Ideal preparation for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

A Novena of Sermons in Preparation for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception
From November 30th until December 7th, we will have a Novena of Sermons concluding with Benediction in the evenings at 7pm. On the Tuesday and Friday the sermon at 7pm will be followed by Holy Mass.

Guest preachers will include Fr. Montgomery, Fr. McGuiness and Canon Jason Apple from the Seminary of the Institute. After the Friday Mass, there will be a reception in the Hall to welcome Canon Apple to England.

On the Feast itself we will have a High Mass with Canon Apple as celebrant.

On December 7th, because of the evening Novena, we will not have the First Saturday Day of Prayer and Catechesis which will resume on January 4th.

Forthcoming events in November

All Saints – Friday 1st November 2019
There will be an extra Mass at St Winefride’s in the morning with Holy Mass at St. Winefride’s at 11.15am and 7pm.
There will be a Mass at Shrewsbury Cathedral at 7.30am.

All Souls Saturday 2nd November 2019
Will be celebrated together with a Day of Prayer and Catechesis. The theme will be on the 4 Last Things and the Eschatological Role of Our Lady. Further details of the day will follow.

Retreat for Mothers 9th November 2019
A Retreat for Mothers will take place which will include Holy Mass and will conclude with a 3pm Holy Hour. Open to all mothers.

Novena for the Faithful Departed
This will commence on the 3rd November and until the 11th November. Anyone from outside our area who does not have easy regular access to traditional liturgy may wish to contact Canon Smith or Father Gribbin to make use of this. Contact details can be found here.

Sponsor a parachuting priest! £5000 needed!

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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Silent Clergy Retreat: 7th – 11th October 2019

A retreat on the configuration of the priestly heart after the Heart of Jesus Christ

Preached by the Canons of the ICKSP
Secular and religious clergy welcome
Individual spiritual direction available
Comfortable, en-suite single accommodation
Full board included
Set in the peaceful & beautiful Stonyhurst Estate

Cost: £320 per person
23 places only – booking closes 30th September

Goodbye Abbé

We bid a fond farewell to seminarian Abbé Ritchie on Sunday. He has left us to return to the seminary to continue his formation. We presented Abbé with a statue of St Winefride as a token of our gratitude for his help in the fledgling months of the apostolate in Shrewsbury. Abbé, be assured of our prayers!