Sunday, September 23, 2012

Extraordinary Community News

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

Tridentine Community News (September 23, 2012):
Mass Cards for the Extraordinary Form Now Available

It is a laudable practice to have Masses offered for the intention of other individuals, living or deceased. Every Mass includes two Meméntos, sections in the Canon of the Mass where the celebrant prays for the living and the dead, the intention of the Mass being the most important one the priest must pray for.

There are times when a living person, or family and friends of a living or deceased individual, might appreciate knowing that a Mass had been offered for a particular person or intention. One traditional way of informing people is via a “Mass Card”, a greeting card which explains what has been done. Many Catholic supply houses sell stock Mass Cards, however modern technology has given us a convenient way to produce customized cards for our local churches.

At the request of a reader, we have designed a Mass Card which can be printed for Masses said at St. Josaphat, St. Albertus, St. Hyacinth, and Windsor’s Assumption Church. Other churches can easily be accommodated once appropriate photos are taken. The card consists of an exterior shot of the church on the cover, a photo of Mass being celebrated on the church’s altar on the upper interior page, and text explaining the purpose of the card on the lower interior page. The card is printed on glossy half-fold greeting card stock on a high-quality color copier. A photo of the exterior and interior of a Mass Card is provided as an example; the card is folded in the middle.
Mass Cards are available for $8.00 each, including custom text and a mailing envelope. Please e-mail the address at the bottom of this page or call (248) 250-2740 if you would like to have a Mass Card printed for your intention. Kindly allow at least two weeks’ advance notice for a card to be printed and mailed to you.

Upcoming Bus Tour to Historic Churches in the Niagara Falls Region

Mike Semaan’s Prayer Pilgrimages bus tour operation continues its series of Tridentine Mass-centric tours with a trip to historic churches in the Buffalo – Niagara Falls region, Thursday-Friday, October 11-12. Churches on the tour include Buffalo’s St. Anthony of Padua, Niagara Falls’ St. Mary Cataract, and Lackawanna’s Our Lady of Victory Basilica. At least one Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form is planned.

Participants will need to bring a Passport, Enhanced Driver’s License, or a Nexus card to cross the Canadian border. For further information, see or call (248) 250-6005.

Possible Tridentine Pilgrimages in Europe

In light of the continued popularity of the historic bus tours in our region, three parties have recently requested that we inquire if there is interest in arranging pilgrimage(s) to Europe that focus on the Extraordinary Form.

Fr. John Johnson has suggested a trip to Rome during the upcoming Year of Faith (Oct. 11, 2012 – Nov. 24, 2013), touring major Catholic sites in and near the Eternal City. He would lead the tour and celebrate daily Tridentine Mass.

Fr. Peter Hrytsyk has suggested trips to either Bavaria or England, or possibly both in one tour. He, too, would lead the tour and celebrate EF Mass daily.

Mike Semaan is open to any reasonable suggestion for a tour anywhere in Europe for which there is sufficient demand. He would appreciate hearing your thoughts about possible destinations. A priest would be sought out to celebrate daily Tridentine Mass.

Tours such as this typically cost $3,500-4,000 per person all-inclusive for an approximately eight day trip. If you are interested in one or more of the above tours, kindly e-mail the address at the bottom of this page, and we will let the appropriate parties know. Formal arrangements with a tour company will be commenced if there is sufficient informal interest.

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Mon. 09/24 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Josaphat (Our Lady of Ransom)
  • Tue. 09/25 7:00 PM: High Mass at Assumption-Windsor (Daily Mass for the Dead [High Requiem Mass with Absolution at the Catafalque])
[Comments? Please e-mail Previous columns are available at This edition of Tridentine Community News, with minor editions, is from the St. Josaphat (Detroit) and Assumption (Windsor) bulletin inserts for September 23, 2012. Hat tip to A.B., author of the column.]