Monday, 14 September 2020

Weekend 19/20th September


There will be no Masses at Glastonbury or Shepton Mallet the weekend of 19/20 September.

The Mass at Wells will be said, but please remember that this is only for those who are frail.

Fr Wally will offer Mass in the Cheddar Classroom - the the maximum number is 16.


From the week after we will Track 'n' Trace.*


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* It's like Fish 'n' Chips but not really.



Monday, 7 September 2020

Rejoice with us...


As we begin the celebration of our Patronal Feast, Our Lady St Mary of Glastonbury.

Saturday, 5 September 2020

Friday, 28 August 2020

Last Minute Change this Weekend

 Fr Bede has sustained a back injury, and cannot stand or sit. He will not be able to cover any of the Masses in the four parishes this weekend. This means that there are some last-minute cancellations. 

There will be no Mass in Wells. 

The Saturday evening in Shepton is cancelled. 

The Sunday 9am in Cheddar is cancelled. 

We are very sorry indeed about this, and apologise for the inconvenience. I do ask you too to pray for Fr Bede's swift recovery.

The Masses that will take place this weekend 29th/30th August are as follows:


Saturday 6pm - Glastonbury
Sunday 9am - Shepton Mallet
Sunday 10.30am - Glastonbury
Sunday 11am - classroom at Cheddar, with Fr Wally
Sunday 12.15 - Latin Mass in Glastonbury
Sunday 5pm - Glastonbury.

Once again I am sorry about this. We will keep you informed. Weekday Masses continue as normal.
Thank you 
Fr AR


Sunday, 23 August 2020

Mass Figures Weekend 22/23 August

 The Mass figures for the weekend 22/23 August


The figure in brackets the lower end of how many 'units' can attend. A unit can be one single person, or a whole family/household/bubble - or even those who have travelled together in the same car.So the figure in the brackets can increase. So in Shepton it may be only that 40 single people attend, but if they are in bubbles/families/households/cars, then the number can be much larger.


Shepton Saturday 6.00pm - 21  (40) - down 12
Glastonbury Saturday 6.00pm - 44 (50) - down 18
Cheddar Sunday 9.00am - 22 (25) - down 3
Shepton Sunday 9.00am - 35 (40) - up 5
Wells * Sunday 10.30am - 19 (16) - up 3
Glastonbury Sunday 10.30am - 42 (50) - down 1
Cheddar Sunday 11am - no information
Glastonbury Sunday 12.15 - 31 (50) - down 12
Glastonbury Sunday 5.00pm - 21 (50) - up 2

This Mass is for the vulnerable who cannot travel, many thanks for keeping the numbers at this low level, it is essential so that the Mass can continue.

Our numbers this weekend were down 36 on the weekend before over the four parishes. 

Over the past weeks the numbers have been 231, 223, 220, 223, 271, 235


235 people came to Mass in total. Our Mass figures would normally have been 573.


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Data based on four point simple rolling average:

237.25 (generated 23/08/20)

234.25 (generated 16/08/20)

224.25 (generated 09/08/20)

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[For those interested in statistical analysis, I have started using a four point simple rolling average. This should iron out statistical inconsistencies and give a clearer view of the trends within the four parishes as a whole. If for whatever reason the numbers are inflated or deflated for one weekend, four point rolling averages help to level out these outliers.]

Monday, 17 August 2020

Mass Figures Weekend 15/16 August

The Mass figures for the weekend 15/16 August


The figure in brackets the lower end of how many 'units' can attend. A unit can be one single person, or a whole family/household/bubble - or even those who have travelled together in the same car.So the figure in the brackets can increase. So in Shepton it may be only that 40 single people attend, but if they are in bubbles/families/households/cars, then the number can be much larger.


Shepton Saturday 6.00pm - 33  (40) - up 9
Glastonbury Saturday 6.00pm - 62 (50) - up 25
Cheddar Sunday 9.00am - 25 (25) - down 8
Shepton Sunday 9.00am - 30 (40) - down 2
Wells * Sunday 10.30am - 16 (16) - up 2
Glastonbury Sunday 10.30am - 43 (50) - up 8
Cheddar Sunday 11am - no information
Glastonbury Sunday 12.15 - 43 (50) - up 15
Glastonbury Sunday 5.00pm - 19 (50) - down 1

This Mass is for the vulnerable who cannot travel, many thanks for keeping the numbers at this low level, it is essential so that the Mass can continue.

Our numbers this weekend were up 38 on the weekend before over the four parishes. 

Over the past weeks the numbers have been 231, 223, 220, 223, 271


271 people came to Mass in total. Our Mass figures would normally have been 573.


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Data based on four point simple rolling average:

224.25 (generated 9/8/20)

234.25 (generated 16/8/20)


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[For those interested in statistical analysis, I have started using a four point simple rolling average. This should iron out statistical inconsistencies and give a clearer view of the trends within the four parishes as a whole. Thus, although it may seem that this week's numbers show a great increase and 'getting back to normal', at least 30 were visitors to the parish in two large groups who will not be here next weekend. Four point rolling averages help to level out these outliers.]

Sunday, 9 August 2020

Mass Figures Weekend 8/9 August

 The Mass figures for the weekend 8/9 August


The figure in brackets the lower end of how many 'units' can attend. A unit can be one single person, or a whole family/household/bubble - or even those who have travelled together in the same car.So the figure in the brackets can increase. So in Shepton it may be only that 40 single people attend, but if they are in bubbles/families/households/cars, then the number can be much larger.


