Sunday, 30 August 2009

upcoming events - September

Wednesday 2 September 2009
Holy Hour - Prayer for Priests
7.00 - 8.00pm, St Mary's RC Cathedral, Broughton Street, Edinburgh

Thursday 3 September 2009
Solemn Vespers and Benediction for the feast of Pope St Pius X
6.45pm, St Mary's RC Cathedral, Broughton Street, Edinburgh

Saturday 5 September 2009
Solemn High Mass (Byrd 4-part)

Brinkburn Priory, Northumberland
Rudgate Singers of York assisted by members of Una Voce Scotland; vestments provided by UVS.

Sunday 6 September 2009
Solemn High Mass
11.30am, St Andrew's Church, Belford Road, Ravelston, Edinburgh

Saturday 12 September 2009
High Mass for wedding of David Brower & Coleen
1.30pm, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Balornock

Friday 18 September 2009
Mass for Vocations [OF]
7.00pm, Convent of the Little Sisters of the Poor, Gilmore Place, Edinburgh

Saturday 19 September 2009
Una Voce Scotland AGM and Holy Mass
1.00pm, Holy Mass, Seton Collegiate Church, East Lothian
AGM, afterwards, St Gabriel's Church Hall, Prestonpans

Tuesday 29 September 2009
Sung Mass for Holy Michael the Archangel [EF]
6.15pm, FSSP Oratory, 6 Belford Park, Edinburgh


Please comment with details of further events.

Friday, 28 August 2009

Douai Abbey Weekend for 18-35 Year Olds

If you are in the 18-35ish age range, there will also be a retreat led by Fr. de Malleray FSSP (head of the international Juventutem Federation) at Douai Abbey 18-20th September 2009.

How to Book for the retreat

From as little as 25 pounds for students (or 48-88 pounds for non students) for more details, please see or email juventutemcatholicam at, or ring 07908105787.

* Douai Abbey has excellent transport links to London and its environs with a train station (Midgham – just past Reading) just 15 minutes walk away; and the A4 and M4 just down the road. Please see for directions.

Ambulance at the Foot of a Cliff

Dr Lyndsey Myskow, an Edinburgh sexual health expert argued in the Scottish Herald that the morning after pill should be available free of charge in Scotland’s schools. A spokesman for the Catholic Church in Scotland answered that "the morning after pill has been progressively distributed over the past five years. At every step the availability has been mirrored by a rise in sexually transmitted diseases, a rise in conceptions and a rise in abortions. "The morning after pill is like the equivalent of putting an ambulance at the foot of a cliff instead of putting a fence at the top."

(more here)

Better to resign

James MacMillan, the Scottish composer who is one of the Catholic world’s leading creative artists, has requested Catherine Pepinster, the editor of the Tablet, and Elena Curti, her deputy to resign. The Tablet crisis is caused by its misrepresentation of Catholic teaching on abortion and Archbishop Nichols’ views on the Latin Mass in successive editorials.

(more here)

Thursday, 27 August 2009

Nanny Wanted


Weekdays Only
Glasgow Area

Non Smoker, Driving License

Email CV to:
scoadvert at googlemail dot com

This is a really lovely young family, in urgent need of a nanny. It would be great if other bloggers could pick this up and people could spread the word. Thank you and God bless!

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Spiritual Mothers of Priests

by Fr Tim Finigan

In 2007, the Congregation for the Clergy published a document entitled Eucharistic Adoration for the Sanctification of Priests and Spiritual Maternity. It is largely a collection of reflections on the example of women who prayed particularly for priests.

Jane, who writes the blog Thoughts from an Oasis in French Catholicism, has taken up the idea of promoting Spiritual Maternity for priests with a dedicated blog Spiritual Mothers of Priests. She has been helped particularly by the advice and encouragement of Fr Mark of Vultus Christi who lives in the diocese of Tulsa, Oklahoma and spends his time in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, interceding for his brother priests. He has a helpful post: What can I do for the Year of the Priest?

It is a great source of joy and encouragement for priests to know that others are praying for them. It also motivates us to try to live a holy life in response to the generosity of others in their prayers and sacrifices. My warmest thanks, which I am sure will be echoed by brother priests, for all those who pray for priests.

