Monday, 30 May 2016

Booking for Young Catholic Adults Weekend 2016 (28-30 October) 2016- Now Open!

During the weekend of the 28-30 October 2016, Young Catholic Adults will be running a national weekend at Douai Abbey, it will be led by Fr. Thomas Crean O.P. The weekend will be full-board. YCA will be running the weekend with the Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge of Cambridge who will be holding Gregorian Chant workshops.

There will also be a Marian Procession, Rosaries, Sung Masses, Confession and socials. All Masses will be celebrated in the Extraordinary form.

Please note to guarantee your place this year Douai Abbey have requested that everyone books in 3 weeks before the start of the weekend i.e.7th Oct 2016. 

For online booking please see:-

A PRIEST LIKE DENIS, the booklet produced in memory of the late FATHER DENIS HALL (1941-2015)

Stewart Foster's photo.
Fr. Denis Hall
Stewart Foster's photo.
Our Lady of Compassion Church
Stewart Foster's photo.
West Ham United Club Badge

Next Sunday (5 June 2016) at the 11.30am Mass at OUR LADY OF COMPASSION CHURCH, GREEN STREET, UPTON PARK, LONDON E13 9AX - (see the photo above) (by kind permission of the Parish Priest, Father Neill Brett).

A PRESENTATION WILL BE MADE TO MR NEVILLE KYRKE-SMITH, THE U.K. DIRECTOR OF THE INTERNATIONAL CATHOLIC CHARITY AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED, OF A CHEQUE FOR £8,500, being the proceeds of donations in favour of A PRIEST LIKE DENIS, the booklet produced in memory of the late FATHER DENIS HALL (1941-2015), formerly Parish Priest of Canning Town, Leyton, Manor Park, Forest Gate, and Upton Park. Father Denis was a 'legend' in the history of the Catholic Church in East London and a fervent supporter of WHUFC.

He was personally very generous to Aid to the Church in Need, both in his lifetime and in his will, and all the money raised will go directly to the charity's work in helping victims of the conflict in Syria.
All are warmly invited to the Mass, and for those unsure of where the Church is located: it is right in front of the Boleyn Ground, until very recently the home (for 112 years) of the greatest Football Team in the World!

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Our Lady of the Rosary Apparitions in Argentina Approved

The blog, has the story of a new Marian Apparition, which has just been declared as worthy of belief by the local Bishop:-

"On Sunday, May 22, 2016, the local bishop of San Nicolas, Argentina, Most. Reverend Hector Cardelli, announced that the apparitions of Our Lady of the Rosary are “supernatural in character” and “worthy of belief.”
A devout Catholic housewife with no formal education, claimed the Blessed Mother had visited her daily for 6 ½ years and that she also received 68 messages from Jesus Christ.  There were numerous documented miraculous healings and beginning in November 1984, she received the stigmata during Advent and Lent.

