News items added on Saturday, June 20, 2009

Year of the Priest - Pope Benedict's Letter

In the newsletter this week, I mentioned Pope Benedict's excellent letter introducing the Year for Priests which runs from the Feast of the Sacred Heart which we celebrated yesterday, until 19 June 2010.

In the letter, the Holy Father refers often to the writings of the Curé of Ars, St John Vianney. For example, he says:
Saint John Mary Vianney taught his parishioners primarily by the witness of his life. It was from his example that they learned to pray, halting frequently before the tabernacle for a visit to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. “One need not say much to pray well” – the Curé explained to them – “We know that Jesus is there in the tabernacle: let us open our hearts to him, let us rejoice in his sacred presence. That is the best prayer”.
Here is the link for you to read the letter:
Letter proclaiming a Year for Priests

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Year of the Priest - Special Indulgence

Until 19 June 2010:
“The Plenary Indulgence is granted to all the faithful who are truly repentant who, in church or in chapel, devoutly attend the divine Sacrifice of Mass and offer prayers to Jesus Christ the Eternal High Priest, for the priests of the Church, and any other good work which they have done on that day, so that he may sanctify them and form them in accordance with His Heart.”

The plenary indulgence is granted under the usual conditions. See my article Plenary indulgences not impossible.

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UCM Summer Lunch and Cream Tea

On Saturday 4th July 2009, come along and enjoy sandwiches and a cream tea from 12noon until 2.30pm in the presbytery garden with your friends and family. We will even have a beer tent for those who would like something stronger! Games for the children and even one or two for the adults.

Tickets (£3.50) are available before and after each Mass at the weekend.