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.


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.









24 June 2017

Third Sunday After Pentecost 1865

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25 SUNDAY, third after Pentecost. The Most Sacred Heart of OUR LORD, double of the second class. Second prayers and last Gospel of the Sun­day. Preface of the Cross. White. Second Vespers of the Feast, with commemoration of Sts John and Paul, the Sunday, and the Octave. Plenary Indulgence. Collection for the Poor-School Committee, the benefactors of which can gain a Plenary Indulgence during the whole of the ensuing week.

26 Monday Sts John and Paul, Martyrs, double. Red.

27 Tuesday St Alban, Proto-Martyr of England, greater double (transferred from 22 June). Red.

28 Wednesday Vigil. St Leo II, Pope Confessor, semidouble. Second prayers of the Octave, third prayers and last Gospel of the Vigil. White. FAST.

The Indulgence begins.

29 Thursday Sts PETER and PAUL, Apostles, double of the First Class with an Octave, during which commemoration of the Octave, Creed, and Preface of the Apostles. Red. Second Vespers of the Feast.

30 Friday The Commemoration of St Paul, Apostle, double. Second prayers of St Peter. Red. Abstinence.

1 Saturday The Octave of St John Baptist, double. White. [In dioceses of Clifton, St David's and Newport, and Plymouth, principal Mass of the BVM, with Gloria, one prayer and Creed; Litany of the BVM, and Benediction. White.]

In 1865 the Parish of Sts Mary and Joseph, Gate-street, Upper North-street, Poplar is served by the Revs John Stanton (Missionary Rector) and Henry Francis Bradbee. On Sundays Mass is at 7.30 and 9.00, and High Mass at 11.00. Catechism and Benediction 3.00. Vespers, sermon and Benediction at 6.00. On Holydays Mass is at 8.00 and 10.00. Prayers, sermon and Benediction at 7.00 pm. Weekday Mass at 9.00. Every Wednesday evening Litany of Loretto, instruction and Benediction at 7.00 pm. On Fridays in Advent and Lent Stations. Confraternities of the Blessed Sacrament, Living Rosary and St. Patrick. The Parish serves
Poplar Workhouse, Stepney Workhouse School, Limehouse Poplar Hospital, Poplar Fever Hospital, and Cholera House.

In 2017 the Parish is served by the Rev Keith Stoakes.  Anticipated Mass is on Saturday at 6.00 pm and on Sunday at 10.00.  Antcipated Mass of Holydays at 7.00 pm, and Holyday Mass at 10.00.  Weekday Mass Monday to Friday at 9.30 am in the weekday chapel.  Confessions Saturday 5.15 to 5.45 or on request.

17 June 2017

Second Sunday After Pentecost 1865

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18 SUNDAY, within the Octave of Corpus Christi, and second after Pentecost, semidouble. Third prayers of Sts Mark and Marcellinus, Martyrs. White. First Vespers of St Juliana Falconieri, with commemorations of the Sunday, the Octave and Sts Gervase and Protase, Martyrs. [In Diocese of Birmingham, Dedication of the Cathedral, double of the First Class, with an Octave in the city of Birmingham. Second prayers and last Gospel of the Sunday. White. Second Vespers of the Feast, with commemoration of St Juliana, the Sunday and the Octave only. In Diocese of Nottingham, Octave of St Barnabas, Apostle, double. Second prayers and last Gospel of the Sunday, Preface of the Apostles. Red. Second Vespers of St Barnabas to the Little Chapter, thence of St Juliana, with commemorations of St Barnabas, the Sunday, the Octave, and Sts Gervase and Protase, Martyrs. White.]

19 Monday St Juliana Falconieri, Virgin, double. Third prayers of Sts Gervase and Protase. White.

20 Tuesday Of the Octave, semidouble. Second prayers of St Silverius, Pope Martyr. White.

21 Wednesday St Aloysius Gonzaga, Confessor, double. Third prayers for the Pope (Anniversary of the Coronation of His Holiness). White. [In D of Birmingham, fourth prayers for the Bishop.]

22 Thursday Octave of Corpus Christi, double. Second prayers of St Paulinus, Bishop Confessor. White. [In dioceses of Salford, Shrewsbury, and Southwark, third prayers for the Bishop.]

The Indulgence ends.

