Pope Francis Appeals to Seminarians

Vatican City, 14 April 2014 (VIS) This morning the Holy Father met with the seminarians of the community of the Pontifical College Leoniano de Anagni, and warned them not to fall into the trap of thinking that they are preparing to exercise a profession, to become the employees of a business enterprise or a bureaucratic entity. You are becoming ‘good shepherds’, in the image of Jesus, to be like Him, in the midst of His flock, to graze His sheep. Before this vocation, we can answer like the Virgin Mary to the Angel: ‘How is this possible?’ Becoming good shepherds in the image of Jesus is something very great, and we are so small, he continued. Yes, it is true, it is too great; but it is not our work! It is the work of the Holy Spirit, with our collaboration.  I no longer live, but Christ lives in me, said Francis…

Wellington Easter Extraordinary Form Ceremonies

Wellington, 12.30pm EF Mass @ Pa Maria (78 Hobson St, Thorndon, Wn.)
EVERY SUNDAY, including Palm Sunday & Easter Sunday; Msgr. Charles Cooper.
Good Friday, 9am: Stations of the Cross  at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hill St., Wellington.
No other Holy Week Ceremonies in EF are available for the EF Congregation
Liturgy (EF) at SSPX @ Linden.

Holy Week Ceremonies Mt. St. Marys Titirangi

Extraordinary Form Masses scheduled for Holy Week are as follows.

No Masses scheduled for  Monday & Tuesday of Holy Week.

Holy Thursday            7.00pm                Father Martin Bugler

Good Friday                3.00pm                Father Matthew Clerkin

Holy Saturday             7.00pm                Father Martin Bugler

Easter Sunday            9.30am                Father Denzil Meuli


Holy Week Ceremonies – SSPX New Zealand

The Vatican has confirmed that attendance at the Masses of SSPX is valid. Due to the acute difficulties of attending E.F. Holy Week Ceremonies in New Zealand the SSPX Holy Week Ceremonies are listed below.


Maundy Thursday

8:00am: Tenebrae 5:00pm: Confessions 7:00pm: Sung Mass & Adoration  of the Blessed Sacrament until  Midnight

Good Friday

8:00am: Tenebrae 11:00am: Stations of the Cross:  3:00pm: Solemn Liturgy

Holy Saturday

8:00am: Tenebrae 11:00am: Confessions 9:00pm: Confessions: 10:00pm: Pascal Vigil & Midnight  Mass of the Resurrection

Easter Sunday 9:00am: Low Mass 10:00am: Sung Mass 5.30pm: Rosary and Benediction


MAUNDY THURSDAY - 6:00pm: Confessions 7:00pm: Sung Mass & Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until  Midnight

GOOD FRIDAY - 1:00pm: Stations of the Cross 3:00pm: Solemn Liturgy

HOLY SATURDAY –  9:00pm: Confessions 10:00pm: Pascal Vigil & Midnight  Mass of the Resurrection 

EASTER SUNDAY –  9:30am: Confessions: 10:00am: Low Mass


MAUNDY THURSDAY –  6:30pm: Confessions: 7:00pm: Mass & Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until late
GOOD FRIDAY – 2:00pm: Stations of the Cross & Confessions: 3:00pm: Solemn Liturgy

HOLY SATURDAY - 9:00pm: Confessions: 10:00pm: Pascal Vigil & Midnight  Mass of the Resurrection 

EASTER SUNDAY –  9:00am Confessions: 9:30am: Low Mass

Franciscan Friars Immaculate – FFIs Update

An unexpected event for the Pope at the Magliana: Franciscans of the Immaculate (April 7, 2013)

The icon of Mary ‘Salus Populi Romani’  is the darling of Pope Francis. So beloved that his first act as Pope has been devoted to it , going to venerate in the basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in the morning following the election …

In this parish in the suburbs, Manellis are basically part of the furniture, so much that on October 30, 2013, Father Stefano Manelli, founder of the congregation, celebrated here his 58 years of priesthood, along with a large number of friars and nuns of the Franciscans of the Immaculate , authorized to do so by father Fidenzio Volpi, the outside commissioner which the Holy See has delegated the command of the congregation. Yes. Because the commissioning of the Franciscans of the Immaculate – with the beheading of all their leaders – is one of the acts that have marked the beginning of Francis papacy, including the prohibition imposed on them to celebrate the Mass according to the Old Roman rite.

