Saturday 28 May 2022

Seventh Sunday of Eastertide and plans for next Sunday

This Sunday is the last of Eastertide. Next Sunday we celebrate Pentecost and the descent of the the Holy Spirit on Our Blessed Lady and the Apostles. We will also be celebrating the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen at both Sunday Masses and with a Schola at 10am to bring us some happy and glorious music! (See below)

We will make the most of refreshments after each Mass with the Platinum Pudding and other goodies. I hope that everyone will join us.

Masses at St Catherine's this week

Sunday 29th May. Seventh Sunday of Easter  (Year C)
Mass at 8.30am & 10am

Monday  No public Mass today

Tuesday 12 noon Traditional Latin Mass

Wednesday 9.30am Mass

Thursday  11.30 Wedding of Rachael Jones & Kevin Blackburn
                  7pm Novena & Benediction

Friday  9.30am Mass

Saturday  11.30 Baptism of Rafferty Jason Sullivan

Sunday 5th June. Pentecost Sunday (Year C) 
and the celebration of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

Mass at 8.30am & 10am

Saturday 14 May 2022

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Masses at St Catherine's this week

Sunday 15th May. Fifth Sunday of Easter  (Year C)
Mass at 8.30am & 10am

Monday  No public Mass today
Tuesday No public Mass today
Wednesday No public Mass today
Thursday - 7pm Novena & Benediction
Friday - 930am Mass
Saturday - 11.30 - 11.50 Confessions
                  12 noon Traditional Latin Mass

Sunday 22nd May. Sixth Sunday of Easter  (Year C)
Mass at 8.30am & 10am

Tuesday 10 May 2022

Sunday Supply cover


I'm reaching out to see if anyone might be able to offer supply for me here one Sunday in the summer. All the usual candidates whom I rely on are not available when I will accompany some of our parishioners on a parish trip to France. I thought I wouldn't have a problem this far in advance but have had no luck. Perhaps someone might know someone who could help our in what is deemed to be our quirky parish but always friendly and welcoming.

The Masses are at 8.30am




Sunday 24th July.

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Monday 9 May 2022

St Peter's International College. A Catholic School for boys.


St Peter's International College is a school for boys that wants to be truly Catholic and create a truly faithful environment for boys to learn and grow in a healthy way.

"I came that they might have life and have it to the full!"

We are recruiting for this September and are looking for faithful Catholic families to join our small school family. Opening during the Covid pandemic has turned what was always going to be a challenging adventure into a real test of our belief that the the Lord is calling us to create this school in a time when a properly Catholic education is often not always easy to find. We are proud to have come so far in such a short time in turning an abandoned ancient convent into a modern and functioning home for education and formation for Catholic young men from all over Europe. We've a strong motivation to create an academically excellent environment with a family atmosphere where the Lord is part of everyday life.

This post is part of our recruiting drive for new families this year but reflects particularly on that family atmosphere and all the good and ordinary things our boys have enjoyed. The Faith never limits our lives but always enhances them. Catholic boys must grow up in the modern world and be an active part of it - the real vocation of the laity. But that doesn't mean they live some strange monastic life of bygone times. Far from it!





You can examine our school curriculum and facilities at the website:

Saint Peter's International College, France (

and find updates on our Facebook page:

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and also on Instagram at:


Here some of the boys are getting ready to go caving. It was a tight fit down there for them - and even more so for our Principal who went with them, seeing he's a little larger than they are! 
There was a lot of bravado beforehand and a little apprehension as they realized what they were in for. But a real sense of achievement to have done it.

Let's face it, boys enjoy food! 
We may fast from meat on Fridays 
but the home baked pastries for breakfast each morning 
from our chef, Philippe, go down a treat.

Tea being served in the refectory.
Very English here in France.
Teaching the boys to cook 
(hopefully with well-washed hands)

The boys are encouraged to read -
yes, actual books instead of from a computer screen.

The riches of classic literature broaden horizons.

The Chaplain is a great devotee of G. K. Chesterton,
so his books are always being quoted in his homilies.
Clever boys can read up to catch him out!

An exotic assortment of evening activities 
go on in the clubs.
Here, excavating fossils... 
followed by an inevitable dinosaur fight!

A way of learning about the Mass- 
make your own priest 
along with all he needs to start his own parish...
or his own school chapel!

We've had no serious accidents 
but learning some first aid is always useful.

Chess and hot chocolate.
Seems like a good evening to me.

We have been very fortunate since our arrival in being welcomed by the local village and supported by the Mairie. Although the village is small it is an active community and the school takes part in many of it's activities.

Chaplin and boys at one of the many village socail activities.

We are fortunate in having access to a local 9 hole golf course, which the older boys always enjoy.


I think the historical accuracy may be a little off...

Anyone for tennis? 
Football pitch and basketball court provide the other mainstays of our sports.

The village of Saint-Pierre-de-Maillé sits on the 
River Gartempe,
so kayaking is always a popular afternoon out.

Daily Mass is accompanied by the Church's wealth of beautiful chant, in which the boys are encouraged to take part.

Go-Karting is a favorite 
but thank goodness they're not on the real roads yet!

Putting up a crib at the school gates last year.
And another Crib inside.

The games room features pool, table-top football and table tennis.
The boys have a common room to relax in as well.

We have a number of musical talents among the students.
Just a few pictured here.

In fact, there is a music school in the village that facilitates extra lessons.

All the boys are encouraged to learn how to serve at God's altar.

The Mass.
The heart of our day!
Every day!

Saturday 7 May 2022

Come and pray for Vocations!






What could be more important?

Masses at St Catherine's this week

Sunday 8th May. Fourth Sunday of Easter  
(Year C)
Mass at 8.30am & 10am

Monday  9.30am Mass
Tuesday 12 noon Traditional Latin Mass
Wednesday 9.30am Mass
Thursday - 7pm Novena & Benediction
Friday - 930am Mass
Saturday - 11.30 - 11.50 Confessions
                  12 noon Traditional Latin Mass

 Sunday 8th May. Fifth Sunday of Easter  (Year C)
Mass at 8.30am & 10am