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July 8, 2020

Update on Mass Bookings

It was wonderful to see so many of our parishioners last Sunday in Reading, Chesham Bois and Bedford and we are pleased that the new, hopefully temporary, arrangements for our Masses all went smoothly. Our sincere thanks to those who are involved in our booking procedures and stewarding. Our arrangements are liable to be tweaked, due to a steady stream of updated guidelines from both civil and ecclesiastical authorities and in order to enable things to work more efficiently. The first tweak we are making regards our booking system for Sunday Masses. 

The booking system was established because, due to social distancing limitations, we have a lot less seats for Mass-goers, the need to accommodate different households within these limited capacities, while many people travel long distances to our Masses. While it is unnecessary for our weekday Masses, we are concerned that without it, Mass-goers could have long wasted journeys due to the higher numbers at Sunday Masses. The only personal information gathered in the booking system are the name of the lead family member making the booking, numbers of adults and children who will be attending Mass and a means of contact (i.e. email address or telephone number). To be clear, the booking system is the preferred option, although it is not an absolute requirement to book seats in order to come to Mass. However, those who do not book stand the very real risk of disappointment if the church building has reached its capacity, especially as priority should be given to those who have booked.  

Test and Trace
Following government guidelines, both the Dioceses of Portsmouth and Northampton request that we keep our Mass booking data for the specified 21 day period, for the purposes of facilitating NHS Test and Trace. Please note that the NHS will only contact us if it is found that a member of the congregation has tested positive for COVID-19. Upon further review, we have now modified our approach to ‘NHS Test and Trace’ reporting for the Sunday Mass booking system. The government’s webpage regarding the maintaining of records for the NHS Test and Trace service, for settings including places of worship, makes it is clear that the sharing of these details is “voluntary” and that “If a […] visitor informs you that they do not want their details shared for the purposes of NHS Test and Trace, they can choose to opt out, and if they do so you should not share their information used for booking purposes with NHS Test and Trace.” It also recommends “… that consent is sought in sensitive settings such as places of worship.” In light of this, if you choose to use our bookings system for Sunday Masses then please note:  

If you are happy for us to share your booking information with the NHS Test and Trace service in the event that the service requests it should a case of COVID-19 be confirmed, then please state clearly in your bookings email or voice message  “I consent to my name and contact information being shared with the NHS Test and Trace service.” Your name and contact information will then be held for a period of 21 days before being permanently erased.

If you do not want us to share your booking information with NHS Test and Trace in the event that the service requests it should a case of COVID-19 be confirmed, then please state clearly in your bookings email or voice message: “I opt out of having my name and contact information being shared with the NHS Test and Trace service.” Your record of attendance will then be permanently erased after the Mass that you attend.

If you made a booking for last Sunday and want us to withhold your name and contact details in the event that they are requested by NHS Test and Trace, then please let us know in your next bookings email/ voice message or by emailing/ calling that same email address/ telephone number separately.

If you wish to share your details for the purposes of NHS Test and Trace at Reading’s weekday Masses, then a box is available for this purpose at the entrance porch of St William of York Church. You should include your name, a contact telephone number and the day you visited the church. Your information will be held confidentially, will not be further processed and will be destroyed after 21 days. However, within the 21 day time-frame, it could be handed over to the NHS Test and Trace service at their request, in the event that a case of COVID-19 is confirmed.

A reminder of the times of Sunday Masses (which are all Low Masses)

Reading: 11am and 6pm [N.B. Regarding the 11am Mass, please can we ask those who live locally to give priority to our families with young children and those who have to travel a distance].

Chesham Bois: 8.00am and 4.30pm.

Bedford: 8.30am and 1pm.

Information required for making a booking for seats at Mass

To book your place, you must email one of the addresses below with the following information:

(1) your name 

(2) the number of adults and children from your household attending

(3) which Sunday Mass you wish to attend. If you don’t have a preference, then please state that.

(4) whether or not you consent to your information being forwarded to the NHS Test and Trace service in the event that a member of the congregation is confirmed to have contracted COVID-19.

Email contact details to make bookings

For ReadingSouthMasses@fssp.org 

For Chesham BoisAgoDiFalco@gmail.com

For Bedfordbedfordlatinmass@gmail.com

Alternatively, for any of the 3 locations leave a voicemail at 07737 556858

June 20, 2020

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in Bedford on Saturday 27th June 2020

From 2pm-6pm at Christ the King Church. This is our first opportunity for adoration since the middle of March. 

Naturally we need to observe all the necessary conditions regarding hygiene and social distancing.  If anyone can volunteer to be a steward for part of this time, this help would be gratefully received.  Please contact Rita on margueritacarroll@gmail.com or telephone her on  07984 867837. 

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!

