26 July 2011

The Feast of St Anne

O Blessed St Anne, rescue society, which is perishing for want of virtues like thine.

Leicester Training Day

I mentioned in a previous post the day course in the Midlands at Holy Cross Priory, Leicester on Tuesday 23rd August from 9.30am till 5pm and which is open to anyone, Priest or server, interested.

Click here for more details.


LMS Appoints New Editor of Mass of Ages

The Latin Mass Society has appointed Gregory Murphy as its next editor of Mass of Ages, the LMS’s popular quarterly magazine.

Based in Liverpool, where he works as a freelance editor and PR professional, Gregory Murphy, 44, is a regular member of the congregation at the weekly Sunday Traditional Latin Mass celebrated at St Anthony’s Church, Scotland Road.
Gregory Murphy comes to his new role with over twenty years’ experience as a professional journalist, editor and PR consultant. He learned his trade on local newspapers and Catholic publications, such as the Catholic Pictorial, until, in the mid-1990s, he joined the staff of The Catholic Times where he was News Editor and subsequently Editor. He then spent five valuable years as Corporate Communications Publications and PR Manager for the Littlewoods Organisation, before deciding to go freelance. Gregory Murphy now provides journalistic and editorial services to a range of commercial, public and voluntary sector clients around the UK.

Michael Lord, LMS General Manager said: “We were fortunate to have several strong candidates at interview, but were particularly impressed by Gregory’s professional experience, his grasp of what is required in revamping the magazine and by his personal commitment to the Traditional Mass and Faith. We are delighted to have Gregory on board and look forward to seeing the first issue of Mass of Ages under his editorship in November.”

Gregory Murphy will take over from John Medlin, who steps down from the editor's post in August after nine years in the job. The August issue of the magazine will be John's last and his presence in the LMS office will be much missed.

The appointment of a new editor and the forthcoming redesign and relaunch of Mass of Ages is the last of a series of major changes that have taken place at the LMS over the past two years. The move to new offices, the appointment of a new General Manager, the launch of a new and much-praised website, the use of social media such as Facebook, the adoption of a new constitution and other changes are part of a longer term strategy to enable the LMS to promote the Traditional Mass and the orthodox Faith that it embodies more effectively following Pope Benedict’s liberation of the Traditional liturgy with the publication of Summorum Pontificum in 2007.

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

15 July 2011

On the Feast of St Mary Magdalen...

...there will be an EF Mass at 7.00 pm at St Mary Magdalen, Brighton on 22nd July, see Clare's blog for details.

13 July 2011

A reminder...

...that there is a Mass at St Joseph's, Guildford, this coming Sunday.  Celebrant Fr de Malleray. See here for details.

08 July 2011

Mass at St Mary Magdalene, Bexhill

There will be a Mass at 8.00 am this Sunday, 10th July at St Mary Magdalene, Bexhill.
The celebrant will be Fr Bruno Witchalls.


LMS AGM High Mass and AGM at St George’s Cathedral, Southwark, London Saturday 2 July 2011

The Latin Mass Society was warmly welcomed to St George’s Cathedral, Southwark, London on Saturday 2 July by the Cathedral Dean, Canon John O’Toole and the Administrator, Mr Alex Scott for its Annual General Meeting and AGM Mass. The LMS is grateful to all the cathedral staff for their help and encouragement in making our AGM arrangements.

The day commenced at 11.00am with High Mass of the Visitation of Our Lady celebrated by Fr Andrew Southwell, LMS National chaplain, assisted by Fr Michael Cullllinan as Deacon and Fr Gregory Kilaja as Sub-deacon.

The men of the Cathedral Choir sang Victoria’s Missa Quam Pulcri Sunt. The Gloria was taken from the Missa de Angelis, the Creed was Credo I and the Offertory motet was Victoria’s Ave Maris Stella.

