Friday, 31 December 2010

There's More Epiphany Masses! Hot off the Press

There's more Epiphany Masses!!!!! Please fell free to post any other Mass Times in the Combox!!

English Martyrs, Alexandra Rd South, Manchester at 7.00p.m. Salford Diocese.

There will be Low Mass at 6pm on Thursday 6th January at English Martyrs Church, Dalton Terrace, York.

Low Mass 7pm at S M Magdalen Brighton.

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Sunday Mass in Bath 16th Jan 2011

Please see the following news from the LMS in Clifton:-

Thank to the persistent efforts of Justin Shaw we have now been able to secure a regular mass in Bath.

Due to uncertainty of attendance numbers we are starting with a "one-off" to ensure the viability of this mass. However, as I have been approached by many members over the past 18 months enquiring when we will be having a Bath mass I trust that attendance will be good.

Please tell as many people as possible about this mass as my e-mail list is far from complete. I will be publishing this in Mass of Ages but doubt whether the next edition will be out in time.

Details are:

Low Mass
Our Lady &St Alphege
Oldfield Lane
Bath.

Sunday 16th January at 12 noon.

Celebrant: Dom Boniface Hill OSB

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

http://www.youngcatholicadults.co.uk Updated


The YCA Latest News blog headlines have just been incorporated onto the main YCA site! See http://www.youngcatholicadults.co.uk/ for more info

Sunday, 7 November 2010

New London Group


Meet for the "Traditional Latin Mass"/Extraordinary Form (organised by Good Counsel Network) at Corpus Christi Church, then afterwards go for a meal at Paradiso Inferno, a nearby Italian restaurant. For folk 18-35.

Goto http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/event.php?eid=146481465398074 for more info.

Monday, 1 November 2010

Friday, 19th November at 5pm, the annual Mass for departed benefactors of Aid to the Church in Need is being offered at Brompton Oratory

On Friday, 19th November at 5pm, the annual Mass for departed benefactors of Aid to the Church in Need is being offered at Brompton Oratory by ACN’s Ecclesiastical Assistant, Father Martin Edwards. Mass will be in the Extraordinary Form (1962 Missal).

Prayer Procession “500 Crosses for Life”

Prayer Procession “500 Crosses for Life” London, Saturday, 13 November 2010


Every day more than 500 unborn children die by abortion in England, Scotland and Wales .


13:30 Start at Westminster Cathedral Peaceful Prayer Procession with a Mourning Ceremony at Westminster Bridge End at Westminster Abbey at about 16:00

Join the united prayer forces of European and British prolife groups for our unborn brothers and sisters, their parents, doctors and all other children of God, who are involved in abortion. Email:- europrolifeuk@gmail.com

Good Counsel Network – Doctors Who Respect Human Life

Association of Priest for the Gospel of Life – Maranatha

European Voice of the Unborn Children: "Protect Our Life”!

EuroProLife represents meanwhile 20 European nations

The situation:

Within the framework of the second Worldwide Prayer Conference for Life in Cracow/Poland on 13th/14th October 2007, the representatives of 12 European Nations agreed upon the establishment of a Christian, interdenominational network, in order to give voice to the unborn children in Europe .

As the only continent, Europe has a birth rate of only 1.5 which greatly differs from the least rate of 2.1 indispensable to maintain a nation’s population.


Our objectives:


1. We concentrate our energies in order to organize and support

public prayer events for Life in Europe .

2. We want to stop the flood of destruction by peaceful means:

We intend to give testimony to the public by devout prayer.

3. We express our pain regarding the innocent killed children

and their wounded parents by our prayer during

sour processions and mourning ceremonies.

4. We pray in the same loving attitude as did Mother Mary and the apostle

John under the cross.

5. We do not pray against somebody or something.

We pray for love, light and life.

6. We pray for all the persons involved in the abortion process (doctors,

politicians etc.) in order to flash the light of love in their hearts for

the innocent defenceless babies.

7. Euro Pro Life is a Christian interdenominational network,

which unites the different pro life organisations of

European countries in common prayer for life.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

The Miracle of the Sun in Fatima October 13th 1917



"On October 13, 1917 a crowd believed to be approximately 70,000 in number, gathered at the Cova da Iria fields near Fátima, Portugal. According to many witness statements, after a downfall of rain, the dark clouds broke and the sun appeared as an opaque, spinning disk in the sky. Many skeptics believe that the event was natural and meteorological in nature. But, how does one explain that the event occurred at the exact time predicted by three young children ?"
H/t to MaspethFilm.

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Rosary Crusade of Reparation Saturday, 16th October 2010.



Dear Friend of Our Lady,


A reminder that the Rosary Crusade of Reparation, in its Jubilee Year, takes place this year on Saturday, 16th October 2010.

The Abbot of Farnborough, the Rt Rev Dom Cuthbert Brogan OSB, will lead this year's event.

The Procession starts at 1:45 PM on Saturday, 16 October 2010 outside Westminster Cathedral in Central London (nearest underground station is Victoria). The procession makes its way through Westminster and Knightsbridge to South Kensington, ending at the the Brompton Oratory (nearest Underground Station: South Kensington).

At the Oratory, following prayers and hymns, there will be Solemn Pontifical Benediction and an opportunity to enroll in the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.


Do support this wonderful event in honour of Our Lady!


If you would like to help, we can also use some Stewards, Servers (please bring own Cassock & Cotta) and Flower Girls! Please let us know. Please also pass the word, through emails, word of mouth etc. Let's get a good crowd for Our Lady!

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

News of the World calls Benedict "People's Pope"



The other day, I mentioned the Sun's positive coverage of the papal visit. In England, the largest circulation Sunday paper is the News of the World ("Whose life can we ruin today?") As with the Sun, it is far more widely read than the broadsheets and has a significant impact on public opinion. In today's edition, the subs came up with the headline "Bene's from heaven" and the strapline "People's Pope leaves Britain with a smile on its face".

