12 September 2015

Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost 1863

13 SUNDAY Sixteenth after Pentecost. The Most Holy Name of MARY, greater double. Second prayers and Last Gospel of the Sunday. White. First Vespers of The Exaltation of the Holy Cross, commemorations of the Most Holy Name of Mary and of the Sunday only. Red.  Plenary Indulgence.

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

15 Tuesday. Octave of the Nativity of the BVM, double. Second prayers of St Nicomedes, Martyr. White.

16 Ember-Wednesday.  Sts Cornelius, Priest, and Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs, semidouble. Second prayers and Last Gospel of the Ember-day. Third prayers of Sts Euphemia and Companions, Martyrs. Red. FAST. [In Diocese of Plymouth fourth prayers for the Bishop.]

17 Thursday. Stigmata of St Francis, double. White.

18 Ember-Friday.  St Joseph of Copertino, Confessor, double. Second prayers and Last Gospel of the Ember-day. White. FAST.

19 Ember-Saturday. Vigil of the Feast of St Matthew. Sts Januarius and Companions, Martyrs. Second prayers and Last Gospel of the Ember-day. Third prayers of the Vigil. Red.

With one exception, every Sunday from now until the end of October is a feast of Our Lady: only the last Sunday in September isn't one.  On one of them the Marian feast will be overtaken by a higher-ranking feast of an Evangelist, but devotion to Our Lady is much more liturgically marked in the pre-Pius X calendar than it would be subsequently for those who attended Mass only on Sundays and Holydays. This is one of those subtle changes of emphasis whose results take a long time to trickle through, but Mary's place in Catholic worship, and hence in Catholic belief, is no longer what it was.  When was the last time you saw somebody saying the Rosary in Church before or during Mass?

Another change, that of the dating of the Ember days, is attributable to John XXIII, or at least was done on his watch.  The best explanation I have found is here, but as so often, I am left asking "Why?" This mania for rationalisation and simplification and conformity to the "modern" way of doing things should be antithetical, at least to the instinct of any Catholic. 

The parish of St Charles Borromeo on Jarratt-street in Hull, is served by the Missionary Rector, the Rev Michael Trappes, supported by the Revs John Motler and Arthur G Riddell.  Masses on Sunday are at 8.00, 9.30 (for children), and High Mass with a sermon is at 11.00. Catechism and Benediction for children is at 3.00 pm, and Vespers, with a Lecture and Benediction is at 6.30. On Holydays, Mass is at 8.30 and 10.30.  On weekdays, Mass is at 7.00 and 8.00 in the summer, and 7.30 and 8.30 in the winter. Instruction and Benediction on Holydays and Thursday evenings at 7.45. On Tuesday at 7.15 pm there is a short service for the Guild of the Blessed Sacrament. 

Here are some more places where confessions can be heard in English.  Not all the priests are known by name, but the importance of being able to access sacramental confession is one of the most important things a Catholic Directory can acknowledge.

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