Sunday, August 10, 2014

Extraordinary Community News

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

Tridentine Community News (August 10, 2014):
Fr. Patrick Bénéteau Appointed Vocations Director for the Diocese of London, Ontario

Bishop Ronald Fabbro has appointed longtime friend of the Tridentine Mass Fr. Patrick Bénéteau as Vocations Director for the Diocese of London, Ontario. In 2010 Fr. Patrick celebrated two Masses in his first month as a priest in the Extraordinary Form. He continues to assist our local Latin Mass communities, most recently serving as Subdeacon for last Sunday’s Solemn High Mass at Assumption-Windsor.

Fr. Patrick intends to hold informational talks during the upcoming months for those men in our Latin Mass communities interested in learning more about the path to priesthood. One will most likely be held after a Sunday Mass at Assumption-Windsor; details will be posted in this column when plans are finalized. Another is planned for the London, Ontario Latin Mass group. This is eminently fitting, as Extraordinary Form communities are a rich source of vocations, locally and globally.

Your prayers are requested for those men from the St. Benedict Tridentine Community at Assumption Church in Windsor who are studying for the sacred priesthood: Deacon Brother John Tonkins (Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem), James Murphy (St. Peter’s Seminary, London), and Kaisar Marogi (Dominicans), as well as for recently ordained Fr. Joe Tuskiewicz.

Ordinations for the Institute in St. Louis

On Tuesday, August 5, His Eminence Raymond Cardinal Burke ordained four priests for the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest at St. Francis de Sales Oratory in St. Louis, Missouri. The ordinations were carried out according to the Traditional Rite, as is the custom for the Institute. Faithful from across the continent attended, including Juventútem Michigan chief Paul Schultz, whose Harvard classmate Francis Altiere was one of the ordinandi.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis published an article and some beautiful, crisp photos of the event here:

Americans who pursue a vocation with the Institute must learn French, for that is the language in which seminary classes are taught. This fall, Lansing’s Paul McKown and former Ann Arbor resident Marcelo de Oliveira will be entering pre-seminary formation for the Institute in Wausau, Wisconsin. A large portion of their training, of necessity, will be learning French.

In the Press

The Institute ordinations garnered an article in the St. Louis Post Dispatch about the growing appeal of the Extraordinary Form:

Mention has also been made in several publications and blogs about the growing trend for newly ordained priests to celebrate their first or second Mass in the Extraordinary Form. We witnessed that trend locally in June, with Fr. Joe Tuskiewicz and Fr. Ryan Adams, both newly ordained for the Archdiocese of Detroit, celebrating Tridentine Masses within their first month of ordination. Clearly the classic form of Holy Mass has an appeal to more than a few members of the current generation of priests.

Oakland County Latin Mass Association Receives Tax-Free Status

In July the Internal Revenue Service simplified the regulations for small non-profit entities to obtain 501(c)(3) charitable status. What was formerly a multi-month process filled with complex paperwork requirements has become a relatively easy procedure, with quick government approval now possible.

One of the first entities to take advantage of these new rules is the Oakland County Latin Mass Association. Contributions to the OCLMA, which administers the weekly Sunday 9:45 AM Tridentine Mass at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Bloomfield Hills, are now tax-deductible. A bonus: The IRS has permitted all contributions going back to the first Mass in May to be considered deductible.

Special thanks to OCLMA president Cecilia Lakin for noticing the change in rules and jumping right on them.

Indulgenced Prayer for the Dead

Every Catholic should commit to memory this short prayer for the Poor Souls in Purgatory, which has been enriched with a Partial Indulgence applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory. Imagine the relief we could obtain for the Suffering Souls if we all got into the habit of praying this prayer a few times every day:

Réquiem aetérnam dona eis, Dómine, et lux perpétua lucéat eis. Requiéscant in pace. Amen.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Mon. 08/11 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Joseph (Ss. Tiburtius & Susanna, Virgin & Martyrs)
  • Tue. 08/12 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Benedict/Assumption-Windsor (St. Clare, Virgin)
  • Fri. 08/15 12:00 Noon: High Mass at St. Edward on the Lake, Lakeport, MI (Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary) – Annual Lake Day festivities for young adults age 18-35 follow the Mass, organized by Juventútem Michigan
  • Fri. 08/15 7:00 PM: High Mass at Assumption Grotto (Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
[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 August 10, 2014. Hat tip to A.B., author of the column.]

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