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February 22, 2019

Sunday Bulletin 24 Feb 2019

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WEEKLY BULLETIN of ST MARY’S SHRINE

24 February 2019

www.fssp.co.uk/warrington • 01925 635664

Watch our Mass daily on http://livemass.net/

Buttermarket Street, Warrington WA1 2NS

Served by the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter

by appointment of the RC Archdiocese of Liverpool

 

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(Picture: St Chad)

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

 

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, or speak with Clare Fraser, St Mary’s Safeguarding Officer. Thank you for your awareness.

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

Choir: Contact Fr Verrier for an audition if you would like to join our choir – including Junior choir: iverrier@fssp.org

To receive Holy Communion: one must be a Catholic, in state of grace, one-hour fasting at least. In the EF liturgy, Holy Communion is received kneeling (unless unable to) and always on the tongue. Thank you in advance.

Did you know? St Mary’s Shrine costs £1,444/week to run and maintain. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.


Mass Intentions:

Sun 24 Sexagesima Sunday 11:00am

6:00pm

Nicholas Battye RIP

FSSP

Mon 25 Feria:

Stations of the Cross for Priests 1pm

12:10pm Forgotten Souls in Purgatory
Tue 26 Feria: 12:10pm Terence Patrick Keenan
Wed 27 St Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin, Confessor

Mothers’ Prayer Group 1pm

12:10pm Alan Martin RIP
Thur 28 Feria: 12:10pm Nicholas Jones
Fri 1 1st Friday: (Feria) Votive Masses of the Sacred Heart of Jesus + Stations of the Cross for Priests after Mass

7pm Mass followed by Holy Hour with 1st Friday Devotions

12:10pm

 

7:00pm

Rev Mr Deryke Sankey

 

Sian Lawrence

Sat 2 1st Saturday:Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with 1st Saturday Devotions

Votive Mass of the Immaculate Heart (Feast of St Chad, Bp Confessor)

10:00am

 

 

12:10pm

St Mary’s Shrine

 

 

Graham King

 Sun 24 Quinquagesima Sunday (Bring last year’s palms for ashes) 11:00am

6:00pm

Kevin King

Patrick & Kirsty


Our Lady, Untier of Knots

The next service for the novena is at St. Paul of the Cross on Tuesday 19th February. The theme is “Injustice”.

40 DAYS FOR LIFE (MANCHESTER)

From 6th March to 14th April, you’re invited to join 40 Days for Life – 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion.  You’re also invited to stand and peacefully pray during a 40-day vigil on the pavement opposite Marie Stopes abortion clinic in Fallowfield, Manchester, and also to help spread the word about this important work.  If you’d like more information – and especially if you’d like to volunteer, please visit www.40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/manchester-2/ or call 07810 791032


Priory Campaign: our pre-planning applications for Community Use of the building(s) received a favourable response from Warrington Borough Council. Since then, the owner informed us that he was not selling the Buttermarket Street building(s) to us anymore. This may be God’s way to show us His Holy will, namely, to buy Priory Court instead.

This latter building stands at the rear of the car park, where the original St Mary’s school built by Pugin used to be. It comprises of three separate units, of which so far we can afford to buy only two. We urgently need benefactors (or investors) 1) to help us secure the third unit and 2) to endow us with a stable monthly income for the upkeep of the new building(s). Our charitable status exempts us from stamp duty. The purchase cost is £80k per floor (i.e. for 79.31 square meters, or 853 square feet) to use as office; or adding circa £20k as cost of conversion into residential (Warrington Borough Council has granted the change of use to the owner for the entire building). In total, it would seem that one could get an 80 square meter flat from £100k. This includes parking space.

We still have a great opportunity to create a dynamic Catholic hub around our beautiful Pugin church! Wherever you live, please email Fr Rector if you can donate (or invest) money: malleray@fssp.org.

Please ask Our Lady for her urgent intervention in the Priory Campaign as a decision should be made soon. God bless you.


St Mary’s young families group, usually takes place on the third Thursday of each month. Next:  28th Feb. All ages welcome! Meet in the presbytery after the 12:10 Mass with your picnic. (St Mary’s school support group runs concurrently with this group, but meets weekly for catechesis/philosophy.)

Addicts: To all concerned, or in any way associated with addictions to drugs, alcohol: help is available with a very high success rate. Free.

We meet at Sr Mary’s Warrington WA1 2NS every month, last Saturday at 1pm. Confidential phone contact: 07916578902.

Eucharistic Retreat at Douai Abbey: thank you for your prayer for spiritual fruit for the ca. 50 of us meditating on the Holy Sacrament this weekend in Berkshire.

Catholic Mum makes mantillas big and small sizes for ladies (black) and girls (white) ranging from £5 to £12. Contact anjali_fletcher@yahoo.com or 07848397287.

Young Adults Group Next meetings: Saturday 9 March (Ladyewell Shrine PR2 5RT); 6 April; 11 May [March For Life]; 1st June; 6 July.

Family moving nearer to St Mary’s? 3-bed house to let in High Legh from April 2019, ca. £750 p/m. 20 mins / 8 miles from St Mary’s by car. Available to buy from Feb 2021. Contact Dominic Jones: dominic.jones@gmx.co.uk, 07875242761.

Adults curious to know more about Catholicism? Join our Saturday evening group of catechism for adults: most Saturdays 6pm-7pm, with Fr Loewenstein.

Great Pro-Life events with sponsorship from St Mary’s: p.boyle400@btinternet.com.

  1. SPUC Youth Conference 15-17 March 2019 Milton Keynes. Booking/info: www.spuc.org.uk With Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP
  2. March for Life, London Sat. 11th May 2019.

Clergy Retreat 13-17 May 2019, Douai Abbey, £333.00, with Fr de Malleray, FSSP

Pentecost Pilgrimage to Chartres 7-11 June 2019. Your contact for St Mary’s and the North West: Conor Jones: conorjj79@gmail.com.

Join our young (and less young) adults, with

Fr Patrick O’Donohue, FSSP (based in Reading). Book early for LMS sponsorship.

Contact: chartresuk.blogspot.com/


Summer Camps 2019 for children aged 10-13 & 14-17 in Macclesfield SK10 5RW: Boys 5-10 Aug; Girls 12-17 Aug. Contact priest: odonohue@fssp.org

 

A PARADIGM OF UNFOLDING

A Paradigm of Unfolding

An Analogy between Christ’s Holy Shroud and Divine Revelation by Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP

 

 

Introduction

All along Church history, new doctrinal statements are issued as part of the Magisterium, in fulfilment of the Church’s teaching mission. In what sense are they new? Never can such pronouncements contradict earlier ones. They can only make more explicit what has always been part of Divine Revelation, consisting of Scripture and Tradition. The Hierarchy of the Church and Her theologians gradually unfold Revealed Truth, after the parable of Our Lord: ‘Every scribe instructed in the kingdom of heaven, is like to a man that is a householder, who bringeth forth out of his treasure new things and old’ (Matthew 13:52). The data is not to be invented or imported, even less construed, but merely expounded under the guidance of the Holy Ghost: ‘The Paraclete, the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things, and bring all things to your mind, whatsoever I shall have said to you’ (John 14:26).

To explain the development of Catholic doctrine, we offer an analogy between unfolding Christ’s Holy Shroud and developing Christ’s Revelation. The purpose in each case is to display the full figure of Christ, either visually on the cloth, or doctrinally through magisterial promulgations. On Easter morning then, St Peter, St John and St Mary Magdalene found the empty linens wrapped together in the empty tomb. Some time on that day, they would have taken with them the precious relic. Back home in the Upper Room, with what emotion they would have slowly unfolded the linens, gradually displaying the Master’s silhouette: first His shoulder, then His elbow, now His foot and then His Head… Everywhere, their eyes would meet so many wounds, all endured for their redemption – and ours.

Please note that it is irrelevant to our analogy whether or not the Turin Shroud is indeed the one in which the Saviour lay buried. What is certain is that there was such a shroud, and that none more scientifically convincing than the Turin one has surfaced.

