24 February 2012

Important dates for the diary

At Our Lady of Sorrows, Bognor Regis, Fr Tony Churchill will be saying Mass on:

Friday 4th May, The Feast of the Blessed Martyrs at 7.30.p.m.

and on

Friday 15th June,  the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus at  7.30 p.m.

Please also note:


There will be no Mass at Christ the King next Sunday, 26th February, as Fr Sean is unwell.

Prayers for Father Sean's speedy recovery!
Also, that from the first Saturday in Lent (25 Feb), Fr Jonathan Martin will be celebrating the 10 o'clock Mass on Saturday mornings in the EF (it is currently Latin O.F.). Please, please, try and support Fr Jonathan if you are in the area.


The next Mass at St Thomas More, which is Laetare Sunday 18th March, will be at 4.00pm, and not 3.00pm

23 February 2012

Press Release From The Latin Mass Society

Sense of Beauty in the Liturgy ‘Umbilically Connected to Music’, Composer Tells Meeting of Choir Directors

James MacMillan, the Catholic composer, and Fr Guy Nicholls, founder of the Newman Institute of Liturgical Music in Birmingham, addressed a meeting of around fifty choir directors and chant experts at the second biennial meeting of the Gregorian Chant Network at the London Oratory on 18 February, sponsored financially by the Latin Mass Society.

The Network, which was founded two years ago by the Latin Mass Society, Una Voce Scotland, the Association for Latin Liturgy, the Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge and dozens of Chant scholas across England and Wales, aims to promote greater knowledge of, and expertise in, the Church’s most ancient musical form with the aim of fostering its wider use in the Catholic liturgy.

Dr MacMillan was the principal speaker and addressed the meeting about the role of music in the Church’s cultural patrimony. He recalled that, as a young boy, he had attended what is now called the Extraordinary Form of the Mass and noticed that, ‘the sense of beauty, the sense of sacred awe, was umbilically connected to the music.’ He observed that beauty as a concept had largely been lost from contemporary Church music. Indeed it had been accompanied by the abandonment of any objective notion of beauty at all. This fitted in with a widespread liturgical trend, namely, celebrations of Mass that have become self-preoccupied and centred on the notion of self-expression; a liturgy that too often focuses on community rather than the divine. In Dr MacMillan’s experience, the singing of Gregorian Chant had helped priests and their congregations to recover their focus on what was important in the Mass – that sense of beauty and the sacred.

Fr Guy Nicholls of the Birmingham Oratory, gave the meeting a brief but fascinating update on the progress achieved at the Newman Institute of Music, which was established in the wake of the Holy Father’s visit to Britain, and which was dedicated to meeting the musical needs of both clergy and laity.
The meeting was chaired by Dr Joseph Shaw, Chairman of the Latin Mass Society, who reported on the activities of the Gregorian Chant Network over the past two years and looked forward to further success in the months to come.

The very successful gathering concluded with Vespers in the Little Oratory, led by Fr Andrew Southwell, the Latin Mass Society’s National Chaplain.

For further information, please contact Michael Lord, General Manager, on (T) 020 7404 7284; (F) 020 7831 5585; (E mail) michael@lms.org.uk

21 February 2012


Latin Mass Society Announces Six New Patrons

The Latin Mass Society (LMS) has announced the establishment of six patrons, including well-known figures from the worlds of music, journalism, politics and the law.
This marks a major advance for the LMS and for the cause of the Traditional Latin Mass in England and Wales which are both attracting the support of mainstream figures within the Church.

The new patrons include Dr James MacMillan CBE, who composed the setting for the Beatification Mass of John Henry Newman and is well known for his tireless campaigning for excellence in Church music. Charles Moore, a convert to Catholicism, is a former editor of the Daily Telegraph and a prominent national journalist and political commentator. Prince Rupert Loewenstein is a former President and long time supporter of the Latin Mass Society. Lord (Brian) Gill is the second most senior judge in Scotland and was recently honoured with a papal knighthood. He has supported the Traditional Latin Mass for many years. Colin Mawby is another composer who is highly respected in Catholic music circles. He was Director of Music at Westminster Cathedral under Cardinal Heenan and more recently has been very supportive of the LMS’s attempts to nurture a wider knowledge of Gregorian Chant. Sir Adrian FitzGerald is President of the Irish Association of the Knights of Malta, a former mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and was previously a Chairman of the Governors of the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School.

Announcing the establishment of the LMS’s new patrons, Chairman Dr Joseph Shaw said: ‘I’m delighted they have agreed to be patrons. This is a real indication of the Society’s standing in the Catholic community and the Church. Since Summorum Pontificum, our support of the Traditional Mass is no longer considered an eccentricity, to be tolerated at best, but an important apostolate for the good of the whole Church and recognised as such by the Holy Father.’

For further information, please contact Michael Lord, General Manager, on (T) 020 7404 7284; (F) 020 7831 5585; (E mail) michael@lms.org.uk

20 February 2012

Mass cancellation at Christ the King, Steyning

There will be no Mass at Christ the King next Sunday, 26th February, as Fr Sean is unwell.

