Yes, I know it is in Shrewsbury Diocese but we should cherish what they are doing at nearby New Brighton on the Wirral. It is a beacon for the Catholic faith and Traditionalism!
It is truly inspirational and therefore I give no apology for promoting the Shrine of Ss Peter & Paul & Philomena or the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest who care for this beautiful church.
Bits and pieces of news picked out from their newsletter include:
A plea for more volunteers to assist during Heritage Open Days from the 6th September through to the 14th. Those wishing to help are required to show visitors around the Shrine and provide refreshments. Those who can assist are requested to make contact by e-mail, click here.
A job opportunity has been announced: A Full-time Project Coordinator to help with the second phase of Heritage Lottery Funding (HLF) is required.
The position will commence once further funding has been secured for the project from HLF. To obtain full job description, applicants are asked to email their full C.V. here. Closing date for applications: Friday 12th September 2014
The Institute's new apostolate in Preston at St Walburge's Church takes a further step forward on Saturday 27th September.
At Noon, High Mass will be celebrated by Monsignor Gilles Wach, Prior General of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, in the presence of the Right Rev. Michael Campbell, Bishop of Lancaster. The seminarians of the Institute's Mother House at Gricigliano in Italy will provide Gregorian chant. After Mass there are refreshments in the hall next to the church.
There is a coach from the Wirral. This leaves the Dome of Home at 0930 and those wishing to travel via this method should contact Ronnie on 0151 630 3965 to discuss the fare and availability.
For theirs is the kingdom of Heaven!
Today in 1588, Blessed Richard Lloyd of Bangor in the county of Gywnedd, met his maker through martyrdom at Tyburn in London.
Also known as Richard of Anglesey, Richard Flower, Richard Fudd or Richard Graye, he had been born in 1561. His older brother Owen was a Catholic Priest.
Blessed Richard was condemned to death because he provided shelter for Father William Horner (aka William Forrest). Richard was beatified in 1929 by Pope Pius XI.
On that same day in 1588, the following also became glorious martyrs Blessed Richard Leigh, Blessed Edward Shelley, Blessed Richard Martin and Blessed John Roche.
Finally, Margaret Ward, who was born in Congleton over the border in neighbouring Cheshire. She became a servant of a family in London and was arrested after helping a priest to escape from prison.
Tomorrow (Sunday 31/08/14), the Tyburn Walk takes place.
The walk is a commemoration of the Catholic martyrs who were executed in London during the 16th and 17th centuries.
The walk follows the final steps made by the martyrs from where their fate was sealed at Newgate Gaol (where the Old Bailey now stands), to their place of execution, close to Tyburn Convent at Marble Arch.
This year the Latin Mass Society has organised the walk. It follows the traditional route, starting from St Sepulchre's Church in the City (opposite the Old Bailey), moving via Soho Square, where Mass will be offered, on to Oxford Street finishing at Tyburn Convent on the Bayswater Road just beyond the end of Edgware Road where there will be Benediction. The starting time will be 2.30pm and it is expected to reach Tyburn between 4.00pm and 5.00pm.
Blessed Richard Lloyd … pray for us!
All Martyrs of England and Wales … pray for us!
In nearby Chester, there are few within the Catholic community who will not have met Br. Lawrence Pozzuoli who passed away on the 16th August.
His Requiem Mass will be held tomorrow at Noon at St Francis of Assisi, Grosvenor Street in the City at Noon. This evening I attended for the reception of his body at the Church.
Br. Lawrence Pozzuoli of Birmingham was born 14 December 1916. He entered the Capuchin Order in 1937 and was ordained priest in 1945.
He had joined the Order with the intention of being a missionary, and so was very happy to be sent to India shortly after being ordained. Stationed in the area of Simla first, he later moved on to Jullundur in 1952, in which area he remained ministering until 1974.
Br. Lawrence then took on a whole new mission by going to Papua New Guinea, to work with the Capuchin mission in the Southern Highlands.
Only in 1989 did he return to Britain, where he took on the role of hospital chaplain at the Countess of Chester Hospital, Chester. Retiring from full-time ministry in his late eighties, he nonetheless lived to be 97.
He had a great love of chocolate with many a Mass providing him with an array of different types, I suspect his favourite was a bag of Malteasers! We know that Heaven holds no bounds to our happiness and I am sure chocolate will be
REQUIEM aeternam dona ei, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei. Requiescat in pace. Amen.
It seems the evil one is hard at work in so much as a black mass is to be held in Oklahoma in the United States next month.
The event is scheduled to take place at the Oklahoma City Civic Centre Music Hall on the 21st September.
The fact that a sacrilegious event that invokes Satan and mocks the Mass often using profane and sexual rituals is being organised is deplorable enough, but it could have been worse as the Satanists were actually in possession of a consecrated Host, having managed to steal the Body of Christ from a Catholic Church.
The Rt. Rev. Paul Coakley, the Archbishop of Oklahoma had instigated legal proceedings to regain possession of the Sacred Species and on Thursday, the blessed Host was given to a priest by an attorney representing the organiser of the black mass.
