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Requiescat in Pace

I regret to inform you that a devoted member of the traditional Mass movement, Pat Lauria, who served as a Lain Mass Society Representative in the Herefordshire area for the Archdiocese has passed away. 

Pat's Requiem Mass will be celebrated at St Francis Xavier, Hereford on Monday 16th September 2013 at 1.30pm.

Of your charity please pray for the repose of her soul and for her family.

Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis.
Te decet hymnus, Deus, in Sion, et tibi reddetur votum in Jerusalem.
Exaudi orationem meam, ad te omnis care veniet.
Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis.

Requiescat in Pace Pat.


The Mass which was scheduled for 22nd August at the Chaplaincy WILL NOT take place. Unfortunately Dom Antony has a prior engagement that evening. Please pass this information on to all concerned...

The next Mass at the Chaplaincy will be on 29th August at 7pm. Please watch this space for more information.

Assumption of the Blesséd Virgin Mary

Masses in the Archdiocese of Cardiff for the 
Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blesséd Virgin Mary

Saint Illtyd’s Roman Catholic Church
Dowlais, Merthyr Tydfil,CF48 3BT
Wednesday 14th August 2013 - 7pm (Vigil)
Please see parish website for more information: www.rc-merthyr.org

Cardiff University Chaplaincy
62 Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AS
Thursday 15th August 2013 - 7pm (Low Mass)
Please contact Andrew Butcher on 07905 609770 before travelling.

Pilgrimage to Holywell 2013

Procession after Mass at LMS Pilgrimage to Holywell, 7 July 2013Great Success for Holywell Pilgrimage

9 JULY 2013

The sun shone gloriously on the LMS's annual Pilgrimage to Holywell, North Wales, on Sunday, 7 July.
A packed church of St Winefride's witnessed Fr Ian O'Shea of Liverpool Archdiocese offer High Mass, with Canon Armaury Montjean of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, from New Brighton, Wirral, taking the role of deacon, and Fr Simon Henry, also of Liverpool Archdiocese, as sub-deacon. Music by Victoria and Palestrina was provided by The Victoria Consort.
Following Mass, all processed to the Shrine of St Winefride's Well (the holy well) where Veneration of the Relic was led by Canon Daniel Lordan of Wrexham Diocese. All in all it was agreed, a very uplifting and successful day.

Thursday Mass- Chaplaincy

Spiritual Bouquet Mass for Pope Francis - Cardiff Thursday 4th July 2013 - Fr Antony Tumalty
We are delighted and grateful to Fr Antony Tumalty for saying mass at the Cardiff University Catholic Chaplaincy, Thursday 4th of July 2013. Masses here will be available regularly during term time once more thanks to Fr Gareth Jones. Please contact the LMS Cardiff for details of all masses.

Thursday Masses Cardiff City

LMS in Cardiff City are pleased to announce that Latin Masses will re-commence in the Chaplaincy Chapel at 62 Park Place Cardiff CF10 3AT  on Thursday Evenings at 7PM.

See link for Google Map directions


The first mass is on the 4th of July.

Please contact Cardiff LMS by email or phone to confirm attendance as numbers are limited.


Notre-Dame de Chrétienté - Our Lady of Christendom - Pentecost pilgrimage (Le pèlerinage) from Notre-Dame de Paris to Notre-Dame de Chartres

A first Chartres pèlerinage

by Rhoslyn Thomas,   Cardiff Latin Mass Society – 26/5/2013
Photos from Aline Reynaud and Official Pictures >> LINK TO OFFICIAL PICTURES<<
Last year, I took part in my very first pilgrimage: the LMS pilgrimage to visit the shrine to Our Lady of Walsingham. This year, I decided to make the jump between that and the Chartres pilgrimage. I had heard many things about Chartres: some said it wasn’t so bad, you just had to “keep walking”, others said it was hellish (oh dear…). However, all agreed that it was worth it, that the feeling you got after completing it was like nothing else. Even those who had felt like giving up on the first day were now booking their place once again this year. I decided that I was up for the challenge.

The British contingent was separated into two chapters: Our Lady of Walsingham (for the older pilgrim) and the Juventutem chapter, whose patron saint would be St Alban. Being 24, I was in the Juventutem chapter. Behind our chapter, we had a group of pilgrims from the Chavagnes school in France, led by a much loved priest who was one of our chaplains at Walsingham last year: Fr Bede Rowe. At one point, when some of us (including myself) were lagging behind, Fr Rowe decided to stage a ‘hostile takeover’ and chased us down the road with his chapter, shouting “Jog on! Jog on!” (yes, this really happened)! This tactic worked and we had caught up with everyone else in a matter of minutes.

