Latest Diocesan Report

As published in Mass of Ages


January 2017

We had an excellent turnout for the LMS Oxford Pilgrimage in honour of our Catholic martyrs, after a year’s gap. Dominican Rite High Mass was celebrated in Blackfriars by Fr Richard Conrad, accompanied by both the Schola Abelis with chant and the Newman Consort with some very lovely polyphony; the usual public procession was very kindly led by Fr Daniel Lloyd. I am pleased to say that the Dominicans are taking another opportunity to celebrate High Mass, with deacon and subdeacon, and on 14th January (before readers receive their copies of Mass of Ages) in honour of St Hilary, the ‘Athanasius of the West’.

            The last quarter saw a very pleasing increase in numbers of singers available for the Oxford area and Hethe, where we have two, overlapping, all-male chant scholas, who are singing at two EF Sung Masses a month at Holy Trinity Hethe and a third at SS Gregory & Augustine’s in Oxford, as well as feast days and LMS Masses. I am particularly grateful to Dominic Bevan, who is now living in the area, for his help. I am always on the look-out for more singers, and also servers; anyone interested should email me.

            Archbishop Longley will be celebrating Pontifical Low Mass on Sunday 22nd January in Holy Trinity Hethe, a great honour for this tiny, and beautiful, church.

            Our regular Sung Mass in Milton Manor House at this time of year will take place for the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes on Saturday 11th February at 11:30am. Milton Manor’s chapel is a charming 18th century resusant chapel and well worth the effort to visit. The village of Milton is between Abingdon and Didcot.

            As usual the LMS Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Caversham will take place to coincide with the Ember Saturday of Lent, a magnificent service with five extra readings which deserves to be better known, and the ideal way to enter into the spirit of Lent. This falls on Saturday 11th March. High Mass will be celebrated by Fr Anthony Conlon at 11:30am and will be accompanied by polyphony. Our Lady and St Anne’s Church in Caversham is just outside Reading.

            The feasts of the season will be marked as usual by Sung and Low Masses in different churches, notably the Purification, Ash Wednesday, and the Annunciation: please see the Mass listings for the full details.


Before Easter the St Catherine’s Trust Family Retreat will take place in the Oratory School, and people living nearby will be very welcome to attend Masses at this, which are listed in the Mass listings.