Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Thereafter, Mass will be offered every Friday at St. Marie's, Bury at 7.30p.m. some will be low and others sung.
Following the departure of the Norbertines from St. Chad's I am delighted that we will once again have another regular weekly Mass - and at a more convenient time, which also incorporates the First Friday Masses, which were a feature of the Norbertines.
The hymn "O Bread of Heaven" reminds us that God repays each grief, with joy. Fr. Francis is one of those priests who is clearly glad to be rejuvenated each time he recites the prayers at the foot of the altar before offering the Holy Sacrifice.
God bless our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI!
Friday, December 26, 2008
I shall permanently link Jane Teresa's blog from this blogsite.
My e-mail inbox contained a very touching and kind e-mail from Fr. F. Wadsworth, in response to my last posting with some much valued advice and sentiments. Thank you Father. More on this tomorrow.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
A lot of unpleasant and extremely time-consuming e-mails (again) and the soul destroying experience of watching excited children in a totally secular society and environment trying to out greed themselves in the last week of term. How much somebody spends on them is used as a measure of love. It follows that as Jack's mum can "only" spend a couple of hundred on him this year and he had some Reeboks in September and Jill's Dad can afford double that and actually will see her over Christmas, being out of prison for the first time in three years, that Jill's Dad loves Jill more than Jack's Mum loves Jack. Hearing what I do from these kids I could not doubt that the parents love their children as much as I love mine - and possibly more!
But we do seem to have lost any sense of perspective. We are in a moral vacuum, which as the tough times start to kick in more and more and with little expectation of seeing light at the end of the tunnel there is a danger that anything and everything could and probably will fill that void.
Time for prayers to Sts. Michael, Joseph and Peter and Our Lady, Comfort of the afflicted.
I, mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa, forgot to advertise Fr. Wadsworth's Carol service at his new parish, St. Marie's, Manchester Road, Bury, after he sent an e-mail to alert me to the fact. There is great news from Fr. Wadsworth, which I shall share with you once I have contacted Fr. W to proffer my apologies at my latest omission.
Many thanks to all of you who have sent cards and gifts to the Society I shall get back to everybody before Twelfth Night. I am setting a new trend - send Christmas cards during Christmastide, thereby avoiding the rush and feeling relaxed enough to personalize each card and hopefully taking in enough of the Spirit of the Nativity at the same time, so as to forgive those who have upset us, wittingly or unwittingly, during the course of the year. As I always get a new fountain pen at Christmas - sometimes complete with green ink, I look forward to sending such personalized greetings.
If you haven't gathered by now I have only managed to write two cards this year, having bought the cards weeks ago from the CTS along with the stamps.
The CTS has smartened its act up so much over recent years and produces some really first class material at very reasonable prices. Manchester is fortunate to have a CTS shop and I am happy to support this Charity.
Back in 1985 I spent the princely sum of 80 pence for a pristine copy of Canon Cafferata's explanation of the penny catechism from the CTS bookshop in Manchester, in my student days. Its pale blue sugar paper cover and newsprint content has been well thumbed over since then and always to hand on my desk - along with piles and piles of paperwork.
Thinking about it, the CTS have produced excellent OF Mass booklets in English, Latin and Polish, so I should contact them to request that they consider producing an EF Mass booklet, or even reprint one of their pre Vatican II editions. This would be a great help to the increasing number of parishes where Mass is offered regularly in the Extraordinary Form, on some sort of regular basis. Some outlets produce a facsimile of the CTS small prayer book already. A refreshed look of this booklet might be the order of the post Summorum Pontificum days in which we joyfully find ourselves living.
St. Osmund's in Breightmet, Bolton is just such a parish the Holy Father appears to envisage. Mass is offered each Thursday at 7.15p.m. followed by Benediction on the third Thursdays of the month.
I mention St. Osmund's because we have only recently got back from there, where we had the joy of attending our first ever Traditional Mass actually at midnight. Mass was preceded with an impressive service of lessons, extracts from the Gospels and interspersed with carols, concluding with Adeste fidelis, whilst Father G. Hilton vested for the Low Mass. It was a beautiful and solemn occasion with a lot of young people present. Not one person received Holy Communion in the hand.
