The Christmas Season (25th Dec-2nd Feb) got off to a fantastic start with Midnight Mass. The Church was packed with parishioners and visitors who gathered to sing carols from 11.30pm before participating in the Missa Cantata (Sung Traditional Latin Mass). The music from the schola included all of the chants of the Mass and a new motet written by our Organist, Fraser Pearce- a setting of ‘O Magnum Mysterium.’ After Mass we gathered for drinks and nibbles in the hall during which, Fr Morris was presented with a new cassock from the parishioners. Merry Christmas to you from Fr Morris and all at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish.
The December 2016 Newsletter is now available on our website HERE
Comment from Mike Ryan:
Anyone who hasn’t yet come across Scott Hahn (and there must be a few) and reads his books for the first time is in for a real treat. But as well as reading his books we are also able to hear him actually delivering talks. All you need to do is to go to YouTube and put in ‘Scott Hahn’. But of particular relevance to the book reviewed in this edition of the newsletter is this talk available on YouTube:
7/12/2016 PRAYER REQUEST Cameron, one of our members, has asked for prayers for a family intention.
6/12/2016 REMINDER Saturday, 10th, December at 12 noon, St Robert Bellarmine 310 Peat Rd, Glasgow, G53 6SA, High Mass.
3/12/2016 We thank Fraser Pearce for making this available on YouTube A video of the Introit and Kyrie from this mornings Mass is available here https://youtu.be/HAld_0Vgnms More on the way but they take a long time to upload. Fraser
Details of this event have been sent to us by Jo Dillon
I thought some of you might be interested in a Preached Retreat that will be taking place at the St. Ninian’s Institute, Dundee, on Saturday 10th – Sunday 11th December. The retreat will be given by Fr. Guiseppe Cardamone from the Missionary Servants of the Poor of the Third World and will be centred on the Sacramental Life of the Christian. As you can see from the schedule below there will be spiritual talks and opportunities for adoration and confession as well as Mass in the Extraordinary Form. There will also be a two course lunch on both days and the whole retreat will cost you no more than £30 – cheap at the price!
I hope one or two of you can make it.
“The true renewal of the Church is to ask What is a Christian? And not What does the world want?”
This statement from Joseph Ratzinger will guide our meditation about the sacramental identity of the Christian, which finds its source in Holy Baptism, its nourishment in the Holy Eucharist and its expression in the apostolic action of the children of the Church.
Sacramental identity describes what is most opposed to Protestantism. To recover and put into practice that essential aspect of our redeemed identity is imperative to being able to brush away that pollution of modernism that made insightful theologians speak about a protestantised Church in the aftermath of the Second Vatican Council.
08:00 Holy Rosary
08:30 Holy Mass (Low Mass)
09:30 First Talk – Protestantism and sacramentality
11:30 Second Talk – The reality of the Incarnation
15:00 Divine Mercy Chaplet
15:15 Third Talk – The key role of obedience
17:00 Fourth Talk – The Sacramentalisation of Christian life: Baptism.
time for confessions
19:00 End of the day
09:00 Holy Rosary
09:30 First talk – The Christian priesthood: worshippers in spirit and truth.
11:00 Second talk – The dynamism of the Sacraments: Christian apostolate
12:00 DVD about MSPTW
15:00 Divine mercy chaplet
15:30 preparation for Holy Mass
16:00 Holy Mass (Missa cantata) followed by Benediction
17:30 End of the retreat
30/11/2016 This kind message has been received:
In behalf of Una Voce Taiwan, we wish you a blessed St. Andrew’s Day!
+Communitas Missae Latinae in Taiwan (Una Voce Taiwan)
There are two extra Masses:-
1) Saturday, 3rd December at 12 noon, Saint Thomas the Apostle 826 Cumbernauld Road Glasgow G33 2EE
The celebrant will be Fr. Stephen Dunn and it will be the tenth anniversary of the death of his late mother.
2) Saturday, 10th, December at 12 noon, St Robert Bellarmine 310 Peat Rd, Glasgow, G53 6SA, High Mass.
