Tuesday, October 09, 2007

St Walburge’s, Preston: Traditional congregation ejected

Briefing. This is an appalling act: it suggests the the Parish Priest, and perhaps the diocese, simply does not want the church to survive. See the earlier post on the threat to this fine church here.

From the local paper, the Lancashire Evening Post (hat-tip to Cathcon): A group behind a Latin mass held at an under-threat Catholic church in Preston claim they have been thrown out.

The organisers held the traditional mass at St Walburge's Church, in Pedder Street, Ashton, for three weeks – attracting more than 400 people to the church and boosting flagging attendances which had led to the famous building being named as one of 10 churches across the city threatened with closure.

But the group says that the church has now stopped them holding the weekly services and only offering them once-a-month mass, forcing them to move to St Mary Magdalen's Church in Penwortham. See the full story here.

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Pope Leo XIII's Prayer to St Michael

Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust down to Hell Satan, and all wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen