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

Monday, 21 December 2020


 Hello all,

After much thought and consideration for people's safety, Father Liam has decided not to open the church for a public Mass on Sunday 27th December.

To be clear, there is no EF Holy Mass on Sunday 27th. so please do not travel to Haverfordwest.

These decisions are very difficult to make in a fast-changing situation and we are very mindful of the pressures our priests have to face - our disappointment has to be put aside for the moment.

However, the sacrifice of the Mass is streamed online from a wide range of places and you can find details on the LMS website:

We follow the Dome of Home who have a full schedule of Christmas liturgy, details of which are available here:

At the moment, our next Mass is planned for Sunday January 3rd in Morriston but we will keep you posted of any changes.

Take care and Happy Christmas

Saturday, 19 December 2020

Reminder of Times of Holy Mass

 Reminder of Times of Holy Mass

A reminder about the times of Holy Mass for the remainder of December

The coronavirus regulations in Wales are changing. 

Places of worship however will still be able to hold public services,  subject to the usual conditions, however from December 28th,  there may be travel restrictions, meaning that people are not able to travel to different geographical areas from where they live.  We are waiting for further details. 

The planned times are as follows 

Sunday 20th December (4th Sunday of Advent),  

4 p.m.  

Sacred Heart,  Morriston

Propers of the Holy Mass of the fourth Sunday in Advent

Sunday 27th December (Sunday in the octave of Christmas) 

3 p.m.  

St, David and St. Patrick, Haverfordwest

Propers of the Holy Mass of the Sunday in the Octave of Christmas

On Christmas Day itself,  it may be impossible for many people to attend Holy Mass in person,  maybe due to the restricted number of people who are allowed to attend at any one time,  however, it is important to remember that Christmas is an Octave.

Archbishop George Stack writes about the Octave of Christmas

Derived from the Latin octave (eigth), the Christmas Octave is the eight-day period between the solemnities of Christmas Day (December 25th) and Mary, the Mother of God on January 1st. An octave can be traced back to the times of the Old Testament when celebrations such as the festival of booths lasted eight days. In the New Testament Christ's Resurrection happened eight days after his entry into Jerusalem. Because of this the number eight is considered in Christian thought as a symbol of the everlasting. The Octave was introduced into the liturgy of the Church in the fourth century after the date for Christmas was settled.

                                                                 And Finally

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a safe and peaceful Christmas.  Thank you very much for your support of the Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form and a particular thanks to our priests for their continued dedication to celebrating the Holy Mass in the traditional form :  Canon Jason Jones,  Father Paul Brophy and Father Liam Bradley.  Please follow the coronavirus regulations, stay safe and pray safe and don't place yourselves in any unnecessary danger,  especially if you are older and more vulnerable

Tom And Elaine Sharpling (Representatives of the LMS for the Menevia Diocese)

Friday, 27 November 2020

Times of Holy Mass 29th Nov to 27th Dec


Times of Holy Mass 29th Nov to 27th Dec

First Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form at Haverfordwest

Please see below for the schedule of Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form between now and the end of December. 

Any alterations to Holy Mass times or cancellations will appear here on the site,  so please check if travelling to ensure that the Mass is still taking place.

29th November     4 pm   Sacred Heart Morriston

6th   December      4 pm   Sacred Heart Morriston

13th December       6  pm   St Therese,  Sandfields,  Port Talbot

20th December       4 pm   Sacred Heart Morriston

27th December       3 pm  St Patrick and St David,  Haverfordwest

Sunday, 15 November 2020

Holy Mass at Haverfordwest 4 p.m. Sunday 22nd November


Holy Mass at Haverfordwest 4 p.m. Sunday 22nd November

By kind offer of Father Liam Bradley ,  Parish Priest of St David and St Patrick,  Haverfordwest,  Holy Mass in the extraordinary form will be offered next Sunday 22nd November at 4 p.m.

This will be the very first celebration of Holy Mass in the Extraordinary form at Haverfordwest and also the first celebrated by Father Liam Bradley. We are extremely grateful and would encourage as many people as possible to support the Mass.

A reminder that precautions due to COVID still apply.  People within the church should wear masks except when receiving communion,  and should check in at the entrance to the church to ensure that in the event of a contact tracing requirement,  we have all of your details.   

