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FOR YOUR DIARY: BLESSED TANSI PILGRIMAGE

“BLESSED TANSI PILGRIMAGE TO LEICESTERSHIRE AT MOUNT ST BERNARD

The annual Pilgrimage in honour of Blessed Cyprian Iwene Tansi for the year 2014 will be held at

• WHERE: Saint Bernard Abbey,
Whitwick Coalville,
Leicestershire
LE67 5UL

• WHEN : Saturday, 30th August

Mass starts at 11am and there will also be a Rosary Procession and Blessing of the Sick.

• For more details and coach bookings please contact 07882106037.”

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Posted by on August 15, 2014 in For your diary

 

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“WE’RE BEING GOVERNED BY BARBARIANS”

“It seems to me quite barbaric that the Government should be considering reducing child benefit for larger families.

Under a proposal put forward by the think tank Policy Exchange, child benefit would be cut after the third child, and all state payments limited to four children. This, the think tank claims, would save £ 1 billion over five years. It would also contribute to the Government’s plan of cutting £ 12 billion from the welfare budget by 2020.

Larger families would see their benefits gradually reduced; and it would, in effect, ‘cap’ the number of children parents might have.

Regrettably, there is considerable public support for this measure: 83 per cent of Tory voters, and more than half of Labour and Lib Dem voters appear to agree that larger families should be deprived of child benefit.

But then the British public tends to be remarkably budget-minded when it comes to considering ethical issues. I once participated in a radio debate about the death penalty, and the majority of callers were overwhelmingly in favour – ‘because it would save money’!

We need to do something to reverse the growing prejudice against large families, who are often seen as ‘welfare scroungers’, rather than people deserving of support. And maybe the long-term, practical argument is the best one in this context: in an ageing society, large families are serving the future, not taking away from the present. Who will pay society’s pensions in times to come? The children born today.

Yes, it is sensible to suggest parents act responsibly in raising their kids and to provide for them as best as they can. But all families need social support, and that’s a message we ignore at our peril.”
– This article by Mary Kenny was published in “The Catholic Herald” newspaper, issue July 25 2014. For subscriptions please visit http://www.catholicherald.co.uk (external link).

 

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FOR YOUR DIARY: CARIBBEAN CHAPLAINCY PILGRIMAGE TO AYLESFORD

“CARIBBEAN CHAPLAINCY PILGRIMAGE TO AYLESFORD

This takes place on

• SATURDAY, 3rd AUGUST 2014,

with Mass being celebrated by Bishop Howard Tripp at 12noon and Rosary and Benediction at 3.30pm.

÷ All are welcome ÷

Feel free to make your own way to Aylesford, or to book onto a coach please contact 020 8355 6615 .”

 
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Posted by on July 21, 2014 in For your diary

 

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RAISING AWARENESS OF THE CATHOLIC HISTORY OF THE ISLE OF WIGHT

“ISLE OF WIGHT
CATHOLIC HISTORY SOCIETY

Patron – Bishop Declan Lang
– Bishop of Clifton

The society is one of the largest (Deanery based) Catholic History societies in England. It seeks to promote and raise awareness of the Catholic history of the Isle of Wight.

The society arranges talks, pilgrimages and guided tours of churches. It has produced a number of booklets on the various aspects of the Catholic history of the Island.

Guided tours of Quarr Abbey are held on Tuesdays in July and August at 11.00am; and tours of St Mary’s Church in Ryde High Street are on Wednesdays at 12 noon. Separate arrangements can be made for groups and schools.

For further information contact 01983 566740 or 01983 812127 or visit http://www.iow-chs.org [external link].”

 

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ABOUT ST JOHN JONES, COURAGEOUS WELSH PRIEST AND MARTYR

12th JULY: ST JOHN JONES, COURAGEOUS WELSH PRIEST AND MARTYR

“St John Jones, also known as John Buckley, John Griffith or Godfrey Maurice – was a Welsh Franciscan priest and martyr.

He was born in Clynnog Fawr in Caernarfonshire (Gwynedd) into a courageous Catholic family who remained faithful to the Church even at the height of the Protestant Reformation.

When John was a boy he entered a strict Observant Franciscan friary at Greenwich. When it was dissolved in 1559 [by the Protestant forces] he moved to Pontoise, where he professed his vows. He later travelled to Rome and stayed at the Aracoeli friary. While in Rome John joined the Roman province of the Reformati, a yet stricter branch of the Friars Minor.

In 1591 he asked to join the English Mission. Despite the evident risk to his life, his superiors agreed and he received a blessing and commendation from Pope Clement VIII.

John arrived in London towards the end of 1592 and laboured in different parts of the country. His brother Franciscans elected him their minister provincial.

