Tuesday, June 28, 2011

More on the Cathedral Mass

Having already been told that Bishop Cunningham is unable to be present at the Cathedral Mass it was felt that it would be counterproductive to again advise of the date and request his presence. Instead it is now suggested that we PRAY that our bishop may attend an EF Mass, arranged for the diocese, to show his solidarity not only with those of the faithful who prefer this form of the Roman Rite but with our Holy Father who has said that both forms of the Roman Rite are equally valid.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Cathedral Mass

We are delighted to announce that the date for the Solemn High Mass in St Mary's Cathedral has been agreed as Saturday 5th November 2011. Whilst the starting time is still to be announced we expect it to be 12 noon.

We are grateful to Fr Peter Leighton, the Cathedral Dean, for his speedy agreement.

Although our diocesan bishop, Rt Rev Seamus Cunningham, has previously said he would be unable to attend due to a full calendar, we are advising him of the confirmed date hoping that, following the Holy Father's Instruction, he might find a 'window' which allows him to join with those of his flock who prefer Mass according to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite which Pope Benedict has instructed should have an equal place with the Ordinary Form.

Further details will be published as they become available.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Reminder of High Mass

Just a reminder to everyone that there will be Solemn High Mass for the Feast of SS Peter & Paul on Wednesday 29th June 2011 at 7.30pm at the church od SS Peter & Paul, Benton Lane, Longbenton, Newcastle upon Tyne NE12 8PB. The Proper will be sung by the Schola Sancti Baedae & the Ordinary will be Mozart's Credo Mass sung by the choir of St George's Anglican Church in Cullercoats. The intention of the Mass will be in Thanksgiving for the 60th Anniversary of the Priestly Ordination of Pope Benedict XVI. The celebrant will be Fr Michael Brown.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Comments from Mgr Marini the Papal MC

Mgr Marini has been commenting on several aspects of the ancient tradition of focusing on Christ either through eastward orientation of the Eucharistic Prayer or where the crucifix or other image of Christ 'stood in for' eastward orientation.

We are in danger of losing this as in the past everyone (including the priest) prayed towards the same point - showing that the Lord was coming and that, together, we all looked towards Him.

He also posited that kneeling before the presence of the Lord makes it all the clearer that it is really Jesus and implies our adoration of Him. Not just that we receive Him but that we kneel before Him.

Mgr Marini asked us to listen anew to what the Holy Father says in his writings and by example in the Papal liturgies. The Holy Father distributes Communion ALWAYS to communicants kneeling and ALWAYS on the tongue because such remains a law of universal character more than just his personal choice. He expects priests and people to follow his example.

Friday, June 17, 2011

40 Hours devotion at St Mary's, Forest Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne

Fr Michael Brown announces that in response to Cardinal Piacenza's request that every parish & religious community should offer 60 hours of Eucharistic Adoration in June to mark the 60th Anniversary of the priestly ordination of our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, the Forty Hours Devotion will take place at St Mary's Church, Great Lime Road, Forest Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne beginning at 6pm on Sunday 19th June 2011. Everyone is welcome and are encouraged to attend to celebrate this anniversary.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Bishop Ambrose Griffiths OSB, KC*HS, RIP

Michael Griffiths was born in London on 4th December 1928 and attended a prep school in Brighton and then moved north to attend the Ampleforth Preparatory School at Gilling Castle in North Yorkshire and from there he moved to Ampleforth School for his secondary education.

In 1946 he won a place at Balliol College in Oxford where he obtained a First Class BSc Honours Degree in Natural Sciences, majoring in Chemistry. Seven years later he obtained his MA.

On 24th September 1950, after completing his studies at Oxfoed, he joined the Benedictine Community at Ampleforth Abbey and was given the religious name Ambrose (after the saint who was Bishop of Milan in the fourth century.)

He was sent to the Benedictine House of Sant' Anselmo in Rome where he studied Theology and was ordained priest on 21st July 1957.

He taught Science, RE and woodwork at Ampleforth from 1958-1972, and became Head of the Science Department at the School.

From 1963-1971 he also taught Dogmatic Theology to the young monks of the community.

In 1972 he was appointed Procurator (Bursar) of the Abbey and was responsible for the day to day running, and the financial matters of the Abbey.

In 1976 he was elected Abbot of the Abbey by the Community and was in charge of Ampleforth for eight years until he was appointed as parish priest of St Mary's Parish in Leyland, Lancashire. As parish priest he was involved in the usual day to day activities and societies of normal parish life. After finishing his term as Abbot he was appointed as Titular Abbot of Westminster.

