The Traditional Mass on the Chartres Pilgrimage Not so off-putting to young people as Pope Paul VI imagined.
Photo by John Aaron
Joseph Shaw, "What sort of Mass did 'Vatican II' want?" (Rorate Caeli, May 24, 2016):
Another one bites the dust
What triggers the quotation of this well-worn, if abused, cliché indicating defeat? It's the knowledge that one more relative of mine has ceased to practice the Catholic faith and is now attending a non-Catholic "church." I didn't do a calculation to get an exact number of these family defectors, of those who have abandoned the faith, but it's a higher number than I'd like to admit. My reason for telling you this dark family secret is to give you that scant consolation of commiseration. These relatives of mine, only a few years ago, had been Catholics. Technically speaking, they are still Catholics: "once a Catholic, always a Catholic." However, these relatives do not regard themselves as being Catholics any longer, and this is a literal shame for me and a shame on them.
There's no greater misfortune that can befall man in this life than to be out of the true Church. It's a dogma of faith that there is no salvation outside the Church. Since there is only one Church, the one Christ founded, this amounts to saying that there's no salvation outside the Catholic Church. A dogma means a necessary teaching, one that's demanded by the very nature of the Christian faith. While interpretations of this dogma are various (and I do not intend to delve into them there), my purpose in reviewing it is to indicate how grievous a sin it is to abandon the true Church for any other.
I don't know of any family where all the relatives have kept the Catholic faith. The widespread defection is symptomatic of this age of unbelief, but it's also the result of the gross negligence of irresponsible priests, catechists and parents for failing to teach the faith, for misleading and deceiving their charges about the real meaning of the Church's teachings, or else for trivializing the liturgy by their impiety. When people are left ignorant by vacuous religious instruction or scandalized by silly, irreverent liturgies, they may at some point come to a religious consciousness and ask themselves, Can this be the true Christian religion? Upon discovering the bible and sincere Christians of some sect or other, they may easily be swayed to league up with them and depart from the Church. In such cases, culpability for leaving the Catholic Church may be mitigated, or even be entirely non-existent due to the fault of others. God knows. But one should not err on that account in believing that though they have left the true Church, that at least they now love the Lord and are better off than had they remained non-practicing Catholics. Objectively speaking, to leave the true Church is a grave evil. Subjectively one may not be accountable for this, depending on circumstances, depending on circumstances, but this does not refute the substantive evil of defection from the faith. For the faithful, it is truly a suffering to learn that someone has converted to a sect. (I speak nothing here about apostates -- those who have left Christianity for a pagan religion or a cult: this is an even worse evil.)
Today is Trinity Sunday. The dogma of the Blessed Trinity is a truth revealed to us by the Church, not by the bible alone, which does not clearly specify this dogma. And so, the dogma of the Trinity is an example of the necessity of the Catholic Church to explicate and impose its divinely revealed teachings upon, us, without which we would be doctrinally sunk, unsure about anything supernatural were we made to rely solely upon the many and diverse interpretations of the bible.
Let us cherish the true, orthodox, Catholic faith in all its fullness. Let us pray never to be unfaithful to it, trembling upon recollection of our Lord's words, "When the Son of Man comes again, will He find faith left on earth?" We, unhappy witnesses of the disintegration of the Catholic faith and of a massive defection from the Church in our time, need to pray steadily for the return of lapsed Catholics and to show them the good example of our patience and love which may, in the end, prove most convincing of all proofs of the truth of our holy faith.
Next Sunday is Corpus Christi Sunday. After the noon orchestral Mass there will be a procession (outdoors, as possible) with the Holy Sacrament and adoration of the One whom we love and revere as true God and true Man. Following the Procession, food at a nominal cost will be made available by our trusty ushers.
May 22, 2016 – Trinity Sunday
Oratory of St. Philip Neri Planned in Detroit
We are delighted to report one of the most ambitious clerical undertakings to take place in decades in the Archdiocese of Detroit: A group of priests is in the early stages of organizing a local Oratory of St. Philip Neri [the religious order of which Cardinal Newman was a member]. Regular readers of this column know that the Oratorians are known globally for excellence in liturgy, preaching, and music, with a dual focus on the Extraordinary Form and reverent celebrations of the Ordinary Form, often ad oriéntem.
Fr. Ryan Adams is one of the priests behind this initiative. Currently an Associate Pastor at the National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica in Royal Oak, Fr. Adams is a young priest – ordained in 2014 – who has already made his mark as a Tridentine Mass celebrant in our region.
The priests are endeavoring to achieve the first stage – that of an “Oratory in Formation” – over the next year. A home base of operations at an appropriate church will have to be negotiated, which will require the approval of both the host parish and the Archdiocese. A trial period of several years will then ensue, as the fledgling enterprise strives to become spiritually fruitful and financially self-sustaining. Not all Oratories in Formation are successful in making it to a more permanent arrangement.
