Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Warrington Ordinations


Sadly I couldn`t make the ordinations for the FSSP on Saturday. It would have been wonderful to be there. If asked thirty years ago which diocese in England would be the first to hold ordinations according to the traditional books I would never have thought it would have been Liverpool, then with archbishop Worlock in charge. How things change. Let`s hope there`s more of this kind of thing to come! Congratulations to the newly ordained. Ad multos annos!

I think they get their vestments (non tumblerdryer friendly) from the same shop as I do!.


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Sunday, 18 June 2017

Tumbledryer



This is timely. I was talking to a priest recently, telling him how a
mutual friend had asked advice about where to buy a special vestment
which a parishioner had given a large sum to buy. I was surprised when this priest said his main concern in buying vestments are whether they are washable. Not
something on my list of priorities! Oh and I have someone coming to fix
my washer/dryer tomorrow.


Thanks to Laurence England

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Corpus Christi

There will be a Missa Cantata with procession and Benediction at St Joseph`s on Thursday June 15th at 7pm for the feast of Corpus Christi.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

A, B,C or D.

I had been thinking of posting this a few days ago but Fr Simon Henry has beaten me to it! However not everyone who reads my blog reads his (although I would recommend they do).

There was an article on Catholicculture.org which I thought useful in the light of Forward Together In Hope. Phil Lawler speaks about the situation in Boston USA but the responses to their sitauation I thought instructive for us too. He sets out four responses to the current Catholic meltdown. These are:

A) “This is a disaster! Stop everything. Drop what you’re doing. “Business as usual” makes no sense; this is a pastoral emergency. We don’t just need another “renewal” program, offered by the same people who have led us into this debacle. We need to figure out what has gone wrong. More than that. We know that the Gospel has the power to bring people to Christ; therefore it follows that we have failed to proclaim the Gospel. The fault lies with us. We should begin with repentance for our failures.”

B) “Don’t worry. Times change, and we have to change with them. Religion isn’t popular in today’s culture, but the faith will make a comeback sooner or later. We just need to keep plugging away, to have confidence, to remember God’s promise that the Church will endure forever.”


C) “It doesn’t really matter whether or not people go to church on Sunday. As long as we’re all nice people, God in his mercy will bring us all to heaven.”

D) “Don’t bother me with your statistics. Actually the faith is stronger than ever. Our parish/diocese is vibrant! You’re only seeing the negative.
Sounds a fair summary of the responses to me. He notes:
 Response C) is not Catholic. Response D) is—how shall I put this gently?—not rational. Unfortunately, I hear B), C), and D) much more often than A). Don’t you?

Thursday, 27 April 2017

LMS York Pilgrimage


 
I`m looking forward to being celebrant of this Mass again after a few years. H/T to Fr Henry for the posting.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Easter Octave

I may be not seeing the obvious but why is it that the Easter Octave in the Extraordinary Form ends on Easter Saturday not Low Sunday? I`ve looked at the Catholic Encyclopedia but not found an answer.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Easter Sunday Music

I know some people like to know in advance so here is the music for Easter Sunday Mass at 12noon  at St Joseph`s. Many thanks to the Westland Singers


'By the first bright Easter day'...( 1889 Tune, words by Fr.Faber)Sung before Mass
 
Vidi Aquam...Ludwig Ebner.
Missa Martyrum...Bonfitto
Vitimae paschali laudes... Plainsong.
'Laudamus te'...(from the Gloria by Vivaldi).
O Filii et Filiae... Trad french tune.
 
Easter Hymn. Jesus Christ is ris'n today...(Tune 1708).