Sunday, February 19, 2017

Tridentine Community News - Orchard Lake’s Ss. Cyril & Methodius Seminary to Offer Course on the Traditional Mass; California Church Bus Tour Report; Tridentine Wedding at Sweetest Heart of Mary; 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 (February 19, 2017):
February 19, 2017 – Sexagésima Sunday

Orchard Lake’s Ss. Cyril & Methodius Seminary to Offer Course on the Traditional Mass

In response to requests from seminarians, Orchard Lake Seminary Professor and peripatetic Tridentine Mass celebrant Fr. Louis Madey has obtained approval from seminary leadership to offer a course on the Extraordinary Form beginning in the fall semester of 2017. Readers may recall that Fr. Clint McDonell began teaching a similar course at Detroit’s Sacred Heart Seminary last year.

With an increasing number of seminaries including instruction in the Traditional Mass as a part of their curricula, the future looks brighter and brighter as an increasing number of priests become familiar with our beloved form of worship.

California Church Bus Tour Report

Intrepid tour director Mike Semaan chalked up another success with his February 6-11 tour of historic churches in southern and northern California. Three servers from Windsor’s St. Benedict Tridentine Community made the trip and assisted at the altar.

Stops included Ss. Peter & Paul Church in Wilmington [above], where the marble, the tabernacle, the chalice, and the metalwork glistened and gleamed from obvious loving care. The musically gifted Fr. Jacob Hsieh, O. Praem. offered a High Mass in the Norbertine Rite, a variant of the Tridentine Mass with unique Propers and liturgical gestures.

The National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi [above] in San Francisco and its rector Fr. John de la Riva welcomed us enthusiastically, and Fr. David Jenuwine, formerly of Saginaw, Michigan offered a High Mass in the Extraordinary Form.

At Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula [above], former St. Josaphat celebrant and current college Chaplain Fr. Robert Marczewski offered a Low Mass. During our visit to Mission San Juan Capistrano, a Tridentine Wedding Mass happened to be in progress in the Serra Chapel [below]. Other stops included the grand St. Andrew Church in Pasadena, the expansive Ss. Peter & Paul Church in San Francisco, and the Carmel and Santa Barbara Missions.

It's great news for all attached to tradition to see the ever-increasing number of churches that welcome the Traditional Mass. Plans are in process to hold another tour of California churches in 2018. For information on future church bus tours, visit or call Mike at (248) 250-6005.

Tridentine Wedding at Sweetest Heart of Mary

Congratulations and God’s blessings to Elisabeth Wilbert and Stephen Hazlewood, who will be married according to the Extraordinary Form at Detroit’s Sweetest Heart of Mary Church next Saturday, February 25 at 5:30 PM. Fr. Ben Kosnac of Sterling Heights’ Ss. Cyril & Methodius Church will be the celebrant, and the choir and servers from Windsor’s St. Benedict Tridentine Community will assist. This is the first time in several years that a Mass in the Extraordinary Form will have been held at Sweetest Heart, a beautiful and grand historic church.

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Mon. 02/20 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Josaphat (Feria)
  • Tue. 02/21 7:00 PM: Low Mass at Holy Name of Mary, Windsor (Feria)
  • Fri. 02/24 7:00 PM: High Mass at Ss. Peter & Paul, west side Detroit (St. Matthias, Apostle) – Celebrant: Fr. Mark Borkowski. Social for young adults age 18-35 follows Mass, organized by Juventútem Michigan.
  • Sat. 02/25 8:30 AM: Low Mass at Miles Christi (Saturday of Our Lady)
[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 February 19, 2017. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

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