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not in thinking much of God

but in loving Him ardently.'

~ St. Teresa of Jesus

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Upcoming Archdiocesan Event - Pilgrimage to Harvington Hall

 

Mass in the garden at Harvington Hall

 

The Archdiocese of Birmingham’s Annual Pilgrimage to the Shrine of the English Martyrs, Harvington Hall, takes place on Sunday 1st September this year. Mass will be celebrated at 3 pm in the garden, pilgrims being invited to bring their own chairs.

 

Harvington Hall

 

 

 

Timed tours of the Hall will be available to pilgrims from

11.30 am and Confessions from 1.45 pm – 2.30 pm. There will also be a picnic area and teas available so it could be a real family occasion!

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on 11th August, 2019

 

Meditation for the Day 

 

Child at rest in its mother's armsThe spiritual life depends upon the unseen. To live the spiritual life, you must believe in the unseen. Try not to lose the consciousness of God's spirit in you and in others. As a child in its mother's arms, stay sheltered in the understanding and love of God. God will relieve you of the weight of worry and care, misery and depression, want and woe, faintness and heartache, if you will let Him. Life up your eyes from earth's troubles and view the glory of the unseen God. Each day try to see more good in people, more of the unseen in the seen.

 

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may rest and abide in the

presence of the unseen God. I pray that

I may leave my burdens in His care.

 

Reading from a Sermon of Anastasius of Sinai on the Feast of the Transfiguration

 

Icon of the Transfiguration

     ‘After six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain apart. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his garments became white as light. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him.’

     These are the miracles of our present feast, this is the mystery which is now accomplished on the mountain for our salvation. For it is this celebration, this feast of Christ, which has brought us together here today. In order to penetrate into the heart of these awe-inspiring mysteries with the disciples whom our Lord chose, let us listen to the holy voice of God which summons us from on high, from the mountain top.

     There we must hasten – I make bold to say – like Jesus, who is our leader and has gone before us into heaven. There, with him, may the eyes of our mind shine with his light and the features of our soul be made new; may we be transfigured with him and moulded to his image, ever becoming divine, being transformed in an ever greater degree of glory.

     Let us run there, eager and joyful, and let us be enveloped in the cloud, like Moses and Elijah, or James and John. Be like Peter, rapt at the divine vision, transfigured by the glory of the transfiguration, lifted high above the things of this world. Let us leave the flesh and creation behind and turn to the Creator, to whom Peter in ecstasy said: ‘Lord, it is good for us to be here.’

     Yes indeed, Peter, it is good for us to be here with Jesus and to remain here for ever. What is more blessed, what more sublime, what more exalted than to be with God, to be shaped to his likeness, to dwell in the light? Since each one of us has God within him and is transformed into his divine image, let us cry out in joy: ‘It is good for us to be here.’ For here all is light, and joy, and happiness, and bliss; here the heart is at rest, in peace, serene; here we behold Christ our God; here he comes to dwell with the Father, and as he enters he says: ‘Today salvation has been brought to this house’; here with Christ are the countless treasures of eternal blessings; here are the beginnings of the age to come, here we see it reflected as in a mirror.

28th July - Blessed John Soreth

Posted on 28th July, 2019

 

Blessed John SorethOn 28th July (Discalced Carmelites) and 24th July (O.Carm) the Carmelite family celebrates the feast of Blessed John Soreth (c.1395 – 1471), Prior General and reformer of the Carmelite Order.  He is especially important for Carmelite nuns since he was responsible for first admitting women to the Order and encouraging the creation of Carmelite communities for women.

 

John (Jean) was born around 1395 near Caen in Normandy and entered the Carmelites there.  He received his doctorate at the University of Paris in 1438, was elected Prior Provincial of Francia in 1440 and Prior General at the General Chapter of Avignon in 1451.  He encouraged reform throughout the Order and travelled constantly around Europe, visiting the various communities.  Contemporary accounts record his sense of humour, his courage, a gentle temperament and even that he enjoyed playing an occasional game of football!

 

From the earliest days of the Carmelite Order in Europe, women were attracted to Carmelite spirituality and some even made vows of obedience to a Prior.  However, as early as 1261 the Carmelite Order obtained an exemption from supervising a corresponding Order of nuns and the extra responsibilities this would entail.  In 1452 the Papal Bull Cum Nulla gave express permission for women to live the Carmelite Rule and therefore belong officially to the Carmelite Order.  John Soreth encouraged this movement and sought to admit to the Order those communities of women already living a quasi-Carmelite way of life.  With the help of Blessed Francoise d’Amboise, he founded the first Carmelite communities for women in France.  Blessed Francoise received the Carmelite habit from John himself. The famous convent of the Incarnation in Avila, where St Teresa was to enter Carmel during the next century, was founded eight years after John’s death.

 

The bull Cum Nulla also opened the way for the development of the Third Order or lay Carmel, which John also encouraged.

