Baltimore St. Alphonsus sets patronal feast TLM for Wednesday evening 8/2

In observance of the feast day of the parish’s patron saint, a Traditional Latin Mass will be offered at 7:00 pm this Wednesday evening, August 2, at the National Shrine of St. Alphonsus Liguori in Baltimore. Reverend Father Joel Kiefer fssp, St. Alphonsus’ newly installed pastor, will be the celebrant of the Mass, which has been added to our seven-day schedule.

A visit to any church on its patronal feast day, accompanied by the recitation of one Our Father and the Creed, is enriched with a plenary indulgence under the usual conditions.

The National Shrine of St. Alphonsus Liguori is located at 114 West Saratoga Street in downtown Baltimore. Parking is available nearby in metered spaces, on surface lots, and in garages. There is no charge for street parking after 6:00 pmMTA bus service runs frequently on Saratoga Street and on nearby Cathedral Street.

Daily Traditional Mass to begin Tuesday at Baltimore St. Alphonsus

Beginning this Tuesday, August 1, the regularly scheduled 7:00 am Mass at the National Shrine of St. Alphonsus Liguori in Baltimore will be a Traditional Latin Low Mass. The introduction of the TLM at the weekday morning Mass was announced this morning by Reverend Father William Spacek, whose term as interim parish administrator ends July 31.

The 7:00 am Traditional Mass will be offered by incoming pastor Reverend Father Joel Kiefer of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter. For the time being, it is anticipated that the regularly scheduled 12:10 pm weekday Mass will continue to be an English Novus Ordo offered by a priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

Also, the faithful are reminded that this Wednesday, August 2, is the Feast of St. Alphonsus Liguori, the parish’s patron. A visit to any church on its patronal feast day, accompanied by the recitation of one Our Father and the Creed, is enriched with a plenary indulgence under the usual conditions.

The National Shrine of St. Alphonsus Liguori is located at 114 West Saratoga Street in downtown Baltimore. Parking is available nearby in metered spaces, on surface lots, and in garages. There is no charge for street parking before 8:00 am on weekdays; however, motorists are cautioned not to park on the south side of Saratoga Street, or on Park Avenue north of Saratoga Street, during weekday morning rush hours from 7:00 am to 9:00 am. MTA bus service runs frequently on Saratoga Street and on nearby Cathedral Street.

No Sunday Traditional Mass at Silver Spring on July 23 or 30

Due to the unavailability of a celebrant, the Traditional Latin Mass will not be celebrated at the Silver Spring TLM Congregation on Sunday, July 23, or on Sunday, July 30. We encourage attendees to consult our seven-day schedule to find a Traditional Mass elsewhere in the area.

The regular Sunday and holy day Mass schedule at Silver Spring will resume in August.

Fr. Carr to offer TLM on Saturday, Monday mornings

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

On Saturday morning, July 22, at 7:00 am, Low Mass of the Feast of St. Mary Magdelene will be offered. A low Ferial Mass will be offered at 6:45 am on Monday morning, July 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.

Christ is the builder and Savior of His Mystical Body

From Pope Pius XII’s encyclical Mystici Corporis Christi (1943):

In the course of the present study, Venerable Brethren, we have thus far seen that the Church is so constituted that it may be likened to a body. We must now explain clearly and precisely why it is to be called not merely a body, but the Body of Jesus Christ. This follows from the fact that our Lord is the Founder, the Head, the Support and the Savior of this Mystical Body.

As We set out briefly to expound in what sense Christ founded His social Body, the following thought of Our predecessor of happy memory, Leo XIII, occurs to Us at once: “The Church which, already conceived, came forth from the side of the second Adam in His sleep on the Cross, first showed Herself before the eyes of men on the great day of Pentecost.”23 For the Divine Redeemer began the building of the mystical temple of the Church when by His preaching He made known His Precepts; He completed it when he hung glorified on the Cross; and He manifested and proclaimed it when He sent the Holy Ghost as Paraclete in visible form on His disciples.

For while fulfilling His office as preacher He chose Apostles, sending them as He had been sent by the Father24—namely, as teachers, rulers, instruments of holiness in the assembly of the believers; He appointed their Chief and His Vicar on earth;25 He made known to them all things and whatsoever He had heard from His Father;26 He also determined that through Baptism27 those who should believe would be incorporated in the Body of the Church; and finally, when He came to the close of His life, He instituted at the Last Supper the wonderful Sacrifice and Sacrament of the Eucharist.

