Tuesday, July 07, 2020

St. Catherine of Siena on how to be a successful priest

Two excerpts from the latest issue of The New Oxford Review, in which David Mills writes, in his Last Things column:

It’s St. Catherine of Siena’s feast day as I write. She was famously critical of worldly clergy. In The Dialogue, she describes them as caring about “having grand horses, many gold and silver vessels, and well-adorned homes. They have and keep what they ought not, all with huge vanity. Their heart babbles out its disordered vanity, and their whole desire is feasting, making a god of their bellies.”

Inevitably, she says, they soon fall into sexual immorality. As a famous movie director said, the heart wants what it wants. We don’t easily say no to it. He who lets his heart have the horses and homes it wants, though he intends to remain chaste, eventually lets his heart have the body it wants.

Not surprisingly, the saint continues, these priests fail as pastors: “They leave behind my little sheep, whom I had entrusted to them, like sheep without a shepherd. Spiritually they do administer the sacraments of holy Church (the power of which sacraments can neither be taken away nor lessened by any sin of theirs) but they do not feed them with sincere prayers, with hungry longing for their salvation, with holy and honorable living, nor do they feed their poor subjects with temporal assistance.”

She writes pages and pages of this. She uses the word “filth” a lot. I wonder how often she’s read in seminaries.

Also from St. Catherine: The hierarchy “will never correct persons of any importance, even though they may be guilty of greater sin than more lowly people, for fear that these might retaliate by standing in their way or deprive them of their rank and their way of living. They will, however, correct the little people, because they are sure these cannot harm them or deprive them of their rank. Such injustice comes from their wretched selfish love for themselves.”

I saw this a lot in my experiences inside the religious world, as an Episcopalian as well as a Catholic, and it was one of the most disheartening things I saw. If you want a bishop’s attention, you would do well to have a lot of money, or the ability to get it for him. If, say, your priest makes a mess of the liturgy and preaches heresy from the pulpit, the bishop might listen to the rich man’s complaints, but the poor man from the small parish has no more hope of getting the bishop’s help than I do of playing center in the NBA.

I met a friend at the pub we favor, and started working after he left. A man about my age came over. “Are you religious?” he asked. I wanted to say no, but since most people mean “Do you go to church a lot?” I said, “Fairly.” He said, “No, I said are you a religious?” and explained he’d seen me there before with a priest friend. I said no. Then he asked, “Are you Irish?” No, I said.

When I told the priest this, he wrote back, “So was he raising the stakes or trying to make you feel better for having to answer negatively? That is, is being Irish a step up or down from being a religious?”

Saturday, July 04, 2020

Fr. Rutler's Weekly Column, July 5, 2020

Stalin, killer of at least 20 million people, said “A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.” In mid-nineteenth-century China, the civil war known as the Taiping Rebellion cost upwards of 30 million lives.

The feast of Saint Augustine Zhao Rong and his 119 companions, on July 9, is a reminder that the persecution of Christian missionaries and native Chinese, begun in the mid-17th century, continues into our time. Augustine had been a soldier assigned as a prison guard for the French missionary bishop, Louis Gabriel Dufresse, whose martyrdom in Chengdu moved Augustine to request baptism, after which he became a priest and was tortured and killed in 1815. Later, in the Boxer Rebellion, 30,000 Christians would be slaughtered.

There are magnificent witnesses in China today, among whose champions is Cardinal Zen, indomitable at the age of eighty-eight. The insouciance with which some timorous Western ecclesiastics have cast a blind eye to the persecution of the Catholics in China, will be remembered as a dark blot on the history of our time.

Mao killed at least 40 million. His “Cultural Revolution,” which executed upwards of 3 million, excited mobs of youths as agents of government repression. Monuments of ancient culture were destroyed. These included nearly 7,000 priceless works of art in the Temple of Confucius alone as part of the frenzied attack on the Four Olds: Old Customs, Old Habits, Old Culture, and Old Ideas.

In our own country, the debutantish radicalism of hysterical youths whose misguided idealism makes a venomous brew when mixed with poor education, is exploited by more sinister strategists. James Madison described such mobs as: “united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adverse to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community.”

Young people eager to condemn the immorality of forebears, while exulting in their own undisciplined lives, recently pulled down a statue of Saint Junípero Serra. It evoked the attack on the Franciscan mission in Alta California on November 4, 1775, when 600 native warriors pierced the friar Father Luis Jayme with eighteen arrows as he called to them: “Love God, my children!”

Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, the one Iraqi combatant to receive the Medal of Honor, has said that our universities are turning out “Peter Pan” adolescents who would profit better if they joined the Army where they would be taught how to be men and women.

After the destruction of the statue of Saint Junípero Serra, the wise Archbishop of San Francisco did not engage in polemics. He simply went to the site of the vandalism and said the exorcism prayer of Saint Michael. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12).

Faithfully yours in Christ,

Father George W. Rutler

Sunday, June 07, 2020

Tridentine Community News - Ozorak Chant Sheets Featured on Livestream Mass; Windsor Family of Parishes Activation Delayed; Priest Training During the Lockdown


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

Tridentine Community News by Alex Begin (May 31, 2020):
May 31, 2020 - Pentecost Sunday

Ozorak Chant Sheets Featured on Livestream Mass


Among the most popular livestreamed Traditional Masses on Sundays are those from St. John Cantius Church in Chicago. Prominently featured on the May 17 1:30 PM (Eastern time) High Mass were Michel Ozorak’s celebrant chant sheets. As a reminder to any priest or deacon readers of this column, Michel’s chant sheets are available at www.windsorlatinmass.org. If you need chant sheets for a feast that is not listed on the web site, e-mail info@windsorlatinmass.org, and we will either forward them to you or ask Michel to create them.

Windsor Family of Parishes Activation Delayed

The integration of the St. Benedict Tridentine Community into the central Windsor Family of Parishes has been delayed till September or October because of the pandemic. For the time being St. Benedict remains a standalone entity.

Priest Training During the Lockdown

The lockdown turned out to be a blessing in disguise for two priests who decided to take advantage of the downtime to take Extraordinary Faith’s training program to learn to celebrate the Tridentine Mass.


Fr. Leo McDowell, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Livingston, Montana, celebrated his first Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form on Tuesday, March 24. Fr. Leo intends to commence monthly Low Masses when public Masses fully resume. Several of his altar servers attended the first Mass and intend to learn how to serve the Traditional Mass.


