Stabat Mater Menevia

Stabat Mater Menevia
We praise you O Lord and we bless you, for by thy Holy Cross thou hast redeemed the world

Monday, 31 October 2011

Remembrance Sunday - Sung High Mass!

Fr Paul Brophy of the parish of St Therese of Lisieux will be celebrant for a Missa Cantata on Sunday 13th November at the church of St Therese, Sandfield, near Port Talbot SA12 7HL at 5pm.

The Mass will be offered for the fallen of World War I and all conflicts since and for the Holy Souls.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual
light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.

For The Fallen

Fallen in the cause of the free.
Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.
They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;

As the stars are known to the Night;
As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.
Laurence Binyon

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Feast of Christ the King at St Benedict's, Sketty

Many thanks to Fr Neil Evans who generously allowed the celebration of a Missa Cantata on the Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King  at his parish church of St Benedict, Sketty, Swansea.

A congregation of 38 souls attended a beautifully sung Mass in the modern but spacious (and gracious) surroundings of the beautiful church of St Benedict.
Thanks also to the altar servers but, especial thanks to Fr Jason Jones who was the celebrant and who does so much for the Confraternity and for the Latin Mass Society in the Diocese.

In his sermon he quoted the last words of another priest, Bl Miguel Pro, shot by the firing squad in his native Mexico.

                                                  VIVA CHRISTO REY!

Our next Mass will be at Newcastle Emlyn next Sunday, 6th November at 3pm.

Thursday, 27 October 2011

November draws near - the month of the Holy Souls

And also a time for us to reflect on our own mortality and to prepare our souls for our earthly destiny. We should contemplate (if we do not do so already) the four last things and all that they mean; Death, The last Judgement, Hell and Heaven.

   "Wash me yet more from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin".
As well as getting our spiritual life in order we should ensure that arrangements, in the event of death, are well documented; do you want an OF Mass or an EF Mass? Do you wish to be cremated or buried?
It may not be pleasant to think on these things but, so often, at a time of bereavement, those left behind are not aware of the personal desires of the person who has died.

Make certain of your wishes and amend your will accordingly and or complete the form normally held by your parish priest.

Finally, for November, Confraternity members may like to list the souls of family, friends and benefactors that they would like prayed for, place it in an envelope marked 'Holy Souls' and give it to Fr Jason Jones or their parish priest.
It is customary also to give a small offering or stipend to the priest concerned.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Holy Father declares 'Year of Faith'

.- Pope Benedict XVI has declared a “Year of Faith” which will begin in October 2012, the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council.

“It will be a moment of grace and commitment to a more complete conversion to God, to strengthen our faith in Him and proclaim Him with joy to the people of our time,” said the Pope, making his announcement during Sunday Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica.

The Year of Faith will run from October 11, 2012, until November 24, 2013, which is the Solemnity of Christ the King.

The Holy Father said in his Oct. 16 remarks that it will give “new impetus to the mission of the whole Church to lead men out of the desert in which they often find themselves, to the place of life, of friendship with Christ.” He also said that “reasons, purposes and guidelines” for the year will be set out in an Apostolic Letter to be published “in the coming days.”

The vast congregation at this morning’s Mass largely consisted of those involved in the “new evangelization,” who were in Rome for a summit organized by the recently formed Pontifical Council for Promotion of the New Evangelization The new evangelization aims to revivify Catholicism in traditionally Christian countries which have been particularly affected by secularization in recent decades.

Monday, 24 October 2011

Welcome to the Confraternity blog!

These are early days for our new blog which will, hopefully, make it easier to keep all members updated with Mass times and locations and news of the spread of the EF Mass in parishes around the world.

Please bear with us while we iron out the inevitable wrinkles and get all running smoothly.

Our first announcement is for the Sung Mass next Sunday, the Feast of Christ the King.

This will be at St Benedict's Church, Sketty - Sunday 30th October at 3pm.