I recommend strongly that everyone goes to the 'Rorate Coeli' bog page which includes the complete Mass celebrated by His Eminence. If only liberals could see what they have tried to destroy! This touches on how the Mass should be celebrated AMDG (for the greater glory of God)
We are grateful for the mention of Andrew, Jayne & Philip as our new LMS Reps in Hexham & Newcastle. Everything said is absolutely accurate but there is an omission. In addition to taking on the responsibilities of LMS representation they have between them begun a chapter of Juventutem to encourage younger attendees (of which there is a growing number) to take up the opportunity to meet together,socially, with likeminded people. Additionally they have asked Fr Michael Brown to restart his weekly courses in Latin, begun Eucharistic Adoration every Thursday lunchtime and are looking to start the devotion to the First Fridays. They are - all 3 - a great example to all in the parish, not just the youngsters!
Today (Saturday) Theresa & I had the great privilege & pleasure of attending a Solemn Requiem Mass at the church of Our Lady Star of the Sea in Liverpool. The Mass was under the auspices of the Order of St Lazarus & was offered for the intentions of past members, friends & benefactors of the Order & the Latin Mass Society.
What a splendid occasion at St Joseph's, Gateshead this evening with a Sung Requiem for All Souls. The celebrant was Fr Michael Brown with the Westland Singers from Sunderland singing Faure's Requiem. A wonderful female choir under organist Paul Dewhirst & conducted by his wife Theresa. The choir were absolutely superb with some quite exceptional voices. The 'In Paradisum' was especially moving & the 'Dies Irae' was sung antiphonally by Paul & the ladies. We hope to be able to persuade them to sing here more frequently. Many of the girls were students of Paul & Theresa when they taught at St Anthony's Girls' Academy in Sunderland. It was good to see a good congregation including a party of students from Newcastle University who obviously knew their way around the EF of Mass if not so obviously around the EF Requiem Mass which is seen too infrequently. We hope that more people will be persuaded to go to God with such a wonderful send off.
A solemn High Mass will be celebrated at St Joseph's in Gateshead on Monday 3rd November 2014 at 7pm for Commemoration of All Souls. The music for the Mass will be the Faure Requiem sung by the Westland Singers of Sunderland under the direction of Paul Dewhirst. It is expected that the sacred ministers will be V Rev Dr Michael Brown, Rev Fr David Phillips & Rev Mr Andrew Bunce (transitional deacon).
Here at St Joseph's in Gateshead they have started lunch following the 12 noon EF Mass. This takes place in the church hall on the 3rd Sunday of each month & is immediately followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Initially attendees are asked to bring their own food with tea, coffee & soft drinks provided. Discussions are continuing as to whether soup could be provided. Not all of the congregation attend but sufficient to make it worthwhile. While some of us, including our Juventutem group, meet for coffee after the 11am EF Mass on Saturdays, the Sunday lunch gives an opportunity for likeminded people to socialise after Sunday Mass too. It is important that we socialise as it gives us armour against the negativity which sometimes exists within parishes.