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February 17, 2018

Plenary Indulgence on Wednesday

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18 February 2018                    WEEKLY BULLETIN of ST MARY’S SHRINE

www.stmaryswarrington.org.uk • 01925 635664

St Mary’s Shrine, Buttermarket Street, Warrington WA1 2NS

Served by the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter by appointment of the RC Archdiocese of Liverpool

Rector: Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP: malleray@fssp.org

Assistant: Fr Konrad Loewenstein, FSSP: padrek@libero.it

Assistant: Fr Ian Verrier, FSSP: iverrier@fssp.org



7/7 Holy Masses: Sunday 11am & 6pm; Mon-Sat 12:10pm daily.

Confessions 30mins before every Mass every day – including from 5:30pm before 6pm Sunday Mass

and on Saturdays 10am-11:45am during Eucharistic Adoration.

Daily Rosary 11:30am Mon-Fri, 11am Sat. Followed by the Angelus.


SUPPORT—Bank details: Account name: FSSP Warrington. Account number: 30993368. Sort Code 30-80-27

Lloyds Bank, Palmerston Road Branch. Ask us for Gift Aid forms and envelopes: warrington@fssp.org

Registered Charity number 1129964


Safeguarding: Children, teenagers and vulnerable adults must be accompanied or supervised at all times within the Shrine. If you have concerns, please contact the Archdiocesan Safeguarding Department on 0151 522 1043 or e-mail safeguarding@rcaol.co.uk. Thank you for your awareness.


 Pro-life: Every last Saturday, 10:15am. Coordinator: Peter Boyle: p.boyle400@btinternet.com

This Weeks Mass Intentions:

 Sun 18 1st Sunday of Lent  11:00am


Len Gilfedder RIP

50th Birthday intention

 Mon 19 Feria  12:10pm Ronald & Bridget Hannah 50th Wedding Anniversary
Tue 20 Feria  12:10pm Louis Quinn RIP
 Wed 21 Ember Day  12:10pm


2 Friends’ Anniversary

Fr Andrew Apostoli RIP

 Thur 22 Chair of S Peter, Apostle 1st Pope (1st Class)  8:00am 12:10pm Confraternity of S Peter

Confraternity of S Peter

 Fri 23 Ember Day  12:10pm Confraternity of S Peter
 Sat 24 Eucharistic Adoration

S Matthias, Apostle (2nd Class)




Susan & John Martin

 Sun 25 2nd Sunday of Lent  11:00am


Simon Farrow

Protection of Unborn in Ireland


Chair of St Peter on 22 February, 1st class feast in the FSSP, with plenary indulgence for members of the Confraternity of St Peter.


Lenten Talks, given by Fr Loewenstein, Wednesdays 7pm preceded by Mass at 6.15pm.


Stations of the Cross at 1pm every Friday during Lent lead by one of the priests.


Welcome Fr Loewenstein, FSSP who has joined Frs de Malleray, FSSP and Verrier, FSSP at St Mary’s. Please pray for our ministry.


Pro-Life Meeting Saturday 10.15am


New Website: www.fssp.co.uk

The FSSP in the UK & Ireland has a new website.

It is a more unified and accessible design, reflecting the growth of our Fraternity in these Isles. In particular, you can now enter your own contact details and amend them at any time as you see fit. You can subscribe to our various circular emails and support any specific apostolate. There is also a Google calendar for each Mass centre. Thank you to Fr James Mawdsley, FSSP who coordinated this improved version of the website over the past few months.


Allow peaceful prayer vigils outside abortuaries. 
Please fill in the online survey from the government: www.homeofficesurveys.homeoffice.gov.uk/s/8KA5N/


Sacraments: A Confirmation class will begin shortly. Please contact us if you or someone you know would like to take part. Marriage Preparation is also taking place at St Mary’s Priory. Contact us if interested. Again, contact us if you wish to make your first Holy Communion at St Mary’s next June.


Altar Servers’ Training Weekend 2-4 March: Any men from 15 to 75 are welcome as day participants. Single Catholic young men 18-30 are welcome full board, staying at St Mary’s Priory. Classes for Low Mass, Sung Mass and Benediction. Full schedule soon to be advertised. Register interest now with Fr Verrier, FSSP: iverrier@fssp.org


Divine Mercy Group: now meeting every second Tuesday at 1:00pm.


