Monday, December 05, 2016

Fr. Perrone on Advent: Killjoy or comfort?

Fr. Eduard Perrone, "A Pastor's Descant" (Assumption Grotto News, December 4, 2016):
Advent proposes to us multiple senses of Christ's coming: in the historical past, the present, and the yet to come. One aspect of this most of us would rather not ponder is His coming as the Judge of every man's conscience. I have been meditating on this in my early morning orisons of the past week only to rediscover its poignancy to affect the deep interior of my soul.

Meditating on the Last Judgment is about self confrontation as much as about being judged. I wonder whether my life's evaluation then will set me among the sheep sequestered from the goats (the hymn Dies Irae). A standard of self-measure is whether I will have been found a friend or an enemy of christ's cross. The feast of Saint Andrew last Wednesday brought this to my mind. When he beheld the cross that had been prepared for his own death, he exclaimed, "O desired cross, receive a disciple of Christ: by means of you may He receive me." Applied to myself, I wonder whether I will have been so converted from my selfness as to have become worthy of the cross of Christ -- or in St. Paul's words, whether I had been crucified with Christ so as to have taken on His life. Like a simple home self-administered medical-test, I can guage somewhat where I will stand before God.

This sober reflection takes some of the saccharine coating off of our pre-holiday frivolities -- sorry to be the killjoy. But what use is the pretense of yet another Christmas season if we have not assumed a Christian identity, that of a son of God with an inheritance of Christ's eternal riches?

You owe it to yourself to picture the arrival of the Judge, and yourself beneathHis judgment seat when all your life's story will be an open book. Every thought, desire and deed ... made public. I can't bear now to anticipate the terrible sound of anger in the voice of the Just Judge in pronouncing His verdict for the damned, "Depart from Me." I need rather to imagine His encouraging word that gives me the hope that my repentance now will have been sincere enough, that my amendment of life sufficient so as to hear His voice of comfort (the word literally means strength) mediated through the Church: "speak tenderly to Jerusalem for her guilt is expiated" (Isaiah). Living now, in the time before the final judgment, I must ever be somewhat uneasy, unsure. Whether I will be set on the right or the left I cannot know with certainty. With neither presumption nor despair, I have hope to see my God face to face -- His of a radiant, rapturous look of divine love. This is the advent I long for. That I'm unworthy of it goes without saying; but I have no other goal in life but this. For the present time, this advent, I pray for deliverance from the evils I can yet commit, the only obstacles to the attainment of my desire. I could never have this hope without the invasion of divine grace into my miserable soul and the steadying patronage of the holy Virgin Mary. This for me is advent. Speaking of Her reminds me that Thursday coming is a holy day of obligation, in Her honor: the Immaculate Conception. Under this title She is patroness of our country for which we have been praying daily. Masses on Thursday will be as on a Sunday (6:30, 9:30, noon) plus an evening Mass at 7:00 p.m. (To anticipate your question: 'No. The evening Mass on Wednesday will not be of the holy day.')

Fr. Perrone

Tridentine Community News - YouTube Graduále; Cardinal Burke to Celebrate Pontifical Mass in La Crosse; St. Michael’s Cathedral Mass Report; TLM Mass schedule


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

Tridentine Community News by Alex Begin (December 4, 2016):
December 4, 2016 – Second Sunday of Advent

YouTube Graduále Juventútem Michigan member Seth Michael Borders has undertaken an innovative project to assist Extraordinary Form choirs with learning the chants of the Mass: He has created a YouTube channel, the “YouTube Graduále”, which collects videos made by others of the choir’s chants for High Mass, grouped by Feast Day. For example, for today, the Second Sunday of Advent, his page appears as follows:


This effort will surely be appreciated by choir members seeking to prepare for chanting the Introit, Gradual/Tract/Alleluia, Offertory, and Communion Antiphons. Cardinal Burke to Celebrate Pontifical Mass in La Crosse

Cardinal Burke to Celebrate Pontifical Mass in La Crosse


His Eminence Raymond Cardinal Burke has been in the Catholic press quite a bit over the past month, primarily for his role with three other Cardinals in requesting that the Holy Father clarify some ambiguous elements of his Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Lætítia. Cardinal Burke is well-known for his enthusiastic embrace of the Traditional Latin Mass. This coming Saturday, December 10 at 11:00 AM, Cardinal Burke will celebrate a Pontifical Solemn Mass in the Extraordinary Form at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wisconsin. While serving as Bishop of La Crosse, His Eminence spearheaded the construction of this striking, ornate church, which offers the Tridentine Mass every Sunday at 9:30 AM.

