Sunday, October 28, 2012

Extraordinary Community News

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

Tridentine Community News (October 28, 2012):
Sacra Liturgia Conference

It is typical for Latin Mass-oriented conferences to be announced a few months before they are held. Often times speakers are not announced until a few weeks before the event. This is reasonable considering most such conferences are run by volunteers and are not as well-organized as the typical commercial trade show.

For the first time in memory, a liturgical conference was announced a full nine months before it will be held. More significantly, a speaker’s list has been published which includes the largest single gathering of top names in today’s worldwide Latin Mass scene, including Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, Raymond Cardinal Burke, Archbishop Augustine Di Noia, OP, Bishop Dominique Rey, Fr. Uwe-Michael Lang, Fr. Nicola Bux, Dr. Alcuin Reid, and Jeffrey Tucker. The conference in question is Sacra Liturgia 2013, to be held June 25-28, 2013 at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome.

This conference is not exclusively for the Extraordinary Form. Scheduled Masses will be held in both the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms. Attendees will also participate in the Papal Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica for the Feast of Ss. Peter & Paul. Complete details are available at

Possible Group Tour or Pilgrimage

Fr. John Johnson will be attending the Sacra Liturgia Conference and has asked if there might be others interested in going. Expect the cost for airfare, hotel, and conference registration to be in the neighborhood of $2,000, with an additional few hundred dollars if the trip is extended to visit some additional sites. If you are interested, kindly e-mail the address at the bottom of this page, and we will keep you informed. If there are only a few inquiries, we can travel as an informal group. If there are many, we can arrange a more structured pilgrimage with a bus tour.

Indulgences During the Month of November

The month of November is enriched with several opportunities to gain a Plenary Indulgence, the complete remission of temporal punishment due to sin. The first two are applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory, whereas most others may be applied to oneself instead of to the Souls in Purgatory.

On November 2, the Feast of All Souls, a Plenary Indulgence applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory may be gained by visiting a church and praying an Our Father and the Creed. Attendance at Mass is not required.

Each day from November 1-8, a Plenary Indulgence applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory may be gained by devoutly visiting a cemetery and praying for the dead. On any other day of the year, the Indulgence gained will be Partial.

On November 9, the Feast of the Dedication of the Archbasilica of Our Savior, a Plenary Indulgence may be gained by visiting the Cathedral church of a diocese and there reciting an Our Father and the Creed.

Of course the everyday opportunities to gain Plenary Indulgences are always available. Two of the simplest are reciting the Rosary in a church (publicly or privately), and spending at least a half an hour in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament.

The usual conditions to gain any Plenary Indulgence apply to all of these opportunities: Reception of Holy Communion, Prayer for the Holy Father’s Intentions, Confession within 20 days, and freedom from attachment to sin. If any one of these conditions is not met, the Indulgenced earned will instead be Partial.

A Partial Indulgence applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory may be gained on any day of the year by praying this simple prayer for the dead. For the benefit of the Poor Souls, please take a few seconds and pray it now:
Réquiem aetérnam dona eis, Dómine, et lux perpétua lúceat eis. Requiéscant in pace. Amen.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.
Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Mon. 10/29 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Josaphat (Feria) [Celebrant may choose a Votive Mass]
  • Mon. 10/30 7:00 PM: Low Mass at Assumption-Windsor (Feria) [Celebrant may choose a Votive Mass]
  • Thu. 11/01 7:00 PM: High Mass at St. Josaphat (All Saints)
  • Fri. 11/02 6:00 PM: Two Low Masses at Assumption-Windsor (All Souls)
  • Fri. 11/02 7:00 PM: Solemn High Mass at Assumption-Windsor (All Souls)
  • Fri. 11/02 7:00 PM: High Mass at St. Josaphat (All Souls)
[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 October 28, 2012. Hat tip to A.B., author of the column.]