20 February 2009
Fr Finigan has provided an extra Mass every Sunday (He says four including the vigil one) and this Mass is in the usus antiquior. It seems that some parishioners (I think about six) are trying to make things difficult for him and have complained to the Archbishop of Southwark. Bishop Lynch, the auxiliary responsible for that area, had a meeting with them and it seems that they were disappointed when he refused to at on their complaint. Their next tactic was to contact the Tablet, whose the deputy editor, Elenor Curti, was dispatched to visit the parish. The result is an article in today's issue attacking Fr Finigan. The article can be read on the Tablet website..
I would recommend that anyone who takes the Tablet should cancel their order. I would also suggest that readers send a letter of complaint to the editor. The e-mail address can also be found on the Tablet website.
I know Fr Finigan quite well. He was a tutor at both the training conferences held at Merton College. He also went to the same school as me, although not at the same time. He is probably best known for his blog, the Hermeneutic of Continuity.
13 February 2009
Why not make a special effort to attend this Mass.
It is a regrettable fact that in this diocese, we are desparately short of priests able to celebrate Mass in the older form. In fact we are at the bottom of the league. Even smaller dioceses like Hallam, Menevia and Wrexham do better than us in this respect. If you know of a priest who you think might be interested, please suggest to him that he attends the conference. They need some encouragement.
The conference is from Mon 20th to Thurs 23rd April, and the fee for attending is £85. The magnificent St Cuthbert's Chapel will be used for all the liturgies and the rural setting is just perfect.
02 February 2009
The Latin Mass Society
in the Diocese of Middlesbrough
NEWSLETTER No 19
I must apologise for the length of time since the last newsletter. It has been a busy time and, until now, there has not been a great deal of news to report. However there are now some significant changes in the provision of old rite Masses in the diocese.
FR WILLIAM HUDSON
Fr Hudson, who had been saying most of the Masses in York, has found it necessary to spend more of his time at the Brussels International School, where he is headmaster. From the beginning of the Autumn term it became necessary for him to be in Brussels on Monday mornings, consequently he could no longer say Sunday evening Masses in York. Fr Hudson still says Sunday morning Masses in the Liverpool and Shrewsbury Dioceses.
FR WILLIAM CHARLTON
By good fortune, Fr Charlton was able to take over at York and has said most of the Masses in the latter part of 2008. He had been expecting a new appointment for many months, and in mid January moved to the Church of St Alphonsus in Middlesbrough. There, he will celebrate a weekly Mass in the usus antiquior every Sunday at 6pm. This is a great gain for Middlesbrough and I hope that it will be well supported by members living in that part of the diocese.
FR STEPHEN MAUGHAN
The departure of Frs Hudson and Charlton from York has left us with some difficulty. When I met Bishop Drainey a year ago, he did undertake to seek out diocesan priests who would be willing to learn to celebrate Mass in the older form. This has borne fruit in the person of Fr Stephen Maughan who is currently being trained. He moved from Hull to York in January, and when he has completed his training, will offer Mass in the older rite at York. I am not sure when this arrangement will begin, but will send out another newsletter with details when we have a starting date.
MGR JOHN HESLIN
Bishop Drainey is aware that there will be occasions, for example holiday times, when Fr Charlton will not be able to say the Sunday Mass in Middlesbrough. To cover these circumstances, he has asked Mgr Heslin to provide cover, which he is very willing to do. However, a consequence of this is that the First Friday Masses at St Clare’s in Middlesbrough will be discontinued. I know that this will be a disappointment to those who have been supporting that Mass, but with limited resources, we can only do so much.
MASSES IN OTHER DIOCESES
The regular 9.00am Sunday Low Mass celebrated by Fr Elkin at Barnard Castle in the Hexham and Newcastle Diocese continues. Also, a regular Mass has been introduced by the Leeds Diocese each Sunday at 3pm in the Church of St Joseph in Castleford. This is celebrated by a variety of priests. In the Nottingham Diocese, there is a regular Mass every Sunday at Holy Souls Church in Scunthorpe. It is generally a sung Mass on the third Sunday of the month. See the supplement to Mass of Ages for other times and locations.
TRAINING OF PRIESTS
The Latin Mass Society is organising a residential conference at Ushaw College for priests wishing to learn to say Mass in the usus antiquior. It will take place in Low Week from Monday 20th to Thurs 23rd April and tuition will be provided by priests experienced in the older rite. At the time of writing, no priests from the Middlesbrough Diocese have signed up for this conference, although there is considerable interest among clergy from other northern dioceses.
It would be a shame if no Middlesbrough priests took advantage of this opportunity, as there is no prospect of getting further old rite Masses until we have more priests trained in the rubrics. If any members know of priests who might be interested in attending, please give them some encouragement to attend. Application forms can be downloaded from the LMS website. It will be run along the lines of the very successful conferences held at Merton College, Oxford in the last two years.
NEW MASS ARRANGEMENTS
Every Sunday Low Mass 6.00pm Church of St Alphonsus, North Ormesby.
First Friday Masses at Church of St Clare of Assisi discontinued