Welcome to the site for News, Events and up-to-date Information on Traditional Catholicism in the West Midlands (UK). I am one of the Diocesan Representatives for the Latin Mass Society of England & Wales for the Promotion of the Traditional Roman Rite.

Wednesday 19 September 2012

West Heath Masses

Fr Christopher Miller will be covering the 1830 Friday Masses on 28th Sep and 12th Oct while Fr George is on holiday.

There will be NO mass on 5th & 19th October 2012.

Sunday 2 September 2012

St Patrick's Masses

Sorry it's late

Mon 27th August 8 am
Sat 1st September 11 am
Mon 3rd September 8 am
Tues 4th September 8 am
Wed 5th September 9 am
Sat 8th September NO MASS

Wednesday 15 August 2012

Latest St Patricks Masses

Mon 13th August 8 am
Tues 14th August 8 am
Wed 15th August 9 am (Assumption)
Sat 18th August No Mass
Mon 20th August 8 am
Tues 21st August No Mass
Wed 22nd August No Mass
Sat 25th August 11 am

English Lesson/Epistle and Gospel
Parking Northbrook Street over railway bridge

Monday 13 August 2012

Assumption Masses

St Patrick's 9am (Low)
Halesowen 12noon (Low)
Oratory 5:45pm (Low)

Holy Day of Obligation

Sunday 12 August 2012

Oratory First Friday

I have been reliably informed that Fr Anton now has every first Friday 5:45pm Low Mass said in the Extraordinary Form, in honour of the Sacred Heart.

I have added this to the Google Calendar (top right) accordingly. Although there are plenty of yellow Low Mass booklets I helped produce, these must all be lost; so try to bring a Missal if you want to follow the prayers.

Thursday 2 August 2012

Extra West Heath Mass for Assumption

Fr Grynowski will say Low Mass for this Holy Day of Obligation on 15th August 2012 at 1830hrs.

Sunday 22 July 2012

St Patrick's Masses

Mass times for St Patricks for next 3 weeks:

Mon 23rd July 8 am
Tues 24th July 8 am
Wed 25th July 9 am
Sat 28th July 11 am

Mon 30th July 8 am
Tues 31st July 8 am
Wed 1st August 9 am
Sat 4th August 11 am

Sat 11th August 11 am.

Tuesday 17 July 2012

Summer Mass Cancelations

Fr Grynowski has informed me that there will be no Friday evening Mass at West Heath on:
- 27th July 2012
- 3rd August 2012
- 24th August 2012

Tuesday 10 July 2012

New Latin Mass Venue - Oldbury

After the loss of the Latin Mass at West Bromwich, Fr Chris Handforth will kindly continue to offer the traditional Latin Mass at one of his own Parish Churches. Please make the effort to attend these Masses; the response will predict the continuation, and perhaps regularity, of these Masses.

Saturday 14th July 2012 at 10am (followed by Benediction)
Regular: 2nd Saturday of each month

St Francis Xavier Church
Simpson Street
B69 4AL

Oldbury is very close to the previous location of West Bromwich and has a major bus station, as well as being easily accessible from major road links; M5 Junction 2 and A457 from Birmingham.

Monday 9 July 2012

West Heath Annual High Mass: Monday 9th July 2012

Fr George Grynowski will be offering Solemn High Mass for the great Feast of St John Fisher & St Thomas More; the Patron of his West Heath parish. Please make every effort to support this event!

St John Fisher RC Church
West Heath, Birmingham
Monday, 9th July 2010 at 7pm

(followed by refreshments)

Fr George Grynowski would like to welcome everyone to a Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Use of the Roman Rite at his Parish Church in West Heath, South Birmingham, for its Patronal feast (which differs in the old calender and therefore gives his parishioners the chance to celebrate it twice!) From the website:

Dominating the 45 bus terminus at West Heath, Birmingham is the Catholic Church of St. John Fisher. Even though it rises from below road level, the lofty octagonal building is impressive from every angle, even from the nearby Lickey Hills. The predominant feature is a large octagonal dome surmounted by a large bronze cross. This copper dome has now toned to a soft green tint, a pleasing contrast to the honey coloured brickwork. Over the main entrance the large statue of St. John Fisher offers a blessing to all who enter, pass by or are waiting for the bus!

