Sunday, November 7, 2010

Masses at Bolton suspended

Please note that all traditional Masses at St. Osmund's, Breightmet, Bolton have been suspended indefinitely.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Friday's Mass at Bury

(Extra Ordinary Form 1962)
Saint Marie's Church
Manchester Road
Bury BL9 0DR

Music will be the Plainsong Requiem
from the Liber Usualis
together with Motets by Croft and Purcell

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Reminder that there will be Mass on Tuesday November 2nd. at English Martyrs, Alexandra Road South, Whalley Range, Manchester at 7.00a.m. and 7.00p.m.

May the souls of the faithful departed, through the Mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Another Christmas present

Father Marlor, regular celebrant of the TLM and Parish Priest of English Martyrs has requested that I publicise the following bulletin, which I am delighted to do.

Traditional Latin Masses at English Martyrs, Alexandra Rd. South, Whalley Range, Manchester.

Saturday 30th October 10am Our Lady's Saturday
Tuesday 2nd November 7am and 7pm All Souls
Saturday 6th November 10am Our Lady's Saturday
Saturday 13th November 10am St Didacus
Saturday 20th November No Mass
Saturday 27th November 10am Our Lady's Saturday
Saturday 4th December 10am St Peter Chrysologus
Wednesday 8th December 7am The Immaculate Conception
Saturday 11th December 10am St Damasus
Saturday 18th December 10am Ember Day
Saturday 25th December 12 Noon Christmas Day



Thursday, October 7, 2010

Reminder Mass for the Motherhood of our Lady

Mass will be offered at English Martyrs on Monday 11th. Octoberfor the Feast of the Motherhood of Mary at 7.00a.m.

Masses at Bolton Breightmet

In addition to the Masses at English Martyrs, Alexandra Rd. South, St. Marie's Bury and Holy Name Manchester please note the following Masses at St. Osmund's, Long Lane, Breightmet, Bolton.

Thursday 14th October at 7.30pm

Thursday 4th November at 7.30pm

Thursday 2nd December at 7.30pm

Friday 24th December Midnight Mass at midnight

Thanks to Fr. G. Hilton for these celebrations of Mass in his beautiful parish church.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Deo Gratias

Thanks be to Almighty God for a wonderful Papal Visit and for a safe return to Rome by the Holy Father.

I recently received a very interesting hypothetical question from a member about establishing a parish Mass in the EF. Would a couple of requests to an uninterested PP be enough to set the thing off? Perhaps time will tell!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

More Masses at English Martyrs

Father Marlor of English Martyrs, Alexandra Rd. South, Manchester has asked me to remind members and friends that Mass is offered each Saturday at 10.00a.m.
Please note in your diaries the following feastdays, for which I am most grateful to Fr. Marlor. All Masses will be at 7.00a.m and in the case of All Souls at 7.00p.m. as well.

Wednesday 8th September Birthday of the BVM

Wednesday 15th September Seven sorrows of the BVM

Monday 11th October The Motherhood of Our Lady

Tuesday 2nd November All Souls (7am and 7pm)

Please do all you can to attend any of these Masses. Reminders to follow.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Blog comments

Due to the posting of oriental pornographic weblinks I am suspending comments for this blogsite.
Details available on Leeds Latin Mass Blogsite.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Masses for St. Peter and Paul

Please accept my apologies for this late posting, the internet has been down here since Sunday.

Masses for the Holyday;

7.00a.m. English Martyrs, Alexandra Road South, Manchester.
7.15p.m. St. Osmund's, Long Lane, Breightmet, Bolton.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Grand Missa Cantata in Bury

Our good friend Fr. Wadsworth prepares to read the Holy Gospel on the feast of the Sacred Heart at Bury's St. Marie which was a beautiful and memorable occasion, just a couple of days before his reverence's twelfth anniversary of ordination to the sacred priesthood.

Holy Mass is offered in the EF every Friday at St. Marie's at 7.30p.m. with confession at call.

