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Traditional Parish in Houston, Texas

Wonderful news for the faithful of the largest city in the great state: a full Parish, exclusively dedicated to the Traditional Roman Liturgy (the "Extraordinary Form" of the Roman Rite), is to be established by the Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, Cardinal DiNardo, as foreseen by Summorum Pontificum, art. 10.

The future Parish will be staffed with priests of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP), who begin celebrating daily Mass in the diocese already on September 4; their page adds: "A beautiful 40 acres parcel of land has been donated for this new Traditional Latin Mass Parish [near Breen and Fairbanks N. Houston - see Google Maps for surroundings] which will eventually have a full parish complex including a traditional style church, rectory, parish hall with room for a retirement facility, retreat house, and possibly a parish school."

Thanks be to God, and congratulations to Cardinal DiNardo, to the faithful of Houston and surrounding areas, and to the state of Texas, which will now host three personal parishes dedicated to the Traditional Mass (the first one being Mater Dei, in the Diocese of Dallas, and the second one St. Joseph the Worker, in the Diocese of Tyler).

P.S. Congratulations to Fr. C. Van Vliet, FSSP, as well, who seems set to begin years of construction work in Houston...

42 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is superb news. I hope that the F.S.S.P. will also send a mission to the Diocese of Laredo, also in Texas, from its apostolate in the Diocese of Corpus Christi. Laredo is the second-most populous diocese in the U.S.A. not having an every-Sunday T.L.M.; and it is the most populous U.S. see having no T.L.M. on any basis whatsoever. The Fraternity did offer Mass in Laredo every Sunday about ten or twelve years ago, when it was part of the D. of Corpus Christi. Hence there is likely a cœtus fidelium there.

P.K.T.P.

Anonymous said...

Vatican II directives that pertain to Latin and Gregorian Chant will be realized at the Traditional parish.

Anonymous said...

Thanks be to God!!!
This is wonderful news.

Gratias said...

Gratias Cardinal DiNardo. May the forma extraordinaria Mass spread far and wide from the new FSSP Parish.

From us remnants the Catholic Faith will rise again.

Anonymous said...

40 acres! It appears to be enough space to accommodate a seminary. Shall we take up a collection for that purpose?

Andrew said...

Houston is also blessed to have an amazing Anglican-Use parish. They just built a beautiful shrine to Our Lady of Walsingham. Their parish is beautiful. Its not rare to see an FSSP priest helping at Anglican-Use parishes. With the new FSSP parish, Houston is doubly blessed!

Check out their web page:

http://www.walsingham-church.org/site/Welcome.html

Anonymous said...

@ P.K.T.P

"I hope that the F.S.S.P. will also send a mission to the Diocese of Laredo, also in Texas, from its apostolate in the Diocese of Corpus Christi. "

The Fraternity is no longer in the Diocese of Corpus Christi. The withdrew sometime in the past year or so (pardon my lack of a more specific date.) Although last I heard from an inside source, they are "ready and willing" to come into the Archdiocese of San Antonio, but are waiting on an invitation from the Archbishop.

J Luke

.. said...

Now there will be a grand total of TWO Latin Mass locations for the over 8,880(!) sq. mile Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. Of course, if you live in Galveston and can't afford to drive 90 minutes (2 hours?) to one of these locations, tough. Looks like you need to go to your local folk/ Life-Teen Mass.

Either that or go to the Society Chapel in Dickinson, but we all know that going to Mass there is not "recommended" while the folk Novus Ordo complete with DNC talking point homilies, girl altar boys, plethora of EM's, and scantily clad congregation is indeed recommended by the Archdiocese.

Nevertheless, it is refreshing Cardinal DiNardo actually allowed the Fraternity in. An improvement over Archbishop Fiorenza who disallowed all but one priest in the archodiocese to say the TLM under the old "indult" and suspended another for saying it without his permission. (Though this priest begged for permission for years and it was denied him.)

Now if the Cardinal would only bring himself, as President of the USCCB's Pro-Life Office, to publicly speak out and/or demonstrate against the largest abortuary in North America in his backyard we can make further progress.

New Catholic said...

That's the spirit, ".." !

Gratias said...