In the run-up to the visit, there were many occasions when I had to respond quietly and patiently to clergy who solemnly told me that Pope Benedict did not have much appeal to ordinary people. So it is hugely gratifying to see the News of the World characterise him as the "People's Pope". By Fr. Tim Finnigan.

Friday, 17 September 2010

Pope to British politicians: "Religion is not a problem, but a vital contribution to national life"



This was the most delicate political event of Benedict XVI's trip to the United Kingdom. The Pope went to Westminster Hall to meet with 1800 British politicians, business leaders and intellectuals. Courtesy of www.romereports.com

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Papal Images for the Papal Visit

PRESS RELEASE – SEPTEMBER 8th 2010.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference have taken the inspired decision to officially appoint Papal Images as a supplier to the forthcoming visit to the UK by Pope Benedict XVI.


Papal Images has been launched to specifically offer an opportunity for photographs of the Pope prior and during the event to be down loaded direct to mobile. This is the FIRST TIME this has been offered at a live event in the UK and it reflects the way that the clergy are now embracing modern technology.


The company run by Darren Snape was formed when he observed how many times crowds of people try without success to take photos on their mobile at a live event and then are disappointed with the result.


Taken live during the four day events the papal images are immediately down loaded to purchase and available as the event closes each day as well as being shown in full at the web store. These photographs can be bought to use as a wall paper but are also a photographic record of the historic event distinct from traditional merchandize! These can then be carried around at all times on the users mobile phone picture album! Those that did not secure access to the events are also able to feel part of the occasion by securing the same images chosen from www.papal-images.com. The site has images of the Pope taken at his summer palace just a few weeks ago available now. The official papal visit web site also provides a direct link.


The Catholic Church launched a daily text service over seven years ago now widely used. Indeed Pope Benedict XVI called for priests to discover new digital possibilities in order to proclaim the Word of God and carry out their ministry. This was part of his address on World Communication Day in May of this year.





He specifically stated that " the development of new technologies and the larger digital world represents a great resource for humanity as a whole and for every individual and it can act as a stimulus to encounter and dialogue" His address encouraged priests to use this technology to encourage new pastoral possibilities. Down loading photographs of the Pope falls neatly into this category.

The number of people in the UK alone using mobile phones now approaches 16 million of which 4 million are Catholics and with 1.5 million sending photographs last year. Accordingly the take up of this offer should be high and the revenue will undoubtedly help pay for the cost of the trip whilst at the same time providing a fresh means of the clergy connecting to their congregation.


Gerry Kehoe Director of Operations for the Papal Visit at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference
states " the technology being embraced by papal-images will allow Pilgrims to obtain a high
quality photographic record of these historic events. This is an exciting opportunity and we are delighted to incorporate this into the Holy Father’s visit ”


www.papal-images.com

Contact ; Darren Snape – 07971 967771.

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Aid to the Church in Need Annual Mass and ‘Hope Without Fear’ Event, taking place at Westminster Cathedral and Hall, Ambrosden Avenue London , SW1P 1Q

Aid to the Church in Need Annual Mass and ‘Hope Without Fear’ Event, taking place at Westminster Cathedral and Hall, Ambrosden Avenue London , SW1P 1QW

on – Saturday, 16th October Mass of Our Lady (Feast of Margaret Mary Alacoque).

The day begins with Sung Latin Mass in Westminster Cathedral at 10:30am. Mass will be followed by an afternoon of talks in the cathedral hall. We are delighted to welcome some very special guests from the suffering Church in Sudan and Siberia .

Bishop Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala of Tombura-Yambio, south Sudan is leading his people in south Sudan through a time of great uncertainty. Despite the country’s fragile peace agreement, he has seen his people fall victim to atrocious attacks, including crucifixion. Benefactors are helping to provide hope, funding Christian education at the Save the Saveable schools, training seminarians, Sisters and catechists, and helping priests reach Christian communities with new vehicles.


Father Michael Shields from Magadan, Siberia is a long-time friend of Aid to the Church in Need. An American from Alaska , he chose to serve in a former communist gulag camp in Magadan, Siberia . Millions died here. Father works for those who survive, ensuring their stories are told and their suffering acknowledged by the authorities. He is the author of the Aid to the Church in Need publication Martyrs of Magadan – a book that tells the stories of 15 survivors of the gulags. Earlier this year, Aid to the Church in Need paid tribute to Father Michael’s work by including him in the book Heroic Priests.

Neville Kyrke-Smith, UK Director, Aid to the Church in Need has travelled extensively in Eastern Europe and, this year, he will give an update on the help benefactors are giving to Christians in Ukraine , where he recently visited.


John Pontifex , UK Head of Press and Information, Aid to the Church in Need
will speak about suffering, faith and hope in Pakistan and how benefactors are helping to nurture this hope.


For more information please visit our Website http://www.acnuk.org/events.php/223/aid-to-the-church-in-need-annual-mass-and-hope-without-fear-event-westminster

Monday, 30 August 2010

Schedule of Juventutem international gathering hosted by Young Catholic Adults (part of the Juventutem Federation)

Juventutem international gathering
A week-end hosted by Young Catholic Adults, Douai Abbey, Berkshire, England
10-12 September 2010


Friday 10 September 2010 (St Nicolas of Tolentino)
1-6pm: onwards arrival
5pm-5.50pm: Confessions – simultaneously: optional workshop on : The sacred vessels and liturgical items, by Mr Juan Tomas, FSSP.
6.00pm – 7.00pm Holy Mass in the Parish Church
7.00-7.30pm - Supper
8pm-8.45pm: 1st conference: How God is present in the Holy Eucharist, by Fr de Malleray, FSSP
9pm: Social

