Friday, 4 November 2011

John Pridmore gives witness to Catholic youth in Reading

John Pridmore will be coming to give his witness to Catholic youth in Reading on November the 10th. If you don't know John, he is one of the most impressive miracles Our Lord has worked recently. In his former life he was a notorious London drug gang thug, the Blessed Lord worked a spectacular miracle to call him away from the darkness and into the light of the Catholic Faith. It is worth listening to. He's written an autobiographical book called "from Gangland to Promised Land".
John will be speaking at Christ The King Catholic Church, 408 Northumberland Ave, Reading, RG2 8NR.
Friday November 11th at 7.30pm (they will start 7pm with "Praise and Worship" - which I doubt anyone from Juventutem would want to attend, but his talk would certainly be worth it)
This is a non-ticket – donations only event!

For further info contact Liz Tanner by email liztanner1@hotmail.co.uk or tel 0778 055 3077 (after 1pm)

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Catholic events - This week in Reading

Catholic events this week in Reading
Firstly Mass Times: (what could be a more important event than Mass?!)
We have the huge feast and day of Holy Obligation on Tuesday, but here is the list of Masses at St William of York Reading, all celebrated in the Traditional Tridentine Rite of Mass.

Monday 31st October (feria): 7.20pm
 
Tuesday 1st November (ALL SAINTS –
Holy Day of OBLIGATION - 1st class feast): 11.20am; 7pm: Sung Mass
 
Wednesday 2nd November 2011 (ALL SOULS - 1st class feria):
10.30am, 11am, 11.30am: three successive Low Masses (bring packed lunch and stay with us in parish hall after Mass);
6pm, 6.30pm: two successive Low Masses;
7.20pm: Sung Requiem
 
Thursday 3rd November (votive Requiem): 7.20am
 
Friday 4th November (S. Charles Borromeo B C): 7.20am
Important event St Bruno Group Prayer group of for Men. Mass at St John Fisher House at 7pm, followed with conference by Fr Simon Leworthy and packed supper, then: prayer with optional confession and spiritual direction.
 
Saturday 5th November (Feast of the Holy Relics): 11.20am
Important event St Margaret Clitherow Prayer for Ladies: 10am: conference by Fr de Malleray on The Holy Angels; 11.20am Low Mass; 12.15 packed lunch; 1.15pm: prayer with optional confession and spiritual direction. Any ladies from age 16 welcome.

Sunday 6th November (Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost): 11am: sung Mass

Monday, 24 October 2011

A Mission Statement

I AM A PART of the Fellowship of the Unashamed.
The die has been cast. The decision has been made. I have stepped over the line. I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away or be still.
My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, and my future is in God’s hands. I am finished and done with low living, small planning, the bare minimum, smooth knees, mundane talking, frivolous living, selfish giving, and dwarfed goals.
I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, applause, or popularity. I don’t have to be right, first, the best, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded. I now live by faith. I lean on Christ’s presence. I love with patience, live by prayer, and labor with the power of God’s grace.
My face is set. My gait is fast, my goal is heaven. My road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions are few, my Guide is reliable, and my mission is clear.
I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded, or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of adversity, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.
I won't give up, shut up, let up or slow up until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, and spoken up for the cause of Christ.
I am a disciple of Jesus. I am a Catholic. I must go until He comes, give until I drop, speak out until all know, and work until He stops me. And when He returns for His own, He will have no difficulty recognizing me. My banner is clear: I am a part of the Fellowship of the Unashamed.

Adapted from the original (author unknown) by Patrick Madrid.

Catholic men - two very important dates for your diarys

For you Catholic men, here are two very important events coming up soon. Two things that I have had much to say on, the spirit of service and vocation. I really believe it is so important for us younger men to bear witness to our faith especially to our parish communities. I have read some really good posts on CatholicScout and listened to some excellent talks by Peter Kreeft on the subject.