Huston is a large city with lots of Latino Catholics. Los Angeles is even larger, we pray that new Archbishop Gomez will offer a personal parish to the FSSP in LA.

Summorum Pontificum is slowly but surely the desired effect of renewing the Catholic Faith.

Anonymous said...

"Nevertheless, it is refreshing Cardinal DiNardo actually allowed the Fraternity in. "

Which is more than our former bishop did when approached by the FSSP. He said "No!!" and that there was no call for the old Mass in his dioceses. In a sense, that is true, since we have an SSPX chapel and two sedevacantist chapels here.

Delphina

Anonymous said...

Brief correction to the post:

This pending parish in Houston will be the third personal parish in the state . . . Mater Dei being the first, and the FSSP parish in Tyler being the second.

J Luke

Anonymous said...

Brief correction to the post:

This pending parish in Houston will be the third personal parish in the state . . . Mater Dei being the first, and the FSSP parish in Tyler being the second.

J Luke

New Catholic said...

That is correct, J. Luke - it is still not included thus in the FSSP North American district website, where it still called a "mission", but it is in the diocesan page ("May 1, 2011 - Established as Parish").

Thank you,

NC

Anonymous said...

I question why the Vatican/diocese is just recently allowing this mass to be celebrated and why its necessary to have its own parish? If the Tridentine latin mass was mandated by Pius V, why was it taken away and replaced in the first place by Vatican II? Why is it not said in ALL Catholic churches? Just food for thought.

Anonymous said...

Anon 17:53

Where have you been? Your "food for thought" is old. People have been asking that question for decades.

Delphina

Anonymous said...

Here are excerpts from a November 23, 2007 Zenit interview with Cardinal DiNardo:

"I don’t see much of an increase in the number of parishes using the extraordinary form because there hasn’t been much of a demand thus far.

"On the other hand, we have had discussions with a particular religious community about the possibility of establishing a personal parish that would allow for the full presence of the liturgical and devotional life associated with the Missal of Blessed John XXIII.

But due to the explosive growth in the archdiocese, I have no parish to give them. This group would have to raise the funds to establish such a parish."

I believe that the plan among our Cardinals/Bishops is to control the TLM by insisting that little interest for the TLM exists among the Faithful while establishing one TLM-only parish within a diocese.

That is better than anything that could have been expected years ago.

But once a TLM-only parish has been established, it is up to the Faithful to shatter the Bishops' "there's little in the TLM" party line.

That will be accomplished over the years through strong attachment to each TLM parish and large families.

Muslims conquer in part via population growth (large families).

TLM Catholics must follow that approach.

Blayne Riley said...

Have they asked to come here to San Antonio? I'd ask the Archbishop, but I don't know if those around him would influence him favourably...

Anonymous said...

Delphina -

Actually, I've been a Catholic attendee/devotee of the true Tridentine mass for my entire 35 years. I realize my "food for thought" questions are not new...its only meant to stir the minds and encourage critical thinking of those who perceive this event is so wonderful and generous. No need to be sarcastic or insulting. Gracious.

Nikki

jasoncpetty said...

A true blessing, indeed.

Please pray that Annunciation parish in downtown Houston maintains its every-Sunday and Tues. & Thurs. (do-able for downtown workers) TLMs. First, as someone mentioned, Houston is enormous, and not everyone who can feasibly get to the only existing "approved" TLM in the diocese can feasibly get to the FSSP's new one. While I concur with the "I'd drive 500 miles for a Latin Mass" bumper sticker people, and while I prefer a traditional parish to an indult parish, I'd sure rather the five minutes to Annunciation than the thirty to the FSSP. And second, everyone here ought to agree that wider availability of the TLM and non-ghettoization is better.

Anonymous said...

Nikki

Young lady, me? Sarcastic? Insulting? You should hear me when I am!

Gracious!!

Delphina

Anonymous said...

@Blayne Riley

"Have they asked to come here to San Antonio? I'd ask the Archbishop, but I don't know if those around him would influence him favourably..."

