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.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Good news!  Fr. Chavasse left hospital and, though he goes back for checks tomorrow, he fully expects to celebrate MASS at SWYNNERTON this Sunday,  22 JUNE at 6 p.m.  

Monday, 16 June 2014

Swynnerton Mass (Corpus Christi 19 June) Cancelled

Unfortunately the Mass for Corpus Christi at Our Lady’s, Swynnerton (near Stone) this Thursday is cancelled.  Fr. Chavasse was taken to hospital last Friday I believe, suffering from a swelling of the throat I am told. We await a decision on next Sunday's usual 6 pm Mass.  Please do not travel for this Mass without checking beforehand.


Tuesday, 13 May 2014


The Mass at Oulton Abbey, near Stone, this Sunday (3 pm) will be in memory of Graham Ellis at Fr. Howell's behest (celebrant).  There was a worthy and well-attended Sung Requiem Mass last Thursday at St. Wulstan's, Wolstanton for this stalwart of the Traditional Latin Mass in the North Staffs area.

Feast of The Ascension,  29 May Mass at Swynnerton

There will be an evening Mass at 7 pm for the Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord, Thursday 29 May,
at Our Lady's Church, Swynnerton, near Stone, courtesy of Fr. Paul Chevasse, Cong. Orat.

Video of Recent Pilgrimage to York by LMS

Mike Lord, General Manager of the Latin Mass Society has recorded a video of the recent pilgrimage to York in honour of St. Margaret Clitherow, one of our two Patron Saints.  It can be seen, along with further details, on:

Una Voce International: Article/Up-date

The LMS is a prominent member of Una Voce International and the current and previous presidents are members of the LMS.  An article explaining the function and history of Una Voce (FIUV) as well as giving an update on its activities, including the election as President of Mr. James Bogle in Rome last November, is to be found in the current edition (May 2014) of the illustrated monthly Catholic Life.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Major Feast Day Masses: May & June

There will be evening Masses (Low or Sung depending upon availability of servers and singers) on the following Feast Days:

The Ascension:  Our Lady's Swynnerton, near Stone (Thurs. 29 May) at 7 pm
Corpus Christi: Our Lady's Swynnerton, near Stone (Thurs. 19 June) at 7 pm
Most Sacred Heart:   St. Wulstan's, Wolstanton, near Newcastle, (Fri. 27 June) at 7 pm

A full list of Masses for May to beginning of August will be listed shortly, and is available on the national website ( 

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

New Video from LMS

New Video from LMS on Receiving Holy Communion

A new video has just been released by Head Office.  Put together by Michael Lord and Joseph Shaw,
it explains the importance of receiving Holy Communion on the tongue, tracing its origins back to the early Church.  This 4-minute YouTube production can be seen by clicking

Next Mass at Oulton Abbey

This is likely to be a little after Easter, probably 18 May at 3pm.  Do please check on this before setting out (  Incidentally during Lent there are Stations of the Cross at 5pm each Sunday, before the weekly parish Old Rite Mass at 6 pm. at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Swynnerton, near Stone

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Feb 23 Mass Change
Fr. Chevasse is in Rome on Sunday Feb. 23, so there will be no Mass at Swynnerton that day.  However, fairly nearby at the chapel of Oulton Abbey (2 miles from Stone) there will be sung Mass on that day, but earlier than usual, at 3 p.m.  Those who have not been to the church before will be very pleasantly surprised.


Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Jan. 26 Mass at Oulton  Abbey Cancelled

Fr. Howell, the celebrant, is not so well so it is safer to cancel this Mass, but at the moment the next Mass at Oulton (23 Feb 3pm) should go ahead.

There is a sung Mass nearby this Sunday (26 Jan) at 6 p.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption Church
in Swynnerton, near Stone.