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
4pm. Every Sunday
Church of St Wilfrid, Duncombe Place, York. YO1 7EF
Worldwide, a total of 24 priests are being ordained this summer to Orders of priests that exclusively celebrate Mass in the Extraordinary Form. The breakdown is as follows:
Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter: 16
Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest: 7
Institute of the Good Shepherd: 1 In addition, the SSPX are ordaining 13, and there may be others. Going by the numbers of students in their seminaries, it is likely that the number of ordinations in traditional Orders of priests will increase in the years to come.
Pope Benedict XVI published his Motu Proprio, Summorum Pontificum twelve years ago. This very important document gave priests the right to choose to offer Mass in the Extraordinary Form. It also gave the faithful the right to request their Parish Priest to offer Mass in the Extraordinary Form. These provisions, set out below are enshrined in Canon Law.
Art 1. The Roman Missal promulgated by Pope Paul VI is the ordinary expression of the lex orandi (rule of prayer) of the Catholic Church of the Latin rite. The Roman Missal promulgated by Saint Pius V and revised by Blessed John XXIII is nonetheless to be considered an extraordinary expression of the same lex orandi of the Church and duly honoured for its venerable and ancient usage. These two expressions of the Church’s lex orandi will in no way lead to a division in the Church’s lex credendi (rule of faith); for they are two usages of the one Roman rite.
It is therefore permitted to celebrate the Sacrifice of the Mass following the typical edition of the Roman Missal, which was promulgated by Blessed John XXIII in 1962 and never abrogated, as an extraordinary form of the Church’s Liturgy. The conditions for the use of this Missal laid down by the previous documents Quattuor Abhinc Annos and Ecclesia Dei are now replaced as follows:
Art. 2. In Masses celebrated without a congregation, any Catholic priest of the Latin rite, whether secular or regular, may use either the Roman Missal published in 1962 by Blessed Pope John XXIII or the Roman Missal promulgated in 1970 by Pope Paul VI, and may do so on any day, with the exception of the Easter Triduum. For such a celebration with either Missal, the priest needs no permission from the Apostolic See or from his own Ordinary.
Art. 3. If communities of Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, whether of pontifical or diocesan right, wish to celebrate the conventual or community Mass in their own oratories according to the 1962 edition of the Roman Missal, they are permitted to do so. If an individual community or an entire Institute or Society wishes to have such celebrations frequently, habitually or permanently, the matter is to be decided by the Major Superiors according to the norm of law and their particular laws and statutes.
Art. 4. The celebrations of Holy Mass mentioned above in Art. 2 may be attended also by members of the lay faithful who spontaneously request to do so, with respect for the requirements of law.
Art. 5, §1 In parishes where a group of the faithful attached to the previous liturgical tradition stably exists, the parish priest should willingly accede to their requests to celebrate Holy Mass according to the rite of the 1962 Roman Missal. He should ensure that the good of these members of the faithful is harmonized with the ordinary pastoral care of the parish, under the governance of the bishop in accordance with Canon 392, avoiding discord and favouring the unity of the whole Church.
§2 Celebration according to the Missal of Blessed John XXIII can take place on weekdays; on Sundays and feast days, however, such a celebration may also take place.
§3 For those faithful or priests who request it, the pastor should allow celebrations in this extraordinary form also in special circumstances such as marriages, funerals or occasional celebrations, e.g. pilgrimages.
§4 Priests using the Missal of Blessed John XXIII must be qualified (idonei) and not prevented by law.
§5 In churches other than parish or conventual churches, it is for the rector of the church to grant the above permission.
Art. 6. In Masses with a congregation celebrated according to the Missal of Blessed John XXIII, the readings may be proclaimed also in the vernacular, using editions approved by the Apostolic See.
Art. 7. If a group of the lay faithful, as mentioned in Art. 5, §1, has not been granted its requests by the parish priest, it should inform the diocesan bishop. The bishop is earnestly requested to satisfy their desire. If he does not wish to provide for such celebration, the matter should be referred to the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei.
