Friday, 22 June 2012

FSSP Vocation discernment weekend: 27-29 July 2012 in Reading

Vocation discernment weekend: 27-29 July 2012 in Reading:
For any English-speaking Catholic men between 18 and 35 years of age (under 18 please contact us).
Starts on Friday 27th July 2012 at 6pm (arrivals from 5pm) – ends on Sunday 29th July 2012 at 3pm.
Led by Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP, assisted by Fr Matthew Goddard, FSSP and Rev Alex Stewart, FSSP.
Location: St John Fisher House, 17 Eastern Avenue, Reading, RG1 5RU, England.
(Picture: FSSP seminarians praying the Divine Office in the FSSP parish church in Rome)

Programme: Spiritual conferences, socials, Holy Mass each of the three days (Extraordinary Form of the Roman rite), silent prayer, and optional private talk with Fr de Malleray, FSSP. Fr de Malleray will explain what a vocation is in general and to the priesthood in particular.
Cost for the whole weekend, 2 days + 2 nights, full board: no set price for students or unemployed – any donation welcome; others: £50 suggested.
Contact: Tel: 0118 966 5284; Email:; website:

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Young Catholic Adults Douai Abbey Weekend 14-16 Sept 2012 - The Cottages Accomodation, What to Expect


The Cottages

For Student and Youth Group & Family Retreats

  • The Cottages accommodate groups of up to 15 young persons in simple 'hostel' type rooms.
  • Self-catering facilities include a kitchen, dining room and scullery.
  • Two other rooms provide a lounge and chapel, and the whole building is centrally heated.
  • The facilities available include the Abbey Church which provides a peaceful, prayerful space for worship. Guests are free to join in all the community services and to enjoy the spacious Abbey grounds.
  • Special rate for families.
  • Lying deep in the Berkshire countryside overlooking the beautiful Kennet valley to the distant Hampshire downs, the Cottages provide an ideal place for a group retreat for all who seek the refreshment of peace and quiet.

Cottage Cottage

Contact the Cottage Manager - e-mail to: youth

H/t to

Young Catholic Adults Douai 2012 - the Guest Facilities


The Guest House

The St Benet Biscop Building, the first floor of which has been refurbished for guests .

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". At Douai we maintain this ancient tradition which is so vital today.

At present we have eleven fully en-suite rooms offering single and shared accommodation for guests in the Bl Hugh Faringdon and St Alban Roe building and eleven rooms in the refurbished St Benet Biscop building two of which are fully en-suite, the others are demi-en-suite.

Accommodation for Guests

Left: a guest at the desk in her room, with the Abbey Church outside. Right: a guest reading in one of the window alcoves.

Sitting room
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. You would be most welcome to share that atmosphere.

The guest Refectory

Guests can eat formally in the refectory or on occasion informally outside. Our kitchen has been awarded five stars, the highest rating, by the West Berkshire Council Environmental Health Authority who described it as 'excellent'.
The guest court outside the refectory has become a popular area for guests to sit for conversation, or to read and meditate.




Click for more pictures of the new guest accommodation.
To make a booking or for further information please e-mail to


For information about bringing a group to use the Conference Centre.

THE DOUAI COTTAGES A row of three farm labourers' cottages has been converted into one and sleeps 15. It is centrally heated and has a kitchen, scullery, dining room, lounge and chapel and provides simple 'hostel' style self-catering accommodation suitable for youth and student groups. Click for more information about the cottages.

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 . Guests are welcome to join in all the community services in the Abbey Church and to enjoy the spacious monastery grounds, and the surrounding countryside and woods. Click for a Location Map. H/t to

Young Catholic Adults Retreat at Douai Abbey 2012 and the Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge

                                          Photo: Credit

The Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge will be assisting in the 2012 Young Catholic Adults weekend in Douai Abbey. They will be providing Gregorian Chant Workshops among other things.

The Schola website states that:- it was "founded in 1975 by Dr Mary Berry, a Cambridge musician and musicologist, in order to ensure that the chant should continue to be taught, and that all those who wished to sing and study this profoundly spiritual and ancient music should be able to do so. It became a registered charity in 1984.The Schola aims to promote the teaching and singing of Gregorian chant and, whenever possible, to foster its study and research."

