Thanks to Rorate for the link to these photos of the ordinations yesterday at Chartres for the FSSP. Happy Feast Day.
Friday, 27 June 2014
We hear a lot about the role of the laity nowadays. This is sometimes backed-up with quotes from Christifideles Laici. Never in my experience is reference made to later documents such as The Priest, Pastor and Leader of the Parish Community of 2002 and before that in 1997 On Certain Questions Regarding the Collaboration of the Non-Ordained Faithful in theSacred Ministry of the Priest. I would have imagined these would be key to any discussion of these matters.
Anyway, I decided to write this because at present the laity of St Wilfrid`s are working hard to save their church. I`ve never seen lay activity like it. A lot of time and effort has been put in as well as financial support. Death concentrates the mind and the threat of closure has galvanised the congregation of St Wilfrid`s. The church looks the best I`ve seen it with lots of decorating being done on the exterior. Even the wilderness that is the huge garden is being tackled. I only hope that it turns things round and St Wilfrid`s will get a reprieve
Wednesday, 25 June 2014
Priestly Fraternity of St Peter to begin new apostolates this autumn
The FSSP is to expand in major cities: in Texas (El Paso), and in several other important locations in North America and Europe, to be announced later this summer.
Friday, 20 June 2014
I`m happy to report that we had a beautiful Mass, procession and Benediction last night for the feast of Corpus Christi. We had a congregation of about 50-60 although the lure of watching the England team lose to Uruguay proved too strong for some who left before the procession began. Here are a few photos courtesy of Pat. We were joined by Paul Dewhurst and his Westland Singers from Sunderland whose lovely singing made it a very special occasion. Rorate Caeli had drawn attention to it being the 750th anniversary of the promulgation of the bull, Transiturus, establishing the feast so as most of us won`t be around for the 800th anniversary I read it out as it is quite short.
The procession went well although as the pictures reveal keeping a canopy taut is not easy not to mention trying to get under road signs and trees. I had informed the police and a patrol car appeared during our walk. We were also photographed by a couple of girls from the Gateshead Orthodox Jewish community I was told!
So the next High Mass is on July 26th to mark the martyrdom of St John Ingram. Sadly we won`t have the Westland Singers but I`m sure it will be a splendid occasion.