Tuesday, 24 November 2009
We are most grateful to Fr. Jan Nowotnik, parish priest at St. Augustine's, Meir, for celebrating, for the first time in public, Low Mass in the Traditional Rite at the lovely and atmospheric chapel of the Benedictine Abbey at Oulton near Stone, last Sunday. Fr. Jan's modest trepidations at the outset proved groundless as members of the congregation readily attested afterwards. Our thanks to the Sisters and Abbot Cuthbert again for accommodating us and to Beryl Terry for helping in the preparation and in the provision of tea and snacks afterwards (and Joan and Peter!).
In the homily and in conversation later, Fr. Jan reminded us of the importance to the priest as celebrant of the spiritual depth that is to be found in the precious sacred liturgy that is the Traditional Rite, the Usus Antiquior. It is to be hoped that in coming years, in appreciation of and indeed in obedience to the Holy Father's moto proprio, many more priests will come to understand and experience this spiritual depth in offering the sacrifice of the Mass in the Traditional Rite.
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
Alan is now able to confirm that the annual Mass at Wolstanton on the feast of St. Thomas of Canterbury will be taking place as usual. It will be a Sung Mass, and will begin at 11am.
As this year has been declared a year for priests, and St. Thomas à Becket is patron of the English clergy, this should be an excellent opportunity to pray for all of our priests.
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
Sunday, 8 November 2009
The November Mass list has been updated.
Oulton Abbey is confirmed as the venue for Sunday November 22nd, and it will be a Low Mass.
Please also note that the Mass will start at 2.30 pm; half an hour earlier than usual.
This will actually be the first public traditional Mass to be said by Fr. Jan Nowotnik, parish priest of Meir.
It's always great to hear of another priest starting to offer Mass according to the usus antiquior, and hopefully many will be able to attend and show support.
Finally, this Mass will commemorate, to the day, the first anniversary of the late Fr. David Higham OSB, a great stalwart of the Traditional Mass, who died at the Abbey. Requiescat in pace.