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

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

A reminder regarding the EF Mass at the Church of the Sacred Heart

Mass will be held at The Sacred Heart, Morriston at 5pm on Saturday 3rd March...BUT....before Mass there will be an opportunity to fulfil your Easter Duty as Confessions will be heard at 4.45pm.

                        Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on me a sinner

"Behold this Heart that loves men
so much but they do not want to
love Me in return"

H/T The Little Way blog

Thursday, 23 February 2012

The sin of Sloth by Fr Tim Finigan


Thursday, 23 February 2012

CD 251 Sloth

An examination of conscience I was reading spoke of looking at various ways that we are prone to the seven capital sins. I wondered how much sloth is a problem now that people are so busy.

Sloth is still alive and well, though it causes many people to be neither of those things spiritually. Doctors call high blood pressure the hidden killer. In spiritual terms, that description could be given to sloth. When we examine our conscience, we might indeed dismiss the idea of sloth, thinking that because we are very busy and have lots of work to do, it does not apply to us. Paradoxically sloth can be associated with the stress and overwork that many people experience: we can become averse to all other effort, reluctant to spend our spare time on anything of genuine value, and particularly indifferent to prayer.

The gravity of this sin varies according to the duties that we neglect. It often affects the generosity with which people devote time to their spiritual life. For example, the Rosary takes about fifteen minutes to say, but it is seen as a great chore compared with three hours watching television or aimlessly surfing the internet. This vice is encouraged by the “Have It Your Way” culture in which we are conditioned to think that we should simply do whatever we feel like once we have finished the work that we absolutely have to do.

Hence the spiritual writers teach that a primary remedy for sloth is an intellectual conviction concerning the duty to use our time wisely and well. This forms a motivating foundation for that sustained and intelligent effort by which we sometimes see individuals of ordinary background, means and ability achieve so much. Overcoming sloth does not mean that we have no leisure time; in fact a well-ordered Christian diligence helps us to relax with greater profit. Again, prudence based on a sensible assessment of how we need to be refreshed can help to use that time to the greatest benefit. Undoubtedly the value of giving time generously to prayer is one of the best uses of any time that we have spare.

Catholic Dilemmas column published in the Catholic Herald
Suggestions for Catholic Dilemmas are always welcome in the combox.
Fr Tim's blog is The Hermeneutic of Continuity

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Where will you be on the first Sunday of Lent?

Why at St Joseph's Cathedral, Swansea, of course.

Mass in the Extraordinary Form will be celebrated by Fr Burke
at 12 noon

The first Station of the Cross

Priest: We adore Thee, O Christ, and praise Thee.
All: Because by Thy holy cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

Jesus, you stand all alone before Pilate. Nobody speaks up for you. Nobody helps defend you. You devoted your entire life to helping others, listening to the smallest ones, caring for those who were ignored by others. They don't seem to remember that as they prepare to put you to death.

As a child, sometimes I feel alone. I feel that others don't stand up for me and defend me when I am afraid. Sometimes I don't feel like I am treated fairly, especially if I am scolded or corrected.

As an adult, sometimes I feel abandoned and afraid as well. Sometimes I too, feel like I am treated unfairly or blamed for things unfairly. I have a hard time when people criticize me at home or at work.

Help me be grateful for what you did for me. Help me to accept criticism and unfairness as you did, and not complain. Help me pray for those who have hurt me.

My Jesus, often have I signed the death warrant by my sins; save me by Thy death from that eternal death which I have so often deserved.

Our Father.... Hail Mary.... Glory Be to the Father....

Priest: Jesus Christ Crucified.
All: Have mercy on Us.
Priest: May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, Rest in peace.
All: Amen.

H/T Catholic Online for the prayer at the first Station of the Cross

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Holy Mass next Sunday

St Benedict's, Clydach is where Mass in the Extraordinary Form will be celebrated on Sunday 19th February at 2pm.

Celebrant: Fr Jason Jones, and grateful thanks for Fr Teyrnon for allowing the Confraternity to use his church.

Please remember all members of the Confraternity and the Diocese who are ill, in your prayers.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

A matter of interest......finances, that is

You may like to know how your contributions at Mass are used. They are collected and handed to Luigi Dimaio who has opened a bank account in the Confraternity name.

Then, roughly three times a year, each parish that has been kind enough to welcome us for Mass to be celebrated, receives a sum of cash to cover heating, lighting and any other  costs.

Any priest that travels, on behalf of the Confraternity, receives petrol expenses.

Hopefully, at the end of a year, we will have a small sum left over and we hope to be able to buy vestments, Altar Cards and other items to supplement the various centres where Mass is said.

We also have a sum set aside for Priest Training (thank you to those who contributed). The problem is in identifying priests who are willing or have the time to set aside for these programmes.

We adore Thee, O Christ and we
praise Thee, because, by Thy Holy
Cross Thou hast redeemed the world
Please pray that the crucified Christ, in His infinite mercy, will send us one or more of His chosen ones who will step into the breach and undergo training.

And pray for all of our existing priests that they may be able to continue to offer the Sacrifice of the Mass in the Extraordinary Form.


Friday, 3 February 2012

A beautiful icon from Elise

At the cross her station keeping,
Mary stood in sorrow weeping
When her Son was crucified.

While she waited in her anguish,
Seeing Christ in torment languish,
Bitter sorrow pierced her heart.

With what pain and desolation,
With what noble resignation,
Mary watched her dying Son.

Thursday, 2 February 2012

The next Latin Mass.........

....will be this coming Saturday, 4th February at The Sacred Heart, Morriston, nr Swansea.

This video clip gives a very measured and reverent explanation of the Latin Mass which may be of interest to some members of the Confraternity.