Fr. Michael McCormick, pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Montoursville, Pennsylvania, celebrated his first Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form on Thursday, April 23. Fr. McCormick has since gained further experience offering the TLM privately, so that he can add it to his parish’s offerings once public Masses are fully permitted. He already offers the Ordinary Form ad oriéntem. The first altar servers have already expressed interest in helping out, as news of a new TLM tends to spread fast.
[Comments? Please e-mail tridnews@detroitlatinmass.org. Previous columns are available at http://www.detroitlatinmass.org. 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 May 31, 2020. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

Tridentine Community News - Four Outdoor Altars Corpus Christi Procession at OCLMA/Orchard Lake Seminary on June 14; Holy See Grants Plenary Indulgence for Prayers During Pandemic; Fr. Borkowski Architectural Videos; The 1971 Indult - A Recollection; Liturgical Conferences Cancelled; 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 (June 7, 2020):
June 7, 2020 - Trinity Sunday

Four Outdoor Altars Corpus Christi Procession at OCLMA/Orchard Lake Seminary on June 14

At the kind suggestion of Orchard Lake Schools Chancellor Fr. Miroslaw Krol, weather permitting, the Oakland County Latin Mass Association will hold a Eucharistic procession to four outdoor altars on the Orchard Lake Seminary campus following High Mass at the Shrine Chapel at the special time of 2:00 PM, next Sunday, June 14, the External Solemnity of Corpus Christi. Fr. Krol will lead the procession, while Fr. Louis Madey will celebrate the preceding Mass. This Mass will take the place of the morning OCLMA Mass that day, as Orchard Lake needs the chapel that morning for a campus Mass. In case of rain, the procession will be held inside the Shrine Chapel.

While not often seen nowadays, the rubrics for the traditional Corpus Christi procession recommend that it stop for Adoration at four altars along the way. The expansive Orchard Lake campus has many lovely places for that to take place, including a large Lourdes Grotto, pictured below. As its name suggestions, the campus sits on the shore of Orchard Lake. On the property are Ss. Cyril & Methodius Seminary; St. Mary’s Prep, a Catholic high school; and the Polish Mission.


Holy See Grants Plenary Indulgence for Prayers During Pandemic

Holy Mother Church has granted a new and simple way to gain a Plenary Indulgence during this time of pandemic “to those faithful who offer a visit to the Blessed Sacrament, or Eucharistic adoration, or reading the Holy Scriptures for at least half an hour, or the recitation of the Holy Rosary, or the pious exercise of the Way of the Cross, or the recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, to implore from Almighty God the end of the epidemic, relief for those who are afflicted and eternal salvation for those whom the Lord has called to Himself.” The usual conditions of reception of Holy Communion once per indulgence sought and Confession are deferred until it is reasonably possible to do so in one’s locale. The other conditions of prayer for the Holy Father’s intentions and freedom from attachment to sin remain.

For complete details, see: https://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2020/03/20/200320c.html

Fr. Borkowski Architectural Videos


Fr. Mark Borkowski is metro Detroit’s most accomplished historic church restorer. St. Josaphat, Sweetest Heart of Mary, St. Joseph, and now Our Lady of the Scapular have all benefitted from significant restorations and re-beautifications through his keen eye and careful cost controls. Recently Our Lady of the Scapular has begun to produce a series of short videos featuring Fr. Borkowski explaining architectural features of the church and the theology behind them. The first videos focus on stained glass.

See: https://www.facebook.com/watch/OurLadyoftheScapular/

The 1971 Indult – A Recollection

In 1970 the cause of preserving the Traditional Latin Mass seemed hopeless. The movement towards universalizing the Novus Ordo seemed unstoppable. But that didn’t dissuade an enterprising Englishman, Alfred Marnau, from attracting the cooperation of an unlikely troupe of artists and intellectuals in seeking from Pope St. Paul VI what affectionately became known as “The Agatha Christie Indult”. Mr. Marnau recorded his recollections of the process in a fascinating article you can read here: https://lms.org.uk/1971-english-indult-recollection

Liturgical Conferences Cancelled

Three prominent liturgical conferences that had been scheduled for this summer have been cancelled due to the pandemic: The Sacred Liturgy Conference in Spokane, the Sacred Music Colloquium in Tampa, and the Latin Liturgy Association Convention in St. Louis have all been cancelled. All plan to reschedule in 2021.

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Sat. 06/13 8:30 AM: Low Mass at Miles Christi (St. Anthony of Padua, Confessor & Doctor)
  • Sun. 06/14 2:00 PM: High Mass at OCLMA/Orchard Lake Shrine Chapel (External Solemnity of Corpus Christi) – Note special Mass time – no 9:00 AM Mass that day. Outdoor Eucharistic Procession to four outdoor altars follows Mass, weather permitting, otherwise the procession will be held inside the chapel.
[Comments? Please e-mail tridnews@detroitlatinmass.org. Previous columns are available at http://www.detroitlatinmass.org. 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 June 7, 2020. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Prayer for the United States of America

Prayer of St. Augustine (+430)

Before Thine eyes, O Lord, we bring our sins, and we compare them with the stripes we have received.

If we examine the evil we have wrought, what we suffer is little, what we deserve is great.

What we have committed is very grievous, what we have suffered is very slight.

We feel the punishment of sin, yet withdraw not from the obstinacy of sinning.

Under Thy lash our inconstancy is visited, but our sinfulness is not changed.

Our suffering soul is tormented, but our neck is not bent.

Our life groans under sorrow, yet amends not in deed.

If Thou spare us, we correct not our ways: if Thou Punish, we cannot endure it.

In time of correction we confess our wrongdoing: after Thy visitation we forget that we have wept.

If Thou stretchest forth Thy hand, we promise amendment; if Thou witholdest the sword, we keep not our promise.

If Thou strikest, we cry out for mercy: if Thou sparest, we again provoke Thee to strike.

Here we are before Thee, O Lord, confessedly guilty: we know that unless Thou pardon we shall deservedly perish.

Grant then, O almighty Father, without our deserving it, the pardon we ask; Thou Who madest out of nothing those who ask Thee.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

V. Deal not with us, O Lord according to our sins. R. Neither reward us according to our iniquities.

Let us pray. -- O God, Who by sin art offended and by penance pacified, mercifully regard the prayers of Thy suppliant people, and turn away the scourges of Thy wrath, which we deserve for our sins. Through Christ our Lord. R. Amen.

