Monday, September 29, 2008

Now, more than ever....

Holy Michael, the Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God cast down hell Satan and all the evil spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.

Patron saint:
Against temptations; ambulance drivers; Argao, Cebu, Philippines; artists; bakers; bankers; banking; Basey, Samar, Philippines; battle; boatmen; Brecht, Belgium; Brussels, Belgium; Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico; Caltanissett, Sicily, Italy; Castel Madama, Italy; Cerveteri, Italy; Coimbatore, India, diocese of; Congregation of Saint Michael the Archangel; coopers; Cornwall, England; danger at sea; Dormagen, Germany; Dunakeszi, Hungary; dying people; emergency medical technicians; EMTs; England; fencing; Gaby, Italy; Germany; Greek Air Force; greengrocers; grocers; haberdashers; hatmakers; hatters; holy death; Iklin, Malta; Iligan, Philippines, diocese of; knights; mariners; milleners; Mobile, Alabama, archdiocese of; Naranjito, Puerto Rico; Papua, New Guinea; paramedics; paratroopers; Pensacola-Tallahassee, Florida, diocese of; police officers; Puebla, Mexico; radiologists; radiotherapists; sailors San Angelo, Texas, diocese of;; San Miguel, Iloilo, Philippines; San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; Sant'Angelo Romano, Italy; Saracinesco, Italy; Seattle, Washington, archdiocese of; security forces; security guards; Sibenik, Croatia; sick people; Siegburg Abbey; soldiers; Spanish police officers; Springfield, Massachusetts, diocese of; storms at sea; swordsmiths; Umbria, Italy; watermen; Zeitz, Germany.

Busy guy.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

A Decade On

Mrs P and I were married 10 years ago today. Please remember us in your prayers if you can. I am struck with awe when I think of the completely undeserved graces I have received in my life.

Deo gratias.

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Proms priest

As ever it was a delight to watch the Last Night of the Proms on the BBC. Clive Anderson was surprisingly good (less smug than James Naughtie and genuinely enthusiastic about the music and the event). You can see it until next Saturday HERE on the BBC website using the iPlayer.

The number of flags has increased and diversified. I was delighted to see the flag of the Holy See in the midst of all the Union Flags (and flags of other nations). Does anyone know who the cleric is in the midst of the promenaders?

Bravo, reverend sir!

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The editorial staff of The Tablet take a trip to the woods - Watch more free videos

I feel a Rocky Horror coming on......

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Archdiocese of Glasgow and the Plenary Indulgence for the Year of Saint Paul

Archbishop Conti has detailed the details of the Plenary Indulgence for the Year of Saint Paul on the Archdiocesan website

Gaining the Plenary Indulgence during the Year of Saint Paul

  • Those visiting the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls in Rome in the form of a pilgrimage must offer personal prayers before the Altar of the Most Blessed Sacrament; they must also recite the Our Father and the Creed in front of the Altar of the Confession, adding invocations to honour Mary and St Paul.

  • The Catholic faithful in any local church can obtain the indulgence by participating with devotion in a liturgy or other public event dedicated to St Paul – in any sacred place on the opening and closing days of the Jubilee Year (29th June 2008 and 29th June 2009)

  • Catholics impeded by sickness or other serious cause, as long as they have the intention of fulfilling the other conditions as soon as possible, can obtain a plenary indulgence by joining spiritually in a jubilee celebration in honour of St Paul and offering their prayers and suffering for Christian unity.

In accordance with these provisions, the Archbishop of Glasgow has decreed that the Plenary Indulgence may also be gained in the Archdiocese of Glasgow:

  • By visiting Saint Andrew’s Cathedral or any of the churches dedicated to Saint Paul, that is Saint Paul’s, Shettleston, Saint Paul’s, Whiteinch, and Saint Peter and Saint Paul’s, Arrochar, on any Sunday;

  • By visiting these same named churches during the celebration of the Forty Hours Adoration namely
    the weekend of Sunday 25th September 2008 in Saint Paul’s Shettleston,
    the weekend of Sunday 30th November in Saint Andrew’s Cathedral and
    the weekend of 3rd May 2009 in Saint Paul’s, Whiteinch;

  • By visiting any church of the Archdiocese on the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul, Sunday 25th January 2009.

In each instance the indulgence is gained by offering personal prayers before the Most Blessed Sacrament; and to recite the Our Father and the Creed adding invocations to honour Mary and St Paul. The usual conditions of Confession, Communion and prayers for the Holy Father’s intentions are also to be observed. Individuals can obtain more than one plenary indulgence during the jubilee year, but not more than one per day. The indulgence may, at your choice, be applied to the faithful departed.

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Monday, September 15, 2008

Chasubles: Rule #5

Stripey is not a liturgical colour. OK?

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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Chasubles: Rule #4

This is just so wrong you don't need me to tell you. Do you?

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

What's worse than the Jehovah's Witnesses at the door?

