Friday, January 23, 2009

New reredos at SS Gregory and Augustine

Lots more pictures, and an accompanying interview with Fr John Saward, the priest in charge, on the New Liturgical Movement.

Come along to the a Traditional Sung Mass to see the new paintings and hear the Schola Beati Thomae Abelis for the feast of Candlemas, complete with blessing of candles and procession.

6pm, SS Gregory and Augustine, Monday 2nd February.

Friday, January 16, 2009

FSSP Tutorial DVD launch

On Thursday 5th February 2009:

Presentation of the EWTN-FSSP DVD tutorial on the Extraordinary Mass, by the priests from the FSSP in England:

7pm: Brompton Oratory, St Wilfrid’s Hall, London: presentation by Fr de Malleray, FSSP, followed with projection of extracts of the DVD (interview by Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos, spiritual explanation by Fr Calvin Goodwin, FSSP).

Refreshment afterwards.

Copies of the DVD will be available for purchase at the special launching price of £12.

Free entrance. All welcome.

6pm: Low Mass by Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP, Little Oratory

This 2-DVD disc set has been produced by the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter in collaboration with the EWTN Global Television Network to teach priests how to say Low Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. The video includes an introduction by Darío Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos, President of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei. A comprehensive step-by-step explanation and walk-through of the entire ceremony of Low Mass. A real-time demonstration of the Mass filmed from four simultaneous camera angles. Instruction in the basic principles of gesture and movement as well as all the variable elements commonly encountered when offering Mass. A talk on the fundamental principles of the Extraordinary Form by Fr. Calvin Goodwin, FSSP, and a spiritual commentary on the liturgy. English and Spanish audio tracks included. Over three hours of footage on two DVDs!

Technical requirements: This DVD is offered only in NTSC format. It will work on every computer (laptop or PC) equipped with DVD player, whether in the US or in Europe or anywhere else. However, it will not work in DVD players (i.e. not computers) that use a PAL format, unless they offer PAL-compatibility.


I am looking forward to meeting you on February 5th if possible. Please feel free to forward this invitation to your friends and contacts, lay and clerics alike. It will be a good opportunity to speak about the EF of the Mass, exchange views and be encouraged.

Cordially yours in Our Lord,

Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP England.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Restoration at SS Gregory & Augustine

At Christmas the newly painted reredos and restored statues of Our Lady and the Christ Child, and St Joseph, were unveiled at SS Gregory and Augustine's, Woodstock Road. The Reredos shows large paintings of St Gregory the Great and St Augustine of Canterbury, the patronal saints of the church. More pictures and commentary will follow.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Requiem for Duke Humphrey, in St Albans' Abbey

I have received this by email and am very happy to publicise it. This is the 'Duke Humphrey' whose library is in the Bodleian Library in Oxford. St Alban's Abbey is the impressive medieval abbey church in St Albans, here.

The Duke Humphrey Society



Duke of Gloucester
(1390 ~ 1447)

in the Extraordinary Form
(‘Tridentine Rite’)

will be celebrated in

The Lady Chapel
St Alban’s Abbey & Cathedral

at 1.00 pm

on Saturday 21st February 2009


Wednesday, January 07, 2009

St Catherine's Trust 2009 Events

Family Retreat
Friday 27th (afternoon) to Sunday 29th March (Passion Sunday weekend, before Easter) Traditional Sung Mass each day, Compline, Saturday Vespers and Benediction, spiritual conferences from our Retreat Giver Fr Andrew Southwell, activities for children.

£95 per adult, couples £150, under 18s FREE.
Booking deadline 1st March.

At Ardingly College, Haywards Heath, Sussex.
Summer School
Sunday 2nd to Sunday 9th August, for ages 11 to 18.

We accept donations, but no one should be put off coming because of lack of funds!

Booking deadline 15th June.

Daily Traditional Sung Mass, catechesis, teaching in a wide range of subjects of Catholic interest by our volunteer staff, outdoor activities and outings.
At Ardingly College, Haywards Heath, Sussex
Please support our work with a donation!

See our Website:
Tel: 07913 481014
John Tennant, St Catherine’s Trust
58 Thornton Road,

Registered Charity No. 111041

Monday, January 05, 2009

David Foster RIP

David Foster (not to be confused with my predecessor as LMS Rep for Oxford, David Forster, who is in rude health!) has unexpectedly died. I'm not aware of any particular connection with Oxford but he was the founder and leading organiser for a quarter of a century of the 'International Summer School', which took place in the Oratory School outside Reading, which was very much the inspiration for the St Catherine's Trust Summer School. David was very happy to see his work being extended; he visited the SCT Summer School in 2006 and gave a talk to the SCT Family Retreat in 2007 (picture). A number of people have taught at both Summer Schools, sometimes in the same year. I am glad to see that the International Summer School will continue; these schools are very small in relation to the Catholic population, and we could do with a great many more of them.

Here is what Fr Tim Finnigan has posted on him, which includes a short obituary.

During the Faith Winter Session, I received the sad news of the death of David Foster, a great teacher, a faithful Catholic, a tireless defender of the faith, and an enthusiastic communicator of Catholic truth to young people. Here is a short obituary that I have received:
David Foster died on the 29th of December 2008, the day before his 76th birthday, after a short illness which began just before Christmas. He died fortified by the rights of Our Holy Mother Church. These he received from the hospital chaplain, Fr Mark Swires, a priest who had been a student at both the Summer School (see below) and at Campion School, where David taught for over 30 years.

David was an English teacher, husband of Dora for 49 years and father of three sons; John, Stephen and Martin. He became a Catholic in the 1950's and for 25 years ran the 'International Summer School'. The week of the Summer School gave those who attended a varied curriculum where everything was taught within an orthodox Catholic framework and integrated our Catholic heritage. Vocations to the priesthood and several religious resulted among those who attended (at least 4 priests, 3 sisters and a brother). Dominic Sullivan, also a teacher, who has been involved in running the Summer school over recent years will continue this work. (This year the dates are July 25th-August 1st 2009, further details can be obtained from Dominic Sullivan on 0208 788 8659.)

During recent years David continued the Pro Fide Forum meetings in London after the death of John Edwards.

He supported Burnley Football club (his father's hometown) and attended cricket matches whenever possible throughout the Summer.

He is fondly remembered by many, for many reasons. For my part I knew that he would proof read articles and newsletters; once he had done this one could rely on there being no spelling or grammatical errors remaining!
David Foster's Requiem Mass will be celebrated at the Cathedral Church of St Mary and St Helen, Brentwood on Tuesday 13th January 2009 at 1pm. The celebrant will be Fr Nicholas Schofield (Roman Miscellany).