Sunday, April 13, 2014

Oakland County Latin Mass Association Weekly Sunday Tridentine Mass to Begin on May 4 at the Chapel of the Academy of the Sacred Heart


"I will go in unto the Altar of God
To God, Who giveth joy to my youth"

Tridentine Community News (April 13, 2014):
A major new Tridentine Mass site will debut in metro Detroit on Sunday, May 4: The Oakland County Latin Mass Association will commence its long-anticipated weekly Sunday Mass at 9:45 AM at the Chapel of the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Sr. Bridget Bearss, RCSJ, Head of School at the Academy, extends a warm welcome to all interested in worshipping at this, the first Extraordinary Form site in Oakland County to be established after the reforms of Vatican II.

Part of a sumptuous private school campus, the Academy Chapel is located at 1250 Kensington Road, one half-mile south of Long Lake Rd., one half-mile east of Woodward Ave., and one mile south of the Opdyke Road ramp off the Square Lake Road exit from I-75. The chapel has a High Altar, Communion Rail, pipe organ, and all of the key requirements for a traditionally-celebrated Mass.




Archbishop Vigneron has appointed Msgr. Ronald Browne as Chaplain of the Oakland County Latin Mass Association, signifying the support of the Archdiocese of Detroit. High Mass (Missa Cantata) will be offered every Sunday, and Confessions will be offered before Mass.

A reception will be held after the first Mass on May 4. We hope to hold regular receptions to help build fellowship in the community.

Volunteers are needed: Are you interested in joining the choir? Serving at the altar? Being an usher or counting the collection? Helping with receptions? Please e-mail the address at the bottom of this page, or call (248) 250-2740 for more information.

Debut Parties for Extraordinary Faith

Two local viewing parties will be held to celebrate the April 14 debut on EWTN of our locally produced television series, Extraordinary Faith. This Monday evening, April 14, Juventútem Michigan is sponsoring one gathering in Ann Arbor for young adults age 18-35.

On Tuesday, April 15, another gathering will be held in the Social Hall of Windsor’s Assumption Church, following the 7:00 PM Tridentine Mass. Refreshments will be served.


At both events, the first episode of the series will be shown. This author, the Executive Producer of the series, will provide background about the show and will discuss plans for the future.

For more information, see the Facebook event pages for both events. Links to these event pages are on the Extraordinary Faith Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ExtraordinaryFaith.

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Mon. 04/14 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Joseph (Monday of Holy Week)
  • Tue. 04/15 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Benedict/Assumption-Windsor (Tuesday of Holy Week)
  • Thu. 04/17 7:00 PM: High Mass at St. Joseph (Holy Thursday)
  • Fri. 04/18 12:00 Noon: Good Friday Liturgy at St. Joseph
  • Fri. 04/18 5:30 PM: Good Friday Liturgy with full choir at St. Benedict/Assumption-Windsor
  • Sat. 04/19 8:00 PM: High Mass at St. Joseph (Easter Vigil)
[Comments? Please e-mail tridnews@detroitlatinmass.org. Previous columns are available at http://www.detroitlatinmass.org. This edition of Tridentine Community News, with minor editions, is from the St. Albertus (Detroit) and Assumption (Windsor) bulletin inserts for April 13, 2014. Hat tip to A.B., author of the column.]

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Tridentine Masses for Holy Week in the Metro Detroit area


Tridentine Masses This Coming Week

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Vatican’s Official Latin Translator Msgr. Daniel Gallagher Celebrates Tridentine Mass in Ann Arbor


"I will go in unto the Altar of God
To God, Who giveth joy to my youth"

Tridentine Community News (April 6, 2014):
Vatican’s Official Latin Translator Msgr. Daniel Gallagher Celebrates Tridentine Mass in Ann Arbor

The Detroit Free Press gave impressive front-page coverage on March 27, 2014 to the visit of Msgr. Daniel Gallagher to metro Detroit. Msgr. Gallagher is a Traverse City native who now serves as one of the Vatican’s chief translators of documents into Latin. Among other duties, he translates the Pope’s Tweets into Latin.


