Special New Year’s week Masses set for Benedict St. Francis de Sales

Two special offerings of the Traditional Latin Mass will be celebrated on January 1 and 2 by Father Kevin Cusick at St. Francis de Sales Church, 7185 Benedict Avenue, Benedict, Maryland:

  • Mass will be offered for the Octave of the Nativity of Our Lord (Circumcision) on Thursday evening, January 1, at 8:00 pm. The faithful are reminded that January 1 is a Holy Day of Obligation, on which all Catholics are required to attend Mass unless lawfully impeded.
  • A First Friday Mass will be offered at 7:00 pm on January 2. There will be Eucharistic Adoration immediately after Mass, followed by light refreshments.

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

St. Francis de Sales Church is located in Charles County about 45 minutes to an hour south of the Capital Beltway (I-95/495). Established in 1903, the parish has offered the Traditional Latin Mass every Sunday since the first Sunday of Advent 1989.

Fr. Rigdon to offer TLM on New Year’s morning at Silver Spring

A Low Mass will be offered January 1 at the Traditional Latin Mass Congregation of Silver Spring, Maryland. Father Vincent Rigdon, pastor of Our Lady of the Presentation parish in Poolesville, will be the celebrant of the Mass of the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord.

Holy Mass will begin at 8:00 am.  Confessions will be heard from 7:30 to 7:55 am.  The faithful are reminded that January 1 is a Holy Day of Obligation, at which all Catholics are required to attend Mass unless lawfully impeded.

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

Who will foot the bill for “social justice”?

Social-justice warriors, including affluent leftists and their media promoters, give the impression that the problem of poverty is soluble by deficit spending in hopes of sooner or later “soaking the rich.”  According to Father Jerry Pokorsky, pastor of St. Michael the Archangel Church in Annandale, someone stands to get soaked sooner or later, all right, but it may not necessarily be the rich.

From an article at The Catholic Thing:

. . . Frankly, I do not place much hope in the financial geniuses.  If the experts cannot agree on the obvious humanity of an unborn baby, what makes us think they will get financial realities right?  I hope there isn’t a major financial collapse but some experts do not rule that out.  My guess – and perhaps best-case scenario — is that there will be rampant inflation in the years ahead because our politicians (and our tone deaf religious leaders) haven’t paid attention to massive government budget deficits and runaway spending.

But inflation is often called “the cruelest tax,” because it affects poor people more than rich people.  Could this the reason very wealthy people like George Soros, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffett support big-spending politicians?

Somehow it continues to be easy to support big spending as a “social justice” issue, especially by the clergy.  But isn’t it high time for social justice advocates to put the mundane – nay, grim and catastrophic and irresponsible — business of the national debt and the evils of deficit spending on the table precisely in the name of “social justice”?

Three Christmastide Traditional Masses to be offered by Fr. Carr

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

  • Monday, December 29, 7:00 am
    Fifth Day in Octave of the Nativity
    with commemoration of St. Thomas Becket
  • Thursday, January 1, noon
    Octave of Christmas — Circumcision of Our Lord
    The faithful are reminded that January 1 is a Holy Day of Obligation. Attendance at Mass is required of all Catholics on this day unless lawfully impeded.
  • Saturday, January 3, 7:00 am
    Immaculate Heart of Mary

Please note that these Masses are scheduled at the discretion of the celebrant, and are not part of the parish’s published Mass calendar. These Masses have been added to our seven-day schedule.

Charity begins at home

From the Preface to Peter Kwasniewski’s Resurgent in the Midst of Crisis:

The Church is the family of God, and the pastors serve in loco parentis — so why are they absent? Are they truly taking care of their children, and of their children’s primary needs? Ecumenism, inter-religious dialogue, efforts for social justice, even evangelization efforts are worthless if the faithful themselves are not first being well clothed, nourished, and taught — clothed by sacraments frequently and worthily received, nourished by a sacred liturgy offered with beauty and reverence, taught sound doctrine in catechesis, preaching, and schools.

Msgr. Smith to offer Sunday Traditional Mass at Silver Spring

A Low Mass will be offered this Sunday, December 28, at the Traditional Latin Mass Congregation of Silver Spring, Maryland. Reverend Monsignor K. Bartholomew Smith, pastor of St. Bernadette parish in Four Corners, will be the celebrant of the Mass of the Sunday in the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord.

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.

After Christmas hiatus, Sunday Vespers to resume January 4 at D.C. Oratory

The Oratorian Fathers of the Community of St. Philip Neri, currently in formation at Washington’s St. Thomas Apostle Church, have announced that, after a one-week break during the octave of Christmas, the Community will resume public celebration of Solemn Vespers and Benediction on Sunday afternoons beginning in January 2015.

Vespers, the evening prayer of the Church’s Divine Office, will not be scheduled for Sunday, December 28, the Sunday in the Octave of the Nativity, but will resume each Sunday at 4:00 pm beginning on Sunday, January 4.  The service is sung entirely in Gregorian chant; those interested in participating are encouraged to assist in the preparation of the music beginning at 3:30 pm. After Vespers, the Blessed Sacrament is exposed briefly for adoration and Benediction.

St. Thomas Apostle Church is located at 2665 Woodley Road in Woodley Park, one block up from the Woodley Road Metrorail and Metrobus stops at Connecticut Avenue.

Fr. Sanderfoot to celebrate Christmas TLM at Silver Spring

A Low Mass will be offered Thursday morning, December 25, at the Traditional Latin Mass Congregation of Silver Spring, Maryland. Reverend Brian Sanderfoot, pastor of St. Francis de Sales Church in Washington, will celebrate the Christmas Mass at Dawn.  The Mass will be accompanied by Christmas carols.

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 Christmas Eve

The Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form) for the Vigil of the Nativity of the Lord will be offered at 7:00 am on Wednesday, December 24, by Father Richard Carr at St. Michael Church, 7401 St. Michael’s Lane, Annandale.

Please note that this Mass is scheduled at the discretion of the celebrant, and is not part of the parish’s published Mass calendar. This Mass has been added to our seven-day schedule.

Fr. Logan to offer Sunday TLM at Silver Spring

A Low Mass will be offered December 21 at the Traditional Latin Mass Congregation of Silver Spring, Maryland.  Reverend Aidan Logan OCSO, Director of Vocations for the Archdiocese of the Military Services, will celebrate the Mass of the Fourth Sunday of Advent.

Holy Mass will begin at 8:00 am.  Confessions will be heard from 7:30 to 7:55 am.  After Mass, in place of the customary refreshments in the church hall next door, there will be a bake sale to benefit Our Lady Queen of Poland Parish, to which all TLM attendees are invited.

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