Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Upcoming Juventutem Bristol events!

Happy feast of the Regina Caeli!

I am sorry for the long gap between events and for the delay in this announcement. You can blame various factors, not least my own inadequacy...

However, I am delighted to say that arrangements are now in place for the next gathering, with provisional arrangements for the next one after that.

To begin with, we will meet again on Sunday June 19th.

Arrangements will be the same as before, i.e. Mass in the Extraordinary Form at Holy Cross, Bedminster (12.30pm), followed by a lunch nearby. More details nearer the time.

(image from the first High Mass in the US of the newly-ordained English FSSP priest, Fr Matthew McCarthy)

The Sunday meet-up may be a monthly thing. However, excitingly, in July we have provisionally arranged for an event on the Second Friday (8th). Again, confirmation and details to follow, but it looks like that this will again be a Mass in the Extraordinary Form followed by a social event. Hopefully again this will become a regular slot (tbc).

But I have received some excellent suggestions from fellow juvenes (and the sacerdos!), and so other possibilities are being considered, including said/sung Vespers + social + Compline, or rosary and benediction (my own favourite!). Further suggestions welcome, via Facebook or the blog.

There are some other exciting things happening in the Clifton diocese in the coming weeks and months, so I will let you know about these. In the meantime, please circulate information about Juventutem with your friends and in your parishes!

God bless.

Monday, 23 May 2011

May 24 - 5th Anniversary of Foederatio Internationalis Juventutem!

"Juventutem" was created on May 24th, 2006 - the feast of Our Lady Help of Christians.

Please pray for Catholic youth throughout the world, and for the international Juventutem movement, of which Juventutem Bristol is a small but important part.

Important event in London this Saturday

This Saturday, May 28th, a newly ordained FSSP priest, Fr. McCarthy (who was ordained only a few days ago in the seminary of Denton, Nebraska), will be celebrating his first Solemn High Mass at St James, Spanish Place in London.

 (image from Fr McCarthy's ordination, photo by Dr Joe Shaw, LMS Chairman)
 More photos and some videos of the ordinations can be found here.

Obviously for Bristol readers this is a bit of a treck, but it is an important event to show support for. There are so few English priests ordained at all these days, least of all those who celebrate according to the older liturgical books.

It will be a spectacular event, with excellent music; all in quite the most beautiful church in England. For those interested, Fr de Malleray FSSP is also providing a guided tour of the nearby Wallace collection, while there will also be prayers at the Tyburn martyrs' memorial near Marble Arch station. Please get in touch if you would like more details.

If you are unable to make it to London, do please keep Fr McCarthy FSSP, and his confreres in your prayers; and continue to pray for vocations of such men to the priesthood and consecrated life.

(St James, Spanish Place - a wonderful neo-Gothic delight in central London, about 5-10 minutes walk from Bond Street underground station)

A reminder of the times of Latin Masses in the Bristol area

Masses in Bristol

Holy Cross, Bedminster - every Sunday 12.30pm (except 4th Sunday of month)

[Find Holy Cross on Google Maps here.]

St Anthony's, Henbury - 4th Sunday of each month, 11.30am.

[Find St Anthony's on Google Maps here]

Other regular TLMs in the Clifton Diocese

St George's, Warminster - every Sunday, 6pm; Tues-Thurs & Sat, 7.30am
St Dominic's, Dursley - every Sunday, 5.30pm; Tues-Sat, 8am

Immaculate Conception, Devizes - every Friday, 6pm
St Benedict's, Stratton-on-the-Fosse - 1st Sunday, 11.15am
Prinknash Abbey, Gloucs - every Saturday, 11am; 1st Sunday of each month, 3pm.
St Gregory's, Cheltenham - every Thurs, 6pm.
Our Lady of Lourdes - 1st Thursday of each month, 9.30am

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Ideas for Juventutem Bristol

There will be another Juventutem Bristol event announced very shortly. The date still needs to be confirmed, but it will be along the same lines as last time, i.e. Mass offered in Holy Cross, Bedminster, followed by a pleasant lunch nearby. Any interested readers get in touch via this blog or join the Facebook group. No obligations!

However, I am still canvassing ideas for future events. It is part of my hope that this can form part of a broader outreach to young Catholic adults in the south-west. There was general approval of having a mid-week event (although inevitably precise days are never easy to arrange); it is hoped that this can include some catechesis or perhaps a Holy Hour.

If any readers have any suggestions for what they'd like to see happen with Juventutem Bristol, please let me know.

Also MOST IMPORTANTLY spread the word! Juventutem Bristol will not thrive unless you, dear members, tell your friends about it, make mention of it in your parishes and so on. If you think you can help, i.e. with putting up posters/leaflets, or in any other way, then PLEASE do let me know.

And remember the youth of Bristol, Bath and the environs in your prayers.

News from Juventutem London

Juventutem London Masses and socials are changing time and location

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Images from the first Juventutem Bristol event

 Holy Cross, Bedminster - something of a hidden gem, in my opinion...

The rather lovely high altar, with the crucifix that hangs imposingly over the chancel....

The altar of the Sacred Heart, set up for Low Mass. Mass was celebrated by Father Andrew Goodman; there was good attendance.

A somewhat blurry shot of the Mass itself... I think this is at the Kyrie.

The all-important socialising after Mass... here is Father Goodman, with two of the local youth tucking into starters at a nearby Italian restaurant.

Plenty of ideas were shared for future events. Things discussed were having events on a weekday, involving catechesis or perhaps a Holy Hour and/or rosary: if anyone who didn't make it to the first meeting has strong views, please get in touch or leave a suggestion in the combox below.

The next event will be announced shortly. In the meantime, if you can make it Downside Abbey this Saturday (14 May), there will be a High Mass, with Dom Abbot Aidan Bollinger preaching. I will post details of other forthcoming Masses later.