UPDATED: Fr. Czarnota to offer TLM Sunday at Silver Spring

A Low Mass will be offered Sunday, February 1, at the Traditional Latin Mass Congregation of Silver Spring, Maryland.  The celebrant of the Mass of Septuagesima Sunday will be Reverend Father Paul Czarnota of the Archdiocese of Detroit.

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

UPDATE 1: In anticipation of Candlemas on February 2, candles will be blessed after Sunday’s Mass. Attendees should bring candles that they wish to have blessed.

UPDATE 2: In anticipation of the feast of St. Blase on February 3, throats will be blessed after Sunday’s Mass.

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

UPDATED: Msgr. Bastress in hospital; Baltimore St. Alphonsus schedule adjusted

We are informed that Reverend Monsignor Arthur Bastress, pastor of St. Alphonsus Church in downtown Baltimore, has recently been admitted to hospital where he is recovering from a respiratory ailment.  UPDATE 1: As of Friday, January 30, Msgr. Bastress has been moved to a regular patient room at Mercy Hospital.

There will be no Traditional Latin Mass on Friday at St. Alphonsus. Saturday’s Traditional Mass at 12:10 pm will be offered by Reverend Father Salvatore Furnari SAC. UPDATE 2: Sunday’s High Mass at 11:30 am will be celebrated by Reverend Father Marc Lanoue.

Readers are asked to keep Msgr. Bastress in their prayers.

Fr. Carr to offer Traditional Mass on Wednesday, Saturday

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

On Wednesday, January 28,  Low Mass of the Feast of St. Peter Nolasco will be offered at 7:00 am.  On Saturday, January 31, Low Mass of the Feast of St. John Bosco will be offered at 7:00 am.

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.

Benedict Francis de Sales sets patronal feast TLM for Thursday evening 1/29

To celebrate the traditional feast day of the parish’s patron saint, the Traditional Latin Mass will be celebrated at 7:00 pm on Thursday, January 29, by Reverend Father Kevin Cusick at St. Francis de Sales Church, 7185 Benedict Avenue, Benedict, Maryland. This Mass has been added to our seven-day schedule.

Immediately following Mass, Juventutem will sponsor a gaudeamus reception in the parish rectory. All Mass attendees are welcome to attend and to bring a food item to the reception.

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.

St. Francis de Sales on anxiety of mind

From the writings of the early-17th-century French spiritual director and Oratorian St. Francis de Sales, whose feast is celebrated in the traditional calendar on January 29:

Whenever you urgently desire to be delivered from any evil, or to attain some good thing, strive above all else to keep a calm, restful spirit, — steady your judgment and will, and then go quietly and easily after your object, taking all fitting means to attain thereto. By easily I do not mean carelessly, but without eagerness, disquietude or anxiety; otherwise, so far from bringing about what you wish, you will hinder it, and add more and more to your perplexities. “My soul is alway in my hand, yet I do not forget Thy Law” [Ps. cxviii.109], David says. Examine yourself often, at least night and morning, as to whether your soul is “in your hand”; or whether it has been wrested thence by any passionate or anxious emotion. See whether your soul is fully under control, or whether it has not in anywise escaped from beneath your hand, to plunge into some unruly love, hate, envy, lust, fear, vexation, or joy. And if it has so strayed, before all else seek it out, and quietly bring it back to the Presence of God, once more placing all your hopes and affections under the direction of His Holy Will.

— Introduction to the Devout Life

Fr. Tunink to offer Missa Cantata at Silver Spring

A Missa Cantata with schola will be offered Sunday, January 25, at the Traditional Latin Mass Congregation of Silver Spring, Maryland. Reverend Father Shawn Tunink of the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas, will be the celebrant of the Mass of the Third Sunday after Epiphany.

Holy Mass will begin at 8:00 am.  Confessions will be heard from 7:30 to 7:55 am.  A second collection will be taken up on behalf of Church missions in the United States.

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

Fr. Carr to offer Traditional Mass on Thursday, Saturday

The Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form) will be offered at 10:30 am on Thursday morning (note the unusual time because of the March for Life) and 7:00 am on Saturday morning of this week by Reverend Father Richard Carr at St. Michael Church, 7401 St. Michael’s Lane, Annandale.

On Thursday morning, January 22, a Votive Mass for Peace with commemoration of St. Vincent will be offered.  The Mass of the Feast of St. Timothy will be offered on Saturday morning, January 24.

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.

A novena prayer in honor of St. Francis de Sales

On Thursday, January 29, the feast of St. Francis de Sales is celebrated in the traditional calendar of the Roman Catholic Church. A Franciscan monk and Oratorian during the turbulent decades immediately following the Protestant Reformation, St. Francis de Sales possessed a deep yet gentle spirituality that has formed countless souls and inspired the founding of many religious orders during and after his life on earth.

A visit on the patronal feast day to a parish church such as that of St. Francis de Sales in Benedict, Maryland, 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 Collect of the Mass of the Feast of St. Francis de Sales as a novena prayer on each of the nine days up to and including the feast day on January 29:

Deus, qui ad animarum salutem beatum Franciscum Confessorem tuum atque Pontificem omnibus omnia factum esse voluisti: concede propitius; ut caritatis tuae dulcedine perfusi, eius dirigentibus monitis, ac suffragantibus meritis, aeterna gaudia consequamur. Per Dominum nostrum Iesum Christum, Filium tuum: qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum. Amen.

O God, Who for the salvation of souls willed that blessed Francis, Thy Confessor and Bishop, should become all things to all men, mercifully grant that we, inspired by the sweetness of Thy love, guided by his teachings, and aided by his merits, may attain the joys of everlasting life. Through Jesus Christ, Thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

The winter of our unbelief

Catholic author and educator Peter Kwasniewski on the effects of the 1960s liturgical “reform” on ecumenism and evangelization:

What we need for a sane Christian life together is a truly noble simplicity, the silence of anonymity, clouds of beautiful song and incense, a healthy routine of life marked by feasts and processions, a life of worship spent in churches that foster an ecstatic praise of God, bearing witness to his transcendent beauty. This is what the Middle Ages had in abundance, for all that the poor peasants lacked; this is what we fundamentally lack, for all the cleverness and comfort we have. Every time an ugly church is built or the Mass is offered unworthily, faith is endangered, distorted, thinned out. In the Church on earth, half a century out from the great springtime that was supposed to follow the Second Vatican Council, we are in the midst of a darkening Age of Unbelief, a winter colder than the Enlightenment itself.

Resurgent in the Midst of Crisis (2014)

Fr. Czarnota to offer TLM Sunday at Silver Spring

A Low Mass will be offered Sunday, January 18, at the Traditional Latin Mass Congregation of Silver Spring, Maryland.  The celebrant of the Mass of the Second Sunday after Epiphany will be Reverend Father Paul Czarnota of the Archdiocese of Detroit.

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.