Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Here is the link:
675 Riverside Road,
Roswell, GA 30075
Friday, December 18, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Rev. Stephen Angell
Sacred Heart Catholic Church3119 North StVidalia, GA 30474-8735
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Official Notice From the Bishop’s Office
The “Latin Tridentine Mass” being offered at
Christ the King Mission in Richmond Hill on
Sundays is not a Mass authorized by the Catholic
Diocese of Savannah. The celebrant is not part
of the Diocese. Consequently, attendance at this
Mass does not fulfill the obligation to attend
Mass on Sundays
There will be no latin mass on Tuesday December 15th.
The next Schola rehearsal will be
Tuesday, January 12th at 7:30 PM in the Loft. This choir is
open to all men and boys ages 16 and older with an interest in
singin g chant . New members are a lways welcome
Monday, November 30, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
UPDATE: THIS MASS WILL BE A SUNG MASS AND IF THERE IS SUPPORT THE PASTOR WILL ALLOW THIS MASS TO BE SAID ON AT LEAST A QUARTERLY BASIS. THIS IS AN HISTORIC CHURCH -THE PARISH IS 200 YEARS OLD NEXT YEAR. SPREAD THE WORD
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
UPDATED INFO BELOW:
Christendom Restoration Society presents:
ABOUT JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTINO
Joseph A. D’Agostino, an adult convert to the Catholic Church who was baptized by the late Archbishop Custódio Pereira at the altar in Rome where Our Lady appeared in 1842, is a freelance journalist who currently divides his time between Washington , D.C. and Charlottesville , Va. as a law student at the University of Virginia . He intends to perform scholarly work on the ways in which social elites use law, news media, and entertainment to persuade ordinary people to do certain things or to be passive.
Former Vice President of Communications at the Population Research Institute, www.pop.org, a pro-life organization that exposes the dangers and human rights abuses of population control programs, he is a Contributing Editor to Human Events, www.humanevents.com, a weekly conservative magazine based in Washington , D.C. , where he served as Associate Editor. He has had over 1,000 articles published in various periodicals over the past 12 years, taken several journalistic trips to Europe and one to Brazil, and attended a week-long population conference at the United Nations. He has appeared on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” and on hundreds of radio programs including the CBS Radio Network, BBC Radio, and Relevant Radio. He holds a BA from the University of Chicago .
Confessions: 9:00 – 9:30 AM
The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass: 9:30 AM
Extraordinary Form – Traditional Latin Mass
Registration and Light Refreshments: 10:30 AM
Admission: Christendom Restoration Society needs your spiritual and financial support! A Free-Will Donation of $10, a “Widow’s Mite,” or a Hail Mary, etc. would be greatly appreciated!
Opening Prayer: 11:00 AM
Rev. Fr. Mark Fischer, FSSP, Pastor: St-Francis de Sales Catholic Church
Lecture by Joseph A. D'Agostino followed by brief Q & A
Closing Prayer: Rev. Fr. Mark Fischer, FSSP
Join us afterwards for fellowship and lunch.
Lunch: Bring your own Thanksgiving leftovers or lunch provided for a nominal fee.Please pre-register for the event. Log on to:
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Priestly Fraternity SAN PEDRO write them in (spanish or french)
e.mail: firstname.lastname@example.org e.mail: email@example.com
Sunday, November 8, 2009
FATHER ROBERT FROMAGEOT FSSP WILL BE THE GUEST ON LIFE ON THE ROCK THIS THURSDAY AT 8:00 PM ON EWTN. THE SHOW WILL BE ON MUSIC AND THE LITURGY. HE WILL BE ON LIVE AND WILL TAKE QUESTIONS ON THE AIR. FATHER IS THE FORMER PASTOR OF ST FRANCIS DE SALES IN MABLETON GA.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
3119 North St
Vidalia, GA 30474-8735
The Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce recently issued a progress report on the second anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI's motu proprio Summorum Pontificum. The full report extends to 95 pages. FIUV's executive president Leo Darroch personally presented a copy of the report to the Holy Father during a meeting in Rome on Wednesday, Oct. 28. (See FIUV's website for a report on and photographs from the meeting.)Rorate Caeli is pleased to provide excerpts here from a 14-page abridged version of the report prepared by FIUV's executive president Leo Darroch. The report surveys positive developments as well as ongoing challenges and setbacks. One of the more important comments in the abridged report is found on page 7, in the second part of the report:
What is clear from these new reports is that there has been a mixed reception of Summorum Pontificum which includes a serious level of episcopal disapproval in many countries. The good will displayed by many bishops has been offset by concerted and continual attempts by many other bishops to thwart the will of the Holy Father.
Darroch also offers Rorate Caeli the following comment on the growing interest in Catholic Tradition and the traditional liturgy, and on hopeful prospects for Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce:
The interest in the International Federation is growing, particularly in Latin America. We have just admitted new associations from Mexico, Chile, Peru, and Colombia. We have recently had requests for help from Cuba and Honduras. We are even getting requests from young men and women who are looking for traditional seminaries and religious orders.
