Monday, February 20, 2012

FSSP Vocation Discernment weekend

Fr de Malleray has asked me to mention this weekend so here is the information. I hope all goes well. Sorry to have been rather quiet here again but I couldn`t get inspired recently. I should also have mentioned the petition for removing the option for Holy Communion in the hand and will be mentioning forthcoming pontifical Mass at St Wilfrid`s York.

Vocation discernment weekend : 30 March - 1 April 2012

at St John Fisher House in Reading:

For Catholic men between 18 and 35 years of age (under 18 please contact us).

Starts on Friday 30th March 2012 at 6pm (arrivals from 5pm)– ends on Sunday 1st April 2012 at 3pm. Led by Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP, assisted by Fr Simon Leworthy, FSSP and Rev Ian Verrier, FSSP – one of our seminarians from Birmingham (read his interview in the Catholic Herald last month here).

Location: St John Fisher House is the residence of the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter in England & Wales.

Address: 17, Eastern Avenue, Reading, RG1 5RU, England.

Access: 27mn from London Paddington by direct trains up to every 10mn, and from London Waterloo. Direct trains from Oxford, Bournemouth, Bristol, Newcastle, York, Birmingham, Gatwick Airport, Southampton Airport, etc. Direct RailAir’ buses from Heathrow to Reading train station every 20mn. Motorway: M4. Trains: Buses:

Limited overnight accommodation: please book now.

Programme: Spiritual conferences, socials, Holy Mass each of the three days (Extraordinary Form of the Roman rite) including Solemn High Mass on Palm Sunday, silent prayer, private talk with Fr de Malleray, FSSP. Fr de Malleray will explain what a vocation is in general and to the priesthood in particular. Read here the Holy Father’s recent Letter to seminarians. Extract: “The proper celebration of the Eucharist involves knowing, understanding and loving the Church’s liturgy in its concrete form. In the liturgy we pray with the faithful of every age – the past, the present and the future are joined in one great chorus of prayer. As I can state from personal experience, it is inspiring to learn how it all developed, what a great experience of faith is reflected in the structure of the Mass, and how it has been shaped by the prayer of many generations.”

Cost: no set price for students or unemployed – any donation welcome; others: £50 suggested.

New: our special Vocations flyer and videos on

Contact: Tel: 0118 966 5284; Email:

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St John Fisher House is the residence of the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter in Reading, a Catholic international priestly society canonically established in the dioceses of Portsmouth and of Northampton, and in the Archdiocese of St Andrew’s & Edinburgh.

We had 11 men staying here at our last Vocation discernment weekend before Christmas. We hope you can be with us this next time. God bless you!


1569 Rising said...


Off topic, I know, but I feel thsi subject is worthy of consideration, since it demonstrates what happens to a country when the Secularists manage to exclude God and Christian decency from public life.

Simon Burgess, 41, an epileptic was feeding swans beside a model boat lake in Gosport. He had a seizure, and fell into the lake. A 53 year old grandmother saw him in the water, thought he was swimming, and after a few seconds, dialled 999. Firemen and police arrived after 5-10 minutes, but refused to go into the water (max. depth in middle of lake, 3ft). One of the firemen said they couldn't go in if the water was more than ankle deep. He cited "health and safety".

The Watch Officer at Gosport Fire Station, Tony Nicholls, said in a worn statement at the Inquest..

"The officers were trained to go into ankle deep water, which is level one, so we waited for level two officers who can go into chest high. One of the police officers told me he would like to go in the water and I advised him in the strongest terms not to."

Evidence was given at the inquest that if Mr Burgess had been taken out of the water within the first 10 minutes or so, he would have had a good chance of survival.

My point is this...procedures, rules, regulations, have managed to remove any sense of basic humanity from "public servants". As long as the "rules" are followed, then that is all that matters.

I cannot believe that anyone with an ounce of humanity could have behaved as those firemen and police officers did. But, once you remove Christianity from the public arena, the rule keepers and box tickers take over.

1569 Rising said...

Father, forgot the link..