Saturday 11th September 2010 (Our Lady’s Saturday)
7.30am: Morning prayer (parish church)
8.00-8.30am: Breakfast
8.45am-9.30am: 2nd Conference: Explanation of the prayers of the Mass: Part 1 : From the Preparatory Prayers until the Creed, by Fr de Malleray, FSSP
11am: Sung Holy Mass, main Abbey Church
12am: Marian Procession around the extensive grounds of the Abbey at 11am (if bad weather, procession within the building).
1.00-2.00pm: Lunch in the Refectory
2.00-3.00pm: 3rd Conference: Explanation of the prayers of the Mass: Part 2 : The Offertory, by Fr de Malleray, FSSP
3.00pm-4.30pm: Optional workshop on: How to serve Low Mass, by Mr Juan Tomas, FSSP – or Free time
4.30pm-5pm: Rosary led by Mr Juan Tomas, FSSP
5.00-6.00pm: 4th Conference: Explanation of the prayers of the Mass: Part 3 : The ‘Canon’ of the Mass, by Fr de Malleray, FSSP
6.00-6.30pm: Vespers
7.00-7.30pm: Supper
7.30-9.30pm Adoration and Confession
9.30pm: Social

Sunday 18th September 2010 (16th after Pentecost)
7.30am: Morning prayer (parish church)
8am: Breakfast
9am: 5th Conference: Explanation of the prayers of the Mass: Part 4 : The Communion and Dismissal, by Fr de Malleray, FSSP
10.30am: Holy Mass
12noon: Rosary, led by Mr Juan Tomas, FSSP
1.00pm: Lunch in nearby pub

Saturday, 28 August 2010

Just a Few Places left for the Juventutem Weekend Hosted by YCA

There are just a few places left for the Juventutem weekend, hosted by Young Catholic Adults the English member of the international Juventutem Federation, the meeting is just under two weeks away. Prices start at £25 per person per night (including food); there is also the option of camping available (£5 for the weekend). Please see below for details

Juventutem Conference for 18-35 Year Olds

If you are in the 18-35ish age range, there will be a Juventutem Conference led by Fr. De Malleray FSSP (head of the international Juventutem Federation) at Douai Abbey 10-12th September 2010.’ There will be a Sung Mass, a Marian Procession, Rosaries, Talks and socials.

How to Book for the retreat

From as little as 25 pounds for students (or 51 pounds for non students)per person per night. For more details, please see http://www.youngcatholicadults.co.uk/news.htm or email juventutemcatholicam@yahoo.co.uk, or ring 07908105787.


Events Open to the Public

Saturday 11th September 2010’ at 11am –Mass (the choir will be the Ensemble 1685) in the main Abbey Church followed by a Marian Procession around the extensive grounds of the Abbey at 11am (starting from the main Abbey Church).

All ages/Parishes/Church groups are warmly welcome to attend Masses and the procession. All events are organised by Young Catholic Adults (YCA).

Friday, 20 August 2010

ORDER of MALTA VOLUNTEERS

ORDER of MALTA VOLUNTEERS
A CHARITY MUSIC CONCERT


Thursday 26th August 2010
ST. WILFRID’S HALL next to BROMPTON ORATORY
Doors open at 7.00pm to start at 7.30pm


Starring
Jesús León
(Sings regularly at the Royal Albert Hall)
Special Guests
Steven Maughan - Piano
Saffa Trio - Violins/Cello
Natalie Coyle - Soprano
Michał Ćwiżewicz - Violin
Matthew Conor Davies - Classical Guitar
Harriet Sasada - Soprano
Georgina Wahed - Presenter
Tickets: £25 includes refreshments
OMVmusic@hotmail.co.uk
07554 014845

Thursday, 29 July 2010

Juventutem Conference at Douai Abbey 10th-12th September 2010 organised by Young Catholic Adults will be dedicated to Pope Benedict



People going to the Juventutem Conference Organised by Young Catholic Adults at Douai Abbey 10-12th September, will be encouraged to offer up their prayers for the Pope, in light of his forthcoming trip to the United Kingdom (the week after). It looks as though Pope Benedict will be in for a hard time in Britain, with threats of arrest and protest looming over the visit. The event has been full of difficulty, with pilgrims being asked to pay to see the Pope; moreover, there have been many criticisms of the way it has been organised. The British Government has had to take over much of the organisation, to save the visit from faltering badly.There are still a few places left in for people aged 18-35ish, if they would like to attend for the whole weekend.

Alternatively, there is a Sung Mass (Extraordinary Form) at 11am on Saturday 11th September in the main Abbey Church and a subsequent Marian Procession c. 12pm (again on Saturday 11th September), which are open to the general public (all ages). There will also be talks, Confession, Rosaries and Socials throughout the weekend. For more information, please see http://www.youngcatholicadults.co.uk/news.htm for more details.

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Protect the Pope.com

Protect the Pope.com is a new website which counters attacks on Pope Benedict’s reputation and integrity, and provides information and resources for Catholics to respond to incidents that constitute incitement to religious hatred.

At the launch of Protect the Pope.com Rev Nick Donnelly, a permanent deacon of Lancaster Diocese who set up the site, said:

‘Its been said that anti-Catholicism is the last acceptable prejudice, and in a way we Catholics have colluded in this by ignoring it, hoping it will go away. But the personal attacks on Pope Benedict in the run up to the Papal visit show us its not going away.

Since 2006 we’ve had the legal right to protect ourselves from religious hatred. Of course people in this country have freedom of expression, but this does not mean they have the right to create a climate of hostility and fear. It’s a question of protecting our human rights to freedom of belief and freedom of worship.’

The website gives information on the law regarding hate crime and provides Catholics with the means to report to the police incitement to religious hatred or acts of religious hatred which take place during the Holy Father’s visit. The website also has an anti-Catholicism log tied into its news feed to help raise awareness of anti-Catholic prejudice.

H/t to Fr. Tim Finnigan at http://the-hermeneutic-of-continuity.blogspot.com/

Monday, 19 July 2010

SSPX Bp. Fellay claims Pope Benedict says the TLM privately

The English is rough and ready in the following but the meaning is crystal clear!

