Sunday, October 13, 2019

Tridentine Community News - Weekly Low Mass Debuts at St. Mary of Redford; Particulars on Commemorations; Diocese of Biloxi Latin Mass Training; 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 (October 13, 2019):
October 13, 2019 – Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Weekly Low Mass Debuts at St. Mary of Redford

Beginning on October 19, a weekly Saturday 8:00 AM Low Mass in the Extraordinary Form will be held at St. Mary of Redford Church. Parish Administrator Fr. Athanasius Fornwalt, FHS will be the celebrant. Keep an eye on this parish, as occasional Solemn High Masses are also in the planning stages.

Particulars on Commemorations

A reader asked about the rules for Commemorations on Sundays. A Commemoration is the addition of a second – and in a few instances a third – Collect, Secret, and Postcommunion to the Mass. On weekdays this is a common occurrence when there are secondary Saint(s) on the same Feast Day. On Sundays the rules are a little different: Sundays are days of our Lord, and He must be at least commemorated. When a special Sunday Feast of our Lord is mandated (e.g.: the External Solemnity of Corpus Christi) or is optional (e.g.: the External Solemnity of the Sacred Heart), the skipped Sunday After Pentecost is not commemorated, as the primary Feast is already of our Lord.

When a special Sunday Feast is not of our Lord (e.g.: the Dedication of St. Michael the Archangel or the External Solemnity of Our Lady of the Rosary), the collects of the skipped Sunday After Pentecost are added, so that our Lord becomes part of the day’s observances. On Mission Sunday, the collects from the Votive Mass of the Propagation of the Faith are added as commemorations.

Trivia question: The Altar Missal contains (weekday) Masses for the secondary Saints. When can those be celebrated? Answer: 1) If the secondary Saint is the Patron Saint of a parish of diocese, it takes precedence on the Feast Day. In that case the roles are reversed, and the Saint that is the primary Saint becomes the secondary one. The Mass of the secondary Saint is celebrated, and the usually Primary Saint is commemorated instead. 2) On a Fourth Class Feria or Feast, the celebrant may elect to celebrate the Mass of any Saint, including the Mass of one of the usually secondary Saints from any day of the Church Year.

Diocese of Biloxi Latin Mass Training

There was much excitement this week in the Diocese of Biloxi, Mississippi as three priests celebrated their first Holy Masses in the Extraordinary Form on October 8 & 9, after training from Extraordinary Faith: Congratulations to Fr. Mike O'Connor [pictured], Pastor of Our Lady of the Gulf Parish, Bay St. Louis; Fr. Marcin Wiktor, Parochial Vicar, St. Charles Borromeo, Picayune; and Fr. Colten Symmes, Parochial Vicar, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Cathedral, Biloxi. Of particular interest to readers of this column: Fr. Wiktor studied at Orchard Lake Seminary with Fr. Louis Madey and attended Mass at St. Josaphat Church while there.

Extraordinary Faith’s music instructor spent two days teaching the choir of Our Lady of the Gulf to sing the Traditional Mass, and altar servers also received instruction. The Diocese of Biloxi is establishing a Traditional Mass site at the recently restored historic church, with the three priests rotating as celebrants. The Communion Rail will be reinstalled over the next several weeks in preparation. Our Lady of the Gulf Master of Ceremonies Bill Cork [pictured at left] arranged the training session.

Despite there being no advance publicity, approximately 50 faithful turned out for the first High Mass on Tuesday evening. The enthusiasm on the part of everyone involved was inspiring proof that good things are happening in the Church at the grass roots level, as people work together for beauty in worship.

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Tue. 10/25 7:00 PM: Low Mass at Holy Name of Mary, Windsor (St. Teresa of Avila, Virgin)
  • Sat. 10/19 8:00 AM: Low Mass at St. Mary of Redford (St. Peter of Alcantara, Confessor) – Debut of new weekly Low Mass
[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 October 13, 2019. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

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