Monday, May 26, 2008

Life Walk Sat 31st at 12noon

An important annual event.

It will start at the War Memorial near St Giles' church, which is where the Woodstock and Banbury roads begin to split. Look out for people wearing animal suits and carrying a sign saying "Save the humans!"

See last year's walk here.

Oxford Chant Day

This took place on Saturday, and was a great success. It was attended by twenty people, including four priests (not including our host, Fr John Saward), from as far away as Liverpool and Leeds. It was led, as last year, by Mr Philip Duffy, formerly Director of Music at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.

Mass was a votive Mass of Our Lady. Here's video showing the repeated verse of the Introit (Salve Sancta Parens); the Kyrie and the beginning of the Gloria (Mass IX).

Here's the Offertory, Ave Maria

Here is part of the sermon, preached by Fr Saward:

Here is the consecration:

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Corpus Christi at the Oratory

More pictures from the Oxford Gregorian Chant Society, which provided the singers. The Mass was very well attended. The latest news on the question of celebrating Corpus Christi, Ascension and Epiphany on their traditional days is that Rome is telling enquirers that this is NOT forbidden. The force of the decision of the Bishops of England and Wales is that these feasts are no longer obligatory, and that on the following Sunday the Mass of the feast should be repeated as an external solemnity.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Saturday 31st May

Traditional Sung Mass in Mapledurham House 11.30am
Assist at Sung Mass for the Queenship of Our Lady in the private chapel of this historic hosue, where the Faith was kept alive during the years of persecution. The house is on the 'Oxford side' of Reading.

Pro-Life Witness 3-4pm
The Rosary is said by the entrance to the John Radcliffe Hospital, next to the Catholic Church of St Anthony of Padua, Headley Way, where meanwhile the Blessed Sacrament is exposed. The JR is the only place in Oxford where abortions take place. See here.

Yes! You can do both.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Chant Day Saturday 24th May

Places still available. Programme confirmed.

Gregorian Chant Training Day
with Mr Phillip Duffy,
formerly Director of Music at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral

sponsored by the Latin Mass Society
and St Catherine’s Trust

Saturday 24th May 2008,
Church of SS Gregory & Augustine,
322, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 7NS


9.00 Registration
9.30 First Session in hall
11.00 Traditional Latin Benediction in the Church
11.15 Coffee in hall
11.15-11.45: Priests only session, Presbytery
11.45 Second Session in hall
13.00 Lunch (provided)
13.30-14.00: Priests only session, Presbytery
14.00 Third Session in hall
15.30 Missa Cantata: Votive Mass of Our Lady
16.45 Tea and departures

Booking is required, as spaces are limited:
Fee: £15; students: £7.50; free for those in Holy Orders

Please send cheques,
special dietary requirements,
and contact details to:

Joseph Shaw (Oxford LMS Rep)
96 Oxford Road, Cumnor, OXON OX2 9PQ

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Mass in Milton Manor this Sunday, 18th May

Please support this Mass in a historic Catholic house. It has been in Catholic hands since 1764; the Chapel was consecrated by Bishops Challoner in 1771. A number of Challoner's possessions are kept in the house.

Mass is at 6pm.

To find Milton Manor, turn off the A34 for Didcot (etc.), between Newbury and Abingdon, and follow signs for Milton. The village is very near this interchange. Turn left in the middle of the village for the Manor, by the Admiral Benbow pub. You can park in the drive, outside the front of the house.

For more information on the Mass in Milton Manor, please telephone David Joyce on 01635 874101.

Map with pointer to Milton Manor

May procession in parish of SS Gregory and Augustine

this Sunday, 3pm. All welcome!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

'Silent no more' pro-life witness

British Victims of Abortion, assisted by the Oxford University Pro-Life Society, brought the 'Silent No More' witness to Oxford's Cornmarket today. From 12 noon to 2pm a succession of women spoke about their experiences of abortion, and how it had hurt them and those they loved. It was a very moving witness to the damage done by abortion, and was seen and heard by an enormous number of people in Oxford's busiest shopping street.

Dr Mary Berry's funeral

Dr Mary Berry's funeral will take place in Dorchester on Thames, with a Traditional Sung Requiem.

The Requiem will be in Dorchester Abbey, at

2pm Monday (12th May).

She will be buried in the graveyard of St Birinus, which is close to the Abbey Church.

Dr Berry was awarded the CBE and a papal medal 'Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice' for her work preserving and promoting Gregorian Chant. She led a Chant Training Day in Oxford in 2006. Her obituary in The Times can be read here.

Friday, May 02, 2008

Traditional Catholic Pilgrimage to Lourdes

A number of local people are taking the opportunity of the 150 anniversary, and plenary indulgence, to go to Lourdes on this pilgrimage. Places are still available.

From Maria Chang,
65 Lynette Ave, London SW4 9HF

The Pilgrimage will be from the 13th October 2008 to the 19th October 2008 and Our Spiritual Leader is Fr Andrew Southwell. At the heart of each day is the Mass in the Traditional Roman Rite in Latin. There is Daily Rosary, opportunity for Confession and we end the evening with Compline sung in Latin..

We shall be flying by British Airways from Gatwick Airport to Toulouse and the flight leaves at 13.30. From Toulouse we shall proceed to Lourdes by Coach.

We shall be staying at the Hotel Saint Sauveur at Full Board and the hotel is situated within 5 minutes walk to the Sanctuary.

The cost of the Pilgrimage is £525 per person with a supplement of £125 for a single room. This includes the transfers to and from the airport and all travel expenses in Lourdes but NOT Travel Insurance which should be arranged privately. We plan to visit Bartres and Betharam.

If you would like to join the Pilgrimage please complete the enclosed registration form and return it as soon as possible with a deposit of £75.00, cheque made payable to M F Chang.

I sincerely hope you will be able to join us.

God Bless

Maria Chang