Chartres Pilgrimage at Pentecost: 19-21 May. Join our pilgrimage from Warrington, with Fr de Malleray. Contact Conor now: conorjj79@gmail.com.


Young Pro-Lifers: Join us at the SPUC Youth Conference  9-11 March near Stone: Contact urgently Jeff Hall: j.hall@mmu.ac.uk


New Repository. We now have a proper space for Mass cards, good books, rosary beads etc.

Volunteers wanted to man it after Mass. Thank you.


Holy Communion Reminder:


To receive Holy Communion, one must be 1) a Roman Catholic 2) in state of grace (no grave sin unabsolved on one’s conscience) and 3) have fasted for at least one hour.

 In the traditional Latin rite used at St Mary’s, Holy Communion is received kneeling (if one can), and in any case on the tongue: thank you very much in advance.

Please hold Communion plate against your throat if no server is available.

 Please use the entire width of the Communion rail, from one wall of the church all the way to the opposite wall, avoiding any gaps. This will make distribution quicker. Thank you.


 Watch Holy Mass at St Marys daily on www.livemass.org. The Mass of the day can be watched for 24hrs and that of the Sunday for the entire week.


☞ Did you know?

St Marys Shrine costs £1,444 a week to run and maintain. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

February 14, 2018

Welcoming a 7th Priest in the FSSP’s UK Apostolate

Deo gratias for a seventh priest joining the FSSP’s UK apostolate. Fr Konrad Loewenstein is returning to St Mary’s Warrington today. He was born in England in 1958, of Bavarian descent. After A-levels, he studied at Oxford (Christ Church) and later taught in the USA. Fr Loewenstein joined the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter in 1997, studying at our motherhouse in Wigratzbad. After his priestly ordination in 2002, he taught at our seminary and later on started our apostolate in Venice, Italy, where he served for a decade.

In November 2017, Fr Loewenstein came to St Mary’s Warrington temporarily, and is now assigned there for six months. His brother is also a priest, in the English Dominican province, and his late father was a well-known supporter of the traditional Latin Mass. Brief biographies of the FSSP’s seven priests in the UK can be found here.

February 13, 2018

Mary Mother of Priests: audio files


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(Picture: First left: Gwilym, from Wales, was ordained a Porter and Lector last Saturday.)

Dear Rev Father,

Fraternal greetings, and may we wish you a happy Shrove Tuesday and a grace-filled Lent.
May we bring to your attention the following conferences, i.e. eight meditations recorded live during our latest clergy retreat at Douai Abbey, Berkshire (22-26 January 2018).
The theme was: Mary, Mother of Priests and Protectress of our Frailty.
We were 15 in total, mostly diocesan, from all over England and Scotland. We are grateful to the Benedictine Community of Douai for their warm welcome, and to the Marian Franciscans of Gosport who kindly make these talks available on their website. Lastly, we thank the various bishops who included this retreat in their Ad Clerum, as in previous years.

Below is a description of each conference.

