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The November Contra Mundum is out!

The November 2017 issue  of our parish paper is now available on the Congregation of Saint Athanasius’ website here. This issue includes a sermon by Fr. Bradford and articles and writings by noted authors, as well as news and notes for our combined community and congregation, and announcements of upcoming events.

This issue features the following:

  • “Latens Deitas” by the Revd. Michael Connolly
  • “The Nature of Salvation by Aidan Nichols, OP, from Epiphany: A Theological Introduction to Catholicism
  • “The Family Constitutes an Irreplaceable Good of Society” by John Paul II
  • “Take a Lesson from Worldly Men,” sermon by Fr. Richard Bradford
  • “On Man’s Mortality” by Saint Cyprian
  • “Introducer to Christ” by Saint John Chrysostam
  • “Humility is Mindful of Our Privilege” by Pope Benedict XVI

If you signed up to receive Contra Mundum by mail, you should receive your copy soon. You can have the paper mailed to you by sending a message with your address to office@saintgregoryordinariate.org.

You can read this year’s issues here and all of the issues back to 1998 here.

The October issue of Contra Mundum is out!

The October 2017 issue  of our parish paper is now available on the Congregation of Saint Athanasius’ website here. This issue includes a sermon by Fr. Bradford and articles and writings by noted authors, as well as news and notes for our combined community and congregation, and announcements of upcoming events.

This issue features the following:

  • Notes from the Chaplain: “The Middle East: A Church in Need,” a sermon by Father Bradford
  • “A Church Fishing for Souls,” an article by the Provost, from The Oratory Parish Magazine, London, England
  • “Building Up Orthodox Belief,” an excerpt from an article by Rod Dreher in the New York Times
  • “Great Conversion Stories,” an article by John Janaro in Magnificat

If you signed up to receive Contra Mundum by mail, you should receive your copy soon. You can have the paper mailed to you by sending a message with your address to office@saintgregoryordinariate.org.

You can read this year’s issues here and all of the issues back to 1998 here.

New video of Fr. Aarons on our local CatholicTV Network station

As part of the twentieth year anniversary celebration of the Congregation of St. Athanasius, Fr. Anthony Aarons, TOR, was our preacher on Sunday, September 24 at our 11:30 AM Mass and at the Evensong at 4:00 PM at Stonehill College. A native of Jamaica, Father Aarons was an Anglican Priest before being received into the Catholic Church. He became a Franciscan and is a member of the Third Order Regular. Father Aarons was one of only 126 Americans selected by Pope Francis to be Missionaries of Mercy during the recent Holy Year of Mercy.

In this video recorded last Friday, Fr. Aarons talks about his conversion to Catholicism, his friendship with Fr. Bradford, the Congregation of St. Athanasius, and his being appointed a Missionary of Mercy.

You can view the video here:

Please note that Fr. Bradford is also a priest at St. Theresa’s Church and has an office there, but the Saint Gregory the Great Community and the Congregation of Saint Athanasius worship together at Saint Lawrence Church in Chestnut Hill.

The September Contra Mundum is out!

The September 2017 issue  of our parish paper is now available on the Congregation of Saint Athanasius’ website here. Father Bradford describes the founding of the congregation and the background of and relationship with the priests who will help celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the founding of the congregation on September 29th. It also includes a sermon by Fr. Bradford and articles and writings by noted authors, as well as news and notes for our combined community and congregation, and announcements of upcoming events, especially the events to celebrate the twentieth anniversary:

  • Notes from the Chaplain: “How It All Began” and “Twentieth Anniversary Events” by Father Bradford
  • “Surrender Everything but Your Faith,” an excerpt from a homily on St. Matthew’s Gospel by Saint John Chrysostom
  • “Divine Freedom,” an excerpt by Fr. George Florovsky, a Russian Orthodox priest and one of the most influential Orthodox theologians of the mid-20th century
  • “Absence Has Consequences,” a sermon by Father Bradford
  • “Our Destiny in God,” a sermon preached at Evensong by Fr. Thomas M. Morris
  • “To Live Out of Deep Conviction,” a message by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

If you signed up to receive Contra Mundum by mail, you should receive your copy soon. You can have the paper mailed to you by sending a message with your address to office@saintgregoryordinariate.org.

