More Wisdom from Pope Francis

Vatican City, 1 September 2014 (VIS) – At midday the Holy Father appeared at the window of his study to pray the Angelus… and commented on the day’s Gospel reading in which Jesus, “after having confirmed that Peter and the other eleven believed in Him as the Messiah and the Son of God, began to explain to them that He had to go to Jerusalem where He would suffer greatly, be killed, and rise again on the third day”. He remarked, “It is a critical moment in which Jesus’ and the disciples’ method of thinking emerges”.

Jesus reproaches Peter – He puts him “back in line” because he does not think “as God does, but as human beings do”, and without realising that he is assuming the role of Satan, the tempter.

The Apostle Paul also insists upon this theme in this Sunday’s liturgy in his Letter to the Romans, when he affirms that Christians must not conform to this world without transforming it to discern the will of God.

“In effect”, he continued, “we Christians live in the world, fully integrated in the social and cultural reality of our time, and it is right that it is so; however, this carries the risk that we become ‘worldly’, that the salt loses its flavour, as Jesus would say; that is, that the Christian is ‘watered down’…
“It is sad to meet Christians who are watered down, like wine; you cannot tell whether they are Christians or worldly, like watered wine;…
Renewal also comes from participation in Sunday Mass, “where we find the Lord in the community, listening to His Word and receiving the Eucharist which unites us to Him and one another”, as well as in days of retreat and spiritual exercises…

Auckland Latin Mass Times

Please beware of incorrect information elsewhere, Auckland Latin Mass times are currently as follows:

  • Mount Saint Mary’s Church : 4 Rangiwai Road
    Masses Sunday 9.30AM – others at irregular intervals
    Contact: Church - 817 7582 - answerphone message.
  • Holy Family Church Te Atatu
    Mass: Sunday 8AM, Fr. Andrew Matthew – Contact: 09 834 6677

Website Change

This website is no longer part of Ecclesia Dei Society New Zealand. Changes to name and content will be made asap.

Do not use the join EDSNZ section of this site which will be dismantled.

The edsnz email address is also no longer in operation


We have a new Auckland EDS address and a new website address will soon follow.


Auckland EF Masses for the Feast of the Assumption – Holy Day of Obligation

Mt St Mary’s EF Mass Centre: two holy Masses at 6.30AM & 7PM

SSPX Immaculate Heart Church 103 Avondale Rd : holy Mass 7PM

Site Change Imminent

This site is going to be refreshed under  a new name and a change of emphasis, to a more academic one with relevant articles, both local and international, published on this website.

The name of this website will be changed but all archival material and information re. Extraordinary Form (Latin Mass) in New Zealand will remain, as will updates re. the availability of [EF] Mass.


Holy Family Church Te Atatu Auckland – Latest News

Confirmed 3rd August 2014 with Fr. Andrew Matthew that EF Mass still offered each Sunday at:

  • Holy Family Church Te Atatu
    Mass: Sunday 8AM
  • Fr. Andrew Matthew  is well despite incorrect assumptions re. his health.

St Pius I Pope, Martyr – Commemoration July 11

This holy Pope ordered that the feast of Easter should be kept only on a Sunday.

He transformed into a church the house of converted senator Pudens. He was martyred in 157.

(Taken from 1962 Missal)

2014 & Summorum Pontificum – Quo Vadis NZ?

 If you ask the average Catholic what Summorum Pontificum was about, they will tell you it is a document which removed almost all of the restrictions on what had come to be known as the “Latin Mass” among a host of other names.  As a result of this move, traditionalists have found themselves able to participate fully in wide areas of parish life…The prevailing opinion is that the motu proprio was simply a concession to people who want to worship in Latin.  This is regrettable.  Far from being a mere concession, Summorum Pontificium is a blueprint for spiritual renewal for all Catholics, not just traditionalists.

To understand why the narrative of a mere concession is inaccurate, it is helpful to recall a bit of history about the status of the Latin Mass within the Church…we can state that a sizeable amount of people still desired to worship according to the manner of the previous Roman Missal, last updated by St. John XXIII.  Church authorities were genuinely surprised about this fact, and decided to address it.  This occurred in the 1984 indult (a privilege that deviates from standard Church law) Quattuor Abhinc Annos.  In it, devotion to the Missal of St. John XXIII was described as a “problem” that was “almost completely solved.”  Yet in spite of their best efforts, the “problem” remained, and was not going away.  As a result, they decided to give that small group of faithful a true and genuine concession to have the Missal celebrated, under very strict circumstances.  No parishes and you could not view the celebration of the Mass as an authentic carrying out of the liturgical reform…

When Joseph Ratzinger became Pope Benedict XVI, this discussion occurred with renewed vigor.  Instead of a “universal Indult”, Benedict released Summorum Pontificum.  This was not a mere concession to existing liturgical law:  it was a rewriting of it…the bias was meant to be towards granting the wishes of anyone who wished to celebrate or assist at the Extraordinary Form.  This was no longer a concession.