Excerpts from "Tradition Restored," Part 1 of the abridged report (bolded emphasis added):
. . . During His teaching ministry the absolute concern of our Saviour was for the redemption and the salvation of souls – all souls. And for this purpose he left a legacy of epistles and gospels and a teaching authority under Peter and his successors. In this respect our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI is exercising the teaching authority bequeathed to him by Jesus Christ in ministering to all the souls entrusted to his care.Perhaps the greatest reason for the current crisis in the Church is that too many people in the Church, particularly in senior positions, no longer accept the authority of the Pope. Where there is dissent, and where personality and self-interest are uppermost, there is decay and lapsation. Where Christ and obedience are to the fore the traditional life of the Church is allowed to flourish unhindered and the spiritual life of the Church flourishes, parish life flourishes, priestly and religious vocations flourish, and the vitality of the faith flourishes. The evidence for this is becoming more clear as each year passes. Those who refuse to recognise this are allowing their own human rationale and agenda to blind them to the undeniable growth that is taking place before their very eyes. They wilfully refuse to see what is becoming incontrovertible.Since the promulgation of Summorum Pontificum the signs, increasingly, are encouraging; tradition is no longer fighting a losing battle, it has been restored to its rightful place in the Church and is now making quite clear progress. It may not be evident in some places but the positive and confident public statements by an increasing number of senior prelates on the Missal of 1962, on a return to the celebration of Mass ad orientem, and on reception of Holy Communion on the tongue and kneeling are becoming more widespread.Tradition is the lifeblood of the Church.The iron grip of Modernism is finally being loosened. It is a movement that has no past and no future. It is of the present, selfish and self-centred, with a blinkered vision that does not extend beyond the minds of its adherents. On the other hand, tradition has a secure foundation, a history, a present, and a future; a continuity. . . . We refuse to loosen our grip and abandon the faith and traditions so dear to our parents and grandparents, our great saints and humble sinners. We are adamant that we will not consign their lives, their faith, their liturgy, their fortitude and sacrifice in times of adversity to the fading memory of history. Tradition is a living thing and cannot be cast aside; it is impossible. Tradition is the lifeblood that flows through the veins of the Church and without it the Church will die. Our faith lives in the vibrancy of tradition as it has lived for 2,000 years and we will not dishonour the memory and steadfastness of our forebears by casting it aside in favour of an experimental modern creation; no matter how many times we are told that the new model is better for us. We would not abandon our family in life and we will not abandon them in death. This is our mentality, our driving force, and we cannot, and will not, change it.Leadership, patience, and wisdom.It has been a mark of the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI that he is leading, by patience and wisdom, in the example of the Good Shepherd in gathering together a scattered and disenchanted flock. All his actions are guided by one principle: restoration of true Catholic liturgy for the unambiguous worship of Almighty God through the sacrifice on the altar of his Blessed Son. For it is the restoration of true liturgy that will revive the flagging spirits of clergy and faithful and be instrumental in the salvation of souls. By his courageous action in promulgating Summorum Pontificum, our Holy Father has now generated a debate at all levels in the Church about what was actually authorised by the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council. For forty years it has been taboo to discuss any aspect of the liturgical reform as though it were to be seen as a sign of disloyalty to Blessed Pope John XXIII and Pope Paul VI; as an act of disobedience to the Council, and a desire to turn back the great progress we are told, ad nauseam, supposedly has been made under the revised liturgy. Debate has been ruthlessly stifled and the liturgy has deteriorated as the nebulous ‘spirit’ of Vatican II has permeated every aspect of liturgical life.It can be said, with some justification, that a desire for a critical examination of the liturgical reform has been driven, in great part, by the laity. Countless millions of the faithful have given their opinion of the liturgical reforms by abandoning the practice of their faith. This fact is incontrovertible. Others, who have refused to abandon their faith, have fought unceasingly for a restoration of the traditions of the Church and an authentic application of the wishes of the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council. Since the end of the Second Vatican Council the essential truths of the Catholic faith have been jeopardised in the headlong pursuit of ecumenism; a pursuit, for some, that desired unity at almost any cost. It is the leaders in pursuit of this all-consuming objective that resist any countenance of a restoration of such clearly identifiable ‘Catholic’ Latin liturgy as enshrined in the traditional Mass. Quite clearly, the Latin language, for example, is not ecumenical in the currently accepted understanding of the word but it is truly ecumenical, and universal, in the fact that:
“It gives rise to no jealousies. It does not favour any one nation, but presents itself with equal impartiality to all…” [Bl. Pope John XXIII, Veterum Sapientia, 1962].
In promulgating the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum the Holy Father has done a great service to the Church in the search for truth. In this respect the new publication, Vatican Council II: An Open Discussion, by Monsignor Brunero Gherardini, is a timely contribution to the debate. Monsignor Gherardini concludes his book by asking that the Supreme Pontiff,
“clarify definitively every aspect and contents of the last Council. Such omnia reparare [reparation of everything] could be accomplished through a great papal document, which would go down in history as a sign and witness of the vigilant and responsible exercise of His ministry as the Successor of Peter.”
Videre Petrum.In recent Episcopal ordinations Pope Benedict XVI said to each candidate:
“The Gospel must penetrate him, the living Word of God must, so to speak, pervade him…. The first characteristic that the Lord requires of the servant is fidelity….He is entrusted with a great good that does not belong to him. The Church is not ‘our Church’, but His Church, God’s Church. The servant must give an account of the way that he has taken care of the goods that have been entrusted to him. ….We know that things in civil society, and often in the Church too, go badly because those upon whom responsibility has been conferred work for themselves and not the community, for the common good.”
To have fidelity to the Lord also requires fidelity to Peter, and things are going badly in the Church because too many bishops refuse fidelity to Christ’s Vicar on earth in favour of temporary self-interest. But to “see Peter” is not a mere tourist, let alone administrative, endeavour. It is all too easy to go to the Pope in audience and be unaware of the tremendous graces attached to physical proximity with the Successor of Peter. That is why the Apostle Paul took great pains to write to the Galatians to assure them that, after three years of contemplative prayers in Arabia, he went to Jerusalem to “see Peter.” Since Paul was the only apostle who did not witness the Resurrection, nor even met Our Lord, it was important for him to prove that he was no less of an apostle. Therefore, he had to establish the moral authority upon which his Pauline doctrine would be based. Sin ce that time Catholics, have always yearned to Videre Petrum.However, Paul went to “see Peter” for an even more important reason, upon which the first reason rests. The Apostle Paul wished to ensure that his doctrine was in perfect accord with the doctrine taught by Peter, Prince of the Apostles. . . .Thus, the faithful bishop, or, indeed, any Catholic, will always have the desire to videre Petrum, to “see Peter”, to refine his faith and discern his role in the Church in the light of the faith. We cannot “see Peter”, beneath what is human in his successors, unless we look, listen and speak with the spirit of faith. On an even more concrete level, bishops must approach the audience of the Holy Father in a spirit of love, which will open the soul, attuning it to the wisdom of what one will hear. That is required both before and after the audience, to better ruminate what one has heard. Those many bishops who fail to act in perfect accord with Peter should think very carefully about their leadership under Peter and the adverse affect it is having on their priests and their flocks. Perhaps, at the second anniversary of Summorum Pontificum, and entering the third year at the end of which they have to provide “an account of the way that [they have] taken care of the goods that have been entrusted to [them],” it is an ideal moment to consider their fidelity to Peter and ensure that their teaching is in perfect accord with that of the Vicar of Christ. Therein lies the “interior reconciliation” and “peace and serenity” so desired by our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI in his Letter to Bishops that accompanied his motu proprio Summorum Pontificum.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
The very first public mass said by a diocean priest under Summorum Pontificum will be said this Friday October 2 2009 at 9:00 pm at the church of St Andrews in Rosewell. The mass will be part of the devotions of the Alliance of the Two Hearts. Devotions begin at 8:00 pm. An overview of the evening is below:
The vigil will begin at 8:00pm with scriptural rosary and confessions, a 9:00pm Mass ( extra ordinary form low mass) in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, followed with Holy Hours of Adoration and will conclude with a 1:00am Saturday Mass (novus ordo mass in latin) in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This simple, yet powerful event is a way of life that is Eucharistic-centered and Marian in spirituality.
Please help spread the word and lets have a big showing of support to this wonderful priest for learning and saying the latin mass. The address of the church is below:
675 Riverside Road, Roswell, GA 30075 Map
Sunday, September 13, 2009
SOLEMN HIGH MASS ON THE FEAST OF THE HOLY CROSS (LIVE)
Solemn High Mass on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. Celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass from the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Hanceville, Alabama.
Mon 9/14/09 8 AM ET / PT 5 AM
Tues 9/15/09 12 AM ET / PT 9 PM (Mon)
Monday, September 7, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
The next rehearsal for the Men’s Schola will be Tuesday,
September 15th at 7:30PM in the Loft for the October 4th
Latin Mass. This choir is open to all men and boys ages 16
and older with an interest in singing chant. New members
are always welcome!
