“What does it mean that Jesus is risen? It means that the love of God is stronger than evil and death itself; it means that the love of God can transform our lives and let those desert places in our hearts bloom. The love of God can do this!”

Pope Francis – Urbi et Orbi message, 31st March 2013.

We wish all our customers, supporters, friends and members a very happy and grace-filled Easter Triduum.

CTS closure over Easter 2014
The CTS office and warehouse will be closed from 12:30 on Thursday 17th April and will re-open at 9am on Wednesday April 23rd. The processing and dispatching of orders will be affected but we will do our best to minimise any inconvenience or delay.

Our bookshop on Westminster Cathedral Plaza closes on Thursday 17th April at 1pm and will re-open at 9.30am on Wednesday April 23rd.

A happy and holy Easter from all of us here at the CTS.

Missal for Masses with Children

Continuing our commitment to publish Missals that add to the beauty and dignity of the liturgy, we are proud to announce that the Eucharistic Prayers for Masses with Children is now available for pre-order.

Using simpler language and more frequent acclamations all set to music for more active participation by the children, this blue leather volume with two ribbons and gilt edged pages contains the Eucharistic Prayers for Masses with Children (I, II and III with options for use inside and outside Easter time).

Alongside side that it also has the Communion Rite, which means the volume can be used from the start of the Eucharistic Prayer until returning to the full Roman Missal for the final prayer and blessing.

See the sample below. The Eucharistic Prayers for Masses with Children is available to pre-order from CTS, priced £30.00 (Trade, parish and school discounts apply).

Our new scripture pack

As a response to Pope Francis’ invitation to “Carry a pocket Gospel” made on Sunday, we have put together the following two offers:

If you buy our new Gospels pack for £7.80, we will give you Understanding the Story of the Bible free!*

This companion to Salvation History explains why we need to recover our sense of the Bible’s narrative as a whole. We need to understand Salvation History as the true history of the world, from creation and fall to salvation through the death and resurrection of Christ, leading to eternal happiness in God.
*Not in conjunction with any other discount

Our 2nd offer

CTS New Testament & Psalms

We are also offering our compact New Testament at 40% discount!

At just £5.99, this compact volume features:

• Colour maps
• Placeholding ribbon
• Imitation leather binding

*Not in conjunction with any other discount

CTS pocket Gospel of Matthew cover

During his weekly Angelus address in St Peter’s square yesterday, the Holy Father called for daily reading of the Gospel.

As always, his message was based on this Sunday Gospel and most particularly on the invitation during the Transfiguration to “Listen to him”. You can read his comments here.

Going on from that theme, in off the cuff remarks, he asked the people in the square how many of them read from the gospel each day. About half was the summary he made from the crowd’s reaction. Then he made this heartfelt plea:

“It’s a good idea to have a pocket sized Gospel that you can carry with you and read a small passage from at any given time of the day. And there we find Jesus who speaks to us. Think about this, you don’t even have to have all four Gospels, one is enough.”

We wanted to offer our pocket edition of the Gospel of Matthew, which is the Gospel being read at Sunday Mass at the moment, as one of the ways we can put the Pope wish into action. The A6 booklet is available from our website priced £1.95.

The School of the Annunciation

A Centre of Formation for the New Evangelisation has been established by leading experts in Catholic education. These include Dr Petroc Willey, Dr Andrew Beards, Dr Caroline Farey and CTS author Deacon Nick Donnelly.

It is called the School of the Annunciation and is set within the grounds of Buckfast Abbey in Devon, UK, thanks to the generosity and collaboration of the Abbot of Buckfast, the Rt. Rev. David Charlesworth and the monastic community.

It will begin by offering a Diploma in the New Evangelisation delivered by experts in this exciting and newly emerging field of activity and reflection in the life of the Church. As well as the Diploma in the New Evangelisation, the School of the Annunciation is offering short Summer Schools. These provide a unique opportunity to study the Catholic Faith in the beautiful setting of Buckfast Abbey, sharing the monastic community’s life and prayer over long summer weekends in August.

On the foundation of the School of the Annunciation Abbot David Charlesworth said:

“Following on the success of the Summer Schools in previous years, the foundation of the School of the Annunciation promises to be the next phase in Buckfast Abbey becoming a centre for authentic Catholic studies in continuity with the great Benedictine tradition stretching back over 1,500 years in our country. May Our Lady of Buckfast bless this new venture.”

Rt Rev Mark O’Toole, Bishop of Plymouth said:

“I am delighted to welcome this new initiative for the New Evangelisation at Buckfast Abbey, and I am grateful for the generosity shown by Abbot David and the Monastic community in providing it a home and direction. The Diocese of Plymouth looks forward to working with the School of the Annunciation so that the Gospel may more effectively be preached in our society.”

Dr Andrew Beards, the Academic Director, said:

“We have gathered together at Buckfast, a faculty of Catholic theologians and catechists who are experts in collaborative distance learning to create a unique experience in formation for the Church’s urgent mission of New Evangelisation. Our courses will be delivered through a creative mix of short residentials, e-learning and personal tuition. It is our hope that men and women in this country, and from around the world, will join us in this exciting new venture to take the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ into the heart of 21st century culture.”

May God aid them in that aim.

by Dr Pravin Thevathasan, a consultant psychiatrist and author of The Catholic Church and the Sex Abuse Crisis, published by the Catholic Truth Society.

“The February 5 report from the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child has demanded that the Catholic Church changes its teachings on contraception, abortion and homosexuality. Once again we see the way in which the very real evil of clergy sexual abuse has been exploited to further a secularist ideology. One of the ideologists behind the report is the Peruvian Susana Villaran, a gay rights activist. An internet search shows that another expert, Maria Herczog, campaigns for the rights of ‘LGBT persons including children.’

The report is riddled with numerous errors. It is implied that the Vatican employs the clergy and it is therefore responsible for their actions. This is not true. It states that the Holy See ‘established its full jurisdiction over child sex abuse cases in 1962.’ But in 1962 the issues dealt with related specifically to crimes of solicitation in the confessional. The report states that, later on, sex abuse cases were placed ‘under the exclusive control of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith’ as if the local bishop has nothing more to do with the matter. Again, this is not true.

The Holy See is accused of interfering with civil procedures of the state. But at no time has this happened. The Holy See ‘interferes’ only with canonical procedures like laicisation. The report requests that child abuse should no longer  be referred to as a delict but as a crime even though delict means crime.

None of the recent safeguarding procedures implemented in the UK and elsewhere are discussed.

From this report, it would appear that some sections of the United Nations are attempting to impose a secularist agenda. Indeed, recently UNESCO has joined with the Sexuality Information and Education Council (the notorious SIECUS founded by Planned Parenthood member Mary Calderone) to produce sex education programmes encouraging early sexual exploration.

Little wonder then that the UN wants the Church to change its teaching on sexuality. We may have to prepare for more reports like this one.”

Dr Pravin Thevathasan is the author of The Catholic Church and the Sex Abuse Crisis, published by the Catholic Truth Society priced £2.50.

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