Thursday 27 March 2014

Regular Latin Mass Being Celebrated in Yeovil

Fr Jean-Patrice Coulon who moved to The Holy Ghost Church in Yeovil last year, where he was previously a curate, is celebrating a regular Latin Mass every Friday at 6:00pm. 

The Holy Ghost Church was built between 1894 and 1899 as  the original parish Church of St John the Baptists was closed down during the Reformation and the people became mainly Protestant.  During the Reformation there were only a handful of recusants living in the town and they had to travel to Wincanton or Sherborne to receive the Sacraments.   

In 1887, Charles Gatty, the editor of the Western Chronicle,  a convert to the Catholic  faith who had recently moved to the town, persuaded the Bishop to allow Mass to be said and this took place in his own drawing room, which was converted into a Chapel.  The Masses were celebrated by the Carmelite Fathers of Wincanton.  The congregation soon expanded and the Chapel became too small so in 1888 Charles Gatty rented the Chantry, close to St John's Church.  The Bishop of Clifton celebrated Mass there on the feast of St John the Baptist and this greatly increased the amount of interest shown by the people of Yeovil in the Mass. 

By 1896 Yeovil had a Parish Priest Fr Scoles, (later Canon) who was also an architect and he was instrumental in the development of the new Church.

The Holy Ghost Church was built in the Early English style in rock-faced limestone under a red clay roof.  The Church still retains its original altar rails on the main altar but they were not correctly positioned.

The Mass takes place in the Lady Chapel, if you are in the area or visiting please do go along and support this Parish Mass.


Monday 24 March 2014

LMS video on the Manner of Receiving Communion

Please see below a link to the latest LMS video is on The Manner of Receiving Holy Communion, and briefly covers the history and reasons behind the traditional practice of receiving on the tongue and kneeling. At a time when, in the Ordinary Form, obstacles are still often placed in the way of Catholics wishing to receive in the normative way, it is good to be aware of the facts behind the centuries-old practice of the Latin Church.

Wednesday 19 March 2014

Missa Cantata to celebrate the Annunciation of The Blessed Virgin Mary (Lady Day)

This is a reminder that there will be a Missa Cantata at the Church of SS Joseph & Teresa, Wells on Tuesday, 25th March at 7:30 pm to celebrate the Annunciation.
If you are in the area or visiting please do come along and support this Mass.

Saturday 15 March 2014

Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge at Downside

The Associates of the Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge will be joining with the community at Downside to sing the liturgy during the weekend of Saturday 29th to Monday 31st March 2014.  The Schola is grateful to Abbot Aidan and the Benedictine community for their welcome to Downside Abbey, where we will spend two days singing and worshipping in the magnificent surroundings of Downside's church.

Our director, Christopher Hodkinson, writes: The abbey church, one of England's greatest neo-gothic churches, has the distinction of being a minor basilica and is dedicated to our patron St Gregory the Great.  We are honoured to have been invited by the monks to join them in the choir to celebrate the Offices with them according to the Benedictine customs.

Anyone interested in Gregorian Chant can become an associate and take part in weekends like this.  On this occasion, the Schola also invites you to a short afternoon workshop session on Saturday 29th,, starting at 2:30pm, and culminating in singing Vespers with the monks in the abbey church at 6pm.

If you are interested in coming to this workshop, or want to find out more, please contact Paul Rouse on 0117 9374372, or the Schola Administrator on 01223 263063.  Alternatively, you can visit the web site

Tuesday 11 March 2014

LMS Video on the Silence in the Liturgy

The LMS has produced another short video, this time on the subject of ‘Silence in the Liturgy’. Silence is one of the most clearly observable differences, to the casual observer, between the Extraordinary and Ordinary Forms of the Mass, and the video, we hope, goes some way to explaining the traditional practice.

To view the video please use the following link: