Sunday, August 07, 2016

Tridentine Community News - Reminder: Assumption Church (Windsor) opening; New York church bus tour report; Msgr. Browne to deliver talk on spiritual battles; 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 7, 2016):
August 7, 2016 – Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost

Reminder: Assumption Church Opening

Windsor’s Assumption Church reopens for visitation next Sunday, August 14 from 2:00 – 5:00 PM, and on its titular Feast day, Monday, August 15 from 12:00 Noon – 6:00 PM. Please stop by and pray that a solution will be found to restore the church.

New York Church Bus Tour Report

Prayer Pilgrimages bus tour director Michael Semaan led another inspiring tour of historic Catholic churches, this time in and around New York City, July 25-29. This writer was privileged to participate in the tour. Usually a local Catholic priest is part of Mike’s tours, but that was not possible this time. As a result, the only Tridentine Mass that was included in this tour was at Manhattan’s Holy Innocents Church, celebrated by new pastor Fr. James Miara. Fr. Miara is a familiar face to many of our readers, having visited Detroit several times and celebrated Masses in the Extraordinary Form at St. Josaphat and Sweetest Heart of Mary.

Among the more notable stops on this tour: St. Igantius Church, the surprisingly ornate Jesuit parish in Manhattan.

The meticulously and immaculately restored St. Joseph Co-Cathedral in Brooklyn, where these coves were recently painted.

Newark’s ultra-clean Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, which, like Manhattan’s St. Patrick Cathedral, has removed its freestanding altar and now offers all Masses at the High Altar. It also has Stations of the Cross, each of which is a Side Altar. On April 23 of this year, this cathedral hosted a Tridentine Mass.

Msgr. Browne to Deliver Talk on Spiritual Battles

While on the above bus tour, this writer attended a show at New York City’s Hayden Planetarium. Planetarium shows can be a powerful booster to one’s Catholic faith. The incomprehensible vastness of outer space, for this reader at least, points to the existence of an omnipotent Creator. In this particular show, it was stated that if the mapped portion of the universe – which incorporates stars that are over 13 billion light years away – corresponded to the size of the planetarium dome, the believed size of the entire universe would be as large as the planet Earth. Mind bogglingly large. Along similar lines, another subject which can be enormously faith-bolstering is the practice of Exorcisms. When one reads about spiritual warfare, the battle for souls, and demonic possession, one realizes that demons respect the Name of our Lord, the authority of validly ordained priests and canonically appointed exorcists, and the power of the Traditional Rite of Exorcism, in many ways more than we ourselves do. Next Sunday, August 14, at a reception following the 9:45 AM Tridentine Mass at the OCLMA/Academy of the Sacred Heart, Msgr. Ron Browne will deliver a fascinating talk he has given before elsewhere, “Spiritual Battles and How to be on the Good Side,” which includes a discussion of the practice of Exorcism.

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Mon. 08/08 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Josaphat (St. John Mary Vianney, Confessor)
  • Tue. 08/09 7:00 PM: Low Mass at Holy Name of Mary (Vigil of St. Lawrence)
  • Sat. 08/13: No Mass at Miles Christi [Priests on vacation]
[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 7, 2016. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]