Fr. Berg met with Archbishop Gomez in 2007 but nothing much came of that. To my knowlege there has not been a formal request on the FSSP's part. Furthermore, I do not know that there has been any type of meeting with the current Archbishop. I have always heard from priests within the Archdiocese that there are strong voices within the Chancery that are much opposed to the TLM . . . not specificallty the Archbishop, but most likely those around him. The parish in Houston is a very good sign for the TLM in San Antonio as are the positive developments at the Archdiocesan Latin Mass at St. Pius. I think the oldest Archdiocese in Texas warrants a personal parish.

J Luke

Anonymous said...

The people complaining about not having more parishes really don't understand that there isn't much of a demand. Houston has many thousands of new Catholics moving into the city every year, almost none of which want to attend a TLM. The Archbishop isn't going to erect a parish for ten TLM followers when he has 1000 NO followers in the same part of town who need a church. Traditionalists have an exaggerated idea of how much demand exists for the TLM.

Also, stop attacking bishops who have done a good thing and trying to stomp good news into the mud. The Church doesn't need your negativity.

Anonymous said...

Last annon,

There is no demand because most Novus Ordo Catholics do not even know if exists in the first place. It is really easy to hide behind this argument when people are completely unaware of the existence of the Traditional Mass.

If the bishops, yes, the bishops did their job and put an end to the endless list of liturgical abuses the faithful would have actually to learn something about their faith other than hugging each other during mass and repeating empty Modernist nonsense.

Anonymous said...

And, by the way, negativity?? You must find everything wonderful. The bishop is simply doing what he is suppose to do, period. Here in California, the FSSP has been denied a parish a few times in a city where their priests have to drive 3 hours every other weekend to say Mass. But there are plenty of Spanish, Vietnamese, LifeTeen messes around...

Anonymous said...

the comments on this blog are so disedifying

ghessel in arlington diocese

Anonymous said...

Not everything is wonderful but things are getting better. Deo gratias!

Joe B said...

Anon 21:54, that is what we're up against. The TLM will never be more popular among the uncatechised than a mass that mentally and spiritually requires nothing.

But you mentioned the Novus Ordo need for more churches. Since the Novus Ordo is now infamous for closing churches all over the place, did you mean they meed more priests, or is Texas' astounding growth the issue? If the need is for priests, that's the point - the Novus Ordo is trending toward dying out while the TLM side is thriving in the production of priests per capita. We can sustain. The clear trend is that you can't.

But if you meant you need more churches, why would that be if the population is growing? A thousand decent Catholics should have no problem paying for and supporting a church. We on the trad side commonly do it with far less.

We're going to win by attrition sooner or later. Better make friends with us now, or the Holy Father may well appoint your next bishop from the ranks of SSPX.

Blayne Riley said...

@J Luke: Thanks for the word. This Archbishop is quite gracious and loving, I hope the FSSP ask him if they could have a parish in the Archdiocese. Would bless a lot of people. Good news is that we have more priests who know how to celebrate the Extraordinary Form and are wishing to do so. Baby steps!

Louis E. said...

If the Galveston area need a TLM church,here is a closed church whose restoration for that purpose would send a rather clear message...

Philothea said...

Some of you sound like Cain. Have you seen the bumper sticker, "God, protect me from your followers."

New Catholic said...

You are right, Philothea, and this saddens me deeply. Because there is simply no way to view this piece of news negatively.

NC

Anonymous said...

Delphina,

I prefer to present facts, thought-provoking questions and inspire people to see the truth - How incredibly sad that your communication/education efforts only involve insults and sarcasm. I hope to show those who love the Tridentine Mass that its still been around since Vatican II, and it was the Novus Ordo who officially put it away for so long. Now that there is a huge, unrelenting demand for this mass, its being offered to placate those who don't look beyond the reasons it was removed in the first place. The bottom line is that I want faithful Catholics to question why it was removed, why only one church will serve as the epicenter for it and why its being "allowed" after being mandated by Pius V so long ago.

Good luck with your inspirational recruitment of souls.
Nikki

Tawser said...

I've heard nothing but good about DiNardo and this is a truly wonderful development, however his comment about the lack of interest in the traditional Mass is so disingenuous (especially coming from such an obviously intelligent man) as to be downright cynical. It sounds sort of like Queen Elizabeth I explaining the absence of Masses in England as a result of "lack of interest." Well, yes, I suppose if you deny people access to the Mass and also demonize and caricature it's supporters for half a century there might be lack of interest in it. Duh!

wens said...

