02 April 2018

More Bugnini

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I'm occasionally asked why I bang on about the pre-1911 order of things in the Church.  It's because the liturgical archaeologism which guided liturgical reform in the second half of the twentieth century didn't restore the Liturgy to some pristine, authentic, original: instead it took it further and further away from its origins until it became a creation of people with an agenda which can most charitably be described as "untraditional".

Let me offer two citations:


Prior to its modernisation in the reforms of 1970 the Easter Vigil Mass presented a number of very ancient features.  As well as the absence of any Introit, there was no Creed, no Offertory verse, no kiss of peace, no Agnus Dei and no Communion verse. Incense was carried as normal at the Gospel but no lights. The mediaeval commentators supplied allegorical interpretations for these omissions; Durandus, for example, tells us that the absence of lights at the Gospel signifies that Christ has not yet risen but lies in the tomb, and the omission of the Creed indicates the uncertainty of weak minds. The real reason is once again the operation of Baumstark's Law.  Almost all the features which were omitted in the Easter Vigil Mass had been adopted into the Roman Mass from outside sources in the period between the late fourth century and the twelfth century.  What survived in the Easter Vigil liturgy prior to 1970, therefore, represented, at least externally, the form of Mass as it was celebrated in Rome around the middle of the fourth century, modified only by a few later additions, such as the prayers said silently by the celebrant at the Offertory and before his communion, and, until 1955, the Last Gospel.
 Festa Paschalia Philip J Goddard

(The General Intercessions (Orationes Sollemnes) of Good Friday can also be dated from the late fourth century.) 
In the ecumenical climate of Vatican II, some expressions in the orations sollemnes of the Good Friday service had a bad ring to them. There were urgent requests to tone down some of the wording. It is always unpleasant to have to alter venerable texts that for centuries have effectively nourished Christian devotion and have about them the spiritual fragrance of the heroic age of the church's beginnings. Above all, it is difficult to revise literary masterpieces that are unsurpassed for their pithy form. It was nevertheless thought necessary to face up to the task, lest anyone find reason for spiritual discomfort in the prayer of the Church.
 The revisions, limited to what was absolutely necessary, were prepared by study group 18bis. In Intercession I: "For the Church", the phrase "subiciens ei principatus et potestates" ("subjecting principalities and powers to it [the Church]") was omitted, even though this was inspired by what St. Paul says about the "angelic powers” (Col 2:15), it could be misinterpreted as referring to a temporal role which the church did indeed have in other periods of history but which is anachronistic today. Intercession VII was given a new title: "For Unity Among Christians" (instead of "For the Unity of the Church"). The text was changed so that it no longer referred to "heretics" and "schismatics", but to "all our brothers and sisters who share our faith in Christ.” Intercession VIII: "For the Jewish People", (instead of "For the Conversion of the Jews") was completely rewritten. Intercession IX: "For Those Who Do Not Believe in Christ" (instead of: "For the Conversion of Unbelievers") was likewise completely rewritten.
 The Reform of the Liturgy 1948-1975 Anibale Bugnini

30 December 2017

Maradiaga: Some Questions.

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A translation of a Spanish blog post. The original is here.

There is only one solution to the present problem of Maradiaga and the Pope: a clear rebuttal of the accusations. “I love you very much, I trust you very much, how I suffer when I see what you suffer ...” is a waste of everybody’s time. Things have to be cleared up once and for all, whoever ends up being blamed. Does Maradiaga receive very significant monthly payments? Yes or no? Receiving lots of dollars isn’t bad in itself: it can be good if the dollars are used well. Are they spent well? Can an organisation in a very poor country use these dollars to fund activities outside that organisation in spite of its own obligations? Are the activities relevant to the organisation or not? Does the Cardinal have an assistant who needs to be kept out of sight? Is everything a gross slander? What about Bishop Zanchetta, with health so poor he had to resign his Argentine diocese yet nevertheless was found suitable for a high position in the Roman Curia? Is there a skeleton in some cupboard or other? All these things, and others, affect the credibility of the Pope who, at the very least, will be thought of as covering up some odd things. And what has happened to some people who might be thought, rightly or wrongly, to have been involved in some of the covering up?


A Pope will always be the object of slander from enemies of the Church. Some allegations are so implausible that they do not merit a denial. If someone accused Bergoglio of being behind Kennedy's assassination, it would be absurd for him to deny it. Leave mad people to worry about mad things. But there are facts that implicate him one way or another. To give a minor yet scandalous example, Bertone's flat. Bertone is still there and right in the Pope’s sight. There may be papalotrists who will affirm that the Vicars of Christ do not have eyes. Well, they’re wrong. It may be a matter of little importance but it does have some. And it becomes more important when there is a person who looks with a magnifying glass at other defects, imagined or real, and wastes no time in denouncing them.

04 December 2017

Casuistry

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So if I get this right, it doesn't matter exactly what the Pope has said or done, because you can always work out a way of interpreting it that means that he hasn't contradicted, in any hard and fast sense, what the Catholic Church has always meant.  And if other people: Cardinals, Bishops, people like that: choose to interpret what the Pope said heretically, well, we all know that they're wrong, or at least badly advised: hey! somebody should do something.

If you care, look at what happened to the Centre Party in Germany after the 1933 elections. It's what happens to Catholics when they keep compromising with the world till they have nothing left; it's what happens to them when they do nothing instead of thinking about fighting for what they believe in.


02 December 2017

The End Of The Year

At the end of my 1863 calendar series I wrote the following:

May this parish stand as a type of all the parishes we have looked at during the last year.  Its priest will fast from midnight on Saturday until nearly 12.00 on Sunday because he says Masses for his parishioners. He offers them Vespers on Sunday so that they can join in at least part of the Office beyond Mass.  He instructs potential converts; he baptises the children of parishioners, and churches their mothers. He offers non-liturgical services, and, perhaps most importantly of all, he makes arrangements to hear their confessions, with particular emphasis on the confessions of children, and remembers the benefactors who make all of this possible by offering Mass for them every week.  Here is the outward extension of the local Church which is the Diocese, far from Rome in distance, but teaching and confirming the faithful in their religion, exactly the same religion as was taken from their forefathers four hundred years previously, and using, with a small number of variations, the calendar which had governed the life of that Church throughout the period of the great persecutions of those four centuries. God Bless all good priests, as they are blessed by those whose faith they confirm, and God Bless them for increasing the number of those who have such faith!

I will leave this series with two thoughts: first, the old calendar, the old concept of the calendar, in which the rampant sabbatarianism of the worship of Sundays in the abstract is totally missing, is a better integrated, more human, less didactic, unclericalised, popular way of linking the Church's year to the seasons and to the lives of the faithful.

The second is how much the life of the Church depends on priests in parishes, and on those in religious life who support them, rather than on Bishops, Cardinals, or Popes.  If we pray a lot, have lots of children, bring them up in the Faith, and are prepared to give them all to God if they have a call from Him that they will answer positively, we will be able to recreate a Church in England and Wales as holy and fruitful as it was in 1863.

I want to make an additional point today, though I stand by my comments of two years ago: that with the exception of Vespers and Instruction, which had both largely disappeared before the calamitous changes of 1911, most parishes, in most of the country, are managing to do pretty well as well as their predecessors 160 years ago, in terms of keeping their Catholic flock supplied with what they need, under God, to be saved.  There has been an awful reduction in Confession, which reflects something larger than parish praxis but I am particularly pleased that my last three parishes were Franciscan, Dominican and Jesuit respectively, and the three orders are as faithful today to their mission to the faithful as they were in 1865.

The two comments at the end of last week's post are particularly relevant - at least I think so.  Why isn't the calendar something traditionalists discuss and argue about? Why have they allowed 1962 to become a defining norm?

And what about the stoic Catholicism Mike Cliffson describes? What was it like to live for generations with little if any recourse to the Sacraments? These are deep waters few of us ever explore.

More soonish, however, about the dreadful consequences of the Reformation and the French Revolution which are part of this whole sorry tale about the attack on the calendar.

