Monday, 13 May 2019

Successful training day in Warwick Street


On Saturday 11th May, we held the third of our London training days, this time in Our Lady of the Assumption, Warwick Street. It was attended by ten trainees and four instructors, and the Parish Priest, Fr Mark Elliot Smith, enrolled four new members and promoted three existing members to a higher rank: the first time we have had promotions in the Society. The Society now has 29 members and five Postulants.


Sunday, 28 April 2019

New training days arranged in London


The next server training day is at Our Lady of the Assumption, 10 Warwick St, Soho, London W1B 5LZ (click for a map), on Saturday 11th May.

To take part please book through the LMS website on this page (or find it on the website under 'Events').

Two new dates have been arranged for later in the year, both in St Mary Moorfields, 4-5 Eldon St, London EC2M 7LS (click for a map):

Saturday 14th September (booking page here)

Saturday 16th November (booking page here).

Thursday, 11 April 2019

St Tarcisius medals seen in the wild


The medals of the Society of St Tarcisius have started to appear at celebrations of Mass, and outside the context of events organised specifically for server training.


 At the St Catherine's Trust Family Retreat, the final Mass was celebrated by a team of four members. Members were also present in force at the Latin Mass Society's Pilgrimage to Caversham on the Ember Saturday of Lent.


Sunday, 10 March 2019

Second training day in London


The Society of St Tarcisius held its second training event of the year in St Mary Moorfileds, London, on Saturday 9th March. It was attended by 19 people, plus Fr Neil Brett of St Anne Line, South Woodford. We enrolled four new members and received three new postulants.


The next event will be in Our Lady of the Assumption, Warwick Street, on Saturday 11th May. As with the others in this series, it will take place in conjunction with a sewing day of the Guild of St Clare.


Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Successful server training day in London


On Saturday 16th February the Society had its first Server Training Day, relaunching the Society for a new phase of activity.

Fourteen people were enrolled at appropriate grades in the Society, and two more were registered as 'Postulants'. Because this was our first ever enrollment ceremony, even the instructors were enrolled, including one, Jonathan Hague, at the highest possible grade, Grand Master of Ceremonies.


It was particularly useful to have an entire serving team, from South Woodford, together with their parish priest, Fr Neil Brett, who could go through the ceremonies of Sung Mass together.

Fr Gabriel Diaz officiated at the enrollment ceremony in the afternoon.


The next training day is Saturday 9th March, in the same venue: St Mary Moorfields, Eldon Street, in the City of London: EC2M 7LS. Please email to book.

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Tarcisius medals have arrived

The relaunch of the Society of St Tarcisius is rather dependent on our having physical medals: members can't be enrolled in the ranks of the Society without them. I am delighted to say, therefore, that the manufacturers, JC Trophies, have exceeded expectations in the speed of the process, and the medals are in the LMS Office in plenty of time for distribution at the first of our training days, which is 16th Feburary.

The design on the medals is taken from the central motif of the Latin Mass Society's black High Mass set of vestments: IHS, incorporating a cross, surrounded by a crown of thorns and a quartrfoil. (More on it here.)

Email us at to book your place to be trained and/or enrolled.

Training days start at 10:30 am and should end by 4pm.

February: Saturday 16th at St Mary Moorfields
March: Saturday 9th at St Mary Moorfields
May: Saturday 11th at Our Lady of the Assumption

Friday, 14 December 2018

Server Training days in London in 2019

With apologies for the long dormancy of the Society, it is now being revived with new statutes, a new and specially designed medal for members, and a series of events where servers can be trained and also enrolled in the Society.
The LMS website's page on the Society of St Tarcisius has been updated, and this links to a pdf with information about the aims of the SST and the grades of altar server which it contains.
No one at present has any of these grades, but at the training events already arranged (see below) and other such events we can have the necessary brief tests and enroll people at the appropriate level.
I would like to hear from anyone will to attend at these events as a trainee or trainer, or simply to be enrolled (please specify your level of experience).
I would also like to hear from anyone willing to organise training events elsewhere in the country.
Contact me through
With best wishes for Advent and Christmas,
Joseph Shaw

Training days in London

Saturday 16th February in St Mary Moorfields,
Saturday 9th March in St Mary Moorfields,
Saturday 11th May in Our Lady of the Assumption, Warwick Street.
All levels of serving can be addressed, and servers can be enrolled in the Society and receive its splendid new medal.
Days begin at 10:30am: full details here. Please book so we know who to expect, indicating your level of experience, what you would like to learn, or at what grade you feel you could be enrolled:
These training days in London are running in parallel with Vestment Mending Days with the Guild of St Clare, in the basement of the churches where the training is taking place. Details of these events can be found here.