May 24, 2020

Dowry #45

Spring 2020

In this issue:        

Editorial: God Is At Work

To Believe, Or Not To Believe?

LiveMass: Consoling And Evangelising

Empty Churches And Full Communion

St Louis De Montfort And the Bishops

Principles Of Hierarchical Communion

Dowry Of Mary

I Am The Good Shepherd

New Book On The Sacred Priesthood

Support Our Apostolate

May 14, 2020

Best Re-open Our Churches petition to sign

Please sign this important petition: https://citizengo.org/en-gb/rf/179408-open-our-churches-and-restore-worship

Open our churches

To Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government,

All of the signers of this petition have experienced, like everyone else, the separation from our loved ones… but also the separation from places of worship as part of the COVID lockdown imposed on our country. 

On 11th May the government published a 50 page roadmap outlining the steps which will be taken in order to alleviate some of the restrictions placed on the population. We respectfully ask you to also pay attention to the needs of Christians, the UK’s largest aggregate community and to consider our need to celebrate our faith. In particular, we ask you to prioritise the immediate reopening of churches as places of private prayer along with the swift resumption of weekly worship services, Masses, wedding ceremonies, funerals and baptisms. 

Places of worship will know how to organize adequate instruments of social distancing within their facilities, and you should trust people of faith to be smart about protecting themselves and others. Please take a step forward to protect the right to believers to freely profess one’s religious faith and practice its worship, as recognized by the European Convention on Human Rights.


May 6, 2020

Stabat Mater tonight Part 2


The Men’s Talk this evening (Wed 6th May 2020 8pm) on LiveMass.net (Warrington live) will be given by Fr Armand de Malleray FSSP.

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In response to interest expressed after a Lenten sermon on this topic, Fr de Malleray will offer a two-part commentary on the celebrated Marian hymn.

While the Stabat Mater fits with Lent rather than Eastertide, its spirituality can benefit Catholic souls at all times, especially in the present sacramental dearth.

This is part of St Mary’s weekly Men’s Group (but surely Our Lady won’t object to women attending remotely). Litany of St Joseph and Sung Compline will follow as usual.

We recommend this sober and evocative renddition of the sung Stabat Mater with subtitles.

Stabat Mater dolorosa
Iuxta crucem lacrimosa
Dum pendebat Filius.
The grieving Mother
stood weeping beside the cross
where her Son was hanging.
Cuius animam gementem
Contristatam et dolentem
Pertransivit gladius.

O quam tristis et afflicta
Fuit illa benedicta
Mater unigeniti!
Through her weeping soul,
compassionate and grieving,
a sword passed.

O how sad and afflicted
was that blessed Mother
of the only-begotten,
Quae moerebat et dolebat,
Pia Mater, dum videbat
Nati poenas incliti.
who mourned and grieved,
seeing and bearing the torment
of her glorious child.
Quis est homo qui non fleret,
Matrem Christi si videret
In tanto supplicio?

Quis non posset contristari,
Christi Matrem contemplari
Dolentem cum Filio?
Who is it that would not weep,
seeing Christ’s Mother
in such agony?

Who could not feel compassion
on beholding the Holy Mother
suffering with her Son?
Pro peccatis suae gentis
Vidit Iesum in tormentis,
Et flagellis subditum.

Vidit suum dulcem natum
Moriendo desolatum
Dum emisit spiritum.
For the sake of his peoples’ sins,
she saw Jesus tormented,
and subjected to whips.

She saw her sweet child
die desolate,
as he gave up His spirit.
Eja Mater, fons amoris
Me sentire vim doloris
Fac, ut tecum lugeam.

Fac, ut ardeat cor meum
In amando Christum Deum
Ut sibi complaceam.

Sancta Mater, istud agas,
Crucifixi fige plagas
Cordi meo valide.
O Mother, fountain of love,
make me feel the power of sorrow,
that I may grieve with you.

Grant that my heart may burn
in the love of Christ my God,
that I may greatly please Him.

Holy Mother, make
the wounds of the Crucifixion
in my own heart.
Tui nati vulnerati,
Tam dignati pro me pati,
Poenas mecum divide.
Let me share the pain
of your own wounded Son
who chose to suffer so much for me.
Fac me tecum, pie, flere,
Crucifixo condolere,
Donec ego vixero.
Let me weep with you, O pious one,
and show compassion for the crucified
as long as I live.
Juxta crucem tecum stare,
Et me tibi sociare
In planctu desidero.
I wish to stand with you next to the Cross
and to be your companion
in lamentation.
Virgo virginum praeclara,
Mihi jam non sis amara
Fac me tecum plangere.
Most illustrious virgin of virgins,
Do not be harsh with me,
allow me to weep with you.
Fac, ut portem Christi mortem
Passionis fac consortem,
Et plagas recolere.
Grant that I might bear
the suffering and death of Christ,
and receive his wounds.
Fac me plagis vulnerari,
Fac me cruce inebriari,
Et cruore Filii.
Flammis ne urar succensus,
per te virgo sim defensus,
in die judicii.


