Monday, May 23, 2016

Fr. Perrone on grave implications of defecting from the true Church

Fr. Eduard Perrone, "A Pastor's Descant" [temporary link] (Assumption Grotto News, May 22, 2016):
Another one bites the dust

What triggers the quotation of this well-worn, if abused, cliché indicating defeat? It's the knowledge that one more relative of mine has ceased to practice the Catholic faith and is now attending a non-Catholic "church." I didn't do a calculation to get an exact number of these family defectors, of those who have abandoned the faith, but it's a higher number than I'd like to admit. My reason for telling you this dark family secret is to give you that scant consolation of commiseration. These relatives of mine, only a few years ago, had been Catholics. Technically speaking, they are still Catholics: "once a Catholic, always a Catholic." However, these relatives do not regard themselves as being Catholics any longer, and this is a literal shame for me and a shame on them.

There's no greater misfortune that can befall man in this life than to be out of the true Church. It's a dogma of faith that there is no salvation outside the Church. Since there is only one Church, the one Christ founded, this amounts to saying that there's no salvation outside the Catholic Church. A dogma means a necessary teaching, one that's demanded by the very nature of the Christian faith. While interpretations of this dogma are various (and I do not intend to delve into them there), my purpose in reviewing it is to indicate how grievous a sin it is to abandon the true Church for any other.

I don't know of any family where all the relatives have kept the Catholic faith. The widespread defection is symptomatic of this age of unbelief, but it's also the result of the gross negligence of irresponsible priests, catechists and parents for failing to teach the faith, for misleading and deceiving their charges about the real meaning of the Church's teachings, or else for trivializing the liturgy by their impiety. When people are left ignorant by vacuous religious instruction or scandalized by silly, irreverent liturgies, they may at some point come to a religious consciousness and ask themselves, Can this be the true Christian religion? Upon discovering the bible and sincere Christians of some sect or other, they may easily be swayed to league up with them and depart from the Church. In such cases, culpability for leaving the Catholic Church may be mitigated, or even be entirely non-existent due to the fault of others. God knows. But one should not err on that account in believing that though they have left the true Church, that at least they now love the Lord and are better off than had they remained non-practicing Catholics. Objectively speaking, to leave the true Church is a grave evil. Subjectively one may not be accountable for this, depending on circumstances, depending on circumstances, but this does not refute the substantive evil of defection from the faith. For the faithful, it is truly a suffering to learn that someone has converted to a sect. (I speak nothing here about apostates -- those who have left Christianity for a pagan religion or a cult: this is an even worse evil.)

Today is Trinity Sunday. The dogma of the Blessed Trinity is a truth revealed to us by the Church, not by the bible alone, which does not clearly specify this dogma. And so, the dogma of the Trinity is an example of the necessity of the Catholic Church to explicate and impose its divinely revealed teachings upon, us, without which we would be doctrinally sunk, unsure about anything supernatural were we made to rely solely upon the many and diverse interpretations of the bible.

Let us cherish the true, orthodox, Catholic faith in all its fullness. Let us pray never to be unfaithful to it, trembling upon recollection of our Lord's words, "When the Son of Man comes again, will He find faith left on earth?" We, unhappy witnesses of the disintegration of the Catholic faith and of a massive defection from the Church in our time, need to pray steadily for the return of lapsed Catholics and to show them the good example of our patience and love which may, in the end, prove most convincing of all proofs of the truth of our holy faith.

Next Sunday is Corpus Christi Sunday. After the noon orchestral Mass there will be a procession (outdoors, as possible) with the Holy Sacrament and adoration of the One whom we love and revere as true God and true Man. Following the Procession, food at a nominal cost will be made available by our trusty ushers.

Fr. Perrone

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Tridentine Community News - Oratory of St. Philip Neri Planned in Detroit; the rise of the Oratorians; the Curiosity of Ferias after Trinity Sunday; TLM schedule this week


"I will go in unto the Altar of God
To God, Who giveth joy to my youth"

Tridentine Community News by Alex Begin (May 22, 2016):
May 22, 2016 – Trinity Sunday

Oratory of St. Philip Neri Planned in Detroit

We are delighted to report one of the most ambitious clerical undertakings to take place in decades in the Archdiocese of Detroit: A group of priests is in the early stages of organizing a local Oratory of St. Philip Neri [the religious order of which Cardinal Newman was a member]. Regular readers of this column know that the Oratorians are known globally for excellence in liturgy, preaching, and music, with a dual focus on the Extraordinary Form and reverent celebrations of the Ordinary Form, often ad oriéntem.

