18 December 2013

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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.