Stabat Mater Menevia

Stabat Mater Menevia
We praise you O Lord and we bless you, for by thy Holy Cross thou hast redeemed the world

Friday, 30 December 2016

Octave of the Nativity and the Circumcision of Our Lord

The Octave day of the Nativity and the Circumcision of Our Lord takes place this Sunday.

A Missa Cantata will take place on Sunday , 1st January at Sacred Heart Morriston, at 3 p.m.

The Newcastle Emlyn school will be singing, and the music will include the following.

Common of the Mass - Mass II (Kyrie Fons Bonitatis)
Propers of the Mass - Plainchant/ C. Rossini
Hymns,   Adeste Fidelis, Jesu Redemptor Omnium
Marian Anthem.   Alma Redemptoris Mater

In addition a plenary indulgence can be obtained under the traditional conditions, plus the singing of Veni Creator Spiritus.  Adoration of the Bambino will also take place after Holy Mass.

Please join us on this joyful occasion during the Christmas season.  There will be an opportunity for refreshments in the Sacred Heart Centre after Holy Mass.

May we take this opportunity to wish you a Happy and Holy New Year and thank you for your continued support of the Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form within the Menevia Diocese.

A traditional  prayer for New Year

O sacred and adorable Trinity, hear our prayers on behalf of our holy Father the Pope, our Bishops, our clergy, and for all that are in authority over us. Bless, we beseech Thee, during the coming year, the whole Catholic Church; convert heretics and unbelievers; soften the hearts of sinners so that they may return to Thy friendship; give prosperity to our country and peace among the nations of the world; pour down Thy blessings upon our friends, relatives, and acquaintances, and upon our enemies, if we have any; assist the poor and the sick; have pity on the souls of those whom this year has taken from us; and do Thou be merciful to those who during the coming year will be summoned before Thy judgment seat. May all our actions be preceded by Thy inspirations and carried on by Thy assistance, so that all our prayers and works, having been begun in Thee, may likewise be ended through Thee. Amen.

Friday, 16 December 2016

Fourth Sunday of Advent - Missa Cantata at Sacred Heart, Morriston

A Missa Cantata for the Fourth Sunday of Advent will take place this Sunday, 18th December at 3 p.m. at Sacred Heart Morriston. 

We will sing the following :-

Propers -   Rossini propers of the fourth Sunday of Advent
Hymn   -  Creator Alme Siderum
Common of the Mass -  Mass XVII for Advent and Lent
Marian Anthem - Alma Redemptoris

Music provided by the Newcastle Emlyn Schola

Please join us for tea and coffee in the Sacred Heart Centre after Holy Mass.

Advance notice,  we will also sing on New Year's Day at 3 p.m. also at Sacred Heart, where we shall have the Mass within the Octave of the Nativity.  Further details will appear on the site.

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Second Sunday of Advent 4th December

A reminder that Holy Mass will take place at Sacred Heart, Morriston at 3pm this Sunday.

Tea and Coffee will be available after the Mass.

For further details of Mass Tomes, please continue to view the page on the site.

A good summary of the Advent Season can be found on the following link, from the Traditional Parish of the Maternal Heart in Australia.

Season of Advent

"Stir up the wills of Thy faithful people, we beseech Thee, O Lord: that more earnest- ly seeking the fruit of good works, they may receive more abundantly the gifts of Thy loving kindness"

Collect from the 24th and last Sunday after Pentecost

Monday, 21 November 2016

Website Apologies

Dear Friends,

Please accept my apologies for the mistake on the Mass Time for yesterday.  It mistakenly posted the Holy Mass at Sacred Heart at 6 pm instead of 3 p.m.

I understand that some people arrived at the published time instead of the actual time, for which I apologise for the wasted journey.

