Sunday, June 29, 2008

Diary date

Gregorian Chant Workshop Day

Come for a day and conclude it

by singing a

1962 Extraordinary Rite Mass


St. Marie's, Gibbett Street,


on Saturday, September 20th.

10.45a.m start - Missa cantata at 6.00p.m.

Please bring a packed lunch. Tea, coffee and bottled water will be freely available.

Watch press and this blog for details.

The Mass ordinary to be learned on the day will be Cum Jubilo, the proper will be for the following day. Before Mass the Asperges will be sung and at Communion we shall be singing Adoro te devote.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

The past few days have been quite extraordinary.
In the space of a week I have been to London, Manchester, Leeds and Heckmondwike (much satirised by G.K. Chesterton.) for various LMS events . I've met lots of good people and been in contact with many others by 'phone and e-mail. Father Abberton even asked me, tongue in cheek, if a genuflection towards me be in order given my election to the Committee - not just yet I quickly replied!
On Monday there was the wonderful first - Solemn High Mass at Trinity & All Saints and book launching by Rev. Laurence Hemming. There was the delight of a prospective convert having had her prayer to find work answered and the news about a traditional Rite personal parish in Liverpool. There have also been things about which I have not been allowed to blog about, but can at least start to do so now. Over recent months you may be aware that I have been in dialogue with the Bishop's Office and at a meeting way back in late October I met with Bishop Roche. As a result of these deliberations I have now been invited to a formal meeting with Father Timothy Wiley, Parish Priest of Batley's St. Mary of the Angels and regular celebrant of the Gregorian Mass. Father Wiley is a member and very good friend of the LMS as well as being a personal friend, and so when he rang me in his new capacity as TLM co-ordinator, I did not push anything, but clearly the TLM in this diocese is now, like Liverpool, also being given official recognition. Fr. Wiley was contacted directly by one of the Vicars General before their meeting with His Lordship, the Bishop.

All this within a fortnight of Cardinal Castrillon's visit to Westminster and the LMS's Office Manager John Medlin's recent sledgehammer hint that there's more to come. Having read that I then I then received a call from a fellow rep in another diocese with news that something similar was afoot in that neck of the woods.
I can't say anymore about what else has happened until I've met with Fr. Wiley in his official capacity - in the meantime he is celebrant at Mass for the Feast of Ss. Peter and Paul at Our Lady of Lourdes, Cardigan Road, Leeds on Sunday at 3.00p.m. Incidentally the Holy Father is due to adopt the more modern form of the pallium at his solemn Mass today.
In light of recent events I do think I am going to have to throw away my present plans for the next quarter of Masses, due to be at the LMS office by July 4th. on account of the fact that there are several positive changes afoot. It would also appear that several clergymen are going to be attending the LMS Training Conference at Oxford in just over a month's time from this and other northern dioceses. I have also almost finalized details of the training day for those interested in learning to sing a Mass (Cum Jubilo with the Asperges, proper and a couple of hymns) in the Autumn and one parish choir has already expressed interest in attending. Details to follow shortly. It is my intention to request this Mass be offered for the repose of the soul of Miss Dorothy Simpson whose bequest will finance this event.
Finally I returned from Mass at Heckmondwike to find that I had received a cheque for the work of the Society from a non-member but generous friend to the tune of £250, somebody who has provided valuable service to the traditional cause in recent years. Many thanks to them for that. Mass will again be offered for all our members, benefactors and friends.
I have also spoken with Professor Richards who asked me to thank everyone who prayed for his late wife, Rita, and for the Masses offered for the repose of her soul.
Thinking about (and praying for) Miss Diamond today, having blogged about her yesterday, my mind wandered on to the other people whom I have met at Broughton over the last twenty odd years, now deceased: Kevin and Rose Cave, Tom Hudson, Maeve Crowley, the Misses Mungovin, Miss Dorothy Simpson, Father Michael Cresswell, Father George Grime, Mgr. Alfred Gilbey and Sister Mary Kilday, who came to the Masses from Lancashire and who was an old friend of the then Cardinal Ratzinger. The Cardinal exchanged personally signed and notated cards in German with Sr. Mary who then delighted in testing my German at the back of the chapel by asking me to translate what His Eminence had written. One day she said to me, "He should be Pope one day, you know."
I do now.
God bless the Pope!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Great news from Liverpool

