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Read the May issue of our parish paper

If you signed up to receive Contra mundum by mail, you should receive your May 2022 issue soon. You can also read it here on our website.

Our parish paper provides religious instruction, news, and upcoming events for our our combined congregation and community. It also contains sermons and articles by Father Bradford, and articles and writings by contemporary and classic authors.

This month’s issue includes:

  • “The True Wisdom Took Flesh,” an excerpt from the Four Discourses by Saint Athanasius
  • “May Is Mary’s Month” by Pope Saint Paul VI
  • “The Hot-Button Topic,” a sermon by Father Bradford
  • “They Spoke with Such Confidence,” a portion of a sermon by Saint John Chrysostom
  • “The Whole Pattern of Our Life” by Baroness Maria von Trapp
  • “The Ascension Prepares a Place for Us” from The Catechism of the Council of Trent

Read the April issue of our parish paper

If you signed up to receive Contra mundum by mail, you should receive your April 2022 issue soon. You can also read it here on our website.

Our parish paper provides religious instruction, news, and upcoming events for our our combined congregation and community. It also contains sermons and articles by Father Bradford, and articles and writings by contemporary and classic authors.

This month’s issue includes:

  • “Fearless and Unembarrassed Proclamation” by the the Provost from the parish paper of the Brompton (London) Oratory
  • “The Alienating Effects of Sin” by Father Romanus Cessario, OP
  • “Small Ways Add Up,” a sermon by Father Bradford
  • “The Loving Gentleness of Jesus” by Saint Aelred
  • “Baptism Coming into Broad Daylight” from the The Jerusalem Catecheses attributed to St Cyril of Jerusalem
  • “Morality Cannot Be Divorced from Religion” by Judge Robert Bork

Read the March issue of our parish paper

If you signed up to receive Contra mundum by mail, you should receive your March 2022 issue soon. You can also read it here on our website.

Our parish paper provides religious instruction, news, and upcoming events for our our combined congregation and community. It also contains sermons and articles by Father Bradford, and articles and writings by contemporary and classic authors.

This month’s issue includes:

  • “Lent a Silent Awakening of a Desire to Love God,” a sermon preached by Father Bradford
  • “Ashes Waiting to be Washed Away” by Father Richard Veras
  • “The Opportunity to Repent” by Pope Saint Clement
  • “To Penetrate the Surface” by the Provost of the Brompton Oratory
  • “O My Saviour Receive Your Traveler” by Bishop Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
  • “A Masterpiece of God’s Wisdom” by Dom Anscar Vonier, O.S.B.

Read the February issue of our parish paper

If you signed up to receive Contra mundum by mail, you should receive your February 2022 issue soon. You can also read it here on our website.

Our parish paper provides religious instruction, news, and upcoming events for our our combined congregation and community. It also contains sermons and articles by Father Bradford, and articles and writings by contemporary and classic authors.

This month’s issue includes:

  • “Liturgical Dance of the Very Highest Order,” a sermon preached by Father Bradford
  • “Candles as a Gift of Thanks” about Saint Blaise
  • “Devoted to the Passion of Our Lord” about Saint Robert Southwell
  • “The Grace to Answer Correctly” by the Provost of the Brompton Oratory
  • “In Honor of Our Holy Father” by Pierre-Marie Dumont
  • “Attraction to Beauty” by John Janaro

Read the January issue of our parish paper

If you signed up to receive Contra mundum by mail, you should receive your January 2022 issue soon. You can also read it here on our website.

Our parish paper provides religious instruction, news, and upcoming events for our our combined congregation and community. It also contains sermons and articles by Father Bradford, and articles and writings by contemporary and classic authors.

This month’s issue includes:

  • “Four Marks of the Church,” an excerpt by Monsignor Ronald Knox
  • “Walk the Walk” by Saint Cyril of Jerusalem
  • “Welcomed by Those Who Need Saving” by Father Bradford
  • “Enter by Way of Little Streams” by Saint Thomas Aquinas
  • “Our Second Birth” by Bishop Faustus of Riez 
  • “Who Keeps the Pro-Life Movement Alive” by Monsignor William M. Helmick 
  • “We are Only Christians if We encounter Christ” by Pope Benedict XVI

Read the December issue of our parish paper

If you signed up to receive Contra mundum by mail, you should receive your December 2021 issue soon. You can also read it here.

Our parish paper provides religious instruction, news, and upcoming events for our our combined congregation and community. It also contains sermons and articles by Father Bradford, and articles and writings by contemporary and classic authors.

