Posted on the 18th March 2021 in the category Events

Palm Sunday 28 March


at 9am in Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham



at 6pm in St Anne’s Parish Church, St Anne’s-on-Sea, FY8 3BB.

Burnley Chrism Mass


Tuesday 30 March


at 11am in St Andrew's, Holburn

Fulham Chrism Mass


at 11.30am in Pusey House, Oxford

Ebbsfleet Chrism Mass


at 12.00

Renewal of ordination commitment for clergy of the Diocese of Chichester


Wednesday 31 March


at Noon in All Saints North Street, York

Beverley Chrism Mass


at Noon in Saint Mary’s Parish Church Little Walsingham

Richborough Chrism Mass


Good Friday 2 April


at 12 noon in Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham

Stations & Veneration of the Relic of the True Cross


Easter Day 4 April


9 am in Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham



6 pm in Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham

Regina Coeli & Shrine Prayers



Devotional Holy Week Videos from 2020

Stations of the Cross.  Booklet published 2020, Booklet published 2121, Videos by St. Stephen, Gloucester Road

Fulham Holy Week Music

Live Stream of the Bishop of Chichester's Holy Week Liturgies


Posted on the 10th March 2021 in the category Events



The restrictions put in place as a result of the pandemic have meant that arrangements for The Society Bishops' chrism masses in 2021 are still being finalised and attendance in person beyond invitees will not be possible. We hope that some of the Chrism Masses will be streamed over social media.


As they are announced they will be posted here:


Bishop of Beverley

Bishop of Burnley

Bishop of Chichester and Bishop of Lewes

Bishop of Ebbsfleet

Bishop of Fulham

Bishop of Richborough

Bishop of Wakefield


Posted on the 26th January 2021 in the category News

The Society, in conjunction with the See of Fulham and supported by Forward in Faith, is delighted to release A Covenant With God: A Journey through Lent 2021. Through this devotional booklet, Fr Philip Barnes reflects on the Old Testament readings from the Lenten Sunday Masses, exploring the story of God’s relationship with His people and preparing the way for the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus, which are marked by the Church's principal liturgies of the year over Holy Week and Easter.


The booklet can be used either on its own or in conversation with others in your parish community. There is a reflection for each Sunday in Lent with some questions to ponder in each case. A video introduction to the themes of the booklet is provided by the Bishop of Fulham:


If you are looking for further study material, we recommend The Society in the Diocese of Leeds's course on Communion and Catholicity. It is available here.


Lent is also a time during which we meditate upon the Stations of the Cross, often on the Fridays in Lent.  In 2020 we published this booklet  and this year we also make this version available.


The Society fervently hopes that you may have a prayerful Lent in this time of national emergency and as we prepare to celebration Our Lord's victory over death.


Posted on the 18th December 2020 in the category News

This year, working with others, we are delighted to make available two resources for Christmas: O come let us adore Him and The Wondrous GiftPlease also see the letter from the Council of Bishops.

O come let us adore Him


The simple words "O come let us adore Him" from the well known Christmas carol "O come all ye faithful" speak so powerfully to us at this time, particularly as we think of the crib sitting, as it does, at the centre of the Christmas narrative. The Church Union and The Society, which is supported by Forward in Faith, are delighted to release on Sunday at 4pm two resources designed to enrich our crib devotions. One is a video of a crib service aimed at worshippers of all ages which was filmed at St Thomas of Canterbury, Brentwood and features local children singing carols as well as prayers and readings from the Bishop of Richborough, the parish priest Fr Mark North and the curate Fr Matt Austen. The second resource is a prayer booklet of the same name which can equally well be used for our crib devotions at home as it can be in church. It too has prayers to be used by children and we are indebted to Clare Williams for her assistance with this aspect of the booklet. As we meditate on the words 'O come let us adore Him' we think not only of the infant Jesus in the crib but also of the Incarnation, the light of the world. When we next receive Jesus present in the Eucharist, we pray that we can say "O come let us adore him" with renewed zeal and love for Him. Amen.




















It can be download it here.




The parish of St Thomas of Canterbury, Brentwood has also allowed us to share its Christingle video:






The Wondrous Gift




At 7pm on Christmas Eve, the Church Union and The Society, which is supported by Forward in Faith, will release its Christmas video 'The Wondrous Gift.' As part of a brief Christmas reflection, Bishop Will Hazlewood lights the fifth and final candle on the Advent wreath, while Fr Philip Barnes explores the profound theological themes of the season in his accessible talk. The video concludes with yet more wonderful music from the choir of St Stephen's Gloucester, Road. We are grateful to all those who contributed to the set of Advent and Christmas videos and we pray that this Christmas season brings you joy and peace.


It can be download here.



Posted on the 18th December 2020 in the category Statements



May the light of Christ be with you and your family over this season of Christmas and throughout 2021


Dear Friends,


This Christmas letter from The Society's Council of Bishops comes with our prayers as we all prepare for the season of Christmas and beyond.


In 2020 humanity has been attacked by an invisible enemy called Covid-19 which all too often is deadly or debilitating. This invisible enemy has changed our day-to-day living in a manner which we would previously have struggled to imagine or foresee. We are unable to do the same things in the same ways.


Despite the gloom and darkness that the world is facing, we are reminded at Christmas that darkness does not have any power over light. Darkness may try to prevent the light from shining, but it never holds back the light enduringly. Ultimately, the light will shine though. God as the creator of the universe is bigger than the Covid-19 health crisis. All of this will pass. All trials do. But until then, let us trust in God; God the Father who makes His Son a daily presence in our lives. Let us hand over our fears to Him so that He can conquer them.


Against this challenging backdrop, The Society's Council of Bishops met earlier this month and will do so again in early February. The conversations we had were, as ever, wide-ranging with a particular focus not only on a full resumption of our sacramental life together but also on mission and how we can best communicate the Catholic faith to our nation.


We hope that some of us will be able to gather for Chrism Masses in, or just before, Holy Week and renew our commitment to the priestly and sacramental life. We shall write again after our February meeting, including our further thoughts on Chrism Masses.


Thank you once again for your faithfulness and dedication in Christ’s service.  





The Rt Revd Tony Robinson, Bishop of Wakefield,

Chairman of The Society’s Council of Bishops


The Rt Revd Glyn Webster, Bishop of Beverley


The Rt Revd Philip North, Bishop of Burnley


The Rt Revd Martin Warner, Bishop of Chichester


The Rt Revd Jonathan Goodall, Bishop of Ebbsfleet


The Rt Revd Jonathan Baker, Bishop of Fulham


The Rt Revd Will Hazlewood, Bishop of Lewes 


The Rt Revd Norman Banks, Bishop of Richborough




This year, working with others, The Society, supported by Forward in Faith, is delighted to make available two resources for Christmas: 'O come let us adore Him' and 'The Wondrous Gift'.







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