Memoria of the Immaculate Heart of Mary


From Catholic Company.Com

'One of the most popular Marian devotions in the Catholic Church today is that of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, often honoured alongside the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This devotion has its roots in Sacred Scripture, which makes frequent mention of Mary's contemplative heart, for example in Luke 2:19: "But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart." 

According to Catholic doctrine, Mary is the Immaculate Conception; that is, in preparation for the Incarnation of the Second Person of the Holy Trinity in her womb, Mary was conceived without the corruption of original sin, and was preserved from committing any actual sins throughout the course of her life through the infinite merits of her Son, Jesus Christ. She was virginal not only of soul, but also of body, both before and after giving birth to Our Lord. 

 Our Lady was created literally "Full of Grace" as the Archangel Gabriel declared at the Annunciation, meaning that her soul was literally adorned with all of the virtues at the moment of her conception, as well as all the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit. This fullness of grace is said to emanate from the center of her being—her heart—understood both physically and spiritually. 

It is Mary's heart, in its unspoiled created perfection, that is the source and wellspring of her purity . . . therefore her heart is called Immaculate. Our Lord took His sacred humanity from the flesh and blood of his Blessed Mother; Christ's heart is taken from her heart. At Calvary, the perfect hearts of Jesus and Mary were united for the salvation of mankind. And this is why the Two Hearts are honoured together...'

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The Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus


From the Sisters of Carmel website.

The Church, governed and taught by the Holy Ghost, has approved and recommended devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. In our age of religious indifference, when fervor and charity have grown cold, Jesus exhibits to the world His Sacred Heart as the symbol of God's infinite love - the symbol of His own generous self-sacrificing love for men. Jesus shows His Divine Heart as a furnace whose burning rays of love are able to reanimate faith and rekindle love in hearts grown cold and ungrateful. 

But why His Heart? Because in every language, in every age, the heart is regarded as the natural symbol of love and affection. What more natural and expressive symbol is there, then, of the excessive love of Jesus than His Sacred Heart? The direct and material object of devotion to the Sacred Heart is the real, physical Heart of Jesus - the Heart of flesh, the living and loving Heart of our Blessed Lord; the Heart that beat in His Divine breast at the moment of the Incarnation; the Heart that loved us during the life of Jesus on earth, that poured forth its blood to the last drop on Mount Calvary; the beatified Heart now glorious in Heaven and still dwelling among us in the Blessed Sacrament; the Heart ever united to the Person of the Divine Word, to whom is due supreme homage and adoration.

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Pastoral Letter for the 6th June 2021, The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ


Pastoral Letter for the 6th June 2021

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

This great Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ - Corpus Christi - calls us to reflect on the Lord’s gift of Himself in the Eucharist.  This celebration is “the heart and summit of the Church’s life.”[1]   It is the greatest prayer, the highest action possible, for “Christ Himself, acting through the ministry of the priests, offered the Eucharistic sacrifice.”[2]  The Lord is truly present, sacramentally, and we are called to share in the gift of His Body and Blood.  Through our sharing in Him, so we become ever closer to Him and to each other in the life and mission to which He has called us.  The prayer of the Eucharist goes beyond our understanding and its impact on the life of the world will be greater than we can ever comprehend.

In the Eucharist, the Lord calls us to “share in his divinity, as he humbled Himself to share in our humanity.”[3]  This is the great moment of conformity to Christ. The closeness that we have with Him through the Eucharist enables us to be the disciples He calls us to be; our Mission as His Church becomes possible.  Let us pray and prepare ourselves that nothing would ever stand in the way of our openness to the gift and grace of the Eucharist.

During this last year, it has not always been possible for us to gather for the celebration of Mass.  There were times, in the early months of the pandemic, when the priest celebrated alone in the Church.  Knowing that the Eucharist was being celebrated in those times was a source of blessing and the live-streaming of the Liturgy enabled great numbers of people to join the celebration remotely.  This has been a gift and will continue to be so for those who are infirm and housebound.  However, sharing ‘virtually’ in the celebration that is at the very heart of our lives will never be the ideal.  We are remote from our brothers and sisters in our parish communities and while the Spiritual Communion brings many graces, the participation in the celebration of Mass is the source of our lives.

On this Corpus Christi Day, therefore, I offer a deliberate invitation to return to the public celebration of Mass.  Come once more to be with your sisters and brothers, gathered around the altar to meet with the Crucified and Risen Lord, truly present in the gift of the Sacrament.