Fr. Ryan asks for our prayers as this exciting venture gets off the ground.
The Rise of the Oratorians
Quite timely in light of the above development, England’s Catholic Herald newspaper issued a podcast on May 12 entitled, “What is Behind the Unstoppable Rise of the Oratorians?”. Recently England saw the establishment of its sixth house of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri, in Bournemouth. It joins existing Oratories in Birmingham, London, Oxford, Manchester, and York, the first three of which have stellar reputations for liturgical life. While each Oratory is related to the other outposts of the Congregation of the Oratory, there is no hierarchical relationship to a regional base as there is at, for example, Dominican parishes. Each Oratory operates fairly autonomously. Many, but not all, Oratories put emphasis on the Sacred Liturgy, offering beautifully executed Holy Masses in both the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms.
Why are priests attracted to become Oratorians? One reason is because that particular clerical arrangement offers some of the best aspects of both diocesan priesthood and community life as is often found in a religious order. Priests do not take vows of poverty as they would in an order. Rather, they are diocesan priests living in community. They do, however, make a promise of stability, which means they typically remain at a given Oratory for their entire priestly lives. Occasionally priests will transfer from one Oratory to another, but this is the exception rather than the rule.
In the podcast, the interviewer asked Latin Mass Society of England and Wales Chairman Dr. Joseph Shaw why the Oratorians are enjoying such growth in the U.K. and other countries. He responded with a keen observation: Priests are attracted by a sense of permanence to their work. Sadly, it is all too common that a pastor who works diligently to bring beautiful liturgy, supplies, and vestments to a parish, and establishes a sacred music program, sees his work either partially or completely eliminated within a short period of time by a subsequent pastor. Priests at an Oratory of St. Philip Neri, however, are usually stationed at a particular church for their entire priesthood. As a result, once a particular philosophy of operation for a given Oratory is established, it is most likely to continue for the long term. The same priests will be there for the long haul to ensure the philosophy is maintained. We certainly have seen that with the London and Birmingham Oratories, in existence for many decades, and also with the Toronto Oratory, founded in the 1970s.
The full podcast is available at: http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/commentandblogs/2016/05/12/podcast-whats-is-behind-the-unstoppable-rise-of-the-oratorians/
The Curiosity of Ferias After Trinity Sunday
This week we experience an interesting oddity of the liturgical year. The Church assigned the Feast of Trinity Sunday one week after Pentecost Sunday. Prior to the establishment of this Feast, that particular Sunday was known as the First Sunday After Pentecost, a Sunday with its own Mass Propers like any other Sunday. When [weekday] Fourth Class Ferias appear in the calendar, the celebrant is free to choose almost any Mass he desires, for example a Votive Mass, a Requiem Mass, or the Mass of any Saint. The default Mass for a Feria, however, is the Mass of the preceding Sunday.
What is unique about this week is that the Church specifies that weekday Ferias are not to repeat the Mass of Trinity Sunday, but rather to default to the now-superseded Mass of the First Sunday After Pentecost. Yes, that’s right, a Mass which is never actually celebrated on a Sunday. The Mass Propers remain in the Missal, strictly to be used on weekday Ferias.
Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
- Mon. 05/23 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Josaphat (Feria) [Mass of the First Sunday After Pentecost]
- Tue. 05/24 7:00 PM: Low Mass at Holy Name of Mary (Feria) [Mass of the First Sunday After Pentecost]
- Thu. 05/26 7:00 PM: High Mass at St. Josaphat (Corpus Christi)
- Thu. 05/26 8:30 PM: High Mass at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Detroit (Corpus Christi) – Holy Door opens at 8:00 PM. Procession with the Blessed Sacrament follows Mass. Celebrant: Fr. David Bechill. Juventútem Michigan gathering after Mass.
- Sat. 05/25 8:30 AM: Low Mass at Miles Christi (St. Augustine of Canterbury, Bishop & Confessor)
BAD HABIT: Assuming that you are right because the church is right.
REMEDY: Listen to your critics. Yes, even to non-Catholics. You may not know as much as you think you know.Proper Conclusions Don't Fix Bad Arguments
La Croix: You received, on the past April 1st, Bp. Bernard Fellay, Superior-General of the Society of Saint Pius X. Is the reintegration of the Lefebvrists in the Church once again being considered?It seems one can expect just about anything from this pontificate. In the meantime, our correspondent, Guy Noir, asks whether this is in fact newsworthy, stating that he isn't sure. "I'd be interested in what Fellay says about Francis!" he writes, "Does that make me heretical?" Funny man.
