20 May 2017

Fifth Sunday After Easter 1865

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(I’m travelling so normal service will not be resumed before 4 June.)

21 SUNDAY Fifth after Easter. St Peter Celestine, Pope Confessor, double. Second prayers and Last Gospel of the Sunday. White. Second Vespers of St Peter Celestine (antiphon Dum esset), sommemoration of the Sunday and of St Ubaldus.

22 Rogation-Monday. St Ubaldus Bishop Confessor, semidouble. Second prayers and Last Gospel of Rogation Day. Third prayers Concede. White. LITANIES. Violet.

23 Rogation-Tuesday. St Hermenigildus, Martyr, semidouble (transferred from 13 April). Second prayers and Last Gospel of Rogation Day. Third prayers Concede. Red. LITANIES. Violet. [In Diocese of Plymouth St Stanislaus, Bishop Martyr, double (transferred from 7 April). Red.]

24 Rogation-Wednesday. Vigil. Our Lady Help of Christians, greater double. ). Second prayers and Last Gospel of Rogation Day. Third prayers of Rogation Day. Creed, and Preface of the BVM. White. Plenary Indulgence. LITANIES. Violet. [In Diocese of Shrewsbury, Patron of the Diocese, double of the First Class with an Octave, during which commemoration of the Octave and Creed.]

25 Thursday ASCENSION-DAY, double of the First Class with an Octave, during which commemoration of the Octave and Creeed and Preface of the Ascension. White. Second Vespers of the Ascension and commemoration of St Augustine. Plenary Indulgence.

26 Friday St AUGUSTINE, Bishop Confessor, Apostle of England, double of the First Class with an Octave during which a commemoration. White. Abstinence. [In dioceses of Westminster, Hexham and Newcastle, Liverpool, and Southwark Plenary Indulgence.]

27 Saturday St Philip Neri, Confessor, double. Fourth prayers of St John Pope Martyr. White.


13 May 2017

Fourth Sunday After Easter 1865

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(I’m travelling so normal service will not be resumed before 4 June.)

14 SUNDAY Fourth after Easter, semidouble. Second prayers of St Boniface, Martyr, third prayers Concede. White. First Vespers of St Stanislaus, commemoration of the Sunday. Red. [In Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle Plenary Indulgence. In Diocese of Liverpool collection for Episcopal Administration Fund. In Diocese of Northampton fourth prayers for the Bishop. In Diocese of Plymouth first Vespers of St Anselm (Meruit supremos, antiphon O Doctor), commemoration of Sunday. White.]

15 Monday St Stanislaus, Bishop Martyr, double (transferred from 7 May). Red. [In Diocese of Plymouth, St Anselm, Bishop Confessor Doctor, double (transferred from 21 April). Creed. White.]

16 Tuesday St John Nepomucene, Martyr, double. Red.

17 Wednesday St Paschal Baylon, Confessor, double. White.

18 Thursday St Venantius, Martyr, double. Red.

19 Friday St Dunstan, Bishop Confessor, semidouble. Second prayers of St Pudentiana, Virgin. White. Abstinence.

20 Saturday St Bernadine, Confessor, semidouble. Second prayers Concede, third prayers for the Church or the Pope. White.


06 May 2017

Third Sunday After Easter 1865

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7 SUNDAY Third after Easter. The Patronage of St JOSEPH, Spouse of the BVM, double of the second class.  Second prayers and Last Gospel of the Sunday. White. Second Vespers of the Patronage of St Joseph, commemoration of the Apparition of St Michael and of the Sunday. [In Dioceses of Hexham and Newcastle, and Liverpool, Plenary Indulgence. In Diocese of Southwark Plenary Indulgence for eight days.]

8 Monday The Apparition of St Michael, Archangel, greater double. Creed. White.

9 Tuesday St Gregory of Nazianzum, Bishope Confessor Doctor, double. Creed. White.

10 Wednesday St Antoninus, Bishop Confessor, double. Second prayers of Sts Gordian and Epimachus, Martyrs. White.

11 Thursday St Pius V, Pope Confessor, double. White.

12 Friday Sts Nereus, Achilleus, Domitilla, Virgin, and Pancras, Martyrs, semidouble. Second prayers Concede, third prayers for the Church or Pope. Red. Abstinence.

13 Saturday St Anselm, Bishop Confessor Doctor, double (transferred from 21 April).  Creed. White.

The parish of Our Blessed Lady West Grinstead is served by the Rev John M Denis.  Mass and sermon on Sunday at 10.30. Rosary and Benediction at 3.00. Catechism at 4.00. On first Sunday Vespers of the BVM, instruction and Benediction at 7.00. On third Sunday Stations of the Cross at 3.00. Mass on Holydays at 10.00, on Feasts of Devotion at 9.00. Mass on weekdays at 730. In Lent Benediction with the True Cross on Fridays.  Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament on Thursdays in May. Confraternities of the Living Rosary, Brown Scapular, and Immaculate Heart of Mary.


In 2017 the parish is now the Shrine Church of Our Lady of Consolation.  The Admistrator of the Shrine is Father David Goddard. Anticipated Mass on Saturday is at 6.00 pm. Mass on Sunday is at 10.30.  Weekday Mass not necessarily daily: see Bulletin. Exposition , Adoration on Wednesday at 11.30 before 12.00 Mass. Confession 11.30 to 12.00 Wednesday and 5.30 to 6.00 Saturday or by arrangement. Pilgrimages as advertised on parish website. The Shrine is available to groups who must book in advance and welcomes celebration of the Mass in OF or EF.

29 April 2017

Second Sunday After Easter 1865

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30 SUNDAY, Second after Easter. Octave of St George, Martyr, double. Second prayers and last Gospel of the Sunday. Red. First Vespers of Sts Philip and James, with commemoration of the Octave day of St George only. Red.

1 Monday (Feast of Devotion) Sts PHILIP and JAMES, double of the second class. Creed, Preface of the Apostles. Red.

2 Tuesday St Athanasius, Bishop Confessor Doctor, double. Creed. White.

3 Wednesday (Feast of Devotion) The INVENTION of the HOLY CROSS, double of the second class. In low Mass second prayers of Sts Alexander I Pope Martyr, Sts Eventius and Theodulys, Priests Martyrs, and St Juvenal Bishop Confessor. Creed, Preface of the Cross. Red. [In Diocese of Liverpool Plenary Indulgence.]

4 Thursday St Monica, Widow, double. White.

5 Friday St Catherine of Sienna, Virgin, double. White. Abstinence.

6 Saturday St John before the Latin Gate, greater double. Creed, Preface of the Apostles. Red.

As far as I can tell, the parish of the Holy Family, Great Saffron Hill, no longer exists, so there is no 2017 schedule to measure against this one.  I have left this description of parish life almost exactly as Fr Biemans must have provided it to Messrs Burns and Lambert just over 150 years ago.  If you have read this far do say an "Eternal Rest" for Frs Biemans and Blake.