Msgr. Gallagher is known around metro Detroit for the time he spent at Sacred Heart Major Seminary as a Latin instructor. Until last weekend, however, he was not known for celebrating Holy Mass in Latin, in either the Extraordinary or Ordinary Forms. Breaking new ground once again, members of Juventútem Michigan were able to persuade Msgr. Gallagher to celebrate a Low Tridentine Mass at Ann Arbor’s St. Thomas the Apostle Church last Saturday, March 29. [Photo by Joseph Gryniewicz]

[Related: "Michigan priest translates pope's tweets into Latin" (USA Today, March 27, 2014) - Hat tip to Dr. Janet Smith.]

Ecclesiastical Latin Resources

Readers occasionally ask for references on learning church Latin.

One of the most widely-used textbooks is Scanlon & Scanlon’s Latin Grammar: Grammar Vocabularies, and Exercises in Preparation for the Reading of the Missal and Breviary. This is the book that St. Josaphat parishioner and Latin Professor Peter Gulewich has used in parish classes in previous years.

Canon Law expert and Sacred Heart Major Seminary Professor Dr. Edward Peters teaches Latin at the seminary. He has assembled a comprehensive page of reference materials to help people learn and translate Latin:

http://www.canonlaw.info/catholicissues_ecclatin.htm

Juventútem Goes to Flint

On Friday, April 25, Juventútem Michigan will be returning to Flint, Michigan. A 7:00 PM High Mass will be held at a church which has not held one in over 40 years, St. Michael. As is customary on Last Fridays, a dinner for young adults age 18-35 will follow the Mass.

Our Lady Queen of Apostles, Hamtramck To Host Tridentine Mass on May 30

On Friday, May 30 at 7:00 PM, Hamtramck’s Our Lady Queen of Apostles will hold their first Tridentine Mass in over 40 years. Built in 1950, Queen of Apostles is a well-preserved church, with High Altar, Side Altars, and pipe organ intact. Only the Communion Rail has been partially removed. [Photo by Andy Hoxie]


Today, Queen of Apostles is clustered with St. Hyacinth Church, under the common pastorship of Fr. Janusz Iwan. St. Hyacinth hosts several special Masses in the Extraordinary Form over the course of the year, so it is only natural that Queen of Apostles also be included in this initiative. Thanks are due to St. Hyacinth parishioner Mike Smigielski for organizing this Mass and all of the others at St. Hyacinth.

Being a Last Friday, Juventútem Michigan is planning to hold a dinner for young adults age 18-35 at a local restaurant following the Mass.

Holy Week Schedule
  • Mon. 04/14 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Joseph (Monday of Holy Week)
  • Tue. 04/15 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Benedict/Assumption-Windsor (Tuesday of Holy Week)
  • Thu. 04/17 7:00 PM: High Mass at St. Joseph (Holy Thursday)
  • Fri. 04/18 12:00 Noon: Good Friday Liturgy at St. Joseph
  • Fri. 04/18 5:30 PM: Good Friday Liturgy at St. Benedict/Assumption-Windsor
  • Sat. 04/19 8:00 PM: High Mass at St. Joseph (Easter Vigil)
Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Mon. 04/07 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Joseph (Feria of Lent)
  • Tue. 04/08 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Benedict/Assumption-Windsor (Feria of Lent)
[Comments? Please e-mail tridnews@detroitlatinmass.org. Previous columns are available at http://www.detroitlatinmass.org. This edition of Tridentine Community News, with minor editions, is from the St. Albertus (Detroit) and Assumption (Windsor) bulletin inserts for April, 2014. Hat tip to A.B., author of the column.]

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Tridentine Masses coming this week in the Metro Detroit area


Tridentine Masses This Coming Week

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Another Chaldean shooting victim in Metro Detroit


"Clinton Township party store shooting victim was a cancer survivor" (Macomb Daily, March 29, 2014):
Basim Sulaka was able to beat cancer, but unable to stop the gunfire that took his life in a robbery.

About six months after the 51-year-old Sterling Heights resident successfully completed a series of grueling chemotherapy sessions, he was killed late Friday in a robbery at the party store he owned and operated in Clinton Township.