For more details about the Schola  please see

Monday, 14 May 2012

100 Days of Peace Event

Vigil of Prayer
for the 2012 30th Olympiad and Paralympics, the athletes and the visitors
 for London, the host city, for peace and goodwill for all
 for all those nations attending the Games, for dignity and respect for all cultures and differences
 for people of all faiths
 for young people, their health, happiness and future
 for peace in our cities
 for athletes who have come from countries where there has been war, conflict or natural disaster
 for the flourishing of international art, culture and music

From 11pm Friday June 8th to midday on Saturday June 9th 2012
we will gather to pray in :-

St Martin-in-the-Fields,
Trafalgar Square 
a place of peace in the heart of London

Young people, leaders, preachers, musicians, will celebrate the start of the ‘Sacred Truce’ with prayer, and as in ancient times, will proclaim peace for London, the host city of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
To find out more and to register to take part, apply to:

100 Days of Peace SMITF vigil, 4 Vincent Road, London N15 3QH, or email
*The original Greek Olympics were preceded by a Sacred Truce, which enabled competitors to reach Olympia without being attacked, as they passed through the small warring city-states of the Greek peninsula. Peace was an original ideal of the Greek Olympics, and also of the Games revived in

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Young Catholic Adults National Weekend 14-16th Sept 2012

During the weekend of the 14-16 September 2012. Young Catholic Adults will be running a retreat at Douai Abbey, it will be led by Juventutem Ecclesiastical Assistant Fr de Malleray . The weekend will be full-board.

* YCA will be running the weekend with the Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge of Cambridge who will be holding Gregorian Chant workshops.
* There will be a Marian Procession, Rosaries, Sung/High Mass, Low Mass, Gregorian Chant Workshops Confession and socials
* Fr. de Malleray FSSP will preach the retreat, Masses will be in the Extraordinary form

Prices range from £5 to £51 per person per night . There are 3 options

Friday , registration from 4pm, to Sunday 11th September (full board)* or
Arrive Saturday morning till Sunday or day only
51 pounds full-board PER PERSON PER NIGHT
25 pounds for students/low waged/unwaged (or whatever you can afford) PER PERSON PER NIGHT

£35 PER PERSON PER NIGHT (full board). Self catering £25 per person per night (reductions for students:- or whatever you can afford) .

£5 PER PERSON PER NIGHT (or whatever you can afford - please bring your own tent and food ).

If you would like lunch on Sunday 11th then it will be an extra £7 each.

How to book - limited places so please reserve your place early (please note that you have to be 18 or over to come in this weekend).

To reserve your place FOR THE WEEKEND (no deposit needed if you are coming for the day on Saturday), please contact the Guestmaster direct and send a 20 pound deposit (NON RETURNABLE) to Brother Christopher Greener OSB, Douai Abbey, Upper Woolhampton, Reading, Berks. RG7 5TQ (please make any cheques payable to Douai Abbey). Please mention how long you wish to stay and any special diet.

For general enquiries about the weekend:- or any queries about the accommodation/location/lifts required please ring Damian Barker on 07908105787 or 01452 539503.

Young Catholic Adults in Cheltenham Social at Bottelino's

On Tues 27th March Chelt YCA will be having their monthly social at  Bottelino's in Cheltenham. We'll be meeting at St. Gregory's at 8:15pm.

Address & Contact Details of Bottelino's :

Tel: Fax: Email:
01242 22476101242

Monday, 12 March 2012

Cheltenham Young Catholic Adults - New Catechetical Series Launched

Cheltenham Young Catholic Adults continue to meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays' of the month at St. Gregory’s Church in Cheltenham:- (2nd Tuesday – catechesis; 4th Tuesday – social). They will commence a catechetical course on the 10th Jan 2012 called the Parish Mission. Bottom of Form
From the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, AL, the Very Rev. William P. Casey, C.P.M. delivers Catholicism's timeless tenets. His messages on sin, reconciliation and redemption are hard- hitting... but full of hope for the sinner. This series is an effective tool for use in parish missions, retreats or private study. Please text 07908 105787 to be added onto the latest news list - people will get a text message with updates on the latest activities of this group twice a month.

