31 December 2014

I'm not renowned for celebrating...

...New Year; in fact I save up all my bah-humbugs for it. We have a Catholic new year at the beginning of the liturgical year, and another one, for me, at the Resurrection. We also have one at the beginning of September when school starts again. And then there's the tax year. So, forgive me, but I just haven't got the energy for 1st January. However, I will wish you, for the morrow,

A Happy Feast Of The Circumcision!

And to celebrate, here is a fun Saint's Name Generator to help you find a brand new saint for 2015! You can have one for each member of your family. I do.

29 December 2014

The Season of Christmas

Apologies for not putting up a seasonal pic before now, but I have been busy, busy, busy. Anyway, I'm still wishing everyone I see a Happy Christmas, and shall continue to do so until it is no longer seasonally appropriate. So :

13 December 2014

See post of 1 December, for updates of updates of upcoming Masses

Veiling, dear to my heart, closer to my head, and perennially vexing to some chapettes who just don't get it.

I'd like to draw your attention, if it hasn't already been drawn, to the  FIUV paper on veiling on Rorate Caeli, and the Chairman's post on his blog.

I am the only veiler when I attend the NO Mass in my parish church, although I have been now for ooh, feels like ever so long, I still get the funny looks from ladies who really should have got over it by now. Like their tutting is going to make me stop. I'm not sure they would agree to disagree with me even if given the rather fine explanation of the why and wherefore found in the links above. But I am glad they are available to point anyone towards, should anyone move beyond the filthy/pitying/confused look, to ask why I am so repressed and retro...that is, if they don't ask hubby first, given I am so repressed and retro.

01 December 2014

Updates of Updates

Happy Advent to One and All!

Our Lady of Consolation, W Grinstead, Missa Cantata,  3.00 pm, 14 December 
                                                                     Low Mass, 210.30 am, 6 December
                                                                     Low Mass, 3.00 pm, 11 January 

St Mary Magdalen, Brighton: Sung Mass at 9.00 am on Christmas Day

St Pancras, Lewes,  Low Mass, 12.30 pm, Christmas Day
                                      Low Mass, 10.00 am 27 December
                                      Low Mass, 10.00 am 3 January
                                      Low Mass, 12.30 pm 4 January
                                      Low Mass, 7.00 pm 6 January, Feast of the Epiphany

St Thomas More, Seaford, CANCELLATION There will be NO MASS in December. The next will be on 18 January, 3.00 pm.


Our Lady Immaculate and St Philip Neri, Uckfield, Low Mass on 25th January at 3.00 pm

And a date for the diary, on Monday, 2 March, Day of Recollection, Mass at 11.00 am, followed by a talk, shared lunch, Rosary and Benediction, ending about 3.30 pm.

Regular 4th Sunday Masses will also be coming soon to Uckfield, watch this space for times and further dates.

N.B. All Christmas Mass times will appear first as a post here when I receive them, and will be posted on the sidebar, so if you can't find the main post, look down the listings on the sidebar.

16 October 2014

All Saints and All Souls

At St Pancras, Lewes :

Saturday, 1 November, Low Mass at 10.00 am
Sunday, 2 November, Missa Cantata at 12.30 pm (External Solemnity of All Saints)
Monday, 3 November, Low Mass at 7.00 pm (for All Souls, transferred)

At St Hugh's, Knaphill :

Monday, 3 November, Low Mass at 7.00 pm for the Feast of All Souls

At St Mary Magdalene, Brighton :

Saturday, 1 November, Missa Cantata at 12.00 pm

29 September 2014

24 September 2014

Deeply un-PC, I know, but when have I let that bother me?

Blessed Virgin, ora pro nobis.

18 September 2014

Masses at Our Lady of Consolation, West Grinstead

There will be an additional Mass at 8.30 am, celebrated by Fr Matthew Goddard, on Sunday, 28 September.

Please will you also note that Fr David Irwin, from St James, Spanish Place will be saying the regular monthly Mass at Our Lady of Consolation in October.

If you are in, or new to, the area or have never experienced the beauty of the traditional Mass, please come along! Here's a LINK to the Shrine website.

16 September 2014

'Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes (turn and face the strain)'

Or : 'How To Dismantle A Dual Rite Parish In (Possibly Under) A Week'.

Here are some handy tips for getting it done, all tried and tested under rigorous and varied parish conditions :

Reduce reverence. For example, at Benediction, cut down on candles (for we see very well), sing in English, it makes a heftier point.

Get rid of the schola by not having that sort of music any more.

Sell The Tablet.

Suddenly stop after the Domine non sum dignus, and announce that communion in the hand is OK, canon law says so, while holding the Body of Our Lord.

Harangue, or just shout at, your parishioners, but only at the EF Masses, because that'll be another way you can get those pesky traddies to leave. It's all right to admit to a parishioner that there were meetings with the Archbishop and Bishop to discuss the way forward for the parish, because the EF folks are so toxic and divisive.

Don't worry, you can deny anything later, because it's your word against a Trad, and we all know who will be believed, right?

Result? You can shrink a Sunday EF congregation averaging about 120 down to about 50 in a week (or your money back).
That's pretty impressive if you ask me, in a week. And  it's useful not just for EF lovers, not at all, no, let's not be divisive because anyone orthodox can be eliminated using these handy tried and tested hints :


Using a pudding basin to burn incense
Getting out the pottery vessels
Making up your own liturgy
Telling jokes
Putting a set of golf clubs on the altar
Never mentioning sin
Not using the proper words of absolution after the counselling session formerly known as Confession
Putting all the decent vestments in the attic (yes, there are still some around that aren't polyester-viscose blend)
Insist that no Latin will intrude on the NO Masses (but a quick kyrie is all right if it's done to the right sort of tune)
More extraordinary ministers in the Sanctuary than there are people in the congregation (seen it with my own eyes)

There are many other examples, and I am sure you can come up with some of your own. If you do, please share your ideas with us, don't be shy.

Remember, there is to be no celebration of liturgical diversity.

What are they so afraid of?