August 1, 2020

NEWSLETTER for 18th Week in Ordinary Time 2.8.20

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Updates and Resources

29th March –
Rededication of England as the Dowry of Mary

Father James will be saying Mass without a congregation at 9am at St Joseph’s and 10am at Our Lady of Refuge.

Later that day, Father James will make the Act of Dedication in the name of the whole Parish at St. Joseph’s at noon after saying the Angelus.

“We are Mary’s Dowry! Please enrich that Dowry by offering to her the best that you can give. She will stretch her protective mantle over our land and over all who live here. May God bless you all…”

His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols (Archdiocese of Westminster)

This Rededication on March 29th is both a personal promise of the people of our country, and a renewal of the entrustment vows made by King Richard II in 1381.

We are inviting you to take part in the Rededication wherever you are.  It will be led by our Bishops and priests across the country through the internet.  Check your Diocesan and parish websites for timings so that you can be united with our Bishops and priests in prayer at this time.

At the Shrine, the Rector will briefly introduce the Rededication at 11.45am and invite people to a short time of prayer.  The Rededication itself will take place at noon, at the beginning of the Pilgrim Mass which will be livestreamed.  Download the Angelus Promise and Act of Entrustment and then join the livestream at

27th March –
Reminder of the Pope’s blessing later today ( please note it is at 5pm UK Time  )
A special Urbi et Orbi blessing

The Pope also announced that on the following Friday, 27 March, he will preside over a moment of prayer on the sagrato of St Peter’s Basilica, the platform at the top of the steps immediately in front of the façade of the Church. “I invite everyone to participate spiritually through the means of communication”, he said.

The ceremony will consist in readings from the Scriptures, prayers of supplication, and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; and will conclude with Pope Francis giving the Urbi et Orbi Blessing, with the possibility of gaining a plenary indulgence for all those who listen to it live through the various forms of communication. The blessing “to the City [of Rome] and to the World” is normally only given on Christmas and Easter.

The Director of the Holy See Press Office confirmed that the moment of prayer on Friday will be broadcast live from the Vatican, beginning at 6pm Rome time (5pm our time). He noted that the plenary indulgence attached to the Urbi et Orbi blessing is subject to the conditions foreseen by the recent Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary.

I have also added a few more links:

Rosary Devotion

Many of us last year attended the talks by Brother Duncan who visited from Quarr Abbey and gained a further understanding of art and imagery. This online NOVENA to Our Lady Undoer of Knots has liturgical art and is a powerful devotion.

Clare Priory

Many of you may know the Priory – Father Ben O’Rourke OSA had his homilies recorded a few years ago and this is the link. Father Ben was a great teacher of silent prayer and his homilies were always thought-provoking. He is for us no longer sadly here but I know he will be active on our behalf in Heaven!

The Tablet
This is a real range of resources and links to other sites etc and I understand this is going to be regularly updated.

God bless and keep you safe
– Mary Mustoe

Vatican Decree on Easter Celebrations
Pope Advice on Confession
Encouragement Prayer

Diocesan Website:

Information about masses in the Diocese which are to be live-streamed:

Direct link to Walsingham:

Vatican news:

Irish Jesuits:

Magnificat publications:

Centering prayer:

Archbishop Barron:

An act of Spiritual Communion: “Lord Jesus, though I may not at this moment receive You in Holy Communion, please come into my heart, Your whole Soul and Divinity, and remain there, and keep me safe. I love You Jesus, always. Amen”