Priests' Training Conference at Buckfast Abbey, 3 to 6 May 2011 - Bookings Now Being Taken
New Mass Venue in Mortlake, South-West London
Mass Listing for the Spring Now Available
Direct Intervention by Vatican to Ensure Availability of EF Mass in Croatia
Mass at Portsmouth Cathedral
Parish Solemn High Mass in Co Durham in Thanks for Pope Benedict and Summorum Pontificum on feast of St Peter's Chair
International News: First EF Mass in Spain to be Celebrated by a Bishop since Summorum Pontificum
Sheffield Cathedral Holds a Series of Traditional Sung Masses
Traditional Mass in St Peter's Basilica, Rome this April
Morning of Recollection followed by Solemn High Mass in Westminster Cathedral on St Joseph's Day
Mass in Southwark Cathedral in February
Don't Forget to Buy Your Traditional Ordo for the New Year
The Latin Mass Society will be organising a conference at Buckfast Abbey in Devon 3 to 6 May 2011 for training priests to celebrate Mass in the usus antiquior.
The tuition will be in small groups selected according to ability, and will cover Low Mass, Missa Cantata and Missa Solemnis.
Some tuition in the sacraments of baptism and marriage may also be included if there is demand for it.
In addition, there will be tuition for laymen wishing to learn to serve Mass in the older forms. The dates for both priests and servers are :-
Buckfast Abbey, Devon, Tuesday 3rd to Friday 6th May 2011
The conference will begin late morning on the Tuesday, although there will be the opportunity for those travelling long distances to stay at Buckfast on the Monday night. It will end after lunch on the Friday.
There will be Sung Mass every day: Solemn Mass on Tuesday and Friday; Missa Canatata on Wednesday and Thursday. The Solemn Mass on Friday will include a polyphonic choir.
The fee for attending, for priests or servers, will be £85 to include tuition, three nights' accommodation and full board. There will be supplementary charges for extra nights and en suite accommodation. To book you place on either the priests' course or servers' course, please fill in an application form (which can be downloaded here), and return with your cheque to:
Paul Waddington (Conference Organiser)
SELBY YO8 6QE
You can help support this important initiative - read more here to find out how.
There will be Mass in the Extraordinary Form on First Fridays (starting 7.00pm) at St Mary Magdalen, 61 North Worple Way, Mortlake, Surrey SW14 8PR.
The first Mass will be on Friday, 4 February 2011.
Our listing of Traditional Latin Masses in England and Wales (and in some other countries) for February to May 2011 is now available in a downloadable PDF. This is continuously updated to reflect any subsequent schedule changes.
Download PDF (201KB).
The Vatican's Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei (now part of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith) has intervened to compel resistant local bishops to provide the Traditional Mass for Catholics in Croatia.
Bishops in the Balkan state had repeatedly refused to provide any masses in the Extraordinary Form despite requests from local Catholics. The laity appealed to the Holy See which has now ordered the Archbishop of Zagreb to provide weekly Sunday masses in the Extraordinary Form for the faithful. See LMS Chairman's Blog for further details.
There will be Mass at Portsmouth Cathedral, Edinburgh Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 3HG on Tuesday, 8 February at 7.30pm. The celebrant will be Fr Phillip Harris, Assistant Priest at the cathedral.
For directions, please see our Mass Map.
In thanksgiving and intercession for Pope Benedict XVI and 'Summorum Pontificum', Fr Gary Dickson has decided to celebrate the Feast of the Chair of St Peter on Tuesday, 22nd February 2011 with a Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form, starting at 7.30pm.
Although the parish celebrates the EF every Sunday at 9.30am as a Low Mass, and has had the occasional Solemn High Mass with guest celebrants, this will be the first time any Parish Priest of Thornley will have offered the EF in Solemn Form for over 40 years. As such a small buffet will follow. Music will be provided by the Schola Sancti Baedae (Missa de Angelis)
The address of the church is as follows: Sacred Heart and English Martyrs Church, Dunelm Road, Thornley, Co Durham DH6 3HA.
We ask as many as possible to attend this Mass and offer it for Fr Dickson's intention of "Thanksgiving and Intercession for Pope Benedict XVI and Summorum Pontificum."
Photo credit: Fr Gary Dickson
It is worth casting our eyes beyond the shores of England and Wales once in a while to the work being carried out in other countries for the restoration of the Traditional Mass. We are, after all, part of a universal movement within the Universal Church!
