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MASSES AT BALDOCK IN AUGUST CANCELLED. Canon Bennie Noonan, the priest normally celebrates the Tridentine Latin Roman Rite Mass at Baldock regularly, is away in August 2014. Due to the inability to find a replacement priest, there will be no Masses in Baldock throughout August. Masses we hope will recommence in September unless announced otherwise.

GK CHESTERTON MASS AND PILGRIMAGE. On Wednesday, 30 July, there will be a walking pilgrimage in honour of GK Chesterton, starting with High Mass at 1.30pm in Uxbridge (sponsored by the LMS)  followed by a 27-mile walk to Beaconsfield - Chesterton's home. The walkers are also raising funds for the Good Counsel Network. More details on our Events Calendar here.

MICHAEL DAVIES CONFERENCE IN OCTOBER. Speakers from both sides of the Atlantic will address a special conference in London on Saturday, 4 October 2014, to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of Michael Davies, the great defender of the Old Rite. Full details and booking information are available here.

ANNUAL REQUIEM MASS. Our annual Requiem in Westminster Cathedral for all deceased members will take place on Saturday, 8 November 2014. Pontifical High Mass begins at 2.00pm and will be celebrated by Bishop John Arnold, auxiliary of Westminster.

FULL TEXT OF INTERVIEW with Bishop Athanasius Schneider available here.

DOME OF HOME APPEAL - Help us to help Britain's only Catholic shrine dedicated to the Traditional liturgy. See details of how you can help here.

A GUIDE TO ENSURING TO YOU HAVE THE TRADITIONAL MASS AT YOUR FUNERAL. This invaluable booklet is now available to download here.

SODALITY FOR THE CONVERSION OF LAPSED CATHOLICS. The Sodality of St Augustine of Hippo has been launched by the LMS as a means of uniting our prayers with others for the conversion of our loved ones. Full details here.

PRAYERS FOR THE LMS NOW ONLINE can be found under Resources. Prayer for the intentions of the Latin Mass Society in English and Latin.

St Catherine's Trust Summer School 2014


27 July to 3 August 2014 (Sunday to Sunday) at the the Franciscan Retreat Centre at Pantasaph, in North Wales

(Click here for information about the LMS Residential Latin Course which runs concurrently)

Summer School


The St Catherine’s Trust Summer School is back this Summer, at a new venue: the Franciscan Retreat Centre at Pantasaph CH8 8PE, in North Wales, for the week 27 July to 3 August 2014.

Pantasaph is very well-connected by road and rail, being a few minutes away from the railway station at Flint, and close to the motorway network. It is near Holywell, which many will know as the only Medieval Shrine to survive the Reformation, and for many years one of the Latin Mass Society’s biggest annual Pilgrimages.

Alongside the Summer School the Latin Mass Society Latin Course for adults will be taking place (see below for more details). Accommodation at the Retreat Centre is limited, so the Latin Course participants will be staying at the Pilgrims’ Guest House in Holywell.

The Retreat Centre has a Pugin Chapel, flexible facilities, and lovely grounds. It is a delight that St Catherines Trust was able to secure the venue for their Summer School, and we all hope it will be a long-term home for this important event.

The Summer School makes it possible for Catholic children to experience a week of Catholic teaching, in a wide range of subjects, from our enthusiastic volunteer staff, in the context of the Traditional Liturgy. This is an experience which is wholly unique, and is an invaluable supplement to both homeschooling and conventional schooling.

There will be daily sung Mass, with singing of the highest standard, and sung Compline each evening. There will be an outing to a local place of interest, and visiting speakers, outside activities, the perennially popular sewing group and a staged reading of a play.

St Catherines Trust is a beneficiary of the Latin Mass Society. Under normal circumstances the school would cost about £250 per pupil to run, but as the Latin Mass Society sponsors the event, there are no fixed fees. Parents and guardians are invited to pay what they can afford. Please take advantage of this tremendous opportunity!

