Wednesday, 25 May 2011

June Mass & Social

The Nativity of St John the Baptist - 24th June

Juventutem London have moved to St Patrick's, Soho. This will be our first Mass in the new location. The Mass will be offered for the Good Counsel Network.

Celebrant: Fr Patrick Hayward
Deacon: Fr Seán Finnegan
Subdeacon: Fr Timothy Finigan
Preacher: Fr Aidan Nichols OP

In choir: Fr Ray Blake

Music provided by Schola Abelis, University of Oxford Gregorian Chant society.

After the Mass we shall move to the square for a picnic if conditions are favourable. Otherwise, we shall go to a restaurant as usual.

For more details about the Masses organised by Juventutem London click here. We're especially keen for people to realise that the Mass is not only for people between the ages of 18-35, but that the social afterwards is!



Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Patronal Feast: Our Lady, Auxilium Christianorum

Today is the day traditionally dedicated to Our Lady under that most glorious title, 'Help of Christians'. This was the day that the International Juventutem Federation was founded in Switzerland.

Mary Help of Christians (Latin: Sancta Maria Auxilium Christianorum), is a Roman Catholic devotion created to the Virgin Mary. John Chrysostom was the first person to use this title in 345. The devotion became popular in Europe during the pontificate of Pope Pius V and the fights against the Ottoman Empire. It was definitely established due to the great appreciation of Don Bosco for this Marian title and the development of the Salesian works in several countries since the second half of the 19th century. Although it is commonly associated to the Roman Catholic Church, the Orthodox Church knows also the devotion since 1030 in Ukraine, when the country was defended from a barbarian invasion.
The title of Mary Help of Christians is associated to the defence of the Christian Europe (Latin and Greek), the north of Africa and the Middle East from non-Christian peoples during the Middle Age. In 1572 the Islamic Ottoman Empire intended to invade the Christian Europe. Pope Pius V called Christian armies from all over Europe to defend the continent and asked the believers to pray to Mary in order to help the Christians. The defeat of the Muslim Turks was attributed to the intercession of Mary under such title.


This feast is no longer contained in the 1962 books.

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Newsflash - Juventutem London is moving!

The above picture is taken from Fr Tim Finigan's blog

As Juventutem London has grown in size it has become increasingly difficult to house ourselves for worship and for socialising. From June onwards, our Masses will be offered at at St Patrick's Church, Soho Square (map). This church has recently been renovated, and by the end of May all of the scaffolding will have gone and it shall be open. The above picture is taken from Fr Tim Finigan's blog. In the past, the Masses before our socials have been organised by the Latin Mass Society for the Good Counsel Network. From here on out, these Masses shall be:

  • Most excitingly, they will be Solemn High Masses (though this may not be the case during the summer holidays). This is the first regular Solemn High Mass in the Westminster archdiocese.
  • Organised by us ourselves (with help from the LMS where necessary).
  • Offered on the FOURTH FRIDAY of the month at 6.30pm.
  • Open to all. Juventutem London does not organise 'youth Masses', but organises youth socials that take place after Holy Mass.
    • NB! Holy Mass is open to all, and any Catholic in a state of grace and rightly disposed may be admitted to Holy Communion. However, our socials are for those aged 18-35.
  • Offered for the Good Counsel Network.
  • Followed by a social in the very spacious hospitality facilites.

Our first Mass & Social at St Patrick's will be offered on 24th June, which is the Nativity of St John the Baptist. Music will be provided by the Oxford University Gregorian Chant choir, and we shall follow the Mass with a picnic in Soho Square, or a restaurant if conditions are unfavourable. Further details regarding the clergy and our guest preacher will be forthcoming once confirmed.

Juventutem London would like to thank Fr Robinson of Maiden Lane for having us at his church thus far, Fr Sherbrooke of Soho Square for welcoming us into his parish life, and Bishop Hopes for helping arrange this transition.

The Mass at Corpus Christi, Maiden Lane (Second Friday) shall continue to be offered for the Good Counsel Network and we urge you to go and to continue to support their apostolate in prayer and benefactions.

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Well done English & Welsh Hierarchy!

With all the fuss about Universae Ecclesiae today, something even more ground-breaking has slipped through the radar. The Bishops' Conference of England and Wales has reinstated the traditional penitential practice of abstinence from meat on Fridays.

This is really important. This restriction on the amount of options that the faithful can choose from is something that we've wanted for a while. Previously, the rule was that we do something on a Friday as a token of sorrow/gratitude/reparation for our sins and the redemption granted us by our Lord. However, the possibilities were dauntingly broad, including the traditional abstinence, reading the Holy Scriptures, doing something nice etc. In practice, the broad and vague instruction has meant that most Catholics have simply done nothing especially penitential to mark the day our Lord died for us. This simplification and return to the traditional practise means that this can return to its privileged place in the Catholic consciousness, and can be something that all of the faithful do together as a corporate act of penance.

Here is the bishops' statement in full: 

Catholic Witness - Friday Penance

By the practice of penance every Catholic identifies with Christ in his death on the cross. We do so in prayer, through uniting the sufferings and sacrifices in our lives with those of Christ’s passion; in fasting, by dying to self in order to be close to Christ; in almsgiving, by demonstrating our solidarity with the sufferings of Christ in those in need. All three forms of penance form a vital part of Christian living. When this is visible in the public arena, then it is also an important act of witness.

Every Friday is set aside by the Church as a special day of penance, for it is the day of the death of our Lord. The law of the Church requires Catholics to abstain from meat on Fridays, or some other form of food, or to observe some other form of penance laid down by the Bishops’ Conference.

The Bishops wish to re-establish the practice of Friday penance in the lives of the faithful as a clear and distinctive mark of their own Catholic identity. They recognise that the best habits are those which are acquired as part of a common resolve and common witness. It is important that all the faithful be united in a common celebration of Friday penance.

Respectful of this, and in accordance with the mind of the whole Church, the Bishops’ Conference wishes to remind all Catholics in England and Wales of the obligation of Friday Penance. The Bishops have decided to re-establish the practice that this should be fulfilled by abstaining from meat. Those who cannot or choose not to eat meat as part of their normal diet should abstain from some other food of which they regularly partake. This is to come into effect from Friday 16 September 2011 when we will mark the anniversary of the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the United Kingdom.

Many may wish to go beyond this simple act of common witness and mark each Friday with a time of prayer and further self-sacrifice. In all these ways we unite our sacrifices to the sacrifice of Christ, who gave up his very life for our salvation.


I am sure that I speak on behalf of Juventutem London when I say, "Thank you, my Lords!"


Further good news: the bishops are considering returning the Holy Days of Obligation to their traditional days (ie Ascension Thursday etc). This will put the the majority of the English Church back in sync with the rest of the world (the minority of the English Church being those who follow the 1962 calendar and in sync on these major feast days).

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Feast of the Holy and Glorious Martyrs of England and Wales

A Celebration of the Glorious Martyrs of England and Wales, who died at Tyburn Tree in witness to the True Church of Our Lord, and the vicariate of the successor of Blessed Peter the Apostle.

HT to Orbis Catholicus Secundus,

Followed by a picnic and Seán's birthday party (Pt III).


5.30pm: Presentation of the Crypt and relics by one of the Tyburn nuns – Confessions heard during that time next to the Crypt by FSSP priest
6pm: Sung Mass (Celebrant Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP). about: Prayer of thanksgiving at the Tyburn Tree (traffic island outside the Convent).
7.15pm about: Picnic in Hyde Park afterwards.

I reckon the picnic might be too cold so we'll retreat somewhere warmer.