Sunday, October 15, 2017

Tridentine Community News - All Souls Day Mass Schedule: A New Option for Catholic Estate Planning: The Catholic Foundation of Michigan; Extraordinary Form Confirmations in Jackson; Flint Anniversary mass & Dinner; Tridentine Masses 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 (October 15, 2017):
October 15, 2017 - Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost

All Souls Day Mass Schedule

Every year, All Souls Day is an important and popular opportunity to pray for the Souls in Purgatory. Options this year to observe the Feast with the Traditional Mass are many:

On Thursday, November 2, the annual “Three Masses of All Souls Day” will be held once again at St. Alphonsus Church in Windsor. At 6:00 PM, two Low Masses will be offered simultaneously on the two Side Altars of the church [pictured above], using the Propers of the Second and Third Masses of All Souls Day. At 7:00 PM a Solemn High Mass with Deacon and Subdeacon will be celebrated at the High Altar, using the Propers of the First Mass of All Souls. Solemn Absolution at the Catafalque will be held at the end of Mass.

St. Joseph Oratory will offer Low Masses at 8:00 AM and 8:40 AM and a Solemn High Mass at 7:00 PM.

St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Ann Arbor will offer a Missa Cantata at 7:00 PM.

A New Option for Catholic Estate Planning: The Catholic Foundation of Michigan

There is a growing need for Catholics to have a mechanism to help them donate a portion of their estates to specific Catholic institutions or causes. In the past, many Catholics simply made bequests to their parishes, but as traditionally-minded Catholics become more familiar with the way the Church works, concerns arise as to whether donations will be used in ways that the donor intends.

A step in the right direction has been taken with the recent establishment of The Catholic Foundation of Michigan. This organization seeks to assist both donors and recipient charities, by setting up foundations – a specific type of U.S. non-profit entity – that benefit certain institutions. Those foundations can be controlled by the donor to direct donations to charity(s) of their choice, or by the recipient charity as a way of coordinating donations from others.

The Catholic Foundation of Michigan has a mission of benefitting Catholic parishes and institutions within the Archdiocese of Detroit. It is not clear whether they will be interested in helping the faithful support any institutions outside of the geographic boundaries of the Archdiocese.

Ideally, traditionally-minded Catholics could choose from a broad spectrum of charities or causes. Examples of concepts rather than specific institutions that might have appeal:
  • Helping local Latin Mass communities
  • Architectural restoration of historic churches that offer the Latin Mass
  • Support of choirs that serve Tridentine Mass communities
  • Providing supplies for start-up Latin Mass sites
  • Support for international organizations that assist Tridentine Mass ventures, such as the Church Music Association of America (trains singers and organists) or Sacra Liturgía (conference organizer)
  • Support for seminaries that offer training on the Tridentine Mass
  • Helping specific diocesan clergy organizations, monasteries, convents, or religious orders that embrace traditional liturgy
It would be best if an overseeing organization akin to the Kresge Foundation, with leaders knowledgeable about and sympathetic to the interests of Traditional Catholics, could disburse donations from one’s estate to worthy and suitable recipients, but such an organization does not yet exist. For now, you and your legal counsel must target donations to the parishes, Latin Mass communities, or other Catholic organizations you prefer. You could certainly inquire whether The Catholic Foundation of Michigan could play a role in your plans, with the caveat that its leaders do not seem to have any connection to or knowledge of local or global traditional Catholic enterprises.

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Extraordinary Form Confirmations in Jackson

Yet another local Confirmation opportunity: Bishop Earl Boyea will celebrate Confirmations in the Extraordinary Form for the Tridentine Community at St. Mary Star of the Sea in Jackson, Michigan on Sunday, December 3 at 12:15 PM.

Flint Anniversary Mass & Dinner

The 28th Anniversary of the Tridentine Mass in Flint will be celebrated with a Missa Cantata on Sunday, October 29 at 3:00 PM at St. Matthew Church, followed by a potluck dinner in the adjacent fieldhouse.

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Mon. 10/16 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Josaphat (St. Hedwig, Widow)
  • Tue. 10/17 7:00 PM: Low Mass at Holy Name of Mary, Windsor (St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, Virgin)
  • Sat. 10/21 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 October 15, 2017. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

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