As a general rule, Holy Mass at Sacred Heart will be at 3 p.m. on the days advertised, and at 6 p.m. at St. Therese on the days advertised.  If you notice anything strange about the times that is not explained, I am more than happy to be contacted.  You can call me on 07790 579473 or email me at

Wishing you a peaceful week.  Our next Holy Mass in the EF will be on the second Sunday of Advent, 4th December at 3 p.m.

Best Wishes

Tom Sharpling

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Times of Mass until the end of 2016

Please see the page entitled "Mass Times" for the schedule between now and the end of the Year. Mass Times will be reviewed again for 2017 and further information published when it is available. Your continued support of the Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form is valued, and indeed essential, if the provision of the Extraordinary Form Mass is to continue in the longer term. Our priests who offer this Mass do so as an extra service over and above their normal parish duties, and this is subject to the demands on their time within their normal parish work. It is therefore appreciated if as many people could attend the Mass as possible to indicate our support.

Friday, 4 November 2016

Holy Mass of 25th Sunday After Pentecost

Holy Mass will take place this Saturday, 5th November, at Sacred Heart, Morriston, 5pm.

This will be the final occasion on which the Mass in the Extraordinary Form will be celebrated on a Saturday evening.

From Advent onwards, the Mass on the first weekend of the month will take place on Sunday at 3pm at Sacred Heart.  Please continue use to check your emails or visit the site for up to date information.

The propers of the Mass of 25th after Pentecost will be those of the 5th Sunday after the Epiphany.

There will be refreshments after the Mass in the Sacred Heart Centre, all are welcome.

Sunday, 30 October 2016

All Saints Day - Tuesday 1st November 2016

Holy Mass - All Saints Day

Will be offered at 6 p.m. on Tuesday 1st November at Sacred Heart, Morriston.

A Prayer for All Saints Day

How shining and splendid are your gifts, O Lord
which you give us for our eternal well-being
Your glory shines radiantly in your saints, O God
In the honour and noble victory of the martyrs.
The white-robed company follow you,
bright with their abundant faith;
They scorned the wicked words of those with this world's power.
For you they sustained fierce beatings, chains, and torments,
they were drained by cruel punishments.
They bore their holy witness to you
who were grounded deep within their hearts;
they were sustained by patience and constancy.
Endowed with your everlasting grace,
may we rejoice forever
with the martyrs in our bright fatherland.
O Christ, in your goodness,
grant to us the gracious heavenly realms of eternal life.
Unknown author, 10th century

Month of November

The month of November is dedicated to the Holy Souls in Purgatory. The Church commemorates all her faithful children who have departed from this life, but have not yet attained the joys of heaven. St. Paul warns us that we must not be ignorant concerning the dead, nor sorrowful, "even as others who have no hope ... For the Lord Himself shall come down from heaven ... and the dead who are in Christ shall rise. 
The Church has always taught us to pray for those who have gone into eternity. Even in the Old Testament prayers and alms were offered for the souls of the dead by those who thought "well and religiously concerning the resurrection." It was believed that "they who had fallen asleep with godliness had great grace laid up for them" and that "it is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins." We know that a defiled soul cannot enter into heaven.
Excerpted from Liturgical Meditations, The Sisters of St. Dominic 

