Hooray for the Emerald Isle!
Saturday, 27 February 2010
This applies to bad news as well, of course, such as the recent CSF (Children, Schools and Families) Bill currently going through parliament and about which many Catholic bloggers have commented. See here and here .
E F Pastor Emeritus has just posted three new videos on priesthood produced by the Congregation for Clergy. I think they are excellent and I include the first one here.
Friday, 26 February 2010
Tuesday, 23 February 2010
Permission to receive Holy Communion in the hand is an indult and not an obligation, and as such may be rescinded at any time.
We have many people in the parish who receive Holy Communion in the hand and many who receive on the tongue.
I am very happy for Holy Communion to be received in either way but whichever method you choose to adopt, the most important thing is that it should done 'reverently'. Reverence is the key word in both of these videos.
Sunday, 21 February 2010
PS. We had a lovely crowd at Rosary and Benediction this afternoon. Let's see if we can make it 'standing room only' next week!
Saturday, 20 February 2010
Tuesday, 16 February 2010
The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and runs until the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday.
The ashes we receive symbolise death and remind us of our own mortality and judgement, requesting us to look again at our lives and cleanse ourselves of our sins so that we may be prepared to face the final judgement.
The wearing of ashes is also a sign of humility before God and our neighbour. Ashes on our forehead is a visible reminder, both to ourselves and others, of our sinful nature and our need for God's forgiveness.
The wearing of ashes, this outward sign, is meaningless unless it is accompanied by true and sincere sorrow for our sins.
The prophet Joel says:
return to me with all your heart,
'Yet even now, says the Lord,
with fasting, weeping and with mourning;
rend your hearts and not your clothes.
Return to the Lord, your God,
for he is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger, rich in mercy.'(Joel 2: 12-13)
Have a holy and prayerful Lent.
Monday, 15 February 2010
Through the ages, the Church has always had its share of critics and Fr Nichols says that 'very often their criticisms are rooted in fundamental misunderstandings or in a failure to grasp the Church teaching.'
He is critical of those who, as he says, 'are inspired by modernist rationalism' and therefore reject the supernatural; those who accept the New Age as a substitute for the doctrine of Salvation. He scrutinises theologians, those who reject both the historical and biblical basis for Christianity. Added to that list are the feminists, Protestants and progressive Catholics and those 'who regard the Church's sexual ethics as "unrealistic"'
Saturday, 13 February 2010
I'm only sorry that not everybody who helps in the parish was able to join us.
I am very grateful to our social committee who worked hard to give us a delicious lunch. They were in the parish hall all morning setting up and decorating the tables and I know they also spent time shopping for ingredients and preparing the food at home. Thank you all very much.
This excellent booklet looks at many difficult questions often asked about our faith, both by Catholics and those of other faiths or of no faith at all.
The authors respond positively to questions about the existence of God, about science and faith, the Bible, the Church and the Sacraments and morality.
I highly recommend this little booklet to you. It's available from the Catholic Truth Society at just £2.95.
Friday, 12 February 2010
The only thing I would add, is to say, although a formula is helpful, the priest is there to help you in whatever way he can and will think no less of you if you stumble over the prayers. Believe me, he will just be overjoyed to see you.
Times for Confession at St Ann's are:
Saturday: 10.30 am - 11.30 am
5.00 pm - 6.00 pm
After each Mass on the first Sunday of the month
Thursday, 11 February 2010
If you haven' t been to Confession for some time and, regrettably, find the idea rather daunting, I hope that you will find this short video very helpful. I think it is excellent and well worth watching.
Next time we'll look at the practicalities - that is, how to go to Confession.
Saturday, 6 February 2010
Monday, 1 February 2010
1. The pilgrimage to, and veneration of, the tombs of the Apostles Peter and Paul.
2. A personal meeting with the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI.
3. Meeting and conversations with the various departments of the Roman Curia (the administrative offices of the Holy See)