United Kingdom and Ireland
March 11, 2024

St Mary’s Shrine Bulletin, 10-23 Mar 2024

Read the latest fortnightly bulletin here.

Thank you…

…to everyone who contributed in any way to Fr Goddard’s Installation as Rector and the visit of Archbishop McMahon on Thursday. It was a happy and special moment in the life of our shrine community. The ceremony is available to watch again on our YouTube channel here.

Pontifical Benediction following Fr Goddard’s Installation as Rector on Thursday 7 March (Feast of St Thomas Aquinas)

Liturgical Calendar: 10-23 March 2024


(10-18 March)

UPDATE: The last stages of the Priory Court works continue to progress. Last weekend, some of you helped choose wall colours; and decorators have since started painting. The lift is due to be installed in the next 2 to 3 weeks, while the plans for the kitchenette have been finalised and the new flooring ordered. 

However, sadly, funding issues have not abated. In order to restart the works last autumn, we had to spend around £100,000 (the majority) of St Mary’s general funds. Within the past few weeks—because of price rises, necessary design variations and unexpected requirements to comply with regulations—we are now facing extra costs in the region of £30,000 to £35,000, which we need to find. The substantial cost overrun approaching £140,000 from our original budget was principally due to the delays from Covid, substantial increases in material and labour costs, preliminaries for works on other parts of Priory Court still to be refurbished, and other regulatory requirements. Are you able to help cover that overrun? All donations would be very gratefully accepted.

We need to pray that these extra costs will be covered. In this month of St Joseph, let us entrust the funding for the completion of phase 1 of the works—the creation of hall facilities—to his intercession. We’ll be praying a novena for this intention from Sunday 10 to Monday 18 March, in preparation for his feast on 19 March. It will be said at the end of each Mass. Please pray it at home too.