Sunday, 26 April 2015

Prinknash Sunday Latin Mass Cancelled - Indefinitely

Some very sad news from Gloucestershire, the longest running Sunday EF Mass in Gloucestershire has been stopped, an announcement was made, after the Saturday Low Mass on 18th April.

No official reason has been given.The weekly Saturday Low Mass continues, for the moment; however, it should be noted that it no longer appears on the offical weekly notices (although it remains on the main Prinknash website).

Sunday, 5 April 2015


'Noli me tangere'
Appearance of Jesus Christ to Mary Magdalene
by Alexander Andreyevich Ivanov
Christus resurrexit! Resurrexit sicut dixit, alleluia!
 A very happy Easter! May God bless you abundantly today and always!

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Maundy Thursday: please now sign the petition 'Support our Priests'

Image result for support our priests 
This is the petition which is separate to the letter to the press which many have signed in support of our courageous and faithful priests: Please do sign it if you haven't already.

[In case you didn't know, these priests signed a letter asking the Synod members to uphold Church teaching on marriage. And this was printed in the Catholic Herald:]

And, if you still haven't signed the letter to the press, you may do so here:

Please do sign and then encourage others who'd be interested in signing too.

What a wonderful thing to do on Maundy Thursday, the day that Christ instituted the Priesthood!

Monday, 30 March 2015

In support of our faithful priests, our families, and our Church

You may have seen the recent letter from more than 450 faithful priests in support of the Church’s teaching on marriage.
We would like to invite you to sign the letter below, to be sent to the press in support of them, and to encourage others to sign it.
To sign, please leave your name and your diocese, with the coordinators: Mark Lambert ( and/or Andrew Plasom-Scott (

The Letter:

Dear Sir,

We, the undersigned, wish to endorse and support the letter signed by over 450 priests in the recent edition of the Catholic Herald.

As laity, we all know from our own family experiences, or those of our friends and neighbours, the harrowing trauma of divorce and separation, and we sympathise with all those in such situations.

It is precisely for that reason that we believe that the Church must continue to proclaim the truth about marriage, given us by Christ in the Gospels, with clarity and charity in a world that struggles to understand it.

For the sake of those in irregular unions, for the sake of those abandoned and living in accordance with the teachings of the Church, and above all for the sake of the next generation, it is essential that the Church continues to make it quite clear that sacramental marriage is indissoluble until death.

We pray, and expect, that our hierarchy will represent us, and the Church’s unwavering teaching, at the Synod this autumn.

Yours faithfully,

Saturday, 21 March 2015

'Faithfull Films etc.' Film reviews from a Christian perspective… and the odd other thing.

Faithfull Films etc.’ is live!
So what’s it about?
Corinna Turner
Corinna Turner, the author of the ‘I Am Margaret’ books, a dystopian series for Young Adults with a strong Christian theme ( or, has just launched a blog, reviewing films from a Christian perspective.

Corinna has been writing since the age of 14 and likes strong protagonists with plenty of integrity. She has an MA in English from Oxford University. She is a Catholic with roots in the Methodist and Anglican churches, and is editor of her award-winning parish magazine. A keen cinema-goer, she lives in the UK with her Giant African Land Snail, Peter, who has a six inch long shell and an even larger foot!

Corinna has started this blog in order to post film reviews from a Christian perspective. She says she likes to know what she's letting herself in for when she goes to see a film ie whether it will be compatible with her Christian faith. Although the Catholic Bishops of the United States have an excellent website on which they review every major film that is released in the US, we don’t have the equivalent in the UK and so we are thankful to her for starting up this initiative.

So, don’t forget to check Faithfull Films etc. when you’re thinking of going to the cinema…

Her first post is a review of the recent film version of Suite Française, starring Dame Kristin Scott Thomas, which Corinna navigates through quite adeptly.



Monday, 19 January 2015

I Am Margaret by Corinna Turner

Young Adult Fiction for Catholics

Corinna Turner has been writing since the age of 14 and has an MA in English from Oxford University. She has recently been admitted into the Dominican Order as a Lay Dominican at Oxford Blackfriars. She is the Editor of the award-winning Caritas parish magazine of the Catholic churches of St Gregory the Great and St Thomas More in Cheltenham. 
To give us a taster of what the novel has in store, I quote the back cover of her first book I Am Margaret: 'In Margo's world, if you don't pass your sorting at 18 you are recycled. Literally. 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.'