The First Appearance
It all began on September 25, 1983, when the Blessed Mother briefly appeared to Gladys Quiroga de Motta, in her room, in San Nicolas de los Arroyos in Argentina. The mother of two grown daughters, a grandmother, and wife to a metallurgical worker, had been in her room praying her rosary at the time.
In the History of Mary of the Rosary of San Nicolas it is explained that Mary was dressed in blue, held Baby Jesus in her arms, and a rosary in her hand. On the previous day, she and some neighbors had seen the rosary hanging in her bedroom glow.  Our Lady appeared again on the 7th and 12th of October.   She spoke to Gladys for the first time on October 13, the anniversary of the last appearance at Fatima. 
You have done well.  Do not be afraid.  Come to see me.  I will take you by the hand and you will travel many paths. Rebels are unjust and humble the servants of the Lord.  Seek help and you will receive it.  Do not fear.  Nothing will happen to you.  The Lord leaves nothing at random.”  Gladys was encouraged by the Blessed Mother to record and share the messages, which she began to receive frequently. 
Our Lady of the Rosary Statue
On November 27, 1983, as Gladys’ confessor, Father Perez listened to Gladys description of the Blessed Mother, he realized that a statue of Our Lady of the Rosary had been stored in the bell tower for many years.  It had originally had been blessed by Pope Leo XIII and put in a place of honor when the cathedral was inaugurated in 1884.  
When Fr. Perez led Gladys to the statue, she immediately identified it as the image of the apparitions.  At that moment, the Virgin Mary appeared across from the statue and referred to Exodus 25: 8, describing a church to be built. “They shall make a sanctuary for me, that I may dwell in their midst." The passage contains the instructions given by God to the Israelites for building the Ark of the Covenant by means of which Yahweh would be present to them.  
After a commission of Inquiry gave approval, construction began on the temple and the statue was renovated and transferred to the new church in 1989.  
A Medal
Gladys was also instructed by Our Blessed Mother to have a medal struck with the invocation of Mary of the Rosary of San Nicolas, and in the reverse the Most Holy Trinity with seven stars.  “My daughter, the meaning of seven stars is seven graces that my Son Jesus Christ will grant to whoever has it on its chest. Praised be the Lord.”  
First Cure
During 1984, the first miraculous healing was reported when seven-year-old Gonzalo Miguel was cured from a brain tumor after it appeared death was imminent. His mother was seven months pregnant with her seventh child
Father Ariel David Busso came on October 30th, to give the young boy his First Holy Communion and administer Last Rites. Fr. Busso placed him under the protection of “Our Lady of the Rosary of San Nicolas.” After receiving Holy Communion, Gonzalo began to improve rapidly.  Within days, he was pronounced inexplicably healed.
Pilgrims began traveling from around the world to gather for processions on the 25th of every month, the date of the first apparition. On the 25th anniversary, CNA reported that an estimated 200,000 people participated in the Eucharistic celebration near the Sanctuary of Mary of the Rosary.
At the Mass presided by the Bishop of San Nicolás de los Arroyos, Héctor Cardelli , he said that Mary reminds us to listen to Christ the Teacher. According to CNA, the bishop emphasized that during the 25 years, “her [The Blessed Mother’s] maternal accompaniment has come to us and spoken of her love and fidelity to follow Christ, who is our Way, Truth and Life.  Christ is the point of reunion, because from Him, our steps have a course, our motivations have direction and our lives make sense."
The Messages
In totality, Gladys received more than one thousand eight hundred messages, from October 13 1983 to February 11,1990.  Our Lady’s final message was: "I invite you to live my instructions step by step: pray, repair, trust!"
Against Evil
I want to heal my children of that disease that is the materialism and that many suffer, I want to help them discover Christ, to love Christ and to say to them that Christ prevails above all.  
The prince of evil spills today his poison with all the forces, because he sees that he is concluding his sad reign.  He has little left, his end is near.  Oh my poor children, few of you are those that deepen in Christ, and many of you are highly eroded by sin. 
Make known what I give you, the atheism is flooding the nations, absence of God is everywhere; it is why the word of the Lord must be listened to and not be despised.  The action of His word will do much if the heart is opened.  
It is in fact this time, a precious time that does not have to be wasted but to be taken advantage of.  The Redeemer is offering to the world the way to face the death that is Satan; is offering as He did from the Cross, His Mother, mediator of all grace.  
The most intense light of Christ will resurge, just as in the Calvary after the crucifixion and death came the resurrection, also the Church will resurge again by the force of love. 
The Lord is revealing to you by means of the messages and the Sacred Scriptures what is expected from men.  Do not close the doors to him.  Commit to Jesus as He committed to us.    
My children must know that I call them to the consecration, because being consecrated to my Heart; they belong to the Mother and to the Son.  
The coming of the Lord is imminent, and as they say in the Scriptures nobody knows the day nor the hour, but it will be; and certainly for that hour the soul of the Christian must be prepared.  
Pray the Rosary
The Holy Rosary is the most feared weapon of the enemy.  Santo Rosario is the weapon to which the enemy fears to him. It is also the refuge for those seeking relief, and is also the door to enter my Heart.  Glory to the Lord for the light that He gives to the world.    
My daughter, at this time there is extreme need of prayer.  The Holy Rosary will be heard by the Lord this day as if coming from my voice.  
The prayer is my request, and is directed to all mankind.  The prayer must come from a willing heart, must also be frequent and be done with love.  It must never be left aside, since the Mother wants that by her the children arrive at God and with which the enemy is defeated. 
Messages on the Eucharist
Eucharistic Jesus is alive and true body.  Adore and love Him.    
My children, it is in the Eucharist where you can feel how He gives Himself to you.  It is in the Eucharist where He returns to be body and blood, and it is from the Eucharist that he wants to save the souls prepared to receive Him.  
Messages of Jesus:  
            Glorious days await you.  Rejoice In Me my beloved children.  
            The creatures must come to Me, because only with Me the souls will live forever.  It is my Mother, the one that will prevent them from drifting aimlessly, the one that will cause them to come directly to Me. 
            Today I forewarn the world that which the world does not want to notice:  the souls are in danger, many will be lost, and salvation will arrive at few if I am not accepted like The Savior.            
 I want a renovation of the spirit, a loosening from death and an attachment to life. The Heart of My Mother is the chosen one so that what I request becomes reality.  The souls will find Me through Her Immaculate Heart.  
            Previously the world was saved with Noah's Ark.   Today the Ark is My Mother. By means of Her, the souls will be saved because it will bring them towards Me.  Whoever rejects My Mother, rejects Me.           
Many are ignoring the graces of God these days.   You must go and evangelize.  Do not pay attention where.  Wherever you are, evangelize to your brothers who know nothing about the word of God.  Do not forget.  Evangelize. 
For More Information

