Sunday, July 05, 2015

Tridentine Community News - Bishop Hanchon to celebrate Juventútem TLM at St. Paul on the Lake, Flint TLM moves to Fr. Zach Mabee's parish (St. Matthew's), "IKEA churches," Mass schedules

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

Tridentine Community News by Alex Begin (July 5, 2015):
Juventútem Mass Update: Blessed Sacrament Cathedral and St. Paul on the Lake

Bishop Donald Hanchon had to change his plans to celebrate a Mass for Juventútem this summer. Originally His Excellency was scheduled to celebrate a Mass on Friday, July 31 at Detroit’s Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. Due to a scheduling conflict, Bishop Hanchon will now celebrate a Mass in the Extraordinary Form on Friday, August 28 at 7:00 PM at St. Paul on the Lake Parish in Grosse Pointe Farms [pictured]. St. Paul was the site of a funeral Mass in the Extraordinary Form a few years ago and is a beautiful and appropriate site for the Traditional Liturgy. The Mass at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral on Friday, July 31 at 7:00 PM will go on as scheduled, to be celebrated by another priest yet to be determined. Archbishop Vigneron still intends to be present and preach the homily.

Flint Tridentine Mass Relocates to St. Matthew Church

Good things come to those who wait: This Sunday, July 5, the Flint Latin Mass Community takes up residence at its new home, St. Matthew Church in downtown Flint. St. Matthew is Flint’s most ornate historic church, preserved in immaculate condition. The adjacent photo by Juventútem Michigan is of a Tridentine Mass that was held there on September 21, 2012. The superior acoustics, grand scale, and classic architectural features of St. Matthew are sure to bode well for the future of Michigan’s first post-Vatican II Latin Mass community.

The new home comes with a bonus: Newly ordained priest Fr. Zach Mabee has been assigned there as Parochial Vicar. Fr. Mabee celebrated his first Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form on June 23 at St. Thomas the Apostle in Ann Arbor, just a few days after ordination. This will be the first time that the Flint community will have a priest residing in its host parish able to celebrate the Traditional Mass.

Masses will be held at St. Matthew on Sundays at 3:00 PM, one hour earlier than Mass had been held at their prior home of All Saints Church.

National Catholic Register on “IKEA Churches”

A thought-provoking column by film critic Steven Greydanus appeared on the National Catholic Register newspaper’s web site on June 8. Commenting on the visceral differences between bland, modern churches and ornate, historic churches, the writer opined: “It is no accident that artists raised in and shaped by historic Catholic tradition went on to make visually and imaginatively stunning movies like Vertigo and Rear Window... What about those raised in spartan IKEA-style churches, with blandly soothing music and genially anemic homilies? Will they produce artists inspired to create great art?

"More importantly, will their people be inspired to lead heroic, virtuous lives? And, if so, will it be because of those IKEA-style spartan spaces, or in spite of them?”

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Mon. 07/06 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Josaphat (Feria)
  • Tue. 07/07 7:00 PM: Low Mass at Holy Name of Mary (Ss. Cyril & Methodius, Bishops & Confessors)
[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 July 5, 2015. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

1 comment:

Andrew Fanco said...

St. Josaphat time change.
July 12-August 2: 8:30 AM
August 9: 9 am
August 16:9:30am resumes.