Upon Christ’s folded Shroud as within Christ’s Revelation, the entirety of the message is present from the start – albeit hidden. Consequently, the Church cannot add anything new to the data given. She can only unfold Christ’s silhouette and make explicit His Good News. She bears witness to growth, like a mother to the child in her womb, or like astronomer Father Georges Lemaître theorising universal expansion (later known as the Big Bang theory). In each case, a core is given and development follows. How long will the unfolding of Christ’s Revelation take? It will take until Christ’s return. The completion of this work of patience, love and humility will mark the end of time. Then Christ will appear before all eyes, as if His eyelids on the Shroud opened, radiating His Good News as a reward of glory for the just, and as retribution for those who will have shut their minds to His truth and their hearts to His mercy.

 

1- Considering the Holy Shroud

What does the Holy Shroud look like? It is a depiction of Our Lord’s tortured Body (both back and front), spread across the ‎14.5-feet-long by 1.4-foot-wide linen cloth, with such accuracy that this sacred relic has been termed ‘The Fifth Gospel’. The Holy Shroud – presently kept in Turin, Italy – is the most tested object in the world. The scientific findings, due to their number and complexity, now constitute a distinct branch of science called sindonology, after the word ‘sindon’, the Greek word for ‘shroud’.

Let us recall a few sindonological discoveries. It took nineteen centuries to realise that the Shroud is a photographic negative: inversing paler and darker areas reveals the actual picture. Further analysis established that the depiction results from irradiation, not from the application of pigments upon the linen material. Later on, the image was found to be three-dimensional, allowing the shaping of a resin model of Our Lord’s Body as when it was lying wrapped in the Shroud. Anomalies such as the absence of thumbs on either hand were explained, while microscopic examination found diverse pollens from the Middle-East stuck in the fibres of the cloth.

Thus, the Holy Shroud of Christ yields its secrets by stages, and yet, all information has been present on the material since Easter morning. Similarly, Christian doctrine develops across time, even though Christ’s Revelation was completed when Christ’s last apostle died. For example, in 451 the Council of Chalcedon defined that Christ had two natures, the human and the divine ones, under one single divine self. But these truths had been contained in Christ’s Revelation from the start. Another example: in 1215 the Council of Lateran defined the Eucharistic change as Transubstantiation, not inventing a new belief, but explaining an original truth. Hence, just as no genuine scientist would add to the Holy Shroud data from without, equally, no Catholic theologian can ever increase Christ’s Revelation. Scientists will apply to the Holy Shroud modern technology and the resources of their intellect to infer further evidence. Similarly, Catholic theologians rely on their skills and inspiration to draw new conclusions from pre-existing truths. In either case, new investigations can only build upon earlier findings.

The following episode in the Shroud examinations illustrates this principle a contrario. In 1989, Carbon 14 tests seemed to establish that the Holy Shroud dated from the middle ages. But leading researcher Raymond Rogers changed his mind on discovering that the samples tested were not part of the original material. They belonged instead to the repairs undergone by the Shroud after the 1532 fire in Chambery. In other words, medieval cotton threads had been expertly woven into the original linen fabric to mend fire damage. This applies analogically to the work of theologians probing Christ’s Revelation. Any theological statement one may proffer in contradiction with Christ’s Revelation rests upon unauthentic premises (and fosters a non-Catholic agenda). Like the Carbon 14 findings, such unorthodox statements may sound convincing when issued, but like them, they are flawed at some level, hence unscientific.

 

2- Why Holy Church takes Her time

Holy Mother Church tells us all truth about God. She does not tell it all at once though – for three reasons. First, God is infinite, whereas our human intelligence is limited of its nature, and obscured by sin, so that we need time to explore the truth. Second, unlike angels who understand by intuition or immediate grasp, we humans reach the truth gradually, from consequences to causes. Third, the Church reacts to historical circumstances: whether adverse ones such as heresies and wars, or favourable ones such as the deeds of saints or even the discoveries of scientists. By God’s Providence, the Church’s response to circumstances leads Her to focus on this or that specific aspect of the revealed truth, while further aspects will only be examined later on. For instance, the Church’s pro-life teaching was greatly developed in the past fifty years in response to institutionalised abortion.

These three factors help understand the development of doctrine. Development here expresses inner growth and precludes addition from without. This is the capital point to understand: whenever the Church makes a new pronouncement, it is never new in relation to God’s Revelation, but only in relation to contemporary believers. For example, when the Divine Motherhood of Our Lady was defined at the Council of Ephesus in 431, it was new inasmuch as the Church had not until then committed Her authority to affirm this fact dogmatically. But that truth was already contained in God’s Revelation, rather than added to it later on. Long before it was promulgated as a dogma, the divine Motherhood existed as a fact, from the instant when the Blessed Virgin Mary had answered ‘Yes’ to Archangel Gabriel at Her Annunciation. The dogmatic promulgation at Ephesus did not create the fact. It only provided formal assurance of orthodoxy. For this, the inhabitants of Ephesus in thanksgiving took to the streets, holding torches and singing hymns. Believers of all ages may react similarly when further aspects of God’s Revelation are displayed by Holy Mother Church through Her Magisterium.

 

3- God’s Love Letter

God’s Revelation is like His love letter to His immaculate Bride, the Church. For a letter to be safely transmitted, the sheet of paper requires folding into an envelope (or many sheets, because God has a lot to tell to His beloved). When a young woman receives a letter from her fiancé (ink on paper being more personal than emails on a screen or instant messages), she does not see the sentences and words, nor his handwriting and signature, until with her own fingers she delicately extracts the sheets from the envelope, and lovingly unfolds them for her eyes eventually to meet the written signs. Even then, although she can guess that he wrote gracious things about their shared love, she is not able to grasp in one glance the detail of his communication. It takes unfolding and reading time – until the beloved returns.

With this comparison in mind, we may ask ourselves: what are the fingers with which Holy Mother Church unfolds God’s message of love? They are the theologians and the Magisterium. The Church’s fingers are Catholic believers of either sex mandated by the Holy See to apply their sound philosophical and theological training to probing Holy Scripture and Tradition. These people examine the Deposit of Faith according to their individual temperaments, skills and interests, under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost and in response to historical circumstances. In that sense, their inquiries entail novelty and subjectivity. But the object of their investigation can never be a product of their imagination, a fanciful innovation or an artificial addition, however clever or expedient it may sound. On the contrary, whatever they find has to be just that: found – not imagined. They can deduce, not invent.

Holy Mother Church, then, has loving fingers. Now, what is Her love letter? Upon what sheet and within what sealed envelope did Her Beloved Jesus imprint His message of passionate love? It is upon a burial sheet, sealed within a stone cavity. On Easter morning, the Risen Spouse let His angel break the seal from His tombstone; and His first pope found the empty shroud that covered the dead Lord’s Holy Face and Body: ‘the napkin that had been about his head, [was] not lying with the linen cloths, but apart, wrapped up into one place’ (John 20:7). Christ’s message was folded, so that even Simon Peter did not behold the full silhouette of the Saviour at the time. Later on that memorable day however, the Vicar of Christ would have taken away with him for safekeeping the folded shroud – the material witness of the Resurrection, which is the core of the Christian Revelation as St Paul affirms: ‘if Christ be not risen again, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain’ (1 Cor 15:14).

 

4- Truth knows no expiration date

Certain dogmatic pronouncements can be more important than others, but they cannot contradict past ones. Some well-meaning Catholics believe, more or less consciously, that referring to Councils earlier than the twenty-first one (also the latest: Vatican II, 1962-1965) is disloyal. They mistakenly assume that what was defined in centuries past loses its relevance with time; or worse, that truths of old become toxic after a number of years, like pharmaceutical drugs past expiration date. On 19th November 2013, Pope Francis proved such assumptions erroneous when he commemorated the 450th anniversary of the Council of Trent, writing to his extraordinary envoy Walter Cardinal Brandmüller:

It behoves the Church to recall with more prompt and attentive eagerness the most fruitful doctrine which came out of that Council convened in the Tyrolese region. Certainly not without cause, the Church has for a long time already accorded so much care to the Decrees and Canons of that Council that are to be recalled and observed… Graciously hearing the very same Holy Ghost, the Holy Church of our age, even now, continues to restore and meditate upon the most abundant doctrine of Trent… You will exhort all who shall participate in this event, that, souls joined together with the soul of the Most Holy Redeemer, they may be fully conscious of all the fruits derived from this Council, and that they may unite themselves in bringing these fruits to others and in propagating them in every way.

