Another Sung Mass will be offered by Fr. DeKeyser this upcoming Sunday. We hope to see you there.
The Traditional Latin Mass will be offered once again on a semi-regular basis in the Day Chapel of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Carmel, starting this Sunday, July 20th. Fr. Andrew DeKeyser, longtime chaplain to Una Voce Lafayette and currently on summer break from studying Canon Law in Rome, has kindly offered to say mass on those Sundays which he is available. Please be sure to give him a warm welcome and thank him for this inestimable grace being offered to us.
On another note, the Book Club will be meeting immediately after mass; venue to be determined. We will continue our discussion by reviewing the third section of St. Francis De Sales’ Introduction to the Devout Life.
WHAT’S GOING ON Some of you may be wondering about the current situation of UV Carmel. Right now, we are in the process of finding priests who are available to offer any upcoming masses. Our main obstacle lies in finding a priest who not only knows how to celebrate the Traditional Latin Mass, but hasn’t exceeded the number of masses allotted to be celebrated on a given Sunday – in our case, two. As you well may know, our local church, even our diocese, has been blessed recently with a growing number of priests who not only know, but venerate the Latin Mass. However, the current shortage of priests means that many of these priests have multiple masses to offer at their home parishes over the weekend, which means that many of the priests would have to trinate (or celebrate a third mass) if they were to offer for UV Carmel. WHAT YOU CAN DO As we continue to look for priests with the rubrical competency and an open schedule, there are ways that you can help us out as well: 1) WRITE A LETTER TO THE BISHOP. Let Bishop Doherty in a letter know how much you appreciate the availability of the Latin Mass on a regular basis, and your sincerest hope that he will help perpetuate the Latin Mass into the future. An example of a letter you might right to His Grace can be found here. Be polite, be prayerful, be prolific. 2) TALK TO YOUR LOCAL PRIEST. Would your pastor, or another local priest, be willing to learn how to celebrate the Latin Mass? Write a letter to them expressing your desire; be sure to tell them that our community will be able to underwrite the expenses of learning to celebrate the mass. (There are many opportunities for learning the Latin Mass, from some of the workshops offered by the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter and the Canons Regular of Saint John Cantius, or more recently, the one-to-two day intensives offered by the producers of the EWTN television series Extraordinary Faith.) 3)PRAY. Certainly the most important efforts that can be made by our community right now center on an increased devotion to prayer. At some point in the near future, our group may be organizing a spiritual bouquet on behalf of the cause of our apostolate. Until then, listed below are some ejaculatory prayers from the Raccolta, which are beneficial to an increase in vocations:
Summorum Pontificum turns 7 today – that is, the motu proprio was released world-wide on this day. SP didn’t go into effect until September 14th of 2007, but Fr. Roberts will be celebrating High Mass for that Sunday at our regular time, so please be sure to join us!
In the meantime, here is a video from Juventutem DC saying “Thank You” to all those faithful clergy and laity who have made this possible. All of us in the St. John Bosco Latin Mass Community would like to extend our thanks to YOU as well.
What’s better than either St. Thomas Aquinas or the Latin Mass? St. Thomas Aquinas speaking on the Latin Mass, of course!
Dr. Taylor Marshall is starting a new video series, discussing twelve mystical actions of the Mass (i.e., parts of the Mass most confusing to the newcomers [especially Protestants!] as covered by the Dominican saint.
Raphael, ‘The Meeting of Leo the Great and Attila’
For today’s feast, an interesting anecdote from the embassy of Pope Saint Leo the Great to Attila the Hun (taken from J.H. Robinson’s Readings in European History:
“And lo, suddenly there were seen the apostles Peter and Paul, clad like bishops, standing by Leo, the one on the right hand, the other on the left. They held swords stretched out over his head, and threatened Attila with death if he did not obey the pope’s command. Wherefore Attila was appeased he who had raged as one mad. He by Leo’s intercession, straightway promised a lasting peace and withdrew beyond the Danube.”
Remembering our prayer from the end of Low Masses, may we, like Saint Leo, have recourse to these two pillars of the Faith, that they may help to defend the “freedom and exaltation of Holy Mother the Church”.
(Please join us for High Mass and Vespers today, 3 P.M., Seton Day Chapel.)