Sunday, January 11, 2015

Extraordinary Community News - Oakland Co. lecture series on EF Mass, record numbers of EF Masses locally and nationally, Chicago bus tour report, special Ferias, local Mass times

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

Tridentine Community News (January 11, 2015):
Series of Talks Scheduled by the Oakland County Latin Mass Association

The Oakland County Latin Mass Association has lined up a series of speakers for talks to be held during the monthly receptions held after the 9:45 AM Sunday Mass at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Bloomfield Hills. The first talk will be held next Sunday, January 18. All are invited to attend; refreshments will be served.

The list of topics and speakers is as follows:
  • Sunday, January 18: “An Introduction to the Tridentine Mass” – Alex Begin
  • Sunday, February 22: “Young Adults and the Extraordinary Form” – Paul Schultz
  • Sunday, March 22: “Sacred Music and Gregorian Chant” – Wassim Sarweh

Record Set: Five Simultaneous Local Tridentine Masses

This past week, a record of sorts was set: On Tuesday, January 6 at 7:00 PM, five simultaneous Holy Masses were celebrated in our region: Windsor’s Holy Name of Mary Church, Detroit’s St. Josaphat and Assumption Grotto Churches, Wyandotte’s Our Lady of the Scapular Parish, and first-time host Beverly Hills’ Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church all held High Masses for the Feast of the Epiphany. It is likely the first time since the liturgical reforms of the 1960s that so many Tridentine Masses have been held at the same time. This is a testament of liturgical vitality in our region, particularly the presence of sufficient priests, musicians, altar servers, and other volunteers to make these Masses possible.

Continued Growth in Latin Masses Across the U.S.

Additional good news: the number of Extraordinary Form Masses celebrated in the United States continues to grow. The traditional liturgy continues to attract newcomers and interested priests, despite the relatively small amount of coverage it receives in Catholic and secular media. [Chart from Regina Magazine / Una Voce USA]

Chicago Bus Tour Report

Prayer Pilgrimages’ annual tour to the historic Catholic churches of Chicago filled two buses this year, one containing pilgrims from the Diocese of Saginaw. As usual, two Tridentine Masses were offered during the trip, one at St. John Cantius Church and one at St. Mary of the Angels [pictured below].

Several new churches were visited this year. One standout was St. Michael in Old Town, with an attention-grabbing enormous, ornate reredos surmounting their High Altar. In general, Chicago churches are of a grander scale than one sees in most other cities, some sporting unique architectural features such as double balconies, one above the other. Many churches are in very good shape, with even further restoration planned. For example, though to the casual visitor St. Michael appears to be in fine condition, it will nevertheless be undergoing a restoration led by North America’s dynamic duo of traditional architecture, architect Duncan Stroik and mural, furniture, and stained glass creator Conrad Schmitt Studios.

Liturgical Note: Special Ferias

In the majority of circumstances, a Ferial Mass celebrated during the week is a repeat of the previous Sunday’s Mass. This week, however, Ferial Masses, such as Monday’s, will not be a repeat of the Feast of the Holy Family, but rather of the never-celebrated-on-Sunday First Sunday After Epiphany. Likewise, during the week after Trinity Sunday, Ferial Masses are of the never-seen First Sunday After Pentecost. Yes, strange but true, these two “Sunday Masses” are never actually celebrated on Sundays, as they are always displaced by higher-ranking special Feasts.

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Mon. 01/12 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Joseph (Feria of the First Sunday After Epiphany)
  • Tue. 01/13 7:00 PM: High Mass at Holy Name of Mary (Commemoration of the Baptism of the Lord)
[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 St. Alphonsus and Holy Name of Mary Churches (Windsor) bulletin inserts for January 11, 2015. Hat tip to A.B., author of the column.]


RFGA, Ph.D. said...

Henceforth Monday evening Low Mass is @ St. Josaphat, rather than St. Joseph. That schedule change has been announced from the pulpit for the last 2 Sundays.

Pertinacious Papist said...

Thank you, Mr. Allen.