The parish of the Holy Family, Great Saffron Hill is served by the Revs Joseph Louis Biemans and Francis Joseph Blake. On Sunday, Mass is at 7.30, 9.00 (for children), and 10.00. High Mass at 11.00. Baptisms and Churchings at 1.00; Catechism at 3.30, with Benediction on third Sunday of month, after which instruction for the teachers.  Vespers, sermon and Benediction at 7.00 pm. On first Sunday of month Procession in honour of the Rosary. On Holydays Mass at 7.00, 8.00, 9.00 (for children), and 10.00.  Rosary, instruction and Benediction at 8.00 pm. On Weekdays Mass at 7.00 and 8.00 (on Thursday at 8.00 and 9.00 (for children)). Baptisms and Churchings at 9.00. On first Monday of month devotions, instruction and Benediction for the Confraternity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel at 8.00 pm. On first Tuesday devotions, instruction and Benediction for the Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament at 8.00. On first Friday devotions, instruction and Benediction for the Confraternity of the Sacred Heart at 8.00 pm. Every Tuesday devotions, instruction and Benediction for the Confraternity of the Holy Family at 8.00 pm (men only admitted). On Wednesday devotions, instruction and Benediction at 8.00. On Thursday Rosary and Visit to Blessed Sacrament at 8.00. On Friday Rosary, instruction and Benediction at 8.00. Special services in Lent and Advent. Confessions on Saturday from 9.00 to 11.00 am, and on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 6.00 pm, and on first Saturday of month from 5.00 pm. Confraternities of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the Holy Family, Blessed Sacrament, Sacred Heart, Christian Doctrine, and Holy Rosary. Altar Society, Conference of S Vincent of Paul, Young Men's Society. Lending library; middle-class schools; night-schools in winter for young men; also for young women. The parish also serves the West London Union Workhouse.


22 April 2017

Low Sunday 1865

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23 LOW SUNDAY, double. White. First Vespers of St Fidelis a Sigmaringa, commemoration of the Sunday. Red. Plenary Indulgence throughout the Octave of St George for Benefactors of the Poor-School Committee.
The Indulgence ends.

v  The time for fulfilling the precept of PASCHAL COMMUNION ends.

24 Monday St Fidelis a Sigmaringa, Martyr, double. Red.

25 Tuesday St Mark, Evangelist, double of the second class. Creed. Preface of the Apostles. Red. LITANIES. Violet.

26 Wednesday Sts Cletus and Marcellinus, Popes Martyrs, semidouble. Second prayers Concede. Third prayers for the Church or Pope. Red.

27 Thursday ST GEORGE, Patron of England, double of the First Class with an Octave (transferred from 23 April). Creed. Red.

28 Friday St Leo, Pope Confessor Doctor, double (transferred from 11 April). Third prayers of St Vitalis, Martyr. Creed. White. Abstinence.

29 Saturday. St Peter (of Verona), Martyr, double. Red.

The parish of St Mary, Gosport, is served by the Rev Angelo Maria Baldacconi DD as Missionary Rector.  Mass on Sundays at 8.00, 9.00 and 11.00.  On Holydays Mass is at 9.15.  On weekdays Mass is at 8.30. Vespers and Instruction on Sundays at 6.00, and on Holydays at 6.30. Rosary on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 6.30. Rosary and instruction every evening in Lent at 6.30.

In 2017 the Priest-in-Charge is Fr Serafino Lanzetta. Anticipated Mass on Saturday at St Columba’s Bridgemary at 6.00. On Sunday Mass is at 9.15 and 11.00 (OF) and 5.00 pm (EF). Weekday Mass (EF) at 7.00 am (Saturday 9.30). Weekday Mass (OF) at varying times at Gosport or Bridgemary (see Bulletin). Vespers Saturday at 6.30. Rosary at 7.45 am Monday to Friday, 10.30 Saturday, and 8.55 Sunday.





19 April 2017

Really Annoying

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According to Wikileaks, and revealed here, George Soros spent a lot of money to make sure that on the Pope's trip to US he went high on social justice and didn't bother with pesky things like abortion.  According to this narrative, even one of the Pope's advisers would become part of the plan.

“In order to seize this moment, we will support PICO’s organizing activities to engage the Pope on economic and racial justice issues, including using the influence of Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga, the Pope’s senior adviser”, it states, “and sending a delegation to visit the Vatican in the spring or summer to allow him to hear directly from low-income Catholics in America.”

Well, today the good Cardinal is busy giving an interview to an Italian language magazine in Switzerland about his four brothers in the College of Cardinals who have asked the Pope to better explain Amoris Laetitia. According to this report, what he says, translated, is:

 "First, I think they can't have read Amoris Laetitia, because unfortunately this seems to be the case. I know the four Cardinals, and my word to them (he laughs with contempt) is: "You've retired! You've already retired!" How come they have never said anything about weapons manufacturers? Some of them come from countries which manufacture and sell weapons which are causing the genocide that is taking place in Syria, for example. Why? I do not want to be, let's say, too hard on them: only God knows the conscience of people and their inner motivation; but from the outside I sense a new sort of Phariseeism. They are wrong: they should bother themselves with something else."

 If my brother tried something of this kind on me, he would find himself lamped (an expression common in Mancunian circles denoting a certain amount of physical reaction to unnatural provocation). I'm sure Cardinal Burke and his fellows are more holy and restrained than I am, and here is a proof: this is their brother whom they have had to sit with during Cardinals' get-togethers.


 
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15 April 2017

Easter Week 1865

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16 EASTER SUNDAY, double of the First Class with an Octave during which Creed. White. Vespers of the Feast. Plenary Indulgence.

17 (Feast of Devotion) EASTER Monday, double of the First Class. White.

18 (Feast of Devotion) EASTER Tuesday, double of the First Class. White.

19 Wednesday, Of the Octave, semidouble. Second prayers for the Church or Pope. White.

20 Thursday, Of the Octave, semidouble. Second prayers for the Church or Pope. White.

21 Friday, Of the Octave, semidouble. Second prayers for the Church or Pope. White. Abstinence.

22 Saturday, Of the Octave, semidouble. Second prayers for the Church or Pope. White.


The parish of Our Lady of the Seven Dolours in Peckham is served by the Capuchin Fathers: the Very Rev Fr Emidius and the Rev Frs Liborious, Pacificus Maria, and Timothy OSFC. Mass on Sundays at 7.00, 9.00, and 11.00 (with sermon. Catechism at 3.00. Vespers, sermon and Benediction at 6.30. On Holydays, Mass as 5.00, 7.00 and 10.00. Benediction at 7.00. Weekday Mass at 6.30, 7.00 and 8.30. Rosary every evening at 7.00. Way of the Cross at 7.00 pm on the last Friday. In Lent, at 7.00 pm Rosary of the Seven Dolours on Wednesday, Benediction on Thursday and Way of the Cross on Friday. On first Sunday procession of the Blessed Sacrament at 7.00. On 2 August, Portiuncula Plenary Indulgence, semel pro vivis, toties quoties pro defunctis. Exposition from 10.00 until Vespers.  40 Hours Exposition, Passion Thursday. Confraternities of the Seven Dolours, Living Rosary, Immaculate Heart of Mary for the Conversion of Sinners, the Cord, and the Third Order of St Francis.  The priests are also responsible for Camberwell Workhouse, Camberwell Lunatic Asylum, and the Victuallers’ Asylum on Old Kent-road.

