Sunday, 31 May 2009

Chartres pilgrimage - sponsors required

With the annual Chartres pilgrimage under way, it's time to mention that Una Voce Scotland are sponsoring twelve students from the University of Glasgow on this pilgrimage from Notre-Dame Cathedral in Parish to Notre-Dame in Chartres (see here). The total cost is estimated to be around £1200. Donations will be gratefully received, those interested in making a donation can send a cheque to the acting treasurer, Thomas Thomson at 62 Torphin Crescent, Glasgow - please make cheques payable to "Una Voce Scotland".

upcoming events - June [updated]

Thursday 11 June 2009
Mass for Corpus Christi
6.15pm, St Andrew's Church, Belford Road, Ravelston, Edinburgh
NOTE: The procession will take place on Sunday 14 June

Thursday 11 June 2009
Mass for Corpus Christi
7.15pm, Sacred Heart Church, Bridgeton

Saturday 13 June 2009
St Margaret Pilgrimage
Culross to Dunfermline
, ending with Vespers in the Abbey
more details at

Thursday 18 June 2009
Solemn Vespers for the Sacred Heart
6.15pm, St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh

Friday 19 - Sunday 21 June 2009
Traditional retreat to Pluscarden Abbey


Please comment with details of further events, or if you would like to know more.

Saturday, 30 May 2009

2009 Saint Margaret Pilgrimage

Built by King David I of Scotland in honour of his mother, Queen Margaret, Dunfermline Abbey has been a destination for pilgrims since the time of her Canonisation. In time, a glorious shrine was built over her to only to be destroyed, like so much of Catholic Scotland, at the time of the Reformation.

Una Voce Scotland hopes that this ancient route can be revived. The Pilgrimage will begin at Culross Abbey at 10.30am on Saturday 13th June. The Pilgrimage will include portions of the Liturgy of the Hours, sung according to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman rite. There will be popular English devotions along the route and a visit to Saint Margaret's Cave, in Dunfermline itself.

  • 11.00 Terce and Itinerarium at Culross
  • 12.30 (approximately) Sext
  • 16.00 (app.) Arrive at Dunfermline. Litany of the Saints & Vespers around the Shrine of Saint Margaret.
  • 16.45 (app.) Visit to Saint Margaret's cave.
email: info at

Saturday, 23 May 2009

Recent Vespers

The Edinburgh St Margaret Schola is pleased to report that our recent Vespers for the Feasts of St Joseph and the Ascension have been most sucessful.

Our thanks must go to our officiants Fr Neil Ferguson OP (St Joseph and Ascension) and Fr John Emerson FSSP (St Joseph the Worker) and to everyone who has served and assisted at Vespers.

We are most grateful to Eoghain Murphy for sending us photographs of Vespers and Benediction for the Feast of St Joseph the Worker.

The Schola singing the psalms

The incense is placed in the thurible

Fr Emerson aproaches the altar to give Benediction.

The Schola is looking forward to its next liturgy which will be First Vespers for the Feast of the Sacred Heart on 18th June at 6:45pm. We plan to have a full compliment of six coped assistants to compliment the chant, as is fitting for such a great feast. Please see for updates and further information.

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Young Catholic Adults Douai Abbey Retreat

by Fr Tim Finigan

It is very heartening to receive news of so many different retreats and events, especially for young people. Organisers frequently tell me that they receive many bookings after a notice has been posted here, so I am happy to help.

Young Catholic Adults Douai Abbey Retreat

During the weekend of the 18-20 September 2009. Young Catholic Adults (YCA are part of the International Juventutem Federation) will be running a Traditional Retreat at Douai Abbey in the south of England. The weekend will be led by Juventutem Ecclesiastical Assistant Fr de Malleray.

Here are some particularly encouraging points to note: they show that Summorum Pontificum is working - as Fr Z says - "brick by brick."

  • For the first time Young Catholic Adults will be using the main Abbey Church for Mass
  • For the first time YCA will be organising a Missa Cantata, sung by the Douai Singers; this will be followed by a Marian Procession
  • YCA has booked out the whole of the retreat complex this year, on the advice of Douai Abbey itself, as the monks were so pleased with the YCA retreat last year
YCA will have the retreat centre to itself, and there will be a social in the evening. Fr de Malleray FSSP head of Juventutem will preach the retreat, and all Masses will be in the Extraordinary form.

There will be a Sung Mass (Missa Cantata) in the main Abbey Church on Saturday 19 September 09 at 10am. (Choir: the Douai Singers) This will be followed by a Marian Procession at 11am around the extensive grounds of the Abbey. (If the weather is poor there will be Marian devotions in the main Abbey Church.) This event will be open to the public. There are also a few rooms allocated for all age groups (not just YCA) so please book soon.