25 November 2017

Twenty-fifth Sunday After Pentecost 1865

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26 SUNDAY, twenty-fifth after Pentecost. St Felix of Valois, Confessor, double. Second prayers and last Gospel of the Sunday, third prayers of St Peter of Alexandria, Bishop Martyr. White. Second Vespers of the Feast to the Little Chapter, thence of St Gregory (Meruit Supremos), commemoration of the preceding and of the Sunday.

27 Monday St Gregory Thaumaturgus, Bishop Confessor, double. White.

28 Tuesday St Martin, Pope Martyr, semidouble (transferred from 12 November). Second prayers A cunctis, third prayers free. Red.

29 Wednesday Vigil. Second prayers of St Saturninus, Martyr. Third prayers Concede. Fourth prayers for the Departed, fifth prayers free. Violet.

30 Thursday (FEASTDAY OF DEVOTION) St ANDREW Apostle, double of the second class. Creed, Preface of the Apostles. Red.

1 Friday Feria. Second prayers for the Departed, third prayers free. Abstinence.

2 Saturday St Bibiana, Virgin Martyr, semidouble. Second prayers A Cunctis, third prayers free. Red.

The Rev Fr Peter Gallwey SJ is the Rector of the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Farm-street Berkeley-square, supported by the Rev Frs Charles Locke, William Eyre, Albany Christie, William Maher, Henry Segrave, and William Cardwell SJ. On Sundays and Holyday Mass at 7.00, 7.30, 8.30, and 9.00. High Mass at 11.00. On Weekdays Mass at 7.00, 7.30, 8.30, and 10.00. Vespers on Sundays and Holydays at 3.30, with instruction and Benediction. On the first Sunday of the month Devotions of the Bona Mors at 3.30, instead of Vespers. On Wednesday Devotion of the Stations of the Cross and Benediction at 8.00 pm. On Fridays Devotions of the Sacred Heart, with Meditation and Benediction, at 4.00 (in winter at 3.30). Confessions every morning from 7.00 till 9.30, and on Wednesday and Saturday and eves of Feasts from 3.00 to 6.00, and from 7.00 to 10.00. Confraternities of the Bona Mors, of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

In 2017 the Parish Priest is Fr Andrew Cameron-Mowat SJ, supported by the Rev Frs Anthony Nye, Christopher Pedley and Dominic Robinson SJ.  Anticipated Mass on Saturday at 6.00, and on Sunday at 8.00, 9.30 (Family Mass), 11.00 (Sung Latin), 12.30 and 5.30 pm. On third Sunday Mass for Japanese Community at 114 Mount St. Mass on Holydays and weekdays at 8.00, 1.05 pm and 6.00 pm.  Mass on Saturday at 8.00 am. On first Wednesday Novena Prayers or Novena Mass to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour for the Filipino Community. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Monday to Friday 12.30 to 1.05 pm, and first Friday 5.00 to 6.00 pm. Rosary daily after 1.05 Mass. Prayer group led by the Brazilian community on Wednesday at 6.45 pm. Confessions: Monday to Saturday before each Mass and on request in the church, or mornings on call at 114 Mount St; and on Sundays for ten minutes before each Mass.

This is the last post in this series as this is the last Sunday in the Church's year.  I hope it has been of use or interest to somebody other than me.


18 November 2017

Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost 1865

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19 SUNDAY twenty-fourth after Pentecost. St Elizabeth, Widow, double. Second prayers and last Gospel of the Sunday, 3d prayers of St Pontian, Pope Martyr. White. First Vespers of St Edmund, commemoration of St Elizabeth and of the Sunday. Red.

20 Monday St Edmund, King Martyr, greater double. Red.

21 Tuesday The Presentation of the BVM, greater double. Creed, Preface of the BVM. White. Plenary Indulgence.

22 Wednesday St Cecilia, Virgin Martyr, double. Red.

23 Thursday St Clement, Pope Martyr, double. Second prayers of St Felicity, Martyr. Red.

24 Friday St John of the Cross, Confessor, double. Second prayers of St Chrysogonus, Martyr. White. Abstinence.

25 Saturday St Catherine, Virgin Martyr, double. Red.

At Holy Cross Priory in Leicester, the Very Rev Fr William T Nickolds OP is Prior and Provincial; the Rev Frs Philip M Limerick OP and Alphonsus Cavanagh OP also serve at the Priory.  Mass on Sundays at 9.00 and 11.00. Rosary and Catechism at 3.00. Vespers, Sermon and Benediction at 6.30. On Holydays Mass at 7.00 and 9.00. Evening Devotions and Benediction at 8.00. On other days Mass at 7.00 and 8.30; Evening Devotions at 8.00.


In 2017 Fr David Rocks is Prior and Parish Priest. Frs Isidore Clarke OP, Tony Rattigan OP (Bursar), Robert Gay CC OP (Subprior), and Matthew Jarvis OP also serve at the Priory. Anticipated Mass on Saturday at 6.10 pm. Mass on Sunday at 8.00, 10.30, 12.30 (Dominican Rite), and 7.00 pm. Lauds at 9.00. Exposition, Rosary, Compline and Benediction at 6.00 pm.  Anticipated Mass of Holydays at 6.10 pm. Holyday Mass at 8.00 (Dominican Rite), 12.30 and 6.10. Lauds at 7.30. Vespers after evening Mass. Monday-Friday schedule: 7.30 Lauds, 8.00 Mass (Dominican Rite), 11.00 Devotions and Exposition (Wednesday only), 12.00 Rosary, 12.15 Benediction (Wednesday only), 12.30 Mass, 6.10 Mass, 6.45 Vespers. Saturday schedule: 8.00 Mass (Dominican Rite), 9.00 Lauds, 10.00 Mass, 10.30 Devotions and Exposition, 10.30-11.30 Confessions, 12.00 Rosary, 12.30 Mass, 5.00-6.00 Confessions, 5.45 Vespers.

11 November 2017

Twenty-third Sunday After Pentecost 1865

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12 SUNDAY, twenty-third after Pentecost, semidouble. Second prayers A cunctis, third prayers free. Green. Vespers of the Sunday, commemoration of St Didacus, suffrages. [In Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, Plenary Indulgence.]

13 Monday St Didacus, Confessor, semidouble. Second prayers A cunctis, third prayers free. White.

14 Tuesday The Translation of St Erconwald, Bishop Confessor, double. White.

15 Wednesday St Gertrude, Virgin, double. White.

16 Thursday St Edmund, Bishop Confessor, double. White.

17 Friday St Hugh, Bishop Confessor, double. White. Abstinence. [In Diocese of Nottingham, greater double.]

18 Saturday The Dedication of the Basilica of Sts Peter and Paul, double. Creed. White.

In 1865 the Guardian of St David’s Church and Monastery at Holywell, Pantasaph, is the V Rev Fr Seraphim. The Rev Frs Beneventus, Eugene and Bonaventure also belong to the Monastery.  Mass on Sundays and Holydays 8.00. Solemn Mass with sermon at 10.30. Catechism at 2.30. Compline, instruction and Benediction at 3.30. On Wednesdays Conventual Mass at 6.30, fixed Mass at 8.00. Rosary and Litany of the BVM daily at 6.00 pm.

In 2017 the parish is served by the Rev Frs Francis Maple and Paschal Burlinson.  Anticipated Mass is at 4.00 pm on Saturday, and on Sunday Mass is at 10.00. Mass on Holydays at 10.00  and 7.30 pm. Padre Pio Mass each third Thursday at 6.00 pm. Weekday Mass at 8.00 and at 9.00 at Bryn Mair Convent. Morning Prayer with Mass at the church and the convent. Confessions 11.30-12.00 on Saturday and on call.  Rosary and Evening Prayer at 6.30 daily except Thursday. Eucharistic Adoration Tuesday 10.00 to 6.30. Days of prayer and Veneration of the Relic on enquiry.


04 November 2017

Twenty-second Sunday After Pentecost 1865

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5 SUNDAY Twenty-second after Pentecost, semidouble. Second prayers of the Octave. White. Vespers of the Sunday, commemoration of the Octave. [In Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, Plenary Indulgence.]