Today the parish is known as Our Lady of Sorrows and is served by the Vincentian Fathers. Fr Richard Diala is Parish Priest, assisted by Frs Vincent George and Peter Ryman. The Rev Alfred-Joseph Banya is Permanent Deacon. Anticipated Mass on Saturday is at 6.30, and on Sundays at 8.30, 10.00 and 12.15. Mass on Holydays at 9.30 and 7.30 pm. Weekday Mass at 9.30, 10.30 on Saturdays. Evening Mass on Tuesday at 7.30 (St Anthony’s Novena), and at 7.30 on the third Thursday and the first Friday. Filipino Mass on first Sunday at 5.00 pm. Nigerian Mass on first Sunday at 2.00 pm. Confessions after morning Mass Monday to Friday. Divine Office Monday to Friday at 9.00 and 6.00. Exposition from the end of Mass Monday to Friday until the end of Divine Office. Rosary after morning Mass on weekdays. Divine Mercy Holy Hour on Thursday at 7.30 pm. Annual Procession of the Blessed Sacrament on the feast of Corpus Christi. Parish groups include the SVP, Neocatechumenal Way, Knights of St Columba, Legion of Mary, Guild of St Stephen, Ladies of Charity, Divine Mercy Prayer Group, Charismatic Prayer Group, Liturgy Committee, and associations for Catholics from Sierra Leone, Ghana, Nigeria and the Philippines.



14 April 2017

A Goldfinch For Fr Z

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According to legend, Goldfinch have red heads because they tried to pick out the thorns from the Crown of Thorns on Good Friday.  This morning a bunch of them came clattering in to a patch of weed we always leave for the birds that like weeds.


And in the kitchen we had some sort of moth (I assume) reminding us of the Cross.



08 April 2017

Holy Week 1865

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9 PALM SUNDAY, semidouble. Violet. Vespers of the Sunday without suffrages. [In Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle Plenary Indulgence.]

10 Monday. Feria. Second prayers for the Church and the Pope.

11 Tuesday. Feria. Second prayers for the Church and the Pope.

12 Wednesday. Feria. Second prayers for the Church and the Pope. 



v On this and the following two nights the office of Tenebrae.

13 Maundy-Thursday, double of the first class. Creed. White.

14 Good-Friday, double of the first class. Black.

15 Holy-Saturday, double of the first class. Paschal Preface (till the Ascension). White.

v  After Compline, Regina Caeli till Trinity Sunday exclusively.

Here begins the Paschal Time



I have no notices for 1865, and The Tablet archive seems to have become pay-to-view, but these notices are reposted as they show exactly what Holy Week would have been like.

Holy Week was wrecked during the Pontificate of Pius XII as the Roman Calendar was wrecked during Pius X's.

 

01 April 2017

Passion Sunday 1865

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2 PASSION SUNDAY, semidouble. Second prayers for the Church or Pope. Violet. First Vespers of St Richard, Meruit supremos, commemoration of the Sunday. White.] [In Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle Plenary Indulgence.]

3 Monday St Richard, Bishop Confessor, double. White.

4 Tuesday St Isidore, Bishop Confessor, double. Creed. White.

5 Wednesday St Vincent Ferrer, Confessor, double. White.

6 St Francis of Paula, Confessor, double of the second class. White.

7 Friday The Seven Dolours of the BVM, greater double. Creed. Preface of the BVM. White. Plenary Indulgence.

8 Saturday Feria. Violet.

The Parish of Our Lady Immaculate and St Cuthbert in Crook is served by the Rev Thomas W Wilkinson.  Mass on Sundays and Holydays at 8.30 and 10.30. Vespers and Benediction at 6.00. Benediction on all Days of Devotion, Feasts of Patrons, and every Thursday at 7.30. Weekday Mass at 8.00. Devotions every evening. Procession of the Confraternity of the Rosary on the first Sunday at 6.00.


In 2017 the parish is served by the Rev Gordon Ryan.  On Sunday Mass is at 10.30.  Anticipated Mass is at St Thomas, Wolsingham at 5.30, and Mass is also said at St Joseph, Tow Law on Sunday at 9.00. See bulletin for times of Masses and Eucharistic Services in the three churches. Confessions before Thursday evening Mass at Our Lady and St Cuthbert when that Mass is celebrated. Stations of the Cross on Fridays of Lent in all three churches.


25 March 2017

Fourth Sunday of Lent 1865

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26 SUNDAY Fourth of Lent, Violet. Vespers of the Sunday, suffrages. [In Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle commemoration in Mass of the Octave of St Cuthbert. First Vespers of St Cuthbert with commemoration of the Sunday. White. In Diocese of Plymouth, First Vespers of St Patrick (Meruit supremos), commemoration of the Sunday. White.]

27 Monday Feria. Violet.

28 Tuesday Feria. Violet.

29 Wednesday Feria. Violet.

30 Thursday Feria. Violet.

31 Friday The Most Precious Blood of OUR LORD, greater double. Creed. Preface of the Cross. Red. Plenary Indulgence.

1 Saturday Feria. Violet. [In dioceses of Clifton, St David’s and Newport, and Plymouth, principal Mass of the BVM, Gloria, one prayer and Creed; Litany of the BVM and Benediction. White.]

From this time to 8 July suffrages are not said. The Crosses and Images are covered with purple veils till Good Friday and Holy Saturday.

The parish of St Mary Chorley is served by the Revs John Aylward and John O’Meara. On Sundays Mass is at 8.00, 9.15 and 10.45.  Baptisms are at 1.30. Catechism is at 3.00. Rosary, Sermon and Benediction at 6.30 except for first Sunday when Way of the Cross and Benediction are at 6.30. On Holydays Mass at 4.45 (yes, 4.45) and 10.00. Weekday Mass at 8.00 and 8.30. On Thursday Instruction, Rosary and Benediction at 7.30 pm.

In 2017 the parish is served by Fr Francis Marsden, supported by Deacon Norman Arrowsmith.  Anticipated Mass on Saturday at 6.15. On Sundays Mass is at at 8.00 and 10.30.  Catechesis for Year Four 11.45 to 12.45. At 4.00 pm Holy Hour – Adoration, Evening Prayer and Benediction. Weekday Mass at 12.00 but see bulletin. Morning Prayer at 9.30 Monday, Tuesday and Friday, and 8.40 on Wednesday. Rosary after Mass Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. On Friday at 7.30 pm Stations of the Cross, Benediction and Holy Communion. Confessions on Saturday 11.00 to 11.45.



18 March 2017

Third Sunday of Lent 1865

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19 SUNDAY, Third of Lent, semidouble. Violet. First Vespers of St Cuthbert, commemoration of the Sunday. [In Diocese of Liverpool, Plenary Indulgence, and in Diocese of Southwark, Plenary Indulgence for eight days for St Joseph.]

20 Monday St Cuthbert, Bishop Confessor, double. White. [In Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, Patron, double of first class with an Octave. Creed. Plenary Indulgence.]

21 Tuesday St Benedict, Abbot Confessor, double. White.

22 Wednesday St JOSEPH, Spouse of the BVM, double of the second class (transferred from 19 March). White. [In Diocese of Plymouth, St Edward, King Martyr, double. Red.]

23 Thursday St Patrick, greater double (transferred from 17 March). White. [In Diocese of Plymouth, St Joseph, double of the second class (transferred from 19 March). White.]

24 Friday The Five Wounds of OUR LORD, greater double. Creed. Preface of the Cross. Red. Plenary Indulgence.

25 Saturday (Feast of Devotion) THE ANNUNCIATION of the BVM., double of the second class. Creed. Preface of the BVM. Plenary Indulgence.