Pope Says Mass Privately Says Bishop Fellay

Bishop Fellay says, " the Holy Father celebrates the old Mass privately" and that an Italian Bishop has said he will leave the Church if he celebrates it publicly. Bishop Fellay said this in a speech at the 2010 priestly ordinations.

(Kreuz.net) Pope Benedict XVI. And his secretary George Gaenswein celebrate the old Mass. This is according to the General Superior of the Society of Pius X, Bishop Bernard Fellay, in a speech in the 8th of July in the Brazilian city of Bahia. [I wonder if the Holy Father also serves at his secretary’s Mass. That would not surprise me in the least. He is the sort of humble fellow who would do such a thing.]

You can listen to the speech on the page ‘4shared.com’ under user ‘fbmvm’.

This celebration will not be done because of inner-Church resistance against the old Mass.Msgr Fellay also mentioned in his talk an example of the battle against the Roman Rite.At a priest conference in Italy reported a priest, that his bishop had threatened to leave the church if the Pope ever publicly said the old Mass. [Arrivederci, Eccellenza Reverendissima!]

Msgr Fellay: "The Bishop leads a war against the old Mass."

Simultaneously, he sees a line of good Bishops and priests, At least the heart is in the right place said Bishop Fellay about Benedict XVI., that he has a Catholic heart and loves tradition, but suffers from a progressivist understanding.

Benedict XVI. is trying to save the Vatican Council at any price.

The Bishop also said that part of the Roman Curia and the neoconsevative led State-Secretariat have torpedoed traditional initiatives of the Pope. As an example the Bishop described the traditionally restored Trappist Abbey of Mariawald in the German Alps. The Pope had already permitted them to return to the old discipline and liturgy. Actually the secretary of State has intentionally set the Decree aside. [I believe that.]

Indeed the Bishop sees also that there are a great number of Prelates in the Curia who are well-disposed to the Society Pius X. In the Cathedral of St. Peter’s there are 20 old Masses celebrated daily. [Maybe not 20 every day, but there are quite a few.]

Three Examples for the Decline

Finally, Msgr Fellay illustrated the decline of the Church since the Vatican Council with a few examples. He cited a chancellor of the Diocese of Trier. He has made known that 80% of the priests in the diocese deny the real presence of Christ in the Host. [I doubt that.] In the Diocese Langres in north-east France every priest is entrusted with 60 parishes. [60? Prove it.]

In the United States the number of religious men and women have shrunken to 10% of their original numbers. [That can’t be right.]
Kreuz.net has the details.

And remember: Benedict XVI is the Pope of Christian Unity!
(H/t to Fr Z from WDTPRS - Fr. Z's comments are in red).

Friday, 16 July 2010

English Catholic Establishment in Rebellion



H/t to Fr. Ray Blake, who speaks for a very large proportion of the Church in the UK, who are exasperated by the Catholic Establishment in this country. He states:-

"Professor Tina Beatie, Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Roehampton University, is part of our English Catholic establishment; she is a Tablet board member! She also wrote that pro-abortion piece a few weeks ago that appeared in the establishments house paper.

Today she sends an open letter to the Pope expressing indignation at the recent clarification by the CDF on the ordination of women. She writes:

Today, I am ashamed to be Roman Catholic. It has become a Church blighted by ignorance, arrogance and the decadence of a dying regime mired in its own obsessive clinging to power.

Strong stuff eh?

There was recent interview somewhere by a senior cleric bewailing the Catholic Church being ...err Catholic. It is a bit strange that the "establishment" is in rebellion, forming a Church within a Church. The basis of Catholicism isn't proposiotional or clausal it is actually based on believing and professing "... all that the holy Catholic Church teaches, believes and proclaims to be revealed by God".
You see, what some just don't get is that Catholic just isn't Anglican. The Catholic Church just doesn't have the authority to suddenly decide to change its teaching. The Professor might well be right that many Catholic women have actually left the Church and become Anglicans, the truth is they have really stopped believing that the revelation of God is at the Church's very heart. The problem she has, and many in the establishment have, is really one of authority: ultimately, did Jesus lie when he promised to be with the Church until the end of time?"

Monday, 12 July 2010

The 13th Day - Fatima Film



A year ago a new film about Fatima came out called The 13th Day. The film opened in the USA in October, and it is now available to order in the UK via Amazon!! Any film promoting Fatima seems like a good idea to me, so why not go out and buy it today!!

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Indcatholicnews.com Promotes Juventutem Retreat for Young Catholic Adults at Douai Abbey 2010



Independent Catholic News have put up a piece about the Juventutem Conference organised by Yooung Catholic Adults! To see more about Independent Catholic news goto http://www.indcatholicnews.com

Monday, 31 May 2010

Book : The Catholic Priest, Image of Christ




This most important book on the priest to come out during this year of the priesthood places the beauty, charity and the sacra mentality of the priesthood in the forefront. With its 560 illustrations from all periods of art and parts of the world the author has taken an interest in all aspects of the life of the priest, obviously most particular the celebration of the Eucharist which is the heart of his very being. Covered are even the priest as a monk and the charity of the priest seen on its highest level in the giving of himself in martyrdom.

The first and principle part with texts by the Holy Father, Cardinal Medina Estivez amongst others, describes not only what the priest does, but moreover who he is. This is followed by several chapters on the holiness and charity of the priest and after two inspiring texts on the Mass several examples are given such as St Bernard, Saint Jean-Marie Vianney, not to forget outstanding priests like St Maximillian Kolbe and Bl. Ivan Ziatyk, one who died at the hands of Nazism and the other during the insane years of Stalin in Ukraine. Before the conclusion the question is asked what is a vocation.

As an added interesting element, the author desired to keep Jesus contemporary and has asked himself how the Church should present Christ’s message in art today, a clear refusal of ‘Financial art’ which often is just a mockery of Christ and at the very best only shows His Crucifixion, but not His Resurrection. The author has found inspiring and prayerful alternatives from around the world of paintings done by living artists, who work as the Holy Father requests "in a continuity with the past, but not copying it." These new canvases find themselves in good company with painters such as Fra Angelico or Zurbaran. The Irish and British Saints and Martyrs have indeed not been forgotten and can be briefly seen on the clip on You Tube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-KaU632_4M Like the Church, a truly universal book.

