Sunday, January 20, 2019

Tridentine Community News - Detroit's Great Church Architects of the 20th Century - Part 1 of 2; Harry J. Rill, Diehl & Diehl, and Arthur DesRoisers; Fr. Lankeit at OCLMA and St. Benedict; 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 (January 20, 2019):
January 20, 2019 – Second Sunday After Epiphany

The early 20th Century was a golden era for church construction in metro Detroit and Windsor, as in much of the Northeastern and Midwestern United States, Ontario, and Quebec. As waves of immigration caused the population of cities in these regions to soar, demand for churches to serve those new residents also grew.

Just as Duncan Stroik, William Heyer, and James McCrery are nationally known as some of our current era’s most prolific architects of traditionally-styled churches, back in those days a number of architects won commissions across the continent. Among them was Ralph Adams Cram, who designed St. Florian in Hamtramck and St. Mary of Redford. His firm, based outside of Boston, continues today as Cram & Ferguson and still designs traditional churches. Lesser known is the homegrown talent that designed so many beautiful churches. Indeed, a majority of the historic churches we still enjoy in our region today were projects undertaken by locals. Let’s look at a few notable Detroit-based architects and their works:

Harry J. Rill made his mark on the east side, designing St. Paul on the Lake and the adjacent Grosse Pointe Academy Chapel, both of which opened in 1899. He also designed the now-demolished St. Francis Italian Church near Eastern Market. The Grosse Pointe Academy, an independent private school, was originally the Academy of the Sacred Heart, sister to the Bloomfield Hills school. Both were founded by the Religious of the Sacred Heart. [Grosse Pointe Academy Chapel photo at top by Don Davenport]

Diehl & Diehl designed Gesu, St. Brigid, St. Ambrose, St. Clare of Montefalco, Centerline St. Clement, and finished another architect’s design of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral.




Arthur DesRosiers designed St. Hugo of the Hills’ Stone Chapel in Bloomfield Hills [center photo by Oakland County Latin Mass Association] and St. Alphonsus in Dearborn [bottom photo], both English Gothic style, and St. Ladislaus in Hamtramck. His son Louis is an accomplished architect of homes and office buildings today, but no churches. More local architects will be featured next week. Fr. Lankeit at OCLMA and St. Benedict

Fr. John Lankeit, Rector of Ss. Simon & Jude Cathedral in Phoenix, Arizona, will celebrate the 9:45 AM High Mass on Sunday, January 27 for the Oakland County Latin Mass Association at the Academy of the Sacred Heart Chapel in Bloomfield Hills. He will also attend the 2:00 PM High Mass – which we hope to make a Solemn High Mass – for the St. Benedict Tridentine Community at St. Alphonsus in Windsor. Fr. Lankeit is visiting Detroit for two weeks, taking an in-depth training session from Extraordinary Faith on the Traditional Latin Mass, which he intends to introduce at his cathedral this year.

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Tue. 01/22 7:00 PM: Low Mass at Holy Name of Mary, Windsor (Ss. Vincent & Anastasius, Martyrs)
  • Sat. 01/26 8:30 AM: Low Mass at Miles Christi (St. Polycarp, Bishop & Martyr)
[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 January 20, 2019. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

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* NB: The SSPX chapels among those Mass sites listed above are posted here because the Holy Father has announced that "those who during the Holy Year of Mercy approach these priests of the Fraternity of St Pius X to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation shall validly and licitly receive the absolution of their sins," and subsequently extended this privilege beyond the Year of Mercy. These chapels are not listed among the approved parishes and worship sites on archdiocesan websites.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

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* NB: The SSPX chapels among those Mass sites listed above are posted here because the Holy Father has announced that "those who during the Holy Year of Mercy approach these priests of the Fraternity of St Pius X to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation shall validly and licitly receive the absolution of their sins," and subsequently extended this privilege beyond the Year of Mercy. These chapels are not listed among the approved parishes and worship sites on archdiocesan websites.

Tridentine Community News - The Clarity of the Traditional Roman Ritual; 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 (January 13, 2019):
January 13, 2019 – The Holy Family

The Clarity of the Traditional Roman Ritual This column has previously made mention of the problematic Book of Blessings, the Ordinary Form Roman Ritual. In contrast to the Traditional Roman Ritual, which clearly blesses – and in some cases exorcizes – objects, the Book of Blessings sometimes blesses objects, sometimes blesses the users of those objects, and sometimes…well, it’s not always very clear.

