Monday, March 26, 2012
Bishop Amigo, our bishop in the first half of the twentieth century had a plan to build a church every mile in the city and every three miles in the country, he was more or less successful.
Catholics who want the Traditional Mass in this part of Sussex have to be mobile; willing to travel thirty or so miles. For the past few months I have been celebrating a Traditional Mass at 9am every Sunday, it was an experiment, it all started off rather well, a congregation of up to thirty and a generous collection.
Those who travel are used to going from church to church in the course of a month, my own parishioners tend to not be early risers, lately the numbers have been dropping to less than a dozen people, so I have decided to end the experiment on Easter day. I am sad, it was a beautiful way of beginning a Sunday.
Our Sunday Mass schedule has been
Traditional Mass at 9am,
a sung Mass at 10.30,
a Polish Mass at 12.30, always with confessions, often with devotions beforehand
an evening Mass at 5pm.
Before that there was a Traditional Mass 6pm on the third Sunday, which being the last Mass of the day seemed to attract quite a few younger people. The thing was, that I disliked, was that it was hardly worth taking my vestments off between Masses.
Somewhere, if I could find a choir and servers, I would like to celebrate a Missa Cantata: for those brought up on the Novus Ordo, doing nothing but praying at Mass can be a bit of a shock.
During the lighter evenings we shall return to an evening monthly Mass on the third Sunday, perhaps at 6.30pm but I would like to do more.
Posted by Fr Ray Blake