Sunday, February 23, 2014

Extraordinary Community News: The Juventútem Juggernaut

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

Tridentine Community News (February 23, 2014):
St. Benedict Web Site Updates

Updates have been made to the St. Benedict Tridentine Community web site, First, the long-ignored Music page has been updated with the schedule of musical selections through Easter Sunday, 2014. Astute readers will note that our choir will be adding numerous new works to their repertoire in coming weeks. Thanks to Wassim Sarweh for the advance planning that has made this possible. Many Latin Mass communities across the globe rightly promote their music programs on their web sites as a way to grow their attendance, as we ought, as well.

Second, to meet the needs of iPhone, iPad, and certain Android users, the slide shows have been rewritten to use HTML5 animation instead of the previously-used Flash. Flash has been falling out of favor as a technology and is not supported in many mobile web browsers. The slide show on the home page has also been updated with photos from Bishop Fabbro’s visit in November.

This week the site is also being moved to a more stable web server. With the ever-increasing popularity of Michel Ozorak’s chant sheets, even momentary downtime of the web site has proven to be an inconvenience for the numerous clergy around the world who rely on its content to be available 24/7.

Additional updates to the site are planned in coming months. Any time that major changes are made, problems are possible; kindly send an e-mail to the address at the bottom of this page if you are experiencing any difficulties with the site, and we will do our best to remedy them.

Catholic Register Article: “Old Fashioned Worship Attracts Youth”

Toronto’s Catholic Register newspaper ran an article written by a 21-year old reporter about the appeal of the Tridentine, Byzantine, and Anglican Ordinariate Liturgies to the young. This is a theme we have touched on many times in the past; it is good to see increasing evidence to help combat the myth which persists in certain circles that the Extraordinary Form is something of interest only to the older generation. The article may be read at

The Juventútem Juggernaut

While we’re on the subject of the young, Juventútem Michigan posted the following account on their web site this past week. In less than two years, eleven chapters of this international organization of young adults devoted to the Extraordinary Form have been formed in the U.S. There are also similar organizations such as the Sursum Corda network of young adults groups at parishes served by priests of the Institute of Christ the King. The future of the Tridentine Mass is indeed assured with such dedicated young people promoting and supporting the Church’s classic form of worship.

“Beginning with Juventutem Michigan in March 2012, the Fœderatio Internationalis Juventutem (FIJ) has been blessed with the affiliation of several young adult groups around the United States of America.  They are presented here in order of affiliation: Chicago’s Mundelein Seminary Institutes Mandatory Chant Classes for Seminarians

The following announcement from Mundelein Seminary’s Liturgical Institute speaks for itself:
“For the first time since 1968 Mundelein Seminary has a required chant curriculum for seminarians, taught by Liturgical Institute student and CHANT GURU, editor of Simple English Propers and the Lumen Christi Missal, Adam Bartlett. Fr. Martis, the Director of the Liturgical Institute is back in school, having fun learning systematically about Gregorian and Liturgical Chant.”
Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Mon. 02/24 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Joseph (St. Matthias, Apostle)
  • Tue. 02/25 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Benedict/Assumption-Windsor (Feria) – Celebrant may choose a Votive Mass
  • Fri. 02/28 7:00 PM: High Mass at St. Phillip, Battle Creek, Michigan (Votive Mass for Pilgrims and Travelers) – Dinner for young adults age 18-35 follows Mass, organized by Juventútem Michigan
[Comments? Please e-mail Previous columns are available at This edition of Tridentine Community News, with minor editions, is from the St. Albertus (Detroit) and Assumption (Windsor) bulletin inserts for February 23, 2014. Hat tip to A.B., author of the column.]

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