Thursday, 24 February 2011

Juventutem London - March (Solemn High Mass)

Juventutem London will be meeting again on Friday 11 March for dinner after the Solemn High Mass for the feria of Friday in the week after Ash Wednesay (thanks to the Good Counsel Network and LMS for arranging the Mass). We'll be going to eat somewhere affordable nearby the Church. Watch this space for details. The Mass is open to all (though only Catholics who are in a state of grace may receive Holy Communion) but the meal afterwards is open only to those 18-35.

Mass starts at 6.30pm (with Confessions available beforehand and during), then we'll move over to the restaurant for dinner.

This Mass will feature the Schola Abelis from Oxford providing Gregorian chant and polyphony.

Please RSVP via Facebook or email (


UPDATE those travelling from Oxford please let us know, we will try travelling as a group in order to get cheaper fares.


Click here for map showing location of the Church.

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Juventutem Oxford

Juventutem Oxford have just arranged their first meeting, which will be a Missa Cantata at SS Gregory & Augustine's Church, celebrated by Fr John Saward, on 2nd March at 6pm. Dinner will follow at a central Oxford restaurant. Good luck!


Wednesday, 16 February 2011


Douai Young Catholic Adults Weekend 2011

Seán: It was on this retreat that Juventutem London was born. On the train on the way home, we discussed how it would be great to have a regular, local thing going on, and thanks be to God, it has been going great. This retreat was so good that it would be great if we could get a whole host of people along from Juventutem London. The places are limited, so act quickly.
Update: The theme is "The Dictatorship of Relativism"

During the weekend of the 9-11 September 2011. Young Catholic Adults will be running a Traditional Retreat at Douai Abbey, the retreat will be led by Juventutem Ecclesiastical Assistant Fr de Malleray . The weekend will be full-board.

* YCA will have half of the retreat centre to itself
* There will be a Marian Procession, Rosaries, Sung Mass, Low Mass, Confession and socials
* Fr. de Malleray FSSP head of Juventutem will preach the retreat, Masses will be in the Extraordinary form.

Prices range from £5 to £51 per person per night . There are 3 options:

Friday , registration from 4pm, to Sunday 11th September (full board)* or
Arrive Saturday morning till Sunday or day only
51 pounds full-board PER PERSON PER NIGHT
25 pounds for students/low waged/unwaged (or whatever you can afford) PER PERSON PER NIGHT

£35 PER PERSON PER NIGHT (full board). Self catering £25 per person per night (reductions for students:- or whatever you can afford) .

£5 PER PERSON PER NIGHT (or whatever you can afford - please bring your own tent and food ).

If you would like lunch on Sunday 11th then it will be an extra £7 each.

How to book - limited places so please reserve your place early

To reserve your place FOR THE WEEKEND (no deposit needed if you are coming for the day on Saturday), please contact the Guestmaster direct and send a 20 pound deposit (NON RETURNABLE) to Brother Christopher Greener OSB, Douai Abbey, Upper Woolhampton, Reading, Berks. RG7 5TQ (please make any cheques payable to Douai Abbey). Please mention how long you wish to stay and any special diet.

For general enquiries about the weekend:- or any queries about the accommodation/location/lifts required please ring Damian Barker on 07908105787/07403417817 or 01452 539503.

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Solemn High Mass 11/2/10

February's meeting went really well with a very large number of people, thanks for coming and see you next month! Below are some images from the Mass before, organised by the Latin Mass Society for the Good Counsel Network.

All of these pictures were taken by Dr Shaw, who also sang and kindly brought part of the Oxford delegation to London. The rest of the pictures are available here

‘A love story between faith and reason’

Homily pronounced by Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, 11 February 2011, at Corpus Christi Church, Maiden Lane, London (England).

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, amen.