Here are some of the first messages published on the Internet, covering Sept 25-December 31 1993, courtesy of Faith Publishing.  The Miracle Hunter gives the sequence of events. "

Friday, 27 May 2016

Corpus Christi Mass in Cheltenham

Yesterday a beautiful Mass for Corpus Christi was celebrated by Fr Ian McCarthy at Cheltenham, served by Damian Barker of YCA.

Fr McCarthy gave an outstanding homily. He told us a little known fact: that if one had solely attended the Novus Ordo Mass since 1969, and despite the addition of many more scriptural readings since Vatican II, one would have missed the Epistle traditionally used for hundreds of years on the feasts of Corpus Christi and Maundy Thursday. This Epistle is completely absent from all Novus Ordo Missals! And what an important Epistle it is! It is 1 Corinthians 11:23-29...

[23] For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus, the same night in which he was betrayed, took bread. [24] And giving thanks, broke, and said: Take ye, and eat: this is my body, which shall be delivered for you: this do for the commemoration of me. [25] In like manner also the chalice, after he had supped, saying: This chalice is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as often as you shall drink, for the commemoration of me.
[26] For as often as you shall eat this bread, and drink the chalice, you shall shew the death of the Lord, until he come. [27] Therefore whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord. [28] But let a man prove himself: and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of the chalice[29] For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord. 

Monday, 23 May 2016

Archbishop Ganswein: Pope Benedict Part of an "Enlarged" Papal Ministry?

Archbishop Ganswein, the Secretary of both, Pope Francis and Pope Benedict, has given an extraordinary and dare I say it,  puzzling interview to Edward Pentin. What does this enlarged ministry mean? Please see Edward Pentin's article below:-

Prefect of Pontifical Household also recalls "dramatic struggle" of 2005 Conclave. 

by Edward Pentin 23/05/2016 
Archbishop Gänswein delivering his speech at the Pontifical Gregorian University, May 20.
"In a speech reflecting on Pope Benedict XVI’s pontificate, Archbishop Georg Gänswein has confirmed the existence of a group who fought against Benedict’s election in 2005, but stressed that "Vatileaks" or other issues had "little or nothing" to do with his resignation in 2013.

Speaking at the presentation of a new book on Benedict’s pontificate at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome May 20, Archbishop Gänswein also said that Pope Francis and Benedict are not two popes “in competition” with one another, but represent one “expanded” Petrine Office with “an active member” and a “contemplative.”

Archbishop Gänswein, who doubles as the personal secretary of the Pope Emeritus and prefect of the Pontifical Household, said Benedict did not abandon the papacy like Pope Celestine V in the 13th century but rather sought to continue his Petrine Office in a more appropriate way given his frailty.

“Therefore, from 11 February 2013, the papal ministry is not the same as before,” he said. “It is and remains the foundation of the Catholic Church; and yet it is a foundation that Benedict XVI has profoundly and lastingly transformed by his exceptional pontificate.”

Reflecting on Benedict's time as Pope, Archbishop Gänswein said that although he was “a classic ‘homo historicus’, a Western man par excellence who embodied the richness of the Catholic tradition like no other,” at the same time he was “so bold as to open the door to a new phase, for that historic turning point that five years ago no one could have imagined.”

Gänswein drew attention to “brilliant and illuminating” and “well documented and thorough” passages of the book, written by Roberto Regoli and entitled Oltre la crisi della Chiesa. Il pontificato di Benedetto XVI — “Beyond the Crisis of the Church, The Pontificate of Benedict XVI.”

The German prelate especially highlighted Regoli’s account of “a dramatic struggle” that took place in the 2005 Conclave between the “so-called ‘Salt of the Earth Party’” (named after the book interview with Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger) comprising “Cardinals Lopez Trujillo, Ruini, Herranz, Ruoco Varela or Medina" and their adversaries: "the so-called St. Gallen group” that included “Cardinals Danneels, Martini, Silvestrini or Murphy O’Connor” — a group Cardinal Danneels referred jokingly to as “a kind of mafia-club,” Archbishop Gänswein recalled. (His reference to that struggle backs up an interview German journalist Paul Badde gave the Register last November and EWTN Germany, during which Badde also mentioned German Cardinals Kasper and Lehmann as being part of the St. Gallen group) (THIS IS BIG NEWS, why would Archbishop Ganswein report this?).

