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February 20, 2018

Chair of St Peter–1st Class Feast

By concession of the Holy See, the Chair of St Peter (22 Feb) is a Feast of the First Class in FSSP apostolates. And by decree of the Sacred Apostolic Penitentiary, dated June 7, 2008, a plenary indulgence is granted under the usual conditions to the members of the Confraternity of St Peter on this feast (22 Feb). The conditions are: – to have the intention of gaining the indulgence – to make a Sacramental Confession (within several days before […]

February 19, 2018

Who Makes Children Happy? Jesus Christ.

The chaplains for this year’s Summer Camps will be the by then newly ordained Fr Phipps, FSSP (Summer Camp St Peter) and Fr Verrier, FSSP (Summer Camp St Petronilla). The venue for the camps is a Salesian house, whose founder St John Bosco, shortly after his ordination in 1841, wrote of his convictions in rescuing street children: “The young, who form the most cherished and attractive portion of human society, and in whom are centred all our hopes for a […]

February 14, 2018

Welcoming a 7th Priest in the FSSP’s UK Apostolate

Deo gratias for a 7th priest joining the FSSP’s UK apostolate. Fr Konrad zu Löwenstein is returning today to St Mary’s Warrington. Father was born in England in 1958, of Bavarian descent. After A-levels, he studied at Oxford (Christ Church) and later taught in the USA. He joined the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter in 1997, studying at our motherhouse in Wigratzbad. After his priestly ordination in 2002, he taught at our seminary and later on started our apostolate in Venice, Italy, where he served for a decade…

February 13, 2018

Mary Mother of Priests: audio files

  View this email in your browser Access audio files here. (Picture: First left: Gwilym, from Wales, was ordained a Porter and Lector last Saturday.) Dear Rev Father, Fraternal greetings, and may we wish you a happy Shrove Tuesday and a grace-filled Lent. May we bring to your attention the following conferences, i.e. eight meditations recorded live during our latest clergy retreat at Douai Abbey, Berkshire (22-26 January 2018). The theme was: Mary, Mother of Priests and Protectress of our Frailty. We were 15 […]

Young Adults Group, 18-35, starting in Bedford this Saturday 17 Feb

Catholic Young Adults, aged 18 – 35, are invited to a social evening this Saturday 17 Feb in Bedford. This will be the first time the FSSP are hosting such an evening in the area, so we are flexible with the programme, depending on the preferences of those who attend. Fr James Mawdsley, FSSP will be glad to welcome you from 5pm at the church hall of Christ the King Church, Harrowden Road, Bedford, MK42 0SP. There is parking available in […]

February 12, 2018

Devouring the Unborn

they have filled this place with the blood of innocents, and have built the high places of Baal to burn their sons in the fire as burnt offerings to Baal, which I did not command or decree, nor did it come into my mind
Jeremiah 19

The most powerful reason against abortion is God’s Sovereign ownership of every immortal spirit, of every human soul, of every creature. There is just one week remaining to add your voice defending the unborn in the consultation on ‘buffer zones’ opened up by the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, MP.

Do you wish your prayer to fly toward God?

Do you wish your prayer to fly toward God?
Give it two wings: fasting and almsgiving.

–St Augustine

Please read Bishop Peter Doyle’s thoughtful pastoral letter for Lent, exhorting: “Between now and Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, let each of us plan what we can do to pray, to fast, and to give alms.

February 7, 2018

Taking Inspiration from the Lancaster Martyrs

Today the FSSP UK priests’ meeting included a visit to Lancaster. Image (above): close to the spot in Lancaster Castle where St Edmund Arrowsmith was held before being martyred in 1628. Image (above): A memorial stone marking the location of several martyrdoms in Lancaster. Among those whose intercession we invoked was Bl James Bell, born in Warrington, and martyred in Lancaster in 1584 under Bloody Queen Bess. Downhill from where the martyrs died is the plot on which in 1859 the […]

February 2, 2018

FSSP England’s New Website

Welcome to FSSP England’s new website. While the site was born on the Commemoration of the Baptism of the Lord, it is going public today, Feast the Presentation of Our Lord. Remembering also the Purification of Our Lady today, the Church sings the Ave Regina Caelorum at the end of Compline from tonight until Wednesday of Holy Week. Of your charity, please say a prayer for the good fruit of this website, asking Our Lady’s patronage, so that it serve the mission of her divine Son…