|Pope Francis confirms the liturgical identity of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter|
His Holiness Pope Francis has confirmed the liturgical identity of the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter (see below). Deo gratias for such a response from heaven to your prayers!
We note that:
The meeting of the FSSP superiors with the Holy Father took place during our Novena of Preparation of Worldwide Solemn Consecration of the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Further, the Decree confirming our liturgical identity is dated 11th February, the Feast of the Apparitions of Our Lady in Lourdes, and the day of the Worldwide Solemn Consecration of the FSSP. Therefore, after God almighty our gratitude goes to the Immaculate Mother of God, the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The news was released on 21st February when First Vespers of the Feast of the Chair of Peter occur, it being a First Class Feast in our Fraternity. Thus we also must express our gratitude to our Patron St Peter the Apostle, and must pray further for his successor Pope Francis.
In thanksgiving therefore, we invite you to attend Holy Mass tomorrow, especially if you live near an FSSP Mass centre. At St Mary’s Warrington Holy Mass will be sung tomorrow on Tuesday 22nd February at 12:10pm, followed by a sung Te Deum. We invite all who live at a distance to pray with us via LiveMass.net.
Reminder for members of the Confraternity of Saint Peter: plenary indulgence tomorrow at the usual conditions.
Although we all must pray further for any clergy and laity to benefit from the riches of the Roman traditions of the Church, the communiqué below must strengthen the hopes of all loyal Catholics.
Official communiqué of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter
Fribourg, February 21, 2022
On Friday, February 4, 2022, two members of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, Fr. Benoît Paul-Joseph, Superior of the District of France, and Fr. Vincent Ribeton, Rector of St. Peter’s Seminary in Wigratzbad, were received in private audience by the Holy Father, Pope Francis, for nearly an hour.
During the very cordial meeting, they recalled the origins of the Fraternity in 1988, the Pope expressed that he was very impressed by the approach taken by its founders, their desire to remain faithful to the Roman Pontiff and their trust in the Church. He said that this gesture should be “preserved, protected and encouraged”.
In the course of the audience, the Pope made it clear that institutes such as the Fraternity of St. Peter are not affected by the general provisions of the Motu Proprio Traditionis Custodes, since the use of the ancient liturgical books was at the origin of their existence and is provided for in their constitutions.
The Holy Father subsequently sent a decree signed by him and dated February 11, the day the Fraternity was solemnly consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, confirming for the members of the Fraternity the right to use the liturgical books in force in 1962, namely: the Missal, the Ritual, the Pontifical and the Roman Breviary.
Grateful to the Holy Father, the members of the Fraternity of St. Peter are in thanksgiving for this confirmation of their mission. They invite all the faithful who feel close to them as a spiritual family to attend or join them in prayer at the Mass tomorrow, on the feast of the Chair of St. Peter, and to pray for the Supreme Pontiff.
Decree of Pope Francis confirming the use of the 1962 liturgical books
The Holy Father Francis, grants to each and every member of the Society of Apostolic Life “Fraternity of Saint Peter”, founded on July 18, 1988 and declared of “Pontifical Right” by the Holy See, the faculty to celebrate the sacrifice of the Mass, and to carry out the sacraments and other sacred rites, as well as to fulfill the Divine Office, according to the typical editions of the liturgical books, namely the Missal, the Ritual, the Pontifical and the Roman Breviary, in force in the year 1962.
They may use this faculty in their own churches or oratories; otherwise it may only be used with the consent of the Ordinary of the place, except for the celebration of private Masses.
Without prejudice to what has been said above, the Holy Father suggests that, as far as possible, the provisions of the motu proprio Traditionis Custodes be taken into account as well.
Given in Rome, near St. Peter’s, on February 11, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, in the year 2022, the ninth year of my Pontificate.
Source : www.fssp.org
Photo: Fr. Paul-Joseph (left) and Fr. Vincent Ribeton (right) with Pope Francis – © Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter
St Mary’s Shrine Church Bulletin
27 Feb- 12 Mar 2022 (fortnightly)
Smith Street, Warrington, Cheshire, WA1 2NS, England
Served by the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter by appointment from the RC Archdiocese of Liverpool.