You can read this year’s issues here and all of the issues back to 1998 here.

The August issue of Contra Mundum is out!

The August 2017 issue  of our parish paper is now available on our sister congregation’s website here. It includes a sermon by Fr. Bradford and articles and writings by noted authors, as well as news and notes for our combined community and congregation, and announcements of upcoming events.

This issue features the following:

  • “Great Conversion Stories,” an article by John Janaro, Associate Professor Emeritus of Theology in Christendom College
  • “Place Our Hope on the Event of Christ,” an excerpt by Msgr. Lorenzo Albacete, a Puerto Rican theologian, scientist, and a leader of the international Catholic movement, Communion and Liberation.
  • “Two Sides of the Same Coin,” a sermon by Father Richard Bradford
  • “God Does the Most Essential, excerpt from Edith Stein’s Self-portrait in Letters; she was St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, a German philosopher and convert to Catholicism from Judaism, and put to death at Auschwitz in 1942
  • “The Head and Body of Christ” by Saint John Eudes, who gave a firm doctrinal basis for devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
  • “Truth in Advertising,” an excerpt by Reverend Prof. Stephen Noll, an Anglican clergyman who taught for many years at Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, Pa., and in Uganda
  • “Christ Counts for Us,” an excerpt from Images of Hope: Meditations on Major Feasts, by Pope Benedict XVI

If you signed up to receive Contra Mundum by mail, you should receive your copy soon. You can have the paper mailed to you by sending a message with your address to office@saintgregoryordinariate.org.

You can read this and all of the issues back to 1998 here.

Brunch at the Bradfords

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Father and Mrs. Bradford hosted a brunch for us at their home after Mass on Sunday, July 16th. Chef Paul Uttaro started preparing the food while we were at Mass so it was ready for us to eat when we arrived. He served various frittatas, garden salad with his special dressings, scones, and coffee cake. This was followed by sumptuous dessert cakes and pies with fresh fruit.

An enjoyable time was had by all.

A new video — the Regina Cæli

Parishioner, Corrine Paige, has been taking videos and photographs for several months now; the first video to be published is of our final devotion during Eastertide: singing the ancient Marian Hymn REGINA CÆLI after Mass. After the Recessional Hymn is finished the Celebrant and servers return to the Sanctuary and go to the Marian Altar, when we begin to sing. Like so much of what happens in our community, our Catholicism has a distinctively Anglican — or English, if you will — accent!

The leaflet insert with the complete song and prayer is here.

The July issue of Contra Mundum is out!

The July 2017 issue  of our parish paper is now available on our sister congregation’s website here. It includes a sermon by Fr. Bradford and articles and writings by noted authors, as well as news and notes for our combined community and congregation, and announcements of upcoming events.

This issue features the following:

  • “Siding with the Lord,” a sermon preached by Father Bradford based on Mark 5:21-43
  • “A Prayer for Our Country” by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York
  • “Running Along the Way” by Saint Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church
  • “The Fount of Joy” by Father Servais Pinckaers, OP, and Professor of Moral Theology at Freiburg
  • “To Believe What God Has Revealed” by the Provost, from The Oratory Magazine, the parish paper of the Brompton (London) Oratory
  • “The Climate Change Debate” by Simon Caldwell, published in The Daily Mail

If you signed up to receive Contra Mundum by mail, you should receive your copy soon. You can have the paper mailed to you by sending a message with your address to office@saintgregoryordinariate.org.

You can read this year’s issues here and all of the issues back to 1998 here.

Bishop Lopes talks about our Missal

We use Divine Worship: The Missal for our worship. Our Bishop, Bishop Steven Lopes, recently presented the Hillenbrand lecture on the origins of this Missal at the Liturgical Institute at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake. You can read the text of his lecture here and view our pew Missal here.