More About Praying for the faithful departed

The earliest Scriptural reference to prayers for the dead comes in the second book of Maccabees. The books of Maccabees were among the latest written books found in the Old Testament. They recount the struggle of the Jewish people for freedom against the Seleucid Empire, around 100-200 years before the birth of Christ. They are written from an Orthodox Jewish point of view. The second book of Maccabees tells how Judas Maccabee, the Jewish leader, led his troops into battle in 163 B.C. When the battle ended he directed that the bodies of those Jews who had died be buried. As soldiers prepared their slain comrades for burial, they discovered that each was wearing an amulet taken as booty from a pagan Temple. This violated the law of Deuteronomy and so Judas and his soldiers prayed that God would forgive the sin these men had committed (II Maccabees 12:39-45). 
This is the first indication in the Bible of a belief that prayers offered by the living can help free the dead from any sin that would separate them from God in the life to come. It is echoed in the New Testament when Paul offers a prayer for a man named Onesiphorus who had died: “May the Lord grant him to find mercy from the Lord on that day”(II Timothy 1:18). The cavelike tombs under the city of Rome, which we call catacombs, bear evidence that members of the Roman Christian community gathered there to pray for their fellow followers of Christ who lay buried there. By the fourth century prayers for the dead are mentioned in Christian literature as though they were already a longstanding custom. 
The practice of praying for the dead is rooted first in Christian belief in the everlasting life promised in Jesus’ teachings and foreshadowed by his disciple’s experience that God had raised him from the dead. After death, even though separated from our earthly body, we yet continue a personal existence. It is as living persons that God invites us into a relationship whose life transcends death. 
Praying for the dead has further origins in our belief in the communion of saints. Members of this community who are living often assist each other in faith by prayers and other forms of spiritual support. Christians who have died continue to be members of the communion of saints. We believe that we can assist them by our prayers, and they can assist us by theirs. 
Our prayers for the dead begin at the moment of death. Often family members will gather in prayer around the bedside of the person who has died. The Order of Christian Funerals includes a Vigil Service for the deceased, which can be held in the home, in the church, or in a funeral home chapel, the funeral Mass and the Rite of Committal (which generally takes place at the burial site). The prayers express hope that God will free the person who has died from any burden of sin and prepare a place for him or her in heaven. Death remains a mystery for us–a great unknown. Yet Christian language evokes a hopeful imagination in the presence of death, an assurance that our love, linked to Christ’s love, can help bridge whatever barriers might keep those whom we love from fully enjoying the presence of a loving and life-giving God. 

Prayer Resources

Can be found on the following link 

Saturday, 15 October 2016

22nd Sunday after Pentecost - 3pm Sacred Heart Morriston

Holy Mass will take place tomorrow on 22nd Sunday After Pentecost (16th October) at 3 p.m. at Sacred Heart Morriston.

Due to vacations,  the next scheduled time for Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form after 16th October will be on the Feast of All Saints, Tuesday 1st November.  Details to be confirmed.

Many Thanks for your continued support of the Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form within the Diocese of Menevia

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Times of Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form from 1st Sunday of Advent

Calendar Update

There will be a change in Mass Times for the Holy Mass in the extraordinary form at Sacred Heart, Morriston,  starting on the first Sunday of Advent 2016. 

This is due to an additional pastoral requirement to provide a weekly Saturday evening parish Mass for those who are working on shift at the hospital.

From Sunday 27th November (1st Sunday in Advent) there will no longer be Holy Mass on the first Saturday of each month.   The Saturday 5 p.m. Mass will transfer to the first Sunday of the month at 3 p.m.

Until Sunday 27th November, there will be Saturday evening Mass in the Extraordinary Form on the following occasions.

Saturday 1st October, 5 p.m.
Saturday 6th November,  5 p.m.

Please see the page on Mass Times for an updated and current list of forthcoming times and events.

Vigil Mass of Our Lady of the Rosary (1st October) , Benediction and Harvest Supper

Holy Mass will take place on Saturday 1st October, 5 p.m. at Sacred Heart, Morriston.

The propers will be those of the Solemnity of Our Lady of the Rosary.

Father has kindly planned Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament after Holy Mass.

Following this, you are all invited to take part in the Harvest Supper of the parish of the Sacred Heart, in the Parish Centre.

There is no specific charge, however an idea of numbers would be appreciated, to assist those who are providing the catering.  If you would like to stay, please let me know by email,

An interesting link about the Month of the Holy Rosary can be found below.

Month of the Holy Rosary

As we enter the month of the Holy Rosary, let us fervently pray the following , which is from the collect of the Mass

"Grant, we beseech thee that by meditating upon these mysteries of the most holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen".

Friday, 16 September 2016

Holy Mass on Sunday 18th September

Holy Mass for the 18th Sunday after Pentecost will be celebrated on Sunday 18th September at 3pm. At Sacred Heart Morriston.