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In Residence: Fr Gerard Quirke (FSSP candidate); Visiting Priest: Fr Andrew Jolly;
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Daily Holy Mass readings: www.divinumofficium.com/cgi-bin/missa/missa.pl
Sundays: 8:30am to 7:00pm
3 Sunday Holy Masses 9:00am, 11:00am & 6:00pm;
Sung Vespers & Benediction 5:00pm; Confessions 8:30am-8:55am, 10:30am-10:55am & 5:30pm-5:55pm
Weekdays: 9:00am-7:00pm (Confessions 11:40am-12:05pm; Holy Mass 12:10pm)
Saturdays: 9:00am-7pm (Eucharistic Adoration 10:00am-12noon, with Confessions 10:05am-11:45am; Holy Mass 12:10pm); Sung Vespers 6:00pm
Holy Rosary Mon-Fri 11:30am; Sat 11am; Sun 4:30pm
Stations of the Cross Mon & Fri, 1:00pm
Mothers’ Prayer Group: Wed 1:00pm
Church & Priory Court car parks for Shrine visitors
Also, free 2hrs parking at ASDA across the street.
Organ practice Thu, Fri 2pm-4pm
Bookshop Unit 3 Open Sun 12:25pm-1:00pm.
Daily Holy Mass online with homily: on LiveMass.net > Warrington: Sun 11:00am; Mon-Sat 12:10pm, and the same on demand 24hrs after 3pm upload for weekday Masses, and over 7days for latest Sunday Mass.
All must dress modestly in church out of reverence for God and of respect for fellow-worshippers. Sunday best should be worn by all on Sundays and feasts: suit and tie for men and boys, dresses for ladies. Men keep their heads uncovered within church; women are encouraged to wear a scarf, hat or mantilla.
To receive Holy Communion: one must be a Catholic, in the state of grace, one-hour fasting at least. In the traditional liturgy, Holy Communion is received kneeling (unless unable to) and always on the tongue. Thank you in advance.
Kindly switch OFF your mobile phone before you enter our church.
Safeguarding: If you have concerns about children or vulnerable adults, please contact the Archdiocesan Safeguarding Department: email@example.com or 0151 522 1013, or speak with Clare Fraser, St Mary’s Safeguarding Officer. Thank you for your awareness.
BRING last Palm Sunday’s PALMS by Tuesday 1st March to be burnt for ashes for Ash Wednesday.
Support our children’s Catholic education! Promote and attend the OPEN Day of Regina Caeli ACADEMY Warrington on Sat. 5th March 11am-2pm. Already half a dozen families have moved to or near Warrington over the past year to benefit from our liturgical, devotional and educational opportunities. More families are willing to follow. The Academy is an essential feature of our educational mission. Come and meet staff, parents, children and chaplain. 11am Presentation; 12:10pm Holy Mass with homily by Academy Chaplain Fr de Malleray; 1pm Shared lunch and further Q&As. Book www.rcahybrid.org.uk/info.
Whether or not you have children to send now, we would be very glad to meet you at our RCA Warrington Open Day on Saturday 5th March next. We welcome new children, parents, staff and benefactors. Come and meet our staff, parents, children and chaplain.
- 11am: Presentation;
- 12:10pm: Holy Mass with homily on education by Academy Chaplain Fr de Malleray;
- 1pm: Shared lunch and further Q&As.
Please register at www.rcahybrid.org.uk/info.
Even though you might not be present here on 5th March, please sponsor Academy children, making a donation to our St Mary’s Warrington Education Fund – email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Academy is an essential part of our educational mission. Some of our families have children in ordinary schools. Others are home educators.
Our NEW picture album is here. (All pictures belong to St Mary’s Warrington Regina Caeli Academy.)
A growing number of parents nationwide are realising that the Catholic faith is not successfully passed on to their children at school. In no few cases, relativism and even immorality are inculcated to the little ones. Unsurprisingly, only a tiny minority of children still practice their Catholic faith in teenage and after.
How then can parents better fulfil their duties as primary educators of their children, they wonder? In conscience, most find that they should no longer send their children in such schools. For various reasons however, many parents rule out homeschooling as beyond their capabilities.
The Academy offers a viable solution: two full days taught by qualified teachers in the classroom, and another two days taught by parents at home following the RCA curriculum and material all laid out for them in advance. This leaves time to the mother for work or other activities, while children benefit from learning as part of a social group two days a week (Mondays and Thursdays). Extracurricular activities are being envisaged at St Mary’s if we have enough children interested, such as dance and football. In addition, parents who so wish can attend our Wednesday Home Education Group. The latter includes shared lunch after our daily 12:10pm Holy Mass, classes taught by a priest and by parents, junior Choir, recreations and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Some mums also enjoy our Monday morning Toddlers’ Group.
Educating the Saints of Tomorrow
Justin Bozzino, trustee of Regina Caeli Academy UK, presents the Regina Caeli Academies
Solution for Catholic education?
