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 Missa Cantata
Church of St Wilfrid, Duncombe Place, York. YO1 7EF
5pm. Every Second Sunday. Low Mass.
Church of St Mary & St Joseph, Baxtergate, Hedon HU12 8JN
VESPERS AND BENEDICTION
6pm. Every Sunday
Church of St Wilfrid, Duncombe Place, York. YO1 7EF
The following story has been reported in New Liturgical Movement, where a more detailed account can be found.
It seems that Archbishop Cordilione of San Francisco, along with the Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music and Divine Worship, visited the San Quintin State Prison for an evening of Music and Meditation. Apparently the event, which included both polyphony and plainsong, was well attended and and enjoyed by the inmates, to the extent that 25 of the inmates, presumably with the approval of the prison authorities, decided to form their own schola. Members of the Institute returned to provide tuition, and the schola has progressed to the extent that it is able to sing at Mass competently.
The sequel is that there is to be a Sung Mass in the prison later this month, and that this is intended to be the first of a series.
Those who do not feel able to walk the 57 miles from Ely to Walsingham, there is another option. Pilgrims can make their own way to Walsingham on the Sunday. There will be a Solemn Mass in the Chapel of Reconciliation at 2.00pm on the Sunday. Pilgrims can then walk the Holy Mile to the Abbey grounds where there will be devotions.
The annual walking pilgrimage to Walsingham organised by the Latin Mass Society will take place over the August bank holiday weekend, starting in Ely in the evening of Thursday 23rd August and arriving at Walsingham around midday on Sunday 26th August.
Accommodation in the form of a campsite for men and floor space in a hall for women is provided each night, with evening meal and breakfast also provided.
Pilgrims assemble on the Thursday evening at Ely, and set off after early Mass on the Friday.
Full details and the booking arrangements can be found on the Latin Mass Society website.
The Pilgrimage in honour of St Margaret Clitherow & the Martyrs of York will take place this year on Saturday 1st September. The programme for the day has changed from previous years, and is as follows:
10.30am Assemble at the Bar Convent for veneration of the relic.
The procession will set off from there visiting Ouse Bridge, the place of execution, and The Shambles, the location of the shrine, and arriving at St Wilfrid's Church in time for Mass at 12.10pm, followed by Benediction.
Fr Mark Morris is Parish Priest of the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary at Balornock in Glasgow. It was in this church that Cardinal Burke celebrated a Pontifical Mass last year. Fr Morris has attended many of the Priest and Server Training Conferences organised by the Latin Mass Society, usually bringing with him other priests and servers from Scotland.
Amongst Fr Morris's duties has been that of Catholic Chaplain to Glasgow Caledonian University - or that was the case until a few days ago when he was dismissed from that position bu the University authorities. He had offered Rosary, Benediction and a Litany at his church in reparation for the "gross offence against God" caused by Glasgow Pride.
It is pleasing to see that the Catholic students of Glasgow Caledonian University have reacted in a very measured but firm way saying that they were "extremely disappointed" at the move and that it was "abhorrent that a priest should be dismissed for affirming the teachings of the Catholic Church".
As I was collecting Mass books etc at the back of St Wilfrid's Church in York after the Latin Mass last Sunday, an elderly man approached me and asked why it was that he had been refused Communion. He went on to express his outrage that Communion could only be given on the tongue. I responded that it was the law of the Church that at Older Form Masses for Communion is given on the tongue. At this point, he became fairly aggressive and spoke in such a loud voice that he attracted the attention of people nearby, some of whom decided to join in the debate. He then said that he was a priest, and had been for 62 years, and claimed that he had been ordained long before all those around him were even born. This could not be true in my case, but he probably did not realise how old I am, so I will forgive him for that error.
Although I would have liked to debate with him, he was so aggressive that no reasonable discussion was possible. I was anxious to calm the man down, as such a public row in a church seemed improper. I asked him where he came from, and he replied: Australia. Eventually he moved on to do battle with Br Henry, who was outside the church.
I had noticed this elderly man when he entered the church before Mass, perhaps because he was particularly tall. He went to sit in the front row. At Communion time, he stood up and remained standing at his place in a conspicuous way. He did not go to the altar rails to receive Communion, so his allegation that he was refused Communion was not true. What was true was that, as is normal in St Wilfrid's, there was an announcement that the "law of the Church required that Communion is received on the tongue and kneeling....". This is presumably what annoyed him, as it was clear from the way he stood at the front of the church whilst others were receiving Communion time that he was trying to make some point.