Chaplain of the Juventum Chapter Fr Whithoos and deacon Nicholas (soon to be ordained) alongside the Chaplain of the Chavagnes Chapter Fr Bede Rowe, which followed behind the whole way. Fr Gideon can be seennext to Fr Rowe.
Our chapter was also blessed to have two priests. Our priests were Fr Withoos and Fr Gideon, who heard confessions every day. Knowing that Pope Pius XII went to confession every day (and what a holy man he was), I tried to take advantage of having this sacrament on tap while I was there. The priests also read out meditations, sang hymns with us and generally gave us advice; we were so thankful to have them with us. In fact, one of the best things about the pilgrimage was seeing priests walking around in cassocks and nuns in habits (and not a polyester skirt in sight)! Oh, happy day!

Now, for the walking…the first day was, dare I say it, fairly easy.  I believe it consisted of about 27 miles, but I didn’t really feel it. I think I was just so delighted to be praying the rosary in Latin, singing hymns and listening to meditations. We were due to get into camp at about 8pm and, as predicted, the heavens opened. Before we’d even got to the campsite, most of us were soaked. We had to collect our bags (which, having been brought by lorry from Paris, were all set out for us according to our country of origin) in the rain and set up the tent in the rain too (there were communal tents already put up, but a very kind pilgrim had offered to share her private tent with me). However, by the time it came to eat our dinner, the rain had stopped and we were all laughing about the day we had just had. There is truly so much happiness to be found when you think things cannot get any worse! I laughed all the way through the pilgrimage, particularly when I was soaked to the skin and up to my knees in mud.

The next day was a very early start. I was awake by 4.30am, but the official wake up call came at 5am over a loudspeaker (in French), accompanied by classical music: “My dear pilgrims, it is 5am. It is time for you to exit your tents” (2 minutes later) “Pilgrims, I see that you are still in your tents. It’s time to wake up, pack things away, come and have your breakfast…move!”. And so this Frenchman continued every morning until every pilgrim had left the campsite. I believe most pilgrims had a sort of love-hate relationship with him, but we would never have left on time without his dulcet tones.

For me, the second day was much harder than the first, though it was slightly shorter in terms of distance. The good thing about this is that I had plenty to offer up! Every time I wanted to sit down or my feet were really hurting, I thought: ‘Lord, I’m offering this up to You for x,y,z’. If I had not suffered, I would not have been able to do that. Suffering is a blessing if we use it wisely, I think.

The third day was D-day. When Chartres cathedral was in sight, I forgot all the pains in my body. I forgot that the rain was lashing down, that I was walking uphill. I was focused on getting to that mass and when I did, it was worth every second of pain. It was a Pontifical high mass with no fewer than three bishops, one of whom gave us a Pontifical blessing. The cathedral was packed and there were more priests (with plenty of lace), friars and nuns there than you could shake a stick at! I very rarely cry, but after receiving Communion that day, I couldn’t help but shed a couple of tears. You have to experience the whole thing to appreciate how superb it was. Of course, Our Lord is present at every mass, but when a mass is done in such a way which tries to acknowledge, as reverently as possible, that He is there, both spiritually and physically, and how glorious He is, there is nothing better.

All in all, I would advise anybody, who is in reasonably good shape, to do the pilgrimage. In Our Lady of Walsingham’s chapter, there were many pilgrims who were over 60 and I am convinced that some of them were nearer to 70. Most of them did the whole pilgrimage and I never heard any of them complain, which put me to shame! For those who are near my age, you do not have to be at Ironman triathlon fitness level. The knowledge that everything you do is for God is all the motivation you need. Trust me, if I can do it, you can do it.

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Retreat for the Year of Faith at Douai Abbey - FSSP

Year of Faith retreat for all:
31 May-2 June 2013
'You shall be My witnesses(Acts 1:8):
In the prayerful and relaxing setting of Douai Abbey, come and reflect with us on how to bear a more fruitful witness to Our Blessed Lord Jesus in our everyday lives.
Upper Woolhampton, Reading, West Berks. RG7 5TQ.
Starts Friday 5pm, ends Sunday 3pm.
Led by Fr Armand de Malleray FSSP, assisted by Fr Matthew Goddard FSSP.