Certainly when I first heard about these events, I felt that "Oh I don't need to go to that" or the resistance to "getting involved" as though learning to serve the Mass would necessarily mean I would contract the disease of herpes-like obligation to do so! Nothing could be so far from the truth. In fact I would thoroughly recommend going, just to learn more about the beauties of our Faith!

The first event is the Residential Altar Servers weekend from the 18th to the 20th of November, at the FSSP house here in Reading.

The second event for any man who wants to call himself "observant" and "faithful" is the vocations weekend from the 16th to the 18th of December, at the same location.

To find out more details check the FSSP Tridentine Events page.

Advent Retreat for the Traditionally Minded

For anyone who wants to find a retreat with the Traditional Mass, and some silent recollection, here is your answer.

Father de Malleray FSSP will be leading a weekend retreat at Cold Ash near Reading (RG18 9HU) from the 2ns-4th of December. Please see their Tridentine Events schedule for more information.

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Annual National Retreat for young Catholic adults

The annual national retreat for young Catholic adults is coming up next weekend.

It is an event any self-respecting Catholic shouldn't dream of missing. It's a great place to meet young Catholics from all over the country, with time for quiet prayer, Mass as we love it and guidance from the UK's best retreat guide Fr de Malleray FSSP (well at least in my humble opinion!). On top of that there's great socials in the evening too.

There will be a contingent of those who went to World Youth Day attending too, so there will be plenty of tales to be told too.

If you have not signed up yet, head on straight away to the YCA website for booking the annual national retreat for Catholic youth and get in contact to sign up.

The national retreat for young Catholics at Douay has a special place in my story, it was a place that I genuinely laughed my heart out, I had some classic moments in the kitchen, it was a place where I met friends who have walked with me ever since, good friends, it was a place where I was genuinely touched and inspired by preaching that I have never heard in any parish Church or Cathedral for that matter, and where I felt really welcome. It will remain with me. Go, see for yourself!

Finding a Catholic Social group near you!

Good to be back everyone, World Youth Day was an experience not to forget and don't worry there will be a report up soon!

Just a quick post really to say our Catholic Social group will be meeting after the 11am Sunday Mass (4th September) at the Church of Saint William of York on Upper Redlands Road (see map). We'll meet after Mass and decide whether we all want to pack into my flat to catch up on the last few weeks events! Bring snacks!

Looking forwards to catching up with everyone!

P.s. Juventutem at WYD got press in most of the mainstream newspapers and blogs, you can hear about the inside story of the prayer vigil in front of the WYD/Papal protesters.

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

World Youth Day group

Catholics around the world are getting ready for us!
We're getting down to the final few days before the international Juventutem retreat in Bilbao, and then on to World Youth Day (or as someone aptly pointed out Week).
As the main contributor to this blog, I will be going, I hope to find an Internet connection and update the site while I'm out there, but if you don't hear anything for two weeks, that will be why.
There are about 11 or 12 people from the UK going including 4 from Reading which is great! I'm sort of ready, just need to wash some clothes and do some ironing! Aside from that I am really looking forwards to the event.
Someone pointed out to me that I was going there for a purpose; for others. Believe it or not I had been mostly thinking about what I was going to be getting out of it, the thought that God was bringing me to this event for a specific reason for someone else was quite, well, awakening. It's a beautiful way to think about it.
As for any events in Reading while we are gone, there are still some pro-active members remaining in Reading who are eager to get something organised, so please do get in touch with us (our email is the name of the blog, all one word @gmail.com)

Monday, 25 July 2011

Catholic social group report

  Our Catholic social group met up Thursday night for a wonderful evening. The delights of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in all it's traditional glory, was like a fresh mountain breeze blowing through the high-alpine meadows bedecked in their spring-time splendour. A breath of fresh air indeed!

  Afterwards we retired to St John Fisher, where we were cordially greeted by our beloved pastor (and door keeper) Father de Malleray. The kitchen was briefly overrun, before the tide was turned and everyone was promptly evicted to allow the cooks to continue preparations.

