Sunday, 11 February 2018

The Holy Face of Jesus - and Ash Wednesday

 I am celebrating Mass for the Feast of the Holy Face of Jesus
which falls on Shrove Tuesday.  

There will be Low Mass at 12 noon. 

Not such a well-known devotion in this day and age but obviously an ancient one, 
as Veronica's veil was kept intact from the time of Our Lord's Passion. 
St Therese of Lisieux was a great devotee.  
Click here for devotional items and books about this Feast.

This week also sees the start of Lent 
and there will be Mass (OF) with the 
Distribution of Ashes 
9.30am and at 7pm.

Stations of the Cross each Thursday at 7pm.

May the most holy, most sacred, most adorable,
 most incomprehensible and unutterable Name of God 
be always praised,
 blessed, loved, adored and glorified, 
in Heaven, on earth, and under the earth.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Watch daily Mass live

I've been meaning to post this for a while. The Fathers at St Mary's, Warrington now have a link on their website to watch Mass each day from the Shrine. I know of a number of housebound parishioners especially that might find this very useful.
Just go to their website and click on the link form the main page.

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Burns' Night Supper

We are planning to celebrate Burns’ Night  - for practical reasons, a little after the actual date -
ours will take place on Friday 2nd March
starting at 7.30pm. 

This has been an excellent evening over past years with all the traditional Scottish ceremony and traditions associated with the evening - though you don’t need to be Scots to come along!  
Tickets are just £25 per head 
which is terrific value considering all you get.

The event is to raise Charitable Funds, 
so come along and support it whilst having a great evening’s fun.


Have a look at last year's festivities by clicking here.


Traditional  Piping in o’ the Haggis.
A Tartan sash for each of the Ladies.
 A cocktail on arrival.
Three-course traditional Burns’ Night Fare consisting of:
Scotch Broth
Haggis wi’ Bashit Neeps & Champit Tatties
Pudding of Clootie Dumpling.
Wine with the meal.

  Whisky for the various toasts
 The address to the Haggis
 The Toast to the Lassies
  The Reply from the Lassies
“Entertainments” in song & verse in keeping with the evening. 
Tickets available from Fr Simon Henry at St Catherine's.

Everyone welcome.


Saturday, 20 January 2018

Candlemass in London

Click on poster to enlarge.

This looks rather fun. 
Candlemass is such a lovely ritual,
wish I could be there but will be having something rather lower in key here in Farington.

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Launch of a new Degree Course in the Catholic Educational world

The Chavagnes Studium is organising a launch event in London for its new Liberal arts degree programme, in collaboration with ICES, the Catholic university of the Vendée, and the Catholic University of Lublin. Presentations by Ferdi McDermott, Professor Anthony O'Hear OBE, Dr Thomas E Conlon, Fr Mark Lawler, drinks, and then an opportunity to stay on for a convivial pub dinner. (Those who stay for dinner, from about 7.30pm, will need to "chip in".) 

Please do come along if you are interested in this exciting new development in Catholic academia; especially if you are a journalist or a potential student!

Tuesday 16th January 6pm - 8pm

The Mitre Lancaster Gate
24 Craven Terrace, W2 3QH London, United Kingdom


On the site of a 13th century Benedictine priory, in a small French town in the Vendée, Chavagnes International College is the continuation of a junior seminary founded by the Venerable Louis Marie Baudouin in 1802 and granted a royal charter by King Charles X in 1826.

It has been delivering a general academic programme to boys aged 11-18 through the medium of English since 2002 and has successfully prepared boys for entrance to Oxford, Cambridge and other prestigious universities in Europe and America.  The Chavagnes Studium is a centre for research and study of the Liberal Arts in the Catholic tradition and has organised regular conferences and courses since 2009.

From September 2018 we will be offering a BA degree in the Liberal Arts, with French language and literature, provides an unprecedented opportunity for young people in Europe to study the Liberal Arts in the Catholic tradition.

The Chavagnes Studium has developed this new degree programme in partnership with ICES (,  the Catholic university of the Vendée, and is also assisted in academic questions by a distinguished International Advisory Board.

Chavagnes International College is a not-for-profit organisation under French law (Association de la Loi de 1901), founded in 2001. The Diocesan Bishop, Monseigneur Alain Castet and the Diocesan Director of Catholic Education are both members of the Board. A separate governing body (Association de la Loi de 1901) has recently been created for the Studium, in order to comply with the requirements of civil and canon law.

The College (including both the School and the Studium) is also supported by the Cardinal Allen Trust, a UK registered charity (No. 1139044), founded in 2010 to foster the development of the Catholic education apostolate at Chavagnes.

The Chavagnes Studium Liberal Arts with French degree is offered through our partner ICES, Institut Catholique d’Etudes Supérieures: Catholic University of the Vendée.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Requiem Mass

A little unseasonal, I know, but I have just been given some photographs of the Requiem Mass for deceased members and friends of the Order of St Lazarus which I celebrated in Preston this year. The Canons of the Institute of Christ the King were kind enough to welcome us to their Church of St Thomas of Canterbury and the English Martyrs, a fine church by Edward Welby Pugin.

I was assisted by Canon Scott Tanner of the Institute and Fr Leo Daley of the Archdiocese of Liverpool and a team of altar servers drawn from the Institute parishes, St Catherine's and even a friend of mine all the way from Bristol University. My thanks - and those of the Order to all who assisted.

I was particularly delighted to be celebrating with the music of Faurés Requiem as the Mass setting.
It was beautiful to experience it in its proper context, instead of hearing it as a concert piece. Fauré conducted its first outing in 1888 at La Madeleine in Paris. I have the wonderful singers of "Octavius" to thank for the experience, along with David Scott-Thomas at the organ. Truly beautiful.

 Grand Prior H.E. The Much Honoured Baron of Fetternear and other members taking their place in church, along with Chaplain  Fr William Charlton from Middlesbrough Diocese in choir. Thanks to everyone who came along (and to lunch afterwards in the hall). It was a goodly congregation in such a large church.

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Christmas Mass times

First Mass of Christmas

11pm Christmas Eve
Mulled Wine and Mince Pies afterwards

Christmas Day

8.30am - Quiet Mass

10am - Missa Cantata (EF)