Spiritual conferences and direction, Holy Masses, Eucharistic adoration.
Cost full board 2 days including VAT: £140 single room with ensuite bathroom, £110 shared room with ensuite bathroom or £90 without. Low income/Unwaged: contact us for significant discounts. Bookings/info: FSSP, 17 Eastern Avenue, Reading RG1 5RU, Berks. malleray@fssp.org. www.fssp.org.uk/england
Booking : please send us your £20 deposit (per person), made payable to FSSP ENGLAND. Remainder to be paid at the Abbey during the retreat.

Read online the latest edition of our quarterly magazine Dowry N°17 (Winter 2013).

Please pray for our 7 English seminarians and for 3 more applying for next autumn.

To contact us:
Priestly Fraternity of St Peter in England, 17 Eastern Avenue, Reading RG1 5RU, Berkshire, EnglandTelephone: 0118 966 5284;Fr de Malleray: malleray@fssp.org;Fr Goddard: goddard@fssp.org
Community: www.fssp.org.uk/england

Saturday Shoppers in York Watch Pilgrimage With Respectful Curiosity

The statue of St Margaret Clitherow is carried through The Shambles in York, close to where the martyr lived.
The Latin Mass Society’s third pilgrimage in honour of St Margaret Clitherow, one of its co-patrons, took place in York on Saturday 4th May, the feast day of the English Martyrs. Solemn Mass was celebrated in the Church of St Wilfrid by Canon Amaury Montjean of the Institute of Christ the King, with Fr Michael Hall as deacon and Fr John Cahill as subdeacon.
After Mass, there was a procession carrying a statue of St Margaret Clitherow through the streets of York and passing through The Shambles, where St Margaret lived, and over Ouse Bridge, the place of her execution.  The procession ended at the Church of the English Martyrs, where there Benediction was offered by Fr Stephen Brown.

York was full of tourists during the Bank Holiday weekend, who watched the procession pass through the crowded streets with a respectful curiosity.

One lady who was visiting from Perth in Australia, and happened to enter St Wilfrid’s Church, just as the Gospel was about to be sung, was amazed at the sight of a Traditional Mass, saying that nothing like that ever took place in her home diocese.

The musical setting of the Mass was Thomas Luis de Victoria’s Missa Simile est Regnum, sung by the Rudgate Singers who also sang Gregorio Allegri’s  Adoremus in Aeternum at Benediction.  The day ended with the congregation singing Fr Faber’s Faith of our Fathers!

Pilgrimage organiser Paul Waddington said: ‘We were very pleased with the turnout for this year’s pilgrimage which showed an increase on last year’s event. The sight of pilgrims processing through the busy streets of York past Saturday shoppers always draws people’s attention and is an important public witness to the Catholic Faith.’

St Margaret Clitherow was arrested in 1586 for the crime of harbouring Catholic priests. She refused to enter a plea to prevent a trial that would involve her children being made to testify, and therefore being subjected to torture. The standard punishment for refusing to enter a plea was being crushed to death and this was carried out to the horror of many local people on 25 March 1586.


Masses 2013

A list of Masses being celebrate over the next few months has been updated.

Click on 'Masses' button at the top.


"...pro se orare necessitas cogit, pro altero autem, caritas fraternitatis hortatur. Dulcior autem ante Deum est oratio, non quam necessitas transmittit, sed quam caritas fraternitatis commendat."

"Necessity makes us pray for ourselves, fraternal charity urges us to pray for others. But sweeter before God is prayer which is not sent from necessity, but commended by fraternal charity."
Summa Theologica II, Q88 a.7 c. (St Thomas Aquinas)

The purpose of the Sodality is to unite the prayers of members for the conversion of those dear to them. There can be few Catholics today who do not have family members or close friends who have either lapsed from the practice of the Faith, or never had it; it is a particular source of grief when parents see children and grandchildren living without the support of the Sacraments. We take heart from the example of St Augustine, converted at last by the prayers and tears of his mother St Monica, and wish to demonstrate our fellowship with others in the same position, by praying not only for our own dear ones, but for those of others who will do the same for ours.

Duties of Sodality Members
Sodality members undertake to say every day the prayer Pro devotis amicis, taken from the Roman Missal, for the Sodality’s intention; members who are priests undertake to say one Mass a month for this intention. The intention is the conversion or return to the Faith of family and friends of Sodality members. The intended beneficiaries of our prayers are not listed, except in the hearts of Sodality members. The Latin Mass Society, to which the Sodality is affiliated, will arrange and announce in advance at least one public, Traditional Sung (or Solemn) Mass for the Sodality’s intentions a year. Please note that the undertaking, by members, to pray for the conversion of others does not bind under pain of sin.

