Monday, 18 March 2013

Remember Br. Peter Julian at St. Joseph's Burslem?

Those of us who have been regular worshippers at the Trad. Latin Mass at St. Joseph's, Burslem, will remember Br. Peter Julian, one of the original six Fransican F.I. friars who took over the heritage-listed church and introduced the TLM there for the first time in over forty years.  This picture is dated for St. Patrick's Day yesterday, but does not give place or event..


Friday, 15 March 2013


This is a picture from Thursday morning 14 March (courtesy Fr. Tim's Hermeneutic blog)
of the new Pope praying at the tomb of the great (Dominican) Pope St. Pius V of the great Mass (1570) we all love and promote.  It is in the basilica of S. Maria Maggiore in Rome, a quite staggeringly impressive church and a must on a Rome pilgrimage.

These are very early days and we have to discover our new Holy Father, and anything encouraging is worth noting, and this is surely encouraging.  LMS's Dr. Joseph Shaw is also posting information as we all seek to know more about the first Francis and the first Jesuit, and it is well worth having a look at his LMS Chairman's Blog.  It is known he has spoken out in Buenos Aires against same sex marriage, and the latter blog informs us of a strong stance against wayward and liberal Jesuit confreres. 

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Oulton Mass Cancelled

Unfortunately, owing to illness and commitments the Mass scheduled at Oulton Abbey this coming Sunday, 17 March is cancelled.  Apologies, but a Happy St. Patrick's Day anyway.

Friday, 8 March 2013


LMS Campaigning Results in Two New Sunday EF Masses in Westminster Archdiocese

We are delighted to announce that there will be weekly Sunday Masses in the Extraordinary Form at two new venues in the Archdiocese of Westminster in the near future.

The Masses will take place in St Albans in the parish of St Bartholomew’s, 47 Vesta Avenue, St Albans, AL1 2PE, and in Willesden, north-west London, at the Shrine of Our Lady of Willesden, Nicoll Road, London NW10 9AX. In both cases, the parish priests have been asked by the archdiocese to learn and celebrate Mass in the Extraordinary Form.

Neither Fr Tim Edgar of St Albans nor Fr Stephen Willis of Willesden has previously celebrated the Extraordinary Form, but both are approaching the opportunity of offering the ancient form of Mass with a very positive and pastoral attitude. It will obviously take some time for them to reach the necessary level of proficiency to start offering Masses publicly. Nevertheless, training has begun and regular weekly Masses on Sundays will start later this year on dates and at times yet to be announced. Their parishioners have already been consulted and informed about the introduction of the Extraordinary Form in their parishes and the reaction has been positive.

This very good news follows meetings between the LMS and the archdiocese over a period of a year or more, in which LMS Chairman Dr Joseph Shaw, Local Representative for Hertfordshire Mike Mason, and LMS General Manager Mike Lord met with Bishop Alan Hopes and Bishop John Sherrington a number of times to discuss wider provision of the Extraordinary Form.

The LMS would like to thank Bishop Hopes, Bishop Sherrington and Archbishop Vincent Nichols for their work in helping to make the Traditional Mass available in these areas of the Archdiocese of Westminster.

LMS General Manager Mike Lord commented: ‘We are very pleased at this positive response from the archdiocese to what has been something of a pastoral crisis in Hertfordshire and north-west London in recent years for Catholics attached to the Extraordinary Form of Mass.

'It is doubly pleasing that the parish priest in each case has been asked to be the principal celebrant. The Traditional Mass needs to become a full and accepted part of parish life in dioceses across the country with an important role to play in drawing the faithful closer to Christ, especially in this Year of Faith. In the cases of St Albans and Willesden, the Extraordinary Form is set to do just that.’

For further information, please contact Mike Lord, General Manager,

on (T) 020 7404 7284; (F) 020 7831 5585; (E mail)