God bless the Pope and ad multos annos to Fr. Wadsworth!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Training conference announcement

LMS Priest Training Conference at Downside

The LMS office has just issued this press release.

10 June 2010


For Immediate Release

LMS Residential Training Conference for Priests Wishing to Learn the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (Traditional Latin Mass) at Downside Abbey, Somerset.

The Latin Mass Society of England and Wales (LMS) is organising a residential training conference for priests wishing to learn the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (Traditional Latin Mass) at Downside Abbey, one of England’s most prestigious monasteries.

The conference will run from Tuesday 10 to Friday 13 August 2010 and will feature Traditional liturgies in Downside’s beautiful chapel together with a Gregorian Chant schola and polyphonic choir.

Expert tuition in the celebration of Mass in the Usus Antiquior will be provided on a small group basis. There will be tuition in Low Mass, Missa Cantata and Missa Solemnis and there will be streams for beginners and more advanced students. Tuition will also be given in the other sacraments and in Latin.

There will be opening and closing High Masses, daily Mass, Offices and Rosary. There will also be a closing Conference dinner with guest speaker.

The subsidised fee to participants is only £115.00 which includes all accommodation, meals and training materials. There are limited places and priests are asked to register as soon as possible.

Further details and registration forms can be obtained from the LMS office (Tel: 020 7404 7284, e mail: or from the conference organiser, Mr Paul Waddington (Tel: 01757 638027, e mail:

Running alongside the training for priests, the Society of St Tarcisius (the LMS’s newly-formed sodality for Traditional altar servers) will organise a residential training course for servers and MCs. Further details can be obtained as above.

Paul Waddington said, “This is the sixth training conference the LMS has organised and we are delighted to be going to Downside Abbey. The Pontifical Commission ‘Ecclesia Dei’ has recently praised our work which makes us more determined than ever to provide training to every priest in England and Wales who seeks to learn the Usus Antiquior.”

Latin Mass Society, 11-13 Macklin Street, London WC2B 5NH
Tel: 020 7404 7284
E mail:

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Feast of the Sacred Heart

Masses for the Sacred Heart, on Friday of this week.

7.00p.m. English Martyrs, Alexandra Rd. South, Manchester

and half an hour later at 7.30p.m.there will a Missa cantata at St. Marie's in Bury, to mark the end of the year for priests.

Please do all you can to hear either of these Masses. I am hoping to get to Bury, if only to give thanks to God for the end of my intense GCSE German marking period, which will be over by then. I look forward to seeing Fr. Wadsworth whose jolly nature is always a tonic in itself. I understand that celebrations to mark Father's 12th. anniversary of ordination are also soon to be under way.

I think we are very lucky to have busy parish priests who are willing to give so generously of their time to provide the Sacred Rites of the Church in both forms and I look forward to more parishes offering the same.

A reminder also that on Saturday at 10.00a.m. there is Mass again at English Martyrs.

In this year of the Priest, which has again seen many (but not enough) ordinations to the Priesthood of young men ready, willing and able to to celebrate in the Traditional Rite I should like to express my gratitude to all the good priests of this diocese who support the wishes of the the Holy Father in implementing the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum.
Only yesterday Britain's senior Prelate, Cardinal O'Brien preached at one of the FSSP's newly ordained priest's "first" Mass, in the Cathedral at Edinburgh.
Interesting that the FSSP has a house in Edinburgh.

I must remember to get my sons to come to Mass on Friday. Both served at Mass today but were lagging by the end of the sequence. (In stifling heat, weren't we all?) Instead of wool cassocks we wore the alb style serving robes with cincture. It looked very European, redolent of some Belgian monastic retreat.
No good lamenting lack of priestly vocations without opening my heart and my family to the recognition of a vocation.

