Thursday, 17 April 2008

Cheltenham Catholic Adults

Cheltenham Catholic Adults is a Catholic group aimed at those aged 18 to 35. It was formed in Cheltenham as a Prayer Group in October 2001 and has rapidly evolved - it is based at St. Gregory's Church in Cheltenham. It has a new blog at:-

It is primarily aimed at the area of Cheltenham and Gloucester. It meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays' of the month. Everyone is warmly welcome!

Thursday, 10 April 2008

Catholic Retreats

Catholic Retreats Continued....

Douai Abbey 4th - 6th July 2008 - run by Young Catholic Adults

Pluscarden Abbey 1st -6th September 2008

The Benedictine monks of Pluscarden Abbey are organising a Monastic Experience Retreat for single Catholic men aged 18-40 to be held at the Abbey on 1st – 6th September 2008. The format will be the same as the successful retreat held last year and those who attend will live the same life as the monks and follow the monastic timetable. They will be in choir with the monks, do some lectio divina (spiritual reading) and prayer as we do, eat in the monastic refectory, do some manual work with the brethren each afternoon etc. There will also be a few talks and discussions on things such as the meaning of monastic life, monastic prayer and the Divine Office, and Gregorian Chant, as well as a tour of the Abbey some periods of recreation and a chance to speak with the brethren.
Of course don't forget during the weekend of the 4th- 6th 2008 July Young Catholic Adults will be running a Traditional Retreat at Douai Abbey, the retreat will be led by Br. Christopher Greener who will give a series of talks on St. Benedict, See:-

Youth 2000 Retreats

I was just browsing the web, when I noticed that Youth 2000 have the following retreats coming up:-

bliss@stone (Archdiocese of Birmingham)25-27 April 2008
healing@ealing (Archdiocese of Westminster)20-22 June 2008
renaissance@walsingham (Diocese of East Anglia)21-25 August 2008

The main Young Catholic Adults 2008 retreat will take place during the weekend of the 4th- 6th July at Douai Abbey in Berkshire see:-

Why not come along!

Saturday, 5 April 2008

A new blog for traditional vocations!! is a blog to promote vocations to Traditional societies and religious orders using the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, including religious communities for women.

It's latest post contains an intesting feature on:-

Sunday, April 13th is World Day of Prayer for Vocations:

"The Church prays everyday to the Holy Spirit for the gift of vocations. Gathered around the Virgin Mary, Queen of the Apostles, as in the beginning, the ecclesial community learns from her how to implore the Lord for a flowering of new apostles, alive with the faith and love that are necessary for the mission."-- Pope Benedict XVI.

Chris at the Catholic Converts blog is organising a 24 Hour Rosary for Vocations. He is therefore looking for a minumum of 24 people to each take a different hour of the day to pray the Holy Rosary for Vocations.You can find out more about this effort at the blog. Please pray for holy Priests, monks and nuns!

Friday, 28 March 2008

Why not start a local group

YCA (Young Catholic Adults) is affiliated to the LMS of England andWales and the international Juventutem Federation. It is looking to expand its local groups throughout the county. By having a small butconvinced faith communities in an area or parish, souls can learnmore about their faith, grow in holiness and meet different peopleand make new contacts.

By starting a local group you will:-
  • Have your local group mentioned in Mass of Ages Magazine

  • YCA is affiliated to Juventutem an international organisation,which organises trips to World Youth Days, pilgrimages and otherintra-national events. Details of these gatherings will be readilyavailable on the YCA website and the group site.

  • Advertise your local group on the YCA website free of charge

  • Help to raise the profile of traditional Catholicism at the local level - almost all youth/young adult groups in the UK are currentlycharismatic/non traditional in nature

  • It's free

What types of groups could you have?

  1. The Rosary

  2. Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction

  3. Talks

  4. Socials

  5. (or a combination of the above)

  6. Or you could even run a Mass in the Traditional Rite under theaegis of YCA. To start a prayergroup/local group or to become a friend of YCA justsend an e-mail to Damian Barker at with:-
-Your name

-Contact e-mail address and telephone number

-The Groups name
See for more info on current groups/activities.

Friends of YCA

Or If you like parts of the spirituality of Young Catholic Adults whynot become Friend of YCA instead and still share it's spiritualbenefits. You can still organise a local group or activities in thesame way as a full member, or affiliate your local group as a Friend of YCA.
The International Juventutem Federation

People new to YCA are encouraged to officially enrol in theInternational Juventutem Federation. It costs just 7 pounds (10 Eurosper annum). To become an official part of this lay movement there arejust 3 commitments:--To offer a daily prayer for the sanctification of the youths(preferably psalm 42 Judica me).-To visit to the Lord really present in the tabernacle every week(can be done during Sunday Mass);-Every year (at least) goto Confession and attend Mass in the OldRite (if you can get to a Traditional Mass in your area), or partakein some other Faith activity such as a YCA retreat.To join goto:-

Sunday, 9 March 2008

Traditional Retreat at Douai Abbey 4th -6th July 2008

During the weekend of the 4th- 6th July Young Catholic Adults will be running a Traditional Retreat at Douai Abbey, the retreat will be led by Br. Christopher Greener who will give a series of talks on St. Benedict. The weekend will be full-board (except for the Sunday lunch). Douai Abbey, situated on high ground in the Berkshire countryside overlooking the beautiful Kennet valley towards the distant Hampshire downs, is within easy reach of London, Reading, Oxford and many places of interest. It provides an ideal setting for quiet reflection, retreats and for conferences.