Why am I relating this story? It is only to illustrate how how irrational some people (including priests) are when they encounter traditional practices. This priest claimed that he was not able to receive Communion because it was being distributed on the tongue. As Br Henry pointed out this is an example of the sin of Pride. What is more serious is that he was prepared to have a major row inside a church on the issue. Everything is compounded by his being a priest.
The blog of the gild of Blessed Titus has a post about the number of traditional priestly ordinations this year. It gives the following figures.
Society of Saint Pius X: 16
Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter: 16
Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest: 6
Institute of the Good Shepherd: 4 One of the FSSP ordinations was, of course, that of Seth Phipps at Warrington. If we exclude the SSPX, which the LMS does not promote, we can expect 26 ordinations this year., worldwide. This excludes traditional religious communities. These numbers are down a bit on last year, which produced a bumper crop of traditional ordinations, although taking the longer view, the trend is upwards. With both the Institute of Christ the King and the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter getting better established in England and Wales, we can expect more home grown vocations. The Institute seem to have been doing particularly well of late. I understand that two of the young men who joined their House of Discernment in Preston last year have been accepted to start at their seminary this year, and a further one is to train to be an Oblate. I also understand that there are applications to join the House of Discernment later this year.
The priestly ordination of Seth Phipps FSSP will take place at St Mary's Church, Warrington, at 11am on Saturday 9th June. Archbishop Malcolm McMahon of Liverpool will be the ordaining bishop.
A year ago, at the same church, Archbishop McMahon ordained two new priests for the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter. These are now both working in the USA. In recent years, there has been a steady trickle of ordinations of Englishmen (and Scotsmen) in the FSSP, although, before last year, all took place abroad.
As is usual on the second Sunday of each month, there will be a Low Mass at 5pm on Sunday 10th June, at the Church of St Mary & St Joseph in Hedon. It will be offered by Fr Mark Drew, the Parish Priest.
There will be a Latin Mass at 6pm on Friday 8th June, the Feast of the Sacred Heart, at St Wilfrid's Church in York. It will be part of two days of Eucharistic adoration and prayer for the City of York, taking place on the Friday and Saturday.
There will be a procession of the Blessed Sacrament around the streets of York at 9.45pm on the Friday, and adoration in the church from 8am on Friday to mid-day on Saturday. See the parish website for details.
Last year, this was a very successful event, and attracted much attention from the tourists and revellers of York.
There will be a Sung Latin Mass for the Feast of Corpus Christi at St Wilfrid's Church in York on Thursday 31st May at 6pm. The Choral Scholars will be singing Josquin's setting of the Mass, Pange Lingua.
According to the Ugandan newspaper, the Daily Monitor, a Latin Mass is offered every Sunday at the Catholic Management and Training Institute in Rubaga in Uganda. This Institute is associated with the local cathedral. The Mass is celebrated by Fr Christophe Nouveau, who, it seems, is the only priest in Uganda able to offer mass in the traditional form, although two more have now been sent to France for training.
Parishioners of Rubaga had contacted Fr Nouveau in 2004 when he was stationed in Kenya, but had to wait until 2015, when Fr Nouveau moved to Kenya, for a regular Latin Mass. Fr Nouveau also travels to Rwanda, Tanzania and Burundi to celebrate occasional Latin Masses.
The fact that Ugandan priests are being sent to France to be trained in celebrating the Latin Mass, is a very encouraging move, and suggests that at least some Ugandan bishops are accepting, if not encouraging, greater availability of the Latin Mass. This and similar reports suggest that we can expect a great expansion in the availability of the Latin Mass on the African continent.
The pilgrimage in honour of the Martyrs of England & Wales held in Preston last Saturday went very well. It was a beautiful day with a completely blue sky, which enabled some excellent photographs to be taken.
Starting at St Walburge's Church, the procession moved through pleasant tree lined streets to the English Martyrs Church, a distance of about a mile. The Rosary was recited, as was a litany of the English Martyrs, and hymns were sung. A couple of main roads were crossed, but this caused little disruption and vehicles courteously gave way to the estimated 150 people taking part.
About another 50 people were waiting at the English Martyrs Church for the Solemn Mass. The Sisters sang the propers of the Mass beautifully, as did the choir who sang Byrd's Mass for Three Voices.
Afterwards refreshments were served in the adjacent hall.
Last November, the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest opened a House of Discernment for young men exploring their priestly vocations. Four potential priests took up residence in the presbytery attached to St Walburge's Church in Preston. As it has turned out, one dropped out of the scheme part way through, but two are now submitting their applications to join the Institute's seminary at Gricigliano. A further one has decided to pursue a vocation as an Oblate in the Institute.
