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Catholic History walks in London

stthomasmoreAutumn 2016

All welcome: no need to book, just turn up!


Wed Sept 14th, 6.30pm SMELLS AND BELLS: DISCOVERING CATHOLIC CULTURE. meet on the steps of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square WC2 4JJ. Nearest tube: Charing Cross

Wed October 5th 6.30pm and also Friday October 7th, 2pm THE KINGS GOOD SERVANT. meet on the steps of the Church of Our Most Holy Redeemer and St Thomas More, Cheyne Row SW3 1QW. Nearest tube: Sloane Square

Wednesday November 2nd, 6.30pm and also Friday November 4th 2pm KING AND COUNTRY. meet on the steps of Westminster Cathedral SW1P 1QW. Nearest tube: VICTORIA

Each walk costs £5.00p, except for the shorter St Thomas More walk which is £3.00p. Students, Senior Citizens and unemployed according to your means. Children (up to 3 per adult) free. Priests, Religious and seminarians free.

We can organise a Catholic History Walk specifically for your Catholic parish, school, or organisation, at a date and time to suit you. Contact us for details!

We are a Catholic charity, and welcome anyone on our Walks.

visit our website for more details


The Fatima centenary is a major moment for the Church in England and Wales

This is an article which appeared in the Catholic Herald “Comments & Blogs” section on the preparations being made by WAF England and Wales for the Centenary year of the Fatima apparitions, that is next year, 2017.


It gives information about the proposed Vistitation programme for the National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima and the relics of Blessed Jacinta and Francisco, which will be taking place in Cathedrals and churches aroudn the country next year.

It also mentions the letter written to WAF England and Wales national president, Timothy Tindal-Robertson, dated October 31, 2014, in which Bishop Mark O’Toole of Plymouth approved of the World Apostolate of Fatima England and Wales, saying he was, “particularly pleased to be able to affirm the work that you are doing to promote the regular saying of the Rosary, particularly in family life … I will continue to pray for the success of the World Apostolate of Fatima in this country. Thank you for all that you do”.

Likewise, the “Day with Our Lady of Fatima” at St Francis of Assisi church in Handsworth, Birmingham, on Saturday June 4, when Bishop Robert Byrne will preside, is mentioned, as is the Fatima weekend is scheduled for June 10-12 at Pantasaph Friary in North Wales. It also highlights the WAF National Pilgrimage to Fatima, which flies from Heathrow, and for which places are still available, which takes place between July 7 and July 14, with Fr Gerard Kelly as Spiritual Director, Timothy Tindal-Robertson as Leader, and Mike Daley as Pilgrimage organiser.

You can read the full article here:

The Fatima centenary is a major moment for the Church in England and Wales

Chavagnes Studium Summer Conference 2016

virgin_maryThe Virgin Mary in liturgy, literature and life

2nd, 3rd and 4th August 2016,
Chavagnes International College, Chavagnes en Paillers, France. (Near Nantes airport, free lifts available).

Speakers include: Bishop Athanasius Schneider, Ferdi McDermott, Father Mark Lawler, Father Jason Jones, and Father Bede Rowe.

A conference on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of the death of St Louis Marie Grignon de Montfort

“When will souls breathe Mary, as much as bodies breathe air?” (St Louis Marie Grignon de Montfort)

Conference delegates should plan to arrive on 1st August and depart on 5th or 6th. Various types of accommodation are available at reasonable cost (evening of Monday 1st August to morning of Friday 5th August).  All meals are provided by our in-house French chef.

Final details are still being confirmed, but here is the provisional PROGRAMME:

You can reserve your place online there and also email the College with any queries:

More details can be seen here:

EWTN’s The Message of Fatima


A message from Stefano Mazzeo at:

The Message of Fatima – A new 5 part docudrama from EWTN

We are now working on a new docudrama for EWTN which will be broadcast to coincide with the one-hundredth anniversary of the apparitions during 1917. It’s a very ambitious task with 5 episodes + a one off special.

Also we are very happy to be working with a local Fatima Folk group called Casa do Povo who will provide the actors. Included above is a shot of the actors who will play the seers.

Apparitions of Our Lady and Angels are very rare and when they do appear its usually at a time of great danger. The twentieth century as a whole was a time of great calamity and destruction. It is clear that apparitions of Our Lady were warnings for humanity, she said that the war (World War I) would soon end but that an even greater one would break out in the reign of Pope Pius XI if man did not stop offending God. The prophecies of Fatima seem to cover all the calamitous events for the following 100 years, wars, Communism, impurity etc. I wonder whether there is yet something even more terrible to happen, perhaps to coincide with the centenary?

These apparitions are known as private revelations but the Church has ruled that they are authentic. It’s up to us to live our faith and believe. Public revelation of course comes to us through the Old and New Testament, and the deposit of faith in Tradition via Catholic Church.

I hope this docudrama will help a little in task of bringing Our Lady’s message to as many people as possible. Especially the First Five Saturdays devotion which is being ignored by so many Catholics. The message of Fatima is very relevant today, with so many blasphemies being committed against Our Lord and against the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Our Lady said to Jacinta that more people go to Hell for sins of impurity than for any other reason. The modern media, TV, film and the Internet is jam-packed with impurity.

I need your prayers for this project; so please if you find a spare second or two remember me, here is angel’s prayer from the apparitions at Fatima in 1916.

“My God, I believe, I adore, I hope, and I love you!

I beg pardon of You for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love You.”

Day with Our Lady of Fatima in Birmingham

Bishop Robert Byrne will preside at a Day with Our Lady of Fatima at:

St Francis Catholic Church,
Hunters Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, B19 1EB
on Saturday 4th June 2016, from 10:00 am—4:15 pm


The Day will include the Enthronement and Crowning of the National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima by Bishop Robert Byrne, and veneration of the Relics of Blessed Jacinta and Francisco.

There will also be talks by Timothy Tindal-Robertson, the National President of WAF England and Wales, on Fatima and the Year of Mercy, and by Donal Foley, the WAF Secretary, on the Five First Saturdays and the Rosary, as well as investiture in the Brown Scapular by Fr Gerard Kelly, the Spiritual Director of WAF England and Wales and parish priest of St Francis of Assisi church.

Full programme for Day (subject to change):

10:00        Procession of the NPVS Our Lady of Fatima, with the Relics of
Blessed Jacinta and Francisco

(Fatima Hymn “13th of May” to be sung)

10:10        Enthronement and Crowning by Bishop Robert Byrne

10:15        Recitation of the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary

10:45        Introduction of the Day by Fr Gerard Kelly

11:00        Holy Mass
Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Main celebrant: Bishop Robert Byrne

12:15    Veneration of the Relics of Blessed Jacinta and Francisco and
Recitation of the Litany of Blessed Jacinta and Francisco
Sacrament of Confession

12:30    Talk regarding Fatima and the Year of Mercy by Tim Tindal-Robertson

13:00    Packed Lunch

13:45    Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, with 15 minutes meditation from Sr Lucia’s book “Calls” From the Message regarding the Immaculate Heart of Mary

14:15    Talk regarding First Saturday Devotion with PowerPoint presentation
by Donal Foley

15:00    Divine Mercy chaplet

15:10    Tea break

15:30    Investiture of the Brown Scapular and Explanation of Consecration
by Fr Gerard Kelly

16:00    Benediction
Farewell Hymn “O Virgin of the Rosary”

16:15     End