Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Mass Attack!

Perhaps this post should be called flying candlesticks or a fight over the missal... 

Earlier today, when I was at Mass, before Mass began, I was in the sacristy, and I heard some weird noise coming from the Church. The noise apparently was coming from a lady who was walking around on the sanctuary with nothing on but a long cardigan and a pair of wellington boots. My Mom managed to get her to the back of Church, where another parishioner helped to try and find out where the lady lived... all in vain. While they were doing this, Mass started as normal. The lady then asked if she could come home and marry Mom, who obviously refused. The other parishioner then got the lady a plastic cup of water. (That parishioner is not in my good books you will understand why if you read on!)
 The lady then stood up, and marched up the centre aisle, went on to the sanctuary, proceeded to blow both of the candles out. As I was holding the missal for Father, the only thing I knew about this was the sound of footsteps behind me! After she had blown both of the candles out, the lady threw her cup of water over me! That is the first time I have had a cup of water thrown over me in Church, although, I have been in church wetter than that before! (That is another story...)
 The lady then yelled at Father to stop talking, Father did not pay her any heed, and carried on with the Confiteor. She then came over to me, and tried to yank the missal out of my hands. I think Father whispered to me "Hold on to it!" but I might be mistaken... When the lady gave a strong yank, the missal slipped from my hands. The lady threw the missal off the sanctuary, where a parishioner picked it up, heedless of the lady's cry for him to leave it where it was. It turns out that the new CTS missals are really good quality!
 The lady, who it was becoming increasingly obvious was somewhat deranged, then threw one of the parish's "small six," (They don't really merit the title of big!) which form the Benedictine arrangement, off of the sanctuary, where the small clay lid, the candle and the candlestick separated and went to different parts of the Church and were retrieved during various parts of Mass.
 The lady then stood in front of the Altar and began to rant. I could not make out anything she was saying apart from a lot of swearing. While she was ranting, Father told me to go and get the candlestick, which was in a corner not too far away. I retrieved it and put it on the credence table before going to get a box of matches from the sacristy. After a few minutes of ranting, the lady calmed down a little and Father got up and went over to her. She yelled at Father not to touch her, and then yelled something unintelligible. While all this was going on, one member of the congregation went to the back of church to call the police. Father managed to get the lady to go and sit with a parishioner, who took her to the back of Church. Father then continued with Mass as if nothing had happened.... All's well that ends well! (Except if you are a candlestick which after bouncing around, is not in the best condition ever!)

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Liverpool Archdiocese publishes plainchant book for schools!

Well, it was published in the 1930s, so not too recently... Well a few months ago, Mom was given 5 copies of the book, plain song for schools! It is about 90 pages long, and has the full proper of the requiem Mass, along with several different Mass settings and a variety of different chants. I think that it is out of copy-rite, so I have scanned the booklet, and it is available here. If you want to download it, just click file, download.
 If it is still in copy-rite, I will remove it immediately. But as it is 70+ years old, I think it should have expired.... I hope all the pages are readable...

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Jesuits in England.

Wikipedia commons.
 This morning, after Mass, I was lent a book on the life of Saint Henry Morse. While I was reading it, I found a very interesting bit, about the number of Jesuits in England during the Reformation.
 Saint Henry Morse was born in England in 1595, and had 13 brothers and sisters! He went to Douai in 1614, and there, "he renounced his former errors, and was received into the Roman Catholic Church, the mistress of all Churches". He went back to England to sort out his Inheritance, but on arriving in England, he was immediately arrested, and told to take the oath of allegiance. Henry refused, and was thrown into prison where he spent the next 4 years. 4 years later, he was released, and exiled to France. He made his way back to Douai, but there were so many students there, that people had to be sent away to English seminaries in Rome and Spain. Henry was sent to Rome, and in 1623, was ordained a Priest. He went back to England, and that is as far as I have got in the book! As far as I can see from the blurb, he looked after the victims of the plague in London, and was hung, drawn and quartered at Tyburn.
 Now for the bit about the number of Jesuits in England:
"Fr. Blount's discretion and enterprise set the pattern for his priests. In 1598 when Blount took his first vows in the Society in Fr. Garnet's house in Spitalfields, there were 15 Jesuits at liberty in England, with another 4 in prison. In 1606, in spite of the disruption that followed the gunpowder plot, the numbers had grown to 45, with the first English noviceship was established at Louvain. The 'mission' henceforth grew rapidly. In 1614, the year that Henry Morse crossed to  and was
confirmed in the College chapel, there were 59 Jesuits in England and many more training abroad. 5 years later, the mission status was raised to a Vice-Province. For the first time, Jesuits in England numbered more than 100; rather more were students or engaged in teaching students abroad. Finally, two years before Morse's arrival, Fr. Blount was declared first provincial. Within another ten years his subjects numbered 344. This is the full flowering of the pioneer work done by the first generation of English Jesuits."
 I wonder just how many Jesuits are in England today?Also, in the current climate, where the state
seems to be crushing religious freedom, could a similar boost in vocations be hoped for?