Fr. Ryan Adams is one of the priests behind this initiative. Currently an Associate Pastor at the National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica in Royal Oak, Fr. Adams is a young priest – ordained in 2014 – who has already made his mark as a Tridentine Mass celebrant in our region.

The priests are endeavoring to achieve the first stage – that of an “Oratory in Formation” – over the next year. A home base of operations at an appropriate church will have to be negotiated, which will require the approval of both the host parish and the Archdiocese. A trial period of several years will then ensue, as the fledgling enterprise strives to become spiritually fruitful and financially self-sustaining. Not all Oratories in Formation are successful in making it to a more permanent arrangement.

Fr. Ryan asks for our prayers as this exciting venture gets off the ground.

The Rise of the Oratorians

Quite timely in light of the above development, England’s Catholic Herald newspaper issued a podcast on May 12 entitled, “What is Behind the Unstoppable Rise of the Oratorians?”. Recently England saw the establishment of its sixth house of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri, in Bournemouth. It joins existing Oratories in Birmingham, London, Oxford, Manchester, and York, the first three of which have stellar reputations for liturgical life. While each Oratory is related to the other outposts of the Congregation of the Oratory, there is no hierarchical relationship to a regional base as there is at, for example, Dominican parishes. Each Oratory operates fairly autonomously. Many, but not all, Oratories put emphasis on the Sacred Liturgy, offering beautifully executed Holy Masses in both the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms.

Why are priests attracted to become Oratorians? One reason is because that particular clerical arrangement offers some of the best aspects of both diocesan priesthood and community life as is often found in a religious order. Priests do not take vows of poverty as they would in an order. Rather, they are diocesan priests living in community. They do, however, make a promise of stability, which means they typically remain at a given Oratory for their entire priestly lives. Occasionally priests will transfer from one Oratory to another, but this is the exception rather than the rule.

In the podcast, the interviewer asked Latin Mass Society of England and Wales Chairman Dr. Joseph Shaw why the Oratorians are enjoying such growth in the U.K. and other countries. He responded with a keen observation: Priests are attracted by a sense of permanence to their work. Sadly, it is all too common that a pastor who works diligently to bring beautiful liturgy, supplies, and vestments to a parish, and establishes a sacred music program, sees his work either partially or completely eliminated within a short period of time by a subsequent pastor. Priests at an Oratory of St. Philip Neri, however, are usually stationed at a particular church for their entire priesthood. As a result, once a particular philosophy of operation for a given Oratory is established, it is most likely to continue for the long term. The same priests will be there for the long haul to ensure the philosophy is maintained. We certainly have seen that with the London and Birmingham Oratories, in existence for many decades, and also with the Toronto Oratory, founded in the 1970s.

The full podcast is available at: http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/commentandblogs/2016/05/12/podcast-whats-is-behind-the-unstoppable-rise-of-the-oratorians/

The Curiosity of Ferias After Trinity Sunday

This week we experience an interesting oddity of the liturgical year. The Church assigned the Feast of Trinity Sunday one week after Pentecost Sunday. Prior to the establishment of this Feast, that particular Sunday was known as the First Sunday After Pentecost, a Sunday with its own Mass Propers like any other Sunday. When [weekday] Fourth Class Ferias appear in the calendar, the celebrant is free to choose almost any Mass he desires, for example a Votive Mass, a Requiem Mass, or the Mass of any Saint. The default Mass for a Feria, however, is the Mass of the preceding Sunday.

What is unique about this week is that the Church specifies that weekday Ferias are not to repeat the Mass of Trinity Sunday, but rather to default to the now-superseded Mass of the First Sunday After Pentecost. Yes, that’s right, a Mass which is never actually celebrated on a Sunday. The Mass Propers remain in the Missal, strictly to be used on weekday Ferias.