Thus, five centuries after the Council of Trent, the successor of Peter affirms the perennial validity of the truths defined in its documents, and commands them to be ‘propagated in every way’, following Pope John Paul II’s similar praise of ‘the perennially valid teaching of the Council of Trent’ (Encyclical Ecclesia de Eucharistia §15, 17 April 2003).

Still, it cannot be denied that of late, disconcerting statements have been issued by the hierarchy of the Church at every level. Even though no formal heresy has been promulgated, traditional teaching on marriage for instance, or on death penalty, or on salvation through Christ only, is undermined. How are the laity and clergy to react in such situations? The Code of Canon Law (1983) states that: ‘They have the right, indeed at times the duty, in keeping with their knowledge, competence and position, to manifest to the sacred Pastors their views on matters which concern the good of the Church. They have the right also to make their views known to others of Christ’s faithful, but in doing so they must always respect the integrity of faith and morals, show due reverence to the Pastors and take into account both the common good and the dignity of individuals’ (Can. 212 §3).

 

5- The Sense of Faith equips us to discern

A document of particular relevance to this question, The Sense of Faith in the Life of the Church, was published under Pope Francis by the International Theological Commission of the Holy See on 10th June 2014, explaining how the ‘sense of faith’ (in Latin sensus fidei) enables the baptised to assess doctrinal truth. We will now quote extensively six paragraphs from this document:

‘49. The sensus fidei fidelis is a sort of spiritual instinct that enables the believer to judge spontaneously whether a particular teaching or practice is or is not in conformity with the Gospel and with apostolic faith. It is intrinsically linked to the virtue of faith itself; it flows from, and is a property of, faith. It is compared to an instinct because it is not primarily the result of rational deliberation, but is rather a form of spontaneous and natural knowledge, a sort of perception (aisthesis).

  1. The sensus fidei is the form that the instinct which accompanies every virtuetakes in the case of the virtue of faith. ‘Just as, by the habits of the other virtues, one sees what is becoming in respect of that habit, so, by the habit of faith, the human mind is directed to assent to such things as are becoming to a right faith, and not to assent to others.’ Faith, as a theological virtue, enables the believer to participate in the knowledge that God has of himself and of all things. In the believer, it takes the form of a ‘second nature’. By means of grace and the theological virtues, believers become ‘participants of the divine nature’ (2 Pet 1:4), and are in a way connaturalised to God. As a result, they react spontaneously on the basis of that participated divine nature, in the same way that living beings react instinctively to what does or does not suit their nature.
  2. Three principal manifestations of the sensus fidei fidelisin the personal life of the believer can be highlighted. The sensus fidei fidelisenables individual believers: 1) to discern whether or not a particular teaching or practice that they actually encounter in the Church is coherent with the true faith by which they live in the communion of the Church (see below, §§61-63); 2) to distinguish in what is preached between the essential and the secondary (§64); and 3) to determine and put into practice the witness to Jesus Christ that they should give in the particular historical and cultural context in which they live (§65).
  3. ‘Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God ; for many false prophets have gone out into the world’ (1Jn 4:1). The sensus fidei fidelis confers on the believer the capacity to discern whether or not a teaching or practice is coherent with the true faith by which he or she already lives. If individual believers perceive or ‘sense’ that coherence, they spontaneously give their interior adherence to those teachings or engage personally in the practices, whether it is a matter of truths already explicitly taught or of truths not yet explicitly taught.
  4. The sensus fidei fidelisalso enables individual believers to perceive any disharmony, incoherence, or contradiction between a teaching or practice and the authentic Christian faith by which they live. They react as a music lover does to false notes in the performance of a piece of music. In such cases, believers interiorly resist the teachings or practices concerned and do not accept them or participate in them. ‘The habitusof faith possesses a capacity whereby, thanks to it, the believer is prevented from giving assent to what is contrary to the faith, just as chastity gives protection with regard to whatever is contrary to chastity.’
  5. Alerted by their sensus fidei, individual believers may deny assent even to the teaching of legitimate pastors if they do not recognise in that teaching the voice of Christ, the Good Shepherd. ‘The sheep follow [the Good Shepherd] because they know his voice. They will not follow a stranger, but they will run away from him because they do not know the voice of strangers’ (Jn 10:4-5). For St Thomas, a believer, even without theological competence, can and even must resist, by virtue of the sensus fidei, his or her bishop if the latter preaches heterodoxy. In such a case, the believer does not treat himself or herself as the ultimate criterion of the truth of faith, but rather, faced with materially ‘authorised’ preaching which he or she finds troubling, without being able to explain exactly why, defers assent and appeals interiorly to the superior authority of the universal Church.’

 

6- Filial Concern

These authoritative quotes from a theological document published by the Holy See as recently as 2014 may surprise for their boldness. They stress clearly that the undiscriminating acceptance of any doctrine is not Catholic. On the contrary, genuine worship of Christ as Truth Incarnate leads every believer to assess what is presented as truth, even when uttered by those acting in Christ’s name. The touchstone of orthodoxy is continuity with what has always been professed and believed in the Church of Christ: ‘For the Holy Spirit was promised to the successors of Peter not so that they might, by his revelation, make known some new doctrine, but that, by his assistance, they might religiously guard and faithfully expound the revelation or deposit of faith transmitted by the apostles’ (Vatican I, Pastor Aeternus Chapter 4).

With this in mind, one understands how considering the hypothesis even of a heretical pope is not in itself imprudent or disrespectful. Eminent and saintly theologians have done so, for the sake of guiding souls in times of perplexity. Cardinal St Robert Bellarmine stated that: ‘A Pope who is a manifest heretic, ceases in himself to be Pope and head, just as   he ceases in himself to be a Christian and member of the body of the Church.’ It is one thing for a sovereign pontiff to allow the spread of falsity by other prelates, or even to support it privately, or to be quoted as such – it is another for him to teach formal heresy with all the marks of authority required to bind the Church to his error. St Bellarmine believed that Christ would preserve His Church from the latter evil.

We should all filially pray for this, while making better use of the wealth of safe doctrinal resources provided on the Internet. At the tips of our fingers, we can gain access for free to the texts of the twenty-one Councils and numerous papal encyclicals, but also the Fathers of the Church and the works of sound theologians and spiritual authors. All such doctrinal riches are offered us as the gradual unfolding of Christ’s Revelation. Nothing can be changed or added to Christ’s Revelation, since it was completed at the death of His last apostle. But much can be deduced from the same Revelation, through the humble and loving process of explicating pre-existing truth, according to our analogy with the unfolding of Christ’s Holy Shroud.

As our reader may have noticed, bringing together Christ’s Revelation and Shroud rests upon a motive stronger than an analogy. The Shroud indeed bears witness to the Revelation in the most realistic manner. It is significant that Easter Saturday’s Gospel quoted above shows St John waiting outside the tomb for St Peter to enter first. Again, the respective positions of the linens are noticed as if through St Peter’s eyes. Who more than Christ’s Vicar has authority to guard, pass on and expound the treasure given by the Risen Lord? On that same Easter day, as we learn, the Lord ‘appeared to Simon’ (Lk 24:34). There were no witnesses. Or perhaps, the Shroud was the witness, as we now attempt to picture, offering this meditation to conclude our essay.

 

Conclusion

Alone at last in the Upper Room, Simon had unfolded the long strip of cloth, nowhere more fittingly than across the trestles of the Last Supper table. Three nights earlier, upon another cloth, the Lord had made Himself truly present under the Eucharistic species at the first Holy Mass. The Eleven and He had walked thence to Gethsemane. Before cockcrow, Simon had thrice denied his Lord. Since then Jesus had died and was risen.

