Keeping the Faith
in a Faithless World ...
Jan 1, 2016
Guild Masses in January
The Monthly Requiem of the Guild will be offered on Tuesday January 19. Masses "pro Populo" are offered on January 1 and 6.
Jan 1, 2016
Important Notice for Postulants
This is the last reminder for Postulants who joined us in January of 2015 that they need to apply for admission to the Novitiate before their one-year anniversary to avoid having their membership terminated as inactive. Contact the Dean by phone or e-mail to arrange for the ceremony of induction.
Jan 3, 2016
We still have a few copies left of our two beautiful traditional Catholic wall calendars for 2016. The first is black and white and contains full liturgical rubrics for every day of the year, making it easy to know not only what feastday it is, but also what the commemorations are at Mass and what colour vestments the priest will be wearing. Days of fast are marked and instructions are provided on the rules of fast and other important things every Catholic should know. Our liturgical calendar is $10.95 with free shipping.
Our second calendar is full-colour on glossy card stock, and features images of the cathedrals of Europe. It contains the feastday for every day of the year, together with very clear color markings for holydays of obligatio and days of fast, making it a quick and easy reference to know what your duties are on any given day. National holidays for the United States are also included. Our colour calendar is $14.95 with free shipping.
Both calendars are available at Confraternity Books, the online bookstore of the Guild of St. Peter ad Vincula.
January 1 - Circumcision of Our Lord
Holyday of Obligation and Missa pro Populo
January 6 - Epiphany of Our Lord
Missa pro Populo
Blessing of Chalk, Gold, Frankincense & Myrrh
Blessing of homes with Epiphany Water
Children's Christmas Party with Three Kings Cake
January 18 - Chair of St. Peter at Rome
Opening of Chair of Unity Octave
January 19 - St. Marius & Companions, Mm
January 22 - Ss. Vincent & Anastasius, Mm
Chair of Unity meeting of Board of Directors
January 25 - Conversion of St. Paul, Ap
Closing of Chair of Unity Octave
Prayer of Restoration
To be Recited Daily
Let us pray.
Almighty and Everlasting God, * we beseech thee to restore unto this world of sin * that faith which St. Peter thy first Pope and Prince of the Apostles * did once humbly confess; * and commit once more, * through thine infinite mercy, * the government of thy Church * unto a worthy Vicar of thy Son; * that he may be bestowed with such increase of all virtues * as may be pleasing in thy sight; * and that being so adorned, * he may lift from the Church and from all nations * the heavy weight of heresy * that presseth down upon us; * and rendering Christendom once more acceptable in thy sight, * may bring at length all nations * to render due homage at the feet of their divine King, * even Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, * who liveth and reigneth with thee, * in the unity of the Holy Ghost, * ever one God, * world without end. * Amen.
Join the Guild of St. Peter ad Vincula
The Guild of St. Peter ad Vincula... Our name is the ancient Latinized version of the more familiar title : St. Peter-in-Chains
Become an Oblate and help us keep the Faith!
Rome is in meltdown. At least that's how it seems to more and more Catholics. Not just the conservatives and traditionalists any more, but a growing number of your average folks in the pew. The modernists in Rome are pushing the Church ever farther to the left, and people are sick and tired. There's trouble brewing. Many are leaving the Church. There's even talk of open schism in the hierarchy.
FEAR NOT! Our Lord reassures us with his promise:
"Let not your hearts be troubled...
I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of Heaven"...
Our Lord gave St. Peter the keys to the kingdom, and when he was thrown into prison by King Herod, those heavenly keys set him free. God sent his Angel to him in prison and, breaking his chains asunder, restored him to a place of safety.
It is apparent to all that the institution Christ founded to be the source of divinely revealed truth no longer exists in the same form as it once did. Today, we find our beloved Catholic Church in chains. It is no longer St. Peter himself but the See of Peter around which the chains of modernism have entwined themselves. And those of us who wish to practice our Catholic faith freely feel the weight of her chains. That heavy burden rests on our own shoulders because we are members of the Church, members of the Mystical Body of Christ. But Christ gave us the keys...
The Guild of St. Peter ad Vincula was founded to answer the call of God's Angel when he commanded the first Pope: "Arise up quickly! Gird thyself and bind on thy sandals. Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me!"
Will you join us and help cast off our chains? "I will give unto thee the keys..."
The Modernist Rebellion
Traitors in our Midst
Since the death of Pope Pius XII in 1958, and particularly since the end of the Second Vatican Council in 1965, it has become increasingly apparent to men of faith and good will that something very grave has transpired within the walls of the Vatican. Our Blessed Lady at La Salette warned of these times, when she prophesied that Rome will lose the Faith and become the seat of the Antichrist. Has it really gone that far? Many people believe that it is in these times that we now live. Others are less convinced that we have descended yet to these depths, but are nevertheless acutely aware that something is very, very wrong. We know a tree by its fruits, and the fruits of Vatican II are empty churches, mass apostasy, and almost no vocations. Our churches have been turned into ugly meeting houses, with doubtful sacraments, a club-like atmosphere, and watered down doctrines. No longer receiving any trustworthy guidance from those ordained to protect us, we are left to our own devices. Looking back at the fifty years since Vatican II, we cannot fail to be disappointed by our efforts so far.
The Traditionalist Reaction
From One Extreme to Another
Since Vatican II, many groups calling themselves "Traditionalists" have sprung up all over the world. They all began with good intentions, and certainly, many souls have been led to a godly life through their efforts. But unfortunately, these early traditionalist groups quickly realized that they no longer answered to a higher authority. This awareness of their new power proved too great a temptation for many, and the smoke of Satan drifted from the conciliar church into the traditionalist movement. Some priests became morally lax, others sought to fill their pews for financial gain. New ideas of what was Catholic emerged, opinions were elevated into dogmatic beliefs that were never sanctioned by the Church. Groups divided into liberals and sedevacantists. To the extent they maintained and promoted the traditional Catholic Mass and the true Faith of our fathers, we must acknowledge their contribution. However, it is regrettable that so many became fixated on their own agenda, seriously damaging the very cause they claimed to promote. Much too often, the faithful have been scandalized as division follows division and scandals abound. Good people who just want to be faithful Catholics instead find themselves disgusted and disillusioned. When they go to Mass they are criticized and humiliated by tyrannical or greedy clergy and "holier-than-thou" fellow parishioners. They are denied the sacraments on mere whims, and bullied into paying homage to priests more interested in their own opinions and bank accounts than in the glory of God or the zeal for souls. There are many good priests out there, but unfortunately their silent and prayerful apostolates are too often submerged in the swamp of scandal that the traditionalist world has come to represent.
God's Call to Action
The Way Forward
Between the two extremes of the revolutionary modernists and the reactionary traditionliasts, there lies a real opportunity for us to find our way through the labyrinth of confusion we see in the Church today. It should be obvious that if our Holy Mother Church is in trouble, it is our duty to try and fix the problem. This must be our clear response to the current situation: to work and pray for the restoration of the Church to her former glory, and to make reparation to Our Lord for the damage already caused to his Mystical Body. It is for this that the Guild of St. Peter ad Vincula was founded. Not to be "Traditionalists" but to be Catholics and to act as Catholics should in such a crisis.
In the loving Providence of God, we have been born to live in these difficult times. And like our forefathers who met the other crises of history with the strength of their faith and their burning love of God, we too must rise to the occasion which he has given in his mercy for our salvation. As Catholics who realize that something is wrong in Rome, we cannot pretend we have no responsibilities. We cannot leave the work to others. God expects us to do our duty, and we must not let him down.
Will you not join us in this holy endeavour? Members of the Guild of St. Peter ad Vincula work and pray daily for the Restoration of the Church, her divinely revealed Faith, her traditional Sacraments, and her Catholic values. It is our fervent wish to answer God's call to deal appropriately with the situation we find ourselves in, spurning all temptations to divisiveness and futile arguments. Our aim is to protect the Mystical Body from further harm, chiefly by our prayers, but certainly also by any other means Providence places at our disposal.
Our Membership page provides details on how you can join the Guild, either as a priest, a religious, or a lay person. If you are serious about trying to find a real solution to the problems in the Church, you should at least learn more about the Guild and our efforts to achieve one. The duties that membership brings are far outweighed by the spiritual benefits to yourself, and your contribution to the cause is even more important, no matter how humble it may be.
Make no mistake, we do not make any pretence to be the solution to the problem in the Church. Many fine priests and lay people around the world are also doing their part to resolve these issues, and as part of the same remnant of the Mystical Body, we join our own humble efforts to theirs. Although we may be no more than yet another drop in the ocean, we can offer faithful Catholics of all persuasions a common haven from which to launch our efforts to defeat modernism and restore the Church. This is our overriding goal and we hope you will join us.
"Many are called but few are chosen". The fact that you have read this far is already an indication that you are called by the grace of God. Called at least to keep alight the flame of Catholic faith. You have been called, yes. But have you been chosen to do more than just this? Do you have a higher calling?
We all come to a point in our lives when we ask ourselves: "What can we give back to God for all the good things he has given to us?" If in fact, we have been chosen, what should be our response? What will we choose to give to God?
If you are that point, please take time to consider joining the Guild of St. Peter ad Vincula. Surely, God will reward your generosity by increasing your graces and drawing him closer to him. Surely he will give to you the keys to break the chains of sin and worldly attachments. And as we strive together in a new crusade to help free the Church from her own chains, surely our efforts will soften God's wrath and prevent for a while longer the great Chastisement that we now deserve.