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Mon. 05/23 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Josaphat (Feria) [Mass of the First Sunday After Pentecost]
  • Tue. 05/24 7:00 PM: Low Mass at Holy Name of Mary (Feria) [Mass of the First Sunday After Pentecost]
  • Thu. 05/26 7:00 PM: High Mass at St. Josaphat (Corpus Christi)
  • Thu. 05/26 8:30 PM: High Mass at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Detroit (Corpus Christi) – Holy Door opens at 8:00 PM. Procession with the Blessed Sacrament follows Mass. Celebrant: Fr. David Bechill. Juventútem Michigan gathering after Mass.
  • Sat. 05/25 8:30 AM: Low Mass at Miles Christi (St. Augustine of Canterbury, Bishop & Confessor)
[Comments? Please e-mail tridnews@detroitlatinmass.org. Previous columns are available at http://www.detroitlatinmass.org. This edition of Tridentine Community News, with minor editions, is from the St. Albertus (Detroit), Academy of the Sacred Heart (Bloomfield Hills), and St. Alphonsus and Holy Name of Mary Churches (Windsor) bulletin inserts for May 22, 2016. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]


Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
    Sunday

  • Sun. 05/22 7:30 AM and 10:00 AM: Low Mass (Confessions 45 minutes before and after Masses) at St. Joseph's Church, Ray Township [NB: See note at bottom of this post about SSPX sites.]* (Trinity Sunday - 1st class)
  • Sun. 05/22 8:00 and 10:30AM Low Mass (Confessions 1/2 hour before Mass: call beforehand) at St. Ann's Church, Livonia [NB: See note at bottom of this post about SSPX sites.]* (Trinity Sunday - 1st class)
  • Sun. 05/22 9:30 AM: High Mass at St. Josaphat, Detroit** (Trinity Sunday - 1st class)
  • Sun. 05/22 9:30 AM: High Mass at Assumption Grotto, Detroit (Trinity Sunday - 1st class)
  • Sun. 05/22 9:45 AM: High Mass at OCLMA/Academy of the Sacred Heart, Bloomfield Hills (Trinity Sunday - 1st class)
  • Sun. 05/22 2:00 PM: High Mass at St. Alphonsus Church, Windsor, Canada (Trinity Sunday - 1st class)
  • Sun. 05/22 3:00 PM: Low Mass (call ahead for Confession times, 989-892-5936) at Infant of Prague, Bay City [NB: See note at bottom of this post about SSPX sites.]* (Trinity Sunday - 1st class)
  • Sun. 05/22 3:00 PM High Mass St. Matthew Catholic Church, Flint (Trinity Sunday - 1st class)


  • Monday

  • Mon. 05/23 7:30 AM: High or Low Mass (varies) at Assumption Grotto, Detroit (Feria - Mass of 1st Sunday after Pentecost - 4th class)
  • Mon. 05/23 8:00 AM: Low Mass (Confessions 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM) at St. Joseph's Church, Ray Township [NB: See note at bottom of this post about SSPX sites.]* (Feria - Mass of 1st Sunday after Pentecost - 4th class)
  • Mon. 05/23 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Josaphat, Detroit** (Feria - Mass of 1st Sunday after Pentecost - 4th class)
  • Mon. 05/23 7:00 PM: High Mass (usually) at Assumption Grotto, Detroit (Feria - Mass of 1st Sunday after Pentecost - 4th class)

    Tuesday

  • Tue. 05/24 7:00 AM High or Low Mass (varies) at Assumption Grotto, Detroit (Feria - 4th class)
  • Tue. 05/24 8:00 AM: Low Mass (Confessions 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM) at St. Joseph's Church, Ray Township [NB: See note at bottom of this post about SSPX sites.]* (Feria - 4th class)
  • Tue. 05/24 7:00 PM: Low Mass at Holy Name of Mary, Canada (Feria - 4th class)
  • Tue. 05/24 7:00 PM: Low Mass (usually) at Assumption Grotto, Detroit (Feria - 4th class)

    Wednesday

  • Wed. 05/25 7:30 AM: High or Low Mass (varies) at Assumption Grotto, Detroit (St. Gregory VII - 3rd class)
  • Wed. 05/25 8:00 AM: Low Mass (Confessions 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM) at St. Joseph's Church, Ray Township [NB: See note at bottom of this post about SSPX sites.]* (St. Gregory VII - 3rd class)
  • Wed. 05/25 7:00 PM: High Mass (usually) at Assumption Grotto, Detroit (St. Gregory VII - 3rd class)

