Well done, Hearts Aflame, well done.

Over the last week or so I’ve managed to speak to a number of young people from my parish and elsewhere who attended Hearts Aflame earlier this month. The reports that have come my way have been very positive indeed.

One of the great strengths of Hearts Aflame is that young people are able to speak with priests and religious – priests and religious, what is more, who are almost all not afraid (or encumbered by outdated and silly ideas about being better able to mix with laypeople by dressing in civvies) to wear their clericals and habits. Apparently this year Hearts had representatives from the following dioceses and religious:

– Hamilton, Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin dioceses

– representatives from the Dominicans, the Community of St John, the Marists, and the Augustinians of the Assumption; not to mention the Sisters of Life, the Beatitudes community, the Little Sisters of the Poor and others

Other highlights for these participants were (in no particular order – and I’m sure I’ve forgotten some!):

– regular Prayer of the Church (Lauds, Vespers and Compline) – all chanted according to the traditional modes

– the opportunity for confession and spiritual direction

– some great lectures throughout the week on a number of varied and interesting topics

– vibrant evening sessions, culminating in a talk from a variety of speakers each night

– a vocations session, including Q&A with an expert panel

– time simply to chat with other young people who are in the same boat as them

– reverently celebrated liturgy

– a Solemn High Mass according to the Missal of 1962

Here is the Hearts Website for those who are interested.

Another great strength of Hearts Aflame is the sheer number and variety of things on offer. There is always something to appeal to the young people it seems, no matter where they are at. From the music, to talks, to the availability of clergy, to the free time, to prayer teams and so much more, all the participants are given a way to grow closer to the Lord at Hearts Aflame.

Importantly, they aren’t likely to get the ‘paddling pool’, ‘fluffy’, ‘smorgasbord’, ‘take-it-or-leave-it’ ‘catholicism; what they get at Hearts is the Faith, pure and unadulterated.

The greatest strength of Hearts, from what I’m hearing, is the liturgy. For ten days, these young people are immersed in something thoroughly Catholic; where the liturgy is celebrated beautifully – and where it is clear to participants that at Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours they are entering Something Great. The liturgy, well celebrated, is so important in these times. Lex orandi, lex credendi, lex vivendi.

I am personally very impressed to see the offering of an optional Traditional Mass at Hearts Aflame. So, it seems, are the good folk over at New Liturgical Movement; they’ve put up a short report and video of the Mass. You can find it here.

Congratulations to the Planning Team – and especially to the priests involved at Hearts Aflame – for all the work you are doing. Please pray for this essential apostolate in New Zealand. I would say that Hearts is doing much to assist along the lines shown in this article.


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    Comments: 10

    1. JimmyG January 29, 2013 at 5:33 pm

      Hey Marty, thanks for the news. Hearts Aflame has done and still does a great job for young people in NZ. I enjoyed it when I went way back.

      I checked out that link and the video. That Solemn Mass looked beautiful and sounded amazing. Fr Dillon’s singing is spectacular. I didn’t know that Fr Nicholas was now saying the old Mass. I knew him years ago. Does anybody know which parish is he in now?

      Your post on liturgy from last week has been clarified by that video. The old Mass “is not a museum piece” as Fr Nicholas says. If we had more of that in NZ, I’d go to that rather than what my parish serves up. Our parish has lost so many people.

      Cheers mate :)

    2. withhope January 30, 2013 at 3:06 pm

      wow – gives one hope. my experience of mass in nz after years away was that it simply isn’t catholic and that priests could care less about converts because, after all the catholic truth is just one among many… the vatican will release mid-year a booklet that should force the ‘Catholic’ back into the Mass, however. it’s interesting that there’s nothing in VII to cause priests to turn their back on God, stop latin, introduce babel into the liturgy, smash altars, set up the table that closes the priest-peeps circle against God so that the Church resembles a masonic temple rather than a Church, or swamp the liturgy with rubbish hymns etc. etc. this from the CMTV.com site:

      Mass for Dummies

      Hello everyone and welcome to The Vortex where lies and falsehoods are trapped and
      exposed. I’m Michael Voris.

      In further evidence of the epic failure of Church leadership over the past 50 years .. AND
      a sign of encouragement that at least some in the Church are finally trying to change
      course .. the latest news out of the Vatican is noteworthy.

      The Vatican is preparing what amounts to an instruction booklet for priests AND the
      faithful on how to properly attend Mass – meaning with reverence and piety and a
      worshipful soul.