Saint John Fisher’s Suggestions for Short Private Prayer…

June Twenty-second is the Feast of Saints John Fisher, Bishop — the only one of the English Bishops to refuse the acknowledge Henry VIII’s claim to be the head of the Church of England, and the only Cardinal to “earn” his red vestments, which symbolize willingness to shed his blood for the Catholic Faith — and Thomas More — once holder of the highest office in the Realm of England, a man who loved music, art, learning, and — especially — his family; but who gave them all up on a point of conscience, touching the Petrine Ministry and the Sanctity of the Sacrament of Marriage. Their feast is celebrated on the date of John, Cardinal Fisher’s death; More would follow him up the scaffold two weeks later, on July 6th. Between these two dates a slide on our home page allows you to see these men as they looked in life, via the wonderful portraits by Torrigiano (of Bishop Fisher, probably about 1510, in terra-cotta) and Holbein (of More, as a Privy Counsellor in 1527, in oil). In their own day, Fisher was perhaps the more honored; of his great friend, More himself wrote: I reckon in this realm no one man, in wisdom, learning, and long approved virtue together, meet to be matched and compared with him. Over time however — partly because England remained Protestant, perhaps, and while it became possible to honor “the King’s good servant…but God’s first,” as a man of upright morals, it was almost impossible to offer equal praise to the one Bishop who didn’t “go along” (although it should be noted both men, most commendably, are now honored in the Calendar of the Church of England and some other members of the Anglican communion) and, from the mid-20th century assuredly because of the influence of Robert Bolt’s remarkable stage play A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS and the film made of it, Thomas More has quite eclipsed John Fisher. Both were eventually imprisoned in the Tower of London and condemned to the same end, the death of a traitor: hanging, drawing, and quartering; but in both cases the King commuted this to execution by beheading.

They spent much of their time in the Tower writing, and much of that writing survives. You can find the corpus of Fisher’s printed works here; among them are two letters of spiritual encouragement written to his sister Elizabeth during his imprisonment in the last year of his life. From the second of these I have taken his final, practical suggestion to her: a series of short prayers which he suggests she memorize so that they can be used by praying silently — therefore useful in any circumstances. Bp Fisher composed seven, one for each day of the week. I have abstracted the final paragraph in which he introduces his idea and gives Elizabeth his directions, and his farewell, modernizing his language slightly and his spelling entirely. The short prayers are then given in their original form, followed by modern versions, treated in the same fashion as the introduction. Click here to see a downloadable, printable copy as a PDF. Copies will be available at Mass on Sundays between the dates of the martyrdom of John Fisher (June 22nd) and Thomas More (July 6th).

 

Saint John Fisher, Pray for us!

Saint John Fisher, Pray for us!

Fr. Liias visited us Sunday

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With Fr. Bradford away, we welcomed our founding pastor and good friend, Fr. Jurgen Liias, as our celebrant and preacher at Mass for the Solemnity of Corpus Christi on Sunday, June 18, 2017. We were able to catch up with Fr. Liias during the coffee hour following Mass.

The June issue of Contra Mundum is out!

The June 2017 issue  of Contra Mundum is now available on our sister congregation’s website here. It includes a sermon by Fr. Bradford and articles and other writings by noted authors, as well as news and notes for the congregation, and announcements of upcoming events.

This issue features:

  • “A Full Revealing” by Father Bradford
  • “The Fear of the Lord,” an excerpt from his treatise on the Psalms by Saint Hilary (c.315–c.368),  praised by Augustine and Jerome as “the illustrious teacher of the churches”
  • “The Body That Gives Life,” an excerpt from his treatise on the Mysteries by Saint Ambrose (339–397), Bishop of Milan
  • “Fathers,” an excerpt from “The End of Man,” a sermon by Austin Farrer (1904–1968), an Anglican clergyman and theologian, much respected in the Catholic Church
  • “Letter of John Paul II on the Sacred Heart” on the occasion of the third centenary of the death of Saint Margaret Mary
  • “A Day Made Holy by the Apostles’ Blood” by St Augustine of Hippo (354–430), one of the four Latin Doctors of the Church (with Ambrose, Jerome, and Gregory)
  • “The Life of Frances Chesterton,” an excerpt from The Woman Who Was Chesterton by Nancy Carpenter Brown

If you signed up to receive Contra Mundum by mail, you should receive your copy soon. You can have the paper mailed to you by sending a message with your address to office@saintgregoryordinariate.org.

You can read this year’s issues here and all of the issues back to 1998 here.