Friday, August 28, 2009
At Last! Extraordinary Form Mass To Be Celebrated In Montgomery, September 27th
Una Voce Central Alabama is pleased to announce that, after 40 years, the Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form) will be celebrated at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Montgomery, Alabama, at 5:00 p.m., Sunday, September 27th.
Father Mark Fischer, Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter, will be the celebrant, with the Mass, a Missa Cantata, sung by St. Cecilia Schola Cantorum, of Auburn.
Una Voce Central Alabama has donated to St. Peter’s the latest booklet missals for use by the faithful, and will provide a printed program for the Mass.
Special thanks to Fr. Patrick Driscoll, Pastor, St. Peter’s, Archbishop Rodi, Archdiocese of Mobile, and to Una Voce Georgia, for all their contributions toward making this Mass possible.
With our petition presented, as discussed in the article below, Una Voce Central Alabama continues its efforts to see the establishment of an every-Sunday Extraordinary Form Mass at St. Peter’s, and this inaugural Latin Mass will no doubt enhance these efforts.
FOR MORE INFO GO TO http://www.unavocecentralalabama.org/
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
UPDATE: CHECK HERE FOR PHOTOS OF THE CONFERENCE AND MASS AS WELL AS LISTEN TO THE FSSP TALKS ON LINE
Monday, August 10, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Saturday, 22 August, 7:00-8:00 A.M. CENTRAL TIME
Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Hanceville, Alabama
Solemn High Mass Televised Live on EWTN
This will be the first time that a Solemn High Mass according to the 1962 Missal, offered by the MFVA friars themselves, will be televised. Father Dominic was trained to say the Mass by the FSSP.
The Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament doesn't have a regular schedule of TLM's yet but the UVNA website notes that High Masses according to the 1962 Missal will be celebrated in that temple on August 7, and again on August 29, at 7:00 A.M. CENTRAL TIME
Monday, July 20, 2009
Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church
1460 Pearson Ave. SW
Birmingham, AL 35211
If you know of anyone in the area that would like to attend this mass please get this info to them. If we want future Latin Masses in the home diocese of EWTN then we must support this effort. This opportunity may not repeat itself.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Here is a virtual tour of the church:
Here is the Una Voce contact web page to help out and get info:
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Una Voce is pleased to announce our first ever diocesan-wide workshop for the laity: "Introduction to the Extraordinary Form." This free, daylong workshop will take place on Saturday, August 15—the Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady, at the Cathedral of St. Paul in downtown Birmingham. Fr. Justin Nolan, FSSP, will offer conferences on the theology and ritual of the Ancient Form of the Roman Rite of the Mass. The highlight of the day will be Solemn High Mass in the Cathedral. Lunch will be provided directly following the Mass.
During the conferences, Fr. Nolan will answer many frequently asked questions regarding the basics of the Traditional Latin Mass, such as:
Why does the priest not face the people?
Why is the Mass in Latin?
How can I participate?
What is Summorum Pontificum?
What are Pope Benedict’s thoughts on the Extraordinary Form?
This event is free and open to the public—all are invited and no registration is required. However, we ask that you please RSVP online at www.unavocenorthernalabama.com to help us plan for the event. A nursery will be available if you wish to make use of it.
We have provided below a tentative schedule for the event and a flyer with all of the pertinent information. Please help us spread the word about this workshop by telling those who may be interested. Please contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you on August 15!
Introduction to the Extraordinary Form
*All events at the Cathedral Life Center except the Solemn High Mass, which is in the main church.
8:00am – Coffee and donuts
8:30am – First Conference: The Mass as Sacrifice
9:15am – Break
9:30am – Second Conference: Priest and Laity at Mass
10:15am - Break / Confessions / Mass preparation
11:00am – Solemn High Mass
12:30pm – Lunch
1:00pm – Third Conference over Lunch: Latin and the Language of the Liturgy / Informal Q&A
FOR QUESTIONS CONTACT UNA VOCE AT www.unavocenorthernalabama.com
Monday, July 13, 2009
Check out story and photos of the FSSP meeting with the Pope
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
APOSTOLIC LETTER ECCLESIAE UNITATEM
OF THE SUPREME PONTIFFBENEDICT XVI
GIVEN MOTU PROPRIO
1. The role of guarding THE UNITY OF THE CHURCH, with the solicitude of offering to all aid for responding in an opportune manner to this vocation and divine grace, belongs in a particular way to the Successor of the Apostle Peter, who is the perpetual and visible principle and foundation of the unity both of Bishops and of the faithful1. The supreme and fundamental priority of the Church, in every age, of leading men towards an encounter with God must be favored through the effort of promoting the common witness of faith of all Christians.
2. In faithfulness to this mandate, following the act with which Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, on June 30, 1988, illicitly conferred the episcopal ordination on four priests, Pope John Paul II, of venerable memory, instituted, on July 2, 1988, the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei "whose task of collaborating with the bishops, with the Departments of the Roman Curia and with the circles concerned, for the purpose of facilitating full ecclesial communion of priests, seminarians, religious communities or individuals until now linked in various ways to the Fraternity founded by Mons. Lefebvre, who may wish to remain united to the Successor Peter in the Catholic Church, while preserving their spiritual and liturgical traditions, in the light of the Protocol signed on 5 May last by Cardinal Ratzinger and Mons. Lefebvre"2.
3. In this way faithfully adhering to the same purpose of serving the universal communion of the Church also in her visible manifestation and making every effort so that to all those who truly desire unity it is made possible to remain in it or to find it anew, We have desired to widen and renew, with the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum, the general indications already contained in the Motu Proprio Ecclesia Dei regarding the possibility of using the Missale Romanum of 1962, through more precise and detailed rules3.
4. In the same spirit, and with the same commitment of favoring the overcoming of each fracture and division in the Church and to heal a wound felt in an always more painful way in the ecclesial tissue, We desired to remit the excommunication of the four Bishops illicitly ordained by Mons. Lefebvre. With such a decision, We intended to remove an obstacle which could prevent the opening of a door to dialogue, and thus invite the Bishops and the "Fraternity of Saint Pius X" to find anew the path towards full communion with the Church. As We explained in the Letter to the Catholic Bishops of past March 10, the remission of the excommunication was a decision in the area of ecclesiastical discipline which could liberate the weight of conscience represented by the gravest ecclesiastical censure. The doctrinal questions, however, obviously remain, and, until they are not clarified, the Fraternity does not have a canonical status within the Church, and its ministers cannot exercise any ministry legitimately.
5. Since the questions which must be dealt with the Fraternity are of an essentially doctrinal nature, We have decided - twenty-one years after the Motu Proprio Ecclesia Dei, and as We had planned to do4 - to restructure the Commission Ecclesia Dei, linking it more directly with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
6. Therefore, the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei will be constituted thus:
a) The President of the Commission is the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
b) The Commission has its own structure, including a Secretary and Officials.
c) It belongs to the President, aided by the Secretary, to present the main events and questions of a doctrinal nature to the study and deliberation of the ordinary instances of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, as well as to submit the conclusions to the superior judgment of the Supreme Pontiff.