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Friday, September 12, 2008

Chasubles: Rule #3

Grey is not a liturgical colour. A crescent moon is not an acceptable symbol.

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Lest we forget

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Another anniversary

Tomorrow is the anniversary of the Battle of Vienna when good KIng Jan Sobieski defeated the Ottomans at the Gates of Vienna. Given that it's Ramadan, I hope you'll all take the chance to eat a few nice pork sausages.....

...and wash them down with a good German Papst Bier


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..and now, a message from Mr Chamberlain...

Son of the Manse, eh? Hmmmmmm.

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Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Did it! Part 2

Well, yes, we did it.

Last night we sang Mass for the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. How did we do it? About a year ago The Curate and I agreed that the way to put the Benedictine reforms into practice would be to start a schola (bossy, middle-class pushy layman that I am). We planned the Mass three times but for one reason or another the timing wasn't right.

Five weeks ago we decided to go ahead. Not a major feast day - an extra Mass put on for the event in the evening. We put a notice in the bulletin and waited. For the first practice about 12 people turned up and it went fine. I have no musical skills at all but had to lead it as no-one else would. I have been singing along to plainchant CDs for about 20 years, so that had to do. Most knew the Missa de Angelis and we got through that fine. We adopted a kind of karaoke plainchant technique of hearing the mp3's played through and following, going back to them if it sounded wrong. The mp3s can be downloaded for most Sundays and major feasts from the Christus Rex website You can also find midi files for ordinary chants and a few propers at Roma Aeterna. I burned CDs with propers and ordinary chants and they took them away to sing along at home.

I dreaded going to the second practice - would anyone come back? To my surprise MORE people turned up for the second practice! We got through the ordinary chants and responses in about 2 and a half hour-long practices and we had to have a mix of propers and well-known Marian antiphons for the Mass. In all it took 4 hour-long practices.

It was with some trepidation that we went up to the choir loft for the Mass itself. In all there were about 20 people in the schola. Pastoral sensitivity and a desire to not take the parish too far too fast meant that most of Mass was in English and facing the people. In time it will be in Latin and ad orientem, I hope, but that's Father's call.

The response: about 100 people aged 6 to 80 turned out on a wet Monday evening. The schola ranged from 14 to 76 years in age and promise to come back for the next outing, the Immaculate Conception.

So, if a musical illiterate like me can put together a karoake schola, I'm sure you can do better. How To Start A Garage Schola is a good guide.

Now - what are you waiting for? You know you want to.....

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Did it! Part 1

I completed the Half Marathon in 1hr 44mins and 36 seconds. A personal best.

You can still sponsor me for Aid To The Church In Need at the Just Giving website HERE


Chasubles: Rule #2

Some people may be prone to nausea, epilepsy or migraines. Avoid designs that might provoke vomiting, seizures or headaches

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Sunday, September 07, 2008

BBC: D minus for RE/Film Studies

So THAT'S why the chariot race in Ben Hur was so difficult. There was Charlton Heston trying to drive a chariot with the Tablets of the Law under his arms. What a guy.

BBC: Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuurrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

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Friday, September 05, 2008

This Sunday...

...I will be mostly running the Glasgow Half Marathon

If you’d like to sponsor me I’m running for Aid To The Church In Need and you can sponsor me HERE

Now – who’s the patron saint of sore feet?

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Thursday, September 04, 2008

Little Hitlers

"Give me a good reason"
"Show me your ID!
"Shut up!"

Who the heck do these people think they are?

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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Chasubles: Rule #1

As a general rule, chasubles that would adorn Beverly in Abigail's Party probably need ditching.

Ooooooooh! Love to love you baby........

Hat tip to Damian Thompson for the original idea in one of his posts.

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Tuesday, September 02, 2008


Yes folks, it's that time again. Ramadan is upon us and the BBC and The Guardian are wetting their pants with excitement -reminding us of this "Holy Month" (well, of course, it's only "holy" if you face towards a meteorite with your bum in the air, but hey, all religions are equal, aren't they? Except for the BBC and The Guardian some religions are more equal than others) Expect less coverage of the annual Church burnings and forced conversions in the next few weeks.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch:

All members of Tower Hamlets Council in east London, where 36 per cent of the population follows Islam, were sent an email asking them to abide by the restrictions observed by strict Muslims during the holy month.

They have also been told that the town hall's business agenda will be reduced throughout Ramadan to accommodate Muslims, with only seven committee meetings scheduled and special prayer breaks included in the evening events.

Ever felt a stranger in your own land?

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Monday, September 01, 2008

Priests and criticism

There is, rightly, amongst some Catholic bloggers, a call for restraint in the criticism of Catholic priests. Certainly we owe our priests respect and as Martin Kelly points out, a little humility and good grace among the blogging laity would not go amiss.

To give some context, however, it would be only fair to point out the fact that Arius , John Knox, Martin Luther, Huldrych Zwingli and Jan Hus were all priests. I hope all good Catholics of any age would take them and their ilk to task.

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