On the M62 tonight we passed four other vehicles going to Bolton and only two returning to Bradford, on otherwise empty roads.
They were both "speedy" journeys!
Please remember to vote on your favourite expression for the Mass offered in a non-vernacular Rite before the Second Vatican Council in the Roman Church. That is as impartial as I can get in my description of It. It's a two horse race at the moment.
Wishing you all peace and happiness in this joyful season.
Please watch out for news of extra Masses and a new link to a great new Catholic blog from the north of England.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Reminder to wrap up well if you are going to Mass at Stydd on Saturday at 2.00p.m.
It has been very nice speaking to people in the Diocese over recent days about the Norbertine's sudden departure from Cheetham Hill. I still have no real idea of what is going on.
No posting until Saturday
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
On the way home I have to call at the railway station to book the ticket to Manchester and also to London for the Committee meeting. Friday is the first Friday and means popping over to Batley for Mass.
THERE WILL BE NO MASS AT ST. CHAD'S ON FRIDAY 5TH. DECEMBER
From what I hear there are to be no more Traditional Masses or Ordinary Rite Masses for the time-being at St. Chad's as the Norbertine Fathers have withdrawn to focus on their efforts in the South in Chelmsford. Our prayers go with them and for them in their new pastures.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
A Hospitaller Chapel: St. Saviour's, Stydd, near Ribchester
The chapel of St. (the Holy) Saviour's, Stydd Lane, Stydd, near Ribchester in the Ribble valley, is all that remains of a hospital acquired by the Order of St. John about 1265. In 1338 the Order rented the land to a farmer who was required to maintain a priest to say Mass. Under Henry VIII the property was confiscated and the chapel was annexed to the parish church of Ribchester. Between its two large triple windows is a narrow lepers' squint, which allowed lepersoutside the church to see the Mass celebrated inside. This chapel is usually open to visitors. The nearby Catholic church, and the medieval parish church of Ribchester are also worth a visit.
The church contains the grave of Francis Petre, Vicar apostolic of the north, and next to it a grave which may contain remains of St. Margaret Clitheroe.
The newsletter came with a kind donation to the LMS. Thanks to the sender for both.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
I am looking forward to the Mass at Stydd Chapel in December which if all goes well returning from Germany earlier in the day I should be able to attend. We have also decided, weather permitting, to go over to Bolton for Midnight Mass at St. Osmund's.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Already Professor Richards has been in touch to offer his usual constructive ideas and progress has been made. Thanks again to him.
I have also received a petition from a regular member that details of the Divine Office readings for the day be included in the ordo in 2010. I will be happy to raise this at the Commmittee meeting in December. I have already discussed a similar sort of project with Mrs. Hartley which involves booklet production.
I have in recent years been able to witness the constantly improving quality of newsletters, magazines, aids to memory, Mass booklets and suchlike in promoting the Traditional Rites of the Church, since the advent of desktop publishing packages and the Personal Computer.
Should not this whole internet publishing, blogging and desktop publishing business be put under the patronage of St. Paul the Apostle, convert, martyr, and letter writer? Had he been here today he would be a million hit blogger of E-pistles. In this year of St. Paul such an event could be a start to something to help realign the Church militant. Perhaps fellow bloggers could take this to heart and spread the idea.
To this end I shall place this blogsite under the patronage of Christ the King and St. Paul the Apostle.
Please continue to remember the Holy Souls, especially those who have nobody left to remember them.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
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Friday, November 7, 2008
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Thursday, October 30, 2008
There was a Missa cantata at St. Ann's Ashton under Lyne on Tuesday for the Feast of the Holy Apostles and Martyrs, Ss Simon and Jude.
Fr. Wadsworth the Parish Priest was celebrant and plans to offer more Masses for us in the future. We are very grateful to Fr. Wadsworth for all his help.
I was able to visit Fr. Wadsworth and enjoyed a productive chat over tea this afternoon. Meeting priests younger than I am who offer the traditional Mass makes me feel rather old these days.