For more information please contact the St Catherine's Trust.


Confirmations in the Traditional Rite in London, Saturday, 15 November 2014

Confirmations take place in the Traditional Rite this year on Saturday, 15 November 2014 at St James's Spanish Place, London W1U 3QY, at 11.30am. This date has now been confirmed.

The Sacrament will be conferred by Rt Rev John Arnold, auxiliary bishop in Westminster. If you would like more information about Confirmations in the Extraordinary Form, or would like your child, or yourself, confirmed in 2013, please contact the LMS Office on 020 7404 7284 or email us.

To register your child or yourself for 2014's Confirmations, please read the Explanatory Notes and then complete the appropriate registration form below:

Registration Form for a Child

Registration Form for an Additional Child

Registration Form for an Adult



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23 JULY 2014

If you are a Christian living in Mosul, northern Iraq, you now have four choices, thanks to the 'Islamic State' (aka ISIS):

1. convert to Islam; 2. leave and never return; 3. pay protection money to the Muslims; or 4. be executed.

The Arabic letter 'nun' (N) for 'Nazarene' (see picture) is being painted on the doors of Christians in Mosul, to mark them out for revenge attacks for being followers of Christ.

This is nothing new in the relations between Muslim states and their Christian subjects. It has been going on in this form, or something very similar, for most of the past fourteen centuries. But this latest act of Islamic persecution of Christians has shocked even some sections of the secular media out of their strange silence on the matter.

We reproduce the text below from Rorate Caeli Blog. Please pass it on to your fellow Catholics, whether they are Traditional or not.


Friday, 1 August, 2014

This was the day chosen by the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP) for a worldwide day of Public Adoration of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament in supplication for our persecuted brethren in Iraq, Syria, and the Middle East:

'The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter asks all of its apostolates around the world to dedicate Friday, August 1 to a day of prayer and penance for the Christians who are suffering terrible persecution in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East.

'1st August is the First Friday of the month and the Feast of St. Peter in Chains, which is celebrated as a Third Class Feast in FSSP houses and apostolates. It is the feast in which we read of the great power of the persevering prayer of members of the Church: “Peter therefore was kept in Prison. But prayer was made without ceasing by the Church unto God for him.” (Acts 12:5)

'This feast of our Patron should be an invitation to the faithful to join us in Holy Hours and other fitting prayers to beg the Most Holy Trinity that these members of the Mystical Body may persevere in the faith, and that, like St. Peter, they may be delivered from this terrible persecution. May such a day serve as a reminder to us of the stark contrast that stands between our days of vacation and ease, and their daily struggle for survival as they are killed or exiled from their homes.' (Source)

It is a day, we believe, chosen wisely by that Fraternity: we please upon all our Catholic brethren, East and West, attached to the Ordinary Form (Mass of Paul VI) or to the Extraordinary Form (Ancient Mass), whatever their theological bent, to join this worldwide prayer day. Whether you consider yourself a more liberal, conservative, traditional, or just plain Catholic, let us join together in this worldwide Adoration of Our Lord Jesus Christ, together with all the Angels and Saints.

It is also appropriately chosen because Pastors and Chaplains will have 10 days to prepare properly, to contact projects that help Christians in need and collect all kinds of contributions for the Christians of the Middle East (from Aid to the Church in Need to CNEWA, the Syrian and Chaldean Catholic Churches, and other organizations), and, in particular, to add to their bulletins and convey to their congregations how to participate next Sunday, July 27.

Please, spread this initiative around. No need to link to us, or to even mention you saw it here -- just copy, paste, and just let this idea spread around throughout the world, through the web, through social networks, to your family and friends.

Bishops, Pastors, priests, join us. First Fridays are a special day of the month, and nothing better next First Friday, August 1, than for all Catholics around the world to join in Adoration before Our Lord to implore his mercy and kindness for our most neglected brethren in Iraq, Syria, and throughout the Middle East.