Monday, 18 September 2017

5 Reasons You Need to Go On A Catholic Retreat

"You need to find a Catholic retreat center near you (or far away!) and spend some time on a spiritual retreat. Here are five reasons why:
1. Get Away From Busy-ness and Stress
We have too many meetings and sports commitments and emails and voice mails and bills and chores. It is draining. Get away from everyday life completely and spend a day or two days or a week or a month on retreat filling up what has been drained away.
2. Be Quiet and Listen to God
It is a noisy world. God is always talking to us, but it can be difficult to hear what He is saying. The opportunities for quiet reflection in our day-to-day life are usually filled with music or podcasts or texting others or surfing the internet. Technology makes life easier and helps us to communicate more effectively with people we don’t see as much as we would like to, but it steals some of that communication time from God.
Go on retreat. Leave the phone, iPod, and computer at home. Spend some time talking to God and really listening to Him. A Catholic retreat is usually going to have time set aside to celebrate the Mass each day, and most often there will also be the opportunity for Eucharistic Adoration. What better way to listen to God than by spending an hour sitting with Him in prayer?
Don’t wait to communicate with God only at Mass and Adoration, though. By leaving the technology at home and really focusing your time on silence and prayer during a Catholic retreat you are able to more effectively hear God’s voice throughout your entire day.
3. Be around other Catholics
Every time I go on a guided retreat I rediscover what a joy it is to be around a group of Catholics trying to deepen their prayer life and live out their faith. Much of the time in everyday life we are not afforded the setting or the company to comfortably talk about our prayer life and our faith with others who share similar views and aspirations. On a retreat you will find others from all different walks of life, and sometimes from many different corners of the world, who are trying to escape the monotony of the day-to-day and improve their prayer life. Being in a group like this is truly a pleasure and will fill you with a joy that you can carry with you after retreat to fuel the motivation to keep your prayer life strong.
4. Or, Be Alone
Going on a directed retreat with others is a great experience, but once in a while we also need to just get away from everybody. Taking a private retreat at a hermitage or monastery is one of the great ways to refresh the soul. A private retreat affords you time for silence, prayer, holy reading, and reflection. Many places will also make the Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, and confession available to those on private retreat.
5. Jesus did it
Jesus spent forty days in the desert fasting and praying. You may only have the time to get away for one or two days, but the example has been set and we need to follow it.
Find a good Catholic retreat center, commit to a time, and go. It will do things for your relationship with God that you could have never imagined.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Event: Fatima conference at Buckfast Abbey with Cardinal Burke

Fatima 100 Year Anniversary Conference at Buckfast Abbey

Thu 12th & Fri 13th Oct | £15 per day - excluding meals
In collaboration with the School of the Annunciation at Buckfast Abbey. 12th and 13th of October 2017

Fatima 100 Years Later. A Marian Call for the Whole Church.
A two day conference with various world renowned speakers on Fatima. For more information on this event, or to book your place, please call: 01364 645532 or visit

Just a Handfull of Places Left at the 2017 Young Catholic Adults Weekend 20-22nd Oct

There are just a few places left for the Young Catholic Adults 2017 Douai Abbey weekend in the COTTAGES only, the Guesthouse rooms are all sold out:-

What are the Cottages?

  • The Cottages accommodate groups of up to 15 young persons in simple 'hostel' type rooms.
  • Self-catering facilities include a kitchen, dining room and scullery.
  • Two other rooms provide a lounge, and the whole building is centrally heated.
  • The facilities available include the Abbey Church which provides a peaceful, prayerful space for worship. Guests are free to join in all the community services and to enjoy the spacious Abbey grounds.
  • Lying deep in the Berkshire countryside overlooking the beautiful Kennet valley to the distant Hampshire downs, the Cottages provide an ideal place for a group retreat for all who seek the refreshment of peace and quiet.
    Please note to guarantee your place this year Douai Abbey have requested that everyone books in 3 weeks before the start of the weekend i.e.29th Sept 2017.
    Prices start from £18.50 per person per night.

    More information:

    To book go to: -

    Friday, 15 September 2017

    Ordinariate Solemn High Mass and Procession St. Agatha's Church Portsmouth

    This was received in the YCA inbox:-

    Dear Young Catholic Adults,

    I have been asked by Father Maunder of St Agatha's, Portsmouth to invite you to the following Mass in honour of Our Lady of Walsingham. Refreshments follow. You are most welcome to forward this message to your supporters.

    Solemn High Mass and Procession. According to the Divine Worship Missal -
    Saturday 30th September.

    St Agatha's, Market Way, Portsmouth,
    For Sat Nav's please use postcode PO1 4RN.

