Parish News 2017

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“Laetare” Sunday

“Laetare” means rejoice. There is a slight relaxation in our Penitential observance today, as signified by the rose colour vestments (instead of purple). Our First Communion children will be attending Mass as a group, and as it is also Mothering Sunday. Fr. Glaysher will bless daffodils which the children will give to their mothers. In addition, there is all day Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at St. Cecilia’s Abbey.

On other Sundays of the year, there is now Exposition at St. Cecilia’s for one hour after Vespers (concluding at 6-30pm)

40 Hours Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

The parish’s annual 40 Hours Exposition takes place over the weekend of the 5th Sunday of Lent. Fri. 31st to Sun. 2nd April.

There will be the usual Masses and devotions during this time as well as ample opportunity to come and pray privately before Our Lord, truly present in the Blessed Sacrament upon the altar.

Fr. Anthony Glaysher writes: “The most beautiful and wonderful thing on the earth is the presence of Our Blessed Lord, truly present in the Blessed Sacrament, - a gift to us and an aid to our salvation. Although the Mass is central to Catholic life, devotions to the Holy Eucharist are also important. Through them we can adore Jesus, pray in his presence, express our sorrow for sin, and experience a oneness with him that leads us to a deeper love of the Lord. We are fortunate once again to have this 40 Hours Exposition as we commence Passiontide and I hope that many people will all visit the church at some time to worship and adore Our Lord and Saviour in the Blessed Sacrament”.

Father asks all parishioners to sign the rota at the back of the church to commit to “watching” with the Lord.

Island Catholic History Society newsletter

The society’s Spring issue of their newsletter is now available from the back of the church.

Please take a copy. It can also be read on their web site


Passion Sunday (old calendar) is on 2nd April. The statues and images are traditionally covered in violet cloths from this time to encourage us to have our minds primarily on Christ’s Passion rather than the saints.

Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady

During this Centenary year of the Fatima apparitions the National Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be visiting 18 Cathedrals, Abbeys and Churches in England and Wales (Portsmouth Cathedral 26-27 August). On Saturday 18 February, Cardinal Vincent Nichols blessed the statue and renewed the consecration of England and Wales to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Here in Ryde we have our own blessed Pilgrim Statue, depicting the Immaculate Heart of Mary. She has been on continuous pilgrimage in the parish since Mothering Sunday 2014 and has a regular, devoted following. You are encouraged to honour our Blessed Mother by hosting the statue for two weeks. By entrusting to her loving care all the struggles and difficulties, joys and sorrows which we experience day by day, may we deserve to experience Our Blessed Mother’s powerful and consoling assistance in our lives. Our Lady’s visiting schedule is at the back of the church and there are still some slots available from the end of July onwards.

Feast of St. Joseph

The statue of St. Joseph beside the Lady Chapel shows him holding a lily, a sign of purity. St. Joseph, the husband of Mary, foster father of Jesus, and patron saint of a happy death, was declared patron of the Universal Church by Pope Pius lX in 1870 and the patron saint of workers by Pius XII in 1955. He is also the patron of husbands, fathers, workers and many parishes across our Diocese. Nothing is known of St Joseph except what is said of him in the Gospels. He was a carpenter; he accepted the will of God; and he supported Mary and brought up Jesus. From the human character of his Son we can see that he was a good and responsible father.

After Mass for this feast, Fr. Glaysher incensed the statue of St. Joseph (a gift of the Countess of Clare; foundress of the church). He recited a prayer in his honour and the congregation sang “Hail Holy Joseph Hail”.

Confirmation 2017

Application forms for the Sacrament of Confirmation are now available at the back of the church. Please take and complete a form if you wish to be considered for this Sacrament.

Bishop Philip Egan writes:-

Lent is a good opportunity for us to make use of the Stations of the Cross which we find in all our Catholic church buildings as they help us to focus on that journey of Jesus from being condemned to death by Pontius Pilate through to his crucifixion, death and burial which we are preparing to celebrate in Holy Week. There are no set prayers for this devotion, but it is customary to move from station to station, meditating at each one along the Way of the Cross on what is happening at each point of the journey.