This is very good news. The Institute is now advertising for candidates for next year's intake, who will enter the House of Discernment in November. Let us hope that there will be plenty of applicants.
5th May is the Feast of the Martyrs of England and Wales. It will be celebrated in Preston on Saturday 5th May with a pilgrimage jointly organised by the Latin Mass Society and the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest.
Pilgrims should assemble at St Walburge's Church at 11.45 for the procession that will depart at noon. It is about a mile to the Church of the English Martyrs where a Solemn Mass will be offered.
The weather forecast is good, so the organisers are hoping for a good turnout. Bring banners if you can.
Fr Michael Brown has picked up an interesting story from a French website. Apparently it is the custom at the seminary serving the Archdiocese of Paris, that each year the students are given the opportunity to study an extra subject that is normally outside the curriculum. The subject is selected by some form of ballot.
It is reported that this year the eighty students voted by an absolute majority to study traditional litergy and the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum. It is reported that, despite the disquiet of several bishops, this tuition is now being provided. For those whose French is better than mine, the whole story can be read on the website
On Sunday I was one of 30 people who traveled by coach from York to Scarborough for the Rosary on the Coast. There, we met 100 others gathered next to the life boat station to recite the Litany of Loretto, sing hymns and say the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary. We were one of about 400 groups around the coasts of the British Isles doing the same thing at the same time. If our gathering was of typical size, that would amount to about 52,000 people involved. The organisers, who are mostly lay people, must be congratulated on a great success of this project.
I do hope that the project will be repeated in future years. If that happens I would be keen to give a hand with the organisation, with a view to getting even more groups involved. There is surely scope for expansion. Along the length of the coast of the Diocese of Middlesbrough there were seven locations, namely: Redcar, Saltburn, Whitby, Scarborough, Hornsea, Withernsea, Hull and Hessle. It would be nice if a few more, such as Filew and Bridlington, were added. Indeed, looking at the map of all the locations, the Yorkshire coast had relatively few flags compared with most parts of the country.
One small amusing anecdote. Our group gathered at the highest part of the beach at Scarborough, with the water line several yards away. There did not appear to be any threat from the rising tide, but as the rosary progressed, the water came closer and closer at a remarkable speed. Those at the lower end of the group had to close in on the others. By the time we dispersed, there was no beach left with everyone huddled on a paved slipway. I don't know whether anyone checked the tide times before the event, but if it had been 30 mins later, we would have been in trouble.
Next Sunday, 29th April, is the day designated for Rosary on the Coast. The idea, copied from Poland is to have groups reciting the rosary for faith, life and peace all around the coast of Britain. A few day ago, it was reported that 10,000 people were expected to participate at 247 locations notified to the central organisers. However, more information is coming in all the time, so these numbers will almost certainly be exceeded.
A group from St Wilfrid's Church in York will be departing by coach for Scarborough at 1.30pm and should be back in York for 5.30pm - just in time for vespers. The last I heard was that there were 33 booked on the coach, but that bookings were still coming in. There is still time to book a place on the coach, cost £10. Telephone Sue Whittaker 07973 321555 or email email@example.com
There will be a pilgrimage in honour of the English Martyrs at Preston on Saturday 5th May. Pilgrims are invited to gather at 11.45am in St Walburge's Church, where there will be devotions, before the procession sets off at noon.
As you can see from the picture, St Walburge's has a very tall spire. In fact it is the third highest spire in England, after Salisbury Cathedral an Norwich Cathedral. It can be seen for miles around, so should not be too difficult to find. The Postcode is PR2 2QE for those navigating with the aid of satnav.
It is a little under a mile to the church of the English Martyrs, where Mass will be celebrated at around 12.30 pm.
As you can see from this photograph, this is also a large church, although it's spire never got built. Both churches are magnificent inside, although the following pictures do not do them justice.
The Church of the English Martyrs occupies a very historic site, as it was built at the place of execution of some of the leaders of the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion - a very good reason to attend the pilgrimage.
Another good reason to attend the pilgrimage is that it is being led by the Institute of Christ the King, Supreme Priest - something that will surely guarantee the success of the event.
According to a report by Stephen Bullivant, Professor of Theology and Sociology at St Mary's University, just under 10% of young people aged 16 to 29 regard themselves as Catholic. This compares with 7% who claim to be C of E and 6% Muslim. This is based on a European Social Survey conducted 2014 to 2016.
The survey is a snapshot, so does not strictly indicate trends. However, the fact that the figures are only for young people does indicate that within the next 15 years, there will be more Catholics and more Muslims than members of the Church of England.