It was great to read in today's Catholic Herald that His Grace, Patrick Kelly, Archbishop of Liverpool has given a Pugin Church, St. Vincent de Paul's in Toxteth to be a personal parish exclusively for the 1962 Rite. It's parish priest is to be Father Simon Henry who was previously a parish priest in Wigan. According to the Herald, the Church was built by Bishop O'Reilly whilst he was still a parish priest. The parish could be up and running as soon as September. This is only the second such parish I have heard of - the first being in Rome! Let's hope and pray that other bishops around the world take the lead in their dioceses and do likewise. Having heard of so many bishops who have said and written there is no future in the traditional Mass, perhaps now is the time to put a little bit of their often extensive resources where their mouths are. In the meantime let's give thanks to God for Archbishop Kelly's momentous decision and not to forget Father Henry who now has the task of building up his congregation and thereby playing his part in the revival of that great city of culture and former bastion of Catholicism.

Years ago I remember when the delightfuly formidable Miss Joan Diamond was rep for Liverpool and managed to persuade Archbishop Worlock to get one of his priests, Fr. Michael Gaine, to say a regular Sunday Mass in light of Pope JPII's Ecclesia Dei adflicta. This was quite something - the church was St. Mary's, Highfield Street, now long gone, but the Mass survived and for the time being continues at St. Anthony's, Scotland Road. Before that I remember Miss Diamond being a regular attender for many years up until about 1988 at the first Sunday of the month Mass at Broughton Hall, which Bishop Wheeler permitted nearly thirty years ago.

We have come a long way.

Join us on Sunday for the Feast of Ss. Peter & Paul at Our Lady of Lourdes, Cardigan Road, Leeds at 3.00p.m.

Answer to a prayer

A young woman who is interested in becoming a Catholic attended the High Mass at TASC on Monday. At the Mass she prayed to St. Joseph to help her find a new job. On Wednesday she got that job. Totally moved by the liturgy she experienced she has requested further details of future traditional Masses. Little incidents like this make being a rep worthwhile in themselves.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Next training opportunity - initial idea

Following Saturday's Committee Meeting, Paul Waddington, rep for Middlesbrough and I put our heads together and decided to go ahead and organise another training day. Originally I had considered something for the clergy and servers, as I posted to that effect on Friday. We are still planning this for 2009 but in the meantime the idea is to have a day where people come together for a day to learn to sing a Mass from the liber usualis (i.e. no polyphony) to a setting other than the Missa de Angelis, with a latin hymn or two. We envisage a packed or shared lunch half way through the day, which will end with a Missa cantata in the 1962 Rite. We hope that this will encourage people interested in establishing similar things on a parish level to do something about this and establish the chance of networking which such events offer.

Monday, June 23, 2008


This evening saw our first Solemn Mass for about five years and was in the chapel at Trinity & All Saints College, Leeds. Rev. Dr. Laurence Hemming (Westminster Diocese) was Deacon and preached most eloquently about St. John the Baptist and priesthood. The celebrant was Fr. David Smith and the subdeacon was Fr. Tim Wiley. There was a number of clergy present in choir and in the congregation. It was very nice to see Fr. Parfitt there. A small schola, led by Mike Forbester, sang the Ordinary and Proper and the Mass concluded with the singing of the Salve Regina.

The reception afterwards was a most sociable event where Dr. Hemming spoke very humbly about those people and things which had inspired him to write his book, "Worship as a Revelation - The Past, Present and Future of Catholic Liturgy". Published by Burns and Oates. When I have read the book I shall give a brief review of it on this blog. The bit I have read so far has definitely whetted my theological appetite.