Dear Friends,

On this very same day, in the year 1858, the Mother of God appeared for the first time to the young girl Bernadette in the grotto of Massabielle in Lourdes. In the course of her 18 apparitions until July 16 in that same year, the main message delivered by Our Blessed Lady in Lourdes is: "I am the Immaculate Conception". Or rather, since Our Lady spoke in the local dialect better understood by Bernadette : ‘Que soi era immaculada concepcion’. Four years earlier, the dogma of the Immaculate Conception had been solemnly defined by Blessed Pope Pius IX on 8 December, 1854. In Lourdes, therefore, the Mother of God confirmed the dogma proclaimed by the Vicar of her Son. Interestingly, Our Lady had anticipated the dogmatic proclamation by 14 years when, on 27 November 1830 she appeared to twenty-four year old novice Sister Catherine Labouré at the Rue du Bac Convent in Paris. Our Lady asked her to have the ‘miraculous medal’ struck with the words: ‘O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.’ The main grace obtained through the miraculous medal may well have been the dogmatic proclamation of Our Lady’s Immaculate Conception.

In Lourdes, young Bernadette did not understand what the words meant. For fear of forgetting, she repeated in her mind these difficult words all her way to the presbytery where she was to tell them to the parish priest. Now, I have met with some Catholics who would not quite understand those words either. They thought that ‘Immaculate Conception’ referred to the fact that Our Lady would have been conceived ‘without her parents St Joachim and St Ann committing a sin’ when they conceived her.
This is clearly incorrect, as it gives the impression that the Church would consider marital union sinful in its essence, even among as saintly a husband and a wife as St Joachim and St Ann. In fact, Immaculate Conception does not refer to the circumstances of Our Lady’s conception through the God-given process of her parents’ marital love. Rather, what ‘Immaculate Conception’ means is that the very soul of Our Lady, from the first moment it was created by God, was preserved from the original sin.
Whereas we inherit human nature as already wounded by the first sin committed by Adam and Eve, Our Blessed Lady was preserved from it. Such privilege was not due to her own merit but entirely to the merits of the Divine Son she was to conceive, Our Saviour Jesus Christ. The Immaculate conception is a magnificent declaration of hope, as it affirms that a mere human being, not a goddess, was enabled through God’s grace to correspond always perfectly with His love. If the Mother of God could do it, and as She is our Mother through grace, then we only need abandon ourselves to Her guidance and She will conform us to Her Son, as whose members we shall be lovingly received by the Father in Heaven.
Those unfamiliar with the Catholic faith and history may question these apparitions. They may say, as I now imaginarily quote: “Well well, how subjective and arbitrary! It only takes a young nun and a young shepherdess to dream of a lady in white, and sure enough, the Church of Rome will invent a new dogma, intending the whole universe to believe it.”
Dear Friends, we Catholics know well that the Good news of salvation has been entrusted by Christ to the Church He has founded, with a power and mandate for Her to explain and present the same Good news to the universe. With the assistance of the Holy Spirit, the Pope and bishops and theologians are able and indeed must continuously deepen the Church’s understanding of the deposit of the Revelation.
God’s Revelation is closed at the death of the last of the Apostles, St John the Evangelist, at the beginning of the 2nd century. So nothing can be added to it. Nothing can be added, but all should be explained. This is in keeping with the worthy use of our God-given intellect. Our intellect was designed by God so as to apprehend the truth, objectively. To use our intellect according to the laws of reason, under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost and in communion of belief with our forefathers in the faith is thus legitimate and worthy.
On the contrary, refusing this means that one will stop artificially the development of the understanding of God’s revelation, like the Orthodox Church who would not accept dogmas promulgated after their breakaway from Rome in 1054. Or it would lead to developments not inspired by the Holy Spirit as we sadly see in Protestant denominations drifting always further away from their own doctrinal original statements. Or else it may cast dreadful suspicion on the very use of reason in theology (and in general), fuelling religious violence as was manifest when Pope Benedict challenged Islamic theologians in his Ratisbon conference.
I will now conclude with a concrete representation: the Holy Shroud of Turin. On it, Our Blessed Saviour Jesus Christ has radiated a depiction of his entire Person, bearing all the indications of his redeeming sufferings for us. On Easter morning, the saintly women found that shroud empty in the tomb. They kept it folded with great respect. Gradually the long piece of material could be unfolded, fold after fold, as a prayer and a meditation. This is just what the Church does with God’s Revelation. Holy Mother Church slowly and lovingly unfolds the original deposit of the faith. She would not dare add anything to it. But with the tenderness and respect proper to a Spouse, She becomes gradually aware of more and more beautiful aspects of her divine Spouse’s revealed truth, until He appears in his integral glory at the end of time.
The dogma of the Immaculate Conception was miraculously anticipated and confirmed by the Mother of God. It is a beautiful chapter added in the development of doctrine across history. Such development of doctrine could be transposed in affective terms as: ‘a love story between faith and reason’ - for the enrichment and indeed for the salvation of all children of the Celestial Father.
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, amen.

