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You report: TLM's in the Cathedral of Tallahassee

From our friend Eric Giunta:

20 08 2009

Important Announcement

Dear readers:

The liturgical reform of the reform is moving apace, slowly but steady, in the Catholic Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee. Yours truly has just been authorized to release this academic year’s schedule of Traditional Latin Masses. They will each be celebrated at 2:00 pm at Tallahassee’s Cathedral of St Thomas More.

Sunday, October 4, 2009 – Low Mass (with Hymns)
Sunday, January 10, 2010 – High Mass
Sunday, April 18, 2010 – High Mass

As you can see, the Masses are celebrated on a quarterly basis (there was one additional [Low Mass] celebrated on June 28). This is far from ideal, but the faithful are building up to a weekly High Mass.

But this ideal will not come to be unless there is consistent, significant attendance at these Masses (which there has been so far, thanks be to God), and if the faithful are not generous in their tithes when the collection plate comes around.

Rest assured: whatever is collected at these Masses goes toward the celebration of the traditional liturgy. The Mass on October 4 will be celebrated with a brand new set of gorgeous vestments, purchased from the funds collected on June 28.

So please be generous with both your time and money, and patronize these liturgies! Vote with your feet!

I encourage non-Catholics to attend as well. The traditional Catholic liturgy, with all its artistic treasures, is one of the historic bedrocks of Western Civilization, and so the common patrimony of all mankind. Your presence would be most welcomed, and greatly appreciated.

There will probably be refreshments served after the Mass. Hope to see you all there. Reminders will be posted as we draw nearer to these dates.


  1. Anonymous3:35 PM

    Isn't there even one priest in the diocese who wants to say the ExtraOrdinary Rite?

  2. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is not a show that depends on attendence of the public for its support.

    Father Summerville told Mel Gibson during the filming of the Passion movie "You are spending millions of dollars to make a movie about the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Everyday before filming, you see the Passion of Christ in the Mass for free".

    Donations should have nothing to do with the Mass. We are obligated to support Holy Mother Church; we are not to question how that money is spent.

    If our Divine Master has deigned the True Mass be said in your city it is because He has heard and answered the humble and contrite prayers of at least one faithful man in that city.

    Woe be unto those who meet together against God and His Christ.


  3. Dear anonymous,

    I don't know why nobody realizes that there is already an EF Mass in the diocese and has been for years. At St. Stephen Father Perez has been celebrating the EF Mass, at first only once a month under the indult of JPII and since Summorum Ponitificum every Sunday. There is no traditional blog that ever acknowledges the fact that we have had a High Mass in the EF for two years every Sunday. The website is (no brainer right?). Check it out. In the meantime, as a member of this diocese, I am happy that the Co-Cathedral is supporting the traditional Mass and in answer to your question there are at least three or more YOUNG priests that are interested and are learning the Mass. And Father Perez was there before they were.

    Oh, and just to be correct, it is not the Cathedral of Tallahassee. It is the Co-Cathedral of St. Thomas More. The episcopacy is in Pensacola with the main Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee.

  4. Anonymous11:49 PM

    Mr. Hyland:

    Unfortunately, Fr. Perez's parish is inaccessible to perhaps the vast majority of the Diocese's Catholics. We are a dual-see, as you noted, split across two timezones. Those of us in the Eastern half don't have a single parish which offers a traditional Catholic liturgy (of either Missal); we realize St Stephen's exists, it just has no impact whatsoever on our Catholic living.

    God be praised, the tide is turning, very slowly, but surely.

    Mr. Pablo:

    Please, give off your high horse and spare us your arm-chair patronage. Obviously, all good things come from God, but they are mediated (actively and permissively) through all sorts of persons and circumstances. The fact of the matter is, attendance and financial sponsorship are crucial, though not sufficient, to the success of the liturgical reform.

  5. Anonymous1:30 AM

    What a shame people are forced to worry about attendance and donations to have their right, given by Jesus Christ.
    What times we live in.

  6. Dear Faithful,

    I have responded to Mr. lexetlibertas at his web site.

    I thank Rorate Caeli for the good Roman Catholic forum.

    May God continue to bless everyone met together at this site.




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