they have organised a campaign, sending a petition to Archbishop Heenan and publishing an appeal in The Times personal column on Monday asking for supporters.
A group of parishioners from a tiny church in Haverhill, West Suffolk, told the CATHOLIC. HERM D that most of the congregation looked "bewildered". Although they were led by a priest, they had not been used to making responses at Mass.
South England At St. Peter's in Winchester, Mgr. S. J. Mullarkey said he was pleased with his people's spirit. At sung Mass they sang "vociferously and well". He added that he did not hear "a single word of criticism" towards the English language and that as it becomes familiar, "things will come naturally".
One parishioner said he felt the new liturgy "especially helpful to my children". The Rev, John Parsons, an Anglican who attended Mass at St. Peter's said "I felt less of a mere spectator than at any other Catholic service I've attended."
St. Boniface parish in Southampton reported "enormous enthusiasm with no hitches", and priests from St. Edmund's in the centre of Southampton praised an "impressively sung" Pater Nosier at sung Mass.
A priest from Romsey parish church said his congregation's response was "really outstanding", and parish priests in Ryde, Isle of Wight, said they were not surprised at the good response because they had been practicing for the past month.
Archbishop Murphy of Cardiff explained the reasons for the
changes in a radio interview on Friday and added that when translations into Welsh are ready they will he used on sonic occasions. The chapel of Garthewein plans to use Welsh in Mass soon, It has always used Welsh for evening services,
Fr. B. Cosulich, administrator of the Cardiff Cathedral, said a parishioner told him he felt he had really assisted at Mass for the first time. "It was a thrilling and exciting day for the parish," the priest added.
People in North Wales "got through the responses as if they'd done them in English for years," according to Fr. James Hannigan, secretary to Bishop Petit of Menevia, "Of course dialogue Mass has been more advanced here than in many other dioceses," he added.
Midlands The changes went "very well" in Sacred Heart church, an industrial parish in Stoke-on-Trent, said Fr. Guy Colman, the parish priest. "It was heart-warming to hear the people speak up as if they were really enjoying it. I'm looking forward to a tremendous improvement as they become more confident."
"The reaction among workers is definitely favourable," said Fr. Bernard Greenwood, parish priest of St. Anthony's, Trafford Park, a Manchester industrial estate. "I was surprised with the ease with which people fell into their stride."
Fr. John Bergin, senior priest at Salford Cathedral, said "There are some die-hards who regret the passing of the old Mass but not very many."
Mr. Bernard Tucker, chairman of the Manchester Newman Circle, said he was worried by the variation in practice throughout the country and by differences in Sun
day and weekday Masses. He also felt "there has been plenty of practice when to stand and how to answer together but not much instruction on what the liturgy is and why the changes arc necessary."
He added that he is looking forward to Masses completely in English. "I long for the day when I can throw away my missal and pray entirely in my own language. Then, we will really get a living liturgy and from that living parishes which will really be communities of fellow Christians worshipping together."
Deaf people will now be able to give responses in sign language for the first time, according to Fr. Charles Hollywood, chaplain to the deaf at Old Trafford. "With Latin it was impossible to translate a Mass into sign language."
In most Liverpool parishes the people had copies of the new rite and were led by priests in the pulpit. A random group interviewed said they felt more intimately associated with the priest at the altar and enjoyed the sense of communal prayer.
A number of people, however, objected to the number of changes of posture, and several said they disliked any kind of change in the Mass.
To remind people of the English absolution in confession, one parish priest is putting up signs outside confessionals saying "Please say your act of contrition before you en ter."
The headmaster of Blessed Edmund Campion School, Bradford. Mr. R. W. Lane, said he noticed "a much better sense of participation, a livelier response and much less boredom" among his 700 pupils.
Fr. T. Murphy, administrator of St. Anne's Cathedral in Leeds said the response there was "moderate" but that he did feel the people were "participating more fully".
Fr, V. McAtamney. chaplain to Leeds University, where an interfaith week has just concluded, said the students were "even more enthusiastic than I anticipated." Non-Catholic visitors who had previously complained to him that "nothing seemed to happen" at Catholic Masses "felt much more at home".
Fr. Lawrence Tinnion, senior priest at St. Mary's Cathedral, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, said his parishioners responded "far better than at any dialogue Masses we'd ever had". Even older people seemed to welcome the English, he added.
A parishioner from Bishop Auckland, Durham, found the Mass "very much more pleasing. Everybody can understand it now",
Scotland was unaffected by the changes except that the vernacular was made obligatory for some sacraments and blessings, the details varying from diocese to diocese.
The vernacular was already introduced in the Epistle and Gospel last October and its use will be extended when the new Mass rite changes come into effect next March.