Tuesday, 8 February 2011


We're looking forward to Holy Mass on Friday, and to meeting you all at dinner afterwards. We shall be going to Lupita, which is below (A is the church, and B is the restaurant). It is a Mexican and we have quite a large area booked out. The restaurant have given us a very good deal and have a wide variety of food for people with different tastes. If you're planning on coming and haven't told us, feel free to come, but it you can email us it would help. Email us on


Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Altar Serving for the High Mass, 11th February

Servers being enrolled in the LMS-sponsored Society of St Tarcisius, a guild of traditional altar servers, at the SCT Summer School. 

If you would like to serve on the 11th, please contact Paul (

I should remind you (in case you didn't already know) that altar girls in the modern Mass are allowed only as an exception by special indult for certain countries including our own, and that this permission does not extend to the Traditional Latin Mass. (Incidentally, this also applies to receiving Holy Communion in the hand, as opposed to on the tongue which remains the normative and ordinary way of receiving Holy Communion in both the Traditional and modern Mass.)
For those interested in learning to serve the Traditional Mass, here is an advert from the FSSP:

Altar serving weekend at St John Fisher House in Reading on 18-19-20 February 2011
·       For Catholic laymen between 18 and 35 years of age (under 18 please contact us).
·       Starts on Friday 18th February 2011 at 6pm – ends on Sunday 20th February 2011 mid-afternoon. Led by Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP.

·       Location: St John Fisher House is the residence of the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter in England & Wales. Bishop Crispian Hollis of Portsmouth has allowed for its canonical establishment in Reading on 1st August 2010.
o   Address: 17, Eastern Avenue, Reading RG1 5RU.
o   Access: 27mn from London Paddington by direct trains up to every 10mn, and from London Waterloo. Direct trains from Oxford, Bournemouth, Bristol, Newcastle, York, Birmingham, Gatwick Airport, Southampton Airport, etc. Direct ‘RailAir’ buses from Heathrow to Reading train station every 20mn. Motorway: M4.
·       Limited overnight accommodation: please book now.
·       Programme: In a convivial atmosphere, among Catholic laymen (students and professionals), learn how to serve Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman rite or improve your liturgical knowledge. During meals, at coffee or during a walk in the nearby university grounds, ask all the questions you wish about the liturgy or share your experience and interest among like-minded Catholic young laymen. Fr de Malleray will also talk on the spirituality of the Mass. Holy Mass each of the three days (Extraordinary Form of the Roman rite); time for prayer and for optional private talk with Fr de Malleray. Evening film. On Sunday morning, Solemn High Mass at St William of York Church in Reading, with Fr de Malleray, FSSP, Fr Leworthy, FSSP and visiting Fr Angel Alfaro, FSSP (superior of our mission in Colombia). Fr Alfaro will give a presentation of his ministry in Anolaima and Bogota (picture below).
·       Cost: no set price for students or unemployed – any donation welcome ; others: £50 suggested.