Saturday, October 01, 2016

Read about...

...a Birthday, the "Our Father", carol singing, and a celebratory lunch...

All in Auntie's page in The Portal, on-line magazine of thre Ordinariate... Read here

Friday, September 30, 2016

Come on a Catholic History Walk....

The King's Good Servant
Meet: on the steps of the Church of Our Most Holy Redeemer and St Thomas More (Cheyne Row, Chelsea, SW3 5HS).
Nearest tube station: Sloane Square.

Wednesday 5th October 2016 6:30pm

Friday 7th October
2016 2pm

For King and Country

Meet: on the steps of Westminster Cathedral (SW1P 1QW)
Nearest tube station: Victoria or St James’ Park

Wednesday 2nd November, 2016 6:30pm

Friday 4th November
2016 2pm

Lift Up Your Heads O Gates!
Meet: on the steps of St Paul's Cathedral (EC4M 8AD).
Nearest tube station: St Paul's.

Wednesday16th November 2016 6:30pm

Friday18th November
2016 2pm

Smells and Bells - London's Catholic Culture
Meet: on the steps of St Martin-in-the-Fields (Trafalgar Square, WC2N 4JJ)
Nearest tube station:Charing Cross

Wednesday 7th December 2016 6:30pm

Friday 9th December
2016 2pm


The price for the three main walks is £5 per person (The shorter walk, 'The King's Good Servant', is £3 per person) Please note that all walks are subject to last-minute cancellation if sufficient numbers do not turn up. However, we will do all that we can to ensure that this does not occur.

Students, Unemployed, Senior Citizens: contribution according to your means.
Children (U16) accompanied by a full-paying adult: free. (Maximum of three children per adult, please).Priests, Religious, Seminarians: free. (However, to keep numbers manageable please do not turn up in groups of more than three).

More info here

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

....and a meeting in London ...

.... with Catherine Hynes, to hear about plans for a new religious community, which will focus on evangelisation. You can read more about it here.

I find the whole project rather exciting and will be following it with huge interest...

This has been a summer...

...of weddings.  All have been lovely. The most recent was this past weekend, in France. The Loire, and a village church. A choir of enchanting small boys sang "The Lord bless you and keep. you..." as the bride entered, and  lovely motet at Communion, and  a rousing Alleluia Chorus at the end of Mass. A village band played splendidy as the couple emerged from church.  There was the most delicious food and lots of celebrating until a late hour in excellent company...

A happy weekend, with a splendid brunch on Sunday, and then we trravelled home via Tours, stopping in the Cathedral (shrine to St Martin, splendid picture of him sliicing his cloak in half for a shivering Christ-beggar), and a walk along the river where we pondered Charles Martel and the decisive battle that secured Europe's freedom from Islamic domination.for centuries...

Saturday, September 24, 2016


Tuesdays 7:30pm @ Back Room, St Mary's, Moorhouse Rd Bayswater, W2 5DJ

Tube: Notting Hill Gate Buses: Artesian Road: 7, 28, 31, 70, 328; Westbourne Grove: 23, 27

Followed by wine and pizza.

Tuesday 4th October
The Church and war: Is it ever justified? Fr. Roger Nesbitt
Tuesday 18 October
The Church and the family: A review of Amoris Laetitia. Fr. Philip Cunnah
Tuesday 1st November
The Church and life: The dignity of the human embryo. Pia Matthews
Tuesday 15 November
The Church and the poor: A sign of love and hope. Fr. Thomas Lynch
Tuesday 29 November
The Church and evangelisation: A vision. Fr. Christopher Findlay-Wilson
Tuesday 13 December
The Church and Politics what is her role? Peter Williams

Thursday, September 22, 2016

...and if you love Catholic history and traditions... might enjoy this...

The 2016 Catholic Women of the Year...

will be held on Friday 28th October 2016 at
the Amba Hotel, Marble Arch, London W1
to honour
- Catherine McMillan, musician and writer, whose powerful story of how she battled for her unborn child  has  moved so many people
- Sister Jane Louise of the Sisters of Reconciliation, Walsingham
- Dr Olive Duddy, teacher of NFP and Marriage Preparation
- Dr Caroline Farey, of the School of the Annunciation
Tickets available at £45 each, from Catholic Women of the Year,
33 Ashburnham Tower, Worlds End Estate, London SW10 0EE
Proceeds from the Luncheon will support Grief to Grace, offering healing for victims of abuse.

Some followers...

...of this Blog have asked about a feature on prisons that appeared in the Catholic Herald a few weeks back   You can read it here...


...gathered for a meeting of The Keys, the Catholic Writers' Guild, last night, at the new venue: Farm Street, London's famous Jesuit church.  Superb evening.  Speaker was Jessie Childs, on her new book God's Traitors: Terror and Faith in Elizabethan England.

The Keys was for many decades based in or around Fleet Street, meeting at various Fleet Street pubs, and then with great success for a long while at our Guild Church, St Etheldreda's, Ely Place.  The demise of Fleet Street as the HQ of Britain's newspaper industry sent us to St Mary Moorfields, again a popular home where we flourished.  I wasn't sure that we would feel so conmfortable in Mayfair...but we cerainly are, and it was a wonderful. Mass in the magnificent church, a talkative and convivial dinner in a local restaurant, and then we gathered in Farm Street's comfortable panelled hall with coffee and chocs.

Jessie Childs' lecture was a tour de force - packed with facts, superb delivery, and a great sense of vigour and enthusiasm. A young and talented writer and researcher, with a careful attention to truth and to detail, with a most engaginbg and refreshing style. An evening to remember. The story of Lord Vaux ( "a sort of  Lord Emsworth in a ruff") and his daughters and grandddaughter, was particularly fascinating.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016


...and a most useful and lively meeting of the FAITH magazine editorial board.

Much discussion over current issues in society...the practicalities of writing for a lively and thoughtful magazine at a time when comment on issues of marriage, family and the dignity of the human person is liable to be denounced as "hate crime". A few months back, stating that men and women are different would not have brought howls of disapproval but would have been recognised as a statement of truth making a useful, if blindingly obvious, contribution to any discussion of the human condition.

Back in the 1960s and 70s, Catholics in Poland found a way of running magazines and periodicals in the face of (much nastier and more ruthless) official disapproval. It is rather odd that one should be looking to their experience for ideas and encouragement.  Some of Karol Wojtyla's poetry was published, under a pseudonym, in such publications in those days.

As Archbishop and as Pope he reminded the world again and again that "there is no freedom without truth".  The two go together.  FAITH magazine will continue to operate in that spirit...

"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just,  whatsoever things are pure, whatseoever things are lovely and of good report...think on these things." (Phil. 4:8)