Thursday, October 18, 2012

Catching up

I`m getting behind with things. First I should say in response to Sceptical Believer,  the Hexham Mass went well. Estimates are between 30-40 in the congregation. I understand a good proportion of these were recent converts and the majority of the congregation were locals. Thanks to the schola and servers as well as the sacred ministers and Fr Warren. It was good to meet `Seeker` who often comments on this blog. However I think I should remember to book an organist next time: I`ve had my fill of silent processions!

I was glad to see the LMS have appointed Mgr Gordon Read, the judicial vicar and chancellor of Brentwood diocese,  as the national chaplain. Mgr Read is one of the leading canonists in the country and has had a long association with the Extraordinary Form.

Finally Fr de Malleray has set information about forthcoming events he is planning which I am happy to mention.

Altar servers’ weekend (residential): at St John Fisher House in Reading on 26-27-28 October 2012:
For single Catholic men between 18 and 35 years of age (under 18 please contact us).
Starts on Friday 26 October at 6pm – ends on Sunday 28 October mid-afternoon. Led by Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP, with Fr Matthew Goddard, FSSP.
In a convivial atmosphere, come and learn (or improve) how to set the vestments and sacred items before Mass and to serve EF Masses and Benediction. EF Mass on the Friday evening, Saturday morning and Sunday morning. Limited overnight accommodation: please book now. Non residential participants welcome.
Cost [for the whole weekend, 2 days + 2 nights, including full board accommodation at St John Fisher House]: no set price for students or unwaged – any donation welcome; others: £50 suggested.
Contact: Tel: 0118 966 5284; Email:; website:

Vocation discernment weekend: 14-15-16 December 2012 at St John Fisher House in Reading:
For any English-speaking Catholic men between 18 and 35 years of age (under 18 please contact us).
Starts on Friday 14th December 2012 at 6pm (arrivals from 5pm) – ends on Sunday 16th December 2012 at 3pm. Led by Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP, assisted by Fr Matthew Goddard, FSSP.
Location: St John Fisher House, 17 Eastern Avenue, Reading, RG1 5RU, England. Off-street parking available.
Programme: Spiritual conferences, socials, Holy Mass each of the three days (Extraordinary Form of the Roman rite) including polyphonic Sung Mass on Sunday, silent prayer, and optional private talk with Fr de Malleray, FSSP. Fr de Malleray will explain what a vocation is in general and to the priesthood in particular.
Cost [for the whole weekend, 2 days + 2 nights, including full board accommodation at St John Fisher House]: no set price for students or unwaged – any donation welcome; others: £50 suggested.
Contact: Tel: 0118 966 5284; Email:; website:
We are looking forward to welcoming you here.
Please pray for our 9 seminarians from these Isles. God bless you!

Clergy retreat in Bavaria 15-19 April 2013, led by Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP.
Priest? Come and pray next door to the largest international seminary in Europe (motherhouse of an institute admitting over 40 new seminarians each year) in Pope Benedict’s native Bavaria! What a grace to be supported during our retreat by the presence and prayer of 90 seminarians and priests from various European countries, singing in choir the peaceful Gregorian melodies 4 times a day in the local Church of Atonement, dedicated to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. What a good deed in return to include them and every candidate to the priesthood in our prayer intentions. Wigratzbad is also a Marian shrine and we will ask the Mother of God to teach us how to better know, love and serve Her divine Son in the Most Holy Eucharist.

Theme: ‘The priest and the Eucharist in the recent magisterium of the Church’.
On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Pope John-Paul II’s celebrated encyclical Ecclesia de Eucharistia (17 April 2003), Fr de Malleray will give meditations on the centrality of the Most Holy Eucharist in the life of priests, developing in particular the notions of the Real Presence, the Sacrifice, the Adoration, the liturgy. In the context of the current ‘Year of Faith’, focusing here on priests, the conferences and table readings will includes quotes from Presbyterorum Ordinis, Sacrosanctum Concilium, Mysterium Fidei, Pastores dabo vobis and other magisterial teaching. Examples from the lives of holy priests and classical spirituality will also be used.