Despite only being published in June, Corinna already has had some great reviews. Eoin Colfer, author of Artemis Fowl, declares the following: "Great style ... like The Hunger Games." And Stewart Ross, author of The Soterion Mission, has this to say: "An intelligent, well-written and enjoyable debut from a young writer with a bright future." And a review from someone not so famous - my husband - which he left on Amazon: "Something about this story manages to be both thought-provoking and utterly gripping. I think it's the strength of the main character which really drives the whole thing forward - I liked her straight away and never stopped caring about what she does, how she thinks and where she ends up. Loved it."

In the summer, Corinna was interviewed by the Catholic Truth Society's Catholic Compass Blog and we share some of the interview here.

CTS Compass: How did the idea for writing this come about?

Corinna: It started with a growing dissatisfaction with mainstream fiction. The mainstream fiction I was reading – and writing – seemed to have to obey an unwritten rule, ‘we don’t do God’. Especially ‘we don’t do Christianity’. As someone whose faith is central to their life, this was making mainstream fiction increasingly unsatisfying, to say nothing of it feeling very unrealistic. When the idea for ‘I Am Margaret’ stormed into my head in a dream during a retreat I decided I would go right ahead and write it just as I would write a mainstream novel – but with a Catholic heroine whose faith was integral to the story.

‘I Am Margaret’ has a certain thematic and stylistic similarity to mainstream novels such as ‘The Hunger Games’ and ‘Divergent’, but it takes a very different attitude to morality and faith plays an integral role in the book. The tone and pace of a mainstream Young Adult novel are combined with a totally Catholic attitude to life and to the challenges the characters face.

CTS Compass: What are your hopes for the book?

Corinna: I hope this novel will allow ‘churched’ teenagers who are reading (often spiritually and morally unwholesome) mainstream novels due to the lack of compelling Catholic alternatives to enjoy a gripping, page-turning read that actually reflects their world view rather than that of the secular world, and thus to nourish their faith whilst entertaining them to the same – if not greater! – degree.

CTS Compass: Do you think your title will appeal to wider audiences too?

Corinna: From the feedback I’ve had from non-Christian readers, I think those who find any mention of faith uncomfortable are never going to enjoy it, but I have had very positive feedback from people who are open to faith and to other people’s world views. So there definitely seems to be a wider appeal.

CTS Compass: Tell us a little about how you came to the Catholic Faith and what it has meant for your writing?

Corinna: I was raised in the Methodist church, confirmed as a teenager in the Anglican church and finally received into full communion with the Catholic Church just over four years ago. In the years leading up to my reception (and since then) I had tremendous growth in my spiritual life and began to develop a genuine relationship with God for the first time in my life. This had a direct influence on my reading and writing habits. The lack of faith in mainstream fiction began to really trouble and frustrate me, and I also became much pickier about what I read (or watched) – I’m now much less prepared to put up with gratuitous violence and offensive material. However, Richard Atkins from BBC Radio Gloucestershire remarked in a recent interview that ‘Christian Fiction can be rather twee… but there’s not a twee-ness about ‘I Am Margaret’, is there?’ – and there are certainly a number of scenes in ‘I Am Margaret’ that readers find quite challenging. Because personally, I don’t think people find ‘twee’ satisfying or stimulating – but the scenes are not excessively graphic. A scene can be gritty without being gory!

CTS Compass: In Margaret’s world why is it so important to be Catholic?

Corinna: For the same reason that it is so important to be a Catholic today. Because God loved us so much he died for us – Jesus is the way to God, the truth about everything and the life eternal! In the future world of ‘I Am Margaret’ the ‘Underground’ (the network of religious believers) does essentially have a monopoly on non-violent opposition to the status quo, but I don’t think many people would join them just for this reason because the punishments are too severe. [14th August 2014]

Although I Am Margaret is predominantly written for the young Catholic adult, the book and its subject have far wider appeal. It is suitable for readers from the age of 14 upwards. To find out more about the I Am Margaret series, to read the first chapter or watch the trailer video, go to The first two books are available to purchase as a paperback or as an ebook from,, Kobo, Barnes and Noble or any bookseller. The next book in the series to be published is the third book, Liberation, which is due out on the 15th March 2015.

Monday, 5 January 2015


Take a stand for life during Lent
From 18th February to 29th March, our community will take part in 40 Days for Life: a groundbreaking, coordinated international mobilization. We pray that, with God’s help, this will mark the beginning of the end of abortion in Gloucestershire and beyond.
Vigil Location: 

Outside Hope House
Western Entrance
Royal Gloucester Hospital
Great Western Road

If you are interested in supporting this life-saving campaign, please go to to sign up for vigil hours between 8am and 8pm, or contact the Campaign Director, James Tranter, directly by email or phone 07796 511375.


