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

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Missa Cantata in Morriston

Next Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent and a Missa Cantata will be celebrated at The Sacred Heart Church Morriston at 3pm.

This is a great opportunity to begin to make ready for Christmas the Catholic way.

  Unto you I have lifted up my soul (Ad te levavi)

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Latin Mass on Sunday 24th November...

...will be at St Joseph's Cathedral, Swansea at 12 noon.

And, the following Sunday, 1st December is the First Sunday of Advent.
There will be a Missa Cantata at The Sacred Heart, Morriston at 3pm

A few words on Advent from The Fisheaters website:

The focus of Advent is preparation for the coming of the Lord -- both in commemoration of His Nativity and His coming again at the end of time. Though most Protestants -- and far too many Catholics -- see this time of year as a part of the "Christmas Season," it isn't; the Christmas season does not begin until the first Mass at Christmas Eve, and doesn't end liturgically until the Octave of the Epiphany on January 14. It goes on in the spiritual sense until Candlemas on February 2, when all celebrations of Christ's Childhood give way to Septuagesima and Lent.

The mood of this season is one of sombre spiritual preparation that increases in joy with each day, and the gaudy "Christmas" commercialism that surrounds it in the Western world should be overcome as much as possible. The singing of Christmas carols (which comes earlier and earlier each year), the talk of "Christmas" as a present reality, the decorated trees and the parties -- these things are "out of season" for Catholics; we should strive to keep the Seasons of Advent holy and penitential, always remembering, as they say, that "He is the reason for the Season." 

Thursday, 14 November 2013

The Hands of a Priest

A tip of the biretta to Father Marcus Holden....

Thanks to all of our priests in Menevia and remembrance of them in our prayers

Just a few facts about this blog

Some of you may, at times wonder why the Confraternity of the Holy Cross operates this blog.

First and foremost, of course, because it is a useful means of communication.

A means of letting Confraternity members aware of the dates and times of EF Masses in the Diocese.

But, you may not be aware of the numbers of people beyond Menevia, who view with interest (hopefully) all that is taking place here in Wales.

One interesting facet of blogs is that they are subject to interrogation; you can audit the numbers of people who view each 'post', you can tell which countries they come from.

You may even, if you have such a deep interest, subscribe to Stat Counters that will tell you the addresses of those who view the posts.

But, since we have been operating this form of information giving, you may be surprised to learn that we have had over 12,000 people coming to read our blog and, hopefully, taking heart from the development of the Latin Mass in Menevia.

This is not big in blogging terms, in fact, it is rather small.
But, for a blog aimed at giving out information to a small and specific audience, it is actually doing quite well.

Here is a breakdown of where they all came from, taken from 13th November 2014:-

United Kingdom
United States

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Latin Mass for Sunday 1st December - 1st Sunday of Advent

Please note: The Saturday Vigil Mass has been moved from 30th November to Sunday 1st December at the Church of The Sacred Heart, Morriston at 3pm.

This will be a Missa Cantata with the Newcastle Emlyn Schola, all are welcome as are any male volunteers to serve on the altar.

Monday, 11 November 2013

Latin Mass, Sunday 17th November.....

...will be at 3pm at The Sacred Heart Morriston near Swansea.

Please remember prizes for our raffle, ticket sales to commence at the end of the month (for seminarian funds).

So far we have......

1 bottle of whisky     

1 bottle of wine            

1 bottle of Cava

Prizes do not have to be could donate a tin of biscuits, lunch for two at Verdi's or a trip on the Orient Express! - (Boxes of chocolates also welcome).

Please pass any contributions, however small, to Sally after Mass, thank you.

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Latin Mass Sunday 10th November

Will be at 5pm at the Church of St Therese of Lisieux, Sandfields, nr Port Talbot

The fresco painted by St Therese
in the Carmel Chapel at Lisieux

Oh! how I love Thee, Jesus! my soul aspires to Thee —
And yet for one day only my simple prayer I pray!
Come reign within my heart, smile tenderly on me,
To-day, dear Lord, to-day.

From the poem "My Song of today" by St Therese de Lisieux