The report does not mention that the survey covers the whole of the UK, whereas the C of E only covers England. I presume adjustment has been made for this.
There will be a Mass in the Extraordinary Form, preceded by the blessing and distribution of Ashes at St Wilfrid's Church in York on Wednesday 14th February. Ash Wednesday is a day of fast and abstinaece.
Canon Paul Swarbrick , a priest of the Lancaster Diocese, has been named as the next Bishop of Lancaster. Canon Swarbrick (59) trained for the priesthood at Ushaw College, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1982. He has served in various parishes in the Lancaster Diocese as well as spending a spell in Zambia.
It will be of particular interest to readers of this blog that Fr Swarbrick has, in the past, served at both the churches in Preston now run by the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. On his return from Africa, he was briefly Assistant Priest at English Martyrs. Later he was Parish Priest of the Sacred Heart Church, a parish that included St Walburge's Church. In fact, an article in the Lancaster Evening Press announcing Canon Swarbrick's appointment has a picture of him inside St Walburge's Church.
I have to ask readers to ignore the information at the top of this blog. The Masses in Redcar no longer take place, neither do the Wednesday evening Masses in Hull. However, the information concerning activities in York are correct, and we now have a regular monthly Sunday Mass in Hedon. It is at 5pm on the second Sunday of the month at the Church of St Mary and St Joseph.
Unfortunately. I am unable to change that part of the blog.
On Sunday 11th February, being the second Sunday of the Month, there will be a Low Mass in the Extraordinary Form at the Church of St Mary & St Joseph in Hedon. It will be at 5pm and celebrated by Fr Mark Drew, who is Parish Priest there.
The church is in Baxtergate and the postcode is HU12 8JN. Baxter ate is part of a one way system in Hedon, so most people will have to approach via St Augustinegate, which is the main street. The church is hard to spot, because it is behind the presbytery. The most noticeable thing is a large crucifix in the garden, but by the time you have noticed that, you will probably have passed the entrance, and may have to go round the one way system again. It is best to look for the Shakespeare Inn. The entrance to the church is next to the pub's car park.
Here is another report on the spectacular expansion of Latin Mass provision in the USA.
The Priestly Fraternity of St Peter have a parish in Irving, Texas. I understand that it is canonically erected as a Personal Parish within the Diocese of Dallas. That means that it has no geographical boundaries, but that it has the same responsibilities (eg maintaining parish records) as any other parish in the diocese. I understand that the church, which has a small spire, was built as recently as 2009, and so is modern, but nevertheless a decent looking building.
The interior is a little plain, but spacious and not at all bad by modern standards.
Although the church can seat 300, it is considered too small for their requirements. Currently there are five Masses on Sundays: (7.30am, 9.00am, 11.30am, 1.00pm and 5.30pm) serving a total congregation is over 1,100. At some Masses, especially on Holydays, some of the congregation have to stand.
The parish has launched an appeal to raise $2,500,000 to build a new church. Already nearly $1,000,000 has been raised in cash and pledges. The new church, which will seat 900, will have confessionals, a baptistery and a choir loft, facilities that are lacking in the present building.
The remarkable thing about this story is that a building that was considered big enough in 2009, now needs to be replaced by one three times the size. Such is the growth in interest in the Latin Mass in Texas over the last 9 years!
Bookings are now open for the Priest, Deacon and Server Training Conference to be held at Prior Park College near Bath from 9th to 12th April. These conferences, organised by the Latin Mass Society, have been held most years since 2007, the year of Summorum Pontificum. Over this period hundreds of priests, deacons, seminarians and laymen have been introduced to, and learned the rubrics of the Latin Mass.
Tuition in celebrating Mass in the Extraordinary Form is given to priests (and soon to be ordained seminarians) in small groups by experienced priests. Low Mass, Missa Cantata and Solemn Mass can be studied according to the requirements of each student, although priests are expected to master Low Mass before moving to the more complicated forms.
Servers are also instructed in small groups according to requirements, and again, they are expected to master Low Mass before progressing to Missa Cantata and Solemn Mass. Most tuition is around an altar, to give a hands on experience.
Prior Park has a beautiful chapel with several side chapels that are well suited to Mass in the Extraordinary Form. There will be a resident choir so that the daily Mass and the other liturgies can be examples of best practice.
Accommodation is in single rooms (not en suite) conveniently located close to the chapel and the dining room. The fee for attending is £120, although there are concessions and seminarians are can attend entirely free. Fuller details and the booking form can be found on the website of the Latin Mass Society. Places are limited so early booking is advised.