If you can't make the Gloucester vigil, please keep this important cause in your prayers.

Monday, 8 December 2014

8th December is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Click here to hear a young friar chant
Tota pulchra es Maria
before a statue of Our Lady.
La Purísima Inmaculada Concepción
by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1678)
in the Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain.

Tota pulchra es, Maria.
Tota pulchra es, Maria.
Et macula originalis non est in te.
Et macula originalis non est in te.
Tu gloria Ierusalem.
Tu laetitia Israel.
Tu honorificentia populi nostri.
Tu advocata peccatorum.
O Maria.
O Maria.
Virgo prudentissima.
Mater clementissima.
Ora pro nobis.
Intercede pro nobis ad Dominum Jesum Christum.

Thou art all fair, O Mary.
Thou art all fair, O Mary.
And the original stain is not in thee.
And the original stain is not in thee.
Thou art the glory of Jerusalem.
Thou, the joy of Israel.
Thou art the honour of our people.
Thou art the advocate of sinners.
O Mary.
O Mary.
Virgin most prudent.
Mother most tender.
Pray for us.
Intercede for us with Jesus Christ our Lord.

Friday, 28 November 2014

There's no need for Black Friday! The Saviour is here!

This Friday don't worship
at the temples and altars of Mammon.
Worship the one, true, living God
and get to Mass instead!

Monday, 27 October 2014

Pope Benedict Speaks - Can dialogue substitute for mission?

Message of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
for the naming of the reformed Aula Magna
of the Pontifical Urbaniana University

October 21, 2014
"The Risen Lord gave this task to his Apostles, and through them disciples of every time, to carry his Word to the ends of the earth and to make all men his disciples. ... But is this still possible? Many ask this question, both inside and outside the Church. Is this mission really possible in the world as it is today? Would it not be more appropriate that all religions get together and work together for the cause of peace in the world? The counter-question is: Can dialogue substitute for mission? Today many have the idea, in effect, that religions should respect each other, and, in dialogue with each other, become a common force for peace. ...

This is, however, lethal to faith. In fact, faith loses its binding character and seriousness, if everything is reduced to symbols that are at the end interchangeable, capable of referring only from afar to the inaccessible mystery of the divine."
H/t:- [Translation by Fr. Richard G. Cipolla, DPhil]


Monday, 13 October 2014

The Greatest Persecution of the Church Comes not from Her Enemies Without, but Arises from...Within

On the journey to Fatima in 2010,  Pope Benedict noted that the message of Fatima is still ongoing and that the greatest threat to the Church comes from not from outside but from within the Church: he stated:-

 " Consequently, I would say that, here too, beyond this great vision of the suffering of the Pope, which we can in the first place refer to Pope John Paul II, an indication is given of realities involving the future of the Church, which are gradually taking shape and becoming evident. So it is true that, in addition to moment indicated in the vision, there is mention of, there is seen, the need for a passion of the Church.... As for the new things which we can find in this message today, there is also the fact that attacks on....the Church come not only from without, but the sufferings of the Church come precisely from within the Church, from the sin existing within the Church. This too is something that we have always known, but today we are seeing it in a really terrifying way: that the greatest persecution of the Church comes not from her enemies without, but arises from...within the Church, and that the Church thus has a deep need to relearn penance, to accept purification, to learn forgiveness on the one hand, but also the need for justice.

 Forgiveness does not replace justice. In a word, we need to relearn precisely this essential: conversion, prayer, penance and the theological virtues. This is our response, we are realists in expecting that evil always attacks, attacks from within and without, yet that the forces of good are also ever present and that, in the end, the Lord is more powerful than evil and Our Lady is for us the visible, motherly guarantee of God’s goodness, which is always the last word in history."

Taken from

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Young Catholic Adults Douai Weekend 2014 - Photographs

                                    Solemn High Mass of Our Lady

Dominican Rite Vespers with
the Scola Gregoriana of Cambridge
Fr. Goddard FSSP  - Talk

Dominican Rite Sung Mass 

Dominican Rite Sung Mass - Communion
Fr Pearson OP - Talk


For more photos please see Flikr


Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Young Catholic Adult 2014 Weekend at Douai 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

Sunday, 14 September 2014

The Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

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.

Individuals can be enrolled in the Scapular after the YCA High Mass and Marian Procession on Saturday 20th September 2014 in the Parish Church at Douai Abbey. 

Our Lady of Mount Carmel – pray for us.
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