Catching up with people was, as ever, very interesting and two clergy asked me about learning the traditional Rite. Always glad to oblige on that one gentlemen. For any priests in the Leeds Diocese interested in learning (or brushing up on) the traditional liturgy, but feels unsure or inhibited, for whatever reason, please feel free to contact Father Parfitt in total confidence. I am currently seeking some training from him for myself. Given the recent challenge of organizing part of this evening's celebration, I realized that I can't actually act as M.C. at a Solemn Mass, because of lack of opportunity and experience. Well, as a result of tonight's Mass, two more Solemn Masses would also appear to be already in the pipeline. So I'm bound for Broughton.

Talking about training we are currently planning a Gregorian Chant Day for lay people. More details in the next posting.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Our new saint

One of the links from this blog is to Catholic statues. I recently ordered this plaster statue of St. Edmund Campion which was waiting for me when I got home from school on Friday. He is now standing proudly at the side of the fire. Visitors have been keen to know what the rope around his neck is all about.

Westminster Cathedral from above

Before going to the Committee meeting in London yesterday, where I took this photo of Westminster Cathedral I popped into the Cathedral for confession and spent a pleasant half hour in St. Paul's and the CTS bookshops.

This afternoon, Sunday, we went over to the Holy Name in Manchester, where Father Hilton gave a very thought provoking sermon. Given that today is the feast of Ss. John Fisher and Thomas More Father spoke about these saints and made reference to the changes at the time of the reformation when altars were cast outside of the west doors of churches so people walked over the place where the sacrifice had been offered. A communion table was placed in the centre of the church around which the community shared bread and wine, looking in at itself - the notion of sacrifice gone and the people - the community looking to itself. (Sounds familiar.) Only one Bishop, John Fisher refused to accept the King as head of the Church recognising the Reformation for what it was. Father went on to speak about the sacrifice the Martyrs made for the Faith and the Sacrifice of the Mass - not a remembrance of the last supper. Priest and people facing one way - facing Jesus.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

On the move

This is another blogging first for me, as I am sitting on the train between London and Grantham, where I shall have to change to catch a bus to Newark where I will then pick up the train again, due to repairs to the line.
The Committee meeting in London was very successful and enjoyable. The office manager reported that there had been tremendous feedback from a great deal of people following the Mass at Westminster Cathedral last week. The Cardinal had been most pleased with what he had witnessed and had spoken warmly of the efforts of the Latin Mass Society especially in organizing the Oxford Conference last year and this.
The enormity of the task ahead in promoting the Gregorian Mass will take a lot of time and effort. Looking round the table at today's Committee meeting I saw a dedicated group of people who are certainly up for it.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Quick update

I have just finished preparing everything for tomorrow's trip to London for my first Committee meeting in about three years. I don't have to be in Westminster until noon, so at least I don't have to get up at 4.30 a.m. this week. I probably won't be home before 10.00p.m. Before going to bed tonight I have to do a final check on the things needed for the Mass on Monday. I know for a fact that the book of epistles and Gospels from which to chant at High Mass is in the attic boxed up or in the basement sitting room, so I'll have to root it out and air the vestments on Sunday. Three telephone calls to make and I still have to arrange to pick up the server and sort out an additional digital camera by soaping up to my Dad. One of the things I have in my bag to read on the train is a photocopy of the section about serving at a Solemn High Mass, by "archrubrician" Dr. O'Connell. I now find myself involved in organizing another training day, this time for servers and clergy in the autumn. Details still vague! I am hoping to raise this at the Committee meeting tomorrow. Whilst on the train I also have to complete the languages department timetable (for the third time) for Monday and cobble together an action plan for next year. (I'm tempted to simply write "survive" on mine - but that would never do.)

Reminder to those of you nearby that there is to be Mass on Saturday - tomorrow- at St. Marie's, Gibbett Street, Halifax at 6.00 p.m.

