Thursday, September 24, 2009

R.I.P. Grant Roberts

- Grant Victor Roberts -
Passed from this world September 23rd 2009

Subveníte Sancti Dei, occúrrite Angeli Dómine, Suscipiéntes ánimam ejus, Offeréntes eam in conspéctu Altísimi. Suscípiat te Christus, qui vocávit te, et in sinum Abrahæ Angeli dedúcant te. Suscipiéntes ánimam ejus, Offeréntes eam in conspéctu Altíssimi.

Come to his assistance, all ye Saints of God: meet him, all ye Angels of God: receiving his soul, offering it in the sight of the Most high. May Christ receive thee, who hath called thee, and may the Angels conduct thee to Abraham’s bosom. Receiving his soul and offering it in the sight of the Most High.

Grant was a Catholic convert and member of the Latin Mass Society since 1974, and it is with great honour that I can say I assisted at many Masses with him. He died fortified with the Rites of the Holy Catholic Church. May he rest in peace.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Guess who's coming??!!


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Sunday, September 20, 2009

St Therese visit to St Chad's Cathedral

Today we have just got back from a retreat from Douai Abbey near Reading, which was an incredibly rewarding and fulfilling grace-filled weekend led by Rev Fr Armand de Mallary FSSP. If that wasn't enough, we also had the opportunity to venerate St Thérese of Lisieux's relics, which are being taken around England this month. This weekend they have come to the Cathedral of St Chad's in Birmingham's Jewellery quarter.

We went this evening in time for a Mass for Religious with Rt Rev Bishop William Kenney CP as celebrant. I was impressed by his authoritive homily, and wouldn't be at all surprised if he were made Archbishop of Birmingham in due course. It was also nice to hear the Cathedral choir sing Palestrina's Sicut Cervus during the offertory and the Agnus Dei from his Missa Iste Confessor.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Seven Dolours High Mass

Oliver Hayes of the Expectation of our Lady has put up a prompt post about tonight's Solemn High Mass for the feast of our Lady of Sorrows at St John Fisher church in West Heath, South Birmingham.

It was the parish priest's first public Mass using the 1962 missal, after having filled the ministry of Deacon and then subsequently attending the LMS priest training conference in Colney last month.

I hope to write more on my LMS blog in due course.

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Sunday, September 13, 2009


After a second walking of the Holy Mile in Walsingham yesterday, Maddy was out for the count. Having often swiped her mum's mantilla, we bought her her own in Walsingham at one of the devotional shops there. She woke up during the homily at the sung Mass, and demanded a blessing during communion! Only this time I had to be careful because she tipped her head back and stuck her tongue out!!

There was no holy water in the stoups at Walsingham due to the Swine Flu pandemic.