Sunday, September 13, 2020

Tridentine Community News - Thirteenth Metro Detroit Weekly Sunday Tridentine Mass Site Debuts Today: St. Thomas the Apostle, Ann Arbor; Sage Advice from Cleveland; Archdiocese of Portland Liturgical Handbook; First of Two Pittsburgh Episodes of Extraordinary Faith Now Viewable on YouTube and Vimeo; 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 (September 13, 2020):
September 13, 2020 – Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Thirteenth Metro Detroit Weekly Sunday Tridentine Mass Site Debuts Today: St. Thomas the Apostle, Ann Arbor

The thirteenth weekly Sunday Tridentine Mass, and the 37th Traditional Mass site in metro Detroit and Windsor, debuts on Sunday, September 13 at 11:00 AM at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Ann Arbor. Fr. Gerald Gawronski, a longtime celebrant of the Traditional Mass in the Diocese of Lansing, will be the celebrant. Professional, paid choir members are being sought.

Since Summórum Pontíficum was published in 2007, there have been repeated attempts to establish a weekly Sunday Mass in Ann Arbor. Until now the best that has been possible was a monthly Mass at Old St. Patrick’s and sporadic special occasion Masses at St. Thomas the Apostle. The debut of this Mass is a testament to the years of patient and persistent work of Juventútem Michigan founder Paul Schultz and Ann Arbor TLM organizer Joe Lipa. St. Thomas offers a central location in downtown Ann Arbor, and 11:00 AM is a surprisingly prime time hour.

Sage Advice from Cleveland

Along similar lines, an August 29, 2020 post on the Cleveland TLM Friends blog ( explains how new TLM sites typical start up. Asking the diocese, the bishop, or chancery officials for assistance rarely helps and often introduces unnecessary red tape. New Mass sites are most successfully initiated at the ground level through joint efforts of laypeople and clergy, as the post so eloquently states: “But for those who live on the outermost eastern and western edges, there is still room for growth. Cleveland TLM Friends has been contacted by quite a few Faithful Catholics over the years, asking if there is any known effort to get the Mass started in these outlying areas. My opinion has always been the same: it starts with a stable group and a faithful pastor. Part of the success of the Traditional Catholic Movement in Cleveland has been its grass-roots development, never relying upon diocesan involvement to get the ball rolling. This isn’t to insinuate a separatist attitude. Rather, the Traditional Catholic Movement finds its success in having a pure heart, one based upon love for Tradition and the Mass; its success is not the result of a manufactured accommodation by the less-than-interested.”
Archdiocese of Portland Liturgical Handbook

The Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon has issued a 350 page Liturgical Handbook establishing norms for celebration of the Ordinary and Extraordinary Form Mass and Sacraments in their diocese. Impressive in scope and orthodoxy, it devotes special attention to the role of appropriate sacred music. Many problems could be solved if other dioceses followed this lead. For more details, see this story on The New Liturgical Movement blog: The book can be downloaded free here:, or purchased for Amazon Kindle.

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

Episode 21 of Extraordinary Faith – Pittsburgh Part 1 of 2 – is now available for viewing on the Extraordinary Faith channel on YouTube and Vimeo. Church Music Association of America General Manager Janet Gorbitz introduces us to the organization and welcomes us to its Sacred Music Colloquium, held at Duquesne University. This annual gathering attracts approximately 250 people of all levels of experience seeking to increase their understanding of Gregorian Chant and Sacred Polyphony, while offering exemplary liturgies. We speak with symposium instructors from Camden, New Jersey; San Diego; and Chattanooga, and learn how they are implementing innovative traditional sacred music programs in their home parishes.

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Mon. 09/14: No Mass at Holy Family, Detroit
  • Tue. 09/15 7:00 PM: High Mass at Holy Name of Mary, Windsor (Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
  • Wed. 09/16: No Mass at Holy Family
  • Fri. 09/18: No Mass at Holy Family
  • Sat. 09/19 8:00 AM: Low Mass at Miles Christi (St. Januarius, Bishop, & Companions, Martyrs)
[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 13, 2020. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

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