Saturday, April 04, 2020

TLM livestreams for Holy Week


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

The following livestream options are offered by courtesy of Alex Begin:
A small consolation during these strange times has been the abundance of livestreamed Traditional Masses. While by now you may have selected some favorite livestreams of your own, it is worth mentioning a few particularly noteworthy ones:
  • St. John Cantius in Chicago offers a weekly Sunday 1:30 PM (EDT) Missa Cantata, distinguished because of the excellent quality of its choir: https://www.cantius.org/go/news/detail/live_stream_of_masses/

  • One of the best daily Low Masses is that of the London Oratory, held in its famed St. Wilfrid Chapel, where Faith of Our Fathers composer Fr. Faber is buried. While difficult to watch live, since it takes place at 4:00 AM EDT, via their Twitter page one can follow the link to a recording of the Mass available on Vimeo: https://london-oratory.squarespace.com/holy-mass-livestream

  • The Benedictine Sisters of Ephesus, famed for their choral recordings, will be offering the Triduum here: https://benedictinesofmary.org/

  • For a large collection of TLMs all through each day, most everyday, see the Latin Mass Society of England and Wales. EDT is five hours before the times listed: https://lms.org.uk/
On a different subject, word has just arrived that the Sacred Liturgy Conference in Spokane, originally to be held this June, has been cancelled, so if you had made plans to travel there, now would be a good time to cancel them. The conference will be held once again in 2021.

May God bless you and your families.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Tridentine Community News - Spiritual Suggestions for Lent


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

Tridentine Community News by Alex Begin (February 23, 2020):
February 23, 2020 – Quinquagésima Sunday

Spiritual Suggestions for Lent

Spiritual Communion: On each day that you cannot receive Holy Communion, take a minute and make a Spiritual Communion. Holy Mother Church grants a Partial Indulgence for this practice. St. Alphonsus Maria de’ Liguori composed the following prayer for this purpose:
My Jesus, I believe that Thou art present in the Blessed Sacrament. I love Thee above all things, and I desire Thee in my soul. Since I cannot now receive Thee sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though Thou wert already there, I embrace Thee and unite myself wholly to Thee; permit not that I should ever be separated from Thee. Amen.
Daily Rosary: Strive to pray the Holy Rosary every day during Lent, for an intention of your choosing. If you are able to pray the Rosary in a church, with a group or privately, you may gain a Plenary Indulgence for yourself or for the Souls in Purgatory, under the usual conditions of Confession within 20 days, reception of Holy Communion once per Plenary Indulgence sought, prayer for the Holy Father’s intentions, and freedom from attachment to sin.

Confession: Try to begin the habit of going to Confession at least once per month, if you don’t already.


Adoration: At least once per week, make a visit to the Blessed Sacrament. Many churches offer extended hours for this purpose, including the Stone Chapel at St. Hugo of the Hills in Bloomfield Hills, the 24/7 Adoration Chapel at the Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica in Royal Oak, and the Rosary Chapel at Assumption Church in Windsor. If you are able to spend 30 minutes in Adoration, you may gain a Plenary Indulgence under the above conditions.

Stations of the Cross: Pray the Stations at least once during Lent. If done in a church, you may gain a Plenary Indulgence under the above conditions. If you are making the devotion privately, you must physically move from station to station.

Indulgenced Prayer Before a Crucifix: On the Fridays of Lent, the Church grants a Plenary Indulgence for the simple act of praying this prayer before a Crucifix after receiving Holy Communion, under the usual conditions. A Partial Indulgence may be gained by praying this same prayer after receiving Holy Communion at other times.
En ego, o bone et dulcíssime Jesu, ante conspéctum tuum génibus me provólvo, ac máximo ánimi ardóre te oro atque obtéstor, ut meum in cor vívidos fídei, spei et caritátis sensus, atque veram peccatórum meórum pæniténtiam, eáque emendándi firmíssimam voluntátem velis imprímere; dum magno ánimi afféctu et dolóre tua quinque vúlnera mecum ipse consídero, ac mente contémplor, illud præ óculis habens, quod jam in ore ponébat tuo David Prophéta de te, o bone Jesu: “Fodérunt manus meas et pedes meos: dinumeravérunt ómnia ossa mea.”

Behold, O kind and most sweet Jesus, I cast myself upon my knees in Thy sight, and with the most fervent desire of my soul, I pray and beseech Thee that Thou wouldst impress upon my heart lively sentiments of faith, hope, and charity, with a true contrition for my sins and a firm purpose of amendment; while with deep affection and grief of soul I ponder within myself and mentally contemplate Thy five wounds, having before my eyes the words which David the prophet put on Thy lips concerning Thee: “My hands and My feet they have pierced, they have numbered all My bones.”
On Saints’ Feast Days, Pray the Collect [Opening Prayer] from the Mass: If you have a hand missal for the Extraordinary or Ordinary Forms, on Feast Days of Saints, take a minute and pray the Collect for the day’s Mass. This practice is enriched with a Partial Indulgence.
[Comments? Please e-mail tridnews@detroitlatinmass.org. Previous columns are available at http://www.detroitlatinmass.org. 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 23, 2020. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Archdiocese of Detroit cancels all public Masses until Holy Week


The Archdiocese of Detroit has suspended all Masses until April 6th, Monday of Holy Week. Churches remain open, however, for Confession and prayer in small numbers (no gatherings of more than 100 persons) -- due to the Coronavirus pandemic.


Tridentine Community News - Traditional Holy Water Blessing Implores Health; Votive Mass in Time of Pestilence; t. Joseph Oratory Named Archdiocesan Shrine; Check On-Line for OCLMA Mass Location & Time; First of Two New York Episodes of Extraordinary Faith Now Viewable on YouTube and Vimeo


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

Tridentine Community News by Alex Begin (March 15, 2020):
March 15, 2020 -- Third Sunday of Lent

Traditional Holy Water Blessing Implores Health

This column and many other authors have long touted the benefits of Holy Water blessed using the Traditional Roman Ritual. Salt is exorcized and blessed, the water is exorcized and blessed, and then a prayer is said after the salt is added to the water. The modern rite of blessing holy water omits the exorcisms and has a vastly abbreviated prayer. No wonder it is said that water blessed the “old way” is more efficacious.