I have only one exclamation to make, because any eloquence I profess to have is failing me.

So: YAY!!!!!

Chris said...

The Cardinal had been asked to create a TLM parish repeatedly after SP. He said those interested could try do so if they wanted to, but he wasn't providing a Church building or any money or any help in finding a priest. In an interview after SP he made clear that he sees the Latin Mass as a language issue. He said we have plenty of Masses in all different languages in Houston. This shows he either doesn't understand the Traditional argument or else is playing coy.

I'm under no illusion that 99% of Houston Catholics want a TLM. That's precisely the point. The Catholic Church in Houston is on fire (in a bad way). The populous there are, for the most part, cultural Catholics who go to Mass (if at all) out of habit and show up in shorts/ tank tops and are treated to a folk guitar show with quasi-heretical sermons. This is precisely why the Cardinal needs to LEAD and make a concerted effort to promote and expose people to the TLM, rather than sitting on his hands blaming the lack of any groundswell of support. The Church is not a democracy, it is a hierarchy. The Cardinals are supposed to LEAD the faithful, not wait to discern their will and try to please them.

On another note, back last year my wife called the chancery asking why the Cardinal wasn't at a rally of religious leaders protesting the opening of the largest abortuary in North America in Houston. Especially since the Cardinal is the President of the Pro-Life Office of the USCCB! The answer she got was so ridiculous as to be laughable. There were going to be, gasp, Protestants there! Plus the Cardinal does not get involved in "politics".

Yet he attended an interfaith conference (Protestants) supporting amnesty for illegals (politics).

http://www.chron.com/life/houston-belief/article/Religious-leaders-push-immigration-reform-1695776.php

I suppose some "political" issues are worth meeting with heretics and speaking out about. Others are not.

Draw your own conclusions.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Nikki!

God bless you!

Delphina

Anonymous said...

"If the bishops, yes, the bishops did their job and put an end to the endless list of liturgical abuses the faithful would have actually to learn something about their faith other than hugging each other during mass and repeating empty Modernist nonsense."

"The TLM will never be more popular among the uncatechised than a mass that mentally and spiritually requires nothing."

"Since the Novus Ordo is now infamous for closing churches all over the place . . . "

And traditionalists wonder why bishops aren't going out of their way to have more EF masses in their dioceses . . . .

A small lesson in human nature: leaders tend not to go along with people who can't take yes for an answer.

Chris said...

It is the Bishops' job to implement the clear will of the Pope. Namely that the TLM be promoted and that one may exist in every parish. Allowing for two TLM locations for an over 8,880 square mile diocese is not exactly racing to implement SP.

In fact, since SP was released, the Cardinal, until this FSSP news, was content with one TLM for the 8,880 square miles.

Clearly, at the least, one must admit the TLM is not a top priority in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.

Anonymous said...

It is very bad news if the F.S.S.P. has left the Diocese of Corpus Christi, where it has had a mission for so long. Is there no longer any Traditional Latin Mass there? I shall have to contact the parish where it was and find out. We need an F.S.S.P. presence in Corpus Christi more than we need yet another T.L.M. in Houston.

As for the Anglican Use, it has the Novus Ordo Offertory. Until that is fixed, all the smells and bells in the world will be seriously marred by liturgical defect.

We need provision for the Diocese of Corpus Christi. Can anyone here update me on the situation there?

P.K.T.P.

Anonymous said...

At 16:07,

It is not a matter of being ungrateful. As other have point out, 2 TLM parishes over an extensive area is basically nothing. It is just lip service. Again, I live in an area where the FSSP priests have to drive 3 hours every other weekend to say Mass. Has the local bishop let them in despite all the polite and respectful requests for a permanent parish? No. If he ever does, are we supposed to praise him as a saint? No (he may even be one but those that follow the Pope's request are just doing their job). But if a 'separate bethren' needs something...it gets done right away. It is funny how NO conservatives say that traditionalist are disobedient. What about the bishop? Does the L.A. diocese have a FSSP parish? It does have Chinese New Year celebrations in their churches though.

New Catholic said...

That is enough. Some of the comments here fill me with grief.

My final congratulations to Father Charles Van Vliet for all his work.

NC