Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Pope Francis uses the expression "old rite"

In the decree issued concerning the Franciscans of the Immaculate, there is a reference to "l'uso della forma staordinaria (Vetus Ordo)" which I found a pleasant surprise. Vetus Ordo is not an expression that has been used before in the ordinary papal magisterium (this document is issued in forma specifica and is therefore considered an act of the Pope himself.) "Ordo is routinely rendered in English as "rite" - for example Novus Ordo - New Rite. I wrote before on the question of whether we have to say "extraordinary form". Now it's official - we can simply call it the old rite if we want. I think we can also refer perfectly properly to the Traditional Latin Mass - maybe we will have a papal document soon that uses that expression. And of course we must keep the expression used by Michael Davies "The Mass that will never die."

The Franciscans of the Immaculate are dear friends of mine. I have spoken at their conferences, I love their faithfulness to St Francis and to the tradition of Franciscan theology, I love the witness that the sisters give. I do not wish to comment on the internal division which has led to the recently issued Decree. (You can see the text at Rorate Caeli.) I am praying for the Friars, the dear Sisters, some of whom come to Mass at my parish, and for the Apostolic Commissioner, Fr Volpi that he will have the assistance of the Holy Spirit to act with prudence in the role he has been given.

Monday, 29 July 2013

When people walk away with Holy Communion

It happens from time to time that someone will come up for Holy Communion which they receive into their hands, and then walk away with the sacred host. A priest friend asked me to write something about what we can do. Let’s think first of all of the actual situation and then about some possible preventative measures.

In terms of canon law, the desecration of the sacred species is a crime, punishable by automatic excommunication. In most cases, the person does not know what they are doing or how wrong it is, so I’ll assume that is the case (rather than deliberate desecration, perhaps for satanic purposes or as an atheistic stunt.) But even if the person does not know the seriousness of what they are doing, it is still objectively a very grave matter. So we can’t just let it happen.

A pastoral complication is that people don’t like to be “shown up” or embarrassed in front of the congregation so they can easily become annoyed or aggressive in their confusion. Therefore we need to keep calm and speak in a kindly way. I would usually stop and look clearly in the person’s direction. If there is a trusted member of the congregation, I would nod to them to indicate that I want the person’s attention. As a final resort, I would leave the sanctuary and go to the person to ask them to return the sacred host to me or consume it reverently. In any case, I would briefly explain that we believe that this is the sacred body and blood of Our Lord.

In Churches where there is a greater danger of such desecration, there might be people routinely on duty to whom the priest can turn for assistance in such cases. They would need to have some instruction about the fact that this will happen usually out of ignorance and not to appear aggressive.

Now what can we do to try to prevent these incidents? First of all, we need, as a matter of routine, to give monitions at some point during Masses such as those for weddings, funerals, first Communion. Here is what I say:
"Just a note about Holy Communion: in the Catholic Church, it is practising Catholics who receive Holy Communion (people who go to Mass every week.) There are always plenty of people who don’t go to communion so there is no need to feel awkward. There is a hymn that you can join in with or just listen to while you say your own prayers."
In England, that covers it more or less – the “come up for a blessing and cross your arms” thing is not really necessary any more since we are now into the generation of people so uncatechised that they do not know the “Our Father.”

As a more proximate measure, if people that I do not recognise come up for Holy Communion and extend their hands, I do not move on to the next person until they have consumed the sacred host. This helps to avoid the need for calling them back or going down the Church after them. It is much easier where the priest moves along the altar rail to give Communion: the practice of people coming up in a queue and then stepping to one side to consume the host is almost inviting the problem.

As a more remote measure, I pray that one day the general practice returns whereby everyone kneels for Holy Communion and receives on the tongue. (See Communion kneeling, on the tongue, for more about this.) This would not prevent the determined Satanist or atheist from their malicious desecration but would prevent the ignorant from walking away with the sacred host blithely unaware of the desecration they are committing. This is not a purely personal concern. In Memoriale Domini, Pope Paul VI said:
"Further, the practice which must be considered traditional ensures, more effectively, that holy communion is distributed with the proper respect, decorum and dignity. It removes the danger of profanation of the sacred species, in which 'in a unique way, Christ, God and man, is present whole and entire, substantially and continually.' Lastly, it ensures that diligent carefulness about the fragments of consecrated bread which the Church has always recommended"
(For more on Memoriale Domini, see Memoriale Domini - a reminder.)