(reproduced from The Heremeneutic of Continuity)

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Sisters Appeal...

by Mulier Fortis

The wonderful Sisters of the Gospel of Life are in need of baby stuff, as they're running very low on supplies. They don't need baby wipes, but they are asking for other baby toiletries, buggies, cots, baths and high-chairs. The Sisters run the Cardinal Winning Pro-Life Initiative, and have saved countless babies from being aborted by offering care, counselling and practical support to young mothers who feel they have no other option but to abort. This practical support extends to helping to find accommodation for young mothers, providing cots, prams, baby clothes and so on.

On their blog, they asked for stuff from anyone in the Glasgow area, but we know from previous experience that Amazon (UK) and Amazon are able to deliver these items, however small the order. The delivery address, if you use this option is:

Sisters of the Gospel of Life
106 Dixon Ave
G42 8EL

It is also possible to make a donation via PayPal. The button is on the Sisters' sidebar.

Finally, the Sisters are aware that times are hard, and so they ask for those who cannot afford to send anything to keep them in their prayers. So pop over and tell them that you are praying for them and the work that they do.

(reproduced from Mulier Fortis)

Monday, 10 August 2009

Clergy Retreat for the Year for Priests

by Fr Armand de Malleray FSSP

Clergy pilgrimage to Ars and Lyons, 8-12 February 2010, led by Fr de Malleray FSSP - for the Year for Priests

On August 8th, 2009, Feast (EF calendar) of St John Marie Vianney, Patron of Priests:

Reverend and dear Fathers,

On this feast of our common Patron, please accept my heartfelt wishes of peace and joy in your priestly life.

To meet among priests and ask for the intercession of the holy Curé, I have the pleasure of inviting you to a pilgrimage to Ars next year (in exactly six months) from February 8 to 12, 2010 (i.e. the week before Ash Wednesday – 17 February 2010).

(image: the shrine of the Curé of Ars)

  • Depart Monday morning 8 February 2010 from the UK, arriving in the afternoon in Lyon and reach Francheville (FSSP house on the outskirt of Lyons).
  • Return Friday morning 12 February 2010 from Lyons.
  • Our pilgrimage will be under the special protection of Our Blessed Lady, the Mother of God and the Mother of priests as the anniversary of Her Apparitions in Lourdes will occur while we are still in Lyons. (Feb. 11th).

We will be based in the beautiful St Padre Pio House run by the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter in Francheville (Lyons), less than an hour drive from Ars. Single room accommodation. Garden.

  • A full day in Ars, the climax of our stay. Possibility of offering Holy Mass in Ars. Visit of the Curé’s presbytery. Veneration of his relics.
  • One day in Lyons, original Episcopal See of St Iraeneus: visit of the Basilica of Fourvières; prayer at the place of death of St Francis de Sales; visit of the Roman amphitheatre where the protomartyrs of Gaul SS. Polycarp, Blandina, Pothinus and others suffered in 117 a.D. On a lighter note, meal in a ‘bouchon’ (traditional Lyonnais restaurant; see here).
  • We will also have conferences on priestly spirituality, including the theology of the Mass, the EF Roman liturgy and prayer life.
Price (estimate):
  • About £150 for return train ticket London St Pancras-Lyons-London St Pancras (reduction possible if we travel as a group).
  • Alternatively: Easyjet direct return flight Stansted-Lyons-Gatwick: minimum price £51 (for group ticket of 15 passengers).
  • Accommodation will be very affordable in the FSSP house - rough estimate: £30/day with breakfast + 1 main meal at least, i.e. £120 for 4 full days (4 nights).
  • To be added: transport in Lyons and to Ars. Meals outside of the house (at least twice).

Possibility of offering private Mass daily in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman rite (please bring only your alb, biretta, cingulum and linens). Compline (or one other Hour per day) in the EF of the Roman rite (please bring EF Breviary if you possess one).


please send a £120 cheque made payable to ‘FSSP ENGLAND’, posted to : Fr de Malleray, FSSP, 179 Elgar Rd, RG2 0DH, Reading, Berkshire, UK. Please include your complete contact details in the booking.

Number of places available as of today: 13.

I am looking forward to meeting you again soon and I wish you a blessed Year for Priests. With my prayer,

Fr Armand de Malleray FSSP

(image below: Priests in the Padre Pio House Chapel)