Parish of St. John Fisher, West Heath was founded on 30th September 1956. The first parish priest, Fr. Philip Smith, celebrated Mass at Turves Green School and later at Archbishop Masterson School for Girls. Work on the new church building commenced on 5th March 1962 with Fr. Smith cutting the first sod. The foundation stone was laid by Archbishop Grimshaw on 25th June that year.The church was opened on 31st March 1964 and consecrated by Archbishop Dwyer on 22nd June 1972, the [new rite] feast of St. John Fisher.

I hope you will be able to attend and support this great celebration, but also important initiative: a Traditional Latin Mass in a normal Parish Church, with all ministers being parish priests from the Deanery. This is the 5-year anniversary of Summorum Pontificum, and the Holy Father's wish for the faithful to benefit from the full riches of this Mass. It will be a time of reflection and what better way to show our support for the Pope than by attending this Mass!

Directions to St John Fisher, West Heath
1 Cofton Road,
West Heath
West Midlands
B31 3QT


Sunday 1 July 2012

Advice on the New Rite in Latin

Fr Paul Chavasse says the most recent Latin Mass
in St Chad's Cathedral (May 2008)
Here in the Birmingham area there is nowhere to hear the New Rite Mass sung in Latin. The closest is St Chad's Cathedral (above) which has a professional choir singing the ordinary in Greek and Latin. Any faithful wanting to take their worship further are therefore obliged to attend the Extraordinary Solemn Form at the Birmingham Oratory on a Sunday, or one of the Low Masses at Winson Green or West Heath.

It may therefore be of interest to see what the 'New Rite' Fortescue would say on the subject, no doubt based on curial proclamations and Pontifical practice:
Cardinal Foley celebrated the modern liturgy in Latin
at the Birmingham Oratory  (May 2009)
Reproduced from Mgr Peter J. Elliott's Ceremonies of the Liturgical Year

380. Mass celebrated [in Latin] should be part of the normal schedule for Sundays and Solemnities in all cathedrals and major churches. One Sunday Mass in Latin is obligatory in all basilicas.
...[It] may be appropriate to chant the Gospel in Latin at a Solemn Mass, provided the people have access to a translation of the text.
Parish Latin Low Mass: Possible
without "extensive musical resources"
381. In light of maintaining those musical settings of the Mass that may not seem appropriate in the modern Rite, solemn sung celebrations of the preconcilar rite should take place from time to time in cathedrals and churches where ther are extensive musical resources.

Unfortunately our Cathedral here in Birmingham does not go beyond the bare minimum, and despite its "extensive musical resources" they have never offered a Sung 'preconciliar' Mass, to my knowledge, since the reform of the liturgy. I happen to agree with all the sentiments expressed in the above text, besides the insinuation that the Latin Low Mass is superfluous.

May God bless our Archdiocese and country with an enriched, lively Faith, and a corresponding devotion to the beauty of the our Catholic worship.

Friday 29 June 2012

Latest Mass Schedule for St Patick's

Here are the the times for Low Mass at St Patrick's at Winson Green over the next fortnight, courtesy of Fr Talbot, celebrant:

Monday 2nd July 2012: 8am
Tuesday 3rd July 2012: 8am
Wednesday 4th July 2012: 9am

Monday 9th July 2012: 8am
Tuesday 10th July 2012: 8am
Wednesday 11th July 2012: 9am

Tuesday 19 June 2012

Mass Venue Cancellation

Please note that Monthly Masses at St Michael's, West Bromwich are suspended. If there is any positive development in this regard I will post it here.