Given the front page of the Catholic Herald (and even the Catholic Times for once) I feel inspired again to quite simply say, "God Bless the Pope!" (pictured above before becoming Benedict XVI)

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Reaction to the Cardinal's visit

Hardly surprising that this week has seen all sorts of reaction (and from some quarters no reaction) to the Cardinal's visit, during which he met with the Nuncio, the Archbishop, countless clergy and lay people, the Knights of Malta, our chairman - the larger than life Mr. Julian Chadwick (pictured above towering over Mgr. Conlon) and the press.
One member of the press was from the Tablet, Ms Curti. By what I have seen online of this week's Tablet's reaction, Ms Curti writes, in it, a fairly decent piece about her meeting with the Cardinal. I say decent, because given the swerve she is coming from, I sensed no actual sense of deep-seated malice which might be expected from the usual seasoned sourpusses usually associated with the Tablet. I haven't yet read hard copy.
The Catholic Herald promises to be a memorable read judging by what I have heard - but not yet seen.
It has also been interesting this week to receive google alerts to reactions in the secular press throughout the world including a very interesting analysis in an American publication by Georg Weigel, biographer of Pope John Paul II.
What will be of interest now is the reaction to the news by the Tablet's readers and regular correspondents. I will also be looking out for Bishop Lindsey, Emeritus of Hexham and Newcastle's views, given his impecable hostility.
Watch the Catholic Press and remember EWTN filmed the Cardinal's Mass last week.


A reminder that MONDAY 23rd. JUNE sees the SOLEMN HIGH MASS for THE NATIVITY OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST at TRINITY & ALL SAINTS COLLEGE, HORSFORTH, LEEDS AT 7.30p.m. The preacher will be Rev. Dr. Laurence Hemming, who is launching his latest book following the Mass at a reception.
Also Fr. David Smith will be offering Mass this Saturday at St. Marie's, Gibbett Street, Halifax at 6.00p.m. Apologies for not having mentioned on this blog that Father Smith offered Mass last Saturday as well - the Cardinal's visit was clouding my mind and memory.
The Feast of SS Peter & Paul falls on a Sunday this year and Mass will be offered at Our Lady of Lourdes, Cardigan Road at 3.00p.m. I'm sure you would wish to join us to raise the roof singing Full in the panting heart of Rome....breathes in all tongues one only sound, "God bless our Pope, the great, the good".

It's ripper for Father Richard

Father Richard Aladics who recently offered Mass for us at his parish in Churwell contacted me this morning to say that he is taking up a new Australia. He has been appointed as chaplain to the new Campion University in Sydney. Part of his remit is to offer the traditional Mass twice weekly in the college chapel as part of the regular life of the college. We wish Fr. Richard every good wish and prayer as he takes his ministry down under.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

What the Cardinal said (2)

Go to Fr. Brown's excellent Forest murmurs to read in full the details of the press conference and the Cardinal's address to the LMS A.G.M.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

