Posted in ADVENT

Thursday of the First Week of Advent – 1 December 2016

“Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise.”


“On that day …

The reading from Isaiah is another promise of a day of victory,
when the tables will be turned on injustice.
Today, let’s turn to our God, with all our needs.

Part of our Advent journey is about learning to hope
– learning to imagine what we can’t see.

Let’s go through our day today, desiring freedom with a growing confidence in our God who promises to save us.

Come and set us free, Lord, God of power and might.
Let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.


God of strength and protection,
I turn to You because I need help.
I long to be free enough
to trust that I can lean on You.

But I become afraid.
Help me to trust in You, Lord.
Your strength and power
are a gentle place of protection.

Be a safe refuge when I am being trampled.
I long for Your help, Your protecting care.
Help to deliver me from the cold
loneliness of these dark nights.

May the Lord bless us.protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen



Posted in NOVENAS

NOVENA TO THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION (To commemorate the Immaculate Conception)


O Blessed Virgin Mary,
glory of the Christian people,
joy of the universal Church
and Mother of Our Lord,
speak for us to the Heart of Jesus,
who is your Son and our brother.
O Mary, who by your holy Immaculate Conception
did enter the world free from stain,
in your mercy obtain for us from Jesus
the special favour which we now so earnestly seek…

(State your intention here…)

O Mary of the Immaculate Conception,
Mother of Christ,
you had influence with your Divine Son while upon this earth;
you have the same influence now in heaven.
Pray for us
and obtain for us from Him
the granting of my petition if it be the Divine Will.



Image – Mateo Cerezo


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Thought for the Day – 1 December

St Edmund Campion was a popular and notable Oxford graduate, but he came to be especially despised because he had converted to Catholicism. He became a Jesuit in 1573 and was ordained five years later. In 1580 he arrived in England disguised as a jewel merchant to support English Catholics.

In a bold move he wrote a challenge to the queen’s Privy Council. He declared that his mission was “to preach the gospel, to minister the sacraments, to instruct the simple, to reform sinners, to confute errors—in brief to cry a spiritual alarm against foul vice and proud ignorance, wherewith many of my dear countrymen are abused.”

This document, that came to be called “Campion’s Brag,” circulated widely and rallied Catholics with renewed hope. Campion seemed to pop up everywhere, his preaching and publications spreading a reinvigorated Catholicism. Unable to ignore such a threat, the government searched him out and arrested him in the fall of 1581. On November 14, a packed jury condemned him to death on the false charge of plotting rebellion. Edmund Campion died a martyr on December 1.

THIS is the challenge we face today – ate we able to oppose the vast secular and political abuses multiplying around us?

Let us Pray:  “Lord Jesus grant that I may die pursuing You, that I may die loving You, that I may die for the very LOVE OF YOU!”……..St Claude de la Colombiere SJ

St Edmunc Canpion Pray for us!

Image of Jesus – St Claude la Colombiere chapel Tabernacle mosaicst-claude-prayerst-edmund-campion-dec-1


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One Minute Reflection – 1 December

Make the most of the present opportunity, for the days are evil……Eph 5:16

REFLECTION – Let us not allow this Holy Season of Advent to slip by without spiritual fruit.  It is the time of salvation;  let us profit from it…………St Mary Euphrase

PRAYER – God of mercy, teach me to live in tune with Your Liturgical Year.  Help me to be filled with the sentiments proper to Advent and to prepare fittingly for the renewed birth of Your Son in my Heart. St Edmund Campion and all the angels and Saints, Pray for us! Amen


Posted in MORNING Prayers, SAINT of the DAY

Our Morning Offering – 1 December

throughout the ages You inspire
heroic men and women
to preach Your gospel
and proclaim the truth of Your love.
We pray that the example
of St Edmund Campion
may encourage us to stand up
for what it right;
to hold to what is true;
and to love even those who persecute us,
for Christ’s sake. Amen.
by Fr Adrian Porter SJ



Posted in JESUIT SJ, SAINT of the DAY

Saint of the Day – 1 December

Saint of the Day – 1 December – St Edmund Campion SJ – (1540-1581 aged 41) Religious, Priest, MARTYR

Edmund Campion was born in 1540, the son of a bookseller in Paternoster row, just behind St Paul’s Cathedral in London.   He grew up amid the religious upheavals of the sixteenth century following the break between Henry VIII and Rome.

