Saturday, 23 August 2008

The Traditional Mass Returns to Cheltenham

For the first time since the since the liturgical changes the Traditional Mass has returned to Cheltenham Spa a leafy regency town in the centre of England. On 9th August 2008 Fr. Smith celebrated his first public Traditional Mass with 100 people present, which was a very large congregation for a Low Mass at 11.30 on a Saturday! This was followed up with another Low Mass on August 23rd. It is hoped that these Extraordinary Masses can continue to be celebrated every 2nd Saturday.

Monday, 18 August 2008

Bishop Peter Elliot of Australia Warns against Personal Interpretation of Scripture at International Juventutem Gathering

This is an interesting quote from the recent Juventutem activities at World Youth Day in Australia.

On Thursday 10th July, Bishop Peter Elliot, Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne, offered a pontifical high Mass in Melbourne and again one week later in Sydney where he also gave a catechesis. Answering a question on Sacred Sriptures, Bishop Elliot suggested an interesting parable. He said the Holy Bible is like a family album, each of its books describing members of the same family. He went on saying that if a boy from the house next door were to creep in the house, steal the album and open it at home; he and his relatives would not be able to identify the pictures and the relationships between the persons in the book, simply because they are not from the family. Bishop Elliot said that, as evident from the Acts of Apostles, the Church already existed and functioned institutionally before the canon of Scriptures would be defined. He concluded by saying that only the (Roman Catholic) Church therefore is endowed with indefectible assistance from the Holy Spirit so as to interpret infallibly the Holy Scriptures, because the persons and events described in these books simply are “her family”. Bishop Elliot is a convert from Anglicanism and has studied in England. He has worked many years at the pontifical Council of the Family and has written books on the liturgy.(Courtesy of )

Saturday, 16 August 2008

An Extraordinary Weekend at Douai Abbey

Douai Abbey Retreat 2008

The Young Catholic Adults (YCA) retreat at Douai was fully booked this year and proved to be the most successful to date. It was led by Br. Christopher Greener the Guestmaster of the Abbey. The accommodation in the Bl Hugh Faringdon and St Alban Roe buildings was excellent, and much improved from previous years.

Fifty People Join in the First Marian Procession in Recent Memory

On the afternoon of Saturday 5th July at 2.30pm, YCA organised a Marian Procession in the grounds of the Abbey. This was the first such event in recent years at Douai, and was made possible with the help of the organisation Our Lady Help of Christians. Fr. Abbot gave a blessing and joined in with approximately fifty other people, including many clergy and religious. Everyone loved the event, including one of the resident monks who said that this was his first Catholic Procession ever.

The rest of the weekend involved saying the Rosary, attending Vespers (in Latin), a talk on St. Benedict given by Br. Greener and having social time in the evenings. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with other guests commenting about how nice it was to hear younger people praying the Rosary.

Monsignor Conlon Celebrated Mass

On Sunday 6th July, almost one year on from the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum, the Traditional Mass returned to Douai Abbey for only the second time since the liturgical changes. Monsignor Conlon (despite and incredibly busy weekend) celebrated Low Mass (the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost) in the Parish Church of Our Lady – which is adjacent to the Abbey. Some on this retreat had never been to a Traditional Mass, (there were also two Anglicans in the group) and so Monsignor very kindly an excellent and informative talk about the positive benefits of the extraordinary form of Mass and how the Pope wants the Old Rite to flourish once again in every Parish in the West. Again the comments afterwards were all positive – someone suggested that they would now like to start attending Latin Masses. The Mass was open to the public (not just retreatants) so afterwards some of the congregation thanked Monsignor Conlon for celebrating a Mass, which they had not seen for almost forty years.

The Abbey are keen to keep the event an annual one and have already invited YCA back for next year. Young Catholic Adults would like to wholeheartedly thank Fr. Abbot, Br. Greener and Monsignor Conlon for making this event a truly extraordinary success.

