Latin Mass (Ecclesia Dei) Society of New Zealand
“Crux Christi nunquam evacuabitur” (1 Corinthians 1:17) The cross of Christ will never be emptied of its power”
August 2020: Assumption BVM
INSCAPE : Vol.XXIII, Issue 2
Bishop Basil Meeking, Requiescat in Pace
It is with sadness that we record the passing of Bishop Basil Meeking, Emeritus Bishop of Christchurch and patron of our Society. Bishop Meeking died on the Feast of Corpus Christi, 11 June, 2020, aged 90, at Christchurch Hospital after a recent period of ill health.
Bishop Meeking was ordained to the priesthood in 1953. In the early 1960s, Bishop Meeking undertook doctoral studies at the University of St Thomas Angelicum in Rome, and in 1969 he was appointed to the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity in Rome. He worked there for the next 18 years.
Bishop Meeking served as Bishop of Christchurch from 1987 until 1996. During this time Bishop Meeking also served as chaplain to Christchurch Hospital and represented the Catholic Church at the National Council of Churches.
Bishop Meeking continued to be involved with the Catholic Church following his retirement as the Bishop of Christchurch and he worked alongside the late Cardinal Francis George of the Archdiocese of Chicago until 2006.
We were privileged to have Bishop Meeking as our Society’s Patron and he has been at the forefront of the Traditional Latin Mass in New Zealand, Australia and in many other countries, ordaining priests and facilitating the Easter ceremonies under the traditional rite each year in the Melbourne Diocese.
Of course, when Bishop Jones died in February 2016, Bishop Meeking was called upon to assist the Christchurch Diocese until the appointment of Bishop Paul Martin SM in December 2017. Bishop Meeking has very generously been Spiritual Director of our annual Retreat in Wellington for the past five years. The Society and the Traditional Latin Mass movement in New Zealand and Australia are indebted to him. Without his support, guidance and encouragement through the years it would have been much more difficult for our priests to function.
Bishop Meeking’s Requiem Masses were celebrated in the Pro-Cathedral, Christchurch, on 16 and 17 June, at which the Society and members were represented by our National Secretary, Mrs Melda Townsley. The Society has arranged for a Traditional Latin Mass to be offered for Bishop Meeking by Fr. Antony Sumich FSSP and we ask for your prayers for the happy repose of his soul. RIP.
Bishop Basil Meeking’s Vigil Requiem Mass may be viewed on YouTube:
Victor Grubi, Requiescat in Pace
It is with sadness that we record that Mr Vic. Grubi passed away on 13 April 2020. Requiem Mass in the Extraordinary Form and Absolutions (with a catafalque) was offered by Fr. Antony Sumich, FSSP, at St Anne’s Chapel, Te Atatu, Auckland, on 14 April and the Requiem Mass was live-streamed during Lockdown 4.
Our Chairman writes: “Vic Grubi was a fine Catholic and a great witness to Christ’s Death and Resurrection. He was an honorary auditor for EDSNZ accounts for a number of years, and also the father-in-law of Tim. Morgan, the founding Chairman (14 August 1993) of EDSNZ, so the Society owes a real debt to Vic”.
A donation was sent on behalf of the Society to FSSP (Auckland) as a memorial for Vic. RIP.
Our Society has a Mass offered each year for the happy repose of all our deceased members. This year, our Requiem will take place on Saturday, 7 November at Marton, during the Retreat.
Message from the Chair
Ne despicias,omnipotens Deus, populum tuum in afflictione clamantem: sed propter gloriam nominis tui, tribulatis succurre placatus. Per Dominum. (EFMissa: In Afflictione)
2020 has become a special challenge to us as Christians and Catholics here in New Zealand. We have been required to celebrate Our Lord’s Passion and Resurrection in a state of civil “Lockdown”. With all churches closed throughout the land, many of us have been mercifully assisted by viewing Masses online and making “Spiritual Communions” instead of receiving Our Lord in actual Reality: “Body & Blood, Soul & Divinity”.
Hopefully, we all joined in spirit too with Pope Francis as he gave Catholics and all men of goodwill (Lk: II.xiv) the Plenary Indulgence in a time of Affliction as we joined him online for Exposition & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Participating in such acts of worship (even “virtually”) makes us aware of God’s Gracious Mercy and of the Church’s rich “Treasury of Merits” of Christ, Our Lady and the Saints.
The triumphant Feast of Easter has a Privileged Octave of the First Order which concludes with the “Feast of Divine Mercy” on Quasimodo Sunday. Prepared for by the Divine Mercy Novena which commenced on Good Friday, we are assured of the Mercy, Forgiveness and Peace (Jn: XX.xxii-xxiii) which the Risen Lord wished to give us in the Power of the Holy Spirit (even if we must receive these blessings “spiritually” at present).
