Monday, 16 September 2013

Traditional Mass at Oxford Catholic Chaplaincy - Aid to the Church in Need: Persecuted But Never Forgotten Event - Catholic Underground.

There have been requests to post the following events on the YCA blog:-

Traditional Mass at Oxford Catholic Chaplaincy

News just in...... that there will be a Missa Cantata in the St. Thomas More Chaplaincy. Fr. Daniel Saward will be the celebrant on All Souls Day Saturday 2nd Nov.

Aid to the Church in Need: Persecuted But Never Forgotten Event

Saturday 19th October

The day begins with a sung Mass at Westminster Cathedral at 10.30am. This will be followed by talks in the cathedral hall.

To mark the launch of the latest edition of our Persecuted and Forgotten? report on Christians suffering for the Faith, Aid to the Church in Need is privileged to welcome two important guests from the persecuted and suffering Church – His Beatitude, Patriarch Gregorios III, head of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, and Sister Hanan of the Good Shepherd Sisters, Lebanon.

Patriarch Gregorios III will give a personal account of the day-to-day reality facing Christians in war-torn Syria, where he is based, and his assessment of what lies ahead for Christianity in this troubled region.

Sister Hanan and her community are offering crisis help to refugees flooding over the border from Syria and long-term help to Iraqi refugees. She will share stories of hope amid the sorrow and give us a vivid understanding of how the generosity of ACN’s benefactors is making a difference.

Also speaking will be Aid to the Church in Need’s Neville Kyrke-Smith and John Pontifex who will describe their respective project trips to the Middle East and Nigeria.

Tickets for talks are £5.00. For further details and to book tickets please go to ACN’s website.

Catholic Underground

“Catholic Underground London: Saturday 29th September, 7.30pm, St Patrick’s Church, Soho Square, London, W1D 4NR. Combining Eucharistic Adoration in the Church with live music afterwards from Edwin Fawcett & Hermione Thomas, two of the best young Catholic singers in the U.K

See: for more info. Nearest Tube: Tottenham Court Road"

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Weekend Conference at Cold Ash Retreat Centre 18th-20th Oct 2013 Organised by Young Catholic Adults

Book now for the Young Catholic Adults weekend event at Cold Ash Retreat Centre (a couple of miles from Douai Abbey, which was booked up this year).

 *  It will be include the following speakers:- Fr Gregory Person OP, Fr Matthew Goddard FSSP  Fr Armand de Malleray FSSP, Fr. and Br. Gabriel Wilson O.S.B.

* There will be a Marian Procession, Rosaries, Sung/High Masses,  Confession and socials.

* Gregorian Chant Workshops will also be running, this year led by the Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge.

How to Book for the retreat
Prices start at £35 per night. For more details/options,  please see:- for the online booking service: or see the booking form on the events page.
 If you have any queries, please ring Margaret on 07515 805015 or Damian on 07908105787.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Some Details About Cold Ash Retreat Centre

The Cold Ash Centre Retreat and Conference Centre is set in the beautiful countryside of Berkshire near Thatcham. Cold Ash is 5 miles from Newbury and 3 miles from Thatcham. It is a place of peace and tranquility, welcome and simplicity; ideal for a time of relaxation.

The Cold Ash Centre is a purpose built facility that includes a large dining room, conference room, lounge, small meeting rooms and 26 bedrooms and is set in stunning woodlands and extensive fields and has a small-holding of pigs, chickens, ducks and turkeys.

The Cold Ash Centre Retreat and Conference Centre is grounded in Franciscan spirituality, ecology and organic market gardening. Our major focus is on youth: pre and post Confirmation, university students, etc. but not exclusively: we encourage young adults, families and travellers to come to unwind and recharge.

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Young Catholic Adults St. John Wall Pilgrimage 2013 Photographs

 Outside View of Harvington
 Vestments probably used by St. John Wall

 Painting of St. John Wall
 Missal at Harvington
 Old Chapel
 Stained glass - long view
Upper room of Harvington

 Upper room of Harvington x 2

 One of, if not the best preserved Recusant house in England

 Like going back in time

  Stained glass - short view

Old Chapel

Monday, 3 June 2013

Young Catholic Adults National Weekend at Cold Ash Retreat Centre (Berkshire) 18-20th October 2013

During the weekend of the 18-20 October 2013, Young Catholic Adults will be running a national weekend at Cold Ash Retreat Centre just up the road from Douai Abbey (which was booked up this year).

* It will be include the following speakers:- Fr Armand de Malleray FSSP, Fr. Thomas Crean O.P. and Br. Christopher Greener O.S.B.

* There will be a Marian Procession, Rosaries, Sung/HighMass, Low Mass, Confession and socials.

* Gregorian Chant Workshops will also be running, this year led by the Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge

Weekend rates: £99.00 for adults, £69.00 for Students and U/E ( weekends starts on Friday evening with supper and finish on Sunday after lunch.
Saturday night only - £60.00 for adults, £50.00 for Students and U/E Full Board
B & B - £35.00 for adults, £30.00 (for student - U/E) per day

Non - residential and full board - (Friday & Saturday) - £45.00 for adults, £40.00 for (for student - U/E) per day
Non residential (includes meals) - £30.00 for adults, £25.00 (for student - U/E) per day
Non residential & no meals - £20.00 for adults, £15.00 (for student - U/E) per day.