With its stunning and beautiful layout, this book in six languages is a masterpiece in itself. With its challenging texts and profound iconography, it emphasises the mystic, sacramental and divine aspects of the priesthood, as well as the vital importance of the priest as a man of charity. A truly positive and encouraging gift to existing priests and seminarians during these tough times to be a priest. A tribute to the many existing holy priests, who by their being and their ministry embodies 'Other Christs', but who today are unsung heroes. It also forms an excellent gift to young people to deepen their Faith or to families, as it can be read as a kind of catechism.

The author is of Danish origin, with degrees in architecture and art (Oxford Polytechnic) and holds a master of science degree in management. He is a convert and was received into the Church at Westminster Cathedral in London. He now lives with his French wife and children in Normandy, as an organiser of international art exhibitions.

The book can be purchased directly from GRACEWING : www.gracewing.co.uk
Alternatively, by sending a cheque of 40 pounds in the name of Gracewing (P&P free in Britain, please add £5 per copy for overseas postage) : GRACEWING, 2 Southern Avenue, Leominster, Herefordshire HR6 OQF, England.
For all inquiries : Tel : 01568 616835 E-mail : gracewingx@aol.com

Friday, 28 May 2010

Why Does the Church Use Latin?



Have you ever been asked why Traditional Catholics like to have Mass celebrated in a language which no one can understand? I have had it asked of me and heard it asked of others. This is a great answer to why we prefer to have Mass celebrated in the Latin language. The video is taken from the consecration of the church of Saints Peter and Paul at the Fraternity of St. Peter seminary in Lincoln, Nebraska. The full footage of the ceremony can be found here: http://papastronsay.blogspot.com

H/t to an anonymous Priest from the FSSR on Papa Stronsay for writing the above.

Juventutem News - Juventutem International Gathering 10-12 September 2010, England




Vigil of Pentecost, 22 May 2010

‘Ad Deum qui laetificat + juventutem meam’

Dear Juventutem Friends,

Cordial greetings to all of you worldwide!

4th Anniversary:

In two days, on May 24th, I invite you to pray for our Federation International Juventutem which will be… four years old. It is normally the Feast of Our Lady Help of Christians. But this year the Monday after Pentecost will take precedence. For that reason, I have offered yesterday a Votive Mass of Our Lady Help of Christians at all your and our intentions as members or supporters of Juventutem.

Pilgrimage:

Just I write to you and all along this week-end of Pentecost, some Juventutem members from France, Italy and other countries are walking from Paris to Chartres in France as part of the famous Pilgrimage of Christendom – the largest Extraordinary Form event in the world every year with 8,000 persons walking 70 miles in 2 ½ days. Let us pray for them, and we can be sure they pray for us also.

Deceased supporters:

I am sorry to announce to you the death in Bern, Switzerland, of two benefactors of our Federation.

Mrs Marie Vogel tragically died on 3 January 2010 after a fire in her building. Also in Bern, Mr Heinz Müller died of cancer in hospital on 19 April 2010. Those who attended our International Gathering in Bern last year and in 2008 will have met him then. Please remember them in your prayers. Requiescant in pace.

New contacts:

Request for founding groups in Canada and the U.S.A. were sent to us. It is good to see interest various places in North America. We are sorry for the delays in dealing with the request. We hope to have more regular contacts in the future.

Annual international meeting: 10-12 September 2010, England

Our annual meeting 2010 will not take place in Bern, Switzerland but in Douai Abbey, England. Like in 2009 and 2008, we hope that as many representatives as possible will be able to come. Douai Abbey is located 30mn from Reading, the base of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter in England. It is also 1h south of Oxford and two hours west from London. A good location to visit places of interest in England, starting with places associated with our Catholic faith, such as the martyrs of Oxford, the place of the gallows Tyburn in London or the monument to Saint Thomas More. Also, the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI will be in England a couple of days after our week-end (16-19 September 2010). If you come from a distance, why not plan to stay longer and attend at least the Prayer Vigil in Hyde Park, London on Saturday 18th September 2010? Accommodation could possibly be worked out for you.

Juventutem Ecclesiastical Assistant Fr de Malleray, FSSP, Juventutem Treasurer Cosimo Marti and other representatives have already said they would be present. Our English Juventutem group (i.e. Young Catholic Adults) have kindly agreed to coordinate the event. The weekend will be full-board. Places are limited so please book early.
* We will have half of the retreat centre to ourselves
* There will be a Marian Procession, Rosaries, Sung Mass, Low Mass, Confession and socials
* Fr. de Malleray FSSP Chaplain of Juventutem will give the conferences; Masses will be in the Extraordinary form
Prices range from £5 (approx 6 Euros) to £51 (approx 60 Euros) per person per night .
See http://www.youngcatholicadults.co.uk/events.htm for more info. How to book - limited places so please reserve your place early

To reserve your place FOR THE WEEKEND (no deposit needed if you are coming for the day on Saturday 5th July), please send a 20 pound deposit (NON REFUNDABLE) to Damian Barker, Flat 5, 12 Saint Catherine Street, Kingsholm, Gloucester, Glos. GL2 9DU (please make any cheques payable to ‘Damian Barker’). For enquiries ring him on +44(0)7908105787 or email Damian on ps99ddb@yahoo.co.uk.

World Youth Day 2011 in Spain:

The preparation for World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid, Spain, is going well. Representatives had a meeting at the monastery of Le Barroux, France last month.

Practical:

We remind all members to send their yearly contribution to our Treasurer Cosimo Marti.

All Group leaders are also requested to email back an update with : the current valid email address of the group, the current number of members in their group, with their name, age and contact details.

We thank all those who have sent us news and update. This is vital for us to keep in touch, since distance make it difficult to meet often.