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Young Catholic Adults get into the Catholic Herald

For the first time ever YCA (Young Catholic Adults) have managed to get a write up in the August 1st edition, in the Catholic Life section on page 6.
There was a good selection of photos of the Marian Procession on July 5th 2008!

Wednesday, 2 July 2008

Douai Abbey Retreat (Update Wednesday 2nd July 2008)

This retreat almost fully booked - there has been one cancellation ( so there is still 1 residential place left),plus if are in the 18-35ish age range and want to come for the day, please goto reception at the Abbey and ring 07908 105787, our events will start at 9.30am (Suggested donation 5 pounds - extra for meals)

Tuesday, 1 July 2008

Events at Douai Continued....

Events at Douai Abbey 5th-6th July 2008
Run by Young Catholic Adults – affiliated to Juventutem

Retreat at Douai Abbey

This retreat is now fully booked, but if are in the 18-35ish age range and want to come for the day, please goto reception at the Abbey and ring 07908 105787, our events will start at 9.30am (Suggested donation 5 pounds - extra for meals)

There are two events open to the general public:-

Saturday 5th July 2008 (2.30pm) – Marian Procession

A Marian Procession will take place on Saturday 5th July in the Abbey grounds starting at 2.30pm – outside the main Abbey Church

Sunday 6th July 2008 (11am) Traditional Mass (Low)

Traditional Latin (Extraordinary) Low Mass will be celebrated on Sunday 6th July by Msr. Anthony Conlon Chaplain to the Latin Mass Society at St. Mary’s Church (adjacent to the main Abbey Church) at 11am. The Mass will be the Eighth Sunday of Pentecost.

Monday, 30 June 2008

Douai Retreat 2008

Timetable of events for the Douai Retreat

1pm - onwards arrival of Friday guests
5.00-6.00 – Video the FSSP’s Pilgrimage to Rome
6.00-6.30pm – Vespers
8.00- Social
*It is possible to arrive earlier, but the rooms will not be ready

9.00-9.30am Rosary
9.30-11.30am Spiritual reading/reflection
11.30–12.30am – Talk on St. Benedict by Dom. Christopher Greener
2.30-3.30pm Marian Procession in the grounds of the Abbey*
3.30-6.00pm - Spiritual reading/reflection
6.00-6.30pm – Vespers
6.30-8.00pm – Free time8pm – Social
*Held jointly with the group Our Lady Help of Christians

9.00–9.30am – Rosary
9.30am-11.00am – Free time
11.00 – 12.00pm – Mass (Eighth Sunday after Pentecost) celebrated by Monsignor Conlon
2.30pm – Lunch at the `Ro Barge’ pub in the village of Woolhampton

Daily Schedule of Meal Times at the Abbey Refectory

8.00-9.00am Breakfast
1.00-2.00pm Lunch in the Refectory
7.00-7.30pm - Supper
*Please note the Sunday lunch will be at Ro Barge’ pub in the village the rest of the retreat is full board.



Thursday, 26 June 2008

Evangelium Conference

This summer there is an Evangelium Conference for young adults (18-35), sponsored by the CTS, at Fawley Court, Henley-on-Thames from 8-10 August. Speakers include Fr John Saward, Fr Thomas Crean OP, Fr Jerome Bertram of the Oxford Oratory, and the British Catholic blogosphere's very own Auntie Joanna. Cost is £85 for the weekend but places are limited to 100 so you need to book early if you want to go.H/T to Rationabile Obsequium and H/T to Fr. Tim Finnegan

Monday, 16 June 2008

Cardinal Hoyos: - The Pope Wants Traditional Mass in All Catholic Parishes - Only 3 People Required to Request Traditional Mass (in the meantime)

It was an early start, I got on the 7.43 train from Gloucester, but nevertheless I was looking forward to the day ahead. What was I going to ? The Pontifical Mass at Westminster Cathedral celebrated by one of the Pope’s closest advisers His Eminence Cardinal Castrillion Hoyos. The train arrived in Paddington Station on time – unusually; and then I ambled to Westminster Cathedral. I had been to this Mother Church of all the Catholics in England and Wales many times before, and never before had I seen it to be full.