What the Cardinal said

When returning back on the train on Saturday I made some notes about what I had learned, partly as a personal souvenir and partly for points for the blog. I found it quite difficult to believe what I was writing and because it was so incredible I thought I'd better not be one of the first to blog about it and then look like a right lemon! I even had the laptop with me! I had to distinguish what the Cardinal had said at the meal, at the AGM and from Cardinal Cormac's throne in the Cathedral.
Firstly I thought that the Feast of St. Basil in the Byzantine setting of the magnificent Westminster Cathedral and the epistle and Gospel for that feast were in themselves as if the Lord were speaking directly to us. As the Cardinal spoke of the Saint as being of the Eastern and Western Churches - and at the same time two parts of one Church I thought about the subtext of all of these remarks. My internal conclusion was that the Holy Father wants parity of Rites. Traditional Catholics will have to be prepared to accept things which they personally dislike (like the objections raised 20 years ago when the removal of the second confiteor caused such a rumpus, when the 1962 edition of the Roman Missal was made definitive for those times). The two Rites of Mass must be able to sit comfortably together because they are both part of the same tradition and are supposed to be a part of the profession of the same Faith in albeit different ways. The Cardinal had earlier referred to the "many, many, many abuses" associated with the post-Concilliar rite of Mass.
In the A.G.M. the Cardinal said that the efforts of the LMS to instruct priests at last year's Oxford Conference had been very well received in Rome. The issue which had caused a bit of a storm in this country recently was the arguement about the moving of the traditional Holydays of Obligation to the nearest Sunday. The Cardinal said it was perfectly permissable to celebrate the Feast on the traditional day but to accept the instructions of the English Bishops that the "obligation" be observed on the Sunday and that Feast be offered in the Old Rite too. This is because Rome had given permission for the Bishops to choose the observation of Holydays in their respective countries. This had already happened in this diocese when Fr. Wiley offered Mass on Corpus Christi Thursday in Batley and on Corpus Christi Sunday at Our Lady of Lourdes in Leeds.
It was however the press conference, which was the talk of the lunch , which had been most revealing. The Cardinal said that the Holy Father wanted the Mass to be available in not many, but all, parishes. He said that the seminaries were being written to with the instruction for the provision of the teaching of how to offer the Gregorian Mass and all that this will entail. The question of what consists a stable group was likened by the Cardinal to a Bishop's household of about three or four - and these need not be from the same parish. The Holy Father appears to wish to allow everybody the right to experience the devotion and beauty offered by the Gregorian Mass, even the young, because without knowing it they can't request it. As Pope, His Holiness sees the need to catechize the faithful and in some cases re-catechize them, and to my own way of the thinking he sees the traditional Latin Mass an ideal tool to do this. He sees it, as do many countless thousands, tens and hundreds of thousands of Catholics, as a powerful weapon against the powers of darkness afoot in the world today - think only of recent events in the House of Commons. Shameful.
Last year a priest I know had visited a friend of his who is also a priest who works in the Vatican. A Cardinal had casually told him that Summorum Pontificum was just a start to the Benedictine reforms. I am seriously starting to awaken to this revelation. We are living in extraordinary times! God bless the Pope!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Adoro te devote

Relax and offer up this wonderful hymn of praise to the Blessed Sacrament. It is 34 years ago today since I made my First Holy Communion at St. John the Evangelist, Bradford. The Parish Priest was Fr. Reginald Bessler. The class was prepared by Miss Russell who later retired to her native Belfast. I still have my rosary, medal and certificate which were presented at the Communion breakfast after the 11.15a.m. Mass.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

What a weekend

Yesterday morning I had to get up at 4.30a.m. in order to get to London for 9.30a.m. When I reached Westminster Cathedral Hall at about 10.40a.m. there were already a lot of people waiting for the A.G.M.

The meeting started promptly and the Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer all dealt quickly and efficiently with Society business. The results of the election were announced and I was pleased to learn that I had been elected to serve on the Committee, along with Paul Waddington - rep for Middlesbrough, Dr. Joe Shaw - rep for Oxford and Gordon Dimon - MC to the Society and rep for Westminster. This done the Cardinal appeared having been at a press conference.
Following the Cardinal's address he received a rapturous standing ovation and having sung Credo III we received His Eminence's blessing. After the photo call there was lunch in the Archbishop's library, during which the Cardinal met briefly with Cardinal Cormac. The Cardinal then joined us for lunch. He struck me as being a most humble and prayerful man who is most keen to ensure that the Holy Father's will in these matters is carried out quickly and efficiently.
The Mass was quite extraordinary in every sense of the word. The Cardinal was received at the West Door of the Cathedral, accompanied by the Knights of Malta, in cappa magna by the Head of the chapter of Canons. The Cardinal processed to the Blessed Sacrament chapel for prayer before being led to the Arhbishop's throne to vest for Mass. The vestments, the Cathedral's finest, were white for the Feast of St. Basil the Great.
The Cathedral choir sang polyphony and chant beautifully throughout the Mass and the distribution of Holy Communion, which given that the Cathedral had standing room only took a long time but made particularly poignant by the singing of Adoro te devote.
The atmosphere had been electric in the Cathedral and was the same in the piazza afterwards. As I was standing with a collection bag at the end of Mass talking to one of our Leeds members who had travelled down with others on a private coach, I witnessed Jesuits, Dominicans, Benedictines, Franciscans, White Canons, Oratorians, a member of the Institute of Christ the King and sisters of may different orders along with literally countless dozens of regular diocesan clergy, some of whom I recognized from all the northern dioceses including this one, except Hallam. I was able to chat with a lot of old friends and people I met last year at the Oxford Conference. The atmosphere was positively enhanced by a street entertainer with an electric Violin playing Vivaldi's Spring from the Four Seasons. At this point I had to slog back home. I stepped in at 10.35 p.m.
A bottle of Moet & Chandon has been languishing in the fridge since Christmas awaiting some special occasion. On the way down I wondered to myself if this would be special enough. Totally exhausted and pre-occupied with what I had seen, heard and learned I didn't feel anything like celebrating. A red hot Indian takeaway and a bottle of very dry German Pinot Grigio eventually alllowed me to reflect on what I had witnessed. I am still not fully able to summarize what the Cardinal said and this is why I have deliberately not quoted anything of what he said, which will have far-reaching consequences.
This I am saving for another posting. But in the meantime let nobody deny the fact that the Holy Ghost is breathing life into His Church.
God bless the Pope!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Summorum Pontificum

