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Saturday, 13 February 2010

Pontifical ceremonies for Holy Week in Melbourne

Fr Glen Tattersall and Fr John McDaniels look after St Aloysius Church in Melbourne, providing for the community attached to the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite. The website Latin Mass Melbourne shows a thriving Church with plenty of activities. Here is a (slightly distorted) photo of the Church which I grabbed from Google's street view:


This year, Most Rev Basil Meeking, Bishop Emeritus of Christchurch, New Zealand, will be at St Aloysius for Holy Week to celebrate all of the ceremonies according to the usus antiquior. There is a programme at the website so if you are lucky enough to be in reach of Melbourne you have the opportunity to participate in some glorious liturgy with Gregorian chant and polyphony. Visitors would be most welcome at St Aloysius.

I met Frs Tattersall and McDaniels in Rome last month at the Clergy Conference. Fr Tattersall was Assistant Priest, and Fr McDaniels was Deacon at the Pontifical Mass celebrated by Cardinal CaƱizares Llovera at St John Lateran at which I was Subdeacon. It is great to hear news of their apostolate in Melbourne.

Having looked up the Church on Google maps, I thought I'd check the distance from Blackfen. Sadly, at 10,512.06 miles (as the crow flies) it's just not going to be practical to nip over for Tenebrae.


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