Latest Diocesan Report

As published in Mass of Ages


Spring 2019


This last quarter we had our annual Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Caversham, in the outskirts of Reading. I should like to thank the Shrine custodian, Mgr Patrick Daly, Fr Seth Phipps FSSP, who stepped in at short notice to celebrate the Mass due to the indisposition of another priest; Adrian Taylor, who travelled all the way from South London to lead the chant schola; and Alexandra Lloyd, who led the Newman Consort in singing some lovely early polyphony, namely Thomas Crecquillon’s Mass Je prens un gre, and Jacob Obrecht’s motet, Parce Domine. And not to forget Lucy Shaw, who provided pilgrims with an excellent lunch.

Over the diocesan boundary I was able to facilitate another of the occasional Masses in English Martyrs, Didcot, on this occasion for St Joseph Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary; it is good to see numbers at these Masses creeping up.

Back in Birmingham Archdiocese, we had the first of what are now quarterly Sung Masses at Holy Trinity, Hethe, with thanks to the Parish Priest, Canon John Batthula, our celebrant, Fr Aldo Tapparo, our cantor, Jeremy White, and our MC, Thomas O’Sullivan.

We also marked many feast days and third Sundays with Sung Masses at SS Gregory & Augustine’s in Oxford, thanks to the generosity of Fr John Saward.

The quarter to come will see a similar pattern. There will be a Mass in Holy Trinity, Hethe, on Whitsun (Pentecost: 9th June), at 12 noon; a Mass in Didcot for the Annunciation (2nd July, 7:30pm); and a Sung or High Mass in Holy Rood, Abingdon Road, Oxford, for the Ember Saturday of Pentecost (15th June).

Regular Masses for feast days in SS Gregory & Augustine cointinue, and Low Masses on many of these days and also Sundays in the Oxford Oratory. Particularly worth mention is the High Mass and procession planned for Corpus Christi (20th June) at the Oratory.

At the time of writing I have yet to confirm some events, so please consult the local website and look out for local mailings.