Tuesday, 30 June 2009

upcoming events - July

Wednesday 1 July 2009
Holy Hour - Prayer for Priests
7.00 - 8.00pm, St Mary's RC Cathedral, Broughton Street, Edinburgh

Sunday 5 July 2009
Mass of thanksgiving

4pm, Old College of Scalan, nr Tomintoul


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

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Cappa Magna in use again

by Gregor Kollmorgen

From the Scottish Catholic Observer comes this interesting report:

Cardinal Keith Patrick O’Brien received a great welcome as he arrived as the Papal Legate of Pope Benedict XVI at St Columba’s Church Long Tower on the feast of St Columba and the centenary of Long Tower.
Cardinal O’Brien arrived in cappa magna, seen in Derry for the first time since Vatican II. The particular cappa magna worn by the cardinal initially belonged to Cardinal Heard, the first Scots-born Cardinal appointed since the Reformation. The cappa magna then passed on to Cardinal Gray — then to Cardinal Winning — and now is in the possession of Cardinal O’Brien with this solemn event being the first occasion on which he has worn it.
Rev Thomas Philip Donnelly (senior priest of the diocese), Pontifical Mission to the Papal Legate, and Rev Michael Canny (Administrator, St Eugene’s Cathedral) accompanied the cardinal.

(Read the entire report at the site of the Scottish Catholic Observer here)

While the cappa magna is not a strictly liturgical vestment, it is still a part of the prelatial choir dress, and perhaps the one that most vividly typified the prelatial dignity. That its use has been taken up again by Cardinal O’Brien may be taken to show the ongoing influence of the re-assertion of a hermeneutic of continuity in the Church, which is also shown by a passage of the Cardinal's homily, reported by the observer:
Cardinal O’Brien said that the centenary celebrations were part of the ‘great river of Christianity of which the late Pope John Paul II spoke in the Year of Columba 1997.
That river of Christianity began with the birth of Jesus Christ; it has continued through the centuries with the ministry of men like St Columba in Ireland and Scotland; and continues right up to our own time.’
(reproduced from The New Liturgical Movement)

Sunday, 14 June 2009

Vocation retreat with Juventutem Ecclesiastical Assistant Fr de Malleray, FSSP

Is God calling ME?
Come and discern:
Vocation Retreat (2 nights)
4-6 August 2009

Preached by Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP, Ecclesiastical Assistant Juventutem
www.juventutem.org & fssp.org.uk

Starts: Tuesday 4th August 2009 at 1pm –
Ends: Thursday 6th August at 3pm

Theme: "Ask the master of the harvest to send out labourers for his harvest." (Mt 9:38)
Retreat for celibate lay men, age 16-40 (English-speakers living in or outside the UK)
Vocations video: www.fssp.org/objet/flashpretreEN.htm

Cost: no set price (donations welcome).

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 house in beautiful countryside of Devon; possibility of private meeting with the Retreat Master and of confession. Eucharistic Adoration.
Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman rite each of the three days:
  • Tues. 3pm : St Dominic, Founder of the Order of Preachers;
  • Wed. 11am: Dedication of St Mary of the Snows;
  • Thurs. 11am : Transfiguration of OLJC.
Location: in Axminster, Devon (between Exeter and Yeovil).
By car: near A35, south of M5.
By rail: Axminster station: trains from London Paddington, London Waterloo, etc. A lift from and to the railway station can be arranged, also from the London area.

Booking and contact: Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP, 179 Elgar Rd, Reading RG2 0DH, Berks – Tel.: 0118 987 5819 – E-mail: fij_malleray at fssp.org
Website: www.fssp.org.uk

To make a donation to help others – especially students – attend the retreat: please use contact above (£ cheques made payable to "FSSP England" – please mention "Retreat Sponsoring". Thank you very much). FSSP England is a registered charity no 1129964.

Friday, 5 June 2009

Dominicans 'Keep the Door Open' in Edinburgh

from Godzdogz

This year the celebration of Pentecost in the University Parish of St Albert the Great, Edinburgh, was a little different. Bringing the entire community together for a single weekend Mass, an unprecedented chapel project, ‘Keeping the Door Open’, was launched. The project is to build a new chapel for the growing community and so increase the capacity of the existing space. This is the largest community project in the history of Edinburgh University Catholic Chaplaincy.

Fr Bruno Clifton OP, Assistant Catholic Chaplain (and a former Godzdogz contributor, pictured left), writes that 'the parish filled the nearby Convent of Mercy, St Catharine’s, to mark the Feast together, acknowledging our unity in the Holy Spirit in preparation for the largest building project the Parish has ever undertaken. The Chaplaincy has been served by Dominicans since 1931, and the Provincial, Fr John Farrell OP, presided and preached at the Mass'.

The Prior and Parish Priest of St Albert the Great, Fr Tim Calvert OP, spoke of the task ahead as an opportunity to bring the growing community together. ‘There are many communities surrounding the Chaplaincy: students, alumni, staff and parishioners who feel at home with the Dominicans. At Pentecost we are called to recognise our deeper unity in the Spirit and this project is a tangible means of expressing this unity.’

In honour of the special event the Parish commissioned some new music. Fr Bruno composed a motet, Veni Sancte Spiritus, which received its premiere at the Mass. More information about the project can be found at keepingthedooropen.op.org