Fr. Ninian Doohan will attend Fr. Liam O’Connor’s Mass in St. Mary’s, Cleland on Thursday, 1st December at 7.00pm and will impart First Blessings after Mass.
CHILDREN OF THE HOLY LAND
AN EVENING OF MUSIC, SONG AND REFLECTION
THURSDAY 1 DECEMBER 2016
AT 7PM IN CHRIST THE KING CHURCH HALL
This is an evening of Music, Song and Reflection and an opportunity to support the migrant children of the Holy Land. There is no cost for entry, but ALL DONATIONS will be sent to The Latin Vicariate in Jerusalem for the migrant children of The Holy Land. 7.00 pm The Children of The Holy Land – Introduction by Bart McGettrick 7.15 pm Songs of Advent by the children of St Fillan’s School Choir 8.00 pm Message from Palestine and Jerusalem – Fr David Neuhaus SJ (Latin Vicariate, Jerusalem) 8.30 pm Christmas Refreshments and Raffle
9.00 pm Scottish/Irish Music – Led by Frank O’Hagan
Contact Clare Coyle 07876526250
An LMS diocesan rep, who is only 21, is writing a letter to Pope Francis to tell him that he is wrong in his comments about young people.
Perhaps a torrent of letters from young people around the world to the Pope might at least make him think.
Would the young people of Una Voce Scotland consider writing a simple letter?
Addresses are :
His Holiness Pope Francis,
00120 Vatican City.
His Excellency Pietro Cardinal Parolin,
Secretary of State,
00120 Vatican City.
In case anyone wishes to be absolutely sure that their letters are received and read a copy can be sent to the President of the Ecclesia Dei Commission, Cardinal Mueller.
His Eminence Gerhard Cardinal Mueller,
President, Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei,
Palazzo della Congr. per la Dottrina della Fede,
Piazza del S’Uffizio, 11,
Last Saturday The Immaculate Heart of Mary hosted Una Voce Scotland’s annual Requiem Mass for deceased members and benefactors followed by the AGM. Sancta Familia media filmed events and their video can be viewed here:
This Report is being written in the cafeteria of the Pilgerheim at Wigratzbad, Bavaria, the windows of which look over to the Priesterseminar Sankt Petrus, the seminary of The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter. This is my third visit to the seminary this year, the first being in January and the second being in June and July for the ordination of Fr. James Mawdsley FSSP. Earlier in the week, I met two English speaking seminarians and had a very pleasant afternoon here in the same Pilgerheim. I record these events, not as some latter day Alistair Cooke’s ” Letter From America”, but to demonstrate to members of Una Voce Scotland the good working relations and close links which our society has forged with The Fraternity of St. Peter, its clergy in both Scotland and England, and the Seminary of St. Peter, both its clergy and students. We also play a full part in the work of The International Federation of Una Voce. Evidence for all this will follow in the course of this Report. It is earnestly to be hoped that this close working relationship might be expanded by an increased presence of the Fraternity here in Scotland to augment the good work already begun in Edinburgh by Fr. Emerson. I think that we should be hopeful that, if it be the Divine Plan to provide so many vocations within the Traditional Movement, which it so clearly is since the traditional seminaries are so overwhelmed with applicants, then the extension of that Plan will be the provision of churches and missions where these newly ordained priests can exercise their ministry. Let us hope that the Scottish bishops respond to this Plan positively and that they see the value in these vocations and ordinations. As has already been discovered in England by Bishops Egan and Davies, Archbishop Mc Mahon of Liverpool and the Bishops of both Lancaster and Middlesbrough, where priests of the traditional orders and traditional leaning orders like the Oratorians, are given parishes, these parishes, (particularly parishes where the Catholic population has declined because of population movements from the inner cities), become revived and flourish. The presence of these priests does not cause division and confusion, but rather brings about growth and enrichment.
As for events within Scotland, much has happened since our last Newsletter- and quite a lot of these events are Firsts!
