18 December 2013

Please check the sidebar for regular Mass times and locations. Any extras, or special events, will be posted here.

Last Sunday...

...Fr Bruno Witchalls celebrated a most beautiful Missa Cantata at Our Lady of Ransom Church in Eastbourne. The Seaford Schola, sans organ (it was making the most hysterical noises so was abandoned), sang unaccompanied and beautifully, and the congregation robustly joined in.

It was so moving to be at OLR on a Sunday, even more so when I was told that it was possibly the first Missa Cantata at the High Altar for more than forty years.

Many thanks to everyone who came, to Fr Bruno, and to Tom and the Schola, for a truly beautiful and memorable Mass.



For Immediate Release


Record number of candidates at Traditional Rite Confirmations in London


A record number of candidates received the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Traditional Rite last Saturday, at a ceremony in central London organised by the Latin Mass Society.

Nearly fifty children and adults received Confirmation in the Extraordinary Form from Bishop John Arnold, auxiliary in Westminster, at St James’s Church, Spanish Place on Saturday, 14th December. He was assisted by Fr Christopher Colven, the rector of St James’s, Fr Tim Finigan of Our Lady of the Rosary, Blackfen, and Fr Rupert McHardy of the London Oratory. Following the Confirmations, the bishop celebrated Pontifical Benediction.

After the ceremonies, Bishop Arnold joined the candidates, their sponsors and families in the parish social centre for a celebration buffet lunch.


The Latin Mass Society has been organising annual Confirmations in the Extraordinary Form for several years now. This past year there were also Traditional Confirmations at Reading and New Brighton, organised respectively by the Fraternity of St Peter and the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest.

LMS General Manager, Mike Lord, said: ‘We are very grateful to Bishop Arnold for agreeing to confer the Sacrament on what has been a very successful and happy day. We always attract a good number of candidates to receive Confirmation in the Traditional Rite, but this year’s turnout has been exceptional. It demonstrates that the attraction of the Extraordinary Form as part of Catholic life for many families is continuing to grow.’

Contact: Michael Lord, General Manager: michael@lms.org.uk  020 7404 7284

09 December 2013

15th December Mass in Seaford...

...is unable to take place due to a parish service, however, worry not :
There will be a Missa Cantata at Our Lady of Ransom, Eastbourne, at 3.00pm on Sunday, 15th December.


If you have perchance seen the OLR parish newsletter, it says Friday 13th, this is and always has been incorrect! It's the 15th, people.

22 November 2013

Dates for the diary

The Seaford Schola will be singing this Sunday, 24th November at 4pm, at St Mary the Virgin, North Stoke where there will be Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament to mark the end of the liturgical year and the Feast of Christ the King in the Novus Ordo calendar. Wrap up warmly and bring a torch, as it's candlelight only.

And on Sunday, 8th December at 12.30pm, Our Lady of Consolation, West Grinstead, there will be a Missa Cantata for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

Please note that the regular Mass time at Our Lady of Consolation is 12.30pm, as stated on the sidebar, and has been for about a year.

Regular Mass times can be found on the sidebar. Changes to Mass times will be flagged here. If in doubt, check the sidebar.

20 November 2013

18 November 2013




For Immediate Release


Latin Mass Society members elected to International body


 Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos with James Bogle

At the biennial General Assembly of the International Federation Una Voce (FIUV), the international body representing lay groups attached to the Traditional liturgy, Mr James Bogle, barrister and former Chairman of the Catholic Union, was elected President. Mr Bogle is also a Committee member of the Latin Mass Society. The LMS is a founding member of FIUV in 1965 and its largest member. Dr Joseph Shaw, Chairman of the LMS, was elected Treasurer of FIUV and Mr Thomas Murphy was elected the Secretary. Mr Thomas Murphy, belongs to an Irish association member of FIUV, St Conleth’s Catholic Heritage Association, and the FIUV Council includes members from North and South America, Poland, Russia, Spain, and the Philippines. Matthew Schellhorn, LMS Local Representative for Southwark North, was co-opted to the FIUV Committee. Matthew also organised a professional choir to provide some superb music for the various liturgies during the FIUV Assembly.