God bless Pope Benedict XVI!
Sacred Heart of Jesus, bruised for our negligences and offences, have mercy on us!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

From the Young Catholic Adults

Young Catholic Adults Host International Juventutem Weekend at Douai Abbey
During the weekend of the 10-12 September 2010

During the weekend of the 10-12 September . For the first time, Young Catholic
Adults will be running the 2010 Juventutem International Conference at Douai
Abbey(before the Douai weekend was aimed at the UK), the weekend will be led
by Juventutem Ecclesiastical Assistant Fr de Malleray . The weekend will be

Places are limited so please book early

* There will be Sung Mass, Low Mass, Rosary, Adoration, Confession, a Marian
Procession in honour of Our Lady of Fatima and socials

* Fr. de Malleray FSSP head of Juventutem will preach the retreat, Masses will
be in the Extraordinary form.


Saturday 11th – Sunday 12th September (full board)*

51 pounds full-board (except Sunday lunch) PER PERSON PER NIGHT

25 pounds for students/low waged/unwaged (or whatever you can afford)


£35 per person per night (full board). Self catering £25 per person
per night (reductions for students:- or whatever you can afford) .


£5 per person per night (or whatever you can afford - please bring your
own tent and food ).

Limited places so please reserve your place early

To reserve your place FOR THE WEEKEND (no deposit needed if you are coming for
the day on Saturday 5th July), please a 20 pound deposit (NON RETURNABLE) to
Damian Barker, Flat 5, 12 St. Catherine Street, Kingsholm, Gloucester, Glos.
GL2 9DU (please make any cheques payable to Damian Barker). For enquiries ring

For more details see:-

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Ushaw 2010 - Low week

I reported earlier that I was to attend the Training Conference at Ushaw in Low week. I also "billed" the news that two Salford men were to be tutors at the Conference.
The great Fr. Francis Wadsworth requested to know who these would be. Aa...hem. One of the tutors was actually the aforementioned Fr. W., who tongue in cheek asked me at the Conference to respond to his question! It is wonderful to meet up with such priests who are both always cheerful and yet never lose sight of their mission as Priests and who are totally open to the universal law of the Church with regard to the EF Rite of Mass and Sacraments of the Church according to books in use in 1962. Thanks be to God that such priests are often younger clergy, who feel stifled by the cloying scent of the 1960-1980's spirit of VatII either as curates and/or PPs who found themselves in a liturgical no man's land following their ordination.

In this year for Priests let us ask Almighty God to bring forward more men to serve at His altar and who are open to the Pope's teaching on this and other vital issues which distinguish us from other Christians who do not yet own the fullness of truth, the Truth.

Unfortunately our other tutor, Professor Richards was unable to attend at the last moment due to pressing diocesan schools' business in Manchester. Since then he has been taken ill and is currently recovering slowly but surely. We have been able to exchange banter via e-mail recently and I wish him a speedy full recovery.

This said, as a result of the Ushaw Conference, I was able to make contact, re-connect and foster relationships with other northern laypeople and clergy from the dioceses of Salford, Liverpool,
Leeds, Hexham & Newcastle, Nottingham and Middlesbrough.
Sad to say that Hallam and Lancaster were not represented this time.

The photo shows the impressive St. Cuthbert's chapel at Ushaw which was designed by Joseph Aloysius Hansom, who was also responsible for Salford's Holy Name in Oxford Road, Manchester as well as St. George's York and St Walburge's, Preston.
The original beautiful Pugin altar remains in the vestibule of the chapel where many of Fr. Wadsworth and Mr. Hawker's sessions took place.
For my part I coached a charming chap from Glasgow who had been "leaned upon" by his PP to attend. This chap had only attended one Mass in the old Rite in since 1970 (and this was the previous Sunday!), but he realised his PP's need for support and for a server. I was absolutely delighted with his desire to learn and how quickly he picked up the Latin and having been put through his paces by Fr. Elkin with regard to the actual movements around the altar and use of the bells etc. he was able to return to Glasgow filled with confidence.