Isle of Wight Pastoral Area Evangelisation

Parishioners will find letters at the back of the church, which set out the aims and strategies of this group. They are responding to the bishop’s call for evangelisation to be an issue which is addressed throughout the diocese.

Prayers of the Faithful

Fr. Glaysher welcomes parishioners who would like to write the Bidding Prayers for Sunday Mass. Please talk to him about this. You can see a sample of these prayers, written by various parishioners for the Season of Lent, on the Invocations page.

Headteacher of St. Mary’s School

The school governors will soon be seeking to appoint a new Headteacher at our Catholic Primary school. Please pray that a good, committed Catholic will be appointed, who will actively lead staff and seek to promote the Catholic faith in our children.

Shrove Tuesday – Pancake Party

Fr. Glaysher thanks all those who supported the annual Pancake Party in any way. It was a great success and enjoyed by all. Congratulations to Caroline Burt and her group who won the quiz.

Photographs of the event can be seen in our Gallery – Community page. The “County Press” also reported on the events with an appropriate photograph of the festivities.


During the Season of LENT we are invited to spend some time reflecting on the gospels and what obstacles to God’s Word exist in our own life.

We used to think of LENT in terms of giving something up for forty days as a penance. What we are to give up more than anything else is sin, which is to say we are to give up whatever keeps us from living out our baptismal promises fully. We all need to approach the season of Lent asking ourselves what needs to change in our lives if we are to live the gospel values that Christ taught us. Our journey through these forty days should be a movement ever closer to Him and to the way of life He has exemplified for us. Fr. Glaysher reminds us:-

As we approach the Season of Lent we are mindful of the events that lie at its heart: the first of course is to remind us of Jesus’ time in the desert; the wilderness where He prepared Himself for His public ministry. Here during this time of preparation, Jesus was ‘put to the test’ by being ‘tempted’. We too are tempted by the Devil. We need the grace, which we obtain from the Sacraments, to have the wisdom and strength to be able to resist temptations, especially those that come under the guise of good”.

Copies of the Lenten Antiphon “Ave Regina Caelorum” are available at the back of the church.

Confraternity of St. Peter

The Ryde group of this society met for Mass at St. Mary’s on the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter (22nd February) to renew their commitment to the apostolate and to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the inauguration of the society, which weeks to support with prayers, the Priestly Society of St. Peter.

Lenten Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross are held during Lent in the parish as follows:-

At St. Mary’s on Tuesdays at 6-00pm followed by Benediction; and on Fridays at 11-15am
At St. Michael’s, Bembridge at 9-30am on Fridays.
Fr. Glaysher reminds everyone that the “Stations” can be meditated upon also at any time individually.

Consecration of England to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Saturday, 18th February was a significant day for the history of the Catholic church in England, as Cardinal Vincent Nicholls consecrated England to Mary’s Immaculate Heart in Westminster Cathedral, before 3000 people. It is especially significant to us here in Ryde, as our own beautiful church was the first in England to be dedicated to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary. Her love for us, her children, was promoted through the message of Our Lady at Fatima. In May 1917, she appeared to three shepherd children. She told them of a coming upheaval in the world, linked especially to Russia, which would cause terrible suffering. She also reminded the children of the danger of hell, and asked them to pray the rosary and make sacrifices for sinners.

She explained that there would be a great event on October 13th. That day, vast crowds gathered, and the “Miracle of the Sun” took place, at which many onlookers saw the sun dance.

Catholics are not obliged to believe in the Fátima revelations, but the Church has officially declared them “worthy of belief”, and Our Lady of Fátima has a central place in Marian devotion.

In his homily, Cardinal Nichols said the apparitions presented a “considerable challenge”, and that Catholics must ask themselves: “How well do we express our discipleship of Christ every day? How are we getting on in those two ways of giving time to the Lord and to others: in those areas of prayer and sacrifice?”

The cardinal recommended the rosary as a prayer to help one to say “yes” to God, which was, he said the essence of devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Prayers in honour of the Immaculate Heart of Mary can be found at the back of our two churches.