    Thursday

  • Thu. 05/26 7:30 AM: High or Low Mass (varies) at Assumption Grotto, Detroit (Corpus Christi - 1st class)
  • Thu. 05/26 8:00 AM: Low Mass (Confessions 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM) at St. Joseph's Church, Ray Township [NB: See note at bottom of this post about SSPX sites.]* (Corpus Christi - 1st class)
  • Thu. 05/26 7:00 PM: Low Mass (usually) at Assumption Grotto, Detroit (Corpus Christi - 1st class)
  • Mon. 05/26 7:00 PM: High Mass at St. Josaphat, Detroit** (Corpus Christi - 1st class)
  • Thu. 05/26 8:30 PM: High Mass at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Detroit (Corpus Christi - 1st class) – Holy Door opens at 8:00 PM. Procession with the Blessed Sacrament follows Mass. Celebrant: Fr. David Bechill. Juventútem Michigan gathering after Mass.

    Friday

  • Fri. 05/27 7:30 AM: High or Low Mass (varies) at Assumption Grotto, Detroit (St. Bede the Venerable - 3rd class)
  • Fri. 05/27 8:00 AM: Low Mass (Confessions 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM) at St. Joseph's Church, Ray Township [NB: See note at bottom of this post about SSPX sites.]* (St. Bede the Venerable - 3rd class)
  • Fri. 05/27 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Josaphat, Detroit** (St. Bede the Venerable - 3rd class)
  • Fri. 05/27 7:00 PM: Low Mass (usually) at Assumption Grotto, Detroit (St. Bede the Venerable - 3rd class)

  • Saturday

  • Sat. 05/28 7:30 AM: High or Low Mass (varies) at Assumption Grotto, Detroit (St. Augustine of Canterbury - 3rd class)
  • Sat. 05/28 8:00 AM: Low Mass (Confessions 1/2 hour before Mass: call beforehand) at St. Ann's Church, Livonia [NB: See note at bottom of this post about SSPX sites.]* (St. Augustine of Canterbury - 3rd class)
  • Sat. 05/28 8:00 AM: Low Mass (Confessions 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM) at St. Joseph's Church, Ray Township [NB: See note at bottom of this post about SSPX sites.]* (St. Augustine of Canterbury - 3rd class)
  • Sat. 05/28 8:30 AM: Low Mass at Miles Christi, South Lyon, MI (St. Augustine of Canterbury - 3rd class)
  • Sat. 05/21 6:00 PM Tridentine Mass at SS. Cyril & Methodius Slovak Catholic Church, Sterling Heights (Pentecost Saturday (St. Augustine of Canterbury - 3rd class)

    Sunday

  • Sun. 05/29 7:30 AM and 10:00 AM: Low Mass (Confessions 45 minutes before and after Masses) at St. Joseph's Church, Ray Township [NB: See note at bottom of this post about SSPX sites.]* (2nd Sunday after Pentecost - 2nd class, (USA) External Solemnity of Corpus Christi - 2nd class)
  • Sun. 05/29 8:00 and 10:30AM Low Mass (Confessions 1/2 hour before Mass: call beforehand) at St. Ann's Church, Livonia [NB: See note at bottom of this post about SSPX sites.]* (2nd Sunday after Pentecost - 2nd class, (USA) External Solemnity of Corpus Christi - 2nd class)
  • Sun. 05/29 9:30 AM: High Mass at St. Josaphat, Detroit** (2nd Sunday after Pentecost - 2nd class, (USA) External Solemnity of Corpus Christi - 2nd class)
  • Sun. 05/29 9:30 AM: High Mass at Assumption Grotto, Detroit (2nd Sunday after Pentecost - 2nd class, (USA) External Solemnity of Corpus Christi - 2nd class)
  • Sun. 05/29 9:45 AM: High Mass at OCLMA/Academy of the Sacred Heart, Bloomfield Hills (2nd Sunday after Pentecost - 2nd class, (USA) External Solemnity of Corpus Christi - 2nd class)
  • Sun. 05/29 2:00 PM: High Mass at St. Alphonsus Church, Windsor, Canada (2nd Sunday after Pentecost - 2nd class, (USA) External Solemnity of Corpus Christi - 2nd class)
  • Sun. 05/29 3:00 PM High Mass St. Matthew Catholic Church, Flint (2nd Sunday after Pentecost - 2nd class, (USA) External Solemnity of Corpus Christi - 2nd class)

* NB: The SSPX chapels among those Mass sites listed above are posted here because the Holy Father has announced that "those who during the Holy Year of Mercy approach these priests of the Fraternity of St Pius X to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation shall validly and licitly receive the absolution of their sins." These chapels are not listed among the approved parishes and worship sites on archdiocesan websites. Also please note that St. Joseph's SSPX Chapel in Richmond has moved to Ray Township, at 57575 Romeo Plank Rd., Ray Twp., MI 48096.

