Our community is given permission by the Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal Pell, to preserve the Traditional Latin Mass in its integrity through the ministry of the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter (FSSP). The FSSP priests offer Sydney Catholics, an opportunity to participate in the full spectrum of traditional Catholic life, especially here at Lewisham.
Our liturgies are enhanced by the leadership of the Schola Cantorum and the Choir of St Radegund, who support the singing of the congregation at sung Mass with authentic Gregorian Chant, and, at times, with traditional Latin Hymns and Renaissance polyphony.
Our Sung Mass, every Sunday and Thursday, is a mature religious, aesthetic and cultural treasure enacting the full expression of our communal Catholic heritage, rooted in litugical symbolism, austere yet rich, solemn yet joyful, with the whole community of everyday Catholics participating at Mass in prayer, response, chant and sacred action.
Much prayerful time and effort has been given to ensure that the laity is involved in the ritual. Every Sunday Mass starts with the congregation chanting the Asperges and ends with a chanted Sub Tuum honouring the patroness of the Chapel, Our Lady of the Maternal Heart. Through the Mass, the people chant the Latin responses, sing the Kyrie, the Gloria, the Creed, the Sanctus, and the Agnus Dei.
Before and after Mass on Sundays the congregation are invited to join in with the traditional chanted Divine Offices of Terce and Sext. After Thursday Mass, the laity are invited to chant Compline.
And after Mass, all are invited to share in refreshments and friendly conversation in the intimate courtyard of the Chapel.