In June, Bishop Robson of Dunkeld, conducted a wedding with a Nuptial Mass in the Old Rite in his Cathedral in Dundee. I think this must be the first time since 1970 that a Scottish bishop has conducted such an event in his cathedral or, indeed, anywhere! The singing was provided by an organist and quartet who sang Palestrina, Arcadelt and chant. The quality of the music was very high as was the quality of the performance of said music! The bishop wore vestments which are part of the High Mass set of vestments given by Una Voce Scotland to Fr. Ninian Doohan of Dunkeld Diocese. The bishop was both very pleased and very admiring of them and was very gracious in his thanks for them! Martin Gardner, who does so much for the Traditional Movement in North East Scotland, was M.C. for the Mass and Fr. Ninian Doohan was M.C. at the throne. The servers were the usual servers at the regular Dundee Masses.
There have been four First Masses in the Traditional Rite in Scotland to report, two in Glasgow, one in Dundee and one in Edinburgh. This is indeed good news! The Masses in Glasgow were celebrated by Fr. James Mawdsley FSSP and Fr. Ninian Doohan of the Diocese of Dunkeld, the Mass in Dundee was also celebrated by Fr. Doohan and the Mass in Edinburgh was celebrated by Fr. James Mawdsley FSSP, The sacred ministers at both Glasgow Masses were Fr. Emerson FSSP, deacon and Fr. Morris P.P., subdeacon. In Dundee, the deacon was a priest of The Sons Of The Most Holy Redeemer, Papa Stronsay and Fr. Morris, subdeacon. The music in Glasgow, at both Masses, was provided by a schola led by the new Director of Music at Immaculate Heart of Mary parish, where the Masses took place, Fraser Pearce. The music for both Masses was Palestrina Missa “Aeterna Christi Munera”, and “Sicut Cervus”, Byrd “Ave Verum”, and the chants of the proper “Salve Sancta Parens” of Our Lady on a Saturday. The Te Deum was sung during the administration of the First Blessings after Mass. The vestments used were the beautiful and magnificent cloth-of-gold High Mass set of vestments presented to Fr. Morris by Una Voce Scotland.
We are extremely grateful to Mr. Divers, Master of Music at St. Aloysius Church ,the JesuitChurch in Glasgow. He very gladly, loaned us the music which was used. Also, members of his choir were, along with the magnificent contribution of other very gifted musicians, the biggest bloc in the schola . I might add that no-one has done more than Mr. Divers to preserve the use of traditional, high quality church music in Glasgow by ploughing a very lone liturgical furrow and despite much criticism from antagonistic figures. If it had not been for his brave stance in sustaining the use of magnificent, traditional Catholic music, we would have been unable to carry out these beautiful liturgies! Thank you Mr Divers!
After both Glasgow Masses, there was a lunch and, in the case of Fr. Mawdsley’s Mass, there were presentations from both the parish and Una Voce. Una Voce Scotland presented Fr Mawdsley with the appropriate Liturgical book as he was ordained to each of the Major Orders as I pointed out in my speech. The only liturgical book with which we had not presented him was a Requiem Mass altar missal and so that was the subject of our presentation on that day. I also repeated my ominous offer to give Father a Bishop’s Canon, at which he seemed to go pale! There was also a presentation to Fr Ninian Doohan from the Parish after his First Mass.