Additional ways in which Sodality Members can help the Apostolate
Sodality members, both lay and clerical, may add other Masses, prayers, and devotions, for the Sodality’s intention, and are encouraged to do so. In particular, members will be asked annually if they wish to make a contribution to the costs of the Sodality’s public Mass or Masses, and whether they would like to make a Mass offering for an additional Mass or Masses to be said for the Sodality’s intention, which the Latin Mass Society will arrange, to be celebrated according to the Extraordinary Form. (The customary Mass Offering is £10.)
You can make an offering towards an annual Mass or towards an additional Mass at the bottom of this page.

Joining the Sodality
Membership of the Sodality is free and open to all; members sign up by email. Please provide your name, address, email address, and phone number. (It would help us if you would inform us of any change in your contact details sothat we can continue to inform you about Masses offered for the intentions of the Sodality.)

The Sodality Prayer
Pro devotis amicis (which may be said in Latin or any other language):
Deus, qui caritátis dona per grátiam Sancti Spíritus tuórum fidélium córdibus infudísti : da fámulis et famulábus tuis, pro quibus tuam deprecámur cleméntiam, salútem mentis et córporis ; ut te tota virtúte díligent, et quæ tibi plácita sunt, tota dilectióne perfíciant. Per Dóminum nostrum Iesum Christum Fílium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitáte eiúsdem Spíritus Sancti, Deus, per ómnia saecula sæculórum. Amen.

O God, who, by the grace of the Holy Ghost, hast poured the gifts of charity in the hearts of thy faithful, grant to thy servants and handmaids, for whom we entreat thy mercy, health of mind and body; that they may love thee with all their strength and, by perfect love, may do what is pleasing to thee. Through our Lord Jesus Christ thy Son, who liveth and reigneth in the unity of the same Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.

Masses for the intention of the Sodality should include, when possible, the Commemoration ‘Pro Devotis Amicis’ (Collect, Secret and Postcommunion) found in the Roman Missal. Adding such a Commemoration is possible in the 1962 Missal on Fourth Class Feasts at Low Mass, where no more than one Commemoration is demanded by the Ordo.

Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus 2012

Happy Saint David’s Day!  –  Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus!

February 2012 Mass in Cardiff

Due to unforeseen circumstances the Mass in Cardiff on Saturday 11th February 2012 has had to be postponed until further notice.
I apologise for the inconvenience and hope to be back on track for May 2012. If you would like to discuss this matter please do not hesitate to call me.

If you know someone who is planning on attending this Mass or normally attends the Masses in Cardiff and does not have access to this website please pass this information on to them.



Recently Ordained Bishop Steps in at Last Moment to Enable
Latin Mass Society Confirmations to Go Ahead

14 November 2011

Rt Rev John Sherrington, newly installed auxiliary bishop of Westminster conferred Confirmations in the Traditional Rite on 31 candidates at a ceremony organised by the Latin Mass Society (LMS) at St James’s, Spanish Place in central London on Saturday, 12 November.

Originally, Bishop Alan Hopes of Westminster was intending to confer the Sacrament but had to withdraw at the very last moment owing to ill health. Bishop Sherrington stepped into the breach at less than 24 hours’ notice to ensure a very successful and happy event went ahead as scheduled. He was assisted by Fr Andrew Southwell, the LMS National Chaplain, Fr Tim Finigan and the rector of St James’s, Fr Christopher Colven.

After celebrating Pontifical Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament the bishop joined candidates and their families and friends in the Parish Social Centre for a buffet lunch where he also cut one of two celebratory cakes.

LMS General Manager Mike Lord said: ‘We were delighted to have the chance to meet Bishop Sherrington for the first time since his installation and grateful that he was able to help us out at such short notice. It was a joyful occasion for all involved. I understand this was the first time that the bishop had administered Confirmations in the Traditional Rite, but it was a seamless performance, drawing complimentary remarks from the clergy who assisted him, all of whom are experienced hands in the Extraordinary Form. We were very happy that Bishop Sherrington spent time chatting to the candidates and their families afterwards, even delaying his departure for another appointment to ensure he had had the opportunity of speaking to everyone. Westminster archdiocese is fortunate to have acquired an auxiliary so pastorally attuned to the needs of ordinary Catholics, whatever form of the liturgy they are attached to.’
Full resolution photos for free use (with attribution to the LMS) can be downloaded from here:

A full set of photos for free use (with attribution to the LMS) can be downloaded from here:


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For further information, please contact Michael Lord, General Manager, on (T) 020 7404 7284; (F) 020 7831 5585; (E mail) michael@lms.org.uk

Annual Requiem Mass

The Requiem Mass at Saint Peter's Cardiff will be on:
Saturday 19th November 2011 at 11.00am.
Please note that this is the third Saturday of the month.
All are welcome.

