Sunday, April 02, 2017

Tridentine Community News - Churches for weddings in the Extraordinary Form; Former Detroit Tridentine Mass Organist Dr. Steven Ball Arranges Altar Serving Training in Atlantic City; riduum Tridentine Mass Schedule; TLM schedule this coming week

"I will go in unto the Altar of God
To God, Who giveth joy to my youth"

Tridentine Community News by Alex Begin (April 2, 2017):
April 2, 2017 – Passion Sunday

Churches for Weddings in the Extraordinary Form

A few weeks ago a wedding in the Extraordinary Form was held at Detroit’s magnificent, historic Sweetest Heart of Mary Church [photo above]. Sweetest Heart is one of the most popular sites for Catholic weddings in Detroit due to its grandeur, elaborate stained glass, and detail of sacred art.

Are you or someone you know looking for an ornate church that will permit a wedding in the Extraordinary Form? Consider making inquiry with these churches in our region which have either already hosted Tridentine wedding(s) or have a track record of being friendly to tradition:
Detroit: Assumption Grotto, Holy Family, Holy Redeemer, Old St. Mary’s, St. Albertus, St. Hyacinth, St. Josaphat, St. Joseph, Sweetest Heart of Mary

Bloomfield Hills: OCLMA/Academy of the Sacred Heart Chapel

Wyandotte: Our Lady of the Scapular

Windsor: St. Benedict/St. Alphonsus
Former Detroit Tridentine Mass Organist Dr. Steven Ball Arranges Altar Serving Training in Atlantic City

For many years Dr. Steven Ball was a prominent substitute organist at Detroit and Windsor Tridentine Mass sites. He was organist at Detroit’s Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Carillonneur and Professor of Music at the University of Michigan, and organist at Ann Arbor’s Michigan Theatre. He also refurbished the tower bells at Detroit’s St. Albertus and Windsor’s Assumption Churches. In 2013 he relocated to Atlantic City, New Jersey, where he is now organist and Director of Outreach for the restoration of the world’s largest pipe organ at Boardwalk Hall.

Last fall Steven became the organist and choir director for the year-old Tridentine Mass at Atlantic City’s historic St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church. In only its second year of existence, the Sunday 8:45 AM Tridentine Mass is already supported by a professional choir and regularly attracts tourists as well as locals. Last weekend Steven and celebrant Fr. Thanh Pham arranged an altar server training workshop to support the growing team of men young and not-so-young who desire to serve the Sacred Liturgy according to the mind of the Church. Steven invited this author to conduct the training; he hopes to recreate at St. Nicholas much of the quality of worship that he fondly recalls from his time spent in our region.

Triduum Tridentine Mass Schedule
Holy Thursday, April 13
Oakland County Latin Mass Association at the Academy of the Sacred Heart Chapel, Bloomfield Hills: 7:00 PM. Members of the choir from Windsor’s St. Benedict Tridentine Community will join the OCLMA choir for special music during the Triduum.

St. Joseph Oratory: 7:00 PM
Good Friday, April 14
OCLMA/Academy: 1:30 PM

St. Joseph Oratory: 3:00 PM

Holy Name of Mary, Windsor: 5:30 PM
Easter Vigil, April 15
OCLMA/Academy: 8:00 PM

St. Joseph Oratory: 9:00 PM
Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Mon. 04/03 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Josaphat (Monday in Passion Week)
  • Tue. 04/04 7:00 PM: Low Mass at Rosary Chapel at Assumption Church, Windsor (Tuesday in Passion Week) – Special location this week only
  • Fri. 04/07 7:00 PM: High Mass at Old St. Mary’s, Detroit (Friday in Passion Week) – First Friday Devotions before Mass. Reception after Mass. Celebrant: Fr. Louis Madey
[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 April 2, 2017. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

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