Back in the Upper Room on Easter day, Simon was on his knees at the far end of the long linen rectangle. His eyes slightly higher than the level of the cloth swollen in successive waves upon the trestles, the fisherman would look at the maculated Shroud as a seaman at a vast archipelago spread across a limitless map. Wide or tiny, each bloodstain was an island, mystically bearing the name of each and every sinner, redeemed through the wounds of the Lamb.

Which stain bore Simon’s name? It could not be less than three, one for each denial – and so many more… In St Peter’s soul, contrition connected the reddish shapes of various sizes like the stars under which he was reborn, as in a new constellation named Absolution. It was probably no surprise to Simon then, when he became aware of Christ’s bodily presence, standing at the other end of His unfolded Shroud. The contrite Vicar had opened his soul to the Saviour already. Christ confirmed His pardon and left, until they met again by the Sea of Galilee.

His Vicar remained on his knees looking across the bloodied sheet, while on either side of the table of redemption hundreds of men materialised, imitating his posture: his successors. What were there names, their races and languages: Clement, Anaclet, Alexander, Fabian, John, Stephen, Pius, Leo, Gregory, Benedict… Francis? How many of them would the Fisherman have until Christ’s glorious return? The Lord would not fail to assist them, as He had done for him, that each might be faithful: ‘But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and thou, being once converted, confirm thy brethren’ (Luke 22:32).

Simon would pray for them, that they might ‘feed Christ’s sheep’ (John 21:17) in the pastures of truth unadulterated, whatever the cost. In order to save though, truth must not only be believed, but also implemented by all believers. Every genuine Pope to Christ’s flock would also have to ‘teach them to observe all things whatsoever the Lord had commanded His apostles’ (Matthew 28:20). The Mother of the Lord had ordered it so, at the wedding in Cana. She did not command merely to believe whatever Christ would say, but to do it: ‘His mother saith to the waiters: Whatsoever he shall say to you, do ye’ (John 2:5).

Presently, Peter felt her hand gently resting on his shoulder. No nail had pierced that hand, but a sword had pierced the immaculate heart of the Mother who, standing behind him, silently assured forgiveness to the kneeling penitent, and promised assistance to Her Son’s first Pope, now rising. Within fifty days, She would be with Peter and the ten others in this very room, when the Holy Ghost would be sent upon them, turning every believer into an ‘epistle of Christ… written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in the fleshly tables of the heart.’ (2 Co 3:3).

How long would the unfolding of Christ’s Revelation take, until His return in might and glory? A few years; a few centuries; or millennia? One thing was certain: all that was ever to be proclaimed through dogmatic promulgations in the ages to come was already lying there, before Simon’s tearful eyes, spread across the linen cloth of the Risen One. His message was imprinted on His Shroud: apparently flat, but unfathomably deep if measured in mercy – transcendentally high if gauged with joy. □

 

Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP is the author of Ego Eimi – It is I, Falling in Eucharistic Love; and the editor of the magazine Dowry.

February 16, 2019

Sunday Bulletin 17 Feb. 2019

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WEEKLY BULLETIN of ST MARY’S SHRINE  

17 February 2019

www.fssp.co.uk/warrington • 01925 635664

Watch our Mass daily on http://livemass.net/

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

 

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, or speak with Clare Fraser, St Mary’s Safeguarding Officer. Thank you for your awareness.

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

Choir: Contact Fr Verrier for an audition if you would like to join our choir – including Junior choir: iverrier@fssp.org

To receive Holy Communion: one must be a Catholic, in state of grace, one-hour fasting at least. In the EF liturgy, Holy Communion is received kneeling (unless unable to) and always on the tongue. Thank you in advance.

Did you know? St Mary’s Shrine costs £1,444/week to run and maintain. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.


Mass Intentions:

Sun 17 Septuagesima Sunday 11:00am

6:00pm

Peter Wallace (annivers.)

A Lady RIP

Mon 18 Feria: Mass of St Simeon, Bishop Martyr

Stations of the Cross for Priests 1pm

12:10pm Mike Durkan RIP
Tue 19 Feria: Requiem 12:10pm Jean RIP
Wed 20 Feria: Requiem

Mothers’ Prayer Group 1pm

12:10pm Sean Keenan RIP
Thur 21 Feria: 12:10pm Kevin King
Fri 22 Chair of St Peter, Apostle (1st Class)

Plenary Indulgence for Confraternity Members

Stations of the Cross for Priests after Mass

12:10pm Confraternity of St Peter
Sat 23 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

St Peter Damien, Bishop Confessor Doctor

10:00am

12:10pm

Pro-Life

Brenda McClean

 Sun 24 Sexagesima Sunday 11:00am

6:00pm

Nicholas Battye RIP

FSSP

Holy Masses were also offered privately for Linda Kelly, Percy Burton, Holy Souls in Purgatory, Bernadette & Alan Conor, Holy Souls, Fr O’Connor, Holy Souls, Leigh Keenan, Rosemary Murphy, Aimée Blacker.


Park safely: the fence at the rear of our car park has been damaged by car users. Please do take extra care when parking. Thank you.


Welcome to 5 extra FSSP priests from Scotland, Reading and Switzerland. We will be 8 priests in total staying at St Mary’s Priory between 18th and 20th February for our third annual FSSP-UK clergy gathering. (Due to lack of room, a couple of us will sleep on the floor, which is very good for one’s back, they say.)


Priory Campaign: 8 days ago our pre-planning applications for Community Use of the building(s) received a favourable response from Warrington Borough Council. Since then, the owner informed us that he was not selling the Buttermarket Street building(s) to us anymore. This may be God’s way to show us His Holy will, namely, to buy Priory Court instead.

This latter building stands at the rear of the car park, where the original St Mary’s school built by Pugin used to be. It comprises of three separate units, of which so far we can afford to buy only two. We urgently need benefactors (or investors)

1) to help us secure the third unit and

2) to endow us with a stable monthly income for the upkeep of the new building(s).

Our charitable status exempts us from stamp duty. The purchase cost is £80k per floor (i.e. for 79.31 square meters, or 853 square feet) to use as office; or adding circa £20k as cost of conversion into residential (Warrington Borough Council has granted the change of use to the owner for the entire building). In total, it would seem that one could get an 80 square meter flat from £100k. This includes parking space.

We still have a great opportunity to create a dynamic Catholic hub around our beautiful Pugin church! Wherever you live, please email Fr Rector if you can donate (or invest) money: malleray@fssp.org.

Please ask Our Lady for her urgent intervention in the Priory Campaign as a decision should be made this week. God bless you.

Watch the drone video of the building here.


St Mary’s young families group, usually takes place on the third Thursday of each month. As Feb 21st will be half term, this month’s meeting is postponed to the week afterwards 28th Feb. All ages welcome! Meet in the presbytery after the 12:10 Mass with your picnic. (St Mary’s school support group runs concurrently with this group, but meets weekly for catechesis/philosophy.)

Addicts: To all concerned, or in any way associated with addictions to drugs, alcohol: help is available with a very high success rate. Free.

We meet at Sr Mary’s Warrington WA1 2NS every month, last Saturday at 1pm. Confidential phone contact: 07916578902.

February 16: ordination in Wigratzbad by His Exc. Vitus Huonder, Bishop of Chur, Switzerland of our Welsh seminarian Gwilym as Exorcist and Acolyte. Three members of our congregation will carry the prayers of St Mary’s Shrine when attending the ceremony in Bavaria. In total this month 22 seminarians will have been ordained to the Minors Orders and 15 to the first Major Order of Subdeaconate.

Eucharistic Retreat at Douai Abbey: oversubscribed! Please pray for spiritual fruit for the about 50 of us meditating on the Holy Sacrament next weekend in Berkshire.

Catholic Mum makes mantillas big and small sizes for ladies (black) and girls (white) ranging from £5 to £12. Contact anjali_fletcher@yahoo.com or 07848397287.

Young Adults Group: We had a very successful trek yesterday (Sat. 16 Feb) at Tatton Park, with a dozen of us taking part, some for the first time.

