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I went to Juventutem’s Latin Mass tonight – my first in the extraordinary form!

It’s much more formal than any other Friday night mass, and even most Sunday masses. There are men in suits, and women in dresses and skirts; many wearing veils. The mass itself is more solemn and ceremonial.

Because the mass was completely in Latin and mostly sung, I didn’t understand much of it, but my familiarity with the structure of the mass gave me a general idea of what was going on throughout. I found that not being able to distinguish and understand the words allowed me to connect with it on a different level. At a regular mass in English, the words are my primary focus. At the Latin mass, they were just sound without meaning to me, and faded into the background. What came to the forefront was the awareness that we were standing in the presence of Jesus. I felt like I was hearing less about him, but entering more deeply into this mystery.

The mass was followed by a nice, easygoing social time with wine and pizza in the church hall!

If you’d like to come along next time, I assume it will be on the last Friday of October, but we’ll confirm that closer to the day. St. Mary Moorfields is just around the corner from Moorgate Station. It’s easy to miss from the street – don’t walk right by it like I did! Maybe this will help:

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PiH Recap: A Crash Course in Humanae Vitae


Last night at Pure in Heart, Conal gave a very informative talk on Humanae Vitae, the added benefit being that we no longer have to pretend to know what it is.

For those who have not thus far been so fortunate, Humanae Vitae is the 1968 encyclical on artificial contraception – always a hot-button topic, and often a tough one to explain. We explored the reasons why the Catholic teaching is what it is, but also the social turbulence unfolding at the time of this encyclical’s release. In the midst of the Vietnam war, the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., and many other distressing global events, the Church’s refusal to approve the use of artificial birth control sent another shockwave around the world. A lot of Catholics saw this teaching as a “dealbreaker”; they were no longer willing to submit to the Church’s authority if this is what it would require. To this day, many cite this teaching as the reason they don’t fully practice their faith.

We looked at the reasons why the Church teaches that contraception is harmful to relationships and to general social morality. In a nutshell, God put sex and procreation together. When we separate them, each one on its own goes haywire. When sex is no longer tempered by the responsibility of potential parenthood, it is engaged in more recklessly, resulting in a higher number of unplanned pregnancies, abortions, and STDs. Procreation, removed from an intimate, loving spousal relationship, becomes a science experiment, and human life is literally brought forth in test tubes. Instead of having two natural parents, it’s now possible for a child to have two biological contributors, a surrogate carrier, and one or two adoptive parents. Conal highlighted a case like this, where a couple “commissioned” a baby conceived and carried by three other people, and before it was born, the man changed his mind and decided he didn’t want to be responsible for the baby. The case had to be taken to court, where a judge ruled that the two adoptive parents were responsible for the baby.

The last part of the talk brought good news that there is a better way forward – through the wholesomeness of Natural Family Planning – a way for the married couple to space out the birth of children when necessary, while still giving themselves completely to each other, and leaving room for God’s will to be done. Though mocked by critics as “Vatican roulette”, NFP allows the couple to grow in holiness and in love for each other by living their sexual relationship according to God’s design, co-ordinating marital intimacy with the woman’s biological rhythm. To sum it up in the wise words of G.K. Chesterton, “Normal and real birth control is called self control”.

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First Sunday Plus @ Farm Street Church, Mayfair

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Message from the FSPlus website:
“FSPlus Young Adult Ministry is part of the Society of Jesus (Jesuit) Young Adult Ministry. Each month (on the First and Third Sundays) we hold two Masses for young adults, women and men in their twenties and thirties. The Masses take place in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Farm Street, London and are planned and prepared by the FSPlus Team.”

And if you need one more reason to stop by, just look at this church! It’s gorgeous!


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Corpus Christi Prayer Group, Covent Garden


This contemplative prayer group in the heart of Covent Garden is a place to pray, reflect and grow spiritually.

We aim to help each other grow deeper in our relationship with Jesus Christ

We hope to enable this through a focus on:
– Adoration of Christ present in the Eucharist
– Reflection on Holy Scripture
– Contemplative Prayer
– Devotion to Our Lady, Mary the Mother of Christ through the Holy Rosary
– Intercessory Prayer for our needs and the needs of the world
– The Sacraments, particularly through the Mass and Reconciliation
– Worship and prayer through music

When: Every Wednesday, 7pm
Where: Corpus Christi Church, Maiden Lane, Covent Garden

We meet every Wednesday for a time of Eucharistic Adoration, Comtemplative Prayer and Personal Intercession. Our Music Ministery support us in prayer through a reflective yet contemporary style of worship. Our group has a particular devotion to Our Lady, which we show through meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary each week.

Regular events:
– Celebration of Mass: Monthly, first Wednesday of each month
– Eucharistic Healing Service: Monthly, see events calander

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Westminster Cathedral Young Adults

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The Westminster Cathedral Young Adults group meets every Sunday following the 7.00pm Mass. We gather outside the main doors of the Cathedral after Mass (at the bottom of the steps, on the Piazza) and generally go to The Windsor Castle for a little socialising. We attempt to create a sense of community amongst young Catholic adults who come to London from all parts of the globe. All are welcome. For further details email

Westminster Youth Ministry:

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St. Patrick’s Young Adults, Wapping


While the mass is always for everyone, on the Second Sunday of each month @ 18.30hrs, the mass (while attracting people of all ages) aims to attract those young adults who are looking for something more contemplative.

The Second Sunday Mass aims with the use of different music and more silence to create a more reflective atmosphere. After mass there is opportunity for conversation in the Presbytery with a glass of wine.

 The next Second Sunday Mass is on Sunday 12th October at 6.30pm. 


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Catholic Underground


What & Why

Catholic Underground London is a direct response to a call that began with Pope John Paul II, and is continued by Pope Benedict XVI. Pope John Paul II said that because the Gospel lives in conversation with culture, we must be fearless in crossing the cultural threshold of the communication and information revolution now taking place thus the event consists of both traditional worship and modern entertainment. So, Catholic Underground London aims to spread the Gospel message in the 21st century!


The first part of the evening is Eucharistic adoration and begins with vespers (evening prayer). This is the universal prayer of the Church – prayed by the Catholics throughout the world in every time zone and in every language. After Vespers, there is a time of simple praise. The second part of the evening showcases Christian artists and aims to be a reflection of the Gospel message through contemporary culture.