Monday, 16 April 2018

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is 91 today

Former pope Benedict XVI is due to spend his 91st birthday in "quiet and peace," states the Vatican's official news site.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Young Catholic Adults South West Event - Marian Day of Recollection at St. Thomas More Church, Cheltenham, May 5th 2018

Marian Day of Recollection


At: St. Thomas More Church,
Cheltenham, Tanners Lane, Cheltenham,
GL51 0BL.

Date: 5th May 2018 starting at 10am


Preceded by Mass (OF) 9:30am

10:00-11:00am Confessions/Adoration

11:00 -11:15am Enrolment in Brown Scapular (to be confirmed)

11:15-11:45am Rosary followed by Crowning of Mary (hymn "O Mary we crown thee with blossoms today" during crowning)

11:45-12:15 Break for lunch (please bring a packed lunch)

Talk by Dominic Meigh on the "Renewal of Marian Devotion"

To conclude everyone to sing the "Regina Coeli."

Lots of parking available. Or take the A bus from Cheltenham High Street (stop 12) to Hesters Way, St. Thomas More’s Church.

Organised by Chelt YCA 

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Archbishop Chaput creates ‘quasi-parish’ for Traditional Mass


From the Catholic Herald:-

"Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has created a new ‘quasi-parish’ for Catholics interested in the Traditional Latin Mass.

From August 1, the former St Mary parish in Conshohocken – which was subject to a merger in 2014 – will be handed to the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter (FSSP). Under canon law, a quasi-parish is equivalent to a full parish but with certain exceptions. If the venture is deemed a success, Archbishop Chaput can turn it into a permanent parish.

“In response to a growing interest, it has become timely to provide additional pastoral care for those wishing to participate in Divine Worship in the Extraordinary Form,” Archbishop Chaput said.

“While it remains to be seen if this community will flourish so as to become a parish, the establishment of a quasi-parish to provide this spiritual care appears to be most fitting at this time,” he added."

For the whole story see:-

Monday, 2 April 2018

Cheltenham Young Catholic Adults April 2018 Events

Wednesday 4th Apr - Low Mass (EF Form) at 7pm St. Gregory's Church, Cheltenham (GL50 3PR) -  Rosary and Confessions before Mass. The Rosary and serving are organised by Cheltenham YCA.

Saturday 21st Apr - Party. Text 07908105787 for more details.

Date for your Diary

May 5th approx 10am-1pm. Marian Half- Day of Recollection at St. Thomas More Church, Cheltenham, Tanners Lane,  GL51 0BL. Event organised by Chelt YCA but open to all ages.  Guest speaker - Dominic Meigh on the "Renewal of Marian Devotion."

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Gloucestershire Extraordinary Form News - RIP Fr. Damian Sturdy - RIP Sr. Mary Magdalene, Mass Time Changes at Prinknash Abbey

Fr. Damian Sturdy 

Fr. Damian Sturdy passed away on the feast of St. Joseph, 19th March. Father's funeral will take place at Nazareth House, 344 London Road, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham, on Wednesday, 4th April at 10am followed by a private burial at Prinknash.  All are welcome, but those wishing to attend, or concelebrate at, the Funeral Mass, are asked to inform:- or text 07821 754243

It is intended, at some later date, to celebrate a Requiem Mass in the Extraordinary Form.

Sr. Mary Magdalene

Sadly Sr. Mary Magdalene, a regular attended of the Old Rite Mass at Prinknash Abbey has very sadly passed away. Unfortunately, it has not been possible to find out when her funeral is.

Prinknash Abbey

Abbot Francis Baird has resigned and henceforth Prinknash Abbey are reducing their Old Rite Masses (albeit one Mass will be restored to the Sunday). The message from Prinknash states:-  

"The Abbot and his Council, having considered your various opinions, have decided that there will be
These will normally be on the FIRST and THIRD WEEKENDS RESPECTIVELY

To make that clear, for the month of APRIL 2018
SUNDAY, 1st APRIL (Easter) 3pm Mass
SATURDAY, 14th APRIL 11am Mass."


Fr. McCarthy, who has been faithfully celebrating the First Wednesday of the Month Masses, at St. Gregory's in Cheltenham will retire in April. Fr. Goodman has very kindly agreed to continue celebrating this Mass. Parishioners are very grateful to Fr. McCarthy for his service over the years - and for Fr. Mills for arranging the continuation of this Mass.

Sadly, with Fr. McCarthy’s retirement and the reduction of Masses in Prinknash, this means that the number of EF Masses, per month, in Gloucestershire, will decrease from 9 to 3.

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