6 Monday Of the Octave, semidouble. Second prayers of the Holy Ghost, Third prayers for the Church or the Pope. White.

7 Tuesday Of the Octave, semidouble. Second prayers of the Holy Ghost, Third prayers for the Church or the Pope. White.

8 Wedn. The Octave of All Saints, double. Second prayers of the Four Holy Crowned Martyrs. White.

The Indulgence ends

9 Thursday The Dedication of the Basilica of St Saviour, double. Second prayers of St Theodore, Martyr. Creed. White.

10 Friday St Andrew Avellino, Confessor, semidouble. Second prayers of Sts Trypho and Companions, Martyrs.  Third prayers A cunctis. White. Abstinence. [In Diocese of Beverley. Fourth prayers for the Bishop.]

11 Saturday St Martin, Bishop Confessor, double. Second prayers of St Mennas, Martyr. White.

The Rev John Charles Kemp serves the parish of St Pancras in Ipswich.  High Mass and Sermon on Sunday at 11.00, Catechism and Instruction at 3.00. Vespers with sermon and Benediction at 6.30.  On Holydays High Mass and Sermon at 11.00. Vespers and Benediction at 7.30. On weekdays Mass at 8.00. On Thursday night prayers, sermon and Benediction at 7.30.

Fr Francis Leeder is Parish Priest in 2017.  Anticipated Mass is at 6.30 on Saturday. Mass on Sunday at 9.30 and 11.00.  Weekday Mass at 7.30 am (Monday), 9.30 am (Tuesday), 7.00 am (Wedneesday), 12.15 pm (Thursday), 7.00 am (Friday), 10.45 am (Saturday). Confessions: Tuesday after Mass; Saturday 11.00 to 11.30 and after the 6.30 Mass.


28 October 2017

Twenty-first Sunday After Pentecost 1865

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The Indulgence begins

29 SUNDAY Twenty-first after Pentecost. Venerable Bede, Confessor, greater double. Second prayers and last Gospel of Sunday. White. Second Vespers of the Feast (Meruit supremos), commemoration of the Sunday. [In Diocese of Beverley, the Octave of the BVM, double. Second prayers and last Gospel of Sunday, Preface of the BVM. White. First Vespers of St Bede (Meruit supremos), commemoration of the Octave and of the Sunday.]

30 Monday Feria. [In Diocese of Beverley, Venerable Bede, Confessor, greater double. White.]

31 Tuesday All-Hallows Eve. Second prayers of the Holy Ghost. Third prayers for the Church or the Pope. Violet.

1 Wednesday. ALL SAINTS, double of the First Class with an Octave, during which commemoration of the Octave and Creed. White. Second Vespers of the Feast. White. After Benedicamus Domino), Vespers of the Dead. Black.

2 Thursday All Souls. Black.

3 Friday St Winifred, Virgin Martyr, double. Red. Abstinence. [In Diocese of Shrewsbury double of the First Class. Plenary Indulgence.]

4 Saturday St Charles, Bishop Confessor, double. Third prayers of Sts Vitalis and Agricola, Martyrs. White.

In 1865 the parish of St Francis of Assisi, Portland-road, Notting-Hill is served by the Rev Henry Augustus Rawes of the Oblates of St Charles. Mass on Sunday at 8.00, 9.00 and 11.00; on Holydays at 8.00 and 11.00; on weekdays at 8.00 (from 5 November to 30 April at 9.00). Benediction with sermon on Sunday at 7.00 and on Thursday at 8.00. Confraternity of the Cord of St. Francis.

In 2017 the Parish Priest is Fr Gerard Skinner.  Anticipated Mass on Saturday at 6.00, and Sunday Mass at 10.00, 11.30 and 6.00 pm. Mass on Holydays at 9.30 and 7.00 pm. Weekday Mass at 9.30 except Wednesday when there is no Mass. Confessions on Saturday 10.00 to 10.30. Adoration of t Blessed Sacrament Monday, Thursday and Friday after Mass until 10:30. Rosary after Tuesday and Saturday morning Mass. The Church is open for private prayer from 9.00 to 12.00 noon daily.


21 October 2017

Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost 1865

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22 SUNDAY, Twentieth after Pentecost. The Patronage of the BVM, greater double. Second prayers and last Gospel of the Sunday, Preface of the BVM. White. First Vespers of Our Most Holy Redeemer, commemoration of the Patronage of the BVM and the Sunday. [In Diocese of Beverley, Patron of the Diocese, double of the First Class. Second Vespers of the Feast, with commemoration of the Most Holy Redeemer and of the Sunday.]

23 Monday Our Most Holy REDEEMER, greater double. Creed. White.

24 Tuesday St Raphael, Archangel, greater double. Creed. White.

25 Wednesday The Translation of St John of Beverley, double. Second prayers of Sts Chrysanthus and Daria, Martyrs. White. [In Diocese of Beverley greater double.]

26 Thursday St Theresa. Virgin, double (transferred from 15 October). Second prayers of St Evaristus, Pope Martyr. White.

27 Friday Vigil. St John Cantius, Confessor, double (transferred from 22 October). Second prayers and last Gospel of Vigil. White. Abstinence.

28 Sat. (Feast of Devotion) STS SIMON AND JUDE, Apostles, double of the second class. Creed, Preface of the Apostles. Red. [In Diocese of St David'sand Newport second prayers for the Bishop.]

The parish of St Marie in Sheffield is served by the Very Rev Canon William Fisher as Missionary Rector, and he is supported by the Revv Martin Kelly, Patrick Kennedy, Joseph Hurst and James Atkins. Masses on Sunday are at 7.30, 9.00, and High Mass at 10.30 (with Sermon). Catechism, Instruction, and Devotions for children are at 3.00. Vespers, Sermon and Benediction at 6.30 pm. On Holydays, Masses are at 7.00 and 9.00, with High Mass and Sermon at 10.30. Devotions for children, Discourse and Benediction at 3.00, and Vespers, Sermon and Benediction at 8.00 pm. On weekdays, Masses are at 8.00 and 8.30. On Days of Devotion and on every Thursday evening at 8.00 there are Prayers, Devotions and Benediction. Every Friday from Septuagesima to Palm Sunday and on the first Friday of every month there are Stations of the Cross. On other Fridays, the Bona Mors Devotions are said in the Mortuary Chapel at 8.00. Every Saturday evening at 8.00 Prayers, Rosary, Litany etc of the BVM are sung. In May, for the month of Mary, there are Devotions and a Discourse every evening. There are Devotions, a Discourse and Benediction every evening in the Octave of Corpus Christi. Every evening in the Octave of All Souls there are Devotions in the Mortuary Chapel. There are Confraternities of the Blessed Sacrament, the Immaculate Heart of Mary for the Conversion of Sinners, the Scapular, the Rosary, and of Christian Doctrine. Marriages are on Sunday at 9.00, and other days at 10.00. Baptisms on Sunday at 2.00 pm and Wednesday at 10.00 am. Churchings on Monday mornings at 9.00.

In 2017 St Marie’s is the Cathedral Church of the Diocese of Hallam.  The Cathedral Parish Priest is Fr Christopher Mark Posluszny, supported by Fr Santosh Vazhappally and Fr Luciano Falcao. Anticipated Mass on Saturday at 5.30, and on Sunday at 8.30 am, 10.30 am, 12.30 pm, and 6.30 pm. Weekday Mass: Monday-Friday 8.00 am, 12.45 pm and 5.30 pm; Saturday at 12.30 pm. Divine Office: Monday-Friday: Morning Prayer 7.45 am, Midday Prayer 12.30 pm, Evening Prayer 5.15 pm.

Holy Hour: Monday- Friday 11.30 am-12.30 pm. Confessions Monday - Friday 12.00-12.30pm; Saturday 11.00 am-12.15 pm, 4.45-5.15 pm.

14 October 2017

Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost 1865

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15 SUNDAY, Nineteenth after Pentecost. The Purity of the BVM, greater double. Second prayers and last Gospel of the Sunday, Preface of the BVM. White. Second Vespers of the Feast, commemoration of St Bridget, of the Sunday, and of the Octave. Plenary Indulgence.

