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22 03, 2020

Public Mass Suspended

2020-06-29T09:04:37+00:00March 22nd, 2020|

Read our full Coronavirus measures Watch Mass live With the public celebration of Mass tragically suspended, we feel that a darkness has come over the Church. We know that it is a temporary darkness. It will pass. Nevertheless, we also know how bereft God's people are feeling. For reasons which at the moment seem beyond our control, the Lord [...]

31 01, 2020

Family Loyalties

2020-01-31T11:14:13+00:00January 31st, 2020|

"Honour thy father and thy mother." In the practice of our religion our blood family has first call on our commitment, but not in an absolute or unqualified way. There is a danger of making a false god out of family life, thinking that the immediate family is all that matters. We can be so self-engrossed in our own natural [...]

22 10, 2019

Salve Fundator, Pater et Magister

2019-10-23T08:20:16+00:00October 22nd, 2019|

Some saints stand alone. We appreciate their heroism without reference to their antecedents. Think of St Teresa of Calcutta. We recall her loving care for the poorest of the poor before we remember that she was Albanian. Or Padre Pio. We remember that he was a mystic and a stigmatist before we think of which branch of the Franciscans [...]

21 10, 2019

The Canonisation of Our Cardinal

2019-10-21T13:47:55+00:00October 21st, 2019|

On Sunday, 13 October 2019, Cardinal Newman was canonised by Pope Francis at St Peter's Square. In addition to the canonisation itself, the occasion was celebrated with a vigil of prayer and celebratory concert at the Papal Basilica of St Mary Major, a Musical Oratory at the Chiesa Nuova and a Mass of Thanksgiving at the Archbasilica of St [...]

17 10, 2019

A Long Discipleship

2019-10-24T11:05:14+00:00October 17th, 2019|

Preached by the Father at the Solemn Pontifical Mass of Thanksgiving celebrated by His Eminence, Cardinal Nichols at the London Oratory on Thursday, 17 October. Divine providence helped John Henry Newman to follow Saint Philip's Neri's admonition to those who wished to become holy: be humble and stay low. After The Parting of Friends in 1843, Mr Newman was no [...]