To download a booking form please see :-

For general enquiries about the weekend please ring Margaret on 07515 805015 or Damian on 07908105787.

How to get to Cold Ash Retreat Centre (near Thatcham, Berkshire)

Car - Roughly halfway between Reading and Newbury, Cold Ash Retreat Centre is within easy reach of these towns as well as London, Oxford, Bracknell, Winchester and Basingstoke. The A4 (Bath Road is a couple of miles and the M4 is just 4 miles away.

Trains - The nearest railway stations are Thatcham and Newbury, with a regular service on the line from Reading to Taunton. It's just c. 45 minutes from London Paddington. The local railway station, Thatcham, is a couple of miles away (and has plenty of taxis available). Timetables and other information are provided by

Buses - Weavaway operates a bus service from Newbury Town Centre via Thatcham Broadway to Tilehurst, which stops at Cold Ash along the way.


Friday, 31 May 2013

Harvington Pilgrimage - Latest Update

 Latest Harvington Update Sunday 2nd June 2013

 Please note the 3pm Mass has been moved to the next Church along from Harvington   -  to St. Ambrose in Kidderminster, DY10 2BY (3 miles away).

There will also  be Adoration 4-5pm after the 3pm Mass in line with the recent request from Pope Francis.

 The rest of the Harvington pilgrimage timetable is unaffected.


11:30-12:00pm Arrival
12:00pm-1:20pm Guided Tour of the House
1:20pm-2:00pm – Lunch (packed lunch)
2:00-3:00pm – Free Time (chance to look at the grounds)
3:00pm Low/Sung Mass followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in St. Ambrose, Kidderminster, DY10 2BY (next Church along from Harvington).

Friday, 17 May 2013

More about St. John Wall and Harvington Hall


Known at Douay and Rome as John Marsh, and when on the Mission under the aliases of Francis Johnson, Webb, and Dormore. The son of wealthy and staunch Lancashire Catholics, he was sent when very young to Douai College. He entered the Roman College, 5 November, 1641, was made priest, 3 December, 1645, and sent to the Mission, 12 May, 1648. On 1 Jan., 1651, he received the habit of St. Francis at St. Bonaventure's Friary, Douai, and a year later was professed, taking the name of Joachim of St. Anne. He filled the offices of vicar and novice master at Douai until 1656, when he returned to the Mission, and for twenty years laboured zealously in Worcestershire.

He was apprehended, December, 1678, at Rushock Court near Bromsgrove, where the sheriff's man came to seek a debtor; his priestly character transpiring, he was tendered the Oath of Supremacy, and was committed to Worcester Gaol for refusing it. He was brought to trial at the Assizes, 25 April, on the charges of receiving and exercising his priesthood, and of refusing the oaths. A man whose vices he had reproved bore testimony to his priesthood, and he received sentence. He was then sent to London, and four times examined by Oates, Bedloe, and others in the hope of implicating him in the pretended plot; but was declared innocent of all plotting and offered his life if he would abjure his religion. Brought back to Worcester, he was executed at Redhill. On the day previous, William Levison was enabled to confess and communicate him, and at the moment of execution the same priest gave him the last absolution. His quartered body was given to his friends, and was buried in St. Oswald's churchyard. Mr. Levison, however, secured the martyr's head, and it was treasured by the friars at Douai until the dissolution of that house in the French Revolution.

The Franciscan nuns at Taunton possess a tooth and a bone of the martyr. The long speech he composed for his execution was circulated among the Catholics after his death; and the authorities issued as a broadsheet the public account of his execution containing "a true copy of the speech...with animadversions upon the same". In 1879 a rood was erected in his memory in the churchyard at Harvington, whose hall was the usual home of the martyr.

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Thursday, 16 May 2013

Year of Faith Retreat

Year of Faith retreat for all:
31 May-2 June 2013
'You shall be My witnesses' (Acts 1:8):
In the prayerful and relaxing setting of Douai Abbey, come and reflect with us on how to bear a more fruitful witness to Our Blessed Lord Jesus in our everyday lives.
Upper Woolhampton, Reading, West Berks. RG7 5TQ.
Starts Friday 5pm, ends Sunday 3pm
Led by Fr Armand de Malleray FSSP, assisted by Fr Matthew Goddard FSSP.
(Picture: The Calling of Apostles, by Domenico Ghirlandaio)
Spiritual conferences and direction, Holy Masses (Extraordinary Form – or Ordinary Form possible with the Monks), Eucharistic adoration.
Cost: full board 2 days including VAT: £140 single room with ensuite bathroom, £110 shared room with ensuite bathroom or £90 without. Low income/Unwaged: contact us for significant discounts. Bookings/info: FSSP, 17 Eastern Avenue, Reading RG1 5RU, Berks.
Booking : please send us your £20 deposit (per person), made payable to FSSP ENGLAND. Remainder to be paid at the Abbey during the retreat.

Monday, 13 May 2013

New Gloucestershire YCA Chaplain

There is a new local Chaplain for YCA Gloucestershire. Rev. F Wainwright is also Chaplain to the local hospital and is affiliated to St. Thomas More's Church in Cheltenham. YCA Gloucestershire are very grateful for him generously giving up his time in assisting with catechesis and spiritual direction to the locally based group.

St Catherine’s Trust Family Retreat

From Shawn Tribe at the New Liturgical Movement - see the latest video from the recent St Catherine’s Trust Family Retreat!
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