Thursday, 27 April 2017

LMS York Pilgrimage

I`m looking forward to being celebrant of this Mass again after a few years. H/T to Fr Henry for the posting.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Easter Octave

I may be not seeing the obvious but why is it that the Easter Octave in the Extraordinary Form ends on Easter Saturday not Low Sunday? I`ve looked at the Catholic Encyclopedia but not found an answer.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Easter Sunday Music

I know some people like to know in advance so here is the music for Easter Sunday Mass at 12noon  at St Joseph`s. Many thanks to the Westland Singers

'By the first bright Easter day'...( 1889 Tune, words by Fr.Faber)Sung before Mass
Vidi Aquam...Ludwig Ebner.
Missa Martyrum...Bonfitto
Vitimae paschali laudes... Plainsong.
'Laudamus te'...(from the Gloria by Vivaldi).
O Filii et Filiae... Trad french tune.
Easter Hymn. Jesus Christ is ris'n today...(Tune 1708).

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Deanery Chat

Maybe lay people wonder what priests talk about at deanery meetings.
From this month`s deanery meeting:
The fathers discussed what is wrong with the diocese/universal Church.
`We have forgotten Vatican II and especially the spirit of Vatican II`
Me: I thought the SSPX have been told that Vatican II is optional and not following it doesn`t prevent you being a Catholic.
Disgruntled Father: Without Vatican II we`d be in a terrible state.
Me: How would that terrible state differ from what we have now?
No reply.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

North East Catholic HIstory Society

I`ve been meaning to advertise these talks in advance. Tomorrow we have Hugh Shankland giving the following talk:Out of Italy-The Italians in the North East.. Hugh`s book is available on Amazon and I feel certain copies will be available at the talk.There is a synopsis of the book:

Out of Italy concerns the Italian contribution to life in North-East England since Roman times, with particular attention to the last 250 years. Italian-Swiss stuccoists decorated many of the region's finest historic buildings; a colony of skilled craftsmen from Como specialised in manufacturing optical instruments in Victorian Newcastle; and there have lived among us gifted Italian architects, artists, glass-blowers, mosaic workers, and even, briefly, Giuseppe Garibaldi. In the nineteenth century, numerous Italians from a peasant background found their way here to try their luck as street traders and organ-grinders, chestnut sellers and ice cream makers, and many went on to found their families' fortunes. But with the Second World War, when anti-Italian feeling ran high, the community's resilience was tested to the utmost: even elderly long-settled Italians were interned as 'enemy aliens', while other family members served in the British forces, one even winning the VC. From 1942, thousands of Italian prisoners-of-war filled labour camps in the North-East, and a few eventually settled. Mass emigration from Italy resumed after the war, bringing hundreds of men and women to work among us. Their presence and their skills, like those of their many forerunners, have coloured the life of our region in numerous ways. Over 300 evocative illustrations accompany a lively narrative which details the lives of many individuals and families within the broader context of their times. This is the first book to study Italian immigration in a region of England in such detail and over such a long period of time

We`ve had a number of talks about the Irish in the North East so this will be a new perspective. Maybe one day we`ll get a talk on the Polish community in the North East.

The talk will be held in the meeting room at St Andrew`s church, Worswick St, Newcastle starting at 2.15pm. All welcome. Non-members of the society are asked for a donation of £1.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Solemn High Mass of St Joseph

Some photos from last night`s Mass.

The Westland Singers

`A highly privileged diocese`

So yesterday we celebrated the feast of St Joseph with a splendid Solemn High Mass. Pictures to follow. That was what the diocesan ordo said was to happen. However the cathedral celebrated St Cuthbert and is celebrating St Joseph today. What of St Cuthbert for the rest of the diocese of Hexham and Newcastle? I might have thought being a patron of the diocese and a solemnity he might still have made an appearance somewhere.

Others have noticed this too. Rubricarius left a comment on the previous post and Ttony of The Muniment Room has drawn attention to this. In 1865 March 19th was a Sunday. This is what his English ordo for 1865 has to offer:

19 SUNDAY, Third of Lent, semidouble. Violet. First Vespers of St Cuthbert, commemoration of the Sunday. [In Diocese of Liverpool, Plenary Indulgence, and in Diocese of Southwark, Plenary Indulgence for eight days for St Joseph.]
20 Monday St Cuthbert, Bishop Confessor, double. White. [In Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, Patron, double of first class with an Octave. Creed. Plenary Indulgence.]
21 Tuesday St Benedict, Abbot Confessor, double. White.
22 Wednesday St JOSEPH, Spouse of the BVM, double of the second class (transferred from 19 March). White. [In Diocese of Plymouth, St Edward, King Martyr, double. Red.]
23 Thursday St Patrick, greater double (transferred from 17 March). White. [In Diocese of Plymouth, St Joseph, double of the second class (transferred from 19 March). White.]
Not only does St Joseph step out of the way for the third Sunday of Lent and St Cuthbert but also St Benedict, moving him to the 22nd! But then St Joseph was known for his selflessness and willingness to stay in the background. Interestingly St Patrick was moved around too, to the 23rd. 

Rubricarius drew my attention to an interesting aspect of all this. St Cuthbert in H and N had his own octave! In Lent! I was surprised that St Joseph didn`t merit an octave but then again he wouldn`t mind... Rubricarius wrote to me saying: the praxis was conceded by specific grant of the Holy See to very limited number of dioceses but no further ones allowed from 1895. Did you realise you are living in a highly privileged diocese?

An octave of St Cuthbert in the middle of Lent would be exciting. Would this  mean a relaxation of Lenten discipline through those days? I wonder when it stopped? In fact I`m a fan of octaves at the best of times. Clearly the Pentecost Octave needs restoring as a priority but then we could have the others too. I wonder if there is an Ocatve Society pressing for their restoration?

Still it`s strange about the cathedral. Rubricarius thinks it must be in the hands of Rad Trads.


I went down to church to celebrate the 12.05 OF Mass to find confusion in the sacristy. John our weekday server, had said his office using the H & N setting on Universalis and found it said today was St Joseph`s day and yesterday was St Cuthbert`s. As he had just finished lighting the 29 candles we had set out in St Joseph`s chapel as well as the big six and the Mass was for an intention of his I gave him the benefit of the doubt. `If the cathedral can do it then so can I` I thought. Also we hadn`t had OF Mass at St Joseph`s yesterday as I celebrate on Monday at St Wilfrid`s.  At the start of Mass I explained the situation but found myself informed by Pat who was near the front that there had been a mistake in the ordo and that it should be St Joseph today. if this was true I thought we would have been emailed to inform us of the situation.  While I`m here a happy St Benedict`s` day today for those who are celebrating his feast today!