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

Tuesday, 20 July 2021


 Dear Friends, 

Thank you all for your ongoing support and prayer concerning the continuation of the Holy Mass according to the 1962 Missal in the Menevia Diocese. 

We are grateful to Archbishop George Stack for allowing Holy Mass to take place at St David and St Patrick, Haverfordwest  as planned,  at 3pm on Sunday 25th July. 

We are of course awaiting further direction regarding regulation of the Holy Mass according to the 1962 Missal,  but this is very welcome news.   We would be grateful if those who are able to attend would do so this Sunday to show our gratitude for this move, and in support of our priests, Canon Jason Jones, Father Paul Brophy and Father Liam Bradley who serve us in the celebration of the Holy Mass.  We are extremely grateful to them also.

We also express our gratitude to those priests who host the Traditional Mass in their parishes ,  and for the kind welcome they have extended to us over the months and years.

Should anybody wish to attend the Mass and be unsure about the location,  please visit out site at

There you will find detailed directions to each of our Mass Centres
We can also be contacted as follows 

Test or Mobile Phone   07702 230993  -  Elaine
text or Mobile Phone   07790579473    -  Tom 

Please do not hesitate to contact us if there is anything you need to know.  

Of course there will be further updates as time goes by,  You can view these by visiting our website, as outlined above.  We expect there to be further direction once the full details of the new Motu Proprio have been studied,  but we remain prayerful and hopeful that the Holy Mass will be able to continue in the diocese on an ongoing basis

With Very Best Wishes 

Tom and Elaine Sharpling
Diocesan Representatives of the Latin Mass Society
Supporting the Traditional Latin Mass within the Catholic Diocese of Menevia

Sunday, 18 July 2021

Suspension of Holy mass Pending response from Archbishop

 Good Afternoon

For the avoidance of confusion please note that until we hear from the Archbishop regarding the continuation of the Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form within the Menevia diocese , Mass is currently suspended. 

A faculty permission is required for priests currently saying the Traditional Mass and there also needs to be permission for the current venue at Sacred Heart to continue to be used 

We are hopeful that permission may be provided by virtue of the fact that Sacred Heart is also the Dovine Mercy Shrine which gives the church a different status 

As soon as there has been an update ,  I will post this here

Meanwhile should you wish to get in contact you can email on or text us on 07702230983  

With best wishes  

Tom and Elaine Sharpling 

Saturday, 17 July 2021

Holy Mas Sunday 18th July

 Holy Mass will be celebrated at Sacred Heart, Morriston, at 1pm tomorrow 

Following the discussions regarding the use of the Traditional Mass , we are waiting to see what the impact of this statement will be in our diocese 

It is clear that globally the celebration of the Traditional Mass has grown and this has been seen as a criticism or rejection of the Second Vatican Council

It appears that amongst the forthcoming restrictions may be the prevention of the celebration of the Mass in any church, regardless of the wishes of the Bishop. Only parishes that are personal parishes , such as the FSSP or the Institute of Christ the King will be able to continue to say the Mass in their churches , again with ongoing permission of the Bishop 

There have been discussions about whether the document is ambiguous in this regard and some people think that it is   We can expect that there will have to be some clarification about what is actually intended at some point in the future 

Updates will be posted here as they happen but for those wishing to read the actual summary of the document a link is attached

With very best wishes

Tom Sharpling 

Saturday, 3 July 2021

Holy Mass 3rd July at 1pm

 Holy Mass will be celebrated tomorrow 3rd July at Sacred Heart Morriston at 1pm  by kind permission  of Canon Jason Jones 

We look forward to seeing you there 

Could those who have yet to return the form for the census please do so tomorrow. If you need a form we will bring some with us on the day. 

The form is used to identify the stable group of people attending the Mass should this be required at diocesan level in the future so it is very important that everybody who supports the Mass in the Extraordinary Form to be represented 

In terms of the rumoured changes to the Motu Proprio , we are yet to hear anything definite  however should there be future possible restrictions on the celebration of the Mass, it will be especially important to demonstrate that there is a stable group who are requesting it   

Saturday, 26 June 2021

Holy Mass at Haverfordwest This Sunday

 Please note that Holy Mass will again be offered at Haverfordwest, St David and St Patrick tomorrow Sunday 27th June at 3pm   The Mass will be that in f the 5th Sunday After Pentecost 

Sincere thanks to Father Liam Bradley for ordering the Mass. Please support this Mass if you are able , particularly for m the light of the rumoured amendments to the Motu Proprio   We look forward to seeing you tomorrow if you are able to attend 

Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Fourth Sunday After Pentecost - 20th June 2021 at 1pm

 Fourth Sunday After Pentecost - 20th June 2021 at 1pm

"Stupor enim circumdéderat eum et omnes qui cum illo erant, in captúra píscium quam céperant:"

Holy Mass will take place at Sacred Heart Morriston at 1 p.m. this Sunday , for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost. 

Please see this link for the propers of the Holy Mass which can be printed and downloaded

An interesting commentary on this Sunday's Gospel Reading can be found here

In the current situation it is very important that as many people as possible come to the Holy Mass.  This is the most important thing we can do aside from prayer to play our part in the continuation of the celebration of the Holy Mass not only in our diocese but up and down the country. Please also continue to pray for our priests who offer the Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form.

