Tuesday, 19 November 2013

...charcoal is a problem


So after all the palarva with the charcoal and the parish church, I knew that I had to go and buy some for the charcoal shop. This is commonly called the diocesan shop, and it is, as far as I know, the only diocesan shop in the district.

So I went in to the nice shop lady and asked for "quatre charbons". she started to take out four tubes each containing 10 charcoals. Now this woud not last us a week here in Chavagnes, so immediately seeing my mistake said "non, je suis désolé, je voudrais quatre charbons complets".


We both apologised profusely and thew she started to open the thing to give me just four individual charcoals. No four boxes (400 of the things)!

I bought her entire stock.

I assume that they do not use incense much heru in France!

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

You know you're in france when...


...you cause havoc because of charcoal. Let me explain.

Boys have a wonderful ability to telling you things after the fact. So I should not have been suprised to be told on Saturday that we had run out of charcoal for the thurible.

Hmmm, not too useful when the one Diocesan shop is closed on a Saturday and I would need some for Sunday. So what to do? I decided to go to the parish Church and beg some.


I approached the nice lady sacristan and explained in my most grovelling voice that I (being a stupid Englishman) had run out of charcoal and what with Sunday coming up and all...

She looked at me quizzically and asked "My goodness, you have a funeral on a Sunday?" Because, of course, what other purpose would you use charcoal and thus incense, for on a Sunday but for a funeral! I explained that we used incense every Sunday (adding "at Mass" just in case she thought I was constantly burying people on the Lord's Day).

She looked at me disapprovingly.


So that was when I realised that I was in France, when the only possible reason I could possibly have for burning incense on a Sunday was to bury someone!

But it became even more and more bizarre...

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Feeling Generous?


From the Chavagnes Facebook page (you do not have to be a member to view the page) link HERE

The worship of God at the heart of a Catholic school

Chavagnes International College, founded in 2002, in the heart of the Vendée, France, is an English-speaking Catholic boarding school for boys, loyal to the magisterium of the Catholic Church, with the liturgy at his heart.
  • Daily Mass for the whole school community
  • Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Benediction, Rosary ...
  • Training in Latin, Gregorian chant and sacred polyphony
  • A solid, all-round academic formation
  • Daily sport, regular cultural events (debates, plays, concerts)
But Chavagnes is first and foremost a Catholic community, with the worship of God at its heart. Its choir helps to make our liturgical worship a beautiful and uplifting experience, for the greater glory of God, and for the salvation of souls.
Click on the GALLERY tab above and you can hear some of our singing. We hope you like it.

Cassocks, Keyboards and Carols!

Help us equip our Choir with what they need ...

To help our choirboys in their liturgical apostolate, we need your help to buy them what they need to do their job well. It will be a great Christmas gift:
  • 20 new cassocks and surplices (up til now we have been relying on hand-me-downs, and we don't have enough of them for our new members.
  • 10 electronic keyboard for music theory classes
  • New musical scores
  • A sound system for our specialised choir classroom

Give an artist the right tools and he will do great things

We want to say "thank-you" to our choristers, to their Choirmaster and to our organist  for their devotion and hard work and make sure that singing God's praises continues to be a pleasure for them. With your help you will be participating in their apostolate. This is what they do:
  • Singing Gregorian chant and hymnody daily at Mass.
  • Solemn Sung Mass on Saturdays, Sundays and Feasts.
  • Bearing witness to our faith by giving concerts in France, the UK and around the world (so far our choir has visited parishes in France, the UK, Sweden and Italy, including a trip to Rome last year.)
  • Giving the young an experience of the best of our Christian culture in Sacred Music.

Partnership of Prayer

You can help us by donating to our campaign, by spreading the word to your friends and by supporting us with your fervent prayers. Let's be partners in prayer!  Our chaplain, Masters and boys, pray regularly for all our benefactors.
Why not get in touch with us and come and join us at Holy Mass? You are welcome.

Friday, 1 November 2013

St Bede

One of the joys of this Feast of All Saints is the reading in the second nocturn because it is by St Bede. 

It is of course wonderful but more than that, it is a nice reminder to the world of who St Bede is. Indeed that he exists. I'm often called 'Pete' by people on the telephone trying to sell me new central heating, or gravy or something. If only they read the 1962 office, then I could say "No! Bede... Like on the feast of All Saints" and that would clear up the problem pretty smartish. 

Happy feast from me and St Bede. 

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