The retiring President, Mr Leo Darroch, had held the post since 2007.

During the General Assembly the Federation was addressed by Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos, and had Mass and Vespers in the Chapel of the Choir, in St Peter’s Basilica. Walter, Cardinal Brandmüller and Archbishop Guido Pozzo were among the celebrants.

Latin Mass Society: contact the General Manager, Michael Lord:


020 7404 7284

IUV: contact the Secretary, Mr Thomas Murphy

More photos are available here:


13 November 2013

Mass in Basingstoke

There will be a Missa Cantata at
St Joseph's, St Michael's Rd, Basingstoke,  RG22 6TY,
 on 8th December, Feast of the Immaculate Conception, at 7pm,

As usual, refreshments will follow the Mass.

Please try and make it if you're in the area!

Many thanks to Adam Pettigrew for the info, and for this lovely photo of the last Basingstoke Mass :

09 November 2013


There will be Masses at Our Lady of Ransom, Eastbourne,
 at 10.30 am on
Tuesday 12th, Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th of November.

08 November 2013

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

...this Sunday, 10th November, at 12.00 pm, Noon.

05 November 2013


Sometimes email works in the oddest way. Like sending to spam anything it doesn't seem to like with an attachment. Here incredibly late, but inspiring none the less, is the news of the Portsmouth Mass :


28th October 2013



For Immediate Release


Bishop Philip Egan presides from the throne at High Mass in the Extraordinary Form at Portsmouth Cathedral


Rt Rev Philip Egan, Bishop of Portsmouth, presided from the throne at a High Mass in the Extraordinary Form, organised by the Latin Mass Society, at Portsmouth Cathedral on Sunday, 27th October.

The Traditional High Mass was the first at the cathedral for four years and joins the weekly Sunday morning Low Mass that has begun at Portsmouth’s mother church in recent weeks. Despite warnings of dire weather conditions, the Mass was well attended.

The celebrant was Fr Phillip Pennington Harris, and the deacon was Rev Stephen Morgan, both of Portsmouth Diocese. The sub-deacon was Fr John Maunder of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, based at St Agatha’s, Portsmouth. Music was provided by the Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge, directed by Christopher Hodkinson.


During his homily, Bishop Egan said that the Extraordinary Form of the Mass was welcome in Portsmouth Diocese where people wished it to be celebrated, and should have a place amongst the liturgical diversity of the diocese. He also highlighted the importance to the Church’s liturgy in both forms of the Roman Rite of Gregorian Chant and the Latin language. The bishop then spoke on the subject of the feast of Christ the King, celebrated on that Sunday in the 1962 Calendar. When Pope Pius XI had instituted it, it had been intended as a corrective to the rampant nationalism seen in inter-war Italy. Today, said the bishop, it still has great relevance as a corrective to the rise of secularism in our society.

After Mass, tea had been organised by the LMS in the cathedral centre and Bishop Egan stayed to talk with very many members of the congregation.

LMS General Manager, Mike Lord, said: ‘We were delighted that Bishop Egan was able to join us on this great occasion and were heartened by his words of welcome to those of us who are attached to the Traditional Latin liturgy and by the bishop’s affirmation of its legitimate place within the life of the Catholic Church. The annual High Mass at Portsmouth Cathedral has been revived after several years and today’s event has proved a great success and a very joyful occasion for all who attended.’

For further information, please contact Mike Lord, General Manager,

on (T) 020 7404 7284; (F) 020 7831 5585; (E mail) michael@lms.org.uk


21 October 2013

Dream Team

Yesterday at St Thomas More, Seaford, was a first. It was Fr Bruno Witchalls' first missa cantata.  In fact, it was three firsts, because neither of the servers had undertaken their particular roles before either. Thanks to youtube, dvds, and common sense, you wouldn't have known it was a first time for anybody. So never let me hear that a missa cantata has to be cancelled because there are only two available servers.

It was (and I'm a bit of a low mass person as you know) quite honestly the most beautiful sung Mass I have ever assisted at. It was simple, it was holy, it flowed, it was wonderful. The music was absolutely right, thanks as ever to Tom and the Seaford Schola. And a big thank you to Fr Bruno (and the servers) for taking the plunge.