    Celebrant: Father John Maunder (OLW)
    Guest Preacher: Fr John Saward.Mass Setting: Byrd's Mass for Four Voices.

    For Further Information:
    Fr John Maunder
    07454 815968


    Twitter: @stagathaschurch

    Thursday, 7 September 2017

    Dubia signer Cardinal Caffarra dies awaiting Pope’s clarification

     Par Sesquipedale sur Wikipedia italien, CC BY-SA 3.0,
    "September 6, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) -- Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, one of the four cardinals who sent Pope Francis the dubia asking for clarity on Amoris Laetitia, died at 79, the Vatican confirmed. 
    He is the second dubia cardinal to die in the last two months. German Cardinal Joachim Meisner died peacefully in his sleep in July, holding his breviary and preparing to offer Mass. 
    The two remaining dubia signers are Cardinals Raymond Burke, 69, and Walter Brandmuller, 88.
    Cardinal Caffarra, former archbishop of Bologna, was tasked by Saint Pope John Paul II more than three decades ago with founding an institute to study marriage and the family. He has been a respected leader in reinvigorating the life and family movement within the Church.
    Along with a doctorate in canon law, he was a specialist in moral theology. In his early priesthood he was a professor of moral theology to seminarians, giving special attention to the Church's doctrine on marriage and the ethics of procreation. He later taught medical ethics in Rome.
    He was nominated an expert at the Synod of Bishops on Matrimony and the Family in 1980, and the following year, was appointed by John Paul II to as founder and president of the John Paul II Pontifical Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family. From 1983-88 he held the position of Consultor of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
    The cardinal served as a member of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, the Pontifical Council for the Family, and the Pontifical Academy for Life.
    In 2008, Caffarra gave an interview in which he spoke about a letter he had received from the last Fatima seer, Sister Lucia dos Santos, concerning the final battle between God and Satan. When the cardinal wrote to Sister Lucia 36 years ago asking for her prayers as he began the process of founding the institute, he never expected a reply. Instead, the seer responded with a message of profound significance.
    Caffarra explained:
    In [her letter] we find written: ‘The final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family. Don’t be afraid,’ she added, ‘because anyone who operates for the sanctity of marriage and the family will always be contended and opposed in every way, because this is the decisive issue.’ And then she concluded: ‘However, Our Lady has already crushed its head.’"

    For the full story see:-

    English bishops move Epiphany, Ascension back to traditional days

    Over ten years after transferring the celebration of Epiphany and the Ascension to the nearest Sunday, the bishops of England and Wales have decided to restore them to their traditional dates. The Vatican has confirmed the decision.
    For the whole story see:-
    Over ten years after transferring the celebration of Epiphany and the Ascension to the nearest Sunday, the bishops of England and Wales have decided to restore them to their traditional dates. The Vatican has confirmed the decision.
    r transferring the celebration of Epiphany and the Ascension to the nearest Sunday, the bishops of England and Wales have decided to restore them to their traditional dates. The Vatican has confirmed the decision.

    Tuesday, 5 September 2017

    September 2017 Cheltenham Young Catholic Adult Events

    September is the Month of Our Lady of Sorrows

    Wednesday 6th Sept at 7pm - Low Mass, (EF) at St. Gregory's Church, Cheltenham (GL50 3PR), preceeded by  confessions - ( the serving is organised by Cheltenham Young Catholic Adults).

    Saturday 16th September 6-7pm.

    Catechesis/Devotions. Drinks (provided) followed by "A Crash Course in Catholicism Dvd" in the ground floor room of the Old Priory (attached to St. Gregory's Church). All welcome - including children!

    Don't forget that the annual Young Catholic Adult weekend is coming up 20th-22nd Oct - it's almost fully booked already!