Sunday 10 June 2012

St Patrick's Church Masses

Mon 11th June 8 am; Tues 12th June 8 am; Wed 13th June 9 am; Sat 16th June 11 am; Wed 20th June 9 am

St Patrick, Dudley Rd, Winson Green, Birmingham B18 7QN
Parking Northbrook Street over railway bridge

Monday 4 June 2012

Dudley Road Masses

Please note over the next few days (Mon & Tues BH: 8am and Weds 9am) there will be Low Masses at St Patrick's, Winson Green.

There will also be a Mass at 11am on Saturday June 9th.

(Parking Northbrook Street over railway bridge)

Saturday 26 May 2012

Extraordinary Form Mass for Primary School Children

Melanie Bullivant has the following report:

On Thursday 24th May 2012, Fr. George Grynowski celebrated Mass according to the usus antiquior for the Junior school children of St. John Fisher Primary School, West Heath, Birmingham.

It was the second annual Extraordinary Form Mass with the children and was preceded by an assembly in school the day before, during which Fr. George gave the children a short talk about the history of the Mass and explained the differences between the Ordinary and Extraordinary forms.

Today’s Low Mass included three commentaries, which the children read before the Offertory, before the Canon and after Holy Communion.

The Regina Caeli was sung after Mass, following a request from one of the children in the assembly. The children completed a written reflection about the Mass when they returned to school. The many positive comments included, “I liked that it was spoken in Latin, how it should be all the time”; “It is silent and more peaceful” and “It was quiet which gave me more time to pray”. One third of the children in Year 5 said they preferred Mass in the Extraordinary Form.

Friday 18 May 2012

Traditional Latin Confirmations

Bishop David McGough, auxiliary of Birmingham archdiocese for Staffordshire; confirmed six youngsters on Sunday 13th May according to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Pontificale, at St Joseph's Church in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent.

The Sacrament of Confirmation is the last of the Catholic Rites of Initiation, usually following Baptism and First Holy Communion. It is traditionally administered by the local Bishop, and provision in the UK, using the Extraordinary Form, has been very sparse. It is usually only an annual ceremony in London organised by the Latin Mass Society.

The Bishop entered the sanctuary in simple procession, with cope, mitre and crozier, flanked by Deacons and Acolytes ready to take his pontificalia in veiled hands. As the Bishop sat in throne on the Epistle side of the sanctuary, the confirmands approached with their sponsors to receive the sacrament whilst knelt in prayer.

His Lordship, having imparted the Pontifical blessing, returned to the Sacristy to prepare for Mass.

After the ceremony the regular Sunday evening Mass, commemorating the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, was sung in its solemn form before His Lordship who sat in Choir. He preached on various issues at large today, and of particular significance to 'traditionalists', which were clearly heartfelt.

The parish church, recently having undergone urgent structural repairs, is under the care of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate; an order famed for their 'Day with Mary' outreach, and their regular use of the Old Roman Rite.

The evening culminated in a hearty supper prepared by regulars to the Franciscan's family days, which happen once per month. It was truly an honour to have such ceremony outside the Capital, and our particular thanks go to Fr Agnellus Murphy (parish priest) and His Lordship, who made the day possible.

Wednesday 18 April 2012

St George

Next Monday, April 23rd 2012, there will be a Low Mass at 1830hrs at St John Fisher, West Heath.

Sunday 18 March 2012

Masses at St Patricks, Winson Green

Low Masses here are variable, which I will try to keep up to date on the calendar (see right sidebar). However, Fr Talbot has a website which he updates weekly which will show any Latin Masses being said.

Just head on over to http://www.anthonytalbot.com/masses.htm

Sunday 26 February 2012

One-off Mass Change

There will be no Mass at West Heath on Friday 9th March 2012; Fr George will instead say Mass on Thursday 8th March at 6:30pm for this one week only.

Tuesday 21 February 2012

Ash Wednesday Low Mass

Imposition of Ashes

St Patricks, 106 Dudley Rd, Birmingham B18 7QN
Wednesday 22nd February 2012 at 9am
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