Friday, August 14, 2015

Tridentine Community News - Assumption Church to reopen for one day; documentary to be made of history of Detroit area Latin Masses; EWTN to re-run Extraordinary Faith; Juventútem cover story in The Michigan Catholic; and more

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

Tridentine Community News by Alex Begin (August 9, 2015):
Assumption Church to Reopen for One Day Only

Windsor’s Our Lady of the Assumption Church will reopen for visitation for one day only on its patronal Feast Day, next Saturday, August 15, from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Assumption Church has been closed since November because of structural issues. The Diocese of London, Ontario has not released any substantive news about plans to restore the building; at least $10 million must be raised to save the church. Assumption is Windsor’s most impressive historic Catholic church and Ontario’s oldest parish. From 2007-2014 it was the home of the St. Benedict Tridentine Community.

Documentary to be Made on the History of Detroit Area Latin Masses

A local filmmaker is embarking on an effort to produce a documentary on the history of metro Detroit and Windsor Latin Masses, dating back to the Ordinary Form Latin Masses of the 1970s and 80s. Among the first sites to be filmed will be Windsor’s Assumption Church, during the above open house. Extraordinary Faith is cooperating on the project.

Those who have been around a while can concur that the evolution of our local Latin Mass communities has been a testament to strong faith on the part of our priests and the faithful. More details will be reported as the project progresses.

EWTN to Re-run Extraordinary Faith

EWTN will be re-running Episode 1 of Extraordinary Faith this Wednesday, August 12 at 3:00 AM and 6:30 PM. Episode 1 visited California’s Mission San Juan Capistrano, home to one of North America’s first Tridentine Masses to start since Vatican II. That Mass is offered in California’s oldest operating church, the [Fr. Junipero] Serra Chapel.

Thanks to everyone who wrote EWTN to support the show. We were informed that the decision to re-run episodes was made because of the program’s popularity.

Juventútem Cover Story in The Michigan Catholic

Last Friday’s Solemn High Mass at Detroit’s Blessed Sacrament Cathedral was the subject of the cover story in this week’s Michigan Catholic newspaper. Juventútem Michigan co-founder Paul Schultz and several attendees were interviewed. The article is one of the most impressive, pro-Extraordinary Form pieces to have appeared in the mainstream Catholic press, as evidenced by its title and subhead: “Juventútem members find ‘voice of heaven’ in traditional Latin Mass: Michigan chapter, first in U.S., leads nationwide growth in devotion to Tridentine liturgy”.

Blessing of Herbs and Fruits Next Sunday

Before Mass next Sunday, August 16 at the Oakland County Latin Mass Association and at St. Alphonsus, Windsor, the annual blessing of herbs and fruits for the Feast of the Assumption will be held. The Traditional Roman Ritual will be used. Please bring fruits, vegetables, and herbs to the Communion Rail by 9:25 AM at the Academy, and by 1:40 PM at St. Alphonsus.

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Mon. 08/10 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Josaphat (St. Lawrence, Deacon & Martyr)
  • Tue. 08/11 7:00 PM: Low Mass at Holy Name of Mary (Ss. Tiburtius & Susanna, Virgin, Martyrs)
  • Sat. 08/15 7:00 PM: High Mass at Assumption Grotto, outdoor grotto (Assumption 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 August 9, 2015. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

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