On Monday 28th January at 6pm, join us in celebrating the feast of St Thomas Aquinas, the “Common Doctor” of the Church. There will be a sung Mass with Vespers, followed by enrollment in the Angelic Warfare Confraternity.
Every year on the third Sunday of January, the Filipino people recall the arrival of the Catholic Faith to the Philippine islands in 1521. In that year, the Portuguese explorer Magellan encountered the ruler of the island of Cebu who subsequently accepted Baptism. To mark this occasion, Magellan gave him an image of Our Lady, a cross, and a small statue of the infant Jesus. The latter two have survived, and the statue of the Santo Niño (Holy Child) of Cebu is venerated as the oldest Christian image in the Philippines. As the Child Jesus is crowned as King, the feast of Santo Niño is also a celebration of the inauguration of the reign of Christ over the Philippine peoples.
Here in the Rosary Shrine, the Filipino community will celebrate the feast of Santo Niño on Saturday 19th January 2019 with a festal sung Mass at 6pm, veneration of a replica statue of the Holy Child of Cebu, and a Filipino fiesta in the Parish Hall. All are welcome for this special celebration of the Kingship of Christ; a fitting way to begin the new year.
On Monday 28th January, we will celebrate the feast of Saint Thomas Aquinas, patron of Catholic schools and theologians. St Thomas is also the patron of the Angelic Warfare Confraternity, which is the Order’s special responsibility. Through the intercession of St Thomas, members of the Confraternity pray for the grace of holy purity and chastity from God.
The Rosary Shrine will have a special Mass of St Thomas Aquinas at 6pm on 28 January, followed by an enrollment ceremony for anybody who wishes to join the Angelic Warfare Confraternity. For more information, email email@example.com.
The 2nd of February, which is the fortieth day after Christmas, is the feast of the Presentation of the Lord. Also the subject of the 4th Joyful Mystery of the Rosary, this feast celebrates the day when Jesus, as an infant, was taken to the Temple in Jerusalem to be consecrated to God in accordance with the law of Moses. There, Simeon declares Jesus to be the “light of the nations”.
In recollection of this declaration by Simeon, the Mass begins with the annual blessing of candles with a candlelit procession. For this reason, it is sometimes called ‘Candlemas’. In recent years, 2nd February has also been observed as a day of prayer for Consecrated Life.
The Rosary Shrine will mark Candlemas with Mass at 10am this Saturday 2nd February beginning with the blessing of candles in the Presentation Chapel, and a procession from there to the Altar. After Mass, as usual, there will be Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Confession, and Rosary. We hope you’ll join us in Our Lady’s Rosary Shrine for this beautiful feast day.
The Rosary Shrine released the list of events for February – June 2019; leaflets will be available in church from this Sunday. Among the highlights are a Pilgrimage to Paris in March, and the Holy Week retreat in April.
May, the month of Our Lady, will be an important month with the annual Prayer Vigil for Life on 10 May, the Opening of our new Luminous Mysteries Rosary Garden on 24 May, and a Gala fund-raising concert on 25 May of Marian motets composed and conducted by Sir James MacMillan.
This December at the Rosary Shrine, we have a rich and inspiring line-up of special events for you and your family; the Shrine will be welcoming some very distinguished guests for these occasions:
Wed 5th December, 7:30pm: Talk by the renowned US public policy analyst, acclaimed author, and biographer of Pope St John Paul II, George Weigel, who will speak on ‘Catholicism and Public Life in Turbulent Times‘. The talk will be in church; it is free of charge, and all are very welcome.
Sat 8th December, 10am – 12pm: Advent Recollection, with Mass and a talk by Fr John Farrell OP, Master of Students for the English Dominican Province; ending with Benediction and lunch in the Hall. All welcome.
Wed 12th December, 7:30pm: Annual Mass in honour of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Unborn Child, and Empress of the Americas, and Patroness of the Philippine Islands. Mass will be celebrated and preached by the Norbertine Abbot Hugh Allan, Apostolic Administrator of the Falkland Islands, with music from the Hispano-Filipino tradition.
Sat 15 – Sun 23 December: Novena of ‘Simbang Gabi’ Masses, at 6pm on weekends, and 7:30pm on weekdays (see poster above), with guest preachers from the Filipino Chaplaincy. Every night, the Mass will be followed by a reception of Filipino food in the Hall. All welcome.