Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Extraordinary community news

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

Tridentine Community News (November 18, 2012):
Christmas Week Bus Tour of Historic Churches in Chicago

For the second year in a row, there will be a bus tour of historic Catholic churches in Chicago during the week between Christmas and New Year’s. The tour will span two days, Thursday-Friday, December 27-28, with Tridentine Masses offered each day.

Churches to be visited this year include Chicago’s three basilicas: Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica [where the famous black-and-white Tridentine Mass video narrated by Archbishop Fulton Sheen was filmed; photo below © 2009, Jeremy Atherton], Queen of All Saints Basilica (second photo below), and St. Hyacinth Basilica, plus St. John Cantius Church, Holy Trinity Church, St. Hedwig Church, and the Marytown National Shrine.

By popular demand, the first Tridentine Mass, on December 27 at 1:00 PM, will be held once again at St. Mary of the Angels (photo below © 2009, Jeremy Atherton), perhaps the most stunningly clean and ornate church this writer has ever seen.

Overnight accommodations will be provided at Mundelein Seminary, where Vespers will be offered on Thursday evening. On Friday morning, the main chapel at Mundelein will be the site of the second Tridentine Holy Mass. Mundelein is one of North America’s growing number of seminaries where the Extraordinary Form is regularly offered.

To purchase tickets or for further information, please contact Mike Semaan at (248) 250-6005.

St. Peter Church, East Tilbury, Hosts First EF Mass

On Friday, November 9, historic St. Peter on the Thames Church in East Tilbury, Ontario hosted its first Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form in over 40 years. Though not publicized outside the parish bulletin, approximately 25 people from as far away as Chatham and Detroit were in attendance.

St. Francis Xavier, Tilbury, to Host EF Mass

On Friday, November 30 at 7:00 PM, historic St. Francis Xavier Church in [central] Tilbury, Ontario will host its second Tridentine High Mass this year, for the Feast of St. Andrew. A reception will follow Mass in the parish hall.

Resurrection Parish, Lansing, to Host First EF Mass

Also on Friday, November 30, at 7:30 PM, Lansing, Michigan’s Resurrection Parish will host its first Extraordinary Form Mass, for the Feast of St. Andrew. Celebrating the Tridentine Mass for the first time will be Fr. Mark Rutherford.

Young adults age 18-35 are invited to attend a dinner after the Mass sponsored by Juventútem Michigan. Carpools from the Detroit area are being arranged. See Juventútem’s Facebook event page for more information.

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Mon. 11/19 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Josaphat (St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Widow)
  • Tue. 11/20 7:00 PM: Low Mass at Assumption-Windsor (St. Felix of Valois, Confessor)
[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 November 18, 2012. Hat tip to A.B., author of the column.]

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