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Read the November issue of our parish paper

If you signed up to receive Contra mundum by mail, you should receive your November 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:

  • “A Very Simple and True Thing,” a letter from Ann E. R. Stitt 
  • “Purgatory Will Not Last Forever” by Fr Richard Phelps, S.S.C.
  • “What a Christian Believes About Death” by Fr Herbert Arthur Wilson
  • “Blessed James Thompson” from Magnificat magazine 
  • “English Martyrs” from Magnificat magazine 
  • “Within the Gentleness of Grace” by Pope Leo the Great
  • “Thanksgiving” by President Rutherford B. Hayes
  • “Personally Attractive to Sinners,” a sermon preached by Fr Bradford
  • “The One Reigning King” by Saint Thomas Aquinas

Read the October issue of our parish paper

If you signed up to receive Contra mundum by mail, you should receive your October 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 Worst Type of Poverty” by the Provost of the Brompton (London) Oratory
  • “The Beloved Physician,” a sermon preached by Father Richard Bradford
  • “The Response of Your Freedom,” a sermon preached by Saint John Paul II
  • “A Need of His Heart” by Father Jean C. J. d’Elbee
  • “The Greatness of Our Lady” by Saint Teresa of Calcutta
  • “The First Condition for Holiness” by Sister Wendy Beckett
  • “Whatever God Allows” by Caryll Houselander
  • “The Perfect Prayer” by Saint John XXIII
  • “How Did You Do That?” by Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle

Read the September issue of our parish paper

If you signed up to receive Contra mundum by mail, you should receive your September 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:

  • “Struggles Without, Fears Within” by St Gregory the Great”
  • “In time of War” by Pope Pius XII
  • “Religious Liberty Is Worth Special Protection” by Samuel Alito
  • “Making Gods Love Visible Through His Son” by Madeleine Delbrel
  • “The Winning Ticket is Christ,” a sermon by Father Bradford
  • “Why It Is Called Catholic” by St Cyril of Jerusalem
  • “Upon This Tree” by Saint Ephrem

Read our August parish paper

If you signed up to receive Contra mundum by mail, you should have received your August 2022 issue. 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 Firm Obedience to the Truth” by John Janaro
  • “Voluntary Expiatory Suffering” by Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)
  • “The Final Test of Faith,” a sermon by Father Bradford
  • “The Greatest Joy in the Kingdom of Heaven” by Saint Theresa of Ávila
  • “The Prayer Given by Christ” by Saint Cyprian
  • “Lord Anything of Lasting Worth Is Yours” by John M. Hull

Read the July issue of our parish paper

If you signed up to receive Contra mundum by mail, you should receive your July 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.

his month’s issue includes:

  • “For Our Country” by The Revd George Lyman Locke
  • “Underlying Good Intention,” sermon by Fr Richard Bradford
  • “The Peoples Republic of Cambridge” by Fr Richard Bradford
  • “Without Forgetting You are a Christian” by Sydney Smith
  • “Problems” by Fr Andrew, S.D.C.
  • “Hope Only in the Mercy of God” by Saint John of Ávila
  • “Through Charity” by Robert Cardinal Sarah

Read the June issue of our parish paper

If you signed up to receive Contra mundum by mail, you should receive your June 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:

  • “Sin Against the Holy Ghost,” a sermon by Father Bradford
  • “For Life in the Spirit” by Father Donald Allchin 
  • “How the Incarnate God Keeps His Promise” by Father David Vincent Meconi, S.J.
  • “Jesus and His Earthly Father” from the Catholic Eye
  • “A Supreme Visible Head” by Father John Goter
  • “Jesus Is Ready to Give What He Asks of You” by Saint John Paul II
  • “Blessed Ralph Milner” from Magnificat magazine

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