We will prepare for the great feast of our heavenly Mother with a novena. Starting on Thursday 30 November (until Friday 8th December included), we will add at the end of each Holy Mass the triple invocation: ‘O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.’
Those wishing to receive the medal should kneel at the Communion rail immediately after (either) Holy Mass on 8th Dec.
Advent 2017 at St Mary’s Shrine
Highlights – in addition to daily Masses & Confessions
Advent charitable effort: donate via St Mary’s to the Good Counsel Network, the wonderful (Catholic) charity advising and assisting mothers to keep their babies (www.goodcounselnet.co.uk). Unless clearly marked ‘Good Counsel Network’ or ‘Advent Offering’, your offering will serve to the running of St Mary’s shrine.
Hand any offering clearly marked
6, 13 & 20 Dec, at 1pm: every Wednesday:
Spiritual Conference on the Motherhood of Our Lady
5 Dec: 7am Rorate (candlelit) Low Mass
8 Dec: two Masses of the Immaculate Conception: 12:10pm & 6pm with imposition of Miraculous Medals (only if not received already) and completion of the Novena.
Music for the 6pm Mass: W A Mozart; T L da Victoria ; M Cousins ; Organ: J S Bach
8-10 Dec.Weekend of Recollection at Pantasaph on Holy Matrimony (5:00pm Mass in parish church, open to all, regardless of attending the W-E or not)
12 Dec: 12:10pm Votive Mass and veneration of picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Protectress of the Unborn
16 Dec at 6.00pm: Benjamin Britten’s St Nicolas and carols for Christmas by the Warrington Choral Society, conducted by Michael Wynne.
In the presence of Most Rev Malcolm McMahon, Archbishop of Liverpool, and of Very Rev Fr John Berg, Superior General of the FSSP
17 Dec: Gaudete Sunday: 11am Solemn High Mass with Very Rev John Berg, FSSP as Celebrant
21 Dec at 7:30pm: Christmas Carol Service by St Mary’s Schola & Choristers
The truth from above R V Williams; Adam lay y bounden B Ord; For unto us is born a son G F Handel ; Gaudete et laetare J Sweeelinck ; Ne timeas, Maria T L da Victoria ; Frohlocket ihr Völker F Mendelssohn; Bogorodytse Dyevo S Rachmaninov; Hodie Christus natus est & Quem vidistis F Poulenc ; Magnum mysterium M Lauridsen ; Verbum caro factus est F L Hassler
24 Dec: 11am Sung Mass of the Vigil of the Nativity
[No 6:00pm Mass that Sunday]
11:30pm: Carols (followed by Midnight Mass)
Once in Royal David’s City ; Coventry Carol K Leighton; In dulci jubilo R L Pearsall ; Silent night ; O Little town of Bethlehem; Ave Maria F Biebl; O Radiant Dawn J Macmillan
25 Dec: Midnight Mass (or ‘in nocte’ – begins at 00.00am)
Missa “O magnum mysterium” T L da Victoria; Verbum caro factus est H L Hassler; O magnum mysterium M Lauridsen; Organ: Finale (VI) C M Widor
9am Low Mass ‘in aurora’
11am Sung Mass ‘in die’
Missa Sancti Nicholai F J Haydn ; Hodie Christus natus est F Poulenc ; Quem vidistis F Poulenc ; Organ: Final (I) L Vierne [No 6pm Mass]
Music this Sunday (3 Dec): Missa sobre las voces C de Morales; Ad te levavi J J Fux ; Ne timeas, Maria T L da Victoria
Music last Sunday (26 Nov): Krönungsmesse W A Mozart; Ubi Caritas M Lauridsen; Ave verum corpus C Mawby; Organ: Marche Pontificale C M Widor
Music next Sunday (10 Dec) : Mass for 5 voices W Byrd; Rorate Coeli W Byrd; Veni sponsa Christi G Carissimi
Dowry Magazine Winter Issue available for free at back of church and online.
New Repository! At long last, we now have a proper space for Mass cards, good books, rosary beads etc.
We need volunteers to man the repository after daily Mass and to oversee supply and orders.
Wed 6 Dec, at 1pm: first Advent Conference on the Motherhood of Our Lady (Music Room)
Oversubscribed! The fifty spaces available for the Advent retreat in Pantasaph are now all booked. Please pray for this large group meditating on Holy Matrimony next weekend. Please pray for spouses in general.
Family Catechism Day on Thursday 21st December, with carols singing. Bring packed lunch, taken in common in the Priory, followed by activities for children and catechism sessions by Frs de Malleray and Loewenstein. Over thirty people attended the day last month. All families welcome.
St Mary's Music Christmas Cake Bake-Off!
In aid of St Mary's Music
Bake a Christmas cake and bring it along to the back of church before 10:30 on Sunday 17 Dec. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Holy Communion Reminder:
To receive Holy Communion, one must be 1) a Roman Catholic 2) in state of grace (no grave sin unabsolved on one’s conscience) and 3) have fasted for at least one hour.
In the traditional Latin rite used at St Mary’s, Holy Communion is received kneeling (if one can), and in any case on the tongue: thank you very much in advance.
Please use the entire width of the Communion rail, from one wall of the church all the way to the opposite wall, avoiding any gaps. This will make distribution quicker. Thank you.
☞ Did you know? St Mary’s Shrine costs £1,444 a week to run and maintain. Please give generously!
Watch Holy Mass at St Mary’s daily on www.livemass.org. The Mass of the day can be watched for 24hrs and