Sunday, June 01, 2014

Ordination and First Masses of Fr. Joe Tuskiewicz

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

Tridentine Community News (June 1, 2014):
Thanks be to God, Deacon Joe Tuskiewicz will be ordained to the Sacred Priesthood for the Archdiocese of Detroit next Saturday, June 7. As many of you know, Deacon Joe has had a long history serving at the altar with the St. Josaphat, St. Albertus, St. Benedict/Assumption-Windsor, and Ss. Cyril & Methodius Tridentine Communities. He is the first man to be ordained to the priesthood from these local Latin Mass groups, though several more are currently in seminary.

Soon-to-be Fr. Joe will celebrate his first Holy Mass, in the Extraordinary Form, next Sunday, June 8 at 9:30 AM. At press time the Mass is scheduled to be held at St. Josaphat Church, however there is a possibility that the Mass may be held instead at St. Joseph Church if St. Josaphat is not ready to reopen in time. Please allow yourself some extra time to drive over to St. Joseph if St. Josaphat is closed. [Update: Please note: the Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph.]

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Wassim Sarweh and the St. Benedict Tridentine Choir will supply the music, and a joint team of altar servers from St. Josaphat/St. Joseph, St. Benedict/Assumption-Windsor, St. Albertus, and the Academy of the Sacred Heart will assist.

It will be a grace-filled occasion in many ways, supplemented with a special gift from Holy Mother Church: A Plenary Indulgence may be gained by attending the First Mass of a newly ordained priest, under the usual conditions of Confession within 20 days, reception of Holy Communion, prayer for the Holy Father’s intentions, and freedom from attachment to sin.

Fr. Joe will administer individual first priestly blessings at the Communion Rail after Mass. A reception will follow Mass in the parish hall.

Fr. Joe is also scheduled to celebrate the following Tridentine Masses in June:
Sunday, June 22 2:00 PM: Solemn High Mass with Deacon and Subdeacon at St. Benedict/Assumption-Windsor (External Solemnity of Corpus Christi) – Subdeacon will be Deacon Jake van Assche from Sacred Heart Major Seminary; Deacon will be Fr. Peter Hrytsyk. A procession with the Blessed Sacrament will follow the Mass, outdoors if weather permits. EWTN’s Extraordinary Faith television program will be present to film this Mass.

Sunday, June 29 12:00 PM: High Mass at St. Albertus (Ss. Peter & Paul, Apostles)
Chant Workshop on June 28

Archdiocese of Detroit Music Director Joe Balistreri will be leading a day-long workshop on Gregorian Chant at Flint’s St. Matthew Church on Saturday, June 28, beginning at 8:30 AM. St. Matthew is Flint’s most ornate historic church, which hosted a special Tridentine Mass in 2012. The cost is $25, and attendees will receive a copy of the Gregorian Missal, which contains Latin chants for the Ordinary Form of Holy Mass. Registration information is available at:

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An aid to prayer particularly beneficial to those who make use of smartphones and tablets has come into existence: Consider following “CatholicPrayer” / @ACatholicPrayer on Twitter. The anonymous person or people behind this effort stream brief, Tweet-sized prayers throughout the day, at a rate of approximately one per hour. Most are quite traditional, and sources are given when space allows. An excellent way to add to help sanctify your day as well as gain Indulgences for yourself and the souls in Purgatory.

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Mon. 06/02 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Joseph (Ss. Marcellinus, Peter, & Erasmus, Martyrs)
  • Tue. 06/03 7:00 PM: High Requiem Mass at St. Benedict/Assumption-Windsor (Daily Mass for the Dead)
  • Fri. 06/06 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Joseph (Sacred Heart of Jesus) – First Friday
  • Sun. 06/08: No Mass at Academy of the Sacred Heart – Mass resumes on June 15 at 9:45 AM as usual
  • Sun. 06/08 9:30 AM: High Mass at St. Josaphat or St. Joseph (see above) (Pentecost Sunday) – First Holy Mass of Fr. Joe Tuskiewicz
[Comments? Please e-mail Previous columns are available at This edition of Tridentine Community News, with minor editions, is from the St. Albertus (Detroit), Academy of the Sacred Heart (Bloomfield Hills), and Assumption (Windsor) bulletin inserts for June 1, 2014. Hat tip to A.B., author of the column.]

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