Sunday, 19 August 2018

Rome


exaudi, regina tui pulcherrima mundi,
inter sidereos Roma recepta polos,
exaudi, genetrix hominum genetrixque deorum,
non procul a caelo per tua templa sumus:
te canimus semperque, sinent dum fata, canemus:
sospes nemo potest immemor esse tui.
obruerint citius scelerata oblivia solem,
quam tuus ex nostro corde recedat honos.
nam solis radiis aequalia munera tendis,
qua circumfusus fluctuat Oceanus.
volvitur ipse tibi, qui continet omnia, Phoebus
eque tuis ortos in tua condit equos.
te non flammigeris Libye tardavit harenis,
non armata suo reppulit Ursa gelu:
quantum vitalis natura tetendit in axes,
tantum virtuti pervia terra tuae.
fecisti patriam diversis gentibus unam:
profuit iniustis te dominante capi.
dumque offers victis proprii consortia iuris,
urbem fecisti quod prius orbis erat. 

Rutilius Namatianus: De reditu suo ll 47-66

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Corpus Christi




There will be a Solemn High Mass, procession and Benediction for the feast of Corpus Christi on Thursday May 31st at St Joseph`s, Gateshead at 7pm. Music by the Westland Singers. This is normally a wonderful event. Shared table in the Ingram Hall afterwards.  All welcome.

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Archbishop Sample on the Latin Mass and the young.



Thanks to the Catholic Herald for drawing attention to this interesting homily by archbishop Sample of Portland given at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC on April 28th. Very encouraging.


Sunday, 29 April 2018

Good News from Paris

I was interested to read the story that from now on training in the Extraordinary Form will be part of the regular programme of study for the seminarians at the Paris seminary. This is the logical outcome of Summorum Pontificum. It came about at the request of the 80 diocesan seminarians who are allowed to choose a topic for study each year and this time chose Summorum Pontificum. The report says the French Episcopal Conference were not entirely happy about it but it is going ahead. On February 2nd the whole seminary attended Mass at Saint-Louis-en-l’Île celebrated by the abbot of Le Barroux, the Extraordinary Form monastery near Avignon.


It`s taking a while to happen in England but surely will come. Paris recently got a new archbishop., Michel Aupetit. In his previous diocese a celebration was held in Nanterre cathedral last year for the 10th anniversary of Summorum Pontificum. So slowly but surely things are looking up.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

St Joseph`s 1957



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This recently came my way after a funeral when the family were sorting out their father`s belongings. I don`t have a record player so am getting it transferred so as to be able to listen to it. Not sure whether I'll think it's wonderful and regret how much we've lost or find it's terrible and not be surprised that people were ready for something new! On the other side is a sermon by Fr Hugh Lavery. When it`s ready I hope to put a link here.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

The Triduum


MAUNDY  THURSDAY  St  Wilfrid`s  7pm  Mass  of  the  Lord`s  Supper:  Joint Mass of English and Polish communities. Watching until 10pm. 

GOOD FRIDAY St Joseph`s. 11am Stations of the Cross
3pm Commemoration of the Lord`s Passion. 


HOLY SATURDAY St Joseph`s: Confessions 12-12.30pm
Easter Vigil Mass 6pm


EASTER SUNDAY
St Wilfrid`s Mass 9.30am;  St Joseph`s: Latin Mass 12 noon ( Missa Cantata: Music by Westland singers)

Sunday, 25 March 2018

The Pope on tattoos.


Pope Francis has been speaking about the usefulness of tattoos. The Telegraph reports:

At a meeting with young people ahead of an upcoming Synod of Catholic bishops, Pope Francis told them "don't be afraid of tattoos".
Answering a question from a Ukranian student priest about how to respond to present-day culture, the pope told his audience of around 300 young people that tattoos were not necessarily a bad thing.
He mentioned cultural examples where tattoos have been a symbol of religious faith, such as in Eritrea, where it used to be common for Christian girls to have a tattoo of a cross on their foreheads as a symbol of beauty.

This will be good news to Gary who runs the tattoo shop just across the road from St Joseph`s as I`m sure he would be pleased to have papal approval and encouragement. A couple of the staff from the shop rent car parking spaces from the church so I`ll be sure to let them know what the Pope has said.

It may mean more work for me too. As someone who is supposed to know something about Latin the most common request I get for my help is to translate mottos people want as part of their tattoo into Latin. It`s an interesting phenomenon: I presume having it in Latin seems to give it an authority and timelessness that English lacks..

A parishioner asks :

Are you going to arrange a job-lot for parishioners with the tattoo parlour across the road?

Will there be reduced rates for clergy?