Thursday, 28 June 2012

A Little bit of Pugin

With the great feast of St Peter and Paul heading our way soon, it seems a bit late to be rewinding to St John the Baptist in this post but it has been a John the Baptist kind of a week round here...water water everywhere. We drove to Mass through a deluge this morning and had to cross a torrent just to get into church..where Father was putting buckets out to catch the water raining in. Today's Gospel was about the wise man building his house on the rock....the rains came down and the floods came up. The sound of the rain belting down on the roof was getting louder. We were all glad we'd got that novena in last week. On the way home there were roads flooded and impassable, cars stranded and emergency service vehicles everywhere. We were greeted if thats not too polite a term,when we finally got back after several detours, by 2 very bedraggled looking cats who had been left out during the storm. They were clearly unhappy and will probably soon be filing a complaint. (Which is a polite term).
 On Monday, we went to help my uncle move to his new parish, St John the Baptist, which is where Pugin comes in. We nearly really helped Uncle Mike downsize when Mom left theboot of the van open as we set off for the motorway!! Fortunately, she realised before any of the contents had spilled all over the road. Please pray for him if you can, and for his new mission there. (my uncle, that is, not Pugin!...although, who knows, maybe he could also do with a few prayers...).The church is beautiful...designed by Pugin, with a beautiful High Altar almost still in tact...with just a little bit of work...hmmmmmm! After unloading we had a little tour and I served a private Mass. I did have my camera with me but guess what...forgot to take a single photo of the day!! Here is a picture of the church though.
 While we're on the subject of Pugin, you might still be able to catch Sunday's Songs of Praise here (you might want some earplugs, as some of the hymns are truly awful), the reason being it was all about Pugin. Disclaimer...I never ever usually watch this programme and I have no idea how I found out about this.
 Happy feast to everyone for tomorrow. I will be going (God willing)to the Shrine of Sts Peter, Paul and Philomena in New Brighton for the Solemn High Mass at 6pm, followed by Confirmations in the Extraordinary form, as a friend is being confirmed and Mom is her sponsor. So I will pray for all of you there.

Monday, 18 June 2012

The Power of the Eucharist

Taken from "Healing through the Mass" pages84-85, published by Resurrection press and authored by Fr Robert DeGrandis S.S.J. NASA did some experimenting with a special type of camera that could see the energy levels in the human body. This is then seen on a monitor. This energy shows up as an aura around the body. NASA's interest in the experiment was to investigate the effects of space travel on astronauts in orbit. Experimenting in hospital, they discovered that, when a person is dying, the aura around the body is thinner and gets thinner and thinner until the person dies. The scientist carrying out this investigation in the hospital and his associate, were behind a two way mirror. They could see with their camera another man coming into the room with light coming from his pocket. Then the man took the object from his pocket and did something so that in the camera, the whole room was filled with light and with their camera, they could no longer see what was happening. They ran into the room to see what was causing so much light to appear in their camera. They discovered that the dying man was being given Holy Communion. Afterwards, with their camera,they could see that the aura around him was brighter. Although in his fifties, the scientist conducting the experiment decided to become a priest.

Friday, 15 June 2012

Happy bloggerversary to me!

So, it is exactly a year ago today that,in a moment of God like creativity, I created this blog! (well ok, maybe the Godlike creativity comparison doesn't work...)

Also Happy feast of the Sacred Heart. We won't be able to get to the 5:45 Mass at the Oratory because of the Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour. So many Masses, so little time!

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Can't make Our Lady's Solemn Novena?

Then leave a comment with your petition in it! Of course if you want to leave it anonymously that is fine. I will write them out and put them in the petition box.

 Be assured that Our Lady of Perpetual Succour will hear and answer (it might not be in the way you expect!) your prayers.

 Don't forget to send your Guardian Angels to Mass if it's too far for you to come or if you can't make it.

