Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle
Latin Mass Society
Diocesan Representative Mr J Harvey Tel: 0191 281 0125
Newsletter No 17: August 1997
A monthly round-up for members in the
Hexham and Newcastle Diocese
CLICK HERE for a summary of the current
status of the Old Rite of Mass
Masses this month
All Masses with the generous permission of
the Rt Rev Dom Ambrose Griffiths OSB, Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle
St Dominic's, Newcastle
Missa Cantata (Sung Mass) every Sunday at 11.30 am
|Sunday August 3rd
||11th Sunday after Pentecost
|Sunday August 10th
||12th Sunday after Pentecost
|Sunday August 17th
||13th Sunday after Pentecost
|Sunday August 24th
||14th Sunday after Pentecost
|Sunday August 31st
||15th Sunday after Pentecost
English Martyrs, Stockton Contact: Margaret Walsh (01429) 260410
St Patrick's, Ryhope Contact: Fr Wilfrid Elkin (0191) 521 0340
Friday August 15th .... The Assumption .... 12.00 noon
Wednesday August 20th .... Mass .... 7.30 pm
St Robert's, Morpeth Contact: Fr Michael Brown (0191) 477 1524
Wednesday August 27th Mass 7.30 pm
St Wilfrid's, Gateshead Contact: Fr Michael Brown (0191) 477 1524
Low Mass .... Every Saturday morning at 10.15 am (except 9th August)
Friday August 15th .... The Assumption .... 6.00 pm
Sunday August 24th ..Low Mass 9.00 am
Our Lady & St Cuthbert Berwick on Tweed Contact: Mr James Rowley
Mass sheets with the Ordinary and the Proper in Latin and English are
supplied at every Mass at St Dominic's, and at most of the other Masses.
If you are travelling a long distance to any weekday Masses, it is advisable
to telephone in advance in case of alterations.
Contact: Nick Murray, MC (0191) 232 2539
Instruction in serving the Old Rite Liturgy by arrangement
There are four choirs associated with the Society in the diocese.
All always welcome new members.
The Latin Choir:
Sings at the Sunday Masses as St Dominic's: polyphony and some plainchant.
Rehearsals: Thursdays, 7 - 9pm at St Dominic's.
Contact: David O'Neill, Choirmaster, (0191) 264 5771
Ryhope Parish Choir:
Sings Masses at Ryhope, mainly polyphony.
Contact: Fr Elkin (0191) 521 0340
The Schola Gregoriana:
Sings Masses at St Robert's and St Wilfrid's, and Vespers and Benediction
at St Wilfrid's: all plainchant.
Contact: Ian Graham, Director, (0191) 281 1670
The Singers of the Holy Cross:
Sing by arrangement, polyphony and plainchant.
Contact: Michael Leckenby (0191) 584 4902 or Joseph Coyne (0191)
Recent Special Masses
Both Fr Bryce's Golden Jubilee High Mass and the Catenian Mass were
well attended and were well received. Fr Bryce's family was very pleased
with the celebration. A video will be forthcoming of Fr Bryce's Mass.
High Mass for the Feast of Christ The King Sunday 26 October
Fr Elkin will celebrate, with Frs Brown and Marley as deacon and
subdeacon. The music will be sung by the joint choirs of St Dominic's and
Isobel Green RIP
Isobel Green, one of our older members died recently and was buried
on July 21st from Our Lady of the Annunciation in Gateshead. Isobel had
been a regular attender at our Masses for many years. May she rest in peace.
Ceilidh Barn Dance at Ryhope ... Wednesday 15th October
This will be at St Patrick's social club in Ryhope after the 7.30 Mass.
Contact Margaret Walsh for more details: (01429) 260410.
Traditional Pilgrimage to Fatima
This will take place from 23-29 October. The cost will be £395
inc full board. Contact Margaret Walsh for more details: (01429) 260410.
Brinkburn Mass Saturday 20th September
There will be a High Mass celebrated at Brinkburn Priory (a beautiful
10th century church) on Saturday 20th September at 12 noon. The Schola
Gregoriana will be singing the music for this Mass.
are available from: Carmel of Plymouth (new) Tel: 01752 266402, and
John Bevan (2nd hand) Tel: 01600 890878.
If you have unwanted missals or can acquire these, we would be very happy
to receive them, as we can put them to good use.
Either bring them to St Dominic's for the 11.30 Mass, or contact the editor.
Of your charity, pray for the repose of the soul of Isobel Green, and
of all members of the Society whose anniversary occurs in August. Animae
eorum, et animae omnium fidelium defunctorum, per misericordiam Dei, requiescant
Please let the editor know of any prayer intentions that you would
like included in the Newsletter.
Copies of a video of a High Mass, a Low Mass, and Benediction at St
Mary's, Bayswater are available from Jack Harvey at the discounted price
of 10 UK Pounds a copy.
St Dominic's and St Wilfrid's can both easily be reached by public
St Dominic's is 5 minutes' walk along New Bridge Street from Manors metro
station, and several buses stop directly outside.
St Wilfrid's is 5 minutes' walk from Gateshead Stadium and Felling metro
Do you know someone who needs a lift to any of our Masses?
Please let the editor know and we will see if we can help.
This Newsletter is edited by Roy Macgregor 22 Curtis Road, Fenham,
Newcastle. Tel: (0191) 273 4731, to whom Notices for the September Newsletter
should be given or sent by August 25th
Any ideas for this Newsletter will be gratefully received and carefully
Quam dilecta tabernacula tua Domine virtute!
The Status of the Traditional Latin ('Tridentine') Rite of Mass
Fr Wilfrid Elkin, Parish Priest St Patrick's, Ryhope
Recently, I have come across a number of instances of prejudice and
ignorance concerning the Latin Mass, in some cases from people who ought
to know better.
So in case anyone is wondering what is the legal status of the Latin Mass
which I and others celebrate, here are the facts.
In 1970, Pope Paul VI issued the Novus Ordo Missae (the New
Order of Mass). Ten years later, a questionnaire was sent to all the bishops
asking them how the New Mass was settling down; the results of this consultation
were issued in December 1981. Then in 1984, the Sacred Congregation of
Divine Worship issued an Indult called Quattuor abhinc Annos (Four
Years Ago - most documents issued by Rome are called after the first two
or three words of the document) for the benefit of those groups who had
remained attached to the Tridentine Rite; bishops were now allowed to grant
permission for the celebration of the Tridentine Rite Mass in very strictly
controlled circumstances. (In this diocese it was very strictly controlled
The Lefebvre Crisis
However in 1987 came the crisis with Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre.
The problem was not so much that he and his followers in the Society of
St P ius V clung exclusively to the Old Latin Mass and would not tolerate
the New Mass of Paul Vl or any of the 'new Church'; it was that Lefebvre,
an old man, wanted to consecrate a Bishop to succeed him. Any bishop has
the power from Christ to consecrate a new bishop but before he can exercise
that power he needs authorisation from the Pope, and this the Pope refused
When Archbishop Lefebvre went ahead with the consecration, he was excommunicated
in July 1988.
In the same month, Pope John Paul II issued a motu proprio (that
is, a personal statement by the Pope) entitled Ecclesia Dei (The
Church of God) in which he shared his pain at the excommunication of Marcel
Lefebvre, saying that his disobedience resulted in a schismatic act of
rejecting the Papacy by not taking sufficiently into account the living
character of Tradition.
The Holy Father's Wishes
"However," said the Pope, "it is necessary that all
the Bishops and the other faithful have a new awareness, not only of the
lawfulness but also of the richness for the Church of a diversity of charisms,
traditions of spirituality and apostolate, which also constitutes the beauty
of unity in variety: of that blended harmony in which the earthly Church
raises up to Heaven under the impulse of the Holy Spirit."
The Pope goes on to say: "To all those Catholic faithful who feel
attached to some previous liturgical and disciplinary forms of the Latin
tradition I wish to manifest my will to facilitate their ecclesial communion
by means of the necessary measures to guarantee respect for their rightful
In this matter I ask for the support of the bishops and of all those engaged
in the pastoral ministry in the Church." He continues that he is setting
up a Commission to oversee this matter, and, he says, "respect must
everywhere be shown for the feelings of all those who are attached to the
Latin liturgical tradition, by a wide and generous application of the directives
already issued some time ago by the Apostolic See (in the Indult Quattuor
abhinc Annos), for the use of the Roman Missal according to the typical
edition of 1962."
The Commission's View
Recent responses from the Ecclesia Dei Commission state that
"respect for those attached to the Latin liturgical tradition is not
confined to those older people who can remember it but also applies to
young people who now come across it and are drawn towards it."
Those priest-followers of Archbishop Lefebvre who came back to the Church
after his excommunication were encouraged by the Pope to set up a special
society called the Society of St Peter in which the old ways are observed;
the Society is booming on the Continent and in the States.
In Hexham and Newcastle
Bishop Ambrose has been very generous in the granting of permissions
for Latin Mass celebrations.
We who celebrate the Latin Mass are doing so with the full blessing and
encouragement of Holy Mother Church; we are a part of the "diversity
of charisms, of traditions of spirituality and apostolate, which constitutes
the beauty of unity in variety."