18 December 2013
...Fr Bruno Witchalls celebrated a most beautiful Missa Cantata at Our Lady of Ransom Church in Eastbourne. The Seaford Schola, sans organ (it was making the most hysterical noises so was abandoned), sang unaccompanied and beautifully, and the congregation robustly joined in.
It was so moving to be at OLR on a Sunday, even more so when I was told that it was possibly the first Missa Cantata at the High Altar for more than forty years.
Many thanks to everyone who came, to Fr Bruno, and to Tom and the Schola, for a truly beautiful and memorable Mass.
09 December 2013
If you have perchance seen the OLR parish newsletter, it says Friday 13th, this is and always has been incorrect! It's the 15th, people.
22 November 2013
The Seaford Schola will be singing this Sunday, 24th November at 4pm, at St Mary the Virgin, North Stoke where there will be Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament to mark the end of the liturgical year and the Feast of Christ the King in the Novus Ordo calendar. Wrap up warmly and bring a torch, as it's candlelight only.
And on Sunday, 8th December at 12.30pm,
Please note that the regular Mass time at Our Lady of Consolation is 12.30pm, as stated on the sidebar, and has been for about a year.
Regular Mass times can be found on the sidebar. Changes to Mass times will be flagged here. If in doubt, check the sidebar.
20 November 2013
Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos with James Bogle
Latin Mass Society: contact the General Manager, Michael Lord:
13 November 2013
on 8th December, Feast of the Immaculate Conception, at 7pm,
As usual, refreshments will follow the Mass.
Please try and make it if you're in the area!
Many thanks to Adam Pettigrew for the info, and for this lovely photo of the last Basingstoke Mass :
09 November 2013
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21 October 2013
Yesterday at St Thomas More, Seaford, was a first. It was Fr Bruno Witchalls' first missa cantata. In fact, it was three firsts, because neither of the servers had undertaken their particular roles before either. Thanks to youtube, dvds, and common sense, you wouldn't have known it was a first time for anybody. So never let me hear that a missa cantata has to be cancelled because there are only two available servers.
It was (and I'm a bit of a low mass person as you know) quite honestly the most beautiful sung Mass I have ever assisted at. It was simple, it was holy, it flowed, it was wonderful. The music was absolutely right, thanks as ever to Tom and the Seaford Schola. And a big thank you to Fr Bruno (and the servers) for taking the plunge.
Can't wait for the next one!
18 October 2013
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and Binham Priory, where I said hello to some of my distant ancestors.
Nice to see they couldn't smash everything up, and there are some interesting finished and almost finished pew carvings, as well as the lovely font, vandalised, of course :
17 August 2013
10 August 2013
There will be a missa cantata at St Hugh of Lincoln, Knaphill, please follow this link for time and location.
There is also a missa cantata at St Pancras, Lewes, at 7.00pm, celebrated by Fr Jonathan Martin, sung by the St Pancras Schola.
22 July 2013
A huge thank you to all who came on the pilgrimage on Saturday to Our Lady of Consolation, West Grinstead. The High Mass was celebrated by Fr Goddard, Fr Emerson, and Fr Hurley, and the choir, led by the indefatigable Tom Hagger, was simply beautiful, thank you all very much.
Thank you again to everyone who came!
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I didn't get a reply, but as I wasn't expecting one, I haven't been disappointed.
It was interesting to read that he got a standing ovation when it was awarded. A standing ovation.
'The world is round, my square don't fit at all...'
20 May 2013
17 May 2013
Newly released statistics show the decline of the Catholic Church in England and Wales in 1960s and 1970s.
09 May 2013
Today, Gentle Reader, and it pains me to tell you this, my husband and I were officially labelled as 'lapsed'.
Yes, the parish we've been in (and coughing up for) for the last couple of decades suddenly noticed us.
When I first read the letter, I laughed out loud. Then I felt slightly aggrieved. I would love to more regularly attend my own parish. Unfortunately, it doesn't offer the Latin Mass, so we have no option but to travel whenever the Mass is available. We have ended up unrecognised in our own parish, in spite of still regularly worshipping there. It's really rather sad.