“It’s not fair, said Mark Adamo, a cousin of the victim, said Saturday. “Words cannot explain what happened here.”

Adamo was one of an estimated 300 people -- customers, friends and relatives -- gathered Saturday night at the Moon Lite party store on Harper Avenue north of 14 Mile Road for a candlelight vigil to honor the man they fondly knew as “Basil.”
A mutual acquaintance writes: "Basim 'Bail' Sulaka, a member of the Chaldean community, was a good family man, a proud father of two teen daughters, a cancer survivor and a beloved part of our neighborhood. I was blessed to see his smiling face and experience his kind demeanor often. Please pray for his family and our community."

An ABC News report (VIDEO) shows the amazing outpouring of grief and affection for the victim: http://www.wxyz.com/news/police-search-for-3-suspects-in-clinton-township-murder

Sunday, March 30, 2014

MUST SEE: "Extraordinary Faith" series set to debut on EWTN (April 14th)


"I will go in unto the Altar of God
To God, Who giveth joy to my youth"

Tridentine Community News (March 30, 2014):
Extraordinary Faith Episode 1:
Mission San Juan Capistrano
To Debut on EWTN on April 14

EWTN has announced the debut of Extraordinary Faith, our locally-produced television series showcasing the beauties of Sacred Tradition and the Tridentine Mass. Episode 1 was filmed at the historic Mission San Juan Capistrano in California, located about one hour south of Los Angeles.

The oldest still-functioning Catholic church in California is the Mission’s Serra Chapel. The Serra Chapel also happens to be the site of one of the first Tridentine Masses to be established in North America after Vatican II in the wake of the 1984 Vatican indult, Quattuor Abhinc Annos, which re-permitted the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass worldwide if the local bishop approved.


As a point of interest, the Mission was made available for our use by its gracious pastor, Msgr. Art Holquin, who struck up a conversation with this author during a visit when he realized I was a member of the Windsor Tridentine Mass Community. Msgr. Holquin just happened to be an enthusiastic user of Michel Ozorak’s Chant Sheets and was interested in receiving some one-on-one training on how to celebrate a High Mass. A small world, indeed.

This episode also includes some background information about the series, as well as an interview with George Sarah, a Hollywood composer who was asked to become president of Una Voce Los Angeles after he organized a number of special high-profile Tridentine Masses in historic churches. Joy Lanfranchi of Una Voce Orange County discusses the annual Lenten Pilgrimage from St. Michael’s [Norbertine] Abbey to the Mission, culminating, not surprisingly, with a Latin Mass.


Episode 1 of Extraordinary Faith – Mission San Juan Capistrano – will be televised on EWTN beginning Monday, April 14, 2014 at 4:30 AM Eastern time. The episode will be re-run on Good Friday, April 18, 2014 at 2:00 AM Eastern time. The network wanted to run the episode during Holy Week because of the Lenten Pilgrimage segment. EWTN is considering future airings of Episode 1 at more convenient times of the day.

DVD copies of this and every episode of Extraordinary Faith will be available for sale from EWTN’s Religious Catalog. Our contract with EWTN also permits us to post each episode on our web site, one month after it debuts on the network. Beginning Wednesday, May 14, 2014, Episode 1 will be available for viewing on www.extraordinaryfaith.tv. Please note that the site is not yet up, but will go live no later than Tuesday, April 8. At that time, you will be able to view a trailer introducing the series on the site.

Web Site and Training Apostolate

Speaking of the web site, some credit is appropriate: Accomplished Australian Catholic web developer Michael Peterson is designing a comprehensive web presence for Extraordinary Faith. The site will offer a spectrum of resources for those new to the Latin Mass. It will include a section offering on-site training to priests and musicians who are interested in learning the Tridentine Mass. We will also have a Facebook page where people can have their questions about the Latin Mass answered in a courteous manner.

Possible Debut Party

Charlie and Ron Parent have suggested a possible debut party for Extraordinary Faith. There will be a private showing of Episode 1, snacks will be served, and some inside stories will be shared. If you would be interested in attending, please see Ron, Charlie, Sharon Moody, or Diane Begin, or e-mail the address at the bottom of this page. Please indicate what day(s) of the week work best for you.