In this writer’s experience, there are actually few priests who prefer the Book of Blessings. Most acknowledge its shortcomings, and many priests otherwise committed to the Ordinary Form employ the old Rituále for blessings. However, there has been little or no talk of improving the Book of Blessings, nor has there been serious discussion of updating the Traditional Ritual. It’s clearly time to add, for example, a blessing of a computer to a book which already contains the blessing of a typewriter.

Nowadays, the question must also be raised as to who can be trusted to compose new blessing prayers in the style of the old prayers. There is no vetting process in place for Vatican officials, nor is the impending possible reorganization of the Pontifical Commission Ecclésia Dei reason for optimism that qualified individuals will be employed for such tasks in the future. It is better not to modify the Traditional Ritual for the time being if there is a risk of making imprudent changes.

A perfect example of the contrast between the two editions was recently seen on Twitter. Fr. Timothy Grumbach of Culver City, California posted the below text of the Blessing of an Airplane from the Book of Blessings, looking forward to his first opportunity to employ this prayer.


Another user then posted the below photo of the Blessing of an Airplane from the Weller edition of the Traditional Roman Ritual. Not surprisingly, Fr. Grumbach responded, “Oh, that far surpasses.” The more florid language and clear good will expressed are simply more ... Catholic.


Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Tue. 01/15 7:00 PM: High Mass at Holy Name of Mary, Windsor (St. Paul the First Hermit, Confessor)
  • Sat. 01/19 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 January 13, 2019. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

Sunday, January 06, 2019

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* NB: The SSPX chapels among those Mass sites listed above are posted here because the Holy Father has announced that "those who during the Holy Year of Mercy approach these priests of the Fraternity of St Pius X to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation shall validly and licitly receive the absolution of their sins," and subsequently extended this privilege beyond the Year of Mercy. These chapels are not listed among the approved parishes and worship sites on archdiocesan websites.

Tridentine Community News - Phoenix Cathedral Rector to Visit Detroit To Learn the Traditional Mass; Franciscans of the Holy Spirit Evangelize the Extraordinary Form; Ecclésia Dei Commission Potentially to be Restructured; Mass Intentions Primer; 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 (January 6, 2019):
January 6, 2019 – The Epiphany of Our Lord

Phoenix Cathedral Rector to Visit Detroit To Learn the Traditional Mass


In the Latin Mass world, connecting the dots explains a lot. Former Windsor Tridentine Mass organist Matthew Meloche now serves as the Music Director at the Cathedral of Ss. Simon & Jude in Phoenix, Arizona. Formation Director of the Franciscans of the Holy Spirit Fr. Athanasius Fornwalt commutes between Phoenix and Detroit, as his order is based in Arizona, while its brothers train for the priesthood at Detroit’s Sacred Heart Seminary. Both Fr. Athanasius and Matthew have been gently urging the rector of the Phoenix cathedral, Fr. John Lankeit, to learn the Traditional Mass, as his conservative liturgical preferences suggest it might appeal to him. It didn’t take much convincing. Fr. Lankeit has decided to “immerse himself in the TLM”, via a two-week visit to our region, January 14-28, during which he will take the Extraordinary Faith celebrant training program. He will celebrate the Extraordinary Form privately and publicly during his residence here. Look for him to attend Masses at St. Alphonsus Church in Windsor, and to celebrate Masses at the Oakland County Latin Mass Association, on the Sundays of January 20 and 27. We look forward to welcoming him to, as Fr. Joe Tuskiewicz terms it, the “Tridentine Center of the Universe.”

Franciscans of the Holy Spirit Evangelize the Extraordinary Form


Speaking of the Franciscans of the Holy Spirit, during their visit back to their home base of Phoenix over Christmas, Fr. Athanasius Fornwalt offered a Solemn High Tridentine Mass on Christmas Day at St. Catherine Mission, one of the churches entrusted to his order. This was the first Extraordinary Form Mass to have been offered at St. Catherine in almost 50 years, and hopefully the first of many to come there and at the Franciscans’ other mission churches.

Ecclésia Dei Commission Potentially to be Restructured

Rumors abounded last week of a possible impending restructuring of the Pontifical Commission Ecclésia Dei, the Vatican Department in charge of the Extraordinary Form. Unconfirmed as of press time, it is being reported that Pope Francis is preparing a Motu Proprio absorbing the PCED into the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, the body under which it has operated for the past few years. Some believe this is a concession to the SSPX, who desire a closer relationship with the Cardinal Prefect of the CDF during their regularization negotiations. It is being reported that the Holy Father believes the “state of emergency” which necessitated the creation of the PCED in 1988 has ended, and thus it is better suited to being an office within the CDF rather than a quasi-independent commission.