Archbishop Coakley said “I am relieved that we have been able to secure the return of the sacred Host, and that we have prevented its desecration as part of a planned satanic ritual, I remain concerned about the dark powers that this satanic worship invites into our community and the spiritual danger that this poses to all who are involved in it, directly or indirectly.”
The Archbishop will hold a Holy Hour, a Eucharistic Procession and Benediction at Oklahoma City’s St. Francis of Assisi parish at 3pm on the 21st September, the same day the satanic event is scheduled to take place.
The modus operandi of the culprit is not known.
But consider this …… one method and a most likely means of appropriation could have been at the communion and communion in the hand I further suggest!
In the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, receiving our Blessed Lord on the tongue is mandated by the rubrics but in Novus Ordo this is optional.
Reception on the tongue almost eradicates totally the risk of the Satanists being able to remove Him for use in such wicked rituals.
The Oklahoma issue is just one reason to advocate the reception of communion on the tongue, there are many more and you can read about them here.
And for those involved in the black mass:
100 years ago today and aged 79, St Pius X went to his heavenly home.
Giuseppe Melchore Sarto was born of humble parents on 2 June 1835, in the small village of Riese near Venice. His father, a village official, and his mother raised Giuseppe in a loving Christian home. It was this home situation which prompted Giuseppe, after his college days in Castelfranco, to enter the seminary in Padua. Giuseppe Sarto was ordained at the age of 23 on 18 September 1858. His first assignment was as curate in the city of Trombolo. After nine years he was transferred to Salzano as pastor, a position he held for eight years. Due to his pastoral and administrative abilities, his bishop named him spiritual director of the diocesan major seminary and chancellor of the archdiocese, a position he held from November 1875, until his elevation to the episcopacy of Mantua in 1884.
After nine years as bishop he was transferred to Venice as the city's patriarch and cardinal. Giuseppe Cardinal Sarto won the hearts of the Venetians through his humble spirit of poverty and his love for the Church, especially in the areas of education, Catholic action and liturgy. After the death of Leo XIII the conclave of 1903 elected Cardinal Sarto pope despite his own hesitancy to accept the office of Vicar of Christ. The new pope assumed the name Pius X.
As Supreme Pontiff, Pius took as his motto the passage from Paul, "To restore all things in Christ, that Christ might be all and in all" (I Cor. 15:28), a goal which was particularly important during that period of the Church's emergence into the modern world.
As a most vigilant guardian of the Faith, he condemned and suppressed Modernism, the sum of all heresies ; as a most zealous defender of the freedom of the Church, he boldly resisted those who strove to bring about her downfall ; he provided for the sound education of clerics, brought the laws of the Church together into one body ; and greatly fostered the cult and more frequent reception of the Eucharist.
He was canonised St. Pius X on 29 May 1954 and in the 1962 calendar his feast is celebrated on 3rd September. He was the first pope in modern times to be canonised.
Saint Pius X : Pray for us!
Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite will take place on Sunday at St Winefride's, Well Street, Holywell at 1130am.
Due to the holiday season, this Mass may default to be a Low Mass as we are light on servers. But it will take place all the same!
As always, everyone is most welcome!
The recent directive from the Congregation for Divine Worship (CDW) on how 'participating' members of the Norvus Ordo congregation express the sign of peace seems to have caused a little discord.
This week, one writer to the Catholic Herald claims a fuss is being made over nothing and that Rome is being heavy-handed.
Hmm, now I think to those occasions, when at the Pauline Mass, the sign of peace is given.
As extreme as it sounds, in some places it actually reminds me of the Last Night of the Proms. Anyone and everyone feels the need to leave their place to join hands with everyone else. Crossing the church up and down, left to right. It is messy and far from reverent.
I grimace, remain statuesque but return the gesture to those who offer it. Why? because Holy Mother Church says so.
Of course, the CDW should not have to bring clarity, the General Instructions of the Roman Missal are quite clear :
"It is, ... appropriate that each person offer the sign of peace only to those who are nearest and in a sober manner."
Why do those who promote these antics (worse still, priests who come down from the sanctuary), forget that whilst they turn their back to traverse the church, that on the Altar, having been consecrated and truly present, are Our Lord's Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity.
Why would we want to turn our back on Our Lord Jesus Christ? He is the Prince of Peace and is most certainly the perfect sign of peace!
In the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, things are so much different. You can read more about the Kiss of Peace, or the Pax here.
Beátam me dicent omnes generatiónes,
Oremus pro Pontifice nostro Francisco: Dominus conservet eum, et vivificet eum, et beatum faciat eum in terra, et non tradat eum in animam inimicorum eius.
Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, qui facis mirabilia magna solus: praetende super famulos tuos, et super congregationes illis commissas, spiritum gratiae salutaris; et, ut in veritate tibi complaceant, perpetuum eis rorem tuae benedictionis infunde.
Kevin Jones is the local representative for the Latin Mass Society in Wrexham Diocese. Any views expressed neither represent those of the Latin Mass Society or the Diocese of Wrexham.