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Mon. 03/31 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Joseph (Feria of Lent)
  • Tue. 04/01 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Benedict/Assumption-Windsor (Feria of Lent)
  • Fri. 04/04 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Joseph (Feria of Lent) – First Friday
[Comments? Please e-mail tridnews@detroitlatinmass.org. Previous columns are available at http://www.detroitlatinmass.org. This edition of Tridentine Community News, with minor editions, is from the St. Albertus (Detroit) and Assumption (Windsor) bulletin inserts for March 30, 2014. Hat tip to A.B., author of the column.]

Saturday, March 29, 2014


Tridentine Masses This Coming Week

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Tridentine Masses in the Metro Detroit area coming this week


Tridentine Masses This Coming Week

The Rosary in Latin


"I will go in unto the Altar of God
To God, Who giveth joy to my youth"

Tridentine Community News (March 23, 2014):
In his Apostolic Exhortation, Sacraméntum Caritátis, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI instructed that “the better-known prayers of the Church’s tradition should be recited in Latin.” An excellent way to obey this directive is to learn to pray the Holy Rosary in Latin. Here are the prayers:

Sign of the Cross: In nómine Patris, et Fílii, et Spíritus Sancti. Amen.

Apostles’ Creed: Credo in Deum, Patrem omnipoténtem, Creatórem cæli et terræ. Et in Jesum Christum, Fílium ejus unícum, Dóminum nostrum: qui concéptus est de Spíritu Sancto, natus ex María Vírgine, passus sub Póntio Piláto, crucifíxus, mórtuus, et sepúltus: descéndit ad ínferos: tértia die resurréxit a mórtuis: ascéndit ad cælos: sedet ad déxteram Dei Patris omnipoténtis: inde ventúrus est judicáre vivos et mórtuos. Credo in Spíritum Sanctum, sanctam Ecclésiam cathólicam, Sanctórum communiónem, remissiónem peccatórum, carnis resurrectiónem, vitam ætérnam. Amen.

Our Father: Pater noster, qui es in cælis, sanctificétur nomen tuum. Advéniat regnum tuum. Fiat volúntas tua, sicut in cælo et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidiánum da nobis hodie, et dimítte nobis débita nostra, sicut et nos dimíttimus debitóribus nostris. Et ne nos indúcas in tentatiónem: sed líbera nos a malo. Amen.

Hail Mary: Ave María, grátia plena, Dóminus técum; benedícta tu in muliéribus, et benedíctus fructus ventris tui, Jesus. Sancta María, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatóribus, nunc et in hora mortis nostræ. Amen.

Glory Be: Glória Patri, et Fílio, et Spirítui Sancto. Sicut erat in princípio, et nunc, et semper: et in saécula sæculórum. Amen.

Fatima Prayer: Dómine Jesu, dimítte nobis debíta nostra, salva nos ab igne infériori, perduc in cælum omnes ánimas, præsértim eas, quæ misericórdiæ tuæ máxime índigent.

Hail, Holy Queen: Salve Regína, mater misericórdiæ: vita, dulcédo, et spes nostra, salve. Ad te clamámus, éxsules fílii Hevæ. Ad te suspirámus, geméntes et flentes in hac lacrimárum valle. Eja ergo, Advocáta nostra, illos tuos misericórdes óculos ad nos convérte. Et Jesum, benedíctum fructum ventris tui, nobis post hoc exsílium osténde. O clemens, O pia, O dulcis Virgo María.

℣. Ora pro nobis sancta Dei Génitrix.
℟. Ut digni efficiámur promissiónibus Christi.

Concluding Prayer: Orémus: Deus, cujus Unigénitus per vitam, mortem et resurrectiónem suam nobis salútis ætérnæ praémia comparávit: concéde, quaésumus: ut hæc mystéria sacratíssimo beátæ Maríæ Vírginis Rosário recoléntes, et imitémur quod cóntinent, et quod promíttunt, assequámur. Per eúmdem Christum Dóminum nostrum. Amen.

