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November 24, 2023

Advent Begins! Reading Bulletin 26 Nov – 9 Dec

Here is the latest edition of the Reading bulletin. Some highlights:

  • Adoration until Midnight to prepare for Advent, Friday 1 December
  • Feast of the Immaculate Conception – Sung Mass, Friday 8 December 7pm.
  • Rorate Mass at 7am on Saturday 9 December, followed by Advent Recollection
  • Prayer for priests before the Blessed Sacrament, every first Thursday of the month.
November 8, 2023

St Mary’s Shrine Bulletin, 5-18 Nov 2023

Read the latest fortnightly bulletin here.


Fr Goddard (the new Shrine Rector) and Fr Evans (Assistant Priest) would like to express their sincere thanks for the warm and generous welcome that they have received, since moving to Warrington a week last Wednesday. Thank you, in particular, for those who organized the (unexpected!) party after the 11am Sunday Mass last week. Frs Goddard and Evans are very much looking forward to ministering to this committed vibrant community and to meeting you all in due course. Please keep them both, and all our priests, in your prayers.

Liturgical Calendar: 5-18 November 2023

October 30, 2023

All Saints and All Souls

All Saints Day (1 Nov.) is a Holy Day of Obligation – all Catholics must attend Mass on pain of mortal sin, and to the extent possible, abstain from servile works. Masses in Reading will be at 10am (Low Mass), and 7pm (Sung).

After the morning Mass, there will be a children’s All Saints party – come dressed as your favourite saint! Please bring a packed lunch and something to share.

All Souls Day is not a Holy Day of Obligation, but it is strongly encouraged that you attend Mass and pray for the poor souls in purgatory. Priests have the privilege this day of offering three Requiem Masses – three different formularies are provided in the missal. In Reading, there will be two consecutive Low Masses at 10am, and a Sung Mass at 7pm.


A reminder of the indulgences available in November, applicable only to the poor souls in purgatory:

1-8 November: a plenary indulgence is granted for visiting a cemetery and praying for the dead, if only mentally. Partial indulgences are granted to those who recite Lauds or Vespers of the Office of the Dead, and to those who recite the prayer Requiem æternam dona eis Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis (‘eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them’).

On 2 November, a plenary indulgence (applicable only for the dead) is granted to the faithful who devoutly visit a church or an oratory and recite there an Our Father and the Creed.

Only one indulgence may be gained per day. To gain the indulgence, one must be in the state of grace at the time of performing the work, and fulfil the following three conditions: sacramental confession, Eucharistic Communion (both within a few days), and prayer for the intention of the Sovereign Pontiff.

June 13, 2023


Great Catholic holiday for Boys, and Girls, in the Peak District. Organised and staffed by our Fraternity, with the help of lay staff.

Please tell your friends urgently as the deadline is looming ahead! Spread the word now!

  • The St Peter’s Summer Camp for Boys runs 7-12 August (see pics here and Facebook Event here)
  • The St Petronilla Summer Camp for Girls runs 14-19 August (see pics here and Facebook Event here)

The cost is £200 for the first child of a family attending each camp, and then £100 for subsequent children from that family.

No children to send? But can you sponsor a child? Your generosity will help us provide unforgettable holidays for more children.

There is an online booking form here. (NB this form does not include a facility for online payment. Please either send a cheque in the post to Fr Phipps, or use bank transfer as below).

Alternatively, please print off a booking form here and send to Fr Phipps, either by post or by email to fsspcamps.uk@gmail.com. A place will be reserved on receipt on the £30 deposit. NOTE there is a deadline of 1st July to receive the booking form and deposit.

Postal address:

Fr Seth Phipps FSSP
St John Fisher House
17 Eastern Avenue

Cheques should be made payable to FSSP England

Bank Transfer: please use reference S/CAMP23

Bank Name: Lloyds Bank
Sort Code: 30-93-04
Account number: 02027225
Account name: FSSP England

For international transfers, you may also need:

Bank Branch: Palmerston Rd Southsea
Bank Address: Ariel House, 2138 Coventry Road, Sheldon, B26 3JW
IBAN: GB09LOYD30930402027225
SWIFT code: LOYDGB21361

February 18, 2023

What’s on this week – Ash Wednesday, FSSP Fundraising, and Lenten Tips

19th February 2023—Quinquagesima

Sunday 19th February 

8.30 am Stephen Carroll RIP
12.30 pm Private intention

CONFESSIONS Saturdays 3 pm—5 pm

Low Mass and Imposition of Ashes on Wednesday 22nd February at 7.30 pm. There are some hints for
keeping a good Lent below.

Our prayers are with all our FSSP priests and seminarians on Thursday 23rd February, the transferred Feast of
the Chair of St Peter, which is celebrated as a First Class Feast in apostolates of the Fraternity. Members of the
Confraternity of St Peter pray daily for the priests and seminarians and have a Mass offered for them once a
year. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Confraternity, please contact Fr Phipps
(sphipps@fssp.org) for further information and to apply.

Our Offertory collection money is shared between the Parish of Christ the King and the FSSP whose priests
minister to the Latin Mass faithful. The FSSP is reliant on regular supplementary financial giving in order to
maintain their apostolate in Bedford. If you have not done so already, please consider setting up a standing
order to them. These need to be set up by you through your own bank using the following details: account
name: FSSP England (Reading); sort code 30-93-04; account number 02027330. If you are a UK tax
payer, Gift Aid forms are also available. Thank you for your generosity.

If there is the need for sacraments — baptism, confirmation, sick calls etc — please contact Fr Goddard on
telephone number 0118 966 5284 or by email: goddard@fssp.org.

Practical Suggestions for Lent – Fr Matthew Goddard
 Try to get to Mass more often during Lent.
 Try to get to Confession at least once during Lent.
 If you are not already saying a daily Rosary then Lent would be a good time to start. If you do already,
then why not take a second Rosary during Lent for the needs of others.
 The Stations of the Cross is a popular devotion which focusses us on the direction Lent leads us, namely
salvation won for us through Christ’s Passion and Death.
 Why not take up a particular prayer intention for Lent. This could be personal or for others in your life,
o For the needs and development of our FSSP Latin Mass Chaplaincy in Bedford.
o For the FSSP (the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter) and all those entrusted to its care.
o For our Regina Caeli Academy.
o For an end to abortion clinic buffer zones.

 Lent would be a good time to make an effort in spiritual reading.
 Only take on things which you think you can manage for 40 days – don’t overstretch yourself.
 Don’t choose something that will make you “crabby”, thus leading you and those around you into sin.
 Don’t give up if you slip up in your resolve, but keep starting again for the 40 days.
 If charity towards a challenging person in your life is particularly difficult, refraining from a lack of charity
and trying to get on with that person can be a greater penance and mortification than, for example,
giving up chocolate or the internet
 Consider supporting a pro-life charity, such as SPUC or The Good Counsel Network.
 Consider supporting a charity which supports persecuted Christians, such as Aid to the Church in Need.