Can't wait for the next one!

18 October 2013

Missa cantata in Seaford...

...at St Thomas More, 3.00pm this Sunday. See sidebar for details.

14 October 2013

All Souls Mass in Knaphill

There will be a Low Mass at St Hugh's, Knaphill at twelve noon on Saturday, 2nd November, Feast of All Souls, celebrated by Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith.

Please see the sidebar for other Masses.

    04 September 2013

    A Reminder...

    ..that Mass at Our Lady of Consolation, West Grinstead, is at 12.30 pm this Sunday.

    03 September 2013


    We drove up to Walsingham for the Pilgrimage, and joined the walk from the Slipper Chapel after High Mass on the Sunday. On the Saturday we had a demolished buildings crawl, and went to two of my most favourite places in England, Castle Acre, which we had entirely to ourselves in the drizzle (perfect!),

     and Binham Priory, where I said hello to some of my distant ancestors.

     I love the sensitive brick infill.

    Nice to see they couldn't smash everything up, and there are some interesting finished and almost finished pew carvings, as well as the lovely font, vandalised, of course :

    There was a harpsichord rehearsal taking place when we visited which added a certain je ne sais quoi.
    So to Sunday. I love the Slipper Chapel, but am always bitterly disappointed by the lack of other Devotional Opportunities at the Catholic Shrine. In Walsingham at the Anglican shrine, there are side chapels and altars, the replica Holy House, space to wander and pray, space to sit and contemplate. At the Catholic Shrine, there's the great barn of a worship space with its frankly hideous glass wall that reminds me of a scaled up religious version of great aunt's wine glasses, the two small chapels, and the tea shop and shop (which didn't even have any green scapulars. I was shocked. And disappointed).
    So after the Chapel, and doing the shop and tea shop, and sandwiched between the booming bass from the youth event in the field across the road, and terminally dull hymns coming from the Great Barn Worship Space, we waited for High Mass. (For the record, I prefer booming bass any day to an interminable load of hymns).
    High Mass did what it said on the tin, and refreshed the parts other Masses cannot reach. Although prole that I am, I really prefer a Low Mass, there's something about the profound silence you can't beat. 
    The walk from the Slipper Chapel to Walsingham is the most moving experience. It's something everyone has to do, at least once. It hammers home the Communion of Saints, our connection to the Holy Souls, like nothing else. We were just the latest in a line of pilgrims stretching back centuries, and if that thought doesn't make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck, I don't know what would! To end up at the site of the original Holy House is amazing. And never has Faith of Our Fathers sounded so good. I didn't want to ever leave.



    LMS Walking Pilgrimage to Walsingham ‘Best Yet’



    The Latin Mass Society’s annual walking pilgrimage to the National Shrine of Walsingham took place over August Bank Holiday weekend. The fourth consecutive year of this event saw 90 people (a 25% per cent rise on last year) undertaking the three-day journey on foot to ‘England’s Nazareth’. The intention of the 55-mile walk, which started in the cathedral city of Ely in Cambridgeshire, was the conversion of England. Pilgrims slept in tents or on the floors of school and village halls along the way and clearly many found it more challenging than they had expected, but all managed to reach the Shrine in time for Solemn Mass in the Extraordinary Form on the afternoon of Sunday, 25 August.


    Four priests accompanied the pilgrimage. Fr Bede Rowe of Clifton Diocese, presently based at Chavagnes College in France, was chaplain of the pilgrimage. He was joined by Fr Thomas Crean, OP, of Holy Cross Priory, Leicester, Fr John Cahill of Northampton Diocese, and Fr Michael Rowe (no kin) from Australia. In addition, three English seminarians from the Fraternity of St Peter joined the event as well as member of the Dominican community at Blackfriars, Cambridge. Traditional Solemn Mass was celebrated every day of the pilgrimage, most notably at Oxburgh Hall in Norfolk, a fifteenth century moated manor house and former recusant home, still lived in by the Bedingfeld family.

