Mom's Back!

Torch of The Faith News on Friday 13 March 2009 - 20:58:06 | by admin

Is Jackie back?
She most certainly is!!!

Please pop over and welcome her back and offer a prayer for her family as they have had a couple of bereavements this week.

You can do that at her all new blog:-

The Universal Church

Torch of The Faith News on Friday 13 March 2009 - 18:42:22 | by admin

One of the great blessings the internet has brought is the ease with which Catholics from all around the world can find each other and pray for one another.

We recently received a lovely e-mail from Pete Mason in Canada. He and his wife Cyndie have a music ministry and the Lord is working through them to spread the Divine Mercy of Jesus on their travels.

Photo of Pete and Cyndie Mason on their web-site
by Dee Lippingwell

Pop over to their web-site and check out their ministry, blog and links at :-

Pete and Cyndie - May God continue to bless you and use you powerfully to bring a harvest of souls home to the peace that only Jesus Christ can give! 


Torch of The Faith News on Thursday 12 March 2009 - 13:34:32 | by admin

We recently featured our trusty Torch of The Faith staff car Red Bessie. Sadly, after 14 years of faithful service in the family, she reached the end of the road a few days back and had to be scrapped.
These badges are all that remain to remind us of the good times we had together!
Instead of flowers we are asking people to send financial donations to the Sisters of the Gospel of Life in Scotland to help them to raise funds for a much needed car to help them in their pro-life work.
698510412_f71566d367_m.jpgDonations can be made to them on-line at:-

We are blessed that we already have another car - our faithful VW 'Silver Bessie'.
'She',(and we!), got off lightly yesterday when a pheasant hurled itself under our wheels at 60mph! Although the impact was horrible for us, (and sadly was terminal for the big bird), we escaped with losing just this front decorative grille and a few paint chips. It could have been a lot worse... Deo Gratias!

Providentially we were on our way to Warrington VW to pick up some new engine coolant and when we got there we simply ordered a replacement part. The cost? A snip at £14!

By the way, if you are ever putting new coolant in your engine... make sure that you use the exact product. Since the late 1990's, coolant comes in various colours and coded types - for example pink or green fluids. Do not be tempted to mix and match them as they can react with costly consequences. If in doubt always check with your qualified brand dealer!

A little shaken from our crunch, (and saddened for the game bird), we motored north to St. Catherine Laboure in Preston for our second, and concluding, evening giving catechesis to the parents of this year's children who are preparing for their First Confession and First Holy Communion.

Over the years, the fine parish priest, Fr. Simon Henry, has been a great inspiration to us in our faith and it was a pleasure to be able to help him and the parish in these endeavours.
As well as being a loyal and devoted defender of the Sacred Tradition of the Catholic Faith, Fr. Simon also makes some of the tastiest homemade soup in all of Lancashire!

Please pray for him, for Chris the school headteacher and his staff, and the parents and children as they grow together in the love of Jesus Christ and His Holy Catholic Church. 

On the way home from Preston we stopped off in St. Helens, another town with a rich, Catholic heritage, in order to have a cuppa and a pleasant evening with our good friends the Owens!

The Glories of St. Joseph

Torch of The Faith News on Wednesday 11 March 2009 - 11:06:19 | by admin

After the Sacred Scriptures and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, if we were to name one book that has been definitive in our life and marriage, it would be this one - The Glories of St. Joseph from Traditions Monastiques.


Check out their web-site at :-

In 2003 some close friends gave us a copy of this book. At the beginning of 2004 we began its Thirty Days Prayer to St. Joseph in Honour of the Thirty Years Spent with Jesus and Mary.

We made this prayer so that we could find a job where we could use our gifts and talents in the service of the Lord and His Catholic Church.

During the weeks of prayer, in our little prayer room in our home, St. Joseph came into our lives. He was no longer a distant figure in a statue - He was a real and most beautiful person in our lives.

And in the days and weeks that followed our lives changed dramatically and forever. Suddenly we found ourselves on a radically life-changing journey. It was almost like the seas parted... We found that we were to go and live in America and study at Franciscan University of Steubenville... Our home was rapidly sold... And by July of 2004 we were already living in America!