Next meetings: Saturdays 9 March; 6 April;

11 May [March For Life]; 1st June; 6 July.

Family moving nearer to St Mary’s? 3-bed house to let in High Legh from April 2019, ca. £750 p/m. 20 mins / 8 miles from St Mary’s by car. Available to buy from Feb 2021. Contact Dominic Jones: dominic.jones@gmx.co.uk, 07875242761.


Plenary Indulgence for members of the Confraternity of St Peter on the feast of the Chair of St. Peter, 22nd February – 12th anniversary of the foundation of the Confraternity of St Peter. Learn more about our growing 6,446-member-strong international prayer network for priestly vocations: visit www.fssp.org/en/help-us/confraternity-of-saint-peter/.


Adults curious to know more about Catholicism? Join our Saturday evening group of catechism for adults: most Saturdays 6pm-7pm, with Fr Loewenstein.

February 13, 2019

Regina Caeli Academy UK, launching September 2019 – Open Day

Location:

Unity Hall, Barton Scouts and Guides

Sharpenhoe Road

Barton-le-Clay

MK45 4SD

 

Please join us for an Open Day for the forthcoming Regina Caeli Academy, launching in September 2019.

This is a chance to experience RCA UK first hand – you can meet the RCA UK Tutors and Board, hear from two Directors from RCA in the US and a priest from our chaplaincy, the Fraternity of St. Peter, and see the layout, books and uniform.

There will also be a Q&A session and the chance to sign up for RCA in September 2019!

1:15 Welcome and Introductions.

1:30 Meet the tutors and directors, and see how RCA UK will operate.

2:30 pm Mrs. Kari Beckman and Mrs. Collette Balmer: Regina Caeli in the U.S. – Classical Education in a Hybrid Academy.

3:15pm Fr. Patrick O’Donohue, FSSP: RCA and the mission of Catholic Education in the U.K.

3:30pm Questions and Answers.

4:15pm Close, Next Steps and Enrollment Options

February 9, 2019

Priory Campaign Update: pre-planning applications

At long last, our pre-planning applications for Community Use of the building(s) received a favourable response from Warrington Borough Council on Friday.

Although this approval is only in principle (subject to full planning application being granted once we decide which building we can afford), it will guide the purchase decision we must make imminently, based on various considerations, including the amount of money presently raised and the need for a stable income for the upkeep of the new building.

Please ask Our Lady of Lourdes (feast Monday) for more space for our activities, and for last-minute benefactors to support the Priory Campaign.

Click here for the updated Campaign webpage.

St Mary’s Bulletin Sunday 10 Feb 2019

Click here to open this bulletin as pdf.

WEEKLY BULLETIN of ST MARY’S SHRINE

10 February 2019

www.fssp.co.uk/warrington • 01925 635664

Watch our Mass daily on http://livemass.net/

Buttermarket Street, Warrington WA1 2NS

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[Feast of the Apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary Immaculate in Lourdes, 11 February. Did you know? For years the FSSP has been in charge of the EF Mass in Lourdes.

Visit us on your next pilgrimage: http://www.tarbes-lourdes.fssp.fr/.]

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

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, or speak with Clare Fraser, St Mary’s Safeguarding Officer. Thank you for your awareness.

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

Choir: Contact Fr Verrier for an audition if you would like to join our choir – including Junior choir: iverrier@fssp.org

To receive Holy Communion: one must be a Catholic, in state of grace, one-hour fasting at least. In the EF liturgy, Holy Communion is received kneeling (unless unable to) and always on the tongue. Thank you in advance.

Did you know? St Mary’s Shrine costs £1,444/week to run and maintain. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Mass Intentions:

Sun 10 5th  Sunday after Epiphany 11:00am

6:00pm

Diane Merriman RIP

Diane Oxberry RIP

Mon 11 Our Lady of Lourdes

Stations of the Cross for Priests 1pm

12:10pm Bernadette Norris
Tue 12 Seven Holy Founders of the Order of the Servants of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Confessors 12:10pm Margaret Heart RIP
Wed 13 Feria: Requiem Mass

Mothers’ Prayer Group 1pm

12:10pm Anne K. Norris RIP
Thur 14 Feria: Mass of St Valentine, Priest Martyr 12:10pm Ryan Fraser (birthday)
Fri 15 Feria: Mass of Sts Faustinus & Jovita, Martyrs

Stations of the Cross for Priests 1pm

12:10pm Jim Syred
Sat 16 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Our Lady’s Saturday

10:00am

12:10pm

Vocations

Margaret Ross

 Sun 17 Septuagesima Sunday 11:00am

6:00pm

Peter Wallace (annivers.)

A Lady RIP


At long last, our pre-planning applications for Community Use of the building(s) received a favourable response from Warrington Borough Council on Friday.

Although this approval is only in principle (subject to full planning application being granted once we decide which building we can afford), it will guide the purchase decision we must make imminently, based on various considerations, including the amount of money presently raised and the need for a stable income for the upkeep of the new building.

Please ask Our Lady of Lourdes (feast Monday) for more space for our activities, and for last-minute benefactors to support the Priory Campaign.

Click here for the updated Campaign webpage.


St Mary’s young families group, usually takes place on the third Thursday of each month. As Feb 21st will be half term, this month’s meeting is postponed to the week afterwards 28th Feb. All ages welcome! Meet in the presbytery after the 12:10 Mass with your picnic. (St Mary’s school support group runs concurrently with this group, but meets weekly for catechesis/philosophy.)

Addicts: To all concerned, or in any way associated with addictions to drugs, alcohol: help is available with a very high success rate. Free.

We meet at Sr Mary’s Warrington WA1 2NS every month, last Saturday at 1pm. Confidential phone contact: 07916578902.

February 16: ordination in Wigratzbad by His Exc. Vitus Huonder, Bishop of Chur, Switzerland of our Welsh seminarian Gwilym as Exorcist and Acolyte. In total this month 22 seminarians will have been ordained to the Minors Orders and 15 to the first Major Order of Subdeaconate.


Young Adults Group: Saturday 16th February: Meet the deer at Tatton Park. A deer park since 1290, Tatton’s Parkland is now home to herds of Red and Fallow deer which roam freely in the wide open spaces. Park in street at Rostherne Ln, Rostherne, Knutsford WA16 6SA and walk on as a group at 11:00am. Walk duration about 2 ½ hrs, with lunch break in cafeteria. Or depart at 10:30am from St Mary’s Warrington, after optional Eucharistic adoration from 10am. Return to car park around 4pm.

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Next meetings: Saturdays 9 March; 6 April; 11 May [March For Life]; 1st June; 6 July.


Family moving nearer to St Mary’s? 3-bed house to let in High Legh from April 2019, ca. £750 p/m. 20 mins / 8 miles from St Mary’s by car. Available to buy from Feb 2021. Contact Dominic Jones: dominic.jones@gmx.co.uk, 07875242761.

Plenary Indulgence for members of the Confraternity of St Peter on the feast of the Chair of St. Peter, 22nd February.

Adults curious to know more about Catholicism? Join our Saturday evening group of catechism for adults: most Saturdays 6pm-7pm, with Fr Loewenstein. We are very glad that 7 adults have been coming regularly to learn about the Catholic faith and be received into the Church.

Thursday 4th July 2019 at 7:00pm, Confirmations.

Great Pro-Life events with sponsorship from St Mary’s: p.boyle400@btinternet.com.

  1. SPUC Youth Conference 15-17 March 2019 Milton Keynes. Booking/info: www.spuc.org.uk With Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP
  2. March for Life, London Sat. 11th May 2019.

Clergy Retreat 13-17 May 2019, Douai Abbey, £333.00, with Fr de Malleray, FSSP


Pentecost Pilgrimage to Chartres 7-11 June 2019. Your contact for St Mary’s and the North West: Conor Jones: conorjj79@gmail.com.

Join our young (and less young) adults, with

Fr Patrick O’Donohue, FSSP (based in Reading). Book early for LMS sponsorship.