For the Holy Father’s Intentions: Ad mentem Summi Pontíficis:

Mystéria Gaudiósa (The Joyful Mysteries)

Prímum Mystérium Gaudiósum: Annuntiátio
Secúndum Mystérium Gaudiósum: Visitátio
Tértium Mystérium Gaudiósum: Natívitas Dómini nostri Jesu Christi
Quartum Mystérium Gaudiósum: Præsentátio Púeri Jesu in Templo
Quintum Mystérium Gaudiósum: Invéntio Púeri Jesu in Templo

Mystéria Dolorósa (The Sorrowful Mysteries)

Prímum Mystérium Dolorósum: Agónia in Horto
Secúndum Mystérium Dolorósum: Flagellátio
Tértium Mystérium Dolorósum: Coronátio spinis
Quartum Mystérium Dolorósum: Bajulátio Crucis
Quintum Mystérium Dolorósum: Crucifíxio et Mors Dómini nostri Jesu Christi

Mystéria Gloriósa (The Glorious Mysteries)

Prímum Mystérium Gloriósum: Resurréctio
Secúndum Mystérium Gloriósum: Ascénsio
Tértium Mystérium Gloriósum: Descénsus Spíritus Sancti
Quartum Mystérium Gloriósum: Assúmptio
Quintum Mystérium Gloriósum: Coronátio Beátæ Maríæ Vírginis in Cælis

Mystéria Luminósa (The Luminous Mysteries)

Prímum Mystérium Luminósum: Baptísma Dómini nostri Jesu Christi apud Jordánem
Secúndum Mystérium Luminósum: Núptiæ Canénses
Tértium Mystérium Luminósum: Proclamátio Regni Dei
Quartum Mystérium Luminósum: Transfigurátio
Quintum Mystérium Luminósum: Institútio Eucharístiæ

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Mon. 03/24 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Joseph (Feria of Lent)
  • Tue. 03/25 7:00 PM: High Mass at St. Benedict/Assumption-Windsor (Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary) – Mass will be held in the Rosary Chapel this Tuesday only
  • Fri. 03/28 7:30 PM: High Mass at Resurrection Parish, Lansing (Feria of Lent) – Dinner for young adults age 18-35 follows Mass, organized by Juventútem Michigan
  • Sun. 03/30 12:00 Noon: High Mass at Our Lady of the Scapular, Wyandotte (Fourth Sunday of Lent – Lætáre Sunday) - Eucharistic Exposition for the closing of the parish’s Forty Hours Devotion follows Holy Mass
  • Sun. 03/30 12:30 PM: High Mass at Immaculate Conception, Lapeer (Fourth Sunday of Lent – Lætáre Sunday)
[Comments? Please e-mail tridnews@detroitlatinmass.org. Previous columns are available at http://www.detroitlatinmass.org. This edition of Tridentine Community News, with minor editions, is from the St. Albertus (Detroit) and Assumption (Windsor) bulletin inserts for March 23, 2014. Hat tip to A.B., author of the column.]

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Tridentine Masses in the Metro Detroit area coming this week


Tridentine Masses This Coming Week

Extraordinary Community News



"I will go in unto the Altar of God
To God, Who giveth joy to my youth"

Tridentine Community News
(March 16, 2014):

Graces to be Gained from Holy Mass
Despite its modest name, “A Blog for Dallas Area Catholics” (http://veneremurcernui.wordpress.com) offers meaty material for readers, no matter where they reside. One recent post, a portion of which is reprinted below, outlines some of the graces to be gained by assisting at Holy Mass. This list was excerpted from the book, Explanation of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass by Fr. Martin von Cochem, a Capuchin priest who lived from 1625-1712.