Pope Francis: In Buenos Aires, I always spoke with them. They saluted me, they asked for [my] blessing on their knees. They consider themselves Catholic. They love the Church. Bp. Fellay is a man with whom we can dialogue. It is not the case of other somewhat strange elements, such as Bp. Williamson, or others who have radicalized. I think, as I had expressed in Argentina, that they are Catholics on the path to full communion. During this Year of Mercy, it seemed that I should authorize their confessors to pardon the sin of abortion.[*] They thanked me for this gesture. Before that, Benedict XVI, whom they respect greatly, had liberalized the Mass according to the Tridentine Rite. We dialogue well, we do a good work.
May 15, 2016 – Pentecost Sunday
First Tridentine Mass of Fr. David Johnston
Congratulations to Fr. David Johnston, who was ordained to the sacred priesthood for the Diocese of London, Ontario on April 23. He has been studying the Tridentine Mass and will celebrate his first Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form on Sunday, May 29 at 1:30 PM for the Latin Mass community of London, Ontario at Holy Angels Church in St. Thomas. We look forward to Fr. Johnston joining our roster of regular celebrants of the Traditional Latin Mass in our region.
Corpus Christi Mass at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral
On Thursday, May 26 at 8:30 PM, Detroit’s Blessed Sacrament Cathedral will host its third Tridentine Mass in modern times, for the Feast of Corpus Christi. Juventútem Michigan is once again organizing the Mass, though people of all ages are welcome. Fr. David Bechill will be the celebrant, and Archdiocese of Detroit Director of Music Joe Balistreri will lead the music. A procession with the Blessed Sacrament will follow the Mass.
Additional Corpus Christi Masses & Processions
Additional Corpus Christi Masses with Eucharistic Processions will be held on Thursday, May 26 at 7:00 PM at St. Josaphat Church; and on Sunday, May 29 at the Oakland County Latin Mass Association/Academy of the Sacred Heart Chapel in Bloomfield Hills at 9:45 AM, at St. Alphonsus Church in Windsor at 2:00 PM [and at Assumption Grotto at 12:00 NOON].
Those who participate in a Eucharistic Procession for Corpus Christi may gain a Plenary Indulgence, under the usual conditions of Confession within 20 days, reception of Holy Communion, prayer for the Holy Father’s intentions, and freedom from attachment to sin.
Updated List of Tridentine Masses in the Region
Below is an updated list of churches in metro Detroit and Windsor which offer Holy Masses in the Extraordinary Form on a regular or semi-regular basis. If you have additional information or corrections, kindly e-mail the address at the bottom of this column, and we will publish the updates. Please note that the weekly Masses at Immaculate Conception, Lapeer are no longer being held. St. Stephen, New Boston, may still hold occasional Masses, but they are not published on any available schedule.
EWTN Live Episode Now On-Line
- St. Benedict Tridentine Community at St. Alphonsus Church, Windsor: High Mass at 2:00 PM on Second through Last Sundays of the month; Benediction after Mass on Second Sundays
- St. Benedict Tridentine Community at Holy Name of Mary Church, Windsor: High Mass at 2:00 PM on the First Sunday of the month, Low Mass at 7:00 PM every Tuesday
- Oakland County Latin Mass Association at the Academy of the Sacred Heart Chapel, Bloomfield Hills: High Mass every Sunday at 9:45 AM
- Old St. Mary’s Church, Detroit: High Mass on First Fridays at 7:00 PM
- St. Josaphat Church, Detroit: High Mass at 9:30 AM every Sunday, Low Mass at 7:00 PM every Monday and First Friday
- Ss. Cyril & Methodius Church, Sterling Heights: High Mass at 6:00 PM every Saturday
- St. Edward on the Lake Church, Lakeport: High Mass at 2:00 PM every Sunday, Low Mass at 8:00 AM on First Saturdays
- Assumption Grotto Church, Detroit: High Mass at 9:30 AM every Sunday, Low Mass at 7:30 AM Monday-Saturday and 7:00 PM Monday-Friday
- Sacred Heart Church, Imlay City: Low Mass at 8:00 AM every Thursday
- Our Lady of the Scapular Parish, Wyandotte: Once per month on varying dates and times; check parish bulletin or web site
- Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, Beverly Hills: High Mass on the Feast of the Epiphany (January 6) at 7:00 PM
- St. Hyacinth Church, Detroit: Special occasions; dates will be reported in this column
- St. Albertus Church, Detroit: Special occasions; dates will be reported in this column
- Holy Redeemer Church, Detroit: Special occasions; dates will be reported in this column
The May 4 episode of EWTN Live featuring Extraordinary Faith and the Traditional Latin Mass is now available for viewing on-line at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwnZAIniJzU&t
Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
- Mon. 05/16 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Josaphat (Pentecost Monday)
- Tue. 05/17 7:00 PM: High Mass at Holy Name of Mary (Pentecost Tuesday)
- Sat. 05/21 8:30 AM: Low Mass at Miles Christi (Pentecost Saturday)
"What is the first business of philosophy? To part with self-conceit. ...It is impossible for anyone to begin to learn what he thinks he already knows." -- Epictetus (c. 100 A.D.)