Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Tridentine Community News - Latin Masses Debut at San Quentin Prison; Ann Arbor Deacons Learn the Traditional Mass; Sacred Heart Seminary Side Altars Back in Use; Where to Learn about Local TLM Offerings; 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 (August 26, 2018):
August 26, 2018 – Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Latin Masses to Debut at San Quentin Prison

Our June 24, 2018 column reported on the Traditional Masses being held as part of the Napa Institute, the Northern California conference series geared towards wealthy Catholics. In the same part of the country but at the opposite end of the societal spectrum, the Archdiocese of San Francisco is starting a Latin Mass ministry at San Quentin Prison.

The team from the Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music and Divine Worship – including San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone [see linked article]– gave a concert of sacred music as an introduction to the effort. Prisoners were invited to form a schola, and 25 inmates signed up. The first Tridentine Mass was scheduled for Saturday, August 25.

There is hunger for reverence in even the most unlikely of places, and the Church needs to be willing to serve all of its faithful, even those in the most dire of circumstances.

Ann Arbor Deacons Learn the Traditional Mass

Following up on our July 29, 2018 report of clergy in the Archdiocese of Detroit learning the Traditional Latin Mass, [Permanent] Deacons Tom Loewe and Warren Hecht of Ann Arbor’s St. Thomas the Apostle Parish recently called upon Extraordinary Faith’s training program to learn the Solemn High Mass. Associate Pastor Fr. Tony Smela, who already celebrates the Extraordinary Form, also participated to learn the Solemn High celebrant’s role. The team hopes to increase the available of those Masses at their parish.

Sacred Heart Seminary Side Altars Back in Use

Visitors to the main chapel at Detroit’s Sacred Heart Major Seminary cannot help but notice the arcade of Side Altars lining the left and right walls. Obviously built for private Masses before Vatican II, they have sat barren for decades since. However, as we reported in our August 5, 2018 column, four [visiting priests] at the seminary [during the month of August] have become regular celebrants of the Traditional Mass.

Professor of Philosophy Dr. Phil Blosser has informed us that four of those altars are now left set up with candles and 1962 Missals for daily celebration of the Traditional Mass. Many including this author would never have imagined those historic altars would ever be used for their originally intended purposes again. What a delightful and encouraging sign of the times. [Note: since the visiting priests have now departed, the side altars have been returned to their previous state, although a number of resident priests continue to celebrate the traditional Latin Mass in private chapels in other parts of the seminary].

Where to Learn About Local TLM Offerings

Interested in knowing more about the Masses and events going on in the metro Detroit and Windsor Tridentine Mass scene? Here is a list of resources to consider:

The Tridentine Community News page at www.windsorlatinmass.org contains every TNews column written since their debut in 2006.

A weekly e-mail broadcast, usually sent out on Fridays, has the very latest news on upcoming Masses and special events in our area. Subscribe by sending a quick e-mail to info@detroitlatinmass.org

The Propers Handouts distributed at St. Benedict, the Oakland County Latin Mass Association, Old St. Mary’s, and elsewhere contain announcements of interest on the last page.

Facebook pages and web sites for the OCLMA, St. Benedict, St. Joseph Oratory, Old St. Mary’s, Assumption Grotto, Immaculate Conception Lapeer, Our Lady of the Scapular, St. Edward on the Lake, and most other local TLM sites are primary sources of information on the events taking place there. The OCLMA, Old St. Mary’s, St. Joseph, and St. Edward, among others, also maintain Twitter accounts.

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Tue. 08/28 7:00 PM: Low Mass at Holy Name of Mary, Windsor (St. Augustine, Bishop, Confessor, & Doctor)
  • Sat. 09/01 8:30 AM: Low Mass at Miles Christi (Saturday of Our Lady)
[Comments? Please e-mail tridnews@detroitlatinmass.org. Previous columns are available at http://www.detroitlatinmass.org. 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 August 26, 2018. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

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