Refreshments will be available after Mass in the Parish Centre.

Please see the following link for a useful summary of this season.

Sundays after Pentecost

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Welcome back and Holy Mass on Saturday 3rd September

A warm welcome back to the site, and to the Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form in Menevia. For those who have been away, we hope you return refreshed physically, mentally and spiritually.

We will have Holy Mass on Saturday 3rd September at 5pm at Sacred Heart , Morriston.

This will be the vigil Mass for the 16th Sunday after Pentcost.

We look forward to seeing you there, and there will be the normal opportunity for tea and coffee after the Mass in the Parish Centre.

Going forward, we will publish a more detailed timetable as soon as this is agreed.

Saturday, 16 July 2016

9th Sunday after Pentecost and Clergy Holidays

Tomorrow, 3 p.m. at Sacred Heart Morriston, we will have our final Holy Mass in the Extraordinary form before the Summer Break. 

Many thanks for your support of the Mass over the past year.  In particular, thanks to our Priests without whom we would have no Mass. As ever, please see details on the Latin Mass Society Website of any Mass Times that you may be able to avail yourselves of during the holiday period.

You can link to the site of the Latin mass society here.

There will be no Mass during the month of August, and we shall return in September, exact dates to be published on the site.

May we take this opportunity to wish you a happy and blessed Summer break, and let us take the opportunity to pray above all for peace in our world, the Church, our Holy Father Pope Francis and that more of our holy Priests may wish to celebrate the Mass in the Extraordinary Form in the future.

Friday, 1 July 2016

Vigil Mass of 7th Sunday after Pentecost

Holy Mass will be offered at Sacrd Heart Chuch, Morriston tomorrow, Saturday 2nd July at 5 p.m.

The propers will be those of the 7th Sunday after Pentecost.

Please join us if able in the Sacred Heart Centre after Mass for refreshments.

Many Thanks to those who supported the Missa Cantata on the Feast of Ss. Peter and Paul earlier in the week, and, above all,  to Father for celebrating the Mass. We were once again fortunate to have two visiting servers as well as the Newcastle Emlyn Schola to lead the music.  It was as joyful a celebration of the Feast as we have experienced in Menevia.

Thanks  again to you all!

Friday, 24 June 2016

Vigil Mass for the Feast of Ss. Peter and Paul - Tuesday 28th June

Holy Mass will be offered on the vigil of Ss. Peter and Paul this coming Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church, Morriston, Swansea.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Holy Mass on Sunday 19th June - 5th Sunday after Pentecost

Holy Mass will take place at Sacred Heart, Morriston on Sunday 19th June at 3 p.m.

There will be an opportunity for refreshments after Mass in the Sacred Heart Centre

Professor Robin Whatley R.I.P

Many of our readers may already know that Professor Robin Whatley, a faithful supporter of the Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form in Menevia sadly passed away on Saturday 4th June.

The details of the reception of the body and the Requiem Mass are as below 

Friday 24th June, 5.30 p.m.  Reception of the body at St, Michael's Church, Aberystwyth followed by Low Mass.

Saturday 25th June, 11.30 a.m.,  Sung Requiem Mass at St. Michael's Church, Aberystwyth, followed by the burial service at the Hafod cemetery. 

Celebrant.  Father Jason Jones

We pray for the repose of the soul of Robin and for his family at this time. 

St. Michael's Church , Aberystwyth
Laura Place 
SY23 2AU

Tel. 01970 617184


Hafod Church is on the boundary of the Hafod Estate, 15 miles (24km) from Aberystwyth. The estate car park is on the B4574 between Pontrhydygroes and Cwmystwyth. The nearest postcode is SY25 6DX.

Friday, 3 June 2016

External Feast of the Sacred Heart - Feast of the First Class

Holy Mass will be offered on Saturday 4th June at 5 p.m at Sacred Heart in Morriston.