This month’s issue includes:

  • “What is This Word?,” a portion of a Christmas Day sermon preached by N. T. Wright
  • “Everything Stands Present to God,” an excerpt from a reflection by The Very Reverend Romanus Cessario
  • “God Remembers,” a reflection by Father Vincent Nagle, F.S.C.B.
  • “Sons in the Son by Divine Adoption,” an excerpt from a sermon preached by Saint John Paul II
  • “A Day of Universal Joy” by St Peter Canisius
  • “Charity,” a sermon preached by Father Bradford

Read the November issue of our parish paper

If you signed up to receive Contra mundum by mail, you should receive your November 2021 issue soon. You can also read it here on our website.

Our parish paper provides religious instruction, news, and upcoming events for our our combined congregation and community. It also contains sermons and articles by Father Bradford, and articles and writings by contemporary and classic authors.

This month’s issue includes:

  • “A Strange and Wonderful Way,” a sermon preached by Father Bradford
  • “Entering into the Real Paschal Mystery,” an excerpt from Gaudium et spes
  • “The Real Counterforce Against Evil” by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
  • “Father Junipero Serra” by John Garvey, President of The Catholic University of America
  • “Let the Gospel Circulate in Our Life” by Pope Francis
  • “The Two Comings of Christ” by Saint Cyril of Jerusalem

Read the October issue of our parish paper

If you signed up to receive Contra mundum by mail, you should receive your October 2021 issue soon. You can also read it here on our website.

Our parish paper provides religious instruction, news, and upcoming events for our our combined congregation and community. It also contains sermons and articles by Father Bradford, and articles and writings by contemporary and classic authors.

This month’s issue includes:

  • “Intimacy with God” by Father Bradford
  • “Books for Your Consideration”
  • “To Shine Like Gold” by Father Victor de la Vierge, OCD
  • “Even Antichrist Has a Guardian Angel” by Dom Anscar Vonier, OSB
  • “Enamored of Smallness” by Luis Maria Martinez
  • “She Knew Where She Was Going,” a sermon preached by Father Bradford
  • “Saint Who?” from Magnificat
  • “The Communion of Saints” by Father Richard Phelps, SSC

Read the September issue of our parish paper

If you signed up to receive Contra mundum by mail, you should receive your September 2021 issue soon. You can also read it here on our website.

Our parish paper provides religious instruction, news, and upcoming events for our our combined congregation and community. It also includes sermons and articles by Father Bradford, and articles and writings by contemporary and classic authors:

  • “A Month of Marian Celebration” by the Provost from the Oratory Parish Magazine of the Brompton (London) Oratory
  • “Please Help Save the Hyde Amendment”
  • “Hospitality and the Works of Charity” from from Homily 23 by Pope St. Gregory the Great
  • “The Patient Approach of Divine Wisdom,” a sermon by Father Bradford
  • “You Don’t Have to Keep It in Church” by William A Donahue
  • A Day of Recollection coming Saturday, September 11, 2021 with Fr Peter M.J. Stravinskas, Ph.D., S.T.D.
  • “The Whole Truth about Christ” by John Janaro
  • “Pleased with Mary, God Gave Her the Word” by Saint Catherine of Siena
  • “A Report from Our Business Manager” submitted by Rick Timmerman, Finance and Operations Manager

Read the August issue of our parish paper

If you signed up to receive Contra mundum by mail, you should receive your August 2021 issue soon. You can also read it here on our website.

Our parish paper provides religious instruction, news, and upcoming events for our our combined congregation and community. It also includes sermons and articles by Father Bradford, and articles and writings by contemporary and classic authors:

  • “The Profoundly Supernatural Character” by The Provost of the Brompton (London) Oratory
  • “The Power of Prayer” by Tertullian 
  • “A Proof of the Truth” by Saint John Chrysostom
  • “A Redemptive Function to Perform” by C. S. Lewis
  • “On the Love of God” by Saint Bernard
  • “Martyrdom of Love” by Saint Jane Frances deChantal
  • “A Change of Heart” by Father Bradford

Read the July issue of our parish paper

If you signed up to receive Contra mundum by mail, you should receive your July 2021 issue soon. You can also read it here on our website as well as all of the back issues.