 

John Soreth died at Angers, France, in 1471 and was beatified by Pope Pius IX in 1866.

 

Source: The Carmelites: A history of the brothers of our Lady of Mount Carmel by Joachim Smet O.Carm (Carmelite Institute, Rome 1975)

 

Part of the Ordination Ceremony

 

Pictured left and below are Fr. Marco Egawhary, Fr. Ryan Service and Fr. John Waters, who all studied at the Venerable English College in Rome.

 

They were ordained yesterday by Archbishop Bernard Longley in a very moving ceremony in St. Chad's Cathedral.

 

Please pray for our three new priests and their future ministry in the Archdiocese of Birmingham. May God bless them and everything they do in His service.

 

 

 

 

The Three New Priests on the Cathedral Sanctuary

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Posted on 16th July, 2019

 

Below is a beautiful poem by Sr Miriam of the Holy Spirit OCD (Jessica Powers) of the Carmel of Pewaukee, Winsconsin.

 

The Cloud of Carmel

 

‘The Lord promised that He would dwell in a cloud.’

 

Our Lady of Mount CarmelSymbol of star or lily of the snows,

Rainbow or root or vine or fruit-filled tree:
These image the Immaculate to me
Less than a cloud, a little light cloud rising
From Orient waters cleft by prophecy.
And as the Virgin in a most surprising
Maternity bore God and our doomed race,
I who bear God in mysteries of race
Beseech her: Cloud, encompass God and me.

 

Nothing defiled can touch the cloud of Mary,
God as a child willed to be safe in her,
And the Divine Indweller sets His throne
Deep in a cloud in me, His sanctuary.
I pray, oh, wrap me, Cloud, light Cloud of Carmel
Within whose purity my vows were sown
To lift their secrecies to God alone.
Say to my soul, the timorous and small
House of a Presence, that it cannot see
Any frightened acre of a Deity:
I have enclosed thee all.
Thou art in softness of a summer wind lull.
O hut of God, hush thine anxiety.
Enfolded in this motherhood of mine
All that is beautiful and all divine
Is safe in thee.

Sea Sunday

Posted on 14th July, 2019

 

Our Lady, Star of the SeaToday is Sea Sunday, when the Church prays for all those who live and work at sea. Without them, we would not have most of the items we buy in the shops.

 

Stella Maris (or the Apostleship of the Sea) is the Church’s official maritime welfare agency. It supports seafarers both practically and spiritually.

 

If you would like to donate to them online or find out more about the important work they do, you can visit www.apostleshipofthesea.org.uk but, in any case, please remember seafarers in your prayers, especially today. Thank you.

 

Exposition in our monastery chapelOn Tuesday 16th July, the Solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, we will be having a special day of prayer, to which everyone is warmly welcome.

 

It will begin with Solemn Mass at

9 am, followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament all day, and conclude with Sung Vespers and Benediction at 4.30 pm.

 

Please free to come and spend some time in silent prayer and adoration before Our Beloved Lord present in the Sacred Host.

 

Cardinal Newman's Coat of Arms

With deep joy,

we communicate to you that

 

on 13th October 2019

 

Pope Francis will canonize

 

Blessed John Henry Newman,

 

together with four other Blessed,

on Saint Peters’s Square in Rome.

Solemnity of SS. Peter and Paul, Apostles

Posted on 30th June, 2019

 

Some of the eleven deacons ordained at Oscott yesterday

Please pray for the eleven young men from St Mary's College, Oscott, who were ordained to the diaconate yesterday, including three for the Archdiocese of Birmingham: Rev Sean Gough (right), Rev Benedict Skipper (2nd from right) and Rev Alex Taylor (2nd from left). 🙏

 

Deo gratias!

 

 

From the Prayer of Consecration:
"Almighty God, ... in the first days of your Church under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the apostles of your Son appointed seven men of good repute to assist them in the daily ministry, so that they themselves might be more free for prayer and preaching. ... Look with favour on these servants of yours, whom we now dedicate to the office of deacon, to minister at your holy altar. Lord, send forth upon them the Holy Spirit, that they may be strengthened by the gift of your sevenfold grace to carry out faithfully the work of the ministry. May they excel in every virtue: in love that is sincere, in concern for the sick and the poor, in unassuming authority, in self-discipline, and in holiness of life. ... May they in this life imitate your Son, who came, not to be served but to serve, and one day reign with him in heaven."

 

 

Triptych of Christ with SS. Peter and Paul

Almighty, ever-living God, you give us the great joy of devoting this day to the honour of the apostles Peter and Paul.

Grant that your Church may follow their teaching to the full, because these are the men who first taught us to worship you in Christ, your Son, Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.

 

Amen.

 

 

 

"Simon, son of John, do you love me?" "Lord, You know everything; You know that I love You." "Feed my sheep."
"My grace is enough for you; for my power is made perfect in weakness." 
"To me, life is Christ."


St. Peter and St. Paul, pray for us, that we may follow Christ in humility and undivided love.

Amen.