LMS Training Conference 2012 Announced

Abervagenny - Archdiocese of Cardiff

Monday 16th to Thursday 19th April 2012

The Latin Mass Society will be holding its eighth training conference on the older form of the Mass from 16th to 19th April 2012. With the assistance of Fr Thomas Regan OSB, it will be held at the Church of Our Lady and St Michael at Abervagenny in Wales. Accommodation will be across the road from the church, in a former convent which has been converted into a very pleasant conference centre. Abervagenny is not far from the English border and is conveniently accessed by road from the English Midlands. Abergavenny mainline station is just over two hours from London and Birmingham and around two and half hours from Manchester.

Tuition, which will be arranged in small groups, and will be tailored to suit the needs of each participant. In the case of clergy, it will be given by priests well experienced in the forma extraordinaria. It is expected that there will be groups specialising in Low Mass, Missa Cantata and Missa Solemnis.

The fee for attending will be £120, although there will be a concessionary rate of £60 for those unable to afford the full fee.

Diocesan Representatives are asked to promote this conference amongst priests and servers that they think may like to attend. Application forms can be downloaded from the Latin Mass Society website: http://www.lms.org.uk/news-and-events/abergavenny-training-conference

Diocesan Representatives are also asked to provide a list of the names and addresses of priests in their dioceses, who are perhaps not so well known to them, but might possibly be interested. The society will write to these priests individually with full details.

Please send the names and addresses (preferably by e-mail) to the Conference Organiser who is:

Paul Waddington,
Church House
Main Street
Tel 01757 638027

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LMS Meeting followed by Mass

Wednesday 28th September 2011
The Upper Room - Saint Michael's Centre
Our Lady and Saint Michael's, Abergavenny

Tea / Coffee - 5.00pm
Meeting - 5.30pm
Mass - 7.00pm

Please contact me for more information.


LMS Appoints New Editor of Mass of Ages

The LMS has appointed Gregory Murphy as its next editor of Mass of Ages magazine. Based in Liverpool, where he works as a freelance editor and PR professional, Mr Murphy is a regular member of the congregation at the Traditional Latin Mass celebrated at St Anthony’s, Scotland Road.

Gregory Murphy comes to his new role with over twenty years’ experience behind him as a professional journalist, editor and PR consultant. He learned his trade on local newspapers and Catholic publications, such as the Catholic Pictorial, until, in the mid-1990s, he joined the staff of the Catholic Times where he was News Editor and subsequently Editor. He then spent five very valuable years as Corporate Communications Publications and PR Manager for the Littlewoods Organisation, before deciding to go freelance. Mr Murphy now provides journalistic and editorial services to a range of commercial, public and voluntary sector clients around the UK.

Mike Lord, LMS General Manager said: ‘We were fortunate to have several strong candidates at interview, but were particularly impressed by Gregory’s professional experience, his grasp of what is required in revamping the magazine and by his personal commitment to the Traditional Mass and Faith. We are delighted to have Gregory on board and look forward to seeing the first issue of Mass of Ages under his editorship in November.’

Gregory Murphy will take over from John Medlin, who retires from the editor's post in August after eight years in the job. Next month's edition of the magazine will be John's last and his presence in the LMS will be much missed.

The appointment of a new editor and the forthcoming redesign and relaunch of Mass of Ages is the last of a series of major changes that have taken place at the LMS over the past two years. The move to new offices, the appointment of a new General Manager, the launch of a new and much-praised website, the use of social media such as Facebook, the adoption of a new constitution and other changes are part of a longer term strategy to enable the LMS to promote the Traditional Mass and the orthodox Faith that accompanies it more effectively following Pope Benedict’s liberation of the traditional liturgy four years ago.

