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February 13, 2018

Memento homo quia pulvis es.




Getting ready for Lent:

Fr de Malleray burns the palms from last year’s Palm Sunday…

While Fr Verrier works on his homily!

Masses at St Mary’s at 12.10pm (Low) and 7.30pm (Sung) with imposition of ashes at each Mass.

Young Adults Group, 18-35, starting in Bedford this Saturday 17 Feb

Catholic Young Adults, aged 18 – 35, are invited to a social evening this Saturday 17 Feb in Bedford. This will be the first time the FSSP are hosting such an evening in the area, so we are flexible with the programme, depending on the preferences of those who attend.

Fr James Mawdsley, FSSP will be glad to welcome you from 5pm at the church hall of Christ the King Church, Harrowden Road, Bedford, MK42 0SP. There is parking available in the […]

February 12, 2018

Devouring the Unborn

they have filled this place with the blood of innocents, and have built the high places of Baal to burn their sons in the fire as burnt offerings to Baal, which I did not command or decree, nor did it come into my mind
Jeremiah 19

The most powerful reason against abortion is God’s Sovereign ownership of every immortal spirit, of every human soul, of every creature. There is just one week remaining to add your voice defending the unborn in the consultation on ‘buffer zones’ opened up by the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, MP.

Do you wish your prayer to fly toward God?

Do you wish your prayer to fly toward God?
Give it two wings: fasting and almsgiving.

–St Augustine

Please read Bishop Peter Doyle’s thoughtful pastoral letter for Lent, exhorting: “Between now and Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, let each of us plan what we can do to pray, to fast, and to give alms.

February 10, 2018

Missa Cantata for Ash Wednesday

On Ash Wednesday (14 Feb), the 11am Mass in Chesham Bois and the 7:30pm Mass in Reading will both be Sung Masses. For those who wish to familiarise themselves with some of the chant and prayers, clicking on the images below will open links to wonderful resources. In Chesham Bois, Mass XVII will be sung with the longer Kyrie (score A) also used for the chant for the Ite missa est. A recording of the Marian antiphon, Ave regina caelorum, can be heard below.

February 7, 2018

Taking Inspiration from the Lancaster Martyrs

Today the FSSP UK priests’ meeting included a visit to Lancaster.

Image (above): close to the spot in Lancaster Castle where St Edmund Arrowsmith was held before being martyred in 1628.

Image (above): A memorial stone marking the location of several martyrdoms in Lancaster. Among those whose intercession we invoked was Bl James Bell, born in Warrington, and martyred in Lancaster in 1584 under Bloody Queen Bess.

Downhill from where the martyrs died is […]

Sacred Liturgy: a bridge between Heaven & Earth

The Sacrifice of Jesus Christ (Heb 7:27) is the Life of our Sacrifice of the Altar (Heb 9:24; 13:10) which is the source and summit of the Sacrifice of Praise (Heb 13:15)… and the Sacrifice of Praise, aka the Divine Office (the images show Lauds), channels grace for daily acts of charity to neighbours and those in need (Heb 13:16 “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.“).