St. Therese Hall display

Many thanks to the IoW Catholic History Society for the interesting display of photographs now in the hall, which show St. Mary’s Church at different stages of its history. Please take a look when you are next in the hall.

Pilgrim statue of Our Lady

Have you volunteered to have this statue of Our Lady in your home for a period of two weeks? Please see the leaflet regarding this devotion at the back of the church and consider volunteering to have the statue in your home as a focal point of your prayers to Our Lady.

“Mass of Ages”

The quarterly magazine produced by the Latin Mass Society is available at the back of the church. It contains many interesting articles, including a report on the Day of Recollection held in St. Mary’s in January.

Feast of Candlemas

This feast of the Presentation of Our Lord in the temple in Jerusalem (Purification of Our Lady in the old calendar) is celebrated 40 days after Christmas (February 2nd). It marks the end of the Christmas Season. It is the most ancient feast of Our Lady. Mary as purified after the birth of Jesus, and Jesus was presented, as the law required, in the temple. The canticle of Simeon is recalled when Jesus was proclaimed to be the "light for the revelation of the Gentiles". This light is represented by the faithful carrying lighted candles in procession around the church. At St. Mary’s in Ryde, Fr. Neil Brett (Brentwood Diocese) came to offer Mass (in the absence of Fr. Glaysher). As usual, lighted candles were blessed and distributed and a procession went around the church whilst the congregation sang hymns in honour of Our Lady.

In his sermon at Mass Fr. Brett reminded the congregation of the importance of light in history. A flickering candle light showed many of our ancestors the way ahead in the dark. Today we celebrate the “Light of the world” as Christ is presented to Simeon in the temple. This Light of the world prefigured the Crucifixion and the Resurrection. We must be witnesses to this Light in our daily lives.

First Friday and Feast of St. Blaise

February 3rd marked the First Friday of the month. There was the usual Holy Hour after Mass at St. Mary’s. It was St. Margaret Mary Alocoque who was the inspiration for the First Friday devotion. In 1675 Our Lord informed her that he wished for a First Friday "Holy Hour" of devotion and prayer to the Sacred Heart in reparation for the three apostles who fell asleep in the Garden of Gethsemane. Our Lord told her to, "encourage people to make reparation for the ingratitude of men. Spend an hour in prayer to appease divine justice, to implore mercy for sinners, to honour Me, to console Me for my bitter sufferings when abandoned by my apostles when they could not watch and pray for one hour with me".

This day was also the Feast (Memorial) of St. Blaise - the patron saint of throats. He was martyred in Armenia in A. D. 316 Legend tells us that he cured a boy with a fish bone stuck in his throat. Fr. Rimini gave the faithful the opportunity of having their throats blessed after the Masses.

Sir John Simeon

The Isle of Wight Catholic History Society are pleased to announce the publication of another new booklet. This one is on the life and times of Sir John Simeon (1815 – 1870); the Catholic MP for the Isle of Wight. Islanders will be familiar with the Simeon Arms and Simeon Street in Ryde; - named after the local politician. He resigned as the Liberal MP for the Island, when he became a Catholic in 1851. Such was his popularity that even as a Catholic in Victorian Protestant England, he was elected when he stood for Parliament again in 1865. This new booklet, written by Yvonne Rowles of Bembridge is an excellent account of his life and his conversion. It is available at £2-00 from the IoW Catholic History Society or from St. Mary’s church crypt or repository.

Quarr Abbey newsletter

The Winter edition of the Quarr Abbey Newsletter is available at the abbey. It contains articles on the various celebrations over the Summer, including the Abbatial installation and blessing of Abbot Xavier, the visit to Quarr by the Earl of Wessex and the golden jubilee of Fr. Gegory’s monastic profession.