**NB: [Update: All St. Joseph's Church Masses have been re-located to St. Josaphat, Detroit, until further notice, due to structural renovations.]


A Krehbiel classic: the Bible and the Catholic apologist

A tune-up for Catholic apologetics

By  Greg Krehbiel (Crowhill Weblog, July 1, 2004)

Back in 1992 I had a near miss with the Catholic Church. I almost converted. For the next seven years or so I couldn't shake the habit of falling into online discussions, arguments, dialog and, let's face it, fights, with other Christians. This nasty habit is usually called apologetics.

My almost-Catholic-yet-vigorously-and-reluctantly-Protestant status was like a bull's eye painted on my email address.  Apologists of every stripe tried to do their best and some to bring me into the church and some to pull me away from the precipice. I learned what it's like to be apologetic prey. Generally speaking, I didn't mind. I like a good fight. But the experience has given me a taste of the ugly side of apologetics. From almost eight years of struggling to be an almost Catholic, I developed a unique perspective on both the Protestant and Catholic versions of this nasty business.

But before I share my reflections on apologetics, let me clarify one thing. I am a Catholic and I believe everything the Catholic Church teaches. That doesn't mean I accept every garden-variety argument used to support those teachings, and I hope you can keep that distinction in mind as I criticize some common apologetic arguments.

One more thing. Yes, I know the Protestants make their mistakes too. When I was a Protestant, I picked on them. But let's get the log out of our eye before we take the splinter out of our brother's.

The Church is Infallible and So Am I

The Church is the community of those people who have been called out of the world and filled with the Holy Spirit. It is the Body of Christ in the world, and certain things are true of the church because of its participation in the life of Christ. For example, it cannot fail, and it will come to know all truth. (Jn 16:13) One manifestation of this is the infallibility of the church's Magisterium in certain cases.

Of course the doctrine of infallibility is a big subject of dispute between Catholics and Protestants. But there's another side to it, which could be illustrated by a fight on the playground.

"Well my daddy's an engineer, and he says ...," by which Junior wants you to hear "I know what an engineer knows, and I say …."

The Church's decrees on doctrine and morals are infallible, but how do you know you understand and apply them properly? Furthermore, sometimes the church holds to a doctrine without necessarily endorsing how we should prove or demonstrate it. Even if you understand the church's position, the argument you use to convince others may be faulty. There is such a thing as a bad argument to support the right conclusion.

The Catholic apologist has to guard against believing that his methods are right because his conclusions are right. A more healthy approach would say, "This is the Catholic faith as I understand it, and this is why I find that position reasonable. But please go to the church's official documents and check it out for yourself."
BAD HABIT: Assuming that you are right because the church is right.
REMEDY: Listen to your critics. Yes, even to non-Catholics. You may not know as much as you think you know.
Proper Conclusions Don't Fix Bad Arguments

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Steve Skojec: "Once you see it, you can't unsee it"

Picking up where he left off in his 2004 post in which he pled with readers to "Take the Red Pill," Steve Skojec once again examines the relationship between appearance and reality in the Church in, "Out of the Rabbit Hole" (1P5, May 6, 2016).

[Hat tip to JM]

"The education of Sweet Pea"

Amateur Brain Surgeon, "Poppy" in these videos, is seen 'educating' his granddaughter, "Sweet Pea" in the posted videos HERE. Precious.

Pope Francis: "The SSPX are Catholics on the path to full communion"

"Pope Francis speaks: "The Society of St. Piux X are Catholics on the path to full communion" (Rorate Caeli, May 16, 2016), via La Croix. Excerpt:
La Croix: You received, on the past April 1st, Bp. Bernard Fellay, Superior-General of the Society of Saint Pius X. Is the reintegration of the Lefebvrists in the Church once again being considered?