Since then the journey has continued to dramatically unfold. Many miracles have happened to us since then. Our faith has been tested and deepened. We now know that we should go to St. Joseph with our problems - He is the foster father of Jesus and the greatest saint after Our Blessed Lady.   

All of which means that it is with great joy that we received a request from Angela Gregory - the Diocesan Youth Worker for Wrexham Diocese - to join in a St. Joseph novena during these next days leading up to his great feast day on 19th March. The intention of the novena is the success of the upcoming youth retreats that will take place with Bishop Edwin Regan this spring. 

We will be giving a talk at the one in Paenmaenmawr on 4th April.

Here is the novena - Please join in for this worthy intention;

Daily Novena Prayer 
Almighty God, you have chosen Saint Joseph to be the mainstay of Jesus and Mary, the wise and faithful servant in whom they could trust.  We  pray that he may truly be the guardian of your Church; that he may inspire with confidence those who are devoted to him; that he may give security to those who work in the vineyard of Your Son; and finally, that he may be a source of strength to us, who wish, like him, to dedicate ourselves to Christ’s service, now and in times to come. Amen 

28th March 2009 - A Date for Your Diary!

Torch of The Faith News on Sunday 08 March 2009 - 13:17:00 | by admin

do795.jpgRegular readers will recall that last year we awarded Bishop Patrick O'Donoghue of Lancaster Diocese a Torch of The Faith: Man of the Match Award for his excellent document Fit For Mission? Church!

It is therefore an honour for us to have been invited by the young and dynamic Fr. Ian Dalgleish at St. Joseph's in Denbigh to lead a day of reflection on the document and the issues it engages. He is holding these days as an initiative of the Jubilee Year of St. Paul.

All committed and concerned Catholics are especially invited to come along to share in this day at St. Josephs, Bryn Stanley, Denbigh, LL16 3NT.

The day is Saturday 28th March 2009 and will begin with Holy Mass at 10.00am.

We will then give a 45 minute talk on this inspiring document.

An opportunity to discuss the themes in smaller groups in adjoining rooms then follows.

We will conclude with a 20 minute talk before moving into the presbytery for a buffet lunch at 12.30pm.

Why not come along for the morning and then use the afternoon to explore the castle, the town (which includes the site of an ancient Carmelite monastery), and the beautiful surrounding countryside?

Fr. Ian offers a Holy Mass of Reparation ad orientem every Thursday evening at 7.30pm in his parish. Please keep him in your prayers and please pray for the success of this initiative as a small contribution to the reconversion of Britian.

Busy Old Week!

Torch of The Faith News on Sunday 08 March 2009 - 12:28:02 | by admin

Apologies for not blogging for several days but we've had a very busy week!

We were over in Liverpool again last Sunday to attend the Tridentine Mass at St. Anthony's in Scotland Road. It was a pleasant treat to have Msgr. Gilles Wach, the co-founder of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest present. Msgr. Gilles preached the homily in French and Canon Hudson ably translated his thoughtful words on Lenten fasting into English.  

It was a doubly happy event in that the Institute recently celebrated the decree granting it pontifical right. 

Msgr. Gilles asked the congregation to keep the 75 seminarians (including 3 English men) at the Italian seminary in our prayers. 

The Institute's website is well worth a browse over at:- 

After Liverpool we headed further north to the much vaunted 'most Catholic city in England'... the ancient settlement of Preston!
200px-preston_city_council_-_coat_of_arms.pngThe local Council's shield (from Wikipedia) pays homage to the ancient Christian heritage of the locality. The the image of the Lamb of God with the initials Prince of Peace were also the banner of Preston's patron saint - the 7th century St. Wilfred.

We were in Preston to help Fr. Simon Henry to lead an evening of catechesis on First Confession and First Holy Communion for the parents of this year's young catechumens.

Please pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to inspire all involved.

Fr. Simon offers Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form each Saturday at 12 noon in his parish of St. Catherine Laboure, Stanifield Lane, Farington, Preston PR25 4QG.  Please support him and his parishioners with your prayers.

From Preston we headed down into the Midlands for a couple of days before arriving back home in time for a rather stormy night of Welsh weather!


