Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Mass of the Lord's Supper

Music for the Mass of the Lord's Supper. 
(Click on the picture to enlarge for details)

It is to be offered in the Ordinary Form 
but with Latin Canon and other parts. 
As always, Ad Orientem here at St Catherine's 
(Father prefers to be facing Jesus when he's talking to Him)

Sunday, 29 March 2015

A Call To Action

A round of applause for Bishop Michael Campbell of Lancaster. This from his Blog:
"As Bishop of Lancaster and thus as a Successor of the Apostles, I am charged, in accord with the teaching of the Second Vatican Council, with a special care in my ministry as ‘overseer’ to uphold the unity of the Church in this Diocese of Lancaster and so to guard against any attempt to confuse the faithful regarding authentic Catholic teaching and ministry in this Diocese.
 There appears at times a momentum for certain pressure groups in the life of the Church Universal. Amongst these at the present moment is a small but vocal interest or lobby group self-styled A Call to Action (ACTA) which happens to meet within the Diocese of Lancaster and other dioceses and appears to espouse positions – at times and among others – in opposition to the defined teaching of the Catholic Church on faith and morals.
I need to make it clear here that in my judgement, as Diocesan Bishop, ACTA moves well beyond its self-described aim of ‘dialogue’ on controversial issues on its agenda and so does not provide an assured authentic forum or interpretation of sound Catholic teaching and sound pastoral practice in this Diocese. Accordingly great care is required here from priests and people.
Furthermore, although individual Catholics are quite entitled to meet and express themselves and certainly discussion within perimeters can be important and valuable, I have a duty at the same time to clarify for the faithful the status of such groups: This particular pressure group has no approval or recognition from the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Lancaster nor has it ever requested, as other groups do, as a matter of courtesy, formal ecclesial recognition from me."

Friday, 27 March 2015

Requiem fit for a (Catholic) King

Thought I'd post some photos of Mass last night - our Requiem for King Richard III. There was a great turnout, with people coming from across the Pennines in Yorkshire, local folk who had heard about it but were not Catholics and members of the Richard III Society, as well as LMS members and parishioners.  After Mass - with full Umph! from organist David-Scott-Thomas - we all thoroughly enjoyed singing a rousing rendition of Jerusalem! Followed by a themed buffet with such tasty morsels as Yorkshire pudding with venison sausage or duck in port sauce, Pye of pork meat made with paest royall, Ribbes of beef, Quail eggs and roasted chicken calf. So together with Traditional Latin Mass and good food and wine, we felt that we gave King Richard a properly Catholic send off. This was rather the point of the exercise, as my own stand is that wherever he was re-interred, it should really have been in a Catholic setting. He lived as a Catholic (including whatever sins he may - or may not have committed) he died as a Catholic and was exhumed from a Catholic burial site. 


A special mention must be made of the music - the singing Quartet was excellent.

The rest are all photos of the Absolutions and procession out. I think the photographers - Mike and Alan (thank you!) were sensible of not taking too many photos during the actual Mass, while they and others were praying.

Some final points, before any comments get posted:

1. Music and vestments were not an historically accurate recreation of the Sarum Rite circa 1485. We are the living Church not an historical re-enactment society.

2. Yes, I did remove the veils on the sanctuary statues just for this Mass.

3. Yes, there were some flowers in evidence despite Lent and it being a Requiem.

After all, it wasn't a Requiem Mass in quite the usual way and, having consulted others, decided that the occasion warranted such extravagances!

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

King Richard III Mass

A reminder that we are offering High Mass (Requiem) for King Richard III this Thursday - the day of his interment at Leicester. While it is styled as being “in the manner of his day”, the intention is not to create an historically accurate re-enactment, like some set piece of theatre preserved forever in aspic. We are the living Church, not an historical re-enactment society, praying for one who was baptised into that Church. 

Not that I would be adverse to wearing a Sarum vestment loaned by the V & A or Sir Harry Christophers turning up with the Sixteen but we will manage a good showing, none the less.  In fact, I'm very pleased that the singing and chant is now being provided by a new young singing group based in Manchester - the Manchester Singers - an exciting new a cappella vocal ensemble whose members include talented young artists just embarking on their professional careers. 

There is a buffet and wine afterwards - again with a Ricardian theme, although I can't guarantee there might not be some more prosaic fare amongst the swan stuffed with widgeon!