In the last edition of Mass of Ages, the quarterly magazine of our sister organisation, The Latin Mass Society, the President of The International Federation, Una Voce, Felipe Alanis Suarez from Mexico, is quoted on Page 42 saying that, after many decades, Una Voce, ” brought the Tridentine Mass to Taiwan” News of this development had been carried in the Spring Newsletter of the Federation where it was reported that a group from Taiwan had been accepted as members of the Federation. The Officers of Una Voce Scotland thought that these new members could have suffered much over these decades of waiting for the return of the Traditional Mass, and so we contacted the group. Their correspondent replied to the mail which we sent, offering any help which they might need , that all they had was a hand missal which their priest used at the altar and nothing else! . Members of Una Voce Scotland can justifiably be proud that, from our stock of artefacts, we were able to send a box containing a beautiful leather bound altar missal with the Jesuit Supplement, a Requiem Mass altar missal, a Holy Week altar missal, a Ritus Servandus for use at Benediction, containing the litanies etc., a Ritual ( the book of blessings), a set of vestments which could be used whenever white or green vestments might be required and the laminated text of the altar cards. The altar missal is dated 1954, which means that it has the correct post-1950 Mass for the Feast of The Assumption but not the post-1956 Holy Week liturgy, so , through the sending of the Holy Week altar missal, we covered them for all eventualities! These items were sent to the priest who celebrates the Old Rite. This is the latest example of how Una Voce Scotland plays a full part in the work of The International Traditional Movement.
In the past, we have sent items to groups throughout the world ( for example, the seminary in Wigratzbad, and vestments and an altar missal to the group in Barcelona who suffered a fire in their sacristy only a few weeks before Christmas) and to many individual priests to whom we have given liturgical books and vestments. By way of a final word regarding Una Voce Scotland’s donations to friends in the Traditional Movement, mention should be made of a gift relating to our collaboration with Fr. Morris and the parish of The Immaculate Heart of Mary. We have given a beautiful set of altar cards for use in his traditional Masses in the parish. These cards were originally made for a major cathedral in England and can be seen on the parish website( along with pictures and DVDs of the First Masses held in the parish). I do not know how Miss Mary Neilson acquired these.
To deal with some in- house administration matters, let us first express thanks to Cathal Brennan for developing the Una Voce Website. Secondly, Fraser and Jane Pearce have recently taken over the responsibility for providing the music at Immaculate heart of Mary Parish and they were instrumental in the providing music for our liturgies in the parish. They have also developed the parish website which can be found on the Una Voce Scotland website. You can also see Fr Doohan’s First Mass in Dundee on the Diocesan Website. We also hope to develop our communication with members. Next year, we hope to move from two Newsletters per year to three and eventually to four per year. We also intend to send out a bulletin by email to members who have opted to have email communication. This will enable us to give up- to- date notifications, other items of information and information regarding material which should appear in the following Newsletter. The advantage in the use of emails is that it lets us communicate with members at no cost to Una Voce.
First of all, could we ask any members yet to renew their subscription to do so as soon as possible, membership dues are as follows:-
Ordinary Member £25
Joint Members (husband and wife) £35
Student Retired Unemployed £10
Newsletter Only £10
Also, would members please consider Una Voce Scotland in making their will? Our sister organisation, The Latin Mass Society, finds this to be a valuable source of revenue and, as we have discovered this year, so has Una Voce Scotland
We have a member who is a seminarian with The Institute of Christ the King in Florence. The Institute currently has two apostolates in England. We would like to support him in his studies. Una Voce will make a donation to help with his fees. Would individual members please support this cause. Please send cheques to:-
118, Birkhall Av.,
Glasgow G52 2PS
Please make cheques out to Una Voce Scotland but make it clear by writing Seminarian on the back of the envelope what the purpose of the cheque is and the money will be ring fenced for the Seminarian Fund.
Fr. Mann SJC has begun a regular Sunday Mass at Smithstone House, Kilwinning in the Diocese of Galloway. This Mass takes place at 12 noon. The postcode is KA13 6PL.
Fr. Liam O’Connor has begun to celebrate a Mass in St. Mary’s, Cleland in the Diocese of Motherwell. This is at the request of Bishop Toal and takes place every Thursday at 7.00pm.The postcode is ML1 5QR.
Fr. Morris now says Mass every Sunday at The Immaculate Heart of Mary at 6.00pm. This is in addition to his weekday Masses. On Saturday, the Traditional Mass is said at 9.30am and on the First Saturday, it is a Sung Mass. The postcode is G21 3UE.
