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Video:  15 Things You Didn’t Know About Pope Francis


March 2018 – Reasons for Almsgiving



16 April 2017:

Easter ‘Urbi et Orbi’ Message of Pope Francis  (Easter 2017)

[The Pope’s Easter Message]

Full Text and Video

(‘Urbi et Orbi’ = ‘For the City and for the World’)




20 Nov 2016Vatican:

Mass for the closing of the Jubilee of Mercy    [Homily]    [Photos]


13 Nov 2016

“The art of Dying Well”

. . . is a new website that offers a helping hand to those grappling with issues around death and dying. Based in the Catholic tradition but open to all, it features real-life stories about dealing with the journey through death to eternal life. It launched in November – the traditional month for the Dead. See


25 Sep: 2016

‘At the hour of our death’ . . .

[‘The Tablet’ Article]  [pdf version]

Before he died on 13 September 2016 after a long illness, a distinguished historian wrote this advice to others who are dying / By Jonathan Riley-Smith


04 Sep 2016motherteresa2b

St Mother Teresa of Calcutta  (prayer)

Links: 1) Her life (vid 4 mins)

2) The moment of Canonisation (vid 2 mins)

3) Her Canonisation Mass (vid 2 hrs)

4) Her moments of darkness (vid 3 mins)


01 June 2016homelessjesus

Homeless Jesus:   also known as Jesus the Homeless, is a bronze sculpture by Canadian sculptor Timothy Schmalz that depicts Jesus as a homeless person, sleeping on a park bench.

Link (Wikipedia):


 01 May 2016:

Year of Mercy Pilgrimage – to the Relics of Nicholas Postgate

Saturday 14 May 9.30am – 5.00pm (£7 adults, children free)

Coach to St Hedda’s, Egton Bridge.   Bring a packed lunch & drink.

Sign up on the list in StMC/StP porch by Sun 17 April/see newsletter

Links: [Postgate Society]  [St Hedda’s/Egton Bridge]  [Area map]


Apr 2016 View a Vatican Webcam (Link)


Apr 2016:

Pope Francis: ‘Amoris Laetitia’ (“The Joy of Love”)

Link1:  Summary of the document (link in SMC Newsletter 10/04/16)

Link2:  Summary on Vatican Website

Link3:  Vatican – Video introducing ‘Amoris Laetitia’

Link4:  Interpretation (Catholic News Agency)


Apr 2016:st_teresa_of_avila444

St Teresa of Avila

Born 28 Mar 1515,  Died 4 Oct 1582,  Feast day 15 Oct

Spanish nun – one of the great mystics & religious women of the Roman Catholic church

[Say – P R A Y E R ]   (Read – Her life)  (Watch – Video)   (Listen – Audiobook)


Mar 2016:

Easter ‘Urbi et Orbi’ Message of Pope Francis  (Easter 2016)

[The Pope’s Easter Message]

Full Text and Video   (Video also on YouTube)

(‘Urbi et Orbi’ = ‘For the City and for the World’)


Bar Convent Chapel Altar



Dec 2015:

The Bar Convent – York – State of the Art!  (06/12/2015)

The Bar Convent – England’s oldest living convent – now houses a state-of-the-art Exhibition, + Cafe + Guest House + Conference facilities.

(Living Heritage Centre)    (Video – Alex Polizzi)    (Website)


 May 2015:

The Carmelite Sisters – Thicket Priory – YouTube

‘Carmelite Sisters Thicket Priory – Glimpses Of Our Life’

Sit back and enjoy 20 minutes of peace & joy  (have the sound on…)

Link(video):  ‘Glimpses Of Our Life’ (20 mins)      (17/05/2015)

Building of the New Convent (18 mins)