Saturday, September 21, 2019

Tridentine Community News - Solemn High Masses at St. Mary of Redford; Men’s Discussion Group at St. Mary of Redford; The Rite of Betrothal – Part 1 of 3

"I will go in unto the Altar of God
To God, Who giveth joy to my youth"

Tridentine Community News by Alex Begin (September 15, 2019):
September 15, 2019 – Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Solemn High Masses at St. Mary of Redford

The Franciscans of the Holy Spirit have scheduled three Solemn High Tridentine Masses (with Deacon and Subdeacon) at St. Mary of Redford Church as part of a Novena for the Return of Fallen Away Catholics. The Novena runs from Sunday, September 29 through Monday, October 7. The Holy Rosary, novena prayers, and veneration of relics of St. Therese, St. Francis, and St. Faustina will follow the Mass. The schedule for the three Traditional Masses is as follows:
  • Sunday, September 29 at 6:00 PM (Dedication of St. Michael the Archangel)
  • Thursday, October 3 at 6:00 PM (St. Therese of Lisieux, Virgin)
  • Sunday, October 6 at 6:00 PM (External Solemnity of Our Lady of the Rosary)
Men’s Discussion Group at St. Mary of Redford

Along with the above Latin Masses, a men’s group is being formed at St. Mary of Redford which will discuss the Franciscan Masters of Prayer. Details from Fr. Athanasius: The Franciscan tradition is unique in that many of our most popular devotions were either developed by Franciscans or popularized by Franciscans (ie. Stations of the Cross, the Angelus, devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus, Sacred Heart devotion) as well as devotional practices like pilgrimages and hermitages.

There are many people who ‘mastered’ the spiritual life in the Franciscan tradition. Some are very popular: St. Francis of Assisi, St. Bonaventure, St. Clare of Assisi, St. Padre Pio, St. Maximillian Kolbe, Blessed Solanus Casey; others are more obscure: Blessed Giles, David of Augsburg, St. Margaret of Cortona, Blessed Angela Foligno). But these Franciscan Masters of Prayer are tremendous examples and teachers for us as we try to live the Gospel and imitate our Lord Jesus Christ.

Here’s the plan: 

Where: Greyfriars House of Studies (the friary attached to St. Mary of Redford Catholic Church in Detroit: 14601 Mansfield Street, Detroit).
When: Thursdays 6:30 (you can come early at 6:15 for Compline with the friars). Beginning September 19th.
Who: Men. You are invited and can bring friends. Boys in High school can also attend with you as their guardian.
  • Compline (Night Prayer) in the Church for those who come early
  • Each week I (or another friar) will present for approx 30 mins on a Franciscan Master of Prayer. 
  • a primary text will be provided ahead of time for you to read over if you'd like
  • Questions and Discussion will follow the presentation (approx. 30mins)
  • Fellowship
This semester we will focus on St. Francis of Assisi and his experiences in prayer, also how he taught his brothers to pray. 

Please e-mail Fr. Athanasius if you plan to attend:

The Rite of Betrothal – Part 1 of 3

The Traditional Roman Ritual provides two sister ceremonies that are not often seen, which complement two of the Sacraments: The first is the Churching of Women, a blessing of a new mother which can accompany or follow the Sacrament of Baptism. The second is the Rite of Betrothal, a formalization of the engagement of a couple who intend to be married. Recently a young couple well-known to many readers of this column, Laura Hurajt, who sings alto in the choirs at St. Benedict and Old St. Mary’s, and Matthew Charbonneau, an altar server at St. Benedict and Old St. Mary’s, chose to mark their upcoming nuptials with the Rite of Betrothal following Sunday Mass at St. Alphonsus Church in Windsor. [Photo by Sheila & Francis Ang]

To help our readers become familiar with this beautiful ritual, the next two weeks’ columns will contain the text of the rite.
[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 September 15, 2019. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

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