During China’s 1911 Republican Revolution or the earlier Boxer Rebellion (1899-1901), anti-Catholic militants seized a Catholic parish. They confined the Parish Priest to house arrest. From his Presbytery window he witnessed the desecration of the Church. He knew that there had been many consecrated hosts in the tabernacle.
An eleven year old girl was praying at the back of the church and the guards either did not see her or else paid no attention to her. (more…)
Many people in the Catholic world are referring to the liturgical changes at Mass, implemented on the First Sunday of Advent 2011, as the “New Missal”. Although this is a convenient way of expressing it, strictly speaking there is not going to be a new Missal (the book of prayers used at Mass). Rather, there will be a new translation from the Latin.
The translation of the Mass with which most of us are familiar was first used in 1970. There was a second edition in 1975 and a third in 2002 (which was itself amended in 2008). (There were also some reprints of each of these editions.) Most celebrations of the Mass since that period have used a version of the 1970 Missal translated in 1973. The new Missal is a translation of the 2002 edition with its 2008 amendments.
As a help Fr. Duncan has prepared 4 sheets for parish or individual groups that intoduce you to the changes you will notice the most. Feel free to download them and use them for yourselves, your family, your group or your parish.
Sheet I – The Introductory Rites – click here to download
The Diocese of Salford website has great resources for you – click here
Yesterday Fr Duncan delivered the third and final talk of his theme “Garden of Mary”.
I want to thank everyone who attended one, two or even all three talks via the internet or even live at the shrine. It was a great experience for all of us and we pretty much enjoyed it.
Now, just click the picture and you’ll see the record of the third talk.
Fr.Andrew & Benedikt
Once upon a time, there was a beggar, who used to sit at the gates of the great city. Along with all the other beggars, he would hold out his hands and beg for help and support. Sometimes people gave him a few coins, others would give him food or a little rice. He would collect the rice in the huge pocket of his shabby coat until he had enough for one warm meal. One day, the people of the city were told that a great king was passing by and he would stop at the gates to greet the people. All the citizens put on their best clothes and decorated their house with flags and banners. There was excitement everywhere as people waited impatiently for the arrival of the king. The beggar saw this as his biggest chance to get something. (more…)
Again a great audience gathered together in our humble hall at St John Fisher’s. I had the feeling it was even a bigger crowd than last time. Nonetheless I’m glad being able to tell you that all our recording stuff worked this time and we can offer a good record of the talk.
Thanks to everyone who attended the talk, whether online or offline, live at the shrine!
Just click on the picture:
Fr.Andrew & Benedikt
Wishing to encourage her young son’s progress on the piano, a mother took her boy to a Paderewski concert. After they were seated, the mother spotted a friend in the audience and walked down the aisle to greet her. Seizing the opportunity to explore the wonders of the concert hall, the little boy rose and eventually explored his way through a door marked “NO ADMITTANCE”. (more…)