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O Come O Come Emmanuel Catholic Traditional Advent Hymn


Musings of the Week

Is it just me that is confused over the latest headlines on the Pope and Condoms? Only in 2009 the Vatican defended Pope Benedict's opposition to the use of condoms to stop the spread of AIDS as activists, doctors and politicians criticised it as unrealistic, unscientific and dangerous.

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The Church teaches that fidelity within heterosexual marriage and abstinence are the best ways to stop AIDS.

Asked about the criticism, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said the pope was 'maintaining the position of his predecessors'.

The Vatican also says condoms can also lead to risky behaviour but many contest that view.

Even Kevin De Cock, director of the World Health Organisation's HIV/AIDS department, said: ... abstinence and reducing the number of partners were also needed and praised faith-based groups, noting that ma…

Pasadena Roof Orchestra - The Very Thought Of You


Winter Wonderland sung by Johnny Mathis


It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas By Johnny Mathis


Don't Miss EWTN's Documentary on Amparo Portilla: Spain's Married Mother of 11 Whose Cause for Canonization is Underway By Michelle Laque Johnson

Ewtn reports: Amparo Portilla, mother of 11, could become the first married woman to be canonized in the Diocese of Madrid! Find out about her extraordinary life in the new documentary, "Amparo Portilla: An Appointment in Heaven." Airs 10 p.m. ET, Nov. 21, 1 p.m. ET, Nov. 23, and 5 a.m. ET, Nov. 25.

Portilla, who was born in Valencia, Spain, died in 1996 after a two-year battle with lung cancer. Because she was a modern day woman, filmmakers had lots of amateur video with which to work in making this fascinating documentary. Viewers will see that her life really was a testimony to the fact that holiness is possible for everyone, including a married woman and mother of 11 whose work was in the home.

"I want to give myself to God through the love of my husband, children and, if possible, of others," Portilla once said. "The Lord comes to me wherever I am. Loving my husband is the way to love Him."

How many problems might be avoided if we all thought of our spo…

Thought for the Day

Ask, and you shall receive

Then he said to them, "Suppose one of you has a friend, and he goes to him at midnight and says, 'Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, because a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have nothing to set before him.'

"Then the one inside answers, 'Don't bother me. The door is already locked, and my children are with me in bed. I can't get up and give you anything.' I tell you, though he will not get up and give him the bread because he is his friend, yet because of the man's boldness he will get up and give him as much as he needs.

"So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

"Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you a…

Reflection on the Divine Mercy

Jesus is demonstrating to Saint Faustina that our special prayers to Divine Mercy are not just for the person that offers them, but are primarily intercession prayers through which He grants countless souls graces and mercy through these holy prayers. The Chaplet of Divine Mercy is especially an atonement prayer. Atoning not for my sins but for our sins, which means for our family lineage, i.e. all those in our family ancestry who have gone before us and all those in our family lineage that have yet to be born, which of course covers you and your immediate family as well. This prayer goes on then to seek mercy for the whole world, which is why it is such a powerful intercession prayer.

And remember by reciting this prayer you are answering His call of "Will You Help Me?" and you are reciting words that came from Jesus' lips because these words were dictated by Jesus to Saint Faustina to be a powerful intercession tool on earth, in her mission to help Him save sinners th…

The Beatles - I Want To Hold Your Hand


Down By The Riverside - Pete Seeger [7/24] [1963]


Stir Up Sunday

Well everyone should have made their Christmas puddings last Sunday - the last Sunday in the Church year before Advent - now adopted as the Sunday of 'Christ the King' in some Anglican parishes too. Stir-up Sunday is traditionally the day for families to make the Christmas pudding, giving it plenty of time for the flavours to develop before Christmas.

Stir-up Sunday Traditions

On Stir-up Sunday it's a tradition for all members of the family to have a stir of the pudding, whilst making a wish.

Another Christmas pudding tradition is to add an old coin to the mixture. It's believed that the lucky finder of the coin will be brought wealth. The traditional coins used were an old silver sixpence or threepenny bit. Nowadays a 10 or 20 pence piece will do. Just wash it well, wrap it in tinfoil and drop it into the Christmas pudding whilst giving it it's final stirs.

