Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
Tomorrow I have to attend the regular quarterly Committee meeting of the LMS and am already dreading the hassle on the London Underground.
Still, I'll get my reports done on the train.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Thanks to Father for the following. This is my first ever posting using imported text!
Messis quidem multam operarii pauci. Rogate ergo Dominum messis, ut mittat operarios in messem suam’ The harvest indeed is great, but the labourers are few; pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest that he send labourers into his harvest.
Until quite recently and even today when people talk of someone "having a vocation" they usually mean he has gone off to be a priest or she has become a nun. Linked with this has been another all too popular idea. Though they rarely say so, many think that the Church is saying that Priesthood and Religious Life is the Grade 'A' vocation. For those who could not rise to these heights Married Life is good Grade B' but those who remain single are really the bottom of the pile! Nothing could be further from the truth!There is a dream in the heart of God for each one of us, a loving purpose. The Good Shepherd is calling each of us by name to do something, be somebody. What each of us has to do is to try and come to know what the dream is, and then, with faith and trust, and taking our courage in both hands, try to live it out in our lives day by day. When we come to know what God's dream for us is, we can be said to have discovered our vocation. Most of us will not get a blinding light or a voice from heaven, which clearly says "I want you to do this with your life". Wouldn't it be great if we did!
We have to discern over a period of time what it is God is asking of us. We have to get into the mind of God. We do that by prayer, talking and listening to Him. We will ask, "What must I do? What is it you want of me? What is your dream for me?"Life is God's gift to us. When we are on our deathbed we don't want to look back on the unlived life. It is so sad when people reach that point, and look back with regret saying "how I wish I had done more for others'. How I wish! The solution is in our own hands. "Carpe Diem" Seize the Day. Now is the time to make sure that does not happen. God has a dream, a purpose for each of us. And there will not be just one task for many of us. The Shepherd continues to call His sheep to follow Him throughout their lives. For example, the call to marriage is a call from God to find Him and mediate Him to a lifelong partner in a loving faithful sexual relationship. But one partner will die first. Then there will be a new vocation - the vocation of widowhood, the call to find God in this experience of loss. There is the vocation of the terminally ill. There is the vocation to a single chaste life. And there are many others.There is too, the vocation to the Priesthood, the Permanent Diaconate, and Religious Life. These things must merit consideration in the life of every member of the Church, whatever there age and circumstance. They must be seriously looked at, in case God is asking this of me. Jesus taught us that, 'it is in losing your life that you shall find it. . . it is in dying that we shall live'. Yes, we are Christ's sheep. But we also share in His role as Shepherd and following his example; we are to care for one another - even to laying down our lives for others.
Sometimes the voice of the Shepherd is heard through someone else, most often a friend or family member. Sometimes the call presents itself not as a voice at all, but as a need of the Christian Community, which challenges me to meet it.
So many ask, "Why me?" at that point, but what they should be asking is "Why not me?"
There has to be a very good reason for not responding to the need of a particular religious order for new members, or the need of the wider community for clergy, both deacons and priests. God loves me, so it is not so strange that He could be calling me to something specific like Ordination or Consecrated Life.
It all comes down to love in the end. God's love for us and ours for God and other people. He wants each of us to be lovers. To be a lover is why people enter the vocation of marriage. To be a lover is why others choose the single life. To be a lover is why one becomes a deacon or priest or religious.
Maybe God and the Church are calling someone here to Ordination or Religious Life. you can ignore Him, you can turn up the volume and live the noise of this world and try to drown out his voice. But if he is calling you and you run away, whatever happiness you experience in this life it will never be able to compare with that which you could have experienced had you been open to him and listened. God's dream for us is a dream for our fulfilment and happiness. That is why we should listen. That is why we should trust him and respond.
Pray, my dear people not just for an increase in vocations, but pray that the Lord will send us many holy vocations. Holy priests to offer the Sacrifice of the Mass and holy religious to be examples of prayer to us.
Prayer also for those who have answered the call to serve the Lord as His priests and religious may be granted the gift of perseverance. As a friend of mine would say, ‘Poor Jesus. He deserves better than us!’
Friday, February 6, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
The Celebrant will be Mgr. Gilles Wach, the Superior of the Institute of Christ the King.
There will be a choir at the Mass and refreshments to follow.
Please pass the word and do all you can to attend this Mass.
I have always been grateful to the ICKSP in France as they are based near to where we spend our summer holiday.
The Institute was recently recognised as one with Pontifical Right. I look forward to the Society becoming increasingly active in the Northwest.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Earlier today it was announced in Rome that the Holy Father has lifted the excommunications on the four bishops consecrated by the late Archbishop Lefebvre in June 1988.
I know a lot of good people who hear Mass in SSPX churches and chapels and I am delighted for them at this news.
I have recently learned that Mgr. Wach of the Institute of Christ the King will be visiting England on Sunday 1st March, and accompanying Fr. Hudson on his Sunday rounds. I am sure Father Hudson would appreciate a good turnout.
I shall be posting news of this momentous occasion to members in the vicinity and reminding you by way of updates over the next few days.
I have also received wonderful news that there will be a day of prayer at the Holy Name for vocations starting with the 11.00a.m. Ordinary Form Mass to be followed by exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and concluding with Missa cantata in the Extraordinary Form at 4.00p.m. on Sunday 13th. February. This will be the third Sunday of February.
I must confess to not being able to upload pictures of last night's Mass at Bury, I will keep trying.
Reminder that there is Mass on Thursday at St. Osmund's , Long Lane, Breightmet, Bolton at 7.15p.m.
God bless Pope Benedict XVI
Friday, January 23, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Last night saw the first of regular weekly Masses on Friday at St. Marie's, Manchester Road (near the Town Hall), Bury.
This fine church easily accommodated the Tridentine Mass and the choir sang very finely. Father directed his sermon to those unfamiliar with this Rite giving a very incisive step by step guide to what goes on.
It was most touching to hear the Adoro te devote sung at Communion. Low Mass next Friday at 7.30p.m.
Next sung Mass - First Friday in February.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Thereafter Mass every Friday at the same time. Please do all you can to support this Mass, even if it's only once a month. We are very grateful to Fr. Francis for so generously agreeing to host and offer these Masses.
Mass on Thursday evenings at St. Osmund's, Long Lane, Breightmet, Bolton at 7.15p.m. with Benediction on the third Thursday to follow the Mass.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
The poll about the preferred term for the Extraordinary Form of Mass has now closed and the preferred term by readers of this blog who voted is Tridentine Mass.
I shall now endeavour to use this term more!
Please remember the previous posting about the regular Friday Masses at St. Marie's, Bury, starting on 16th. January with a Missa cantata at 7.30p.m. Many thanks to Fr. Wadsworth for this.
Following the great success of the Mass at Stydd Chapel in mid December I understand that there is to be another Mass there later this year. Details to follow. Thanks to Mr. Aherne for organizing this Tridentine Mass and to Fr. O'Connor for offering it.