Shepton Saturday 6.00pm - 24  (40) - down 3
Glastonbury Saturday 6.00pm - 37 (50) - up 6
Cheddar Sunday 9.00am - 33 (25) - up 17
Shepton Sunday 9.00am - 32 (40) - down 1
Wells * Sunday 10.30am - 14 (16) - up 1
Glastonbury Sunday 10.30am - 35 (50) - down 6
Cheddar Sunday 11am - no information
Glastonbury Sunday 12.15 - 28 (50) - down 6
Glastonbury Sunday 5.00pm - 20 (50) - down 5

* This Mass is for the vulnerable who cannot travel, many thanks for keeping the numbers at this low level, it is essential so that the Mass can continue.

Our numbers this weekend were up 3 on the weekend before over the four parishes. 

Over the past week the numbers have been 231, 223, 220, 223. 


223 people came to Mass in total. Our Mass figures would normally have been 573.

Sunday, 2 August 2020

Mass Figures Weekend 1st/2nd August

The Mass figures for the weekend 25/26. 

The figure in brackets the lower end of how many 'units' can attend. A unit can be one single person, or a whole family/household/bubble - or even those who have travelled together in the same car.So the figure in the brackets can increase. So in Shepton it may be only that 40 single people attend, but if they are in bubbles/families/households/cars, then the number can be much larger.


Shepton Saturday 6.00pm - 27  (40) - up 9
Glastonbury Saturday 6.00pm - 31 (50) - down 7
Cheddar Sunday 9.00am - 16 (25) - down 8
Shepton Sunday 9.00am - 33 (40) - up 4
Wells Sunday 10.30am - 13 (16) - down 15
Glastonbury Sunday 10.30am - 41 (50) - up 16
Cheddar Sunday 11am - no information
Glastonbury Sunday 12.15 - 34 (50) - up 3
Glastonbury Sunday 5.00pm - 25 (50) - down 7


Our numbers this weekend were down 3 on the weekend before over the four parishes. 

Over the past week the numbers have been 231, 223, 220. We have been decreasing every week. 

220 people came to Mass in total. Our Mass figures would normally have been 573.

Saturday, 1 August 2020

Face Masks



From next weekend, the Government has said that we must wear face masks at Holy Mass. 

We have not heard from our own Bishop or the Bishops of England and Wales yet, but I'm sure they will confirm the law before next weekend. If not, then we will follow the law anyway. 

If you are exempt, then please do not wear a face mask. As a general rule of thumb... if you wear a mask to go shopping, then wear a mask to come to Church.

(p.s. this is the 1000th post!)

Thursday, 30 July 2020

The New Normal of Holy Mass



Having talked about the ‘new normal’ last week, I said that I might talk through some ‘new normal’ things about Holy Mass this week. The first thing I want to do is to draw a line between the older liturgy (sometimes called the Latin Mass or Extraordinary Form) and the new Mass which was written in the 60s. I have no interest in debating liturgy etc., frankly I can’t be bothered. Blood, sweat and tears have gone into that, and my life on earth is too short. What I want to do again, is to show how the ‘new normal’ is not new at all, but rather that the things that we have been doing for the past decades have been a ‘blip’ in the practice of the Church. You see, the Old Mass developed through centuries. It knew plague and disaster. It had changed so that the Priest and the People were kept safe while at the same time the Mass could continue to be offered. 

What are the things which have been banned in the new rite? The sign of peace (always optional in the new rite, but not a part of the older liturgy); receiving the Precious Blood (only the Priest receives this in the Latin Mass); people doing readings and bidding prayers (I have no idea why our Bishops say that bidding prayers are dangerous, but there you go - but these things do not exist in the older Mass); the length of Mass (we are instructed that the older forms of the said Mass should not be too long); speaking while administering the Sacred Host on an eye level (the Old Rite has the person kneeling, so there is no exchange of breath); the cleaning of the hands by the Priest (in the Latin Mass we have prayers when we thoroughly wash our hands before we come out, then more to say at the offertory - and guess what, they take about 20 seconds!, and then the Priest touches nothing with the two fingers with which he will administer the sacred host - which is why we keep those fingers together while saying Mass); we can no longer speak words of consecration over hosts which are exposed on the altar and which the people will consume (we usually give communion from the Tabernacle in the Old Rite - a practice that was scorned when I was training to be a Priest, but which, guess what, is now best practice!). 

In fact the only thing that you will find at variance with the ancient practices, and what the bishops are now imposing, is communion in the hand versus communion on the tongue, and I’m afraid that is more to do with ideology than health - I touch a higher percentage of hands than I do tongues when I administer Holy Communion, and since the virus lives on surfaces, I do not lick the door handles and pews when I come into Church, but I do touch them!

So… a lot of what we ended up with in the past years after the New Mass was written in the 60s were quasi Protestant practices, dressed up as ‘early Church’ but which came from a history, tradition and context which was not Catholic. It was fine for the Methodists all to receive the wine in little cups, because it was only ever wine - that is their theology. Communion in the hand has to be at odds with our belief that ever particle of the Sacred Host is the Body and Blood, soul and divinity of Christ, and I pop it onto an unclean palm, and if any drops off, well, they drop off. If you don’t believe that It is God, and the Protestant communities don’t, then there is no harm in it. In ‘simplifying’ the liturgy not only did we get rid of the layers of symbolic meaning, we also got rid of the centuries of development which gave rise to it. And that development included plague and disease. Of course Mass is safe! If it’s done in safe way. The Old Mass is safe because that’s how it adapted, the new one isn’t because it never existed in a time of disease, and as soon as one comes along all of those things which are its hallmarks have to be banned - the new normal starts to look like the old one. 

The new normal reached behind the stuff that we have been doing, to an older liturgy which breathed plague air, and survived, which looked on the sick infectious with disease, and kept going, and which was offered in the midst of pandemics and infestations, and which kept everyone safe. 

Perhaps we can learn from this, to think twice before we dismiss what the development of the ages has given to us.


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