The traditional blessing includes the following words: “Be thou a purified salt for the health of believers, giving soundness of body and soul to all who use thee….May all that use it find a remedy for soul and body…Let this creature [water] serve Thee in expelling demons and curing diseases.” Traditionally blessed Holy Water therefore has a role to play in protecting us against the current Coronavirus and future health threats.

Votive Mass in Time of Pestilence

The collection of Votive Masses provided in the Traditional Roman Missal includes a Votive Mass in Time of Pestilence, sometimes also called the Votive Mass for Epidemics. O’Connell’s The Celebration of Mass indicates that for a grave matter of public concern, a priest may celebrate this Votive Mass as a Mass of the Second Class, meaning it can be used in place of a Lenten Feria. The St. Benedict Tridentine Community will celebrate this Votive Mass this Tuesday, March 17 at 7:00 PM.

St. Joseph Oratory Named Archdiocesan Shrine

Archbishop Allen Vigneron has designated St. Joseph Oratory as an Archdiocesan Shrine. The formal announcement was originally to have taken place during His Excellency’s visit to the church during the St. Joseph Day of Prayer on March 19, but that event has presumably been suspended.

Shrines can be Diocesan, National, or International in designation. Very few international shrines exist; one that is quite well-known is the Basilica of St. Anthony in Padua, Italy. Most famous shrines are National, for example the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC, and our own Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower in Royal Oak. Other Archdiocesan Shrines in Detroit include the Shrine of the Immaculate Heart of Mary at St. Joseph Chapel in Pontiac, and the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Riverview where the Blue Army holds Masses. The Diocese of London, Ontario has Our Lady of the Rosary Shrine in Merlin.

Check On-Line for OCLMA Mass Location & Time

The Academy of the Sacred Heart decided to close the school to outside activities this weekend. Then Archbishop Vigneron suspended all public Masses in the Archdiocese of Detroit through Monday, April 6. The Triduum in the Extraordinary Form is still planned at the Academy, with Fr. Louis Madey as celebrant: Holy Thursday at 7:00 PM, Good Friday at 1:30 PM, and the Easter Vigil at 8:00 PM. There will be no Mass on Easter Sunday. Please check the OCLMA Twitter account at @oclatinmass or the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/OCLMA to find out the latest information about OCLMA Masses and to confirm the plans for the Triduum, as things are clearly in flux.

First of Two New York Episodes of Extraordinary Faith Now Viewable on YouTube and Vimeo




Episode 19 of Extraordinary Faith – New York City Part 1 of 2 – is now available for viewing on the Extraordinary Faith channel on YouTube and Vimeo. We’ll pay a visit to Sacra Liturgía, one of the world’s largest conferences on traditional sacred liturgy. We’ll speak with Cardinal Raymond Burke, one of the Church’s most enthusiastic advocates of the Traditional Mass. We’ll talk with two of the conference speakers: Dom Alcuin Reid, the liturgical scholar who organizes the event, and a professor who will explain to us the theological understanding of beauty. We’ll speak with the Dominican priest who hosted the conference in his parish, and we’ll take you to the Solemn Pontifical Mass that crowned the conference.
[Comments? Please e-mail tridnews@detroitlatinmass.org. Previous columns are available at http://www.detroitlatinmass.org. 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 March 15, 2020. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

Sunday, March 01, 2020

Tridentine Community News - List of Tridentine Masses in Metro Detroit & Windsor; 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 (March 1, 2020):
March 1, 2020 – First Sunday of Lent

List of Tridentine Masses in Metro Detroit & Windsor


With the recent debut of several new Extraordinary Form sites, several readers have asked for an updated list of the Traditional Masses on offer in the greater Detroit/Windsor area. There has been much growth in both “regular” (at least once per month on predictable days) and “special” (infrequent and/or varying dates) Mass sites. It is this writer’s conclusion that the metro Detroit & Windsor region has now surpassed Arlington, Virginia and Chicago as the area with the most Traditional Mass sites in North America.

If you have additional information or corrections, kindly e-mail the address at the bottom of this column, and we will publish the updates.

Sunday Mass Schedule

8:00 AM High Mass at St. Edward on the Lake, Lakeport
9:00 AM Low Mass at St. Joseph Oratory, Detroit
9:30 AM High Mass at Assumption Grotto, Detroit
9:45 AM High Mass at Oakland County Latin Mass Association/Academy of the Sacred Heart Chapel, Bloomfield Hills, with Benediction after Mass on Second Sundays of the month
11:00 AM High Mass at St. Joseph, Detroit
11:30 AM High Mass at St. Stephen, New Boston
12:00 PM High Mass at Immaculate Conception, Lapeer
12:00 PM High Mass at St. Anthony, Temperance
12:30 PM High Mass at Old St. Patrick, Ann Arbor on Second Sundays of the month
1:00 PM High Mass at St. Mary Star of the Sea, Jackson
2:00 PM High Mass at St. Benedict Tridentine Community, Windsor (First Sundays at Holy Name of Mary Church, Second through Last Sundays at St. Alphonsus Church, Benediction after Mass on Second Sundays)
3:00 PM High Mass at St. Matthew, Flint
6:00 PM High Mass at Ss. Cyril & Methodius, Sterling Heights
6:00 PM High Mass at St. Mary of Redford


Weekday Mass Schedule

Monday: 7:30 AM Low Mass at Assumption Grotto; 8:00 AM Low Mass at St. Joseph
Tuesday: 7:30 AM Low Mass at Assumption Grotto; 8:00 AM Low Mass at St. Joseph; 8:45 AM Low Mass at Immaculate Conception, Lapeer; 7:00 PM Low Mass at Holy Name of Mary, Windsor (High Mass when Credo is specified)
Wednesday: 7:30 AM Low Mass at Assumption Grotto; 12:00 Noon Low Mass at St. Joseph
Thursday: 7:30 AM Low Mass at Assumption Grotto; 8:00 AM Low Mass at St. Joseph; 8:45 AM High Mass at Immaculate Conception, Lapeer; 7:00 PM Low Mass at St. Anthony, Temperance
Friday: 7:30 AM Low Mass at Assumption Grotto; 8:00 AM Low Mass at St. Joseph; 7:00 PM during Lent only Low Mass at Assumption Grotto
First Friday: 7:00 PM High Mass at Old St. Mary’s, Detroit with Windsor’s St. Benedict Choir; 7:00 PM High Mass at St. Joseph; 7:00 PM Low Mass at Assumption Grotto
Second Friday: 7:00 PM High Mass at St. Joseph, Sarnia
Saturday: 7:30 AM Low Mass at Assumption Grotto; 8:00 AM High Mass at St. Mary of Redford; 8:00 AM Low Mass on Second through Last Saturdays at St. Stephen, New Boston; 8:30 AM Low Mass at Miles Christi, South Lyon; 9:00 AM Low Mass at St. Joseph; 9:00 AM High Mass at St. Mary, St. Clair
First Saturday: 8:00 AM Low Mass at St. Edward on the Lake; 9:00 AM High Mass at St. Anthony, Temperance, 9:00 AM Low Mass at Ss. Peter & Paul Westside, Detroit


