THE OLD ROMAN 01/ix/19

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ORDO w/c Sunday 1st September 2019 Issue I

S01.9XII Post Pentecost
(G) Missa “Deus in…”
s-d.2a) St Giles 3a) 12 Fratres
Gl. Cr. Pref.Trinitatis
M02.9St Stephen K&C
(W) Missa “Os justi”
s.2a) A cunctis 3a) ProEccl.
T03.9Feria of XII Post Pentecost
(G) Missa “Deus in…”
s.2a) A cunctis 3a) ProEccl.
W04.9Feria of XII Post Pentecost
(G) Missa “Deus in…”
s.2a) A cunctis 3a) ProEccl.
T05.9St Laurence Justinian B&C
(W) Missa “Statuit”
s.2a) A cunctis 3a) ProEccl.
F06.9Feria of XII Post Pentecost
(G) Missa “Deus in…”
s.2a) A cunctis 3a) ProEccl.
S07.9Our Lady on Saturday
(W) Missa “Sancta parens”
v.2a) Holy Ghost 3a) ad lib.
(W) Missa “Sancta parens”
gr.d.2a) XIII Post Pent.
Gl. Cr. Pref.BVM

KEY: A=Abbot B=Bishop B.V.M.=Blessed Virgin Mary C=Confessor Com=Commemoration Cr=Creed D=Doctor d=double E=Evangelist F=Feria Gl=Gloria gr.d=greater-double (G)=Green H=Holy K=King M=Martyr Mm=Martyrs Pent=Pentecost P=Priest Pref=Preface (R)=Red s=simple s-d=semi-double Co=Companions V1=1st Vespers V=Virgin v=votive (V)=violet (W)=white *Ob.=Obligation 2a=second oration 3a=third oration


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The Old Roman VIEW…

Vatican is betraying ‘Jesus Christ as the only Savior of mankind’ The Vatican’s decision to implement a Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together,” affirming that the “diversity of religions” is “willed by God,” without correcting this statement, is tantamount to “promoting the neglect of the first Commandment” and a “betrayal of the Gospel,” Bishop Schneider said in a recent interview. He went on to say, “however noble such aims as ‘human fraternity’ and ‘world peace’ may be, they cannot be promoted at the cost of relativizing the truth of uniqueness of Jesus Christ and His Church.”

However, The Old Roman recalls the document Nostra aetate (Latin: In our Time) of the Second Vatican Council the “Declaration on the relation of the church to non-christian religions, which essentially provides the basis for the developed relativism of the new Vatican document. Both documents contradict statements from past ecumenical councils on the necessity of holding the Catholic faith for salvation. While Bishop Schneider is right to take issue with the new document, Vatican II introduced this false relativism and arguably Vatican I paved the way by reducing the determination of “truth” to the arbitrary and subjective piety of an individual rather than the perennial magisterium of the whole Church preserved by holy Tradition. One has only to note the circumstances of the two “ex-cathedra” dogmatic pronouncements to see, despite protestations to the contrary, the subversive nature of Pastor aeternus on the Faith and consequently on the Latin Church. Indeed, the very raison d’etre of us Old Romans!

While The Old Roman recognises that our own Primus is Chair of a multi-faith charity and civic Faith Council such a position does not require a belief in the comparative validity of other religious beliefs such as the Vatican documents propound. It is one thing to collaborate with people of other denominations and religions for the common good, but it is quite another to suggest that religions other than Christianity contain “Truth” aside from such truths that may be inferred from or common to the generality of human experience e.g. conscience and spirituality. The Divine Revelation found in Christ, the fulfilment of the Jewish Scripture and His doctrine contained in the New Testament and sacred apostolic teaching of the Church, is the only vehicle of the “Truth” beneficial for humanity. Only the orthodox Catholic faith assures the believer of salvation! The incarnate Word of God Himself said “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

Sept 8 The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The icon of the Nativity of the Theotokos presents to us the central figures of Ss Joachim & Anne, Mary’s parents, and the Mother of our Lord as an infant. St Anne is surrounded by attendants who have assisted with the birth.

The birth and early life of the Virgin Mary is not recorded in the Gospels or other books of the New Testament, however this information can be found in a work dating from the second century known as the Book of James or Protevangelion.

According to the story found in this book, Mary’s parents, Joachim and Anna, were childless for many years. They remained faithful to God, but their prayers for a child were unanswered. One day, when Joachim came to the temple to make an offering, he was turned away by the High Priest who chastised him for his lack of children. To hide his shame, Joachim retreated to the hill country to live among the shepherds and their flocks.

As Joachim was praying, his wife Anna was praying at the same time at their house in Jerusalem. An angel appeared to both of them and announced that Anna would have a child whose name would be known throughout the world. Anna promised to offer her child as a gift to the Lord. Joachim returned home, and in due time Anna bore a daughter, Mary.

La Aurora

Theological and Cultural Review from the Vicariate in Cuba


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For those who mourn…

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FOCUS – the Philippines

The church in the Philippines presently organised as a vicariate within the Province of Africa, Asia & Europe, is to be canonically erected as a diocese in November. Serving some 500 faithful in seven parishes and missions, under the prayerful and pastoral administration of HE Bishop Rommel N. Banag as Vicar Capitular.