Abbot Cuthbert OSB

Fr. Glaysher regrets that he was unable to attend the Solemn Requiem recently for Abbot Cuthbert Johnson OSB. Quite a few people from the parish were able to attend however. You will find an obituary to Abbot Cuthbert on the obituary page of the Isle of Wight Catholic History Society web site. Requiescat in pace

St. Mary’s School visit

The parish was pleased to welcome children from St. Mary’s School to the church on 27th January. They were given a guided tour by Peter Clarke. Sadly, not all children are as familiar with liturgical and devotional items in a church as they once were. During this visit, the children were reminded of the nature of a church as a place where Our Lord resides in the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle, where people come to pray, light a candle and meditate on the Word of God.

Filipino community

Fr. Glaysher is pleased to hear of the work of the various parish groups and societies that support both him and the wider parish community. On Sunday 15th January the Filipino community took a leading part in the liturgy at the 11-00am Mass and afterwards provided an excellent meal with Filipino food in the church hall. Father wishes to thank Cecilia Herbing for arranging the event and for all those who supported it. See photos in Gallery – Community page.

Day of Recollection

A most successful and spiritually uplifting Day of Recollection was held at St. Mary's on 9th January. Fr. Glaysher was pleased to welcome Fr. Matthew Goddard FSSP to lead the day. His theme was “Friends and foes in the spiritual life”. Father reminded us of the many things that help our relationship with Almighty God and our growth in the Faith; e.g. the Church, the Mass and the Sacraments, the intercession of Our Lady and the saints, the Church's tradition and her teachings. He also warned against those things that hamper and curtail our Faith such as the devil and succumbing to the temptations of sin. During the day, there were opportunities for Confession, as well as Exposition, Rosary, Devotions and Benediction.

In addition, whilst Fr. Goddard was here, he blessed several homes of parishioners with Epiphany water.

Catholic of the Year

Many parishioners were delighted to see the headline from the Catholic Herald recently, as they referred to our Bishop, Philip Egan, as the “Catholic of the Year”. This recognition is duly deserved for his leadership and vision as a Catholic pastor and his promotion of evangelistion as an effective means of spreading the gospel message.

150th anniversary of St. Dominic's Priory, Carisbrooke

On 12th December Mass was offered at St. Dominic's Priory, Carisbrooke to mark the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the Dominican nuns and the first Mass to be offered there. The preacher at the Mass is Fr. Neil Ferguson O.P., who reminded the congregation of the vision of the Countess of Clare, who founded the priory in 1866 and the labours of love of the early Dominican nuns, who made vestments and became skilled embroiderers.

The following evening an Ecumenical Carol Service was held. Speakers related the story of the priory between the carols, from its inauguration to the present day.

First Communion 2017

Fr. Glaysher asks for prayers for the children who will be starting their lessons in December to prepare for the Sacraments of Holy Communion and Confession. They will be enrolled as candidates in January.

Parish Directory

The new, updated parish directory is now available. It contains useful information on all groups / societies that contribute to the life of the parish.

West Grinstead Pilgrimage

This Year of Mercy Pilgrimage took place on the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. The pilgrims were welcomed once again by Fr. David Goddard (parish priest / shrine custodian). The day included Holy Mass offered by Fr. Jonathan Redvers Harris, Fr. Emmanuel from Newport and his Nigerian friend, Fr. Cajetan. Afterwards there was an opportunity to visit the museum and the secret chapel, where Mass was offered throughout the penal days and to visit the grave of the poet and writer, Hilaire Belloc. In the afternoon there was a Holy Hour with Exposition and Confessions and the Dolours Rosary was recited. On the return journey the pilgrims visited Arundel Cathedral and prayed at the tomb / shrine of St. Philip Howard.

See photos on our Gallery - Pilgrimages page. Read a more detailed account of West Grinstead and Arundel Cathedral on our Pilgrimages page.

Canonization of Mother Teresa

Cecilia Herbing and Annie Knowlson (from this parish) attended the canonisation in Rome in September. Whilst there, they assisted other pilgrims who had special needs. Their report on the momentous event will be included at a later date. See pictures on our Gallery – Events page.

Future Parish Events

For a complete list of future events in the parish, visit our Calendar and Future Events page.

