Thursday, 29 May 2008

World Youth Day and Juventutem Australia


For Immediate Release

29th May 2008

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

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

Catechetical Bishops for Juventutem Australia in Sydney

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

How to get involved

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

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

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

Two official WYD events in our Juventutem program

Date: Wednesday, July 16

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

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

Support from Cardinal Hoyos

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

Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos
President Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei

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Travel to Australia

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

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

Travel between Melbourne and Sydney

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

Travel from Australia

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


Accommodation in Melbourne

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

Accommodation in Sydney.

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


Church in Melbourne (Week 1)

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

Church in Sydney (Week 2)

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

Please forward this message on and kindly translate it whenever needed.

Sunday, 25 May 2008

More Marian Devotions - the Brown Scapular

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

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

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

Our Lady of Mount Carmel – pray for us.


For Immediate Release

25th May 2008

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

Benedict XVI wrote on 7th July 2007: “Immediately after the Second Vatican Council, it might have been imagined that the demand for the use of the 1962 Missal would have been limited to the older generation, which had grown up with it, but it has since become clear that young people were also discovering this liturgical form, feeling attracted to it and finding in it a type of contact with the Most Holy Eucharist which suited them particularly well” (Letter to the Bishops, accompanying the Motu Proprio “Summorum Pontificum“.

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

The Support of the Vatican

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

`You are young Catholics, loyal to the hierarchy of the Church and attracted by the “forma extraordinaria” of the Roman liturgy, in particular by the Missal of the Blessed John XXIII. I encourage you in your aim, that is to say your sanctification through the Roman traditions of the Church…..The presence of your little groups in Asia, Europe, Africa, the Americas and Oceania demonstrates the universal attraction of the most ancient forms of the Roman liturgy, whose particular transcendence serves to connect the most diverse cultures. From this liturgy, you will receive special help in coming better to know and love Our Lord Jesus Christ and His Church….I therefore wish to renew my encouragement of your progress in Christian piety and friendship via the Roman traditions of the Church. May you continue to obtain ever deeper sanctification, which will make you warm witnesses of the love of Christ in communion with His Church.’

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

A Range of Events all over the World

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

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

During the weekend of the 4th- 6th July 2008 Young Catholic Adults will be running a Traditional Retreat at Douai Abbey, the retreat will be led by Br. Christopher Greener who will give a series of talks on St. Benedict. Among a number of activities there will be a Marian procession on Saturday 5th July and a Traditional Latin Mass celebrated by Monsignor Conlon who is Chaplain to the Latin Mass Society of England and Wales and to the Oratory School in Reading. For more details please see

Young Catholic Adult Events Open to the Public

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

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

Please forward this message on and kindly translate it whenever needed.

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


Saturday, 24 May 2008

Pope wants Traditional Mass in the Parishes even if not requested

On 9th May the Catholic Herald reported that The pope wants the Latin Mass to be available in parishes "even if it is not specifically asked for, or requested", and that Pope Benedict XVI wants to eventually make the Mass more widely available.

In the meantime, Cardinal Hoyos said that`If in a diocese priests are lacking and only three or four faithful request the extraordinary rite, it’s a matter of common sense to think that it is difficult to satisfy this request. However, since it is the Pope’s intention, his mens, to grant this treasure for the good of the Church, in a place where there are no priests the best option would be to offer acelebration according to the extraordinary rite in one of the parish Sunday
Masses. It would be a Mass for everyone, and everyone, including younger generations, would benefit from the riches of the extraordinary rite, for example, those moments of contemplation that have disappeared in the Novus Ordo.' ( From the Italian publication , Jesus)

This is very heartening news from Cardinal Hoyos!! I wonder what Cardinal Hoyos will say in his sermon when he celebrates Mass in Westminster Cathedral on June 14th.

May the Month of Our Lady and of the Rosary

Photos © Vernon Quaintance, with originals on his web site.