23 Friday Vigil. St Barnabas, Apostle, greater double (transferred from 11 June). Second prayers and last Gospel of the Vigil, Preface of the Apostles. Red. Abstinence. [In Diocese of Northampton, St Etheldreda, Virgin, double. Second prayers and last Gospel of the Vigil. White. In Diocese of Nottingham, St Mary Magdalen of Pazzi, Virgin, double (transferred from 3 June). Second prayers and last Gospel of the Vigil. White.]

24 Saturday (Feastday of Devotion) The NATIVITY of St JOHN THE BAPTIST, double of the First Class with an Octave, during which the feast is commemorated. White. [In D of Liverpool, Plenary Indulgence.] Abstinence.

The Cathedral Church of St George in St. George's-fields, Southwark is served by the Right Reverend Bishop Grant, the Very Reverend Thomas, Provost Doyle, DD, the Reverend James Canon and Vicar General Donell, and the Revs Joseph Moore and Robert Simpson (Chaplain of the Military Prison). On Sundays Mass and discourse at 6.30 and 7.30, Mass at 8.30 and 9.30, High Mass with sermon at 11.00.  Catechism and Benediction at 3.00. Vespers, sermon and Benediction at 6.30. On Holydays Mass at 7.00, 8.00, 9.00, 10.00, High Mass with sermon at 11.00. Vespers, sermon and Benediction at 8.00. On Weekdays Mass at 8.00, 9.00, and 10.00. On Mondays Vespers of the Dead and discourse at 8.00. On Wednesdays Litany and Rosary at 8.00 pm. On Thursdays Litany and Benediction at 8.00 pm. On Fridays in Lent Stations of the Cross at 8.00 pm. On Saturdays Litany and Procession at 8.00 followed, on first Saturday by Benediction. Confraternities of the Blessed Sacrament (Thursday), of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Friday), of the Rosary, of the Immaculate Heart of the BVM for the conversion of sinners (Saturday), and of the Guild of the Blessed Virgin and St. George, or Confraternity for the Dead. Third Sunday of July, Feast of St. Victor, Martyr. The Church is open for the faithful, from 6.00 in summer, or 7.00 in winter, till 1.00pm.  Mass is offered in the Petre Chantry for the repose of the soul of the late Hon. Edward Petre, and in the Knill Chantry for the late John Knill, Esq R.I.P.). Workhouses: St. Saviour's, St. George the Martyr's, Lambeth, and Newington. Bethlehem and St. Thomas's Hospitals. Prisons: Military and Horsemonger-lane.

In 2017 the Most Reverend Peter Smith is Archbishop.  Canon Richard Dean KCHS is the Cathedral Dean, supported by Frs Oladele Craig, Thomas Bakulumpagi and Stephen Haines. Anticipated Mass is on Sunday at 6.00 pm.  Sunday Mass is at 8.00, 10.00, 11.30, 1.00 pm (Spanish) and 6.00 pm. Weekday Mass is at 7.30 (9.30 on Saturday) and 12.30. Evening Mass at 6.00 pm in Lent.  Evening Prayer and Benediction on Friday at 6.00 pm (except Lent). Mass on public holidays at 12.30 (after which the Cathedral is closed). Confessions Monday to Friday 12.00 to 12.20 pm, Saturdays 11.15 to 12.15 and 5.00 to 5.50. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament Monday to Friday 8.00 to 6.00, and Saturday 10.00 to 12.15.


10 June 2017

Trinity Sunday 1865

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11 TRINITY SUNDAY, and first after Pentecost, double of the second class.  Commemoration and last Gospel of the Sunday, Preface of the Trinity (and on subsequent Sundays). White. Second Vespers of the Feast, commemoration of St John of St Facundo, of the Sunday, and of St Basilides and Companions, Martyrs. [In Diocese of Westminster, collection for Church Building Fund. In D of Hexham and Newcastle, Plenary Indulgence. In Diocese of Plymouth first Vespers of St Boniface, commemoration of Trinity Sunday.]

12 Monday St John of St Facundo, Confessor, double. Second prayers of Sts Basilides and Companions, Martyrs. White. [In Diocese of Plymouth, St Boniface, Bishop Martyr, Patron of the Diocese, double of the First Class (transferred from 5 June). Creed. Red.]