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Solemn High Mass

will be celebrated in the

Extraordinary Form at the
 Immaculate Conception, St Joseph’s Place, Devizes, SN10 1DD

on The Feast of the Annunciation,

Monday 26th March, 2012 at 7 pm.

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Bristol area the TNT (Twenties and Thirties) Catholic Group

For those in the Bristol area the TNT (Twenties and Thirtiesish) group may be of interest. We meet at the Channings pub on Pembroke Road, very near Clifton Cathedral from 7 on Sunday evenings and for other Spiritual and social events like the cinema, meals and Prayer groups.

We have a forum at the link below but please contact me if you'd like more information:

Faith Movement's winter conference: "This Holy and Living sacrifice": The Mass: the Heart of the Church at Stonyhurst College in Lancashire between Wednesday 28th and Friday 30th December

We just thought that the Faith Movement's winter conference: "This Holy and Living sacrifice": The Mass: the Heart of the Church at Stonyhurst College in Lancashire between Wednesday 28th and Friday 30th December may interest the Young Catholic Adults group. Further information and a booking form are at the link below but please don't hesitate to contact us if you'd like further details:

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Christian Art

Steen Heidemann writes about Christian art:-

Making reference to art of the former centuries, Pope Benedict XVI stated (18.11.2009), that sculpture and painting were destined to incite strong impressions on the soul, sentiments that could lead to terminate an existence of depravity, evil and invite the spectator to a life of virtue and a quest for the good. From these demands on the artist there have for centuries been born wonderful pieces of art. It should be noted that one here is not talking about a sterile beauty, but a door which opens to a path leading to Heaven. Works that accompany the faithful in a time frame and a space, different to the ordinary life.

One may ask whether most of Christian art today satisfies these aims and whether to use a phrase of the Holy Father, there is a ‘continuity’ with the past. The paintings presented here aim at beginning to answer the question and to find alternative ways forward better suited to express the message of Christ than what is today termed ‘Contemporary art’ or ‘Financial art’, which often at best accept Christ’s crucifixion, but not His resurrection. This issue – which is largely a semantic distinction - is especially vital to solve in an age where the image has become the king of communication.

This collection is not proscriptive, there is a large diversity of expression; what they have in common is the artist’s courage to brake with the ‘status quo’, to create art with a reference to beauty, truth and goodness and where Christ’s message is clearly, pastorally and attractively presented.. Painters that explore new ways in continuity with the past without copying it, each within his own culture.

It is the hope that this initiative will positively re-lit the torch of Christian art.

For all contacts related to the collection :


· suggestions for other artists

· proposals for exhibitions


Thursday, 11 August 2011

Events at Douai Abbey 9th-11th Sept 2011

Events open to the public - all ages/Parishes/groups are welcome
On Saturday 10th September 11’ at 11am there will be a Sung Mass in the main Abbey Church followed by a Marian Procession around the extensive grounds of the Abbey (starting from the main Abbey Church) at c. 12pm. The Sung Mass will to be Victoria’s Quam Pulchri Sunt (1572), in recognition of the 400th anniversary of his death, and the motet O Sacrum Convivium, sung by Ensemble 1685, please see :-

The Weekend Events (18-35 yrs)
During the weekend of the 9-11 September 2011. Young Catholic Adults will be running a retreat at Douai Abbey, it will be led by Juventutem Ecclesiastical Assistant Fr de Malleray . The weekend will be full-board.

* YCA will have half of the retreat centre to itself
* There will be a Marian Procession, Rosaries, Sung Mass, Low Mass, Confession and socials
* Fr. de Malleray FSSP head of Juventutem will preach the retreat, Masses will be in the Extraordinary form

Prices range from £5 to £51 per person per night . For more details please see:-

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Traditional Masses Cancelled in Cheltenham

There will be no Traditional Masses offered at St. Gregory's in Cheltenham after Thursday 28th July. It would appear that it will not be possible to organise any Traditional Masses at this location for the foreseeable future.

A Requiem Mass organised for the 11th August for the repose of Ashley Hicks (the first anniversary of this death) has also been cancelled.
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