Sunday, 30 October 2011

Four major basilicas and a pizza napoli!

Over the weekend we have seen all 4 major basilicas, we walked to St. Peter's, St. Mary Major and San Giovanni in Latereno and we caught the metro to  St. Paul's outside the walls. We also went up the dome in St. Peter's and on a bus tour around the Vatican gardens. (Thanks to Fr. Julian Booth for this one!) Also we went around the Vatican museums at night! (Again thanks to Fr. Julian Booth for this one!) Today we went to Mass at Jesu et Maria where the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest offer a traditional Mass on Sunday, for their feast! I have eaten a lot of pizza Napolis this weekend and Mom says that I will begin to look like one if I have any more!
I'll include all the other amazing things we've seen and done on the journey home tomorrow..if I haven't turned into a giant pizza, that is. Also, photos to follow (there are lots!).

Friday, 28 October 2011

Mass at Saint Peter's.

This morning we tracked down an EF Mass in Saint Peters basilica. The priest who was from the USA and was at school in Rome. Lots of nuns were singing in the background. After we came back and ate breakfast!

Thursday, 27 October 2011

5 metres from the metro!

We have arrived safely in Rome but whether we survive the night is a different matter, because our hotel is 5 meters from the metro! (Also Mom has gone all Italian and keeps crossing roads even if its a green light for cars!)
 When in Rome, do as the Romans!

Wednesday, 26 October 2011


Tomorrow we fly to Rome! My Granddad has very kindly offered to take us to the airport. (to get there on time we have to leave here at 6:30am!) Thank you all for your kind help and comments, I will say a prayer for you all there!

Thursday, 20 October 2011

My beautiful sisters

In dresses that they made!

Leek and potato soup!

As I am writing this I am making leek and potato soup! Winter is coming closer and there's nothing like a good hot bowl of soup to warm you up  Here is how you make leek and potato soup:

2 large leeks,
3 medium potatoes,
2 medium onions,
2-3 stock cubes (add to taste),
A large knob of butter,

1. Put a large knob of butter in a medium-large saucepan on a medium heat.
2. Finely chop the onions, add them then slice the leeks and put them in giving the pan an occasional stir.
3. Peel and dice the potatoes and then add them.
4. Add boiling water so the pan is about 3/4 full and then add 2 stock cubes then taste it and add more to your taste.
5. Boil it for 20 minutes on a medium high heat so it boils but doesn't boil over!
6. Take it off the heat and let it cool off enough so you can blend it.
7. Blend it all up and then heat it up to a temperature that you like... serve it up and enjoy!

Prayer intentions for Rome.

This time next week we will be flying to Rome! If anyone has anywhere that you would like me to pray for you at, just leave a comment and I'll take your intentions with me!

Friday, 14 October 2011

Something for the weekend.

Here's something to encourage Friday abstinence!

This one made Mom almost die of laughter!

Of course, there are times when abstinence would be more of a struggle:

Thursday, 6 October 2011

40 days for life.

On Monday we went to the Birmingham Oratory for the lunchtime Mass. After that we went to Calthorpe Clinic to say the rosary. Although there is no sign to say so,this is an abortion clinic. They don't seem to like advertising what they actually do, as on the website, the unborn babies are described as "products of conception." From now until the 6th November there is a prayer vigil outside for the "Forty Days for Life" campaign. If you want to stay 1 hour and pray outside between 8am and 8pm, here is the link to the website: