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] for more details. P.s. Is it clear what I mean by [name of blog] 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 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], 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] .

God bless.