  • For thy salvation God the Father sends His beloved Son down from Heaven
  • For thy salvation the Holy Spirit changes bread and wine into the True Body and Blood of Christ
  • For thy sake the Son of God comes down from Heaven, and conceals Himself under the form of the Sacred Host
  • He even abases Himself to such an extent as to be present in the minutest particle of the Sacred Host
  • For thy salvation He renews the saving mystery of the Incarnation
  • For thee Christ offers Himself as a true burnt-offering, and renders to the Godhead the supreme honor which is its due
  • By offering this act of worship to God thou dost make reparation for the glory which thou hast failed to give Him
  • For thee Christ offers Himself to God as a Sacrifice of praise, thus atoning for thy omissions in praising His Holy Name.
  • By offering to God this oblation which Christ offers thou givest Him greater praise than do the holy angels
  • By offering to God Christ’s act of thanksgiving thou dost make ample acknowledgement of all the benefits He has bestowed on thee
  • For thee Christ offers Himself as the all-powerful Victim, reconciling thee to the God Whom thou has offended
  • He pardons thee all thy venial sins, provided thou art firmly resolved to forsake them
  • He offers Himself as a victim to make satisfaction for a part at least of thy debts and transgressions
  • Each time thou hearest Mass thou canst do more to pay the penalty due to thy sins than by the severest work of penance
  • For the sake of this propitiatory victim the petitions proffered during Mass will be granted far sooner than those that are proffered at other times
  • Never canst thou pray so well as whilst present at Mass
  • This is so because Christ unites His prayers to thine, and offers them to His Heavenly Father
  • He acquaints Him with thy needs and the dangers to which thou art exposed, and makes thy eternal salvation His particular concern
  • By offering this Holy Sacrifice thou dost present to the Blessed Trinity the most acceptable of all oblations, greater than all things in Heaven and earth
  • By this Sacrifice thou dost honor God as He alone is worthy to be honored
  • By this Sacrifice thou dost give infinite satisfaction to the Most Holy Trinity
  • When thou hearest Mass aright, thou dost [...] perform an act of highest worship
  • When thou dost bow down before the Sacred Host and the Sacred Chalice, thou dost perform a supreme act of adoration
  • For each time that thou dost gaze reverently upon the Sacred Host thou wilt receive a recompense in Heaven
  • Each time thou dost smite thy breast with compunction some of thy sins are remitted to thee
  • If thou hearest Mass in a state of mortal sin, God offers thee the Grace of conversion
  • Thou needest not fear a long and terrible Purgatory if thou hast already to a great extent atoned for thy sins by frequently assisting at Holy Mass
  • One Mass devoutly heard will do more to mitigate the pains of Purgatory than any act of penance, however difficult the performance
  • One Mass in thy lifetime will be of greater service to thee than many said for thee after death
  • Thou wilt attain a higher place in Heaven, which will be thine for all eternity
  • And if it is not within thy power to have Mass said for thy departed friends thou canst by devout assistance at the Holy Sacrifice release them from the tormenting flames.

If Christians only knew how to profit by Holy Mass, they might acquire greater riches than are to be found in all the things God has created. We have indeed a precious storehouse in the Mass. Happy he who can earn treasures so great at the cost of so little labor! Who would willingly miss Mass? Who would not delight in hearing it? Let us resolve never to lose an opportunity of hearing Mass, provided the duties of our state of life do not prevent us from doing so.

To omit hearing Mass daily merely from carelessness or indolence would be a proof that we were either ignorant of, or indifferent to, the divine treasures it contains. God grant that those who read this book may in future appreciate more fully this pearl of great price, value it more highly, seek it more diligently!”

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Mon. 03/17 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Joseph (Feria of Lent)
  • Tue. 03/18 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Benedict/Assumption-Windsor (Feria of Lent)
  • Wed. 03/19 6:00 PM: High Mass at St. Joseph (St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary) – Dinner for young adults age 18-35 follows Mass, organized by Juventútem Michigan
  • Sat. 03/22 8:00 AM: Low Mass at Our Lady of the Scapular, Wyandotte (Feria of Lent)
[Comments? Please e-mail tridnews@detroitlatinmass.org. Previous columns are available at http://www.detroitlatinmass.org. This edition of Tridentine Community News, with minor editions, is from the St. Albertus (Detroit) and Assumption (Windsor) bulletin inserts for March 16, 2014. Hat tip to A.B., author of the column.]