Catholics, for at least the past 700 years, have used the string of beads called a rosary, literally a "string of roses," for counting prayers and for prayerful meditation. A special devotion to Mary, the Mother of Jesus, rosary recitations are a cornerstone of spiritual practice for Catholics around the world.

The rosary is made of a circlet of fifty-four beads: five groups of ten (called "decades") separated by a space containing a single bead which is sometimes larger than the others. Attached to this circlet is a string containing five more beads and ending with a crucifix, or cross, representing the death of Jesus Christ. Each bead calls for a particular prayer recitation.
These prayers are not only a meditative devotion, but an affirmation of the faith.

Fifteen different Mysteries of Faith are rotated according to the day of the week or the time of the year, or one is chosen to suit a particular occasion such as a funeral, baptism, or wedding. These fifteen mysteries fall into three larger categories, (Joyful, Sorrowful, and Glorios) with five in each.

The Joyful Mysteries are

-The Announcement to Mary that she will be the virgin mother of the Son of God;
-The Visitation of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth, who immediately recognizes that Mary is carrying "blessed fruit,";
-The birth of Jesus;
-The Presentation of infant Jesus in the temple;
-Finding the young Jesus teaching in the temple.

The Sorrowful Mysteries

-The Agony in the Garden;
-The Scourging at the Pillar;
-The Crowning with Thorns;
-Jesus carrying the Cross;
-Jesus' Crucifixion and Death.

The Glorious Mysteries are:

-The Resurrection of Jesus;
-The Ascencion of Jesus into Heaven;
-The Descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles;
-The Assumption of Mary into Heaven;
-The Crowning of Mary as Queen of Heaven

How to Pray it?

To pray the rosary, Catholics begin with the Sign of the Cross. "In the name of the Father" they touch their forehead; "and the Son" moving hand to solar plexus; "and the Holy Spirit" moving hand first to the left shoulder and then the right.

Holding the Crucifix, or cross, at the end of the single string of beads, they recite the Apostles' Creed, as follows:
The Apostles Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen

The first bead, the one next to the crucifix, is for the Our Father as found in the Bible and is commonly prayed in all Christian faiths.

The Pater Noster

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen

There is a space, then three beads close together, each for a recitation of the Hail Mary, which is as follows:

The Ave Maria

Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of the womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen

There is another space, then a single bead for the Gloria prayer:
The Gloria

Glory be to the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost.

Next comes a connector. This is the link between the circlet and the attached string, and is frequently decorated with carving or made of a bead in the shape of a spiritual icon.

At this point, the prayor acknowledges which series of mysteries will be the focus, and names the first of those mysteries. Moving his fingers to the first bead of the first decade, he begins the Hail Mary prayers, said once for each of the ten beads in the group. When he comes to the bead held in the larger space, he recites the Glory prayer, the Our Father, names the next mystery, and again says ten Hail Marys.

This is repeated until the circle is complete. The following prayer is said at the close of the circle:

The Salve Regina

HAIL, HOLY QUEEN, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!

Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

A sign of the cross closes the rosary meditation.

Saturday, 3 May 2008

Traditional Latin Masses in Plymouth and Exeter

- Traditional Latin Mass will be celebrated at Christ The King Plymouth on 1st Sunday of the month at 3pm, starting May 4th.

Exeter - At the Church of the "Blessed Sacrament," Mass will be celebrated on the 3rd Sunday of the month at 3pm,

-next Latin Mass May 18th.

Friday, 2 May 2008

Douai Abbey Retreat - Mgr Anthony Conlon will Celebrate the Traditional Mass on Sunday 5th July

I have just recieved confirmation that Mgr Anthony Conlon will celebrate the Traditional Mass for Young Catholic Adults at Douai Abbey on Sunday 5th July - I'm awaiting for details of which Chapel the Abbey will be making available.

Mgr Anthony Conlon is Chaplain to the Latin Mass Society of England and Wales and the Chaplain to the Oratory School in Reading. Young Catholic Adults are profoundly grateful to Mgr Conlon for agreeing to celebrate this Mass especially as he has to say Mass at Abingdon later on. More details will follow shortly....


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