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

Friday, 27 January 2012

4th Sunday of the Epiphany Missa Cantata

Missa Cantata at St Benedict's, Sketty.

Sunday 29th January at 3pm

Mass Setting: Orbis Factor

Offertory Hymn: Jesu Dulcis Memoria

Communion: Panis Angelicus

Marian Antiphon: Alma Redemptoris

Monday, 23 January 2012

Sunday EF Mass at Swansea Cathedral - an outstanding success

St Joseph's Cathedral, Swansea

A congregation of 40 or so people attended the first official Sunday EF Mass to be held at St Joseph's Cathedral, Swansea on Sunday 22nd January.

The celebrant was Father Burke and the Confraternity is greatly indebted to him for his kindness in agreeing to say this Mass.

Next Sunday (29th January) there will be a Missa Cantata (Newcastle Emlyn Schola) at St Benedict's, Sketty, near Swansea.

Roe vs Wade - the case that transformed the USA

Protector of the Unborn

January 22nd is the anniversary of the Roe vs Wade case that marked the floodgates being opened with abortion on demand being legalised in the US.

A grim anniversary to mark you might think. But, all of the dioceses in the US do mark this anniversary as a special day of penance and prayer, in memory of this case and in reparation for all acts of violence against the human body.

When the date falls on a Sunday, then the day of penance is automatically moved to the Monday - so today we remember the evils of abortion and we pray especially to Our Lady of Guadalupe; and, if we can, we offer up acts of penance on behalf of those innocents who have been killed in their mother's womb, the mothers who have undergone an abortion and for those who have carried out this awful act.

Holy Mother of God and of the Church, our Lady of Guadalupe, you were chosen by the Father for the Son through the Holy Spirit.

You are the Woman clothed with the sun who labours to give birth to Christ while Satan, the Red Dragon, waits to voraciously devour your child.

So too did Herod seek to destroy your Son, Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and massacred many innocent children in the process.

So today does abortion, by killing many innocent unborn children and exploiting many mothers in its attack upon human life and upon the Church, the Body of Christ.
Mother of the Innocents, we praise God in you for His gifts to you of your Immaculate Conception, your freedom from actual sin; your fullness of grace, your Motherhood of God and the Church, your Perpetual Virginity and your Assumption in body and soul into heaven.
O Help of Christians, we beg you to protect all mothers of the unborn and the children within their wombs.
We plead with you for your help to end the holocaust of abortion. Melt hearts so that life may be revered!

Holy Mother, we pray to your Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart for all mothers and all unborn children that they may have life here on earth and by the most Precious Blood shed by your Son that they may have eternal life with Him in heaven. We also pray to your Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart for all abortionists and all abortion supporters that they may be converted and accept your Son, Jesus Christ, as their Lord and Saviour.

Defend all of your children in the battle against Satan and all of the evil spirits in this present darkness.
We desire that the innocent unborn children who die without Baptism should be baptized and saved. We ask that you obtain this grace for them and repentance, reconciliation and pardon from God for their parents and their killers.

Let there be revealed, once more, in the history of the world the infinite power of merciful love.
May it put an end to evil. May it transform consciences. May your Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart reveal for all the light of hope.
May Christ the King reign over us, our families, cities, states, nations and the whole of humanity.

O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary, hear our pleas and accept this cry from our hearts!

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Protectress of the Unborn, Pray for us!

Friday, 20 January 2012

Latin Mass at Swansea Cathedral

This Sunday, 22nd January, is an historic day.

It marks the return of the EF Mass to St Joseph's Swansea Cathedral as a regular, once a month Mass and all members should remember Fr Burke, who will be the normal celebrant, in their prayers.

Mass will be at 12 noon so please tell your friends and family, especially if they have never experienced a Latin Mass before.

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Mass schedule confirmed for January, February and March

Please note the Mass dates, locations and timings as follows:-

Saturday 14th January ..............................5pm The Sacred Heart, Morriston

Sunday 22nd January.................................12 noon St Joseph's Cathedral, Swansea

Swansea 29th January................................3pm St Benedict's, Sketty* (Missa Cantata)

    - Saturday 4th Feb Morriston 5pm               and         3rd March
      Sunday 12th Feb Port Talbot 5pm               and        11th March
      Sunday 19th Feb Clydach     2pm                 and        18th March
      Sunday 26th Feb Cathedral  12 noon           and        25th March

* This will be a regular Mass on 5th Sundays, grateful thanks to Fr Neil Evans

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Menevia Masses for January

Mass in the Extraordinary Form will be at 5pm (please note this change in time) on Saturday 14th January at The Sacred Heart, Morriston


The first EF Sunday Mass at the Cathedral will be at 12 noon on Sunday 22nd January

If you are in the Menevia Diocese please make the effort to attend this Mass as Fr Burke does need to know that there is a real demand.

Enjoy a bracing marine walk after Mass!

If you are in Cardiff, Wrexham or, even, Clifton Diocese, do join us - make a day of it, enjoy lunch on the Gower and a bracing walk after Mass - but please come and support the Mass!

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Now this is Good News!

Le voeu (The Vow) by William Bouguereau, 1867

Most grateful thanks to Father Michael Burke who has agreed to celebrate the Extraordinary Form of Mass in St Joseph's Cathedral, Swansea at 12 noon on the 4th Sunday of each month from now on - Gaudete!

This will, we believe, be the first time that the Latin Mass will have held a regular slot in the Cathedral's church service programme since the 1970s.

Please offer a prayer of thanksgiving to Our Lord in thanks for the Bishop, Father Burke, Fr Jones and all of our priests who celebrate the EF Mass.

And thanks also to Jeff Pillar who has helped bring this about. Jeff is an LMS member as well as being a founder member of the Confraternity of the Holy Cross

Psalm 49:14-15 "Offer to God the sacrifice of praise: and pay thy vows to the most High. And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me."

Friday, 6 January 2012

Mass news for Sunday 8th January

Many thanks to Fr Paul Brophy for reminding me that the next Latin Mass in Menevia Diocese will be on Sunday 8th January at 5pm at the Church of St Therese of Lisieux, Sandfields, Port Talbot.

Intercessory Prayer to St. Therese De Lisieux

O glorious St. Therese,
whom Almighty God has raised up to aid and inspire mankind,
I implore your miraculous Intercession.
So powerful are you in obtaining every need of body and soul,
Holy Mother Church proclaims you a "Prodigy of Miracles,
the greatest saint of modern times."
I now fervently beseech you
to answer my petition and grant me...

((make your request))

And to carry out your promises of
"spending Heaven doing good upon earth,
of letting fall a shower of roses."
Henceforth, dear Little Flower,
I will fulfill your plea to be made known everywhere,
and I will never cease to lead others to Jesus through you.

Click here for prayer link

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Confraternity members and a Papal Audience

Fr Jason Jones and his Welsh pilgrimage group from The Sacred Heart, Morriston attended yesterday's Papal Audience.

Members of The Confraternity of the Holy Cross were among this group and may clearly be seen at 1:58 on the video clip.



Wednesday, 4 January 2012

   Music for the Feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord
Missa Cantata 
 Friday 6th January, Holy Name Fishguard at 11am

Mass Setting: Kyrie Fons Bonitatis
        Offertory Hymn:
        Puer Nobis Nascitur
        Communion Hymn:
        Adeste Fideles

Editor: Elaine Sharpling