  The social group had a quick tour of the Chapel by Father, before being called to table, and what a gathering we were! One Priest, one Brazilian, one Basingstokian (recently defected from Reading), and seven Reading faithful (and not-so-faithful), one of our separated brethren, oh and yours truly.

  Grace was said, and the cook promptly informed everyone of the order of play, starters: stuffed chillis, main course: burritos with a choice of home made salsa, mild or only mildly insanely hot. Desert was perhaps the most spectacular with homemade cheesecake, a selection of quickly demolished cheeses and a berry crumble (and guess who left the cream in their fridge at home).

  All were catered for, and all were satisfied, so much so that some desert remained! The evening was such a mix of dialogue, delight and fellowship it was very special to see our budding Catholic social group together in all it's joviality.

  We look forwards to the next event! The weekend is looking particularly fine weather so I will look to organise a picnic and volleyball among other games in Palmer Park for Sunday after Mass, it will also be one of the last opportunities to get together before a lot of us bundle off to Bilbao for the International Juventutem retreat and then go on to World Youth Day, to really show them what for! So please join us if you can.

God bless.

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Adoration and social for young Catholics in Reading

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction this Thursday will be followed by a Juventutem dinner and social at St John Fisher House, 17 Eastern Avenue.

Adoration starts at 7pm for an hour at St William of York Church and then we will be gathering at St John Fisher house around 8ish for a meal and social (see map for meeting point and/or contact us at [name of blog]@gmail.com for more details. P.s. Is it clear what I mean by [name of blog]@gmail.com? I put it like that so that we don't get spammed, post a comment if it is not, cheers - Webmaster.)

Please let me know if you can make it as I will be making Burritos for everyone and I need to know the numbers in advance!

What's my vocation in life?! Find out here.

A vocation discernment weekend is being held at St John Fisher House in Reading on 22-23-24 July for Catholic men between 18 and 35 years of age.

The reason I mention this is, that having been on it myself, and been searching around and not knowing really which way to turn, this weekend was for me a massive turning point in my life. It was a genuine relief to finally get some clear teaching and direction on the matter. It was a fantastic joy to spend time with other Catholic chaps who were serious about their faith, it was a truly great weekend. I would recommend it even to those who think the priesthood is not for them.

It starts on Friday 22nd July at 6pm and ends mid-afternoon Sunday 24th July and will be led by Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP. Check out the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter UK website for more details on their events and how to get in contact.

World Youth Day excitement!

Around 50 young Catholic adults from the UK will be joining Juventutem international for a two week excursion which will include World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid. As far as I know there will be at least 3 from Juventutem Reading joining the group from the 9th until the 21st of August in Spain.

A huge opportunity not to be missed, sounds absolutely incredible, a week in Bilbao with hundreds of youth all traditionally minded from all over the world and then off to Madrid to show them how to really do it!

If you are interested in joining us please visit www.juventutem.com for information on various options and prices. And a tip, do it quick as time is running out!

There is a UK coordinator for Juventutem; Teresa Nevard if you want more details please get in touch with us on our email [name of blog]@gmail.com, or go to the traditional Latin mass FSSP website and contact them, for her details.

There is a Facebook page so look it up!

Young Catholic Adults retreat at Douay abbey

The retreat for Young Catholic Adults is coming up on the 9th-11th September, so it is time to start thinking about getting the time booked in your diaries and getting in contact with Damian Barker.

Personally I attended this retreat three years ago and made some very good friends as a result (nod to Teresa and Seth among others). It was an excellent time of some seriously good laughter (ref: Sacramentals), some profound teaching, deep prayer and great fruits. It is an excellent opportunity to meet other likeminded Catholics, and it's not necessary to be more Catholic than the Pope, everyone is welcome.

Check out the Young Catholic Adults website for the upcoming catholic youth retreat at Douay abbey on the weekend of the 9th of September.