The Parish of St Mary’s on the Quay, Bristol, is served by the Revs Matthew McCann, Antonio Cardonna, Peter Sherlock and Thomas Dykes SJ.  Masses on Sunday at 8.30 and at 11.00 with sermon. . Vespers, Sermon and Benediction at 6.30.  Weekday Masses at 8.00 and 8.30. On Wednesday Sermon and Benediction at 7.00 pm. Confessions on Wednesday from 6.00 to 9.00 pm, on Saturday from 2.00 to 4.00 and from 6.00 to 9.00, also before 8.30 Mass on Sunday and before each weekday Mass. Confraternity of the Sacred Heart of Mary in union with that of Notre Dame des Victoires at Paris.

In 2017 the Parish is served by the Divine Word Fathers and Fr Vinsensius Mbui SVD is the Parish Priest.  Anticipated Mass on Saturday at 6.15 pm, and on Sunday at 9.30, 11.00 and 5.15 pm.  (Mass at St James’ Priory at 8.00.) Mass on Holydays at 12.15 and 5.30.  Mass on weekdays at 12.15 and also at 5.30 pm on Friday.  Exposition Monday to Saturday 11.30 to 12.10.  Holy Hour First Friday after 5.30 Mass. Rosary after Lunchtime Mass. Stations of the Cross after lunchtime Mass on Wednesdays and Fridays of Lent. Lectio Divina Wednesday from 7.30 to 8.30 pm. Confessions Monday to Saturday 11.45 to 12.10 and by appointment.  Parish groups include RCIA, Youth prayer group, Young Adult prayer group, Divine Mercy & Padre Pio prayer group, SVP, Mission Outreach, Music groups, the Delta Recovery Club, Tuesday Lunch Club, a Talking and Listening group and a Knitting group.




12 March 2017

Deliberate Ambiguity - Just Imagine That!

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Browsing through Abbot Gasquet's Edward VI and the Book of Common Prayer I came across a short paragraph and footnote, in a section about the 1548 Order of Communion, which reminded me that some things never change when people try to manipulate our Faith.

"Thus although the new order of communion must certainly have been a startling introduction to a people accustomed to the old and simple rite, it need not have presented the same insuperable difficulties as it would to those now accustomed to a form long unvaried. Whilst it is impossible not to feel with a certain sense of disquiet the innovating spirit which runs through the whole, or to overlook the definite manifestation of uncatholic intent which here and there betrays itself, it may be said that the prayers, like the address, contain little to which definite objection can be taken (1).

(1) The unnecesary use of the word "spiritually"; the expressions "minister the bread" "minister the wine"; the consecration, or, if necessary, repeated consecrations of the chalice alone, point to innovation. On the other hand, the insertion of the words "which was given for thee" - " which was shed for thee" in the formula for communion, and the monition that "men must not think less to be received in part (of the consecrated host) than in the whole, but in each of them the whole body of our Saviour Jesus Christ", emphasize the ancient doctrine. It would almost seem that the action of two minds working with different intentions is to be traced in the composition of this 'Order of Communion'."

I bet Cranmer would have loved the footnote solution used in Amoris Laetitia.

11 March 2017

Second Sunday Of Lent 1865

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12 SUNDAY Second of Lent, Semidouble. Violet. First Vespers of St Gregory the Great, antiphon O Doctor, commemoration of the Sunday. White. Plenary Indulgence for St Gregory. [In dioceses of Liverpool, Northampton and Salford, collection for Ecclesiastical Education. In Diocese of Birmingham, first Vespers of St Frances of Rome, commemoration of the Sunday. White. In Diocese of St David’s and Newport, first Vespers of St Felix (Meruit supremos), commemoration of the Sunday. White.]

13 Monday St Gregory the Great, Pope Confessor Doctor, Apostle of England, double of the second class (transferred from 12 March). Creed. White. [In Diocese of Birmingham, St Frances of Rome, double (transferred from 9 March). White.  In Diocese of St David’s and Newport, St Felix, double (transferred from 9 March). White.

14 Tuesday The Forty Martyrs, semidouble (transferred from 10 March). Third prayers A cunctis. Red. [In dioceses of Birmingham, and St David’s and Newport St Gregory the Great, Pope Confessor Doctor, Apostle of England, double of the second class (transferred from 12 March). Creed. White.]

15 Wednesday Feria. Violet. [In dioceses of Birmingham, and St David’s and Newport The Forty Martyrs, semidouble (transferred from 10 March). Third prayers A cunctis. Red.

16 Thursday Feria. Violet.

17 Friday The Holy Winding Sheet of OUR LORD, greater double. Creed. Preface of the Cross. Red. Plenary Indulgence.

18 Saturday St Gabriel Archangel, greater double. Creed. White.

The Cathedral Church of St Chad in Birmingham is served by the Bishop, the Rt Rev Bernard William Ullathorne DD OSB, the Very Rev Canon G Jeffries, Vicar General, the Very Rev Canons T Flanagan and E Estcourt, and the Revs Charles Hipwood and James Trenor. Mass on Sundays at 7.00, 8.00, 9.15 and 11.00. Vespers and Benediction at 6.30. Mass on Holydays at 6.00, 7.00, 8.00, 9.15 and 11.00. Vespers and Benediction at 7.30.

In 2017, the Cathedral is served by Archbishop Bernard Longley, Canon Gerry Breen, the Administrator and Dean, Fr Gerry Lennon, Fr Christopher Marshall and Fr Jeremy Howard. Anticipated Mass is on Saturday at 4.30. Sunday Mass is at 9.00 with High Mass at 11.00.  Mass on Holydays at 12.15 and 6.00 pm.  Also at 9.15 at St Chad’s Primary School in term time. His Grace the Archbishop officiates at Chapter Masses on the First Tuesday, the Feast of St Chad, Palm Sunday, Holy Week and the Easter Vigil, Easter Monday, Christ the King, the Immaculate Conception, and Midnight Mass of Christmas. Weekday Mass at 12.15 including Bank Holidays, and on Saturday at 9.00. Confessions from 12.15 on weekdays. On Saturdays from 10.00 to 12.00 and from 4.30 pm. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Saturdays from 10.30 to 11.30.


04 March 2017

First Sunday of Lent 1865

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5 SUNDAY, first of Lent, semidouble. Violet. First Vespers of St David (Meruit supremos) with commemoration of the Sunday. [In Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, Plenary Indulgence.]

6 Monday St David, Bishop Confessor, double (transferred from 1 March). White. [In Diocese of St David’s and Newport, Patron of Wales, double of the first class.]

7 Tuesday St Thomas of Aquin, Confessor Doctor, double. Third prayers of SS Perpetua and Felicity, Martyrs. Creed. White.

8 Ember-Wednesday St Felix, Bishop Confessor, double. White. [In Diocese of St David’s and Newport, Feria. Violet. In Diocese of Northampton Plenary Indulgence for eight days.]