16 Monday St Bridget, Widow, double (transferred from 8 September). White.

17 Tuesday St Hedwiges, Widow, semidouble. Third prayers Concede. White.

18 Wednesday St Luke, Evangelist, double of the second class. Creed, Preface of the Apostles. Red.

19 Thursday St Peter of Alcantara, Confessor, double. White.

20 Friday The Octave of St Edward, double. White. Abstinence.

21 Saturday Sts Ursula and Companions, Virgins Martyrs, greater double. Second prayers of St Hilarion, Abbot. Red.

Holy Rood, Swindon, is served by the Rev Robert Platt. Mass on Sunday at 10.30. Catechism and instruction at 3.00. Vespers and evening prayers at 6.30, with Benediction on the first and third Sundays of the month. On Holydays and Days of Devotion Mass at 9.15.

In 2017 the Parish Priest is Canon John Cunningham, supported by Fr Dominic Findlay-Wilson, assistant priest, Deacon Rev Jonathan Ager and Deacon Dennis Sutton (retired). Anticipated Mass on Saturday evening at 6.15pm. Sunday Mass at 8.00, 9.30, 11.00 and 5.30 pm. Weekday Mass Monday 8.00, Tuesday 8.00, Wednesday 5.45 pm, Thursday 9.00, Friday 8.00 and 5.45 pm, Saturday 8.00.  Confessions Saturday 5.15 to 6.00 pm and Wednesday 6.15 to 6.45 pm.


07 October 2017

Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost 1865

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8 SUNDAY Eighteenth after Pentecost. The Maternity of the BVM, greater double. Commemoration and last Gospel of the Sunday, Preface of the BVM. White. Second Vespers of the Feast, commemoration of Sts Denys and Companions and of the Sunday. Plenary Indulgence.

9 Monday Sts Denys and Companions, Martyrs, semidouble. Second prayers A Cunctis. Third prayers free. Red.

10 Tuesday St Paulinus, Bishop Confessor, double. White. [In Diocese of Beverley Plenary Indulgence.]

11 Wednesday St Francis Borgia, semidouble. Second prayers A Cunctis. Third prayers free.
White.

12 Thursday St Wilfrid, Bishop Confessor, double.  White. [In Diocese of Beverley Plenary Indulgence.]

13 Friday The Translation of St Edward, King Confessor, double of the second class with an Octave, during which a commemoration of the Octave. White. Plenary Indulgence during the Octave for all Benefactors of the Poor-School Committee. Abstinence.

14 Saturday St Calistus, Pope Martyr, double. Red.

The parish of St Charles Borromeo, is served by the Rev Michael Trappes (Missionary Rector), Very Rev John Canon Motler, and Rev Arthur G. Riddell. Mass on Sunday at 8.00, 9.30 for children, and High Mass with sermon at 11.00. Catechism and Benediction at 3.00 for children. Vespers, lecture and Benediction at 6.30. On Holidays Mass at 8.30 and 10.30. On Weekdays Mass at 7.00 and 8.00 in summer, and at 7.30 and 8.30 in winter. Instruction and Benediction on Holydays and Thursday evenings at 7.15. On Tuesday at 7.15 pm short service for the Guild of the Blessed Sacrament.

In 2017 Fr Paul Dowling is Parish Priest. On Sunday Mass is at 10.00 and 6.30 pm. Benediction at 6.00 pm.  Weekday Mass on Monday at 9.30, and Tuesday to Saturday at 12.10. Confessions Friday 4.00 to 5.00 pm, Saturday 10.30 to 11.30.  Rosary before weekday Mass and Sunday Benediction.


02 October 2017

The Bishops ... Again

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I wrote a while ago about the Bishops: about how I believed that their authority was being usurped in the matter of the CES document on transgenderism and how I believed that they ought to take a stand.

Countercultural Father mentions (in the third part of an important series of posts) here something I had heard earlier in the day: that the offensive-to-many Made in God's Image is about to be reissued, and in a form some of us might think of as (at least more) Catholic.

More importantly: I also hear that a subset of the Bishops has pushed for this and wants to insist not just that the offending document should be reissued, but that the first version should be withdrawn.

Ben's posts are about the problems silence can cause, and I am only picking through a few bits of straw which have blown over the CBCEW's wall of silence; but, in the same way that I sense that a shift is beginning to take place in the wider Church with recent comments by Ouellet and Parolin, perhaps here is a hint that if the CBCEW is to maintain unity ("Unity in Silence": a sad motto) it will have to be built on a more orthodox foundation than we have hitherto been used to.


30 September 2017

Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost 1865

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1 SUNDAY, Seventeenth after Pentecost, The Most Holy Rosary of the BVM, greater double. Commemoration and last Gospel of the Sunday, second prayers of St Remigius, Bishop Confessor, Preface of the BVM. White. Second Vespers of the Feast, commemoration of the Guardian Angels, and of the Sunday. Plenary Indulgence. [In Diocese of Southwark Collection.]

2 Monday The Holy Guardian Angels, double. Creed. White.

The Indulgence ends.

3 Tuesday St Thomas of Hereford, Bishop Confessor, double. White.

4 Wednesday St Francis, Confessor, double. White.

5 Thursday Of the Blessed Sacrament, semidouble. Second prayers of Sts Placid and Companions, Martyrs. Third prayers A cunctis. Preface of Christmas. White. [In Diocese of St David's and Newport, of the Octave of St Michael, semidouble. Second prayers of Sts Placid and Companions, Martyrs. Third prayers Concede. Creed. White.]

6 Friday St Bruno, Confessor, double. White. Abstinence. [In Diocese of St David’s and Newport, the Octave of St Michael, double. Creed. White.

7 Saturday. Of the Immaculate Conception, semidouble. Second prayers of St Mark Pope Confessor.  Third prayers of Sts Sergius and Companions, Martyrs, Preface of the BVM. White. [In dioceses of Clifton, St David’s and Newport, and Plymouth, in principal Mass one prayer and Creed; Litany of the Blessed Virgin and Benediction. In Diocese of St David’s and Newport, St Bruno, Confessor Doctor. Second prayers of St Mark, Pope Confessor. Third prayers of Sts Sergius and Companions, Martyrs.]

The Cathedral Church of St Mary and St Boniface in Plymouth is served by the Rt Reverend the Bishop, the Very Revs Herbert Canon Woollett Vicar General and Rich­ard Canon Mansfield, the  Revs Charles Graham, Paul Moudens, Patrick O'Brien, and Timothy Dilworth. On Sundays and Holydays Mass is at 7.30 and 9.00, with High Mass at 11.00. Catechism at 2.30. Compline, Instruction and Benediction at 6.30. Mass daily at 7.30, 8.00, and 9.00. Benediction on Tuesday and Thursday at 7.00 pm. Stations of the Cross on first Friday of month at 7.00 pm.


In 2017 the Cathedral Dean is Monsignor Canon Bart.  The Resident Priest is Fr Peter Coxe, and a retired priest, Fr Michael Cole, also lives in the Parish.  The Cathedral parish also serves St Joseph’s and Christ the King.  At the Cathedral, Mass on Sunday at 8.00, 10.00 (Solemn) and 6.00 pm (Sung). Mass on Monday to Friday at 9.00 am. On Friday Mass also at 7.00 pm. On Saturday Mass at 10.00. Sunday Mass at St Joseph’s at 11.00 and on Thursday at 10.00. Anticipated Mass on Saturday at 6.00 pm at Christ the King and on Sunday at 12.05 (University Mass).   Mass Monday to Friday at 12.00. At the Cathedral, Sung Evening Prayer and Benediction on Sunday at 5.00.  Morning Prayer at 8.40 Monday to Friday. Holy Hour Friday at 6.00 pm. Rosary after morning Mass Monday to Thursday, and on Friday at 6.20 pm before Mass. Novena in honour of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Saturday 10.30am. Confessions after weekday Mass and on Saturdays 10.30 to 11.30 am.

23 September 2017

Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost 1865

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The Indulgence begins.

24 SUNDAY, Sixteenth after Pentecost. Our Lady of Mercy, greater double. Second prayers and last Gospel of the Sunday, Creed, Preface of the BVM. White. Second Vespers of the Feast, commemoration of The Stigmata of St Francis and of the Sunday. Plenary Indulgence.