If you are travelling from Swansea,  could you please advise Tom or Elaine of your intention to travel by texting or phoning 07702 230983 or you can email

The propers will be of the 24th and Final Sunday after Pentecost.   The propers can be downloaded and printed by clicking here

"And He shall send His angels with a trumpet and a loud voice, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from the farthest parts of the heavens to the utmost bounds of them"

The details of the church,  for those who have not been before ,  is as follows 

Address9 Fountain Row, Haverfordwest SA61 1SX 

Phone01437 762284

Parking is to be found at the roadside or at the neighbouring St Thomas Car Park 

Confessions will be available before the celebration of Holy Mass, beginning at 3.30 p.m.

Sunday, 8 November 2020

Holy Mass on 15th November - VI Sunday remaining after Epiphany

 Holy Mass on 15th November - VI Sunday remaining after Epiphany

"The kingdom of heaven is like to leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, until the whole was leavened". 

We are pleased to advise that Holy Mass with public attendance will once again be able to be celebrated in Wales with effect from the beginning of this week, 

Holy Mass will take place next Sunday,  15th November at Sacred Heart , Morriston,  at 4 p.m. by kind permission of Canon Jason Jones.  

The propers of the Holy Mass will be those of the 6th Sunday after Epiphany,  which marks the time between All Saints and the 24th and final Sunday after Pentecost on 22nd November. We shall then enter the season of Advent.

In the traditional calendar, the season after Pentecost has a maximum of 24 weeks.  In some years,  there are more than 24 weeks after Pentecost,  and therefore the remaining weeks before the 24th and Final Sunday are marked by the translated readings of the Season after the Epiphany.

The propers of the Holy Mass can be found and downloaded and printed by looking at the link here

Click here for a  short sermon for the Mass

Holy Mass Resumes in Wales with effect from 9th November

Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form in Menevia

In accordance with Government guidelines,  the celebration of Holy Mass will resume for public worship tomorrow Monday 9th November, following the two week lockdown.

The normal rules will still apply to keep everybody safe which are 

  • If you are coming to Holy Mass for the first time and are not a regular attender,  please contact Elaine on 07702 230983 so we can book you in and allocate your seat.
  • Masks to be worn throughout the Mass apart from when receiving communion
  • Please sanitise benches after the Mass using the sanitiser provided

Saturday, 31 October 2020

Holy Mass Live Stream - All Souls Day Monday November 2nd 7.30 a.m.

Live-Streamed Mass 2nd November 2020 7.30 a.m.

A live-streamed Mass in the Extraordinary Form will be celebrated at 7.30 a.m. on Monday November 2nd,  from Sacred Heart Church,  Morriston, and by kind offer of Canon Jason Jones. 

This will be the first live-streamed Mass in the extraordinary form since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.  We would encourage as many people as possible to take advantage of this opportunity 

Due to the current lockdown arrangements throughout Wales, it will unfortunately not be possible for people to attend in person at the Church on this occasion.

Many thanks for your continued support of the Holy Mass.  As soon as we have further guidance from the Welsh Government regarding ongoing restrictions after 9th November,  we shall publish this on the website. 

To Access the Holy Mass at 7.30 a.m. on Monday  please click on the following link or type it into your browser

Please click here to find the propers of the All Souls Day Mass

Sunday, 11 October 2020

Holy Mass on Tuesday 13th October and Sunday 18th October

 Holy Mass on Tuesday 13th October and Sunday 18th October

For those who are able to travel to Sacred Heart Church Morriston during the current additional Coronavirus Restrictions,  Canon Jason Jones has kindly offered to celebrate Mass on these occasions

Tuesday 13th October at 7pm.   Low Mass

Commemoration of the final appearance of Our lady to the children at Fatima on October 13th 1917,  and the second anniversary of Corey Sharpling (22/7/97 - 13/10/18).

On this occasion,  new vestments will be blessed in memory Corey and will be used during the celebrations of Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form in the Menevia Diocese.

Corey's family will be present on this occasion.

Sunday 18th October at 4pm.   Low Mass

On this occasion,  we hope to welcome Father Liam Bradley,  Parish Priest of Saint David and Saint Patrick Haverfordwest, who will celebrate Mass in the Extraordinary Form for the first time.

Holy Mass will be of the 20th Sunday after Pentecost and is also known as Mission Sunday.

Today we hear in the Gospel about the faith of the ruler,  who believed in Jesus and whose son was healed from a fever.

The propers of the Holy Mass for this Sunday can be found here and this can be printed and brought along to the Mass if required,

We look forward to welcoming all who are able to attend Holy Mass on these two occasions. 