I call on you to extend this invitation to those whom you know who have not yet returned to the parish community.  Extend this invitation to those who have found themselves searching for God during this time of pandemic, for we are at a moment of evangelisation: the Lord calls us to action.

The experience of the last year, with its many deep sufferings, calls us to rely on the One who brings us healing and wholeness - a healing and wholeness that we find in the Eucharist.  “No other Sacrament” St. Thomas Aquinas reminds us, “has greater healing power.”[4]  In the Eucharist, there is healing for ourselves, for our communities, for the world.

The Eucharist is a gift so amazing that our faltering human language cannot grasp its wonder.  The Lord gives us His very Self as the food for our pilgrimage of life.  It is the Lord who sustains us, not simply as individuals but as a community, for the work He has given us to do.  Our present circumstances call us to remain faithful to this greatest of all celebrations, for the Eucharist is the source from which our lives are fulfilled.  It is the moment from which the Lord sends us out on the Mission to which He has called us.  How can we stay away?


[1] CCC. n.1407.

[2] CCC, n.1410.

[3] THE ROMAN MISSAL, Offertory Prayers.

[4] St. THOMAS AQUINAS, On the Feast of Corpus Christi.

1st June: St Justin, Martyr

The saints were seized and brought before the prefect of Rome, whose name was Rusticus. As they stood before the judgement seat, Rusticus the prefect said to Justin: “Above all, have faith in the gods and obey the emperors.” 

Justin said: “We cannot be accused or condemned for obeying the commands of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.” Rusticus said: “What system of teaching do you profess?” Justin said: “I have tried to learn about every system, but I have accepted the true doctrines of the Christians, though these are not approved by those who are held fast by error.” The prefect Rusticus said: “Are those doctrines approved by you, wretch that you are?” 

Justin said: “Yes, for I follow them with their correct teaching.” 
 The prefect Rusticus said: “What sort of teaching is that?” Justin said: “Worship the God of the Christians. We hold him to be from the beginning the one creator and maker of the whole creation, of things seen and things unseen. We worship also the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God. He was foretold by the prophets as the future herald of salvation for the human race and the teacher of distinguished disciples. For myself, since I am a human being, I consider that what I say is insignificant in comparison with his infinite godhead. I acknowledge the existence of a prophetic power, for the one I have just spoken of as the Son of God was the subject of prophecy. I know that the prophets were inspired from above when they spoke of his coming among men.” 

 Rusticus said: “You are a Christian, then?” Justin said: “Yes, I am a Christian.” The prefect said to Justin: “You are called a learned man and think that you know what is true teaching. Listen: if you were scourged and beheaded, are you convinced that you would go up to heaven?” Justin said: “I hope that I shall enter God’s house if I suffer that way. For I know that God’s favour is stored up until the end of the whole world for all who have lived good lives.” 

 The prefect Rusticus said: “Do you have an idea that you will go up to heaven to receive some suitable rewards?” Justin said: “It is not an idea that I have; it is something I know well and hold to be most certain.” The prefect Rusticus said: “Now let us come to the point at issue, which is necessary and urgent. Gather round then and with one accord offer sacrifice to the gods.” Justin said: “No one who is right thinking stoops from true worship to false worship.” The prefect Rusticus said: “If you do not do as you are commanded you will be tortured without mercy.” Justin said: “We hope to suffer torment for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ, and so be saved. For this will bring us salvation and confidence as we stand before the more terrible and universal judgement-seat of our Lord and Saviour.” 

 In the same way the other martyrs also said: “Do what you will. We are Christians; we do not offer sacrifice to idols.” The prefect Rusticus pronounced sentence, saying: “Let those who have refused to sacrifice to the gods and to obey the command of the emperor be scourged and led away to suffer capital punishment according to the ruling of the laws.” Glorifying God, the holy martyrs went out to the accustomed place. They were beheaded, and so fulfilled their witness of martyrdom in confessing their faith in their Saviour.

Mass Times for Holy Week and the Sacred Triduum

Please note that the newsletter is the corrected version from that displayed at the morning Masses on Palm Sunday and that there is no English Mass at St Mary Magdalen's on Monday of Holy Week (today), instead the Polish Community have Mass and Confessions from 5pm. Aside from this error, the newsletter is the same as that available in the church.

Wishing all a blessed Holy Week, as we commemorate the Death, and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ. 

First Saturday (6th Feb) CANCELLED

First Saturday Devotions

Saturday 6th February 2021



are CANCELLED as a precaution in this time of pandemic. Hopefully, the next first Saturday (7th March) will be able to go ahead.

Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, Wednesday 6th January 2021

The Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord will be on 
Wednesday 6th January, 2021.

