Wednesday, 26 April 2017

York Mass and Pilgrimage this Saturday

High Mass will be celebrated in 
Duncombe Place, York YO1 7EF 

Pilgrims then process through the city, 
stopping to pray at St Margaret’s Shrine in The Shambles. Continuing via Ouse Bridge 
– the site of her martyrdom – 
pilgrims will make their way back to St Wilfrid’s for 
Benediction at approx 3.45pm.

This pilgrimage is always a great witness to the Catholic Faith and a testament to the devotion of English Catholics to St Margaret and the York Martyrs. Walking through the tourist crowded streets of York in witness to our Holy Faith is an exhilarating feeling!
"And through the Truth 
that comes from God
England will then indeed be free!"

Clergy Day in Warrington today

Clergy Day: Priests, deacons and seminarians are invited to join us for lunch followed by a talk by Fr de Malleray on the reasons for a priest keeping his index fingers and thumbs joined after the consecration in Holy Mass. There is a lot more to it than meets the eye. Wednesday 26th April, 1-3pm. No need to book.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Ramsgate Colloquium

Descent of Christ Into Limbo

Dialogos Institute
Colloquium on Limbo

The doctrine of Limbo has been a subject of controversy for nearly seventy years. What is the state of those who depart this life with original sin only? Is it possible to maintain that no souls do depart this life in such a way? Intimately tied to the question of the 'natural desire for God' and to the dispute over the necessity of faith in Christ for salvation, Limbo occupies a strategically vital position in the theological landscape.

The Colloquium will be held at the Divine Retreat Centre, in Ramsgate (run by the Vincentian Fathers, and next door to the recently-established shrine of St Augustine of Canterbury, which by then will be restored to the form in which Pugin built it.) It will be the Institute's second colloquium, the first having been in Norcia on Dignitatis Humanae.

One of the speakers is Lawrence Feingold, author of The Natural Desire to see God according to St Thomas and his interpreters,  an important riposte to the De Lubacian tendency in modern theology. He will be speaking about Maritain's ideas on Limbo. Another speaker is Alyssa Pitstick, who wrote an acclaimed critique of von Balthasar's theology of Holy Saturday.

The cost of the conference is £150, but £75 for seminarians. That includes accommodation from Thursday night to Sunday morning, and all meals from Friday morning to Sunday morning (meals on Friday and Saturday evening will be taken with the speakers, in a local restaurant, not at the retreat centre.)

Further details HERE.

The Dialogos Institute is a Romano-Byzantine theological institute in Norcia, Italy devoted to the study of the patristic heritage in the spirit of Latin and Byzantine Thomism.

Returning to the sources of the faith through the Socratic method of disputation, the members of the Dialogos Institute seek to contribute to the renewal of Catholic Theology and Philosophy and an authentically Christian social order through fidelity to the united witness of the holy Fathers.

The Institute pursues these aims through conferences, publications and programmes of study illustrating the unity of the Church's traditions eastern and western, patristic and scholastic, clerical and lay.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Holy Week at St Catherine's, Farington


I'm greatly looking forward to Holy Week this year.
Some excellent music to enhance our celebrations.
These posters give some indications of our musical offerings,
(click on them to enlarge).
NB. For our regulars, please note the different Masses on Easter Sunday morning.

For the rest of the week:
Monday: Mass at 9.30am OF
Mass on Tuesday at 12 noon EF
Mass on Wednesday at 9.30am OF

Confessions on Holy Thursday after Mass
and on Good Friday after the Passion

Wednesday, 5 April 2017


I have just come across this site for priests hoping to keep physically - as well as spiritually - fit. 
Priestfit - they are on Facebook too - a closed group if you want to become a member. I thought it was interesting, as anything that supports priests in their life and ministry is surely a good thing. It's easy to forget that the body is the temple of the soul: Catechism 364. The human body shares in the dignity of "the image of God": it is a human body precisely because it is animated by a spiritual soul, and it is the whole human person that is intended to become, in the body of Christ, a temple of the Spirit.