7. With this decision, We have desired, in particular, to display our fatherly solicitude to the "Fraternity of Saint Pius X" so that in the end it may come to full communion with the Church.
We earnestly invite all to pray to the Lord incessantly, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, "ut unum sint".
Given in Rome, at Saint Peter’s, on July 2 of the year 2009, the fifth of Our Pontificate.
BENEDICTUS PP. XVI
Monday, July 6, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009, 7:00 am CST (no broadcast of this Mass on EWTN) No tickets are required to attend this Mass.
Latin High Mass in the Ordinary Form, Feast of the Roman Martyrs, Fr. Frank Phillips, CR, Celebrant and Fr. Dennis Kolinski, SJC, Homilist. The Mass will be offered at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, 3224 County Road 548, Hanceville, Alabama 35077. Call 205-271-2917 if you have questions. The June 30th Mass is not going to be broadcast on EWTN. The Shrine is located about 6 miles from the intersection of Hwy. 91 and Hwy. 31 in Hanceville, Alabama. Going either direction on I-65, take Exit 291 for Hwy. 91 North. Turn right at County Road 747 and right again at County Road 548. Click here to find a list of hotels and inns near the Shrine.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009, 7:00 am CST (televised on EWTN - broadcast live at 7:00 am CST) No tickets are required to attend this Mass.
Pontifical Latin High Mass (Extraordinary Form) at 7am at the Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament, Hanceville, AL (residence of Mother Angelica and the Poor Clare Nuns). Here the schola cantorum of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius and the choir of the Poor Clare Nuns. Mass will be offered by Bishop Joseph Perry with the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009, 7:00 pm CST (televised live on EWTN at 7:00 pm CST) Tickets are required to attend EWTN LIVE Get your EWTN Tickets now!
Bishop Joseph Perry, Fr Frank Phillips, CR, and Fr. Scott Haynes, SJC, will be interviewed about the restoration of the sacred at St. John Cantius by Fr. Joseph Wolfe, MFVA on EWTN LIVE. A live studio audience will attend this interview at EWTN studios in Irondale. The EWTN Studios are located at 5817 Old Leeds Road, Irondale, AL 35210. If you have questions about your EWTN trip contact:
Pilgrimage-Web@ewtn.com or call 205-271-2966 Tickets are still available. Click here to get tickets for the July 1st show. The discussion will include the restoration of sacred music, the restoration of the convent, and the SanctaMissa Workshops in the Extraordinary Form.
Thursday, July 2, 2009, 7:00 am CST (televised on EWTN - broadcast live at 7:00 am CST) No tickets are required to attend this Mass.
Bishop Perry and the Canons Regular celebrate the Ordinary Form of the Mass at the EWTN Studios in Irondale. Fr. Dennis Kolinski, SJC, will preach. The EWTN Studios are located at 5817 Old Leeds Road, Irondale, AL 35210. The brothers of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius will sing Gregorian chant for this Votive Mass of the Blessed Sacrament.
Friday, July 3, 2009, 7:00 am CST (televised on EWTN - broadcast live at 7:00 am CST) No tickets are required to attend this Mass.
Fr. Frank Phillips, C.R. and the Canons Regular celebrate the Ordinary Form of the Mass at the EWTN Studios in Irondale. No tickets are required for this Mass. The EWTN Studios are located at 5817 Old Leeds Road, Irondale, AL 35210. The brothers of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius will sing Gregorian chant for this festal Mass of St. Thomas the Apostle.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
A Solemn Pontifical High Mass, in the extraordinary form, in honor of the Feast of the Most Precious Blood, will be celebrated this Wednesday July 1, at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament. The Society of St. John Cantius will be in attendance, with the Auxillary Bishop of Chicago Illinois as the celebrant. This Mass will be carried world wide, LIVE, on the Eternal Word Television Network, starting at 8:00 am.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
BLESSING OF A BONFIRE
on the Vigil of the Birthday of St. John the Baptist
conferred by the clergy outside of church
In the Church's veneration of her saints the cult of John the Baptist had from earliest times and continues to have a most prominent and honored place. John gave testimony of the true light that shines in the darkness, although he proclaimed in utter humility: "He must increase, but I must decrease." And the Master also spoke in highest praise of His precursor: "I say to you, among those born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist." Attuned to the words of the Gospel the Christians of former times were filled with love and enthusiasm for this saint, and expressed a justifiable conviviality at the approach of his feastday by lighting a bonfire the night before in front of their churches, in the market-place, on the hilltops, and in the valleys. The custom of St. John bonfires, indicative of a people with unabashed and childlike faith, continues in some places to this day.
P: Our help is in the name of the Lord.
All: Who made heaven and earth.
P: The Lord be with you.
All: And with your spirit.
P: Let us pray.
Lord God, almighty Father, the light that never fails and the source of all light, sanctify this new fire, and grant that after the darkness of this life we may come unsullied to you who are light eternal; through Christ our Lord.
The fire is sprinkled with holy water; after which the clergy and the people sing the following hymn:
Hymn: Ut queant laxis
O for your spirit, holy John, to chasten
Lips sin-polluted, fettered tongues to loosen;
So by your children might your deeds of wonder
Meetly be chanted.
Lo! a swift herald, from the skies descending,
Bears to your father promise of your greatness;
How he shall name you, what your future story,
Scarcely believing message so transcendent,
Him for a season power of speech forsaketh,
Till, at your wondrous birth, again returneth,
Voice to the voiceless.
You, in your mother's womb all darkly cradled,
Knew your great Monarch, biding in His chamber,
Whence the two parents, through their offspring's merits,
Praise to the Father, to the Son begotten,
And to the Spirit, equal power possessing,
One God whose glory, through the lapse of ages,
P: There was a man sent from God.
All: Whose name was John.
P: Let us pray.
God, who by reason of the birth of blessed John have made this day praiseworthy, give your people the grace of spiritual joy, and keep the hearts of your faithful fixed on the way that leads to everlasting salvation; through Christ our Lord.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION
Things are in the works to hold a conference in the Atlanta Diocese on the above Feast Day. The main speakers will be internationally known traditional Catholics. When things are finalized we will publish the details. You will not be dissapointted if things come together. Pray that all the necessary arrangements go through and that the financing is available for this significant event.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
On Friday, June 19th, 2009, at 7:00 p.m. on the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Bishop Fernândo Rifan, of the diocese of Campos in Brazil, will celebrate a traditional Pontifical Solemn Mass at the Throne at the Church of St. Jean Baptiste (East 76th and Lexington Avenue) New York. There will also be a conference on devotion to the Sacred Heart and a dinner in honor of Bishop Rifan on Saturday, June 20th, 2009. For more information about this Mass and other events related to it, go to
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Silent Contemplative retreats based on the first week of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. With daily Mass according to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.
Advertisement will follow in the FSSP newsletter, so it will be a first-come, first-accepted basis. We were blessed with 21 retreatants last year, and can accept up to 30.
There is no definite plan, as yet, for a women's retreat.