Campion went to the local grammar school and then, age 12, to the new Christ’s Hospital school for orphans and the poor. in August 1553, he was chosen to make a ceremonial address to Queen Mary as she passed through London. Campion was able academically and went to St John’s College, Oxford, at the age of 15 (which was not unusual in those days). He was awarded his degree in 1564 and became a Fellow of the University. In 1566, he was again chosen to make a formal speech of welcome before the new Queen, Elizabeth I, when she visited Oxford. Much impressed with Campion, Elizabeth ensured he had friends and patrons at edmund Campion7

Campion was ordained a deacon in the Anglican Church.

Increasingly Campion came to believe that the Protestant church was not the true continuation of the Christian faith and that only in the Catholic church would he find a home. He resigned his position at Oxford..

Campion went to Dublin in 1570 and was involved in the establishment of a university there.


With the excommunication of Elizabeth I by Pope Pius V in 1570, everything became much more difficult for Catholics and people like Campion who were unsure of their religious allegiance.

Campion became a Catholic and went to the new seinary for English Catholics founded at Douai in France. He was ordained subdeacon and then walked, barefoot, to Rome to become a Jesuit in April 1573. Campion pursued his studies as a Jesuit and taught in the Jesuit College in Prague. He was ordained priest in 1578.

Campion was pusuaded, against his better judgement, to join the new mission to England. On 16th June 1580, Fr Robert Persons SJ landed at Dover, the Superior of the new mission. On 24th June, Campion followed, disguised as a jewel merchant. Campion moved between the houses of Catholics (the Recusants) who practised their religion in secret. At one such house, Lyford Grange in Oxfordshire, he was betrayed and arrested on 17th July 1581, barely a year after he had set foot in England.edmund_campion_2

He was imprisoned and tortured in the Tower of London and tried at Westminster Hall in November 1581. Condemned for treason, he was dragged on a hurdle to Tyburn where he was martyred with Fr Alexander Briant SJ and Fr Ralph Sherwin. He was hanged and then, before he was dead, his genitals cut off, his entrails ripped out and burned before him, his head hacked off and his body quartered.

The Feast Day of St Edmund Campion is celebrated on 1st December. With him are celebrated his fellow martyr St Alexander Briant SJ, and St Robert Southwell SJ who was martyred on 21st February 1595. All were made saints by Pope Paul VI in 1970 along with 37 others (the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales).st edmund campion 1 dec

Campion’s Bragge – FOLLOW LINK TO READ
The full text of the Bragge – the document prepared by Campion setting out his faith and the reasons for his presence and work in England. Campion wrote this document to be found in the event of his capture. In fact it was published (putting Campion’s and others’ lives in greater danger) by an overenthusiastic supporter.NPG D25305; Edmund Campion possibly by Jacobus Neeffs (Neefs)

Campion’s Bragge – Short Version – FOLLOW LINK TO READ
A shortened text of Campion’s Bragge for assembly or classroom use or for reading at Mass on Campion Day (reading time 2-minutes).

Br Thomas Pounde’s contemporary poem on the martyrdom of Edmund Campion – READ HERE




Posted in SAINT of the DAY

Saints for 1 December

St. Agericus
St. Alexander Briant
St. Ananias
Bl. Anwarite Nangapeta
St. Candres
St. Castritian
Bl. Charles de Foucauld
St. Constantian
St. Diodorus & Marianus
St. Edmund Campion
St. Eligius
St. Evasius
St. Grwst
Bl. John Beche
St. Leontius of Fréjus
St. Lucius
St. Natalia of Nicomedia
St. Olympiades
Bl. Richard Langley
St. Ursicinus of Brescia