Monday, August 29, 2016

Tridentine Community News - Ft. Hood holds first Missa Cantata; Annual bus tour to Basilica of Our Lady of Consolation; Shrine of the Little Flower Solemn High Mass; Bus Tour to St. Louis; TLM 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 (August 28, 2016):
August 28, 2016 – Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Fort Hood Holds First Missa Cantata

The enterprising team of Sergeant Major John Proctor, his wife Amy, and chaplains Fr. Lito Amande and Fr. Jose Herrera marked a milestone in the development of the U.S. military’s first Extraordinary Form community on Monday, August 15: A packed house of around 150 faithful was present for the first Missa Cantata to be celebrated on an Army post since Vatican II, at the Old Post Chapel at Fort Hood, Texas. The Latin Mass Choir from Austin’s St. Mary Cathedral provided the music. A crew from Extraordinary Faith was on-site to film the Mass and interview the organizers beforehand.

It is worth noting that the Old Post Chapel, a traditionally-appointed but necessarily non-denominational facility, has been given over for virtually exclusive use by the Latin Mass community. Let us pray that this is the first of many similar initiatives to come to provide traditional liturgy to those who serve in our armed forces.

Annual Bus Tour to Basilica of Our Lady of Consolation

On Thursday, September 8, Prayer Pilgrimages will hold its annual bus tour to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation in Carey, Ohio. A Tridentine High Mass will be held at 12:00 Noon in the main Upper Basilica church (pictured at left). Lunch will be offered in the Shrine cafeteria, followed by a procession, outdoors if weather permits. Interestingly, two other pilgrimage groups, one from Louisville, Kentucky, heard about this Mass and scheduled their own trips on the same day so that they could be present.

Shrine of the Little Flower Solemn High Mass

The first week of October is shaping up to be a busy one for traditional Catholic events: On Sunday, October 2 at 10:00 AM, as previously reported, the first Tridentine Mass at St. Paul Albanian Church in Rochester Hills, Michigan will be offered. On Monday, October 3, at 7:00 PM, there will be a Solemn High Tridentine Mass at Royal Oak’s National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica, as part of a Prayer Pilgrimages bus tour there on the Feast of St. Therèse of the Child Jesus. Fr. Ryan Adams will be the celebrant. This will be the third Tridentine Mass to be held at Shrine. The first was a Solemn High Mass in 2009 which attracted approximately 650 of the faithful, a local record for attendance at a post-Vatican II Tridentine Mass yet to be surpassed. A second, more modest Mass took place in 2011 in the St. Therèse Chapel, part of a pre-Juventútem pilgrimage of young adults down Woodward Avenue.

Bus Tour to St. Louis

Immediately upon the heels of the Mass at Shrine, Tuesday-Friday, October 4-7, Prayer Pilgrimages will be offering a bus tour to the historic churches of St. Louis, Missouri. St. Louis is known for some spectacular architecture, including the Shrine of St. Joseph [pictured] – a lay-run church one can think of as a fully-restored version of St. Albertus – and the so-called “new” Cathedral, a masterpiece of mosaic design. A Tridentine Mass at St. Francis de Sales Oratory is planned.

For more information or to register for any of Prayer Pilgrimages’ bus tours, visit or call (248) 250-6005.

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Mon. 08/29 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Josaphat (Beheading of St. John the Baptist)
  • Tue. 08/30 7:00 PM: Low Mass at Holy Name of Mary (St. Rose of Lima, Virgin)
  • Fri. 09/02 7:00 PM: High Mass at Old St. Mary’s (St. Stephen of Hungary, King & Confessor) [First Friday] – Devotions prayed before Mass. Reception after Mass in the Parish Hall.
  • Fri. 09/02 7:00 PM: High Mass at St. Josaphat (St. Stephen of Hungary, King & Confessor) [First Friday]
  • Sat. 09/03 8:30 AM: Low Mass at Miles Christi (St. Pius X, Pope & Confessor)
[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 28, 2016. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]