If there is interest, please email Geoffrey Coleman with a request, and he will add to a file started for them.
1st Location Announced: Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary, Denton, NE
7880 W. Denton Rd., Denton, NE 68339
Thursday June 11- Sunday June 14: Fr. Buckley's Retreat for Men at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary
6pm Thurday to Sunday brunch at Noon
Cost: $120, includes meals, private room and bath, a deposit of $20 should be sent in advance.
Contact: Geoffrey Coleman, at (402) 797-7700
Priests and seminarians of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter will be performing the 14th annual pilgrimage to the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC this Saturday, June 6th. This pilgrimage is to make reparation for the sins of our nation. Those who would like to accompany the Fraternity for the last day of the walk can meet them as they reach the cathedral of St. Matthew around 1 pm. The pilgrimage will end with a Solemn High Mass at 6 pm in the traditional Roman rite in the crypt chapel of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. For further details, please contact Mr. Gregory Bartholomew, FSSP, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, May 18, 2009
This is the new website:
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
The Canons Regular of St. John Cantius are continuing to offer training to priests and seminarians in the Extraordinary Form. Recently the Canons began teaching the Traditional Latin Mass as a part of the faculty of Mundelein Seminary in Chicago. The Canons Regular of St. John Cantius have trained more than 200 priests and seminarians from the USA, Canada, and abroad since Summorum Pontificum was released.
In conjunction with the Archdiocese of Chicago, the Canons are offering Traditional Latin Mass Training Workshops for priests, deacons and seminarians during May and July 2009 at Mundelein’s Cardinal Stritch Retreat House for priests just beginning to learn the 1962 liturgy as well as those clergy who are now ready to learn how to sing High Mass and offer other sacraments from the 1962 Rituale Romanum.
Those interested to learn the Extraordinary Form of the Latin Roman Rite (1962 Missale Romanum) will have a special opportunity over a period of five days to study the Traditional Latin Mass with the Canons Regular, as well as an opportunity to gain experience with the Traditional Roman Liturgy through hands-on demonstration, conferences, and question/answer sessions.
Each day the Mass will be celebrated according to the 1962 Missale Romanum. Low Mass and High Mass will be celebrated at all workshops. At some workshops, Solemn Mass and Pontifical Mass will be celebrated additionally.
Every workshop will provide:
Instruction in the Rubrics of the 1962 Missale Romanum
Instruction in the Low Mass (Missa Privata)
Instruction in the High Mass (Missa Cantata)
Instruction in the Gregorian Chant for the Priest
Instruction in the Pronunciation of Ecclesiastical Latin
Selected workshops will provide:
Instruction in the Sacrament of Baptism
Instruction in the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick
Instruction in the celebration of Nuptial Mass
Instruction in the celebration of Requiem Funeral Mass
Date: May 18 - 22, 2009Location: Cardinal Stritch Retreat House, Mundelein, IllinoisThe May workshop will offer training in Low Mass for the beginner class and High Mass for the advanced class.
Date: July 6 - 10, 2009Location: Cardinal Stritch Retreat House, Mundelein, IllinoisThe July workshop will offer a Beginners Course which will cover the ceremonies and rubrics of Low Mass, as well as Latin for the Mass. The advanced course will provide training in the Sacrament of Baptism, Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, Nuptial Mass, Requiem Funeral Mass, and the Missa Cantata (High Mass).
Registration forms and information are online for download at:www.sanctamissa.org/workshops/for-priests/registration.html
For information about the Stritch House contact:Deacon Richard Hudzik, DirectorCardinal Stritch Retreat HousePO Box 455Mundelein, IL 60060-0455Email: email@example.comPhone: 847.566.6060Fax: 847.566.6082
Registration Costs for Priests:Housing/Meals/Workshop: $500orMeals/Workshop: $350
Registration Costs for Seminarians:Housing/Meals/Workshop: $400orMeals/Workshop: $250
If you have any questions about our training program, please feel free to contact:Rev. Scott A. Haynes, S.J.C.Canons Regular of St. John Cantius825 N. Carpenter StreetChicago, IL 60622(312) firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Palm Sunday Missa Cantata 9:00 am -starts in gym with prcoession to church
Holy Thursday 8:00 pm This is a solemn high mass with adoration until midnight at the altar of repose. Confessions 6:30 pm -7:45 pm
Good Friday Confessions 12:30 pm -2:00 pm, Liturgy of Good Friday will be in the solemn form at 3:00 pm. The Knights of Columbus will serve a fish dinner afterwards and Stations of the Cross at 7:00 pm
Holy Saturday The great Vigil will in the solemn form at 10:30 pm. starts outside with the blessing of the Easter Fire. Confessions at 1:00pm -2:00 pm and 8:00 pm -9:00 pm
Easter Sunday Low Mass at 9:00 am and Solemn High Mass at 11:30 am
Low Sunday ( Divine Mercy Sunday) Low Mass at 9:00 am and Missa Cantata at 11:30 am Divine Mercy Devotions at 3:00 pm
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Here are hotels in the area and how far they are from the church:
Efficiency Lodge Inn 770-819-0039 0.5 miles
In Town Suites 770-732-9978 0.7 miles
Efficiency Lodge 770-819-1375 2.5 miles
Suburban Lodges of America 770-739-5990 3.6 miles
Holiday Inn 770-349-8000 3.7 miles
Guest House Motel 770-941-0988 3.8 miles
Knights Inn 770-944-0824 3.8 miles
Thursday, March 19, 2009
(we will wait while people call in and once we have all or most of those expected to call in then we will start, we will start with a prayer)
1. each member calling in will identify himself and where he is calling from and what diocese you are in.
2. chairman will welcome callers and make preliminary remarks and announcements of events.
3. chairman will have each person on the line give a report on how things are in their area and tell us what interest and or activity there is with the latin mass in their area. Tell chairman what you need from Una Voce to help you so he can make notes and follow up with you. The web master of the web page will be on the line so you can make suggestions and recommendations about the web page so he can hear them.
4. Chairman will give his overview on the status of the latin mass in the Atlanta and Savannah dioceses .
5. Chairman will make closing remarks and see if we should hold another conference call, or have a meeting.
Goals of the Conference Call
1. Let everyone get an overview on the status of the Latin Mass and Traditional Catholicism in this state. There has NEVER been an effort to do a statewide survey on the status of Traditional Catholcism. This will give us a feel on how things stand and we will provide this to the national Una Voce officers.
2. Let everyone know if there are others in your area that you can contact and work with.
3. See what we can do to improve the web page.
4. Guage the health and status of the Church in our state.
5. See what we can do to help people on the local level to promote the Latin Mass and Traditioanl practices, and come up with a list who we help first, second, etc.