      Imagine this for a moment. Things have gotten SO bad that the Vatican has to issue what
      is essentially a – Mass for Dummies handbook.

      Underscoring this .. late last week .. San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone gave
      a speech in London England and during the Q & A he lamented rather dramatically ..
      according to those in attendance .. the woeful and near disgusting lack of silence in the
      Church before and after each Mass.

      What Catholics .. the average Joe Catholic sitting in the pews has failed to grasp is the
      enormous drop off in authentic worship that has overcome a HUGE number of people
      sitting at Mass each week.

      They simply do not know or understand AND have no real grasp that they DO NOT
      KNOW just how bad things have really gotten at Our Lady of Suburbia. And what’s
      more .. a large number of priests are equally in the dark.
      They haven’t been trained enough in theology .. they haven’t been formed sufficiently
      spiritually to grasp just how miserable conditions are at Mass each Sunday. Not that all
      of this is their fault.

      Ignorance of the truth does excuse a person .. to a degree. Just exactly to WHAT degree
      will be adjudicated by Our Blessed Lord .. but in the meantime .. this ignorance must be

      So .. enter the Vatican new manual that they are hoping will be out by the summer.
      We’re told .. there are some rather direct .. t-h-a-n-k y-o-u .. comments in there about
      priests needing to stop being showman. Yep.

      The Mass isn’t about Fr. Nice. It’s about worshipping God. It’s supposed to say that in
      their as well. The Mass isn’t about gathering as a community and having some feel good
      emote-in. It’s supposed to say that in their too.
      The Mass is the central act of worship .. the HIGHEST expression of our Catholicism
      because it is offering to and worshipping God in the precise manner in which He Himself has commanded it .. DO THIS IS MEMORY OF ME.

      Stated in another way from the Vatican cardinal leading the work .. the Mass “is the
      adoration of God and the salvation of men, which is not a creation of ours, but source and
      summit of the Church.”

      The cardinal also blasted the idea of entertaining music being played and certain songs
      being sung that are meant to evoke an emotional response and help overcome boredom.
      Yep. Clearly he’s been to practically any parish in the United States on any given Sunday
      where the “audience” is treated to a nice rendition and medley of Protestant hymns like
      Amazing Grace, as well as syrupy sappy 1970’s and 80’s Catholic hits suitable for banjo
      and drum accompaniment.

      We’ve attached a link to the news article that offers more detail. It’s well worth the
      read .. but in the meanwhile .. it’s worth considering, again .. that a) this is being done ..
      GOOD! And b) that things are so off track, it NEEDS to be done .. BAD!!
      Now this is gonna over like a lead balloon with many of the baby boomer Catholics who
      rather like this Church of Nice – and we’re talking about priests as well as laity. They
      don’t go to Mass to worship God, they go to worship themselves – so instructions from
      that old man in Rome are not gonna be received joyfully, will be opposed, will be spoken
      of in derogatory terms either explicitly .. or implicitly and slyly by the more career

      But they can throw fits and whine and yell that the Church is out of step .. is trying to
      return to the Dark Ages and all their usual talking points all they want. The fact is ..
      things are severely messed up and little by little .. steps are being taken to fix them.
      While it is proving to be ONE VERY LONG day .. this much is certain .. the sun is
      continuing to set on the modernist Catholic crowd. Pray that a peaceful night will soon be
      upon us.

      GOD Love you,
      I’m Michael Voris


    3. bamac January 30, 2013 at 4:02 pm


      Thank you for the post and, even more, for the link … It was so worthwhile watching the beautiful Holy Mass that so many experienced there at Hearts Aflame … Watching it I felt that I too was part of it.

      Father celebrated Holy Mass with the beautiful vestments that were worn in all the Masses of old pre Vat11.. The Cross of Christ on Father’s back always reminded us that , when he was celebrating Holy Mass , father was acting in person Christus and that Holy Mass was indeed the continuation of Christ’s Crucifixion and total offering of Himself to God His, and our, Father and that we were there , at His invitation, to join in offering ourselves along with Him and that after this offering ,God gave us individually , in the miracle of Holy Communion, Christ His Son , Body, Blood , Soul and Divinity …. what more could we ever receive from God out of love?

      I am bookmarking the video of that Holy Mass ( despite the photographer’s sometimes shaky hand )… it made me wish so much , that we still had altar rails so that , we too, in what ever Catholic Church we might find ourseves for Holy Mass, could kneel when we received Our Blessed Lord in Holy Communion You really have made my day Marty … Bless you,


      Mrs Mac

    4. Marty Rethul January 30, 2013 at 4:32 pm

      No problem, Bamac!

