Sunday, 21 June 2009


Steven McKenna informed us of recent visits he's made:

Odda's Chapel:
Deerhurst Church: (nb Communion table arranged for North Endcelebration!!) St Alphege was a former Monk of deerhurst
and Tewkesbury Abbey

Saturday, 13 June 2009

Precepts of the Church

So what are the precepts of the Church?

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (No. 2041) says of them: 'The precepts of the Church are set in the context of a moral life bound to and nourished by liturgical life. The obligatory character of these positive laws decreed by the pastoral authorities is meant to guarantee to the faithful the very necessary minimum in the spirit of prayer and moral effort, in growth in love of God and neighbour.' They are:

  • You shall attend Mass on Sundays and on holy days of obligation and rest from servile labour
  • You shall confess your sins at least once a year
  • You shall receive the sacrament of the Eucharist at least during the Easter season
  • You shall observe the days of fasting and abstinence established by the Church
  • You shall help to provide for the needs of the Church

Question about act of reparation

A member has asked for clarification about what form the act of reparation for past wrongs should take when visiting former Catholic places of worship. There is nothing to stop members using any suitable and approved form of act of reparation but the following advice is given on the SSIM website:

On visiting a church, monastery, shrine, even if ruined, which had previously been used for Catholic worship recite the following [Pater Noster, Ave Maria and Gloria Patri] for the repose of the souls of all who have worshipped there in the past, especially the priests who faithfully offered the holy sacrifice of the Mass and in reparation for all wrongs committed there. Pray also for the unity of Christ’s church around the See of Peter and for the intentions of our Holy Father

Sunday, 7 June 2009

Next Admissions

The Master will be admitting new members following the 6pm Mass at S James's, Spanish Place, London on 24th June. Anyone wishing to be admitted on that date should contact the Chamberlain at the earliest opportunity.

Monday, 1 June 2009

Feast of S Justin our Principal Patron June 1st

A secular philosopher, born in second-century Samaria at Nablus, by the age of around thirty Saint Justin had begun to sense that philosophy alone could not answer the questions rising in his mind. After his conversion in the year 130, Justin put his talents to use as an apologist, establishing a school of Christian philosophy in Rome. During the persecution of Marcus Aurelius he was arrested and required to renounce his faith. Refusal to do so led him to him being condemned by the Prefect Rusticus and to a martyr’s death by beheading in 165.