Spain, despite its deeply Catholic history, has been a country where episcopal and clerical resistance to the Traditional Latin Mass has been particularly strong in recent years. But progress has been made and there are now regular Sunday Masses in the Extraordinary Form in many major Spanish cities. There is also a growing number of lay-led 'Una Voce' groups (to whom the LMS is affiliated through the International Federation Una Voce) in Spain.
Now another landmark has been reached. On 15 January 2011, Msgr Manuel Ureña Pastor, archbishop of Zaragoza, became the first Spanish bishop to celebrate a Traditional Latin Mass since Pope Benedict XVI issued his motu proprio Summorum Pontificum in 2007.
The Mass took place in the parish of St Mary Major, Epila, Zaragoza, to commemorate, inter alia, the completion of restoration works on the 18th century church buildings, with the parish priest acting as Deacon and the Parochial Vicar as Sub-Deacon. More photos are available on the Una Voce Malaga website.
Photo credits: Una Voce Malaga
There are a number of Traditional Masses over the next few months at St Marie's Catholic Cathedral, Norfolk Street, Sheffield S1 2JB.
Saturday, 12 February 2011 - Sung Mass - 10.00am
Saturday, 12 March 2011 - Sung Mass - 10.00am
Friday, 25 March 2011 - Sung Mass - 10.00 a.m (Please telephone 0114 233 2801 before travelling for this Mass)
Saturday, 9 April 2011 - Sung Mass - 10.00am
Saturday, 14 May 2011 - Sung Mass - 10.00am
Low Mass will be celebrated in St Peter's Basilica in Rome on Saturday, 2 April 2011 at 7.15 in the morning for the intentions of LMS members. Mass will take place in the Chapel of the Navicella (in the nave - North Transept) and the celebrant will be Fr Uwe Michael Lang, Cong. Orat.
If you're in Rome that weekend do support this wonderful event. On the other hand, you might want to book a cheap flight and turn it into a weekend away. April in the Eternal City is very pleasant!
Solemn High Mass in Westminster Cathedral on Saturday, 19 March (the Feast of St Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church), starting at 2pm, will be preceded by a Morning of Recollection at St Vincent's Convent, Carlisle Place, Victoria, London SW1 from 10.30am-12 noon (booking information below). The Latin Mass Society's National Chaplain, Fr Andrew Southwell will give the Morning of Recollection and celebrate the Mass afterwards.
Morning of Recollection: The theme of the morning will be St Joseph and Lent. The spiritual conference will be held in Room 1 at St Vincent's Convent and tea and coffee will be available. Please fill in this booking form to reserve your places as soon as possible. Contributions to help defray the cost would be much appreciated. A donation of £5 per person is suggested. Alternatively, you can book online below:
* If applicable
There will be Mass in the Extraordinary Form in St George's Cathedral, Southwark on Friday, 11 February, Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, starting at 6pm. The celebrant will be Fr Anthony Logan.
This will be a Low Mass and will be celebrated at the Cathedral's High Altar. Please come along and support this Mass.
Don't forget to buy your 2011 Ordo, published by the LMS! A day-to-day liturgical guide for the Missal of 1962 (Extraordinary Form) for England and Wales. Liturgical details of every Mass for every day of the year. Includes local variations for the dioceses of England and Wales. The indispensable guide for priests, servers and laity. Includes guidance (now confirmed by the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei) regarding Holy Day celebrations in the Traditional Rite). 97 pages, including 22 pages of liturgical notes and full discussion of Indulgences. Indispensable! A5, spiral-bound paperback.
Prices including postage:
Europe (incl. ROI) £8.50
Outside Europe £9.70
You can now order online (see below), by phone (020 7404 7284) or by post (cheques payable to 'LMS').
There continues to be widespread and deep-seated discontent amongst ordinary Catholics of both a traditional and non-traditional stripe at the decision by the bishops of England and Wales to transfer the Feast of the Epiphany (amongst others) to an adjacent Sunday instead of celebrating it on the traditional date observed by the Holy Father and the Universal Church.
At the time of this controversial change, The Latin Mass Society consulted the Holy See as to how, or if, this also applied to the Traditional Mass and were told, quite clearly, that the traditional dates remained in place in the Traditional Calendar. In other words, the Feast of the Epiphany can continue to be celebrated on 6 January each year in the Extraordinary Form.
Although not as many as we (and many others) would like, there are several masses in the Extraordinary Form being celebrated on the Feast of the Epiphany around the country and they can be viewed here.