25 Monday The Stigmata of St. Francis, Confessor, double (transferred from 17 September). White.
[In Diocese of Liverpool, third prayers for the Bishop.]

26 Tuesday Sts Cyprian and Justina, simple. Second prayers for the Departed, third prayers A Cunctis. Red.

27 Wednesday Sts Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs, semidouble. Second prayers A Cunctis, third prayers free. Red.

28 Thursday St Wenceslaus, Martyr, semidouble. Second prayers A Cunctis, third prayers free. Red.

29 Friday (Feast of Devotion) St MICHAEL, Archangel, double of the second class. Creed. White. Abstinence. [In dioceses of Westminster, Birmingham, and Hexham and Newcastle, second prayers for the Bishop. In Diocese of Liverpool, Plenary Indulgence. In Diocese of St David's and Newport, Titular of the Pro-Cathedral, double of the First Class with an Octave, during which commemoration of the Octave and Creed.]

30 Saturday St Jerome, Confessor Doctor, double. Creed. White.

The parish of Our Lady and All Saints Otley is served by the Rev Charles A O’Neill.  Mass on Sunday at 10.30. Baptism and Churchings at 2.00. Instruction for children and adults at 3.30. Vespers, lecture and Benediction at 4.00. On Holydays Mass at 9.00 am in winter and 5.00 am in summer.  Benediction at 7.30 pm. Weekday Mass at 8.15. Confessions from 6.00 to 10.00 on Friday and Saturday evenings and on the eves of festivals.

In 2017 Canon Thomas O’Connor is parish priest.  Anticipated Mass is on Saturday at 6.30 pm.  Sunday Mass at 9.30, 10.00 and 11.15.  Mass on Holydays at 8.00, 9.15 and 7.30 pm.


16 September 2017

Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost 1865

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17 Sunday Fifteenth after Pentecost. The Seven Sorrows of the BVM, greater double.  Second prayers and last Gospel of the Sunday. Preface of the BVM. White. Second Vespers of the Feast, commemoration of St Joseph of Cupertino and of the Sunday. Plenary Indulgence.

18 Monday St Joseph of Cupertino, Confessor, double. White.

19 Tuesday Sts Januarius and Companions, Martyrs, double. Red.

20 Ember-Wednesday Vigil. Sts Eustace and Companions, Martyrs, double. Second prayers and last Gospel of the Ember-day. Third prayers of the Vigil. Red. FAST.

21 Thursday (Feast of Devotion) ST MATTHEW, Apostle and Evangelist, double of the second class. Creed. Preface of the Apostles. Red. [In Diocese of Nottingham, second prayers for the Bishop.] 

22. Ember-Friday St Thomas of Villanova, Bishop Confessor, double. Second prayers and last Gospel of the Ember-day. Third prayers of Sts Maurice and Companions, Martyrs. White. FAST

23 Ember-Saturday St Linus, Pope Martyr, semidouble. Second prayers and last Gospel of the Ember-day. Third prayers of St Thecla, Virgin Martyr. Red. FAST.

The parish of St Catherine is served by the Rev Thomas Aloysius Dixon OP. On Sunday Holy Communion is at 8.00, followed by Mass and Sermon at 10.30. Rosary, sermon and Benediction at 6.30 in summer, and 3.00 in winter. On Holydays Mass at 9.00. Evening service with Rosary and Benediction at 7.30. On weedays Mass at 8.00, and an evening service with Rosary at 7.30. On Thursday Benediction at 7.30. On Friday Stations of the Cross at 7.30. On Saturday Confessions from 5.00. Confraternities of the Most Blessed Sacrament and of the Holy Rosary.

In 2017 Fr Carl Davies is the Parish Priest.  Anticipated Mass on Saturday at 6.30 and on Sunday at 9.00 (Portuguese) and 11.00. Daily Mass at the Franciscan Convent at 10.30.  Benediction at the Convent on Sunday at 4.00 pm.


09 September 2017

Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost 1865

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10 SUNDAY Fourteenth after Pentecost. The Most Holy Name of Mary, greater double. Second prayers and last Gospel of the Sunday. White. Second Vespers of the Feast, commemoration of St Nicholas of Tolentino, the Sunday, and Sts Protus and Hyacinth, Martyrs.  Plenary Indulgence.

11 Monday St Nicholas of Tolentino, Confessor, double (transferred from 10 September). Third prayers of Sts Protus and Hyacinth, Martyrs. White.

12 Tuesday Of the Octave, semidouble. Second prayers of the Holy Ghost. Third prayers for the Church or the Pope. White.

13 Wednesday Of the Octave, semidouble. Second prayers of the Holy Ghost. Third prayers for the Church or the Pope. White.

14 Thursday The Exaltation of the Holy Cross, greater double. Preface of the Cross. Red.

15 Friday The Octave of the Nativity of the BVM, double. Second prayers of St Nicomedes, Martyr. White. Abstinence.

16 Saturday Sts Cornelius, Pope, and Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs, semidouble. Second prayers of St Euphemia and Companions, Martyrs.  Third prayers A Cunctis. Red. [In Diocese of Plymouth, fourth prayers for the Bishop.]

The Church of the Immaculate Conception in Stroud is served by the Rev Fr Robert Paul Stapleton OP.  Mass on Sunday at 8.00. High Mass at 10.30. Rosary and Catechism at 3.30. Devotions, sermon and Benediction at 6.30. Mass on Holydays at 6.30 and 10.30. Discourse and Benediction at 8.00 pm. Weekday Mass at 8.00. Rosary, prayers and Stations on Tuesday at 9.00 pm. Confessions on Saturday from 6.00 to 10.00 pm, every morning, and after evening service on Sunday. Confraternities of the Most Holy Rosary, and of the Cord of St Thomas.

In 2017 the Parish Priest is Canon Tom Gunning.  Anticipated Mass is on Saturday at 6.30.  Mass on Sunday at 10.00.  Morning Mass daily at times advised in parish bulletin.  Confessions Saturday 11.00-11.30.  Morning Prayer Monday-Friday 9.45, Saturday 10.15. Rosary Saturday at 11.00. Exposition Wednesday and Friday after morning Mass until 12.30.




02 September 2017

Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost 1865

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3 SUNDAY thirteenth after Pentecost, semidouble. Second prayers A Cunctis. Third prayers free. Green. Vespers of the Sunday, commemoration of Sts Soter and Caius, suffrages. [In Diocese of Beverley, fourth prayers for the Bishop. In Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle Plenary Indulgence. First Vespers of St Cuth­bert (Meruit Supremos), commemoration of the Sunday. White. In the city of Newcastle St Augustine, Bishop Confessor Doctor, double (transferred from 28 August). Second prayers and last Gospel of Sunday. White. In D of Diocese of St David’s and Newport first Vespers of the Dedication of the Pro-Cathedral, without any commemoration. White. In Diocese of Nottingham, first Vespers of St Joseph Calasanctius (Meruit supremos), commemoration of Sunday. White. In the city of Nottingham, Octave of the Dedication, double. Second prayers and last Gospel of Sunday. White. Second Vespers of the Feast to the Little Chapter, thence of St Joseph Calasanctius (Meruit supremos), commemoration of St Stephen and the Sunday. In Diocese of Plymouth, Vespers of the Sunday, commemoration of St Hermenegildus, suffrages. Green.]

4 Monday Sts Soter and Caius, Popes Martyrs, semidouble (transferred from 22 April). Second prayers A Cunctis. Third prayers free. Red. [In Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, the Translation of St Cuthbert, Bishop Confessor, greater double. White. Plenary Indulgence. In Diocese of St David’s and Newport, the Dedication of the Pro-Cathedral, double of the First Class. White. In Diocese of Nottingham, St Joseph Calasanctius, Confessor, double (transferred from 27 August.) White. In Diocese of Plymouth, St Hermenegildus, Martyr, semidouble (transferred from 13 April). Red.]

5 Tuesday St Laurence Justinian, Bishop Confessor, semidouble. Second prayers A Cunctis. Third prayers free. White.

6 Wednesday St Margaret, Widow, semidouble (transferred from 10 June.) Second prayers A Cunctis. Third prayers free. White. [In Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, St Ber­nard, Confessor Doctor, double (transferred from 20 August). Creed. White. In dioceses of St David’s and Newport, Nottingham, and Plymouth, Sts Soter and Caius, Popes Martyrs, semidouble (transferred from 22 April). Second prayers A Cunctis. Third prayers free.  Red.]

