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!