Please remember that the usual process applies regarding Coronavirus :

Masks must be worn when within the church.

Please contact Elaine on 07702 230983 by voice or text if you are coming to Holy Mass for the first time, se we can add you to the list and allocate a bench.  If you attend the Mass in the Extraordinary Form on a regular basis  we will already have your name on the list.

Hand Sanitiser should be used on entry to the church.  At the end of Holy Mass,  it would be a great help if people could sanitise their benches before leaving,  however we will check this as part of procedure.

Many thanks for your support and understanding!!


Thursday, 1 October 2020

UPDATE Sunday 4th October


Hello all,

For those living in SWANSEA, Holy Mass will be offered on Sunday 4th October at 4pm.

Gavin will kindly answer the Mass for the first time and receives our thanks and congratulations. Our Lord will be on his side.

Tom and Elaine

Friday, 25 September 2020

Lockdown: No Mass on Sunday 4th October


Hello all,

Due to recent COVID measures, it is not possible for those of us who live outside of the Sacred Heart Parish to travel to Mass.

Therefore, there is no Mass on: Sunday 4th October.

Clearly this is a situation that changes daily so all updates will be posted here.

So, no Mass:

Sunday 27th September ( as planned)

Sunday 4th October (change to plan)

The traditional Mass is livestreamed from various places including the Dome of Home.

Take care everyone and let us draw joy from the Masses that have been possible.



Monday, 21 September 2020

                                      No Mass this Sunday - 27th September 2020

However, we have much to be thankful for and much to look forward to in October.

Firstly, we are thankful for the baptism in the tradition rite of Rose - what a beautiful celebration and a privilege to say her first 'Hail Mary' on her behalf. Let us pray that it will be the first of thousands as she walks through life holding the hand of Our Blessed Mother.

Book you place as usual by getting in touch:

Elaine - 07702230983

                                          Sunday 4th October 

                                                     Our Lady of the Rosary

Please note that the Rosary is said before all Masses in October

Holy Mass as usual at 4pm Sacred Heart Morriston. Rosary before Holy Mass.

                                     Tuesday 13th October 7pm

                              Final Apparition of Our Lady at Fatima

                                        Anniversary Mass Corey Sharpling RIP

Holy Mass, Rosary and Benediction. At this Mass the vestments bought in memory of Corey for Father Liam Bradley will be blessed.

                                         Sunday 18th October 

                                                   20th Sunday after Pentecost

Father Liam Bradley will offer his first sacrifice of the Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form and will have the opportunity of wearing the newly blessed chasuble.

4pm at Sacred Heart Morriston.

Monday, 14 September 2020

                                                    16th Sunday after Pentecost

On Sunday 20th September at 3.15 pm we have the joyous occasion of a baptism in the traditional rite. This will be followed by Holy Mass at 4pm. 

Gavin and Paula would like to welcome you to the baptism of their daughter Rose to bear witness to her entrance into the Catholic faith and pray for her life to be filled with courage and grace. 

if you would like to come to the Baptism and to Mass, then please let me know as usual. It is essential that you book this week.

Elaine: 07702 230 983

Tuesday, 8 September 2020

15th Sunday After Pentecost - September 13th at 4 p.m.

15th Sunday After Pentecost

Communion: The bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world
[15th Sunday After Pentecost]

Holy Mass will take place this coming Sunday,  13th September at 4 pm at Sacred Heart RC Church Morriston, and celebrated by Canon Jason Jones. 

For those who regularly attend,  we have booked your seats. 

If for any reason you are not able to come on the day,  it would be helpful to let us know , by calling or texting Elaine on 07702 230983  We can then allocate the seat to another member of the congregation if necessary.

Thank you very much for your continued support during these restricted times,  and for cleaning your benches with the sanitiser provided after Holy Mass. 

            Young Man, I say to Thee Arise,  and He that was dead sat up

For those who do not have missals,  the propers of this Mass can be viewed here and printed

View and Print the Propers of the Holy Mass here 

Thursday, 27 August 2020

Holy Mass 13th Sunday after Pentecost

Holy Mass 13th Sunday after Pentecost Holy Mass will be offered at Sacred Heart Morriston at 4pm on Sunday 30th August Please be so kind as to sanitise your bench when leaving the Church

Thursday, 20 August 2020

12th Sunday after Pentecost


Holy Mass Sunday 23rd August at 4pm Sacred Heart
12th Sunday after Pentecost
If you usually attend this Mass, then please let me know if you do NOT need a place on Sunday. If you are new to the Mass then please book a place by texting: 07702230983.