With about 45 minutes to go, I decided to take my seat; however, a momentous site beheld my eyes, it was difficult to find a place. This was indeed an extraordinary phenomenon, people were standing at the side and the back and there was a palpable feeling of awe and excitement in the congregation. Just before the Mass Cardinal Hoyos had address the LMS AGM and what he said there was just too amazing to believe, it was really rather difficult to take it all in.
At the Press Conference beforehand the Cardinal said :-

The Catholic Herald: So would the Pope like to see many ordinary parishes making provision for the Gregorian Rite?

Cardinal Hoyos: All the parishes. Not many – all the parishes, because this is a gift of God. He offers these riches, and it is very important for new generations to know the past of the Church. This kind of worship is so noble, so beautiful – the deepest theologians’ way to express our faith. The worship, the music, the architecture, the painting, makes a whole that is a treasure. The Holy Father is willing to offer to all the people this possibility, not only for the few groups who demand it but so that everybody knows this way of celebrating the Eucharist in the Catholic Church.

The Catholic Herald: On that note, would you like to see all the seminaries in England and Wales teach the seminarians how to celebrate in the Extraordinary Form?

Cardinal Hoyos: I would like it, and it will be necessary. We are writing to the seminaries, we are in accord that we have to make deep preparation not only for the Rite, but for [teaching] the theology, the philosophy, the Latin language …

The Catholic Hearald: What would be the practical steps for ordinary parishes [to prepare for the Gregorian Rite]?

Cardinal Hoyos: If the parish priest selects an hour, on Sundays, to celebrate the Mass, and prepare with catechesis the community to understand it, to appreciate the power of the silence, the power of the sacred way in front of God, the deep theology, to discover how and why the priests represents the person of Christ and to pray with the priest.

The Tablet: I think many Catholics are rather confused by this new emphasis on the Tridentine Rite, mainly because we were taught that the new Rite represented real progress, and many of us who have grown up with it see it as real progress, that there are Eucharistic ministers, women on the sanctuary, that we are all priests, prophets and kings. This new emphasis to many of us seems to deny that.

Cardinal Hoyos: What is progress? "Progredire", means [offering] the best to God… I am surprised, because many young people are enthusiastic with the celebration of the Gregorian Rite …

The Tablet: In the Motu Proprio, the Pope's emphasis is on one Rite and two forms, and he describes the Tridentine Rite as "extraordinary". Extraordinary therefore means exceptional, not something that we celebrate every Sunday.

Cardinal Hoyos: Not "exceptional". Extraordinary means "not ordinary", not "exceptional."

The Tablet: Should it therefore supersede the new Rite? Should we go back?

Cardinal Hoyos: It is not going back: it is taking a treasure which is present, but was not provided. … But it takes time. The application of the reforms of the Second Vatican Council took years. It takes time to understand the deep profundity of the old Rite. The Holy Father is not returning to the past; he is taking a treasure from the past to offer it alongside the rich celebration of the new Rite. The second Eucharistic prayer of the new Rite is actually the oldest one [in the Church’s entire liturgy]. It’s not a matter of confrontation but of fraternal dialogue.

The Catholic Hearald: What about the "stable group"?

Cardinal Hoyos: It's a matter of common sense … In every bishop's household there are maybe three or four persons. This is a stable group … It is not possible to give two persons a Mass, but two here, two there, two elsewhere – they can have it. They are a stable group.

The Catholic Hearald: From different parishes?

