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Fraternity open day programme

As we rejoice in the admission of four people to the Novitiate, two people making their Temporary Profession, and one making their final profession, the programme for Sunday 10th April is as follows:

11.30 am Arrival and coffee
12 noon Rosary followed by
Midday Prayer and Admissions
1pm Shared lunch
2.45pm Evening Prayer
3pm Mass and Professions

We also welcome members of their families and friends and all friends of the Fraternity.

Would all members of the Fraternity please remember to bring to bring your scapular, white handbook and a breviary (if you have them) and the food you offered to provide.

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Novena to St Dominic, Day 5

For those of our Fraternity who are being received as Novices, making Temporary Profession and Final Profession:

The Spirit of Prayer

True devotion was in his mouth, and no dishonesty was found upon his lips; he walked with men in integrity and in uprightness, and turned many away from evil. (Malachi 2:6)

As an unbridled tongue destroys a spirit of prayer, Dominic loved silence and retirement, that he might dwell with God. His intimate friend, William of Montserrat, said that “Dominic always kept the silence prescribed by the custom and rule of the Order, abstained from idle words, and always spoke either of God or to God.”

Dominic considered custody of the senses important and fed his soul constantly with spiritual reading. His books were the Bible and Cassian’s Conferences of the Fathers of the Desert. The Holy Scriptures he always carried, and ordered his spiritual children diligently and unceasingly to read them. At dinner one religious used to read aloud, that the souls of all might be fed on the Word of God.

If any man offends not in words, the same is a perfect man. (James 3:2)

Pray for us, blessed father, St. Dominic,

That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray, O most Holy Father St. Dominic, who always showed yourself loving to all and never despised, wounded or offended anyone, obtain for me from our Saviour, the grace to be severe only to myself and my evil passions and always gentle and loving toward my neighbour, ever like him, pardoning all who injure or offend me. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Holy Father, cast thy mind
on the work thy hands designed;
In the Judge’s presence stand
For thy poor and lowly band.

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Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Stone

The Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Stone takes place on May 21.

10.30 Arrivals & Coffee
11.15 a.m. a talk on the Rosary delivered by Fr Tim Calvert OP
The Procession begins at 2.00 p.m.
Vigil Mass for Sunday at 4.00 p.m.
Bring a picnic lunch – tea & coffee provided
further information:
Sr. Angela Mary Leydon O.P.
St. Dominic’s Convent Stone Staffs. ST15 8EN

To see pictures and an account from two years ago, go here

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Novena to St Dominic, Day 4

For those of our Fraternity who are being received as Novices, making Temporary Profession and Final Profession:

St. Dominic’s Prayer

Be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and inspired songs. Sing praise to the Lord with all your hearts. Give thanks to God the Father always and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 5:18-20)

Prayer was the breath of St. Dominic’s life, the light on his path, the staff on his pilgrimage. He prayed always. In childhood his delight was to serve Mass, to visit the Blessed Sacrament, and to chant Office. As a student, he learned wisdom more from prayer than from books. He won more souls by prayer than by preaching or miracles. In traveling, St. Dominic prayed as he went, sometimes the Veni Creator Spiritus, or the Ave Maris Stella, or sometimes he recited psalms. He often reminded his companions to think of God. Many times St. Dominic spent the night in prayer before the altar. His methods of prayer were various: sometimes he lay prostrate, then stood erect, then knelt down. For hours he would stand before a crucifix, genuflecting and making fervent ejaculations. Often he stretched out his arms like a cross, pleading earnestly to God. On occasion he was seen in rapture by the vehemence of his prayer. “In all labors and trials, in hunger, thirst, fatigue, his heart turned always to God.”

Pray for us, blessed father, St. Dominic,
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray, O God, who enlightened your Church by the virtues and preaching of St. Dominic, your confessor and our father, mercifully grant that by his prayers we may be delivered from present dangers and ever increase in spiritual blessings. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Holy Father, cast thy mind
on the work thy hands designed;
In the Judge’s presence stand
For thy poor and lowly band.