Art. 8. A bishop who wishes to provide for such requests of the lay faithful, but is prevented by various reasons from doing so, can refer the matter to the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, which will offer him counsel and assistance.
Art. 9, §1 The parish priest, after careful consideration, can also grant permission to use the older ritual in the administration of the sacraments of Baptism, Marriage, Penance and Anointing of the Sick, if advantageous for the good of souls.
§2 Ordinaries are granted the faculty of celebrating the sacrament of Confirmation using the old Roman Pontifical, if advantageous for the good of souls.
§3 Ordained clerics may also use the Roman Breviary promulgated in 1962 by Blessed John XXIII.
Art. 10. The local Ordinary, should he judge it opportune, may erect a personal parish in accordance with the norm of Canon 518 for celebrations according to the older form of the Roman rite, or appoint a rector or chaplain, with respect for the requirements of law.
Art. 12. The same Commission, in addition to the faculties which it presently enjoys, will exercise the authority of the Holy See in ensuring the observance and application of these norms.
We order that all that we have decreed in this Apostolic Letter given Motu Proprio take effect and be observed from the fourteenth day of September, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, in the present year, all things to the contrary notwithstanding.
Given in Rome, at Saint Peter’s, on the seventh day of July in the year of the Lord 2007, the third of our Pontificate.
Seven men were ordained to the priesthood today for the Institute of Christ the King. The ceremony led by Cardinal Raymond Burke took place in Florence. One of the ordinands, Canon Ryan Post, has been resident at St Walburge's Church in Preston for several months.
Earlier in the week, Archbishop Guido Pozzo ordained 10 deacons and 8 subdeacons. This should ensure that the Institute will continue to grow in the years to come.
Although there are no Englishmen among this batch of ordinations, there is good reason to suppose that there will be in the future. In the lower years of the Institute's seminary in Gricigliano, there are one Scottish and several English students.
The Feast of the Sacred Heart is celebrated on the last Friday of June, which this year is 28th June. The following day, Saturday 29th June is the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul. So this year, these two great feasts follow one another. As you can see from the poster below, St Wilfrid's Church in York will be linking these two great feasts with All Night Adoration.
Later this year, Fr Mark Drew will be leaving Hedon, and returning to his native Liverpool. This means that, unless another priest can be found, Latin Masses at the Church of St Mary and St Joseph in Hedon will be coming to an end before long. Fr Drew's exact departure date is not known, but we do know the following:
14th July No Mass
11th August Mass at 5pm
We must thank Fr Drew for all the Latin Masses he has offered at Hull, Marton and Hedon in the last few Years.
The Priestly Society of St Peter has announced that three young men from England have been admitted to the FSSP seminary in the USA. They will be starting their studies there later in the year. They will join several other English seminarians. This is evidence of the continuing popularity of the traditional priestly orders amongst young men considering a priestly vocation.
As the number of diocesan priests continues to decline, a stream of traditionally trained priests will play an increasingly important role throughout the country. May the FSSP continue to attract many vocations.
The following is copied from the blogsite, The Eponymous Flower. It is a transcript from a interview given on Gloria TV by the Latvian Cardinal Pujats.
"I'm a traditionalist and I informed the Pope of this in a letterI sent to him through the Nunciature," Latvian Cardinal Janis Pujats told Polonia Christiana on 4 June. Pujats added that the discipline of the sacraments should be observed in the Church, especially regarding the Sacrament of Matrimony. He pointed out that the Church must not imitate the sins of the world and, for example, bless homosexual couples. Pujats also explained that sexual atheism is more dangerous than Communist atheism.
Pujats criticized that in many churches very few stand in line for confession, but all go to communion. Quote: "I never allowed that in my church." The communion queues introduced after the Council produce a group pressure so that the people feel obliged to go to communion in order not to stand out, the Cardinal explains. Pujats warned that the priests will be held responsible before God for this abuse.