The propers will be those of the Feast of the Sacred Heart.

Before Holy Mass, the Parish will be concluding the annual forty hours devotion, on the Feast of the Sacred Heart, and there will be an opportunity to attend sung benediction at 4.45 pm for those who are able to do so.

There is also a talk which all are welcome to attend at 3pm.

Finally, tea and coffee will be served after Holy Mass in the Sacred Heart Centre.

All are welcome to attend the above events.

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Corpus Christi 2016 Thanks

Many Thanks to those who attended Holy Mass on Corpus Christi, and to those who assisted with the serving and the choir.  Particular thanks go to Andrew, Liam and Patrick from the Diocese of Cardiff for giving up their time to travel to the Mass and lead the serving.

As part of the celebration, Father had constructed three outside altars, at which the procession paused while hymns were sung and prayers were recited. Special thanks to Father for preparing this beautiful celebration.

During his homily, Father spoke about the institution of the Feast of Corpus Christi.  Though the Eucharist was instituted on Maundy Thursday at the Last Supper, we are given this special feast so that the real presence in the Blessed Sacrament can be celebrated without the sadness associated with Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.  The feasts importance in having its own octave in the traditional calendar was mentioned.

The celebration of the Feast of Corpus Christi has become an annual event in the Diocese of Menevia and indeed it was the only Missa Cantata to be celebrated on this occasion within the whole of Wales.

Tom Sharpling
(LMS Representative Diocese of Menevia)

2nd Sunday after Pentecost - Sunday 29th May

A quick reminder that Low Mass will be offered at Sacred Heart, Morriston today, Sunday 29th May at 3 p.m.   There will be an opportunity for refreshments after the Mass.

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Annual Corpus Christi Mass and Procession

Holy Mass followed by a procession and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament will take place on Thursday 26th May at 7 p.m.   Sacred Heart R.C Church, Morriston Swansea.

Please see the poster below for further details.

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Pentecost Sunday - 9th June Sacred Heart Morriston 4 p.m.

Pentecost Sunday - 9th June  2019

A Missa Cantata will be celebrated on Pentecost Sunday,  Sunday 9th May at 4 p.m. at Sacred Heart, Morriston.

The following musical will be sung, 

Vidi Aquam
Propers for Pentecost Sunday,   Rossini and Plainsong
Mass 1 for Paschal Time
Sequence for Pentecost
Hymn - Veni Creator Spiritus
Regina Caeli

Refreshments will be served after Mass in the Sacred Heart Centre.  All are welcome.

It is a delight once again to be able to have a Missa Cantata and thanks go to Canon Jason Jones and also to Andrew Butcher who has kindly agreed to serve the Mass on Sunday.

We look forward to seeing as many people as possible at the Mass.  If you are keen to sing at this Mass with the schola,  you are most welcome,  please let us know in advance by email or phone/text so we can have the right number of copies with us.

Month of Our Lady - Traditional Resources

We have added a page of traditional resources during the Month of Our Lady, which you may find useful.

Holy Mass Sunday 8th May - St Therese, time correction

please note that Mass at Port Talbot will take place at 6pm today, Sunday 8th, not at 7pm as previously advertised.  Apologies for any inconvenience.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Easter to Corpus Christi 2016

All are welcome to the Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form at the following times.   Generally, there are refreshments served in the Parish Centre after Holy Mass in Morriston, apart from the Thursday evening Mass, and you are most welcome to come and meet others who attend the Mass on a regular basis. 

We are grateful to our Priests who offer the Mass in the Extraordinary Form in Menevia

Father Jason Jones,   Sacred Heart , Morriston 

Father Paul Brophy, St. Therese , Sandfields, Port Talbot.

If you would like to find out general information, please contact the representatives of the Latin Mass Society ,   If you would like to contact a Priest, please see the tab on Locations of the Mass in Menevia for contact details.