Our spiritual commitments:

Let us check that we are faithful to our commitments, and if we aren’t, let us make a resolution to improve and ask Our Lady to help us:

1. recite daily for the sanctification of youths the extract from Psalm 42 «Judica Me », (“Judge me O Lord” - full text under Spirituality on www.juventutem.org) or say a prayer of your choosing (Hail Mary or Our Father for instance);

2. enter into a church or oratory once a week to adore Our Lord really present in the tabernacle;

3. once a year or more: attend Holy Mass in the 1962 Roman rite; go to Confession; on behalf of Juventutem, partake in some faith activity (Holy Hour, doctrinal talk, pro-life initiative, charitable action, excursion, etc).


May Our Lady Help of Christian protect and guide you towards her divine Son.

Cordially,

On behalf of the Bureau,

Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP - Chaplain of the Juventutem Federation

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Pope: An indelible sign of the love of Mary is at Fatima



vatican — 14 May 2010 — On Thursday morning, Benedict XVI arrived in silent prayer before the tombs of the young shepherds at Fatima, witnesses of the Marian apparitions between May 13 and October 13, 1917 . Inside the Basilica of the Shrine of Fatima, in fact, lie the sister and brother, Jacinta and Francisco Marto, who were beatified by Pope John Paul II ten years ago, and Lucia de Jesus, who later became Sister Maria Lucia of the Immaculate Heart, and whose cause for beatification was launched February 13, 2008, on the third anniversary of her death. The Virgin revealed to them the horizon of hope which never disappoints, and of a love that can comfort even those in danger of succumbing to the "quicksand of sickness". ...

Young Catholic Adults Host International Juventutem Conference for the First Time!




The annual YCA weekend at Douai Abbey has always been aimed at the UK (or more precisely England and Wales). For the first time it has gone international! The annual Juventutem Conference is usually held in Switzerland; however, for 2010 it has moved to Berkshire in England.

During the weekend of the 10-12 September 2010. Young Catholic Adults will be running a Traditional Retreat at Douai Abbey, the retreat will be led by Juventutem Ecclesiastical Assistant Fr de Malleray .

The weekend will be full-board

Places are limited so please book early

* 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 (approx 6 Euros) to £51 (approx 60 Euros) per person per night .

See http://www.youngcatholicadults.co.uk/events.htm for more info:-


How to book - limited places so please reserve your place early
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 Damian Barker). For enquiries ring 07908105787.

Monday, 17 May 2010

THE SAINTS SPEAK: St. Alphonsus de Liguori (Holy Repentance)



ArcadiaFilmsLTD — 06 April 2010 — From heaven, in his own words, St. Alphonsus shares the process of reviewing ones conscience before holy repentance.

EWTIN is Now on Youtube!

Here's a sample of what's on YouTube from Fr. Corapi.

Saturday, 15 May 2010

Urgent Plea For Help...! The Good Counsel Network




The Good Counsel Network is a group which works tirelessly to help women in crisis pregnancies. Fr. John Boyle highlighted the dire financial straits the group is in:


Today Good Counsel has £50 in the bank, we needed £445 to buy this week's food vouchers. We are supporting fourteen mothers and their children at the moment, whose only support is this small weekly voucher. Please pray the following prayer for the next nine days and if you can help, donate online (click on the sidebar link) or transfer money into our bank account (phone + 44 (0) 20 7723 1740 or email for details). As times are hard, our income has gone down and our expenses have gone up.

Please forward this message to anyone who you think may help. For more information about Good Counsel see our blog.


NOVENA TO ST. RITA
Helper of the hopeless

Holy Patroness of those in need, St. Rita, you were humble, pure and patient. Your pleadings with your divine Spouse are irresistible, so please obtain for me from our risen Jesus the request I make of you, that Good Counsel will raise the funds they need and my own request (mention it.)
Be kind to me for the greater glory of God, and I shall honour you and sing your praises forever.
Glorious St. Rita, you miraculously participated in the sorrowful passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Obtain for me now the grace to suffer with resignation the troubles of this life, and protect me in all my needs. Amen.


Our Father, Hail, Mary, Glory be to the Father...


They haven't yet set up a PayPal button, though, hopefully, they will do so very soon. I doubt that they'll mind too much which method of payment you make, but the faster the better!


Please help financially if you can, and by prayer either way!

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Pope Pins Abuse Scandal on Church Sin




Pope Benedict XVI says the clerical child abuse scandal shows that the greatest threat to Catholicism comes from "sin within" the Church.

He made his comments in response to a question while en route to Portugal. Critics have previously accused the Vatican of attempting to blame the media and the Church's opponents for the escalation of the scandal. But the Pope made clear its origin came from within the Church itself, and said forgiveness "does not replace justice".

'Need for penance'

"Today we see in a truly terrifying way that the greatest persecution of the Church does not come from outside enemies, but is born of sin within the Church," the pontiff told reporters on a plane bound for Portugal. His comments were his most direct response to media questions, and some of his strongest words yet on the abuse scandal, says BBC Vatican correspondent David Willey, who is travelling with the Pope. Benedict said the Church has "a very deep need" to acknowledge that it must do penance for its sins and "accept purification". However, he added that forgiveness should not be a substitute for justice.

There has been a wave of allegations in the past few months that Church authorities in Europe and North and South America failed to deal properly with priests accused of child sex abuse, sometimes just moving them to new parishes where more children were put at risk. The Pope himself has been accused of being part of a culture of secrecy, and of not taking strong enough steps against paedophiles when he had that responsibility as a cardinal in Rome.

However, his supporters say he has been the most pro-active pope yet in confronting abuse.

'Spiritual crisis'

The Pope later on Tuesday landed at Lisbon, the capital, despite fears that the volcanic ash cloud affecting flights in the region would disrupt his plans.
Portugal is the site of one of Europe's most popular shrines, at Fatima
He celebrated an open-air Mass before a crowd of about 80,000 people in the city. Benedict told the crowd that nothing could destroy the Catholic Church. "The resurrection of Christ assures us that no adverse power will ever be able to destroy the Church," the Pope said during his address the banks of the Tagus river.

