Sunday Solemn Vespers, Benediction continue at D.C. Oratory

A weekly celebration of Solemn Vespers and Benediction that was initiated last October at Washington’s St. Thomas Apostle Church will continue through the Lenten season and beyond. The Sunday afternoon Vespers service is an integral part of the Woodley Park parish’s liturgical program, which is administered by the Oratorian Fathers of the Community of St. Philip Neri, currently in formation at St. Thomas Apostle.

Vespers, the evening prayer of the Church’s Divine Office, is offered each Sunday at 4:00 pm.  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. Auxiliary Bishop Athanasius Schneider of the Archdiocese of Mary Most Holy in Astana, Kazakhstan, who will be visiting Washington this coming weekend, will be among the attendees on Quinquagesima Sunday, February 15.

St. Thomas Apostle Church is located at 2665 Woodley Road in Woodley Park.

Fr. Carr to offer Traditional Mass on Monday, Saturday

The Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form) will be offered at 7:00 am on Monday and Saturday of this week by Reverend Father Richard Carr at St. Michael Church, 7401 St. Michael’s Lane, Annandale.

On Monday morning, February 9, the Mass of the Feast of St. Cyril of Alexandria with commemoration of St. Apollonia will be offered. The Mass of Saturday of Our Lady with commemoration of St. Valentine will be offered on Saturday morning, February 14.

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.

Bishop Schneider to speak, offer Mass in D.C. February 14-15

Acclaimed author of Dominus Est! It Is the Lord, Most Reverend Athanasius Schneider, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Mary Most Holy in Astana, Kazakhstan, will visit Washington, D.C., on the weekend of February 14-15, 2015, to deliver a lecture and to celebrate Holy Mass.

On Saturday afternoon, February 14, at 2:00 pm, Bishop Schneider will speak on the topic “Some Aspects of the Renewal of the Church and Its Liturgy” at the Church of the Annunciation, 3810 Massachusetts Avenue NW. His Excellency’s lecture, which is sponsored by the Paulus Institute for the Propagation of Sacred Liturgy, will be followed by a reception generously provided by the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property.

Bishop Schneider will also be the celebrant of the regularly scheduled Traditional Latin Mass at 9:00 am on Sunday, February 15, at St. Mary Mother of God Church, 727 Fifth Street NW. Readers may recall that Old St. Mary’s was the venue of last month’s Pontifical Mass for Life, also sponsored by the Paulus Institute.

Both Saturday’s lecture and Sunday’s Mass are open to the public.

Fr. McDonell to offer Missa Cantata Sunday at Silver Spring

A Missa Cantata with choir will be offered this Sunday, February 15, at the Traditional Latin Mass Congregation of Silver Spring, Maryland. Reverend Father Clint McDonell of the Archdiocese of Detroit will be the celebrant of the Mass of Sexagesima Sunday.

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

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 Saturday

The Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form) for the Feast of St. Romuald will be offered at 7:00 am on Saturday, February 7, by Reverend 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.

Friday evening TLM, Adoration announced at Benedict St. Francis

A Traditional Latin Mass will be celebrated at St. Francis de Sales Church in Benedict, Maryland, at 7:00 pm on Friday, February 6. Reverend Father Kevin Cusick will celebrate a votive Mass in observance of the first Friday of February.

Mass will be followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Afterward, light refreshments will be served in the rectory. This Mass has been added to our seven-day calendar.

St. Francis de Sales Church is located in Charles County, Maryland, approximately 45 minutes to an hour from the Capital Beltway via Maryland Routes 5 and 231, and offers ample free parking.

UPDATED: 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, February 6, the first Friday of February, at 6:00 pm in St. William Chapel (UPDATE:) Copley Crypt Chapel at Georgetown University. Reverend Father Stephen Fields SJ will be the celebrant of the Mass of the Feast of St. Titus.

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.

Adoration Society for 2015 Synod initiated by Catholic lay women

We commend to the attention of our readers the weblog of the Eucharistic Adoration Society for Synod on the Family 2015. An initiative founded by Catholic lay women Christine McCarthy and Diane Montagna, the Society promotes a worldwide Novena of Eucharistic Adoration in preparation for the October 2015 Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops.

As reported by Edward Pentin in the January 29, 2015, issue of the National Catholic Register, “Possibly not since the Second Vatican Council has the Church faced such a crucial gathering of prelates as the upcoming synod on the family. . . . [Society founders McCarthy and Montagna] are inviting clergy, religious and the faithful worldwide to take part in a Eucharistic adoration novena for the intentions of the Pope, the synod fathers and the Church.

“The novena,” Pentin reports, “is to take place on the first Thursday of each month, for nine consecutive months, beginning on Feb. 5. It will conclude on Oct. 1, the feast of [Society patroness] St. Thérèse of Lisieux, three days before the opening of the synod.”