Sunday, January 15, 2017

Tridentine Community News - February bus tour of historic California churches; St. Joseph Oratory Pastor installation; 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 (January 15, 2017):
January 15, 2017 – Second Sunday After Epiphany

February Bus Tour of Historic California Churches

Venturing further afield than usual, Prayer Pilgrimages has scheduled a tour of historic churches in California, Monday-Saturday, February 6-11. Pilgrims will fly to California, then be transported by bus across the state, to see historic churches in the north (San Francisco Bay area), the mid-south (Los Angeles and Orange County), and the southern border (San Diego).

Notable sites to be visited include St. Andrew in Pasadena [photo below], east of L.A., a colorful church with a baldacchino-surmounted altar. St. Andrew hosted a special Extraordinary Form Mass that packed the church with faithful, one of whom was actress Sigourney Weaver.

Ss. Peter & Paul in Wilmington (Long Beach area), south of Los Angeles, is a glistening white and gold edifice staffed by the Norbertine fathers [photo below]. Long the home of conservative Ordinary Form Masses with Holy Communion distributed at the rail, Ss. Peter & Paul also hosts regular Tridentine Masses, as well as occasional liturgies in the traditional Norbertine rite.

Several churches featured on Extraordinary Faith will be visited, including St. Dominic in San Francisco, Five Wounds in San Jose [photo below], and the historic Mission San Juan Capistrano. The Serra Chapel at Capistrano is the oldest functioning church in California. It hosts one of the longest-running Tridentine Masses since Vatican II, which packs the church to overflowing every Sunday.

Plans call for several Tridentine Masses during the pilgrimage, though specifics have not yet been announced. If logistics allow, pilgrims will attend one of the sung hours of the Divine Office chanted by the Norbertine priests at St. Michael’s Abbey in Orange County. St. Michael’s Abbey was where Fr. Mark Borkowski and Dom John Tonkin both spent part of their formation. Its priests celebrate the majority of the Traditional Masses in L.A. and Orange County.

Participants will also see the secular sights of Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, and Carmel-by-the-Sea. Cost per person is $905 single or $655 double, including airfare and hotel. For more information or to register, visit or call tour director Michael Semaan at (248) 250-6005.

St. Joseph Oratory Pastor Installation

Archbishop Vigneron will formally install Canon Michael Stein as Pastor of St. Joseph Oratory at the 11:00 AM Mass on Sunday, February 5.

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Mon. 01/16 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Josaphat (St. Marcellus I, Pope & Martyr)
  • Tue. 01/17 7:00 PM: Low Mass at Holy Name of Mary, Windsor (St. Anthony, Abbot)
  • Sat. 01/21 8:30 AM: Low Mass at Miles Christi (St. Agnes, Virgin & Martyr)
[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 January 15, 2017. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

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