Saturday, 25 September 2010

upcoming events - October

Saturday 1 October
Holy Mass
11.00am, ruins of Cambuskenneth Abbey, near Stirling

Saturday 9, Sunday 10 and Monday 11 October
Creator of Heaven and Earth - talk by the Kolbe Institute
  • 2pm, Saturday 9 October, Holy Ghost Fathers, 117 Newarthill Road, Carfin
  • 3pm, Sunday 10 October, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Balornock (Glasgow)
  • 6.30pm, Monday 11 October, St Andrew's Church, Belford Road, Edinburgh

Saturday 30 October
First Vespers for the Feast of Christ the King
4.30pm, St Mary's Metropolitan Cathedral, Picardy Place, Edinburgh

Sunday 31 October (last Sunday of the month)
Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament
after 11.30am Mass (Extraordinary Form),
St Andrew's Church, Belford Road, Ravelston, Edinburgh (more)


Please comment with details of further events.

Friday, 10 September 2010

Mass at Martyrs' Shrine before Hyde Park Vigil

by Fr Tim Finigan

Fr Armand de Malleray FSSP will offer Mass in the usus antiquior at Tyburn Convent on Saturday 18 September at 2pm, before the Papal Vigil in Hyde Park. The Mass will be offered for the conversion of England and will be celebrated in the Crypt which houses the Martyrs' Shrine and many relics of the English Martyrs, as well as artefacts associated with Catholic life in penal times. The picture above shows the altar in the Crypt chapel with the altar surrounded by a replica of the triple gallows at Tyburn from which many of our martyrs were hanged.

Tyburn Convent is just along Bayswater Road from Marble Arch. (Postcode W2 2LJ) Google map.

The FSSP have a registered group (now full) but will also have a second, unofficial group which will stay in the immediate surroundings of the official area to pray. For further information, contact Lauren Mills

The Vigil proper starts at 6.15pm and the Holy Father is expected to arrive about 7pm. The vigil ends at about 9pm.

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Novena for Benedict XVI’s visit to Britain starts

by Anna Arco

Parish novenas for the Pope’s upcoming visit to Britain begin today.

The Magnificat booklet of liturgies and events recommends a brief time of silent prayer followed by the prayer of preparation after Mass for the success of the visit, nine days before the visit. There is a more extended version which suggests using readings taken from the lectionary and divine office sections for the Chair of Peter and the feast of St Peter and St Paul or to simply use readings from chapters 14 to 17 of the Gospel of St John.

As another alternative, the book recommends that faithful prepare for the papal visit with evening prayer from the Divine Office or Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament outside of Mass.

The prayer of Preparation follows here:

God of truth and love, your Son, Jesus Christ, stands as the light to all who seek you with a sincere heart.

As we strive with your grace to be faithful in word and deed, may we reflect the kindly light of Christ and offer a witness of hope and peace to all.

We pray for Pope Benedict and look forward with joy to his forthcoming visit to our countries. May he be a witness to the unity and hope which is your will for all people.
We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.


Our Lady, Mother of the Church pray for us.
St Andrew pray for us.

St George pray for us.
St David pray for us.

To access the full Magnificat booklet online, go to the papal visit website to download it.

A novena is a customarily Catholic devotion which stretches over nine days and can range from a small prayer every day to a full rosary.

(reproduced from The Catholic Herald Online)

Sunday, 5 September 2010

BBC biased against Christianity

Cardinal Keith O'Brien has accused the BBC of "institutional bias" against Christianity. He said that mainstream Christian views had been marginalised by the corporation, and that a forthcoming BBC documentary about the Pope's visit, would be a "hatchet job". A spokeswoman for the BBC said the corporation refuted the allegations "absolutely".

In an interview with the Sunday Times, Cardinal O'Brien said: "detailed research into BBC news coverage of Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular, together with a systematic analysis of output by the Catholic Church, has revealed a consistent anti-Christian institutional bias.

"This week the BBC's director-general admitted that the corporation had displayed massive bias in its political coverage throughout the 1980s, acknowledging the existence of an institutional political bias."

Read more here.

Saturday, 4 September 2010

St Margaret's Schola takes a summer break

After singing every week for the Edinburgh International Festival Fringe, the St Margaret Schola is now taking a well-earned break from singing and will be back in the late Autumn. The Schola's monthly Vespers have moved to Saturday evenings at 4:30pm. There will be no weekly practices until further notice.

The calendar of events has been updated for October and November and can be viewed here.

Please contact the schola via email at edinburghschola at, or telephone (see link) if you would like to sing with us, to arrange for us to sing at a liturgical event, or to find out about more planned events for Autumn/Winter.