Please wear a mask in Church

From tomorrow we are asking people to wear masks at Mass in church – please co-operate. This will enable us to increase capacity in the church and the hall. Initially if you don’t have one we will provide one. God bless and take care Fr Ashley

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The Feast of St Bridget

Today is the feast of St Bridget (or Birgitta in Latin and Swedish) of Sweden, one of the patron saints of Europe. I wrote about her in my booklet about them published in 2005. One of the most important woman mystic saints of the Middle Ages, she also, before founding

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Feast day of St Mary Magdalen

Today is the feast day of St Mary Magdalen (which was upgraded a few years ago by Pope Francis). A problem is that sometimes the woman so identified in the gospels is conflated with other unnamed characters, forming a useful but inaccurate composite picture. The liturgy for today focusses on

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Sunday Update

This Sunday’s gospel is the parable of the darnel (Matthew 13:24-43). Masses at the times we followed in the last few weeks (Saturday 6, Sunday 930 and 530). From Monday the morning Mass in church will be at 10, not 9, and the evening Mass at 6 will be open

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Thank you Joseph

By the time you read this Joseph will have left St Edmund’s to be with his family in Welling for the remains of the summer. He resumes his studies at St John’s Seminary, Wonersh in September. Joseph arrived on 23th June last year, the feast of St Anthony of Padua

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Today, especially in this diocese (where it’s not optional) is the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, a feast which marks the foundation of the Carmelite order in the Middle Ages. Mount Carmel in northern Israel, the scene of the dramatic confrontation between the prophet Elijah and the prophets

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St Swithun’s Day

Although in the diocese of Portsmouth today is kept as the feast of St Swithun (about whom I have reposted an entry from elsewhere today) in the Church’s general calendar today we honour the great medieval Franciscan theologian St Bonaventure. In the thirteenth century he was one of the earliest

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Bastille Day

In recent years I have paid a few visits to the Institute Catholique de Paris in order to build up stronger relationships between it and St Mary’s University. The picture here is of the ‘Jardin des Carmes’ in the institute grounds, a garden next to the originally Carmelite church around

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Feast of St Benedict

Today is the feast of St Benedict. In our Lady chapel at St Edmund’s we have a small statue of him – unfortunately you can’t access the chapel at the moment. It was given in memory of Tony Kinch, whom some of you will remember. Tony had for many years

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