The Latin Mass Society RC Diocese of Middlesbrough
The purpose of this blog is to provide an open forum for discussion of the aims of the society; news from the wider Church and details of Masses and events of interest in the diocese. The Latin Mass Society in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Middlesbrough expresses its full filial devotion and loyalty to Holy Mother Church, Pope Francis and Bishop Drainey.
REGULAR TRADITIONAL MASSES IN THE DIOCESE OF MIDDLESBROUGH
12 Noon. Every Sunday MissaCantata at Church of St Wilfrid, Duncombe Place, York. YO1 7EF
11:30am. (Winter months) 6pm. (Summer months) Every Sunday Church of the Sacred Heart, Lobster Road, Redcar. TS10 1SH
6.30pm First Wednesday of each month at Church of St Charles, Jarratt St. Hull. HU1 3HB
Last week, I attended a talk given by Fr James Mawdsley FSSP at the Church of St Mary in Warrington. Before training for the priesthood at Wigratzbad in Germany, Fr Mawdsley was a preominent human rights activist, with a special interest in the oppressed ethnic minority communities in Burma (or Myanmar). As a result of his campaign of protests, he had spent the best part of two years in prison in Burma in the 1990s.
Fr Mawdsley has just returned from a fortnight in Burma, when he travelled extensively in the country visiting Catholic shrines schools, orphanages and churches. He was also able to distribute some money to good causes. The talk gave an insight into Catholic life in Burma, and I was surprised to discover that there were so many Catholics in the country.
The Catholic population is estimated as being between 500.000 and 800,000, and is growing steadily. Fr Mawdsley thought the latter figure to be the more accurate. That is around one and a half percent of the total population. Most Burmese are Buddhists, with the next largest group being Animists.
There are some large and impressive churches and cathedrals, although many of the churches are very small and sometimes very basic buildings. Apparently there is a good supply of priests, although the number of young men entering seminaries has declined in recent years. Fr Mawdsley was able to celebrate the traditional Mass every day, and said that he was warmly welcomed everywhere that he went. He said that the Burmese were very impressed that he, and the seminarian who was his travelling companion, wore the cassock. That practice has almost completely died out in Burma. He also found that many of the young priests were interested in the Latin Mass, and would be keen to learn to say it if they had the opportunity. I immediately thought that the decline in priestly vocations might be reversed by the introduction of one ofthetraditional orders into the country.
My hope is that it may be possible for the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter to establish an appostolate in Burma before too long. From what Fr Mawdsley had to say, it would seem that the Catholic community out there would welcome such a move.
Referring back to the previous post, I am still unaware of any parishes in England or Wales that have heeded Cardinal Sarah's suggestion of adopting ad orientem for novus ordo Masses. However, according to a report in the blog, New Liturgical Movement, the practice has been taken up to some degree in Croatia.
If anyone knows of any parishes that have heeded Cardinal Sarah's suggestion, please leave a comment.
The first Sunday of Advent has come and gone, and I have been looking into the extent to which parishes have have heeded Cardinal Sarah's suggestion that the new church year would be a good time to start celebrating the novus ordo form of the Mass ad orientem. In England and Wales, I have come across no examples, although I am sure that there are a few.
In the USA, things are a little different. Two bishops, Bishop Robert Morlino of Maddison and Bishop James Conley of Lincoln have publicly stated that they will be celebrating ad orientem at their personal Masses. No doubt many of the priests in those two dioceses will be doing likewise at least on some occasions. Fr Zuhlsdorf reports on his blog that, according to one priest, there are 10 priests in the Diocese of Lacrosse who are adopting the practice. It would seem that in the States novus ordo Masses are beginning to be celebrated ad orientem in a significant number of locations.
Of course, in this country Archbishop Nichols has all but ruled it out in the Archdiocese of Westminster and at least one other bishop has acted similarly. However, I often say that what happens in America frequently happens 10 years later in this country. So maybe we will have to wait a while for Cardinal Sarah's suggestion to be adopted here.
There will be a sung Mass at 6pm at St Wilfrid's Church in York on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. I understand that this will be the last occasion that the choral scholars will be singing before the Christmas break, which is a very good reason for attending.
The annual Requiem Mass for Bishop Wheeler, Bishop of Leeds from 1966 to 1985, will take place in St Anne's Cathedral, Great George Street, Leeds, LS2 8BE on Saturday 19th November at 3pm. It will be a Sung Requiem followed by absolutions at the catafalque, with music provided by the Schola Gregoriana. Fr Michael Hall will be the celebrant.
Bishop Wheeler did a great deal to support the Latin Mass in the Leeds Diocese in the years following the Second Vatican Council, at a time when provision on other dioceses was scant or non-existant.