Tuesday 31 July 2012

Guild of Blessed Titus Brandsma Mass and Meeting on Saturday 15 September at the Brompton Oratory

Thanks to the hard work of Richard Collins (Linen on the Hedgerow) and Mary O'Regan (The Path Less Taken), as well as the kind permission and generosity of the Fathers of the Brompton Oratory, and especially Fr Rupert McHardy Cong.Orat., I am pleased to announce that the next Guild of Blessed Titus Brandsma Day will be held on Saturday 15 September.

All members of the Guild as well as all Catholics who use the new media and / or social networking websites are invited to attend this event. 

The day will begin at 10.30am, with a Low Mass at the Brompton Oratory celebrated by Fr Rupert McHardy. This will be followed by a talk, also given by Fr McHardy. After a short meeting of the Guild, those present will head off to the Hour Glass (public house) for a blognic -- a warm welcome is extended to all who would like to join us at the pub. The Guild of Blessed Titus' chaplain, Fr Tim Finigan (The Hermeneutic of Continuity), will be joining us for this part of the day. The plan is to stay in the pub till about 5.00pm.

All members of the Guild, as well as all Catholic bloggers and users of the new media (YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, etc) and followers of Catholic blogs, are very welcome to attend the whole day or come along for part of it.

Thursday 26 July 2012

Feast of Blessed Titus - and a sort of announcement

                     Blessed Titus Brandsma, his cousin Bishop Brandsma and other family members

                                         The Blessed Titus, standing, centre, with his Bishop 
                                                           cousin seated centre front
Today (25th July) is the Feastday of our patron, Blessed Titus Brandsma, the Carmelite priest who combined fearless journalism in defence of the poor and the oppressed with his vocation as a priest of Jesus Christ.

Eventually, the Nazis got him and threw him in a concentration camp before executing him.

As his executioner guard took him to be murdered the Blessed Titus gave him his Rosary beads.

I was reminded of this today when attending a funeral of a stalwart of the Faith, Anthony Wilson.

One of his close friends took out her Rosary beads at the graveside and threw them into the pit so that they rested on Anthony's coffin.
A valiant gesture and one that Blessed Titus would have recognised as being a small but great personal sacrifice.

And now to the sort of announcement; Dylan Parry and I have been trying, with the guidance of Mary O'Regan, to arrange the next Guild meeting.

Provisionally, it will take place on Saturday 15th September at The London Oratory where an EF Mass will be celebrated by Fr Rupert McHardy, Cong. Orat.

We await details as to which chapel will be used for Holy Mass but the timing is 10.30am for Mass followed by a brief talk (hopefully, Fr McHardy) and afterwards, probably a local hostelry such as The Hour Glass pub.

We hope that our Chaplain and mentor, Fr Tim Finigan, will be able to join us and to give us his wise counsel.

As soon as details become clearer, we will issue a poster but, in the meantime, please pass this information on.

Remember, all are welcome, bloggers or not and, of course, the Feast of the Holy Cross is the day before; the anniversary of Summorum Pontificum, another cause for celebration, five years on.

Posted by Richard Collins - Linen on the Hedgerow

Friday 20 July 2012

Walk to Walsingham for the conversion of England 24 - 26 August

"When England returns to Walsingham Our Lady will return to England" ~ Pope Leo XIII

You are invited to the third Latin Mass Society walking pilgrimage for the conversion of England. We will be walking from Ely to Walsingham from 24 to 26 August 2012. This is a bank-holiday weekend. Pilgrims will meet by 7pm on the evening of Thursday 23 August at the Guide Hall, St. Johns Road, Ely, CB6 3BW. The pilgrimage will begin with the Traditional Mass in St Ethelreda's Catholic Church 19 Egremont Street, Ely, CB6 1AE on Friday morning (Mass at 6.15am).

There will be a sung Traditional Latin Mass each day and Confession will be available throughout the pilgrimage.

Mass on the second day will be in the private chapel at Oxburgh Hall. This is a c15th moated manor house which is still the home of the Bedingfield family who built it nearly six hundred years ago. Oxburgh Hall was a recusant house in penal times and has a priest hole.

During the pilgrimage there will be recitation of the Rosary, the singing of traditional hymns, periods of silence and quiet reflection, and the chance to chat with other pilgrims and to renew friendships, or extablish new ones.

Accommodation en route

This pilgrimage is open to all ages and to families.

We want to encourage as many families to attend this pilgrimage as possible. For that reason we have secured indoor accommodation for each night. The indoor accommodation is for use by women and children. Women and children are also free to camp if they wish. Camping is compulsory for men, although this will be indoors on the Thursday night. Please note that children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Daily Mass open to everyone - not just pilgrims

If, for any reason, you are unable to take part in the pilgrimage itself, you are more than welcome to attend any or all of the Masses along the way. The details are as follows:

Friday, 24 August: St Etheldreda’s Catholic Church, 19 Egremont Street, Ely, CB6 1AE 6.15am
Saturday, 25 August: Oxburgh Hall, Oxborough, near Swaffham, Norfolk PE33 9PS 8am
Sunday, 26 August: Chapel of Reconciliation, Catholic National Shrine, Walsingham, 2pm  

The Final Day of the Pilgrimage

The pilgrimage will conclude on Sunday afternoon starting at 2pm at the National Shrine in Walsingham (in the Chapel of Reconciliation next to the Slipper Chapel). Pilgrims will have the chance to visit the Slipper Chapel as well. This will be followed by a procession along the Holy Mile from the Slipper Chapel to the ruins of the Abbey in the centre of Walsingham itself. The Abbey grounds have been booked from 4pm and there will be prayers of thanksgiving offered there. The gate to the grounds closes at 5pm, so pilgrims will have the chance to spend some time there, after the conclusion of the pilgrimage.

