A Walk in Belloc Country round the Devil's Jumps on Sunday, 31st July, an area full of folklore and Hilaire Belloc. Meet up is at the car park of Royal Oak pub, Hooksway, north of Chichester at 4.00pm. Walk to finish about 6.30, option to go to the pub afterwards. If you are interested, all the details can be found HERE.
Pam Talbot is continuing her Open Garden in aid of ACN for the whole of July, please do phone her if you are in the area to make sure she's in, and support this amazing charity. Details HERE
There will be a Low Mass at our Lady of Ransom, Eastbourne, on Sunday 17th July at 8.00 am, celebrant Fr Gerard Hatton. Do please support this Mass if you are able. Seeing the high altar used is sublime, I'll see if I can take a picture or two!
After a long spell without Masses in Seaford I am more than delighted to be able to tell you that 3.00 pm Masses will resume as usual on the third Sunday of the month, starting 15th May. There will be a Whitsun Missa Cantata celebrated by Fr Bruno, with the Seaford Schola.
Please note that there will be no Mass at West Grinstead for Whitsun.
Two things to which I would like to draw your attention this morning, one is this, a Hilaire Belloc fest on Sunday 1st May at Shipley Church at 6.30 pm, please follow THIS LINK for details.
Secondly, a reminder that there is a server training day at Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory, Warwick Street, London W1B 5LZ, on Saturday, 21st May 11.00 am until 3.00 pm. Please bring lunch, but drinks are provided.
If you know of anyone who would like to attend, please will you contact the LMS office on 0207047284 by 16th of May.
In our parish we have been blessed this year by a number of 'innovations'. Usually I groan, often not too silently, at the latest fun and fashionable 'good idea'. Usually, it involves the laity doing even more stuff even more clerically than they do already. Of course, I'm talking about my ordinary form parish, with all the novelty and as many ghosts of Vatican II you can think of still haunting the place. Think lady foot washing is new? It's been here for quite a while.
However, this last year, I felt the wind of change. Small stuff, like really nice vestments appearing. Rorate Masses before Christmas. Benediction and Rosary on Sunday afternoons. The Good Friday Reproaches. And to what can these changes, small and subtle though they are, be attributed? There is only one answer. The Ordinariate. It's been with us for five years now and there is undoubtedly a slow and steady reclamation of things which are really Catholic. They have managed to provide an atmosphere in which it is possible to re-lay some old foundations upon which others are able to build.
I'm not saying it's plain sailing, far from it. The merest mention of ad orientem can lead to spittle flicked nutties in some quarters : the spirit of VII just doesn't want to blow away. That I have a small apoplectic fit every time I see the good ladies washing up the sacred vessels after some Masses, I still can't get my head round laity touching the Blessed Sacrament, or administering the chalice, and altar girls do my head in, is irrelevant.
But the small additions to the spiritual life of the church now happening will in my opinion have a profound impact on spiritual life yet to be seen.
Of course, my true love is the Latin Mass. I miss it when I can't get to it. No I pine for it. But these signs of regeneration in my home parish give me an awful lot of hope for the future, when a few years ago I was pretty sure there was none.
Isn't it ironic that ex-Anglicans have a greater sense of the numinous than some Catholics?