Thursday, May 17, 2018

An excellent lecture...

...by Fr James Tolhurst, who has just brought out a new edition of John Henry Newman's Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine.

Fr J. is a great Newman scholar, and his lecture illuminated Newman's message.  Newman's journey into full communion with the Catholic Church was of course bound up with his understanding of the development of doctrine - and through his work the Church has been enriched.

The lecture - extremely well attended, every seat filled and people standing at the back - was in the Challoner Room at the Church of Our Lady and St Gregory, Warwick Street. The Church is in the care of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham and the evening was chaired by Mgr Keith Newton, the Ordinary, who noted that this was in fact the first Catholic Church that Newman ever attended - he went there when young with his father, to hear the music at the sung Mass. Newman is now a Patron of the Ordinariate.

This was a very enjoyable evening, with a celebratory feel - and a particular joy for our family as Fr J. is a good family friend of many years' standing.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

...and read Auntie Joanna...

...on Cardinal Newman... here...

at St Mary's....

...University,Twickenham, in strong sunshine. The exam season - students busy with papersstudying everywhere, in the refectory and grounds and library and so on...

Want to learn something of the |University's history - and the history of the extraordinary house created by Horace Walpole, which gives this whole district its name?

Next WEDNESDAY, May 23rd, meet 12.30pm at the main entrance. Bring some sandwiches if you like: there ius also a refectory and coffee-bar where you can buy some. We will look around, enjoy the beautiful grounds, and learn the story. There is Mass at 1pm for those who wish.

Friday, May 11, 2018

A Mass, a parish barbeque...

...for the feast of the Ascension (see previous blog post) and then an overnight train to Scotland for a meeting today of the editorial team for FAITH magazine. The Caledonian Sleeper has all modern comforts - a cabin with freshly laundered duvet, washbasin, welcome-pack with soap etc - and there is just a hint  of the Great Railway Age as the train rumbles its way up through England and across the border, to arrive at  Edinburgh's Waverley station by 7 am...it's not WH Auden, but there are faint echoes...

Thursday, May 10, 2018

HURRAH!!!

WE ARE TODAY CELEBRATING ASCENSION THURSDAY.

We are celebrating it on the right day, and the churches will be well-attended.

WE LOVE OUR FEAST DAYS!

At this church, there will be Masses at  10am and 1.05pm, and  the children's choir will be singing at a special Mass at 6.30pm  in the Ordinariate Form, preceded by Evensong at 6pm. Come and join us!

It is a great relief to have the Feast of the Ascension back on its proper day.



Friday, May 04, 2018

Find ouit about the efforts of Auntie and team to teach the Lord's Prayer to London children...

...report in the latest PORTAL magazine

Local elections in Britain...

...and some relief on Auntie's  part  that her reflections shared in advance proved to be rather gloomier than the actual events...

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

...and on to the offices of ...

...the Catholic Union, which has a Charitable Trust  sponsoring some useful projects for schools.    This will mean another day of packing and posting prizes in due course...this will happen, not at the Catholic Union office but at this church which has hosted many such gatherings in recent years.

And then an afternoon at the computer tackling various writing ventures

Want to see the latest FAITH magazine?  Feature on pro-life event at Westminster, announcement of a new initiative, The Humanum Institute, book reviews , and more...if you are interested, send a Comment to this Blog (which I will not publish) with your POSTAL address and I will send you a complimentary copy.

The Catholic History Walks are flourishing: read here for info on the next Walks coming up in May and June...