16 July: Feast of Our Lady of Mt Carmel

The Feast of Our Lady of Mt Carmel is a very good time to learn about the Brown Scapular, and for those who are not yet enrolled in it to resolve to do so.  Click here for a comprehensive history of the Brown Scapular, with details of miracles and the facts about the (often misunderstood) Sabbatine Privilege.

Our Lady of Mt Carmel, pray for us!

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Those who are not yet enrolled in the Brown Scapular but would like to be, might be interested to learn that enrolments will take place on the Feast, 16th July, in both the Glasgow and Edinburgh SSPX chapels after Mass.  In  Glasgow, Mass begins at 9.45.am here, and in Edinburgh Mass begins at 1pm here.

Note: in Glasgow, on Sundays, there is free parking on Sauchiehall Street, and a small all-day charge at the National Car Park in Cambridge Street, both a short walk from the chapel.  In Edinburgh, there is usually parking on the street outside the church, but the pavement is currently being restored, so this is not possible at the present time. There is, however, a car park a few hundred yards north of the chapel, first opening on the right. It is signposted St Leonard’s Parking. Usually free on Sundays.

Restoring The Faith – A Model Parish…

From the Parish Website, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Glasgow, Scotland…

To celebrate the Eve of All Saints’ Day, some of our young parishioners and friends of the parish dressed up for our All Saints Party. We started the evening by processing into the church and chanting the Litany of Saints in Latin. After some food, the Saints played Seven Deadly Sins bowling, slayed a pinata-dragon, completed a saints trivia quiz, played St Cecilia’s Musical Chairs, and “Simon Peter Says”.

Winner: St Bernadette - front right...

Winner: St Bernadette – front right…

 

The Saints were all brilliantly dressed, but the grown-ups decided to award St Bernadette with the “Best Costume” prize. Thank you to all the Saints for coming in your great costumes, and thank you to the parishioners who helped with food and games for the children.  Visit Parish Website for most photos here

Comment:

The Angels & Saints Party has been a fixture in the Parish of the Immaculate Heart, Balornock, Glasgow for around 11 years, I believe. I’ve not heard of this idea being implemented anywhere else in Scotland. In the USA, yes.  Not Scotland, or, indeed, anywhere else in the UK, as far as I know.

It is a simple, but effective way of doing a number of things at once: killing several birds with one stone, as the saying goes. The children are encouraged to research the saints in order to choose  a saint to represent. They are, thus, learning about the saints; at least they are learning some key facts about the saints whom they research.  That’s important in itself. Then they have the fun of using their imaginations in order to create their own costumes. AND they are mixing with other young Catholics in an atmosphere conducive to developing their Faith and hopefully making new friends or consolidating friendships with other young Catholics.  What’s not to like?

Perhaps you could suggest this idea to your Parish Priest in good time to organise an Angels & Saints party in your parish next year? OR, if he is unwilling, or if you don’t have a large enough group of children, you could put a note in your diary to support the Immaculate Heart party next year. It’s well worth supporting; the children love it and the adults seemed to have a good time, as well.

Additionally, this thread may help to spark a few fresh ideas about how to restore some aspect of the Faith in your neck of the woods, especially, perhaps, enable new approaches to developing the knowledge and understanding of the young – an (insert soundbite adjective) Catechism Class…. that sort of thing.  Over to you!

15/8: Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady

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As always on Feast Day threads, please feel free to discuss any related issues, and/or post your favourite prayers and hymns, lyrics, audio recordings or videos – remember that to copy a YouTube video directly onto the page, just right click on the video of your choice, select “copy embed code” and then select “paste” to make it appear in your comment although it won’t appear until you submit the comment.  And of course, jokes in the “good clean fun” category are always welcome.  Here’s one to kick start the celebration…

A young art student at Catholic college, decided she would mark the Feast of the Assumption by producing some sketches of Our Lady, but when she checked her art box, all of her pencils were broken and, as she told a friend, broken pencils are pointless….

Enjoy the Feast! 

Should Women Cover Heads in Church?

While women attending traditional chapels routinely wear mantillas, hats or scarves, it is sometimes difficult to know what to do when attending a diocesan church.  Weddings are OK, since it’s quite usual to wear a hat or flower headband, but what about going to Confession in a parish church? Some women have expressed doubt about whether to wear a mantilla or other head covering because the custom has fallen into disuse in most parishes. Is it a small thing to do to keep that tradition within the Catholic community or is it to invite unnecessary division? 

