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St Tarcisius London Server Training Dates for 2020

A big 'thank you' to all those, students and instructors, who made 2019 such a big success for the Society of St Tarcisius. This year we have enrolled 70 members!

We have confirmed dates for the first half of 2020.

We also have a new venue: St James' Spanish Place: see below.

Dates for 2020, all Saturdays:

January 25th (booking page)

March 14th (booking page)

May 9th (booking page)

About St James' Spanish Place


St James' Spanish Place is located at 22 George Street, London, W1U 3QY (click for a map).

Electronic maps tend to direct you to the north side of the church, in Blandford Street, but the entrance is on the south side, in George Street.

Arrival: to the left of the steps up to the main entrance there is a path and steps down to the basement. Please come to the basement for Registration at 10:30am. We particularly want to avoid disturbing the regular Mass in the church which will be concluding at around that time.

Tube: the nearest London Underground station is Bond Street (7 minutes' walk; Jubillee and Central Lines); it is slightly further from Regent's Park, Baker Street, and Marble Arch.

Parking: there is very limited street parking near the church. The nearest car park seems to be the NCP in Portman Square (click for a map).

St James' Spanish Place is one of London's great Catholic churches. It is near the site of the Chapel of the Spanish Embassy where the Mass was available in Penal Times. The fine church you see today was opened in 1890. The Extraordinary Form is celebrated there every Sunday at 9:30 (Low Mass).

Of special significance for our training events, it has numerous side chapels, which will make is easier to train small groups separately.

We would like to record our gratitude to the Parish Priest, Fr Christopher Colven, for his hospitality.

More about Training Days

Start and finish: Days begin at 10:30am and should conclude by 3:30pm. Please book so we know who to expect and what you want to do, and have your names and email addresses. Please be punctual as this really helps with organising the training.

Cost: There is no cost involved in training with us or being enrolled in the Society of St Tarcisius. Those enrolled are given a medal and a cord for it in the appropriate colour. Those promoted get the new colour for the cord. We may charge for replacement medals. See below about donations.

Children: Children are welcome; those under 16 must be accompanied by parent/guardian, or other adult deputed by a parent/guardian known to them.

Training: The days are structured around the needs of the participants so no two days are exactly alike. However, all training is in small groups or one-to-one. We are happy to cover everything from the most basic (pronunciation and serving Low Mass) to more complex issues such as High Mass, variations for services with bishops, and other liturgies such as Benediction, depending on how many people want what and who is available to train them.

Lunch: Bring a sandwich for lunch or buy something locally: you can buy food nearby, such as in Waitrose in Marylebone Street (click for a map). There is plenty of space in the basement to eat your lunch, and also hot water for tea and coffee.

Enrollments: every training day we have concludes with the short service of enrollment into the Society of new members, and where applicable promotion of members from one grade to another, led by a priest. Instructors are able to assess students' suitability for each grade during training. For more on grades, see here.

Cassocks: these aren't essential but we bring some cassocks and cottas, which are particualrly nice to have at enrollments into the Society. If you have your own, please bring it.

Guild of St Clare Vestment Mending Days


St Tarcisius training days in London run in parallel with Vestment Mending Days with the Guild of St Clare. St James' has a particularly large basement ideal for this.

It frequently happens that different members of the same family take part in the two events at the same time.

You may volunteer to help at these Guild of St Clare events regardless of your sewing skills and experience. Tasks at every skill level need to be done, and you will be given something appropriate. Sewing equipement is provided and can also be purchased.

Details of these events can be found here, or email

Supporting the Society of St Tarcisius

The Society of St Tarcisius is affiliated to the Latin Mass Society, which makes a donation to our venues, pays for medals, cords, prayer cards, and items used for the training, and promotes our events through its network and publications. Our instructors very generously give their time for free.

None of our work would be possible without the Latin Mass Society: if you are not a member yet please consider joining.

We would like to have an annual Mass for the intentions of the Society of St Tarcisius, with some solemnity. This would cost a bit more money, particularly if we had a professional choir. If you would like to contribute to this project, you can send the Latin Mass Society a cheque (with a note about its purpose), or use the special 'Donate' button here.


Introibo app

Introibo IPad app for Servers' Responses

Find it in the App Store.

The app was produced by Una Voce Pittsburgh.

How to Serve Low Mass and other books can be found and purchased on this special page of the Latin Mass Society bookshop.

Serving instructions on Low Mass and various positions at Sung Mass created by the late Arthur Crumley can be found here.

See also the Tarcisius blog:

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