Now may well be a good time to read through The First Epistle of St. Peter. It is a letter written in Rome by the Prince of the Apostles pre-64 AD. to Christians who felt very much isolated and in exile; (not unlike most of us are feeling with the “COVID-19 Pandemic”!) in order to encourage them in their time of trial, and to rekindle a faith that was being sorely tried (cf. I Peter: IV.xii f. especially).
Let us give especial thanks too at this time for all our Priests who have been directed to realise their sacerdotal office by offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass daily, praying for all their people and for an end to the “Chastisement” and “Tribulation” caused by the “COVID-19 Pandemic”.
Of necessity, our Easter Duties of Confession, Communion, and Dues, may have been delayed, but as we pray for a renewal of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, let us creatively perform both the “Corporal & Spiritual Works of Mercy” even in this time of Lockdown restrictions.
Moreover, even in our Cenacle “bubbles”, let us all join with Our Lady, Mother of the Church, and all the Saints, in devoting ourselves with one accord to prayer (Acts: I.xiv) as we await the renewal of the “First Fruits” of the Pentecost Festival: Charity, Joy, Peace, Patience, Benignity, Goodness, Longanimity, Mildness, Faith, Modesty, Continency, Chastity (Gal:.V.xxii-xxiii).
Veni Sancte Spiritus, reple tuorum corda fidelium: et tui amoris in eis ignem accende:
Emitte Spiritum tuum, et creabuntur: Et renovabis faciem terrae…
Neil Coup (EDSNZ Chairman) Pentecost, 2020.
Rebranding – a change of name!!
We resolved at our AGM on Friday, 27 September 2019, to change our name to the Latin Mass (Ecclesia Dei) Society of New Zealand as we felt this demonstrated more clearly what the Society is involved in promoting. As we are a charitable trust, we have retained “Ecclesia Dei” to tie-in with the name of the charitable trust.
New Council Member:
We are delighted to welcome Mrs Sharon Crooks to our National EDSNZ Council. Sharon was appointed at our AGM in October last year. Sharon attends the Latin Mass in Ashhurst and is a very valuable addition to our Council.
Meetings with Cardinal and Bishops:
In an ongoing effort to obtain an EF Latin Mass again for Wellington and Hamilton dioceses, Chairman, Neil Coup, and National Secretary, Melda Townsley, have been in ongoing discussions with Cardinal Dew and he has given his support for a Mass in Wellington, but a suitable time and venue has yet to be arranged. Unfortunately, it may only be possible to obtain a single monthly Sunday EF Mass initially. The Society continues to press for the Mass to be held at St Mary of the Angels as this church is central and easily reached by public transport.
Melda Townsley and Jan Curran and others met with Bishop Stephen Lowe in Hamilton on Friday, 22 May. The upshot of that meeting is that Bishop Lowe advised that a weekday Mass will commence in Hamilton City in the next month or so with a promise of a 5.00 pm Sunday Latin Mass when a priest becomes available in three years’ time. Melda Townsley has written back to Bishop Lowe stating, “… as we advised, there is an urgent pastoral need which is not being fulfilled as already there are more than 50 faithful in Hamilton City requesting a Sunday EF Latin Mass. Indeed, a number of these people have moved to Hamilton from other dioceses where the EF Latin Mass is available. Surely, to ask them to wait a further three years is quite unreasonable …
Furthermore, we are also disappointed to learn that, although (according to Summorum Pontificum), seminarians should receive training to offer Mass in the Extraordinary Form, this has not been happening yet in New Zealand.
As National Secretary of the Latin Mass (Ecclesia Dei) Society of New Zealand, I have been requested to report to Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce, Rome, on the current situation of the Traditional Latin EF Mass in each diocese of New Zealand. I found our meeting of great assistance in this.”
Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce:
We have completed a report for the Federation on the current state of the Extraordinary Form of Mass in New Zealand. Una Voce is concerned also with our advice that, except for a very short course, the seminarians do not receive training in Latin or the EF Latin Mass, in particular. Una Voce is taking this up on our behalf with the Congregation of Clergy, which has responsibility for seminaries, and with the CDF.
Another matter also raised with FIUV for the attention of Rome is the urgent need for specific training to be mandated for Priests, Seminarians, and indeed all Religious or Lay “ministers” of the Eucharist in the manner of giving Holy Communion on-the Tongue properly and graciously – as Catholic Mass rubrics actually require…!
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING: 4.00 pm, Sunday 8 November 2020.
Venue: St Columba’s Church Hall, Ashhurst, 83 Mulgrave Street, Ashhurst, Palmerston North.
“A WEEKEND OF RETREAT IN THE MANAWATU”:
Friday, 7 November to Sunday, 8 November, 2020.