Since I turned 50 a couple of years ago, I've made more regularised efforts to keep fit. Probably just as well, as our oldest priest in the Archdiocese has only just retired - aged 101. If I'm to keep going that long, I'll need all the help I can get!

Priestfit describe themselves:
Priestfit started from two priests needing encouragement, prayer and support. Today we are building a network of support and casting a vision to Eat Clean, Be Fit, Pray Well. We want to show the power of God’s grace to bring strength amidst weakness. As we’ve noted, priests are sadly dying on the job. Our message is to save lives and strengthen callings.

Summer Conference: further details

A splendid view of the college chapel amidst the town.

There is now a detailed page of the Summer Conference Here.

Mary and Martyrdom
A joyful Conference with a serious theme dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Monday 31st July 2017

Transport from airport in Nantes arranged free of charge.
18.30 Apéritif
19.00 Dinner

Tuesday 2nd August

Early morning private Masses
8.00- 8.45: Continental buffet breakfast.
From 9.00: Registration, administration, socialising.
10.00: Welcome session, with opening remarks from Ferdi McDermott, Father Mark Lawler and other members of the speakers’ panel.
10.45: Coffee
11.15: “Mary as the air that we breathe”:   The Marian spirituality of Gerard Manley Hopkins, Ferdi McDermott.
12.15: Solemn High Mass, in the Extraordinary Form.
St Peter ad Vincula, and celebration of Lammas Day, with the blessing of Lammas loaves.
13.30 : Lunch

14.30: “The Marian Devotion of Father Frederick William Faber”, Father Sebastian Jones, Cong Orat.
15.30: “A liturgy for laymen: A study of the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary”, Anthony Dickinson.
16:30 Tea
17:00 Speaker, to be announced.
18.15: Sorrowful mysteries of the Rosary
18.30: Vespers from the Little Office.
19.00 Apéritif, with musical entertainment.
19.30 Dinner
21.15: Compline

Wednesday 2nd August

Early morning private Masses

8.00- 8.30: Buffet English/continental breakfast.
8.45: Speaker to be announced.
9.30: Pontifical Mass of Our Lady in the Extraordinary Form. Celebrant to be confirmed.
11.00 – 16:00 Excursion either to St Laurent sur Sèvre or Le Château de la Chabotterie, (castle and museum dedicated to the Vendée counter-revolution.)  Details not yet finalised. Special meal.
16.00: Return coach to Chavagnes
16.30 Tea
17.00: “Our Lady’s suffering in the plan of salvation and Christian life”, speaker to be announced.
18.00: Vespers and Benediction.
19.00: Apéritif
19.30: Dinner
21.15 Compline

Thursday 4th August

Early morning private Masses
8.00- 8.45: Buffet English/continental breakfast.
9.00: “Mary in the teachings of St John Paul II”; Father Jason Jones.
10.00: “A tribute to The martyrs of the Vendée”, Ferdi McDermott.
11.00 Coffee
11.30: “Title to be confirmed”, Father Mark Lawler
12.20: Sung Mass in the Ordinary Form.
13.40: Lunch
14.40 : “The Sufferings of Mary in the Liturgy”, Gerhard Eger
16.00 : Concluding reflections, discussion, questions:
17.00: Tea
17.45: Joyful mysteries of the Rosary.
18.00: Pontifical Vespers
19.00 Aperitif
19.30 Dinner
21.15 Compline

Friday 5th August

Early morning private Masses
From 7.30-9.30; Buffet continental breakfast

Transport to airport, or stations, etc.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Chavagnes Summer Conference: Our Lady & Martydom

Anyone looking for an interesting and enjoyable visit to France this summer could find what they are seeking in the Chavagnes Summer Conference on Our Lady & Martydom.
We had a unique experience last year, as you can see from these photos...









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