Friday, April 20, 2018

Tridentine Community News - Extraordinary Faith Episode 13: Detroit Part 1 of 2 to Debut on EWTN on Thursday, May 3; Fr. Lawrence Lew, OP to Photograph Area Churches April 22-23; 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 15, 2018):
April 15, 2018 – Second Sunday After Easter

Extraordinary Faith Episode 13: Detroit Part 1 of 2 to Debut on EWTN on Thursday, May 3 The second of three episodes of Extraordinary Faith filmed in our region will be airing on EWTN. Episode 13: Detroit Part 1 of 2 will be shown on Thursday, May 3 at 5:30 PM and on Friday, May 4 at 2:30 AM. As always, the episode will be posted for viewing on the Extraordinary Faith YouTube and Vimeo channels and at one month after it debuts on EWTN.

Diocese of Lansing Bishop Earl Boyea is one of North America’s most enthusiastic episcopal celebrants of the Traditional Mass. In 2005 when he was an Auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of Detroit, His Excellency began to offer the Tridentine Mass at St. Josaphat Church. Since becoming the Ordinary of Lansing, he has been a regular sight at all four Lansing Extraordinary Form locations: St. Matthew in Flint, St. Mary Star of the Sea in Jackson, Old St. Patrick in Ann Arbor, and the St. John XXIII Community in Lansing. Bishop Boyea explains why he wants his diocese to have four premier Latin Mass sites where the Traditional Liturgy is celebrated with reverence and beauty.

Starting a new Tridentine Mass site is an act of entrepreneurship, especially when a lay group is the driving party. Oakland County Latin Mass Association co-founder Cecilia Lakin explains the history and motivation behind the establishment of this group, which serves Catholics in the northern suburbs of metro Detroit with a weekly 9:30 AM Mass at the Chapel of the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Bloomfield Hills.

Holy Redeemer is one of Detroit’s largest and most ornate historic churches, built to resemble Rome’s Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls. We tour the myriad architectural features of this church, now run by members of the SOLT order, who have welcomed periodic Holy Masses in the Extraordinary Form there.

EWTN has asked us to include occasional segments introducing aspects of the Tridentine Mass to our viewers. Fr. David Bechill, one of the Archdiocese of Detroit’s young, roving Tridentine Mass celebrants, helps those new to the Extraordinary Form understand what they can expect to encounter at their first Mass.

Priests worldwide are now able to chant the Collect, Postcommunion, Epistle, and Gospel of most Masses of the liturgical year because of an enormous set of Chant Sheets created by Windsor resident Michel Ozorak. His Chant Sheets are posted at and have been published in book form by the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius in Chicago. Michel explains the history of this project and why he has taken thousands of hours to create a resource that has never existed before.

Fr. Lawrence Lew, OP to Photograph Area Churches April 22-23

English Dominican priest Fr. Lawrence Lew is one of the pre-eminent church photographers of our time. He travels the world taking pictures of stained glass and other historic church features. Hundreds of his photos have made their way from his Flickr and Twitter accounts to blogs and web sites galore. He also happens to be an avid celebrant of the traditional Dominican Rite. Fr. Lew will be visiting metro Detroit next weekend and will be taking photos of the 2:00 PM Tridentine Mass at St. Alphonsus Church in Windsor on Sunday, April 22, and of Old St. Mary’s on Monday, April 23.

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Tue. 04/17 7:00 PM: Low Mass at Holy Name of Mary, Windsor (St. Anicetus, Pope & Martyr)
  • Sat. 04/21 8:30 AM: Low Mass at Miles Christi (St. Anselm, Bishop, Confessor, & Doctor)
[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 15, 2018. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

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