St. Michael’s Cathedral Mass Report

A reader requested a report on the Solemn High Tridentine Mass with Deacon and Subdeacon that was held at Toronto’s recently renovated St. Michael’s Cathedral on Sunday, October 30. While the “other” special cathedral Mass, at New York’s St. Patrick Cathedral on Monday, November 14, attracted much positive press, virtually nothing has been said about the Toronto Mass. The most detailed report available comes from blogger Julian Barkin, who supplied the below photo but noted that cathedral security was prohibiting photography at the Mass. This likely explains the paucity of additional photographs available.


The report confirmed that Thomas Cardinal Collins, the Archbishop of Toronto, sat in choir for the Mass and delivered the homily. Clergy and seminarians from the Archdiocese served the Mass. Music was provided by the St. Patrick Gregorian Choir, led by Toronto-area Tridentine Mass organizer Surinder Mundra. Let us pray that this important precedent will be the first of many Masses yet to come at this important church.

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Mon. 12/05 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Josaphat (Feria of Advent)
  • Tue. 12/06 7:00 PM: Low Mass at Holy Name of Mary, Windsor (St. Nicholas, Bishop & Confessor)
  • Thu. 12/08 8:00 AM: Low Mass and 7:00 PM Solemn High Mass at St. Joseph (Immaculate Conception)
  • Thu. 12/08 12:00 Noon: High Mass at St. Edward on the Lake, Lakeport, Michigan (Immaculate Conception)
  • Sat. 12/10 8:30 AM: Low Mass at Miles Christi (Feria of Advent)
[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), Academy of the Sacred Heart (Bloomfield Hills), and St. Alphonsus and Holy Name of Mary Churches (Windsor) bulletin inserts for December 4, 2016. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

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* NB: The SSPX chapels among those Mass sites listed above are posted here because the Holy Father has announced that "those who during the Holy Year of Mercy approach these priests of the Fraternity of St Pius X to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation shall validly and licitly receive the absolution of their sins," and subsequently extended this privilege beyond the Year of Mercy. These chapels are not listed among the approved parishes and worship sites on archdiocesan websites.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Trivial pursuit (Papal Edition, 2016)

Courtesy of the crazy-quirky blogger over at That the bones you have crushed may thrill (December 1, 2016).


[Hat tip to JM]

Four cardinals and a pope

[Disclaimer: Rules ##7-9] "Cardinal Sins: Resisting Pope Francis" (The Remnant Newspaper, December 2, 2016).

Monday, November 28, 2016

John Vennari undergoes cancer surgery

Here is a note he wrote recently:
This is a note to tell my friends that I have to go into surgery on Saturday morning, November 26.

Cancer is a nasty beast, and it has caused an obstruction in the GI that must be addressed immediately. Immediately.

As noted already, my case has been serious from the start, and this latest problem came to a head at the same time I returned from three weeks of cancer treatment in Mexico.

I am presently not able to update my CFN webpage (I write this note from the hospital). I was blessed to receive the Sacrament of Extreme Unction this afternoon.

Please feel free to forward and/or post this, along with the link below that provides background and info for those who wish to share prayerful and financial support. http://www.oltyn.org/vennari.htm

Thank you for all your prayers and support up until now. Please pray and ask others to pray, especially communities of religious and convents of nuns.

Am I am a little afraid of surgery? Who wouldn’t be? But I place my trust in Our and Our Lady, and take heart from all the kindness and concern I’ve received. Your outpouring of love has been astounding.

I may not be able to update for a few days.

Thank you.

John Vennari
[Hat tip to L.V.]

Shusaku Endo's book, Silence, now a movie

The Japanese Graham Greene's novel, Silence (Jap. 沈黙, 'Chinmoku'), is now a movie Directed by Martin Scorsese. Coming soon to a theater near you. I hope Scorsese keeps faith with the well-known novel.


[Hat tip to B.E.]

Related: "'Silence' = the antithesis of 'A Man for All Seasons'" (Rorate Cali, November 30, 2016).