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Novena to St Dominic, Day 3

For those of our Fraternity who are being received as Novices, making Temporary Profession and Final Profession:

Compunction of Heart

Those who fear the Lord seek to please him, those who love him are filled with his law. Those who fear the Lord prepare their hearts and humble themselves before him. Let us fall into the hands of the Lord and not into the hands of men, for equal to his majesty is the mercy that he shows. (Sirach 2:16-18)

ROSA PATIENTIÆ ROSE OF PATIENCE

Though so pure that Holy Church calls him “Ivory of Chastity,” and Christian art puts a lily into his hands, Dominic was always weeping over sin. His soul being full of contrition, acts of sorrow were constantly upon his lips. On seeing towns or villages, he used to weep over the sins committed there against God. But this sorrow was not merely hidden in the soul; it bore fruit in works of penance. Three times every night he scourged himself: once for his own sins, once for those of others, and once for the suffering souls. He was a rule of abstinence, even on journeys never eating meat or food cooked with meat. His fasts were strict and continual; even when travelling over Europe on foot, he fasted from September until Easter, though preaching daily. He never had a room of his own, but slept anywhere: on the ground, a bench, or the altar step. Being a zealous lover of the rule, he punished faults, but with such fatherly love that penance was accepted and even desired from his hands.

“If you have no sins of your own to weep for,” St. Dominic would say, “still weep, after the example of our Lord Jesus Christ, and grieve for the sinners of the world that they may repent.”

Anyone who does not take up his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. (Luke 14:27)

Pray for us, blessed father, St. Dominic,
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray, O zealous preacher of penance, Holy Father St. Dominic, whose ardent desire for the salvation of souls made you ever ready to endure the greatest labours and fatigues and even to give your life in order to win them to God, pray for us, that treading in the steps of Jesus Crucified, the Redeemer and Physician of souls, we may disregard all suffering and generously sacrifice ourselves for the needs of others. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Holy Father, cast thy mind
on the work thy hands designed;
In the Judge’s presence stand
For thy poor and lowly band.

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Novena to St Dominic, Day 2

For those of our Fraternity who are being received as Novices, making Temporary Profession and Final Profession:

Humility

Your attitude must be that of Christ: Though he was in the form of God, he did not deem equality with God something to be grasped at. Rather, he emptied himself and took the form of a slave, being born in the likeness of men. He was known to be of human estate, and it was thus that he humbled himself, obediently accepting even death, death on a cross! (Philippians 2:5-8)

DOCTOR VERITATIS DOCTOR OF TRUTH

Humility is the foundation of perfection, and in St. Dominic it was deep and strong. So clear was his knowledge of the great majesty of God and his own nothingness that he lived always in holy fear and self-distrust. Though most innocent, he considered himself to be a sinner, unworthy of the least grace. Constantly he prostrated himself before God, praying for long periods of time.

Before entering a town to preach, he used to kneel down on the road, begging God not to punish the people for his sins but to make his labor fruitful. When passing an altar or crucifix he would bow profoundly, in token of his nothingness. Praise and honor he detested, and three times refused the bishopric. At the General Chapter he said to his brethren, “I deserve to be deposed from my office, for I am negligent and relaxed.” When asked where he would be buried, “Under the feet of my brethren,” the saint responded.

The saints, though great in virtue, look upon themselves as worthless, because they see themselves in the light of God, and knowing Him they know themselves. “Our righteousness,” St. Dominic would say, “when compared to the righteousness of God, is mere uncleanness.”

Learn of me, for I am meek and humble of heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (Matthew 11:29)

Pray for us, blessed father, St. Dominic,
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray, O Holy Father St. Dominic, true lover of humility, the greater you appeared in the sight of men, the more you humbled yourself before God. Be to us a loving guide, that, following in your footsteps we may be enabled to withstand all the snares of the enemy, and spending our lives in earnest prayer, self-denial and humility, we may, at the hour of death, be received with you into heaven. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Holy Father, cast thy mind
on the work thy hands designed;
In the Judge’s presence stand
For thy poor and lowly band.

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General Promoter of the Laity report on France and Germany

From the International Dominican Information comes an interesting report about the Lay Fraternities. Br David Kammler OP, the General Promoter of the Laity visited Fraternities in the Province of Teutonia (Germany) and France.

He first visited the fraternities in the cities of Cologne and Düsseldorf, which belong to the Province of Teutonia. In this Province there are 13 Fraternities with about 400 members. There are four Fraternities in Cologne whose members are engaged in the pastoral activities of their parish and are involved in social work with visits to the elderly, the sick and in prisons. There are two Fraternities in Düsseldorf with 26 members who meet weekly for prayers, formation, social exchange and planning.

Br David then visited some of the Fraternities within the limits of the Province of France. There are 30 Fraternities in this Province, and four groups are in formation. They are organized in five regions whose presidents together with the Provincial President and the Provincial Religious Assistant form the Provincial Council, which meets four times a year. The Fraternities he visited are those in Lille, Paris, Besançon and Strasbourg.

It’s been interesting to read Br David’s full report, which has more details on the different types of work the other Lay Fraternities are engaged in. Read it here

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