Thursday, November 27, 2008

Historic news....more green shoots

This week has seen some historic news from the Continent. The only Trappist Abbey in Germany situated in the Diocese of Aachen has been given permission by the Pope to return to the Order's traditional liturgy and in use in 1962.

I used to live in Germany in the late 1980s and at that time, compared to what was happening at home, things were extremely grim. England was a good ten years behind what was common in Germany at that time, now it has caught up only to find that what goes round comes round. Any thoughts as to which religious houses in this country could, might or will do likewise, for the moment, remains a matter of pure conjecture.

Let's watch how the decision of the Trappist Community affects its number over the next few years. Let's pray for them and their young Consecrated Abbott, Josef that they may become another strong witness to the strict application of the Holy Rule of St. Benedict and prove to be a magnet for vocations.

This is the new Renaissance.

Monday, November 17, 2008

In today's post

It was very interesting to receive a copy of a little publication called the Lazarist, which is the newsletter of the Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem, John of Gaunt Commandery. It features an article about Stydd chapel, which I am happy to reproduce here.

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

Feeling tired

I have driven 131.6 miles today to Masses in Castleford and in York via Batley to pick up the celebrant. Traffic was light and the weather good.

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

Mailing just about finished and musings

My predecessor Mrs. Hartley sent me the names and addresses of friends of the Society yesterday to whom I need to send a copy of the Society's newsletter in Salford. This will be done by tomorrow.

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

News of forthcoming Mass

Mr. Aherne of the Archdiocese of Liverpool has organized a Low Mass near Ribchester at a small, pre-reformation chapel.
The Mass will be on December 13th. at 2p.m. at Stydd Chapel, Stydd Lane near Ribchester.
All will be made welcome but please wrap up well as there is no heating in the chapel. This might be a wonderful opportunity to prepare for Christmas, coming as it does in the middle of Advent.
Mr. Aherne also asked me to draw attention to the weekly Sunday Mass at St. Mary Magdalen, Leyland Road, Penwortham at 9.00a.m. Technically this Mass is in the Archdiocese of Liverpool, but is just over the border from the Salford Diocese near Preston. For this reason I am going to add it to the list of regular Masses.
Similarly a good number of Salford people attend the Mass at Broughton Hall which is just over the border in the Leeds Diocese on the first Sunday of the month at the Sacred Heart chapel at 11.30a.m. This Mass is a missa cantata.
I shall read up about Stydd chapel and post something about it nearer the time.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Mass tomorrow

Mass will be offered at 4.00p.m. at Holy Name of Jesus, Oxford Road, Manchester.

Already a couple of people have commented to me that that they have seen this blog. Please encourage others to do likewise. The long promised mailshot to members should be in the post mid-week.
In this month of the Holy Souls please do not forget to remember those relatives, friends and moreover those who have nobody to pray for them.
Having five children and another I baptized at birth shortly before he died I do feel reassured that when my turn comes there will be somebody to remember me to God for release of my soul from the cleansing pain of longing for the Beatific vision in purgatory.
Help Lord the souls which Thou hast made, the souls to Thee so dear, in prison for the debt unpaid for sins committed here.
It is truly charitable to pray for those who have gone before us, in Faith, that they may reach Heaven, so that when they reach it they, in turn, can pray for us to God.
How often these days do we hear of the Church - suffering (in purgatory), militant (on earth) and triumphant (in Heaven)?
In Bradford tomorrow there will be a sung Mass of Requiem at St. Peter's, Leeds Rd., Bradford, West Yorkshire at 3.00p.m. for all those who lost their lives in the world wars. R.I.P.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Just back

I have just got back from St. Chad's first Friday Mass where I was also able to go to Confession. There was a nice turnout and Fr. Gallagher was in good form for the ferial Low Mass.

Traffic was very light both ways on the M62 tonight.

St. Chad's is a beautiful church and has close connections with Mother Mary Joseph Prout, Servant of God, foundress of the Sisters of the Cross and Passion, who received the veil in the Lady Chapel, where there is to be found a picture of her and a plaque.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Letter of appointment

On Monday I received my letter of appointment from the LMS Office in London, following my appointment as rep for Salford Diocese, which coincided with arrival of the Society's magazine Mass of Ages. I had to write the diocesan report a month ago and had hoped to have contacted members directly by now. Unfortunately LMS Committee business intervened and I'm running about 8 days behind schedule. Things are well underway however and members will be hearing from me shortly.

To keep you upto date

It so happens that the previous posting's Mass was, presumably, the last Mass at Ashton-under-Lyne as Fr. Francis Wadsworth has been posted to St. Marie's, Bury.

I wish Fr. Francis every joy and happiness in his new parish. And I hope it isn't too long before he starts offering the TLM at St. Marie's.

This evening I had a very nice chat with Fr. Hilton of Bolton, (Breightmet) who is offering a regular Thursday evening Mass at St. Osmund's at 7.15p.m. On the third Thursday the Mass is followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

I also had a very pleasant conversation with Fr. Farrell, the Parish Priest at St. Joseph's, Longsight who offers an Ordinary Rite Latin Mass every Friday evening. Father was very encouraging.

Mass for the First Friday of the month will be offered at St. Chad's, Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester, at 7.30p.m.

On Sunday there will be the usual regular Mass at Holy Name, Oxford Road at 4.00p.m.