Torch of The Faith News on Sunday 01 March 2009 - 13:49:18 | by admin

olgc.jpgThe Good Counsel Network is an amazing gift to the Church in our lands. Every year many babies and their families are saved from the horror of abortion through the prayer, fasting, and solid counselling by the team and their supporters.

If you're still considering who to support with your Lenten almsgiving then why not provide concrete support to the work of the Good Counsel Network? In their Christmas newsletter Stuart McCullough said;

As we are all aware from news reports the country is facing an economic crisis. This economic crisis does effect the Good Counsel Network in that we still have our regular expenses but our income has decreased over the last few months. At the moment we are helping more than twenty mothers with small amounts of food, baby milk, nappies, baby clothes and goods and other practical help. It would be devastating to think that someone would have an abortion because we could not offer them the support that they genuinely need.

And of course the economic crisis has only increased in the interim. 

Please pray and fast for the work of this great ogranisation and for all the souls that they help each day of each year. And please pray about an amount of money that you could spare to help in this great work of saving both lives and souls. 

The Good Counsel Network can be contacted at:-
The Guild of Our Lady of Good Counsel
P.O. Box 46679
Tel :- 020 7723 1740  

Ash Wednesday

Torch of The Faith News on Wednesday 25 February 2009 - 13:16:21 | by admin

It is good to learn from the latest Precious Life newsletter that Bernadette Smyth and her supporters are promoting the 40 Days for Life campaign as part of their Lenten observance.

The 40 Days for Life campaign runs from 25th February (Ash Wednesday) - 5th April (Palm Sunday).

Bernadette points out that last year's campaign played a key part in the fight to keep abortion out of Ireland and to limit the implications of the HFE Bill.

This Lent she and her supporters have organised another campaign which unites them to over 130 groups taking part across America, Canada and Australia.

In Chapter 9 of Mark's Gospel, Jesus stated that some demons can only be driven out by prayer and fasting. During Lent 2009, Bernadette urges us to pray and fast for -

1.) The protection of all of Ireland from attempts to legalise abortion there.   

2.) The repeal of the 1967 Abortion Act in Britain.

3.) All unborn children in danger of abortion.

4.) Women and men carrying the pain of past abortion experience.

5.) The conversion of all those involved in the killing of preborn babies.

6.) A pro-life revival and renewal in our churches.

7.) Repentance and healing throughout our lands.

The 40 Days campaign itself has a website :- 

If possible please consider holding, (or joining), a peaceful, prayer vigil outside an abortion facility in your town/city. The Rosary prayed at such locations is a powerful witness to those involved and has saved babies and their families on countless occasions

Above all let us make this Lent a time of reparation to the Lord for our own sins and the sins of our brothers and sisters in contemporary Britain.  

Good News!

Torch of The Faith News on Sunday 22 February 2009 - 13:51:57 | by admin

It's always good when our quarterly edition of the Franciscan University magazine Franciscan Way lands on the mat fresh from the USA. We can keep up to date with all the big news from our alma mater.
This season's copy is extra special to us because we got a mention in the 'Class Notes' section for Class of 2006.

It was also good to hear that a former class mate named David Jenuwine had gone on to seminary and has  since been ordained a transitional Deacon on his way to the sacred priesthood to serve in the Diocese of Saginaw MI.

David was a sincere, hard working chap and an able theologian who already had successful careers in engineering and the US Navy behind him.  

He has used his technical background to good effect in creating David Jenuwine's web page!

Check it out at :-

Please say a prayer for Deacon David as he continues his walk with Christ to serve as a priest. May the Lord protect and guide him and lead him to great holiness in order to win souls for Christ!

Please say a prayer...

Torch of The Faith News on Friday 20 February 2009 - 13:36:50 | by admin

Please say a prayer for Fr. Tim Finigan of Blackfen who, like another good priest we know, has been taking a bit of heat from the Tablet of late because of his efforts to provide the usus antiquior Mass in his parish. 

Fr. Tim's blog has encouraged us many times in recent years and was a massive part of the inspiration behind us entering the blogosphere ourselves. 

We also recently met someone who is blessed to live in his parish and affirmed that Fr. Tim is a very hardworking and supportive parish priest.

Please pray for him, and for other good priests like him, who continue to experience pressure because of their loyalty to the Church and the rich majesty of her Sacred Tradition.

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