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Our reader Nathan Blosser reports from the Diocese of Biloxi, in the United States:

On Saturday, February 9, 2008, at 6 P.M. Father John Noone celebrated the Mass according to the extraordinary form at Annunciation Catholic Church in Kiln, Mississippi. This was the first public Tridentine Mass in the entire state of Mississippi for about the last 8 years. A little over 100 people were in attendance with some driving well over an hour to attend.

Father Noone will celebrate the Extraordinary form throughout Lent and then determine if there is a genuine interest.

Congratulations to Father Noone and to the local Una Voce chapter. We encourage all readers in southern Mississippi and nearby areas in Louisiana to show their interest in the permanent celebration of the Traditional Mass in Kiln.

Please, keep sending us your reports.


Hebdomadary said...

There is probably no part of the United States more destitute of the Traditions of the Catholic Church than Mississippi. I have family connections there, and once (2001) endured part of a dreadful communion service at quaint St. Francis (I believe it was) Chapel in Aberdeen presided over by a woman and a bearded man in sandals with a guitar. The woman read the Gospel. I left. God bless the Catholics of the Magnolia State, and send them a good deliverance in this time of trial runs!

As it happens, I just drove past Kiln last week while going to and returning from a family funeral in Richton. Had I known that the mass was being offered, I'd have stayed for it! Thank you Fr. Noone. They say "nature abhors a vacuum"; the Almighty is currently filling it with YOU! Fortunate Kiln!

Anonymous said...

Here is some more good news: the oldest Catholic Chapel in the U.S. has recently started a Traditional Latin Mass. This is a church which fed uncounted souls until the "liberalizing" trends of VII. San Miguel was built in the seventeenth century, meaning the TLM as held there for nearly 400 years until VII, and Bugnini's Mass, thank God it is back:

Anonymous said...

"Father Noone will celebrate the Extraordinary form throughout Lent and then determine if there is a genuine interest."

I wonder how one 'determines' genuine interest? Is it really that subjective? Thanks for sharing, I would be interested in an update once Lent is over as to if Fr. will keep it up or not.

Anonymous said...

I could not find a way to email the blogmaster, so am sending this item of interest as a comment to the most recent post.

Washington Times
Catholic University nixes lectures
by Julia Duin
February 13, 2008

Catholic University abruptly canceled an 11-part
lecture series, "Building Catholic Communities," on Monday, after the Southern Poverty Law Center complained that two of the scheduled lecturers are anti-Semites.

The university released a statement yesterday saying the lecturers "appear to espouse views that are contrary to the mission and values of Catholic University. In light of this development, the dean of the school decided to cancel the lecture series," referring to Randall Ott, dean of Catholic's school of architecture.

Mark Potok, director of the SPLC's Intelligence Project, called the school to complain about the participation of E. Michael Jones, editor of the South Bend, Ind.-based Culture Wars magazine, and John Sharpe, founder of the Norfolk-based IHS Press and the
Legion of St. Louis, an Internet-based forum.

"We were surprised that Catholic University was
allowing two raging anti-Semites on their campus,"
said Mr. Potok. "A simple Google search will show you
the frightening ideology of these men."

"These are not the Latin Mass traditionalists," Mr.
Potok said. "These are the people who reject Vatican
II reforms. They are out of [actor Mel Gibson's
father] Hutton Gibson's world, in saying that the Jews
are destroying the world."

Mr. Jones, who was to speak today on the nature of
community, called the cancellation "outrageous."

"We were Catholics talking to other Catholics about
community. The SPLC has veto power over what Catholics
say to each other, all because of the cowards at
Catholic University. Don't you think they owed me the
courtesy of at least calling me up? Wasn't there any
due process here?"

Mr. Jones also denied the SPLC's accusations against

"Everything I have said is totally consistent with the
teachings of the Catholic Church," he said. "There is
nothing anti-Semitic about anything I have ever said.
And I reject racism."

Mr. Sharpe, who was scheduled to speak in April,
declined to comment.

In March last year, Mr. Sharpe, a lieutenant commander
in the Navy, was reassigned from his job as public
affairs officer for the aircraft carrier USS Carl
Vinson on the grounds he was participating in
"supremist causes," according to the U.S. Fleet Forces

Tim Ehlen, a technical writer who organized the
lecture series, said he was dumbstruck by how quickly
Catholic University canceled the entire series, which
was to have run through April 30.

"We are Catholics talking about a Catholic topic on
the campus of a Catholic college," he said. "I am
disappointed that Dean Ott so quickly dropped this
without any due diligence."

The SPLC contacted the university at about 3:30 p.m.,
he said, right in the middle of the first lecture of
the series, featuring Alan C. Carlson, president of
the Howard Center in Rockford, Ill. By 5 p.m., the
series was canceled.

When he raised the issue of academic freedom to Mr.
Ott, "he said if this had been part of a course, it
would have been different," Mr. Ehlen recalled. "But
as a lecture series, it fell outside this realm."

The lecture series, described at www.building, covered topics such as
Catholic doctrine and co-housing, a form of clustered
housing that originated several decades ago in Sweden.
Mr. Jones was to speak today on the nature of
community; Mr. Sharpe was scheduled to speak April 23
on property ownership.

The university's sudden cancellation Monday afternoon
left organizers scrambling yesterday for a venue.
Today's lecture will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the
Catholic Information Center, downtown at 1501 K St.

Anonymous said...

We live in MS and didn't know about it~~!!!!!!
Thanks MS for keeping us in the dark!

Anonymous said...

Allright, Brett Favres hometown.

Andrew said...

Well we have the Latin Mass at 2:00 PM at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Lake Charles, Louisiana.

I run this site to keep members updated periodically:

Almost every Sunday is a High Mass, and whenever I serve, I'm usually the thurifer, so that means there's incense! Also I had added pictures from some Masses to flickr:

God Bless