Friday, 3 May 2019

May EF Masses in Lancaster Diocese

Please note that there will not be a First Sunday Mass in Carlisle in May.

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

Shrine of the English Martyrs, Preston
Mondays – Fridays: 12 noon, Low Mass
Saturdays: 10.00 am, Low Mass
Sundays: 9.00 am, Low Mass
Thursday 30th May, Ascension Day: High Mass at 7.00 pm

Saturday 4thMay at 12.00 noon
Feast of the English Martyrs
Procession from St Walburge, Preston to
English Martyrs, Preston
followed by Solemn High Mass at English Martyrs

Sunday 19th May at 3.00 pm
Fourth Sunday after Easter
St Mary's, Hornby

Sizergh Castle Mass on 26thApril.

It was wonderful to see Canon Watson back in action praying the Extraordinary Mass at Sizergh at the 7pm Mass. It was disappointing to see so few there but they made up for it by Quality! Canon spoke about our true mission to spread the Gospel and part of this is to help spread the Traditional Mass as part of the second liturgical lung of the Church. Both are needed: praying alone with others at the Traditional Mass and praying together with others at the Novus Ordo Mass. Jesus demonstrated this by going alone into the desert or hills to pray to God and during his Passion praying with others to God.

In this so busy, busy, busy world we need to step away from all this bustle and noise and pray silently in our heart to God. The Novus Ordo satisfies the need to pray with others to God but it can be noisy and distracting, providing little refreshment from the bustle and noise of the world on a Sunday.

So please be kind to yourselves and step out of this world and just stop, be silent and pray to God: the Traditional Mass is a great help in achieving the silence, spiritual input and strength just to go on.

We look forward to more of you attending the Hornby and Sizergh Masses which are arranged to satisfy that very human need to be quiet just for an hour in silent prayer before God and what better way to do this is there than the Traditional Mass?

Be Still And Know That I Am God

Some thirty years ago, in a period of great trial, I used to view the words “Be still and know that I am God” written on a large banner in St Mary Moorfields situated within the financial environs of the City of London. Father Anton loved his banners and was a very powerful influence on the rich and powerful in the city as well as offering peace and hope to the poor. He was often attacked by some possessed person just before he started Mass. 

I read these words over and over again and they just did not seem to fit the situation I found myself in; they were in fact meaningless as I said back: “ I know that You are God, so what?”

It is only recently during one of my Lent readings of Cardinal Newman, I came across his account of David's life of trial of battles followed by minding the sheep. This great warrior left the battlefield against the enemy or the jealousy and hatred of his father Saul to mind the sheep while he waited for God to intervene in his life: “Be still and know that I am God” In other words, be still and wait for Me to act and do not act on your own initiative.

Fortunately, in my case circumstances were such that it was nigh impossible for me to act on my own initiative. Looking back at that time I am glad I had to wait for God to act as He did in His own good time very much for my good. How grateful I have always been to Him for acting so.

In much of what happens in our life we go off busily doing our own thing, not being still waiting for God. Often the temptation is just too great and off we go busy, busy getting nowhere. At this time I am waiting for God to intervene while my head is filled with thoughts to volunteer for a range of things: no, be still and wait for God.

Way back, I was unemployed and, after many attempts to gain employment, in frustration I said “OK God, I won't make another single application, over to You”. He took me to my visualised brink of near financial distress and in frustration I let Him know my feelings; at the peak of my anger the telephone rang. When I answered, a voice said, “When can you start working for us – tomorrow?”

So when unplanned-for events hit you, including tragedies, house sales that go wrong, illnesses, job losses, and so on, try hard to just be still and wait for God to act for your own good. Alternatively another way of doing this is to pray “Jesus I surrender myself to you, please take care of everything”.

High Mass on Easter Sunday at St Walburge

What a spiritual feast this was and the 2 hours of peace gripped us as our spirits rose with the gentle singing of the Sisters Adorers of the Sacred Heart. The joy of the risen Christ was enhanced by the beautiful vestments, flowers and an enormous Easter Candle, with the high altar lit by so many candles. This background provided the setting for the dignity of the High Mass, with principal celebrant Canon Scott Tanner, which we prayed as it flowed over us. At a great height above the high altar overlooking the proceedings was a statue of the Infant of Prague in a white and gold cloak.

As the High Mass came to an end and the closing procession took place we had a surprise and a treat with the Blessing of an Easter Lamb – a real live black and white lamb some two weeks old – carried in by Canon Cristofoli. The Canon must have a wonderful way with animals as the lamb was exceedingly well behaved! The children and Jane were enthralled. Just to add to the scene, the children ran about the grounds looking for Easter eggs and three real chickens looked on!

Thank you to the Canons for a very Blessed day which we shall remember well into our future.

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

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Friday, 14 September 2018

The Accuser who reveals

At our deaths, Satan the Accuser will, before Jesus Christ, accuse us of our unrepented and unconfessed sins. Satan is the instrument that opens up souls to inspection. If he is, as accused by the Pope, focussing on Bishops then this is permitted by God for the cleansing and chastisement of the Church. Until all has been revealed and made clean, the Church which has become too worldly, or at one with the world, will remain impotent. Until and unless the world hates the Church, for the right reasons by being a reproach to the world, it will remain powerless to help and guide the suffering flock. Let us all pray that the Accuser does his job well under the permission of God and within the bounds set by God.

Irrespective of the above, because of the increasing hysteria being hyped up, there will be Bishops and Priests falsely accused; the accusers will be motivated by a wish to become publicly noticed, because they love a good scandal or through hatred of the Church. These clergy could be severely damaged by such accusations by no longer being able to relate to their flock. We must pray, protect and be loyal to innocent clergy so falsely accused.  Our Lady, pray for and protect them.

Friday, 7 September 2018

Constructive response to clerical abuse

This has been received from a reader of this blog:

This is not the time to be silent but to make as much noise as possible.

This is not the time to refrain from judging but to insist on judgement.

This is not the time to refrain from anger but for righteous anger.

Above all, this is the time to beseech Heaven on behalf of the victims of clerical abuse who have been given a lifetime sentence of flashbacks, emotional and physical pain, and, in some cases, loss of faith, imposed upon them. They each need a miracle to relieve them of their lifetime sentence of misery.

Please, each of you, raise your voices in protest, at the scandal certainly, but especially at the lack of concern about the victims of clerical abuse. 

Above all, pray for them, offer rosaries and Masses for them. Never let them be forgotten.

From one who empathises.