...this week in style, at a party for all who work on The Portal, the on-line magazine of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. We'll be celebrating it on the correct day, January 6th, although we'll all have had an Epiphany Mass last Sunday.
Why won't our Bishops allow all of us in Britain to have the great feasts of the Church on the right day each year?? There's absolutely no reason to mess up our calendar by banning us from having the Epiphany feast on January 6th. It's time this messy experiment came to an end. Moving feasts at random to "the nearest Sunday" just confuses and irritates us - and robs us of the fun and pleasure of a midweek feast and the chance to do some gentle and cheery evangelisation.
Impossible to get to a weekday Mass? Throughout my adult life in the 1970s and 80s, and 90s, working as a junior reporter on newspapers or a researcher in Parliament, or living in Berlin or in an Army base in Yorkshire, I managed to get to Mass on a weekday. It's even easier now, with internet links and mobile phones to check Mass times or liaise with friends. My mother made it to weekday Masses in wartime Britain under threat of bombs. People have done it for centuries. PLEASE CAN WE HAVE OUR FEAST-DAYS BACK???