Sunday, April 19, 2015

Tridentine Community News - EF Chrism Mass, Liturgy conferences, Local news, Chant workshop

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

Tridentine Community News by Alex Begin (April 19, 2015):
Chrism Mass Celebrated in the Extraordinary Form

For what we believe is the third year in a row, Archbishop Wolfgang Haas, of Vaduz (Liechtenstein) celebrated the Chrism Mass for his diocese in the Extraordinary Form on Holy Thursday. [Photo of 2014 Chrism Mass in Vaduz by Hubert Bizard]

As far as we are aware, the only other bishop to celebrate the Chrism Mass according to the Traditional Rite is His Excellency Fernando Rifan, Apostolic Administrator of the Personal Apostolic Administration of Saint John Mary Vianney, in Campos, Brazil. That quasi-diocese is the only one in the world to conduct all of its liturgies, at all of its parishes, in the Extraordinary Form.

CMAA Colloquium and Sacra Liturgia Conferences

Two major liturgical conferences will be taking place in upcoming months: From June 1-4, 2015 in New York City, Sacra Liturgia USA will bring Raymond Cardinal Burke, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, and a host of other litugical experts together. Organized by Dunwoodie Seminary Director of Music Dr. Jennifer Donelson and liturgical scholar Dom Alcuin Reid, Sacra Liturgia is the second edition of a conference series that debuted in Rome in 2013. A Pontifical Tridentine Mass and Solemn Vespers in the Extraordinary Form will be offered. Full information is available at:

From June 29 – July 4 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the annual Church Music Association of America Sacred Music Colloquium will assemble over 200 singers and musicians for a week of musical training, talks, and elaborate liturgies. Former Windsor Tridentine Mass Music Director Matthew Meloche, now Director of Music at Phoenix, Arizona’s Ss. Simon & Jude Cathedral, is one of the speakers. Highlights include Vespers in the Extraordinary Form at Pittsburgh’s St. Paul Cathedral and a Solemn High EF Requiem Mass. The conference schedule and registration information is here:

If you have not had occasion to attend a major liturgical conference such as one of these, try to make time for one at some point. The experience of being in the company of some of the world’s most renowned liturgical experts and musicians, and participating in exemplary liturgies, is a great spiritual grace. The Extraordinary and Ordinary Forms are given equal attention, and even the OF Masses are celebrated with great reverence. The Extraordinary Faith film crew will be present at both of these conferences to shoot content for future episodes.

Assumption Grotto Weekday Evening Masses

One of the challenges in assembling this column is keeping track of the dates and times of upcoming Tridentine Masses in the region. Assumption Grotto in particular is known to hold frequent Masses in the Extraordinary Form, but their published schedule makes little if any mention of when they take place. Their web site states that only their weekday 7:00 AM Masses are in the EF, but personal experience is that some, but not all, of their weekday 7:00 PM Masses are also Tridentine. Finally we have a policy statement: Their April 12 parish bulletin announced that with the departure of the Holy Cross Fathers from the parish, it will now become the norm for all weekday 7:00 PM Masses to be Tridentine.

This raises the question of what will happen to the 7:00 AM Masses; it may very well be that some or all of them shift to the Ordinary Form, as it would seem unusual for a diocesan parish to have all Masses Monday-Friday in the EF. Readers are advised to call the parish for clarification before traveling there for Mass.

Last Call for Chant Workshop

The Oakland County Latin Mass Association’s Gregorian Chant Workshop, taught by Wassim Sarweh, will be held next Saturday, April 25, beginning at 9:00 AM. No experience is necessary; beginners are welcome. Registration is available for a few more days at: A Facebook event page with more information is here:

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Mon. 04/20 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Josaphat (Feria in Paschaltide)
  • Tue. 04/21 7:00 PM: Low Mass at Holy Name of Mary (St. Anselm, Bishop, Confessor, & Doctor)
  • Fri. 04/24 7:00 PM: High Mass at St. Stanislaus Kostka, Jackson, Michigan (St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Martyr) – Dinner for young adults age 18-35 follows Mass, organized by Juventútem Michigan
  • Sat. 04/25 1:30 PM: High Mass at Academy of the Sacred Heart, Bloomfield Hills, MI (St. Mark, Apostle & Evangelist) [Part of OCLMA Chant Workshop, but all are welcome to attend the Mass]
[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 April 19, 2015. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

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