After lunch, the LMS AGM convened in the cathedral’s Amigo Hall to hear reports from the Secretary, Mr David Forster, the Treasurer, Mr Paul Waddington and the Chairman, Dr the Hon. Joseph Shaw. The LMS’s National Chaplain, Fr Andrew Southwell, had opened the proceedings with a prayer and after the reports gave an address in which he discussed Pope Benedict’s XVI admirable work in the fields of doctrine and the liturgy. The meeting then sang ‘God Bless Our Pope’ to commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of Pope Benedict’s ordination to the Sacred Priesthood and closed with the singing of the Credo.

This year’s AGM was relatively low-key and in a new venue. However, Dr Shaw, in particular, was able to update those present on the increasing level of work being carried out throughout England and Wales by the LMS and its local representatives. The LMS is now more focussed on providing support to those many priests and faithful throughout the country who are gradually reintroducing the Extraordinary Form into their parish life. Its aim is to publicise the liturgical initiatives of Pope Benedict and to support and encourage the growing number of young people and young families who are discovering the Old Rite.

For photographs of the High Mass and the AGM go to our Flickr page here.

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

07 July 2011


...it's just so hard to be charitable.

Fr Z has commented on the latest load of *insert word of choice*from that allegedly Catholic waste of paper and ink.

If you have a strong stomach, have a look.

Training Day for Priests and Servers

Holy Cross Priory,  Leicester, Tuesday 23rd August 2011

The Latin Mass Society will be hosting a day of training for priests and servers wishing to improve their knowledge of the celebration of Mass in the usus antiquior.  It will take place at the Holy Cross Priory in Leicester on Tuesday 23rd August from 9.30am till 5pm.  A sung Mass will be included as part of the Programme.

The day will be suitable for priests with all levels of ability.  Tuition will be tailored to suit the requirements of the priests attending with the possibility of studying Low Mass, Missa Cantata or Missa Solemnis.  Similarly, servers will be tutored in the various forms of the Mass, according to their experience.  They will also have the opportunity of enrolling in the Sodality of Saint Tarcisius. 
The fee for attending is £5  which includes the provision of lunch.  Application forms are available from the website,  www.lms.org.uk  

05 July 2011

This Sunday at West Grinstead

Mass is at 3.00pm, celebrant Fr Matthew Goddard FSSP.

04 July 2011

Something Special on Saturday 9th July At St Mary Magdalen's Brighton

 There will be a Solemn High Mass at 11am in honour of  St Thomas More and St John Fisher.
It will be the first Mass of Father Frederic Kernbach who was ordained a few days ago for the diocese of Paderborn in Germany.  Father will give his first blessings after the Mass.

See Clare's blog for and Fr Ray's blog for more details.

Christians in Pakistan

Please go here, to the ACN website.

Colour me fogey

At the risk of sounding like an old fogey myself, I've had a fun time seeing how many slightly different definitions of fogey there are on the web, in honour of the spirited dialogue at the moment between our Chairman, Joe, and the Catholic Herald's Stuart Reid (Herald,1st July).

From being synonymous with dodos,


and the sartorially challenged,

this one caught my eye: 'someone whose style is out of fashion.'

What has liturgy got to do with fashion, or whether you are perceived by anyone to be cool or not?

I'm sure most of us have had a look at one time or another at the horror Masses on the web.

So should Mass be of a time, fashion, prevailing cultural mood, 

Or should it stand alone from fashion?

I believe without a shadow of a doubt that the Liturgy should never be considered 'fashionable', so colour me fogey.

As an aside, it's very difficult to get Masses scheduled for times that families can actually attend if you are anywhere other than in a major city with pro clergy. It's impossible to introduce the EF Mass to families if the only time is the bum end of a Sunday, and you have to travel an hour or more one way. It's no wonder a skew is seen in some places in terms of demographic. Where Masses are said at reasonable times, families attend. I personally can't stand mid afternoon Masses. Not only does it put a crimp in your lunch, if you have time to have it before 'the drive', it's damned anti-social for the wider family. I'd love to have a nine o'clock where I am, or even an eight!

01 July 2011

Go to...

... Fr Ray Blake and see him on Gloria TV !

This Sunday

Mass in Lewes at St Pancras at 12.30 pm. See the sidebar for details.

Holy Days of Obligation back in their rightful places?

Do I hear a stirring hoorah?