6. See if everyone would like a Traditional priest to be included on the next conference call or meeting.
7. Let people think about a Traditioanl Pilgrimage possibility to Savannah
If you are a Knight of Columbus and you want to take your 4th degree at a Traditional Parish here is your opportunity. Please sign up now. This will be at the FSSP parish of St Francis de Sales in Mableton. The mass with the ceremony will be the rare Solemn High Mass at 4:30 pm. Contact your local council to sign up.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
( FROM RORATE CAELI)
The Pope defends himself cries against moral lynching of Traditionalists
LETTER OF HIS HOLINESS
TO THE BISHOPS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
ON THE REMISSION OF THE EXCOMMUNICATION
OF THE FOUR BISHOPS CONSECRATED BY ARCHBISHOP LEFEBVRE
A letter of Pope Benedict XVI to all Bishops of the world on the removal of the excommunication of the Bishops of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Pius X (FSSPX / SSPX) and on all aspects involving the subsequent problems related to Bishop Richard Williamson is set to be released tomorrow (Thursday). Several Italian news sources provide some excerpts of the letter this morning, and we will provide a translation as soon as possible.
The letter will announce that the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei" will be placed under the authority of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (though, as of this moment, it is not clear if only regarding doctrinal matters). The Pope makes clear for Traditionalists that it is not possible to "freeze" the Magisterial authority of the Church in 1962 - but he also chides those who proclaim themselves to be "great defenders of the Council" but who do not wish to understand that Vatican II carries with it "the entire doctrinal history of the Church".
The Pope is frank with those who proclaim ecumenism, but who do not wish to follow through with it with the Fraternity: "May we consign to utter indifference a community in which there are 491 priests, 215 seminarians, ... 117 brothers, 164 sisters, and thousands of faithful? Should we truly let them drift away from the Church? Are we allowed to simply exclude them, as representatives of a radical and marginal group, from the search for unity and reconciliation?"...
"A mishap unpredictable to me was the fact that the Williamson affair was placed above the remission of the excommunication. The discreet gesture of mercy towards the four Bishops, ordained validly but not licitly, appeared unexpectedly as a completely different matter: as a denial of the reconciliation of Christians and Jews, and thus as a repeal of that which the Council had clarified for the path of the Church regarding this matter."
"I am saddened by the fact that even Catholics, who in the end should have known better how things stand, considered having to assail me with a hostility ready for attack. For this, I thank even more the Jewish friends who have helped to promptly remove the misunderstanding and to reestablish an atmosphere of friendship and trust."
Some of the concluding words are strong: "The impression is often given that our society feels the need for at least one group to which no tolerance is to be granted; which one may perfectly abuse with hatred. And if anyone - in this case the Pope - dares to approach them, he also loses his right to tolerance and he also may be treated with hatred, with no fears or reservations."
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Fax: (912) 233-8229
The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
22 East Harris Street Savannah, Georgia 31401
We have had a discussion in the past about trying to get a few people from around the state together in Macon for a "pow wow" on trying to get an overview on where we stand with getting the Latin Mass promoted and come up with ideas on how to promote the Latin Mass and get it started up in more locations. Because Georgia is such a large state and people would have the expense of an overnight trip ( in some cases) , it may be best to meet by way of a conference call. If you would be interested in participating then we will tentatively set it up for 5:30 pm on Spy Wednesday April 8th. If you want to participate and represent your area of the state send an e mail to email@example.com to get the phone number and pass code to participate. Let us know what parish your are from and what diocese you are in. If there is support for an actual physical meeting then we will cancel the conference call and plan a meeting in Macon.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
ADULT EDUCATION: THE NOVUS ORDO AND THE TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS
The Adult Education Ministry will meet on Monday, February 23rd, at 7PM in the Cody Center. The topic is "The Traditional Latin Mass and the Novus Ordo- The Two Forms of the Roman Rite." The alternative form of the Mass is now more widely available as a result of Pope Benedict’s Motu Proprio (2007) to those who prefer the ancient usage. The two forms of the Roman Rite are: the Ordinary Form (the Mass of Paul VI, 1969) in English or Latin, and the Extraordinary Form (known as the Mass of John XXIII, the Traditional (Tridentine) Mass, in Latin only. The basic differences and principal features will be contrasted in terms of prayers, music, vestments, mood, and rubrics. Both forms are equal, mutually enriching, and fulfill the Sunday obligation. "There is certainly a difference of emphasis, but a single fundamental identity that excludes any contradition or antagonism between a renewed liturgy and the preceding liturgy," Pope Benedict XVI. Come and enjoy a lively discussion.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Una Voce Comments on Manila Guidelines
Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce has released its comment on the "Guidelines" issued by the Archdiocese of Manila attempting to regulate the application of Summorum Pontificum.
There is so much in error with these guidelines that even though they mention the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum, it is clear that the person who drafted the guidelines cannot possibly have read the Motu Proprio. The writer seems unaware that the previous rigidly-controlled state that existed under the indults of 1988 (Ecclesia Dei adflicta) and 1984 (Quattuor abhinc annos) ended abruptly at midnight on 13th September 2007. Under these indults, people and priests had to obtain permission from their local Ordinary before any celebrations of Mass using the Missal of 1962 could take place. Under Summorum Pontificum, which took effect from midnight on 13th September (i.e. from 14th September 2007), the permission to celebrate Mass according to the Missal of 1962 has been granted by the Supreme Legislator, the Pope, to "each Catholic priest of the Latin rite, whether secular or regular," to "use the Roman Missal published by Blessed Pope John XXIII in 1962,…and may do so on any day with the exception of the Easter Triduum. For such celebrations……..the priest has no need for permission from the Apostolic See or from his Ordinary." [Summ. Pont. Art 2]. The fact that one does not need the permission of the local ordinary to celebrate or attend Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form, does not, in itself, derogate from the right of bishops to regulate liturgical matters in their sees. No doubt the Supreme Pontiff took that right into account when he assumed that no Catholic bishop would dissent from the superseding right of the Successor of Peter to regulate the liturgy for the universal Church.
Therefore, not only has any priest of the Latin rite the freedom to celebrate Mass on any day of the year (excluding the Easter Triduum but NOT excluding Sundays), but the Motu Proprio removes a need to obtain permission from anyone - either from the Holy See or his local bishop [Summ. Pont. Art.2].
To comment specifically on the detail of the guidelines:
1. Despite what is said in the opening statement these guidelines are NOT in accordance with the norms laid down by the Apostolic Letter of Pope Benedict XVI.
2. In Summorum Pontificum, the Supreme Pontiff dispensed local ordinaries from “regulating” the celebration according to the Extraordinary Form when, in his Letter to Bishops accompanying the Motu Proprio, His Holiness states "The present norms are also meant to free Bishops from constantly having to evaluate anew how they are to respond to various situations."
3. "The presider at this form of celebration should be a priest duly appointed by the Archbishop…." [Guidelines, para.4] There is no 'presider' at a Mass in the Extraordinary Form, this is a term introduced with the new order of Mass. In the Extraordinary Form of Mass there is a 'celebrant' who offers up the sacred mysteries acting in persona Christi.
4. Concerning paragraph 5 of the Guidelines - it is the duty of all Sacred Pastors to ensure the solemnity and orderliness of the celebration of ALL forms of liturgy in their diocese so it needs to be explained why the Extraordinary Form requires special attention? As the Extraordinary Form and the Ordinary Form are "two uses of the same rite" [Summ. Pont. Art. 1], is the participation of other ministers (i.e., lectors, Master of Ceremonies, servers, choir, etc.) in the Ordinary Form also to be determined and regulated by the Ministry for Liturgical Affairs of the Archdiocese of Manila?