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Tridentine Community News - St. Patrick Cathedral Mass report; First Communions at OCLMA on May 7; Bishop Dabrowski to visit St. Benedict on March 12; Confirmation registration at St. Benedict; TLM Mass schedule


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

Tridentine Community News by Alex Begin (November 27, 2016):
November 27, 2016 – First Sunday of Advent

St. Patrick Cathedral Mass Report

One of the most significant events in the history of the Traditional Latin Mass after Vatican II took place on Monday, November 14. As reported in the November 6 edition of this column, the first Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form at New York’s St. Patrick Cathedral to held in 20 years took place that evening. Despite only two weeks’ advance notice for the event and a very limited amount of advance publicity, approximately 1,000 faithful were in attendance. The recently renovated and restored building was ideally suited for the Traditional Mass. Fr. Leonard Villa was the celebrant, a large professional-grade choir assembled for the event sang Orlando di Lassus’ Missa Bell’ Amfitrit’ altera, and many familiar faces from Manhattan’s Holy Innocents Parish served the Mass.



Metro Detroit was represented by former St. Josaphat parishioner William Yap, now a resident of Long Island, vested and in procession as a Knight of Malta; and by this author, attending in the congregation. St. Patrick Cathedral Rector Msgr. Robert Ritchie welcomed the pilgrims and seemed impressed by the turnout. Kudos are due to the Knights of Columbus councils that organized the event in spite of the political challenges that stood in the way.

We’ve saved the best part for last: Another Tridentine Mass has apparently already been scheduled at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in February.

First Communions at OCLMA on May 7

First Holy Communions at the Oakland County Latin Mass Association will be held on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at the 9:45 AM Mass at the Academy of the Sacred Heart Chapel in Bloomfield Hills. Parents of children who are interested in receiving First Communion on that date are requested to make arrangements with Msgr. Browne, or e-mail info@oclma.org, or call (248) 250-2740.

Bishop Dabrowski to Visit St. Benedict on March 12


Diocese of London, Ontario Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Dabrowski will make his first visit to the St. Benedict Tridentine Community on Sunday, March 12, when he will attend the 2:00 PM Mass at St. Alphonsus Church in Windsor. Mark your calendars to join us for Mass that day. Confirmation Registration at St. Benedict

The St. Benedict Tridentine Community is collecting names of children and adults who are interested in receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation according to the Extraordinary Form. Please sign up on the form available at the back of both St. Alphonsus and Holy Name of Mary Churches, or e-mail info@windsorlatinmass.org, or call (519) 734-1335.

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Mon. 11/28 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Josaphat (Feria of Advent)
  • Tue. 11/29 7:00 PM: Low Mass at Holy Name of Mary, Windsor (Feria of Advent)
  • Fri. 12/02 7:00 PM: High Mass at Old St. Mary’s, Detroit (St. Vivian, Virgin & Martyr) – First Friday – Devotions precede Mass; Reception will follow Mass in the Parish Hall
  • Fri. 12/02 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Joseph, Sarnia, Ontario (St. Vivian, Virgin & Martyr) – First Friday
  • Fri. 12/02 7:00 PM: High Mass at St. Joseph, Detroit (St. Vivian, Virgin & Martyr) – First Friday
  • Sat. 12/03 8:30 AM: Low Mass at Miles Christi (St. Francis Xavier, Confessor)
[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), Academy of the Sacred Heart (Bloomfield Hills), and St. Alphonsus and Holy Name of Mary Churches (Windsor) bulletin inserts for November 27, 2016. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

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  • Thu. 12/01 7:30 AM: Low Mass at Assumption Grotto, Detroit (Feria of Advent - 3rd class, or Jesus Christ the High Priest - 3rd class)
  • Thu. 12/01 8:00 AM: Low Mass St. Joseph's Church, Detroit (Feria of Advent - 3rd class, or Jesus Christ the High Priest - 3rd class)
  • Thu. 12/01 7:00 PM: Low Mass at Assumption Grotto, Detroit (Feria of Advent - 3rd class, or Jesus Christ the High Priest - 3rd class)

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  • Fri. 12/02 7:00 PM: Tridentine Mass at St. Joseph, Sarnia, Ontario (St. Vivian - 3rd class, or Sacred Heart of Jesus - 3rd class) [First Friday]
  • Fri. 12/02 7:30 AM: Low Mass at Assumption Grotto, Detroit (St. Vivian - 3rd class, or Sacred Heart of Jesus - 3rd class) [First Friday]
  • Fri. 12/02 8:00 AM: Low Mass St. Joseph's Church, Detroit (St. Vivian - 3rd class, or Sacred Heart of Jesus - 3rd class) [First Friday]
  • Fri. 12/02 7:00 PM: Low Mass (usually) at Assumption Grotto, Detroit (St. Vivian - 3rd class, or Sacred Heart of Jesus - 3rd class) [First Friday]
  • Fri. 12/02 7:00 PM: High Mass (periodically) at St. Joseph's Church, Detroit (St. Vivian - 3rd class, or Sacred Heart of Jesus - 3rd class) [First Friday]
  • Fri.12/02 7:00 PM: High Mass at Old St. Mary's, Greektown, Detroit (St. Vivian - 3rd class, or Sacred Heart of Jesus - 3rd class) [First Friday]
  • Windsor's St. Benedict Choir will be there!
  • Fri. 12/02 7:00 PM: Tridentine Mass at St. Joseph, Sarnia, Ontario (St. Vivian - 3rd class, or Sacred Heart of Jesus - 3rd class) [First Friday]