    Walsingham High Street
    LMS General Manager, Mike Lord, said: ‘By common consent, this has been the best year for this pilgrimage so far. The overwhelming majority of walkers are young families and young people, showing the continuing vitality of the Traditional Mass and Faith. Many are encountering the Old Rite for the first time and have found the experience of the traditional spirituality of the Roman Rite and the spiritual and physical discipline of a walking pilgrimage an inspiring and transforming experience. Our entrance into Walsingham itself was memorable. On other public pilgrimages organised by the LMS, it is common to encounter hostility in the street, but as we approached the gates of the Abbey grounds to the former site of Lady Richeldis’s Holy House, the response of bystanders was very positive, even awed.’

    Walsingham Abbey Grounds

    The LMS plans to release a short film documentary in the early autumn about this year’s pilgrimage to inform and inspire others to join them for next year’s event.


    17 August 2013

    Masses at Our Lady of Ransom, Eastbourne, next week...

    ...will be on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, at 10.30 am. Hope to see you there!

    11 August 2013

    10 August 2013

    Masses at Our Lady of Ransom, Eastbourne

    There will be Masses said at OLR, Eastbourne, on the mornings of 20th, 21st, and 22nd of August.

    Times to be arranged, please watch this space!

    Update for the Feast of the Assumption

    There will be a missa cantata at St Hugh of Lincoln, Knaphill, please follow this link for time and location.

    There is also a missa cantata at St Pancras, Lewes, at 7.00pm, celebrated by Fr Jonathan Martin, sung by the St Pancras Schola.

    Two. This is rather wonderful, I think!

    22 July 2013


    A huge thank you to all who came on the pilgrimage on Saturday to Our Lady of Consolation, West Grinstead. The High Mass was celebrated by Fr Goddard, Fr Emerson, and Fr Hurley, and the choir, led by the indefatigable Tom Hagger, was simply beautiful, thank you all very much.

    Thank you again to everyone who came!

    19 July 2013


    18 July 2013

    Saturday's Pilgrimage to West Grinstead

    ...begins with High Mass at Noon.

    Hope to see you there.
     Image: ESO/José Francisco josefrancisco.org
    It'll be out of this world.

    P.S. Don't forget your picnic

    17 July 2013

    Mass at St Hugh's, Knaphill, for the Assumption

    Mass will be said by Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith at St Hugh of Lincoln, 95 Victoria Rd, Knaphill, Woking, Surrey GU21 2AA, on 15th August at 8pm.

    Click HERE for a map

    13 July 2013

    Mass at Our Lady of Ransom, Eastbourne...

    ...this Wednesday, 17th July, at 10.30 am for Sybil Urquhart. Mass will be said at the Lady Chapel altar, and the celebrant will be Fr Bruno Witchalls. Please come if you can.

    08 July 2013

    Dates for the Diary

    Please don't forget the pilgrimage to West Grinstead in honour of Our Lady, on Saturday the 20th July!

    The day begins with High Mass at noon, a talk on Belloc, with and Benediction about 4.00pm. Please bring a picnic.

    Also, there will be a Missa Cantata for the Assumption, 15th August, at St Pancras, Lewes at 7.00pm, celebrated by Fr Jonathan Martin, sung by the St Pancras Schola.

    28 June 2013

    Low Mass at St Pancras, Lewes, tomorrow...

    ... at 10.00 am for the Feast of St Peter and Paul.


    18 June 2013

    Mass Cancellation

    There will be no Mass on Sunday 14th July at Our Lady of Consolation,
    West Grinstead.

    There is a High Mass, however, on Saturday, 20th July at Noon

    12 June 2013

    I raised my hand.

    If you, like me, have loved ones who have left the Church or who are not Catholic, please join the SODALITY OF ST AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO. The daily prayer for family and friends can be found on the sidebar.