World Youth Day: cringing at times but rejoicing overall

The world's press is reporting enthusiastically about 3 million people on the beach at Copacabana, participating in the celebration of Mass at the end of World Youth Day. (See for example Daily Mail We need a bigger beach ...) This is delightful to see, and as with previous World Youth Days, I trust that God will bless us with many vocations from this event.

It is heartening to see so many young people gathering for an event explicitly designed to motivate them to evangelise. Much of the good work will be done between themselves, encouraging each other in the Catholic faith and showing that they are not alone in that faith. They also love the Pope because he is the Vicar of Christ - they loved Pope Benedict and Blessed John Paul, and now they love Pope Francis, and they want his blessing and his encouragement.

To be honest, I find myself covering my eyes at times at some of the events though not necessarily the Mass (you can download the booklet with the texts of the Liturgical Celebrations.) Many of the events were greetings and blessings around which there can be a certain leeway, rather like a large-scale school assembly. Mind you, everyone has seen the embarrassing video of the Bishops practising for the arm-waving song which was apparently for Mass. Ho hum, all right then, cringe. Leaving that aside, it was moving to hear of so many young people gathered on the beach for Adoration and Benediction. I'd love to see this as the main event with the Masses held in Churches and broadcast on big screens - most of the crowds at events like this only see the screen anyway.

Following the various hashtags on Twitter, I did feel at times that the one-sentence soundbites extracted from the Holy Father's addresses were like a string of gospel-themed fortune cookies, so I have instead gone to the actual texts. There is a Vatican page with the list of events, and texts of the addresses. (Not all have English translations yet, but it is a convenient "one-stop" shop.)

 My favourite quotation so far is from the meeting with young people from Argentina:
Please do not water down your faith in Jesus Christ. We dilute fruit drinks – orange, apple, or banana juice, but please do not drink a diluted form of faith. Faith is whole and entire, not something that you water down. It is faith in Jesus. It is faith in the Son of God made man, who loved me and who died for me. So then: make yourselves heard; take care of the two ends of the population: the elderly and the young; do not allow yourselves to be excluded and do not allow the elderly to be excluded. Secondly: do not “water down” your faith in Jesus Christ.
So although I share some of the reservations people have about WYD, I am positive overall, both for the young people who were there and for the positive image that it gives of the Church to people around the world. I am told by friends in Rome that the Pope is known for regularly spending significant periods of prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament. (As he is living at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, this is not particularly a secret.) This should be a great consolation for all of us. Let us pray for him every day.

Thanks to NLM for The Part of World Youth Day that You Haven't Seen, Pontifical High Mass according to the usus antiqior, celebrated by Bishop Rifan.

Just for the record, the Apostolic Administration of St John Vianney does not only celebrate the liturgy, they also have schools, orphanages, a house for the elderly and they work actively with the poor.

Friday, 26 July 2013

Evangelium Conference last minute booking

There is still time to book for next weekend's Evangelium Conference (2-4 August) if you had thought of going and not got round to booking, or indeed if you are free next weekend and would like to spend a weekend in the company of good people and hear talks from a fine selection of speakers.

Full details at the Evangelium Conference 2013 page.

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Ireland to be consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

On the feast of the Assumption, the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference will be proceeding with a proposal from the faithful to consecrate Ireland to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The two year campaign has involved 13.5 million rosaries being prayed for the Irish bishops as part of a National Rosary Rally and the group has organised supportive letters to be sent to the Irish Bishops.

The website of the Steering Committee for the National Consecration of Ireland to the Immaculate Heart of Mary (SCNCI) has lots of information including a FAQ page (which should answer any questions about whether Ireland has already been so consecrated.)

It is obviously a good time for this spiritual initiative. May God bless the SCNCI for their campaign and the Irish Bishops for agreeing to the consecration. Perhaps one of you might start a similar initiative in England - equally involving prayer for our Bishops as part of the process.

