Georgetown TLM scheduled Friday at Copley Crypt Chapel

The Georgetown Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form) Community announces that a Missa Cantata will be offered Friday, October 3, at 6:00 pm in Copley Crypt Chapel at Georgetown University.  Father Stephen Fields, S.J., will be the celebrant of the Mass of the Feast of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus.

Copley Crypt Chapel is located at the rear of Copley Hall, immediately to the north of Healy Hall on the main campus of Georgetown University, 3700 O Street NW, Washington.

Three weekday Traditional Masses to be offered by Fr. Carr

The Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form) will be offered at the following times on Monday evening, Friday evening, and Saturday morning of this week by Father Richard Carr at St. Michael Church, 7401 St. Michael’s Lane, Annandale.

  • Monday, September 29, 6:30 pm
    Feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of St. Michael Archangel
  • Friday, October 3, 6:30 pm
    Feast of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus
  • Saturday, October 4, 7:00 am
    Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

Please note that these Masses are scheduled at the discretion of the celebrant, and are not part of the parish’s published Mass calendar. Also, note that a visit on the patronal feast day to a parish church such as that of St. Michael in Annandale, accompanied by the recitation of one Our Father and the Creed, is enriched with a plenary indulgence, upon satisfaction of the usual conditions of sacramental confession, Communion, prayer for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff, and the absence of any attachment to sin whether mortal or venial.

These Masses have been added to our seven-day schedule.

Resignation of Conry jars Church in Great Britain

In September 2013, concerns were raised in the United Kingdom about meetings attended by Bishop Kieran Conry, ordinary of the English see of Arundel and Brighton, with putatively Catholic homosexual advocacy groups Quest and Queering the Church.  Bishop Conry’s defensive response to those concerns included the following assertion:

I am also troubled that some people seem to regard sexual morality as a priority and ignore the more basic demands of the gospel. The gospel has little to say about sexual behaviour and a lot more to say about justice and charity. Yet these words appear very rarely in the letters of complaint that I receive.

Notwithstanding the fact that Scripture and Tradition have a good deal to say about the proper use of human sexuality, Bishop Conry’s response seemed to sidestep his responsibility to the Magisterium of the Church and the safeguarding of his flock.  His tone will be all too familiar to Catholics in the United States who have suffered with their “socially relevant” Church as She and Her children have been damaged by faithless shepherds on these shores over the past several generations.


Today it was reported in Britain’s leading Catholic newspaper that Bishop Conry has stepped down from his office.  As reported by the Catholic Herald, the Bishop has issued a letter in which he states the following:

I am sorry to confess that, going back some years, I have been unfaithful to my promises as a Catholic priest. I would like to reassure you that my actions were not illegal and did not involve minors.

As a result, however, I have decided to offer my resignation as bishop with immediate effect and will now take some time to consider my future.

I want to apologise first of all to the individuals hurt by my actions and then to all of those inside and outside the diocese who will be shocked, hurt and saddened to hear this.

I am sorry for the shame that I have brought on the diocese and the Church and I ask for your prayers and forgiveness.

As so often in the past generation in the English-speaking world, one is left uninformed about what “shame” His Excellency believes he has “brought on the diocese and the Church” that would be sufficiently grave to warrant abandoning his see.

In the meantime, let us pray for Bishop Conry, and for his flock and for all the faithful in Britain and around the globe.  It would be seemly as well to pray for our own conversion of heart — and, today being Saturday, to go to Confession.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!

Fr. Tunink to offer Missa Cantata at Silver Spring

A Missa Cantata with schola will be offered September 28 at the Traditional Latin Mass Congregation of Silver Spring, Maryland.  The celebrant of the Mass of the 16th Sunday after Pentecost will be Father Shawn Tunink of the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Missouri.

Holy Mass will begin at 8:00 am.  Confessions will be heard from 7:30 to 7:55 am.

Silver Spring TLM Congregation meets at the Historic Church of St. John the Evangelist, 9700 Rosensteel Avenue, Forest Glen.

Fr. Carr to offer TLM on Wednesday, Saturday of Ember Week

The Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form) will be offered on Wednesday and Saturday of this week by Father Richard Carr at St. Michael Church, 7401 St. Michael’s Lane, Annandale.

On Wednesday, September 24, Low Mass of Ember Wednesday in September will be offered at 7:15 am.  On Saturday, September 27, Low Mass of Ember Saturday in September will be offered at 7:00 am.

These Masses have been added to our seven-day schedule.

National 54-day Rosary Novena to commence September 29

The Hearts United Rosary Campaign of the Rosary Evangelization Apostolate announces a national 54-day Rosary Novena beginning September 29, 2014, the Feast of the Dedication of St. Michael, and ending on November 21, 2014, the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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In response to the spiritual crisis in our culture and nation and to the call to prayer of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, participants are asked to pray the Rosary each day for 54 days in succession.  The first 27 days of the novena are in petition for the novena intentions of peace and the family, human life, marriage, and religious freedom, while the second 27 days of the novena are to be offered in thanksgiving for favors received.

More information about the campaign, the Rosary, and the 54-day Novena is available at the Hearts United website.

For Dedication on Sept. 29, what better St. Michael novena prayer?

Monday, September 29, commemorates the Archangel Michael in both the traditional and Novus Ordo calendars of the Roman Catholic Church. In the traditional calendar, the observance is of the Dedication of St. Michael, in reference to a basilica bearing the Archangel’s name once located north of Rome, and is a feast of the first class.

A visit on the patronal feast day to a parish church such as that of St. Michael in Annandale, accompanied by the recitation of one Our Father and the Creed, is enriched with a plenary indulgence.  Note that all plenary indulgences require sacramental confession, Communion, prayer for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff, and the absence of any attachment to sin whether mortal or venial.