Abbatial Blessing of Dom Xavier Perrin OSB

Solemn Abbatial Blessing and Installation of Dom Xavier Perrin OSB as Abbot of Quarr on the Feast of the Transfiguration, 2016. The abbey church was packed for this wonderful occasion, which was attended by the Archbishop of Toulouse, Bishop Philip Egan, around 15 abbots from other Benedictine abbeys in England and France and over twenty priests, together with the monks and brothers of Quarr Abbey. Several abbesses and prioresses were present, including Mother Ninian from St. Cecilia's Abbey in Ryde; together with various Island civic dignitaries.

After the Gospel the Abbot-Elect was led to the bishop for examination. After the invitation to prayer, the Litany of the Saints was sung, followed by the Prayer of Blessing, the presentation of the Rule of St. Benedict and the Pontifical Insignia.

In his homily Bishop Egan reminded the congregation that:-

“the Transfiguration is about the Mystery of God and the revelation of the splendour of God the Son. The Father said: “ This is my beloved Son. Listen to Him”. Indeed, we must all listen to the Word of God.

In the Transfiguration Jesus revealed His future glorified humanity. He showed us what we will hopefully become. An abbey is somewhere where we can be reminded of this and where we can encounter God.

We pray today for Father Xavier, that he will be a good Father to the Benedictine community. We pray also for this Abbey of Our Lady of Quarr. We pray that the Gregorian chant and the beauty of the Liturgy here, will assist us to encounter Almighty God.

Let us remember at this point that humans can never be fully happy without a relationship with God. Our secular society of today need to be aware of this fact.

When I became a bishop almost four years ago, I prepared to lay down my life for the priests and the people of the Diocese. In the same way an abbot must lay down his life for his monastic community. He will need to lead them with wisdom and prudence. I hope and pray that Quarr will continue to be a praying community; praying for the needs of the Church and the Diocese”.

At the end of the Mass, a message of goodwill from Pope Francis was read by the Abbot of Solesmes, and an Apostolic Blessing was imparted to all those present. (See photographs on our Gallery – Events page).

Abbot Xavier asked for the prayers of the people present. It was apt that in this Year of Mercy, he should speak about his confidence in a God of Mercy, who will give him courage and fortitude in his mission ahead.

"Day with Mary"

On Saturday 16 July, the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, six parishioners from St. Mary's Church Ryde, attended the Day with Mary in Portsmouth Cathedral. Mass was concelebrated by Canon Dominic Golding, the Vicar General, and Father John Paul Lyttle, another priest from the Cathedral parish. Canon Golding preached about the place of Our Lady in our lives, particularly under the title of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. He reminded us of the Scapular devotion. He talked about Blessed Titus Brandsma, the Dutch Carmelite, who was executed by the Nazis in Dachau. At the beatification ceremony in 1985, Pope John Paul II said that he, too, had worn the brown scapular next to his heart for many years.

After lunch, Father Lyttle preached on the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary, emphasising that we must be open to the Holy Spirit as the power for change in our lives. We must listen to the Lord and ask for the grace to see things as they really are and not as we wish them. The Mysteries of Light should enlighten our whole life, encouraging us to live a life of grace and holiness.

Our third preacher was Father Serafino Lanzetta, from St. Mary's Church Gosport. He spoke on the message of Fatima. Mary is the Mother of God and of each of us and we need to consecrate ourselves to her Immaculate Heart. He drew parallels between Mary's fiat at the annunciation, allowing God to accomplish His plan of salvation, reinforced by the presentation in the temple of the Baby Jesus to God; and the fiats of Jesus 'Thy will be done' 'It is accomplished.' The fiats of Mother and Son came together in the supreme sacrifice on Calvary where, at the foot of the Cross, Mary receives her future role: a unique spiritual motherhood of each of us.

Our relationship with Our Lady is not an optional extra. By consecrating ourselves to her Immaculate Heart, we are acknowledging her role in our life. We need simply say: 'Our Lady, my Mother, I want to give myself wholly to you'.

It was a very full day, very well attended and spiritually uplifting.