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Extraordinary Community News


"I will go in unto the Altar of God
To God, Who giveth joy to my youth"

Tridentine Community News (March 9, 2014):
Archbishop Vigneron Confers the Sacrament of Confirmation According to the Extraordinary Form

For the second time since becoming Archbishop of Detroit in 2009, Archbishop Allen Vigneron has administered the Sacrament of Confirmation according to the Tridentine formula. Last Sunday, March 2, His Excellency attended the weekly Tridentine Mass at St. Edward on the Lake Parish in Lakeport, north of Port Huron. Fr. Lee Acervo, pastor of St. Edward, was the celebrant of the Mass. Archbishop Vigneron preached the homily, then after Mass confirmed five young souls. He was assisted at the altar by his secretary, Fr. Stephen Pullis.


Why Evangelize?

Some food for thought was recently posted by Professor Peter Kwasniewski of Wyoming Catholic College on The New Liturgical Movement blog: “...preaching the Good News to unbelievers is effective only to the extent that there is something profoundly and transcendently good awaiting them when they arrive at church.” Those of us who embrace traditional liturgy certainly believe that the Extraordinary Form offers a transcending worship experience, but are we using that conviction to attract others to the Tridentine Mass, non-Catholics in particular?

The Future of the Reform of the Reform Movement

In recent weeks, a flurry of articles penned by major figures on the liturgical scene have raised the question of whether there is a future for the Reform of the Reform. The ROTR is the movement to add solemnity to the Ordinary Form by modifying the Mass to incorporate elements of the Tridentine Mass into it. Which elements to include, of course, is a matter of debate.

What distinguishes the current round of discussions from previous ones is that some of the movement’s most ardent advocates over the past decade are now concluding that the ROTR may not be realistic. ROTR proponents were encouraged by Pope Emeritus Benedict’s writings and actions, but now that we have a new Holy Father whose primary interests are not in the realm of liturgy, it is reasonable to ask if reforming the liturgy is possible at the present time.

One or two voices are raising the question of whether the 1965 Missal, the interim missal which eliminated the Prayers at the Foot of the Altar, the Last Gospel, and a few other elements of the Tridentine Mass, while also permitting a limited use of the vernacular, might represent a better starting point for a reformed liturgy. Whether or not this is a meritorious approach, it, too, would require endorsement of the reigning Holy Father, thus it is not a very realistic option right now.

All parties seem to agree that the most practical present path is to encourage reverent celebrations of the Ordinary Form using the currently in-force missal, employing traditional options such as the Aspérges, the Roman Canon, ad oriéntem celebration, Latin, and Gregorian Chant. What is most significant is that so many former ROTR proponents have become convinced that the best way to promote solemn liturgy in the Church going forward is to encourage more frequent celebrations of the Tridentine Mass.

1974 Graduále Románum Placed On-Line

Speaking of the solemn celebration of the Ordinary Form, there is a news item that warrants attention, even though it does not pertain to the Extraordinary Form:

Corpus Christi Watershed is an organization well-known for publishing numerous resources for Catholic musicians. From hymnals and Gregorian Chant sheet music for the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms, to slickly-produced videos depicting the Church Music Association of America’s Colloquia, CCW, headed by composer Jeff Ostrowski, has done a tremendous amount of good. Most of their offerings are available at no charge on their web site.

This past month, CCW has once again done a great service to the sacralization of the Liturgy by scanning in and posting on its web site the main book for cantors and choirs to use when chanting the Latin Propers for the Ordinary Form: the Graduále Románum, published in 1974 by the Monks of Solesmes, France. Until now, this edition of the Graduále has been a fairly difficult book to obtain. The first step in making it possible for choirs to sing the Proper Chants of the Ordinary Form of Holy Mass is to make the main book of chants easily accessible, and this has now been done.

