Tag Archives: St John Vianney

The Curé’s Heart in Northwich

This morning the little church of St Wilfrid’s in Northwich was visited by the heart relic of St John Vianney. Father Mitchell in his short address at morning prayer, remarked that in a sense the Curé might have felt particularly … Continue reading

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Photos from the visit of St John Vianney’s heart to Liverpool Cathedral

Here are some photos of the visit of St John Vianney’s heart to the Metropolitan Cathedral in Liverpool, as well as the Mass celebrated, amongst others, by Archbishop Kelly of Liverpool, Bishop Davies of Shrewsbury and Bishop Bagnard of Ars.

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St John Vianney: Bishop Mark Davies’s homily in Wythenshawe

I am sure all of us here have known priests throughout our lives who have been for us an example, an inspiration, an encouragement. Tonight we remember such a priest, a parish priest who belongs to us all in the … Continue reading

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The visit of St John Vianney’s relic: a blessing for us all

Fr Christopher Matthews is sub dean of the Cathedral Church of Our Lady Help of Christians and St Peter of Alcantara, Shrewsbury, and Master of Liturgical Ceremonies of Shrewsbury diocese. Here he explains how you can take part in the the … Continue reading

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St John Vianney in the psychiatrist’s chair

Dr Pravin Thevathasan, a consultant psychiatrist in Shrewsbury and a parishioner of Shrewsbury Cathedral, says that the Curé d’Ars taught his flock with a wonderful clarity and simplicity that still speaks to Catholics today: We often think of St John … Continue reading

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St John Vianney: England welcomes the heart of a saint

Bishop Mark Davies explains why he asked for the relic of the heart of the Curé d’Ars to make its first visit to England and says he hopes the faithful will be inspired by praying beside a heart that was … Continue reading

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An Invitation to pray with St John Vianney

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Be part of the Sunday Mass, Bishop urges the young

Young people attending the 50th International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin were invited by the Rt Rev. Mark Davies, the Bishop of Shrewsbury, to make a promise to be part of the Mass every Sunday of their lives. The Bishop made … Continue reading

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St John Vianney – teaching for Holy Saturday

ANNUAL CONFESSIONS If Easter were prolonged to Pentecost, you would not go to Confession until Pentecost, or if the latter did not come around for ten years, you would go to Confession only every ten years. Indeed, if the Church … Continue reading

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St John Vianney – meditation for Good Friday

MODEL YOUR DEATH UPON THAT OF JESUS CHRIST If we were required to die twice, we could jettison one death. But man dies once only, and upon his death depends his eternity. Where the tree falls, there shall it lie. If, … Continue reading

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Maundy Thursday: St John Vianney on Prisoners of Sin

PRISONERS OF SIN If we understood fully what it is to receive the sacraments, we should bring to the reception of them very much better sentiments than those we do. It is true that the greater number of people, in … Continue reading

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St John Vianney: We are nothing in ourselves

WE ARE NOTHING IN OURSELVES Temptation is necessary to us to make us realize that we are nothing in ourselves. St. Augustine tells us that we should thank God as much for the sins from which He has preserved us … Continue reading

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St John Vianney: We must expect temptation

WE MUST EXPECT TEMPTATION It is most unfortunate for ourselves if we do not know that we are tempted in almost all our actions, at one time by pride, by vanity, by the good opinion which we think people should … Continue reading

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St John Vianney: God will help us

HE WILL HELP US Yes, my dear brethren, in everything that we see, in everything that we hear, in all we say and do, we are conscious of the fact that we are drawn towards evil. If we are at … Continue reading

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St John Vianney on Bad Company

BAD COMPANY My dear brethren, I call that man bad company who is without religion, who does not concern himself with either the commandments of God or those of the Church, who does not recognize Lent or Easter, who seldom … Continue reading

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