23 Encycl. Divinum Illud: Acta Sanctæ Sedis, XXIX, p. 649.
24 John, XVII, 18.
25 Cf. Matth., XVI, 18-19.
26 John, XV, 15; XVII, 8 and 14.
27 Cf. John, III, 5.

Mystici Corporis Christi 25-27

Sin does not preclude reconciliation with the Mystical Body

From Pope Pius XII’s encyclical Mystici Corporis Christi (1943):

Nor must one imagine that the Body of the Church, just because it bears the name of Christ, is made up during the days of its earthly pilgrimage only of members conspicuous for their holiness, or that it consists only of those whom God has predestined to eternal happiness. It is owing to the Savior’s infinite mercy that place is allowed in His Mystical Body here below for those whom, of old, He did not exclude from the banquet.20 For not every sin, however grave it may be, is such as of its own nature to sever a man from the Body of the Church, as does schism or heresy or apostasy. Men may lose charity and divine grace through sin, thus becoming incapable of supernatural merit, and yet not be deprived of all life if they hold fast to faith and Christian hope, and if, illumined from above, they are spurred on by the interior promptings of the Holy Spirit to salutary fear and are moved to prayer and penance for their sins.

Let every one then abhor sin, which defiles the mystical members of our Redeemer; but if anyone unhappily falls and his obstinacy has not made him unworthy of communion with the faithful, let him be received with great love, and let eager charity see in him a weak member of Jesus Christ. For, as the Bishop of Hippo remarks, it is better “to be cured within the Church’s community than to be cut off from its body as incurable members.”21 “As long as a member still forms part of the body there is no reason to despair of its cure; once it has been cut off, it can be neither cured nor healed.”22

20 Cf. Matth., IX, 11; Mark, II, 16; Luke, XV, 2.
21 August., Epist., CLVII, 3, 22: Migne, Patrologiæ Cursus completus, Series Latina [PL], XXXIII, 686.
22 August., Serm., CXXXVII, 1: PL XXXVIII, 754.

Mystici Corporis Christi 23-24

Fr. Carr to offer TLM this Saturday morning

The Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form) will be offered at 7:00 am on Saturday morning, July 15, at St. Michael Church, 7401 St. Michael’s Lane, Annandale. Reverend Father Richard Carr will celebrate Low Mass for the Feast of St. Henry I, Holy Roman Emperor, Confessor.

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.

No Silver Spring TLM on Sunday, July 16

Due to the unavailability of a celebrant, no Traditional Mass will be celebrated at the Silver Spring TLM Congregation this coming Sunday, July 16. We encourage attendees to consult our seven-day schedule to find a Traditional Mass elsewhere in the area.

Decisions are pending regarding Masses for the remainder of July. Priests who would be interested in celebrating Mass at Silver Spring on July 23 or 30 are encouraged to contact us so that we may pass your information along to the congregation’s chaplain.

Low Mass to be offered Thursday evening at Fairfax St. Leo the Great

A Low Mass in the Extraordinary Form will be celebrated at St. Leo the Great Church in Fairfax at 7:00 pm on Thursday evening, July 13. This Mass has been added to our seven-day schedule.

Thursday evening Low Masses will not be offered on July 20, July 27, or August 3. The regular weekly schedule will resume on August 10.

St. Leo the Great Church is located at 3700 Old Lee Highway, between U.S. Route 50 and Main Street in Fairfax. Ample free parking is available.

Fr. Kiefer FSSP to become pastor of Baltimore St. Alphonsus

Parish to remain under diocesan jurisdiction

It was announced today that Reverend Father Joel Kiefer of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) will become the pastor of the National Shrine of St. Alphonsus Liguori in Baltimore effective August 1, 2017. The announcement was made during Holy Mass at St. Alphonsus on Sunday morning, July 9, by Reverend Father William Spacek, who will remain as parochial administrator for the remainder of the month of July.

The appointment of Fr. Kiefer ensures that Baltimore Catholics will continue to have permanent access to the Traditional Mass and Sacraments at St. Alphonsus after the retirement earlier this year of Reverend Monsignor Arthur Bastress. In addition, a priest will be appointed to offer the Novus Ordo Mass to the English- and Lithuanian-speaking parishioners of St. Alphonsus. The parish will remain within the jurisdiction of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

Fr. Kiefer, a 1992 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, previously served as pastor of the Fraternity’s North American Martyrs parish in Seattle.