02 May 2016

St Thomas More, Seaford

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After a long spell without Masses in Seaford I am more than delighted to be able to tell you that 3.00 pm Masses will resume as usual on the third Sunday of the month, starting 15th May. There will be a Whitsun Missa Cantata celebrated by Fr Bruno, with the Seaford Schola.

Please note that there will be no Mass at West Grinstead for Whitsun.

20 April 2016

Upcoming events



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Two things to which I would like to draw your attention this morning, one is this, a Hilaire Belloc fest on Sunday 1st May at Shipley Church at 6.30 pm, please follow THIS LINK for details.


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Secondly, a reminder that there is a server training day at Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory, Warwick Street, London W1B 5LZ, on Saturday, 21st May 11.00 am until 3.00 pm. Please bring lunch, but drinks are provided.
If you know of anyone who would like to attend, please will you contact the LMS office on 0207047284 by 16th of May.


13 April 2016

Mass Cancellation

There will be no Missa Cantata at West Grinstead in May.

25 March 2016

He is Risen!


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Wishing you all a very holy and happy Easter!

News from the pews


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In our parish we have been blessed this year by a number of 'innovations'. Usually I groan, often not too silently, at the latest fun and fashionable 'good idea'. Usually, it involves the laity doing even more stuff even more clerically than they do already. Of course, I'm talking about my ordinary form parish, with all the novelty and as many ghosts of Vatican II you can think of still haunting the place. Think lady foot washing is new? It's been here for quite a while.

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However, this last year, I felt the wind of change. Small stuff, like really nice vestments appearing. Rorate Masses before Christmas. Benediction and Rosary on Sunday afternoons. The Good Friday Reproaches. And to what can these changes, small and subtle though they are, be attributed? There is only one answer. The Ordinariate. It's been with us for five years now and there is undoubtedly a slow and steady reclamation of things which are really Catholic. They have managed to provide an atmosphere in which it is possible to re-lay some old foundations upon which others are able to build.

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I'm not saying it's plain sailing, far from it. The merest mention of ad orientem can lead to spittle flicked nutties in some quarters : the spirit of VII just doesn't want to blow away. That I have a small apoplectic fit every time I see the good ladies washing up the sacred vessels after some Masses, I still can't get my head round laity touching the Blessed Sacrament, or administering the chalice, and altar girls do my head in, is irrelevant.

But the small additions to the spiritual life of the church now happening will in my opinion have a profound impact on spiritual life yet to be seen.

Of course, my true love is the Latin Mass. I miss it when I can't get to it. No I pine for it. But these signs of regeneration in my home parish give me an awful lot of hope for the future, when a few years ago I was pretty sure there was none.

Isn't it ironic that ex-Anglicans have a greater sense of the numinous than some Catholics?

07 March 2016

Missa cantata at Our Lady of Consolation, West Grinstead...

...on Sunday, 13 March at 3.00 pm, celebrant Fr Hurley, the Seaford Schola providing the music.


At Bethany Chapel, Easons Green, there will be Low Mass on Palm Sunday, and on Easter Sunday, both at 10.30 am, celebrant Fr Clifton.

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!