Saturday, 19 May 2012

Patron Saint of Students

For the students undertaking exams:

Saint Joesph of Copertino (1603 - 1663) was a Francescan friar. Invoked by students as Patron because, with the help of the Lord and Our Lady, he overcame the may difficulties be faced in his studies.

The Lord enriched him with qualities such as wisdom, prophecy and levitation, the reason for which his was known as the 'The Flying Saint'.

His body is kept in Osimo (Ancona) in the splendid sanctuary dedicated to him.


Saint Joseph of Copertino, patron saint of students, saint of joy, master of prayer, enchanted by the gospel and the Eucharist, accept my prayer with kindness.

You who have always faced the difficulties of life, without ever straying from the divine will, which you returned with faith and constant commitment; now understand the special state of mind in which I find myself and intercede via Our Lord so that he may grant the grace I so need... let me feel the divine presence and help me to follow, with your example, in his will.

Trusting in your protection, I renew with much faith my intention of gratitude and goodwill and I confide in your support

In Christ our Lord. Amen

Pater Noster, Ave Maria, Gloria

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Lesser Known Roman Rubrics: The Sanctus Candle

An example of a Sanctus Candle being lit during a Low Mass - Copyright Dr Shaw LMS Chairman
On Saturday 05 May 2012, Father Redman (St Dominic's - Dursley) celebrated Low Mass and during the consecration a third candle was lit by the Server (David Aron). This third candle, known as the Sanctus Candle, is placed on the Epistle (right) side of the altar.

According to the rubric of the missal, the Sanctus Candle may be lit from the consecration to the communion, however, this is no longer extensively observed.  This old and beautiful practice of the Sanctus Candle draws attention to our Lord's Real Presence on the Altar during that portion of the Holy Mass.

Thursday, 3 May 2012

May Holy Mass and Juventutem Social Report

'When Mass is being celebrated, the sanctuary is filled with countless angels who adore the divine victim immolated on the altar' St. John Chrysostom

Juventutem Bristol are grateful to Fr Thomas for celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Fr Goodman for hearing Confessions in the Traditional Rite and for Fr Redman assisting at the Holy Mass on Wednesday 02 May 12.

Please keep these Priests in your prayers. St John Mary Vianney said:

'If we had not the Sacrament of Orders, we should not have Our Lord. Who placed Him there, in that tabernacle? It was the priest. Who was it that received your soul, on its entrance into life? The priest. Who nourishes it, to give it strength to make its pilgrimage? The priest. Who will prepare it to appear before God, by washing that soul, for the last time, in the blood of Jesus Christ? The priest -- always the priest. And if that soul comes to the point of death, who will raise it up, who will restore it to calmness and peace? Again the priest. You cannot recall one single blessing from God without finding, side by side with this recollection, the image of the priest'.

Thank you very much for those that came along to the Mass and to the Juventutem Social to meet other young Catholics. Looking forward to the next one!!

Next Mass

Low Mass: Wednesday 06 June 2012 at 6.30pm at Holy Cross, Dean Lane, Bedminster, Bristol, BS3 1DB and then followed by a Juventutem Social.

Masses open to all

Socials are reserved to those aged 18 - 35