Rorate Caeli

You report: Traditional Masses around the world

We start this series of "You report" with reports of two Traditional Masses in two very different places: the Catholic world is united by the same Latin Mass.


A written report from Front Royal, Virginia.

The Arlington Diocese was one of two in the country that had not gone in for altar girls in parishes, so there were none. Also, in my parish (Saint John the Baptist) as well as several others, over the years petitions were signed asking the Bishop to permit the Tridentine Mass in the parish. He did not, until the Spring of 2006, when the Bishop published this letter.

Our pastor said "no" to altar girls, first of all. But right away after the Bishop's letter came out, both the pastor and parochial vicar took a very serious and sincere approach to learning how properly to offer the Traditional Latin Mass. They got help from FSSP, among other sources. And our parochial vicar gave a class on the Traditional Latin Mass to any parishioners who cared to come.

Our pastor obtained permission from the Bishop to install an altar rail; we got a beautiful custom-made hand-crafted rail made of cherry wood. The parish purchased copies of the Latin-English Traditional Latin Mass booklet from Coalition in Support of Ecclesia Dei, and these were placed in all the pews, once for each Missalette and St. Michael Hymnal.

Since then, attendance at the weekly Traditional Latin Mass, at 12:30 PM every Sunday, has been quite regular and large. Our church holds 475 in the pews; I'd say at least 300 come to that 12:30 Mass each week, including a number from other parishes. There is one High Mass per month, the rest are Low Masses, but all are very well attended. especially the High Mass. In fact I would say attendance has been increasing, even during the summer months! Most recently, we have had guest priests from FSSP offering our 12:30 Mass. But both our pastor and our parochial vicar have been to Nebraska to get further training, and from the start they have both done a wonderful job of offering our Tridentine Masses.

This past Sunday it was announced that on October 28, Feast of Christ the King in the Old Calendar, our parish will offer a Solemn High Mass. I am very much looking forward to that.

A photo-report from Natal, in northeastern Brazil

The old church of Our Lady of the Rosary (Nossa Senhora do Rosário) was built in 1706, especially for the service of Catholic slaves and the poorest in Brazilian colonial society.

Countless burials of baptized slaves took place in its grounds, in what then were the outer limits of the town.

This very simple church had not witnessed a Traditional Latin Mass in decades, but thanks to the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum, the Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite has returned to this building.

For readers anywhere in the world who happen to stop in this corner of South America, our Masses will take place every Sunday, 9 AM local time.

Thank you, Pope Benedict! And please pray for our small community.

Recess for a few days: relevant news may be posted at any time.


Anonymous said...

Our Lady of the Rosary, Natal, Brasilia:

An immaculate Mass for an immaculate church of the Immaculate Virgin!

God bless your congregation for maintaining your church so well: it is a witness to the Faith.

Janet said...

St. Peter's Church in Steubenville, Ohio will have the first Traditional Mass on Nov. 25 at ll:00 a.m. in place of the usual High Mass.

Janet said...

P.S. about St. Peter's Church in Steubenville. The Church is beautiful, has not undergone much renovation. The altar rail, side altars, confessionals, stained glass are intact, and the organ and choir are in a back loft. We are so excited about the Traditional Mass.

LeonG said...

In South East Asia, up to the SP era of Pope Benedict XVI, bishops have got away with threatening their sheep with sentences of excommunication and schismatic acts by those attending Latin Masses. They have also accused SSPX, who are usually responsible for offering the Roman Catholic liturgical alternative with accusations of total schism at the SSPX, invalid Holy Masses and Holy Orders and everyone at SSPX being excommunicated. No wonder those who wished to cross over were afraid to make any moves. Of course, we know that public statements from key Vatican officials suggested otherwise.

It is time to make a few enquiries to ascertain the current trend. This should make for some interesting reflections.

dcs said...

Does a pastor really need his Ordinary's permission to install an altar rail? Inquiring minds want to know.

Chironomo said...

Does anybody have any data on the actual numbers of TLM Masses being said on a weekly basis now as compared with last Spring before Summorum, at least in the U.S? I know this would be an extremely difficult number to pin down, but it would be an encouraging number to keep updating. It HAS to have increased greatly just in the past month!

Anonymous said...

The priest in the Diocese of Arlington had to OBTAIN PERMISSION for an altar rail? Seriously? How disheartening!

Anonymous said...