Regina Caeli UK is a centre for home educators enjoying pastoral support from the Fraternity of St. Peter. We meet on Mondays and Thursdays to offer a Classical curriculum to children, delivered by professional teachers in a classroom setting. On the other days of the week, parents receive lesson plans, supply lists and help from the tutors so all the children complete the same curriculum. In that way, we offer a hybrid solution to parents who are attracted to the flexibility of homeschooling but appreciate the community, support and accountability that comes from the academy days.
Regina Caeli UK is an affiliate of Regina Caeli in the USA, which has grown rapidly since its launch in the United States in 2003, and is now operating in 23 locations across the country, with thousands of children educated. The management of Regina Caeli have been extremely generous with their time and resources, and we are able to draw on a great deal of experience, which continues to prove invaluable. In particular, their curriculum, which is designed for the hybrid model, is excellent, and covers not just arts but the sciences too. Thanks to local expertise, we have been able to make the relevant parts more UK focused (think Thomas More rather than Thomas Jefferson).
RCA in the U.K.
A group of parents opened a centre in Bedfordshire in September 2019 and, thanks to the efforts of local laypeople and the FSSP, we opened another in Warrington in September 2021. By the grace of God, both centres are growing and thriving, attracting interest from potential families and tutors alike. In addition many families have moved to both Warrington and Bedfordshire because of the communities building up there, often basing themselves around the FSSP chaplaincies. That provides an ideal “ecosystem” for children, and also their parents, to grow and develop in the Faith.
The FSSP provide chaplaincy to both the Bedford and Warrington centres. In Bedford, that means parent formation days, and monthly centre Mass, with altar server training and confessions for children and parents. In Warrington, being located at St. Mary’s shrine, the opportunity for daily prayer is open to RCA pupils, staff and prayer as well as daily Mass once the children are old enough. More generally, the Catholic ethos of the curriculum and all staff mean that children are given an ideal environment in which to flourish.
The Regina Caeli curriculum, along with every other Classical curriculum, follows the American system of examination. So, at the age of 18, pupils will gain a High School diploma and take the SAT tests – both a SAT Reasoning test and, if they wish, one or more Advanced Placement (AP) subject exams. Both SATs and APs are accepted by all major U.K. universities, but there is nothing stopping pupils from also taking UK qualifications should they so wish.
What parents say
Parents say that we give them a community of like-minded educators, providing practical and moral support to equip our children for the world of tomorrow using “the best that has been thought and said.” The children, moreover, appreciate the chance to have “class mates” with whom they can act in plays, play sports, and perform recitals of poetry and music.
We continue to welcome applications to our Bedford and Warrington centres from those who would like to join as parents or as tutors; the deadline for those is 1st May 2022. Should you wish to know more, please get in touch or sign up via the website, www.rcahybrid.org.uk, or follow us on Facebook, where you can see some wonderful videos by the talented Peter Jones of “One of Nine.”
Meanwhile, please do keep the families, staff and trustees in your prayers as we attempt to give these children the very best education possible.
House-finding Novena to St Joseph: 24 Feb-4 March
A seventh family within the past 12 months is now moving to Warrington, from Berkshire this time. But finding a place to rent or buy is proving difficult. Let us pray together the Litany of St Joseph daily (after public Shrine Mass) for the Protector of Families to secure good homes for our newly arrived families and for more who wish to move here.
500 weekly visits to St Mary’s Shrine Church: half on weekdays and half on Sundays. Thank you, Cleaning Team!
Dowry Mag Winter Issue now in print and online: fssp.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/2022-02-07-Dowry-52-OnLine.pdf. Read about how heroic Poles during WWII can inspire us today. The battle for Catholic education. Elizabeth Prout. God through modern telescopes. Lenten meditation.In this issue:
Westerners in 2022 can learn from the heroic fidelity demonstrated by Catholic Poland during WWII and later. Hoping against hope, a generation of young Catholic men and women stood up for their faith and country both at home and abroad. We British and Irish Catholics must love deeper Christ, Our Lady, Holy Church and the saints; and gather together in order to save our souls in the present and forthcoming trials. At the heart of the current battle is the education of our little ones as God’s children.
Editorial: It Is Happening – St Mary’s Academy
Fr de Malleray explains why education is central to his Fraternity’s mission, now implemented through the hybrid Regina Caeli Academies in Bedford and Warrington. Four years after it was indicated as the aim of the successful Priory Campaign, the “Village Option” has become a necessity for families to survive and pass on the faith to their children.
