Sunday, March 15, 2015

Extraordinary Community News - Fr. Pullis' 1st EF Mass, Communion rail comeback, USA Today highlights EF, Prayer to St. Joseph, Shroud of Turin Exhibit, Mass times

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

Tridentine Community News (March 15, 2015):
Fr. Stephen Pullis to Offer First Tridentine Mass

A particularly busy priest has undertaken the learning of the Tridentine Mass: Fr. Stephen Pullis, a young priest who currently serves as Priest Secretary to Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron, will celebrate his first public Mass in the Extraordinary Form on Friday, March 27 at 7:00 PM at St. Josaphat Church. He is no stranger to the Latin Mass; he assisted the Archbishop at last year’s Extraordinary Form Confirmations at St. Edward on the Lake Parish in Lakeport.

It is always cause for gratitude when another priest learns the Traditional Latin Liturgy, but it is especially remarkable when that person has the non-stop agenda of the Secretary to the Archbishop. May God bless him for fitting this into his schedule.

Juventútem Michigan will host its monthly dinner for young adults age 18-35 after Fr. Pullis’ first Mass.

Communion Rail & Gate Restoral Again in the News

The trend continues to reinstall Communion Rails and Gates. On his Southern Orders blog, Fr. Allan McDonald, pastor of St. Joseph Church in Macon, Georgia, recently published photos of the project to restore the Altar Rail that had been removed from this beautiful church in the 1970s. Not only was the rail recovered and reinstalled, so were the gates. New marble tops are being crafted for the gates. A marvelous way to show reverence for the sacred acts that take place in the sanctuary and provide a fitting means to receive our Lord in Holy Communion.

USA Today Highlights the Extraordinary Form

Looking for yet more encouraging news? On Friday, March 13, USA Today posted an entirely positive story on its web site (which may or may not have appeared in its print edition) entitled “Latin Mass resurgent 50 years after Vatican II”. A sample quote: “In 2007, Pope Benedict XVI formally allowed the majestic Latin Mass to be more accessible to congregations. Since then, participation has mushroomed.”

Read the whole story here:

Prayer to St. Joseph

As we prepare for the Feast of St. Joseph this Thursday, March 19, Holy Mother Church offers us this prayer to the Foster Father of our Lord, the recitation of which is enriched with a Partial Indulgence. St. Joseph is the patron of so many causes, among them finding a suitable spouse, obtaining a happy death, workers, fathers, and families. Bring him your petitions in confidence.
Ad te, beáte Joseph, in tribulatióne nostra confúgimus, atque, imploráto Sponsæ tuæ sanctíssimæ auxílio, patrocínium quoque tuum fidénter expóscimus. Per eam, quaésumus, quæ te cum immaculáta Vírgine Dei Genetríce conjúnxit, caritátem, perque patérnum, quo Púerum Jesum ampléxus es, amórem, súpplices deprecámur, ut ad hereditátem, quam Jesus Christus acquisívit Sánguine suo, benígnus respícias, ac necessitátibus nostris tua virtúte et ope succúrras. Tuére, o Custos providentíssime divínæ Famíliæ, Jesu Christi sóbolem eléctam; próhibe a nobis, amantíssime Pater, omnem errórum ac corruptelárum luem; propítius nobis, sospítator noster fortíssime, in hoc cum potestáte tenebrárum certámine e cælo adésto; et sicut olim Púerum Jesum e summo eripuísti vitæ discrímine, ita nunc Ecclésiam sanctam Dei ab hostílibus insídiis atque ab omni adversitáte defénde: nosque síngulos perpétuo tege patrocínio, ut ad tui exémplar et ope tua suffúlti, sancte vívere, pie émori, sempiternámque in cælis beatitúdinem ássequi possímus. Amen.

To you, O blessed Joseph, do we come in our tribulation, and having implored the help of your most holy spouse, we confidently invoke your patronage also. Through that charity which bound you to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God and through the paternal love with which you embraced the Child Jesus, we humbly beg you graciously to regard the inheritance which Jesus Christ has purchased by his Blood, and with your power and strength to aid us in our necessities. O most watchful Guardian of the Holy Family, defend the chosen children of Jesus Christ; O most loving father, ward off from us every contagion of error and corrupting influence; O our most mighty protector, be kind to us and from heaven assist us in our struggle with the power of darkness. As once you rescued the Child Jesus from deadly peril, so now protect God's Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity; shield, too, each one of us by your constant protection, so that, supported by your example and your aid, we may be able to live piously, to die in holiness, and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven. Amen.
Shroud of Turin Exhibition

Most Precious Blood Parish in Windsor is offering an exhibition of a replica of the Shroud of Turin through Tuesday, March 17. The exhibit is scientific in nature; it is coordinated by Barry Schwortz, an Orthodox Jew and imaging expert whose research has convinced him of the authenticity of the Shroud as the burial cloth of our Lord. Further information is available at:

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Mon. 03/16 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Josaphat (Monday in the Fourth Week of Lent)
  • Tue. 03/17 7:00 PM: Low Mass at Holy Name of Mary (Tuesday in the Fourth Week of Lent with Commemoration of St. Patrick)
  • Thu. 03/19 6:00 PM: High Mass at St. Joseph (St. Joseph, Spouse 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 St. Alphonsus and Holy Name of Mary Churches (Windsor) bulletin inserts for March 15, 2015. Hat tip to A.B., author of the column.]

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