Wednesday, 29 February 2012

International Youth Pilgrimage to Chartres

Perhaps one of the most important youth events of the year, has been lauded as the largest annual gathering of young people outside of World Youth Day.

The three-day Pilgrimage goes from the the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris to the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Chartres.

8,000 youth are expected from all over the world. If you'd like to get more details check out or who are offering £100 bursary to anyone between 16 and 30 years of age.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Mass at Milton Manor on Saturday 11th Feb

For those with cars, and supposing that the snow holds off, there is a rare chance to see a sung Mass in the private chapel at Milton Manor House, Milton, Abingdon. OX14 4EN. If you are an altar server, and are available, please do get in contact with us.

Some splurge on Milton Manor: 

The estate was purchased in the mid-16th century by a London goldsmith and the present house was probably built by his descendant, Paul Carlton, shortly after his marriage in 1659.

The architect is not known but it may well have been the London builder, John Jackson, who moved to Oxford in the 1630s to superintend the construction of the Canterbury Quadrangle at St John's College.

In 1764 the property was purchased by Bryant Barrett, lace maker to George III. The next year he commissioned Stephen Wright, master-mason in the Office of Works, to add wings and provide further service accommodation in outbuildings to the north.

 The wings contained a Roman Catholic chapel and library but because Catholicism was still officially banned in England the exterior of the wings was kept deliberately plain. The interiors, in contrast, were decorated in elaborate Gothic style.

From this period onwards there have been no major alterations to the house and the property has passed by descent to the present owner, Anthony Mockler-Barrett.

Friday, 3 February 2012

Events in Reading

We are looking for a new events co-ordinator for the Reading area: Great rewards! - can you, or do you know somone who can help?

Some upcoming events in the Reading University area:

Sunday 5th February there will be a Polyphonic Sung Mass at St William of York at 11am. The Mass will be accompanied by a professional chior singing Victoria's Missa dominicalis and Du Fay’s motet Ave Regina caelorum. After the Mass will be an opportunity to meet with other members of Juventutem.

Importantly, though a bit late, tonight there is a prayer group for men only at the Rectory (St John Fisher House) 17 Eastern Avenue, Reading RG1 5RU at 7pm. The prayer group starts with Mass and then is led by Father Leworthy (see photo below, on the left)

Tomorrow (4th February) there is a prayer group for ladies only at St William of York Church (RG1 5JT - just next to the campus), from 10am with a public Mass at 11.20am and then packed lunch afterwards. The prayer group is led by Father de Malleray (see photo below, on the right)

Father Leworthy and Father De Mallery, the  priests flanking, the central celebrant (Father Barker).

Saturday 10th March,  there is a "Pilgrimage" to Our Lady of Caversham, okay so it's only over the Thames, but did you know...
  • The Shrine of Our Lady of Caversham, that is at the Church of Our Lady and St Anne, Caversham, is the Diocesan Shrine of Our Lady in the Archdiocese of Birmingham?
  • That it was a Medieval shrine, which dated from Saxon times, was venerated by English kings and queens up to Queen Catherine of Aragon?
  • That the restored shrine was solemnly consecrated in 1958, with a fine Medieval Virgin and Child?
  • That the shrine image was crowned by Papal mandate in 1996 (JPII)?

...and it's right there on our doorstep! So now you have no excuse to attend! The Mass will start at 11.30am and there will be a Gregorian Chant Schola (if you've never heard of that, there's another reason!).

Juventutem Bristol

Fr McCarthy offering Mass at Holy Cross, Bedminster
Juventutem Bristol: Good news! Juventutem has returned to Bristol. Regular events have been booked for the rest of the year, and details will be published in due course.

It is hoped that there will be Sung Masses and High Masses in future, as well as recollections. There will also be social events.

The first event will be a Low Mass on Wednesday 08 February 2012 at 6.30pm at Holy Cross, Dean Lane, Bedminster, Bristol, BS3 1DB. The celebrant will be Fr Andrew Goodman, and there will be an opportunity for a social gathering after the Mass.

