16 October 2019
Latin Masses in Hull
There is some excellent news from Hull. The following extract is taken from the newsletter of the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes and St Peter Chanel, where Fr Massie is the Parish Priest.
WEEKLY MASS TO BE CELEBRATED IN LATIN EVERY THURSDAY EVENING
After Pope Benedict confirmed that every priest had permission to celebrate Mass using the pre-1969 Rite, often called the ‘Tridentine Rite’ now the ‘Extraordinary Form’, Bishop Drainey arranged for it to be available in the main areas of the Diocese. It is now celebrated weekly at the University Chaplaincy every Thursday evening at 7.30pm. It will seem very unfamiliar in some aspects to anyone under the age of 65. There is plenty of information available on line and a brief explanation will be given before each Mass.
Fr Massie has recently been joined by the newly ordained Fr Peter Taylor who is now the Chaplain to Hull University. It is particularly gratifying that this newly introduced Thursday Mass takes place in the University Chaplaincy, which is next door to the church. Although I understand that it is Fr Massie who will be saying the Mass, the fact that the Mass is in the Chaplaincy surely indicates that it is being provided for the benefit of University students as much as the parish.
I have been campaigning for years to get Latin Masses into our University Chaplaincies, with little success until now. So I am delighted to hear this news. So far as I know, Cambridge and Bristol are the only other Universities where the Latin Mass is offered in University Chaplaincies.
We do know for sure that the traditional form of the Mass is popular with young people. There are several students from York University who attend the Latin Mass at St Wilfrid's in York, and these include most of the serving team.