Is this good or bad? Both opinions are being proffered. Optimists contend this is a healthy development, while pessimists fear it may signal the beginning of a suppression of the Traditional Mass. This writer believes we should focus less on the particular canonical structure and more on the personalities involved. Those of us involved with diocesan Tridentine Masses rely on the PCED for answers to liturgical questions. We hope that those questions will continue to be answered by the knowledgeable staff of the PCED, and not assigned to the Congregation for Divine Worship, the Vatican department in charge of the Ordinary Form. The CDW was recently purged of its more traditionally-minded members, save for Prefect Robert Cardinal Sarah; it would not serve the TLM well to have its liturgical strings controlled by those of a modernist mindset.

Mass Intentions Primer

A reader requested that we print the basics on requesting Mass intentions. For St. Benedict, the Oakland County Latin Mass Association, and Old St. Mary’s, you may request Mass intentions by filling out one of the pink forms available at the back of the church. Mass may be offered for living or deceased individuals, or for a special intention. An optional stipend may be included, typically $10 for a regular Mass and $20 for a Requiem Mass. Return the forms to a volunteer or in the collection basket. Requiem Masses are offered at St. Benedict on Tuesdays of the Fourth Class. Only one intention will be scheduled for each Mass.

The wait time varies greatly: At St. Benedict, Mass intentions are booked solid through October, 2019. As a result, St. Benedict reserves the right to restrict the number of intentions a given individual may request, to ensure fair access to others. At the OCLMA and Old St. Mary’s, there is generally a 2-3 month backlog. Rather than waiting almost a year at St. Benedict, consider allowing your intentions to be redirected to these other local TLM sites, where your intention will be offered sooner. Our cooperative relationship makes such possibilities easy and convenient.

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Tue. 01/08 7:00 PM: High Mass at Holy Name of Mary, Windsor (Requiem Mass for Andrew Gatto)
  • Sat. 01/12 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 January 6, 2019. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

Thursday, January 03, 2019

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* NB: The SSPX chapels among those Mass sites listed above are posted here because the Holy Father has announced that "those who during the Holy Year of Mercy approach these priests of the Fraternity of St Pius X to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation shall validly and licitly receive the absolution of their sins," and subsequently extended this privilege beyond the Year of Mercy. These chapels are not listed among the approved parishes and worship sites on archdiocesan websites.

Tridentine Community News - Reactions to a New Tridentine Mass Site; Massive Holy Water Fonts; 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 23, 2019):
December 23, 2018 – Fourth Sunday of Advent

Reactions to a New Tridentine Mass Site

Those of us who are blessed to be able to attend the Traditional Mass regularly can easily forget what an eye-opening experience discovering the classic liturgy can be. Take a look at the below excerpt of a long list of reactions from the parishioners of St. Joseph, Palm Bay, Florida, to the first Tridentine High Mass held there last Sunday, December 16. This column reported on the preparations for that Mass in last week’s edition. Observations: 1) The Mass was held in a modern church, without traditional architectural features, yet the TLM speaks for itself, even in humble surroundings. 2) Such reactions are commonplace among priests and laymen discovering the Traditional Mass. A significant percentage of newcomers express similar appreciation. While we should be grateful for any new Holy Mass, such a high number of enthusiastic responses are not the norm when a new Ordinary Form Mass debuts.


Massive Holy Water Fonts Want some Holy Water? You don’t have to worry about depleting the available supply when filling your bottles at these two churches. At St. Colman’s Cathedral in Cobh, Ireland, this enormous vat stands outside ready to assist. [Note the beautiful lady!]


At the Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation in Carey, Ohio, they’re ready for crowds of pilgrims with this multiple-nozzled dispensary.


Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Tue. 12/25 12:00 Midnight: High Mass at Immaculate Conception, Lapeer (Christmas Day)
  • Tue. 12/25: 12:00 Midnight Solemn High Mass & 9:30 AM High Mass at Assumption Grotto (Christmas Day)
  • Tue. 12/25: 12:00 Midnight Solemn High Mass, 9:00 AM Low Mass, & 11:00 AM Solemn High Mass at St. Joseph (Christmas Day)
  • Tue. 12/25 9:45 AM: High Mass at OCLMA/Academy of the Sacred Heart Chapel, Bloomfield Hills (Christmas Day)
  • Tue. 12/25 2:00 PM: High Mass at Holy Name of Mary, Windsor (Christmas Day) - At the OCLMA and Holy Name of Mary, the choir will sing Missa Secúnda by Hans Leo Hassler, and the Communion Motet will be O Magnum Mystérium by Morten Lauridsen.
  • Sat. 12/29 8:30 AM: Low Mass at Miles Christi (Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas)
[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 December 23, 2019. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]