Young Catholics Pilgrimage to Walsingham, Juventutem to attend LMS pilgrimage

The ultimate Catholic Social for any young adults has to be walking pilgrimages. Personally I have made the pilgrimage to Walsingham many, many times, I have met people there who have become life-long friends (nod to Dave and Patricia and the many others). For me it is a time of laughter, fellowship, song, deep prayer, time alone and time together. I never really judged pilgrimages, as I had no idea what one was when I first was asked if I would like to go, I simply responded "Sure, why not" and a week or so later I was on my first pilgrimage in France, Notre Dame de Paris to Notre Dame de Chartres. The experience changed my life, as I know it has done for so many people.

So on the 26th to the 28th of August the Latin Mass Society is making it's annual pilgrimage to Walsingham, and Juventutem is invited. Let's try and take that "Sure, why not" attitude and turn out in force! Of course it's open to all so if you're isolated and looking to meet up with some like-minded young Catholics (you don't have to be from Reading!), come join us for a stroll to Englands most precious shrine.

Visit the Latin Mass Society website for more details on the Catholic Pilgrimage to Walsingham

Juventutem London: Summer Recess

Juventutem London: Summer Recess: "Juventutem London shall be taking a well-earned rest over the Summer, which means that there will be no official Masses or socials in July ..."

News and apologies

Catholic Youth Group Reading Juventutem has been a little quiet on the blog of late, though we have had some informal meetings, it has been quiet, and I certainly need to give my apologies on that point.

The last few events for us have included departures and welcomings we said goodbye to Bernadette and Marie-Stella who return to their respective homelands and we have welcomed the "Basingstoke crew" who have brought our numbers up again.

One of the main organisers has now finally settled into his new place so we'll be looking forwards to his imput into getting events organised and the site being updated a bit more often.

Juventutem now have a volleyball set and we'll be looking forwards to setting a date for a games day (when the weather is nice!), and there is much call for a film or games night, so if you have any further ideas or would like to know how you can help out please get in contact with us by email, [name of the blog]@gmail.com .

God bless.

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Upcoming Event for young Catholics

   The next thing on our calendar it the lamented loss of one of our very important members Bernadette who will be returning to Austria soon, so we will be having a little good-bye meal after this coming Sunday Mass (5th June Mass at 11am St William of York). Please email us directly for more information.

   Secondly, our apologies for a "quiet" May, a lot of us have been busy with work, or have had changes in our lives, that have perhaps taken more precedence over organising events for others. I hope to say that shall change! If you are interested in how you can help us out, please get in touch. Our email is the same as the website URL with @gmail.com in the place of .blogspot.com, or leave a comment.

  Help is particularly needed in getting another sports day organised for the 15th of June, but any ideas and feedback in the meantime is gratefully appreciated. And please remember this initiative in your prayers. Many thanks.

Lastly this Thursday (2nd June) is the First Class Feast (and former day of Holy Obligation) of Ascension. Mass is at 7:20pm and is followed by an hour of Adoration, this is a fantastic opportunity, not to be missed. Hope to see you all there!

Excursion to London our Catholic youth group report

   Saturday 28th of May was a very special day. After much preparation and organisation (a lot thanks to Lauren), the FSSP Parish Excursion to London got underway.

   It was great to see five of our core members on the trip, and those that could not make it were missed, but what an amazing day. I'm not quite sure how many attended, so correct me if I'm wrong but I thought in the region of 40, which is a great turn out.

    The first port of call was the Wallace Collection, which I was very impressed by. The art tour by Father de Malleray was fascinating and his insight, profound, and to see so many of the children from the parish joining in answering questions, was a delight to warm any heart.

   From the Wallace Collection, we walked across town to Marble Arch and the famous Tyburn Convent where we had a little time in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, followed by a tour of the Martyrs Crypt below the chapel. It was inspiring, and challenging, to see the relics of some of the men and women who gave their lives to witness to the Truth of the Catholic Faith.