“The Rosary: England’s Prayer”

This is a new booklet by Edmund Matyjaszek, a parishioner of St. Mary’s, to accompany his earlier “Walsingham: England’s Nazareth”, published this summer in association with the Catholic History Society.

It has a foreword by Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth, and looks at the rosary from three viewpoints: modern poems responding to the traditional 15 mysteries with a note on St John-Paul’s Luminous Mysteries; old master and other paintings of the mysteries; and, most tellingly, quotations from English writers from Chaucer through Shakespeare, Keats and Tennyson up to TS Eliot, Seamus Heaney and Ted Hughes that show the extraordinary tenacity on the English imagination of this beloved prayer that was suppressed in law for over 250 years and yet never disappeared from private devotion or public acknowledgement. Priced at £2-50 and available from the Catholic History Society, this is a booklet to learn from, enjoy and treasure.

Vocations to the Holy Priesthood

Bishop Philip Egan reminds us about the need to pray for Vocations:-

“Without Priests we would have no Catholic Church. There would be no Mass, no Reconciliation and no Anointing of the Sick! We need more Priests.

Please pray for the young men in your parishes that some of them may hear and answer God's call to serve his Church in the Sacred Priesthood”

The bishop recommends this prayer for us to say:-

”Grant, Lord, that those whom you call to enter the priesthood or the religious life may have the generosity to answer your call, so that those who need your help may always find it. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen”.

Fr. Jonathan Redvers Harris

Please remember Fr. Jonathan in your prayers as he celebrates the 5th anniversary of his Ordination to the Holy Priesthood on 25th June. Before he moved as parish priest to East Cowes, Father was resident here in Ryde, assisting in the parish, as well as ministering to the Ordinariate group, who joined the Catholic church with him in 2011. He now offers a monthly Ordinariate Mass at 5-00pm in St. Mary’s on the second Sunday of each month.

Walsingham Pilgrimage

19 of our parishioners joined the Island Pilgrimage to Walsingham last week. It was a truly uplifting and most enjoyable pilgrimage. Mass was offered for all parishioners and for the needs of the parish and the wider Church at the shrine. In addition to walking along the Holy Mile from Walsingham to the Slipper Chapel, the pilgrims visited the Medieval abbey ruins, the Anglican shrine and Oxburg Hall, a Catholic family house (with a priest’s hole) where the Faith was never lost throughout the penal times.

Visit the Catholic History Society website for more details and photographs of the pilgrimage –

For more information on the history of Walsingham click on the link below:-

Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady

The statue of Our Lady of Sorrows (known in our parish as the Pilgrim Statue) is allocated to different families / individuals throughout the year. It becomes a focal point for prayers to Our Lady in the home.

There is a new list at the back of the church for parishioners to sign in order to select a two week period during 2016, when they can have the statue in their home.

150th anniversary of the visit of Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman to Ryde

There were celebrations in Ryde over the weekend of 12th / 13th September to mark the 150th anniversary of the visit of Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman. He spent a week on the Island, mainly visiting old friends from his Anglican days. There were two talks on Newman’s life. Fr. Richard Duncan (from Birmingham Oratory) spoke on Newman as a priest and an Oratorian and the influence that St. Philip Neri had on his conversion. Secondly, Monsignor Keith Newton (Ordinary of the Ordinariate) led a Service of commemoration followed by Benediction. In his homily he spoke of the many people who had been inspired to convert by the writings of Newman, especially in recent times, those in the Ordinariate. He said that:-

“Newman’s beliefs were nurtured by his Anglican background and were matured by his Catholic priesthood. Like Newman, we in the Ordinariate have had to experience the parting of friends in our journey to the One True Faith ………………… Despite this, and like many of us in the Ordinariate today, Newman, retained a strong affection for his former Anglican colleagues, whilst his writings and his preaching encouraged many to follow his path”.

Afterwards, visitors were given a tour of the church and the private chapel of the foundress, Elizabeth, Countess of Clare. This is where Newman spent much of his time whilst in Ryde, in private prayer, mediation and devotion.