Contact: chartresuk.blogspot.com/


Becoming Saints in an Anti-Christian World

Douai Abbey, Berks, 19-21 July 2019

Convivial Weekend for young adults 18-35 with doctrinal and spiritual talks, debates, Holy Mass, Confessions and Eucharistic Adoration. Organised by Juventutem London: juventutemldn@gmail.com or +44 7768 060068


Summer Camps 2019 for children aged 10-13 & 14-17 in Macclesfield SK10 5RW: Boys 5-10 Aug; Girls 12-17 Aug. Contact priest: odonohue@fssp.org

February 2, 2019

Sunday Bulletin 3 Feb 2019

Click here to open this bulletin as pdf.

WEEKLY BULLETIN of ST MARY’S SHRINE

3 February 2019

www.fssp.co.uk/warrington • 01925 635664

Watch our Mass daily on http://livemass.net/ 

Buttermarket Street, Warrington WA1 2NS

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

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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

 

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, or speak with Clare Fraser, St Mary’s Safeguarding Officer. Thank you for your awareness.

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

Choir: Contact Fr Verrier for an audition if you would like to join our choir – including Junior choir: iverrier@fssp.org

To receive Holy Communion: one must be a Catholic, in state of grace, one-hour fasting at least. In the EF liturgy, Holy Communion is received kneeling (unless unable to) and always on the tongue. Thank you in advance.

Did you know? St Mary’s Shrine costs £1,444/week to run and maintain. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.


Mass Intentions:

Sun 3 4th  Sunday after Epiphany 11:00am

6:00pm

William d’Arcy (anniv.)

Annie Doyle RIP

Mon 4 St Andrew Corsini, Bishop Confessor

Stations of the Cross for Priests 1pm

12:10pm Colette Hanna (cancer)
Tue 5 St Agatha, Virgin Martyr 12:10pm Louisa RIP
Wed 6 St Titus, Bishop Confessor

Mothers’ Prayer Group 1pm

12:10pm Louis King
Thur 7 St Romuald, Abbot 12:10pm Catherine Nelson
Fri 8 St John of Matha, Confessor [cf picture above]

Stations of the Cross for Priests 1pm

12:10pm Order of F. M. Conv. (GB)
Sat 9 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

St Cyril of Alexandria, Bishop Confessor Doctor

10:00am

12:10pm

Families

Jane RIP

 Sun 10 5th  Sunday after Epiphany 11:00am

6:00pm

Diane Merriman RIP

Please pray for a fruitful retreat to be given this week by Fr Loewenstein to the Carmelite nuns of Lanherne in Cornwall (picture)

cf www.friendsoflanherne.org/p/the-sisters-at-lanherne.html

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Our Thursday family school meets as usual from 1pm to 4:30pm, including Benediction of the Bl. Sacrament and classes by Fr Verrier on Catechism and Fr de Malleray on Christian art (covering for Fr Loewenstein’s weekly Philosophy class).

Priory Campaign: We hope for a decision soon, after some administrative steps. Please continue to pray for more space for our activities.

Addicts: To all concerned, or in any way associated with addictions to drugs, alcohol: help is available with a very high success rate. Free.

We meet at Sr Mary’s Warrington WA1 2NS every month, last Saturday at 1pm.

Confidential phone contact: 07916578902.


February 16: ordination in Wigratzbad by His Exc. Vitus Huonder, Bishop of Chur, Switzerland of our Welsh seminarian Gwilym as Exorcist and Acolyte. In total this month 22 seminarians will have been ordained to the Minors Orders and 15 to the first Major Order of Subdeaconate.


Young Adults Group: Saturday 16th February: Meet the deer at Tatton Park. in street at Rostherne Ln, Rostherne, Knutsford WA16 6SA and walk on as a group at 11:00am. Walk duration about 2 ½ hrs, with lunch break in cafeteria. Or depart at 10:30am from St Mary’s Warrington. Next meetings: Saturdays 9 March; 6 April; 11 May [March For Life]; 1st June; 6 July.


Thank you for your prayer and logistical help during our Vocation discernment residential retreat last weekend. Please pray for the 6 young men who attended.

We welcome into the Church Baby Agnes Dakin, who was baptised last Sunday. Congratulations to her parents Craig and Chloe.

The Role of the Family in Building a Culture of Life: Second Annual Retreat Saturday 9th February for young (18+) Catholics in healthcare and young (18+) Catholic adults. The Rosary Shrine, St Dominic’s Priory, London NW5 4LB. Cf facebook.com/cmaenglandandwales

Adults curious to know more about Catholicism? Join our Saturday evening group of catechism for adults: most Saturdays 6pm-7pm, with Fr Loewenstein. We are very glad that 7 adults have been coming regularly to learn about the Catholic faith and be received into the Church.

Thursday 4th July 2019 at 7:00pm, Confirmations.


SYNOD 2020: On Sunday 3rd February at 3.00pm, the Archbishop, at a special service in the Cathedral, will celebrate formally the calling of a Synod for the Archdiocese of Liverpool.


Archdiocesan Safeguarding Department warns against spam/fishing extortion emails. These emails typically take the format of informing that your account/devices/camera has been hacked, you have been filmed accessing inappropriate material, and you need to pay a sum of money or they will release these videos to everyone on your contact list. DO NOT respond to these emails or click on any links within. Certainly, do not make any payments. Please report any fraudulent emails to Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk. Once reported, delete and block the sender.


Great Pro-Life events with sponsorship from St Mary’s: p.boyle400@btinternet.com.

  1. SPUC Youth Conference 15-17 March 2019 Milton Keynes. Booking/info: www.spuc.org.uk With Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP
  2. March for Life, London Sat. 11th May 2019.

Clergy Retreat 13-17 May 2019, Douai Abbey, £333.00, with Fr de Malleray, FSSP

Pentecost Pilgrimage to Chartres 7-11 June 2019. Join our young adults, with Fr Patrick O’Donohue, FSSP (based in Reading). Book early for LMS sponsorship. Contact: chartresuk.blogspot.com/


Becoming Saints in an Anti-Christian World

Douai Abbey, Berks, 19-21 July 2019

Convivial Weekend for young adults 18-35 with doctrinal and spiritual talks, debates, Holy Mass, Confessions and Eucharistic Adoration. Organised by Juventutem London: juventutemldn@gmail.com or +44 7768 060068

Summer Camps 2019 for children aged 10-13 & 14-17 in Macclesfield SK10 5RW: Boys 5-10 Aug; Girls 12-17 Aug. Contact priest: odonohue@fssp.org

January 25, 2019

St Mary’s Bulletin 27 Jan 2019

Click here to open this bulletin as pdf.

WEEKLY BULLETIN of ST MARY’S SHRINE 27 January 2019

www.fssp.co.uk/warrington • 01925 635664

Watch our Mass daily on http://livemass.net/

Buttermarket Street, Warrington WA1 2NS

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

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Painting : Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Temple

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

 

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, or speak with Clare Fraser, St Mary’s Safeguarding Officer. Thank you for your awareness.

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

Choir: Contact Fr Verrier for an audition if you would like to join our choir – including Junior choir: iverrier@fssp.org

To receive Holy Communion: one must be a Catholic, in state of grace, one-hour fasting at least. In the EF liturgy, Holy Communion is received kneeling (unless unable to) and always on the tongue. Thank you in advance.

Did you know? St Mary’s Shrine costs £1,444/week to run and maintain. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Mass Intentions:

Sun 27 3rd Sunday after Epiphany

(Baptism of Agnes Dakin at 10:00am)

11:00am

6:00pm

John O’Leary RIP

Holy Souls

Mon 28 St Peter Nolesco, Confessor

Stations of the Cross for Priests 1pm

12:10pm Donald Pennington RIP
Tue 29 St Francis de Sales, Bishop Confessor Doctor 12:10pm Pope Emeritus Benedict
Wed 30 St Martina, Virgin Martyr

Mothers’ Prayer Group 1pm

12:10pm Caroline McSorley
Thur 31 St John Bosco, Confessor 12:10pm Conall McSorley
Fri 1

First Fri.

St Ignatius, Bishop Martyr Votive Mass of the Sacred Heart

Stations of the Cross for Priests 1pm

7pm Mass followed by Exposition of the Bl. Sacrament including 1st Friday Devotions.

12:10pm

 

7:00pm

Nicholas Battye RIP

 

Holy Souls in Purgatory

Sat 2

First Sat

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Purification of the Bl. V. Mary (Candlemass), 2nd Class

Bring near Communion rail any candles you wish to be blessed and take away with you after Mass. Procession.

10:00am

12:10pm

St Mary’s Shrine

Baby Jacob Jones

 Sun 3 4th  Sunday after Epiphany 11:00am

6:00pm

William d’Arcy (anniv.)

Annie Doyle RIP


ADDICTS: To all concerned, or in any way associated with addictions to drugs, alcohol: help is available with a very high success rate. Free.

We meet at Sr Mary’s Warrington WA1 2NS every month, last Saturday at 1pm.

Confidential phone contact: 07916578902.


Our fantastic young adults & professionals!

They love to discuss their faith, visit shrines and ruined abbeys (and sip a pint of Guinness) – and some of them joyfully commit to matrimony or to consecrated life! See two pictures of our latest excursion to Holywell, and of Matthew and Gemma’s betrothal ceremony, both last week.

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Young Adults Group: Saturday 16th February: Meet the deer at Tatton Park. A deer park since 1290, Tatton’s Parkland is now home to herds of Red and Fallow deer which roam freely in the wide open spaces. Park in street at Rostherne Ln, Rostherne, Knutsford WA16 6SA and walk on as a group at 11:00am. Walk duration about 2 ½ hrs, with lunch break in cafeteria. Or depart at 10:30am from St Mary’s Warrington, after optional Eucharistic adoration from 10am. Return to car park around 4pm. Next meetings: Saturdays 9 March; 6 April; 11 May [March For Life]; 1st June; 6 July.

Image may contain: tree, sky, outdoor and nature


Please pray for the 6 young men attending our Vocation Discernment Weekend 25-27 Jan. 2019. We give thanks for 11 new UK priests ordained for the FSSP over the past 16 years.

Congratulations to Sue, Maureen, Diego and Myriam, who will be enrolled in our international prayer network for priestly vocations, the Confraternity of St Peter, next 29th January, on the feast of St Francis de Sales. Like them, make your prayer for vocations more efficient through https://www.fssp.org/en/help-us/confraternity-of-saint-peter/, and have 460 FSSP clerics + 6,446 Confraternity members include you in their daily prayers.


We welcome into the Church Baby Agnes Dakin, to be baptized on Sunday at 10am. Congratulations to her parents Craig and Chloe.


The Role of the Family in Building a Culture of Life: Second Annual Retreat Saturday 9th February for young (18+) Catholics in healthcare and young (18+) Catholic adults. The Rosary Shrine, St Dominic’s Priory, London NW5 4LB.  http://theroleofthefamily.eventbrite.co.uk; facebook.com/cmaenglandandwales


Adults curious to know more about Catholicism? Join our Saturday evening group of catechism for adults: most Saturdays 6pm-7pm, with Fr Loewenstein. We are very glad that 7 adults have been coming regularly to learn about the Catholic faith and be received into the Church.

Thursday 4th July 2019 at 7:00pm, Confirmation by His Grace Archbishop Malcolm McMahon, OP of Liverpool, at St Mary’s Shrine.

Contact: padrek@libero.it.


SYNOD 2020: On Sunday 3rd February at 3.00pm, the Archbishop, at a special service in the Cathedral, will celebrate formally the calling of a Synod for the Archdiocese of Liverpool.


Great Pro-Life events with sponsorship from St Mary’s: p.boyle400@btinternet.com.

  1. SPUC Youth Conference 15-17 March 2019 Milton Keynes. Booking/info: www.spuc.org.uk With Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP
  2. March for Life, London Sat. 11th May 2019.

Clergy Retreat 13-17 May 2019, Douai Abbey, £333.00, with Fr de Malleray, FSSP


Pentecost Pilgrimage to Chartres 7-11 June 2019. Join our young adults, with Fr Patrick O’Donohue, FSSP (based in Reading). Book early for LMS sponsorship. Contact: chartresuk.blogspot.com/


Becoming Saints in an Anti-Christian World

Douai Abbey, Berks, 19-21 July 2019

Convivial Weekend for young adults 18-35 with doctrinal and spiritual talks, debates, Holy Mass, Confessions and Eucharistic Adoration. Organised by Juventutem London: juventutemldn@gmail.com or +44 7768 060068

January 18, 2019

St Mary’s Sunday Bulletin 20 Jan 2019

Click here to open this bulletin as pdf.

TOMORROW: Young Adults Group: excursion to Holywell Saturday (19 Jan.). Next meeting: Saturday 16th February.


WEEKLY BULLETIN of ST MARY’S SHRINE

20 January 2019

www.fssp.co.uk/warrington • 01925 635664

Watch our Mass daily on http://livemass.net/

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

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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, or speak with Clare Fraser, St Mary’s Safeguarding Officer. Thank you for your awareness.

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

Choir: Contact Fr Verrier for an audition if you would like to join our choir – including Junior choir: iverrier@fssp.org

To receive Holy Communion: one must be a Catholic, in state of grace, one-hour fasting at least. In the EF liturgy, Holy Communion is received kneeling (unless unable to) and always on the tongue. Thank you in advance.

Did you know? St Mary’s Shrine costs £1,444/week to run and maintain. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Mass Intentions:

Sun 20 2nd Sunday after Epiphany 11:00am

6:00pm

Steve & Jenny

Harry & Teresa Webster

Mon 21 St Agnes, Virgin & Martyr

Stations of the Cross for Priests 1pm

12:10pm Holy Souls
Tue 22 St Vincent & Anastasius, Martyrs

Sung Funeral Mass for Pamela Legge

 12:10pm Pamela Legge RIP
Wed 23 St Raymund of Penafort, Confessor

Mothers’ Prayer Group 1pm

12:10pm Vincent Callan RIP
Thur 24 St Timothy, Bishop & Martyr 12:10pm Martin Studdon
Fri 25 Conversion of St Paul, Apostle

Stations of the Cross for Priests 1pm

12:10pm William (with cancer)
Sat 26 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

St Polycarp, Bishop Martyr

10:00am

12:10pm

Vocations

Maureen Heart RIP

 Sun 27 3rd Sunday after Epiphany 11:00am

6:00pm

John O’Leary RIP

Holy Souls

 

Devotion of Our Lady Untier of Knots: over 60 from the Warrington pastoral area attended last Tuesday. What a beautiful Marian devotion!

Young Adults Group: excursion to Holywell Saturday (19 Jan.). Next meeting: Saturday 16th February.


Please pray for the 7 young men attending our Vocation Discernment Weekend 25-27 Jan. 2019, Warrington. We had 19 new priests ordained worldwide in 2018, and 18 ordained in 2017.

We give thanks for 1 new priest from the UK ordained every year over the past 4 years, and more generally for 11 of them ordained over the past 16 years: Fr Konrad Loewenstein in 2002; Fr Brendan Gerard in 2006; Frs Matthew Goddard and William Barker in 2009; Fr Simon Harkins in 2010; Fr Matthew McCarthy in 2011; Fr Ian Verrier in 2015; Fr James Mawdsley in 2016; Frs Alex Stewart and Krzysztof Sanetra in 2017; Fr Seth Phipps last 9th June. Please pray for them (www.fssp.org/en/help-us/confraternity-of-saint-peter/) and for many more to enter the lists!


The Role of the Family in Building a Culture of Life: Second Annual Retreat Saturday 9th February

for young (18+) Catholics in healthcare and young (18+) Catholic adults.

Organised by the Catholic Medical Association’s 

Committee for the New Evangelization 

The Rosary Shrine, St Dominic’s Priory, London NW5 4LB

11:30 Mass, followed by lunch, talks, and tour of the shrine. Day ends at 18:00

£10 suggested donation (includes lunch)

For more information and to register:

http://theroleofthefamily.eventbrite.co.uk

facebook.com/cmaenglandandwales

– Registration essential as places limited –


Adults curious to know more about Catholicism? Join our Saturday evening group of catechism for adults: most Saturdays 6pm-7pm, with Fr Loewenstein. We are very glad that 7 adults have been coming regularly to learn about the Catholic faith and be received into the Church.