Following the last posting I felt inspired to search out the wonderful video released by the great Father Finigan of Blackfen and author of the blogsite Hermeneutic of Continuity to celebrate the publishing of the Motu Proprio. Enjoy!

Incredibly busy

The last few days have been so busy I have hardly had time to think about blogging but I have received a few e-mails from people who have seen the blog and have commented (positively) about it.
I have now finished my GCSE marking which is a weight off my mind but Saturday's Mass is now looming large along with the Annual General meeting and election results. At the AGM the candidates standing for election to the LMS Committee will learn of the results (this includes me). In addition to this there is the luncheon at Archbishop's House to prepare for. Meeting Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos is not something one does every day!
Preparation for the solemn High Mass at Trinity & All Saints College, Leeds, on Monday 23rd. June at 7.30p.m. followed by a reception to launch Dr. Laurence Hemming's latest book (details below) is proving to be a very rewarding but time consuming exercise. Yesterday I went over to the College to get a feel for the place and to see what things I will need to take. This has meant a great deal of liaison with lecturer at the College, Ben Whitworth who is the principle organiser. I also had to go over to Killingbeck Cemetery chapel to pick up the altar cards and various other things we will need. The Mass is to be for the Nativity of St. John the Baptist as it will occur after Vespers of the Vigil, so I have had to sort out the white High Mass set of vestments last used a few years ago at St. Joseph's in Bradford, when Canon Boyle of Glasgow was celebrant, with Fr. David Smith as Deacon and Fr. Tim Wiley as Sub deacon. The forthcoming Mass will see Fr. Smith as celebrant, Rev. Hemming as Deacon and Fr. Wiley as Sub deacon. We have been able to put together a team of at least 6 servers and some clergy have agreed to attend in choir. We are most grateful to Fr. Paul Grogan, chaplain to the College for his help and support. There is still much work to be done, including sending out invitations and getting together everything necessary to make the occasion as splendid and memorable as possible. This has also meant the preparation of press releases and suchlike. The choir is busy preparing and the rehearsal has been scheduled. The event has prompted requests for a training day for priests and laymen to learn how to serve as MC at a High Mass, as it is also hoped to make solemn High Masses a more regular feature in Leeds and Middlesbrough Dioceses. This is something Bishop Roche referred to most positively at my meeting with him way back in October. The signs are good - few could doubt that the Traditional Mass is making a steady comeback following the Holy Father's Motu Proprio, Summorum Pontificum and that in many places the traditional liturgy of the Church is being accepted as mainstream once again. For this we should thank Almighty God.Who can forget our Blessed Lord's exhortation, "Feed my sheep"?

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Summer School and Credo I

There are some superb videos on youtube and this is a fine example. Credo 1 is sung by the English Dominican Studentate and accompanied by pictures of stained glass windows which provide a rich commentary on the words of the prayer. I also think that this is a wonderful example of how the Faith of the Church can be imparted using modern technology. The Order of Preachers is probably doing exactly what St. Paul the Apostle would have done, had he been alive today. Would we then have had E-pistles I wonder?