Counting the Sites

Archdiocese of Detroit regular: 1-OCLMA, 2-St. Joseph Oratory, 3-St. Edward on the Lake, 4-Assumption Grotto, 5-Ss. Peter & Paul Westside, 6-St. Mary of Redford, 7-Ss. Cyril & Methodius, 8-Old St. Mary’s, 9-Miles Christi, 10-St. Stephen, 11-St. Anthony, 12-Immaculate Conception, Lapeer, 13-St. Mary, St Clair

Archdiocese of Detroit special: 1-Holy Redeemer, Detroit, 2-St. Hyacinth, 3-St. Albertus, 4-St. Paul Albanian, 5-St. Aloysius, Detroit, 6-St. Mary, Royal Oak, 7-St. Joseph Pontiac, 8-Ste. Anne, 9-Our Lady of the Scapular, Wyandotte, 10-Shrine of the Little Flower, 11-Our Lady of Good Counsel, Plymouth

Archdiocese of Detroit total: 24

Diocese of London, Ontario regular: 1-Holy Name of Mary, 2-St. Alphonsus, 3-St. Joseph, Sarnia

Diocese of London, Ontario special: 1-St. Michael, Leamington, 2-Rosary Chapel

Diocese of London, Ontario total: 5

Diocese of Lansing regular: 1-Old St. Patrick, 2-St. Mary Star of the Sea, 3-St. Matthew, Flint

Diocese of Lansing special: 1-St. Thomas the Apostle, 2-St. Patrick, Brighton

Diocese of Lansing total: 5

Total regular: 19. Total special: 15. Grand total: 34

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Tue. 03/03 7:00 PM: Low Mass at Holy Name of Mary, Windsor (Feria)
  • Fri. 03/06 7:00 PM: High Mass at Old St. Mary’s (Ember Friday) – Celebrant: Fr. Charles White. Choir will sing Missa Ætérna Christi Múnera by Palestrina. Confessions & Devotions to the Sacred Heart before Mass. Reception after Mass.
  • Sat. 03/07 8:30 AM: Low Mass at Miles Christi (Ember Saturday)
[Comments? Please e-mail tridnews@detroitlatinmass.org. Previous columns are available at http://www.detroitlatinmass.org. 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 March 1, 2020. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Tridentine Community News - Spiritual Suggestions for Lent


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

Tridentine Community News by Alex Begin (February 23, 2020):
January 23, 2020 - Quinquagésima Sunday

Spiritual Suggestions for Lent

Much press is given to the meritorious practice of giving something up for Lent. We can all do without our favorite sweets or a certain enjoyable activity during this holy season. It’s also worthwhile to consider going an extra mile during Lent by making a special effort to participate in some additional spiritual activities. Here are a few suggestions:

Weekday Mass: Try to attend one of the local weekday Masses in the Extraordinary Form once per week during Lent. If you can’t make it to a Tridentine Mass, consider attending Holy Mass in the Ordinary Form at a parish which offers it in a traditional manner, such as the daily 12:15 PM Mass at Old St. Mary’s.

Spiritual Communion: On each day that you cannot receive Holy Communion, take a minute and make a Spiritual Communion. Holy Mother Church grants a Partial Indulgence for this practice. St. Alphonsus Maria de’ Liguori composed the following prayer for this purpose:
My Jesus, I believe that Thou art present in the Blessed Sacrament. I love Thee above all things, and I desire Thee in my soul. Since I cannot now receive Thee sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though Thou wert already there, I embrace Thee and unite myself wholly to Thee; permit not that I should ever be separated from Thee. Amen.
Daily Rosary: Strive to pray the Holy Rosary every day during Lent, for an intention of your choosing. If you are able to pray the Rosary in a church, with a group or privately, you may gain a Plenary Indulgence for yourself or for the Souls in Purgatory, under the usual conditions of Confession within 20 days, reception of Holy Communion once per Plenary Indulgence sought, prayer for the Holy Father’s intentions, and freedom from attachment to sin.

Confession: Try to begin the habit of going to Confession at least once per month, if you don’t already.

Adoration: At least once per week, make a visit to the Blessed Sacrament. Many churches offer extended hours for this purpose, including the Stone Chapel at St. Hugo of the Hills in Bloomfield Hills, the 24/7 Adoration Chapel at the Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica in Royal Oak, and the Rosary Chapel at Assumption Church in Windsor. If you are able to spend 30 minutes in Adoration, you may gain a Plenary Indulgence under the above conditions.

Stations of the Cross: Pray the Stations at least once during Lent. If done in a church, you may gain a Plenary Indulgence under the above conditions. If you are making the devotion privately, you must physically move from station to station.

Indulgence for each Communion: Strive to gain a Plenary Indulgence for the Souls in Purgatory for each Holy Communion you receive. This is a great act of charity for souls who cannot help themselves. Praying the Rosary in a church or spending 30 minutes in Adoration are two easy ways to attain this goal.

Indulgenced Prayer Before a Crucifix: On the Fridays of Lent, the Church grants a Plenary Indulgence for the simple act of praying this prayer before a Crucifix after receiving Holy Communion, under the usual conditions. A Partial Indulgence may be gained by praying this same prayer after receiving Holy Communion at other times.
En ego, o bone et dulcíssime Jesu, ante conspéctum tuum génibus me provólvo, ac máximo ánimi ardóre te oro atque obtéstor, ut meum in cor vívidos fídei, spei et caritátis sensus, atque veram peccatórum meórum pæniténtiam, eáque emendándi firmíssimam voluntátem velis imprímere; dum magno ánimi afféctu et dolóre tua quinque vúlnera mecum ipse consídero, ac mente contémplor, illud præ óculis habens, quod jam in ore ponébat tuo David Prophéta de te, o bone Jesu: “Fodérunt manus meas et pedes meos: dinumeravérunt ómnia ossa mea.”