Mass will be offered on Wednesday here at 12 noon and at 6:00pm.

See our newsletter for other Mass times, news and announcements.

Upcoming Mass Times

Mass on 1st January, New Year's Day, in honour of Mary, the Mother of God, will take place at 12:00pm.

Mass on Saturday 2nd January, the First Saturday of the new year, will take place at 10:00am in the Extraordinary Form and will be celebrated by Fr Philomeno James of the Marian Franciscans of Gosport. 

Mass for the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord will be at 6:00pm on Wednesday 6th January.

For general Mass times for Christmas and the New Year, see our newsletter.

Weekday Mass 6pm

An alteration has been made to the schedule for Masses during the week. Weekday Mass, Monday to Friday will be at 6pm, not 12noon, to allow those who work to attend the Holy Sacrifice, starting from Monday 28th December, the Feast of the Holy Innocents.  

On Saturday the Friars of Gosport will offer Mass at 10am for the First Saturday devotions.

Christmas Masses, News and Information

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New Mass Times and Christmas Masses

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New Sunday Mass times 

(as of Sunday 6th December) are:




Thanks be to God that public Mass returned by permission of the Government on Wednesday 2nd December. Weekday Mass remains at its usual time of 6pm (Tuesday to Friday). The church is closed on Mondays. Mass on Saturdays remains at 12 noon, except on the First Saturdays of the month when the Friars of Gosport offer Mass in the Extraordinary Form at 10:00am.


After much thought I have decided that Christmas Masses will be on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. After ‘Covid capacity’ has been reached our doors will be shut. If you are able to act as ‘security’ at these Masses by manning the Church doors, please see me, email me or phone me.


Masses will take place as following:


24th December

 (Mass During the Night) 7:00pm

25th December

9:00am, 11:00am

Please also note that the Friars of Gosport will be coming on Saturday 2nd January to lead devotions in reparation for sins against the Immaculate Heart of Mary, with Holy Rosary at 9.30am, Mass in the Extraordinary Form at 10am and Adoration and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament after Mass. Confessions are available throughout the day which ends at around 12.30pm.

For more news and information, please see the latest newsletter, available on our website.

Times for Individual Prayer at St Mary Magdalen Church

During HM Government's mandated lockdown of this country
St Mary Magdalen Church is open for private prayer 

5pm-7pm Tuesdays to Fridays
Saturday at 11.30am-1pm 

Sundays from 9.30am to 11.30am.

Sacraments will only be given upon request.

Statement of the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales on the National Lockdown

The Prime Minister has announced further widespread restrictions in England beginning on Thursday 5 November. The Government have published their New National Restrictions Guidance on their website here. Whilst there was no formal announcement on Places of Worship by the Prime Minister, there is clear guidance on this website that places of worship will be required to end all acts of collective worship, except for funeral ceremonies. In response the following statement is issued by the President and Vice-President of the Bishops’ Conference.

The announcement of a new ‘national lockdown’ in England will, we know, bring hardship, distress and suffering to many. We must hope and pray that this is an effective strategy against a growing pandemic which has tragically taken so many lives already and threatens so many more.

Faith communities have played a vital role in sustaining personal, spiritual and mental health and encouraging vital charitable activities, which support hundreds of thousands of people in all sections of the community, especially the most vulnerable. That critical service towards the common good of all is created and sustained by communal worship and prayer. Part of this selfless giving has been a strong ethic of responsibility in the way in which we have reopened our churches so that essential worship has been enabled. Our communities have done a great deal to make our churches safe places in which all have been able to gather in supervised and disciplined ways.

It is thus a source of deep anguish now that the Government is requiring, once again, the cessation of public communal worship. Whilst we understand the many difficult decisions facing the Government, we have not yet seen any evidence whatsoever that would make the banning of communal worship, with all its human costs, a productive part of combatting the virus. We ask the Government to produce this evidence that justifies the cessation of acts of public worship. To counter the virus we will, as a society, need to make sustained sacrifices for months to come. In requiring this sacrifice, the Government has a profound responsibility to show why it has taken particular decisions. Not doing so risks eroding the unity we need as we enter a most difficult period for our country.

The Prime Minister has stated that the draft legislation will be placed before Parliament on Monday 2 November. Members of Parliament will have the opportunity to discuss the issues and vote on the proposed national restrictions. In this short timeframe, questions can be raised with our elected Members of Parliament regarding the cessation of public common worship. They are in a position to require the Government to publish the data that drives the decision to cease public worship under these restrictions.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols President

Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP Vice-President