"By virtue of the mandate entrusted to us by Christ"

Today is the 45th anniversary of the encyclical Humanae Vitae. (Thanks to Rorate Caeli for the reminder.) It is always worth re-reading the encyclical, and when I did so today, one passage struck me as particularly worth recalling, since students of theology may have been told in some faculties that the Church does not have the authority to teach on matters concerning the natural law. Pope Paul VI said:
No member of the faithful could possibly deny that the Church is competent in her magisterium to interpret the natural moral law. It is in fact indisputable, as Our predecessors have many times declared, that Jesus Christ, when He communicated His divine power to Peter and the other Apostles and sent them to teach all nations His commandments, constituted them as the authentic guardians and interpreters of the whole moral law, not only, that is, of the law of the Gospel but also of the natural law. For the natural law, too, declares the will of God, and its faithful observance is necessary for men's eternal salvation. (n.4)
Pope Paul expressed his gratitude to the experts and Bishops who had given their opinion and advice, particularly in the Commission set up by Blessed John XXIII to examine the matter. He then said:
However, the conclusions arrived at by the commission could not be considered by Us as definitive and absolutely certain, dispensing Us from the duty of examining personally this serious question. This was all the more necessary because, within the commission itself, there was not complete agreement concerning the moral norms to be proposed, and especially because certain approaches and criteria for a solution to this question had emerged which were at variance with the moral doctrine on marriage constantly taught by the magisterium of the Church.

Consequently, now that We have sifted carefully the evidence sent to Us and intently studied the whole matter, as well as prayed constantly to God, We, by virtue of the mandate entrusted to Us by Christ, intend to give Our reply to this series of grave questions. (n.6)
Pope Paul is often thought of as a weak Pope and we are free to discuss that in relation to various aspects of his pontificate. However the encyclical Humanae Vitae was undoubtedly a courageous act - I would say heroic - in which he was fully and explicitly conscious of the duties of his office as the successor of St Peter and of "the mandate entrusted to us by Christ."

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Archbishop Muller's encouraging words to priests of Scotland

In June, Archbishop Muller, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, visited Scotland to give the Cardinal Winning Lecture at the University of Glasgow, launching the St Andrew's Foundation for Catholic Teacher Education.

His visit was also an example of encouragement and consolation in the spirit of St Paul, to the clergy of Scotland after the turmoil caused by the recent scandal there and the resignation of Cardinal O'Brien. There is a report at Year of Faith Scotland, and Pope Francis sent a personal message of support, but I had missed this and only learnt about it from a correspondent today. Perhaps it was meant to be fairly low-key rather than draw further attention to Scotland's woes. It is worth reading the Archbishop's Address to Priests; here is a quotation:
The true Church of God is a Church of both saints and sinners. The fact that there are so many great saints in the Church, so many remarkable men and women in every age – among them, of course, many priests – is no small blessing, and a cause of enormous encouragement. But the sinners in the Church, in our own days, tend to get most of the attention. And this occurs, needless to say, in the few relatively isolated cases of major scandal. The public media, but not only the media, we ourselves can become so fixed on the negative detail, we risk ignoring completely the fuller picture, the greater truth. How relevant, therefore, for our own immediate situation is the following wise saying: “A single tree falling in the forest creates more noise and rumour than an entire forest as it grows up in silence.”
That last saying is an encouragement to all of us who try to be humble labourers in the vineyard of the Lord.

Monday, 22 July 2013

An amazing chant generator - and an associated rant

Bara Brith posted the other day about this chanty psalm tone propers pdf-creating tool. You get various options - trad Mass, novus ordo, full propers, psalm-toned (choose any mode) and other things that as a non-musician I don't understand. You can generate a page for any Mass and send it to a pdf (more options there.) If you want to use English, you can type in the translation and it will generate sensible copy.

Quite amazing! I think we might be using this ...

Having wanted simply to share this with you, I am afraid I can't resist drawing a moral lesson. Well OK it is a bit of a rant. Some guys have done this chant tool for the benefit of the whole Church. You don't have to pay them or ask their permission to use it. What they have done is an act of charity.

Recently Pope Francis issued an encyclical letter on Faith. The website version was a bit of an improvement in that it was given on a white background and there were social media icons to share a link to it. Later there was a pdf version which was not really much use as it was the Libreria Editrice Vaticana edition of the text in a small format booklet of 88 pages. There was also a print button if you wanted to print out 27 pages of A4.

Brandon Vogt spent his own time to make available free of charge e-book formats of the encyclical so that people could put it on their Kindle etc. Anyone can do this in a few minutes with the requisite know-how but Brandon saved people the trouble and did it into several e-book formats, not just the one he uses. Then he made the files available online. These were all acts of charity.

Fr Z took the (considerable) time and trouble to read the whole thing out, record it and post it as a sound file so people can listen to the encyclical in the car or whatever. This was also an act of charity.

Guess what? Both were reprimanded by the copyright holders, the Libreria Editrice Vaticana. Brandon Vogt has actually had to take down the e-book copies, having been accused of "stealing from the Pope." Fr Z has the text of the letter he received from the LEV.

