Sunday, September 13, 2015

Tridentine Community News - Canon Edward Gardner to celebrate TLM 10/10 in Livonia; Msgr. Arthur Calkins to Celebrate TLM 10/25 in Bloomfield Hills; Old St. Mary's to celebrate TLM 10/30 in Detroit; 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 (September 13, 2015):
Canon Edward Gardner to Celebrate Mass on October 10 at Felician Sisters’ Convent Chapel

On Saturday, October 10 at 10:00 AM, Canon Edward Gardner will celebrate the first Tridentine Mass in over 45 years at the Felician Sisters’ Convent Chapel at 36800 Schoolcraft Rd. in Livonia, Michigan, next to Madonna University. Canon Gardner was ordained on July 2 for the Institute of Christ the King. He is a native of metro Detroit and a former member of Ann Arbor’s Christ the King Parish. Wassim Sarweh will direct the music and servers from the Oakland County Latin Mass Association and Windsor’s St. Benedict Tridentine Community will assist at the altar.

Msgr. Arthur Calkins to Celebrate Mass on October 25 at the Oakland County Latin Mass Association

On Sunday, October 25, Msgr. Arthur Calkins [pictured celebrating Mass in July, 2012 at Windsor’s Assumption Church] will be the guest celebrant of the 9:45 AM Tridentine Mass for the Oakland County Latin Mass Association at the Academy of the Sacred Heart Chapel in Bloomfield Hills. Msgr. Calkins was for 20 years the English language correspondence secretary for the Pontifical Commission Ecclésia Dei, the Vatican department in charge of the Extraordinary Form. He authored many of the rulings, rubrics, and decisions that influence modern-day celebrations of the Traditional Latin Mass. A reception for Msgr. Calkins will follow the Mass.

Old St. Mary’s to Host First Tridentine Mass on October 30

Among the longstanding hopes and dreams of metro Detroit’s Tridentine Mass goers has been the wish that Greektown’s Old St. Mary’s would one day host a Mass in the Extraordinary Form. It really does make sense that downtown Detroit’s best-situated historic Catholic church offer the Extraordinary Form, as is being done at comparable churches in city centers across the globe. Notably, Old St. Mary’s happens to have hosted an Ordinary Form Latin Mass on Sunday mornings continuously since the liturgical reforms following Vatican II.

The parish’s music program is arguably one of the best in our region, regularly performing Gregorian Propers, polyphonic Mass settings, and supported by a most talented organist and choir director in Bob Barnhart. Its altar server team is deep, capable, and reverent. Confessions are heard before all Masses, seven days a week, and Holy Communion is received at the Altar Rail.

As this column has written before, Old St. Mary’s was the site of a memorable stereo-simulcast televised Christmas midnight Latin Mass in 1982. It was the longtime home of Detroit’s “father of the Latin Mass movement”, Richard Langrell, before he relocated to St. Joseph Church in the mid 1980s. Assumption Grotto Pastor Fr. Eduard Perrone was the music director at Old St. Mary’s before entering seminary, and he even released an LP recording of an Ordinary Form Latin Mass there which can now be downloaded freely on-line.

We are delighted to report that through the encouragement of longtime Parish Council member Patrick Zelenak, the willingness of Pastor Fr. Wayne Epperley, the assistance of parish Operations Manager Randy Bowers, and the organizational skills of Juventútem Michigan’s Paul Schultz, Old St. Mary’s will host its first Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form on Friday, October 30 at 7:00 PM. The celebrant will be Fr. Joe Tuskiewicz, who was for many years a member and lector at Old St. Mary’s. It is hoped that this will be a Solemn High Mass with Deacon and Subdeacon. Wassim Sarweh and Windsor’s St. Benedict Tridentine Community Choir will provide the music. A dinner for young adults age 18-35 will follow the Mass in the parish hall.

Old St. Mary’s will decide whether to hold future Masses in the Extraordinary Form based on the turnout for this first Mass, so please encourage friends and family to attend this strategically important celebration.

For a taste of Old St. Mary’s music program, and for more information about the parish, visit their web site:

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Mon. 09/14 7:00 PM: High Mass at St. Matthew, Flint, Michigan (Exaltation of the Holy Cross)
  • Mon. 09/14 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Josaphat (Exaltation of the Holy Cross)
  • Tue. 09/15 7:00 PM: High Mass at Holy Name of Mary (Seven Sorrows 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 September 13, 2015. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]