Sunday, February 17, 2019

Tridentine Community News - Four priest trained in the EF in Idaho and Detroit; Confessionals on Trains; 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 (February 17, 2019):
February 17, 2019 – Septuagésima Sunday

Four Priests Trained on the EF in Idaho and Detroit

One of the brightest spots in the Church today is the ever-increasing interest of priests in learning to celebrate the Traditional Mass. The last two weeks have been the busiest ever for Extraordinary Faith’s Celebrant Training Program, as four priests took part. Tom Lester, chair of the Treasure Valley Latin Mass Society in Boise, Idaho, arranged for three priests of the Diocese of Boise to learn to offer the Extraordinary Form:

Fr. Pako Godinez, Pastor of St. Nicholas Parish in Rupert, Idaho, celebrated his first Mass in the Extraordinary Form on Wednesday, February 6. He was joined in the training session by Fr. Justin Brady, Pastor of Our Lady of the Snows, Sun Valley and St. Charles Borromeo, Hailey, Idaho. Also present was Idaho 5th District Judge Jon Brody, who made time in his busy schedule to learn how to serve the Traditional Mass.

Fr. Camilo Garcia, Pastor of Corpus Christi Parish in Fruitland, celebrated his first Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form on Friday, February 8, in his private chapel. Fr. Camilo retrieved an altar missal and missal stand from a mini-museum of pre-Vatican II items in his church. Previous pastors thought they would never be used again, but they were wrong!

At an evening gathering of the Treasure Valley Latin Mass Society in Boise during the week, a talk was presented about the history of the TLM in metro Detroit and Windsor. Lessons learned here can and should help others elsewhere. Upon seeing the above photos, members remarked about the genuine joy observed on the faces of the priests following this significant moment in their priestly life. Back here in Detroit, Fr. Tony Blount, SOLT, Associate Pastor of historic Holy Redeemer Parish, offered his first Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form on Wednesday, February 13. Featured in Extraordinary Faith Episode 13 - Detroit Part 1 of 2, Holy Redeemer is a massive, ornate church designed to resemble St. Paul Outside the Walls. It has hosted several special Tridentine Masses over the years, though none yet celebrated by a priest of the SOLT order that administers the parish.

Special thanks to Br. Javier Ebertowski, a SOLT seminarian in residence at Holy Redeemer who arranged the training.

This column will report when public Masses are planned by Fr. Blount, whether at Holy Redeemer or elsewhere.

Confessionals on Trains

A November 29, 2018 story on Quartz ( reported that on December 21 and 24, the publicly owned Lesser Poland Railways was going to provide priests on their trains to hear Confessions. A beautiful sign of the pervasive Catholic culture in Poland, organized by the state, no less.

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Tue. 02/19 7:00 PM: Low Mass at Holy Name of Mary, Windsor (Feria)
  • Sat. 02/23 8:30 AM: Low Mass at Miles Christi (St. Peter Damian, 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 February 17, 2019. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

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