Educating the Saints of Tomorrow
Justin Bozzino presents the hybrid model of the Regina Caeli academies, successfully adapted from America for UK families. He invites families to register for the Warrington Open Day on Saturday 5th March (11am-2pm): www.rcahybrid.org.uk/info.
Heroic Poles in the Battle of Britain
Richard Kornicki reminds us of the crucial role of Polish pilots in the Battle of Britain. Air Officer Commanding RAF Fighter Command Hugh Dowding said: “Had it not been for the magnificent material contributed by the Polish Squadrons and their unsurpassed gallantry, I hesitate to say the outcome of Battle would have been the same”.
Young Women reflect on the Warsaw Uprising
Dowry asks two Polish young women settled in England how they relate to the heroism of a late fellow-Pole Cecylia Wolkowinska portrayed in her autobiography When the Summer Ended (written in collaboration with Joanna Bogle), from her youth in free Poland after WWI until the Nazi invasion of her country and the heroic uprising against the occupier in 1944. What inspiration, what lessons can young people in 2022 Britain learn from their heroic forebears fighting for freedom?
A Polish Army liberates Monte Cassino
Mark Kudlowski pays tribute to the determination of the Polish units who first reached the world-famous Abbey of Monte-Cassino eventually freed from Nazi occupation. Since Europe was civilised largely by the Benedictines stemming from Monte-Cassino, this victory over the anti-Christian forces of Adolf Hitler can inspire us in our third-millennium struggle for the Christian civilisation.
Elizabeth Prout, Mother Teresa of Manchester
Rosalind Starkie reviews Edna Hamer’s book on the Venerable Elizabeth Prout (1820–1864), Foundress of the female branch of the Passionist Order in Victorian England. A convert, Elizabeth Prout brought solace, education and hope to many women, girls and families suffering under inhuman conditions in the slums of Manchester during the Industrial Revolution.
A Bigger God
James Gillick shows that modern telescopes have given men a better idea of the magnitude of the cosmos. This humbles the wise, but terrifies the proud. They react with violence and manic ambition at the expense of true culture and spirituality. Christian artists and thinkers must depict anew the splendour of the Saviour for the benefit of mankind.
Meditations on the Stabat Mater
Religious superiors and theologians express their interest for the medieval liturgical sequence displaying the sufferings of the Blessed Virgin Mary at the foot of the Cross on Good Friday. A commentary on the Stabat Mater just released by CTS can be a good companion for the forthcoming Lent.
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Pro-Life: Thank you for White Flower Appeal for the protection of unborn children on Sunday 16th January last, which raised £243.48. An official thank you statement from SPUC is posted at the back of the church.
Several of our young adults are attending the SPUC Youth Conference this weekend in Stone, with Fr de Malleray and Deacon Evans.
Sat 26 Feb: Intention for the 10am-12noon Eucharistic adoration: the end of abortion. Pro-lifers will meet in the parish room after Holy Mass, in connection with the beginning of the Forty Days for Life Campaign. Contact Gabrielle to take part this Lent: 07895128073 / Liverpool40daysforlife@gmail.com.
First Communion Class begins this week: attendance subject to prior booking with Deacon Evans.
Adult Catechesis most Saturdays: email Deacon Evans.
Congratulations to Fr Gerard Quirke who is starting this month as a Postulant to join the FSSP. Clergy and congregation welcome him as part of the St Mary’s Shrine, where he has been assigned for the foreseeable future. Following formation at Maynooth Seminary in Ireland, Fr Quirke was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Tuam in 2018. After some time of discernment, he sought permission from his Archbishop to try his vocation with the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter. FSSP Superior General Fr Andrzej Komorowski assigned him in Warrington, and local Ordinary Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP of Liverpool granted him pastoral faculties.
Quiet time before Mass from 11:50am: as requested by some, now 15mins silence before daily Mass, in between Holy Rosary and Angelus (now at 12:05pm).
Roof leaking: Strong winds delayed scaffolding and repair. Thank you for the money raised and donated.
Thank you for helping us through the Offertory collection and standing orders. While the overall income is still far from covering the actual expenses of the Shrine, it is comforting to see how generously you respond. God bless you all.