Just remember to warn those eating the pudding that they may come across some buried treasure.

In the Anglican Ch…

The Duck Song


From Darkness to Light / Healing after Abortion

Mozart - Requiem

"Epic :120" Catholics Come Home

Pro-life Anti-Abortion Video (Development of the Unborn Baby)

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas Final Scene

shoah images

Franciscan International Study Centre

Franciscan International Study Centre
Pax et Bonum
to the Franciscan International Study Centre website where you can find out more about opportunities for study and spiritual growth.

The academic term for Michaelmas begins on 4th October 2010 and we continue to offer our broad range of programmes and courses, including those at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
We continue with our popular ExCorde series of lectures by respected scholars who share a love of their subject and speak from the heart. Please refer to the ‘ExCorde’ link on our website for further information.
We are currently taking reservations for the eagerly awaited Franciscan Immersion and Rekindling Experience summer course for 2011, there are places available for both residential and non-residential participants. Please email our administration department to reserve your place or to obtain further information.
We are pleased to announce a new Spiritual Dire…

Franciscan Friars of the Renewal - Europe

The Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal was recognized in the Church as a religious institute of diocesan right of the 28th of May 1999., which enabled us to open friaries outside the Archdiocese of New York. As Providence led us, we opened our first friary in London diocese, Brentwood, at the invitation of Bishop Thomas McMahon and through the encouragement of Msgr. John Armitage. Both are pictured here at the dedication of the friary, with our Community Servant Fr. Glenn Sudano and the first Local Servant of St. Fidelis Friary, Fr. Richard Roemer.

"Let the little children come to me; for it is to these that the kingdom of heaven belongs." (Mt 19:14) On our arrival to London we found our first greetings from the children of the neighbourhood. The young ones here with Fr. Richard have enjoyed many hours of friendship with the friars.

"The Gospel counsel of poverty, in imitation of Christ, Who became poor for our sakes, means that we live a life wh…

Franciscan spirituality


Opera Company of Philadelphia "Hallelujah!" Random Act of Culture

Praying the Divine Office

Thursday Talk at Catholic Church of Our Lady Help of Christians
41 Guildhall Street, Folkestone, Kent CT20 1EF Tel: 01303 252823

25th November 7.30 pm

Praying the Divine Office - What is it? Why is it Important? Joanne Whittering

Light refreshments/Night Prayer

The Holy Rosary - Sorrowful Mysteries (Tues&Fri) Part

Would you die for Jesus


Did u know how u born Amazing animation!!

Archbishop of Canterbury accepts resignation of Anglican bishops

Rowan Williams expresses regret as five against ordination of women bishops leave church for Vatican-sponsored network.

The Guardian reports:
The Archbishop of Canterbury today accepted "with regret" the resignation of Church of England bishops who are converting to Roman Catholicism in protest over the ordination of women and joining a network that will allow them to retain some Anglican traditions.

The move involves three serving bishops, who minister to parishes opposed to female clergy, and two retired bishops. The serving bishops are the bishop of Ebbsfleet, Andrew Burnham, the bishop of Richborough, Keith Newton and the bishop of Fulham, John Broadhurst. They will be joined by the former bishop of Richborough, Edwin Barnes, and a former Australian bishop, David Silk.

All wanted more accommodation from the Anglican church for opponents of women clergy.

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Worth Abbey

3rd Oct 2010 Media reports on The Big Silence News about the BBC programme 'The Big Silence' 20th Oct 2010 The Big Silence A new section on this website with information about the BBC TWO Series "The Big Silence"
The BBC have told us that
the dates of transmission are going to be Friday evenings at 19:00 - 20:00 on BBC TWO on October 22nd, 29th and November 5th, 2010.
At the heart of Worth Abbey is a community of 25 Catholic monks who follow the Rule of St Benedict, a Rule written 1,500 years ago but which still offers life-giving guidance to men and women today.
The monks of Worth have created a sanctuary where the Gospel of Christ is expressed through a community life of prayer and service. They take vows that involve sharing their possessions, living together without marrying and accepting the guidance of the community. They run a school, a parish and a retreat house, as well as more fluid responses to the changing needs of church and society. Currently, these includ…

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