Sunday, November 13, 2016

Tridentine Community News - Christmas week bus tour of historic churches in Chicago; Devotional books for the souls in Purgatory; 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 (November 13, 2016):
November 13, 2016 – Resumed Sixth Sunday After Epiphany

Christmas Week Bus Tour of Historic Churches in Chicago

One of the highlights of the year for church architecture buffs is Prayer Pilgrimages’ annual bus tour of historic churches in Chicago. This year’s expedition will be three days instead of the usual two, to allow for more time to explore the architectural riches of that city. The tour takes place Wednesday-Friday, December 28-30. Pilgrims will stay in downtown Chicago and will have time to explore the secular sights of the city as well.

High Masses in the Extraordinary Form will be offered at three of Chicago’s most beautiful houses of worship, Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica, St. Mary of the Angels Church, and St. John Cantius Church.

After a false start in 2013, when plans had to be changed at the last minute, history will be made on this trip: The Tridentine Mass to be offered at Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica will be the first to be celebrated there in at least 46 years. Known for its arcade of twelve Side Altars and massive, barrel-vaulted nave, the basilica has two principal Side Altars which are larger than most churches’ High Altars. Our Lady of Sorrows was the site of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen’s famous black-and-white video, “The Immemorial Tridentine Mass”. Filmed in 1941 and viewable on YouTube, this video features Archbishop Sheen narrating an Easter Sunday Solemn High Mass. [Above photo © 2009, Jeremy Atherton]

Mentioned many times before in this column, St. Mary of the Angels is arguably the most impeccably restored church in North America, reflecting an investment of approximately $20 million in the building over the past two decades. Every detail of the church is perfect, as can be seen in the above photo of the left Side Altars. St. John Cantius Church needs little introduction, as it is one of North America’s premier sites for traditional liturgy.

Fr. Louis Madey will be the celebrant of the Tridentine Masses on this tour. For further information or to register, visit or call (248) 250-6005.

Devotional Books for the Souls in Purgatory

In this month of November which is devoted to the Holy Souls in Purgatory, it is worth mentioning a few resources which can assist your devotion to relieving the Poor Souls of their suffering. One of the most comprehensive prayer books on the subject is the Purgatorian Manual, originally published in 1946 and reprinted by the Daughters of Mary Press. ( While the prayers in it are lovely, the indulgences described as being associated with them are no longer in force.

The classic explanatory work on Purgatory is Fr. F.X. Schouppe’s Purgatory: Explained by the Lives and Legends of the Saints, first published in 1893 and reprinted by TAN Books:

Susan Tassone is our modern era’s most prolific author and speaker on the subject of Purgatory, having written more books than can be listed here. Go to and search for Tassone Purgatory to see her numerous titles, which offer a more contemporary though still orthodox treatment of the topic.

The Manual of Indulgences and its Latin edition, the Enchirídion Indulgentiárum, are the definitive sources of the currently-in-force prayers and acts by which one can gain Partial and Plenary Indulgences on behalf of the Suffering Souls.

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Mon. 11/14 7:00 PM: High Mass at St. Josaphat (St. Josaphat, Bishop & Martyr)
  • Tue. 11/15 7:00 PM: Low Mass at Holy Name of Mary, Windsor (St. Albert the Great, Bishop, Confessor, & Doctor)
  • Sat. 11/19 8:30 AM: Low Mass at Miles Christi (St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Widow)
[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 November 13, 2016. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

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