In 1596 a spy told the priest-catcher Richard Topcliffe that John had visited two Catholics and celebrated Mass in their home. Although it was later revealed that the two Catholics were in prison at the time the Mass was alleged to have been celebrated, John was arrested, scourged and tortured.

He was then imprisoned for two years.

On July 3 1598, John was tried on the charge of ‘going over the seas in the first year of Her Majesty’s reign [1558] and there being made a priest by the authority from Rome and then returning to England contrary to statute’. He was convicted of high treason and sentenced to be hanged, drawn and quartered.

His execution was delayed by an hour because his executioner forgot to bring the rope. He used the spare time to preach to the crowd and answer their questions.

He was executed on what is now the Old Kent Road in south-east London. His dismembered body parts were fixed on top of poles on roads leading to Newington and Lambeth.

He was beatified in 1929 by Pope Pius XI and canonised on October 25 1970 by Pope Paul VI.”
– This article was published in “The Catholic Herald” issue July 4 2014. For subscriptions please visit http://www.catholicherald.co.uk (external link).

 

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“I FIRST WANTED TO BE A NUN WHEN I WAS SIX YEARS OLD AND GOD’S CALL NEVER LEFT ME”

“A woman who has nurtured a religious vocation since she was a girl of six years old has finally made her monastic profession as a Tyburn Nun.

Sister Marie-Joseph Newsome was clothed in the white robe of the Adorers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus of Montmatre OSB at Tyburn Convent, London.

Her sisters, Sharon and Wendy, travelled from their native Auckland, New Zealand, to attend the ceremony.

Sister Marie-Joseph, 33, entered the Tyburn Nuns in New Zealand in January 2007 when she was 26. Her monastic profession ends a journey which began as a child but is also the start of a new quest for perfection.

‘MONASTIC PROFESSION IS AN IMMOLATION OF OUR WHOLE BEING…’

She said: ‘Monastic profession is an immolation of our whole being which, made with love, is extremely pleasing to God.

‘It becomes for those who remain faithful to it the starting point towards perfection and an unfailing source of spiritual blessings.’

She continued: ‘I first wanted to be a nun when I was six years old and God’s call never left me.

‘At first I thought I was called to be a missionary nun so I remember when I was nine years old starting to practise hard for missionary life by wanting to wash myself with just a bucket of cold water and to sleep on the floor… but God had other plans.’

Sister Marie-Joseph added: ‘Coming to England as part of my formation has helped me grow in my vocation.

‘It is good to be on the spot where our Mother Foundress, Marie Adele Garnier, lived and died and also where the Tyburn martyrs gave up their lives for God.’

‘AN UNFAILING SOURCE OF SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS’

The chief celebrant at the Mass for the monastic profession was Bishop Denis Browne of Hamilton, New Zealand, who travelled more than 12,000 miles just for the occasion.

The profession involved Mother Xavier McMonagle, Mother General of the Tyburn Nuns, expressing the charism of the order, asking, among other questions, if Sr Marie-Joseph was willing to persevere in her vows ‘until death’ and if she would ‘strive constantly for the perfect love of God and of your neighbour’.

To each question Sister Marie-Joseph responded: ‘I am.’

She then lay prostrate before the altar while chantresses sang the litany of the saints. The Mother General read out the formula of profession and placed it on the altar where it was signed by Sister Marie-Joseph.

‘TRUST IN GOD’

The nun then sang out her trust in God before the altar with her arms extended before she was consecrated by Bishop Browne.

The white cowl, crucifix and ring were blessed and Mother McMonagle then dressed Sr Marie-Joseph in her new robe.

The crucifix was presented to her by the bishop and the ring placed on her finger by the Mother General, followed by the kiss of peace before the liturgy of the Eucharist.”
– This article by Simon Caldwell entitled “Sister has come a long way to fulfil dream of being a nun” was published in “The Catholic Universe” issue Friday 27th June, 2014. For subscriptions please visit http://www.thecatholicuniverse.com (external link).

 

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FOR YOUR DIARY: THE PROCESSION OF FAITH BEDFORD

“DIOCESE OF NORTHAMPTON

THE PROCESSION OF FAITH BEDFORD

Procession, through the streets of Bedford,
led by Bishop Peter Doyle

• WHEN : Sunday 27 July 2014

• WHERE: leaves St Joseph’s Church, Brereton Rd, Bedford MK40 1HU at 1.30pm; arriving at Bedford Park for the Open-Air Service at about 2.45pm followed by Benediction.

PRO FAITH ¤ PRO LIFE ¤ Refreshments ¤ Faith Group Stalls

• For more information contact: sue.sarsfield@ntlworld.com or 01234 409739

See websites: http://www.relicourladyofguadalupe.co.uk [external link]
http://www.northamptondiocese.org [external link].”

 
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Posted by on July 7, 2014 in For your diary

 

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