Saturday

  • Sat. 12/03 7:30 AM: Low Mass at Assumption Grotto, Detroit (St. Francis Xavier - 3rd class, or Immaculate Heart of Mary - 3rd class) [First Saturday]
  • Sat. 12/03 8:00 AM: Tridentine Mass at St. Edward on the Lake, Lakeport (St. Francis Xavier - 3rd class, or Immaculate Heart of Mary - 3rd class) [First Saturday]
  • Sat. 12/03 8:30 AM: Low Mass at Miles Christi, South Lyon, MI (St. Francis Xavier - 3rd class, or Immaculate Heart of Mary - 3rd class) [First Saturday]
  • Sat. 12/03 9:00 AM: High Mass at St. Anthony, Temperance (St. Francis Xavier - 3rd class, or Immaculate Heart of Mary - 3rd class) [First Saturday]
  • Sat. 12/03 9:00 AM: Low Mass and Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help at St. Joseph's Church, Detroit (St. Francis Xavier - 3rd class, or Immaculate Heart of Mary - 3rd class) [First Saturday]
  • Sat. 12/03 6:00 PM Tridentine Mass at SS. Cyril & Methodius Slovak Catholic Church, Sterling Heights (St. Francis Xavier - 3rd class, or Immaculate Heart of Mary - 3rd class) [First Saturday]

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Tonya car troubles ...

Tonya contacted me yesterda to say that the engine light just came on in her 'new' car, an old Mercury Sable with a recent transmission replacement. The car was checked out by several of us and seemed to be in pretty good condition -- beautiful, clean, with all the work repair records in good order. Request: please play that whatever is behind this engine light going on may not be a serious issue.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Car finally puchased for Tonya with your Fund Raiser moneys!

Just a note to let you know that after two weeks of looking, we finally located and purchased a car for Tonya yesterday with the money many of you contributed. A couple of us checked out the vehicle. It looks good. More details to follow.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Fr. Perrone: How our corporate prayers after Mass have been modified following the election

Fr. Eduard Perrone, "A Pastor's Descant" (Assumption Grotto News, November 20, 2016):
Years ago, in the time of my youth, after every Sunday Low Mass the priest would say the "Leonine Prayers," so-named after Pope Leo XIII who originally had ordered them to be said. The stated intention for these in my time was "for the conversion of Russia," that is, for Soviet Russia, the then much-afeared enemy of God and the USA.

These prayers were conducted in this way. The preist and servers would kneel on the alter step after Mass and, after announcing the intention (above) would say three Hail Marys in dialogue with the people (as in the rosary), the Hail Holy Queen, then a prayer for the conversion of sinners and freedom of the Church. This was followed by the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel and was concluded with a threefold invocation for mercy to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

I have many times written and spoken about our rosary after Mass offered for the good of our country, to which we added, before the election, the Memorare said thrice. Now that the presidential election is behind us, what should we do?

I sense that our rosaries have been very powerful as prayers of petition for the USA. I don't think we should stop them now. Even if Mr. Trump proves to be a reformer of some of the outlandish and frightening directions in which we have been headed morally, our people are still much divided over moral truth with obedience to God's law versus the caprice to act without restriction. To change hearts is much harder than to change laws and policies. We need prayer to ensure the freedom of the Church and the common good of our American people. Moreover, the president-elect will need prayers for his protection and his success. The rosary after Mass ought to remain. But it would be good to modify the remainder of what we have been doing somewhat in line with the former Leonine Prayers to better direct our intentions for our people and for the Church in our country. Accordingly, I would not make these changes in our post-Mass prayers: after the rosary, immediately the Memorare (said once), the verse and response ("Pray for us, O holy Mother of God ..."), the Oration (from the Leonine Prayers, said by the priest alone) "O God our refuge and our strength ...", the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel (to curb the power of the devils from wreaking havoc in the world). This would not take any more time than the prayers as offered formerly but would be more expressive of our purpose. You should also know that those extra prayers for the intentions of the Pope to gain the plenary indulgence for a group recitation of the rosary may be said privately, and need not be said in common.