Prayers for Father Sean's speedy recovery!

Change in Mass time at St Thomas More, Seaford

The next Mass, which is Laetare Sunday 18th March, will be at 4.00pm, and not 3.00pm

10 February 2012

Every shade of red

Over the last few weeks the same couple of topics have swum through the oceans of news to bite me.

The first is euthanasia. The second abortion. I know and you know that the practice of and attitudes to  the two are inextricably linked, but obviously not in the secular world, because it's all 'choice, choice, choice'.
The first big issue, the disrespect heaped upon many of the elderly, makes me see every shade of red there is. This week I've heard of another elderly lady dehydrated to death in hospital because, well, she's old. I'm sure had she realised she was going to be dehydrated to death on admission to hospital, she might have declined, and said she could very well 'forget' to drink in her own home, thank you very much.

Anyone I speak to seems to have the same stories to tell, and have been more or less impotent to do anything about it in the face of the 'medical profession'. I make no apologies for the speech marks, there is nothing 'medical' about dehydrating someone to death. It's torture.

Now, again, we have more noise from government once more suggesting the elderly get jobs, and move out of their own homes. The arrogance is quite simply breathtaking.

Abortion is absolutely another thing that makes me see all shades of red. It's the hypocrisy associated with it that I find so utterly galling. The report here about Texas, and the ruling concerning the viewing of their unborn by any woman considering abortion, really does highlight the hypocrisy of the, again, 'medical' profession regarding the value of life. Nigella (she won't mind me repeating her)commented that:
Why is everyone so 'shocked and appalled'?

You are shown the xrays when you break your leg, if abortion's so easy, common place, risk and consequence free, and run of the mill, and you have free choice, why complain about being shown an ultrasound of your baby before the abortion?

It's like people getting het up about being shown photos of aborted babies. Why so squeamish, it's not illegal, is it?

Let's not be coy.

It's so not nice to talk about murdering the elderly and the unborn. Like everyone else, sometimes I'd actually rather put my head in the sand and pretend it doesn't happen, but like I said, these two things have a habit of swimming up to bite me. I'm off to say a rosary.

07 February 2012

Missa Solemnis at 7pm on Monday 27 February, at St Mary Magdalen, Brighton.

  As I'm sure you all know, this year is the 150th anniversary of St Mary Magdalen.
It's going to be a year of celebrations, I believe, and to open the festivities, there will be, as the poster above says, Schubert's Mass in G, there will be chant, there will be polyphony, and a world premiere of 'Tu es Petrus', and His Hermaneuticalness, Fr Tim Finigan will be preaching.

Really, this is too good to miss.

Equally Important News from Brighton

On Palm Sunday,

and Easter Day, there will also be EF Masses at 9.00 am.

Please do try and support these Masses, and if you haven't been to one before, you have no idea how much you are missing!


At St Mary Magdalen, there is also a regular weekly Sunday Mass at 9.00 am.
Details of this and other Masses in the Diocese can be found on the sidebar, just scroll down.

06 February 2012

Important News from Lewes

From the first Saturday in Lent (25 Feb), Fr Jonathan Martin will, AD EXPERIMENTUM, be celebrating the 10 o'clock Mass on Saturday mornings in the EF (it is currently Latin O.F.). 

It would be great if you could spread the word, and if you are able, get along to these Masses to support the EF, and Fr Jonathan.

More good news, there will be a Low Mass on Palm Sunday, as it is the first Sunday of the month, usual time of 12.30.

Leaving the best til last, there will also be a Low Mass (12.30pm) on Easter Sunday.

03 February 2012


2 February 2012

LMS Announces Its 8th Priest and Server Training Conference, Belmont Abbey, Hereford, 16-19th April 2012

To meet the continuing and growing demand for the Extraordinary Form, the Latin Mass Society will be organising another in its series of much-praised residential training conferences for priests and servers wishing to learn Mass in the usus antiquior. On this occasion, it will be held at Belmont Abbey, Hereford, HR2 9RZ. This will be the eighth such conference organised by the LMS since 2007, which has now trained well over 100 priests in the Extraordinary Form of the Mass. Bookings have already started to come in for the Belmont event.

Tuition, which will be given by experienced priests, will be tailored to suit the needs of each priest. The conference will also be open to servers who wish to learn or improve their skills with the older form of the Mass.
The fee for attending is £120,, inclusive of board and lodging at Hedley Lodge, which is adjacent to the Abbey. There is a concessionary rate available of £60.

How To Get There:

Hereford is close to the motorway network and is easy and quick to get to from most parts of England and Wales.

Rail: Hereford mainline station is two hours 50 minutes from London, around 90 minutes from Birmingham, two and half hours from Manchester, one hour from Cardiff and 90 minutes from Bristol.

Road: The M50 motorway (which connects from the M5) is about half an hour (or less) from Hereford. Belmont Abbey is about a mile and a half outside the city of Hereford.

How To Apply:
Please follow this link for more information, downloadable booking form, and online booking. Please fill in an application form and send with your cheque (payable to 'Latin Mass Society') to the address on the application form.

Photo credit: Belmont Abbey