In my area, any renovations or construction over a certain cost (I believe it's 10, maybe $20 thousand dollars) requires approval from the diocese. Luckily, when a parishoner donated the funds for an alter rail in my parish, we had a volunteer build it and consequently he brought the cost safely below the amount requiring approval.

Anonymous said...

Oustanding to hear such news from Front Royal, VA! Now, if young men and women choose to attend Christendom college, they'll have a TLM to attend. And as the writer noted, thanks to the FSSP, the priests should be well trained. Deo gratias!


Guy Power said...

From a priest I know who lives on the US Eastern Seaboard. I'll name his parish and city if he approves.

Dear Friends,

Today a surprise came my way. Here in the Diocese of [redacted] we have had the traditional mass (i.e. Tridentine mass, “old” mass, extraordinary form, etc.) for quite a few years. It has been celebrated on the 4th Sunday of the month at the centrally located Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament in [city, state]. For 9 years now I have been happy to be among the priests taking a turn saying this mass which ended up being about 3 or 4 turns a year.

With the coming of the Pope’s Motu Proprio the rector of the Shrine has decided to learn how to say the old mass and have the mass every Sunday. So, I figured I’d get less chance to celebrate it now that the rector himself would be doing it. Every day mass is celebrated in the evening at the Shrine which has all-day adoration and confessions for several hours each day. On Mondays mass is in the morning, however, preceding the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. So, in addition to the Sunday celebrations of the old mass the rector has decided to add an evening mass in the extraordinary form each and every Monday as well. He telephoned today to ask me to help him with this.

So, now, instead of saying the traditional mass 3 or 4 times per year I’ll be saying it twice every month. Confessions take place from 6-6:45 followed by Benediction and Reposition. Then mass starts at 7:00, p.m. I’m very glad the rector called and very excited that I’ll be saying the old mass on a regular basis now. There has been no interest whatsoever about it in my own parish so there is no need or desire for it here.

Best Wishes,
Father “Jones”

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know of a regular (by that I Mean daily) Latin Mass in Rome Italy other than at Christ the King. A place near the Vatican.

bedwere said...

FSSP in Rome has daily Mass:

Follow their instruction to find the church.

Former Altar Boy said...

St. Joseph Chapel in Seattle has a Latin Mass every Sunday at 9:30 (it started during the indult). I was there last Sunday which was the 6th anniversary to the day when they started having a TLM and the elderly priest was almost in tears when he thanked the congregation, saying it was probably the best six years of his priesthood (wow!).

Anonymous said...

The Mass of St. Pius V ís the Roman Rite, not an extraordinary use or something weird of it. It ís the Roman Rite. The Novus Ordo Missae of Paul VI certainly is nót the Roman Rite. If I produce soy sauce with one tiny bit of a shrimp tale in it, then it does not become part of the label Excellent Roman Shrimp Soup. The same with the "forms" here. It is also a strategy to divide and conquer and pacify modernist schisms luring to concretize. But why be so afraid? I call the "Tridentine" Mass simply: the Roman Rite. Nothing more, nothing less. And I like the Ambrosian and Maronite Rites too.

Anonymous said...

"bedwere said...
FSSP in Rome has daily Mass:
Follow their instruction to find the church"

Thank-you so much for this information. It is not far from our Hotel and I will be able to continue with daily Mass.

My parish is Divine Mercy in Vancouver Canada and we have 2 Sunday Masses and daily Mass in only in the (Extraordinary Rite)

Pertinacious Papist said...

More of these sorts of reports would be welcome. Thanks for these!

Anonymous said...

This list may or may not be complete, but I suspect it's quite accurate.

David L Alexander said...

"Does a pastor really need his Ordinary's permission to install an altar rail? Inquiring minds want to know."

It depends on the diocese. A pastor may require approval from the bishop to contract any capital improvements to a physical plant that are over a certain amount relative to that parish's operating budget. Under the previous bishop of Arlington, a parish could retain two months operating expenses in its own account, while the remainder had to sit in a central diocesan account. This gives the diocese an advantage in land acquisition, which comes in handy when your population is growing by leaps and bounds.

I don't know if that system is still in place, but i'm betting it is.

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to let everyone know that a TLM has just popped up in KY.

The Mass will be held at:

Our Lady of the Caves
Horse Cave, KY 42749
(270) 786-1188

The first TLM is today, Oct. 28 at 12 Noon Central Time.

Contact St. Helen's in Glasgow, KY for more information.
(270) 651-5263