  From Tyburn we went our separate ways to have lunch, some for picnic in the park, some for more hospitable surroundings. Throughout there was a wonderful spirit of fellowship and joy.

   We then returned to St James Spanish Place, in preparation for the first Solemn High Mass of Father McCarthy, which was the zenith and purpose of our visit to London. And it did not let us down, with Byrds Mass for Three Voices, it was as though we were transported into bliss. If anyone could have looked around, it is quite possible that they would have seen a lot of awed faces. The Liturgy was indescribably beautiful.

   After Mass Father McCarthy gave his first blessings and we had a huge celebratory buffet downstairs. Mingling with newcomers, old familiar faces and our many dear fellow parishioners of St William of York made the finale to the day very special indeed.

  After all was done, back on the bus we got, speaking for myself, exhausted, but deeply content and grateful.

  Thank You God for Father McCarthy, the FSSP who trained him and have served us here in Reading, to Lauren for coordinating and for all who made that day so special, may we have many more like it!

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Report of the Excursion to London

Saturday 28th of May was a very special day. After much preparation and organisation (a lot thanks to Lauren), the FSSP Parish Excursion to London got underway.
It was great to see five of our core members on the trip, and those that could not make it were missed, but what an amazing day. I'm not quite sure how many attended, so correct me if I'm wrong but I thought in the region of 40, which was a great turn out.

The first port of call was the Wallace Collection, which I was very impressed by. The art tour by Father de Malleray was fascinating and his insight, profound, and to see so many of the children from the parish joining in answering questions, was a delight to warm any heart.



From the Wallace Collection, we walked across town to Marble Arch and the famous Tyburn Convent where we had a little time in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, followed by a tour of the Martyrs Crypt below the chapel. It was inspiring, and challenging, to see the relics of some of the men and women who gave their lives to witness to the Truth of the Catholic Faith.

The Wallace Collection
  From Tyburn we went our separate ways to have lunch, some for picnic in the park, some for more hospitable surroundings. Throughout there was a wonderful spirit of fellowship and joy.

   We then returned to St James Spanish Place, in preparation for the first Solemn High Mass of Father McCarthy, which was the zenith and purpose of our visit to London. And it did not let us down, with Byrds Mass for Three Voices, it was as though we were transported into bliss. If anyone could have looked around, it is quite possible that they would have seen a lot of awed faces. The Liturgy was indescribably beautiful.

   After Mass Father McCarthy gave his first blessings and we had a huge celebratory buffet downstairs. Mingling with newcomers, old familiar faces and our many dear fellow parishioners of St William of York made the finale to the day very special indeed.

  After all was done, back on the bus we got, speaking for myself, exhausted, but deeply content and grateful.

  Thank You God for Father McCarthy, the FSSP who trained him and have served us here in Reading, to Lauren for coordinating and for all who made that day so special, may we have many more like it!

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Catholic Socials upcoming

Today for those who wish, there will be an opportunity for a quiet riverside walk from The Bull, Sonning, towards Henley at 2pm.

Last night an excellent idea was put forward, that individual members can volunteer to take on and organise a certain weekend, much as Dave did for the sports day. Some ideas that have also come from the woodwork, Tony suggested a Guitar Hero night at some point (sadly not next weekend), Charlie suggested a climbing/camping trip, Fr De Malleray suggested another evening at St John Fisher House, Marie-Stella was eager to do something too, and there was huge clamour for a full day of sports, picnic lunch, and barbecue dinner. So please step up to the bat!

Lastly thank you all for last weekend's sports day. A special thank you to Dave for being the man behind it, Veronica and her family hosting the awesome barbecue, Lauren for the bits and bobs brought along and everyone else who put in the effort to come. May it be the first of many.

Of the weekend someone said "Just a small comment: I had a brilliant time; the weather, location and company were all perfect. Can't wait to do it again." Sums it up.

