Sunday, July 12, 2015

Tridentine Community News - EWTN's Extraordinary Faith Episode 5: Chicago Part 2 of 2; Mass schedule

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

Tridentine Community News by Alex Begin (July 12, 2015):
Extraordinary Faith Episode 5: Chicago Part 2 of 2

EWTN will be broadcasting Extraordinary Faith Episode 5 – the second of our two episodes filmed in Chicago – this Wednesday, July 15 at 3:00 AM and 6:30 PM Eastern time. [Previous episodes of Extraordinary Faith can be viewed at this site.]

Chicago has more weekly Extraordinary Form Mass sites than any other city in North America. Our first stop in this episode is St. Mary of Perpetual Help (pictured below), an historic church which has been ramping up its own Extraordinary Form Mass. Celebrant Fr. Bart Juncer takes us on a tour and explains how his church is making traditional liturgy an integral part of the parish experience, undaunted by the fact that there are numerous other prominent Tridentine Mass sites in the city.

Canon Matthew Talarico of Chicago’s Shrine of Christ the King explains how the Institute of Christ the King has undertaken the restoration of the former St. Gelasius Church. Just an empty shell when they arrived, the Institute has managed to outfit the structure with sufficient fixtures to allow for solemn liturgies and a full parish life, while they fundraise to make a more permanent restoration of the structure.

Around metro Detroit we hear a lot about Juventútem, the group of young adults who support the Tridentine Mass. It’s not the only such group. The Institute of Christ the King, which does an excellent job of marketing itself in print and electronic media, has established its own young adult group “brand,” Sursum Corda. There are chapters of Sursum Corda at various Institute parishes. We interview two young ladies from the Sursum Corda group at Chicago’s Shrine of Christ the King, who explain the social and devotional activities their organization makes available.

Incidentally, Chicago is perhaps the only city with chapters of both young adult groups: There is also a chapter of Juventútem based at St. John Cantius Parish.

A visit to Chicago would not be complete without a stop at St. John Cantius. One of America’s showcase parishes for the Extraordinary Form, St. John Cantius actually was threatened with closure when pastor Fr. Frank Phillips arrived there in the 1980s. Instead of throwing in the towel, Fr. Phillips relates how he embarked upon an ambitious campaign to “Restore the Sacred,” which has completely revitalized the parish. Both Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms of the Mass are celebrated there, with an emphasis on reverent worship. A community of priests, the Society of St. John Cantius, has been established. Assistant Pastor Fr. Scott Haynes explains the role of the parish’s numerous choirs and pipe organs in supporting their multifaceted sacred music program.

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Mon. 07/13 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Josaphat (Feria)
  • Tue. 07/14 7:00 PM: Low Mass at Holy Name of Mary (St. Bonaventure, Bishop, Confessor, & Doctor)
[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 12, 2015. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]