    To reserve your place goto:-

    Thursday, 31 August 2017

    Young Catholics are Turning in Droves to the Old Rite

    Dominican Rite (Old Rite) Missa Cantata at the Annual 
    Young Catholic Adult Weekend - Douai Abbey (UK)
    From the Catholic Herald:-
    "Young Catholics feel they have been denied their inheritance.
    Where do they go from here? By Matthew Schmitz
    Last week, in a speech to Italian liturgists, Pope Francis appeared to set in stone the liturgical changes that came at the time of Vatican II. “After this magisterium, after this long journey,” he said, “we can affirm with certainty and with magisterial authority that the liturgical reform is irreversible.” Liberal commentators celebrated his comments as a blow to the “the re-emergence of a certain neo-clericalism with its formalism” and rejoiced that the “restorationist movement in liturgy is being reversed”.
    Liberals have reason to be glad: Francis has shown that he is sympathetic to their desire for a liturgy that feels more like a communal meal than an ancient sacrifice. But does Francis’s declaration mean that after millennia of development liturgical evolution has arrived at a final state and now must stop?
    In a word, no. One might as well magisterially declare that spilt milk can’t be put back in the carton, or dogmatically define that Humpty Dumpty can’t be reassembled, as proclaim that liturgical reform cannot be reversed. It is like proudly stating that one cannot undo a grave mistake. The observation is incontestable, even if shame would be preferable to boasts. The question is not whether we can undo past blunders, but rather how to clean up the mess.
    Francis’ remarks are yet another sign of his anxiety over the traditional direction in which young Catholics are carrying the Church. We have seen this before, in the stories he tells about young priests who shout at strangers and play dress-up, unlike the wise, old, compassionate (and liberal) monsignori. Francis has played variations of John Lennon’s Imagine: “We are grandparents called to dream and give our dream to today’s youth: they need it.” Maybe so, but the youth do not seem to want it.
    As any young progressive or old traditionalist will tell you, age does not dictate whether one prefers dogma or liberty, ritual or casualness. Yet across much of the Catholic world, young traditionalists are competing against old progressives. Ironies abound, as youths who revere the venerable face off against elders who chase the up-to-date, and progressives who fear the future battle with traditionalists who loathe their immediate forebears.
    Anyone who doubts the reality of the conflict should visit a monastery or convent, where young monastics will almost invariably be more traditional than their elders. In France, in 20 years’ time a majority of priests will celebrate exclusively the traditional Latin mass. Wherever one looks, the kids are Old Rite.

    Sunday, 20 August 2017

    Monday, 14 August 2017

    Low Latin Mass for the Assumption of the BVM (15th Aug) at St. Gregory's Church Cheltenham is at 7pm - (Holy Day of Obligation in England and Wales)

    At :-
    St Gregory's Church, Cheltenham
    10 St James Square, GL50 3 Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.
    This will be the MAIN Parish Holy Day of Obligation Mass - "brick by brick. "

    The Feast of the Assumption (15th August) is Tomorrow - in England and Wales this is a Holy Day of Obligation





    Holy Days of Obligation - A Description

    "Sundays and holy days of obligation are days on which the faithful are obliged to participate in the Mass [... and to] abstain from those works and affairs which hinder the worship to be rendered to God, the joy proper to the Lord's day, or the suitable relaxation of mind and body (Code of Canon Law, Canon 1247).
    Holy days mark days in the liturgical year of special importance or that merit special celebration. Worldwide, there is some variation in the dates of celebration of holy days as local Church authorities acknowledge patron saints or allow the celebration of holy days that occur during the week on the nearest Sunday. In England and Wales, according to a 1984 decision of the Bishops' Conference, holy days which fall on Saturday or Monday are in general transferred to the Sunday. From the first Sunday of Advent 2006 the feasts of The Epiphany of the Lord, The Ascension of the Lord and the Body and Blood of Christ (they mean Corpus Christi)   have also routinely been transferred to the neighbouring Sunday."

    LMS Walsingham Pilgrimage 2017

    The pilgrimage starts with registration in Ely on the evening of Thursday 24th August; and concludes with devotions in Walsingham on Sunday 27th August. There is an additional Mass for those staying Sunday night in the Slipper Chapel on Monday 28th August. This is the weekend of the August Bank Holiday.

    Don’t miss your chance to take part in this unique event, by walking it, volunteering in it, or sponsoring the pilgrims.

    •    Accompanied by priests, seminarians and religious.
    •    High Mass (with deacon and subdeacon) on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
    •    Sung Mass in the Medieval Slipper Chapel on Monday.
    •    Specially created, re-usable Pilgrim’s Handbook with Mass texts, prayers, devotions, chants, and hymns for the road.
    •    Proper evening meals created by our dedicated cooking team.
    •    Support vehicles accompanying the Pilgrimage to carry heavy baggage and collect tired pilgrims.
    •    Lifts, minibus or coach to and from Ely, Walsingham and London at the beginning and end of the Pilgrimage.
    For full details, see the Pilgrimage Information Booklet
    To volunteer as a driver or cook, email the Office by the end of June: sends e-mail)
    To sponsor the pilgrims, click here
    To book as a walking pilgrim, go to the Booking page
    Day Pilgrimage
    If you are unable to undertake the Walking Pilgrimage for whatever reason but would like to make a day pilgrimage on the Sunday from London, then please see the Walsingham Day Pilgrimage page 
    If you are not a member of the LMS, sign up today to save money on the pilgrimage and other events through the year, and support the work of the LMS.
    24th August 2017 19:00   through   27th August 2017 15:00
    Houghton St Giles
    Little WalsinghamNR22 6AL
    United Kingdom
    Phone: 02074047284 
    Phone: 02074047284 
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