Friday, April 06, 2018

Tridentine Community News - Detroit's Historic St. Francis d’Assisi Church to Host Special Tridentine Mass on June 10; Archbishop Sample to Celebrate Pontifical Solemn Mass at Washington, DC’s National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception; 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 (April 1, 2018):
April 1, 2018 – Easter Sunday

Detroit’s Historic St. Francis d’Assisi Church; to Host Special Tridentine Mass on June 10

One of Detroit’s largest and most beautiful historic churches will host its first Tridentine High Mass in over 45 years on Sunday, June 10 at 10:00 AM: St. Francis d’Assisi. Fr. José Haro, a young priest of the Diocese of Kalamazoo who celebrates the Extraordinary Form in his diocese and is a friend of the parish, will be the celebrant.

Located on Wesson Street north of Michigan Avenue, west of Corktown, St. Francis d’Assisi is an historically Polish parish now merged with its nearby fellow Polish parish, St. Hedwig. Today it offers Spanish as well as English Masses. Known for its elaborate artwork and a myriad of tiny light bulbs installed when electricity was novel, St. Francis nowadays is renowned for hosting one of the best-attended Lenten Fish Frys in the area.

Altar servers and choir members from the Oakland County Latin Mass Association and the St. Benedict Tridentine Community will be assisting with this Mass. The parish is holding the Mass in place of their usual Sunday morning English Mass to expose parishioners to the Traditional Liturgy. They are open to hosting additional Tridentine Masses in the future from time to time, so we encourage readers of this column to attend and demonstrate our support. Conveniently, June 10 happens to be a day when the Academy of the Sacred Heart school needs their chapel, so the Oakland County Latin Mass Association will not have Mass that day and could attend this special Mass instead (hint, hint).

Thanks be to God that we have such a large number of ornate and historically intact churches in our region in which to host the classic liturgy, as well as an ever-increasing number of welcoming parishioners extending the invitation.

Archbishop Sample to Celebrate Pontifical Solemn Massat Washington, DC’s National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

After years of politicking, Washington, DC’s Paulus Institute has at last obtained permission for another Pontifical Solemn Mass in the Extraordinary Form in the Great Upper Church of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. In 2010 Tulsa, Oklahoma Bishop Edward Slattery celebrated the only other Tridentine Mass to be offered in the main church in modern times [photo by CNS, above], with an overflow crowd in attendance.

Portland, Oregon Archbishop Alexander Sample will be the celebrant of the next such Mass, to be held on Saturday, April 28 at 1:00 PM. His Excellency is well-known for his love of the Traditional Mass and is a most fitting choice for this sure-to-be historic event in America’s largest church.

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Tue. 04/03 7:00 PM: High Mass at Holy Name of Mary, Windsor (Easter Tuesday)
  • Fri. 04/06 7:00 PM: High Mass at Old St. Mary’s (Easter Friday) – Devotions to the Sacred Heart before Mass. Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament after Mass. Celebrant: Fr. Joe Tuskiewicz. Reception in the social hall afterwards.
  • Sat. 04/07 8:30 AM: Low Mass at Miles Christi (Easter Saturday)
  • Sun. 04/08 3:00 PM: High Mass at St. Alphonsus, Windsor (Low Sunday / Divine Mercy Sunday) – One hour later than usual. The Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be prayed at 3:00 PM, followed by Mass. Confessions will be available before Mass.
[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 1, 2018. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

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