05 February 2016

A while ago...

...I signed a petition to drop the charges against the Planned Parenthood whistle blower, David Daleidon. His undercover videos showed just what the abortion industry is really about : foetal harvesting for profit. I posted links to these videos in July and August last year.

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Since then there have been more videos, and of course, the charges against David Daleidon, and Sandra Merrit who worked with him to expose the vile peddling of baby parts.

If the story was about the abuse of baby pandas I am pretty certain there would be the most appalling outcry. Daleidon and Merrit would be held up as poster children, not being charged with, now get this, trafficking in aborted baby parts.

Yes, they exposed Planned Parenthood.They got them to admit what they do and how they do it on video, which is flog off bits of baby, and the whistle-blowers are being charged and not Planned Parenthood. It's positively Kafkaesque.

So please sign the petition.

28 January 2016

Masses for Candlemas

There will be a missa cantata at St Mary Magdalen, Upper North Street, Brighton on Tuesday at 7.30 pm.

There will be a Low Mass at Bethany Chapel, Easons Green, Uckfield, at 10.00 am, and on Wednesday at 9.45 am for the feast of St. Blaise.

26 January 2016

Change of Mass time at Bethany Chapel

Masses for the second, third, and fourth Sundays in February will be at 10.30 am.

22 January 2016

Not in those heels, darling.

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Some of us aren't entirely with the programme on this one.

Feet. I don't tend to think about feet much. I'm not that keen on shoes either, for a female, although they are useful things to have. So the latest news on feet from Rome was rather disturbing. It's one of those *things* that's been *happening* in my neck of the woods for as long as I can remember, along with recommissioning of Eucharistic ministers on Maundy Thursday.

Ordinarily on Sundays, laity process in with the Gospel held above the head, and let's not forget the fun me, myself, and I, praise songs accompanied by the plug-in instruments. Genuflection's one of those optional extras too.

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Oh no! Forgot to book the mani-pedi for Holy Week!

So while I could feel the blood pressure rising at the continuation of the dumbing of the Faith, it wasn't entirely a surprise. I'm no theologian, I'm a rosary counter, but I know when something is wrong, and this, this is wrong. Always has been, always will be. Is there something missing in my psyche, because I don't feel disadvantaged, marginalised, overlooked, second-class or insignificant because women don't have their feet washed?

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Will it make a difference? Probably not where I am. It's a shoo-in here already.

18 January 2016

A date for the diary

There will be a missa cantata on 13 March at 3.00 pm at Our Lady of Consolation, West Grinstead. Details on the sidebar.

10 January 2016

News Flash

I have just been informed that Fr Jennings has cancelled Latin Masses in Seaford on the 3rd Sundays until further notice due to redecoration of St Thomas More parish church.

An alternative location is being sought, so please watch this space! 

06 January 2016

Wishing you all a very

Happy Feast of the Epiphany

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05 January 2016

As one door closes...

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Firstly, following on from the cessation of Masses at West Grinstead, I can joyfully tell you of Masses on the Second Sunday of the month at Bethany Chapel - location on the right of this post, scroll down until you find it - celebrated by Fr Michael Clifton.

Secondly, Fr Gerard Hatton has said he will gladly start saying Mass at Our Lady of Ransom, Eastbourne, hopefully from the start of Lent on the Second Sundays of the month, and continuing after.

So watch this space for further details.

May I also wish you all a very peaceful and joyous secular New Year!

19 December 2015

Masses at West Grinstead

I have heard from Father Goddard that there will be no further second Sunday Masses at Our Lady of Consolation, West Grinstead.

While this saddens me, the decreasing Mass attendance there can be attributed, not in a small part, to the passing of many of the faithful to their eternal rewards over the past year or two. People who travelled to West Grinstead in the early years following the introduction of the new rite did so because it was pretty much the only place in the Diocese the Old Rite was celebrated. It sustained the faithful when everywhere else was liturgically bleak.

Not so today. Today priests are more free to say the Old Rite than at any time in the past fifty years. Regular Masses are said in regular parishes. In no way is the liturgical landscape as bad for us Latin Mass lovers as it was.

The future lies in supporting every parish priest who says the Mass in his own parish, and every parish in which you assist at the Latin Mass. Encouraging every tiny move towards tradition where you happen to be, whether or not your priest says the Mass. Ask where you are for the Latin Mass to be available to you.