A great occasion.
Deo Gratias!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Ascension Day Mass

Fr. Henry has asked me to advertise this Mass:

St Catherine's Church,
Stanifield Lane,
PR25 4QG

Tel: 01772 421174

Thursday 13th May at 7pm

Missa Cantata in the Traditional Form of the Roman Rite

For the Ascension of Our Lord
All Welcome.

English Martyrs Tuesday 4th. May

Mass for the Feast of the English Martyrs will be at 7.15p.m. on Tuesday at the Church of the English Martyrs, Alexandra Road South, Whalley Range, Manchester.
Many thanks to the PP.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Ushaw 2010 - Low week

With just about a week left before the training conference I am delighted to announce that two of the senior tutors are from Salford Diocese.
My brother in law is coming to see me this week to show me how to upload pictures from my digital camera, so I hope to have some images of the Conference on here during Low Week.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Feast of the Annunciation

Mass for the Feast of the Incarnation on Thursday at 7.00a.m. at English Martyrs, Alexandra Road South, Manchester.

Happy Feastday.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Feast of St. Joseph

Mass at 7.00a.m. for the Feast of St. Joseph on Friday 19th. March at English Martyrs, Alexandra Road South, Manchester.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Ushaw 2010 - Low week

Low week sees the Priest and MC Training course at the seminary Conference Centre at USHAW.
Priests reading this who would like to learn the rubrics of the 1962 Rite ab initio or as a refresher for Low, Sung or High Mass should contact the Office.
Also, if you are over 18 and would like to learn how to serve at a Sung or High Mass in the capacity of MC again, please be in touch with the Office.
Mr. Waddington who organises these things tells me today that things are running well to plan and that the music is going to print shortly.

Thursday, February 18, 2010


The Low Week LMS training conference at Ushaw is now offering training for those laymen already au fait with the Low Mass who would like to learn how to be MC at Sung or High Mass.
Our own Professor Richards will be a tutor again. If you require further details please contact the Office. See sidebar for LMS.

Mass for the Feast of St. Joseph, March 19th. at 7.00a.m. at English Martyrs, Alexandra Rd. South, Manchester.
Same again for the Feast of the Annunciation on March 25th. English Martyrs at 7.00a.m.

Reminder that Mgr Wach of the Institute of Christ the King will be the celebrant at a Missa cantata on Sunday 21 February at 9.00 a.m at Penwortham near Preston. The superior of the Institute of Christ the King will later move on to the Diocese of Shrewsbury to offer Mass.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The Pope speaks to the English and Welsh Bishops

Dear Brother Bishops,

I welcome all of you on your ad Limina visit to Rome, where you have come to venerate the tombs of the Apostles Peter and Paul. I thank you for the kind words that Archbishop Vincent Nichols has addressed to me on your behalf, and I offer you my warmest good wishes and prayers for yourselves and all the faithful of England and Wales entrusted to your pastoral care. Your visit to Rome strengthens the bonds of communion between the Catholic community in your country and the Apostolic See, a communion that sustained your people’s faith for centuries, and today provides fresh energies for renewal and evangelization. Even amid the pressures of a secular age, there are many signs of living faith and devotion among the Catholics of England and Wales. I am thinking, for example, of the enthusiasm generated by the visit of the relics of Saint Thérèse, the interest aroused by the prospect of Cardinal Newman’s beatification, and the eagerness of young people to take part in pilgrimages and World Youth Days. On the occasion of my forthcoming Apostolic Visit to Great Britain, I shall be able to witness that faith for myself and, as Successor of Peter, to strengthen and confirm it. During the months of preparation that lie ahead, be sure to encourage the Catholics of England and Wales in their devotion, and assure them that the Pope constantly remembers them in his prayers and holds them in his heart.

