Thursday, March 24, 2016

Tridentine Community News - Extraordinary Faith on EWTN Live on March 30; Rebroadcasts of Extraordinay Faith episodes; Gregorian Masses for the Dead; St. Joseph Masses Move to St. Josaphat; Easter Sunday and Divine Mercy Sunday Notes, TLMs coming this week

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

Tridentine Community News by Alex Begin (March 20, 2016):
from March 20, 2016 – Palm Sunday

Extraordinary Faith on EWTN Live on March 30

Tridentine Community News editor and Extraordinary Faith Executive Producer Alex Begin will be the guest on EWTN Live with Fr. Mitch Pacwa on Wednesday, March 30 at 8:00 PM. Alex will discuss the growing popularity of the Tridentine Latin Mass and the resurgence of traditional Catholic culture in our modern era. The program will be rebroadcast on Thursday, March 31 at 1:00 AM and 9:00 AM, and will be available for viewing on-line and via the EWTN mobile app on-demand.

Rebroadcasts of Extraordinary Faith Episodes

EWTN is now regularly rebroadcasting past episodes of Extraordinary Faith. For instance, Episode 2 – Boston’s St. Paul Choir School – will air on Wednesday, March 30 at 5:30 AM. To be made aware of all airings, please “like” the Facebook page of Extraordinary Faith. You may also watch past episodes on our web site,, and on YouTube.

Gregorian Masses for the Dead

Have you ever thought about whether Masses will be offered for your soul after you pass away? To provide an extra level of assurance in case family and friends do not request them, your will can and should arrange for your estate to pay for Mass intentions for your soul. Tradition teaches us that a particular arrangement of Masses for the dead may be particularly effective, that of “Gregorian Masses”, which are Masses offered for a deceased soul for 30 consecutive days. The name derives from Pope St. Gregory the Great, who in a revelation was told by our Lord, “All souls in Purgatory, for whom thirty Masses are offered in your honor and without interruption, will immediately be saved however great may be their debt towards Me.”

In today’s Church, it’s not easy to find priests able to offer the same Mass intention for 30 straight days. One good option is to approach monasteries and certain religious orders where priests offer individual private Masses each day. Such communities also often celebrate the Tridentine Mass. California’s St. Michael’s Abbey, a Norbertine monastery, offers a convenient way to request Mass intentions, up to and including Gregorian Masses in the Extraordinary Form, on their web site at: There are numerous priests at St. Michael’s Abbey and the nearby parishes they staff, allowing them to accommodate Gregorian Mass requests with relative ease.

Locally, the Miles Christi order of priests in South Lyon, Michigan also takes requests for Gregorian Masses. The community does offer Tridentine Masses, so it is possible that they will be willing to offer those Gregorian Masses in the Extraordinary Form. Requests are taken only over the phone or in writing, however more information is available at:

St. Joseph Masses Move to St. Josaphat

St. Joseph Church has closed for steeple repairs. All Tridentine Masses scheduled there will be relocated to St. Josaphat Church.

Easter Sunday and Divine Mercy Sunday Notes

On Easter Sunday, there will be no Mass at the OCLMA/Academy. The community’s preference was for a Mass on the Easter Vigil instead. On Easter Sunday in Windsor, the location of the Mass has changed to Holy Name of Mary Church.

On Divine Mercy Sunday, also known as Low Sunday in the Traditional Calendar, Mass in Windsor will begin one hour later than usual: At Holy Name of Mary Church, the Divine Mercy Chaplet will be prayed at 3:00 PM, the Hour of Mercy, immediately followed by Holy Mass. Confessions will be heard before Mass.

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Mon. 03/21 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Josaphat (Monday in Holy Week)
  • Tue. 03/22 7:00 PM: Low Mass at Holy Name of Mary (Tuesday in Holy Week)
Holy Thursday, March 24
  • 7:00 PM at OCLMA/Academy of the Sacred Heart, Bloomfield Hills – The OCLMA Choir will be joined by members of Windsor’s St. Benedict Tridentine Choir for a special music program.
  • 7:00 PM at St. Josaphat, Detroit
Good Friday, March 25
  • 12:00 Noon at St. Josaphat
  • 1:30 PM at OCLMA/Academy of the Sacred Heart
  • 5:30 PM at Holy Name of Mary, Windsor
Easter Vigil, Saturday, March 26
  • 8:00 PM at OCLMA/Academy of the Sacred Heart – Windsor’s St. Benedict Choir will join the OCLMA Choir in singing Missa Surréxit Pastor Bonus by Orlando di Lassus
  • 8:00 PM at St. Josaphat
Easter Sunday, March 27
  • 9:30 AM at St. Josaphat
  • No Mass at OCLMA/Academy of the Sacred Heart
  • 2:00 PM at Holy Name of Mary [Note – Location Change] – Choir will sing Missa Surréxit Pastor Bonus by Orlando di Lassus
[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 March 20, 2016. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

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