“The election was certainly the outcome of a battle,” Gänswein went on, adding that the “key” to the Conclave was Cardinal Ratzinger’s “dictatorship of relativism” homily that he gave on the first day of the election when he was Dean of the College of Cardinals.

Benedict’s personal secretary then referred to how Regoli highlights the “fascinating and moving” years of Benedict’s pontificate, and his “skill and confidence” in exercising the Petrine ministry. He recalled, in particular, the “black year” of 2010, when Manuela Camagni, one of the four Memores Domini consecrated women who assisted Benedict, was tragically killed in a road accident in Rome.

The year, which he attests was a dark one, was further blackened by “malicious attacks against the Pope” ....But nothing affected Benedict’s “heart as much as the death of Manuela”, whom he considered part of the “papal family” of helpers. “Benedict wasn’t an ‘actor pope’, and even less an insensitive ‘automaton Pope’,” Gänswein said. ”Even on the throne of Peter, he was and remained a man… ‘a man with his contradictions’.”
Then, after having been so affected by the death of Camagni, Benedict suffered the “betrayal of Paolo Gabriele”, his “poor and misguided” former valet who was found guilty of leaking confidential papal documents in what became known as the ‘Vatileaks’ scandal. That episode was “false money” traded on the world stage as “authentic gold bullion” he said, but stressed that “no traitor, ‘mole’, or any journalist” would have caused Benedict to resign. “The scandal was too small” for the “greater, well considered step Benedict made of millennial historical significance.”

Such assumptions that they did have something to do with it, he said, “have little or nothing to do with reality”, adding that Benedict resigned because it was “fitting” and “reasonable”, and quoted John Duns Scotus’ words to justify the decree for the Immaculate Conception: “Decuit, potuit, fecit” — “He could do it, it was fitting that He do it.”

Various reports have suggested that pressure was exerted on Benedict to step down. One of the latest came last year from a former confidant and confessor to the late Cardinal Carlo Martini who said Martini had told Benedict: "Try and reform the Curia, and if not, you leave.”

But in his speech, Gänswein insisted "it was fitting" for Benedict to resign because he "was aware that the necessary strength for such a very heavy office was lessening. He could do it [resign], because he had long thought through, from a theological point of view, the possibility of a pope emeritus in the future. So he did it.”
Drawing on the Latin words “munus petrinum” — “Petrine ministry” — Gänswein pointed out the word “munus” has many meanings such as “service, duty, guide or gift”. He said that “before and after his resignation” Benedict has viewed his task as “participation in such a ‘Petrine ministry’. “He left the Papal Throne and yet, with the step he took on 11 February 2013, he has not abandoned this ministry,” Gänswein explained, something "quite impossible after his irrevocable acceptance of the office in April 2005.“
Instead, he said, "he has built a personal office with a collegial and synodal dimension, almost a communal ministry, as if he had wanted to reiterate once again the invitation contained in the motto that the then-Joseph Ratzinger had as Archbishop of Munich and Freising and naturally maintained as Bishop of Rome: "cooperatores veritatis", which means ‘co-workers of the truth’.”

Archbishop Gänswein pointed out that the motto is not in the singular but in the plural (really??), and taken from the Third Letter of John, in which it is written in verse 8: "We must welcome these people to become co-workers for the truth".

He therefore stressed that since Francis’ election, there are not “two popes, but de facto an expanded ministry — with an active member and a contemplative member.” He added that this is why Benedict XVI “has not given up his name”, unlike Pope Celestine V who reverted to his name Pietro da Marrone, “nor the white cassock.” “Therefore he has also not retired to a monastery in isolation but stays within the Vatican — as if he had taken only one step to the side to make room for his successor and a new stage in the history of the papacy.” With that step, he said, he has enriched the papacy with “his prayer and his compassion placed in the Vatican Gardens.”

Archbishop Gänswein repeated that Benedict’s resignation was “quite different” to that of Pope Celestine V. “So it is not surprising,” he said, “that some have seen it as revolutionary, or otherwise as entirely consistent with the gospel,  while still others see in this way a secularized papacy as never before, and thus more collegial and functional, or even simply more humane and less sacred. And still others are of the opinion that Benedict XVI, with this step, has almost — speaking in theological and historical-critical terms — demythologized the papacy.”


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