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For further information, please contact John Medlin, Publicist, or Michael Lord, General Manager,
on (T) 020 7404 7284; (F) 020 7831 5585; (E mail) info@lms.org.uk


LMS AGM High Mass and AGM at St George’s Cathedral, Southwark, London
Saturday 2 July 2011

The Latin Mass Society was warmly welcomed to St George’s Cathedral, Southwark, London on Saturday 2 July by the Cathedral Dean, Canon John O’Toole and the Administrator, Mr Alex Scott for its Annual General Meeting and AGM Mass. The LMS is grateful to all the cathedral staff for their help and encouragement in making our AGM arrangements.

The day commenced at 11.00am with High Mass of the Visitation of Our Lady celebrated by Fr Andrew Southwell, LMS National chaplain, assisted by Fr Michael Cullllinan as Deacon and Fr Gregory Kilaja as Sub-deacon.

The men of the Cathedral Choir sang Victoria’s Missa Quam Pulcri Sunt. The Gloria was taken from the Missa de Angelis, the Creed was Credo I and the Offertory motet was Victoria’s Ave Maris Stella.

After lunch, the LMS AGM convened in the cathedral’s Amigo Hall to hear reports from the Secretary, Mr David Forster, the Treasurer, Mr Paul Waddington and the Chairman, Dr the Hon. Joseph Shaw. The LMS’s National Chaplain, Fr Andrew Southwell, had opened the proceedings with a prayer and after the reports gave an address in which he discussed Pope Benedict’s XVI admirable work in the fields of doctrine and the liturgy. The meeting then sang ‘God Bless Our Pope’ to commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of Pope Benedict’s ordination to the Sacred Priesthood and closed with the singing of the Credo.

This year’s AGM was relatively low-key and in a new venue. However, Dr Shaw, in particular, was able to update those present on the increasing level of work being carried out throughout England and Wales by the LMS and its local representatives. The LMS is now more focussed on providing support to those many priests and faithful throughout the country who are gradually reintroducing the Extraordinary Form into their parish life. Its aim is to publicise the liturgical initiatives of Pope Benedict and to support and encourage the growing number of young people and young families who are discovering the Old Rite.

For photographs of the High Mass and the AGM go to our Flickr page here.
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For further information, please contact John Medlin, Publicist, or Michael Lord, General Manager,
on (T) 020 7404 7284; (F) 020 7831 5585; (E mail) info@lms.org.uk


Pilgrimage Transfered from Cardiff to Abergavenny
July 2011

The pilgrimage for Saint John Lloyd and Saint Philip Evans which was to take place on Sunday 24th July 2011 at Saint Peter's Church, Cardiff has now been transfered to Our Lady and Saint Michael's Church, 10 Pen-y-Pound, Abergavenny NP7 5UD at 10.00am on the same day which it has been advertised.

The Mass which will be celebrated on Sunday 24th July 2011 at 10.00am will be the Mass of the 6th Sunday after Pentecost with the Commemoration of Saint Philip Evans (according the the calendar of 1962) and will be celebrated by Dom Thomas Regan.

There will only be Mass celebrated this year, but provision has been made for next year on Sunday 1st July 2012 in Saint Peter's, Cardiff for a full pilgrimage.

The next Mass in Cardiff will be Saturday 10th September 2011 at 11.00am in the Sacred Heart Chapel - (to the right of the Sanctuary) and will be the Mass of Saint Nicolas of Tolentino.

Please advertise these as much as possible!



The Latin Mass Society has welcomed unequivocally the publication by the Pontifical Commission ‘Ecclesia Dei’ of its Instruction on the application of the Holy Father’s Motu Proprio, ‘Summorum Pontificum’.
The Instruction is a resounding justification for the work of the LMS and other adherents of the Extraordinary Form in insisting on their right to the Traditional Liturgy and Sacraments of the Church. There are many bishops and priests who should feel chastened for the way they have treated those attached to the Extraordinary Form over the years – as the then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger once wrote, they were treated as “lepers”.
However, ‘Summorum Pontificum’ establishes a new and authoritative basis for the reintroduction of the Extraordinary Form into the heart of the Church and the LMS is determined to look forward rather than back.
Just as with ‘Summorum Pontificum’ there is a great deal in the new Instruction which will be teased out with time. And here the LMS notes that the authoritative Latin text of the Instruction is, in crucial areas, more strongly worded than the unofficial English translation.

The LMS draws attention to these selected points:

*The Instruction stresses that ‘Summorum Pontificum’ is the universal law of the Church and cannot be ignored (Art. 2).