Brandon Vogt has responded with a very fine article which probably answers any questions you or your friends might have (including some of the really nitpicking legal positivist ones that make you want to throw a chair out of the window): Free the Word: Why the Church Needs to Release Her Teachings to the World.

I am serenely confident that Fr Z will not be sending lawyers after me if I reproduce a classic saying of his without even asking his permission. Despite valiant efforts in some quarters, in the Vatican it is still "yesterday's technology tomorrow."

The enduring legacy of the Crusades

Luke Coppen, editor of the Catholic Herald, has a very useful column which he writes most days called "Morning Catholic must-reads" with links to interesting stories. (There is also a most helpful one-sentence explanation - it is irritating when people put in their blog "read this!!!" without telling me why I should.)

Today via Luke I found the article in Crisis Magazine by David Byrne on The Real Significance of the Crusades. It is a good brief explanation of how the Crusades and the Reconquista were instrumental in the intellectual flowering that took place in Europe in the high middle ages. Serious students of St Thomas will not find anything new, but it is a helpful synthetic presentation of the sort of link that is missed because of routine prejudice in the presentation of our history.

Thursday, 18 July 2013

School Benediction

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It is quite hot here in England at the moment and the schools are nearing the end of term. This year we decided that the end of year service for the junior school children would be Benediction. This afternoon, 300 children (Years 2-6) came for exposition, a decade of the Rosary, Litany of Loreto, prayers for the Pope, the school and the Prayer for England, followed by Benediction.

It was not too long but provided us with an opportunity to adore the Lord together. One of my young adult MCs looked after some young boys who have just started serving the Latin Mass. They did a commendable job. (Photo shows one of the new boys at our regular Benediction handling the thurible for the first time.)

Benediction is helpful in teaching children the doctrine of the real presence. It really doesn't make any sense apart from belief in the presence of Jesus Christ, body, blood, soul and divinity.

Prayers for Tom Peters

Having been rather offline recently, I just checked my main feeds and found (via Fr Z) that Thomas Peters, long-time blogger (American Papist and more recently contributor to has sustained a major injury in a swimming accident. Let's join together in praying for his recovery.

Monday, 8 July 2013

Sung English Mass

My parish is well known for having Mass celebrated according to the usus antiquior as part of our schedule. However, most of our Masses are celebrated in English in the modern rite. The 9am Mass on Sunday is sung, and we have a steady plan for improvement, according to our resources. We cannot afford to pay professional organists or singers, but enjoy the superb work of our (very generous) volunteers.

At the sung English Mass, we currently sing the Introit and the Communion antiphon to a psalm tone, with a gentle organ accompaniment. Beginning Mass with the Introit makes an enormous difference. There is no mistaking the fact that we are starting an act of worship, not entertainment. As someone put it, nobody is going to say "Wow! that was a really groovy introit!"

In the roadmap for further liturgical improvement we have the introduction of the Gradual/Alleluia and the Offertorium - all to be sung in English, with psalm tones to start with and possibly using some of the excellent resources from our brothers across the pond in due course. It does seem a great lacuna that our liturgical books do not include these texts. We will use those provided in the Gregorian Missal. We also need to look at the memorial acclamation and the Our Father. For the latter, I am inclined to suggest the Rimsky Korsakov melody rather than the English plainchant which doesn't really work.

Hymns have a place - though a subordinate one. We have managed to shed the "4 random hymns" model of English sung Mass in favour of actually singing the Mass itself. I sing the parts that have traditionally been sung as part of the Mass, including the Collect and the Post-communion prayers. (These work much better with the new translation.) The hymns at the Offertory and Communion are complementary to the sung parts of the Mass, offering a devotional support to people's participation at the Mass. So we are careful to ensure that the hymns are genuinely devotional, sound in doctrine, and "popular" in their melodies.

It was lovely this Sunday to reintroduce that glorious hymn in honour of the Precious Blood "Hail Jesus Hail who for my sake." With modern "print-on-demand" technology, I hope to produce a home-grown hymnal for the parish which includes hymns such as this, eschews the bowlderisations of Christmas carols (Good christians all rejoice etc.) and can include texts for Benediction and devotional prayers, especially before and after Communion.

