Sunday, 10th November, was Remembrance Sunday, and on this day, at the Memorial Altar dedicated to the men of Preston who fell during the Great War, a Solemn Requiem Mass was celebrated. At the end, the catafalque before the high altar was incensed. Photography is courtesy of Michael Durnan.
What is St Benedict’s Academy all about? We are a part-time academy based in Preston, Lancashire, looked after by the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, and welcome children from age 5 to 18. In September, the academy will be entering into its third academic year, having started in January 2018.
The education provided at St. Benedict’s is all deeply rooted in the Catholic faith, as all subjects lead back to Our Lord. Whether in the study of History, with the Incarnation as its centre-piece, learning about and admiring the wonderful creation of God through the sciences, or in the study of the sacred language of the Church, Latin, through looking at the texts of the Mass, as well as passages from the Vulgate, Christ is always at the centre.
As priests, it is a great privilege to be able to teach the children, and to pass on the faith to them. The Sisters Adorers teach Catechism and French, as well as Gregorian Chant and Polyphony. It is wonderful to have religious around the school, as an example and inspiration to the children!
Every Friday, at 12 noon, there is a sung Mass at English Martyrs, at which some of the boys from St. Benedict’s serve, and the rest of the children sing the Kyriale of the Mass, as well some of the Ordinary, along with one or two polyphonic motets.
While the majority of the teachers at St. Benedict’s are volunteers, there are in fact many other essential costs needed to run the formation of the children, which include: heating of the building, electricity and water bills, textbooks, insurance and maintenance of the Academy.
As the academy is a charity, we never wish to turn a family away if they are not able to afford the fees and at present the majority of families do not pay fees. In order to keep the Academy running and to provide a strong catholic education to as many children as possible, we rely on the donations of generous benefactors.
As we read in our dearly-beloved Missal at Christmas time, “Thine almighty Word, O Lord, leaped down from heaven”. Priests must always imitate Christ in all things. Therefore, Canon Vianney Poucin, accompanied by Philip Russell (a trustee) and Kevin Russell-Young (a parent of three of the children) will also be leaping from the heavens (15000ft), but by means of an aeroplane and a parachute in order to raise funds for St Benedict’s!
The planned date is the 4th September in Lancaster
Will you help make Catholic Education great again? Will you sponsor them?
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On 22nd September 2018, Monsignor G. Wach arrived for his now almost traditional annual visit to Preston. In the evening, he gave a very encouraging and fruitful speech about the Lay Society of the Sacred Heart, the speech was attended my many faithful. On the 23rd, Monsignor’s second day, he celebrated Solemn High Mass at the Shrine Church of St. Walburge and then later in the evening, we had Solemn Vespers and Adoration with Benediction. We thank Monsignor for his kindness and generosity to the Apostolates during his visit!