Cardinal Vincent Nichols said at his Mass for King Richard this week:
"We know that Richard was a man of anxious devotion who kept and marked his own book of prayers and who must have attended Mass throughout his life.
During this week, Mass is being offered in many Catholic Churches for the repose of the soul of King Richard III. Rightly so. That is exactly what he would have wished."

So, its the intention to offer King Richard Catholic rites that more closely resemble what he might have expected on the day of his death. Those we hope the Fransiscans at Leicester gave him, no matter what the defeated and unceremonious arrival at their gates.  Our intention is to offer the grace of Christ’s sacrifice that every soul would surely wish for and stands in need of in approaching the Gates of Heaven and the Judgement Seat of the Creator.

Thursday 26th March
At St Catherine’s Church
Stanifield Lane
Farington - Leyland - PR25 4QG
(Off Junction 1 M65 or Junction 28 / 29 on M6
& between Farington Park & Kew Gardens locally)

A Requiem Mass in the style and manner of his day.
Sung High Latin Mass
with the Manchester Singers.

A light Buffet with wine will be served afterwards.
All Welcome.

For any further details 
Telephone 01772 421174   
E-mail: simonphenry@hotmail.co.uk

Monday, 23 March 2015

Warrington Choral Society and Orchestra

I went to the concert performed by the Warrington Choral Society and Orchestra yesterday evening and what a delight it was. I have to admit that I was not familiar with the music but the choice of Lenten music managed to be both powerful and charming.  The Society has only being up and running for about eighteen months, so full marks to Michael Wynne, its founder and Director and a special mention for the First Violin - Matthew Fields, I think -  for the solo during the Rosary Sonatas, though the standard throughout was very high. We listened to:

Buxtehude: Jesu meines Lebens Leben
Biber: Rosary Sonatas. Sorrowful Mysteries
Schutz: Die seben letzen Worte Jesu

The music was enhanced by the beautiful setting of St Mary's Church in Warrington town centre. Formerly a Benedictine parish but now being looked after by the Archdiocese. In a side note, I'm glad that the parish priest there follows my own line of thinking  - that church's don't have to be cold. The heating system was obviously in full working order and made for a comfortable visit, even in this big church. Like quite a few others, I had taken a warm coat with me, expecting the usual freezing ecclesial edifice - they were all shed pretty quickly!

A closer view of the High Altar.

There is also a charming side chapel dedicated to the English Martyrs.

A detail of the English Martyrs.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

New Bishop for Arundel and Brighton

FROM TH VATICAN BULLETIN FOR TODAY. I don't know much about him at all. I pray that he is orthodox and looks after his priests.

Appointment of the Bishop of Arundel and Brighton (England)

The Pope appointed Bishop of Arundel and Brighton (England) Msgr. Charles Phillip Richard Moth, until now Bishop Military Ordinary for Britain.

Msgr. Charles Phillip Richard Moth

Msgr. Charles Phillip Richard Moth was born on July 8, 1958 in Chingola (Zambia). He completed his primary and secondary education in Catholic schools in Kent. He received priestly formation at the seminary St. John's in Wonersh, Surrey, and St. Paul at the University of Ottawa, he obtained a licentiate in canon law and the Master.

Or was ordained July 3, 1982 for the Archdiocese of Southwark.

Later he held the following ministries: Assistant pastor, Judge of the Metropolitan Court of First Instance of Southwark, Chaplain "part time" of the Army Medical Corps in Kennington, private secretary Archbishop Mons. Michael Bower, Master of Ceremonies, Director of 'Vocations Office and Vice-Chancellor, President of the Metropolitan Court of Second Instance of Southwark.

In 2001 he was appointed Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Southwark and Prelate of Honor; in 2003 Parish Administrator of Holy Cross , Plumsteas; in 2006 Parish Administrator of St. Joseph's , St. Mary's , Cray.

July 25, 2009 he was elected Bishop Military Ordinary for Britain, receiving episcopal consecration September 29, 2009.

Concert of Lenten Music

Buxtehude: Jesu membra nostri
Buxtehude: Jesu meines Lebens Leben
Biber: Rosary Sonatas. Sorrowful Mysteries

A concert of Lenten music at St Mary's church in the centre of Warrington with the Warrington Choral Society and Orchestra, conducted by Michael Wynne. This Sunday 22nd March at 7.30pm.

St Mary's is a fine church, 
all the interior fittings were designed by Peter Paul Pugin.