7 Thursday Of the Blessed Sacrament, semidouble. Second prayers A Cunctis. Third prayers free.  White. [In Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle Sts Soter and Caius, Popes Martyrs, semidouble (transferred from 22 April). Second prayers A Cunctis. Third prayers free. Red. In dioceses of St David’s and Newport, Nottingham, and Plymouth St Margaret, Widow, semidouble (transferred from 10 June). Second prayers A Cunctis. Third prayers free. White.]

8 Friday (Feast of Devotion) The NATIVITY of the BVM, double of the second class with an Octave, during which commemoration of the Octave, Creed and Preface of the BVM. Second prayers of St Adrian, Martyr. White. Abstinence. Plenary Indulgence.

9 Saturday Of the Octave, semidouble. Second prayers of St Gorgonius, Martyr, third prayers Deus qui corda. White.

The Missionary Rector of Sts Mary and Michael, Commercial Road East is the Rev William Kelly, supported by the Revs Joseph Frederick Padbury, William Bourke, Thomas Francis Gorman, and Thomas Seddon.  Mass on Sunday at 6.00, 7.00, 8.00, 9.00 and 10.00, with a short discourse at each Mass. High Mass at 11.00 with a sermon.  At 3.00 pm Catechism, Instruction and Benediction for children.  At 7.00 pm Vespers, sermon and Benediction.  On Holydays the same except High Mass is at 10.00. Weekday Mass at 7.00, 8.00 and 9.00. On Thursday Rosary, Sermon and Benediction at 7.00. On the first Friday of each month and on every Friday in Lent the Stations and Benediction.  Confessions every morning from 7.00 to 9.00, and on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 6.00 to 10.00. Baptisms on Sunday at 1.00 and 3.00, and on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10.00. On these two days Churchings after Baptism.  Confraternities of the Blessed Sacrament, the Rosary, the Scapular, of Christian Doctrine, and Bona Mors.  The parish serves St George’s and St George’s in the East Workhouses, and the London Hospital on the Mile-end-road.

In 2017 the parish is served by Frs Willie Skehan and Aidan Sharrett.  Anticipated Mass is on Saturday at 7.00 pm (6.00 pm when the clocks are on GMT), and Sundays at 9.00 and 11.00.  Only Holydays Mass is at 9.30 and 7.00 pm.  Weekday Mass at 9.30 on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and on Saturday at the Sisters of Mercy Convent. Confessions on Saturday from 6.00 to 6.30.



26 August 2017

Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost 1865

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27 SUNDAY, twelfth after Pentecost. St Joseph Calasanctius, Confessor, double. Second prayers and last Gospel of Sunday. White. Second Vespers of the Feast to the Little Chapter, thence of St Augustine (antiphon O Doctor), commemoration of the preceding, the Sunday and St Hermes, Martyr. [In Diocese of Nottingham, Dedication of the Cathedral, double of the First Class (with an Octave in the city of Nottingham, during which commemoration of the Octave and Creed). Second prayers and last Gospel of Sunday. White. Second Vespers of the Feast, commemoration of St Augustine and of the Sunday.]

28 Monday St Augustine, Bishop Confessor Doctor, double. Second prayers of St Hermes, Martyr. Creed. White. [In the city of Newcastle, Octave of the Dedication of the Cathedral, double. Second prayers of St Hermes, Martyr. White.]

29 Tuesday The Beheading of St John the Baptist, greater double. Second prayers of St Sabina, Martyr. Red.

30 Wednesday St Rose of Lima, Virgin, double. Second prayers of Sts Felix and Adauctus, Martyrs. White.

31 Thursday St Aidan, Bishop Confessor, double. White. [In Diocese of Liverpool Plenary Indulgence.]

1 Friday St Raymond Nonnatus, Confessor, double. Second prayers of St Giles, Abbot, third prayers of the Twelve Holy Brothers, Martyrs. White. Abstinence.

2 Saturday St Stephen, King Confessor, semidouble. Second prayers A cunctis, Third prayers free. White.

The parish of St Mary in Brewood is served by the Rev John Grenside. Mass on Sunday is at 8.45 and 10.30, Evening service at 3.00 in winter and 6.00 in summer. Mass on Holydays at 9.00 and on weekdays at 8.00. Confessions on Saturdays at 3.00 and 7.00 pm.


In 2017 the parish is served by Fr Paul Smith, supported by the Parish Deacon, the Rev Stephen Gee. On Sunday Mass at St Mary’s is at 11.00, while a 9.00 am Mass is said at St Michael’s C of E church in Penkridge.  Mass on Holydays at 9.00 and at 7.00 pm.  Weekday Mass at 9.00 am as advertised in the parish bulletin. Confessions on Saturday 2.00 to 2.15. The parish priest also serves HMP Brinsfad, HMP Featherstone and HMP Oakwood.

19 August 2017

Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost 1965

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20 SUNDAY, eleventh after Pentecost. St Joachim, Father of the BVM, greater double. Second prayers and last Gospel of the Sunday, third prayers of the Octave, Preface of the BVM. White. Second Vespers of the Feast, commemoration of St Jane Frances de Chantal, the Sunday and the Octave. [In Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, First Vespers of St Jane without any commemoration.]

21 Monday St Jane Frances de Chantal, Widow, double. White. [In In Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, the Dedication of the Pro-Cathe­dral, double of the First Class (with an Octave in the city of Newcastle, during which commemoration of the Octave and Creed). White.]

22 Tuesday The Octave of the Assumption of the BVM, double. Second prayers of Sts Timothy and Companions, Martyrs. White.

The Indulgence ends.

23 Wednesday Vigil. St Philip Benizi, Confessor, doube. Second prayers and last Gospel of the Vigil. White.

24 Thursday (Feasday of Devotion) St BARTHOLEMEW, Apostle, double of the second class. Creed, Preface of the Apostles. Red. [In Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, second prayers for the Bishop.]

25 Friday St Louis, King, Confessor, semidouble. Second prayers A cunctis, thirs prayers at choice of priest. White. Abstinence.

26 Saturday St Bernard, Confessor Doctor, double (transferred from 20 August). Second prayers of St Zephyrinus, Pope Martyr. Creed. White. [In Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle St Jane Frances de Chantal, Widow, double (transferred from 21 August). Second prayers of St Zephyrinus, Pope Martyr. White.]

The Church of St Mary Loughborough is served by the Revs Andrew Egan and Robert Smith who are Rosminians. Mass on Sunday is at 8.00 and 10.30.  Cathechism at 3.30 and evening service at 6.30.  Mass on Holydays at 5.30 and 8.00. Sermon and Benediction at 8.00 pm. Weekday Mass at 7.30.


In 2017 the parish is still served by Rosminians: Fr Philip Sainter is Parish Priest and he is assisted by Fr Paul Gillham.  Frs Charles Sormany and Simon Giles also live in the parish.  Anticipated Mass is at 6.00 on Saturday, with Mass on Sunday at 9.00, 11.00, 12.45 (Polish) and 4.00 pm (Italian).  Weekday Mass is at 9.15. On Friday at 5.30 pm, Novena for Filipinos followed at 6.00 by Mass. Confessions 10.00-11.00 and 5.30-5.55 on Saturday, 10.30-10.55 on Sunday and by appointment. Parish groups include:   CAFOD, The Carpenter’s Arms & Joseph's Storehouse, Christian Aid, Contact Group, Exaireo Trust, The Kwediboma Mission in Tanzania, Loughborough Churches Partnership, Loughborough University Chaplaincy, the Lourdes Fund, Operation Christmas Child (Christmas Shoebox Appeal), Parish Archives & History Group, Senior Citizens' Group, Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child (SPUC), Catechesis, Preparation for Baptism Group, Children's Liturgy, RCIA, Scripture & Tradition Study Group, Ascribed Members of the Institute of Charity, Rosmini Centre, 101 Club, Finance Group.

14 August 2017

The Bishops ...