Behold, O kind and most sweet Jesus, I cast myself upon my knees in Thy sight, and with the most fervent desire of my soul, I pray and beseech Thee that Thou wouldst impress upon my heart lively sentiments of faith, hope, and charity, with a true contrition for my sins and a firm purpose of amendment; while with deep affection and grief of soul I ponder within myself and mentally contemplate Thy five wounds, having before my eyes the words which David the prophet put on Thy lips concerning Thee: “My hands and My feet they have pierced, they have numbered all My bones.
On Saints’ Feast Days, Pray the Collect [Opening Prayer] from the Mass: If you have a hand missal for the Extraordinary or Ordinary Forms, on Feast Days of Saints, take a minute and pray the Collect for the day’s Mass. This practice is enriched with a Partial Indulgence.

Resolve to make the nine First Fridays or the five First Saturdays: Metro Detroit now has sites where you can conveniently attend these weekday Masses in the Extraordinary Form, for example Old St. Mary’s on First Fridays and St. Mary of Redford and Ss. Peter & Paul Westside on First Saturdays.

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Tue. 02/25 7:00 PM: High Mass at Holy Name of Mary, Windsor (St. Matthias, Apostle)
  • Wed. 02/26 8:00 AM: High Mass at St. Matthew, Flint (Ash Wednesday)
  • Wed. 02/26: 8:00 AM & 12:00 Noon Low Mass, 7:00 PM High Mass at St. Joseph (Ash Wednesday)
  • Wed. 02/26 7:00 PM: High Mass at St. Alphonsus, Windsor (Ash Wednesday)
  • Sat. 02/29 8:30 AM: Low Mass at Miles Christi (Saturday After Ash Wednesday)
  • Sun. 03/01: No Mass at OCLMA/Academy
[Comments? Please e-mail tridnews@detroitlatinmass.org. Previous columns are available at http://www.detroitlatinmass.org. 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 23, 2020. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Tridentine Community News - Ss. Peter & Paul Westside TLMs Debut; Fourth of Four London Episodes of Extraordinary Faith Now Viewable on YouTube and Vimeo; St. Benedict Integration into “Family of Parishes”; Next TLM at St. Michael, Leamington on March 19; 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 16, 2020):
February 16, 2020 – Sexagésima Sunday

Ss. Peter & Paul Westside TLMs Debut


Congratulations to Fr. Jerry Pilus, Pastor of Ss. Peter & Paul Westside, Detroit, who celebrated a Low Mass with his serving and music team on Saturday, February 8 after instruction from Extraordinary Faith. Fr. Jerry has been celebrating all of his Ordinary Form Masses ad oriéntem at the High Altar since February, 2017. Beginning on March 7, the monthly 9:00 AM First Saturday Mass will be in the Extraordinary Form. Additional special occasion Masses are also planned.

For those who are counting, this marks the 23rd site in metro Detroit and Windsor which offers regular Traditional Masses, arguably more than any other region in North America. There are also at least eight additional sites which offer the Extraordinary Form on special occasions. An updated listing of local Masses will be published in an upcoming column.

Fourth of Four London Episodes of Extraordinary Faith Now Viewable on YouTube and Vimeo


Episode 18 of Extraordinary Faith – London Part 4 of 4 – is now available for viewing on the Extraordinary Faith channel on YouTube and Vimeo. We travel to the quaint town of Hethe in rural Oxfordshire, England, where the Traditional Latin Mass has found a home in the historic village church. We’ll learn about the Association for Latin Liturgy, an organization which helps Catholics choose among the numerous Latin Masses in England by grading them in a directory. We’ll visit the famed convent of the Tyburn Nuns, where the sisters will show us around their shrine to the English Martyrs. And we’ll tour London’s St. Etheldreda Church, the oldest functioning Catholic church in England dating back to the Middle Ages.

St. Benedict Integration into “Family of Parishes”

Following in the footsteps of similar initiatives in other dioceses (Remember the “clustering” of St. Josaphat, St. Joseph, and Sweetest Heart of Mary in Detroit?), the Diocese of London, Ontario has created the concept of a “Family of Parishes,” where each parish will maintain its own legal status, but under one pastor and team of priests. In central Windsor, starting in July, the family will be comprised of Assumption Parish, St. Alphonsus Parish, St. Angela Merici (Italian) Parish, St. Daniel Comboni African Community, and St. Benedict Tridentine Community. Fr. Maurice Restivo, Pastor of Assumption Parish and Administrator of St. Alphonsus Parish, will serve as Pastor of the Family of Parishes. Fr. Peter Hrytsyk will continue as Chaplain & celebrant of St. Benedict. Other details remain to be worked out, including which church(es) will be home to St. Benedict.

Next TLM at St. Michael, Leamington on March 19


Fr. Tom Ferrera will celebrate a High Mass for the Feast of St. Joseph at St. Michael Church in Leamington, Ontario on Thursday, March 19 at 7:00 PM. The choir and altar servers from the St. Benedict Tridentine Community will assist. This will be the second Traditional Mass offered at the church since Fr. Tom was assigned as Pastor. Prior to this assignment, Fr. Tom was one of the celebrants of the Traditional Mass community in London, Ontario.

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Tue. 02/18 7:00 PM: Low Mass at Holy Name of Mary, Windsor (St. Simeon, Bishop & Martyr)
  • Sat. 02/22 8:30 AM: Low Mass at Miles Christi (Chair of St. Peter)
  • Sat. 02/22 12:00 Noon: High Nuptial Mass at Assumption, Windsor – Wedding of Laura Hurajt & Matthew Charbonneau
  • Sun. 02/23: No Mass at OCLMA/Academy
  • Sun. 02/23 10:00 AM: Pontifical Low Mass & Confirmations at Old St. Mary’s (Quinquagésima Sunday) – Celebrant: Bishop Donald Hanchon. Reception afterwards.
[Comments? Please e-mail tridnews@detroitlatinmass.org. Previous columns are available at http://www.detroitlatinmass.org. 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 16, 2020. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

Sunday, February 09, 2020

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* 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.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Tridentine Community News - Musical Talent Hidden in Our Midst; Priest Training in Saginaw; Third of Four London Episodes of Extraordinary Faith Now Viewable on YouTube and Vimeo; Interesting Chancery Perspective; 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 (January 19, 2020):
January 19, 2020 – Second Sunday After Epiphany

Musical Talent Hidden in Our Midst

One Sunday in 2004 at St. Michael’s Church, then the home of the Windsor Latin Mass, our usual organist cancelled at the last minute. For reasons known only to God, this writer was moved to ask his wife to go up and down the aisles, asking each member of the faithful present if he or she might be able to play the organ. With only around 30 in attendance, this was a ludicrous idea. Or was it? It turns out there was a young man present who could indeed play the organ, and he ended up doing the job very well. So well, in fact, that he eventually became the Music Director of the Windsor Tridentine Mass, the first step in what has become an illustrious career in Catholic church music. That young man was Matthew Meloche, who currently serves as Director of Music at Ss. Peter & Paul Cathedral in Phoenix, Arizona.

