Saturday, 6 July 2019

News from the Institute of Christ the King, Preston

Sunday 7th July 

Pilgrimage to Holywell with the Latin Mass Society. Suggested donation for minibus: £10 Adults £5 Children To book contact Sanam: 07470 533 556 10 am: Minibus leaves from St Walburge’s 2.30 pm: High Mass & Rosary Procession in Holywell 
5.30 pm: Minibus leaves Holywell

Saturday 21st July

The Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest will be hosting, at the request of the Latin Mass Society, a training day for servers of the Extraordinary Form Mass - both Low and High Mass will be catered for so beginners & improvers welcome. This will be held at St Thomas of Canterbury & the English Martyrs, Garstang Road, Preston PR1 1NA. It will commence with Mass at 10.00 am and the servers training will start at 11.00. There will be a break for lunch (provided by the Institute) and the day will end at 4.00. If you or someone you know would like to attend then it would help with numbers if you could let Canon Tanner know (01772 739367 or, but it won't be a problem if you just turn up.

Friday, 28 June 2019

July EF Masses in Lancaster Diocese

St John Vianney, Marton, Blackpool
Mondays: 12.00 noon
Fridays: 6.30 pm

Shrine Church of St Walburge, Preston
Mondays – Fridays: 8.30 am, Low Mass
Saturdays: 10.30 am Low Mass
Sundays: 10.30 am, Sung Mass

Sunday 14thJuly at 10.30 am
First Mass & First Blessings by
Canon Ryan Post ICKSP
followed by Summer Fete

Shrine of the English Martyrs, Preston
Mondays – Fridays: 12 noon, Low Mass
Saturdays: 10.00 am, Low Mass
Sundays: 9.00 am, Low Mass

Sunday 7th July at 3.00 pm
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
St Mary's Hornby

Please note that there will not be a Mass at Hornby in August

Encouraging signs

This letter was published on Fr Z's blog last weekend - an encouragement for us all:

Dear Fr Z:
I’ve just returned from France where, among other things, I took part in the Chartres Pilgrimage.
After registering for the Pilgrimage, I discovered that the usus antiquor would be required of all participating priests, I decided it was high time to learn how to celebrate the Extraordinary Form, thanks to a very kind and patient FSSP priest in the neighborhood.
At first, I was taken back by the demand to stick to the Extraordinary Form, then I realized that a far worse injustice was inflicted when it was ripped away from the faithful shortly after the Council.
Several months beforehand, however, I took it upon myself to celebrate the older Breviary–I bought the Baronius edition– […].  I was therefore exposed to a greater number of the Psalms and, since I was using an edition based upon the Septuagint, I found these Psalms to be more Christologically obvious.  Not only that, but the prayers, I discovered, were more even more manly.”
The great boon in celebrating the Extraordinary Form, for me, was mainly twofold.  First, there is something very liberating about incessantly asking the Lord for forgiveness as we do, in not only the Confiteor but also the many private prayers of the priest.  The Scripture became very true for me:  “Humiliamini in conspectu Domini, et exaltabit vos.”  Second–and I understand that some of your readership may differ from me here–as a Charismatic Catholic, I deeply, deeply appreciated the celebration of the Pentecost Octave, with the sevenfold Veni, Sancte Spiritus and the focus on the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the Epistle.  I’ll come right out and say it:  The “mutual enrichment” envisioned by Pope Benedict has come true in my own priesthood by the exchange between Traditionalism and the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.
Without abandoning the Ordinary Form, I confess that the older Missal and Breviary has enriched my priesthood in ways I had never imagined.  In fact, I found myself becoming more robustly priestly and fatherly.
I also want to take a moment for public repentance.  Long ago, at a certain liberal seminary far, far away, I was indoctrinated with a disdain for, and even a mockery of, Traditional Catholics.  I jumped on the bandwagon for their supposed liturgical naivete and sanctimony.  I was convinced that they were backwards, habitually uncharitable, and elitist.  After being around 14,000 other Traditional Catholics and priests of more traditional religious congregations, I found them to be astonishingly affable, joyous, and genuine.  I was especially surprised to not have heard a single murmur against Pope Francis during the Chartres Pilgrimage.  So, to all of those Traditional Catholics I mocked in the past:  I am truly sorry.  I was wrong.  You are doing tremendous good for Christ and His Church.
And you, Traditional Catholics, you are so young!  Attached is a picture I snapped as I was walking, of a young boy and a tonsured monk in long, deep conversation–as I took it, a word came to me:  The future of the Church is in her past.”
I have also become convinced that Summorum Pontificum was in fact a prophetic  document, as it made possible a place of refuge and safe harbor in the face of the Church’s current crisis.
If you decide to reproduce this, kindly withhold my name.
Do keep up the good work.
Fraternally in Christ….