Our parish paper provides religious instruction, news, and upcoming events for our our combined congregation and community. It also includes sermons and articles by Father Bradford, and articles and writings by contemporary and classic authors:

  • San Juan Salamo by C. David Burt
  • Saint Thomas the Apostle by Robert Louis Wilkens
  • Incumbent upon the Citizens by Father Bradford
  • The Widows Mite by Father Bradford
  • The Ongoing Result of Original Sin by Monsignor Luigi Giussani
  • A Civil Order Clearly Rooted in the Judeo-Christian Tradition by
    Pope Benedict XVI
  • While We Are Still Wayfarers by Saint Thomas Aquinas

Read the June issue of our parish paper

If you signed up to receive Contra mundum by mail, you should receive your June 2021 issue soon. You can also read it here on our website.

Our parish paper provides updates on upcoming events and news for our our combined congregation and community. It also contains sermons and articles by Father Bradford, and articles and writings by contemporary and classic authors:

  • “The Eucharist as Love Story” by Father Bradford
  • “The Truth Can Never Be Defeated” by Saint Boniface
  • “To Live with Jesus” by Father Bradford
  • The Apostles Had Full Knowledge of the Truth
  • “Who Is to be the Doctor?” by Tertullian
  • “The Accessibility of Jesus Christ” by Saint Theophilus of Antioch
  • “So Evident a Sign of God’s Favor” by Anscar Vonier O.S.B.

Read the May issue of our parish paper

If you signed up to receive Contra mundum by mail, you should receive your May 2021 issue soon. You can also read it here on our website.

Our parish paper provides updates on upcoming events and news for our our combined congregation and community. It also contains sermons and articles by Father Bradford, and articles and writings by contemporary and classic authors:

  • “Christian Morality” by Fr Richard Bradford
  • “Saint Joseph the Worker” by Dr Thomas Howard
  • “Blessed Margaret Pole” from Magnificat magazine
  • “The Ascension of the Lord” by Pope Benedict XVI
  • “The Work of the Holy Spirit” by Saint Basil the Great
  • “St Augustine and the Little Boy” by E.T.W. Branscombe

Read the April issue of our parish paper

If you signed up to receive Contra Mundum by mail, you should receive your April 2021 issue soon. You can also read it here on our website.

Our parish paper provides updates on upcoming events and news for our our combined congregation and community. It also contains sermons and articles by Father Bradford, and articles and writings by contemporary and classic authors:

  • “Gods Search for Us,” an article developed from a sermon preached by Father Bradford
  • “Ordinariate Daily Office” by parishioner John Covert
  • “Regina Caeli”
  • “Thanks for the Holy Resurrection,” a Fourth Century table blessing attributed to St Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria
  • “Waiting at the Lord’s Tomb” Byzantine Liturgy
  • “The Sun Dances” by Alexander Carmichael
  • “This Is the Morne” by Richard Crashaw
  • “Great Conversion Stories: Richard Crashaw” by John Janaro
  • “The Return to Galilee” by His Holiness Pope Francis
  • “The Search for Perfection” by Venerable Fulton J. Sheen

Read the March issue of our parish paper

If you signed up to receive Contra mundum by mail, you should receive your March 2021 issue soon. You can also read it here on our website.

Our parish paper provides updates on upcoming events and news for our our combined congregation and community. It also contains sermons and articles by Father Bradford, and articles and writings by contemporary and classic authors:

  • “Two Schools of Thought” by Father Bradford
  • “The Living Tradition” by Pope Francis
  • “The Channel of Joy” by George Every
  • “Sunday Dinner,” a children’s sermon by Father Bradford
  • “The One Sacrifice Pleasing to God” by Saint John Fisher
  • “Trustworthy Guardian” by Saint Bernardino of Siena
  • “Holy Unction” by Father Bradford

Lenten Regulations

Father Bradford has brought these regulations to our attention:

  • Abstinence — Catholics over 14 years of age are bound to the obligation of abstinence. Abstinence is to be observed on Ash Wednesday and on all Fridays of Lent. On days of abstinence, meat may not be used at all.
  • Fast — Catholics over 18 and up to the beginning of their 60th year are bound to the obligation of fasting.  Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are the days of fasting. On these days only one full meal is allowed. Two other meatless meals, sufficient to maintain strength. may be taken according to each one’s needs, but together, they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids, including milk and fruit juices are allowed.

Regarding other weekdays of Lent, participation in daily Mass and the voluntary observance of fasting is recommended. Commendable, particularly during Lent, is generosity to local, national, and world programs of sharing our abundance, the traditional Lenten Devotions, and all the self-denial summed up in the Christian concept of “mortification.”

Lenten cross

 

A PDF of these Lenten regulations is here.