All parties involved still get a laugh when reminiscing about this event, but it turns out the same strategy could have been used once again to fill a temporary vacancy at the Oakland County Latin Mass Association. After several weeks of the choir singing without an organist, we recently learned that OCLMA member and Sacred Heart Major Seminary Associate Professor of Philosophy Dr. Victor Salas happens to be an accomplished organist and used to play at a seminary in Pennsylvania. After a little arm twisting, he recently began subbing for Sunday Mass at the Academy of the Sacred Heart Chapel. Even more amazing, the OCLMA has been getting two for the price of one: Victor’s daughter Adrienne has been accompanying him on the violin.

If you happen to have (unknown) music talent, by all means ask to audition for the choir at your Latin Mass site. Perhaps your gift could be put to good use in the service of the Lord.

Priest Training in Saginaw


Congratulations to Fr. Christopher Coman of the Diocese of Saginaw, Michigan, who celebrated his first Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form on Tuesday, January 14, after training from Extraordinary Faith. Fr. Christopher has been invited by the diocese to be one of the priests to serve a new Latin Mass Community being formed, the first in the diocese. Local faithful are delighted that their many years of prayer and hard work to establish a TLM site are finally coming to fruition.

Third of Four London Episodes of Extraordinary Faith Now Viewable on YouTube and Vimeo


Episode 17 of Extraordinary Faith – London Part 3 of 4 – is now available for viewing on the Extraordinary Faith channel on YouTube and Vimeo. We’ll take you to St. James Spanish Place [pictured], an historic church in London’s embassy district known as a home for traditional Catholic worship. We’ll listen to St. James’ renowned professional choir and learn about London’s thriving sacred music scene from its young music director. We’ll talk with the chairman of the Latin Mass Society of England and Wales, the largest organization in the world dedicated to promoting the Extraordinary Form. We’ll journey south of the Thames River to St. George’s Cathedral, where a girls’ choir has embraced the classical Latin repertoire. And we’ll meet the convert priest who heads the Anglican Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, a quasi-diocese which serves Anglicans who join the Roman Catholic Church.

Interesting Chancery Perspective

An official from a chancery somewhere in the United States recently held a meeting with this writer with an interesting premise: He stated that his diocese has come to the realization that over the next few decades there will be a slow decline of attendance at the Ordinary Form, while the Traditional Mass will experience slow but steady growth, and his diocese wants to be prepared for this shift. It plans to devote an increasing amount of resources to educating, supporting, and promoting traditional liturgy. The official gave permission for us to report this, but not to identify the diocese. Hopefully we will see other dioceses embrace this evolution with a similar positive outlook.

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Tue. 01/21 7:00 PM: Low Mass at Holy Name of Mary, Windsor (St. Agnes, Virgin & Martyr)
  • Sat. 01/25 8:30 AM: Low Mass at Miles Christi (Conversion of St. Paul)
[Comments? Please e-mail tridnews@detroitlatinmass.org. Previous columns are available at http://www.detroitlatinmass.org. 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 January 19, 2020. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Tridentine Community News - 2019 Year in Review; Thanks to Our Priest Celebrants; Thanks to Our Volunteers


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

Tridentine Community News by Alex Begin (December 29, 2019):
December 29, 2019 – Sunday in the Octave of Christmas

2019 Year in Review

As is our annual custom, we present a list of some of the most significant local Latin Mass developments from the past year:

More Churches Offer Special Occasion Tridentine Masses: The Orchard Lake Seminary Chapel, the Solanus Center Friars’ Chapel, St. Mary of Redford, St. Mary in Royal Oak, and Our Lady of the Rosary in Detroit opened their doors for the first time this year for special celebrations of the Traditional Mass.

More Frequent Pontifical Masses: 2019 saw three significant Pontifical Masses: Raymond Cardinal Burke celebrated a Pontifical Solemn Mass at Assumption Grotto; Bishop Earl Boyea celebrated his first Pontifical Solemn Mass at St. John Vianney in Flint; and Bishop Donald Hanchon celebrated a Pontifical Low Mass and conferred Confirmation in the Extraordinary Form for the OCLMA at Old St. Mary’s.

Opening of First Local Classical School: The conversion of John Paul II School in Lincoln Park to a classical format marked the debut of a Latin and classics-centric curriculum in our region. The Archdiocese of Detroit is willing to open more classical schools if the first one proves operationally and financially viable.

Continued Growth in Priest Training: 2019 set another record for number of priests taking advantage of Extraordinary Faith’s two-day training program in celebrating the Extraordinary Form. All three of the priests ordained for the Archdiocese of Detroit in 2019 have learned and celebrated the Traditional Mass.

Thanks to Our Priest Celebrants

Please include in your prayers those priests who have celebrated Holy Masses in the Extraordinary Form for us over the past year. Without them, we have no Mass: Fr. Lee Acervo, Fr. David Bechill, Fr. Mark Borkowski, Msgr. Ronald Browne, Fr. Athanasius Fornwalt, Fr. Peter Hrytsyk, Fr. Brian Hurley, Fr. David Johnston, Fr. Louis Madey, Fr. Clint McDonell, Fr. John McKenzie, Fr. Adam Nowak, Fr. Derik Peterman, Fr. R.J. Slaton, Fr. Joe Tuskiewicz, Fr. Jake Van Assche, and Fr. Cy Whitaker.

Thanks to Our Volunteers

The thriving Latin Mass scene we enjoy is in large part due to the consistent effort put forth by a dedicated team of volunteers. Those listed in bold deserve special commendation for volunteering at multiple sites across metro Detroit and Windsor.

