Saturday, 27 December 2014

Phone/Mass Unlikely Sun 28 Dec 2014 Swynnerton

Unfortunately it is most unlikely there will be the usual  6 pm Mass at Swynnerton this Sunday.  Please 'phone first if you are thinking of travelling (01270-768144).  Fr. Chavasse is doing okay and may be able to celebrate Jan. 4 in the New Year.

However, there are Masses on Monday 29 Dec. (St. Thomas of Canterbury) at 11 am,
Friday 2 Jan. (First Friday) at 7 pm, and Tuesday Jan 6 (Epiphany) at 7 pm, all at St. Wulstan's Church, Wolstanton, near Newcastle-under-Lyme.  Many thanks to Fr. Anthony Dykes.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Mass Cancellation this Sunday 7 Dec.

Unfortunately Fr. Chavasse is unable to celebrate Mass at Our Lady’s Swynnerton on Sunday, 7 Dec.  We pray for the ultimate success of his programme of treatment.  At short notice possible replacement priests were not available, but better news is that the following Sunday, Fr. Stephen Goodman of Wolverhampton will celebrate at 6pm., 14 Dec., most probably in the Missa Cantata form.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

November & December Masses

Some Sunday Masses in the coming weeks will be celebrated by priests standing in for Fr. Chavasse.  This will happen during the period Nov. 23 to Christmas, as Father continues a stringent course of therapy.

Happily we were able to have Masses for All Saints at Swynnerton and Wolstanton, and at Swynnerton for All Souls.  There will be First Friday (Low) Masses at St. Wulstan's, Wolstanton at 7 p.m. on Nov. 7th. and Dec. 5th.  There will also be a Mass at 11 a.m. at Wolstanton  on Monday, 29 Dec., for the Feast of St. Thomas of Canterbury, Martyr.

The situation at Oulton Abbey is still in abeyance with the hope that there will be a revived interest in a monthly/bi-monthly Mass and the availability of a priest for it.  Dame Benedicta is very happy for the Old Rite Mass to be celebrated in the abbey Church.

Christmas:  alas there will not be a Midnight Mass in the Traditional Rite in North Staffs. this year, please make personal arrangements, such as Ss Peter Paul & Philomena (ICKSP) in New Brighton.  At present there are no Christmas Day morning Masses in N. Staffs either.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

November Masses


There will be Low Masses for the Feast of All Saints, Sat. 1 Nov. at:

Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Swynnerton, at 11 a.m.
St. Wulstan's, Wolstanton,  at 10 . 30 a.m.

There will be an evening Low Mass for the Feast of All Souls 3 Nov. at:

Our Lady's, Swynnerton, at 7 pm.

UPDATE:  Fr. Chavasse underwent a second operation successfully recently, but is on a programme  of therapy and is still not able to tax his throat, hence the Low Masses.  We are grateful to Fr. Stephen Goodman of Wolverhampton and Fr. Dan Horgan of the Columban Fathers in Solihull who  have stood in when Fr. Chavasse was not available for the regular 6 p.m. Mass.  He hopes to continue celebrating as he recovers, but we have to be aware there may be need for further rest.

CHRISTMAS - No Midnight Mass likely in North Staffs this year.  

Also:  Many thanks and every good wish and prayers for our organist and cantor Rebecca Hill who is leaving to live in New Zealand soon

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Fr. Chavasse Operation


Fr. Chavasse underwent his scheduled operation on 12 Aug.  It took over 5 hours and Father will be in hospital for another 2/3 days.  However the consultant’s prognosis is encouraging and we are grateful for this report from Anne Roebuck, a Swynnerton Sunday regular, who is visiting him whilst he remains in hospital.


Tuesday, 29 July 2014


As Fr. Chavasse has to go into hospital, forthcoming Masses will be celebrated for us by Fr. Dykes (Wolstanton) and Fr. Goodman (Wolverhampton).

Feast of  Our Lady of the Assumption will be a VIGIL Mass:
St. Wulstan's, Wolstanton (near Newcastle-under-Lyme), Aug. 14th. at 7 p.m.

Sundays 17 & 24 Aug., usual 6 p.m. Mass at Our Lady's in Swynnerton celebrated by Fr. S. Goodman

Our grateful thanks to these priests for their help despite their busy schedules.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014


Unfortunately this Sunday's (July 20) Mass has had to be cancelled on health grounds.  The monthly Mass at this lovely Abbey church may be discontinued.  There will not be a Mass in August, but we have not yet given up on the Sept. 21 Mass.

More, but hopefully only brief, concern at Our Lady's, Swynnerton as Fr. Chavasse has to go back to hospital for an operation on his throat on August 12.  Your prayers are very much requested.  Hopefully recuperation will only mean the following 2 or perhaps 3 Sunday Masses are affected.  It is ironic also that Father will not be able to celebrate the Mass for Our Lady of the Assumption, Aug 15.  However I am trying to get replacement priests for all these Masses and I will post messages here and on the LMS National Register as to the position as early as possible.