*The Instruction confirms that the Extraordinary Form is not a poor relation of the Ordinary Form but is an “expression of the same lex orandi of the Church” “alongside” the ordinary form (Art. 6).

*’Summorum Pontificum’ is “an important expression of the Magisterium of the Roman Pontiff and of his munus for regulating...the Church’s Sacred Liturgy” and offers “to all the faithful” [LMS emphasis] the use of the Extraordinary Form, “effectively guaranteeing...the use of the forma extraordinaria for all who ask for it” (Art. 8), i.e. this is not just for the elderly or those previously attached to the Society of St Pius X.

*The Pontifical Commission ‘Ecclesia Dei’ now exercises the power “as hierarchical superior” to decide upon complaints referred to it regarding any “administrative provision of an Ordinary which appears to be contrary to the Motu Proprio” subject to final appeal to the Apostolic Signatura (Art. 10. 1).

*“It is the task of the Diocesan Bishop to undertake all necessary measures to ensure respect for the forma extraordinaria of the Roman Rite, according to the Motu Proprio, ‘Summorum Pontificum’” (Art. 14).

*A stable group of the faithful who request use of the Extraordinary Form is simply constituted by “some people” who come together and can “be composed of persons coming from different parishes or dioceses” (Art. 15).

*Priests are to be considered “qualified” to offer the Traditional Mass if they have a “basic knowledge” of Latin “and have celebrated it previously”. Among others this would refer to priests who have taught themselves the Old Rite and celebrated it privately or, for example, have learned it at an LMS training course (Art. 20).

*Ordinaries are to offer their clergy training in the Extraordinary Form and are also urged to provide training in the seminaries (Art. 21).

*Dioceses without qualified priests should ask the Traditional Orders such as the Fraternity of St Peter to provide priests or training for diocesan priests (Art. 22).

*The particular law and customs of the 1962 books are protected from subsequent law and therefore such practices as Communion in the hand, Communion under both kinds and female altar servers are not permissible in the Extraordinary Form [LMS emphasis] (Art. 28).

*The Sacred Triduum can be celebrated in the Extraordinary Form and where necessary these celebrations can take place in churches where the Sacred Triduum in the ordinary form is also celebrated (Art. 33).

*Individuals of the religious Orders may use the Order’s liturgical books in effect in 1962 (Art. 34).

Doctor Joseph Shaw, Chairman of the LMS, said “This is a wonderful day for the Church. With this Instruction, the Pontifical Commission ‘Ecclesia Dei’ has confirmed what we all knew – that ‘Summorum Pontificum’ is a gift to the whole Church designed to end the ‘liturgy wars’ and establish the full membership of the Extraordinary Form in the family of rites. The LMS will be urging its diocesan representatives to liaise with the diocesan bishops to maximise the reintroduction of the Old Rite in their dioceses. We will also keep records of any problems so that recourse may be made to the disciplinary function of Ecclesia Dei if necessary. There is a tremendous task to be carried out to improve the standard of liturgy in England and Wales and the LMS pledges its full cooperation in this cause so close to Pope Benedict’s heart”.

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For further information, please contact John Medlin, Publicist, or Michael Lord, General Manager,
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Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Bishop George Stack as the Seventh Archbishop of Cardiff.

The date of installation as Archbishop of Cardiff will be Monday 20th June 2011 at 12 noon, Saint David's Cathedral, Cardiff. A vigil will be celebrated on Sunday 19th June 2011 at 7.00pm in Saint David's Cathedral, Cardiff. The Right Reverend George Stack, currently Auxiliary Bishop in Westminster, will succeed Archbishop Peter Smith, who was installed as Archbishop of Southwark last year.

“I am humbled and honoured at the trust Pope Benedict XVI has placed in appointing me Archbishop of Cardiff,” said Bishop Stack.

“Although I am sad to be leaving the Archdiocese of Westminster, in which I have served as priest for 29 years and auxiliary bishop for 10 years, I look forward to serving the people and clergy of the Church in Cardiff with love and faithfulness in the years that lie ahead.

“I am aware of the long and noble history of Christianity in Wales and the special gifts the Celtic people bring to the Universal Church. I hope to share in this rich tradition of faith.”

The Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, archbishop of Westminster, thanked Bishop Stack for his long and dedicated service to the Diocese.