9 Thursday St Frances of Rome, Widow, double. White. [In Diocese of Birmingham Feria. Violet.]

10 Ember-Friday The Lance and Nails of OUR LORD, greater double. Creed. Preface of the Cross. Red. Plenary Indulgence.

11 Ember-Saturday St John of God, double. White.

The parish of SS Henry and Elizabeth Sheerness is served by the Rev Michael Conway.  There is Mass with a sermon for soldiers at 9.30, and High Mass with a sermon for the congregation at 11.00. Vespers, Discourse and Benediction at 6.30. Weekday Mass at 9.00. Confraternity Devotions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Stations on Friday evening. Confessions daily, on Saturday from 2.00 pm. Special services in Lent and May.


In 2017 the parish is served by Canon Francis Moran, assisted by Deacon Paul Glock. Anticipated Mass is at 6.30 pm on Saturday and Sunday Mass is at 11.15, with Mass at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Minster at 9.00. On Holydays Mass is at 10.00 and 8.00 pm, with Mass at Minster at 12.00. Confessions are on Saturday 12.00 to 1.00.
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25 February 2017

Quinquagesima Sunday 1865

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26 QUINQUAGESIMA SUNDAY semidouble. Second prayers A Cunctis. Third prayers free for the priest to choose. Violet. Vespers of Quinquagesima Sunday, suffrages. [In dioceses of Westminster and Southwark collection for the Orphanages.]

27 Monday Feria. Second prayers of the Dead. Third prayers A Cunctis. Violet.

28 Tuesday Feria. Violet.

1 Ash-Wednesday Feria. Second prayers A Cunctis. Third prayers Omnipotens. Preface of Lent (until Passion Sunday, except when otherwise directed). Violet. FAST.

v  The FAST of LENT is to be continued till Easter on all days except Sundays, on which ABSTINENCE is to be observed, unless Dispensation be granted.  The time for complying with the obligation of PASCHAL COMMUNION commences on ASH-WEDNESDAY, and continues till LOW SUNDAY inclusively.

2 Thursday St Chad, Bishop Confessor, double. White. [In Diocese of Beverley Plenary Indulgence. In Diocese of Birmingham, Titular of the Cathedral, double of the first class.]

v  On all festivals in Lent a commemoration of the feria is made, and its Gospel read at the end of Mass.

3 Friday The Crown of Thorns of OUR LORD, greater double. Creed, Preface of the Cross. Red. Plenary Indulgence.

4 St Casimir, Confessor, semidouble. Third prayers of St Lucius Pope Martyr. White.

The Indulgence begins.

The parish of St Chad on Cheetham-road Manchester is served by the Revv William J Sheehan (Missionary Rector), Seth Henry Clarkson and James Hayes.  Mass on Sunday at 8.00, 9.00 and 10.00, and High Mass with sermon at 11.00. Baptisms at 4.00. Vespers, sermon and Benediction at 6.30. Mass in workhouse at 9.00. On Holydays Mass at 7.00, 8.30 and 10.00. Sermon and Benediction at 7.30 pm. On weekdays Mass at 7.30 and 8.15. Catechism, Instruction and Benediction on Thursday at 7.30 pm. Confessions on Monday and Friday from 4.30 to 11.30 pm and on Saturday from 3.30 to 11.00 pm, on eves of Holydays from 4.00 to 10.00 pm. Churchings on Monday morning at 8.30. Stations of the Cross on Friday evenings of Advent and Lent. Confraternities of Our Lady of Mt Carmel, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Living Rosary, Purgatorian Society, a branch of the SVP and a Young Men’s Society. The large schools in connection with this church are conducted by the Nuns of Notre Dame and the Xaverian Brothers.


In 2017 St Chad’s is served by the Oratorian Fathers. On Sundays Low Mass at 8.00, Solemn Mass at 11.30, EF Low Mass at 4.45. Solemn Vespers and Benediction at 4.00. Monday to Friday Mass at 7.00 and 5.30 pm. On Saturday Mass at 11.00. Anticipated Mass on Saturday at 4.00 in St Luke’s Chapel at North Manchester General Hospital. Mass on Wednesday at 12.00 in St Raphael’s Chapel North Manchester General Hospital. Mass on Saturday at 9.30 in St Joseph’s Chapel, Moston Cemetery. On Bank Holidays Mass at 10.00 am, and Requiem Mass at 11.00 at Moston Cemetery. On First Friday in term time Sung Mass at 1.45 pm with schoolchildren from Years 3, 4, 5,and 6. Confessions before Mass on Sunday morning and during EF Mass, 4.45 to 5.15 on weekdays, 11.30 to 12.30 and 7.00-8.00 pm on Saturdays. 9.40 to 10.00 on Bank Holidays. Devotions to St Philip and Silent Prayer after evening Mass on Monday. Silent Prayer after evening Mass Tuesday to Friday. Sung Vespers after the evening Mass on Feast Days. Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction Saturdays from 7.00 to 8.00.

18 February 2017

Sexagesima Sunday 1865

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19 SEXAGESIMA SUNDAY, semidouble. Second prayers A Cunctis. Third prayers free for the priest to choose. Violet. Vespers of Sexagesima Sunday, suffrages.

20 Monday Feria. Second prayers of the Dead. Third prayers A Cunctis. Violet.

21 Tuesday Feria. Violet.

22 Wednesday St Peter’s Chair at Antioch, greater double. Second prayers of St Paul, Apostle, Creed, Preface of the Apostles. White.

23 Thursday Vigil. St Peter Damian, Bishop Confessor Doctor, double. Second prayers and Last Gospel of the Vigil, Creed. White.

24 Friday (Feast of Devotion) St MATHAIAS, Apostle, double of the second class. Creed, Preface of the Apostles. Red. Plenary Indulgence for the feast of the Passion. Abstinence.

25 Saturday The Passion of OUR LORD, greater double (transferred from 24 Feb). Creed, Preface of the Cross, Red.

The Parish Church of Newport, Monmouthshire, is served by Rosminian Fathers, the Rev Dominick Cavalli and the Rev Michael Bailey.  Sunday Masses are at 8.30, 9.30, and 11.00. Catechism at 2.30. Vespers, Sermon and Benediction at 6.30. Mass on Holydays at 5.00, 7.00 and 10.00. Vespers and Benediction at 7.00. Weekday Mass at 7.00, 7.30 and 9.00. Rosary on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 7.00. On Thursday Benediction after Rosary. Stations of the Cross very Friday in Lent and on the first Friday of the month.

In 2017 St Mary’s has been amalgamated with five other parishes into a new parish of All Saints, served by Canon Michael Evans and Fr John Boye, and two permanent Deacons, the Revs Pasquale Cinotti and Rigo Logier.   At St Mary’s, anticipated Mass is on Saturday at 4.30 pm and on Sundays at 9.30 and 6.00 pm.  Weekday Mass is at 10.00, with an early mass at 7.30 on Wednesdays.  Confessions on Saturday 10.45 to 11.45 and 3.30 to 4.15 pm.  Adoration on Tuesday 10.30 to 12.00 and Saturday 10.30 to 11.45 and 3.30 to 4.15. Divine Office on Wednesday after 10.00 Mass.


Parish Groups are: Bereavement Support Group, Choir, Folk Choir, Guild of St Stephen, Hospital Visitors, Justice and Peace, Legion of Mary, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Night Shelter, Readers, St Mary’s Social Club, SVP, Sunday Munch (providing meals for homeless people), and Welcomers.

11 February 2017

Septuagesima Sunday1865

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12 SEPTUAGESIMA SUNDAY semidouble. Second prayers A cunctis, third prayers free. Violet. Vespers of Septuagesima with suffrages. [In Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, Plenary Indulgence.]