Sunday, 13 January 2013

The Dome of Home!

The Institute of Christ the King, Sovereign Priest now have their own website, newsletter and blog for St Peter Paul and Philomena in New Brighton. With apologies for the slight technical bloopers yesterday when I tried to post this, here is the link to

The JHNILM have also got more workshops planned for anyone interested in the Liturgy and liturgical music, including one in May, ICEL 'What we have done and what we have failed to do' by Msgnr Andrew Wadsworth, others include talks on priests and people singing at the same Mass, organ accompaniment and this Saturday, 19 th Jan. 'What is liturgical dancing Music?'.
There is also a questionnaire on their website to fill in, so courses can be tailored to suit specific needs, interests or requests, like primary school parties or parish groups.

Here is a great quote from Madame Cecile de Bruyere, Abbess of Solesmes and spiritual daughter of Dom Gueranger, from her book 'Spiritual life and Prayer'. It is from the last chapter, 'There is but one Liturgy'.

"If it came to pass that in some liturgical function the souls called to take part in it were all very near the perfection of their own private liturgical worship, that is to say, the highest reach of the spiritual life, the angels would, in the midst of such an assembly, well nigh think themselves in heaven. God's satisfaction would for certain be unbounded, and the radiation from such a centre would be the wonder of the whole world".

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

The New Evangelisation?

Compare and contrast:

"They (the advisory group of Bishops), made it clear that the Extraordinary Form was not to be celebrated here, but that seminarians were free, within the constraints of the timetable, to experience the Extraordinary form where it is provided locally, both at home and here in the Archdiocese of Birmingham."     From Oscott College House Notes.

Yesterday's Gospel(Ordinary Form of the Mass):

"When Jesus saw the vast crowd, His heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd, and He began to teach them many things.
By now, it was already late and His disciples approached Him and said 'This is a deserted place and it is already very late. Dismiss them so that they can go to the surrounding farms and villages and buy themselves something to eat.'
He said to them in reply 'Give them some food yourselves'. But they said to Him "Are we to buy 200 days' wages worth of food and give it to them to eat?'
He asked them, 'How many loaves do you have? Go and see.'
And when they had found out, they said 'Five loaves and 2 fish'. So He gave them orders to have them sit down in groups on the green grass. the people took their places in rows by 100s and by 50s.
Then, taking the 5 loaves, the 2 fish and looking up to heaven, He said the blessing, broke the loaves and gave them to His disciples to set before the people, He also divided the 2fish among them all.
They all ate and all were satisfied. And they picked up12 wicker baskets full of fragments and what was left of the fish. Those who ate of the loaves were 5000 men."      Mk 6 34-44

Monday, 7 January 2013

Seminarians not allowed EF.

As you can see over at Fr. Z's blog, seminarians are not being allowed to have the EF at Oscott College! Hang on, that's my diocese!!
 The good news is that one diocesan Priest started saying the EF Mass at the begining of Advent... And another Priest has now asked me to help him to learn how to say it too...But does the Diocese really want all of their vocations to start going off to the ICKSP and the FSSP, not to mention Abbey Notre-Dame de Fontgombault..?. And what exactly is taking up so much time on the Oscott curriculum that our future priests only have time to learn half the Mass?
 I do hope I don't upset Eccles,  posting a link to an article by Damian Thompson!!!