We are very grateful to Canon Jones for his continued support to our community - it is greatly appreciated.

Thursday, 13 August 2020

             External Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

                                                Sunday 16th August at 4pm Sacred Heart Morriston 


As usual, please get in touch if you would like to attend Holy Mass on Sunday via text or e-mail:

Text: 07702230983


Mass Propers can be found here - just select Assumption:

Thursday, 6 August 2020

10th Sunday After Pentecost - 9th August 2020

Tenth Sunday After Pentecost

                                                      The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

Holy Mass in the extraordinary form will be celebrated on Sunday 9th August at 4 p.m. at Sacred Heart Morriston.  Attendance will be by booking only owing to the coronavirus pandemic restrictions either through the parish or as follows
07702 230983 (direct call or text message)

For more details about this,  please view our coronavirus update page on the site. 

Many thanks for "praying safe and staying safe".

The Propers of the Holy Mass can be printed and brought along to the Mass, and give a simultaneous Latin and English translation.  These can be viewed,  downloaded or printed by clicking on the below link.

The Church Year is now within the Season of the Sundays After Pentecost 

The season is represented by the colour green which symbolises hope.  It is the longest season of the Church's year and its readings often concern Jesus's works and actions.  An interesting discussion about this season can be found here   During Ordinary time and after Holy Mass we also sing the Salve Regina,  one of the four main liturgical anthems to Our lady. This will continue up to Advent.  

Depending upon the timing of Easter and Advent,  the season after Pentecost can have as few as 23 weeks an as many as 28. 

Below is a useful summary of the Season After Pentecost 

"In order to give solidity and permanence to the image of Christ formed within us, it was necessary that the Holy Ghost should come, that so He might increase our light, and enkindle a fire within us that should never be quenched. The liturgy of this Season after Pentecost signifies and expresses this regenerated life, which is to be spent on the model of Christ's, and under the direction of His Spirit".

Taken from The Liturgical Year by Abbot Gueranger

This particular Sunday,  we hear about the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector.  A traditional commentary on this Gospel Reading can be heard here. 

Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Extraordinary Form Mass Schedule (August to November)

Schedule for Holy Mass

Extraordinary Form Mass Schedule

In the current situation, it is important to book a place in the church. Please get in touch:

Mobile: 07702230983

If the arrangements for Holy Mass have to be changed then information will be published on:

Please check before travelling.

Sunday 9th August

10th after Pentecost


Sunday 16th August

External Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary


Sunday 23rd August

12th after Pentecost


Sunday 13th September

15th after Pentecost


Sunday 27th September

17th after Pentecost


Sunday 4th October

Solemnity of Our Lady of the Rosary

3.30 Rosary

4pm Holy Mass

Tuesday 13th October

Final Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima

Corey Sharpling RIP 2nd Anniversary

7pm Holy Mass



Sunday 18th October

20th after Pentecost

3.30 Rosary

4pm Holy Mass

Sunday 25th October

Our Lord Jesus Christ the King

3.30 Rosary

4pm Holy Mass

Sunday 1st November

The Feast of All Saints


Sunday 15th November

24th after Pentecost


Sunday 29th November

First Sunday of Advent





Wearing a Mantilla

Why do women cover their heads in the Extraordinary Form of the Holy Mass

St Paul wrote that women should cover their heads and men uncover them as a way of explaining how women represent the Church in a particular way - as a sacred and veiled bride to Christ.  

Women covering their heads used to be very common and reaches back into our Catholic history connecting us to ancient liturgy and unbroken tradition.  And yet, it is almost completely unknown in the Ordinary Form - the tradition has been lost and the links broken.

Some people see the wearing of a veil or mantilla as a sign of weakness or of being subservient to men but this is completely untrue.

Pope St. John Paul II speaks of women finding their feminine identity and a special genius of their relationship with the Lord through being a bride of her husband and recognising that the Church is the bride of Christ. Through this women can align themselves with the Blessed Virgin Mary as the archetype of Mother Church which is something that men cannot do.