13 Monday Feria. Second prayers for the Dead, third prayers A cunctis. Violet.

14 Tuesday St Valentine, Martyr, simple. Second prayers A cunctis, third prayers free. Red.

15 Wednesday SS Faustin and Jovita Martyrs, simple. Second prayers A cunctis, third prayers free. Red. [In Diocese of Clifton fourth prayers for the Bishop.]

16 Thursday Of the Blessed Sacrament, semidouble. Second prayers A cunctis, third prayers free. Preface of Christmas. White.

17 Friday The Prayer of OUR LORD, greater double. Creed, Preface of the Cross. Red. Plenary Indulgence. Abstinence.

18 Saturday Of the Immaculate Conception, semidouble. Second prayers of St Simeon, Bishop Martyr, third prayers of the Holy Ghost, Preface of the BVM. White.

On Sunday the Suffrages are said:






The parish of Our Lady of the Rosary, Marylebone-road NW is served by The Rev Alfred White and the Rev Thomas P Thacker DD. Masses on Sunday are at 8.00, 9.00 and 10.00, with High Mass at 11.00. Instruction for children is at 3.00, with Benediction at 4.00, and Rosary, Sermon and Benediction at 7.00. On Holydays Masses are at 8.00, 9.0010.00 and 11.00, and Rosary, Sermon and Benediction are celebrated at 7.00. Weekday Mass at 8.00. Confraternity of the Holy Family and Benediction on Tuesday at 8.00.  On Wednesday and Friday, Rosary, Sermon and Benediction at 8.00. Confessions on Wednesday and Saturday from 10.00 to 12.00 am; on Wednesday and Friday from 7.00 pm; on Saturday from 4.00 to 5.00 pm, and from 6.00 pm. Baptisms on Sunday at 2.00 pm; and Wednesdays at 10.00 am. Churchings on Wednesday and Saturday at 10.00 am. Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament. The parish serves Queen Charlotte’s Lying-in Hospital.


In 2017 the parish is served by Fr Michael Johnston.  Anticipated Mass is at 6.00 pm on Saturday, with Sunday Mass at 8.30, 11.00 (Family) and 6.00 pm (Folk).  Mass is said at 1.00 pm on the First Sunday in Czech for the Czech community.  On Holydays Mass is at 12.30pm.  Weekday and Saturday Mass is at 12.30. Exposition and Benediction on Saturday from 5.00 to 5.30 pm. Confessions Saturday 11.00 to 11.30 and 5.00 to 5.30.  Parish groups are UCM, Over 50s, Finance and Properties, Church Cleaning, Faith Sharing, the Choir, the Folk Group, the Guild of St Stephen, the Legion of Mary and the Knights of St Columba.

04 February 2017

Fifth Sunday After Epiphany 1865

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5 SUNDAY Fifth after Epiphany. St Agatha, Virgin Martyr, double. Second prayers and Last Gospel of the Sunday. Red. Second Vespers of St Agatha to the Little Chapter, thence of St Titus (Meruit supremos) with commemoration of St Agatha, the Sunday and St Dorothy, Virgin Martyr. White. [In Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle Plenary Indulgence.]

6 Monday St Titus, Bishop Confessor, double. Second prayers of St Dorothy, Virgin Martyr. White.

7 Tuesday St Romuald, Abbot Confessor, double. White.

8 Wednesday St John of Matha, Confessor, double. White.

9 Thursday Sts Vincent and Anasthasius, Martyrs, semidouble (22 January). Second prayers of St Appollonia, Virgin Martyr. Red. [In diocese of Westminster, the XXVI Martyrs of Japan, double. Second prayers of St Appollonia, Virgin Martyr. Red.]

10 Friday St Scholastica, Virgin, double. White. Abstinence.

11 Saturday Of the Immaculate Conception, semidouble. Second prayers of the Holy Ghost. Third prayers for the Church or the Pope. Preface of the BVM. White. [In the diocese of Westminster Sts Vincent and Anasthasius, Martyrs, semidouble (22 January). Red.]

The parish of St Edmund, at 23 Westgate-street Bury St Edmunds is served by the Rev James Brownbill SJ. On Sundays High Mass at 10.45. On Holydays Mass at 9.00. On weekdays Mass at 7.15. Vespers and Benediction on Sundays and Holydays at 3.00. On Sundays Catechism after Vespers. On first Sunday of month Devotion of Bona Mors instead of Vespers. Confessions on Saturdays and eves of Holydays at 2.00 and 6.00 pm; also every morning before Mass. Confraternities of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and the Bona Mors.

In 2017 the parish is served by Fr Mark Hackeson, Fr Alvin and Fr Gerard Quigley. Three retired priests live in the parish: Fr Paul Mercer, Fr Christopher Hogan and Fr William Mason. The Rev Alan McMahon is Permanent Deacon.  Sr Marie of the St Louis nuns works in the parish and the Benedictine Sisters of Grace and Compassion run a residential home, Montana, at Great Barton. 


Mass on Sundays is at 8.30, 10.30 and 6.00 pm.  There is also Mass at Our Lady’s Lawshall and at Montana at 10.30. Anticipated Mass on Saturdays in Malayalam on the second Saturday and in Polish on the third Saturday. Adoration and Benediction is at 4.00.  On weekdays Mass is at various times at Bury, and at Montana on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 8.15. There is a Eucharistic service at Montana on Wednesday and Saturday. Mass at Lawshall on Tuesday at 9.30. Adoration, Confession and Benediction on Wednesday at 10.30. Confession also 10.30 to 11.00 on Saturday and by appointment. Parish groups are: Catenians, St Edmund’s Social Club, SPUC, History Group, Guild of St Stephen, MISSIO, a charismatic prayer group, the choir, Flower Arranging Group, Guild of St Martha, Helping Hands Group, Justice and Peace Group, Link Couple, Marian Prayer Group, Mothers’ Prayers, Parents and Toddlers Group, St Edmund’s Ladies Club, SVP, and a Walsingham Association.

31 January 2017

This Pope ...

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I haven't really said anything much about Amoris Laetitia (and will go back to Angeluses, Novenas and Ordines after this), and that's because sexual sin is the most individual and the hardest to judge and absolve.  Sex is the most basic and base of our instincts, and the one in which our brutishness has the best chance of being revealed.  It is also the occasion of sin against which the highest ideal has been set: that sexual union should only take place between lawfully married spouses completely open to the gift of conception. It's not like stealing or killing: this is something our bodies and minds are designed for.

Of course every grace is available to those who ask for it, and we all know of examples: of heroic and faithful fecundity; of pious resignation to unwelcome aridity; of chastity accepted as just one element of the greatest of vocations. And we all know, and mainly personally, how easy it is to fall short of the great ideal, and we know the particular hypocrisy that surrounds sexual sin: the couple who abstain so as not to conceive who look down on the contracepting couple who learned NFP at Church looking down at the contracepting couple who use chemicals and these looking down on the remarried couple who in turn look down on the unmarried couple, and all look down on the gays. (How is homosexual sexual sin worse than heterosexual sexual sin when at least homosexuals aren't putting a barrier between their sexual activity and procreation?)  And when was the last time anybody here was taught about continence.

