Wednesday 19 December 2018

Christmas Masses and Services at St Catherine Labouré

Charity Carol Concert 
Saturday 22nd December

Mulled wine and Mince Pies afterwards


Fourth Sunday of Advent

8.30am Said Mass

10am Solemn Mass

11.30am Low Mass in the Traditional Form


Christmas Eve
Mass at 10pm

Mulled wine and Mince Pies afterwards


Christmas Day

8.30am Morning Mass

10am Sung Mass in the Traditional Form

Boy Bishop

Each year on the Feast of St Nicholas many places still preserve (or have re-introduced) the custom of the boy bishop. Chavagnes International College is one of them. The "Bishop" presides - quite solemnly and as proper liturgical worship - Sung Vespers - and then
 is seated at High Table in a place of honour at the dinner following. Complete with his own entourage. This part, as you may imagine, is a little more high spirited than the liturgical activity, for he is the hero of all the underlings for this one night.
There can be instances of carrying things too far, where the Bishop, newly excited by his episcopal authority (if one can imagine such a thing), tries to command his former superiors to all sorts of amusing tasks. (Needless to say that under the watchful eye of the Chaplain, this is not a predominant feature in this particular instance.)

It is a reminder of Our Lord's words that the first shall be last and the last first; that the greatest among you must be the least. In properly Catholic fashion with a human element, it is a point made in this way  with humour and fun.

Better dressed than a number of bishops I could mention!

(Photographs used with permission.)

Monday 17 December 2018


Just a reminder that our Carol Concert is this coming Saturday. Always a fantastic event. We have raised thousands at this event over the last five years which has been sent to Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith of SUROL, the leprosy charity of which he is the patron. Let's make this another great year!

Carol Concert

Free Entry

A collection for the work of SUROL

(those affected by leprosy in Sri Lanka)

will take place

Mince pies & Mulled wine to follow


St Catherine’s Church

Stanifield Lane, Farington. 
PR25 4QG

 Saturday 22nd December