Pujats is critical of the transition from Latin to the national languages because many things have been lost in the process. Many teachings regarding the liturgy, dogmatics or morality were formulated very precisely in Latin over the centuries. These pearls were only translated to a limited extent. After the Council, the professors in the seminars did not take these things very serious and their seminarians cared even less about them.
The Cardinal explained that discipline and order have to prevail in a seminary. The environment in the seminary must be different from that in the world. Otherwise, the candidates for the priesthood enter the seminary as laymen and also leave it as such. Pujats wishes a monastic discipline in the seminary where the best spiritual fathers are educated. Future priests should be holy. Only then we will see positive effects.
I read on Fr Brown's blog, Gateshead Revisited, about James Baxter, who is seeking funding for his seminary training at Gricigliano. James is (or was) a student at Newcastle University studying linguistics. He was introduced to the Latin Mass a couple of years ago when Fr Dominic White OP took a group of students to St Joseph's church in Gateshead so that they could experience the Extraordinary Form of the Mass. James was so impressed that he started to attend St Joseph's every Sunday.
As part of his course, he spent some time in Spain, where he encountered the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. The experience prompted him to consider joining the order. During the past year, he has been spending time at the Institute's House of Discernment in Preston, and is due to start his studies at their seminary in September.
Since all Institute students are expected (wherever possible) to pay their own tuition fees, James is seeking funding with go fund me. The link is below
On Sunday 9th June, being the second Sunday of the month, there will be a Low Mass in the traditional Rite at 5pm at the Church of St Mary & St Joseph in Hedon, which five miles to the east of Hull. Fr Mark Drew will be the celebrant.
Readers may have been following the story of Fr Nicholas Rynne on various internet sites, or possibly in the Daily Mail which has covered the story.
Fr Nicholas Rynne is a young Australian priest, ordained in 2013, and appointed earlier this year to be the pastor of Meander Valley Parish in the Hobart Archdiocese in Tasmania. It seems that, even before his arrival in the parish, an unwelcome reception had been planned, but few could have predicted the scale of the row that has developed.
Matters came to public attention when a rather unpleasant letter, written by one Maureen Bennett and addressed to Fr Rynne, was "accidentally" leaked, and subsequently published on numerous websites around the world.
The story is that some outspoken parishioners took exception to Fr Rynne wearing a clerical collar and cassock. They also objected to his introduction of a Latin Mass in the weekly schedule, despite the fact that it was an additional Mass and did not displace any other Mass. A complaint was lodged with Archbishop Julian Porteous, who decided to request the retired bishop, Peter Elliott, to conduct an enquiry. It seems that he did not do this very evenhandedly, as he failed interview Fr Rynne and gave little opportunity for supporters of Fr Rynne in the parish to present their views. The result was that Fr Rynne was suspended, and the following statement issued:
"Fr Nicholas Rynne has ceased his role as administrator of the Meander Valley Parish, and other associated roles in the Archdiocese. We pray that a process of healing and restoration of unity may be achieved in the parish and among all affected."
The matter was taken up first by the local press, then by the national and even international press. Not surprisingly, the story spread around the world on social media. The latest is that an internet petition has been launched in support of Fr Rynne, which gained more than 1000 signatures in the first day.
There will be a pilgrimage in honour of the English Martyrs in Preston on Saturday 4th May. The programme will be as follows:-
11.45 Assemble at St Walburge's Church. Postcode PR2 2QE
12noon Devotions in St Walburge's Church.
12.15 Procession sets off for English Martryrs' Church.
13.00 Solemn Mass at English Martyrs Church. Postcode PR1 1NA
The Church of St Walburge in Preston is very spectacular, and has the tallest spire of any church in England. It was designed by Joseph Aloysius Hansom for the Jesuits, and opened in 1855. The Church of the English Martyrs in Preston, which is about a mil;e away, was designed by Edward Pugin, son of Augustus Welby Pugin, and opened in 1867. Both are now in the care of the of the Institute of Christ the King, Sovereign Priest.