Cardinal Hoyos: No problem! This is our world. Managers of enterprises don’t live in one place, but they are a stable group.
(H/T Damian Thompson from the Blog Holy Smoke)

Thursday, 29 May 2008

World Youth Day and Juventutem Australia


For Immediate Release

29th May 2008

If anyone from the UK is going to World Youth Day in Australia this year, Juventutem Australia are putting on an impressive programme of events - Juventutem is an international delegation of Catholic youth attached to the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite (Traditional Latin Mass) attending WYD 2008 in Sydney. Everyone is welcome to attend any Juventutem events! Please come and lend your support this wonderful initiative

Please see the provisional liturgical programme see for any latest developments. (Updated May 10)

Catechetical Bishops for Juventutem Australia in Sydney

Wed, July 16 - Bishop Geoffrey H Jarrett (Bishop of Lismore, New South Wales)
Thursday, July 17 - Bishop Peter J Elliott (Titular Bishop of Manaccenser and Auxiliary Bishop in the Southern Region of the Archdiocese of Melbourne, Victoria)
Friday, July 18 - Bishop Basil Meeking (Bishop Emeritus of Christchurch, New Zealand and Ecclesiastical Patron of Juventutem Australia)

How to get involved

The closing date for Juventutem registrations and payments has been extended to May 31.Please ensure you have registered and made all payments by this date. However, after June 1st, simple accommodation cannot be absolutely guaranteed by the WYD committee in Sydney, but if Juventutem Australia get a hall in Sydney (or Melbourne), then people should have no problem obtaining some sort of accomodation.

More on registrations/payments with Juventutem
Click here to register with Juventutem for WYD 2008!

Download Registration Form and Program Guide Here
Click here to register for the Gregorian chant workshops

Two official WYD events in our Juventutem program

Date: Wednesday, July 16

Time: 2.00pm
Location: St. Augustine's Church, Balmain
"A Chant Event" - a Gregorian chant masterclass directed by internationally acclaimed chant expert, Scott Turkington.

Time: 4.00pm
Solemn Pontifical Vespers and Benediction, celebrated by His Eminence, George Cardinal Pell.

Support from Cardinal Hoyos

"I am pleased to know of your initiatives for the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy according to the liturgical books of 1962 both for those young people who are already attracted to these celebrations and as a way of introducing other young people to the rich liturgical heritage of the Church.May your efforts bring forth abundant fruits for the good of souls and for the building up of the Body of Christ."
Sincerely yours in Christ,

Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos
President Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei

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Travel to Australia

It is important that pilgrims from overseas plan to fly into Melbourne on July 8 to give them time to recover from jetlag and settle in, before the Days in the Dioceses commences on July 10. It is therefore advisable for pilgrims to book flights as early as is possible to help ensure arrival on July 8.

All pilgrims are strongly advised to take out travel insurance before they leave.

Travel between Melbourne and Sydney

Travel will be available from Melbourne to Sydney by coach, rail, and air. However there are some restrictions on rail travel. WIth over 30,000 pilgrims expected in Melbourne, the only feasible travel is by either air or coach. At this stage we plan to transport pilgrims to Sydney by coach on Monday, July 14.

Travel from Australia

Most pilgrims will leave Australia from Sydney, so need to book their outgoing flights from there.


Accommodation in Melbourne

The Archdiocese of Melbourne is intending to billet pilgrims with local families. We however are also pursuing the possibility of housing all Juventutem pilgrims in a school hall or community centre, and in relatively close proximity to the main church.

Accommodation in Sydney.

The WYD 2008 Organizing Committee will be arranging basic accommodation for Juventutem pilgrims in either schools, community halls or gymnasiums. Pilgrims should bring sleeping bags and ground mats with them. Further details are available on the official WYD 2008 site:


Church in Melbourne (Week 1)

The church in Melbourne is planned to be St. Aloysius', home of the Latin Mass community in Melbourne.

Church in Sydney (Week 2)

The church in Sydney will be St. Augustine's, Balmain.
St Augustine's is well-located near Sydney city and harbour and will provide an excellent venue for the Juventutem liturgical program and music workshops

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Sunday, 25 May 2008

More Marian Devotions - the Brown Scapular

The Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel has been in existence for approximately 700 years. It is said that , Saint Simon Stock, General of the Carmelite Order in the thirteenth century, saw Our Lady in a vision in 1251 and presented him with the well-known brown scapular, a garment, reaching from the shoulders to the knees. It was given as a guarantee, for all who died wearing it, of Her heavenly protection from eternal damnation.