Details of future Masses and social events will be published in the near future. For further information please visit: or email:

Please spread the word and encourage people to come along.

The Mass is open to anyone of any age. (It is only the social events that are designed for 18-35 year olds).

Juventutem London: Rosary at Tyburn for the conversion of Europe, Wed...

Juventutem London: Rosary at Tyburn for the conversion of Europe, Wed 15 February:
Our Lady presenting the Rosary to St Dominic
"There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot solve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary. With the Holy Rosary we will save ourselves. We will sanctify ourselves. We will console Our Lord and obtain the salvation of many souls."
~ Sister Lucia of Fatima

Join Juventutem London on Wednesday 15 February as we pray the Rosary for the conversion of Europe at Tyburn, a site where at least one hundred and five martyrs gave their lives in witness to the truths of the Holy Catholic Church.

We will meet at 6.30pm in The Relic Chapel at the Tyburn Convent, 8-9 Hyde Park Place,  London W2 2LJ

Father Marcus Holden will preach beforehand and lead the Rosary. During the fifth mystery of the Rosary we will walk to the site of the Tyburn Tree and conclude the Rosary there with a blessing from Father Holden.

All our welcome to come and join us in the Rosary.

Afterwards there will be a social at The Carpenters Arms pub for those aged 18-35, with an exception for priests and religious. The Carpenters Arms itself has a wonderful connection to the martyrs:

    "The gallows itself subsequently consisted of two uprights and a cross-beam, erected on the morning of execution across the Edgware Road, opposite the house at the corner of Upper Bryanston Street and the Edgware Road, wherein the gallows was deposited after being used; this house had curious iron balconies to the windows of the first and second floors, where the sheriffs sat to witness the executions. After the place of execution was changed to Newgate, in 1783, the gallows was bought by a carpenter, and made into stands for beer-butts in the cellars of the 'Carpenters' Arms' public-house, hard by."


Join us as we unite our prayers with Our Lady and the English Martyrs for the conversion of Europe.

"I pray God that my blood may increase the Catholic faith in England."
~ Blessed George Haydock, executed at Tyburn, 12 February 1584.

Nuptial Mass in Bath

St John the Evangelist, Bath
We're very happy to announce that two of our members will be getting married at the Church of St John the Evangelist in Bath on Saturday 4th February at 2pm.

Most of us Juventutem'ers will be attending, and the Mass is open to the public.

All of us express our heartiest congratulations to the two lucky spouses! May God bless them both abundantly.

How to find a Catholic husband or wife

Retreat on the Sacrament of Matrimony, Open to All
23 JANUARY 2012

We all agree on the necessity of promoting the family as an institution, so badly attacked in our modern world.

For us youth, it is really important to support this too, we need to be pro-active in discerning our vocations, which means meeting other young men and women and being courageous. No one ever got married by sitting around wishing to get married, after all.

We're very blessed to have a local retreat specifically on this subject, reflecting on the riches of this sacrament will enable us to appreciate it better, for our own benefit whether we are married, single, on the journey towards marriage or not, it's simply a great way to learn more about it.

For this reason, Fr de Malleray FSSP, is hosting a retreat at Douai Abbey on 24-26 February on the theme: ‘The beautiful sacrament of Matrimony’.

Starts Friday 24th February 5pm (arrival from 4pm) – ends Sunday 26th February 2012 (departure from 4pm). Please note: depending on your working hours and means of transportation, later arrival or earlier departure times should not prevent you from attending.

Location: Douai Abbey, Upper Woolhampton, Reading, Berkshire, RG7 5TQ, England. Abbey website: Nearest train station (1.2 mile): Midgham (between Reading and Newbury).

Cost: Substantial discounts granted by Abbey: please contact the FSSP if money is an obstacle. Or: £150/person for single room or £120 for shared room, full board, including VAT.

Booking: please send a £30 deposit to the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter, St John Fisher House, 17 Eastern Avenue, Reading RG1 5RU, Berkshire, England or Tel: +44 (0)118 966 52 84 for more details.