Morrell and family work to revive Latin Mass

January 24, 2011

Morrell and family work to revive Latin Mass

Darragh Doiron The Port Arthur News The Port Arthur News Mon Jan 24, 2011, 08:12 AM CST


Community Connection: Active with Latin Mass Society of Beaumont

Fast Fact: The group will meet at  5 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 20, at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Hall, Vidor

Quick Quote: “I actually am in awe of the Mass and what it has done for my children,” Marilyn Morrell

PORT NECHES – Through her children’s zeal, Marilyn Morrell is learning a Catholic Mass tradition she, as a convert, never experienced.

The Port Neches woman and her husband, Rocco, are working with the Latin Mass Society of Beaumont, a lay society, to make the traditional Latin Mass more widely available within the Diocese of Beaumont.

“ We are working on getting more support from the local diocese and getting the word out to Catholics in general,” Morrell said.

Though the changes of Vatican II, Mass became celebrated in English for most Americans. Morrell’s family has celebrated the traditional Mass in Lake Charles, and is part of organizational meetings in Vidor to bring the tradition to the Golden Triangle area.

“There is drama in what is at stake in restoring the traditional Latin Mass,” she said. “It is a treasure that is our Catholic liturgical heritage that had almost disappeared, one that we had celebrated worldwide for hundreds and hundreds of years — over a millennium —t hat connected us to the roots of Christianity.”

The group meets out Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Hall, 1600 N. Main Ave., in Vidor. A meeting is set for 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20.

John Morrell, her 29-year-old son, described deep emotions he’s experienced at the traditional Mass. Similar feelings are evident in his parents’ voices as they share. Morrell said she believes the old version focuses on solemnity and individual prayer.

“That’s very moving,” she said.

“My children, all grown now, grew up with the modern Mass, and since living in other areas have become enthusiastic about its older form, the TLM, with its ability to increase their faithfulness and to understand church doctrine.  It touches a mother’s heart to have her sons and daughters-in-law want this so much and it not be available here in the Diocese of Beaumont.  I see it as another example that leads young adults to choose other places to live after they have experienced that and compare it to Beaumont. “

Mr. Morrell said there is community interest.

“I think things are progressing along nicely. We have about 50 to 100 people,” he said.

The group has purchased candles and a crucifix in preparation of celebration.

He said he remembers growing up in the Assumption parish in Beaumont and how the older members missed the Latin Mass. The family considers the renewed interest a “circle of life’ that what was once removed could now be restored.

“So, yes, of course, my husband and I want to support Pope Benedict XVI’s Summorum Pontificum to give this classical form of worship its ‘due honor,’ to make its beauty, its reverence, its richness available for all Catholics to grow in their faith and increase their understanding of the doctrines of the Mother Church. As it has done for my sons and daughters, it can do for countless others,” she said.

“God has blessed our family in abundance and for that we are grateful, she said. “May we use our blessings to the glory of God and for the salvation of souls.”

For more information, call Morrell at 724-1456, e-mail or visit


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