13 Tuesday St Anthony of Padua, Confessor, double. White.

14 Wednesday St Basil, Bishop Confessor Doctor, double. Creed. White.

15 Thursday CORPUS CHRISTI, double of the First Class with an Octave, during which commemoration of the Octave, Creed, and Preface of Christmas. White. Second Vespers of the Feast. Plenary Indulgence. [In D of Nottingham commemoration of St Barnabas at Vespers.]

16 Friday Of the Octave, semidouble. Second prayers Concede, third prayers for the Church or Pope. White. Abstinence. [In Diocese of Nottingham St Barnabas, Titular of the Cathedral, double of the First Class with an Octave, during which commemoration of St Barnabas. Preface of the Apostles. Red.]

17 Saturday Of the Octave, semidouble. Second prayers for the Pope (Anniversary of the Election of His Holiness), 3d prayers Concede. White.

Our Lady and St Maughold in Ramsay is served by the Rev Robert Gillow. On Sundays Holy Communion is at 8.00, and Mass at 10.30.  Catechetical Instruction is at 2.00, and Devotions at 6.00.  Weekday Mass is at 8.00. Rosary n Wednesdays at 7.00 pm. Stations of the Cross on Friday at 7.00 pm.

In 2017 the parish is served by the Rev Brian O’Mahony.  Anticipated Mass is on Saturday at 6.30, and on Sunday at 11.00. Anticipated Mass for Holydays is at 7.30 pm, with Mass on the Holyday at 1.00.  Weekday Mass on Wednesday at 7.30 pm, Friday at 10.00 and Saturday at 12.30.



03 June 2017

Whitsunday 1865

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4 WHITSUNDAY or PENTECOST, double of the First Class with an Octave. Red. Vespers of the Feast. [In Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle Plenary Indulgence.]

5 (Feast of Devotion) WHITSUN-Monday, double of the First Class. Creed during the week. Red.

6 (Feast of Devotion) WHITSUN-Tuesday, double of the First Class.  Red.

7 Ember-Wednesday, of the Octave, semidouble. Second prayers for the Church or the Pope. Red. FAST.

8 Thursday, of the Octave, semidouble. Second prayers for the Church or the Pope. Red. [In Diocese of Westminster, third prayers for the Cardinal Archbishop.]

9 Ember-Friday, of the Octave, semidouble. Second prayers of Sts Primus and Felician, Martyrs. Red. FAST.

10 Ember-Saturday, of the Octave, semidouble. Second prayers for the Church or the Pope. Red. FAST.

Here ends the Paschal Time

The Rev Arthur McCann is parish priest at St Joseph, Heywood.  Mass on Sunday is at 9.00 and 11.00, the latter with sermon.  Catechetical instruction is at 3.30, and there is an evening service with sermon and Benediction at 6.00.  On Holydays Mass is at 9.00 and there is an evening service with Benediction at 7.00.


In 2017 Mass on Sunday is at 9.30.  On Holydays Mass is at 9.15, 12.30 and 6.30. Weekday Mass on Thursday at 5.45 pm, Friday at 9.00 am and Saturday at 12.00 p.m.


27 May 2017

Sunday In The Octave Of The Ascension 1865

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

28 SUNDAY within the Octave of the Ascension. St Gregory VII, Pope Confessor, double. Second prayers and Last Gospel of the Sunday, third and fourth prayers of the two Octaves. White. Second Vespers of St Gregory VII to the Little Chapter, thence to St Eleutherius with commemoration of St Gregory (antiphon Dum esset), the Sunday and the two Octaves. Red. [In Diocese of Shrewsbury commemoration of the BVM before St Augustine.]

29 Monday St Eleutherius, Pope Martyr, double. Red.

30 Tuesday St Aldhelm, Bishop Confessor, double (transferred from 25 May). Fourth prayers of ST Felix, Bishop Martyr. Red.

31 St Angela Merici, Virgin, double. Fourth prayers of St Petronilla, Virgin. White. [In Diocese of Shrewsbury, the Octave of the BVM, double. Fourth prayers of St Petronilla, Virgin. White.]

1 Thursday Octave of the Ascension, double. White.

2 Friday Octave of St Augustine, double. Second prayers of the Feria, third prayers of Sts Marcellinus, Peter, and Erasmus, Martyrs. White. Abstinence.

3 Saturday Whitsun-eve, semidouble. Proper Preface and during the ensuing week. Red. FAST.



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

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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.