Sunday, July 29, 2012

Extraordinary Community News

Tridentine Community News (July 29, 2012, External Solemnity of Ste. Anne):
Upcoming Special Masses in Historic Churches: August 4: Holy Family Church, Detroit

The Tridentine Mass continues to be reintroduced in an increasing number of local historic churches. Thanks to the tireless efforts of Andrew Fanco and Paul Schultz, Juventútem Michigan’s annual pilgrimage walk through Detroit this coming Saturday, August 4 will conclude with Mass in the Extraordinary Form at 7:00 PM at Detroit’s Holy Family Church. The Mass will be the anticipated Mass of the Ninth Sunday After Pentecost.

Located in downtown Detroit on the west side (southbound) service drive of I-75 adjacent to the Blue Cross Tower, Holy Family is an Italian/Sicilian parish with a long tradition of reverent liturgy. Parking is along the street; a few spaces are available on the driveway that encircles the back of the church.

Holy Family is one of very few churches in the world which can make the claim that almost every scheduled Mass it has ever offered has been in Latin, including even weekday Masses. Until recently, almost every scheduled Mass has also been celebrated ad oriéntem. That being said, the Mass on Saturday will be the first public Tridentine Mass to have been celebrated at Holy Family in over 40 years.

While the Mass is part of a Juventútem event, faithful of all ages are invited to attend.

August 14: St. Mary Star of the Sea, Jackson

The Tridentine Community in Jackson, Michigan is based at St. Joseph Church, a 1960s-era edifice. For only the second time in memory, they have arranged a special Mass at Jackson’s grand, historically-intact St. Mary Star of the Sea Church. The Mass will be an anticipated Mass for the Feast of the Assumption, on Tuesday, August 14 at 7:00 PM. It will be a Solemn High Mass with Deacon and Subdeacon, a form of the Tridentine Mass rarely celebrated in Jackson.

St. Mary Star of the Sea is located at 120 E. Wesley St. in downtown Jackson. The current church is the second one built by the parish and was dedicated in 1926 by Bishop Joseph Plagens, who just happens to have been pastor of Detroit’s Sweetest Heart of Mary Church at the time. In those years Jackson was a part of the Diocese of Detroit; now it is part of the Diocese of Lansing.

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week

Mon. 07/30 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Josaphat (Ss. Abdon & Sennen, Martyrs)

Tue. 07/31 7:00 PM: Low Mass at Assumption-Windsor (St. Ignatius Loyola, Confessor)

Fri. 08/03 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Josaphat (Votive Mass of the Sacred Heart of Jesus) [First Friday]

Sat. 08/04 7:00 PM: High Mass at Holy Family, Detroit ([Anticipated] Tenth Sunday After Pentecost)

"I will go in unto the Altar of God
To God, Who giveth joy to my youth"
[Comments? Please e-mail Previous columns are available at This edition of Tridentine Community News, with minor editions, is from the St. Josaphat bulletin insert for July 29, 2012. Hat tip to A.B.]

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