How to book

The weekend will be full-board (except for the Sunday lunch.) The cost will be from as little as £25 for students (or £48.88 for non-students). For more details, please see the notice at the YCA website or email juventutemcatholicam at Places are limited so please book early.

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Novena for 3rd anniversary of Juventutem Federation

Ad Deum qui laetificat + Juventutem meam

Dear Juventutem Friends,

Greetings in the Lord.

In 10 days (Sunday after the Ascension, 24th May) on the Feast of Our Lady Help of Christians we will celebrate the third anniversary of the foundation of the International Juventutem Federation. We invite you to pray each of the next 9 days one decade of the Holy Rosary for all Juventutem members worldwide and for the clergy supporting Juventutem.

With my prayers,

Fr de Malleray,
Ecclesiastical Assistant, Juventutem


Upcoming events:

1) Traditional international ‘Pilgrimage of Christendom’ from Paris to Chartres, France, May 30th – June 1st, 2009 (see here). Join the Juventutem chapter and walk from Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris to Notre-Dame cathedral in Chartres, together with 8,000 other young pilgrims! All Masses in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman rite. Meet with dozens of clergy and religious from the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter and other ‘Ecclesia Dei’ communities. Contact: Madeleine Readings: madeleinereadings at

2) Juventutem retreat in England, Douai Abbey, Berks., September 18-20, 2009: all young adults welcome. Preacher: Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP. Contact: Damian Barker: juventutemcatholicam at; for more details, please see here. Cost: from as little as £25 for students (or £48.88 for for non-students).

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Plenary Indulgence for the Year of Priests

According to a decree made public today and signed by Cardinal James Francis Stafford and Bishop Gianfranco Girotti, O.F.M. Conv., respectively penitentiary major and regent of the Apostolic Penitentiary, Benedict XVI will grant priests and faithful Plenary Indulgence for the occasion of the Year for Priests, which is due to run from 19 June 2009 to 19 June 2010 and has been called in honour of St. Jean Marie Vianney.

The period will begin with the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus [June 19th], "a day of priestly sanctification", says the text, when the Pope will celebrate Vespers before the relics of the saint, brought to Rome for the occasion by the bishop of the French diocese of Belley-Ars. The Year will end in St. Peter's Square, in the presence of priests from all over the world "who will renew their faithfulness to Christ and their bonds of fraternity".

The means to obtain the Plenary Indulgence are as follows:

(a) All truly penitent priests who, on any day, devotedly pray Lauds or Vespers before the Blessed Sacrament exposed to public adoration or in the tabernacle, and ... offer themselves with a ready and generous heart for the celebration of the Sacraments, especially the Sacrament of Penance, will be granted Plenary Indulgence, which they can also apply to their deceased confreres, if in accordance with current norms they take Sacramental Confession and the Eucharist and pray in accordance with the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff. Priests are furthermore granted Partial Indulgence, also applicable to deceased confreres, every time they devotedly recite the prayers duly approved to lead a saintly life and to carry out the duties entrusted to them.

(b) All truly penitent Christian faithful who, in church or oratory, devotedly attend Holy Mass and offer prayers to Jesus Christ, supreme and eternal Priest, for the priests of the Church, or perform any good work to sanctify and mould them to His Heart, are granted Plenary Indulgence, on the condition that they have expiated their sins through Sacramental Confession and prayed in accordance with the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff. This may be done on the opening and closing days of the Year of Priests, on the 150th anniversary of the death of St. Jean Marie Vianney, on the first Thursday of the month, or on any other day established by the ordinaries of particular places for the good of the faithful.

The elderly, the sick and all those who for any legitimate reason are unable to leave their homes, may still obtain Plenary Indulgence if, with the soul completely removed from attachment to any form of sin and with the intention of observing, as soon as they can, the usual three conditions, "on the days concerned, they pray for the sanctification of priests and offer their sickness and suffering to God through Mary, Queen of the Apostles".

Partial Indulgence is offered to all faithful each time they pray five Our Father, Ave Maria and Gloria Patri, or any other duly approved prayer "in honour of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, to ask that priests maintain purity and sanctity of life".

(image: Béthune's Christ the Priest, from Vultus Christi)

Monday, 4 May 2009

Petition against abortion advertising on TV

by Fr Tim Finigan

Melanie Jane has started a petition to 10 Downing Street regarding. It reads:
We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Stop abortion advertising on the television.
Further information:
Abortion is the easy way out and the young and general public need to be educated on the consequences of having sex. The government need to take action to help unite families and lower the pregnancy rate by raising the moral standards in this country. Abortion is murder.
Sign the petition.

(Deadline 14 October 2009. You have to be a British citizen or resident to sign.)