Programme: Silent retreat with a one-hour conference in the morning and another in the afternoon. Three daily meals taken in silence with table readings. Free time. Retreat-master available for confession and spiritual advice. Optional Lauds, community Mass, Sext, Vespers and Compline prayed in Latin with the seminarians and staff of the St Peter International Seminary. Daily hour of Eucharistic Adoration. The many altars will offer ample opportunity for private daily Mass (both EF and OF Missals can be used at the Shrine).
Arrival: Monday 15 April afternoon: landing at Memmingen Airport (direct Ryanair flights from London-Stansted, Manchester, Edinburgh, Dublin) and 40-minute drive to Wigratzbad.

Departure: Friday 19 April after lunch; landing in the UK in mid afternoon.

On option: stay on with us for one day of tourism: Lindau peninsula on Lake Constance, dinner in local ‘Gasthaus’ (restaurant) and colossal Benedictine Abbey of Ottobeuren – with take off from Memmingen on Saturday afternoon.

Cost: £220 (all inclusive for 4 days full board in single room with en-suite bathroom + transportation from the airport and back). Not included: return journey from your parish to Memmingen airport: for convenience, each priest will book his own flight (estimated cost of return flight with Ryanair: between £80 and £150). Extra cost for the optional tourism day: add about £50 in total.

Booking: Please send your Name-Surname-Address-Telephone-Email with your £100 deposit cheque made payable to FSSP ENGLAND to our address: St John Fisher House, 17 Eastern Avenue, Reading, RG1 5RU, England.

Info – Contact: Please contact Fr de Malleray if you have any questions:; Tel.: 0118  966  5284.
(Picture: Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger after having offered a pontifical high Mass in the usus antiquior at our motherhouse in Wigratzbad on Easter Sunday 1990.)


ScepticalBeliever said...

I'm pleased to hear that the Hexham Mass went well but must say that if you use both hands and then, if necessary, start again its reasonably easy to have an accurate count of those attending any function when numbers are less than 50. Estimates generally apply when numbers are in excess of 100

Fr Michael Brown said...

Glad you take such a keen interest. Maybe your curiosity will bring you to the next event. I was told by two people there were 30 and someone else said 40. My hands and fingers were otherwise engaged.

ScepticalBeliever said...

I take a keen interest in many things, Father, but even my curiosity often prevents my being in three places at once. Of course, some events promise a better welcome than others while some suggest otherwise!
On the subject of counting I suggest that someone be appointed to do the 'official' count at future Masses.

David O'Neill said...

Quite right Father. Anyone interested in the numbers could have personally counted them simply by being present.
The organist had been asked to play by Fr Warren but, evidently, arrived late.
Good news on the choir. The choirmaster spoke to the schola & was interested. I am getting a copy of Viadana's 'Missa L'Hora Passa' as a nice easy introduction.

ScepticalBeliever said...

David O'Neill really should read items carefully. At no time did I ask how many people were present at the Hexham Mass; I merely asked how it was not possible to give an exact number. Mr O'Neill's snide comment about anyone being personally present at the Mass if they were interested in the numbers ignores the possibility that someone interested could also have been in Dublin at the time of the Mass. My earlier comment 'some events promise a better welcome than others while some suggest otherwise!' also seems relevant in this context.theabli 10

ScepticalBeliever said...

In an age when, at least in the developed world, life expectation is increasing and people are working longer (and indeed are expected to work longer) it is strange to find the FSSP putting a bar on anyone over 35 who wishes to test their vocation to the priesthood. However, it is even stranger to learn that that same organisation now (apparently) considers any man over 35 to be unsuitable to be an altar server. To further increase my astonishment those considered to be suitable have also not only to be male but to be unmarried! (Oddly enough the Vocations Discernment Weekend is advertised as being open to ‘any English speaking men’ without the stipulation ‘single’) May it be explained just which parallel universe the FSSP is operating in? With such attitudes I suggest that the FSSP is unlikely to contribute to the current ‘Year of Evanglisation’ (regarding which there seems to be little interest shown in Forest Murmurs).

David O'Neill said...

Sorry Father that someone is using your blog as a means of argument

ScepticalBelieve said...

O'Neill's latest posting tells us something adbout himself; he certainly deserves his OBN