And the priest walks into the confessional to face all of this and the whole contextual misery in which somebody acknowledges their sin and their need to repent and access grace and has to decide how to address the particular situation of a particular individual at a particular point in time.  Poor priests!  It was hard enough before Amoris Laetitia: how difficult must it be now.

And all this talk of "living like brother and sister"! I know two or three examples of brother and sister house-shares and I can assure you that they don't involve people who share a bed or sexual longings for each other.  For what it's worth, I think that the Church's (or at least some churchmen's) attempts to "develop doctrine" have been thrown into relief by sexual sin: you can't pretend that what's sinful isn't.  You might argue that contextually what one absolute monarch did in the sixteenth century looks objectively like mortal sin, while analogous activity by a nineteenth century slumdweller looks objectively like venial sin; but they're both sins, and, anyway, sins are committed by people, and it's what is going on in the mind of the person that the priest in confession or, I daresay, God, at the Judgement will look at as much as at the objectivity of the sinfulness of the action.

So I'm not getting into arguments about ambiguous footnotes, or demands that strict rules should be applied across various boards.  I know about my own sinfulness and will address that, I hope, before starting on anybody else's.

But I will say that in all of this I want a teacher who teaches me unambiguously what is right and what is wrong.  I want a Church and a Pope who tell me that I have fallen short and that in spite of that I can still stand up again and move forward.  I want that teaching office, the confirmation f the brethren to be at the heart of what the Pope and the Bishops are for.

And instead, we learn that the Pope isn't even going to offer teaching and correction to his brother Bishops during their ad limina visits henceforth. He's given up on the teaching office he was elected to. That, I suggest, is the crisis: he can't even be bothered to pretend.

28 January 2017

Fourth Sunday After The Epiphany 1865

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29 SUNDAY Fourth after Epiphany, St Francis de Sales, double. Second prayers and last Gospel of the Sunday. White. Second Vespers of St Francis to the Little Chapter, thence of St Martini, with commemorations of St Francis and the Sunday. Red. [In diocese of Clifton, third prayers for the Bishop.]

30 Monday St Martina, Virgin Martyr, double. Red.

31 Tuesday St Peter Nolasco, Confessor, double. White.

1 Wednesday St Ignatius, Bishop Martyr, double. Red.

2 Thursday (FEASTDAY OF DEVOTION) THE PURIFICATION OF THE BVM, double of the second class, Creed, Preface of Christmas. White. Plenary Indulgence. Before Mass the Candles are blessed.

v  After Compline, Ave Maria until Maundy Thursday

3 Friday St Paul, First Hermit, double (transferred from 15 January). Second prayers of St Blasé Bishop Martyr. White. Abstention.

4 Saturday St Andrew Corsini, Bishop Confessor, double. White.


The Parish Church of St Mary, Dunchurch-road Rugby, is served by the Institute of Charity (the Rosminians). The Very Rev AM Rinolfi is the Provincial, and the Revv Joseph Akeroyd, William J A Sheehy and Peter Castellano are also based in the parish.  On Sundays and Holydays Mass is at 7.00 and 10.00. Catechism is at 3.00, and Vespers, Sermon and Bendiction is at 6.00.  Weekday Mass is at 7.00 in Summer and 7.30 in Winter. Rosary, lecture and Benediction every Thursday at 8.00.  Stations of the Cross on Fridays in Lent.


In 2017 the Parish is still served by the Rosminians but is called St Marie’s.  Fr Tony Furlong is the Parish Priest, supported by Frs Tony Baxter and John Bucker.  The Parish Deacon is the Rev Gerald Nowoski. Anticipated Sunday Mass is on Saturday at 6.00 pm.  On Sundays Mass is at 10.00 and 6.00 pm.  Mass in Polish is at 12.30.  On Holydays Mass is at 10.00 and 7.00 pm. Weekday Mass is at 10.00. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is from 8.00 am to 7.00 pm on Mondays and includes Morning Prayer at 8.50.  Confessions are on Sunday 9.30 to 9.55, and on Saturdays from 10.00 to 11.00 and from 5.30 to 5.55pm.

21 January 2017

Third Sunday After Epiphany 1865

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22 SUNDAY Third after Epiphany, semidouble, second prayers of the BVM, third prayers for the Church or the Pope. Green. First Vespers of the Espousals of the BVM, commemoration of the Sunday and of St Emerentiana, Virgin Martyr. White.

23 Monday The Espousals of the BVM, greater double. Second prayers of St Emerentiana, Virgin Martyr, Creed, Preface of the BVM. White. Plenary Indulgence.

24 Tuesday St Timothy, Bishop Martyr, double. Red.

25 Wednesday The Conversion of St Paul, Apostle, greater double. Second prayers of St Peter, Creed, Preface of the Apostles.  White. [In Diocese of Liverpool, third prayers for the Bishop.]

26 Thursday St Polycarp, Bishop Martyr, double. Red.

27 Friday St John Chrysostom, Bishop Confessor Doctor, double. Creed. White. Abstinence.

28 Saturday St Raymund of Pennafort, Confessor, semidouble. Second prayers of St Agnes, Virgin Martyr, third prayers of the BVM. White.

This is the first of only five Sundays this year when the priest will wear Green.

The parish of St Mary Bacup is served by the Rev Henry M J Mulvany. Sunday masses are at 9.30 and 11.00. Baptisms are at 2.00., Churching at 2.30. Rosary, catechism and instruction at 3.00. Vespers, lecture and Benediction at 6.30. On Holydays Mass is at 9.00 and Rosary and Benediction are at 8.00 pm.  Weekday Mass is at 9.00.

The parish of Our Immaculate Mother and St Anselm Whitworth is served by the Rev John Millward. Sunday masses are at 8.30 and 10.30. Baptisms are at 2.00, instruction at 3.30 and Compline at 6.30.  On Holydays masses are at 5.00 and 8.00. There is an evening service at 7.30. On weekdays Mass is at 8.00. Churchings are after Mass on Mondays. On Thursdays, rosary, instruction and Benediction is at 7.30pm. Confessions on Sunday at 3.30, and for children on Friday evening.  The Holy Sacrifice is offered once a week in this Church for its benefactors.


In 2017 the two parishes have been combined and are served by the Rev Fr Frank Thorpe MA.  Anticipated Sunday Mass is at St Mary’s at 5.30 pm on Saturday, and on Sunday at 10.30 at St Anselm. Weekday Mass is at St Anselm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 9.15, and on Friday at 11.00 at ST Mary’s. Exposition at St Anselm from 8.45 to 9.15 on Thursdays. Confession at St Mary’s Saturday evening from 5.00 to 5.15 and at St Anselm on request.

14 January 2017

Second Sunday After Epiphany 1865

15 SUNDAY Second after Epiphany. The MOST HOLY NAME OF JESUS, double of the second class.  Second prayers and last Gospel of the Sunday, third prayers of St Maur, Abbot. Preface of Christmas. White. Second Vespers of the Feast, commemoration of the Sunday and of St Marcellus. Plenary Indulgence.

16 Monday St Marcellus, Pope Martyr, semidouble.  Second prayers of the BVM, third prayers for the Church or the Pope. Red.

17 Tuesday St Anthony, Abbot Confessor, double. White.

18 Wednesday St Peter's Chair at Rome, greater double. Second prayers of St Paul, Apostle, Creed, Preface of the Apostles. White.

