15 July 2017

Sixth Sunday After Pentecost 1865

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16 SUNDAY, sixth after Pentecost. Our Lady of Mount Carmel, greater double. Second prayers and last Gospel of the Sunday. Creed, Preface of the BVM. White. Second Vespers of the Feast, commemoration of the following and of the Sunday. Plenary Indulgence. [In D of Salford Patron of the Diocese, double of the First Class with an Octave, during which second prayers, Creed, and Preface of the BVM.]

17 Monday The Translation of St Osmund, Bishop Confessor, double. White.

18 Tuesday St Camillus de Lellis, Confessor, double. Second prayers of Sts Symphorosa and her Seven Sons, Martyrs. White.

19 Wednesday St Vincent of Paul, Confessor, double. White.

20 Thursday St Jerome Aemilian, Confessor, double. Second prayers of St Margaret, Virgin Martyr. White.

21 Friday St Henry, Emperor, semidouble. Second prayers of St Praxedes, Virgin, third prayers A cunctis. White. Abstinence.

22 Saturday St Mary Magdalen, double. Creed. White.


St John the Evangelist, Islington, has as its Missionary Rector the Very Rev Canon Oakeley, supported by the Revs William Ignatius Dolan, and Andrew Mooney. On Sundays Mass is at 7.00, 8.00, 9.00, and 10.00.  High Mass is at 11.00.  Catechism and Benediction at 3.00. Vespers and Benediction at 7.00. Mass on Holydays at 5.00, 7.00, 9.00, and 10.00, and High Mass at 11.00. Vespers and Benediction at 700. High Mass on Days of Devotion at 10.00, and Mass at 7.00 and 9.00. Vespers and Benediction at 7.00. Mass on Weekdays at 7.00, 9.00, and 9.30. Benediction with Instruction on all Thursdays, and on all Feasts of our Lord and the BVM and St. Francis of Assisi, at 8.00. Stations of the Cross on Friday at 8.00 pm. Rosary or other Devotions every other evening at 8.00. Instruction and Devotions for the Confraternity of the Immaculate Heart on Wednesday at 8.00 pm, with Benediction on the first Wednesday in each month. Compline on Thursday in Lent (except Holy Thursday, or during the Forty Hours' Devotion) at 7.00. Devotions every evening in May for the Month of Mary, and every evening in November for the souls in Purgatory. Confessions every day till noon; also on Wednesday and Friday at 7.00 pm, and on Saturday at 6.00 pm. Baptisms and Churchings on Sunday at 2.00; on Tuesday and Thursday at 10.00. The Church is open every day from 6.00 am to 4.00 pm, and from 6.00 to 9.00 pm.  There are in this Church chapels of the Blessed Sacrament, of our Blessed Lady and of St. Francis of Assisi, to the last of which the great Indulgence of the Portiuncula is attached, and may be gained at each visit made between 6.00 pm on 1 August and sunset on the next evening. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on 2 August. Confraternities of the Blessed Sacrament and of the Immaculate Heart of Mary; also of the Scapular of Mount Carmel and of the Seven Dolours. By rescripts of His present Holiness, a Plenary Indulgence can be gained once a year by visiting the Church any day on the usual conditions; also on the Feasts of St Francis of Assisi, and of the Stigmata, and on the first Sunday of every month.  The parish also serves the Islington Workhouse, and the Fever Hospital on Liverpool-road.



In 2017 the  parish priest is Mgr Seamus O'Boyle, supported by  Fr David Lucuy and Fr Larry Milby.  Anticipated Mass is on Saturday at 6.00 pm and Sunday Mass is at 9.00, 10.30 Sung Children's Liturgy, 12.00 Sung High Mass and 6.00 pm. Weekday Mass at 10.00, followed on Saturday by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament until 11.30 am.  Confessions Saturdays 10.30 to  11.30 and 5.15 to 5.45.

10 July 2017

It's Time We Talk ...


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You know what it’s like when the things you’d rather not see begin to protrude into your peripheral vision.

You notice the sacked Rome correspondent of The Tablet, who now writes for an equally Catholic publication (ie not) describing Cardinal Sarah as clueless and pharisaic simply because he (the Cardinal) says that in a Catholic Mass, the bread to be consecrated has to be bread and the wine to be consecrated has to be wine. You notice his advice to another Cardinal to “ditch the dress and the dangling cross. They look ridiculous and irrelevant.”

You notice Austin Ivereigh, the head of Catholic Voices, making a disgracefully snarky remark about Cardinal Pell simply because he (Ivereigh) doesn’t think that he (Pell) is sufficiently on-message.

You notice that the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales (CBCEW) has allowed Catholic Voices to become “one of the successes of the New Evangelisation”.  You notice Catholic Voices saying that the “CBCEW refer media onto us when appropriate. They support Catholic Voices as part of its ‘Confidently Catholic’ agenda, encouraging lay Catholics “to know and live their faith with courage and give witness to it with confidence.”

You notice that a commentator on social media points out that Catholic Voices can’t actually speak for the Catholic Church (in England and Wales, or anywhere) because of its canon law status (or rather its lack thereof) and realise that the point will be completely ignored because the CBCEW doesn’t bother with that sort of thing any more (unless, of course, it suits them, as when a Bishop tries to close down a parish).

You notice that the two bloggers who led the charge against the Catholic Education Service (CES) eventually had to give up on the incisive campaign against the intrusion into the Catholic education system of Stonewall simply because the CES realised that it was bigger and more powerful than any blogger.

