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June 17, 2020

St Peter and St Petronilla Summer Camps 2020 cancelled

I regret to inform you that the FSSP England summer camps scheduled for this coming August in the Peak District have had to be cancelled. This is due to the restrictions imposed by the government, which made it unrealistic for Savio House to host us this time. Here’s hoping and praying that the 2021 camps will be even better to compensate!

April 13, 2020

Easter in lockdown – a Sermon

A monk of my acquaintance once drily remarked, as he looked across at the banks of gloomy faces in the choir stalls opposite, that he sometimes doubted the Resurrection had really happened. The point is well made. It can be easier in a way, for us Catholics, to identify with Lent and Passiontide than with Easter. Even if we haven’t kept our Lenten resolutions as well as we would have liked, we still relate more readily to the themes of […]

September 3, 2019

Reading parish activities resume!

Our regular monthly activities in St John Fisher Parish resume this week: Thursday 5 September: St Bruno Men’s Group  6:30pm, Holy Mass at St John Fisher House (optional) 7:15pm, time of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, with opportunity for Confession; followed by rosary, short spiritual talk, and refreshments. 8:45pm, finish   Friday 6 September: First Friday Devotions 7pm, Holy Mass at St William of York Church Followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, with Litany of the Sacred Heart, and […]

February 1, 2019

Candlemas and Ladies’ Group

This Saturday, February 2, is the Feast of the Presentation (Candlemas). In Reading there is a special schedule: 9am Rosary in defence of the unborn outside BPAS on Southampton Row 10am Sung Mass at St William of York, with blessing of candles and procession c. 11:15 St Margaret Clitherow Ladies Group, meeting in the Annex of St William of York – convivial breakfast followed by a talk by Fr Phipps on the capital vices (this week, avarice and gluttony).

October 23, 2018

Sung Masses coming up in Chesham Bois

This coming Sunday is the Feast of Christ the King. There will be a Sung Mass at 8am. We also hope to have Sung Masses for the Feast of All Saints (November 1) and Remembrance Sunday (November 11).

October 8, 2018

Catechism Day in Chesham Bois

The Catechism Days continue… we will meet again on Saturday October 27. The provisional schedule is as follows: 2pm – Altar serving practice 3pm – Post-Confirmation catechism 3.20pm – Post-First Holy Communion catechism 3.40pm – Pre-First Holy Communion catechism 4pm – Rosary and Benediction The next catechism day after this will be 24 November.

September 7, 2018

Ladies’ Group this Saturday

The St Margaret Clitherow Ladies’ Group meets this Saturday at St John Fisher House. 10am Mass, followed by coffee and croissants c.11.15 Spiritual Talk c.12.15 opportunity for Confessions

September 3, 2018

St Mary’s Summer Sports Day

On Thursday 27 August, St Mary’s had our first ever summer sports day. Children competed in glorious weather in nearby Victoria Park, with events ranging from long-distance running to egg-and-spoon and three-legged races, and a three-way tug of war. There was even a Fathers’ race, in which Fr Verrier and Fr Phipps didn’t quite distinguish themselves… A few photos from the day can be seen on the Flickr page (thank you Joachim Kahn). Many thanks to the organisers for a […]

August 6, 2018

Summer Camp St Peter underway in the Peak District!

The 2018 Summer Camp for boys, under the patronage of St Peter, got underway on Monday. We are at a new location this year, in Bollington on the edge of the Peak District. The theme for the camp is the True Devotion to Mary of St Louis Marie Grignon de Montfort. You can see photos of the camp at the Flickr page. Please pray for the success of this camp and for all the participants.