The American people need a real conversion from sin and a healing of all the damage that has been done in recent decades through loose morals. What has easy divorce and ready availability of contraceptives, rampant porn watching, and the killing of babies in their mothers' wombs done to the minds and hearts of Americans? Who can calculate the spiritual fallout?

If anything, the stress and fear generated by the days preceding the presidential election have had the good effect of making some people more fervent and steadfast in their prayers. I myself have felt this not only in my private devotions and sacrifices but also in our public rosary and the Memorares we were committed to say.

Beginning this weekend we will adopt these prayers. I hope you will continue to remain and pray as a parish. We are stronger when united as a body of suppliant parishioners.

Fr. Perrone

Tridentine Community News - Fr. Louis Madley named chaplain of the Flint Tridentine Community; another impressive church restoration: St. Mary Church, David City, Nebraska; TLM Mass schedule


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

Tridentine Community News by Alex Begin (November 20, 2016):
November 20, 2016 – Last Sunday After Pentecost

Fr. Louis Madey Named Chaplain of the Flint Tridentine Community


Fr. Louis Madey has been a champion of the Traditional Latin Mass longer than many of us have known much about the Extraordinary Form. In the 1990s he was one of the original celebrants of the Latin Mass Community of Calgary (full story here: http://unavocecalgary.org/home/?page_id=20), which is now flourishing as an apostolate of the Fraternity of St. Peter. Upon moving back to this part of the world and incardinating in the Diocese of Lansing, he relocated the Jackson Latin Mass Community from the humble storefront chapel where it began to the much more hospitable St. Joseph Church, of which he was pastor. To this day he remains one of the regular celebrants of the Jackson Tridentine Mass, now based at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church.

After assuming his position as Professor of Theology at Orchard Lake’s Ss. Cyril & Methodius Seminary, Fr. Madey became one of the regular celebrants at St. Josaphat, in Flint at All Saints Church, and on a fill-in basis pretty much everywhere that the Tridentine Mass is held in this region. He has offered Holy Mass at St. Albertus; St. Hyacinth; the Oakland County Latin Mass Association at the Academy of the Sacred Heart Chapel; in Windsor at Assumption, St. Alphonsus and Holy Name of Mary; and on the bus tours of Prayer Pilgrimages. Notably, if one of our regular celebrants is forced to cancel, Fr. Madey can be counted on to fill in at the last minute as long as he does not have a conflicting responsibility.

It is fitting, then, that the intrepid Fr. Madey has at last been given an actual title, Chaplain of the Flint Tridentine Community at St. Matthew Church. Fr. Zach Mabee, a young priest of the Diocese of Lansing, has been named Assistant Chaplain. This new arrangement will relieve the Flint Community – Southeastern Michigan’s oldest – from the responsibility of having to seek out different celebrants every week.

Fans of Fr. Madey need not despair that he will be secluded in Flint; even since assuming his new responsibilities, he has been happy to continue to help out at other locations in the area as time permits.

Another Impressive Church Restoration: St. Mary Church, David City, Nebraska

The re-traditionalization of formerly modernized churches is becoming a growth industry. Following in the footsteps of the previously-reported restorations of Holy Name of Jesus Church in Brooklyn and St. Mary Church in Fennimore, Wisconsin, the latest church to return to its original décor is St. Mary in David City, Nebraska, in the Diocese of Lincoln. Via a joint venture between Clark Architects Collaborative, Evergreene Architectural Arts, and King Richard’s Liturgical Design, the addition of an historic High Altar and traditional mural art transformed the formerly bland sanctuary into a truly inspiring sacred space. [Photo by King Richards]


As an increasing number of such projects are undertaken, it is interesting to note that new firms not formerly known in the traditional Catholic world are becoming involved. This suggests that as skills are developed among a wider spectrum of design and contracting companies, we can expect the pace of such restorations to increase.

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Mon. 11/21 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Josaphat (Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
  • Tue. 11/22 7:00 PM: Low Mass at Holy Name of Mary, Windsor (St. Cecilia, Virgin & Martyr)
  • Sat. 11/26 8:30 AM: Low Mass at Miles Christi (St. Sylvester, Abbot)
[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), Academy of the Sacred Heart (Bloomfield Hills), and St. Alphonsus and Holy Name of Mary Churches (Windsor) bulletin inserts for November 20, 2016. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Need a little 'pick-me-up'?

Anything got you down? Here's something that might cheer you up. Sort of the opposite of the National Debt Clock. Check it out. You know you've been waiting for this for a LONG time! Click HERE.