5. It is commendable that a missal / booklet of the rite in Latin and English be prepared to help the faithful follow the celebration but why should those who wish to participate in this Mass have to undergo a catechetical orientation before the celebration? Will this requirement for a catechetical orientation apply equally to those attending the Ordinary Form?
6. The local Ordinary has jurisdiction over this celebration in the sense that he must ensure that ALL liturgy under his jurisdiction is celebrated in conformity with the laws of the Church. Whatever is decided in relation with the Extraordinary Form of Mass must be decided "in full harmony, however, with all that has been laid down by the new norms of the Motu Proprio" [Letter to Bishops]. It is an abuse of authority, and in disobedience to the law expressed by the Supreme Pontiff, our Holy Father, to interfere in the right granted by the Successor of Peter to any priest in good standing to celebrate the Extraordinary Form of Mass. The Pope, the Supreme Legislator, has issued a DECREE, for the benefit of all priests and faithful of the Roman Rite in the Universal Church and no local bishop can interfere with this law and impose his own conditions in an act of public disobedience to the Vicar of Christ
The way forward for any priest or member of the faithful is clear. In accordance with article 7 of the Motu Proprio they must contact immediately the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei for clarification and send a copy of the guidelines that obstruct the provisions of Summorum Pontificum. They should write to:
H.E. Dario Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos,
President, Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei,
Palazzo della Congr. per la Dottrina della Fide,
Piazza del Sant Ufficio,
00193 Rome, ITALY.
Fax: +39 06 69 88 34 12. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leo Darroch, Executive President - International Federation Una Voce.
11th February 2009.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Time goes definitively fast and we are now already in February, a few weeks after the beginning of the new year 2009. Many of you are busy with a professional life and the care of a family: many of you are too busy with temporal business, sometimes to the detriment of spiritual life. As usually you may have made good resolutions, and you now observe that you have not been able to keep them. Maybe they were not the right resolutions that you need. Maybe they were, but you lack of fortitude in order to keep them. Whatever is the reason, the fact is that you need more constancy in your spiritual life and to order your life. And because you are dependent on many affections and tendencies that are disordered, you miss many occasions to increase the love of God and to become more holy.
Saint Ignatius of Loyola, inspired by Our Blessed Mother gives you a wonderful remedy that allows you to follow Our Lord and to serve Him better. It is his famous Spiritual exercises that help you to conquer yourself and regulate your life, in other words, to become a saint by accepting and doing God’s will.
Father Gordon and I will give you an opportunity to follow the spiritual exercises of Saint Ignatius in a 4-days retreat. A retreat for ladies will be given from March 23rd to 26th and another one for men from April 13th to 16th, both at Subiaco retreat center in Arkansas. Will you consider this opportunity as an occasion to be renewed in the Spirit, as Saint Paul says, and to learn how to love and serve Him better?
It happens many times that Our Lord calls us, but we find many excuses for not answering his calls: "I have bought a farm and I must needs go out and see it. I pray thee, hold me excused. Or: I have bought five yoke of oxen and I go to try them. I pray thee, hold me excused. Or again: I have married a wife; and therefore I cannot come."
Be sure that your excuses are not a pretext to neglect the care of your soul. Remember what the Lord says: "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."
You will find some information and registration forms here. (DOC file)
With the assurance of my prayers for you and your families,
Father Laurent Demets, FSSP
40 Matecumbe Street
Cherokee Village, AR 72529
870 - 257 - 5588
To the members of the Confraternity of Saint Peter
Reading, England, February 12th, 2009: Novena for Pope
Dear Members of the Confraternity of Saint Peter (CSP),
You are all well aware of the opposition which the Holy Father has faced in his efforts to reconcile the Society of Pius X. The current pressure from the media and others seems to not only threaten Pope Benedict’s work with SSPX. It also seems as though some would like to see it work as a means to undermine his very teaching and governing authority for his pontificate.
Given these oppositions which the Holy Father faces; given the particular role of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter in working as a bridge for those who have grown apart from the Church in the last forty years; finally, given that we hold St. Peter as our patron and have a particular attachment to his successor, as also requested by our Superior General Very Rev Fr John Berg, FSSP, I would ask all of the members of the Confraternity of St. Peter to offer increased prayers at this time for strength for Pope Benedict XVI.
I suggest that each of our members may offer the following novena, which will be prayed as well by all our seminarians and priests, beginning on February 14th and concluding on the feast of the Chair of St. Peter, February 22nd.
Please remember that as a CSP member you can earn a plenary indulgence on that day, February 22nd, the second anniversary of the foundation of the CSP. On the same day the CSP chaplains will hold a meeting at the General House and will pray at all your intentions.
Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Armand de Malleray, FSSP, General Chaplain CSP
Novena (February 14 to 22)
Pater Noster, 3 Ave Maria, Gloria Patri
V. Orémus pro Pontífice nostro Benedícto.
R. Dóminus consérvet eum, et vivíficet eum, et beátum fáciat eum in terra, et non tradat eum in ánimam inimicórum eius.
V. Tu es Petrus.
R. Et super hanc petram ædificábo Ecclésiam meam.
Orémus. Omnípotens sempitérne Deus, miserére fámulo tuo Pontífici nostro Benedícto : et dírige eum secúndum tuam cleméntiam in viam salútis ætérnæ : ut, te donánte, tibi plácita cúpiat, et tota virtúte perfíciat. Per Christum Dóminum nostrum.
R. Amen. Mater Ecclésiæ, ora pro nobis. Sancte Petre, ora pro nobis.
Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP
Priestly Fraternity of St Peter in England
179 Elgar Rd, RG2 0DH, Reading, Berkshire, UK
Sunday, February 8, 2009
In the traditional Roman calendar this Sunday is called Septuagesima, Latin for the “Seventieth” day before Easter. This number is more symbolic than arithmetical. The Sundays which follow are Sexagesima (“sixtieth”) and Quinquagesima (“fiftieth”). Ash Wednesday brings in Lent, called in Latin Quadragesima, “Fortieth”. These pre-Lenten Sundays prepare us for the discipline of Lent, which once was far stricter. Septuagesima gives us a more solemn attitude for Holy Mass. Purple is worn on Sunday rather than the green of the time through the year. The pre-Lent Sundays have Roman Stations. The Alleluia is sung for the last time at First Vespers of Septuagesima and is then excluded until Holy Saturday. There was once a tradition of “burying” the Alleluia, with a depositio ceremony, like a little funeral. A hymn of farewell was sung. There was a procession with crosses, tapers, holy water, and a coffin containing a banner with Alleluia. The coffin was sprinkled, incensed, and buried. In some places, such as Paris, a straw figure bearing an Alleluia of gold letters was burned in the churchyard. Somehow that seems very French to me.The prayers and readings for the Masses of these pre-Lenten Sundays were compiled by St. Gregory the Great (+604), Pope in a time of great turmoil and suffering. Pre-Lent is particularly a time for preaching about missions and missionary work, the evangelization of peoples. With the Novus Ordo there is no more pre-Lent. A terrible loss. We are grateful that with Summorum Pontificum the pre-Lent Sundays have regained something of their ancient status.