This year's Summer School, organised by the St. Catherine's Trust and to be held at Ardingly College, Haywards Heath, Sussex (27th. July-3rd. August) will have, for the first time, a Dominican Sister from the Community at Cambridge on the staff along with Defender of the Faith, Mrs. Daphne McLeod. To visit the Trust's Website go to . This year will be the fourth year my eldest daughter has attended the Summer School. She is already lamenting the fact that this will be her last year as she will be too old next year. Fortunately my eldest son will be old enough to attend next year.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Tremendous value of Holy Mass

At the hour of death the Holy Masses you have heard devoutly will be your greatest consolation.

Every Mass will go with you to Judgement and will plead for pardon for you.

By every Mass you can diminish the temporal punishment due to your sins, more or less, according to your fervour.

By devoutly assisting at Holy Mass you render the greatest homage possible to the Sacred humanity of our Lord.

Through the Holy Sacrifice, our Lord supplies for many of your negligences and omissions. He forgives you all he venial sins which you are determined to avoid. The power of sin over you is diminished.

By piously hearing Holy Mass you afford the Souls in purgatory the greatest possible relief.

One Holy Mass, heard during your life, will be of more benefit to you than many heard for you after your death.

Through Holy Mass you are preserved from many dangers and misfortunes which would otherwise have befallen you. You shorten your prgatory by every Mass.

During Holy Mass you kneel amid a multitude of holy Angels, who are present at the Adorable Sacrifice with reverential awe. Through Holy Mass you are blessed in your temporal goods and affairs.

When you hear Holy Mass devoutly, offering it to Almighty God in honour of any particular Saint or Angel, thanking God for favours bestowed on him/her etc. etc., you afford that Saint or Angel a new degree of honour, joy and happiness and draw his special love and protection on yourself.

Every time you assist at Holy Mass, besides other intentions, you should offer it honour of the Saint of the day.

Nihil obstat: Francis J. Beckmann, Censor librarian

July 13, 1923.

Imprimatur: Henry Moeller. +Abp of Cincinnati

Rita Richards. R.I.P.

An old friend and teacher of mine rang me from Manchester tonight to relay the sad news that Rita Richards, wife of Professor Bernard Richards and dear mother and grandmother to their large family died in her sleep last night. Please pray for the sweet repose of her soul and for her family. Bernard was for many years MC at our regular first Sunday Masses at Broughton.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Headline - Communion plate (!...?)

A few posts ago I referred to a programme I had seen on EWTN, where our Holy Father Pope Benedict offered an open air Ordinary Rite Mass in Genoa, birthplace of Benedict XV, and where all those filmed receiving Holy Communion from the Pontiff did so on the tongue with the safety of the Communion plate.
A few days later blogger ET EXPECTO of the Middlesbrough Diocese LMS blog referred to the fact that those receiving Holy Communion on the Feast of Corpus Christi from the hand of the Holy Father did so not only on the tongue, with the safety of the Communion plate, but also kneeling.
There were plenty of pictures on the web to make this very apparent but what was even more interesting was the fact that Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison, USA, in his sermon last Sunday, referring to the Pope's recent sermons and moreover example, encouraged all those physically able to receive the Holy Eucharist on the tongue and kneeling down. To facilitate those wishing to positively respond to the Bishop's encouragement, His Lordship had ensured that kneelers were placed before the Sanctuary.

Whilst unwinding this evening, after having marked 15 more speaking tests before attending one of our First Friday Masses I did my usual surf of Catholic blogs and I came across a very pleasant post by Father Brown about this blogsite on his own very popular blogspot which I shall link to this blog.
I think it is now time to contact the authorities at Kirkstall Abbey.
Having had my favourite shoes resoled I have to think about making sure my favourite suit is ready for next week's trip to London to meet His Eminence Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos at a simple lunch in the library of the Archbishop of Westminster's House.

