Sunday, November 20, 2016

Tridentine Community News - Fr. Louis Madley named chaplain of the Flint Tridentine Community; another impressive church restoration: St. Mary Church, David City, Nebraska; 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 20, 2016):
November 20, 2016 – Last Sunday After Pentecost

Fr. Louis Madey Named Chaplain of the Flint Tridentine Community

Fr. Louis Madey has been a champion of the Traditional Latin Mass longer than many of us have known much about the Extraordinary Form. In the 1990s he was one of the original celebrants of the Latin Mass Community of Calgary (full story here:, which is now flourishing as an apostolate of the Fraternity of St. Peter. Upon moving back to this part of the world and incardinating in the Diocese of Lansing, he relocated the Jackson Latin Mass Community from the humble storefront chapel where it began to the much more hospitable St. Joseph Church, of which he was pastor. To this day he remains one of the regular celebrants of the Jackson Tridentine Mass, now based at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church.

After assuming his position as Professor of Theology at Orchard Lake’s Ss. Cyril & Methodius Seminary, Fr. Madey became one of the regular celebrants at St. Josaphat, in Flint at All Saints Church, and on a fill-in basis pretty much everywhere that the Tridentine Mass is held in this region. He has offered Holy Mass at St. Albertus; St. Hyacinth; the Oakland County Latin Mass Association at the Academy of the Sacred Heart Chapel; in Windsor at Assumption, St. Alphonsus and Holy Name of Mary; and on the bus tours of Prayer Pilgrimages. Notably, if one of our regular celebrants is forced to cancel, Fr. Madey can be counted on to fill in at the last minute as long as he does not have a conflicting responsibility.

It is fitting, then, that the intrepid Fr. Madey has at last been given an actual title, Chaplain of the Flint Tridentine Community at St. Matthew Church. Fr. Zach Mabee, a young priest of the Diocese of Lansing, has been named Assistant Chaplain. This new arrangement will relieve the Flint Community – Southeastern Michigan’s oldest – from the responsibility of having to seek out different celebrants every week.

Fans of Fr. Madey need not despair that he will be secluded in Flint; even since assuming his new responsibilities, he has been happy to continue to help out at other locations in the area as time permits.

Another Impressive Church Restoration: St. Mary Church, David City, Nebraska

The re-traditionalization of formerly modernized churches is becoming a growth industry. Following in the footsteps of the previously-reported restorations of Holy Name of Jesus Church in Brooklyn and St. Mary Church in Fennimore, Wisconsin, the latest church to return to its original décor is St. Mary in David City, Nebraska, in the Diocese of Lincoln. Via a joint venture between Clark Architects Collaborative, Evergreene Architectural Arts, and King Richard’s Liturgical Design, the addition of an historic High Altar and traditional mural art transformed the formerly bland sanctuary into a truly inspiring sacred space. [Photo by King Richards]

As an increasing number of such projects are undertaken, it is interesting to note that new firms not formerly known in the traditional Catholic world are becoming involved. This suggests that as skills are developed among a wider spectrum of design and contracting companies, we can expect the pace of such restorations to increase.

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Mon. 11/21 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Josaphat (Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
  • Tue. 11/22 7:00 PM: Low Mass at Holy Name of Mary, Windsor (St. Cecilia, Virgin & Martyr)
  • Sat. 11/26 8:30 AM: Low Mass at Miles Christi (St. Sylvester, Abbot)
[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 20, 2016. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

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