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Visit to London of His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke

I am sure that by now you would have seen the photographs from the Pontifical High Requiem Mass, however, just in case you haven’t, here is the official LMS press release.

More than 300 people gathered to watch Cardinal Raymond Burke confer the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Traditional Rite at St James’, Spanish Place on Saturday, 14th November. The service was followed by Pontifical Benediction. 36 people (adults and children) were confirmed. The LMS thanks Fr Christopher Colven, the Rector of Spanish Place, for his hospitality.

In the afternoon, the Cardinal celebrated our Annual Requiem Mass in Westminster Cathedral, joined by a congregation of 500+.

The LMS is very grateful to all the priests and servers who generously gave of their time to assist in these celebrations.

LMS Chairman Joseph Shaw said: “For our fiftieth anniversary year, the Latin Mass Society was very honoured to have Cardinal Burke as our guest in London. [The Cardinal’s] fidelity to the teaching and discipline of the Church is an inspiration to Catholics all over the world, and all the public events he took part in were very well attended. We are grateful also to Cardinal Nichols for his hospitality in allowing Cardinal Burke offer Mass and celebrate the sacrament of confirmation in his diocese.”

A selection of photographs (courtesy of Daniel Blackman) can be seen here, with additional photographs (courtesy of Joseph Shaw) here.

Annual Requiem Mass at Westminster Cathedral

His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta

His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta

The Latin Mass Society’s Annual Requiem Mass for the repose of the souls of all deceased members will take place at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday 14th November at 2.00pm

Before Mass, a wreath will be laid at the tomb of Cardinal Heenan, in grateful thanks for his role in helping to preserve the Traditional Mass in England and Wales.

This year, the celebrant will be His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, who is the Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.

Month of the Holy Souls

A Requiem Mass will be offered for the Holy Souls in Purgatory on Saturday 28th November 2015 at Our Ladye and Saint Michael, Abergavenny – 11.30am – Click here to find the address.

Please Note: The Mass may be a Missa Cantata or a Low Mass.

Annual Requiem Mass

imageOur annual Requiem Mass will take place at the chaplaincy on Thursday 20th November 2014 at the earlier time of 5.45pm. Please make a note of this change.

If you know anyone who is not on email or the Internet who would like to come along please let them know it is taking place in the chapel. For directions please visit our ‘Mass Times’ page.

Father Jones will be the celebrant (Low Requiem Mass).

Requiem Mass for Richard Collins

A Requiem Mass for Richard Collins will be held on Tuesday 21st October at 12 noon at St David’s and St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, Dew Street, 9 Fountain Row, Haverfordwest, SA61 1SX.  This will be followed by a funeral breakfast – details will be provided on the day.

If you are attending the Requiem Mass please let the family know by posting a comment on the ‘Linen on the Hedgerow’ post, by clicking here.

We are also appealing for additional singers for the Requiem Mass, please let us know if you are able to help.

We were greatly supported by The Paul Sartori Foundation whilst Richard was ill.  We received extraordinary compassionate care from wonderful hospice nurses in the nights leading up to Richard’s death.  As such, in lieu of flowers, we would request any donations to be made to The Paul Sartori Foundation.  Donations may be sent c/o The Treasurer, The Paul Sartori Foundation, 31 Haven Road, Haverfordwest, SA61 1DU.

Enquiries can be made to Roy Folland & Son Funeral Directors, 01437 763821.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE REPOSE OF HIS SOUL AND REMEMBER RICHARD’S FAMILY IN YOUR PRAYERS.

A guide to ensure you have a Traditional Requiem Mass at your Funeral

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A INVALUABLE GUIDE TO ENSURING TO YOU HAVE THE TRADITIONAL MASS AT YOUR FUNERAL

This booklet explains about the right of Catholics to request a Funeral Mass according to the Traditional Catholic liturgy: the ‘Extraordinary Form’ or Vetus Ordo, the Traditional Latin Mass.

If you are considering this and are not a member of the Latin Mass Society, joining us will not only show your support for our work but will also make it easier for us to give whatever help is necessary to those organising your funeral. Not only will we already know about you, and (if you tell us), about your detailed wishes, but given our finite resources we naturally give priority to deceased members.

You can join the Latin Mass Society through our website, by phone, or by post.


The Church exhorts us, as do many of the great spiritual writers, regularly to think of our last end, and frequently to meditate on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgement, Heaven and Hell.

It’s easy in one’s earlier years to put off such thoughts. Even if we do devote some thought to such matters, there is a strong sense of distance between us and the ends of our lives.

As one gets older, however, thoughts of one’s own mortality begin to preoccupy us more and more. For Catholics attached to the Traditional Latin Mass, one aspect of this that gives many cause for worry is the question: ‘What sort of funeral will I end up with?’. ‘End up with’ is all too frequently what happens. One might have been a weekly attendee at the Extraordinary Form in life, but in death, because of ignorance on the part of family and friends, or lack of planning by the deceased, a traditional Catholic often ends up with a funeral that has been turned away from the Church’s intention of praying for the soul of the deceased to get to Heaven, into a ‘celebration’ of their life, complete with white vestments, inappropriate music, and no one, but no one, praying for the repose of his/her soul. How many souls are kept in Purgatory because there is no one to pray for them, or to have Masses offered for them? Well, there is a solution, and it can be summed up as follows: The Latin Mass Society.

Requiem Mass for a deceased LMS member at St James's, Spanish PlaceIf you are a member of the LMS, apart from the important fact of supporting our on-going work of campaigning for the Traditional Mass and much else besides (see this recent blog post by our Chairman for more on that subject and here and here), when it comes to your death, we are here to help, if we possibly can.

For a start, every year, we have a Pontifical High Mass of Requiem offered in Westminster Cathedral for the repose of the souls of all our deceased members. So if you were an LMS member at the time of your death, you will have Masses offered for your soul in Purgatory every year, for ever. Secondly, if we are able to do so, we will try to ensure that you receive a fitting funeral. However, this very much depends upon you, our members, making appropriate arrangements for your funeral in advance.

But what are ‘appropriate arrangements’? What exactly needs to be arranged? For many Catholics, that has been far from clear…until now. The LMS has produced: A Guide to ensuring you have the Traditional Mass at your Funeral. It contains advice on the best ways to ensure that you get precisely that: what you need to do now, whom you need to speak to, and what is necessary. In compiling this invaluable booklet, we have taken legal advice on the best approach for our members to follow. The booklet also details the various liturgical options within the Traditional Roman Rite for your Requiem. It includes notes on the authoratative teaching of the Church, and on what is permitted (and NOT permitted) in the Traditional Rite, as well as much other advice.

Traditional funeral for deceased LMS member

We are the only organisation in Britain offering this level of expert advice and information to its members on this important subject. It is just one of the many ways in which the LMS is becoming more necessary with the passing of time.

If you would like to download a hard copy of the booklet, for FREE, click here!

If you would like a hard copy of the booklet for £2.00, you can order one by clicking here! The booklet is made to a high standard and quality and is worth the money.

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