Thursday, June 5, 2008


LEEDS HAS IT ALL....according to the website of Trinity & All Saints College, Leeds.

Given the following announcement, even as a proud Bradfordian, I tend to agree!





to be followed by wine and light buffet in the Conference Suite in order to launch the latest book by Dr. Laurence Paul Hemming ;
the past, present and future of Catholic Liturgy".
The book will be available at the reception.
All are welcome to attend the Mass.
If you wish to attend the reception, to help with numbers, please e-mail

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Of your charity...

Following a conversation with Mrs. Windsor, who works in the Office in London, I wonder if any readers of this blog would be able to forward any old/unused rosaries, miraculous medals or little pictures of Our Lady of Lourdes to Mrs Windsor at the London Office for her to send on to an African traditional priest working in the Missions in his native Africa. Such small gifts of love and Faith can reap tremendous harvests in the Missions.

It gets busier

Fortunately I managed to make myself rise early (this first day back at school) to mark 20 German GCSE speaking tests and to arrive in good time before school starts at 8.35p.m. A hectic day was made more hectic by having to welcome and induct another new supply teacher to the department on account of a maternity leave.
When I got home three letters had to be written to LMS members and posted and I had 9 LMS e-mails to respond to before putting yesterday's action plan referred to in yesterday's blog into action. As a result I have now organized clerics for the Solemn High Mass and for some to attend in choir. The Mass will be of the Vigil of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. Next job - to gather together everything necessary for the celebration of the Mass and to sort out servers. This involved well over an hour on the telephone and included contact with the Office in London to discuss future initiatives and my recent invitation to lunch with Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos at Archbishop's House in Westminster. This reminds me that I need to have my favourite shoes resoled!
PS Still no reply from Kirkstall Abbey.
PPS Donation from a lady outside the diocese received with thanks.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Today, the third Sunday after Pentecost, has been (for the Sabbath) a very busy but rewarding day! Broughton Hall's Sacred Heart chapel was filled to near capacity for a Missa Cantata this morning. Before his sermon Father Parfitt said that he had heard from Rita Richards' husband, Bernard (please see previous posting, Prayers please) that having been "written off" Rita had requested nutrition the day after Mass had been offered for her at Bewerley Grange. Rita is still in desperate need of of our prayers, as is the rest of the family. Mass concluded with the singing of To Jesus All Hearts burning (to celebrate the start of the month of June) and the Salve Regina. It seemed to me that well over half of the congregation were young people, many whom I had not seen there before. Equally interesting was the fact that some of our regulars were away. If the Government hears about full chapels and churches it may start considering pew tax to discourage them. People have told me that the tax on petrol prevents them from literally being able to afford going to as many Masses as they would like, this includes those who travel by taxi, bus, train and private car. Only the gentleman from Mirfield who attends many of our Masses on his bicycle seems undeterred!

Mass at Heckmondwike, this afternoon, again saw a lot of new faces. ( A few weeks ago I sent out posters to all the local libraries in the deanery.) In his sermon Fr. Abberton stressed the vital importance of the Sacrament of Penance as a joyful occasion when all the angels in heaven rejoice at the repenting of one sinner and the fact that Christ came to call us sinners to repent. Had there been only one sinner in the world Christ would still have endured His passion and death for that person. It was nice to see a sense of community amongst people chatting after Mass (outside, of course!) At both our Masses it made for a refreshing sight to see the clergy wearing post pentecost green - reminding us of life.

Finally I spoke with a gentleman over the telephone who is in possession of a lot of liturgical vestments and things necessary for the Mass and dispensation of the Sacraments which he would like to give to me for the Society. I was also contacted, this evening, by a lecturer at Trinity & All Saints College in Leeds, who is organizing a Solemn High Mass there later this month. We were able to establish an action plan and I shall post details about this over the next couple of days. The occasion is the launching of Rev. Dr. Hemming' latest book, details of which will also be posted here.

AND I managed to mark 25 more speaking tests.

Still waiting for a reply from the authorities at Kirkstall.