Pope Francis: In Buenos Aires, I always spoke with them. They saluted me, they asked for [my] blessing on their knees. They consider themselves Catholic. They love the Church. Bp. Fellay is a man with whom we can dialogue. It is not the case of other somewhat strange elements, such as Bp. Williamson, or others who have radicalized. I think, as I had expressed in Argentina, that they are Catholics on the path to full communion. During this Year of Mercy, it seemed that I should authorize their confessors to pardon the sin of abortion.[*] They thanked me for this gesture. Before that, Benedict XVI, whom they respect greatly, had liberalized the Mass according to the Tridentine Rite. We dialogue well, we do a good work.
It seems one can expect just about anything from this pontificate. In the meantime, our correspondent, Guy Noir, asks whether this is in fact newsworthy, stating that he isn't sure. "I'd be interested in what Fellay says about Francis!" he writes, "Does that make me heretical?" Funny man.

Tridentine Community News - 1st Tridentine Mass for Fr. David Johnston; Corpus Christi Mass at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral; additional Corpus Christi Masses & processions; Updated list of Tridentine Masses in the region; EWTN Live episode now on-line; TLM Masses this coming week


"I will go in unto the Altar of God
To God, Who giveth joy to my youth"

Tridentine Community News by Alex Begin (May 15, 2016):
May 15, 2016 – Pentecost Sunday

First Tridentine Mass of Fr. David Johnston

Congratulations to Fr. David Johnston, who was ordained to the sacred priesthood for the Diocese of London, Ontario on April 23. He has been studying the Tridentine Mass and will celebrate his first Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form on Sunday, May 29 at 1:30 PM for the Latin Mass community of London, Ontario at Holy Angels Church in St. Thomas. We look forward to Fr. Johnston joining our roster of regular celebrants of the Traditional Latin Mass in our region.

Corpus Christi Mass at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral

On Thursday, May 26 at 8:30 PM, Detroit’s Blessed Sacrament Cathedral will host its third Tridentine Mass in modern times, for the Feast of Corpus Christi. Juventútem Michigan is once again organizing the Mass, though people of all ages are welcome. Fr. David Bechill will be the celebrant, and Archdiocese of Detroit Director of Music Joe Balistreri will lead the music. A procession with the Blessed Sacrament will follow the Mass.

Additional Corpus Christi Masses & Processions

Additional Corpus Christi Masses with Eucharistic Processions will be held on Thursday, May 26 at 7:00 PM at St. Josaphat Church; and on Sunday, May 29 at the Oakland County Latin Mass Association/Academy of the Sacred Heart Chapel in Bloomfield Hills at 9:45 AM, at St. Alphonsus Church in Windsor at 2:00 PM [and at Assumption Grotto at 12:00 NOON].

Those who participate in a Eucharistic Procession for Corpus Christi may gain a Plenary Indulgence, under the usual conditions of Confession within 20 days, reception of Holy Communion, prayer for the Holy Father’s intentions, and freedom from attachment to sin.

Updated List of Tridentine Masses in the Region

Below is an updated list of churches in metro Detroit and Windsor which offer Holy Masses in the Extraordinary Form on a regular or semi-regular basis. If you have additional information or corrections, kindly e-mail the address at the bottom of this column, and we will publish the updates. Please note that the weekly Masses at Immaculate Conception, Lapeer are no longer being held. St. Stephen, New Boston, may still hold occasional Masses, but they are not published on any available schedule.
  1. St. Benedict Tridentine Community at St. Alphonsus Church, Windsor: High Mass at 2:00 PM on Second through Last Sundays of the month; Benediction after Mass on Second Sundays
  2. St. Benedict Tridentine Community at Holy Name of Mary Church, Windsor: High Mass at 2:00 PM on the First Sunday of the month, Low Mass at 7:00 PM every Tuesday
  3. Oakland County Latin Mass Association at the Academy of the Sacred Heart Chapel, Bloomfield Hills: High Mass every Sunday at 9:45 AM
  4. Old St. Mary’s Church, Detroit: High Mass on First Fridays at 7:00 PM
  5. St. Josaphat Church, Detroit: High Mass at 9:30 AM every Sunday, Low Mass at 7:00 PM every Monday and First Friday
  6. Ss. Cyril & Methodius Church, Sterling Heights: High Mass at 6:00 PM every Saturday
  7. St. Edward on the Lake Church, Lakeport: High Mass at 2:00 PM every Sunday, Low Mass at 8:00 AM on First Saturdays
  8. Assumption Grotto Church, Detroit: High Mass at 9:30 AM every Sunday, Low Mass at 7:30 AM Monday-Saturday and 7:00 PM Monday-Friday
  9. Sacred Heart Church, Imlay City: Low Mass at 8:00 AM every Thursday
  10. Our Lady of the Scapular Parish, Wyandotte: Once per month on varying dates and times; check parish bulletin or web site
  11. Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, Beverly Hills: High Mass on the Feast of the Epiphany (January 6) at 7:00 PM
  12. St. Hyacinth Church, Detroit: Special occasions; dates will be reported in this column
  13. St. Albertus Church, Detroit: Special occasions; dates will be reported in this column
  14. Holy Redeemer Church, Detroit: Special occasions; dates will be reported in this column
EWTN Live Episode Now On-Line