Hospitality has been a special concern of monasteries from the earliest times. St Benedict teaches in the Rule "All guests are to be welcomed as Christ". All rooms are fully en-suite offering accommodation for guests in the Bl Hugh Faringdon , St Alban Roe and the St Benet Biscop buildings.

One of the comments frequently made about Douai is that it offers an environment and atmosphere of peace and serenity, where the cares of daily life can be left behind.
  • Places are limited so please book early
  • YCA will have it’s own area set aside
  • There will be a social bar available in the evening
  • A Marian Procession will take place on Saturday 5th July in the Abbey grounds
  • Traditional Mass will be celebrated on Sunday 6th July at an FSSP
    Mass Centre (approx 15 mins away)
The cost of the weekend will be:-

Saturday 5th – Sunday 6th July

48 pounds full-board (except Sunday lunch)
25 pounds for students/low waged/unwaged

Friday 4th - Saturday 5th – Sunday 6th July
88 pounds full-board (except Sunday lunch)
45 pounds for students/low waged/unwaged

Or come for the day on Saturday 5th July
Suggested donation 5 pounds (extra for meals)

To reserve your place FOR THE WEEKEND (no deposit needed if you are coming for the day on Saturday 5th July), please a 20 pound deposit (NON RETURNABLE) to Damian Barker, Flat 5, 12 St. Catherine Street, Kingsholm, Gloucester, Glos. GL2 9DU (please make any cheques payable to YCA).

Please see below for more photos of Douai and the guest accomodation



Or goto

Thursday, 21 February 2008

Letter of Support from the Vatican

Cardinal Castrillion Hoyos the President of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei has lent his support to the International Juventutem Federation. Young Catholic Adults has just affiliated itself to the Fœderatio Internationalis Juventutem. His Eminence writes:-

Dear young members of the International Juventutem Federation,
You are young Catholics, loyal to the hierarchy of the Church and attracted by the “forma extraordinaria” of the Roman liturgy, in particular by the Missal of the Blessed John XXIII. I encourage you in your aim, that is to say your sanctification through the Roman traditions of the Church.

The presence of your little groups in Asia, Europe, Africa, the Americas and Oceania demonstrates the universal attraction of the most ancient forms of the Roman liturgy, whose particular transcendence serves to connect the most diverse cultures. From this liturgy, you will receive special help in coming better to know and love Our Lord Jesus Christ and His Church, as the Holy Father wrote on 7th July 2007: “Immediately after the Second Vatican Council, it might have been imagined that the demand for the use of the 1962 Missal would have been limited to the older generation, which had grown up with it, but it has since become clear that young people were also discovering this liturgical form, feeling attracted to it and finding in it a type of contact with the Most Holy Eucharist which suited them particularly well” (Letter to the Bishops, accompanying the Motu Proprio “Summorum Pontificum“).

As a sign of your devotion to the Sacrament of the Eucharist, your Juventutem Federation has chosen as its emblem a monstrance. I also know that you will be present at the International Eucharistic Congress in Québec in June 2008.

I therefore wish to renew my encouragement of your progress in Christian piety and friendship via the Roman traditions of the Church. May you continue to obtain ever deeper sanctification, which will make you warm witnesses of the love of Christ in communion with His Church.

Dario Card. Castrillon Hoyos,
President of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei
Vatican City
17th January 2008

Young Catholic Adults have Joined the International Juventutem Federation

As from December 2007 Young Catholic Adults affiliated itself to the international Juventutem Federation (Fœderatio Internationalis Juventutem); and sent a delegate to the first International Gathering in Berne (Switzerland). This meeting was certainly a true time of grace, providing delegates with a unique opportunity to meet and know each other.
Photographs of the event can be found at

Sunday, 27 January 2008

Day of Recollection

Dear Friends, There will be a Day of Recollection - Retreat - Warwick St Church, off Regent Street, London UK 15th March 2008 organised by the Priests of the FSSP in England. Please contact me if you would like to sing in the Choir for the Missa Cantata. You can e-mail me privately at We are also hoping to sing the Divine Office - Little Hours and Vespers if we have enough voices in the Choir.