You notice that the Bishops in the CBCEW who you can confidently predict are personally against the watering down of the position that divorced Catholics who “remarry” can receive Communion are not speaking out or up. You ponder what you know about caudillismo, an unfortunate recurring feature in post-independence Argentina and other South American countries, and wonder how it could take hold in any part of England and Wales.


You notice that you have two choices: to move your head further down: to bury it in the sand so that you can block your peripheral vision.  Or to lift your head and start looking around again, and be prepared to say what you can see.

08 July 2017

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost 1865

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9 SUNDAY, fifth after Pentecost, semidouble. Second prayers A cunctis, third prayers at the priest’s choice. Green. Vespers of the Sunday, commemoration of the Seven Holy Brothers and Sts Rufina and Secunda, and suffrages. [In Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle Plenary Indulgence. In Diocese of Plymouth, St Willibald, Bishop Confessor, double. Second prayers and last Gospel of the Sunday. White. Second Vespers of the Feast, commemoration of the Sunday and of the Seven Holy Brothers and Sts Rufina and Secunda.]

10 Monday The Seven Holy Brothers and Sts Rufina and Secunda, Virgins and Martyrs, semidouble. Second prayers A cunctis, third prayers at the priest’s choice. Red. [In D of Plymouth, fourth prayers for the Bishop.]

11 Tuesday St Boniface, Bishop Martyr, double (transferred from 5 June). Red. [In dioceses of Northampton and Shrewsbury, St Francis Caracciolo, Confessor, double (transferred from 4th June). White. In dioces of Nottingham and Plymouth St Norbert, Bishop Confessor, double (transferred from 6 June). White.]

12 Wedn. St John Gaulbert, Abbot Confessor, double. Second prayers of Sts Nabor and Felix, Martyrs. White.

13 Thurs. St Anaclete, Pope Martyr, semidouble. Second prayers A cunctis, third prayers at the priest’s choice. Red.

14 Frid. St Bonaventure, Bishop Confessor Doctor, double. Creed. White. Abstinence.

15 Sat. The Translation of St Swithin, Bishop Confessor, double. White.

The parish of Chideock is served by the Rev Thomas W Fenn. Mass on Sundays and Holydays at 10.00. Vespers, Instruction and Benediction at 3.00 pm.  Weekday Mass at 8.30. Benediction on Days of Devotion at 6.00 pm.  Sts Mary and Catherine Bridport is also served by Mr Fenn who says Mass on Sundays at 11.45 with sermon and catechism.  Mass is said occasionally on weekdays at 9.00.


In 2017 Fr Richard Meyer is the parish priest of St Mary and St Catherine which now serves Beaminster and Chideock as well.  Anticipated Mass on Saturday at 6.00 pm is said at Beaminster on the first and third Sundays, at Chideock on the second and fourth, and at Bridport on the fifth. Sunday Mass is at 10.00 at Bridport.  Weekday Masses are at 12.00 on Tuesdayat Bridport, at 10.00 on Wdnesday at Beaminster, at 10.00 on Thursday at Bridport, at 10.00 on Friday at Chideock, and at 9.30 on Saturday at Bridport.  Confessions at 9.00 on Saturday at Bridport.

06 July 2017

To Jesus' Heart All Burning

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Sorry, gang.  This is over a week late!





01 July 2017

Fourth Sunday After Pentecost 1865

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2 SUNDAY, fourth after Pentecost. The Visitation of the BVM, double of the second class. Second prayers and last Gospel of the Sunday (in low Mass third prayers of Sts Processus and Martinian, Martyrs), Creed, Preface of the BVM. White. First Vespers of the Most Precious Blood of OUR LORD, commemoration of the Visitation only. Plenary Indulgence.

3 Monday The Most Precious Blood of OUR LORD, double of the second class (transferred from yesterday). Preface of the Cross. Red.

4 Tues. St Mary Magdalen of Pazzi, Virgin, double. White. [In Diocese of Northampton, St Barnabas, Apostle, greater double (transferred from 11 June). Third prayers for the Bishop. Red. In Diocese of Nottingham, St Francis Caracciolo, Confessor, double (transferred from 4 June). White. In D of Shrewsbury, St Angela Merici, Virgin, double (transferred from 1 June). White.]

5 Wednesday . St Francis Caracciolo, Confessor, double (transferred from 4 June). White. [In dioceses of Northampton and Shrewsbury St Mary Magdalen of Pazzi, Virgin, double (transferred from 3 June). White. In D of Nottingham St Boniface, Apostle, double (transferred from 5 June). Red.]

6 Thursday The Octave of the Holy Apostles, double. Red. [In
Diocese of Southwark second prayers for the Bishop.]

The Indulgence ends.

7 Friday The Translation of St Thomas, Bishop Martyr, greater double. Red. Abstinence.

8 Saturday St Elizabeth of Portugal, Widow, semidouble. Second prayers A cunctis, third prayers at the priest’s choice. White.

The parish of St Mary Chppenham is served by the Rev Maurice Victor Domenge, Missionary Priest of the Con­gregation of St. Francis of Sales. On Sundays and Holydays Mass and Instruction at 10.00. Catechism at 5.00. Vespers, Instruction and Benediction at 6.00. Confession on Saturday from 5.00 to 7.00 pm; on Sundays and Holydays before Mass.

In 2017 the Rev Canon J D Millett is Parish Priest. Anticipated Mass on Saturday at 6.30 and on Sunday at 9.30 and 6.30.  Weekday Masses as announced.  Parish groups include Christian Aid, Choir, Youth Music Group, Children’s Liturgy, Chippenham Churches Together, Kitty’s Café, Marian Prayer Group, Mothers’ Prayer Group, Married and Engaged Encounters, and Flower Arrangers.