28 February 2011


3rd to 6th May 2011 at Buckfast Abbey

The Latin Mass Society will be holding its seventh residential Priests’ Training Conference at Buckfast Abbey from 3rd to 6th May. The Abbot and community have extended a particularly warm welcome, and this new venue promises to be a great success.

Tuition will be provided by priests well experienced in the traditional rites and will be in small groups selected to suit the experience of each participant. Thus it is expected that there will be groups studying Low Mass, Missa Cantata and Solemn Mass.

There will also be tuition for servers who wish to to improve their skills. Again tuition will be in groups according to ability and experience.

The conference will start with Mass at 11am on the Tuesday morning and will end after lunch on the Friday. For those travelling long distances, it will be possible to book a room for the Monday night. Accommodation will be provided in the guest houses of the Abbey and the Abbot has kindly allowed the conference to have extensive use of the Abbey Church both for tuition and for our liturgies.

There will be daily public Mass at 11.00am.

If you would like to attend this conference, please complete the application form, which can be downloaded from the Latin Mass Society website. It should be returned to the address given with an appropriate cheque.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Latin Mass Society on 020 7404 7284.

Anyone on holiday in York at the end of March...

...might like to have a look at this:




The Latin Mass Society is organising a pilgrimage in homour of St Margaret Clitherow, one of its patron saints. It will be held in York on Saturday 26th March 2011.

The pilgrimage will begin at 1.30pm with a Missa Cantata at the High Altar of York Minster. This will be followed by a procession from the minster, via The Shambles and Ouse Bridge to the Church of the English Martyrs in Dalton Terrace, where Benediction and veneration of the relic of St Margaret Clitherow will take place at 4pm.

Use of York Minster is by kind permission of the Dean and Chapter.

It was originally intended that Benediction would be at the Bar Convent, but because of the nunbers that are expected to attend, this has been transferred to the English Martyrs’ Church.

Because of the parking restrictions in force in York, visitors travelling by car are advised to use the Park and Ride facilities. The Askham Bar car park, on the Tadcaster Road near to the A64 to the south-west of York, will be the most convenient as the buses from there pass near to both the Minster and English Martyrs’ Church. It would be wise to allow half an hour to get from the car park to the Minster by bus.

Ash Wednesday

At St Mary Magdalen at 7pm on Ash Wednesday, there will be a  Missa Cantata.

20 February 2011

Spiritual Bouquet for Pope Benedict

FR Z has this great proposition for a spiritual bouquet for His Holiness to end on the 19th March. Have a look and see what you can do.

19 February 2011

If you haven't already...

...please consider signing THIS.

St Thomas More, Seaford

There is a Mass at 3.00pm tomorrow, Sunday 20th February, at St Thomas More.

(See sidebar for address)

18 February 2011

Urgent: International Appeal for the Preservation of the Integrity of the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum

There have been rumours over last few days all over the blogosphere and on Damian Thompson's blog regarding the Summorum Pontificum. Fr Z suggested a whole raft of things the faithful could be doing over the next few days.

Now New Liturgical Movement has posted a link to a letter voicing concerns over what possible forthcoming instructions might be.

If you too are concerned about any possibility of any limiting of the SP, please sign the petition, and do lots of praying.

16 February 2011

Dates for the Diary

On Saturday, 19th March, Feast of St Joseph, there will be an EF at 10.00 am at

A bit further in the future (but please put the date in your diary now!) there will be a
Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Consolation, West Grinstead, 
on Saturday, 28th May.
More details to follow nearer the time.

You have just GOT to watch this!

From  Creative Minority Report:

10 February 2011

National Women's Wear-Your-*insert headgear of choice*-To-Any-Mass Day

I think there ought to be a national 'wear your mantilla/hat/scarf to Mass day'.

Co-ordinate the wear-in (if not the outfit) while knowing women all over the country are doing the same thing. When you've done it once in your home parish, the next time is (almost) easier, and you'll find you'll want to do it again.

What do you think?

09 February 2011

And please vote...

...and leave a comment on FR Z's poll !

OLOC in February

As I said here, there is no second Sunday Mass in February at OLOC, West Grinstead. The next is on 13th March at 3.00pm

A Fr Z Poll

(Biased? Moi?)

 Fr Z has a poll on a subject that you might have gathered I'm a bit interested in. And it's nice to know I'm not the only one!

It's head coverings at Mass for the ladies.

Who would think that something as inoffensive as a lacy scarf could be considered in some quarters almost a declaration of war, a threat, a distraction, and worn only by the holier than thou, or the down-trodden doormat of a woman with no brain?

None of the above, of course, are real reasons for donning headgear at Mass.

But if you want to put something on your head for Mass there's no rule that says you can't.

Don't be restricted to a lace mantilla, you can wear whatever you happen to fancy, posh hat, scarf, beanie.

If you haven't thought about it, or think people like me who do are weird*, perhaps you could have a read of the comments and see why some of us like to.

Have a vote, and see what other people are saying.

*I might be, you would have to ask my friends

02 February 2011