Sunday, December 17, 2017

Tridentine Community News - Franciscan Priest Celebrates First Tridentine Mass; Chicago Bus Tour Tridentine Mass Schedule; Christmas Mass Schedule; First Friday and First Saturday Tracker Holy Cards; Tridentine Massses 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 17, 2017):

Franciscan Priest Celebrates First Tridentine Mass

Franciscan Priest Celebrates First Tridentine Mass

The first priest to be ordained for the new, Phoenix-based Franciscan Friars of Holy Spirit just this past June, Fr. Athanasius Fornwalt, FHS, celebrated his first Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form at Old St. Mary’s Church on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Fr. Athanasius is studying at Detroit's Sacred Heart Major Seminary and took advantage of Extraordinary Faith’s celebrant training program. He serves as Post-Novitiate Director for his order, overseeing men receiving their formation at Sacred Heart Seminary. Widely traveled, Fr. Athanasius has formerly served as one of the Masters of Ceremony at Washington, DC’s Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. We hope to see him celebrating Tridentine Masses for us around the region in upcoming months.

Chicago Bus Tour Tridentine Mass Schedule

The times of the Traditional Latin Masses on this year’s Chicago Church Bus Tour have been finalized. Everyone is invited to attend these Masses if you will be in the Chicago area, whether or not you are registered on the tour:
  • Thursday, December 28: 3:00 PM High Mass at St. Mary of the Angels Church
  • Friday, December 29: 11:30 AM High Mass at St. John Cantius Church
  • Saturday, December 30: 5:00 PM Solemn High Mass at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church. The parish has asked us to hold this Mass at the time of their Saturday Vigil Mass, to expose their parishioners to the Extraordinary Form.
There are still a few seats left on the bus for those interested in the full tour. Contact Prayer Pilgrimages for more information at (248) 250-6005.

Christmas Mass Schedule

Many Tridentine Mass sites in our area will be holding Christmas Day Masses. Those that have been announced thus far are:
  • St. Joseph: 12:00 Midnight, 9:00 AM [Low Mass], 11:00 AM
  • St. Edward on the Lake, Lakeport: 12:00 Midnight
  • Assumption Grotto: 12:00 Midnight, and 9:30 AM [verified]
  • Oakland County Latin Mass Association at the Academy of the Sacred Heart Chapel: 9:45 AM
  • St. Benedict Tridentine Community at Holy Name of Mary Church, Windsor: 2:00 PM
First Friday and First Saturday Tracker Holy Cards

Every once in a while a simple concept comes to fruition that makes you wonder, “Why didn’t someone think of this before?” In the December Fraternity of St. Peter Meménto newsletter mailing, two cards were included that allow one to track one’s progress in making the nine First Friday and five First Saturday devotions. Graces are attached to those who persist in attending Holy Mass and performing the prescribed works on successive First Fridays and First Saturdays; this is the first instance of a convenient means of recordkeeping being made widely available. It is possible that additional copies of these cards may be obtained by contacting the FSSP. Their Meménto newsletter is available free of charge by signing up at:

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Mon. 12/18 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Josaphat (Feria)
  • Tue. 12/19 7:30 AM: Low Mass at Our Lady of the Scapular (Feria) – Candlelit Mass
  • Tue. 12/19 7:00 PM: Low Mass at Holy Name of Mary, Windsor (Feria)
  • Thu. 12/21 4:30 PM: High Mass at St. Thomas the Apostle, Ann Arbor (St. Thomas, Apostle) – Baptism of Lucy Rose Schultz in the Extraordinary Form follows Mass
  • Sat. 12/23 7:00 AM: Low Mass at St. Matthew, Flint (Ember Saturday) – Candlelit Mass
  • Sat. 12/23 7:30 AM: Low Mass at Our Lady of the Scapular (Feria) – Candlelit Mass
  • Sat. 12/23 8:30 AM: Low Mass at Miles Christi (Ember Saturday)
[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 17, 2017. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

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