Friday, 31 May 2013

Harvington Pilgrimage - Latest Update

 Latest Harvington Update Sunday 2nd June 2013

 Please note the 3pm Mass has been moved to the next Church along from Harvington   -  to St. Ambrose in Kidderminster, DY10 2BY (3 miles away).

There will also  be Adoration 4-5pm after the 3pm Mass in line with the recent request from Pope Francis.

 The rest of the Harvington pilgrimage timetable is unaffected.

Timetable


11:30-12:00pm Arrival
12:00pm-1:20pm Guided Tour of the House
1:20pm-2:00pm – Lunch (packed lunch)
2:00-3:00pm – Free Time (chance to look at the grounds)
3:00pm Low/Sung Mass followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in St. Ambrose, Kidderminster, DY10 2BY (next Church along from Harvington).


Friday, 17 May 2013

More about St. John Wall and Harvington Hall

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Known at Douay and Rome as John Marsh, and when on the Mission under the aliases of Francis Johnson, Webb, and Dormore. The son of wealthy and staunch Lancashire Catholics, he was sent when very young to Douai College. He entered the Roman College, 5 November, 1641, was made priest, 3 December, 1645, and sent to the Mission, 12 May, 1648. On 1 Jan., 1651, he received the habit of St. Francis at St. Bonaventure's Friary, Douai, and a year later was professed, taking the name of Joachim of St. Anne. He filled the offices of vicar and novice master at Douai until 1656, when he returned to the Mission, and for twenty years laboured zealously in Worcestershire.

He was apprehended, December, 1678, at Rushock Court near Bromsgrove, where the sheriff's man came to seek a debtor; his priestly character transpiring, he was tendered the Oath of Supremacy, and was committed to Worcester Gaol for refusing it. He was brought to trial at the Assizes, 25 April, on the charges of receiving and exercising his priesthood, and of refusing the oaths. A man whose vices he had reproved bore testimony to his priesthood, and he received sentence. He was then sent to London, and four times examined by Oates, Bedloe, and others in the hope of implicating him in the pretended plot; but was declared innocent of all plotting and offered his life if he would abjure his religion. Brought back to Worcester, he was executed at Redhill. On the day previous, William Levison was enabled to confess and communicate him, and at the moment of execution the same priest gave him the last absolution. His quartered body was given to his friends, and was buried in St. Oswald's churchyard. Mr. Levison, however, secured the martyr's head, and it was treasured by the friars at Douai until the dissolution of that house in the French Revolution.

The Franciscan nuns at Taunton possess a tooth and a bone of the martyr. The long speech he composed for his execution was circulated among the Catholics after his death; and the authorities issued as a broadsheet the public account of his execution containing "a true copy of the speech...with animadversions upon the same". In 1879 a rood was erected in his memory in the churchyard at Harvington, whose hall was the usual home of the martyr.


H/t to http://lastwelshmartyr.blogspot.co.uk.   

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Year of Faith Retreat

Year of Faith retreat for all:
31 May-2 June 2013
 
'You shall be My witnesses' (Acts 1:8):
In the prayerful and relaxing setting of Douai Abbey, come and reflect with us on how to bear a more fruitful witness to Our Blessed Lord Jesus in our everyday lives.
 
Upper Woolhampton, Reading, West Berks. RG7 5TQ.
Starts Friday 5pm, ends Sunday 3pm
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Led by Fr Armand de Malleray FSSP, assisted by Fr Matthew Goddard FSSP.
 
(Picture: The Calling of Apostles, by Domenico Ghirlandaio)
 
Spiritual conferences and direction, Holy Masses (Extraordinary Form – or Ordinary Form possible with the Monks), Eucharistic adoration.
 
Cost: full board 2 days including VAT: £140 single room with ensuite bathroom, £110 shared room with ensuite bathroom or £90 without. Low income/Unwaged: contact us for significant discounts. Bookings/info: FSSP, 17 Eastern Avenue, Reading RG1 5RU, Berks. malleray@fssp.org. www.fssp.org.uk/England
 
Booking : please send us your £20 deposit (per person), made payable to FSSP ENGLAND. Remainder to be paid at the Abbey during the retreat.

Monday, 13 May 2013

New Gloucestershire YCA Chaplain





There is a new local Chaplain for YCA Gloucestershire. Rev. F Wainwright is also Chaplain to the local hospital and is affiliated to St. Thomas More's Church in Cheltenham. YCA Gloucestershire are very grateful for him generously giving up his time in assisting with catechesis and spiritual direction to the locally based group.

St Catherine’s Trust Family Retreat

From Shawn Tribe at the New Liturgical Movement - see the latest video from the recent St Catherine’s Trust Family Retreat!