On 11th January 1992, Pope John Paul II announced that he had appointed the Rt Reverend Ambrose Griffiths OSB as the 11th Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle to succeed the Rt Rev Hugh Lindsay who had tendered his resignation as Bishop of the Diocese on the grounds of ill health.

On 20th March 1992, Ambrose was Ordained as Bishop by the Archbishop of Liverpool, Most Reverend Derek Worlock, in St Mary's Cathedral, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Bishop Ambrose tendered his resignation at the age of 75 to Pope John Paul II, a requirement necessary for all bishops. He was succeeded by Bishop Kevin Dunn (d 2008).

Bishop Ambrose Griffiths died peacefully on Tuesday 14 June 2011 aged 82.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Ushaw College Update

At their meeting on Thursday 9th June the Trustees of Ushaw College, the Bishops of the Northern Province and Shrewsbury Diocese, agreed to commission a detailed feasibility study to identify appropriate future uses for the College.

This proposal has the full support of Durham County Council and of English Heritage. The Trustees have also agreed to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with Durham University to explore, as part of the feasibility study, a proposal put forward by the University to create a Centre for Catholic Scholarship and Cultural Heritage at Ushaw under the auspices of the University's existing internationally regarded Centre for Catholic Studies.

The intention is that the Centre for Catholic Studies (then renamed "The International Centre for Advanced Catholic Studies") would continue to have its primary academic home within the University's Department of Theology and Religion on the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Palace Green, situated between Durham Cathedral and Durham Castle (University College), but would expand to include the proposed Ushaw Centre for Catholic Scholarship and Heritage within its total operation and mission.

It thus envisaged that the library, archives and other collections will remain at Ushaw and will be used as part of this facility and be made available to a wider public.

These decisions follow the recommendations of the Steering Committee which the Trustees established in January to advise the Trustees of the future of the College. The Steering Committee was charged with giving advice and providing a report to the Trustees about options for the future. The Steering Committee, under the chairmanship of Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury, was asked to look strategically at the entire estate including its buildings, land, libraries, archives and collections. Meetings have taken place with Durham County Council and English Heritage and other expert advisors.

The Right Reverend Mark Davies, Bishop of Shrewsbury, said "We are looking forward to working in partnership in this way with Durham University and with the other public bodies towards securing a new future for Ushaw. The College can no longer provide for the training of priests but true to its inheritance across more than two hundred years on this site can continue to be a centre for Catholic scholarship and be accessible to the wider community."

Monsignor Marsland, President of Ushaw College, said:
"We are delighted that the work and efforts of the Steering Committee have resulted in a proposal that will allow the heritage of Ushaw College, its collections and library as well as its educational traditions to continue and secure a future for this very important estate within the Roman Catholic community."

Professor Chris Higgins, Vice Chancellor of Durham University, said:
"Ushaw College and its collections have a very special place in the Christian heritage of Durham and the North East of England. Together with the special collections in Durham University and Cathedral they comprise one of the most important and distinctive collections of books, manuscripts and other atrefacts in the world.
We look forward to working with the Ushaw Trustees to ensure that these collections and remarkable buildings are not only preserved intact in Durham, but are also made more widely known and available to the community as well as to educators and researchers from Durham University and around the world."

Professor Paul D Murray, Professor of Systematic Theology and Director of the Centre for Catholic Studies, Durham University, said:
"The Trustees' decision demonstrates vision and care and holds real promise and potential for this region, for the UK and the international Catholic community.
Ushaw College and its holdings are of unique, if hitherto, largely unknown significance. Bringing them into formal relationship with Durham University and the proposed International Centre for Advanced Catholic Studies will provide a secure means of opening them to international attention and usage.
Ushaw is now set to become a beacon of possibility, of light, life and learning. We look forward to working with the Catholic community and other key partners to realise this vision and potential for the good of all."

Taken from the website of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Hexham & Newcastle.

Monday, June 6, 2011

High Mass on the Feast of SS Peter & Paul

Solemn High Mass will be celebrated at the church of SS Peter & Paul, Longbenton, Newcastle upon Tyne for the church's patronal feast on Wednesday 29th June 2011 at 7.30pm.

The sacred ministers are expected to be Frs Brown, Phillips & Swales.

Details of the music will be announced soon.

Masses for the Feast of Corpus Christi

Masses in the diocese of Hexham & Newcastle:

Coxhoe, SS Joseph, Patrick & Cuthbert, Low Mass at 12 noon
Morpeth, St Robert's, Low Mass at 7.00pm
Barnard Castle, St Mary's, Low Mass at 7.30pm