Marian Clergy Retreat 01 Douai 2018 – She’s More Than Worth It
Spending five days in a monastery is arduous – but worth it, as an investment in our spiritual life. Life is about packing what we will need for an eternal ‘holy day’. So many great things have been written already about Our Lady and the Sacred Priesthood. But we need to make such truths ours, hence the time we take meditating on them. With knowledge comes responsibility. Our Lady will help us become saints, as our priesthood calls us to. The interior life of Our Lady is where it all begun. On her Annunciation, Our Lady knew all that She needed to know about the mission of the Messiah her Son, and about us, her spiritual posterity.
Marian Clergy Retreat 02 Douai 2018 - The Triple Eclipse
Marian Clergy Retreat 02 Douai 2018 – The Triple Eclipse
The Incarnation of the Logos in Our Lady’s virginal womb is explained as a triple eclipse. A mineral and cosmic eclipse of the sun by the moon. An organic and microcosmic eclipse of Our Lady’s eye (symbolising her soul) by the ovum. In between, a spiritual eclipse (or superimposition) of God’s loving will by Our Lady’s created will, humbly and joyfully responsive.
Marian Clergy Retreat 03 Douai 2018 - God’s First Child Is A Priest
Marian Clergy Retreat 03 Douai 2018 – God’s First Child Is A Priest
Our Lady is the Mother of God, because her Son is divine as a Person. The human nature He assumed from Her belongs immediately to Him as Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity. Until Jesus, no child was ever conceived by a sinless mother; and that first Child of grace is a priest. Our Lady loves priests as formally sharing in the distinctive feature of her Son, His priesthood.
Marian Clergy Retreat 04 Douai 2018 - Her Son’s Fingers and Lips
Marian Clergy Retreat 04 Douai 2018 – Her Son’s Fingers and Lips
Our Lady wishes to be a mother to all humans, in fulfilment of the Redemption wrought by her Son. Those marked with the sacramental characters of Holy Baptism and Confirmation bear a particular resemblance to her Son Jesus. But in priests only does She find embedded a permanent capacity for imparting divine life, even after some of them may have lost God’s grace. Our Lady watches all the more lovingly over them, until they reach heaven.
Marian Clergy Retreat 05 Douai 2018 - Cord Of Grace Or Bonds Of Death
Marian Clergy Retreat 05 Douai 2018 – Cord Of Grace Or Bonds Of Death
The Visitation prolongs the Annunciation. Our Lady acts as heavenly midwife to St John the Baptist, the Precursor of the Sovereign High Priest. She forwards to him the Holy Ghost to graft him into the mystical Body of her Son, while carrying Jesus as the Head of the same Body. The devotion to ‘Mary Undoer of Knots’ illustrates this truth. All further members must be connected to their Head through Mary. Despising her spiritual motherhood binds one to the Father of Lies instead, as no middle path is offered.
Marian Clergy Retreat 06 Douai 2018 - Mary As The Potter’s Field
Marian Clergy Retreat 06 Douai 2018 – Mary As The Potter’s Field
Judas is the type of the fallen priest. Our Lady invites him to come back to the divine Father. Any fallen priest must hope in her intercession, even when engrossed in ungodly business. She can reshape in him the priestly features of her Son even when distorted through betrayal. Filiation to Mary secures life, but filiation to the devil leads to death.
Marian Clergy Retreat 07 Douai 2018 - Espoused to Christ’s Church
Marian Clergy Retreat 07 Douai 2018 – Espoused to Christ’s Church
As the New Eve, Our Lady is also the Virginal Bride of Christ, the New Adam. She appears at Cana and on Golgotha as ‘The Woman’. With and through Her, the divine Bridegroom fosters a spiritual progeny. Guided by St Joseph, priests may prudently enter into this sponsal companionship. Priestly celibacy is a treasure for the world, as a striking sign of the power of divine grace working through ordinary men. Priests sacrifice to God the great good of biological fatherhood. This makes them even more apt to protect unborn children, images of the Saviour in the earliest stage of His redemptive Incarnation.
Marian Clergy Retreat 08 Douai 2018 - Him Whom My Soul Loveth
Marian Clergy Retreat 08 Douai 2018 – Him Whom My Soul Loveth
As the Word became flesh, Christ was ordained a priest. Marked indelibly with the priestly character of her Son, priests are ontologically entitled to Our Lady’s assistance. Hence, priests have a greater duty to bear fruit of grace. Non-priests can be more holy though, if they love more. Mary was granted priestly powers once, but priests have them at their constant disposal. Mary will seek her Son’s priests, not resting until She sees them secure in grace, forever in heaven. Priests respond to her zeal by becoming her sons.

We ask for your prayers for 23 of our seminarians who were ordained to the minor orders and subdiaconate last Saturday, including Gwilym, from Wales.
See all the pictures here.

We would be delighted if any of you were available to attend the priestly ordination (in the Extraordinary Form) of Deacon Seth Phipps, FSSP, here at St Mary’s Warrington, on Saturday 9 June 2018, 11am, by our local Ordinary, Archbishop Malcom McMahon OP.
See pictures of last year’s ordination here.

Daily (EF) Mass with homily on our FSSP channel: http://www.livemass.org/.

Thank you for your interest.
(If your inbox is already full of similar information, feel very welcome to unsubscribe from this circular emailing list. Alternatively, you may like to take a look at our new revamped website for the UK & Ireland, with interactive options: http://fssp.co.uk/.)

Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP (Rector of St Mary’s Shrine, Warrington, Liverpool Archdiocese)

Memento homo quia pulvis es.




