Our Lady of the Wayside

Our Lady of the Wayside
Protect Expectant Mothers and Their Babies


Friday 27 April 2012

Old Rite Mass on the 44th Anniversary of 'legal' abortion in England & Wales

"Renew your faith by attending Holy Mass. Keep your mind focused on the mystery that is unfolding before your eyes. In your mind's eye transport yourself to Calvary and meditate on the Victim who offers Himself to Divine Justice, paying the price of your redemption."
~ Saint Padre Pio

Join Juventutem London for Sung Mass this Friday, 27th April, the feast of Saint Peter Cansius.

Friday, 27th April, 6.30pm

Saint Mary Moorfields Catholic Church, 4-5 Eldon Street, London, EC2M 7LS

Music will be provided by Cantus Magnus and the Juventutem London Schola.

After Mass there will be a social downstairs for those aged 18-35 with an exception for priests and religious.

The Mass is, of course, open to anyone of any age. It is only the social events that are designed for 18-35 year olds.

This Mass and all our monthly Masses are offered for the work of The Good Counsel Network, a pro-life pregnancy centre that reaches out to Mothers in desperate need of support, who would otherwise feel they have no other option than to have an abortion. Their work is founded on prayer and the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Please let others know about this Mass by forwarding on this email, by inviting your friends on Facebook or by word of mouth.

"For the sake of obtaining that eternal life no works of piety ought to seem too hard to a true believer, no toil too heavy, no pain too bitter, no time spent in labor and suffering too long or too wearisome. For if nothing is sweeter or more desirable than this present life which is so full of calamities, how much more desirable must that other life be deemed which is so far removed from all sense of evil or fear of it, which will in every conceivable way always abound in the unspeakable and unending joys, delight and happiness of heaven."
~ Saint Peter Cansius

What is Juventutem London?

Juventutem London is a very exciting initiative taking place in London. It is a part of the International Juventutem Federation, which is dedicated to the sanctification of the youth using the traditional forms of the sacraments - most obviously, the Traditional Latin Mass (also known as the 'Extraordinary Form' or the usus antiquior). There are no charges and no registration procedures for 'members' ('members' being anyone who comes along). We are in good standing with the archdiocese of Westminster, and are on good terms with Bishop Alan Hopes. More info; http://juventutemlondon.blogspot.co.uk/

Thursday 26 April 2012

National Day of Prayer & Fasting for Life

Please join our National Day of Prayer and Fasting for the end of abortion tomorrow, Friday 27th April - the 44th Anniversary of "legal" abortions being performed in England and Wales. See our website for more details, http://www.goodcounselnet.co.uk/Days-of-Prayer-and-Fasting.html

Tuesday 10 April 2012

Is that what he will be remembered for? Bishop Henderson

Six years ago today Bishop Charles Henderson died, please say a pray for the repose of his soul. You can read his full obituary here, it starts, Bishop Charles Henderson will be remembered as a dedicated and tireless pastor and also as someone who led the way in putting into practice the Second Vatican Council’s documents on Christian unity and inter-faith dialogue.
To be honest with you this may be the case, but I'm sure that is not how he was introduced to God upon his death. Trumpets sounded and the Choirs of Angels burst forth in song, "Here stands the first Bishop to pray outside an abortuary in England."
There will be Mass for His Lordship today, in the Good Counsel Chapel.
[Bishop John Hine, Catholic auxiliary bishop of Southwark is joining the vigil at Marie Stopes abortion facility (where Bishop Henderson prayed), Brewer Street, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1RV, on Friday, 27th April 2012, the 44th aniversary of the Abortion Act. Bishop Hine is celebrating the 12.30 Mass at St. Francis's Church, Week Street, Maidstone. He is then joining in the vigil which begins with a prayerful and peaceful procession with an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe to the Marie Stopes abortuary and concludes with a return procession at 2.30 p.m.]

Monday 2 April 2012

Pro-lifers Misleading Women?

Lovely to hear from some of our Mothers from recent years.
Hearing about the criticism BPAS made about pro-lifers, one posted a reply on facebook saying:

Maybe they should speak to women like me to see what a difference you make. Its been 7 years since i had my daughter....and i cant imagine life without her. So if there is a chance a lady somewhere out there gets your ...help today.....then whatever anyone says won't matter because 7years from now, she too will be sat in her garden watching her children play with a tear in her eye, eternally grateful that you guys never gave up!!!

Another texted me to say:

Hope u r all OK. It breaks my heart to hear that people are tarnishing the name of the only organisation that actually suffers together with the helpless Mothers who are not expected to make it through. Without people like you, people like my son wouldn't be in existence. I really wish I could come and participate in letting the world know what true saints you truly are.

Real Support Outside An Abortuary

I went to the 40 Days for Life vigil in Bedford Square, on the day Good Counsel covered the Vigil. I joined the other people who were there in praying the Rosary. About 2 decades into the Sorrowful Mysteries, a young girl walked past us, to the corner of the square and stood opposite the BPAS abortuary. She didn’t seem upset, and we didn’t know if she was going to BPAS, as she was on her phone. Also none of us really knew what to do!! I went and gave her a blue leaflet, which she took and smiled.

A couple of minutes later one of the gentlemen noticed that she was crying. After getting advice from Good Counsel about how to approach her, I went up to her and asked if she was alright. She told me that her name was 'Amelia', and she really didn’t want to go ahead with the abortion, but her family didn’t want her to have the baby. She carried on talking in a rush, like she wanted to get it off her chest, telling me that only her Grandmother who lives abroad supported her. She also told me that she is in her late teens, and has had 3 previous pregnancies; resulting in 1 miscarriage, 1 abortion and 1 Baby, and that the people in the BPAS centre weren’t very nice to her the last time she was there, ‘they just didn’t care’ she said.

I asked her if she would like to come and talk to someone, to look at all her options, to get the support she needs, and to get a free scan. She asked me if she could see the scan, telling me that in the abortuary they never showed her the screen, and I said that of course we would show her the baby. All the while the prayer volunteers were continuously praying for her and her unborn child. Amelia decided to come to Good Counsel, to have the scan and advice.
I made an appointment with her for Saturday which she seemed very happy with, and she said she wants to bring her partner to show him and to help him to understand her views.

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