Support St Mary’s Shrine: send your donation via our Donate page: https://fssp.co.uk/donate/. Ask us for a Gift Aid form to increase your donation by 25% at no extra cost to you. Gift Aid envelopes can be obtained from our Secretariat. Standing orders are easier and quicker for us to process than cash: Lloyds Bank ;
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Account name: FSSP Warrington
Just arrived: Stabat Mater booklets. Bring £3.50 in cash to bookshop in Unit 3 and receive your copy after 11am Sunday Mass. (Also: new Baronius hand missals at £35.00)
English Conversation Classes have started for anyone, especially our new parishioners from Hong Kong, Poland or elsewhere. In a relaxed setting for an hour over a cup of tea, coffee and snack. Individuals, couples and families, all welcome. Most Tuesdays after the 12:10pm Mass in Priory Court Unit 1. Contact Alison firstname.lastname@example.org.
Latin Classes for beginners have started at St Mary’s weekly, by qualified teacher. Ideal to understand better the Holy Liturgy and everyday prayers such the Our Father and Hail Mary. Contact Samuel: email@example.com.
Now 548 subscribers to St Mary’s YouTube channel: Homilies for Sundays and major feasts are uploaded regularly. Visit youtube.com/channel/UC_NVY7jpDIhANiwjng1gN0w. Thank you to our LiveMass/YouTube operators.
Penance Reminder: Catholics 14+ must abstain from meat every Friday; Catholics 18-59 must fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Fast currently means: one full meal a day plus up to two snacks which altogether do not amount to another full meal.
Every Catholic must receive Holy Communion at least once a year, preferably at Easter; following Sacramental absolution.
Confessions times: kindly come as advertised, not later.
While as you know we clergy do our very best to answer your needs for this sacrament generously even outside of the advertised times, we also are sometimes left without penitents for a while during those times. You will help the smooth running of the many Shrine activities if you do your utmost to come during advertised times. Daily-Mass-goers are kindly requested to come to Confession on weekdays rather than on Sundays, leaving more time for penitents who can only travel here on Sundays. Thank you.
Prayer list: Rachel Eriksson, James H., Tim Wright, Michael Leacy, Wendy Moss, Bill Conder, Greta Doyle, Dorothea Wallace, Deryck Sankey, Michael Meadows, M. Hawley, Theresa Reynard, Hilda Creagan.
|HOLY MASS INTENTIONS: Other Mass intentions are applied at Private Masses. Kindly ask Fr Stewart for details.|
|Sun||27||Quinquagesina Sunday (St Joseph Novena for Houses)||II||9:00am||Wladyslaw Zielinksi|
|5pm Vespers and Benediction of the||11:00am||All St. Mary’s Faithful|
|Blessed Sacrament||6:00pm||Paul, Helaina and Family|
|Mon||28||Feria (St Joseph Novena for Houses)||IV||12:10pm||Zygmunt Szczesiak|
|Tue||1||Feria (St Joseph Novena for Houses)||IV||12:10pm||Conversion of family|
|Wed||2||Ash Wednesday: Blessing of ashes before midday Mass;||I||12:10pm||All St. Mary’s Penitents|
|imposition of ashes before either Masses (all welcome) +Nov||7:00pm||Men of the parish|
|Thur||3||Feria, Commemoration of St Aelred (St J. Novena for Houses)||III||12:10pm||Theresa Doyle|
|Fri||4||Feria (End of St Joseph Novena for Houses)||12:10pm||Alan & Angeline|
|First Friday, Votive Mass of the Sacred Heart||III||7:00 pm||Mr & Mrs Hall|
|Sat||5||First Sat Imm. Heart – Academy Open Day 11am-2pm||III||12:00 am||Christina Clarke|
|Adoration & Confessions 10:00am-11:45am; Vespers 6pm|
|Sun||6||1st Sunday in Lent||I||9:00am||Henry Walker|
|5pm Vespers and Benediction of the||11:00am||All St. Mary’s Faithful|
|Blessed Sacrament||6:00pm||Anthony O’Shaughnessy|
|Mon||7||St. Thomas Aquinas, Confessor, Doctor: 2nd class FSSP||II||12:10pm||Tomas Cizas|
|Wed||9||Ember Wednesday||II||12:10pm||John Sunderland RIP|
|Adoration & Confessions 10:00am-11:45am, Vespers 6pm||7:00 pm||All St. Mary’s Penitents|
|Fri||11||Ember Friday||II||12:10pm||Holy Souls|
|Sat||12||Ember Saturday||IV||12:10pm||Valentine Connell|
|Adoration&Confessions 10.00-12.00 Vespers 6pm|
|Sun||13||2nd Sunday in Lent||I||9:00am||Joanne Robinson|
|5pm Vespers and Benediction of the||11:00am||All St. Mary’s Faithful|
|Blessed Sacrament||6:00pm||Thelma Tennis RIP|