Sunday, June 29, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
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
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.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
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
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
Thursday, June 19, 2008
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.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
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
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
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
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 http://www.st.catherinestrust.org/ . 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
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
Saturday, June 7, 2008
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 http://forestmurmurs.blogspot.com/ which I shall link to this blog.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
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.