Sunday 23rd October: Blessed are you who pray for vocations! Every year, the Sunday following October 18th (when in 1988 our Fraternity was canonically established) members of the Confraternity of St Peter, our prayer network for priestly vocations are offered a blessing at the end of Mass. After the Last Gospel, they may either come and kneel at the communion rail, or remain at their pews and be blessed from a distance. The whole congregation is invited to pray together the following Prayer for Vocations:
O Lord Jesus, born to give testimony to the Truth, Thou who lovest unto the end those whom Thou hast chosen, kindly hear our prayers for our pastors. Thou who knowest all things, knowest that they love Thee and can do all things in Thee who strengthenest them. Sanctify them in Truth. Pour into them, we beseech Thee, the Spirit whom Thou didst give to Thy apostles, who would make them, in all things, like unto Thee. Receive the homage of love which they offer up to Thee, who hast graciously received the threefold confession of Peter. And so that a pure oblation may everywhere be offered without ceasing unto the Most Holy Trinity, graciously enrich their number and keep them in Thy love, who art one with the Father and the Holy Ghost, to whom be glory and honour forever. Amen.
Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) booth and presentation after 11am Mass (Sunday 23rd October) By ACN Representative Terry Gorman: ACN is a Catholic charity providing vital help to Christians who are persecuted, oppressed or in pastoral need worldwide. At present there is particular focus on the Middle East, Pakistan and Nigeria, but without ignoring so many other countries where religious freedom is not respected. In other countries where the Church is growing against all the odds – particularly in the explosive growth of the Faith behind the old Iron Curtain – the pastoral needs of the faithful are huge as they often do not have the material resources to support their priests, build and maintain their churches and chapels, and educate their children in the Faith. For sale: Christian Christmas Cards, Advent Calendars, Children`s books and other gifts – with proceeds going to help the work of ACN.
Wednesday 26th October, 7pm-8pm, Music Room:
Spiritual conference by Fr James Mawdsley, FSSP: all welcome!
All Saints Party:
All families welcome to the junior choir's annual party for All Saints, Tuesday 1stNovember, after the 6pm Solemn High Mass. Come dressed as a saint, or bring a symbol for us to guess who you are. Hot dogs, games etc. Contact Alison Kahn: 019275 727759.
First Tonsure for Welsh Seminarian last Saturday: Gwilym spent some time at St Mary’s last summer. Please pray for him as he was among 25 young men formally incorporated into the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter on Saturday 22nd October. Incorporation takes place at the beginning of the second year at seminary. One priest was also ordained at our American seminary last Saturday, out of 16 in 2016. Printed envelopes for Masses for the dead are available in the Vestibule. The souls of all those included in the envelopes will be remembered at daily Mass in November.
Welcome to Fr Simon Henry, Parish Priest of St Catherine Labouré in Leyland, acting as Deacon at our Solemn High Mass this Sunday. Fr Henry celebrated his silver jubilee of priestly ordination two weeks ago. The Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman rite was attended by Archbishop McMahon who also preached, while Frs de Malleray and Mawdsley acted as Deacon and Subdeacon.
Vocation Discernment Weekend 2-4 December 2016. You don’t know any young men? But someone you know may know some: please spread the word. Single Catholic men aged 18+, come and discern with us. Residential, at St Mary's Priory: 2 nights and 2 days. FREE for unwaged and students. Others: £60 per person in total. BOOKINGS & CONTACT: [not via Facebook] malleray[at]fssp.org (read by Fr de Malleray only); 01925 635664 (Priory's Landline). Pray for priestly Vocations: if you are a 14+ Catholic, consider joining the Confraternity of St Peter.
Fr de Malleray is concerned: In ordinary circumstances it would be fitting for every Catholic to take a weekend off once a year to be with the Lord. In our times of dechristianisation it is more than fitting: it is vital. I give retreats every year for youth, for clergy and for the laity. Those were mostly located far from here at Douai Abbey in Berkshire. Last time 42 adults attended the weekend. I cancelled the booking at Douai Abbey for this coming Advent, assuming that there would be similar interest from people in the North West, to whom I wished to give an opportunity. Pantasaph is well known by Catholics in this part of England. It is a wonderful setting, beautiful, accessible and with a lovely chapel and grounds. Silence should not deter you, though you may not be used to it. Give it a try and you will hear the Voice of God. However, the local Padre Pio Café is available throughout the day if you want a chat – and a cuppa! The entire guest house is booked for us (up to 50 adults), but so far we have only six bookings... This is a real concern to me. Please speak with me if anything hinders you (cost, transportation, special diet) and we will find a solution! All welcome: tell your friends, even though they may not attend at St Mary’s. See below.
Please book now for our ADVENT WEEKEND of Recollection Open to all, on 9-11 December 2016. Come with us to North Wales, 50 minutes from Warrington. Preached by Fr de Malleray on the theme: ‘God became man for our salvation.’ Retreat runs from 6.30pm supper on Friday, through Sunday, when guests depart after Sunday lunch (2 nights). Provided: full accommodation, towels, food (full-board), tea & coffee. Total cost: £110 / person. Take a booking form from the church (or download it here, print and fill it in) and return it to seminarian Thomas with your payment (cheques payable to FSSP England) or email tosullivan[at]olgseminary.org.