Joseph who plays the organ at the English Mass, enjoys the freedom of not having a "recessional hymn" and my carte blanche permission to strike up with a voluntary of his choice. Yesterday we had Mendelssohn's "War March of the Priests." There are many young families with children who come to this Mass and it is good for them to be exposed to a variety of good music.

Friday, 5 July 2013

Auntie Joanna's report from Day of Faith

While I was away in Australia, the Faith Movement held a Day of Faith which I was sorry to miss. Here is a report by Joanna Bogle:
Bishop Philip Egan and American author George Weigel were the special guest speakers at the Day of Faith held recently at at St Patrick's Church, Soho Square.

The conference was organised by the Faith Movement, which last year celebrated its 40th anniversary. It is one of Britain's home-grown New Movements, runs annual summer gatherings which draw large numbers of young people, and has also become well known for fostering vocations to the priesthood.

George Weigel spoke of a newly emerging "Evangelical Catholicism" engaging with the modern world and presenting a message centred on a personal commitment to Jesus Christ as taught by John Paul II and Benedict XVI.
"Benedict XVI spoke repeatedly of 'friendship with Jesus Christ' as the heart of the Christian life. It is fostered by prayer, and it must be at the core of all that a Catholic does" he said "The Church is not a club with rules, or an institution that will simply exist in a particular place because it has a traditional presence there. The Church is centred on Christ, the Saviour of the world. The New Evangelisation begins with this deep understanding."
Weigel's message followed a talk by Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth in which he called for renewal based on prayer, especially prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.

The Day of Faith began with a talk from Canon Luiz Ruscillo, Director of Education for the Lancaster diocese. Listing signs of hope for the future of the Church in Britain, he spoke of the influence of the New Movements, the renewal of liturgy following the new translation of the Mass, and the deep commitment and loyalty of the new generation of young men training for the priesthood. "For too long we have been hearing that the liturgy is all about reaching out to people, but essentially it is about worship of God, and that is what the new translation emphasises" he said.

He also noted that some of the seeds of the New Evangelisation are "planted deep in the soil - but, as you will know if you know the Parables - it is deep soil that is the best for growth and nurturing" he said.

The Day of Faith included Mass in St Patrick's, with Mgr Keith Newton of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham as the chief celebrant, and priests of the Faith Movement from across Britain concelebrating.

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Sorry about the blogroll

The blogroll in the sidebar was automatically generated from feeds to which I subscribed in Google Reader. Google Reader has gone to the great hunting field in the sky or something: I am now using Feedly to read all your blogs. Feedly is a brilliant feed reader and the iPad app is superb, but it does not have a facility for generating a blogroll. (There seems to be some buzz around that blogrolls are a thing of the past.)

Anyway, sorry all your blogs have disappeared. I'll try to find some time to pay attention to the blogger generated dynamic list at the top. I know that gets people lots of hits.

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

A right royal insult

Finland’s social security provider Kela has sent the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge a maternity box, similar to those sent to all new parents in Finland. The list of contents includes some nice things like children's clothes, nappies, towels, and a bath thermometer. It also includes a pack of five condoms.

A spokesman for the Duke and Duchess said “We were delighted to receive the very kind gift of the maternity package from the Finnish government.”

Perhaps once his valet has perused the contents, Prince William might be minded to instruct an aide to say something along the lines of:
"While His Royal Highness appreciates the goodwill of Finland's social security provider in sending a box of items for his forthcoming baby, he would esteem it a courtesy if Finnish officials were to refrain from insulting him and his wife in presuming to offer comment on their intimate relations by supplying them with a pack of rubber johnnies."
If Prince William were to stand up against this sort of thing, it might encourage ordinary young parents to tell state-sponsored busybodies where to get off.

Can we say "ascending by steps"?

Last week, I wrote a post Ascending by steps, congratulating seminarians from Wonersh who had received the ministries of lector and acolyte. A commenter said "I thought all the minor orders had been done away with?" which raises two questions. Can we still speak of seminarians ascending by steps to ordination to the sacred priesthood? and have the minor orders been done away with?

In 1972, Pope Paul VI issued the Apostolic Letter Ministeria Quaedam (English translation via EWTN.) Perhaps the most radical element of this letter is the enactment "First tonsure is no longer conferred; entrance into the clerical state is joined to the diaconate." The letter also laid down that "What up to now were called minor orders are henceforth to be called ministries" and said that those of reader and acoylte were to be preserved but no longer restricted to those who are candidates for Holy Orders.

