Thursday, April 24, 2014

The City of Rome Gets Ready to Welcome Hundreds of Thousands of Pilgrims says: With such a popular canonization like that of John Paul II and John XXIII, there's a lot of behind the scenes work that comes into play. Everything from transportation and security to volunteers and ushers.

The first thing of course is making sure everyone gets to see the ceremony, but with limited space in St. Peter's Square, a total of 19 screens will be set up along the city. From nearby streets all the way down to Piazza Navona and even the Fiumicino airport.

MSGR. LIBERIO ANDREATTA: Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi
"The city will be welcoming and livable during the ceremony. The city will see something that has never happened in the history of Rome or in the history of the Church. Two saintly Popes and two living Popes.”

Rome's Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi, also announced other details for religious ceremonies.
On Saturday April 26th, at 5 o clock, a Vigil will take place in the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls . Yet another vigil will take place at 7 o clock in the so called 'Chiesa degli Artisti' in Piazza del Popolo. Parishes across the city will join in evening prayer at 9 o clock.

"Since mid April we've been adopting the appropriate measures. When it comes to transportation the 64 bus which takes passengers from the Termini Train station all the way to St. Peter's has been going back and fourth basically 24 hours a day.”

Sunday April 27th is of course the big day of the canonization. It will start at 10.00am in St. Peter's Square. Tickets are not necessary. It's basically a first come, first serve basis and of course, it's completely free. The main entrance to the Square will be at the end of Via della Conciliazione.

Then on Monday 28th, a Mass will be held at 10.00 in the Square.

As far as how many people are expected, the numbers range from 800,000 all the way to 2 million. Either way, the city of Rome and the Vatican are making sure they're ready for either scenario.


S. Agnese in Agone a Piazza Navona - Via di Santa Maria dell’Anima 30 A – 00186 (POLISH)
S. Marco al Campidoglio - Piazza San Marco 48 - 00186 ITA (ENGLISH)
S. Anastasia - Piazza di Sant’Anastasia - 00186 (PORTGUESE)
Santissimo Nome di Gesù all’Argentina - Piazza del Gesù – 00186 ITA, SPANISH
S. Maria in Vallicella - Via del Governo Vecchio 134 – 00186 ITALIAN
S. Giovanni dei Fiorentini - Via Acciaioli 2 – 00186 ITALIAN
S. Andrea della Valle - Piazza Vidoni 6 - 00186 FRENCH
S. Bartolomeo all’Isola Tiberina - Isola Tiberina 22 – 00186 ARAB
S. Ignazio di Loyola in Campo Marzio - Via del Caravita 8/a - 00186 ITALIAN
Chiesa delle SS. Stimmate - Largo delle Stimmate 1 – 00187ITALIAN
Chiesa dei XII Apostoli - Piazza Santi Apostoli 51 - 00186 ITALIAN
Basilica Sacro Cuore di Gesù - Via Marsala 42 - 00186 ITALIAN

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

There are Angels Walking on the Streets of Woking!

Woking Street Angels celebrated three years of operation in a special service held at St Paul’s CofE Church on 23 February. During the service both new and experienced Street Angels were (re)commissioned in prayer. Street Angels provide help to the vulnerable and others in need of assistance in towns and cities across the country at night when pubs and clubs are busiest.

At the service, Camilla Edmundson of Woking Borough Council and Detective Chief Superintendent Helen Collins of Surrey Police spoke of the valued work of Street Angels since they started in 2011. Working together with the police and door staff at various establishments, there has been a 30.4% reduction in violent crime on the nights Street Angels operate in Woking.

Woking Street Angels come from 18 different churches in and around Woking, including St Dunstan’s and St Hugh’s Catholic churches. Non-Christians and one Muslim are also valued volunteers. New recruits are always sought and a Summer Ball is planned in June to raise funds.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Friday, April 18, 2014

Thursday, April 17, 2014

I Have Given You an Example

Giotto di Bondone (1267-1337), Cappella Scrovegni a Padova, Washing of the Feet
'I have given you an example so that you may copy what I have done to you'

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Diocese of Arundel & Brighton Celebrates Chrism Mass

Today Wednesday 16 April Bishop Kieran will gather with priests, deacons and people to celebrate the Mass of Chrism in Arundel Cathedral. At this Mass, the Bishop will bless the Holy Oils which each parish receives for the rites of anointing.
Saint Ambrose [340-397] began this custom – which we now call the Chrism Mass – in his Cathedral in Milan. Three Holy Oils, which are used to sanctify the Faithful, have been channels of holiness for centuries!

The Oil of Catechumens is used to anoint the chest of infants and hands of adults before their Baptism; the Oil of the Sick is used on the forehead and hands of the infirm in the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick; and Sacred Chrism is used to anoint the head of the newly baptized, the foreheads of confirmandi, the hands of a priest at his ordination, the head of a bishop at his ordination, and the altar and walls of new churches.

At the Mass, all priests make a Renewal of Commitment to Priestly Service, recommitting themselves to their Bishop and to their ministry to God and His People; the Bishop and all priests then ask the deacons and people for a pledge of their prayerful support.

All are welcome to attend tonight at 6pm in Arundel Cathedral