30 December 2010

Campaign For The Real Epiphany - Updated

And a third!

Two new Masses in two new dioceses added from the combox.  I'll update every time I'm told of a new venue.

Here is the totality of what the LMS believes to be the celebration of the Feast of the Epiphany in England and Wales on 6 January.  Not much use for most people in England and Wales, as there are no Masses listed at all in the Dioceses of Arundel & Brighton, East Anglia, Hallam, Menevia, Middlesbrough, Northampton, Salford, Shrewsbury or Wrexham, and precious few elsewhere.

Special thanks to those priests who have arranged to ensure that Mass is available at a time when those of us who are working might be able to attend.


8.00am Low Mass The Oratory Brompton Road London SW7 2RP
11.00am Low Mass St James Spanish Place George St London W1U 3QY
6.30pm Sung Mass Corpus Christi Maiden Lane London WC2E 7NB
7.30pm Low Mass St Bonaventure 81 Parkway Welwyn Garden City AL8 6JF

Arundel and Brighton

7.00pm Low Mass St Mary Magdalene Brighton


7.30am Low Mass St Joseph Hall St Burslem Stoke on Trent ST6 4BB
9.00am Low Mass St Anthony of Padua 115 Headley Way Oxford OX3 7NS
12.15pm Low Mass The Oratory Woodstock Rd Oxford OX2 6HA
7.30pm High Mass The Oratory Hagley Rd Birmingham B16 8UE


10.30am Low Mass Our Lady Immaculate New London Rd Chelmsford CM2 0AR


7.00pm High Mass Our Lady & St Michael Pen-y-Pound Abergavenny NP7 5UD


7.30am Low Mass St George Boreham Rd Warminster Wilts BA12 9JP
8.00am Low Mass St Dominic Jubilee Rd Dursley Glos GL11 4ES
8.15am Low Mass Prinknash Abbey Cranham Glos GL4 8EX
9.30am Low Mass Our Lady of Lourdes 28 Baytree Rd Weston s. Mare BS22 8HQ
12.15pm Low Mass Our Lady Magdalene Street Glastonbury BA6 9EJ
6.00pm Low Mass SS Joseph & Theresa 16 Chamberlain St Wells BA5 2PF
6.00pm Low Mass St Gregory 10 St James Square Cheltenham GL50 3PR

Hexham & Newcastle

12.00hrs Low Mass SS Joseph Patrick & Cuthbert Coxhoe Co. Durham DH6 4DA
7.30pm Sung Mass St Mary’s Forest Hall Newcastle NE12 7AB


6.30pm Low Mass St Peter’s Cathedral Balmoral Rd Lancaster LA1 3BT


6.45am Low Mass St Mary of the Angels Cross Bank Batley WF17 8PQ


12.00hrs Low Mass St Anthony Scotland Rd Liverpool L5 5BD
7.00pm Low Mass Our Lady Star of the Sea Crescent Rd Seaforth Liverpool L21 4LJ
7.00pm Low Mass St Catherine Laboure Stanifield Lane Preston PR25 4QG


6.00pm Low Mass English Martys Dalton Terrace York


6.00pm Sung Mass Holy Cross Priory 45 Wellington Street Leicester LE12 6QD
6.00pm Low Mass Rosmini Centre Ratcliffe on the Wreake Leics LE7 4SJ
Tba High Mass Holy Souls Frodingham Rd Scunthorpe DN15 7TA


7.30am Sung Mass Lanherne Monastery St Mawgan Nr Newquay Cornwall TR8 4ER


11.00am Low Mass St William of York Upper Redlands Rd Reading RG1 5JT
TBC Low Mass St Mary High St Ryde Isle of Wight PO33 2RG


7.00pm Low Mass English Martyrs Alexandra Rd South Manchester


7.00am Low Mass St Bede Thornton Rd London SW12 0LF
and also
12.30pm Sung Mass & Blessing of Epiphany Water

8.00pm Sung Mass Our Lady of the Rosary Burnt Oak Lane Blackfen DA15 8LW

26 December 2010

Scandalum Magnum

"You can't care about absolutely everything unless you're an adolescent or a Guardian reader" a friend once said to me, and I've always thought that was fair enough.  There is only so much saeva indignatio to go around.  So I must confess that I have allowed the story of the "Soho Gay Masses" and their Leicester equivalents to pass me by - I haven't had enough time or interest to get interested.

A posting here by Reluctant Sinner started me thinking, though: not so much about the Masses themselves, or about same sex atraction, as about Archbishop Longley.

In an interview in The Tablet, Archbishop Longley was asked whether “those protesting (i.e. loyal and orthodox Catholics) are making assumptions” about the homosexuals attending the "Soho Masses". He replied,

“I would assume that is the case, and so it isn’t for any of us to make those judgments which, in conscience, people make before God and also within the sacraments, particularly the sacrament of reconciliation assisted by the priests and other pastors within the Church.”

“The Church does not, as it were, have a moral means-testing of people before they come to receive the sacraments and it is very easy to jump to and come to the wrong conclusions about people when you don’t know them."

Now, part of the point of Reluctant Sinner's post is that he does know these people and that he is jumping to the right conclusions, but let that pass.  It is the Archbishop who seems to me to have gone right off the rails.
There are lots of Catholic groups and societies, and they have special Masses from time to time, but I can't think of any other Catholic group membership of which allows members to trump the obligation of members to belong to and support their own parish both financially and by their attendance at Mass in the parish.  I also can't think of any other Catholic group which is allowed to self-define on the basis of an inclination to a form of sexual activity.
It was hearing Archbishop Longley's novel interpretation of the "development of doctrine" - his idea seemed to be that as the world and public opinion changes, so too does doctrine - that I realised that what he was defending was (it seems to me) to be profoundly unCatholic: that where originally I had thought it to have simnply been a pastoral failure, a failure of oversight in finding out about the state of grace of people at a Mass where it was objectively likely that some of those approaching Communion shouldn't be; in fact what the Archbishop is defending is that the Church should be at least in dialogue with at least the World and the Flesh.
Add this to what Fr Dwight wrote recently about the Catholic Church in England and Wales and about what he had been told about its agenda, and you can see the pickle we are in.
Perhaps we ought to start writing now to our Nuncio-designate.  Helpfully, his address can be found here.

24 December 2010

A Thought About Thought For The Day

The Pope really does seem to have a singular affection for this country.

Let us hope and pray that it has motivated his choice of Nuncio.

Happy Christmas, everybody!

22 December 2010

Thank Goodness For Global Warming!

Fieldfare and Redwing huddle in a tree, puffed up against the cold.

One of the Redwings came close to the front of the house.  They have never comes as close before.

Thank Goodness for global warming!  Because imagine how much worse things would be if we weren't suffering from it!

18 December 2010

Taking Turns

The finch waits his turn, while the robin eats his fill.

12 December 2010

Wikileaks And The Vatican

What is more important than Francis Campbell's views on the effect of the invitation to come to full communion with Rome, is that the US Embassy to the Vatican is dependent on the British Ambassador to get information about what Rome thinks.

This must be unprecedented in the hostory of US-Vatican relations: think about what this means.

03 December 2010

01 December 2010

To See Ourselve As Other See Us

Catholic World Report has an article about the Church in England and Wales here.

I bet the Bishops' Conference comes up with the facts to refute the assertions made in the article before the week is out.

Just at the same time, no doubt, as Lord Lucan, riding Shergar, catches up with Elvis.