One door has closed, but that doesn't mean others won't open.  And in terms of open doors, here's a list of where Latin Masses are regularly available in the Diocese. Not all are on Sundays, but these are the places where you can find one, and they are all to be found on the sidebar :

Brighton :
St Mary Magdalene, North Street
St Mary's, Surrenden Road

Seaford :
St Thomas More, Sutton Road

Lewes :
St Pancras, Irelands Lane

Caterham :
The Sacred Heart, Whyteleafe Road

Easons Green :
Bethany Chapel, Lewes Road

There are also Masses said occasionally at

Knaphill :
St Hugh of Lincoln, Victoria Road.

There is much to rejoice about, a lot to be thankful for, and still a lot of work to do. I'm looking forward to the next open door.


Mass in Seaford is cancelled tomorrow due to the parish Christingle service.
Masses resume in Seaford in the New Year.

11 December 2015

Requiem Mass for Michael Telford

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There will be a Requiem Mass for Michael Telford on 23 December at 2.00 pm at Our Lady of Ransom, Grange Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4EU. The celebrant will be Fr Jonathan Martin.

Mike with his wife, Gwen, travelled far and wide due to his love of the Latin Mass. It was a privilege to know him. May he rest in peace.

01 December 2015

A privilege to be there

Yesterday evening at Our Lady of Ransom, Eastbourne, the new Ordinariate Use was said for the first time, ad orientem (does a jig of glee), at the beautiful Lady altar. Fr Neil Chatfield celebrated, assisted by Fr Gerard Hatton. The pews were full, the atmosphere was reverent, it was peaceful. It was truly wonderful to be there. And of course there was a small celebration afterwards!

We are really exceptionally lucky, no we are blessed, to have the Ordinariate here in Eastbourne.

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(slightly off centre to show that the pews had been returned to their original position for the Mass, facing the Lady altar,which in my opinion is where they should stay)

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24 November 2015

Mass for the feast of the Immaculate Conception...

...at St Hugh of Lincoln, Knaphill, GU21 2AA, at 8.00 pm,celebrant Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith.

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If anyone in the vicinity can volunteer to serve, it would be most helpful!

23 November 2015

Ordinariate in Surrey

I recently received this message, which I am more than happy to share with you all : 

"...Although not the Latin Mass, a traditional Ordinariate Mass will be offered at St Edward, Guildford (facing East, prayers at the foot of the Altar, Last Gospel etc). Arid Surrey. Arid, because there is very little evidence of Ordinariate activity in that area. Nor indeed can I find more than one entry for Surrey in the Latin Mass Society schedule; and so I do urge those also whose admirably correct instincts incline them to the Old Latin Mass, the Mass of Ages ... please do read this and give it some thought.
On Saturday 28 November, at 3.00, a Votive Mass of our Blessed Lady on Saturday will, Deo volente, be celebrated in the Church of St Edward the Confessor, Sutton Park, Guildford, GU 4 7QN.
It will be in the Ordinariate Form.
Readers will know that the Ordinariate Form is capable of being presented in various ways. Such as with the Preparation at the foot of the Altar ... right through to the Last Gospel. Since the celebrant on this occasion is due to be Fr Maunder, of St Agatha's Portsmouth, I think you have a guarantee that this Ordinariate celebration will be in the style and culture of traditional Western Catholic Liturgy.
I can think of few initiatives more worth supporting than this."

As a regular attendee at Ordinariate Masses, and given the lack of Latin Masses in Surrey, it would be great if any of you in the area could support this Mass. If you would like Latin Masses in Surrey, or anywhere else, you have to ask, get someone else to ask, as well as their friends, and then ask again. And be enthusiastic! There really is nothing like the Latin Mass. 

One minor point, please leave a name with comments. I nearly deleted this one because there was no name - pseudonym, real, I don't mind, just as long as I don't have to thank an 'Anonymous'! 

20 November 2015

Times and locations of all our regular Masses can be found on the right hand side bar. Simply scroll down, beneath the pictures of the relevant church, you will find all the details, and contact numbers if provided.

And in other business, Advent is almost upon us again, how tempus does fugit. The year has just sped by, liturgically and personally, so apologies for not updating this blog as often as has been my wont.

The appalling acts of genocide, terrorism, and general violence seen globally are enough to make me grab my rosary and never read another news report. Similarly, on a different but nevertheless equally disturbing scale, all news coming out of the most recent synod** didn't just give me a headache. Like most people, I spent (or do I mean wasted?) a great deal of time trying to make sense of the nonsensical before I gave up. Church teaching has remained as constant as it has remained true, and will continue to be regardless of any attempts to subvert it, from within or without. I keep telling myself the gates of hell shall not prevail, and then read anything written by Bishop Schneider.

So here we are, almost in Advent. Preparing for Advent is almost as much fun as Advent itself, and because of the terrible things going on in the world, I will appreciate the preparations for the great feast of Christmas even more this year.