Friday, November 16, 2012


On Thursday (22nd November) we have a sung Mass at English Martyrs, Alexandra Road South, Whalley Range, Manchester at 7.30 p.m. It would be lovely to see a good attendance at this Mass.
Thanks to Fr. Marlor for making this occasion possible.

Next Sunday sees the last regular Extraordinary Rite Mass at Holy Name after many years. A new oratory is to be established at St. Chad's, Cheetham Hill and the Society of Jesus will take back control of the Holy Name from the First Sunday in Advent. When I was at University in Manchester the Jesuits were there and I still wake up in a cold sweat when I recall witnessing some of the "joyful" Folk Masses held there. I very occasionally attended this Mass and lots of Latin Masses with a friend and fellow undergraduate. He had not known the old Mass before this. He is now Father Michael McCarthy FSSP. Unfortunately I was too ill last year to attend his First Mass in this country. He was posted to America after ordination.
From the first Sunday in December there will be a traditional Mass every Sunday at 4.45 p.m. at St. Chad's. This Mass will be preceded by Vespers and Benediction at 4.00 p.m. Thanks to Fr. Matus and the new Oratorian Congregation for this. I wish them every success in their new community and

English Martyrs, pray for us.
St. Chad, pray for us.
St. Ignatius Loyola, pray for us.
St. Philip Neri, pray for us.