The Isle of Wight Catholic History Society, in co-operation with Fr. Anthony Glaysher, (parish priest of St. Mary’s, Ryde), organized the celebrations and have produced a commemorative booklet to mark this anniversary. It is available at £1-50 from St. Mary’s crypt and repository.

Ordinariate Masses at St Mary's.

Please read below the message from Fr. Jonathan Redvers Harris regarding changes to the Ordinariate Masses:-

Because of Fr Jonathan's appointment to the parish of Cowes next month, while continuing also as parish priest at East Cowes, very sadly a weekly Sunday Ordinariate Mass will no longer, at present, be possible at St Mary's.  So, as from Sunday 20th September, there will be no 9am Sunday Mass with the Ordinariate liturgy at St Mary's.  However there will be a monthly Sunday Ordinariate sung Solemn Mass on the second Sunday of each month at 5pm at St Mary's (the first three being 11th October, 8th November and 13th December), together with occasional choral Evensongs.  The Ordinariate community is extremely grateful for Fr Anthony's continued hospitality in agreeing to this.  A weekly Ordinariate Mass will, from Saturday 26th September, be offered at St David's East Cowes, as a 5pm Vigil Mass."

Friday Abstinence

We often need to remind ourselves of the obligation to abstain from meat on all Fridays throughout the year, as a simple but profound act of penance. By the practice of penance every Catholic identifies with Christ in His death on the Cross. We do so in prayer, through uniting the sufferings and sacrifices in our lives with those of Christ's Passion; in fasting, by dying to self in order to be close to Christ; and in almsgiving, by demonstrating our solidarity with the sufferings of Christ in those in need.

The English Bishops encourage us to recognise the Friday Abstinence: “……… as a clear and distinctive mark of their own Catholic identity ………. and as part of a common resolve and common witness. It is important that all the Faithful be united in a common celebration of Friday penance.

Those who do not eat meat as part of their normal diet should abstain from some other food of which they regularly partake.

Future Parish events

See our updated Calendar page and Future Events page for a comprehensive list of all parish events up until Christmas.

Fr. Jonathan Redvers Harris

Congratulations to Fr. Jonathan who has just been appointed as the Vice Chancellor of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. He will take over as Chancellor later in the year, whilst still continuing with his ministry both here and at East Cowes. Please remember Father in your prayers as he undertakes this additional ministry.

Dolour Rosary

Dolour Rosary is meditations on the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady at the Statue of Our Lady of Sorrows at the back of the church. Participants reflect on the sorrowful events in Mary’s life. (See below)

Mysteries of the Dolour Rosary
1st Sorrow – Prophecy of Simeon
2nd Sorrow - Flight into Egypt
3rd Sorrow – The loss of Jesus for three days
4th Sorrow - The meeting of Jesus and Mary
5th Sorrow - The Crucifixion
6th Sorrow - Jesus in the arms of Mary
7th Sorrow - The burial of Jesus

Pilgrim Statue of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

The Pilgrim statue of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which was purchased by two parishioners last year, will continue to “tour” the homes of parishioners in 2015. The statue emphasises the dedication of our church to the “Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary” and it acts as a bond of unity in prayer across the parish. Parishioners are encouraged to sign the list at the back of the church in order to book the Statue of Our Lady for a fortnight, when it will become the focal point of prayer in their homes.

Associated with the statue are pamphlets, written and produced by the Island Catholic History Society, which give a history of devotion to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Latin (E.F.) Masses

Fr. Glaysher has regularised the Sunday Latin Masses. In future there will be a Latin (E.F.) Mass on the First Sunday of the month at 5-00pm and on the Third Sunday at 7-45am. The Tuesday (12-30pm) and Thursday (7-00m) Latin Masses remain unchanged.

Mass Ad Orientem

Many Catholics simply see Mass Ad Orientem as the priest having his back to the people and they cannot understand the significance of eastward facing. Here a simple explanation of the importance of “Mass Ad Orientem” (facing east), which is becoming more common not only here in Ryde, with Ordinariate and E.F. Masses, but also elsewhere in the Diocese.

