The Rosary Shrine welcomes back the Catholic Medical Association’s Youth Branch for their 3rd annual day retreat on Saturday 8th February. This is open to all young (18+) Catholics in healthcare, and to young (18+) Catholic adults. The retreat day begins with a Dominican rite Sung Mass at 11:30am which is open to everybody.
For the day’s theme and programme, see below:
As lunch will be provided, free registration is essential, and £5 is payable on the door. The day will include talks, and a Tour of the Rosary Shrine.
26th February: Ash Wednesday Masses at 7:30am, 10am (with St Dominic’s School), and 6pm. There will be the imposition of ashes at each of these Masses.
7th March: Music for Lent – Pergolesi’s ‘Stabat Mater’ at 7:30pm: We are delighted to welcome back the Bach Players, who will perform this beautiful musical meditation on the sorrows of Our Lady, in the Lady Chapel. Children are very welcome to join the audience. After the concert, the friars invite you for drinks (included in the price of the ticket). Tickets are available online from www.ticketsource.co.uk/thebachplayers, or on the door £15/£5. Tickets can also be purchased at the repository, or parish office, or reserved by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
14th March: Celebrity Organ Recital – our monthly organ recitals are a wonderful chance to hear our historic and internationally renowned ‘Father Willis’ organ at its splendid best. This month features a special concert given by international concert organist Nigel Allcoat. He will play his own Stabat Mater with plainchant and improvisations. Admission free – retiring collection.
21st March: Eucharistic Rosary Procession with healing prayers at 7pm after the Saturday Vigil Mass.
The Dominican friars of England and Wales have a full set of listings for livestreamed Masses on weekdays and Sundays broadcast from our Dominican priories and churches. Please visit this page, and keep participating in praying the Mass with us especially on Sundays. There are also other live Masses from Westminster Cathedral, and other churches in the Archdiocese: see this page.
At the moment of Holy Communion, make an Act of Spiritual Communion, expressing your deep and loving desire to be united with God through charity. This is a prayer recommended by Cardinal Nichols:
Go, my Angel Guardian dear, to church for me, the Mass to hear. Go, kneel devoutly at my place and treasure for me every grace. At the Offertory time please offer me to God Divine. All I have and all I am, present it with the Precious Lamb. Adore for me the great Oblation. Pray for all I hold most dear, be they far or be they near. Remember too, my own dear dead for whom Christ’s Precious Blood was shed. And at Communion bring to me Christ’s Flesh and Blood, my food to be: To give me strength and holy grace; a pledge to see Him face to face; and when the Holy Mass is done then with His blessing, come back home.
The Holy Father announced that a plenary indulgence is granted to all those who participate in these livestreamed Masses and Rosaries, who are also are suffering from the coronavirus, all those isolated and quarantined at home (as we now are in the UK), and all those who pray for an end to this pandemic. To be clear, an indulgence is not the same as the forgiveness of sins. Ordinarily, sins can only be forgiven in the Sacrament of Confession. An indulgence is the taking away of any suffering that results from the wound of our sins, even those that are forgiven.
During this time of the pandemic, when access to the Sacrament of Confession will be more difficult, the Catechism tells us to make an act of perfect contrition, ie, to express genuine sorrow for your sins because you love God and are sorry for having offended his goodness and wounded the crucified Saviour Jesus Christ:
When it arises from a love by which God is loved above all else, contrition is called “perfect” (contrition of charity). Such contrition remits venial sins; it also obtains forgiveness of mortal sins if it includes the firm resolution to have recourse to sacramental confession as soon as possible.Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1452
Every month in Our Lady’s Rosary Shrine there is a Eucharistic Rosary Procession with healing prayers. The processions start at 7pm on a Saturday.
The Blessed Sacrament is carried in a candlelit procession with Dominican chants, hymns, and sacred music. The Blessed Sacrament is taken into the individual Rosary chapels, and the corresponding Mystery of the Rosary is prayed in that chapel kneeling before the Lord, present in the Holy Eucharist.
At the end of the procession, either Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament takes place, or the Eucharist is carried to each person and a blessing and prayer for healing is given individually for that person. You may bring photos of your loved ones too, and so ask for Christ’s blessing for them.
Please note the dates of the next processions. The intentions for each procession will be announced in the parish newsletter: