Should I Become an Oblate?
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.
BENEFITS OF THE OBLATE
You are no longer alone.
The struggle to maintain one's Faith in a world that is so against us can be discouraging. We sometimes wonder if there is any hope for the future of the Church. After all we are so few, and there are so many divisions amongst those who wish to preserve the Faith and Sacraments. The Guild of St. Peter ad Vincula is a growing organization that provides exactly what you're looking for -- a haven of unity that is determined not to permit the ravages of modernism to destroy all we hold most dear, and yet that is at peace within itself. Find the solace of belonging to an ever-growing movement to restore the Church -- there is strength in numbers! Be a part of the resistance movement that continues in charity to follow God's will amidst the chaos and desolation and incessant empty bickering of the modern post-conciliar world. We welcome our oblates not to a debating society or religious club. We welcome you to a true spiritual FAMILY, recognizing you as brothers and sisters, children together of our Holy Mother the Church for whom we wish to live and die.
You decide the extent of your participation.
Our oblates come from all walks of life. But if you're a member of the Catholic Church and wish to make her whole again, it doesn't matter whether you are a housewife, a student, a truck driver, lawyer, or priest. Each has his or her own role to play, and you are equally welcome to become an Oblate. We understand though, that you all have duties of life that vary considerably in the amount of time you can spare for the work to restore the Church. You also have different talents that you can apply to this work. Through spiritual direction and practical advice, we can help you choose how much and what kind of work you are able to lend to the common effort. Ultimately the decision is yours, and it is never our desire to pressure you into more than you wish to do. While we stress the importance of liturgical prayer we provide many options to the Oblate that will satisfy your responsibilities of membership, and nothing is ever binding under pain of sin. You can increase or decrease your participation at any time without permission, and we always aim to provide the kind of flexibility that allows our Oblates to find their own level of comfort.
Missa pro Populo
On many important feastdays during the course of the liturgical year, the priest is instructed to offer a "Missa pro Populo", or Mass for the People (of his parish). The priests of the Guild of St. Peter ad Vincula offer this Mass for the intention of all the members of the Guild, including the Oblates. Your membership will entitle you to the benefits of these Masses that are said usually several times a month.
The graces of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass are also extended to your dear departed. As an Oblate you are expected to join two of the confraternities of the Mission to which you are attached. One of these confraternities must be the Guild of All Souls. In your application you submit a list of all the faithful departed you wish to have remembered in the Requiem Mass that each priest of the Guild must say every month. This ensures that all your departed loved ones receive the graces of as many monthly Requiems as we have Priests in the Guild.
DUTIES OF THE OBLATE
The daily Guld Prayer of Restoration.
Liturgical prayer. This shall be recited daily, and may range from the full Roman Divine Office to the simple Short Office for Oblates contained in the Handbook. You should consult with your Director on the fulfillment of this requirement. While we encourage our Oblates to pray the liturgy as much as their duties in life permit, they are nevertheless free to choose their own level.
Other prayers and devotions. These are listed in the Constitutions for Oblates, but are basically the same requirements incumbent on all the faithful. We merely ask that our Oblates are diligent in their observance.
ALLEGIANCE TO A PRIORY OR MISSION
Your application for membership requires your decision as to which Priory or Mission you wish to be attached.
You are free to choose any of the Guild's houses, although if there is one close to your own location, you should normally choose that one. As we continue to grow we will be able to provide more houses from which to choose. Meanwhile, if there is not one wiithin your local area, the Dean of the Guild will be happy to assist you pick the right one for your circumstances.
PARTICIPATION IN THE LIFE OF THE PRIORY OR MISSION
You will choose a priest of that house to be your Director. He will consult with you on your type and level of contribution to that house's particular apostolate.
You are expected to join two confraternities of the Priory or Mission to which you are attached. One of these shall be the Guild of All Souls. You are free to choose the other from the following list:
Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary
Sodality of the Blessed Virgin
Archonfraternity of St. Stephen
Holy Name Society
Any other confraternity as may exist in a particular Priory or Mission
Your Director will help you to choose the one that best suits your individual talents and interests.
Your application for membership includes a stipend of $30.00 payable to the Guild of St. Peter ad Vincula, 6397 Holloway Drive, Liberty Township, OH 45044. Once this stipend is received you will be sent a Guild Medal and a copy of the Handbook for Oblates.
There are no further financial requirements. However, in the spirit of the Church's commandment to support your priests, you are encouraged to provide Mass stipends and other donations as your financial abilities permit. You should consider the basic minimum to be a regular $20.00 contribution to the Mass Stipends for the monthly Requiem Masses of the Gulid of All Souls.
We welcome any financial assistance you can provide. You may discuss with your Director other contributions, including bequests, one-time or automatic regular financial contributions, and donation of services or property, for the support of your Priory or Mission.
ELIGIBILITY FOR MEMBERSHIP
Any Roman Catholic priest may become a Priest Oblate of the Guild of St. Peter ad Vincula. Your membership of any other religious order, confraternity, or society does not exclude you from being an Oblate of the Guild, and the Consitutions of the Oblates should in no way interfere with your existing apostolate. You are entitled to the full benefits accorded to the lay oblates, including those of the frequent Missae pro Populo celebrated by the Guild Priests, and the intentions for your departed loved ones in our Monthly Requiems.
If you are a member of an existing religious community, you may become a Religious Oblate of the Guild of St. Peter ad Vincula. Your membership of any other religious order, confraternity, or society does not exclude you from being an Oblate of the Guild, and the Consitutions of the Oblates should in no way interfere with your existing religious life. You are entitled to the full benefits accorded to the lay oblates, including those of the frequent Missae pro Populo celebrated by the Guild Priests, and the intentions for your departed loved ones in our Monthly Requiems.
Any Roman Catholic, 15 years old or more, may become a Lay Oblate of the Guild of St. Peter ad Vincula. Your membership of any other religious community, whether as a Third Order member or Oblate, does not disqualify you from becoming an Oblate of the Guild. Any spiritual duties required by your membership of another religious group are accepted as fulfilling similar requirements by your membership of the Guild.