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Comments invited… 

Crackers in Kraków – World Youth Day

From the Fatima Center website…

By the time you read this column, World Youth Day 2016 will have commenced in Kraków. Another WYD, another massive waste of time and resources by a supposedly ecologically sensitive pontiff, who will expend tens of millions of dollars of Peter’s Pence on the huge “carbon footprint” of this useless, jet-set junket. The cheering mob will have its fun, including campouts of both sexes together and blaring rock music.  There will, of course, be the “papal Mass” replete with “sacred music” that will include a pop score (with electric guitar and drum set) and preening performers, hamming it up in front of the cameras with their out-of-control vibratos.  (See, for example, John Vennari’s report on WYD 2013.) 

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And no WYD would be complete without frenzied idolization of the person of the Pope — the ultimate celebrity. And Francis will soak it all up just the way his predecessor, John Paul II, did.  Indeed, John Paul was the very inventor of “the Catholic Woodstock.”  Here I am reminded of this description of John Paul II’s reaction to the crowd at World Youth Day 2000, which I cited some thirteen years ago in The Great Façade (p. 289):

As Pope John Paul II looked out at the vast throng of joyful youth, hearing their shouts of “Viva il Papa” and “Giovanni Paulo” and “JP II, we love you!” ringing in the air — everywhere they gathered with the Holy Father — no wonder he wiped tears from his eyes, swayed with the young as they sang, waved his arms in the air, and let a glorious smile break through, again and again. Here he saw, before his very eyes, the fulfillment of the words of Vatican II to the young, in its blossoming and growth [since the first World Youth Day, over 15 years ago].

What I wrote then applies with equal force today: “An ephemeral outpouring of mass sentiment from a boisterous crowd is ‘the fulfillment of the words of Vatican II.’  The crowd sways.  The Pope sways with them.  All is well. The phenomenon of feelings is the triumph of Vatican II. All empirical evidence of the actual condition of the Church is ignored in favor of a phenomenal event.”

The phrase “bread and circuses” — Panem et Circenses— originated with the poet Juvenal, writing his satires around 100 A.D., when the Roman Empire, seemingly at its height, was already rotting from within: “the People have abdicated our duties; for the People who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions — everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things:bread and circuses.”  WYD and other mass papal events are the bread and circuses of the collapsing Novus Ordo Empire — distractions that hide the underlying reality of decay.

The “spirit of Vatican II” supposedly manifested at the World Youth Days is actually a delusion of grandeur preceding a great fall.   It is a delusion in the form of what the imaginary “renewal” of the Church really involves: the triumph of the love of novelty over the zealous guarding of Tradition, of emotionalism over right reason, of mere enthusiasm over sober piety, of boundless tolerance over the divine intolerance of sin and error, of the profane over the sacred in worship, and now, with Francis, of false “mercy” over the truth that makes us free.

Mourn indeed over what the Church’s deluded leaders have done to her. But rejoice as well at the certainty of her ultimate deliverance from their hands.  Take consolation in the immortal words of Saint Athanasius at a time (during the Arian heresy of the 4th century) when almost the whole Church, from the Pope on down, was similarly afflicted by temporary insanity:

May God console you! … What saddens you … is the fact that others have occupied the churches by violence, while during this time you are on the outside. It is a fact that they have the premises – but you have the Apostolic Faith….

You are the ones who are happy; you who remain within the Church by your Faith, who hold firmly to the foundations of the Faith which has come down to you from Apostolic Tradition. And if an execrable jealousy has tried to shake it on a number of occasions, it has not succeeded. They are the ones who have broken away from it in the present crisis. No one, ever, will prevail against your Faith, beloved Brothers. And we believe that God will give us our churches back some day.

The triumph of Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart will mean the fall of the Novus Ordo Empire of worthless novelty.  The signs of its final collapse are already obvious.  Its end cannot be long in coming, even if many of us may not live to see it.  Source

Comment

Personally, I think these World Youth Days are always totally crackers, because the young people who’ve been interviewed at past events have made clear that they’re not at all accepting of the teaching of the Church on the same moral issues that the rest of the world rejects. I doubt if Polish youth are much different from their peers across the globe.  Thus, in my humble opinion, there doesn’t seem to be any point in having these days for youth, especially since the youngsters attending are not being taken forward in the Faith.  On the contrary, they’ve been encouraged to question and challenge Christ’s Church by the very person – Pope Francis – who should be warning them of the spiritual danger of rejecting divinely revealed truths on religion and morals. It’s been crackers all over the world, but now it’s crackers in Kraków. I’m bracing myself for more papal “advice” to the young in the next few days. What about you?  

June: Month of the Sacred Heart…

As always on our devotional threads, we may discuss any issues involved, and post favourite prayers, hymns, images, videos, stories etc. in order to pay tribute to, and spread, devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  This devotion to the merciful Sacred Heart of Jesus is of particular importance in these times when a false mercy is being preached, even within the Church. O Sacred Heart of Jesus, we place all our trust in Thee.