Monday, 18 April 2011

Juventutem Oxford: Juventutem Bristol gets own blog

Juventutem Oxford: Juventutem Bristol gets own blog: "Juventutem Bristol now also have their own blog and shall be commencing regular events after Easter. Please pray for the sanctification..."

Catholic youth group for rounders and a barbecue amazing success

Our Catholic Social group met up on Saturday for a very enjoyable afternoon indeed. A game of rounders in Prospect park with 7 aside followed by a huge slap-up Barbecue, the food was fantastic! Hot dogs, burgers, curried chicken, salad, you name it! There was even Ice-cream offered at the end, though there were grumbles from the Lenten fasters! All-in-all the evening was a massive success and won't be forgotten quickly.

As this week is Holy week, we thought it best to have something low key on Saturday, so for those who would like there is an opportunity for a walk, perhaps a picnic if the weather is right. So far, Mapledurham, the Ridgeway and the Sonning-Henley Thames path have been suggested. Please get in touch if you are interested in joining us. Our email address is the same as our blog address just minus the .blogspot.com and put @gmail.com!

Events for the future, in a fortnights time there is a tentative Guitar-Hero (karaoke) night hopefully at Tony's place. There is also the idea of a Cultural night, where we all bring a little cuisine from foreign places. And there was huge support for a proper sports day with picnic at midday and barbecue afterwards. Any more ideas are most welcome!

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Reading Catholic Social - Bowling report

Reading Catholics certainly know how to make a special evening!

The afternoon started with some fear and trepidation as a car which was supposed to have the three guys turned up at my house with only the driver. I'm glad to say that the seven ladies really showed us guys up!

We gathered for bowling at 4pm, with teams of five on each side. With laughter, embarrassment, seriousness and carefreeness it was a truly great evening. The no-ZXCVBNM's Team beat the no-N's Team in the first round, but the no-N's contested the result, and with Toy's performance in the second round I would say it was fair to crown them the winners. And if you were wondering about the team names, they were the letters that didn't work on the consoles! - makes for inventive bowler names!

We organised to go for a meal at Nando's afterwards, and met up with another member there, swelling our numbers to a record-breaking eleven. Let's hope and pray the trend continues! The meal was fantastic, the dialogues even better and the company, nothing less than the best!

A ladies night has been arranged and is now fully booked, but the next official event will be in a fortnight's time. If the weather is good, we shall be going to the park for a barbecue and rounders. If the weather is not on our side we shall have a film night. Feel free to organise events in the meantime, just drop us an email with your ideas

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Catholic Social at St. John Fisher House, Reading

The wonderful feast of Saint Joseph was rounded off with a hearty meal at Saint John Fisher house. Eventually we were 9 at table, a great evening with a great group.

For the meal, we had melon for starters, then Thai green curry for main course, and Greek yoghurt, honey and banana for desert.

We then had a guided tour of St John Fisher house, followed by a short prayer of Thanksgiving in the chapel with the Priests. They duely disappeared and we filled the evening with laughter playing Mafia and chatting.

Thank you for all those who made the evening so special, and for those who missed out, we hope you can join us next time for some bowling!

Please pray for Juventutem and for those who find it difficult to overcome the obstacles that stand in the way of attending (be it personal fears, vanity or external circumstances), that they may have the inspiration and assistance from God in overcoming them. Until then, God bless!

Friday, 18 March 2011

Upcoming Events - Catholic youth group meetings

Here's our events schedule for your diaries.

Saturday 19th March - Dinner and Social at St. John Fisher house.
Saturday 26th March - clashes with Lenten retreat at Douai Abbey, so no event planned, please do try to attend the Lenten retreat contact us or the FSSP for details.
Saturday 2th April - Bowling. 4pm at Reading Bowl. RG31 7SD. Transport can be arranged.
Saturday 9th April - Talk by Father de Malleray.