St Francis Xavier Church, 17 Russell Street Marton (Friday & Saturday); and
St Columba’s Church & Hall, 83 Mulgrave Street, Ashhurst, Palmerston North (Sunday).
Fr. Peter Brockhill (Marton); assisted-by Fr.Nathaniel Brazil (Whanganui).
Accommodation: We are in the process of organising hostel accommodation in Marton for $45 per person/per night, or people may arrange their own in Marton or Palmerston North.
For further information and costing contact:
|Friday, 6 November (First Friday)||St.Francis Xavier Church, 17 Russell St., Marton:|
|5.00 pm||Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)|
|5.30 pm||Holy Mass|
|6.30 pm||Tea (fish ‘n chips)|
|7.45 pm||Meditations ex St Peter of Alcantara (Mrs Sharon Crooks)
|Saturday, 7 November (First Saturday)||St.Francis Xavier Church, Marton:|
|8.00 am||Divine Office: Prime|
|8.30||Adoration; ending @ 9.25: Benediction Bl.Sacrament|
|9.30||Latin Rosary I (Joyful Mysteries)|
|10.00||Holy Mass (EDSNZ Requiem intention)|
|11.45||First Talk (Fr.P.Brockhill)|
|1.30||Latin Rosary II (Sorrowful Mysteries)|
|2.00-3.00||Holy Hour – Confession available (Fr N Brazil)|
|3.00||Divine Mercy Chaplet & Benediction Bl.Sacrament|
|3.45||Second Talk (Fr.P.Brockhill)|
|4.45||Latin Rosary III (Glorious Mysteries)|
|[Evening: (optional)||Film: “The Song of Bernadette “ ] (Venue, etc. TBC)|
|Sunday, 8 November (Pentecost XXIII)||St.Columba’s Church, Ashhurst:|
|12.00||Holy Mass (Missa Cantata)|
|2.00 pm||Third Talk (Fr.P.Brockhill)|
|3.00 pm||Concluding Prayer: Benediction Bl.Sacrament|
ROMAN SURVEY ON THE TRADITIONAL MASS
An Act of Spiritual Communion (St. Alphonsus Liguori)
“My Jesus, I believe that Thou art truly present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love Thee above all things, and I desire to receive Thee into my soul. Since I cannot at this time moment receive Thee sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.. I embrace Thee as being already there and unite myself wholly to Thee. Never permit me to be separated from Thee. Amen.
TEACHING THE REAL PRESENCE WITHOUT WORDS (Liturgy Guy)
[Photo credit: John Cosmas]
Most of the faithful are in agreement that we must do a better job teaching young Catholics about their faith. Recent studies have shown that many Catholics have already left the Church by the time they reach adulthood. What has also been discovered is that many never really understood the faith to begin with.
Nowhere may this be more evident than with the Church’s teaching on the Real Presence of Our Lord in the Eucharist. Quoting the Council of Trent, the Catechism of the Catholic Church explains:
Because Christ our Redeemer said that it was truly his body that he was offering under the species of bread, it has always been the conviction of the Church of God, and this holy Council now declares again, that by the consecration of the bread and wine there takes place a change of the whole substance of the bread into the substance of the body of Christ our Lord and of the whole substance of the wine into the substance of his blood. This change the holy Catholic Church has fittingly and properly called “Transubstantiation”. (CCC 1376)
Few Catholics today would argue against the need to better catechise the young about the “Real Presence.” What too many fail to understand, however, is that good catechesis doesn’t always require words.
Just as the Mass itself is an action (the offering of the Holy Sacrifice on the altar) teaching the faithful about Our Eucharistic Lord is less about words, and more about actions. The picture [above] demonstrates my point. What individual elements are we seeing that attest to the “Real Presence”?
- The young woman is kneeling to receive Holy Communion.
- She is veiling in the presence of the Eucharist.
- Communion is being distributed on the tongue and from the consecrated hands of a priest.
- The priest has his index finger and thumb pressed together on his other hand since they touched the host following consecration.
- The altar server is holding a paten under the chin of the communicant “so as to avoid the danger of the sacred host or some fragment of it falling.” (Redemptionis Sacramentum, 93).
Everything captured in this photograph teaches us about the “Real Presence” – without words.
There are those in the Church today who view all of the afore mentioned elements as superfluous. Many have spent decades jettisoning them from the Catholic Liturgy. Thankfully they are all either common to, or required at, the Traditional Latin Mass.
Educators tell us that people learn through different means. While one person may be an auditory learner, another may be a visual learner, and yet a third might be a kinesthetic learner (by movement). Catholics benefit from all three.
And yet, through the removal of such traditional disciplines as those illustrated in the picture above, the liturgical minimalists have failed to fully catechise the faithful.
They have also treated Our Eucharistic Lord as mere bread through their innovations and deprivations.
Indeed, the best catechesis seldom requires words.
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