Final TLM of semester scheduled at G’town Copley Crypt Chapel

The Georgetown Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form) Community has announced its final Traditional Mass of the Spring 2015 semester. A Missa Cantata will be offered Friday evening, May 1, at 6:30 pm in Copley Crypt Chapel at Georgetown University by Reverend Father Stephen Fields SJ.

This Mass has been added to our seven-day schedule.

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

Three Traditional Masses to be offered by Fr. Carr

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

  • Wednesday, April 29, 7:00 am
    Feast of St. Peter of Verona
  • Friday, May 1, 6:00 pm
    Feast of St. Joseph the Worker
  • Saturday, May 2, 7:00 am
    Feast of St. Athanasius

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.

National Catholic Prayer Breakfast set for May 7 at D.C. Marriott Marquis

The Marriott Marquis Hotel at the Washington Convention Center will be the site of the 2015 National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, to be held at 7:00 am on Thursday, May 7, 2015.

Speakers at the breakfast will include Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Bishop Richard Malone of the Diocese of Buffalo, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth. Other attendees will include Washington Archbishop Donald Cardinal Wuerl and Papal Nuncio Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò.

Tickets for the breakfast are $75 each. Further information may be obtained from Mr. Gerald Giblin, whose msn.com email handle is gibling.

On liturgy and nostalgia

Observations by Catholic scholar Peter Kwasniewski:

Though Our Lord first appeared on earth in a humble manger, hidden and poor, the sacred liturgy is not time-travel to Bethlehem circa 4 bc. The Mass is a living image or efficacious likeness of the perfect worship offered by Jesus Christ as Head of the Church — the sinless Lamb slain on Calvary, now reigning in the heavenly Jerusalem — and so it makes present in our midst the glorified Savior whose second coming will not be in quiet poverty but in earth-shattering splendor. For this reason the instinct of our faith has always been to maximize the beauty of the liturgy and its diverse furnishings and surroundings, yearning for what is to come rather than indulging in backward glances. From that point of view, the liturgists who clamor for a return to evangelical or apostolic “simplicity” are the ones guilty of nostalgia, not the faithful who desire the traditional Roman rite. They want to go back, we want to press forward. It is the difference between archaeology and eschatology. The irony, in fact, is greater: one of the most ancient liturgical customs of all, and one that survived all ages and cultures until it met its match in the hubris of the modern West, is that of facing eastwards when we pray to Christ, the true light that enlightens every man (cf. Jn 1:9). In having the priest turn his back to the Sun of Justice and “face the people” in a closed circle, as if he were the coming light, advocates of the new liturgical style disdained universal symbolism and banished one of the few customs we can be certain the church of the early centuries practiced. Once again, those who defend Tradition find that they are more capable than their adversaries of preserving what the latter claim to value most — in this instance, antiquity.

Resurgent in the Midst of Crisis: Sacred Liturgy, the Traditional Latin Mass, and Renewal in the Church (Angelico Press, 2014)

Fr. McDonell to offer Missa Cantata Sunday at Silver Spring

A Missa Cantata with schola will be offered this Sunday, April 26, 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 the Third Sunday after Easter.

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.

Georgetown TLM scheduled Friday evening at Copley Crypt Chapel

The Georgetown Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form) Community announces that a Missa Cantata will be offered Friday, April 24, the Feast of St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen, at 6:30 pm in Copley Crypt Chapel at Georgetown University.  Reverend Father Stephen Fields SJ will be the celebrant of the Mass.

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.

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, April 20, a ferial Mass of Paschaltide will be offered.  The Mass of the Feast of St. Mark, Evangelist, will be offered on Saturday morning, April 25.

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 Catholic scholar assesses a “turning point”

From The Difference God Makes: A Catholic Vision of Faith, Communion, and Culture (Herder & Herder, 2009):

We are at a turning point in the life of the Church in this country. Liberal Catholicism is an exhausted project. Essentially a critique, even a necessary critique at one point in our history, it is now parasitical on a substance that no longer exists. It has shown itself unable to pass on the faith in its integrity and inadequate, therefore, in fostering the joyful self-surrender called for in Christian marriage, in consecrated life, in ordained priesthood. It no longer gives life.

The answer, however, is not to be found in a type of conservative Catholicism obsessed with particular practices and so sectarian in its outlook that it cannot serve as a sign of unity of all peoples in Christ.

The answer is simply Catholicism, in all its fullness and depth, a faith able to distinguish itself from any culture and yet able to engage and transform them all, a faith joyful in all the gifts Christ wants to give us and open to the whole world He died to save. The Catholic faith shapes a Church with a lot of room for differences in pastoral approach, for discussion and debate, for initiatives as various as the peoples whom God loves. But, more profoundly, the faith shapes a Church which knows Her Lord and knows Her own identity, a Church able to distinguish between what fits into the tradition that unites Her to Christ and what is a false start or a distorting thesis, a Church united here and now because She is always one with the Church throughout the ages and with the saints in Heaven.

— Francis Cardinal George OMI (1937-2015)

Fr. Straub to offer Traditional Latin Mass Sunday at Silver Spring

A Low Mass will be offered Sunday, April 19, at the Traditional Latin Mass Congregation of Silver Spring, Maryland. Reverend Father Jacob Straub of the Diocese of Covington, Kentucky, will be the celebrant of the Mass of the Second Sunday after Easter (Good Shepherd Sunday).

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.

Three Traditional Masses to be offered by Fr. Carr

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

  • Monday, April 13, 7:00 am
    Feast of St. Hermenegild (Low Mass)
  • Tuesday, April 14, 9:30 am
    Requiem Missa Cantata for the soul of Frank Kelly
  • Saturday, April 18, 7:00 am
    Saturday of Our Lady (Low Mass)

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.