Sunday, April 06, 2014

Vatican’s Official Latin Translator Msgr. Daniel Gallagher Celebrates Tridentine Mass in Ann Arbor

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

Tridentine Community News (April 6, 2014):
Vatican’s Official Latin Translator Msgr. Daniel Gallagher Celebrates Tridentine Mass in Ann Arbor

The Detroit Free Press gave impressive front-page coverage on March 27, 2014 to the visit of Msgr. Daniel Gallagher to metro Detroit. Msgr. Gallagher is a Traverse City native who now serves as one of the Vatican’s chief translators of documents into Latin. Among other duties, he translates the Pope’s Tweets into Latin.

Msgr. Gallagher is known around metro Detroit for the time he spent at Sacred Heart Major Seminary as a Latin instructor. Until last weekend, however, he was not known for celebrating Holy Mass in Latin, in either the Extraordinary or Ordinary Forms. Breaking new ground once again, members of Juventútem Michigan were able to persuade Msgr. Gallagher to celebrate a Low Tridentine Mass at Ann Arbor’s St. Thomas the Apostle Church last Saturday, March 29. [Photo by Joseph Gryniewicz]

[Related: "Michigan priest translates pope's tweets into Latin" (USA Today, March 27, 2014) - Hat tip to Dr. Janet Smith.]

Ecclesiastical Latin Resources

Readers occasionally ask for references on learning church Latin.

One of the most widely-used textbooks is Scanlon & Scanlon’s Latin Grammar: Grammar Vocabularies, and Exercises in Preparation for the Reading of the Missal and Breviary. This is the book that St. Josaphat parishioner and Latin Professor Peter Gulewich has used in parish classes in previous years.

Canon Law expert and Sacred Heart Major Seminary Professor Dr. Edward Peters teaches Latin at the seminary. He has assembled a comprehensive page of reference materials to help people learn and translate Latin:

Juventútem Goes to Flint

On Friday, April 25, Juventútem Michigan will be returning to Flint, Michigan. A 7:00 PM High Mass will be held at a church which has not held one in over 40 years, St. Michael. As is customary on Last Fridays, a dinner for young adults age 18-35 will follow the Mass.

Our Lady Queen of Apostles, Hamtramck To Host Tridentine Mass on May 30

On Friday, May 30 at 7:00 PM, Hamtramck’s Our Lady Queen of Apostles will hold their first Tridentine Mass in over 40 years. Built in 1950, Queen of Apostles is a well-preserved church, with High Altar, Side Altars, and pipe organ intact. Only the Communion Rail has been partially removed. [Photo by Andy Hoxie]

Today, Queen of Apostles is clustered with St. Hyacinth Church, under the common pastorship of Fr. Janusz Iwan. St. Hyacinth hosts several special Masses in the Extraordinary Form over the course of the year, so it is only natural that Queen of Apostles also be included in this initiative. Thanks are due to St. Hyacinth parishioner Mike Smigielski for organizing this Mass and all of the others at St. Hyacinth.

Being a Last Friday, Juventútem Michigan is planning to hold a dinner for young adults age 18-35 at a local restaurant following the Mass.

Holy Week Schedule
  • Mon. 04/14 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Joseph (Monday of Holy Week)
  • Tue. 04/15 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Benedict/Assumption-Windsor (Tuesday of Holy Week)
  • Thu. 04/17 7:00 PM: High Mass at St. Joseph (Holy Thursday)
  • Fri. 04/18 12:00 Noon: Good Friday Liturgy at St. Joseph
  • Fri. 04/18 5:30 PM: Good Friday Liturgy at St. Benedict/Assumption-Windsor
  • Sat. 04/19 8:00 PM: High Mass at St. Joseph (Easter Vigil)
Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Mon. 04/07 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Joseph (Feria of Lent)
  • Tue. 04/08 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Benedict/Assumption-Windsor (Feria of Lent)
[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 April, 2014. Hat tip to A.B., author of the column.]