If you have not already done so,  would you be so kind as to complete a registration form and hand it in to Father at the end of Sunday's Mass.  Should the need then arise in the future,  it will be possible to provide details of the stable group within the diocese, and this will strengthen the case for continuation of the Holy Mass .  If you don't have a form or have mislaid it,  we will have spare copies on Sunday that you will be able to take away and fill in. 

Many thanks for your continued support. 

Father has kindly sent us an article which we publish today on the blog about the Stabat Mater  It is the name of our stable group, It brings to mind that as we offer up our sorrows to Christ on the cross,  we say to both Christ and Our Blessed Lady "Your Efforts were not in vain"

The below article is from

"Is there any grief like a mother’s when she loses her child? Stabat Mater, a Latin hymn that can also be recited in prayer, immerses us in the Blessed Mother’s intense sorrow at seeing her beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, dying on the cross in His Passion so that we might have Eternal Life! Its title comes from its first line in Latin “Stabat Mater dolorosa” (roughly translated “the sorrowful mother stood”).

A Franciscan friar named Jacopone da Todi is said to have written the original text of the Stabat Mater in the 13th century, although some scholars have attributed it to Pope Innocent III, among others.

There are over 60 English translations of the Stabat Mater. It has been so popular that numerous composers including Bach, Vivaldi, Haydn, Schubert, and Verdi have set the original Latin text to music.

The Stabat Mater was used frequently in the Liturgy for centuries before it became a sequence (a hymn spoken or sung before the Gospel) in 1727 for the feast of the Seven Sorrows [or Dolors] of the Blessed Virgin Mary on September 15th. Its use as a sequence is optional now on that feast day (now called the feast for Our Lady of Sorrows), but the hymn is often prayed with the Stations of the Cross at Lent.

The Stabat Mater brings to mind front and center just how fully our Blessed Mother suffered along with Jesus, like Him on our behalf! St Alphonsus Liguori once wrote that “two hung upon one cross.”

While she wasn’t crucified, of course, her heartbreak was just as intense! After all, as we read in the seventh stanza of the twenty that comprise the Stabat Mater she saw her beloved Son “bruised, derided, cursed, defiled…all with bloody scourges rent.”

Imagine seeing a loved one, a very special loved one, in fact, undergoing such physical and emotional agony. Now add to that the thought that you can’t do anything to help that person, who’s suffering all the more to see your anguish!

Is it any wonder that we have devotions and prayers to our Blessed Mother as Our Lady of Sorrows? St Bonaventure wrote of Mary’s sorrow at her Son’s death that “no grief was more bitter than hers, because no son was as dear as her Son.”

From what tradition tells us, the Blessed Mother had a strong sense of what was coming way before Christ’s Passion. When she presented her little baby Jesus in the Temple, fulfilling Mosaic law, a “just and devout” (Lk 2:25) man named Simeon, enlightened by the Holy Spirit, foretold both our Lord’s greatness, saying He would be “a light of revelation to the Gentiles and a glory for thy people, Israel,” calling Him “a sign that shall be contradicted” (Lk 2:32 and 34).

He told Mary that she would suffer along with her Son as well, saying that “thy own soul a sword shall pierce” (Lk 2:35). Her wounds would be figurative but just as painful! St Bernard once noted that “Love inflicted on the heart of Mary the same tortures caused by the nails in the body of Jesus.”

When the Blessed Mother experienced, along with her Son, such an intense, bitter martyrdom of love that awful day at Calvary, could anyone present there have imagined that anything good would come out of it? Yet something quite wonderful did occur! Christ, in His death and resurrection, paved the road for our salvation and “life everlasting” with Him in Heaven.

When we offer up our sorrows to Jesus on the Cross, bearing our own cross with patience, and truly seek to follow in His footsteps in our daily lives, we say to both Him and His Blessed Mother, “your efforts on my behalf weren’t in vain!”



Tuesday, 1 June 2021

External Solemnity of Corpus Christi - 7th June 1pm

 External Solemnity of Corpus Christi - 7th June 1pm

Holy Mass will be celebrated in the Extraordinary Form on Sunday 7th June , for Corpus Christi at 1 p.m.,  Sacred heart Morriston. 

There will be sufficient seats to accommodate everybody we know about,  but if you are coming for the very first time,  please contact us on 07702 230983 so that we can note down your details for contact tracing purposes. 

Please follow this link for the propers of the Mass which can be downloaded and printed at home.

Dear Supporters of the Traditional Mass in our diocese,        

Over the last few days,  many may have heard in the Catholic Press about discussions taking place in Rome whereby the Motu Proprio , Summorum Pontificum promulgated by Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI could be rescinded and the Traditional Mass once more suspended. 

It is currently unknown whether such action is likely, it would have a large impact not only on ourselves but on the church worldwide,  but it is a measure that i do not believe we, as  supporters of the traditional Mass want to see.

The most important thing we can do individually and  as the Catholic Faithful is to continue to pray for our priests and the continuation of the Traditional Mass in our Diocese and to  fully support the Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form wherever possible so that this gives a strong mandate for the continuation of its presence here in the Diocese of Menevia. 

If there are people we know who might like to come to the Holy Mass,  let us invite them to come along as well.  All will be very welcome.

With Very Best Wishes 

Tom Sharpling

Diocesan Representative of the Latin Mass Society