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Second Sunday After Easter

Holy Mass will take place at St. Therese, Sandfields, Port Talbot at 6 p.m. today, for the second Sunday after Easter.

For new visitors, please see the tab on the locations of Holy Mass in Menevia for travelling directions.

Friday, 1 April 2016

Divine Mercy Sunday

Holy Mass will be offered at 5 p.m. on Saturday 2nd April at Sacred Heart Morriston on the occasion of Divine Mercy Sunday.  

There will be the opportunity for confessions on this occasion.

Refreshments will be available in the Sacred Heart Centre after Holy Mass.

There will be the opportunity for confessions on this occasion.

Friday, 18 March 2016

Gregorian Chant for Palm Sunday

Holy Mass on Palm Sunday - 20th March 2016

Missa Cantata on Palm Sunday

3pm.  Sacred Heart R.C. Church , Morriston.

Celebrant .  Fr. Jason Jones

Entrance and blessing of palms and the procession before Holy Mass.

Refreshments are available in the Sacred Heart Centre after Mass.  Your support for this Mass is greatly appreciated,

The Newcastle Elyn Schola will be singing, and the music will be as follows .

Common of the Mass ,   Mass XVII (For Advent and Lent)
Propers of the Mass    ,   Plainsong except the Gradual and Tract (Rossini)
Motet                           ,  Adoramus Te (Palestrina)
Congregational Hymn ,  Attende Domine       

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Holy Mass for 4th Sunday in Lent

Holy Mass will take place at Sacred Heart , Morriston at 5 p.m. this Saturday, 5th March.

For further Mass Times, please see the page on the website.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

New Regular Mass in Menevia Starting on 1st Sunday in Lent

New Regular Monthly Mass Time

By the kind offer of Fr. Paul Brophy,  we are pleased to announce that there will be a regular Mass at St. Therese, Sandfields, Port Talbot,  on the SECOND Sunday of each month,  starting on the First Sunday of Lent, at 6 p.m.

For those able to travel to this Mass, your support is greatly appreciated.

For detailed directions of how to get to the church, please see the tab for locations of the Holy Mass in Menevia. The post code and full address and telephone number are given.

Holy Mass Times - Quinquigesima Sunday and 1st Sunday of Lent

Season of Lent 2016

Holy Mass will be offered at the following times and venues

Saturday 6th February (Vigil Mass for Quinquagesima Sunday), Low Mass at Sacred Heart, Morriston at 5 p.m.

Wednesday 10th February, Ash Wednesday, Low Mass at Sacred Heart, Morriston, 12 noon

Sunday 14th February , First Sunday in Lent, Low Mass at St. Therese of Lisieux, Port Talbot 6 p.m.

Sunday 21st February , Second Sunday in Lent, Low Mass at Sacred Heart, Morriston, at 3 p.m.

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Holy Mass on Sexagesima Sunday

A Missa Cantata will be offered on Sexagesima Sunday at 2.30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Morriston, Swansea,   Sunday 31st January.

Please note carefully the revised time of this Mass, which differs from the usual Sunday Mass Time.

Music for the Mass will be as follows

Propers - Plainsong except Gradual and Tract , Rossini
Common - Mass XI - Orbis Factor
Offertory Hymn (Audi Benigne Conditor)
Communion Motet - Adoramus Te (Palestrina)
Alma Redemptoris

As ever, your support for this Mass will be greatly appreciated.  Refreshments will be served in the Sacred Heart Centre after Mass.

Please also see this link about the Traditional Catholic Calendar and the Season of Septuagesima, which includes the three Sundays before Lent.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Forthcoming Masses in the Season of the Epiphany and Septuagesima

Please note the following times,  which are ameded times , and different from those that may have been previously published.

Second Sunday after the Epiphany,  vigil Mass  (Low Mass) to be held at 5pm.   On Saturday 16th January

Sexagesima Sunday, Sung Mass at 2.30 pm. On Sunday 31st January

Mass to be held at Sacred Heart Church, Morriston, Swansea