    10 June 2013

    Pilgrimage news

    Pilgrimage in Honour of Our Lady
    Saturday 20th July 2013
    Church of Our Lady of Consolation, West Grinstead

    The day will start with Solemn High Mass at Noon.
    Mass will be sung by the Seaford Schola.
    After lunch, there will be a short talk on the poet, Hilaire Belloc, who worshipped in the church and is buried in the churchyard. Some children and young people will then take part in a presentation of a selection of his poems and Cautionary Tales.
    The pilgrimage will finish with Benediction at 4pm.
    All are most welcome.
    Please bring a picnic lunch.
    Organised by the Arundel and Brighton Latin Mass Society in association with the Hilaire Belloc Society

    04 June 2013

    Masses for the Autumn in Bognor Regis

    Low Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows, Bognor Regis on:
    Saturday September 14th at 12 Noon, and Saturday October 19th at 12.Noon ( Solemnity of St Philip Howard ).

    Please have a look at the sidebar, where updates can be found.

    28 May 2013

    Corpus Christi



    St Pancras, this Thursday, there will be a
    Low Mass for the Feast of Corpus Christi at 7.00 pm.


    And at St Mary Magdalen, Brighton:

    Clare has all the details!

    23 May 2013

    If you haven't discovered him...

    ...on the sidebar, Reverend Know-It-All is always an entertaining read. I particularly liked THIS.

    21 May 2013

    I emailed...

    ...because I can and because frankly this is an absolute scandal, Fr William Leahy expressing my disquiet that Boston College, a Catholic college in the US, planned to award Enda Kenny (aka End-a-life Kenny) the pro abortion Irish Taoiseach, with an honorary degree.

    I didn't get a reply, but as I wasn't expecting one, I haven't been disappointed.

    It was interesting to read that he got a standing ovation when it was awarded. A standing ovation.

    'The world is round, my square don't fit at all...'

    20 May 2013

    FSSP invitation to yearly traditional retreat for all in Berkshire: 31 May-2 June 2013.

    Year of Faith retreat for all:

    31 May-2 June 2013

    'You shall be My witnesses' (Acts 1:8):

    In the prayerful and relaxing setting of Douai Abbey, come and reflect with us on how to bear a more fruitful witness to Our Blessed Lord Jesus in our everyday lives.

    Upper Woolhampton, Reading, West Berks. RG7 5TQ.

    Starts Friday 5pm, ends Sunday 3pm.

    Led by Fr Armand de Malleray FSSP, assisted by Fr Matthew Goddard FSSP.

    Spiritual conferences and direction, Holy Masses, Eucharistic adoration.

    Cost full board 2 days including VAT: £140 single room with ensuite bathroom, £110 shared room with ensuite bathroom or £90 without. Low income/Unwaged: contact us for significant discounts. Bookings/info: FSSP, 17 Eastern Avenue, Reading RG1 5RU, Berks. malleray@fssp.org. www.fssp.org.uk/england

    Booking : please send us your £20 deposit (per person), made payable to FSSP ENGLAND. Remainder to be paid at the Abbey during the retreat.

    Mass in Bexhill, Sunday, 26th May

    There will be a Low Mass at St Mary Magdalene, Bexhill, at 8.00 am on the feast of the Most Holy Trinity.

    Location details are on the sidebar.

    17 May 2013

    Press Release from the Latin Mass Society

    17 May 2013

    Newly released statistics show the decline of the Catholic Church in England and Wales in 1960s and 1970s.

    Research by Latin Mass Society has demonstrated the striking decline of a range of statistical indications of the health of the Catholic Church in England and Wales in the 1960s and 1970s.

    To our knowledge this data has never been made available in collated form before: the number of ordinations year by year since 1860, the number of priests since 1890, and baptisms, marriages, and receptions, and estimates of the Catholic population, since 1913.

    Among the findings are:

    Marriages: The number of marriages collapsed by a third between 1968 and 1978 (from 47,417 to 31,534), and has continued a rapid decline since then, now standing at less than 10,000 a year, a quarter of the 1968 level in absolute terms, and even less in relation to the estimated Catholic population (from 12 per thousand in 1968) to 2½ per thousand in 2010).

    Conversions fell off a cliff in the 1960s. From a peak of 15,794 in 1959, it fell to 5,117 in 1972; in relation the Catholic population, it fell by more than 70% between those two years. It has not recovered.

