The Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament (CBS) was founded in 1862 as part of the Catholic Revival in the Church of England. Its aim was to be, first of all, a confraternity of men and women praying and working for a greater devotion to Jesus Christ in the Eucharist and in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood. Today it is no longer confined to England alone but has spread to many places within the Anglican Communion of churches, especially in Great Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and parts of Africa. There is a separate, self-governing CBS in the USA. Wherever possible members of CBS meet together in local Wards for prayer, worship and mutual support under the guidance of a priest as Ward Superior. We honour Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament in other ways too: Mass said daily, Holy Hours are prayed, and Benediction is celebrated regularly in many of our churches. There is an increasing emphasis on mission in CBS's work: "We have a Gospel to proclaim", says the famous hymn, and there are many ways to proclaim it in Word and Sacrament.We need more priests to celebrate Mass, but we also need to promote the mission of the Church through the whole people of God by equipping them (you) for service. Please pray for our work for, at heart we remain a devotional society, focussing on Christ's very own gift to us of His Body, the Blessed Sacrament, the sacrament of Unity. The Confraternity is established for the advancement of the catholic faith in the Anglican Tradition and in particular to promote:
· The honour due to Jesus Christ our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament of his Body and Blood,
· Prayer for one another at the Eucharist,
· Careful preparation for and reception of Holy Communion, including the Eucharistic fast,
· The reverent and dignified celebration of the Eucharist and the reservation and veneration of the Blessed Sacrament,
· The continuance of the catholic priesthood, and catholic theological teaching, learning and development.
At heart we are a devotional society, a group of people seeking to live the Christian life, drawn together by common prayer that finds its unity in Jesus Christ. We have a love for Jesus in the the Blessed Sacrament that we seek to demonstrate by the reverence we show Him and the cause we promote. Everything else flows from that. Our members receive regular lists of Intercessions to hold us together in prayer. A Ward is formed of a group of people, usually in a parish setting, or sometimes a wider area, who come together each month for an act of worship, devotion or study.
Confraternity website: https://www.confraternity.org.uk
Ward of the Stigmata of St Francis, Bournemouth
The Ward was formed at St Francis Church, Charminster, Bournemouth, and observes the Feast of the Stigmata of St Francis on or close to the 17th September. Meetings of the Ward are held at St Francis' Church and at St Ambrose Church and are usually followed by wine/juice and nibbles while socialising, discussing any business, and chatting about topical church matters. The Ward Superior is Fr Robin Nash (former Vicar of St Alban's, Charminster and St Luke's, Winton, in Bournemouth) and will be pleased to give further information if required: Rev Robin L Nash, BA, 6 Shreen Way, Gillingham, Dorset, SP8 4EL; telephone: (01747) 823183; or email: [email protected]
The 2020 programme includes:
Tuesday, 18th February: 7:00 p.m. Joint Mass with GSS (Chapter of Ss Osmund and Swithun) at St Francis Church, Charminster Road, Charminster, Bournemouth; Celebrant: Fr Robin Nash.
Wednesday, 1st April: 7:00 p.m. Vespers & Benediction at St Ambrose Church, Westbourne, Bournemouth.
Saturday, 16th May: Joint Festival for the Catholic Societies at St Ambrose Church, Westbourne, Bournemouth. 11:00 a.m. High Mass (celebrant: Rt Revd Jonathan Baker, Bishop of Fulham). This will be followed by Lunch in the Church Hall (£10 - which may be reserved before 13th May via email to Fr Adrian Pearce: [email protected]), 3:00 p.m. Solemn Benediction, followed by tea.
Saturday, 20th June: CBS National Festival at St Stephen's Church, Gloucester Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 4RL.
Saturday, 11th July: 12:00 noon Glastonbury Pilgrimage. There will be a coach from Bournemouth leaving St Ambrose Church at 8:30 a.m. with other pick-up points. As in previous years we will join the Procession of Witness.
Tuesday, 15th September: 7:00 p.m. Mass of the Stigmata of St Francis at St Francis Church, Charminster Road, Charminster, Bournemouth; Celebrant: Fr Robin Nash.
Wednesday, 4th November: 7:00 p.m. Holy Hour & Benediction at St Ambrose Church, Westbourne, Bournemouth.