Bryan Dunne

Sunday, 13 January 2008

Juventutem meeting in Bern, Switzerland, on 9-10 February 2008

Juventutem meeting in Bern, Switzerland, on 9-10 February 2008

Ad Deum Qui laetificat + Juventutem meam Dear Juventutem Friends,
You are ALL invited to partake in the Juventutem international gathering in Bern, Switzerland. From Saturday 9th February afternoon until Sunday 2pm (First Sunday of Lent), we will meet for Holy Masses, meals, official presentation of Juventutem to various youths, adults and benefactors.
Each group is requested to send a delegate or a proxy for decisions to be made at the annual general assembly which we will hold on this week-end.
A surprise for you will be to discover the new Juventutem office in Bern. Thanks to the zeal and generosity of various benefactors, Juventutem now has a place where all correspondence is kept and where, most importantly, Holy Mass may be offered in a truly worthy manner. Juventutem Treasurer Cosimo Marti has indeed brought together in the new office some very fine furniture, thus offering a most inspirational setting for private Masses there. I should like to mention here how much Juventutem owes to him, as well as to Mr Heinz Müller, an ebenist of outstanding skill and discretion, who has literally donated hundreds of hours of his precious time for making or restoring the furniture for the sake of Juventutem which he enthusiastically supports.
Saturday 9 February 2008:
3pm: Holy Mass in Holy Trinity Church, Bern
4:30pm: Coffee and talk
6pm-7pm: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
8pm: supper
Sunday 10 February 2008:
8:15am: Solemn High Mass in Holy Trinity Church
10am-11am: coffee followed with an official presentation of Juventutem to the faithful, other youths and benefactors.
11am-12noon: guided tour around Bern
12:30pm: lunch
1) Jugenherberge (Youth hotel) in downtown Bern, 10 minutes walk from Holy Trinity Church:
Prices for members in dormitory from CHF 32.00 (breakfast buffet and bed linen incl.)
Half board CHF 14.50
Visitor's tax from 16 years age: CHF 1.40
183 beds in all, consisting of two, four, five and six-bed rooms and two group rooms, one with eighteen and one with 20 beds.
Shower and WC on each floor.
2) National Hotel Bern (5 minutes walk from Holy Trinity Church)
Die aktuellen Zimmerpreise (in Swiss Francs)
Einzelzimmer mit Dusche & WC:Single room with shower and WC:
95.- / 120.-
Einzelzimmer mit Etagendusche & WC:Single room with shared shower and WC:
60.- / 90.-
Doppelzimmer mit Dusche & WC:Double room with shower and WC:
140.- / 160.-
Doppelzimmer mit Etagendusche & WC:Double room with shared shower and WC:
Familienzimmer mit Dusche & WCFür 3 bis 5 Personen:Family room with shower and WCfor three to five people:
220.- / 280.-
Zusatzbett:additional bed:
25.- / 40.-
Die Preise verstehen sich pro Tag und Zimmer;Frühstück, Service und Taxen sind inbegriffen.Gewisse Zimmer verfügen über Radio und Fernsehen.Prices are in Swiss Francs per day and room;breakfast, service and all taxes are included.Some rooms have radio and television.Akzeptierte Kreditkarten / accepted credit cards:Visa, Eurocard/Mastercard, Amexco,ec-Maestro, Postcard
3) Kreuz Hotel Bern (5 minutes walk from Holy Trinity Church)

Room Prices

Single room

Double room

Triple room

Weekend / Fri / Sa / Su
Single room

Double room

Tripie room
· Holy Trinity Church (and suggested hotels) is located in downtown Bern, 5 minutes walk from the main Bern train station.
· Directs trains run from both Geneva airport (about 90 minutes) and from Zurich airport (about 90 minutes), as well as from Basel Euroairport (50 minutes).
· Low cost airlines (e. g. Easyjet) fly to both Geneva and Zurich airports.
· Direct Flybee flights from Southampton and Birmingham (UK) to Bern airport.
· Ryanair flies to Basel Euroairport.
· Direct trains from Paris, Milan and other cities to Bern.
We are very much looking forward to meeting you here!
Please forward this message to any Juventutem supporters and kindly translate it whenever needed. You may also post it on your websites.
Let us be united in prayer and friendship, preparing for the coming of the Lord, the same Savior in whose real Presence we can already gather together, whatever the distance, during Holy Mass and Eucharistic adoration. I will remember all of you especially during Midnight Mass at Christmas.
Juventutem Bureau. Contact:
Foederatio Internationalis Juventutem,Kirchbergerstrasse 42, CH-3008, Bern, Switzerland.Tel/fax: 0041 (0)31 371 29 20;;

Thursday, 15 November 2007

Holy Mass according to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Missal at St George's Cathedral, Southwark, on the 8th of December 2007.

Dear sir/madam

Following the recent Motu Proprio, there will be a celebration of Holy Mass according to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Missal at St George's Cathedral, Southwark, on the 8th of December 2007.


Solemn Mass according to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Missal (Tridentine)
11am, Saturday 8th December, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception
St George’s Metropolitan Cathedral, Lambeth Road , LONDON SE1 (
Mass sung to chant and polyphony by the Gentlemen of the Cathedral Choir
Nearest tube – Lambeth North (Bakerloo line); Waterloo tube and BR; numerous bus routes. See Cathedral website for further directions.
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