The Slipper Chapel is so called because pilgrims would traditionally leave their shoes there before walking the Holy Mile to the Holy House of Walsingham, where in the eleventh century Our Lady appeared in a dream to the Lady Richeldis de Faverches and asked her to build a house like the Holy House of Nazareth. The house contained a wooden statue of the Virgin Mary with the child Jesus seated on her lap. A priory was later built beside the Holy House. During the reign of King Henry VIII the priory was closed as part of the Dissolution of the Monasteries and the statue was taken to London and burnt.

There will also be a Traditional Mass in the Slipper Chapel in Walsingham at 10am on the Monday morning. Some pilgrims will be staying in Walsingham overnight. If you wish to do so you must make your own arrangements. The Catholics Pilgrims Bureau is situated close to the conclusion of the pilgrimage and is very reasonably priced, but there are plenty of other options in Walsingham too. http://www.walsingham.org.uk/romancatholic/tariff/

Coach from London on the Sunday

For those wishing just to attend the final Mass in Walsingham, there is a coach leaving London on Sunday, 26 August for the final Mass at Walsingham. If you wish to book a place, please phone the LMS office (020 7404 7284).

Can You Lend a Hand? Volunteers Needed!

As the pilgrimage grows from year to year, we need more volunteers to help things run smoothly. We especially need people to help drive support vehicles. All your expenses (petrol etc) will be covered and you will be offered a reduced rate to attend the pilgrimage. We also need people willing to help with stewarding and others to help with the preparation of food. Phone the LMS office on 020 7404 7284 or email us on info@lms.org.uk if you can help. Thank you.

Getting to and from the pilgrimage

The Guide Hall in Ely is a short walk from Ely train station. At the conclusion of the pilgrimage we can take you back to Ely. Please note that the pilgrimage will end at c.5pm on Sunday and it takes approximately an hour and a half to get from Walsingham to Ely.

At the conclusion of the pilgrimage, whether you leave on Sunday at about 5pm or on Monday at about 11am, we can take you back to Ely train station.

Should you have any queries about driving to the pilgrimage please contact the LMS office on 020
7404 7284 or email us on info@lms.org.uk

What you need to bring

All your meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and water are provided from Thursday evening until the conclusion of the pilgrimage on Sunday afternoon. You may wish to bring some extra food for the road.
The support vehicles will also take all of our main luggage throughout the pilgrimage. Pilgrims are advised to bring a small day-pack for each day to carry their food, water-proofs and other essentials.

Pilgrims are advised to bring
- big bag
- day bag
- a tent (for those camping outdoors)
- a torch
- sleeping bag
- sleeping mat
- towel
- toiletries
- good shoes for walking in
- bowl, cup, plate and cutlery
- hat

Prices and How to Apply

See the LMS website for full details and to book: http://lms.org.uk/news-and-events/2012-walsingham-walking-pilgrimage

Prices are as follows:

Adult non-LMS members: £65 (see note below)
Adult LMS members: £55
Under 18s* and students: £35

*Accompanied by an adult - for legal reasons no unaccompanied minors are permitted on the pilgrimage.

To avoid any confusion at a later date, when applying please make sure that you first read the FAQs and Disclaimer below.

If you would like to advertise the pilgrimage in your parish or amongst your friends the LMS office are happy to send you flyers: 020 7404 7284, info@lms.org.uk

Thursday 19 July 2012

Oxford lecturer strangled in bed

Today is the anniversary of the tragic yet glorious death of Father Anthony Brookby OSF, one time lecturer at Oxford's Magdalen College and one of the few members of the clergy who was not afraid to speak out against the actions of Henry VIII.

                                                                   It would take a brave man to oppose this king

Preaching at St Laurence's Church in London, the Venerable Anthony Brookby, made clear his disgust at the King's proceedings and, as a result was arrested and thrown into what is described as "a loathsome dungeon".
We can only imagine what that meant.
 Frequently, the martyrs were confined in dungeon cells that had hatches at street level and all the ordure of a 16th century London came pouring into their cell.
Damp, dark, foul and rat infested.

This saintly man was then promptly racked to such a degree that most of his joints were dislocated and, as a result, he was totally helpless not being able even to lift hand to mouth.

For twenty five days he was tended by an aged woman who looked to his needs and fed him.

Finally, when the courts realised that he was not capable of a public execution they despatched an executioner to his cell who then barbarously murdered the Venerable Anthony in his bed and with his own Franciscan girdle.

Tyburn actually came to this saint and he died for the faith and won his crown on 19th July 1537

                                Venerable Anthony Brookby - Ora pro nobis

Posted by Richard Colins - Linen on theHedgerow
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