Four of the six missions of the Vicariate are located in Novaliches, Quezon City’s northernmost and primarily residential district, two in Bagbag another in San Bartolome and one in Talipapa. Another mission is located in Montalban, otherwise known as Rodriguez, Rizal a 1st class municipality in the province of Rizal, Philippines, north of Quezon. According to the 2015 census, Montalban has a population of 369,222 people making it the most populous municipality in the country. The last and largest mission of the Vicariate is located south of Quezon in Bacoor City, Cavite. Here four Masses are offered every Sunday to accommodate 170 faithful. A seventh parish, San Isidro Labrador in Lagunas has recently joined the Vicariate.

FEATURE – meet an Old Roman!

Every week meet individuals, faithful or clergy from around the Communion! This week…

Mrs Shirley Veater – UK

Shirley is a mainstay of the Brighton Oratory where she was catechised, received into the Church and Confirmed in the Faith five years ago. A former Methodist and daughter of a Methodist minister, becoming an Orthodox Catholic was not something Shirley thought she’d ever do! Shirley is a retired teacher and professional artist who works through various mediums. Shirley’s works adorn the chapel in Brighton, from stained glass (see below) through paintings (Stations of the Cross) and in one former chapel wall-painted icons (see video)!


One of the greatest impediments to evangelism in the 21C is not the ignorance of non-believers, but of believers! Catechism Classes are currently ongoing around the Communion for all levels of students, those exploring or converting to the faith, those being brought up in the faith and those preparing to be Baptised/Confirmed in the faith.
BACOOR (Philippines) the Mission Parish of Jesus the Divine Mercy offers a catechetical Mass for children on Sunday’s from 10am.
BRIGHTON (UK) the Brighton Oratory holds Catechism Conferences on Saturday mornings for those wishing to deepen and better understand their faith, from 10am following coffee and fellowship after the 0830 Mass.
CHICAGO (USA) the Mission Parish of St Anne‘s is holding classes for explorers and converts on Wednesday evenings at the Church of the Atonement from 7.30pm.


NEW Vocational Discernment Videos

His Grace, Metropolitan Jerome of Selsey broadcasts a weekly catechetical Conference, currently a series on “discerning God’s will”. His Grace began the series discussing the difference between the common or general vocation of humanity and that of the individual. The series progresses to regard the nature and purpose of vocational discernment for an individual in all works of life and circumstances. Currently the series is reviewing the “spiritual exercises” of various sainted authors as preparation for an individual’s discernment retreat.


The Servant Superior of the Congregation of the Divine Charity, the umbrella organisation for Religious & Apostolic Life in the Communion, is inviting enquiries from men and women interested in the possibility of founding new religious houses. The concept of Foundational Oratories is for two or more people of the same gender to establish a house together and a communal life, rooted in the Gospel and religious discipline with a charism to live the evangelical counsels for mutual support and the witness of the Gospel to the surrounding community. Such foundations require only the willingness of individuals to share responsibility for the economic support of the community e.g. sharing the rent, bills, living costs etc and contributing to a common purse, in much the same way as some existing religious houses in the Communion live a common life already. Members may continue secular employment but instead of living singly, combine their incomes and share their lives for mutual support, committed to each other as siblings in Christ. To express interest via email

Mass Centre Directory

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PHILIPPINES, Bacoor Parish of Jesus the Divine Mercy, Copper St. Platinum Ville, San Nicolas III, Bacoor, Province of Cavite

1000Mass & Children’s Catechesis
1st Wed’s1900Mass & O.L. of Perpetual Succour Devotions
1st Frids’1900Mass & Sacred Heart Devotions

PHILIPPINES, Lagunas Parish of San Isidro Labrador, Dita, Sta. Rosa

1st Wed’s1900Mass & O.L. Perpetual Succour Devotions
1st Fri’s1900Mass & Sacred Heart Devotions


UK, Brighton The Brighton Oratory of SS Cuthman & Wilfrid, 1-6 Park Crescent Terrace, Brighton BN2 3HD Telephone +44 7423 074517

Sundays0830Mass & homily
& Daily1000Breaking fast
Wed’s1730Holy Hour & Benediction
Sat’s0830Mass & homily
1000Catechism Conference

UK, Bristol The Little Oratory of Our Lady of Walsingham with Saint Francis, 11 The Primroses, Hartcliffe, Bristol, BS13 0BG

Sundays1030Sermon & Holy Communion


USA, Chicago IL Parish Mission of St Anne, Church of the Atonement, 5749 North Kenmore Avenue, Chicago, IL 60660 Telephone: (773) 817 – 5818

Sundays1800Mass & homily (2nd of the month)
Wed’s1930Catechism & Reception Class

USA, Chicago IL Missionary Franciscans of Christ the King, The Friary


USA, Glendale AZ St. Joseph’s Glendale AZ. Contact address: 7800 N 55th Ave Unit 102162 Glendale AZ 85301 Telephone +1 310 995 3126


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