      If we can’t bring you to the Traditional Mass, at least we can bring the Traditional Mass to you!

    5. bamac January 30, 2013 at 4:35 pm


    6. Teresina January 31, 2013 at 2:18 am

      I agree with what you say, Mrs Mac. The video is really inspiring. Thank you, Marty.

      And referring to Withhope’s posting of Michael Voris, I couldn’t agree more. Things are really messed up. The video of the EF Latin Mass is such a contrast to what we get on Sundays. There is just no comparison. As Michael Voris says, conditions at most Sunday Masses are miserable. The music is an insult to the intelligence and the Sunday Mass has degenerated into a people parade where God doesn’t even appear to take second place. You have to wonder, if people really believed that Christ really and truly comes down on the altar at Mass would they behave as they do? Would that young woman sitting next to me with her feet up on the pew in front, texting on her mobile phone continue to do that? Would the scantily dressed young women serving on the altar at the Cathedral in Hamilton cover themselves up if they were aware that Jesus was there? Would the parents continue to let their children run around the church even during the Consecration? In particular, would any of these people behave in that manner if they were invited to an audience with the Queen? I doubt it, so why is it good enough to behave like this in front of the King of Kings?

    7. JimmyG January 31, 2013 at 11:20 am


      here is that Voris video

      Teresina, it’s very sad that Mass has become a type of entertainment now, especially with regard to the music. Applause and noise and spectating are the norm now. It’s so hard to change it, because it is the culture, and the culture has become the norm within the church, in the liturgy, on the sanctuary, in the hearts of people; so much so, that when the real thing is offered (for example, a Solemn Mass as shown in the video above), it is so foreign to people, that they complain and say that it isn’t what they want… it’s not engaging enough (translate: it’s not cosy, warm, entertaining, and exciting)

    8. Teresina February 2, 2013 at 10:18 am

      JimmyG, I agree with what you say. Thankfully, the EF Latin Mass is becoming a little more available in New Zealand. There are several Masses in Auckland on Sundays. The Ecclesia Dei New Zealand site has a list of where the EF Latin Mass is said in the various Dioceses – see their link:


      For anyone interested in attending, a visiting priest to New Zealand will be offering Mass in Wellington at St Mary of the Angels at 6.15pm tonight at Our Lady’s altar, and Candlemass at Holy Cross Church Miramar tomorrow. (Contact:- Neil Coup (EDSNZ) Wellington, Ph: 021-896924 for details). Then he will celebrate the Mass of St Andrew Corsini at St Columba’s, Ashurst, Palmerston North, on Monday at 2.40 pm.

    9. bamac February 2, 2013 at 12:57 pm


      Thank you for the link to Ecclesia Dei … I haven’t visited their site before and found what I had been missing so thank you . One of teir items seems to fit in with this thread very well ….

      Pope Speaks – Church Becomes Fully Visible in the Mass (Excerpts)

      October 4th, 2012 by admin

      Vatican City, 3 October 2012 (VIS) – Liturgical prayer in the life of Christians, especially during Mass, was the central theme of Benedict XVI’s catechesis during his general audience, held this morning in St. Peter’s Square.

      Prayer, the Pope explained, “is the living relationship of the children of God with their immeasurably good Father, with His Son Jesus Christ and with the Holy Spirit…
      “constantly gazing at Christ in ways that are ever new”, said the Holy Father. “Yet we must not forget that we discover Christ and know Him as a living Person in the Church. She is ‘His Body’…
      The liturgy “is not some form of ‘self-expression’ of a community…It means entering into that great living community in which God Himself nourishes us. The liturgy implies universality”, and it “is important for all Christians to feel that they are truly part of this universal ‘us’, which is the foundation and refuge for the ‘me’, in the Body of Christ which is the Church”…

      “It is not the individual priest or member of the faithful, or the group, which celebrates the liturgy. Rather, the liturgy is primarily the action of God through the Church with all her history, her rich tradition and her creativity. This universality and fundamental openness, which is specific to all the liturgy, is one of the reasons for which it cannot be invented or modified by a single community or by experts, but must remain faithful to the forms of the universal Church”.
      The Church becomes fully visible in the liturgy, the Holy Father concluded, “the act by which we believe that God enters our lives and we can encounter Him…

      That says so much I think.


      Mrs Mac

    10. JimmyG February 2, 2013 at 1:31 pm

      Great comments from the Holy Father. Thanks bamac.