The following is an extract from the newsletter of St Wilfrid's parish:
EXTRAORDINARY FORM FOR BEGINNERS
Tuesday, 30 January, 7.30pm. Duration: forty-five minutes to one hour.
Location: The Upper Room. A talk introducing the Extraordinary Form
(Latin Mass) for those unfamiliar with or wanting to increase their
understanding of the EF. The aim is to make all feel confident and
comfortable attending it.
This is surely a very good idea. It is certainly true that many people benefit from having the older form of the Mass explained, and I am sure that some good will come of it. Look out for reports of increased attendance at the Latin Masses provided at St Wilfrid's Church.
The following has been copied from the website of St Wilfrid's Church in York.
Friday, 2 February is the Feast of Candlemas and a special day for the Oratory in England as it it our birthday. It is also the anniversary of the installation of the new Statue of Our Lady of York. In addition to the 12.10pm Mass There will be a Mass at St Wilfrid’s for St Wilfrid’s School (to which all are welcome) at 10am with Blessing of Candles and Procession. There will be a sung Mass in the Extraordinary Form at 6pm also with Blessing of Candles and Procession.
A couple of months ago, I reported on the arrival in Preston of three nuns of the Sisters Adorers of the Royal Heart of Jesus. This is the female order of nuns associated with the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest.
Today, I received a newsletter reporting on their progress. It seems that they have settled well into their new home, which is the former presbytery of the church of St Augustine. The building, which had been unoccupied for years, is now equipped with furniture and a chapel. In recent weeks, the sisters have spent much of their time at the Shrine Church of St Thomas of Canterbury, much of it cleaning the church and polishing the benches. They attend daily Mass there and on Sundays lead the singing, which I am told they do very beautifully.
The newsletter concludes with an announcement. On 29th January, Rt. Rev. Michael Campbell, Bishop of Lancaster will be in Florence, when five postulants will receive the religious habit of the order. Of the five, two are from the USA, one from France, one from Ireland and one from England. The one from England is Bianca Brajuha, who was a student at York University and used to attend the Latin Masses in York when they were in the English Martyrs Church. Bianca, whose father is Croatian, was a student of Music. I am sure that her talents will be much appreciated in the Order.
Bishop Campbell has forged some strong links with the Institute of Christ the King. Besides entrusting the care of two churches in Preston to them, he has provided the nuns with a former presbytery for their convent, and is a regular visitor to the Institute's motherhouse at Gricigliano.
I keep a fairly close watch on any news coming out of America concerning the provision of Latin Masses. My reason for doing this is that I believe that the United States is generally ahead of England and Wales in these matters. In other words, by studying what is happening in the US today, we can get a glimpse of what we can expect in Britain in five or ten years.
In the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia, there are now 15 parishes out of a total of 70 where Mass in the Extraordinary Form (the Americans call it the TLM) is part of the regular schedule. That is more than one parish in five. This is particularly remarkable when it is realised that in 2006, the diocese had no regular Latin Masses at all. By comparison the Archdiocese of Birmingham is probably our best performer in England and Wales. It also has 15 parishes with regular Latin Masses, but this is out of a total of 236 parishes. That is roughly one parish in fifteen. So it could be said that provision in the Diocese of Arlington is about three times better than it is in the Archdiocese of Birmingham.
It would take a long time to make the same comparison between all the parishes of the United States, and all the parishes of England and Wales, but I suspect that roughly the same ratio would emerge. That is that opportunities to attend a Latin Mass are about three times as great in the USA as they are in England & Wales.
But what of the future? I believe that the bishops of England and Wales will become increasingly well disposed towards Latin Masses, as will the clergy generally. Against this, the shortage of diocesan priests will make it increasingly difficult for bishops to make Latin Mass provision. So progress will be slow, but nevertheless I believe that the trend will be in the direction as the American experience.
Starting on Sunday 14th January, there will be a regular monthly Latin Mass on the second Sunday of each month at the Church of St Mary and St Joseph in Hedon, which is four miles to the east of Hull. For the time being, it will be a Low Mass and will be offered by Fr Mark Drew at 5pm.
The church dates from 1803, and is one of the oldest in the Diocese of Middlesbrough. Because it dates from a period when there were severe restrictions on the building of Catholic churches, it is very plain on the outside, and mostly hidden behind the presbytery. Consequently, it is easy to drive past without noticing. It can also be a little difficult to find because of the on-way traffic system in Hedon. The postcode is HU12 8JN and the church is next to the car park of the Shakespeare Inn in Baxtergate. This is the view that you get from the street:
The main building that you can see is the presbytery, with the church hiding behind.