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A few weeks ago I was part of a discussion about the use by Catholic Voices (CV) of the term "Catholic" in their title and whether they present (or could or should present) themselves as voices of the Church when they aren't a Church-sponsored organisation.  Are they "Catholic" in the way the "Catholic" Bishop of Portsmouth is, or in the way the "Catholic" Herald is?

CV was set up by Jack Valero and Austen Ivereigh in advance of the Pope's visit to the UK to train mainly young articulate Catholics to be able to present a Catholic point of view in the media.  This was - is - a thoroughly laudable aim: anybody who has appeared on live TV or radio knows how difficult it is to make their point without some sort of preparation. In the sort of hostile bearpit most people trying to argue for a Catholic position will find themselves, only professional training will give them the technical skills they need. At CV's inception there was a degree of hostility to the project, not just from those who were suspicious of the Catholicity that might emerge from the organisation but also from those who were suspicious of a group independent of the Bishops being trotted out as the voice of Catholicism.  But since the Pope's visit, these potential problems seemed not to surface in CV.

CV's website today says:

Catholic Voices does not represent the bishops' conference of England and Wales in the media (contact the CCN) but has its blessing.

In other words, the authoritative source about Catholicism in the UK is the Catholic Communications Network (CCN) of the CBCEW, and Catholic Voices is simply a way for a media outlet to find a "Catholic on the Clapham Omnibus" when it needs somebody who isn't an official spokesman for the Church.

And yet ... I have heard recently from a journalist that any call to the CCN asking for a Catholic comment on an issue of the moment gets forwarded routinely to CV and that, furthermore, requests to discuss current Catholic views on difficult sexual matters (the new frontline: not sex, or contraception, or the "remarriage" of the divorced, but gay rights, gender etc - the letters that come after LGB) were getting no results: that beyond "compassion for all" there didn't seem to be a willingness to put forward an identifiable Catholic viewpoint.

I heard separately that the Catholic Education Service (CES), led by Paul Barber, had recently hosted a study day for CV which was aimed a coming up with a definitive "line to take" on transgenderism.  It worries me that CV, as well as seeming to have become an organisation which speaks for the CBCEW, appears to be looking for a moral lead from the CES.  The doubts which were raised about CV when it was set up are manifest in the CES, most recently in the case of their including material from Stonewall in a tendentious document about homophobic bullying in schools: doubts about the Catholicity of the advice, and of the appropriateness of its coming from a lay-run and -managed agency of the CBCEW, rather from the Bishops themselves.

This isn't a question of those who are responsible for Catholicism in the public square working out just how to implement a CBCEW agreed policy on transgenderism: the Bishops have never studied, never mind agreed, a new or distinctive view on the subject. It is a question of authority: more precisely of a crisis in authority.  We know that the English and Welsh Bishops are divided on both sides of the argument created by Amoris Laetitia: effectively, there are those who think that the Church's approach to the sixth and ninth commandments is conditioned to and by the era in which we live, and those who think that what the Church has consistently taught that Jesus himself taught is still as valid as it always has been. They will not tell us publicly that they are in disagreement of course, but this also means that they cannot control agencies of their Conference deciding what should be said: if only some of the Bishops contradict the CES, then by implication the others are in favour of it, and the disagreement will have surfaced. Even worse, as time passes the truth is trickling out anyway, and there is an articulate Catholic laity who are bound together in the Internet.  The opposition to the Stonewall document, and the way the Internet was used to spread the opposition, was a major surprise to people who had thought that it was still possible to control absolutely the information flow from the CBCEW.

The Bishops are the problem. It is they who should be telling us what Amoris Laetitia means, not a bunch of laypeople.  And, anyway, it shouldn't be a problem of whether or not the CBCEW can agree. Episcopal Conferences are useful for coordinating national strategies when the Church has to operate at the supra-diocesan level for non-ecclesiastical matters, but have no other use. The annual Low Week meeting was instituted precisely to do that in the era before the invention of Episcopal Conferences.

Each of our Bishops should be on his cathedra, telling us what Amoris Laetitia means.  Not to do so is a dereliction. It is little short of a scandal that our pastors are not shepherding us.  If they think that the proclamation of orthodoxy by some is less valuable than silence and a pretence of unity, then there is a serious crisis of episcopal identity. Bishops don't exist to be silently united in their national conferences: they are there to confirm the brethren.

(There is a silver lining to this dark cloud: Catholic Voices has produced a cadre of Catholic voices who are in the address book of TV and radio producers and who are out there commenting in an authentically Catholic voice on matters of faith and morals without any affiliation other than to the Church.)

12 August 2017

Tenth Sunday After Pentecost 1865

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The Indulgence begins

13 SUNDAY tenth after Pentecost, semidouble. Second preface of the Oc­tave, third prayers of Sts Hippolytus and Cassian, Martyrs. Red. Vespers of the Sunday, commemoration of the Octave and of St Eusebius, Confessor. [In Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, Plenary Indulgence. In dioceses of Northampton, Salford, and Shrewsbury, first Vespers of St William (Meruit supremos), commemoration of the Sunday, the Oc­tave, and of St Eusebius, Confessor (antiphon Euge v Justum). White.]

14 Monday Vigil. Second prayers of the Octave, third prayers of St Eusebius, Confessor. Violet. FAST. [In dioceses of Northampton, Salford, and Shrewsbury, St William, Abbot Confessor, double (transferred from 25th June). Second prayers and last Gospel of Vigil, third prayers of St Eusebius, Confessor. White.]

15 Tuesday The ASSUMPTION of the BVM, double of the First Class with an Octave, during which commemoration of the Octave, Creed, and Preface of the BVM. White. Second Vespers of the Feast, commemoration of St Hyacinth only. Plenary Indulgence.

16 Wednesday St Hyacinth, Confessor, double. White.

17 Thursday The Octave of St Laurence, Martyr, double. Red.

18 Friday Of the Octave, semidouble. Second prayers of St Agapitus, Martyr, Third prayers of the Holy Ghost. White. Abstinence.

19 Saturday Of the Octave, semidouble. Second prayers Deus qui corda, third prayers for the Church or the Pope. White.

St Peter’s Priory in Hinckley is served by ts Vicar, the Very Rev Fr Dominic Trenow OP and the Rev Fr Francis O’Brien OP. Mass on Sundays and Holydays at 8.00 and 10.30.  Evening service at 6.30.  Weekday Mass at 6.30 and 7.00.

In 2017 the St Dominic’s Community incorporates the parishes of St. Peter's, Hinckley; Sts Peter & Paul, Earl Shilton; and Our Lady and St. Gregory's, Market Bosworth. It is served by Fr. Frank Daly and Fr. Daniel Palmer, and Deacon Rev Robert Pollard. Fr. Terry Fellows and Fr .Geoffrey Hurst live in the parish in retirement. Anticipated Mass is on Saturday at 5.00 in Market Bosworth and 6.30 at St Peter’s.  Sunday Mass at St Peter’s at 8.00 amd 9.45, and at Earl Shilton at 11.30. Weekday Mass at Hinckley Mon, Tuesday Thursday and Saturday at 9.30, Wednesday at 10.00 and Saturday at 9.30.  Mass on Monday at 10.00 in Earl Shilton, and on Wednesday at 10.00 in Market Bosworth.  Confessions in Hinckley on Saturday after the 9,30 Mass.



05 August 2017

Ninth Sunday After Pentecost 1865

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6 SUNDAY ninth after Pentecost. The Transfiguration of OUR LORD, greater double. Second prayers and last Gospel of the Sunday, third prayers of Sts Xystus, Felicissimus, and Agapitus, Martyrs. Creed, Preface of Christmas. White. Second Vespers of the Feast, commemoration of St Cajetan, the Sunday and St Donatus, Bishop Martyr. Plenary Indulgence.

7 Monday St Cajetan, Confessor, double. Second prayers of St Donatus, Bishop Martyr. White.

8 Tues. SS Cvriacus, Largus, and Smaragdus, Martyrs, semidouble. Second prayers A cunctis, third prayers at the priest’s choice. Red.

