Monday, August 06, 2018

Tridentine Masses this coming week in metro Detroit and east Michigan

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week









* 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 - Four priests at Sacred Heart Seminary celebrate the EF; Overwhelming parish Mass schedules - past and present; Solanus Center Chapel architectural reordering; TLMs 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 (August 5, 2018):
August 5, 2018 – Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost

Four Priests at Sacred Heart Seminary Celebrate the EF

In a statistic unimaginable just a few years ago, Detroit’s Sacred Heart Major Seminary now has four priests on staff who celebrate the Extraordinary Form:
1. Fr. Cy Whitaker, Spiritual Director
2. Fr. Clint McDonell, Assistant Professor of Theology
3. Fr. Pierre Ingram, Assistant Professor of Theology and Formation Director for the Companions of the Cross
4. Fr. Pieter van Rooyen, Assistant Professor of Theology
Perhaps one day those Side Altars in the seminary chapel will once again be used for their original purpose of hosting the Traditional Mass.

Overwhelming Parish Mass Schedules – Past & Present

If you were to take a look at the breathtaking liturgical schedules from the past, from London’s Westminster Cathedral and Manhattan’s St. Francis of Assisi, you would see that they had nearly non-stop Masses. One of the reasons this pace was more prevalent before Vatican II was because each priest had to celebrate his own Mass every day; concelebration was not permitted.

Even nowadays, a few parishes still offer comparably non-stop Masses. St. Peter’s in the Loop in Chicago and St. Agnes in Manhattan cater to constant crowds of office workers and tourists.

Solanus Center Chapel Architectural Reordering Visitors to the St. Bonaventure Monastery Chapel at the Solanus Casey Center in Detroit are in for a pleasant surprise: The current Capuchin superior has rearranged the chapel back to a more traditional look. The tabernacle and Blessed Sacrament have been returned to the High Altar. The reredos above the High Altar has been pushed back so that the mensa (table) of the High Altar is once again fully extended and capable of hosting the Traditional Mass. The freestanding altar has been relocated from the center of the chapel to just in front of the High Altar. The seating has been rearranged in a traditional order of horizontal rows of seats. The organ console has been moved, presumably back to the choir loft. The bubbling Baptismal Font has been removed.

These are most encouraging changes. The faithful can only benefit when a church looks like a church again.

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Tue. 08/07 7:00 PM: Low Mass at Holy Name of Mary, Windsor (St. Cajetan, Confessor)
  • Sat. 08/11 8:30 AM: Low Mass at Miles Christi (Saturday of Our Lady)
[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 August 5, 2018. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]