Sunday, June 25, 2017

Tridentine Community News - Christopher Din to pursue religious vocation; Bus tour to historic churches in Toronto, Montreal, and Quebec; Ornate Hosts; Miles Christi update; Benjamin Bloomfield's Chant App shown to Pope Benedict; Addressing Fr. Peter Hrystyk; TLM at the EU; Polish Prime Minister's Son Celebrates first TLM; TLM schedule

Tridentine Community News by Alex Begin (June 24, 2017):
June 25, 2017 – External Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Christopher Din to Pursue Religious Vocation

Longtime St. Josaphat and St. Joseph Tridentine Mass altar server Christopher Din will be entering formation for the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in Buffalo, New York in August. The O.M.I.s are best known for their operation of the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Illinois, a pilgrimage site with a giant outdoor church somewhat reminiscent of the Hollywood Bowl. Your prayers for Chris’ vocation are appreciated.

Bus Tour to Historic Churches in Toronto, Montreal, and Quebec

Prayer Pilgrimages will be offering its annual pilgrimage to the historic churches of Toronto, Montreal, and Quebec City Sunday-Saturday, July 9-15. At press time it was not certain that Tridentine Masses will be included in this year’s trip. For further information or to register, call organizer Michael Semaan at (248) 250-6005.

Ornate Hosts

Sacred art comes in many forms. One relatively rarely seen art form is the design of ornate priest’s hosts. The vast majority of hosts are plain white or wheat designs, but a small number of vendors offer hosts embossed with religious symbolism.

At Holy Name of Mary Church in Windsor, the St. Benedict Tridentine Community has started to use a beautiful type of priest’s host. Each box of hosts contains a variety of designs, all with elaborate religious imagery.

What purpose does this serve? It does not make the host any more sacred, but it does provide an edifying image to both the celebrant and those close enough to the altar to be moved by the image they may be able to see.

Miles Christi Update

Several readers had expressed concerns about the Tridentine Mass that has been offered at the Miles Christi Family Center Chapel in South Lyon, Michigan on Saturdays at 8:30 AM. It had blended elements of the Low and High Mass in ways which the rubrics do not allow. Unlike in the Ordinary Form, in the Traditional Latin Mass one cannot pick and choose which elements of those two Mass forms one likes; one must follow the rules which clearly define and distinguish one from the other. We are pleased to report that a few weeks ago, the priests of Miles Christi corrected their celebration of Holy Mass and are now offering Low Masses that adhere to the defined norms.

Benjamim Bloomfield’s Chant App Shown to Pope Benedict

Deacon Richard Bloomfield’s son Benjamin sings in a chant choir in Cincinnati, Ohio. He wrote a “Chant Tools” app for use on Android and Apple devices which presents Propers in various tones, as an alternative to using the Liber Usuális book. Adam Bartlett, who has taught chant at Chicago’s Mundelein Seminary, on May 18 had an opportunity to demonstrate the app to none other than Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Congratulations to Benjamin, who joins our own Chant Sheet author Michel Ozorak in using modern technology to bring this timeless music to a modern audience.

Addressing Fr. Peter Hrytsyk

Since Fr. Peter was elevated to the rank of Archpriest on June 11, some readers have inquired how to address him. He is still to be called “Fr. Peter”, but correspondence to him should now be addressed to “The Very Reverend Fr. Peter Hrytsyk”. He was presented with a special cross to be worn around the neck as a sign of his new rank.

TLM at the EU

A Polish member of the European Parliament arranged for two Tridentine Masses to be celebrated on the grounds of the Parliament in Brussels, on May 4 and May 18. A remarkable achievement at such a secular institution, but one that certainly celebrates Europe’s Christian – and more specifically Catholic – heritage.

Polish Prime Minister’s Son Celebrates First TLM

In other news from the Polish political scene, on Sunday, June 4, the newly-ordained Fr. Tymoteusz Szydlo, son of Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo, celebrated his first Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form, at an FSSP church in Krakow. His mother’s Law and Justice Party espouses traditional Catholic teachings on life and marriage issues.

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Mon. 06/26 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Josaphat (Ss. John & Paul, Martyrs)
  • Tue. 06/27 7:00 PM: Low Requiem Mass at Holy Name of Mary, Windsor (Daily Mass for the Dead)
  • Sat. 07/01 8:30 AM: Low Mass at Miles Christi (Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ)
[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 June 24, 2017. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

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