A brief story on the first Solemn High Mass in the Carmel deanery (Carmel, Indiana) in decades.
On Sunday, June 22nd at 2 pm, newly ordained Father Jonathan Romanoski, FSSP, offered a beautiful Solemn High Mass, in the Extraordinary Form. The Mass was offered in the “nave” of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Carmel, Indiana. It’s estimated that around 100 faithful attended this Mass, despite the fact that the time available was in the middle of the afternoon (not your typical Mass time).
The homily by Fr. Daniel Geddes, FSSP, consisted of an exhortation to the faithful to be always charitable to our priests and religious. Fr. Geddes stressed the importance of not only being charitable to our priests but to pray, and pray often for them. It is through these prayers that we, as a unified laity, ask the Holy Spirit to strengthen them in their daily labors and the many difficulties faced by today’s priests and religious.
The choir was conducted by Christopher Sedlak, director of the SS Philomena and Cecilia Catholic Church choir, Brookville, Indiana. Among the beautiful music, Mr. Sedlak conducted from the organ the offertory Motet, Dona Nobis Pacem by W. A. Mozart, as well as a setting of Panis Angelicus during Holy Communion. The ordinary was (De Angelis) Missa VIII, and Credo III.
Also, the altar had to be configured differently for the Extraordinary Form due to the location, size and shape of the existing altar. Mr. Tito Cano worked diligently for several days to develop the altar shown in the following photos. A gigantic thank you to Mr. Cano for his many contributions.
One of the most rewarding aspects about working on the promotion and restoration of the Traditional Latin Mass in this deanery, is to hear the gratitude of the faithful as they exit the church. “Thank you so much for bringing the Latin Mass back!”, “I’m 100% behind what you are doing”, or “Glad to see we are bringing reverence back to the Mass” were some of the comments expressed to UVC members on June 22nd. Thanks to all who have supported Una Voce Carmel during the last 12 Masses offered at St. Elizabeth Seton (SEAS). Last but not least, many thanks to all the staff at SEAS and Fr. Ted Rothrock, Pastor, for their tremendous generosity.