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.