Devotion to the Scapular spread post haste throughout the Christendom. Pope after successive Pope enriched it with various indulgences, and there were many miracles associated with it .

In 1858 at Lourdes, Bernadette said that the Virgin appeared on July 16th, the feast day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (which was the very day the Church commemorates Her appearance to Saint Simon Stock). On October 13, 1917, at Fatima the three Shepard children – Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco stated that Mary appeared to them as Our Lady of Mount Carmel. In a general sense, wearing the Scapular is a sign of someone’s commitment and devotion to Our Lady.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel – pray for us.


For Immediate Release

25th May 2008

Traditional Young Catholic Adult Groups Obtain the Backing of the Vatican as they merge in wake of Pope Benedict’s Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum

Benedict XVI 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“.

Since this groundbreaking document the various groups of younger Catholics attached to the Traditional form of Mass have merged. Young Catholic Adults is one such organisation. It was founded in February 2004 at Oxford in the UK it uses the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite and the traditional devotions of the Church. Juventutem, which was also founded in 2004, is an international lay movement, which also uses the Extraordinary form of Mass and the traditional practices of the Church as a means of bringing people to Christ .

The Support of the Vatican

In January 2008 the International Juventutem Federation obtained the backing of no other than Cardinal Castrillion Hoyos a close friend and confidant of Pope Benedict himself. In a frank letter he wrote:-

`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….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.’

As from 2008 Young Catholic Adults (or YCA) affiliated itself to the international Juventutem Federation (Fœderatio Internationalis Juventutem); which in effect means that for the first time Juventutem has a local presence in the UK. Conversely it means that Young Catholic Adults were able to send a delegate to the first International Gathering in Berne (Switzerland) in February 2008.

A Range of Events all over the World

YCA and Juventutem are organising a range of events this Spring and Summer. At Pentecost this year there will be a Juventutem group marching with the British Chapter of the Chartres Pilgrimage. This event is the largest of its kind in the world, which attracts anything upto 6,000-10,000 people from all over the world – almost all of them young Catholics. In June Juventutem will be sending a delegation to the International Eucharistic Congress in Canada. As members of the “Summorum Pontificum generation”, Juventutem members will travel to Québec and take part in Eucharistic events (liturgical and doctrinal) as encouraged by Pope Benedict XVI:

Young Catholic Adult Retreat at Douai Abbey in Berkshire - England 4th-6th July

During the weekend of the 4th- 6th July 2008 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. Among a number of activities there will be a Marian procession on Saturday 5th July and a Traditional Latin Mass celebrated by Monsignor Conlon who is Chaplain to the Latin Mass Society of England and Wales and to the Oratory School in Reading. For more details please see

Young Catholic Adult Events Open to the Public

Both the Marian procession (which commences from outside the main Abbey Church at 2.30pm) and the Traditional Mass Celebrated at 11am at St. Mary’s Church (adjacent to the main Abbey Church) will be open to everyone. This will be only the second public Traditional Mass celebrated at Douai since 1970.

The most surprising aspect is that three of four years ago there were no organisations for youths/young adults using the Traditional Mass of the Catholic Church – in fact, the growth of these groups has surprised many. There are now international events, highly successful online discussion forums, prayernetworks and websites, pilgrimages and retreats, local groups and national meetings. In short it proves that the gates of hell shall never prevail against the Church and that even when almost all younger Catholics have lapsed and forgotten about Our Lord and His Church, small but convinced communities have appeared, proving that the Church is forever young and that God is still present in the lives of the younger people. As Psalm 42 says, Deum Qui lætificat juventutem meam’ or in English, it is God who gives joy to my youth.

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For further information, please contact Damian Barker Co-ordinator for Young Catholic Adults on 07908 105787.

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