“As President of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, I welcome the appointment of the new Archbishop of Cardiff. We are grateful to the Holy Father for making this appointment so soon after the arrival of our new Papal Nuncio. The See of Cardiff is an important one for the life of Wales and for the Bishops’ Conference. It is good to know that it will be filled with a bishop of such experience and dedication as Bishop George Stack. We welcome this appointment and assure Bishop Stack of our continuing prayers and affection.”


The Archdiocese, formerly the Diocese of Newport, was established in 1916 when the Cardiff Province was established comprising the Archdiocese of Cardiff and the Diocese of Menevia. The province was restructured in 1987 with the erection of the Diocese of Wrexham and alterations to the boundaries of the Archdiocese and the Diocese of Menevia. The Archdiocese of Cardiff covers the Unitary Authorities of Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Newport, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Torfaen, Vale of Glamorgan and the County of Hereford


Diocese of Newport and Menevia

1850-1880 Bishop Thomas Joseph Brown OSB
1880-1895 Bishop John Cuthbert Hedley OSB

Diocese of Newport

1895-1916 Bishop John Cuthbert Hedley OSB

Archdiocese of Cardiff

1916-1920 Archbishop James R Bilsborrow OSB
1920-1939 Archbishop Francis Mostyn
1940-1961 Archbishop Michael McGrath
1961-1983 Archbishop John A Murphy
1983-2001 Archbishop John Aloysius Ward OFM Cap
2001-2010 Archbishop Peter D Smith


Negotiations Between the Diocese of Shrewsbury
and the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest

RELEASE DATE : Tuesday 15th March 2011

Latin Mass Society's Response to the Announcement of Negotiations Between Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury and the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest.

Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury has announced that he is negotiating with the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, an international order of priests who solely celebrated the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, for them to take control of the landmark Church of SS Peter and Paul, New Brighton, on the Wirral. The church is commonly known as ‘the Dome of Home’ for its prominence and visibility, even from sea.

In response, the Latin Mass Society has announced that it warmly welcomes the news that Bishop Mark Davies is negotiating with the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest (ICKSP) to enable the ICKSP to assume responsibility for the much-loved Church of SS Peter and Paul on the Wirral and for it to become a centre for Eucharistic devotion. The local membership of the LMS has been campaigning for the church to be reopened and for the Traditional Latin Mass to be regularly celebrated there.
This initiative is sure to promote Church renewal in Shrewsbury diocese to the great benefit of all Catholics regardless of which Form of the Rite they are attached to. The LMS will offer every help and assistance to Bp Davies and the Institute to bring their plans to fruition and invites all those attached to the Extraordinary Form to pray for Bishop Davies’ intentions.
Doctor Joseph Shaw, LMS Chairman, said: ‘This initiative is a clear expression of the harmonious reintegration of the Extraordinary Form into the life of the Church which Pope Benedict XVI so patently desires. It is a wonderful idea to have a centre for Eucharistic devotion in Shrewsbury diocese and the ICKSP are second to none in their devotion to Our Blessed Lord in the Sacrament of the Altar’.

The LMS provides regular financial support both to the Institute of Christ the King (ICKSP) and the Fraternity of St Peter (FSSP) for their missions in England and Wales to reintroduce use of the Extraordinary Form; further financial support is given to English and Welsh seminarians at ICKSP and FSSP seminaries.”

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Solemn High Mass for the Feast of St Benedict

Solemn High Mass
Mass will be celebrated at St Francis Xavier Church, Hereford on Monday 21st March 2011 - 7.30pm

Celebrant : Dom Anthony Tumulty
Deacon : Dom Adian Doyle
Sub-Deacon : Dom Thomas Regan

All are welcome

New LMS Newsletter Available

The latest edition of the LMS Cardiff Newsletter is now available!

Click on the Documents Button on the side navigation for the latest Newsletter (February - April 2011)


The next Mass at St Peter's, Roath will be on
Saturday 5th February 2011 at 11am.

I was unable to book the Church for the usual Second Saturday of the Month.

Masses for February and March 2012

The latest list of Masses has now been updated for 
February and March 2011.
Click on the Mass Times button on the side of this page.


in the Extraordinary Form of the Holy Roman Rite
According to the Missal of Blesséd John XXIII - 1962

Saturday 13th November 2010
St Peter's R.C. Church, Cardiff

Holy Rosary 11.10am
Holy Mass 11.30am

All are welcome

For more information please contact Andrew Butcher - Assistant Rep on 07846 002899

New LMS Newsletter Available

The latest editon of the LMS Cardiff Newsletter is now available!

Click here for the latest Newsletter - November 2010 - January 2011

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