Another commendable practice would be the recitation of the following Prayer to St. Michael — as originally promulgated by Pope Leo XIII — as a novena prayer on each of the nine days up to and including the Feast of the Dedication:

O glorious Archangel St. Michael, Prince of the heavenly host, be our defense in the terrible warfare which we carry on against principalities and Powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, spirits of evil. Come to the aid of man, whom God created immortal, made in his own image and likeness, and redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of the devil.

Fight this day the battle of the Lord, together with the holy angels, as already thou hast fought the leader of the proud angels, Lucifer, and his apostate host, who were powerless to resist thee, nor was there place for them any longer in Heaven. That cruel, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil or Satan, who seduces the whole world, was cast into the abyss with his angels.

Behold, this primeval enemy and slayer of men has taken courage. Transformed into an angel of light, he wanders about with all the multitude of wicked spirits, invading the earth in order to blot out the name of God and of his Christ, to seize upon, slay and cast into eternal perdition souls destined for the crown of eternal glory.

This wicked dragon pours out, as a most impure flood, the venom of his malice on men of depraved mind and corrupt heart, the spirit of lying, of impiety, of blasphemy, and the pestilent breath of impurity, and of every vice and iniquity. These most crafty enemies have filled and inebriated with gall and bitterness the Church, the spouse of the immaculate Lamb, and have laid impious hands on her most sacred possessions.

In the Holy Place itself, where has been set up the See of the most holy Peter and the Chair of Truth for the light of the world, they have raised the throne of their abominable impiety, with the iniquitous design that when the Pastor has been struck, the sheep may be scattered.

Arise then, O invincible Prince, bring help against the attacks of the lost spirits to the people of God, and give them the victory. They venerate thee as their protector and patron; in thee holy Church glories as her defense against the malicious power of hell; to thee has God entrusted the souls of men to be established in heavenly beatitude.

Oh, pray to the God of peace that He may put Satan under our feet, so far conquered that he may no longer be able to hold men in captivity and harm the Church. Offer our prayers in the sight of the Most High, so that they may quickly conciliate the mercies of the Lord; and beating down the dragon, the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, do thou again make him captive in the abyss, that he may no longer seduce the nations. Amen.

℣. Behold the Cross of the Lord; be scattered ye hostile powers.
℟. The Lion of the tribe of Juda has conquered, the root of David.
℣. Let Thy mercies be upon us, O Lord.
℟. As we have hoped in Thee.
℣. O Lord, hear my prayer.
℟. And let my cry come unto Thee.
Let us pray.
O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we call upon Thy Holy Name, and as suppliants we implore Thy clemency, that by the intercession of Mary, ever Virgin immaculate and our Mother, and of the glorious Archangel St. Michael, Thou wouldst deign to help us against Satan and all other unclean spirits, who wander about the world for the injury of the human race and the ruin of souls. Amen.

Msgr. Smith to offer Sunday Traditional Mass at Silver Spring

A Low Mass will be offered this Sunday, September 21, at the Traditional Latin Mass Congregation of Silver Spring, Maryland. Monsignor K. Bartholomew Smith, pastor of St. Bernadette parish in Four Corners, will be the celebrant of the Mass of the 15th Sunday after Pentecost.

Holy Mass will begin at 8:00 am.  Confessions will be heard from 7:30 to 7:55 am.

Silver Spring TLM Congregation meets at the Historic Church of St. John the Evangelist, 9700 Rosensteel Avenue, Forest Glen.

A Novena prayer in honor of St. Vincent de Paul

Thanks to solid evangelical outreach and friendly media coverage, Catholics and non-Catholics alike in the neighborhood of Nationals Park have become aware of the presence of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in their community.

Readers of this blog have also known of the recent addition of the Traditional Latin Mass to St. Vincent’s Saturday schedule.  Masses are scheduled at 9:00 am on each of the two remaining Saturdays in September.

In preparation for the Church’s annual Feast of St. Vincent de Paul on Saturday, September 27 (as observed in the Novus Ordo calendar), we commend to St. Vincent’s parishioners, and to all our readers, the following prayer — authorized by Pope Leo XIII in 1885 for use throughout the Universal Church — as a Novena in honor of its patron saint.

O glorious St. Vincent, heavenly patron of all charitable associations and father of all the unfortunate, who in thy lifetime didst not reject anyone who had recourse to thee; see now by how many evils we are oppressed, and come to our assistance. Obtain from our Lord help for the poor, solace for the sick, consolation for the afflicted, protection for the abandoned, charity for the rich, conversion for sinners, zeal for priests, peace for the Church, tranquility among nations, and salvation for all. May all feel the effects of thy merciful intercession, so that, sustained by thee in the miseries of this life, we may be able to join thee above, where there will be no more strife, lamentation or sorrow, but joy, exultation, and beatitude for ever. Amen.

UPDATED: Georgetown TLM scheduled Friday at St. William Chapel

The Georgetown Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form) Community announces that a Missa Cantata will be offered Friday, September 19, at 6:00 pm in St. William Chapel at Georgetown University.  Father Stephen Fields, S.J., will be the celebrant of the Mass of the Feast of St. Januarius.

St. William Chapel is located directly above Copley Crypt in Copley Hall, immediately to the north of Healy Hall on the main campus of Georgetown University, 3700 O Street NW, Washington.  Attendees are advised of the change to St. William Chapel from the usual location of Copley Crypt Chapel.  A staircase to the right of Copley Crypt, at the rear of Copley Hall, leads upstairs to St. William Chapel.