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Living in Scandalous Times

It is difficult for most of us to accommodate the sad and sorry state of the church today with scandal after scandal without those responsible being brought to a public reconciliation with the church they believe they are members of. No excommunication is used to bring them to their senses so that they might feel a risk of certain eternal damnation. Many priests and prelates by their lack of action become accomplices by, apparently, condoning the grave sins. Who would be a priest or prelate with their awful responsibility for each soul in their care before God: surely all must tremble at this thought?
Don't fret at what is going on and do not let such matters trouble you but take heart. Blessed John Henry Newman had already worked through this type of problem in his treatise on the Visible and Invisible Church which contains good and bad fish, wheat and tares. Make sure you don't become so fed-up that you leave the true Church: where can you go?
Here are some thoughts from that great Cardinal, soon to be raised to Sainthood.
The Church Visible and Invisible (Works of Cardinal Newman Volume 3 Sermon XVI)
It is allowable to speak of the Visible and of the Invisible Church, as two sides of one and the same thing, separated by our minds only, not in reality. For instance, in political matters, we sometimes speak of England as a nation and sometimes as a state; not meaning different things, but one certain identical thing viewed in a different relation. When we speak of the Nation we take into account its variety of local rights, interests, attachments, customs, opinions; the character of its people, and the history of that character's formation. On the other hand, when we speak of the State, we imply the notion of orders, ranks, and powers, of the legislative and executive departments, and the like. 
In like manner, no harm can come of the distinction of the Church
into Visible and Invisible, while we view it as, on the whole, but one in different aspects; as Visible, because consisting (for instance) of clergy and laity— as Invisible, because resting for its life and strength upon unseen influences and gifts from Heaven. This is not really to divide into two, any more than to discriminate (as they say) between concave and convex, is to divide a curve line; which looked at outwardly is convex, but looked at inwardly, concave.
Now bad men (and women)are in the Visible Church; what is this to prove? Let us observe. It is maintained, that “bad men cannot be members of the true Church, therefore, there is a true Church distinct from the Visible Church.” But we shall be nearer the truth, if, instead of saying “bad men cannot be members of the true Church”, we word it, “bad men cannot be true members of the Church”. Does not this meet all that reason requires, yet without leading to the inference that the Church Visible is not the true Church?