Click on the You tube for this short, concise explanation. The simple link is:

Adoration and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Bishop Egan reminds us this week of the words of Blessed Pope John-Paul II regarding attendance at Exposition:-

“The worship of the Eucharist outside of the Mass is of inestimable value for the life of the Church. ..
It is pleasant to spend time with him, to lie close to his breast like the Beloved Disciple and to feel the infinite love present in his heart. If in our time Christians must be distinguished above all by the ‘art of prayer’, how can we not feel a renewed need to spend time in spiritual converse, in silent adoration, in heartfelt love before Christ present in the Most Holy Sacrament? How often, dear brother and sisters, have I experienced this, and drawn from it strength, consolation and support!” (John Paul II Ecclesia de Eucharistia 25).

There is almost three hours of Exposition between our two churches each week. Times are on the newsletter. This is ample opportunity for private prayer and devotion (outside of the Mass) in praise and honour of Our Blessed Lord, truly present in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar.

Visitors to Ryde

It is always thoroughly rewarding giving guided tours at St. Mary's both to school parties and individuals, whether they are holiday makers or parishioners, simply wishing to find out more about this beautiful, early Victorian Catholic church. Two recent visitors were so impressed with St. Mary's that they took photographs and recorded what they saw and learnt on their blogspot. Click on to it (below) and see what they thought.

Church Crypt

In the church crypt you will find some of the latest Catholic History Society booklets on sale as well as some new greetings cards with depictions of Our Lady of Walsingham and the Sorrowful Heart of Mary. The crypt is the only church crypt on the Island, which is open on a regular basis. Why not call in on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday morning for tea / coffee and to meet fellow parishioners.

Friday Abstinence.

We often need to remind ourselves of the obligation to abstain from meat on all Fridays throughout the year, as a simple but profound act of penance. By the practice of penance every Catholic identifies with Christ in His death on the Cross. We do so in prayer, through uniting the sufferings and sacrifices in our lives with those of Christ's Passion; in fasting, by dying to self in order to be close to Christ; and in almsgiving, by demonstrating our solidarity with the sufferings of Christ in those in need.

The English Bishops encourage us to recognise the Friday Abstinence: “……… as a clear and distinctive mark of their own Catholic identity ………. and as part of a common resolve and common witness. It is important that all the Faithful be united in a common celebration of Friday penance.

Those who do not eat meat as part of their normal diet should abstain from some other food of which they regularly partake.

Open Arms Project

The Open Arms Project brings Christians of all denominations together in Ryde to provide a meal for those in need. At a meeting of Open Arms supporters, organisers and volunteers, held at the Methodist Church, Ryde, on Saturday, 7th February, an Article of Association was signed by a representative from each of the following organisations:- Open Arms (which includes the ‘Meeting Place’), Churches Together in Ryde and the Methodist Church, Ryde.

This document protects Open Arms and confirms that it can continue to operate from the present venue at the Methodist Church, Ryde, for as long as the organisers of Open Arms wish.

This was welcomed enthusiastically by all present.

St. Mary’s has always shown a keen interest in this project and a number of parishioners are actively involved each week.

St. Mary’s Church leaflet

The parish has produced a new leaflet (in liaison with the Island Catholic History Society), which gives a brief history and tour of our church. This leaflet (which is free) is ideal both for parishioners and for visitors, who wish to learn about our historic church. It is available at the back of the church and in the crypt.

Silence in church

Fr. Glaysher made an appeal for silence in church last weekend. He said: “As a part of the Year of Faith, it is an opportune time to remind ourselves of the importance of silence in church, in respect of the Blessed Sacrament - Our Blessed Lord present in the tabernacle and in respect of others in the church who wish to meditate and pray”.

Eucharistic Adoration

His Holiness Pope Benedict has appealed for the faithful to show their adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament of the altar outside of the Mass. This is particularly relevant as we approach the inauguration of the Year of the Faith. Here in St. Mary's, we already have Exposition on four different days (see newsletter) in addition to the First Friday Holy Hour

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