Sunday, March 30, 2014

MUST SEE: "Extraordinary Faith" series set to debut on EWTN (April 14th)

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

Tridentine Community News (March 30, 2014):
Extraordinary Faith Episode 1:
Mission San Juan Capistrano
To Debut on EWTN on April 14

EWTN has announced the debut of Extraordinary Faith, our locally-produced television series showcasing the beauties of Sacred Tradition and the Tridentine Mass. Episode 1 was filmed at the historic Mission San Juan Capistrano in California, located about one hour south of Los Angeles.

The oldest still-functioning Catholic church in California is the Mission’s Serra Chapel. The Serra Chapel also happens to be the site of one of the first Tridentine Masses to be established in North America after Vatican II in the wake of the 1984 Vatican indult, Quattuor Abhinc Annos, which re-permitted the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass worldwide if the local bishop approved.

As a point of interest, the Mission was made available for our use by its gracious pastor, Msgr. Art Holquin, who struck up a conversation with this author during a visit when he realized I was a member of the Windsor Tridentine Mass Community. Msgr. Holquin just happened to be an enthusiastic user of Michel Ozorak’s Chant Sheets and was interested in receiving some one-on-one training on how to celebrate a High Mass. A small world, indeed.

This episode also includes some background information about the series, as well as an interview with George Sarah, a Hollywood composer who was asked to become president of Una Voce Los Angeles after he organized a number of special high-profile Tridentine Masses in historic churches. Joy Lanfranchi of Una Voce Orange County discusses the annual Lenten Pilgrimage from St. Michael’s [Norbertine] Abbey to the Mission, culminating, not surprisingly, with a Latin Mass.

Episode 1 of Extraordinary Faith – Mission San Juan Capistrano – will be televised on EWTN beginning Monday, April 14, 2014 at 4:30 AM Eastern time. The episode will be re-run on Good Friday, April 18, 2014 at 2:00 AM Eastern time. The network wanted to run the episode during Holy Week because of the Lenten Pilgrimage segment. EWTN is considering future airings of Episode 1 at more convenient times of the day.

DVD copies of this and every episode of Extraordinary Faith will be available for sale from EWTN’s Religious Catalog. Our contract with EWTN also permits us to post each episode on our web site, one month after it debuts on the network. Beginning Wednesday, May 14, 2014, Episode 1 will be available for viewing on Please note that the site is not yet up, but will go live no later than Tuesday, April 8. At that time, you will be able to view a trailer introducing the series on the site.

Web Site and Training Apostolate

Speaking of the web site, some credit is appropriate: Accomplished Australian Catholic web developer Michael Peterson is designing a comprehensive web presence for Extraordinary Faith. The site will offer a spectrum of resources for those new to the Latin Mass. It will include a section offering on-site training to priests and musicians who are interested in learning the Tridentine Mass. We will also have a Facebook page where people can have their questions about the Latin Mass answered in a courteous manner.

Possible Debut Party

Charlie and Ron Parent have suggested a possible debut party for Extraordinary Faith. There will be a private showing of Episode 1, snacks will be served, and some inside stories will be shared. If you would be interested in attending, please see Ron, Charlie, Sharon Moody, or Diane Begin, or e-mail the address at the bottom of this page. Please indicate what day(s) of the week work best for you.

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Mon. 03/31 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Joseph (Feria of Lent)
  • Tue. 04/01 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Benedict/Assumption-Windsor (Feria of Lent)
  • Fri. 04/04 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Joseph (Feria of Lent) – First Friday
[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 March 30, 2014. Hat tip to A.B., author of the column.]