19 Thursday St Wolstan, Bishop Confessor, double. Second prayers of SS Marius and Companions, Martyrs. White.

20 Friday SS Fabian and Sebastian, Martyrs, double. Red. Abstinence.

21 Saturday St Agnes, Virgin Martyr, double. Red.

The parish of the Assumption, Deptford, is served by the Missionary Rector, the Rev John M Glenie, whose curate is the Rev James Purdon.  On Sundays, Mass is at 7.00, 9.00 (with sermon), 10.00 (for children only), and High Mass with sermon at 11.00. Catechism and sermon at 3.30. Vespers, sermon and Benediction at 6.30.  On holidays, Mass is at 8.00 and 10.00, with Vespers, sermon and Benediction at 7.30. On weekdays Mass is at 8.00 and 9.00. Benediction on Wednesday and Stations of the Cross on Friday, at 7.30 pm. On Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, Rosary and Night Prayers at 7.30 pm.  Confessions on Wednesday and Friday from 10.00 to 12.00 and from 6.00 pm; on Saturdays from 10.00 to 12.00, and from 4.30 pm.

In 2017 the Parish Priest is Fr Boniface Kesiena Akpoigbe. Mass is said on Sunday at 9.00, 11.00 and 6.30 pm. On the second Sunday of the month, Mass is said in Yoruba at 2.00 pm. Weekday Mass is at 9.00, except on Saturdays when it is said at 10.00. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament every weekday at 8.00 am. Confessions on Saturday 10.30 to 11.30 and at 5.30 pm..  Baptism as advertised after instruction. Visits to the housebound from 11.00 am Mondays. The parish website is here.

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07 January 2017

Sunday Within The Octave Of The Epiphany 1865

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8 SUNDAY within the Octave, and 1st after Epiphany, semidouble, second prayer of the Octave. White. Vespers of the Sunday, commemoration of the Octave. [In Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, Plenary Indulgence.]

9 Monday Of the Octave, semidouble, second prayers of the BVM, third prayers for the Church or the Pope. White.

10 Tuesday Of the Octave, semidouble, second prayers of the BVM, third prayers for the Church or the Pope. White.

11 Wednesday Of the Octave, semidouble, second prayer of St Hyginus, PM, third prayers of the BVM. White.

12 Thursday Of the Octave, semidouble, second prayers of the BVM, third prayers for the Church or the Pope. White.

13 Friday Octave of the Epiphany, double. White. Abstinence.

14 Saturday St Hilary, Bishop Confessor Doctor, double, second prayer of St Felix, Martyr. Creed. White.

The parish of St Mary’s Derby is served by a Missionary Rector, the Very Rev Canon Joseph Daniel, with two curates, the Revv C Stroobant and Arthur McKenna.  Mass on Sundays is at 8.00, 9.30, and 11.00  Vespers are at 3.00 and there is an evening service at 6.30.  On Holydays, Mass is at 5.15, 8.00 and 11.00, with an evening service at 8.00.  Weekday Mass is at 8.00.

Fasting and Abstinence in 1865

Fasting Days, on which flesh-meat is forbidden, and only one meal allowed:

The Forty Days of Lent; the Ember Days; the Vigils of Whit-Sunday, SS. Peter and Paul, the Assumption, All Saints, and Christmas; and the Wednesdays and Fridays in Advent.

Abstinence Days, on which flesh-meat is forbidden:

The Sundays in Lent, unless leave be given to the contrary, and all Fridays, except the Friday on which Christmas-Day may fall.

Lenten Dispensations:

The following are the usual Dispensations for Lent granted each year by the Bishops of England for their respective Dioceses, by the Authority of the Holy See.

1.            Flesh-meat is allowed at the single meal of those who are bound to fast, and at the discretion of those who are not so bound, on all days except Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and Ember-Saturday, and the four last days in Holy-Week. On Sundays, even those who are bound to fast may eat flesh-meat at their discretion.

2.            Eggs are allowed at the single meal of those who are bound to fast, and at the discretion of those who are not so bound, on all days except Ash-Wednesday and the three last days of Holy-Week.

3.            Cheese, under the same restrictions, is allowed on all days, except Ash-Wednesday and Good-Friday.

4.            The use of dripping and lard is permitted at dinner and collation on all days, except Good-Friday.


On those days, Sundays included, whereon flesh-meat is allowed, fish is not permitted at the same meal.

These are the rules in place until modern times.  The only major change was that from 1917, the obligation of abstinence was removed on days of precept which fell on Fridays. Minor changes included better regulation of the use of butter and the definition of suet as only allowable when meat was allowed. 

Fasting meant only one meal: a modest meal according to one's station in life, and which should be completed in less than an hour.  Separate from this meal, two collations could also be taken, though together they should not be as large as the single meal.

The Lenten dispensations date from the time of the Vicars Apostolic and temper what, looked at from 2017, is a tough discipline, though I think if we still followed it I would feel able to look Muslim colleagues in the eye during Ramadan and say "yes, we fast too".




01 January 2017

The Feast Of The Circumcision 1865

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I copied an Ordo for England and Wales a couple of years ago which showed what parish life looked like before the changes introduced by Pope St Pius X which began a process of disastrous liturgical change in the Latin Rite Church.  I'll try to do the same this year, but will probably leave out the sententious obiter dicta.which added, I think, little of value.

1 SUNDAY (Vacant) CIRCUMCISION OF OUR LORD double of the second class. Creed (till the Octave of the Epiphany inclusively); Preface of Christmas (till the Epiphany). White. Second Vespers of the Feast, commemoration of the Octave of St Stephen only.

NB Plenary Indulgence from the First Vespers till sunset of the Feast; and thus on all Feasts of or LORD and the BVM. [In Diocese of Liverpool Plenary Indulgence on all Sundays.]

2 Monday Octave of St Stephen, Proto-Martyr, double. Commemoration of Octaves of St Thomas, St John and Holy Innocents. Red.

3 Tuesday. Octave of St John, Apostle and Evangelist, double. Commemoration of Octaves of St Thomas and Holy Innocents, Preface of the Apostles. White.

4 Wednesday. Octave of the Holy Innocents, double. Commemoration of the Octave of St Thomas. Red.

5 Thursday. Vigil. Octave of St Thomas Bishop Martyr. Commemoration of Vigil of the Epiphany and St Telesphorus; last Gospel of Vigil. Red.

6 Friday EPIPHANY OF OUR LORD, double of the first class, with an Octave, during which the Preface of the Epiphany is said. White. Second Vespers of the Feast. Plenary Indulgence. Abstinence.

The Indulgence ends.

7 Saturday. Of the Octave, semidouble; second prayers of the BVM, third prayers for the Church or the Pope White. [In Dioceses of Clifton, St David's and Newport, and Plymouth, principal Mass of BVM with Gloria, one prayer and Creed; Litany of the BVM,and Benediction. White.]

The Parish of St Mary in Chippenham is served by the Rev Maurice Victor Domenge, a Missionary Priest of the Congregation of St Francis of Sales.  On Sundays and Holydays Mass and Instruction take place at 10.30. Catechism is at 5.30. Vespers, instruction and Benediction are at 6.30.  Confessions on saturday from 5.00 to 7.00 pm, and on Sundays and Holydays before Mass.