Sunday, October 12, 2014

Extraordinary Community News: the wisdom of the saints on the Holy Mass & carrying one's cross, plus the latest news

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

Tridentine Community News (October 12, 2014):
The Hidden Mystery of the Holy Mass

From Dr. Taylor Marshall’s blog: Ten quotes from the Saints about the importance of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass:
  1. “When the Eucharist is being celebrated, the sanctuary is filled with countless angels who adore the divine victim immolated on the altar.” – St. John Chrysostom
  2. The angels surround and help the priest when he is celebrating Mass.” – St. Augustine
  3. “If we really understood the Mass, we would die of joy.” – St. John Vianney
  4. “The celebration of Holy Mass is as valuable as the death of Jesus on the Cross.” – St. Thomas Aquinas
  5. “Once, St. Teresa was overwhelmed with God’s goodness and asked our Lord ‘How can I thank you?’ Our Lord replied, ‘Attend one Mass.’”
  6. “My Son so loves those who assist at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass that, if it were necessary He would die for them as many times as they’ve heard Masses.” – Our Lady to Blessed Alan
  7. “When we receive Holy Communion, we experience something extraordinary – a joy, a fragrance, a well-being that thrills the whole body and causes it to exalt.” – St. John Vianney
  8. “There is nothing so great as the Eucharist. If God had something more precious, He would have given it to us.” – St. John Vianney
  9. “When we have been to Holy Communion, the balm of love envelops the soul as the flower envelops the bee.” – St. John Vianney
  10. “It would be easier for the world to survive without the sun than to do without Holy Mass.” – St. Pio of Pietrelcina

St. Francis de Sales on Carrying One’s Cross

This Saint reminds us that good can exist even in tribulation:
“The everlasting God has in His wisdom foreseen from eternity the cross that He now presents to you as a gift from His inmost Heart. This cross He now sends you He has considered with His all-knowing eyes, understood with His Divine mind, tested with His wise justice, warmed with loving arms and weighed with His own hands to see that it be not one inch too large and not one ounce too heavy for you. He has blessed it with His holy Name, anointed it with His grace, perfumed it with His consolation, taken one last glance at you and your courage, and then sent it to you from Heaven, a special greeting from God to you, an alms of the all-merciful love of God.”
St. Anthony, Temperance, Michigan Holds First Tridentine Mass

On November 3, 2013, this column reported that St. Anthony Church in Temperance, Michigan had installed a new High Altar and removed its freestanding altar. In a logical next step of this architectural restoration, we are pleased to report that parish pastor Fr. Brian Hurley celebrated his first Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form there on Saturday, October 4. Hopefully this will be the first of many regular Tridentine Masses at the parish, located just north of the Ohio border. [Photo by Paul Schultz]

All Souls Day Mass

Because of the impending closure of Assumption Church and the relocation of the St. Benedict Tridentine Community, there will be no Mass in Windsor on All Souls Day, which is moved to Monday, November 3 in the Extraordinary Form this year.

Holy Mass will still be provided elsewhere, however: Fr. Mark Borkowski will celebrate a Tridentine High Mass for All Souls Day at Our Lady of the Scapular Church in Wyandotte, Michigan on Monday, November 3 at 7:00 PM.

Ss. Cyril & Methodius to Continue Tridentine Masses

Fr. Ben Kosnac has reversed his earlier decision and has rounded up additional priest assistance to allow the parish to continue their weekly Saturday 6:00 PM Extraordinary Form Masses.

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Mon. 10/13 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Joseph (St. Edward the Confessor, King)
  • Tue. 10/14 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Benedict/Assumption-Windsor (St. Callistus I, Pope & Martyr)
  • Sat. 10/18 8:00 AM: Low Mass at Our Lady of the Scapular, Wyandotte (St. Luke, Evangelist)
  • Sun. 10/19 12:00 Noon: High Mass at St. Albertus (Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost)
[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 October 12, 2014. Hat tip to A.B., author of the column.]