Fr. Carr to offer Traditional Mass on Wednesday, Saturday

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

On Wednesday morning, May 20,  Low Mass of the Feast of St. Bernardine of Siena will be offered.  Low Mass of the Vigil of Pentecost will be offered on Saturday morning, May 23.

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.

How to hear Mass well

This is the first in a series of excerpts from an article written around the year 1800 by Reverend Father Leonard Gossine and republished in the March 31, 2015, issue of The Remnant:

In order to hear Mass profitably in the sense and spirit of the Church, we should know, in the first place, that the Mass is that sacrifice, which we should offer with our whole being, with all that we are or have, to Almighty God for His glory, in satisfaction for our sins, in thanksgiving for graces received and in supplication for those still necessary, a sacrifice which we ourselves, because of our wretched sinfulness, cannot offer and therefore Christ Himself offers for us; we should be united with God by the most intimate participation in the Sacrifice of Jesus, and we should understand that the Sacrifice of the Mass is also an unbloody renewal of the sacrifice on Calvary.

To be continued…

Fr. McDonell to offer his final Sunday Traditional Mass at Silver Spring

A Low Mass will be offered this Sunday, May 17, at the Traditional Latin Mass Congregation of Silver Spring, Maryland. Reverend Father Clint McDonell of the Archdiocese of Detroit will be the celebrant for the Mass of the Sunday after the Ascension, which will be his last Sunday Mass offered at the Silver Spring congregation.

Holy Mass, which this week will include a First Holy Communion, will begin at 8:00 am.  Confessions will be heard from 7:30 to 7:55 am. After Mass, attendees will have the opportunity during the weekly social hour at the rectory to bid farewell to Fr. McDonell, who will be returning to Michigan to teach at Sacred Heart Seminary.

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 morning

The Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form) for the Feast of St. Ubaldus will be offered at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 16, 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.

After Ascension hiatus, Sunday Vespers to resume May 24 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 for the Sunday after the Ascension, the Community will resume public celebration of Solemn Vespers and Benediction on Sunday afternoons the following week.

Vespers, the evening prayer of the Church’s Divine Office, will not be conducted on the Sunday after the Ascension, May 17, but will resume each Sunday at 4:00 pm beginning on Sunday, May 24.  The service, sung entirely in Gregorian chant, is believed to be the only such weekly public celebration of the traditional Office on the Eastern Seaboard.

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.

Novena prayers in honor of St. Rita of Cascia

On Friday, May 22, the feast of St. Rita of Cascia is celebrated in the calendar of the Roman Catholic Church. Patroness of abused wives and troubled marriages, St. Rita patiently endured battering and insults throughout her marriage and spent the latter years of her widowhood as an Augustinian nun.

A visit on the patronal feast day to a parish church such as that of St. Rita of Cascia in Alexandria, 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 novena prayers at this link provided by the Shrine of St. Rita in Philadelphia on each of the nine days up to and including the feast day on May 22.

Ascension Thursday TLM set at Silver Spring

A Low Mass will be offered this Thursday morning, May 14, at the Traditional Latin Mass Congregation of Silver Spring, Maryland. Reverend Father Aidan Logan OCSO, Director of Vocations for the Archdiocese of the Military Services, will be the celebrant of the Mass of the Feast of the Ascension.

Holy Mass will begin at 10:00 am.  Confessions will be heard from 9:30 to 9:55 am.

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

Fr. Logan to offer Sunday TLM at Silver Spring

A Missa Cantata with schola will be offered Sunday, May 10, at the Traditional Latin Mass Congregation of Silver Spring, Maryland.  Reverend Father Aidan Logan OCSO, Director of Vocations for the Archdiocese of the Military Services, will celebrate the Mass of the Fifth Sunday after Easter.

Holy Mass will begin at 8:00 am.  Confessions will be heard from 7:30 to 7:55 am. After Mass, attendees will have the opportunity during the weekly social hour at the rectory to bid farewell to Reverend Brother Allen Joseph Alexander MIC, who will be ordained a priest in Michigan on July 25.

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

In persona Christi

From the foreword by the late Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel CFR to Dr. Scott Hahn’s The Lamb’s Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth (Doubleday, 1999):

I always feel a twinge of annoyance when I see in a college or a hotel a list of “religious services” and observe the Mass listed at 9 am. The Mass is not a religious service. When Catholics say morning prayer or the recitation of the rosary or even have Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, that’s a service. It’s something that we do for God, similar to the public prayer of any religious denomination. But the Holy Sacrifice of the Eucharist, the Divine Liturgy, is not precisely — in its essence — done by man at all.

Let me tell you, I’ve been a priest for forty years and I never conducted a “service” called a Mass. I was a “stand-in” for the High Priest, to use the words of Church teaching, I was there functioning in persona Christi — in the person of Christ, the High Priest of the Epistle to the Hebrews. People do not come to Mass to receive my body and blood, and I could not have given it to them if they did. They come for communion with Christ.

This is the mysterious element in all Christian sacraments — including baptism. For this reason, in case of great necessity anyone can function in persona Christi to give baptism, because it is Christ Who actually baptizes. It is Christ Who forgives sin, Christ Who prepares the dying, Christ Who ordains and Who blesses the marriages.

Like Catholic and Orthodox Christians who think about it (as well as some Anglicans and even some Lutherans), I believe that Christ is the Priest of all the sacraments, just as He speaks to us from every page of Sacred Scripture. He ministers to us in every sacrament — and we experience in this way the vitality of His mystical body.

Fr. Carr to offer Traditional Mass on Thursday morning

The Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form) for the Feast of St. Stanislaus of Cracow will be offered at 10:00 am on Thursday, May 7, 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.