Saturday, 16 January 2010


Of your charity pray for the happy repose of the soul of Father James Ryan, Parish Priest of Our Lady and St Paul, Heywood. Father Ryan was in his 77th year, the 55th of his Sacred Priesthood. May he rest in peace.
The mortal remains of Father Ryan will be received into Our Lady and St Paul, Heywood on THursday evening at 7:00pm with Mass celebrated by the Dean, Father Paul Brindle. On Friday morning His Lordship the Bishop will offer the Requiem Mass at 11:30am in Our Lady and St Paul after which Father Ryan will be laid to rest in Heywood Cemetery.


I recently had a go at putting my flower arranging skills into practice at St. Joseph's. Here are a few pics of my work. They were taken as a ''work in progress'' hence the leaves on and around the altar.


Friday, 8 January 2010


On the feat of the Epiphany there is a tradition of blessing chalk so that the faithful may bless their homes and ask God's blessing in the New Year of Grace. Following this great tradition I blessed chalk at MAss on the Feast of the Epiphany. Below are the prayers to be used by the faithful at home.

First go round the house sprinkling Holy Water in each room in silence.
Then the father (or other adult) with the blessed chalk writes the following over or near the door of the house:

20 + C + B + M + 10

After which the following is said:

Leader: Peace be to this house.
All: And to all that dwell herein.
Leader: From the east the Magi came to Bethlehem to adore the Lord; and opening their treasures, they offered costly gifts: gold to the great King, incense to the true God, and myrrh in symbol of His burial. Alleluia

All: My soul magnifies the Lord,
And my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour.
For He has regarded the low estate of His handmaiden,
For behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.

For He who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is His name.
And His mercy is on those who fear Him
from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with His arm:
He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
and exalted those of low degree.
He has filled the hungry with good things;
and the rich He has sent empty away.
He has helped His servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy;
As He spoke to our fathers,
to Abraham and to His posterity forever.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be,
world without end.

All: From the east the Magi came to Bethlehem to adore the Lord; and opening their treasures, they offered costly gifts: gold to the great King, incense to the true God, and myrrh in symbol of His burial. Alleluia

Our Father…

Leader: And lead us not into temptation.
All: But deliver us from evil.
Leader: Many shall come from Saba
All: Bearing gold and incense.
Leader: O Lord, hear my prayer.
All: And let my cry come unto thee.
Leader: The Lord be with you.
All: And with thy spirit.

Let us pray.
O God, Who by the guidance of a star didst this day reveal thy Sole-Begotten Son to the Gentiles, grant that we who now know thee by faith may be brought to the contemplation of thy heavenly majesty. Through the same Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord Who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever. Amen.

Let us pray.
Bless, O Lord, almighty God, this home that it be the shelter of health, chastity, self-conquest, humility, goodness, mildness, obedience to the commandments, and thanksgiving to God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. May blessing remain for all time upon this dwelling and them that live herein. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.


This is my first post for the New Year of Grace 2010. As the old year of grace 2009 drew to a close I gathered with a few friends for a little celebration and to give thanks to God for the old year and to ask His blessing on the new.

Our meal began with a prayer and reading from the Roman Martyrology. In this post in imitation of Fr. Z I have included a picture of our fish course!!!

As midnight drew near we gathered in church for a moment of prayer and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. I thought the altar looked particularly beautiful on this last day of the year in candlelight.