Women wear veils in church because as Mothers of the Church, they are a sign and inspiration for all those around them. They remind people that they are representing the church as the Bride of Christ; they demonstrate their reverence before the Blessed Sacrament by showing people that in this place and before the Lord they wear something different; they signal to people that in this state of reverence they are not up for a chat and by all of these things they are empowered as strong Catholic women.

As women, it is our responsibility to uphold the wearing of a veil as a sign of our special position in the Church and of our duty towards our family, Mother Church and Our Lord - it is a gift not to be tossed aside but to be embraced.

Sunday, 19 July 2020

Holy Mass of 8th Sunday after Pentecost - 4 p.m. Sunday 26th July

Welcome back to Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form in the Diocese

Dear Supporters of the Holy mass in the Extraordinary Form in the Diocese of Menevia.

Canon Jones has kindly offered to celebrate Holy Mass next Sunday 26th at 4 pm at Sacred Heart Morriston,  subject to the current government social distancing regulations.

As you know,  churches were able to re-open for public Mass for a limited number of congregation from last Sunday in Wales. Please see below for the current regulations, and details of registering attendance.

The propers of the Holy Mass can be viewed here

Current number of free seats is
16,  or 6 family rows plus 2 rows of two people

Holy Mass Booking Process

At Sacred Heart,  a system of registration has been introduced,  whereby people wishing to attend the Mass are asked contact us to register their prospective attendance.   Bookings can continue until numbers are full.   Similarly , people who for one reason or another are not able to attend the Mass are asked to contact us to withdraw the booking,  and this could mean others could attend instead.

We'll display available seating here, and update this as the week goes on.

Contact details are as follows 

Mobile Phone  (voice call or text message)  -  07702 230983 or 07790 579473
via Canon Jones,  who can pass on the booking details to us.

We'll acknowledge messages as soon as possible.

Confessions will be available before Holy Mass at 3.30 p.m.

Thank you for your continued support of the Holy Mass in the Diocese, and for your patience and understanding at this time, 

Seating Plan

  • Up to 6 people of the same family can occupy one row.
  • For people of different households,  two people can occupy one row

Current Availability.

At the time of writing,  we have availability for 16 people from different households.   If several people from the same household register, additional people can be accommodated.

Thursday, 27 February 2020

First Sunday of Lent - 1st March 2020

"Then Jesus saith to him: Begone, Satan! for it is written: The Lord thy God shalt thou adore, and Him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil left Him: and behold angels came, and ministered to Him".

Holy Mass will take place in the Extraordinary Form on Sunday 1st March at 4 p.m. at Sacred Heart Morriston.

All are welcome .

There will be refreshments served in the Parish Centre after Holy Mass and the opportunity for confessions before Holy Mass.

Please click here for the propers of the Holy Mass

Attende Domine (Hearken O Lord)

R. Hearken, O Lord, and have mercy, for we have sinned against Thee.
Crying, we raise our eyes to Thee, Sovereign King, Redeemer of all. Listen, Christ, to the pleas of the supplicant sinners. R.
Thou art at the Right Hand of God the Father, the Keystone, the Way of salvation and Gate of Heaven, cleanse the stains of our sins. R.
O God, we beseech Thy majesty to hear our groans; to forgive our sins. R.
We confess to Thee our consented sins; we declare our hidden sins with contrite heart; in Thy mercy, O Redeemer, forgive them. R.
Thou wert captured, being innocent; brought about without resistance, condemned by impious men with false witnesses. O Christ keep safe those whom Thou hast redeemed. R.

An interesting discussion about the virtue of fasting and abstinence can be found here, which was a holy given at a Traditional Mass in the USA.

Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary 2nd February

The Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Holy Mass will take place at Sacred Heart R.C Church ,  Morriston, Swansea on Sunday 2nd February at 4 p.m.

The propers of the Holy Mass will be for the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary,  which is otherwise known as Candlemas.

"The feast of Candlemas, which derives its origin from the local observance of Jerusalem, marks the end of the Feasts included in the Christmas cycle of the Liturgy.  It is perhaps the most ancient festival of Our Lady, commemorating not only the obedience of the Blessed Virgin to the Mosaic Law in going to Jerusalem forty days after the birth of her child, making the accustomed offerings,  but also the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple, and the meeting of the Infant Jesus with the old man Simeon, the Occursus Domini, as the Feast was anciently termed".

This is the principle theme of the liturgy today , Jesus taken to the temple to "present Him to the Lord"

The propers of Holy Mass can be found by clicking here

Lumen ad revelation gentium