During his four-day trip the pontiff was also due to celebrate Mass at the Catholic shrine of Fatima, and in Oporto. Church officials say he will address Europe's spiritual and economic crisis. Although nearly 90% of people in Portugal are reported to be Catholics, only about 20% attend Mass regularly, the BBC's Vatican correspondent, David Willey, reports from Lisbon.

Pope Benedict intended to tell the Portuguese to seek solace in their faith to relieve the gloom of financial hardship, he says. Carlos Azevedo, the auxiliary bishop of Lisbon and the co-ordinator of the papal visit, said on Monday that the pontiff will speak about "the joy of faith and hope". "The moral values guiding the economy and politics show that there is a spiritual crisis," he said.

Portugal has been one of the countries worst affected by the economic problems troubling many European states. The highlight of the trip is a visit to Fatima on Wednesday and Thursday, where a giant outdoor Mass has been planned for as many as 500,000 people. Fatima is one of the main sites of Christian pilgrimage in Europe.

The Pope will be marking the anniversary of the day in 1917 when three Portuguese shepherd children reported having visions of the Virgin Mary in Fatima.

H/t to BBC News, this was an unusually balanced piece from the BBC!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, 10 May 2010

Young Catholic Adults Host International Juventutem Weekend at Douai Abbey

During the weekend of the 10-12 September . Young Catholic Adults will be running the 2010 Juventutem Conference at Douai Abbey, the retreat will be led by Juventutem Ecclesiastical Assistant Fr de Malleray . The weekend will be full-board
Places are limited so please book early
* YCA will have half of the retreat centre to itself
* There will be socials
* Fr. de Malleray FSSP head of Juventutem will preach the retreat, Masses will be in the Extraordinary form.

THE MAIN GUEST HOUSE
Saturday 11th – Sunday 12th September (full board)*
51 pounds full-board (except Sunday lunch) PER PERSON PER NIGHT
25 pounds for students/low waged/unwaged (or whatever you can afford)

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

SELF CATERING CAMPING
£5 per person per night (or whatever you can afford - please bring your own tent and food ).

How to book - limited places so please reserve your place early
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 Damian Barker). For enquiries ring 07908105787.

Young Catholic Adults: Newsletter

St Catherine’s Trust have very kindly helped produce the new YCA Newsletter. To download it go here

Http://www.tiny.cc/g3cc8

St Catherine's Trust, is a charitable trust set up in 2004 to promote Catholic education in accordance with the traditional teachings, liturgy and devotions of the Roman Catholic Church. It’s main activity at present is the organisation of annual week-long Summer Schools for young Catholics aged 11 to 18, and annual weekend Family Retreats for Catholic families, usually around Easter. To goto their website goto http://www.stcatherinestrust.org/

Birmingham Oratory Event

The Light of the World

Sunday, 27th June at 2:00pm, followed by Mass at 5:30pm

The Oratory, Hagley Road ,
Birmingham B16 8UE

An opportunity to hear first-hand accounts of the challenges
facing Christians around the world – and how you are helping.
Talks begin at 2:00pm, followed by Mass at 5:30pm.
We hope that Father Samir Khalil Samir SJ will be our guest of
honour, speaking on Christianity and Islam in the Middle East .
Father Samir is an Islamic scholar, semitologist, orientalist and
Catholic theologian based in Lebanon .

There will be a talk, based on first-hand material, on how your generous support has
helped victims of the earthquake which struck Haiti in January.
Fresh from project trips, UK Director Neville Kyrke-Smith will
speak about the Faith in Ukraine , while Head of Press and
Information John Pontifex will report on Christianity in Pakistan .

This event is free, but please reserve your place at
www.acnuk.org/birmingham or by calling 020 8642 8668

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Thursday, 25 March 2010

A Shameful Attempt to Strike, at any Cost, Pope Benedict

I have just watched shameful denunciations on the BBC, of Pope Benedict, from such people as Michael Walsh (from Heythrop College in London and a leading theological dissident), it would appear that there is an orchestrated campaign to discredit Benedict; and that dissident Catholics and the liberal media pundits (like the BBC) are leading the calls for him to resign. The civil authorities and the American Bishops took no action for approx 40 years, and this is where the real blame lies. There is no link to Benedict, only Cardinal Bertone.

The real problem is that an "anything goes " attitude has gone on in the Church for years, indeed the "spirit of Vatican II," has infiltrated the Church almost entirely. In essence the Church has gone off the rails by being infected by the spirit of the world and it will continue to struggle until it returns to a more spiritual path.

All our prayers should be with the victims of these most terrible of crimes, they have had to put up with such wickedness - it is almost beyond bearing. May God help them in their trials.

H/t to Fr Z who I think puts things very well:-

"I have been struggling through the day with this post. I haven’t known precisely what to do about my anger.

The online edition of Hell’s Bible, in its relentless hectoring of the Catholic Church (ignoring the prosecuted sins of other groups) has a story about a priest who abused many children decades ago and about the way he was dealt with by the hierarchy. This recent round deals with a monstrously sick priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee (where one of the great liberals of the USA was in command, Archbp. Weakland) but who resided in the Diocese of Superior (where another great liberal, Bp. Fliss was in charge). The priest has since gone to his eternal, I repeat eternal, reward.


Vatican Declined to Defrock U.S. Priest Who Abused Boys

Top Vatican officials — including the future Pope Benedict XVI — did not defrock a priest who molested as many as 200 deaf boys, even though several American bishops repeatedly warned them that failure to act on the matter could embarrass the church, according to church files newly unearthed as part of a lawsuit.

The internal correspondence from bishops in Wisconsin directly to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the future pope, shows that while church officials tussled over whether the priest should be dismissed, their highest priority was protecting the church from scandal.

