for Him, Whom cherubim, worship night and day,
A breastful of milk, and a mangerful of hay;
Enough for Him, Whom angels fall down before,
The ox and ass and camel which adore.

What can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
If I were a wise man, I would do my part;
Yet what I can I give Him? Give my heart... give my heart.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Young Catholic Adults Cold Ash 2013

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Please see the Photos from the Young Catholic Adults Weekend at Cold Ash Retreat Centre, in conjunction with the Scola Gregoriana of Cambridge.

Friday, 18 October 2013

YCA Weekend Consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

A Solemn Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Most Holy Virgin Mary, tender Mother of men, to fulfill the desires of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the request of the Vicar of Your Son on earth, we consecrate ourselves and our families to your Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, O Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, and we recommend to You, all the people of our country and all the world.

Please accept our consecration, dearest Mother, and use us as You wish to accomplish Your designs in the world.
O Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, and Queen of the World, rule over us, together with the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, Our King. Save us from the spreading flood of modern paganism; kindle in our hearts and homes the love of purity, the practice of a virtuous life, an ardent zeal for souls, and a desire to pray the Rosary more faithfully.

We come with confidence to You, O Throne of Grace and Mother of Fair Love. Inflame us with the same Divine Fire which has inflamed Your own Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. Make our hearts and homes Your shrine, and through us, make the Heart of Jesus, together with your rule, triumph in every heart and home.
--Venerable Pope Pius XII

Friday, 11 October 2013

A Big Thank-You to the Following Sites/Individuals for Publicising the 2013 Young Catholic Adults Weekend at Cold Ash

 A big thank-you to all of these sites!!

The Diocese of Westminster at

The Guild of Blessed Titus Brandsma at

FSSP England

Mulier Fortis

Sacristies of the World at

LMS Chairman at

Prayers for Reparation at

LMS East Anglia at

Catholic Portsmouth at

The New Liturgical Movement at

Fr Z at

LMS Middlesborough at

Seraphic Singles at

Catholicismpure at


Catholic Newswire at


Vocation Network

Countercultural Father at 

LMS Leeds at
Parishes - here's a selection (there are far too many others to mention)

Diocese of Portsmouth

Corpus Christi Weston

Our Lady Weston

Our Lady Help of Christians Parish

Coventry Deanery

St. Theresa Parish Ilford

and to all the other Parishes who have advertised the weekend!

Monday, 7 October 2013

A Few More Details about the YCA Cold Ash Weekend (18-20 October).

This is just a short note to give you a few more details about the Cold Ash weekend (18-20 October).

On Arrival

Please report to Cold Ash reception. If there are any problems, please ring Damian on 07908105787.


If anyone has any dietary requirements, please email me and let me know.


There is ample parking available at the Cold Ash Retreat Centre.

Soap and Towels

Please note that the retreat centre have requested that you bring your OWN Soap and Towels.


Please note that trains run from Thatcham Station  on Sundays as well Sat-Monday.


If you would like to have a lift to/from Thatcham train station, please contact Damian on 07908 105787. Lifts will be given in-between 4:30-5:30pm on Friday and after lunch on Sunday, there may be a delay in picking you up depending on available cars. Alternatively, the following taxi services are available:-

24 7 Taxi Services
Park La, Thatcham
RG18 3PJ
T 01635 868781

A 2 B Taxi Co
46 Ullswater Close, Thatcham
RG19 3UJ
T 01635 877777
A N D Cars
2 Victor Rd, Thatcham
RG19 4LX
T 01635 877555

More info