(From Father Z at WDTPRS)
Thursday, February 5, 2009
1. All persons who have completed their 14th year are bound by the law of abstinence; all adults are bound by the law of fast from the completion of their 18th year of age up to the beginning of their 60th year (ages 19 thru 59 inclusively). Nevertheless, pastors and parents are to see to it that minors who are not bound by the law of fast and abstinence are educated in an authentic sense of penance. (Can. 1252)
2. Complete Abstinence are days which forbids the eating of meat as well as soup and gravy made from meat.
3. Complete Fast are days where only one full meal is allowed with two other meatless meals. The two other meatless meals should be sufficient to maintain strength but both together should not be equal to another full meal.
4. Days of Fast and Abstinence:
a). Complete Fast and Abstinence is to be observed under pain of mortal sin only on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
b). Abstinence is to be observed on all Fridays of Lent and on all Fridays during the year (but without fault or sin if one fails to do so).
c). All Fridays throughout the year and the time of Lent are penitential days and times throughout the Universal Church. (Can. 1250)
First place is given to abstinence from flesh meat on all Fridays. However, if abstinence is not observed, then some other works of self-denial or personal penance is to be observed. Examples would be doing voluntary work in hospitals, visiting the sick, serving the needs of the aged and the lonely, instructing the youth in the Faith, meeting our obligations to our families, our friends, our neighbors, etc. Examples of Lenten devotions would be sermons, Stations of the Cross, the Rosary, etc.
Note: On other Fridays during the year, one is allowed to commute abstinence into another form of penance (e.g., the Way of the Cross, etc.).
5. On the weekdays of Lent, daily Mass is strongly recommended as well as a self-imposed observance of fasting.
6. Whenever a solemnity (First Class Feast) falls on a Friday, abstinence is dispensed (Can. 1251).
Can. 1249. All Christ’s faithful are obliged by divine law, each in his or her own way, to do penance. However, so that all may be joined together in a certain common practice of penance, days of penance are prescribed. On these days Christ’s faithful are in a special manner to devote themselves to prayer, to engage in works of piety and charity, and to deny themselves, by fulfilling their obligations more faithfully and especially by observing the fast and abstinence which the following canons prescribe.
Can. 1250. The days and times of penance for the universal Church are each Friday of the whole year and the season of Lent.
Can. 1251. Abstinence from meat, or from some other food as determined by the Bishops’ Conference, is to be observed on all Fridays, unless a solemnity should fall on a Friday. Abstinence and fasting are to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
PRAYER FOR THE HOLY FATHER
V: Oremus pro Pontifice nostro Benedicto.R: Dominus conservet eum, et vivificet eum, et beatum faciat eum in terra, et non tradat eum in animam inimicorum eius.V: Fiat manus tua super virum dexterae tuaeR: Et super filium hominis quem confirmasti tibi
Oremus. Deus, ómnium fidélium pastor et rector, fámulum tuum Benedíctum, quem pastórem Ecclésiæ tuæ præésse voluísti, propítius réspice: da ei, quæesumus, verbo et exémplo, quibus præest, profícere: ut ad vitam, una cum grege sibi crédito, pervéniat sempitérnam. Per Christum, Dóminum nostrum. Amen.
(English)V: Let us pray for our Pope Benedict.R: May the Lord preserve him, and give him life, and make him blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not up to the will of his enemies.V: May Thy hand be ever upon the man of Thy right hand.R: And upon the son of man whom Thou hast confirmed unto thee.Let us Pray. O God, Shepherd and Ruler of all Thy faithful people, look mercifully upon Thy servant Benedict, whom Thou hast chosen as shepherd to preside over Thy Church. Grant him, we beseech Thee, that by his word and example, he may edify those over whom he hath charge, so that together with the flock committed to him, may he attain everlasting life. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Following the reactions caused by the recent Decree of the Congregation for Bishops, with which the excommunication of the four Prelates of the Fraternity of Saint Pius X was remitted, and regarding the negationist or reductionist declarations on the Shoah from Bishop Williamson, of the same Fraternity, it is considered convenient to clarify a few aspects of past events.1. Remission of the excommunication.As already published previously, the Decree of the Congregation for Bishops, dated January 21, 2009, was an act by which the Holy Father graciously responded to the reiterated requests by the Superior General of the Fraternity of Saint Pius X.His Holiness desired to remove an obstacle which prevented the opening of a door to dialogue. He now expects that an equal disposition will be expressed by the four Bishops in complete adherence to the doctrine and the discipline of the Church.The extremely grave censure of latae sententiae excommunication, in which the aforementioned Bishops had incurred on June 30, 1988, then formally declared on July 1 of the same year, was a consequence of their illegitimate ordinarion by Mons. Marcel Lefebvre.The removal of the excommunication released the four Bishops from an extremely grave canonical censure, but has not changed the juridical position of the Fraternity of Saint Pius X which, at the current moment, does not enjoy any canonical recognition by the Catholic Church. Not even the four Bishops, though released from the excommunication, have a canonical function in the Church and they do not exercise licitly a ministry in it.2. Tradition, doctrine, and the Second Vatican Council.For a future recognition of the Fraternity of Saint Pius X, the full recognition of the Second Vatican Council and of the Magisterium of Popes John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul I, John Paul II, and of the same Benedict XVI is an indispensable conditionAs it was already affirmed in the Decree of January 21, 2009, the Holy See will not avoid, in the forms judged appropriate, to deepen the the interested party the still open questions, so as to be able to reach a full and satisfactory resolution of the problems which originated this painful division.3. Declarations on the ShoahThe positions of Mons. Williamson on the Shoah are absolutely unacceptable and firmly rejected by the Holy Father, as he himself remarked on the past January 28, when, referring to that brutal genocide, reaffirmed his full and unquestionable solidarity with our Brethren receivers of the First Covenant, and affirmed that the memory of that terrible genocide must lead "mankind to reflect on the unpredictable power of evil when it conquers the heart of man", adding that the Shoah remains "for all a warning against forgetfulness, against denial or reductionism, because the violence against a single human being is violence against all".Bishop Williamson, for an admission to episcopal functions in the Church, will also have to declare, in an absolutely unequivocal and public manner, distance from his positions regarding the Shoah, unknown to the Holy Father in the moment of the remission of the excommunication.The Holy Father asks to be joined by the prayers of all the faithful, so that the Lord may enlighten the path of the Church. May the effort of the Pastors and of all the faithful increase in support of the delicate and burdensome mission of the Successor of Apostle Peter as "custodian of the unity" in the Church.
From the Vatican, February 4, 2009.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE HOLY FATHER, HE IS UNDER ATTACK BY THOSE OPPOSSED TO TRADITION. PRAY THAT THE SSPX BE RECONCILED