Happy Birthday, Summorum Pontificum!

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.

Thomas Aquinas on the Latin Mass

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.)

Habemus Papam: Francis (Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio)

The Call of Beauty – Raymond Cardinal Burke on the Extraordinary Form of the Mass

A Boy and His Angel

A Boy and His Angel

By Samuel Mitchel, KC*HS 

Paperback, 100 pages

A Boy and His Angel

Preview/Purchase at Lulu.com or Amazon.com or Holy Family Bookstore in Carmel, IN.


This summer, I’m going to be a hero, Philip Connelly thought as he lay under a large maple tree on his parents’ farm. He thought that there had to be something he could do that would be important, and remembered by people everywhere, and for all time. But, what could it be? Would it happen this summer, and how would anyone know when he lived on a farm far from any large city? Philip is a teen growing up on a farm in Indiana. This summer will see him mature in many ways: physically, mentally and spiritually. When he was a small boy, Philip thought he could see an angel. But, that was some time ago, and during this period of change in his life, he’ll once again meet that angel! Join Philip as his angel shows him scenes from the lives of saints that parallel his life such as Augustine, Benedict, Scholastica, Catherine of Siena and others.

About the author: Samuel Mitchel is the secretary/treasurer of Una Voce Carmel, a member of the St. John Bosco Latin Mass Community and parishioner of Holy Rosary (Indianapolis). He is also a knight commander with star in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. Sam, his wife Anne and children reside on a small farm in central Indiana.

The 2nd Latin Mass Society Walking Pilgrimage to Walsingham, 2011

The 2nd Latin Mass Society Walking Pilgrimage to Walsingham, 2011

You are invited to the second Latin Mass Society walking pilgrimage for the conversion of England. We will be walking from Ely to Walsingham from 26th to 28th August 2011. This is a bank-holiday weekend.

Pilgrims will meet in the evening of Thursday 25th August at St Ethelreda’s Catholic Church, 19 Egremont Street, Ely. The pilgrimage will begin with the Traditional Mass in St Ethelreda’s Catholic Church on Friday morning.

There will be a sung Traditional Latin Mass each day and Confession will be available throughout the pilgrimage.

Mass on the second day will be in the Catholic chapel at Oxburgh Hall. The pilgrimage will conclude with Mass at Walsingham on Sunday afternoon.

This pilgrimage is open to all ages and to families.

Camping is compulsory for men, and optional for women and children. Women and children will be able to sleep indoors on the Thursday and Saturday nights. We are still looking for an indoor option for the Friday.

Prices are as follows:

Adult non-LMS members: £60 (see note below)
Adult LMS members: £50
Under 18s and students: £30

send a cheque payable to ‘The Latin Mass Society’ for the appropriate amount to the address below.

The Latin Mass Society
11 – 13 Macklin Street

If you would like more detail on the route or the Mass times then please email:
Paul Smeaton – paulfsmeaton@gmail.com

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 latinmassbeaumont@gmail.com or visit latinmassbeaumont.blogspot.com


New PCED Members

The Cano Boys with the PCED's Newest Member. Father Almiro de Andrade, FSSP (center), Father Roberto Cano, FSSP (right) and Una Voce Carmel's very own Augusto "Tito" Cano (left)

As per RORATE CAELIMessa in Latino has announced that the newest members of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei will be Fr. Vincenzo Nuara OP and Fr. Almiro de Andrade FSSP.

Fr. Almiro de Andrade is the first member of any of the “Ecclesia Dei Communities” to be officially appointed to the Commission. He also serves as MC at SS. Trinita dei Pellegrini, and is already considered as the de facto “secretary to the Secretary” of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, Msgr. Guido Pozzo.

Fr. Vincenzo Nuara, on the other hand, is the founder of the “Amicizia Sacerdotale Summorum Pontificum” and of “Giovane e Tradizione“. Fr. Nuara, who had been removed from his position as vicar for religious in the Diocese of Acireale for his role in assisting the organizers of the celebration of the Traditional Mass in that diocese (in Sicily, which currently has only two locations with a regular TLM) — a Mass that was saved only upon the intervention of the PCED — has been very much at the forefront of promoting Summorum Pontificum,being one of the leaders in organizing study days and conferences on the Traditional Roman Rite, in Rome most notably the October 2009 conference that concluded with Archbishop Burke’s Pontifical Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica.

Understanding “ad orientem”

What does it mean to celebrate the Mass “ad orientem?”

Literally it means to celebrate the Mass with the priest celebrant facing “to the East,” from whence Christ will come in all His glory for the final judgment at the end of time. At one time, most churches were built so that the priest faced “to the east,” which on first glance meant he celebrated Mass with his back to the people; however, that’s a misstatement of both what is actually happening as well as essential symbolism and reality.

In fact the priest celebrating the Mass “ad orientem,” in a beautiful and timeless manner that speaks powerfully of the necessary humility of the priest before the triune God, celebrates the Mass as alter Christus both on behalf of and with the faithful of the congregation.

There is something both beautiful and even reassuring to be gained from a right understanding the “ad orientem” orientation. What sometimes we glean intuitively from what takes place in all liturgy is inevitably colored by our “gut” feelings and a perception that is colored from our culture and even from wrong explanations from some who should know better. Our intuitive feelings can mislead us into misunderstanding.

Consider this excerpt from recent reflections of Bishop Edward J. Slattery of the Diocese of Tulsa:

“In the past 40 years, however, this shared orientation [ad orientem -Ed.] was lost; now the priest and the people have become accustomed to facing in opposite directions. The priest faces the people while the people face the priest, even though the Eucharistic Prayer is directed to the Father and not to the people.

“This innovation was introduced after the Vatican Council, partly to help the people understand the liturgical action of the Mass by allowing them to see what was going on, and partly as an accommodation to contemporary culture where people who exercise authority are expected to face directly the people they serve, like a teacher sitting behind her desk.

“Unfortunately this change had a number of unforeseen and largely negative effects. First of all, it was a serious rupture with the Church’s ancient tradition. Secondly, it can give the appearance that the priest and the people were engaged in a conversation about God, rather than the worship of God. Thirdly, it places an inordinate importance on the personality of the celebrant by placing him on a kind of liturgical stage.”

It should be clear that it is far from accurate to see the priest with his “back to the people.” In fact of the 25-or-so liturgies approved for use by the Church, Eastern Catholic liturgies (accounting for about 22 of the 25 aforementioned liturgies) never abandoned the practice of celebrating liturgy “ad orientem.”

A proper understanding of “ad orientem,” in fact, reveals considerable forethought and beauty which in my particular case, inspires a sense of deep reverence for priest-as-symbol of humility that bespeaks of Christ whose humility was an aspect of His infinite love for us; similarly the priest acting in the role of alter Christus, which knows no obsolescence in any age.

Link to the article from the Diocese of Tulsa