Rorate Caeli

You Report: Traditional Masses around the World - IX
Diocese of Baker, in the United States

Jesse Daggett reports from the Diocese of Baker, in central Oregon:

For the first time in 39 years, St. Francis of Assisi Church in Central Oregon was graced by the traditional Latin Mass. Shortly after Saturday's Mass we received this note, "The beautiful singing voices along with the incense, gold paten, cassocks and surplices... it was very sacred and heavenly." With 48 hours notice, more than 50 faithful attended with calls and e-mails coming in daily from others lamenting the fact they could not attend.

"When is the next Mass?" is the common question. We were all pleasantly surprised, that in an area known for its aversion to tradition, there is a continued growth in interest for the Mass of Blessed Pope John XXIII. I ask your readers to say a prayer for us here in Central Oregon.

Thank you for the report, Mr. Daggett. Let us all pray for those Catholics attached to the Traditional Mass in central Oregon.

Please, keep sending us your reports.


  1. Anonymous6:17 PM

    The priest should have celebrated upon this free-standing high altar. Theologically and aesthetically, it made no sense for him to do otherwise.

  2. Anonymous7:08 PM

    One has a relic and stone -- the other is a mere table.

  3. Anonymous8:36 PM

    Pre Vatican II Mass, pre Vatican II high altar...Theologically "no
    sense"? Curious theology.

  4. Anonymous8:38 PM

    Not only is there no reason why the priest should not celebrate at the high altar instead of the table altar, it doesn't even appear that there is room in front of the free-standing table altar for the celebration of Holy Mass.

  5. Anonymous9:07 PM

    Please let us be thankful to have the TLM returning to another parish church and stop quibbling about the altar. They're doing what they feel is best under the local circumstances.

    Ken: Just curious - how do you know there is no altar stone in the table altar?

  6. Anonymous1:47 AM

    It really is irrelevant and there was no room in front of the table altar.

  7. I would like to report on the newly established (but semi-permanent) Latin Mass at the oldest Chapel in the Continental U.S. (and, as far as I know, the oldest Catholic church period, in the U.S.). This is significant: the oldest Church in the U.S. is returning to the traditional rite for which this church was built, nearly 400 years ago!

  8. Anonymous2:54 AM

    I don't think your "Around the World" series has yet reported on the historic event which took place at St George's Cathedral, London (in the Archdiocese of Southwark) on December 8th 2007.

    For the first time in over 40 years a High Mass in the Extraordinary Form was celebrated at St George's Cathedral. Pictures are available at

  9. Wow folks. Let's calm down a minute and just look at the facts and be happy. The first and true altar of the Church. I was an altar server at that mass. Just trust us that it was the best move. It would have been more difficult logistically to celebrate ad orientem where the new altar currently is...

  10. The important factor is to have an established Holy Mass in Latin and then the NO table will disappear one day. If there is no regular Holy Mass in Latin then it won't.

  11. Anonymous3:43 PM

    No, I don't see the table as a small issue. It is a key theological issue - is the Mass a celebration at the chow table or a holy sacrifice on an alter?

    We have to keep the pressure on Novus Ordo types to give up their errors, all of them. Compromise is now the greatest danger. The movement to morph the TLM into a Norvus Ordo light has begun at all levels, even Papal. Clearly that will be the next stage of battle, assuming the TLM continues to grow into a significant movement, which it isn't yet.

    This is only the beginning of a fierce battle against evil. It's far too early to be celebrating. We're just starting to turn the tide, and it is likely that Satan hasn't unleashed his strongest weapons yet. Until the consecration is done well, we can still be overrun very easily.

    Stay focused, Maccabees.

  12. Anonymous9:52 PM

    Ritus servandus in celebratione Missae, V, 3 --- 3 Si Altare sit ad Orientem, versus populum, Celebrans versa facie ad populum, non vertit humeros ad Altare, cum dicturus est Dominus vobiscum, Orate, fratres, Ite, Missa est, vel daturus benedictionem; sed, osculato Altari in medio, ibi expansis et junctis manibus, ut supra, salutat populum, et dat benedictionem.

    Um.... the rubrics of the TLM actually assume that altars are also freestanding. There is nothing wrong with a freestanding altar. The vast majority of them also are consecrated with altar stones.

  13. That is not true: that rubric refers to those specific altars (which is why "if", si, is used), particularly in a few ancient churches in the city of Rome, which, from time immemorial, had been ad orientem and, incidentally, also versus populum.