The documents emerge as Pope Benedict is facing other accusations that he and direct subordinates often did not alert civilian authorities or discipline priests involved in sexual abuse when he served as an archbishop in Germany and as the Vatican’s chief doctrinal enforcer.

[...]

But Cardinal Bertone [then just Archbishop and the Secretary of the CDF] halted the process after Father Murphy personally wrote to Cardinal Ratzinger protesting that he should not be put on trial because he had already repented and was in poor health and that the case was beyond the church’s own statute of limitations.

“I simply want to live out the time that I have left in the dignity of my priesthood,” Father Murphy wrote near the end of his life to Cardinal Ratzinger. “I ask your kind assistance in this matter.” The files contain no response from Cardinal Ratzinger.

The New York Times obtained the documents, which the church fought to keep secret, from Jeff Anderson and Mike Finnegan, the lawyers for five men who have brought four lawsuits against the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. The documents include letters between bishops and the Vatican, victims’ affidavits, the handwritten notes of an expert on sexual disorders who interviewed Father Murphy and minutes of a final meeting on the case at the Vatican.

Father Murphy not only was never tried or disciplined by the church’s own justice system, but also got a pass from the police and prosecutors who ignored reports from his victims, according to the documents and interviews with victims. Three successive archbishops in Wisconsin were told that Father Murphy was sexually abusing children, the documents show, but never reported it to criminal or civil authorities.

[...]
I will not post the lurid details, which surely indicate a profound pathology. I am too disgusted by both the details and the Times for posting them.

And I am filled with anger right now at the harm that was done by those sick and surely wicked people. I just want to …

Thanks a lot you wicked b********s. Enjoy your eternal reward.

Have a nice Year of the Priest.

And God help me for these thoughts.

But I have to make a few more observations.

The NYT article makes the point that civil authorities also gave this abuser "a pass".

It is reprehensible that the bishops in that time, informed of what was going on, especially due to the extent of what the abuser was doing, did not act to put it to an end. It is hard to understand this. I cannot explain it in any terms that satisfy my anger… our anger.

Insofar as the CDF was involved, I must press the fact that the official who put an end to the administrative dimension in Rome was then Archbishop Tarcisio Bertone, who is now the Cardinal Secretary of State. People will accuse the Holy Father Pope Benedict, who was then Prefect, of personally trying to cover up what that deeply sick priest was doing. But Card. Ratzinger, Pope Benedict, is the ultimate delegator, the diametrical opposite of a micro-manager. And he hasn’t also been the best at selecting his delegates. His strengths don’t lie in the administrative realm, but rather the theological and spiritual. Someone is to blame here, don’t get me wrong. But while there is plenty of blame to go around, the responsibility lies mostly on the US side of the pond, with bishops who blew the case back in the day.

I wonder if Pope Benedict implemented this Year of the Priest because he knew what was coming around the bend.

Another aspect of my anger comes from the tension between my loathing of priests who harm children and the conviction that there is no sin that any infinite human being can commit which is so bad that an infinite and loving, merciful God cannot and will not forgive. Provided, of course, that we sincerely beg for mercy.

The sins this man and others like him deserve eternal hell. Bishops who mishandled cases this severe probably deserve the same. The fallen part of my humanity cries out for something worse than the rack for these men. I have to remind myself constantly that God is the final judge, and He can neither deceive nor be deceived. I even get mad at myself, .. how diabolical this all is… when I catch myself hoping they didn’t somehow obtain God’s mercy.

But Hell really is too terrible to wish on someone. We should never do that.

The Times article might talk about the "priest predator who got away". He didn’t get away from God. He might have escaped our earthly bloodlust, but He didn’t escape God. And I shudder for him. Imagine the what someone, some damned soul, experiences in his first few seconds of Hell.

We are going to see another wave of reports of these cases, with more attacks, justified and unjustified, on the Church.

I don’t know how many of the Church’s attackers are really interested in helping victims obtain anything like peace or even justice in respect to those who harmed them. I suspect many attackers have motives apart from the good of the victims. Others? They maybe were personally harmed and maybe they are sincere advocates for victims. Either way the whole thing is just ugly and sad.

I am also torn because I hate seeing the Church so hectored, so singled out, as if these crimes are only committed by Catholics. That’s just plain wrong.

I know that Holy Catholic Church in its human dimension has to undergo this purification. It simply has to happen. The Church will always be attacked from without and within, as part of a constant purification. And I would be inconsistent indeed were I not to apply what I constantly mention to those going through a harsh purification. St. Augustine said about Christ, Physician of the soul, who corrects us sometimes with nearly unbearable means:

"The doctor doesn’t stop cutting just because the patient is screaming for him to stop."

We are going to have another long and lurid round of exposure of sins and failures. It will be worse this time, because more regions of the world will start producing evidence of the same. The Enemy of the soul, the devil and the fallen angels, will use earthly agents to wreak havoc in the spiritual realm. As always.

So, God help us all. We must pray for solace for the victims of this crisis, and for lots of forgiveness, even as we pray for Holy Mother Church.

To a certain extent we are going to have to lie here and be kicked by anyone who walks by… until they decide that kicking someone else gets them what they want… that and must continue to revitalize our worship of Almighty God, who alone can see us through to the other side."

Sunday, 7 March 2010

YCA-Juventutem Event at ST. WILLIAM OF YORK CATHOLIC CHURCH in Reading on Sunday 28th March 2010.

We will be meeting up at the 11am Traditional Mass at ST. WILLIAM OF YORK CATHOLIC CHURCH in Reading on Palm Sunday (28th March) and then heading off for a meal afterwards (place to be specified). Everyone is warmly welcome.

Where is St. William of York?

It is situated at , Upper Redlands Road, Reading, Berks. RG1 5JT. Located next to St Joseph Convent School. Large free parish car park next to St William Church. Sung Mass preceded and followed with Confessions. For more details see:- http://www.fssp.org.uk/england/pages/mass-times.php