This will take place, please God, on Sunday 23rd June, external solemnity of Corpus Christi. The new Catholics will receive First Holy Communion that day (with other candidates). All are invited to pray for them and to join the Eucharistic procession across town that afternoon.

Two weeks later, on Thursday 4th July 2019 at 7:00pm, they will receive the sacrament of Confirmation from His Grace Archbishop Malcolm McMahon, OP of Liverpool, at St Mary’s Shrine.

Please contact Fr Loewenstein to join the adults group or to receive Confirmation or First Communion this here year: padrek@libero.it.


Betrothal ceremony: Congratulations to Mr Matthew Stankiewicz from St Helens and Miss Gemma Drury from Colchester, who will be betrothed at St Mary’s on Monday 21st January, 12 noon. Please pray for the young couple as they formally begin preparation to the sacrament of Matrimony.


SYNOD 2020: On Sunday 3rd February at 3.00pm, the Archbishop, at a special service in the Cathedral, will celebrate formally the calling of a Synod for the Archdiocese of Liverpool.


PRIORY CAMPAIGN: By the end of January, a pre-planning application process should hopefully confirm the change of use from ‘Business’ to ‘Community’, enabling our trustees to decide which part of the building(s) to purchase.  Meanwhile, further donations are gratefully received, as we have only 1/3 of the asking price. Contact malleray@fssp.org for any inquiries.


Great Pro-Life events with sponsorship from St Mary’s: p.boyle400@btinternet.com.

  1. SPUC Youth Conference 15-17 March 2019 Milton Keynes. Booking/info: www.spuc.org.uk With Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP
  2. March for Life, London Sat. 11th May 2019.

Clergy Retreat 13-17 May 2019, Douai Abbey, £333.00, with Fr de Malleray, FSSP


Pentecost Pilgrimage to Chartres 7-11 June 2019. Join our young adults, with Fr Patrick O’Donohue, FSSP (based in Reading). Book early for LMS sponsorship. Contact: chartresuk.blogspot.com/


Becoming Saints in an Anti-Christian World

Douai Abbey, Berks, 19-21 July 2019

Convivial Weekend for young adults 18-35 with doctrinal and spiritual talks, debates, Holy Mass, Confessions and Eucharistic Adoration. Organised by Juventutem London: juventutemldn@gmail.com or +44 7768 060068

 

January 11, 2019

St Mary’s Sunday Bulletin 13 January 2019

Click here to open this bulletin as pdf.

 

WEEKLY BULLETIN of ST MARY’S SHRINE

13 January 2019

www.fssp.co.uk/warrington • 01925 635664

Watch our Mass daily on http://livemass.net/

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

 

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, or speak with Clare Fraser, St Mary’s Safeguarding Officer. Thank you for your awareness.

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

Choir: Contact Fr Verrier for an audition if you would like to join our choir – including Junior choir: iverrier@fssp.org

 

To receive Holy Communion: one must be a Catholic, in state of grace, one-hour fasting at least. In the EF liturgy, Holy Communion is received kneeling (unless unable to) and always on the tongue. Thank you in advance.

Did you know? St Mary’s Shrine costs £1,444/week to run and maintain. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

 

Mass Intentions:

Sun 13 The Holy Family 11:00am

6:00pm

Martin Gately

Souls in Purgatory

Mon 14 St Kentigern, Bishop Confessor

+ Stations of the Cross for Priests 1pm

12:10pm Maureen Heart RIP
Tue 15 St Paul the First Hermit, Confessor  12:10pm Souls in Purgatory
Wed 16 St Marcellus I, Pope Martyr

Mothers’ Prayer Group 1pm

12:10pm For an invalid
Thur 17 St Anthony, Abbot 12:10pm Gerard Wallace RIP
Fri 18 Feria: Comm. of St Prisca, Virgin Martyr

Stations of the Cross for Priests 1pm

12:10pm Bridie Ford RIP
Sat 19 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

St Benet Biscop, Abbot

10:00am

12:10pm

Families

Forgotten Holy Souls

 Sun 20 2nd Sunday after Epiphany 11:00am

6:00pm

Steve & Jenny

Harry & Teresa Webster

 

Frs de Malleray, Loewenstein and Verrier wish you a blessed New civil Year and thank you wholeheartedly for your Christmas cards and offerings.


SPUC White Flower Appeal this Sunday

The Society for the protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) is currently campaigning to stop the decriminalisation of abortion, which means taking abortion outside the law.

This is the most dangerous threat to unborn children and their mothers in decades.

Please be as generous as you can to help us defeat this latest attack on unborn babies and their mothers and to stop abortion getting even worse in this country by decriminalisation.

Meet the SPUC representative after Mass in the Narthex.


Devotion of Our Lady Untier of Knots: Tuesday 15th January, 7:30pm, at St Mary’s. Talk on untying the knots of problematic human relationships, followed by prayers and refreshments. This is part of a novena across the Warrington Pastoral area. We gladly welcome members of other parishes and their clergy.

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Young Adults Group: Sat 19th January, for 18-35: excursion to Holywell, the only place of pilgrimage where pilgrims have come without interruption even during Penal Times, due to the reputation of sanctity of the martyred virgin St Winifred, a wonderful intercessor for holy purity.

10am: Depart from St Mary’s Warrington: let us know if you need a lift or can offer a lift: iverrier@fssp.org. 11am: Meet at the large car park right outside the Catholic Church: 15 Well Street, Holywell CH8 7PL. 4pm/5pm: back in Warrington. Bring your friends along!


Vocation Weekend 25-27 Jan. 2019, Warrington, for Catholic men 18-30. Already 8 men booked in.  Contact: malleray@ssp.org

Please pray for many saintly priestly vocations.

Visit https://www.fssp.org/en/help-us/confraternity-of-saint-peter/


 

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Adults curious to know more about Catholicism? Join our Saturday evening group of catechism for adults: most Saturdays 6pm-7pm, with Fr Loewenstein.

We are very glad that 7 adults have been coming regularly to learn about the Catholic faith and be received into the Church.

This will take place, please God, on Sunday 23rd June, external solemnity of Corpus Christi. The new Catholics will receive First Holy Communion that day (with other candidates). All are invited to pray for them and to join the Eucharistic procession across town that afternoon.

 

Two weeks later, on Thursday 4th July 2019 at 7:00pm, they will receive the sacrament of Confirmation from His Grace Archbishop Malcolm McMahon, OP of Liverpool, at St Mary’s Shrine.

 

Please contact Fr Loewenstein to join the adults group or to receive Confirmation or First Communion this here year: padrek@libero.it.


Marriage banns: Mr Joshua Langley will marry Miss Samantha Fraser at St Mary’s Shrine on Saturday 22nd June 2019, 12:10pm. Please pray for the engaged couple as they continue their preparation.


SYNOD 2020: On Sunday 3rd February at 3.00pm, the Archbishop, at a special service in the Cathedral, will celebrate formally the calling of a Synod for the Archdiocese of Liverpool. This Service will begin an important period of time leading up to the Synod itself in October 2020. As the Archbishop himself said in his Pastoral Letter for Synod Sunday 2018 the Synod is the time when we choose the path to walk on.

Everyone is welcome to come to this service.


PRIORY CAMPAIGN: By the end of January, a pre-planning application process should hopefully confirm the change of use from ‘Business’ to ‘Community’, enabling our trustees to decide which part of the building(s) to purchase.  Meanwhile, further donations are gratefully received, as we have only 1/3 of the asking price. Contact malleray@fssp.org for any inquiries.


Eucharistic Retreat: Guesthouse full!

Overflow shared accommodation still available: the last 10 spaces out of 50 in total. Book while you can – for our Eucharistic Retreat 22-24 Feb 2019, Douai Abbey, Upper Woolhampton, Reading, Berkshire RG7 5TQ. Book directly with guestmaster@douaiabbey.org.uk.


SPUC Youth Conference 15-17 March 2019 Milton Keynes. Sponsorship from St Mary’s: p.boyle400@btinternet.com.

Booking/info: www.spuc.org.uk