Again, it is said that “the Visible Church has not the gifts of grace, because wicked men are members of it, who, of course, cannot have them”. What! must the Church be without them herself, because she is not able to impart them to wicked men? What reasoning is this? Because certain individuals of a body have them not, therefore the body has them not! Surely it is possible that certain members of a body should be debarred, under circumstances, from its privileges; and this we consider to be the case with bad men”. (Even if they are not debarred formally they debar themselves from the privileges even though they seem to receive them through participating in the Sacraments.)
Is a dead branch part or not part of a tree? You may decide this way or that, but you will never say, because the branch is dead, that therefore the tree has no sap. It is a dead branch of a living tree, not a branch of a dead tree. In like manner, irreligious men are dead members of the one Visible Church, which is living and true, not members of a Church which is dead. Because they are dead, it does not follow that the Visible Church to which they belong is dead also. 
It may be said that the Church has forfeited its early privileges, by allowing itself to remain in a state of sin and disorder which Christ never intended: for instance, “that from time to time there have been great corruptions in it, especially under the ascendancy of the Papal power, that there have been very many scandalous appointments to its highest dignities, that infidels have been bishops, that men have administered baptism or ordination, not believing that grace was imparted in those sacred ordinances, and that, in particular in our own country, heretics and open sinners, whom Christ would have put out of the Church, are suffered, by a sin on the part of the Church, to remain within it un-rebuked, un-condemned.” This is what it is sometimes said; and I confess, had we not Scripture to consult, it would be a very specious argument against the Church's present power, now at the distance of eighteen hundred years from the Apostles. 
It would certainly seem as if, the conditions not having been fully observed on which that power was granted, it was forfeited. But here the case of the Jewish Church affords us the consoling certainty, that God does not so visit, even though He might, and that His gifts and calling “are without repentance.” Christ's Church cannot be in a worse condition”(some would argue that is so today) than that of Israel when He visited it in the flesh; yet He expressly assures us that in His day “the Scribes and Pharisees,” wicked men
as they were, “sat in Moses' seat,” and were to be obeyed in what they taught; and we find, in accordance with this information, that Caiaphas, “because he was the high priest,” had the gift of prophecy — had it, though he did not know he had it, nay, in spite of his being one of the foremost in accomplishing Our Lord's crucifixion. Surely, then, we may infer, that, however fallen the Church now is from what it once was, however un-conscious of its power, it still has the gift, as of old time, to convey and withdraw the Christian privileges, “to bind and to loose”, to consecrate, to bless, to teach the Truth in all necessary things, to rule, and to prevail. 
Moreover, what an unworthy part they act, who, knowing and confessing the real claims of the Church, yet allow them to be lightly treated and forgotten, without uttering a word in their behalf; who from secular policy, or other insufficient reason, bear to hear our spiritual rulers treated as mere civil functionaries, without instructing, or protesting against, or foregoing intimacy with those who despise them, nay even co-operating with them cordially, as if they could serve two masters, Christ and the world! 
How melancholy is the general spectacle in this day of ignorance, doubt, perplexity, misbelief, perverseness, on the subject of this great doctrine, to say nothing of the jealousy, hatred, and unbelieving spirit with which the Church is regarded ! Surely, thus much we are forced to grant, that, be the privileges vested in the Church what they may, yet, at present, they are, as to their full fruits, suspended in our branch of it by our present want of faith; nor can we expect that the glories of Christ's Kingdom will again be manifested in it, till we repent, confess “our offences and the offences of our forefathers”; and, instead of trusting to an arm of flesh, claim for the Church what God has given it, for Christ's sake, “whether men will hear, or whether they will forbear”. 
Thank you Blessed John Henry Newman for your insight into the times in which we live and we now know what we must do: don't fret and keep to the faith no matter what happens in the Visible Church. Amen.

Monday, 10 June 2019

Reminders & Changes to EF Mass Schedule Lancaster Diocese

Sizergh Castle Chapel: 

This Friday, 14th June at 7.00 pm. The Mass will be offered for John Platt RIP and the celebrant will be Canon Cristofoli.

We have been unable to arrange another Mass for this summer but we hope it may be possible to have one in the autumn.


Changes to Masses for Corpus Christi, Thursday 20th June
8.30 am Low Mass at St Walburge
12 noon Solemn High Mass at English Martyrs followed by a procession

St Mary's Hornby:

Sunday 7th July at 3.00 pm
No Mass in August
Sunday 8th September at 3.00 pm

Thereafter, as Canon Ruscillo will be on Sabbatical from October 2019 to April 2020 inclusive, we will probably be without a Mass in the Lancaster area for seven months unless something else can be arranged. We will keep you posted.

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Coming up at St Walburge"s in July

Sunday 14th July 

The 10.30am Mass at St. Walburge on this day will be celebrated by the newly ordained Canon Post, currently deacon at St. Walburge's. First blessings afterwards.

This will be followed by the Summer Bazaar.

Canon Tanner has created a GoFundMe campaign to raise £2,600 in order to buy a set of green vestments for High Masses. At the moment they have 3 maniples but the rest has been lost, therefore they are unable to have High Mass on "green" Sundays. They would like to use them for Canon Post's First Mass. If you are able to help please click on the link below:

EF Masses for June in Lancaster Diocese

St John Vianney, Marton, Blackpool
Mondays: 12.00 noon
Fridays: 6.30 pm

Shrine Church of St Walburge, Preston
Mondays – Fridays: 8.30 am, Low Mass
Saturdays: 10.30 am Low Mass
Sundays: 10.30 am, Sung Mass

Thursday 20th June, Corpus Christi: High Mass at 7.00 pm
Friday 28th June, Sacred Heart: Low Mass at 7.00 pm
Saturday 29th June, SS Peter & Paul: Sung Mass at 10.30 am

Shrine of the English Martyrs, Preston
Mondays – Fridays: 12 noon, Low Mass
Saturdays: 10.00 am, Low Mass
Sundays: 9.00 am, Low Mass

Friday 28th June, Sacred Heart: Sung Mass at 12 noon

Sunday 9th June at 3.00 pm
St Mary's Hornby

Please note that this is an earlier date than advertised in The Catholic Voice

Friday 14th June at 7.00 pm
Whit Friday
Sizergh Castle Chapel, Sizergh, Nr Kendal