I would like to encourage any Catholic youth to get in touch by email, what we will start doing is circulating an email so that people can post when they are available and it would also be an opportunity to brainstorm more ideas.

For those who are not going to be able to attend the Lenten Retreat (please do try), please get in touch as those who do not go may organise an informal social (to a pub?) or something.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Young Catholic adults Mass and Adoration. Gearing up for the weekend.

This Thursday evening there is a 7pm Mass followed by Adoration at St. William of York. What a great opportunity to give testimony to our Faith. If you can make it, let's try and turn out in force.

If you are not able to make it, please pray for Juventutem Reading (even just one Hail Mary, go on, it hasn't hurt yet!), and if you can, then please remember Juventutem before Our Blessed Eucharistic Lord!

It's a wonderful way to prepare for this weekends meal, on Saturday. Please contact us at our email address (same as the URL just @gmail.com in the place of ".blogspot.com") if you are interested in joining us for the meal on Saturday, so far we are expecting 8!

Monday, 14 March 2011

Catholic Social: Film night in Sonning, Reading

A privileged few gathered at 6pm in Sonning last night, after the dialogues and a late arrival, we eventually sat down to watch the FSSP's new film, Men Apart.

None of us had seen it, we watched open-minded, and were pleasantly impressed. A film of the genre and calibre of modern documentary films like Earth. Men Apart, was certainly a film apart, well worth the watch.

We rounded the evening talking and laughing about life as it confronts us, going away happily satisfied that Juventutem Reading is alive, vibrant and growing, good friends and good times.

Our next event will be a cooked meal at St. John Fisher House, please RSVP in advance.
If anyone would like to borrow the film, or organise another film night please contact us by our e-mail address.

Sunday, 13 March 2011

New Juventutem events for Catholic youth

Our next official event will be a film night in Sonning (if interested in attending please email us for details) at 6pm Sunday 13th March. We will be watching the new film by the FSSP called "Des hommes à part".

 The next will be based upon feedback of positive "reservations".
 Saturday March 19th, at St John Fisher house at 6pm we shall gather for a cooked dinner followed by fellowship (and perhaps some board games). Please notify in advance regarding allergies. Friends are welcome. RSVP.

  We hope very much to "sponsor" our own Solemn High Mass at some point in the future like the other Juventutem groups have done in London and Oxford, please remember the intention in your prayers.

  Please keep the feedback of new ideas so that we can plan events well in advance, even if you cannot attend please help us to provide something for those who can.

  And remember, the best and most useful thing one can do for Juventutem Reading is to pray for it. Please remember this initiative in your prayers.

  Bookmark our blog, so you can keep up with events!

OTHER JUVENTUTEM/YOUTH EVENTS

8th of April at 6:30pm, at Corpus Christi Church, Maiden Lane, London, the London Juventutem meet for Solemn High Mass followed by social (see Juventutem London for details).

LMS Pilgrimage to York click for details.

June 11th - June 13th Pilgrimage to Chartres, Juventutem UK will be attending and it would be wonderful to have some representatives from Reading (email for details)

26th-28th August LMS walking pilgrimage to Walsingham

9th-11th September Young Catholic Adults (Juventutem UK) retreat at Douay abbey, see Young Catholic Adults website for details.

Monday, 7 March 2011

Inaugural meeting of Catholic Youth in Reading: Juventutem goes to the movies.

The first meeting of Juventutem Reading started with a visit to The Rite, a movie starring Anthony Hopkins.

I suppose one could say that the Famous Five turned up (we were five and we were the first) to watch this film about a young man who, attempting to escape the drudgery of life at home, enters seminary.

His absence of faith however leads him to the point of abandoning his studies, but a twist of circumstances sees him flown to Rome where he meets Father Lucas, an Exorcist.

The story was a powerful and accurate, if not a little Hollywood-ised, presentation of some of the Truths of our Faith. We all went away, fine picking at the film, but satisfied, for all in all, it was a great evening spent together with new-found friends.