The May 4 episode of EWTN Live featuring Extraordinary Faith and the Traditional Latin Mass is now available for viewing on-line at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwnZAIniJzU&t

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Mon. 05/16 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Josaphat (Pentecost Monday)
  • Tue. 05/17 7:00 PM: High Mass at Holy Name of Mary (Pentecost Tuesday)
  • Sat. 05/21 8:30 AM: Low Mass at Miles Christi (Pentecost Saturday)
[Comments? Please e-mail tridnews@detroitlatinmass.org. Previous columns are available at http://www.detroitlatinmass.org. This edition of Tridentine Community News, with minor editions, is from the St. Albertus (Detroit), Academy of the Sacred Heart (Bloomfield Hills), and St. Alphonsus and Holy Name of Mary Churches (Windsor) bulletin inserts for May 15, 2016. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

Awesome! EWTN interview with our own Alex Begin, creator of the EWTN series, "Extraordinary Faith"

Inspirational! Whether you have seen any of the EWTN series on "Extraordinary Faith," if you love magnificent Catholic architecture, art, music and liturgy, here is an interview with the inestimable Alex Begin (creator of the show), hosted by Fr. Joseph Mary Wolfe on EWTN 'LIVE' (Fr. Mitch Pacwa was still in recovery following a hospital stay). Even the lovely Diane Begin makes a couple of appearances in the show, in the first row of the audience on the left, dressed in black, with blonde hair. Enjoy!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Tridentine Masses coming this week to metro Detroit and east Michigan



Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
* NB: The SSPX chapels among those Mass sites listed above are posted here because the Holy Father has announced that "those who during the Holy Year of Mercy approach these priests of the Fraternity of St Pius X to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation shall validly and licitly receive the absolution of their sins." These chapels are not listed among the approved parishes and worship sites on archdiocesan websites. Also please note that St. Joseph's SSPX Chapel in Richmond has moved to Ray Township, at 57575 Romeo Plank Rd., Ray Twp., MI 48096.

**NB: [Update: All St. Joseph's Church Masses have been re-located to St. Josaphat, Detroit, until further notice, due to structural renovations.]


Sunday, May 15, 2016

Shock and awe! "Why a Chaste Engagement Matters"

Emily Stimpson, "Why a Chaste Engagement Matters" (National Catholic Register, April 10, 2016).

[Hat tip to JM]

Some excellent questions by Greg Krehbiel on the prospect of women deacons

Now that Pope Francis seems intent on opening the next Pandora's Box, this one about women deacons, here are some very good questions that really ought to be carefully considered, offered here by Greg Krehbiel, a very sharp-minded fellow who even brews his own beer! Love this guy!


[Hat tip to JM]

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Winner of Dutch art contest on current multiculturalism in Europe

The title: "WATERING THE TREE OF YOUR OWN DEMISE" (The Burning Platform, May 10, 2016):


[Hat tip L.S.]

Dueling Catholic Videos that leave some Protestants perplexed

D.G. Hart, "Dueling Videos" (Old Life, May 9, 2016). One is a USCCB video on religious liberty that cause Michael Sean Winters and Anthony Annett to cringe. The other is Pope Francis' most recent prayer video, which provokes an acrid response from Michael Matt. Thought-provoking.

[Hat tip to JM]

Elementary, my dear Watson ...