Subtle indications of consolidation
By Tony Pead
Rev. Fr Terence Mary Naughtin OFM (Convent) – Silver Jubilee Mass and Reception
Fr Terence Mary Naughtin, the much-loved and well-known Conventual Franciscan ‘Greyfriar’ priest, celebrated the Silver Jubilee of his ordination with a Solemn High Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney, on Friday 10 May 2013. It was a Traditional Latin Mass celebrated in accordance with the Missal of Pope John XXIII (1962). Fr Terence was the celebrant at the Mass, with Fr Glen Tattersall (assistant priest), Fr Michael Rowe (deacon) and Fr Andrew Benton (subdeacon). Fr John Walshe preached the sermon and Mr Alan Shearer was the Master of Ceremonies. A magnificent choir of around forty voices under the masterly direction of Hugh Henry (polyphony) and Stephen Smith (Gregorian propers), together with the Cathedral’s Director of Music, Thomas Wilson, who provided superb prelude, postlude and other incidental pieces at the organ, made the Mass a truly edifying occasion.
The choir sang Palestrina’s Missa Papae Marcelli, and the motets Sub Tuum (Czech), O Sacrum Convivium (Tallis) and Sicut Cervus (Palestrina). Afterwards, a celebratory supper was held in the parish hall of St Peter’s, Surrey Hills, and the usual speeches and congratulatory toasts made in honour of Fr Terence’s 25 years as a priest in the service. Unfortunately, amidst the happy chaos of the occasion, no collection was taken up – so, in view of Fr Terence’s dedicated and kindly services we would invite readers to consider making a contribution to a suitable gift for him by clicking on the “Donate Now” button to your right, and mentioning “Fr Terence Silver Jubilee “ in the appropriate field.
Rev. Fr Nicholas Rynne: Ordination and First Mass
The Reverend Fr Nicholas Rynne was ordained to the priesthood, together with Rev. Frs Daniel McCaughan and Dominic Nguyen, at St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney, on 6 July 2013. On the afternoon of his ordination, Fr Rynne opted to celebrate his first Mass as a priest in accordance with the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite of the Mass at the exquisite Chapel of St John’s College, University of Sydney.
I heard the Mass celebrated with all the assurance and aplomb of a veteran, intoning his parts all in excellent voice and with flawless execution. The deacon was Fr Andrew Benton, the subdeacon Fr Terence Mary Naughtin OFM (Convent), and the Master of Ceremonies Aaron Russell. The Chapel was packed and there were in attendance at least 25 priests and seminarians from Sydney, Melbourne and Wagga. The sight of the priests seated in choir In their birettas was most impressive. The choir was most ably led by the Director of Music at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta, Bernard Kirkpatrick (organ and polyphony) and Stephen Smith (Gregorian propers), and sang Victoria’s Missa O Quam Gloriosum, and the motets O Quam Gloriosum and Sacerdotes Domini (Byrd).
The Mass Concluded with a truly glorious singing of the Te Deum, accompanied in antiphonal style by Bernard Kirkpatrick at the organ, and was followed by the solemn chanting of the Salve Regina by priests and choir in the sacristy afterwards. May the good Lord send many further young men of Fr Rynne’s ilk to save the liturgy and, thereby, the world!
Maternal Heart of Mary Tradition Mass Community, Lewisham, Sydney: Erection as a Personal Parish
His Eminence, George Cardinal Pell, has erected the Maternal Heart of Mary Church as a personal parish with effect from 15 August 2013, placing it under the pastoral care of the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter. The new parish priest nominated by the Father General, The Very Rev John Berg FSSP, is to be the Rev. Fr Duncan Wong. The Maternal Heart of Mary Chapel at Lewisham will therefore become the first Traditional Mass community in Australia to be both a Personal Parish in accordance with the provisions of Pope Benedict XVI’s motu proprio, Summorum Pontificum, and an extra-territorial parish under Canon law.
The other TLM communities in Australia are ‘chaplaincies’ – although both Melbourne and Perth also now have the use of dedicated Churches for Their purpose – or exist within dioceses with TLM chaplains using parish churches on a ‘time-share’ basis. [Update – Melbourne’s Latin Mass centre has been officially elevated to the status of a “personal parish” of the Archdiocese. Fr Glen Tattersall was formally installed as Parish priest of the Catholic Community of Blessed John Henry Newman. Oriens will cover this in more detail, but see the article in Archdiocesan paper The Record. Ed.]
The announcement and proclamation of the erection of the Lewisham community as a parish was read out by Fr Wong at Mass on Sunday 4 August 2013. Fr Wong paid special tribute to the diligence and dedication of Fr Terence Mary Naughtin OFM (Convent) in building up the community in the years prior to the Fraternity of St Peter taking charge, and to the marvellous commitment and loyalty of the community over the years in all matters relating to the optimal execution of the sacred liturgy.
This is truly a red letter day for the advancement of the Traditional movement in Australia, and sets a precedent for other Australian bishops to follow suit.