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 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
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.
When I was young, it was quite common to see Cribs in shopping centres or in High Streets around Christmastime. Usually they were provided be the Knights of St Columba, or some organisation like that. Nowadays they are less common. For about the last 10 years, I have organised the putting up of a outdoor crib in the grounds of the Catholic Church in Howden. It is illuminated, so makes quite a spectacle at night.
There is a story on Catholicism Pure and Simple about attempts to to site a crib in a shoppling centre in Stirling in Scotland. Apparently the owners of the shopping centre refused permission for a crib. Not to be put off, some enterprising young people decided to have a live crib with the characters of Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus wandering around the shopping centre asking whether there was room at the inn. The response from the shoppers was very positive, and it became a major news item.
Later the owners of the shopping centre changed their minds and made a public statement of how much the welcomed the initiative. Read the full story at Catholicism Pure and Simple.
Reproduced from the Leeds LMS Blog. lmsleeds.blogspot.com
Of your charity please pray for the repose of the soul of Mr. James Carroll who departed this life on Saturday 25th November at his home after a long illness patiently borne. May he rest in peace. Jim and Marie were regular attenders at our Masses for many years until ill health curtailed their ability to travel. Jim was always well informed and a loyal son of the Church. Our prayers go to his widow Marie.
I mention this here because Jim and Marie often came to the York Masses when they were held at English Martyrs on Sunday evenings, so he may be known to some of you. His Requiem, which will be a Missa Cantata takes place at 11.00am on Tuesday 11th December, at the beautiful church of St Edward the Confessor in Clifford, near Wetherby.
If you're able to go the address is: Chapel La, Clifford, Wetherby LS23 6HU