Sunday, December 02, 2018

Tridentine Community News - Traditional Church Music Composition Competitions; St. Paul on the Lake Ad Oriéntem Mass; Flint Mass Moves Back to St. Matthew Church; Special TLM at St. Patrick, Brighton on December 14; Ferias on Weekdays; Elizabeth Salas Talk at OCLMA; 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 (December 2, 2018):
December 2, 2018 – First Sunday of Advent

Traditional Church Music Composition Competitions

Frustrated with the state of church music in many Ordinary Form parishes? You’re not alone. The British Twitter personality Eccles recently held a poll to determine the worst modern hymn. As of press time the winner had not yet been chosen, however this writer was sad to see his candidate, the infuriatingly ambiguous Gift of Finest Wheat, outvoted by other selections.

You might be interested to know that an increasing number of competitions are being held to encourage the composition of new sacred music in accordance with timeless Latin choral standards. Not surprisingly, the Catholic mecca of London, England has been leading the way with at least two such contests:

Westminster Cathedral is presently holding its first Composition Competition, with the winner’s work to be sung at Palm Sunday Mass:

Composer Matthew Schellhorn in conjunction with the Latin Mass Society of England and Wales has sponsored the Schellhorn Prize for Sacred Music Composition in certain recent years. For information on a previous competition and its young winner, see:

St. Paul on the Lake Ad Oriéntem Mass

Several of our readers have expressed their wish that the Traditional Latin Mass be offered at the historic church of St. Paul on the Lake in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, or at the beautiful chapel at its neighboring institution, the Grosse Pointe Academy (which had been originally built as the Academy of the Sacred Heart, the east side sister to the Oakland County Latin Mass Association host site in Bloomfield Hills). Several years ago, a funeral in the Extraordinary Form was held at St. Paul on the Lake, a lovely, historically intact setting with High Altar and Communion Rail. More recently, permission had been granted to hold a Juventútem Mass in the Extraordinary Form there, but a last-minute roof problem in the church forced its relocation. St. Paul’s longtime pastor, Msgr. Patrick Halfpenny, had been one of the original celebrants of the Tridentine Mass at St. Josaphat Church.

Out of the blue, this week St. Paul announced that this Tuesday, December 4 at 7:35 PM, they would hold an Ad Oriéntem Mass in the Ordinary Form with Gregorian Chant. It’s not clear who the celebrant will be or who will lead the music, but it’s an encouraging step in the right direction for this east side gem.

Flint Mass Moves Back to St. Matthew Church Today the Flint Tridentine Mass returns to St. Matthew Church, still at 3:00 PM on Sundays, following a construction project that installed a new marble floor in the church.

Special TLM at St. Patrick, Brighton on December 14

On Friday, December 14 at 7:30 PM, Fr. Joe Campbell will celebrate a special Tridentine Low Mass at St. Patrick Church in Brighton. This parish has previously hosted a Traditional Mass or two for Juventútem Michigan.

Ferias on Weekdays

When the Ordo specifies a Feria for a weekday Mass, one of the following is generally permitted: 1) Repetition of the preceding Sunday’s Mass Propers, without Aspérges, Glória, and Credo. The Common Preface is substituted for the Preface of the Holy Trinity. During Advent, the Alleluia is omitted in Ferial Masses; 2) A Votive Mass; 3) The Daily Mass for the Dead; 4) The Mass of any Saint.

Elizabeth Salas Talk at OCLMA

Dr. Elizabeth Salas, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Detroit’s Sacred Heart Major Seminary, will give a presentation on Theological Virtues of St. John of the Cross at a reception following the 9:45 AM Tridentine Mass for the Oakland County Latin Mass Association at the Academy of the Sacred Heart Chapel in Bloomfield Hills on Sunday, December 16. The Salas family are members of the OCLMA community.

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Tue. 12/04 7:00 PM: Low Mass at Holy Name of Mary, Windsor (St. Peter Chrysologus, Bishop, Confessor, & Doctor)
  • Fri. 12/07 7:00 PM: High Mass at Old St. Mary’s (St. Ambrose, Bishop, Confessor, & Doctor) – First Public Tridentine Mass of Fr. Pierre Ingram, CC. Reception after Mass.
  • Sat. 12/08 7:30 AM: Low Mass at Assumption Grotto (Immaculate Conception)
  • Sat. 12/08 8:30 AM: Low Mass at Miles Christi (Immaculate Conception)
  • Sat. 12/08 8:45 AM: High Mass at Immaculate Conception, Lapeer (Immaculate Conception)
  • Sat. 12/08: 9:00 AM Low Mass & 11:00 AM Solemn High Mass at St. Joseph (Immaculate Conception)
  • Sat. 12/08 12:00 Noon: High Mass at St. Matthew, Flint (Immaculate Conception)
  • Sat. 12/08 7:00 PM: High Mass at St. Mary Star of the Sea, Jackson (Immaculate Conception)
[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 December 2, 2018. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

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