It was good news that the FSSP have been given charge of their own church at St Mary`s, Warrington. From what can be read it appears the initiative came from the parishioners themselves who are proud of their musical tradition and thought that this was the best way to preserve it.
Could it happen in Hexham and Newcastle where we`ve not been at the cutting edge since the death of St Bede in 735? We have some beautiful churches with uncertain futures such as St Michael`s, Newcastle and St Mary`s, Hartlepool. At the minute the needs of those attached to the Extraordinary Form on Tyneside are catered for by two Masses a week here at St Joseph`s. If an Ecclesia Dei institute were to come and run St Michael`s, St Joseph`s Gateshead would cease to have that role. Thus I`m in two minds. While it would be great to have the priestly support of the FSSP or ICKSP, I`d be the Northern Chaplain to the LMS without a LM. Not that being a LMS chaplain is a pressured role but that would make it a very laid back occupation.