Saturday, 20 January 2018

Candlemass in London

Click on poster to enlarge.

This looks rather fun. 
Candlemass is such a lovely ritual,
wish I could be there but will be having something rather lower in key here in Farington.

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Launch of a new Degree Course in the Catholic Educational world


The Chavagnes Studium is organising a launch event in London for its new Liberal arts degree programme, in collaboration with ICES, the Catholic university of the Vendée, and the Catholic University of Lublin. Presentations by Ferdi McDermott, Professor Anthony O'Hear OBE, Dr Thomas E Conlon, Fr Mark Lawler, drinks, and then an opportunity to stay on for a convivial pub dinner. (Those who stay for dinner, from about 7.30pm, will need to "chip in".) 

Please do come along if you are interested in this exciting new development in Catholic academia; especially if you are a journalist or a potential student! chavagnes.org/studium/

Tuesday 16th January 6pm - 8pm

The Mitre Lancaster Gate
24 Craven Terrace, W2 3QH London, United Kingdom


BACKGROUND TO THE STUDIUM

On the site of a 13th century Benedictine priory, in a small French town in the Vendée, Chavagnes International College is the continuation of a junior seminary founded by the Venerable Louis Marie Baudouin in 1802 and granted a royal charter by King Charles X in 1826.

It has been delivering a general academic programme to boys aged 11-18 through the medium of English since 2002 and has successfully prepared boys for entrance to Oxford, Cambridge and other prestigious universities in Europe and America.  The Chavagnes Studium is a centre for research and study of the Liberal Arts in the Catholic tradition and has organised regular conferences and courses since 2009.

From September 2018 we will be offering a BA degree in the Liberal Arts, with French language and literature, provides an unprecedented opportunity for young people in Europe to study the Liberal Arts in the Catholic tradition.

The Chavagnes Studium has developed this new degree programme in partnership with ICES (www.ices.fr),  the Catholic university of the Vendée, and is also assisted in academic questions by a distinguished International Advisory Board.

Chavagnes International College is a not-for-profit organisation under French law (Association de la Loi de 1901), founded in 2001. The Diocesan Bishop, Monseigneur Alain Castet and the Diocesan Director of Catholic Education are both members of the Board. A separate governing body (Association de la Loi de 1901) has recently been created for the Studium, in order to comply with the requirements of civil and canon law.

The College (including both the School and the Studium) is also supported by the Cardinal Allen Trust, a UK registered charity (No. 1139044), founded in 2010 to foster the development of the Catholic education apostolate at Chavagnes.

The Chavagnes Studium Liberal Arts with French degree is offered through our partner ICES, Institut Catholique d’Etudes Supérieures: Catholic University of the Vendée.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Requiem Mass


A little unseasonal, I know, but I have just been given some photographs of the Requiem Mass for deceased members and friends of the Order of St Lazarus which I celebrated in Preston this year. The Canons of the Institute of Christ the King were kind enough to welcome us to their Church of St Thomas of Canterbury and the English Martyrs, a fine church by Edward Welby Pugin.


I was assisted by Canon Scott Tanner of the Institute and Fr Leo Daley of the Archdiocese of Liverpool and a team of altar servers drawn from the Institute parishes, St Catherine's and even a friend of mine all the way from Bristol University. My thanks - and those of the Order to all who assisted.


I was particularly delighted to be celebrating with the music of Faurés Requiem as the Mass setting.
It was beautiful to experience it in its proper context, instead of hearing it as a concert piece. Fauré conducted its first outing in 1888 at La Madeleine in Paris. I have the wonderful singers of "Octavius" to thank for the experience, along with David Scott-Thomas at the organ. Truly beautiful.


 Grand Prior H.E. The Much Honoured Baron of Fetternear and other members taking their place in church, along with Chaplain  Fr William Charlton from Middlesbrough Diocese in choir. Thanks to everyone who came along (and to lunch afterwards in the hall). It was a goodly congregation in such a large church.























Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Christmas Mass times



First Mass of Christmas

11pm Christmas Eve
Mulled Wine and Mince Pies afterwards


Christmas Day

8.30am - Quiet Mass

10am - Missa Cantata (EF)

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Carol Concert


Carol 

Concert

Free Entry
Mince pies & mulled wine

St Catherine’s 

Church

Stanifield Lane      Farington    (Next to the park)

 Saturday 16th December

7.30pm 

A collection will take place for those
suffering from leprosy 
for Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith's Charity
 - SUROL - 
working in Sri Lanka

       https://surolsrilanka.com/        


The Octavius Choir 
with organist Mr David Scott-Thomas 
have provided us with a superb evening over the last few years with carols, Christmas songs and seasonal presentations, and we are enormously pleased to welcome them back this year, as once again they give their talents to the service of this wonderful charity.





Monday, 20 November 2017

Walsingham: Confraternity of Catholic Clergy


The Confraternity of Catholic Clergy held it's annual Colloquium in Walsingham last week.
A very enjoyable couple of days. (Facebook page here.) Linked to the Confraternities in Australia, USA and Ireland. I would recommend any priest to join up and keep in touch with the Confraternity.

Bishop John Keenan, Bishop of Paisley, speaking on the importance of Familiaris Consortio and the teaching of Pope St John Paul II on marriage and human sexuality. It was a blessing to have a good bishop with us, celebrating the Mass in a dignified way and giving priests spiritual sustenance by his words on the Priesthood, proving it's possible to challenge us to be better priests without making us feel bad!


Mgr John Armitage, Rector of Walsingham. Calling us to a third spring for England, Our Lady’s Dowry. A "roving statue" of Our Lady of Walsingham is being created to travel the country in order to focus on the message of Walsingham. As Mgr Armitage points out, Nazareth is the place of the home of the Holy Family and so it is the family that is at the heart of the news that Walsingham announces. The basic building block of society and of the Faith so much under threat in our times. Surely, there could not be a time more auspicious for a renewed call to the Church and the world to focus on the beautiful and noble teaching of Jesus about family, personhood and sexuality.

The Mgr has a great vision for Walsingham. It was very encouraging to hear of a priest with a message of hope fro renewing the Faith in our times rather than giving in to the general decline.

Do keep him and Walsingham in your prayers and go and visit! Already - at a practical level - the facilities are much improved.

Tour de force presentation from theologian Fr John Saward on 
Mater Veritatis
the Mother of God and the beauty of Truth. 
Holding on to the Truths of the Gospel and the Church, rather than caving in to the hollow "truths" of the world.


 A few of the brethren.
 

Mass in the Basilica with Bishop John Keenan.







Friday, 17 November 2017

Fauré Requiem Mass


I am looking forward to celebrating High Mass tomorrow in Preston with the Octavius Singers and organist Mr David Scott-Thomas providing the music of Fauré's Requiem for the occasion.

Do come along if you can.
Light lunch afterwards served in the church Hall.


Saturday 18th November at 11.30am

in the

  Church of St Thomas
 and the English Martyrs

Garstang Road, Preston.


There is a fine pipe organ at the  church and we are very pleased that 
Mr David Scott-Thomas will accompany the Octavius Choir in providing

 Faurés Requiem 

as the Mass setting.
It will be Solemn Mass in the Traditional Form.

Our thanks also to the Canons of the Institute of Christ the King 
for allowing welcoming us to their church.

Mass is offered for the souls of deceased members, benefactors and friends of the
Order of St Lazarus.