    Baptisms halved between 1964 and 1977 (137,673 in 1964 to 68,351 in 1977), and are even lower today (oscillating around the 60,000 mark). This is not just the effect of the end of the ‘baby boom’: considered in relation to total live births for England and Wales (using data from the Office for National Statistics), the first half of the 20th century saw steady growth, with Catholic baptisms peaking at nearly 16% of all live births in 1963. This was followed by a decline of a third between the mid 1960s and the mid 1970s. A more gentle decline has continued to the present: today fewer than 10% of babies born alive in England and Wales are being baptised in the Catholic Church. 

    Ordinations fell by more than 56% between 1965 and 1977 (from 233 to 101), and the decline has continued. Even on the more optimistic figures supplied by the National Office of Vocations (compared to the Catholic Directory) for the current year, showing an increase on recent years, numbers are at scarcely 30% of their 1964 level. (Counting only ordinations to the diocesan clergy, there were 134 in 1964; the NOV predicts 41 this year.)

    Dr Joseph Shaw, the Chairman of the Latin Mass Society, who led the research, comments:

    ‘Anyone with an interest in the future of the Catholic Church in England and Wales will find these figures illuminating. They show unambiguously that something went seriously wrong in the Church in England and Wales in the 1960s and 1970s. Catholics ceased quite suddenly to see the value of getting married, having large families, and having their children baptised. Non-Catholics no longer perceived the Church as the ark of salvation, and ceased to seek admission. Young men no longer offered themselves for the priesthood in the same numbers as before.

    ‘It is not fanciful to connect this catastrophe to the wrenching changes which were taking place in the Church at that time, when the Second Vatican Council was being prepared, discussed, and, often erronesouly, applied. As Pope Benedict wrote in the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum (2007):

    in many places celebrations were not faithful to the prescriptions of the new Missal, but the latter actually was understood as authorizing or even requiring creativity, which frequently led to deformations of the liturgy which were hard to bear. I am speaking from experience, since I too lived through that period with all its hopes and its confusion. And I have seen how arbitrary deformations of the liturgy caused deep pain to individuals totally rooted in the faith of the Church.

    ‘The theological and liturgical fashions of that era were invariably justified by the hope of positive pastoral results, and these results manifestly failed to materialise.

    ‘The effect of dissent from the Church’s teaching is particularly manifest in relation to contraception, which has had a direct consequence on the Catholic birth rate, as reflected in the number of baptisms, compared to the national birth rate.

    ‘The Church in England and Wales today has fewer than half the ordinations each year than it had in the 1860s, but more than double the number of priests. A large proportion of those priests, however, will die or have to stop work over the next decade. In this respect we are still living on our capital, and this capital is about to run out.

    ‘The Extraordinary Form has not lost its power to attract young men to the priesthood, and the communities which have grown up around it today provide disproportionate numbers of vocations, marriages, and baptisms. Thirteen young men from England and Wales are currently studying for the priesthood in the different religious orders committed to the Extraordinary Form; three more should join them in September; these are numbers which many dioceses would envy.

    ‘We believe that the Extraordinary Form (the Traditional Mass) has an important role to play in resolving the crisis in the Church.’

    Notes on the statistics.

    Unless otherwise indicated, the statistics are taken from the Catholic Directory. Statistics for ordinations can be recovered only by manually counting the lists of men ordained each year; some of this work was done by the Rev. Stephen Morgan and a team at the Diocese of Portsmouth. The Latin Mass Society has filled in the gaps in Rev. Morgan’s figures and extended the range of dates covered in both directions. In addition, the LMS has added the total number of clergy, and the numbers given in the Directory’s ‘Recapitulation of Statistics’ since 1913, which include Baptisms, Marriages, Adult Conversions (renamed ‘Receptions’ in 1976), and estimates of the Catholic population.

    We are very grateful to the Rev. Stephen Morgan for letting us use the fruits of his research, to the Fathers of the London Oratory for giving us access to their library, and to a number of Latin Mass Society volunteers for their time.


    For further information contact either: Mike Lord, General Manager, on 020 7404 7284 or michael@lms.org.uk