Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Tridentine Community News - Institute of Christ the King to Take Over Detroit’s St. Joseph Church; New Monthly Tridentine Mass at Detroit’s Our Lady Queen of Angels Church; 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 (September 4, 2016):
September 4, 2016 – Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost

The Institute of Christ the King to Take Over Detroit’s St. Joseph Church

There is a big change coming to our local Tridentine Mass scene: Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron has invited the Institute of Christ the King to take over Detroit’s St. Joseph Church, effective October 15. In 2013, St. Joseph, St. Josaphat, and Sweetest Heart of Mary Parishes were merged into Mother of Divine Mercy Parish; now St. Joseph will be un-merged into the new “St. Joseph Oratory” personal parish, the first fully-Tridentine parish in the Archdiocese of Detroit.

Founded in 1990, the Institute is the second-largest community of priests in the world devoted to the Extraordinary Form, the largest being the Fraternity of St. Peter. The Archbishop decided to invite them because Mother of Divine Mercy Parish is in need of over $1,400,000 to restore St. Joseph, and it became questionable whether the parish could raise that level of funding given the needs of the other two churches. The sobering numbers and the correspondence between the parish and the Archdiocese on the subject of restoration is posted for all to see in the Archive section of the Parish Council Minutes page of the parish web site: http://www.motherofdivinemercy.org/minutes.html

In its early years the Institute was able to restore many historic churches – albeit with the assistance of a wealthy donor who is no longer around – and thus acquired the reputation of being able to fix such things. The Archbishop likely chose the Institute over the Fraternity and the Canons of St. John Cantius because of this reputation and because of his previous experience with them at St. Margaret Mary Church in Oakland, California. More recent experience, such as at their apostolate in Chicago, indicates they are no longer assured of being able to save the churches entrusted to them quite so quickly.

The Institute’s arrival will necessitate some juggling among the three current churches of Mother of Divine Mercy. Surprisingly, Tridentine Masses are planned to continue at St. Josaphat. Conversely, an Ordinary Form English Mass will be held at St. Joseph on Saturday afternoons, celebrated by an outside priest. The idea is not to jar those who have an attachment to those churches. Such arrangements may very well change as demand is assessed over time. Think of the Institute as a global franchise, with recognizably unique characteristics not unlike the Dominicans or Norbertines. Early on in its existence, the Institute hired a professional marketing director and crafted a high-gloss image, with a monthly newsletter, a fancy web site, and strong branding in its parishes. Just as we now have the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel, so you’ll see the Institute’s name prominently displayed alongside the parish’s own publications. The Institute even has its own vocabulary, not unlike Starbucks. Most of us now know that “grande” means medium. At the Institute, a parish is an “oratory” [a proper canonical term for a non-territorial parish], a priest is called “Canon” and not “Father”, and a brother is called “Abbé”. They even have their own version of the Juventútem young adults group, called Sursum Corda.

The Institute encourages the faithful to follow the spirituality of St. Francis de Sales and is known for revitalizing parish life. We will likely see daily Mass in the Extraordinary Form, alongside offerings for families, invitations to join national Institute retreats, and a catechism program. All that costs money, of course, so expect some fundraising initiatives, both for the restoration of St. Joseph Church and for operating these new activities. Indeed, the new parish will start with little if any money at all, so even paying the salaries of the priest(s) who will be assigned there will be a challenge.

Mass goers will notice several differences at an Institute Mass, some rather controversial: Altar servers wear elaborate light blue vestments, seemingly from another century. Ceremonial rubrics differ from the 1962 standard that Masses in the Extraordinary Form are supposed to follow: for example, this writer was once chided for ringing the Sanctus bells at an Institute Mass ... at the Sanctus. While this can annoy those who strive to be faithful to Vatican regulations, it may not matter to most of the faithful.

One of the beautiful things about the flourishing of the Extraordinary Form in Detroit and Windsor is that there is an ever-increasing spectrum of options. One location may offer more parish activities, another may offer a superior music program, another may enjoy more camaraderie among its faithful. Proximity to one’s home is also a factor. Hopefully the Institute’s arrival, along with the new Mass at Our Lady Queen of Angels mentioned below and the forthcoming Masses at St. Paul Albanian Church in Rochester Hills, will result in an ever-increasing number of Catholics being exposed to, and developing affection for, the Church’s liturgical traditions.

New Monthly Tridentine Mass at Detroit’s Our Lady Queen of Angels Church

Starting today, September 4, Sacred Heart Seminary Assistant Professor of Theology Fr. Clint McDonell will offer a monthly First Sunday Tridentine Mass at 2:00 PM at Our Lady Queen of Angels Church [pictured], located at 4200 Martin St. in southwest Detroit. [Photo by Mark Nemecek]

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Mon. 09/05 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Josaphat (St. Lawrence Justinian, Bishop & Confessor)
  • Tue. 09/06 7:00 PM: Low Requiem Mass at Holy Name of Mary, Windsor (Daily Mass for the Dead)
  • Sat. 09/10 8:30 AM: Low Mass at Miles Christi (St. Nicholas of Tolentino, Confessor)
[Comments? Please e-mail tridnews@detroitlatinmass.org. Previous columns are available at http://www.detroitlatinmass.org. 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 4, 2016. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]




The ICK....

Aside from the reservations that you expressed, ICK is not entirely faithful to the 1962 Rite; they tend to change the calendar now and then, and they require their musicians to do it the ICK way, which is often in direct opposition to the 1955/58 Instructions on music for Mass.

And fund-raising is endless, as are the priests' trips back-and-forth to Europe.

Michael Gallagher


Fantastic News for Detroit and the USA.

Matthew Roth


The reports from Voris’s outfit explain two things: the archbishop has for years wanted a shrine established at St. Joseph’s, and the ICRSS and FSSP both approached the archdiocese around 2007 in order to establish a traditional parish, with contact having recently been resumed, apparently by the ICRSS. Given the support for the Shrine of Christ the King in Chicago, the ICRSS seems confident that it can raise the funds.

The ICRSS has always followed older rubrics. As to the Sanctus bells, those are a Low Mass custom, and I would imagine not universal.

Chris Garton-Zavesky


Hoorah! Another parish in the hands of the Institute of Christ the King.

On the subject of cassocks, some context is in order. The cassocks are not "from another century", but are a shock to Americans who are dedicated to the idea that only black cassocks can be worn.

Chris Garton-Zavesky


Necessary corrective to my original post:

In the last ten years, I have assisted at Mass in a Fraternity parish and an Institute parish, and I am grateful for both groups of holy priests. May their tribe increase.

If there are other groups (Canons of St. John Cantius come to mind) who might also accept the kinds of missions which the Fraternity and the Institute accept, these too are good. Each group has a particular charism, and there surely can't be too many life boats!

As it turns out, we have a family row (a friendly one) since one of my sons feels called to the Institute and another to the Fraternity.

Pertinacious Papist


"As it turns out, we have a family row (a friendly one) since one of my sons feels called to the Institute and another to the Fraternity."

That's WONDERFUL, Chris. God bless them both!!

In corde Jesu, PB