Benedict admitted that the response of the Church up to that point on this question was insufficient.  Even if they had the best of intentions, their decisions were hindering the ability of faithful Catholics to have a deeper and fuller communion with the Apostolic See.  Benedict said this situation had to end, not because of what it says about those who had a devotion to the previous Missal, but what it said about the Pope and the Bishops as Catholics.  If they could be integrated into the regular life of the Church, they should be…

The church has talked about unity in diversity extensively for 50 years now.  No matter which liturgy you attend, this isn’t optional.  Far too often this unity is denied to Catholics, whether they are lovers of the Latin Mass, Eastern Rite Catholics, and various others.  If we want take Pope Benedict’s legacy seriously, this has to change.  With Summorum Pontificum, we have all the tools at our disposal to make that change a reality.

(emphasis added – Ref. Summorum Pontificum and the Case for Spiritual Renewal by KEVIN TIERNEY

Objectives of EDSNZ 2014

From EDSNZ Constitution


3.1  To promote the Latin Liturgy of the Church in its various forms.

3.2  To provide a means whereby Catholics who adhere to the Latin Liturgical tradition may  (i) request their pastors (a)  for celebration of Mass according to the rite of the Roman Missal published in 1962 and (b)  for celebration of the remaining sacraments in Latin in accordance with the Ritual in use in 1962 and (ii) request their diocesan bishops for the celebration of the Mass and the Sacraments in Latin in accordance with Article 3.2 (i) (a) and (b) above and (iii) request their diocesan bishops for the personal parish and/or a chaplain for the pastoral care of Catholics who adhere to the earlier Latin Liturgical tradition and (iv)   request the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei” to act in order to achieve any or all of the objects set out in Article 3.2(i) to (iii) inclusive.

3.3  To provide financial, material and other appropriate support for the seminary education of aspirants to the priesthood who (i) desire to carry out their priestly service in the institutes of consecrated life or societies of apostolic life mandated to use the traditional Latin Liturgical forms, or who (ii) their local ordinaries send to study in seminaries established, inter alia, to train priests in the traditional Latin liturgical forms.

3.4  To provide financial, material and other appropriate support for the establishment in New Zealand, with ecclesiastical approval, of institutes of consecrated life or societies of apostolic life mandated to use the traditional Latin liturgical forms.

3.5  To provide financial, material and other appropriate support for the establishment of confraternities of clerics, lay men or lay women who wish, after fitting preparation and the accustomed period of approbation, to be formed into institutes of consecrated life or societies mandated to use the traditional liturgical forms.

3.6  To provide financial, material and other appropriate assistance to individual priests, institutes, or societies mandated to use the traditional Latin liturgy. This assistance can take the following forms: (i) furnishing altars and churches in a manner suitable for the celebration of the liturgy according to the venerable rites; (ii) providing the necessary training, instruments and music to choirs in order that the venerable rites be celebrated with the traditional music of the church, especially Gregorian chant.

3.7    To assist materially the philosophical, theological and liturgical formation of Catholics by promoting the study of Latin and of the teaching and history of the church concerning its liturgy, and in particular, of the authentic principles of liturgical development.

3.8  To provide such other financial, material and other appropriate support for the preservation, restoration or propagation of the traditional Latin liturgical forms, as the Council of the Society may from time to time reasonably decide.

Council of Cardinals & Pope Francis

Vatican City, 4 July 2014 (VIS) – The Council of Cardinals, gathered at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, will conclude its meetings this evening. The next sessions have been scheduled for 15-17 September, 9-11 December and 9-11 February 2015.

With regard to the themes considered, as well as those indicated in recent days (the Governorate, the Secretariat of State and the Institute for the Works of Religion), the Council resumed its reflections on the dicasteries of the Curia. The Laity and Family were studied in particular depth, especially in terms of the contributions and roles that should be assumed by laypeople, married couples and women. Decisions were not made, but more detailed proposals were offered that will subsequently be inserted into the overall framework of the new configuration of the Curia… The Pope participates naturally in the dialogue, promoting a climate of free expression.

There are still no texts that may be considered as drafts of the new Constitution, since the work proceeds in the form of partial contributions, generally presented by individual Cardinals charged with the task of studying specific matters. (emphasis added)