Wound me with his wounds,
make me drunk with the Cross
and the blood of your son.
Burning and on fire,
let me be defended by you, O Virgin,
on the Day of Judgment. May I be guarded by the cross,
protected by Christ’s death,
nurtured by grace.
Quando corpus morietur,
Fac, ut animae donetur
Paradisi gloria.
Amen.
When my body dies,
let my soul be given
the glory of paradise.
Amen.
April 29, 2020

Stabat Mater Talk today 8pm

The Men’s Talk this evening (Wed 29 April 2020 8pm) on LiveMass.net (Warrington live) will be given by Fr Armand de Malleray FSSP.

In response to interest expressed after a Lenten sermon on this topic, Fr de Malleray will offer a two-part commentary on the celebrated Marian hymn.

While the Stabat Mater fits with Lent rather than Eastertide, its spirituality can benefit Catholic souls at all times, especially in the present sacramental dearth.

This is part of St Mary’s weekly Men’s Group (but surely Our Lady won’t object to women attending remotely). Litany of St Joseph and Sung Compline will follow as usual.

We recommend this sober and evocative renddition of the sung Stabat Mater with subtitles.

Stabat Mater dolorosa
Iuxta crucem lacrimosa
Dum pendebat Filius.
The grieving Mother
stood weeping beside the cross
where her Son was hanging.
Cuius animam gementem
Contristatam et dolentem
Pertransivit gladius.

O quam tristis et afflicta
Fuit illa benedicta
Mater unigeniti!
Through her weeping soul,
compassionate and grieving,
a sword passed.

O how sad and afflicted
was that blessed Mother
of the only-begotten,
Quae moerebat et dolebat,
Pia Mater, dum videbat
Nati poenas incliti.
who mourned and grieved,
seeing and bearing the torment
of her glorious child.
Quis est homo qui non fleret,
Matrem Christi si videret
In tanto supplicio?

Quis non posset contristari,
Christi Matrem contemplari
Dolentem cum Filio?
Who is it that would not weep,
seeing Christ’s Mother
in such agony?

Who could not feel compassion
on beholding the Holy Mother
suffering with her Son?

Pro peccatis suae gentis
Vidit Iesum in tormentis,
Et flagellis subditum.

Vidit suum dulcem natum
Moriendo desolatum
Dum emisit spiritum.

For the sake of his peoples’ sins,
she saw Jesus tormented,
and subjected to whips.

She saw her sweet child
die desolate,
as he gave up His spirit.
Eja Mater, fons amoris
Me sentire vim doloris
Fac, ut tecum lugeam.

Fac, ut ardeat cor meum
In amando Christum Deum
Ut sibi complaceam.

Sancta Mater, istud agas,
Crucifixi fige plagas
Cordi meo valide.
O Mother, fountain of love,
make me feel the power of sorrow,
that I may grieve with you.

Grant that my heart may burn
in the love of Christ my God,
that I may greatly please Him.

Holy Mother, make
the wounds of the Crucifixion
in my own heart.

Tui nati vulnerati,
Tam dignati pro me pati,
Poenas mecum divide.
Let me share the pain
of your own wounded Son
who chose to suffer so much for me.
Fac me tecum, pie, flere,
Crucifixo condolere,
Donec ego vixero.
Let me weep with you, O pious one,
and show compassion for the crucified
as long as I live.
Juxta crucem tecum stare,
Et me tibi sociare
In planctu desidero.
I wish to stand with you next to the Cross
and to be your companion
in lamentation.
Virgo virginum praeclara,
Mihi jam non sis amara
Fac me tecum plangere.
Most illustrious virgin of virgins,
Do not be harsh with me,
allow me to weep with you.
Fac, ut portem Christi mortem
Passionis fac consortem,
Et plagas recolere.
Grant that I might bear
the suffering and death of Christ,
and receive his wounds.
Fac me plagis vulnerari,
Fac me cruce inebriari,
Et cruore Filii.
Flammis ne urar succensus,
per te virgo sim defensus,
in die judicii.


Wound me with his wounds,
make me drunk with the Cross
and the blood of your son.
Burning and on fire,
let me be defended by you, O Virgin,
on the Day of Judgment. May I be guarded by the cross,
protected by Christ’s death,
nurtured by grace.
Quando corpus morietur,
Fac, ut animae donetur
Paradisi gloria.
Amen.
When my body dies,
let my soul be given
the glory of paradise.
Amen.