Scotland’s inaugural Two Shrines Pilgrimage took place this year from August 6-8: Details can be found at http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2016/08/a-new-annual-pilgrimage-inaugurated-in.html#more
As was reported in the last Newsletter, The AGM will take place on Saturday, 12th November in the parish hall of The Immaculate Heart of Mary, Glasgow. The programme of the day will be:-
Sung Requiem Mass at 12noon for deceased members, friends and benefactors of Una Voce Scotland and their families.
Lunch in the Hall followed by the AGM.
Guests will be welcome at the discretion of the Chairmen.
We would appeal to members and friends of Una Voce Scotland to support the work of Musica Sacra. This group is hosting a Chant Weekend, the programme of which has already been sent out to our email list. This group provide the singing for the monthly Misa Cantata in Dundee and provided the music for Fr. Ninian Doohan’s First Mass in the Old Rite in Dundee.
THE TRADITIONAL MASS
The Traditional Latin Mass has been celebrated in a relatively unchanged form throughout nearly all of the Church’s history and it is this Mass which Father Frederick Faber once described as “the most beautiful thing this side of heaven”. Although the Mass has, at various times, incurred minor modifications to its liturgy, notably in 1570 and 1962, Pope Paul VI promulgated a new missal in 1969, which came into effect in 1970. This new rite of Mass was radically different from the traditional Latin Mass which preceded it. Between 1970 and 1984 the Vatican restricted the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass. In October 1984, following the issue of the indult Quattuor Abhinc Annos from Pope John Paul II, permission to celebrate the Traditional Latin Mass became at the discretion of the local bishop. In July 1988 Pope John Paul II issued the motu proprio Ecclesia Dei Adflicta which, among other things, required that respect be shown for the feelings of all those who are attached to the Latin liturgical tradition. The status of the Traditional Latin Mass changed again on 14 September 2007 as a result of Pope Benedict XVI’s motu proprio Summorum Pontificum.
From the Catechism of Saint Robert Bellarmine:-
The Mass is a compendium of the whole life of Christ!
- The Introit of the Mass signifies the desire which the Holy Fathers had for the coming of Christ.
- The Kyrie eleison signifies the words of these Patriarchs and Prophets who sought from God the desired coming of the Messiah at such a time.
- The Gloria in excelsis means the Lord’s Birth.
- The subsequent Oratio or Collect signifies His presentation and offering in the Temple.
- The Epistle, customarily said at the left side of the altar (right to us) signifies the preaching of St. John the Baptist, inviting men to Christ.
- The Gradual, or response to the Epistle, signifies the Life arising from the preaching of St. John.
- The Gospel, customarily read at the right side of the altar (our left), signifies the preaching of Our Lord whereby we move from the left to the right, ie. from temporal things to eternal ones, and from sin to grace, where the Lights are carried and the incense is enkindled and the Holy Gospel illumines the whole world, and it was filled with the sweet odour of Divine glory.
- The Creed signifies the conversion of the Holy Apostles and of the other disciples of Christ.
- The Secret, which immediately follows the Creed, signifies the secret plots of the Jews against Christ.
- The Preface, sung in a high voice, customarily ends with the Hosanna in excelsis, and it signifies the solemn entry of Christ into Jerusalem which He made on Palm Sunday. The Canon which comes after the Preface, represents the Passion of our Lord.
- The Elevation of the host teaches that Christ was Lifted up on the Cross.
- The Paternoster, the prayer of Christ hanging on the cross.
- The fraction of the Host shows the wound that was made upon Him by the lance.
- The Angus Dei signifies the weeping of Mary when Christ was taken down from the cross.
- The Communion of the priest signifies the burial of Christ.
- The chant which follows with great joy shows the Lord’s Resurrection.
- The Ite Missa est, signifies the Ascension.
- The Final Blessing of the priest relates the coming of the Holy Spirit.
- The Last Gospel that is read at the end of Mass, signifies the preaching of the Holy Apostles when, filled with the Holy Spirit, they began to preach the Gospel through the whole world, and began the conversion of the nations.