Your country is well known for its firm commitment to equality of opportunity for all members of society. Yet as you have rightly pointed out, the effect of some of the legislation designed to achieve this goal has been to impose unjust limitations on the freedom of religious communities to act in accordance with their beliefs. In some respects it actually violates the natural law upon which the equality of all human beings is grounded and by which it is guaranteed. I urge you as Pastors to ensure that the Church’s moral teaching be always presented in its entirety and convincingly defended. Fidelity to the Gospel in no way restricts the freedom of others – on the contrary, it serves their freedom by offering them the truth. Continue to insist upon your right to participate in national debate through respectful dialogue with other elements in society. In doing so, you are not only maintaining long-standing British traditions of freedom of expression and honest exchange of opinion, but you are actually giving voice to the convictions of many people who lack the means to express them: when so many of the population claim to be Christian, how could anyone dispute the Gospel’s right to be heard?

If the full saving message of Christ is to be presented effectively and convincingly to the world, the Catholic community in your country needs to speak with a united voice. This requires not only you, the Bishops, but also priests, teachers, catechists, writers – in short all who are engaged in the task of communicating the Gospel – to be attentive to the promptings of the Spirit, who guides the whole Church into the truth, gathers her into unity and inspires her with missionary zeal.

Make it your concern, then, to draw on the considerable gifts of the lay faithful in England and Wales and see that they are equipped to hand on the faith to new generations comprehensively, accurately, and with a keen awareness that in so doing they are playing their part in the Church’s mission. In a social milieu that encourages the expression of a variety of opinions on every question that arises, it is important to recognize dissent for what it is, and not to mistake it for a mature contribution to a balanced and wide-ranging debate. It is the truth revealed through Scripture and Tradition and articulated by the Church’s Magisterium that sets us free. Cardinal Newman realized this, and he left us an outstanding example of faithfulness to revealed truth by following that "kindly light" wherever it led him, even at considerable personal cost. Great writers and communicators of his stature and integrity are needed in the Church today, and it is my hope that devotion to him will inspire many to follow in his footsteps.

Much attention has rightly been given to Newman’s scholarship and to his extensive writings, but it is important to remember that he saw himself first and foremost as a priest. In this Annus Sacerdotalis, I urge you to hold up to your priests his example of dedication to prayer, pastoral sensitivity towards the needs of his flock, and passion for preaching the Gospel. You yourselves should set a similar example. Be close to your priests, and rekindle their sense of the enormous privilege and joy of standing among the people of God as alter Christus. In Newman’s words, "Christ’s priests have no priesthood but His … what they do, He does; when they baptize, He is baptizing; when they bless, He is blessing" (Parochial and Plain Sermons, VI 242). Indeed, since the priest plays an irreplaceable role in the life of the Church, spare no effort in encouraging priestly vocations and emphasizing to the faithful the true meaning and necessity of the priesthood. Encourage the lay faithful to express their appreciation of the priests who serve them, and to recognize the difficulties they sometimes face on account of their declining numbers and increasing pressures. The support and understanding of the faithful is particularly necessary when parishes have to be merged or Mass times adjusted. Help them to avoid any temptation to view the clergy as mere functionaries but rather to rejoice in the gift of priestly ministry, a gift that can never be taken for granted.

Ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue assume great importance in England and Wales, given the varied demographic profile of the population. As well as encouraging you in your important work in these areas, I would ask you to be generous in implementing the provisions of the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus, so as to assist those groups of Anglicans who wish to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church. I am convinced that, if given a warm and open-hearted welcome, such groups will be a blessing for the entire Church.

With these thoughts, I commend your apostolic ministry to the intercession of Saint David, Saint George and all the saints and martyrs of England and Wales. May Our Lady of Walsingham guide and protect you always. To all of you, and to the priests, religious and lay faithful of your country, I cordially impart my Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of peace and joy in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Taken from the blogsite of the LMS chairman Dr. Joseph Shaw.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Visit of Mgr Wach

On Sunday 21st. February Mgr Wach of the Institute of Christ the King in Griciliagno will sing the 9.00a.m. Mass at St. Mary's, Penwortham near Preston.
Those of you near enough to attend are exhorted to do so.