Oakland County Latin Mass Association

Altar Servers: Nathan LaMendola, Riley LaMendola, Tyler LaMendola, Thomas McCourt, Kieran McDonnell, Liam McDonnell, Dominic Salas, Manny Salas, Edward Schmick, Vincent Schmick, Charlie Shane, Jude Shane

Board Members: Chris Batts, James Hitchcock, Cecilia Lakin, Sanford Lakin, Jon McDonnell

Choir Members (not including paid professionals): Joe Baldiga, Brian Bogedin, Maggie McCourt, Jill McDonnell, Anne Shane

Collection Counting: David Schmick

Rosary Leader: Mary Strahorn

Set-up & Take-down: Henry McCourt, Patrick McCourt

Ushers: Chris Batts, Pete Higgins, Patrick McCourt, Jon McDonnell, Michael Merriman

St. Benedict Tridentine Community

Altar Servers: Gabriel Ang, Matthew Charbonneau, Damien Cincurak, Martin Janisse, Benjamin McKinley, James Murphy, Jonathan Ozorak, Lucas Sarweh, Mitchell Witteveen, Dillon Yetman

Choir Members – Tuesday: Irena Hurajt, Laura Hurajt, Michel Ozorak, Celina Sarweh, Regina Sarweh

Choir Members – Sunday (not including paid professionals): Radek Budzik

Collection Counting: Agnes Arias, Theresa McKinley, Tim McKinley, Claudia Rutter

Finance Council: Ted Jankowski, Charlotte Parent [Treasurer]

Receptions & Social Events: Diane Begin, Christina Grossi

Rosary Leader: Tom Gilbert

Set-up & Take-down: Theresa McKinley, Tim McKinley

Ushers: Francis Ang, John Foot, Will Foot, Ted Jankowski, Frank O’Reilly, Ron Parent

Vestment & Altar Linen Laundry & Maintenance, and Newcomer Orientation: Diane Begin

Old St. Mary’s, Bus Tours, & Other Sites

Altar Servers: Xavier Erskine, Matthew Hanstad (seminarian), Elliott Schmick, John Tome, Zach Trailer

Ushers: Andrew Assenmacher, Mike Campeau, Pat Zelenak

- Alex Begin, Tridentine Community News editor
[Comments? Please e-mail tridnews@detroitlatinmass.org. Previous columns are available at http://www.detroitlatinmass.org. 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 29, 2019. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

Tridentine Community News - First Tridentine Mass Held at St. Joseph Chapel, Pontiac; Pastor of Ss. Peter & Paul Westside Commences TLMs; The Untapped Masses; 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 (January 12, 2020):
January 12, 2020 – The Holy Family

First Tridentine Mass Held at St. Joseph Chapel, Pontiac


Founded in 1923 as a mission church of Orchard Lake Seminary to serve the Polish community in Pontiac, St. Joseph Chapel closed in 2013. Following in the footsteps of St. Albertus Church in Detroit and the former St. Claude Church, now the Divine Mercy Center, in Clinton Township, St. Joseph Chapel was sold by the Archdiocese of Detroit to an independent non-profit institution, in this case Terra Sancta Ministries, a pilgrimage organization headed by Fr. Alex Kratz, OFM. It reopened after refurbishment in 2017 and now offers Holy Mass in the Ordinary Form on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 12:00 Noon.

On Monday, January 6 St. Joseph Chapel returned to its roots as former Orchard Lake Seminary faculty member and current Thomas Aquinas College (California) chaplain Fr. Robert Marczewski returned to town to celebrate a Tridentine Low Mass for the Feast of the Epiphany. The faithful were delighted and look forward to additional Traditional Masses offered at this historic church.


Pastor of Ss. Peter & Paul Westside Commences TLMs


Many of our readers will recall the numerous Tridentine High Masses offered over the past decade at Ss. Peter & Paul Westside (Detroit). All of those Masses were offered by Fr. Mark Borkowski, who for a while served as Associate Pastor there. The pastor, Fr. Jerry Pilus, was supportive but not yet ready to start offering the Traditional Mass himself. However, he was inspired to take a significant step in that direction by removing the freestanding altar and celebrating all of his Ordinary Form Masses ad oriéntem.

On December 8, Fr. Jerry took that final step and offered his first Low Mass in the Extraordinary Form. His intention is to offer the Tridentine Mass at least once per week in the not-too-distant future, and to have his organist, the unforgettably-named Johnny Kash, be prepared to supply the music for High Masses.

You know progress is being made when a new TLM debuts quietly like this, without the usual channels knowing.

The Untapped Masses

As more and more churches add the Traditional Latin Mass to their schedules, whether on a special occasion basis like St. Joseph Chapel, above, or on a more regular basis like Ss. Peter & Paul Westside and St. Mary of Redford, experience is teaching us an important lesson: Many of the faithful will choose the Tridentine Mass if it is available to them at a convenient place and time.

The first example of this phenomenon was at Immaculate Conception in Lapeer, where shrinking attendance at the 12:00 Noon Novus Ordo Mass was completely turned around when that Mass was changed to an Extraordinary Form High Mass. Around 200 people started showing up for this Mass, some from the nearby Flint Tridentine Community, but many others just regular parishioners who preferred a more reverent liturgy. A similar experience is about to take place at the gigantic, 9,500 family Prince of Peace Parish in Houston, Texas, where a Sunday morning Tridentine Mass is about to be added to the parish schedule. With over 16,000 views and numerous enthusiastic comments on the Extraordinary Faith Facebook post announcing this impending Mass, in spite of the parish’s nondescript, modern architecture and despite its proximity to an FSSP parish, it seems that the effort is destined to be a success. Dare we quote the cliché, if you build it [and promote it], they will come.

When opponents of the Traditional Mass maintain that few people want the Old Rite, how do they know this? Is this simply justification to banish the TLM to a relatively inconvenient Sunday afternoon time? What if a large parish simply tried the experiment of adding a prime-time Sunday morning Latin Mass to the schedule for, say, three months as an experiment? Support it with appropriate advertising. If it is successful, great! If few people attend, then cancel it, and no one will die. It’s a low-risk way to learn if there is latent demand for the classic liturgy.

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Tue. 01/14 7:00 PM: Low Mass at Holy Name of Mary, Windsor (St. Hilary, Bishop, Confessor, & Doctor)
  • Sat. 01/18 8:30 AM: Low Mass at Miles Christi (Saturday of Our Lady)
  • [Comments? Please e-mail tridnews@detroitlatinmass.org. Previous columns are available at http://www.detroitlatinmass.org. 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 January 12, 2020. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]