Monday, 11 June 2012

Our Lady of Perpetual Succour novena

Our Lady of Perpetual Succour on the Cannock Road, Wolverhampton are holding their annual solemn novena of Masses this week,  from Thursday 14th June until Friday 22nd June.Each evening there will be a Holy Hour beginning at 6:00pm followed by Holy Mass at 7.00pm. Father Goodman, parish priest, has arranged for a different priest every evening to offer Mass and preach on a strand of the subject "I believe in the one, holy,Catholic, and Apostolic Church". If you can make it please come!
Our Lady of Perpetual Succour has a proven track record of miraculous answer to prayer, so come and take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to entrust her with your petitions, while spending time with Her Son in adoration.  Here is a bit more about the history of the icon:

On January 19, 1866, Fathers Marchi and Bresciani brought the miraculous picture to St. Alphonsus’ church.  Preparations were now made to inaugurate the new public reign of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.  On April 26th, a great procession was staged in which the picture was carried throughout the Esquiline region of Rome.  Upon returning to the church, the picture was enthroned over the high altar, in a resplendent shrine-niche especially constructed for it.
All along the route of the procession the people of Rome decorated their houses with bunting and flowers.  Clergy and religious were proud to march in the procession.  Our Lady, as is to be expected, showed her pleasure at this outpouring of her children’s love in several authenticated miracles.  The procession passed a house where a little boy of four lay dying.  He had been given up as a hopeless case by the doctors.  Hearing the singing, the child’s grieving mother snatched him in her arms and hastened to the open window.  Looking out at Our Lady’s picture passing by she called out: “Dear blessed Mother, either cure my boy or take him to paradise!”
Our Lady chose the first, and the boy was cured at once.  The next day he toddled along with his mother to St. Alphonsus’ church and stood before the picture.  He waved his little hands to the Madonna and cried “Grazie, grazie” and threw her some kisses in the loving Italian style.  As the procession was passing another house, another mother called upon Our Lady of Perpetual Help to aid her eight-year-old daughter who was completely paralyzed.  At once the girl regained partial use of her limbs and was able to move about a bit.  The next day the mother brought the child to St. Alphonsus’ church to thank Our Lady and ask if she would not complete the cure.  At once the child was restored to full health and vigor.
As to be expected, the report of those marvelous healings spread rapidly throughout the city and people came by the hundreds to visit the shrine.  Soon the whole area around the altar was filled with abandoned crutches and canes and several whole glass-covered cabinets were filled with gold and silver thanksgiving offerings in the shapes of miniature hearts, arms, legs and other votive offerings.  Scarcely two weeks after the solemn exposition of the picture, Pope Pius IX himself came to visit the shrine.  He stood quietly before it for a long time and then exclaimed: “How beautiful she is!”  He was given and had enshrined a copy of the original in his own private chapel and was often seen kneeling before it in fervent prayer.  Later one, when the Archconfraternity of Our Lady of Perpetual Help was formed, he blessed the project and insisted that his name head the list of the worldwide membership.

You can read more about it here. 

Here are some maps:

Note that it should be 2012, not 2011!!

Sunday, 10 June 2012

An amazing sermon!!!

Tonight Mom, Margaret-Mary and I went to the 5:30 Mass at the Birmingham Oratory, (I also went to the 10:30 with Dad, Maria and Elizabeth because Frances wasn't well enough to come.) Father Anton Guziel gave an amazing sermon! Here is what the second half went like roughly: (The first half was about the history of Corpus Christi.)

We are all too greedy with our time and watching TV and busying ourselves with household jobs takes priority in our lives rather than our eternal destination. In Poland 5,000 people processed for 2 .5 hours behind the Blessed Sacrament....Father said he could count on the fingers of one hand those who attend Vespers, or spend any time in front of the blessed Sacrament during the daily Holy Hours in the parish.

Father's sermon was powerfully challenging and as an immediate consequence, there were a lot of people who stayed behind after Mass for Vespers prayed in front of the Blessed Sacrament.

Thank you, Father Anton, for inspiring us and for one of the best sermons we have been given for a very long time!

Also Vespers was in front of the Blessed Sacrament exposed so no sitting down!

Saturday, 9 June 2012

A&E again!

No not Margaret-Mary but Frances this time!! She fell off her bike when the dog swerved in front of her. She went right over the handlebar (or so I am told, the girls were with Dad and I was on the Blessed John Henry Newman Institute of Liturgical Music course!) and has a big cut on her lip! Any prayers would be appreciated!