In fact, in most countries, lay people are not generally instituted as lectors and acolytes. A possible reason for this is their restriction to men. Generally only seminarians are instituted as lectors and acolytes, though I heard that in Australia non-seminarians are sometimes instituted as lectors and acolytes in parishes.

Ministeria Quaedam was a significant departure from tradition. Pope Paul himself noted that:
Certain ministries were established by the Church even in the most ancient times (vetustissimis iam temporibus) for the purpose of suitably giving worship to God and for offering service to the people of God according to their needs.
The minor orders do indeed have a long history: they are mentioned by Pope Cornelius and in the Apostolic Tradition. Tertullian mentions the lectorate.

After Ministeria Quaedam, a new status of admission as a candidate for Holy Orders was introduced. In English seminaries, this is usually given after institution as lector and acolyte, though most Roman documents presume that it will come before, rather as a parallel to the traditional tonsure. When I was a student in Rome, the ministries of lector and acolyte were given at Pallazzola because the Bishop there would allow them to be given before candidacy whereas the Vicariate of Rome would not. (As I received candidacy in Rome, I had to go for a special canonical exam at the Vicariate.)

Again in Rome, I think it must have been in 1983, Pope John Paul issued a letter requiring all those who had been admitted to candidacy to wear clerical dress. This was a dramatic change for the English College since prior to that we were not allowed to wear clerical dress in the College before being ordained to the diaconate.

The reasoning behind this was that in the new scheme, a student did not become a cleric until ordination to the diaconate. I understand that legally this is still the case, even in the FSSP and the ICKSP where those who have received the tonsure are not legally clerics (though, of course, they wear clerical dress.)

So there is some confusion in the present state of things. Non-clerics wear, and are even mandated to wear clerical dress even though they are not clerics. And the "lay ministries" of lector and acolyte are normally only given to seminarians. As a personal opinion, I would be in favour of a return to the old scheme of the minor orders and entrance into the clerical state with the first tonsure, normally given after two years in major seminary. Again as a personal opinion, if the present scheme is retained, I would be in favour of candidacy being given at about that time into training, with the expectation of wearing clerical dress, and a conditional understanding that both the student and the staff are confident that all things being equal, the student is expected to proceed through training to ordination provided that no pressing reason urges otherwise.

So can we speak of "ascending by steps"? Well certainly we can because the Ratio Fundamentalis Institutionis Sacerdotalis of 1985 uses exactly that expression:
The priesthood is reached only by steps: these are indicated by the liturgical rite of admission and by the ministries of lectorate and acolytate which dispose towards determined ecclesiastical functions, after which there takes place a good pedagogical and spiritual initiation.

Al sacerdozio si giunge solamente per gradi: questi sono indicati dal rito liturgico dell'ammissione e dai ministeri del lettorato e dell'accolitato che dispongono a determinate funzioni ecclesiastiche, dopo che si รจ avuta una buona iniziazione pedagogica e spirituale.
And have the minor orders been done away with? Not if we consider the FSSP and the ICKSP who have ceremonies for ordination to all of them. The unfortunate legal situation whereby the tonsure does not admit to the clerical state is an anomaly. It would be good for a revision of this situation to take place serenely in due course. Once again as a personal opinion I would say that Ministeria Quaedam has not been the most successful of post-conciliar reforms.

Monday, 1 July 2013

Faith Family Day in Dorset 20 July

Family Days are an important apostolate and I am happy to recommend this Faith day for families:
There will be a Faith Family Day on Saturday 20 July at St Mary’s school, Shaftesbury, Dorset. It will start at 10.30am and finish around 4.30pm. There will be two talks, one at 11am by Father Dylan James who will speak about ‘The Vocation Family’ and one at 2:30 by Dame Joanna Bogle. Fr Dylan will say Mass for us at 12:30pm and we will finish with the Rosary. Tea and coffee will be provided, but families will need to bring a packed lunch. We have a few people to look after children during the talks, but if numbers are high we will need more offers of help!

I know it’s a long way to come from London, but when we have done it in the opposite direction we have always felt it was well worth the effort to spend time with other families – I don’t know which is better, the sense of mutual support with other parents or the pleasure of seeing the children get to know each other and carry on old friendships into the new generation! …also, it is beautiful down here.

Contact: Mark and Valeria Findlay-Wilson.

Sermon: Our Lady Guardian of orthodoxy and of the family

A video of the sermon I gave on Saturday afternoon at A Day With Mary at St Anselm's, Dartford, where Fr Stephen Boyle is Parish Priest.
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