Getting ready for Lent:

Fr de Malleray burns the palms from last year’s Palm Sunday…

While Fr Verrier works on his homily!

Masses at St Mary’s at 12.10pm (Low) and 7.30pm (Sung) with imposition of ashes at each Mass.

February 12, 2018

Devouring the Unborn

they have filled this place with the blood of innocents, and have built the high places of Baal to burn their sons in the fire as burnt offerings to Baal, which I did not command or decree, nor did it come into my mind
Jeremiah 19

The most powerful reason against abortion is God’s Sovereign ownership of every immortal spirit, of every human soul, of every creature. There is just one week remaining to add your voice defending the unborn in the consultation on ‘buffer zones’ opened up by the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, MP.


Click on the image below to give your views online. The deadline is 19 February.


To read Bishop John Sherrington’s homily on the 50th anniversary of the Abortion Act, given with depth and clarity, click here. Below is an important letter from Clare McCullough of the Good Counsel Network to the Home Secretary outlining what is at stake.

They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons; they poured out innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan; and the land was polluted with blood.”
Psalm 105

February 7, 2018

Taking Inspiration from the Lancaster Martyrs

Today the FSSP UK priests’ meeting included a visit to Lancaster.

Image (above): close to the spot in Lancaster Castle where St Edmund Arrowsmith was held before being martyred in 1628.

Image (above): A memorial stone marking the location of several martyrdoms in Lancaster. Among those whose intercession we invoked was Bl James Bell, born in Warrington, and martyred in Lancaster in 1584 under Bloody Queen Bess.

Downhill from where the martyrs died is the plot on which in 1859 the Catholic Cathedral of St Peter was built. The cathedral’s fine windows tell of St Peter’s life and death in Christ. Above:

  • St Peter’s sermon on the day of Pentecost
  • St Peter at the Council of Jerusalem
  • St Peter delivered from prison by an angel

And below:

  • St Peter’s restoreth Tabitha to life
  • Lord, where goest Thou
  • St Peter is crucified at Rome

St Peter, pray for us.

Sacred Liturgy: a bridge between Heaven & Earth

The Sacrifice of Jesus Christ (Heb 7:27) is the Life of our Sacrifice of the Altar (Heb 9:24; 13:10) which is the source and summit of the Sacrifice of Praise (Heb 13:15)…

English Martyrs Chapel (the Prayers at the Foot of the Altar)
High Altar (Leonine Prayers)
Sacred Heart Chapel (the Canon)

Images: Lauds

Replebimur in bonis domus tuae: * sanctum est templum tuum, mirabile in æquitate We shall be filled with the good things of thy house; * holy is thy temple, wonderful in justice.

Ps 64, Feria IV ad Laudes

…and the Sacrifice of Praise, aka the Divine Office (the images show Lauds), channels grace for daily acts of charity to neighbours and those in need (Heb 13:16 “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.“).

Thus the Divine Act in Heaven gives life to the world through Holy Mass & the Divine Office. So sublime is reality, so close is Heaven to Earth.

February 6, 2018

All invited to Vespers & Early Masses at St Mary’s

With the FSSP UK priests’ meeting underway at St Mary’s Shrine, the church will be open late for Vespers at 6pm on Wednesday 7th February and then early for an extra Mass being said at 7:30am on Thursday 8th (in addition to the usual 12:10pm Mass).

In fact there are likely to be several Masses being offered at the various altars at 7:30am Thursday, so if you wish to be surrounded by Jesus’ Real Presence, please do come! It will be the Feast of St John of Matha, who in the 12th century, for God’s glory, founded an order to rescue slaves. Ever since Exodus, God loves to free slaves!

Deus, qui per sanctum Ioánnem órdinem sanctíssimæ Trinitátis ad rediméndum de potestáte Saracenórum captívos cǽlitus institúere dignátus es: præsta quǽsumus; ut, eius suffragántibus méritis, a captivitáte córporis et ánimæ, te adiuvánte, liberémur. Per Dominum nostrum Iesum Christum, Filium tuum: qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum. Amen.
Let us pray.
O God, Who graciously and by divine means founded through blessed John, the Order of the Most Holy Trinity to ransom captives from the hands of the Saracens, grant, we beseech You, that through Your help and the merits of his prayers we may be freed body and soul from captivity. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

(Indulgence 100 days)