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Mon. 03/10 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Joseph (Feria of Lent)
  • Tue. 03/11 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Benedict/Assumption-Windsor (Feria of Lent)
  • Sat. 03/15 8:00 AM: Low Mass at Our Lady of the Scapular, Wyandotte (Ember Day of Lent)
  • Sun. 03/16 12:00 Noon: High Mass at St. Albertus (Second Sunday of Lent)
[Comments? Please e-mail tridnews@detroitlatinmass.org. Previous columns are available at http://www.detroitlatinmass.org. This edition of Tridentine Community News, with minor editions, is from the St. Albertus (Detroit) and Assumption (Windsor) bulletin inserts for March 9, 2014. Hat tip to A.B., author of the column.]

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Tridentine Masses coming this week in the greater Detroit area


Tridentine Masses This Coming Week

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Into the long quiet recollections of Lent


Our posts at Musings will be on a reduced schedule during the forty days of Lent. We will continue to post regular features, such as Mass listings and Extraordinary Community News, but intend to absent ourselves from ongoing debates and controversies. Lent has always been one of our favorite liturgical seasons, and we intend to make the most of it. Let us hold one another in prayer. Prayer is not a sling shot or a BB gun. Prayer is our nuclear arsenal. We can only avail ourselves of it, however, as we are only too painfully aware, through quiet, humble recollection, penance, and prayer.

Kind regards in our Lord and Lady, -- PP

Evolution: the debate that will not die

Albert Mohler, "Bill Nye's Reasonable Man -- The Central Worldview Clash of the Ham-Nye Debate" (February 5, 2014):
Last night’s debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham attracted a huge international audience and no shortage of controversy—even before it began. Bill Nye, whose main media presence is as “The Science Guy,” and Ken Ham, co-founder of Answers in Genesis and founder of the Creation Museum, squared off in a true debate over one of the most important questions that the human mind can contemplate. That is no small achievement....

The initial controversy about the debate centered in criticism of Bill Nye for even accepting the invitation. Many evolutionary scientists, such as Richard Dawkins and Jerry Coyne, refuse to debate the issue, believing that any public debate offers legitimacy to those who deny evolution. Nye was criticized by many leading evolutionists, who argued publicly that nothing good could come of the debate....

... A protege of the late Carl Sagan and the current CEO of the Planetary Society, Nye was in full form last night, wearing his customary bow-tie, and immaculately dressed in a very expensive suit....

Ken Ham is a veteran debater on the issue of origins, and he was clearly prepared for the debate. Ham’s arguments were tight and focused, and his demeanor was uniformly calm and professional....

... The clash of ultimate worldview questions was vividly displayed for all to see. Read more >>
Then there are the following comments from Frank Sheed's Genesis Regained from more than four decades ago, which seemed so tame back then but now ly in the face of the far more urgent rumblings of the Zeitgeist:
Those scientists who work on human origins, most of them at least, find it difficult to see the human race as all descended from one couple. Men trained in palaeontology, anthropology, genetics, are practically unanimous in feeling that the frontier between animal and man could not have been crossed by one single individual or pair from whom all the existent races of men have descended.... For those not trained in any of these fields such unanimity must carry great weight.

But can we simply accept it? We lend them our ears, we cannot give them our minds – if for no other reason than they cannot give us theirs. They cannot give us the years of experience.... which have strengthened and enriched their minds, the habits grown instinctive, the reactions grown spontaneous. We can but weigh as much as they can convey to us… We can no more simply swallow scientists than we can swallow historians or theologians.

What we are hearing is the scientific orthodoxy of today, but scientific orthodoxies, like religious, have been known to change....

About the cradle of every religion, said Thomas Huxley, lie extinguished theologians like “the strangled snakes beside that of Hercules.” Surely extinguished scientists are as frequent....

[They tell us] to allow the descent of all men from one pair would go against all [proper scientific] mental habits. But belief in God, in immortality, in God-made-man are not among those habits; we cannot be certain of the judgments, even the unanimous judgments, of minds which omit such habits ....

A geneticist tells us that the emergence of a single pair is “infinitely improbable”; if we have followed his arguments we may agree, but with a proviso “unless God intervenes.” Is God’s intervention improbable? Our geneticist may ... well be irritated, even if he happens to be a Christian: God is not part of his scientific habit. To his scientific formation, so much has been contributed by the insights of men who regard God as irrelevant.... (p. viii).
[Hat tip to JM]