9 Wednesday Vigil. St William, Bishop Confessor, double (transferred from 8 June). Second prayers and last Gospel of Vigil, third prayers of St Romanus, Martyr. White. [In dioceses of Northampton, Salford, and Shrewsbury St Norbert, Bishop Confessor, double (transferred from 6 June). Second prayers and last Gospel of Vigil, third prayers of St Romanus, Martyr. White. In Diocese of Nottingham, St William, Abbot Confessor, double (transferred from 25 June). Second prayers and last Gospel of Vigil, third prayers of St Romanus, Martyr. White. In Diocese of Plymouth, St John of St Facundo, Confessor, double (transferred from 15 June). Second prayers and last Gospel of Vigil, third prayers of St Romanus, Martyr. White.]

10 Thursday (Feast of Devotion) St LAURENCE Martyr, double of the second class with an Octave, during which commemoration of the Octave. Red.

11 Friday St William, Abbot Confessor, double (transferred from 25 June). Third prayers of Sts Tiburtius and Susanna, Martyrs. White. Abstinence. [In dioceses of Northampton, Salford, and Plymouth, St William, Bishop Confessor, double (transferred from 8 June). Third prayers of Sts Tiburtius and Susanna, Martyrs. White. In Docese of Nottingham, Mass of the Octave, semidouble. Second prayers of Sts Tiburtius and Susanna, Martyrs, Third prayers Concede. Red.]

12 Saturday St Clare, Virgin, double. White. Abstinence.

The Rev George A Lowe OSB is the priest of St Robert of Newminster, Morpeth.  Mass on Sunday is at 10.15, at 9.00 on Holydays.  Afternoon prayers at 6.30.  Benediction on first Sundays and certain festivals at 6.30. Weekday Mass at 8.30.  Sunday-school at 2.00.  Day-school for boys and girls at 9.00 and 2.00.

In 2017 Fr Peter Stott is the Parish Priest and Fr Jim Doherty resides in the parish.  Sunday Mass is at 9:00, 11:00 and 6:00 pm. Weekday Mass is at 9:15 and on Saturday at 10:00. Sacrament of Reconciliation is usually available between 11:00 and noon on Saturdays. Rosary every Saturday morning at 9:40 and Exposition on the Blessed Sacrament after 10:00 Mass.  The Angelus is said at 9:00 Monday to Friday.


29 July 2017

Eighth Sunday After Pentecost 1865

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30 SUNDAY, eighth after Pentecost, semidouble. Second prayers of Sts Abdon and Sennen, Martyrs, Third prayers A cunctis. Green. First Vespers of St Ignatius, commemoration of the Sunday. White.

31 Monday St Ignatius, Confessor, double. White.

1 Tuesday St Peter's Chains, greater double. Second prayers of St Paul, Apostle, third prayers of the Holy Machabees, Martyrs, Creed, Preface of the Apostles. White.

2 Wednesday St Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop Confessor, double. Second prayers of St Stephen, Pope Martyr. White.

3 Thursday The Invention of the Relics of St Stephen, Proto-Martyr. Second prayers A cunctis, third prayers at the choice of the priest. Red.

4 Friday St Dominic, Confessor, double. White. Abstinence.

5 Sat. The Dedication of Our Lady's Church of the Snow, greater double. Creed. Preface of the BVM. White. Plenary Indulgence.

St Osmund Salisbury is served by the Rev James Clark.  Mass on Sunday is at 10.30.  Vespers and Benediction at 3.00.  Mass on Holydays at 9.15.  Evening service at 7.30.  Weekday Mass at 9.00.  Confessions every morning before Mass, and on Saturdays and the eves of festivals from 6.00 pm to 10.00 pm.

In 2017 the parishes of St Osmund, Holy Redeemer and St Gregory are served by Canon Michel J Fitzpatrick and Fr Saji Mathew, assisted by Deacons the Revs John Proctor and John Detain.  Anticipated Mass at Holy Redeemer on Saturday at 6.00.  On Sunday Mass at St Osmund at 9.00, 11.00 and 6.00, and at St Gregory at 9.30.  Weekday Mass at St Gregory Mon-Fri 9.00 at St Gregory; at St Osmund Tuesday 9.45, Wednesday 7.00 pm (Ordinariate), Thursday 12.00, Friday 7.00 pm, Saturday 10.30; at Holy Redeemer at 10.00 on Wednesday.  Exposition and Morning Prayer Mon-Fri 9.00 at St Gregory. Exposition at St Osmund Thursday at 11.00, Saturday at 9.30. Morning Prayer at St Osmund Monday 8.45, Tuesday 9.30.  Evening Prayer at St Osmund Friday 6.45.  Confessions St Gregory Friday 10.30, St Osmund Saturday 11.30 and Holy Redeemer Saturday at 5.40 pm; also at request.


22 July 2017

Seventh Sunday After Pentecost 1865

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23 SUNDAY Seventh after Pentecost. St Apollinaris, Bishop Martyr, double. Second prayers and last Gospel of the Sunday, 3d prayers of St Liborius, Priest Confessor. Red. Second Vespers of the Feast, commemoration of the Sunday, St Alexius and St Christina, Virgin Martyr. [In Diocese of Salford, the Octave of the BVM, double. Second prayers and last Gospel of the Sunday, third prayers of St Liborius, Priest Confessor. Creed. Preface of the BVM. White.]

24 Monday Vigil. St Alexius, Confessor, semidouble. Second prayers and last Gospel of the Vigil, third prayers of St Christina, Virgin Martyr. White.

25 Tuesday (Feast of Devotion) St JAMES, Apostle, double of the second class. Second prayers (in low Mass only) of St Christopher, Martyr. Creed, Preface of the Apostles. Red. [In Diocese of Salford, third prayers for the Bishop.]

26 Wednesday (Feast of Devotion) St ANNE, Mother of the BVM, greater double. White.

27 Thursday St Norbert, Bishop Confessor, double (transferred from 6 June). Second prayers of St Pantaleon, Martyr. White. [In Diocese of Northampton, St Boniface, Bishop Martyr, double (transferred from 5 June). Second prayers of St Pantaleon, Martyr. Red. In dioceses of Nottingham and Plymouth, St William, Bishop Confessor, double (transferred from 8 June). Second prayers of St Pantaleon, Martyr. White. In Diocese of Salford, St Apollinaris, Bishop Martyr, double. Second prayers of St Pantaleon, Martyr. Red. In Diocese of Shrews, as in Northampton, but third prayers for the Bishop.]

28 Friday Sts Nazarius, Celsus, and Victor, Martyrs, and Innocent, Pope Confessor, semidouble. Second prayers A cunctis, third prayers at the choice of the priest. Red. Abstinence.

29 Saturday St Martha, Virgin, semidouble. Second prayers of Sts Felix, Pope, Simplicius, Faustin and Beatrice, Martyrs.  Third prayers A cunctis. White. [In Diocese of Nottingham, fourth prayers for the Bishop.]

The Rev Joseph Kelly is the Missionary Rector of the parish of Sts Mary and John, Snow Hill, Wolverhampton supported by the Revs Philip Hendren, and James Edward McCarten DD. Mass on Sundays at 8.00 and 9.00, for children only at 10.00, and High Mass at 11/15.  Catechism with instruction at 3.00. Vespers, Lecture and Benediction at 6.30. On Holydays Mass at 6.00, 7.30 and 9.30. On Weekdays Mass at 8.00. On Thursdays and Holydays Benediction at 8.00. On Fridays Stations at 8.00.

In 2017 the Parish Priest is Fr Paweł Bielak, supported by Fr Przemek Sobczak and Bro Rafał Smaga. Along with Fr Dawid Piskorz, PP of St Patrick’s) they are members of the Order of St Paul the First Hermit (OSPPE). On Sundays Mass is at 10.00 (Sung) and 11.30.  Weekday Mass at 10.00 Monday to Thursday, 12.00 on Friday and 9.30 on Saturdays. Confessions Friday 11.00 to 11.45 and Saturdays 10.00 to 10.30. Rosary follows morning Mass Monday to Thursday and Saturday.  Exposition and Rosary Friday 11.00 to 11.45 and Sunday at 5.00 pm.  Exposition and Divine Mercy Chaplet first Sunday of Month at 5.00 pm.