I spoke with the same man at the lunch recess and expanded on the answer provided by the Chairman.
I advocated a number of reasons that the Mass thrives in some places but really struggles in others.
The Society makes every effort it can to make the Mass happen, either at a local level such as support for parish Masses each Sunday or by organising various pilgrimages with more elaborate liturgy and often with prelates of note celebrating. These larger events are often quite financially demanding and that is why I urge you to support the LMS either by joining or donating. Click on the buttons below to help us continue our work,
The Latin Mass Society exists to promote the Church's traditional liturgy: the Extraordinary Form (EF) of Mass or Vetus Ordo. Our network of Reps are the backbone of our organisation, doing our work on the ground all over England and Wales.
The Rep's task can take a range of forms according to local circumstances. At a minimum he or she keeps in touch with priests in the area who are saying the EF, keeps the LMS office informed each quarter of forthcoming Masses, writes a short report for our magazine Mass of Ages, and keeps local members informed of what is happening.
The Rep should also be as available as possible to offer practical assistance to priests who want to start saying the EF, or to expand what they are doing in this respect. This may simply be a matter of putting the priest in touch with priests who can offer training or advice, or local servers and singers, referring him to the office for more specialised advice, and making available vestments and other items belonging to the LMS which are needed and are available.
Where appropriate, many Reps organise regular or occasional EF Masses, particularly for pilgrimages to local shrines, occasional Masses in the Cathedral, and the like.
If demands on a Rep increase it is possible to appoint an Assistant Rep and/or divide the area covered with another Rep. In all the Rep's work, he or she will have the practical, financial, and moral support of the Society via the main office, the Committee and Officers, other Reps, and the local members.
The work of a local rep is sometimes frustrating, consumes a modest amount of time but is gives a great deal of satisfaction, becoming a representative is a very positive and active way in which you can make a difference in the promotion of the traditional rites of Holy Mother Church.
You may never have done this kind of work before. What we are looking for are men and women who are committed to the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, who are comfortable talking to others who may not always share our enthusiasm for the Traditional Mass, who are determined and who have a sense of humour.
If you are interested in volunteering for any of these positions, or if you would like more information, phone the LMS Office (020 7404 7284) and ask to speak to Stephen Moseling for an informal chat. You can email if you prefer or e-mail him.
Vacancies for Local Representatives currently ...........
- Birmingham Archdiocese - Warwickshire
- Cardiff Archdiocese - Cardiff city (assistant)
- East Anglia Diocese - Norwich area
- Hallam Diocese - Derbyshire (assistant)
- Middlesbrough Diocese - North Yorkshire/Teesside (assistant)
- Portsmouth Diocese - Jersey, Channel Islands
- Shrewsbury Diocese (Excluding Ss Peter & Paul and St Philomena, New Brighton)
- Northampton Diocese (South)
- Westminster Archdiocese (North)
- Clifton (To take over January 2017)
- Hexham & Newcastle