Monday, 24 November 2008

news from Papa Stronsay

On 31 October 2008, the Rt. Rev. Peter Moran, Bishop of Aberdeen, granted faculties to Fr. Michael Mary and to Fr. Anthony Mary, FSsR (Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer) at Golgotha Monastery on Papa Stronsay(?). These faculties include jurisdiction for the sacrament of Penance in both Papa Stronsay as well as the monastery chapel on Stronsay.

The Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer are a group of traditional monks -- Fathers and Brothers -- in full communion with the Holy See., based on the Orkney island of Papa Stronsay

Coming up this week...

Two events next Sunday in Edinburgh:-

Sunday 30 November
Prayer for the conversion of Scotland
1:30pm, outside Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh

To celebrate the feast of Saint Andrew, Patron of Scotland, there will be a prayer meeting outside the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, at 1.30pm. Please come and bring your friends. All welcome. Christ the King, Let Him reign!

Sunday 30 November
Nativity Carol Concert
4.30pm, foot of the Mound, Edinburgh

...for all November/December events, please click here.

Please comment with details of further events you may be aware of.

Sunday, 9 November 2008

About Us

Juventutem Scotland is the local Chapter of the Juventutem International Federation, an international Catholic network fostering the sanctification of the youth worldwide according to the Roman traditions of the Church. We wish to contribute to the sanctification of the members of Juventutem and of any youth our contemporaries.

Our common aspiration as Juventutem members is to draw our sanctification from the traditional liturgy and spirituality of Holy Mother Church. To which end we require the support of prayer, friendship and learning. This is borne out in three spiritual commitments that anchor each member's day and week:

1. recite daily for the sanctification of youth the extract from Psalm 42 «Judica Me », (“Judge me O Lord”) or say a prayer of your choosing (Hail Mary or Our Father for instance);

2. enter into a church or oratory once a week to adore Our Lord really present in the tabernacle;

3. once a year or more: attend Holy Mass in the 1962 Roman rite; go to Confession; on behalf of Juventutem, partake in some faith activity (Holy Hour, doctrinal talk, pro-life initiative, charitable action, excursion, etc).

On a practical level Juventutem members meet regularly either for informal activities, or for attending Holy Mass, group prayer (for example Rosary vigils), Gregorian Chant, pilgrimages, retreats, etc. A number of these are list in the sidebar to the right. We plan to have regular meetings including an informal meal, a talk by a local Priest, Holy Mass or Holy Hour, with the immediate aim being to organise a group to participate in the Chartres pilgrimage in May 2009 (for more information, see here).

Juventutem International Federation was founded in 2006 with Juventutem Scotland founded in 2008. An independent non-political youth structure loyal to Roman Catholic authorities, the Juventutem International Federation draws inspiration from the International Una Voce Federation, as well as from various other Catholic institutions.

Joining Juventutem costs nothing; all you need to do is forward this form (PDF) to the local Chapter leader (contact details coming soon).

Please note that whilst members of Juventutem are normally aged 16 to 36 years, those older than 36, married, or in consecrated life, are invited to join as associate members.

We are delighted to hear from you and assure you of our friendship and prayers. Our Lady, Help of Christians, give fervour to our youth!

Saturday, 8 November 2008

FSSP retreats in England

"Please support me with your prayer, and I will be happy to do the same in the recollection of the retreat, invoking divine power on each one of you, on your families and your communities."
-- Pope Benedict XVI, 25 Feb. 2007

3 retreats preached at Douai Abbey (Berks., UK) by Fr Armand de Malleray, of the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter

1. Advent Retreat (3 nights)
8-11 December 2008

Starts Monday 8th December 2008 at 2pm –
ends Thursday 11th December 2008 at 11am

Theme: "Our Lady and the Incarnation"
Retreat open to all

Cost: £137 - to cover:
1-Accommodation: single room with en-suite bathroom, full board. The Guest Master suggests a donation of £125 per person (individual discount granted on request)
2-Retreat Master’s expenses: a minimum £12 per person expected.


2. Vocation Retreat (2 nights)
7-9 January 2009

Starts Wednesday 7th January 2009 at 2pm –
ends Friday 9th January 2009 at 11am

Theme: "Ask the master of the harvest to send out labourers for his harvest." (Mt 9,38)
Retreat for celibate men, age 16-40 [Vocations video]

Cost: £70 - to cover:
1-Accommodation: single room with en-suite bathroom, full board. The Guest Master suggests a donation of £58.75 per person.
2-Retreat Master’s expenses: a minimum £11.25 per person expected.
N.B. special reduction for students: £45 everything included.


3. Lenten Retreat (4 nights)
2-6 March 2009

Starts Monday 2nd March 2009 at 2pm –
ends Friday 6th March 2009 at 11am

Theme: "By his wounds we are healed" (Isaiah 53:5)
Retreat open to all

Cost: £169 - to cover:
1-Accommodation: single room with en-suite bathroom, full board. The Guest Master suggests a donation of £155 per person (individual discount granted on request).
2-Retreat Master’s expenses: a minimum £14 per person expected.


Schedule: Silent retreat (inside the premises); meals with table reading on the theme of the retreat or music; includes a one-hour conference in the morning and in the afternoon; coffee-break; walks around the Abbey; possibility of private meeting with the Retreat Master and of confession; daily Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman rite; other devotions possible (Rosary, meditation).

Possibility of attending some of the monks prayers (Douai Abbey is a community of monks of the English Benedictine Congregation).

Location: Douai Abbey, Upper Woolhampton RG7 5TQ, Berkshire, United Kingdom (about 1 hour west from London). Website:

By car: Douai Abbey is situated 1 mile north of the A4 about half way between Reading and Newbury in Berkshire. The turn off the A4 is about 6 miles from M4 Junction 12.

By rail: the nearest station is called MIDGHAM, but it is actually in Woolhampton village: trains from London Paddington, Reading & Newbury. A lift from and to the railway station can be arranged directly with the Guest Master (tel.: 0118 971 5399).

The building is equipped for wheel chairs.

Booking and contact: Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP, 179 Elgar Rd, Reading RG2 0DH, Berks – Tel.: 0118 987 5819 – E-mail: malleray[at] Website:

N.B. Your payment will take place at the Abbey during the retreat. Deposit has already been paid. No other payment required.

To make a donation to help others – especially students – attend the retreat: please use contact above (£ cheques made payable to "FSSP England" – please mention then "Retreat Sponsoring". Thank you very much).