A commissioning still unexplained , given the fervor of this young congregation , the abundance of vocations and the rare spirit of obedience , even in the current ordeal.

The Manelli spouses were introduced to the Pope by the parish priest of St. Gregory the Great, because – he said – “to have a large family in the parish today is a gift , and if on top of that this family has in it so many priests and nuns, then it becomes a source of pride that you cannot keep concealed. “Face to face with the Pope , spouses Pio and Annamaria – the latter is the icon painter – told him :

‘ Holy Father, we have nine children, six of which are consecrated among the Franciscans of the Immaculate. We beseech you, take them out of the sepulchres. ’

Hereupon Pope Francis – who told in his homily about Jesus that takes out of the sepulchre not only Lazarus, but everyone - got a bit surprised and smiled, then caressed them and said to them, ” Soon, soon .”…:                                                                    Sandro Magister http://magister.blogautore.espresso.repubblica.it/2014/04/07/un-imprevisto-per-il-papa-alla-magliana-i-francescani-dellimmacolata/





Archbishop of Liverpool – Deo Gratias!

On the Memorial of St Scholastica, 2010 the new Archbishop of Liverpool wrote below  (as Bishop of Nottingham).

When I was a boy most people went to Mass with a missal in their hands, or devotional books like The Treasury of the Sacred Heart, which helped them to follow the Mass and to participate in it. There was a general trend in those days, going back to Pope St Pius X (d. 1914), urging the faithful to ‘participate actively’ in the Mass. In the 1960s, the Second Vatican Council (or Vatican II) took up and continued the same theme.

Back then, of course, Mass was in Latin. People used their missals to understand more deeply the prayers of the Mass, and they also knew how to sing in Latin. At the very least Latin is as important for our culture and worship as Hebrew is for the Jewish people. Since Vatican II, Mass in the vernacular language (English in our case) has become widespread, but it began as, and remains, a concession. Vatican II envisaged that the Mass would ordinarily be celebrated in Latin, and it stressed the need for the faithful to be able to say or sing together in Latin the parts of the Mass which pertain to them, and it commended the use of Gregorian chant, saying that it should be given pride of place in liturgical functions.

More recently, in the autumn of 2005, bishops from around the world gathered in Rome for an Extraordinary Synod to mark the end of the Year of the Eucharist. The bishops put a series of suggestions to Pope Benedict, one of which proposed that Mass at international gatherings should be in Latin, and ‘that the possibility of educating the faithful in this way [should] not be overlooked.’ The pope responded with his exhortation Sacramentum caritatis in 2007 in which he endorsed this particular proposition in its entirety. Many of our parishes are fortunate to be able to welcome Catholics from all over the globe and from a wide range of language groups, making Mass often a truly international gathering which manifests the catholicity of our Church. Many of our parishioners are fortunate enough to be able to travel abroad, going to Mass at international gatherings. On these occasions the catholic, i.e. universal, nature of the Church becomes especially apparent, and it is most appropriate to celebrate this by the use of Latin, the official and universal language in the Western Church, and to sing our timeless heritage of Gregorian chant.

It is a mistake to assume that the Mass should be translated into simple English, because the Mass never is and never can be fully understood. Even a translation should give us a glimpse of the unsearchable beauty of God. The Mass is a mystery whose depths we can never plumb, whose treasures we can never exhaust, all the while drawing more riches and grace for us. Pope Benedict reminds us that it is God’s gift and God’s work, or it is nothing at all. To emphasize the central position of Christ in the Mass, the Pope asks us to ‘turn towards the Lord’, Conversi ad Dominum – the ancient call to prayer in the early Church:

‘The idea that the priest and people should stare at one another during prayer was born only in modern Christianity, and is completely alien to the ancient Church. The priest and people most certainly do not pray one to the other, but to the one Lord. Therefore, they stare in the same direction during prayer: either towards the east as a cosmic symbol of the Lord who comes, or, where this is not possible, towards the image of Christ in the apse, towards a crucifix, or simply towards the heavens, as our Lord Himself did in his priestly prayer the night before His Passion (cf. John 17.1). In the meantime the proposal made by me… is fortunately becoming more and more common: rather than proceeding with further transformations, simply to place the crucifix at the centre of the altar, which both priest and the faithful can face and be led in this way towards the Lord, whom everyone addresses in prayer together.’

The image of our crucified Lord on the altar does not obstruct the priest from the sight of the faithful, for they are not to look to the celebrant at that point in the Mass. The priest is not more important than the Lord; we are to turn our gaze towards the Lord. These are norms which should become widespread if we are to worship more in keeping with the mind of the Church, and expressed by Vatican II. Pope Benedict adds,

‘The Eucharistic celebration is enhanced when priests and liturgical leaders are committed to making known the current liturgical texts and norms. Perhaps we take it for granted that our ecclesial communities already know and appreciate these resources, but this is not always the case. These texts contain riches which have preserved and expressed the faith and experience of the People of God over its two thousand year history.’ (Sacramentum caritatis, 0) For the faithful to participate actively at Mass, as has been mandated by successive popes as well as the Second Vatican Council, they must be familiar with the texts and chants.                             By  Rt Rev Malcolm McMahon, O.P.



Pope Francis Speaks about Exclusion

Vatican City, 29 March 2014 (VIS) – “Witnesses to the Gospel for a culture of encounter” is the theme of the Day of Sharing organised by the Apostolic Movement of the Blind…

Like the Samaritan woman. … A witness to the Gospel is someone who has encountered Jesus Christ, who knows him, or rather, who feels known by him: recognised, respected, loved, forgiven, and this encounter … fills him with a new joy, a new meaning for life. And this shines through, is communicated, is transmitted to others”… the cured blind man, with disarming simplicity, defends Jesus and in the at the end professes his faith in Him, and also shares his fate: Jesus is excluded, and he is excluded too. But in reality the man enters into a new community, based on faith in Jesus and on brotherly love”.

“Here we have the two opposing cultures. The culture of encounter and the culture of exclusion, of prejudice…Indeed, only those who recognise their own fragility and their own limits can build bonds of fraternity and unity, in the Church and in society”, concluded the Holy Father.

Auckland Titirangi Mt. St. Marys Easter Week Timetable

Extraordinary Form Masses scheduled for Holy Week are as follows.

No Masses scheduled for  Monday & Tuesday of Holy Week.

Holy Thursday            7.00pm                Father Martin Bugler

Good Friday                3.00pm                Father Matthew Clerkin

Holy Saturday             7.00pm                Father Martin Bugler

Easter Sunday            9.30am                Father Denzil Meuli


Pope Francis – Journey of Conversion

Vatican City, 10 March 2014 (VIS) – At midday today, the first Sunday of Lent, the Holy Father appeared at the window of his study to pray the Angelus…

“Indeed, the devil, to divert Jesus from the way of the cross, presents Him with false messianic hopes:.. economic well-being, as indicated by the possibility of turning stones into bread; a miraculous and spectacular style as seen in the idea of throwing Himself off the highest point of the temple of Jerusalem, to be saved by angels, and finally a shortcut to power and domination, in exchange for His open worship of Satan”.

Jesus, the Pope explained, “firmly rejects all these temptations and reiterates His determination to follow the path set out by the Father, without compromising with sin and with the logic of the world. …

“’Do not test the Lord your God’, because the road of faith also passes through darkness and doubt,  and is nourished by patience and perseverance. Finally, remember that it is written: ‘The Lord, your God, shall you worship and Him alone shall you serve’.. Lent is a fitting occasion for all of us to undertake a journey of conversion…”

See also the Monks of Norsia http://osbnorcia.org/2013/02/17/wilderness

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