Revised TLM schedule to begin this week at Baltimore St. Alphonsus

Three weekday Masses to move to midday

Beginning this Monday, August 21, the time of the weekday Traditional Latin Mass at the National Shrine of St. Alphonsus Liguori in Baltimore will change to 12:10 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, the TLM will continue to be offered at 7:00 am as previously. Confessions will be heard from 11:30 am to noon Monday through Saturday, as well as during the half-hour previous to every Traditional Latin Mass.

The Shrine 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.

Fr. Langevin to offer Dominican Rite Mass Sunday at Silver Spring

A Low Mass in the Traditional Dominican Rite will be offered Sunday, August 20, at the Traditional Latin Mass Congregation of Silver Spring, Maryland. The celebrant of the Mass of the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost will be Reverend Father Dominic Langevin op, Instructor in Systematic Theology at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington.

Holy Mass will begin at 8:00 am. Confessions will be heard from 7:10 to 7:50 am.

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

Whither Summorum?

How should faithful Catholics respond to the latest rumors?

We are more intrigued than worried by recently published unsourced rumors that the Holy See is considering how and when it might nullify the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum, issued by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007, which reaffirmed official Church support for the Traditional Latin Mass.

While we have observed with sorrow the wanderings of the Vatican over the past four years. its euphemistic evasiveness on foundational matters of Catholic belief has ceased to surprise us very much. Challenges to doctrine, such as that on marriage and the Sacraments, are not called such but rather are characterized as evolutions of “discipline”; concessions to apostasy, heresy, and the secular State are framed as “dialogue and encounter”; “study commissions” are set up occasionally on various topics but produce little direct output; one papal confidant rants ignorantly about American “integralism,” while another talks of “building a bridge” that bypasses the eternal verities of human nature and sexuality. We would expect any official intervention (as distinct from off-the-cuff papal remarks) regarding the Traditional Mass to be similarly oblique.

That said, it is worth considering whether the Rite of St. Gregory the Great—which developed organically into the universal Eucharistic celebration of the Roman Rite until abruptly suppressed in the 1960s—might be in danger of abrogation should Summorum be nullified. Our considered opinion is that it is not.

The Christ-centered TLM is immersed in perpetual Catholic Truth

Article I of Summorum correctly makes reference to “the Sacrifice of the Mass following the typical edition of the Roman Missal, which was promulgated by Blessed [now Saint] John XXIII in 1962 and never abrogated.” No reversal of Summorum would invalidate the truth of that statement. And no abrogation of the Traditional Latin Mass could be undertaken without severing the Church, once and for all, from the liturgical traditions that have sustained Her for two millennia and without which She could not survive.

Some would say that severance was already accomplished by the imposition of the Novus Ordo in 1969. Though we are sympathetic with the arguments of those who hold this position, we cannot agree with their conclusion. Our reasoning is based, not upon stylistic preferences or the musings of “liturgists” of one era or another, but upon the very nature of the Mass.

Holy Mass, at its core, is not a script or ceremony subject to human whim. It is the immersion of the Church as the Mystical Body of Christ into the unbroken, timeless sacrifice of Calvary, as instituted by Our Lord at the Last Supper. Christ-centered by its very nature, the Mass is the organic fullness of Catholicism in liturgical practice.

The human-centered artifices introduced by the Novus Ordo and its endless variants in practice, as well as the accompanying neo-Gnosticism now rampant in the Church, may obscure this essential truth of our Redemption. But they cannot invalidate it.

It is a logical impossibility that a faithful Catholic priest competent in the language and rubrics could be lawfully impeded from offering the organically developed, Christ-centered Traditional Latin Mass. We, too, as faithful lay Catholics, enjoy an intrinsic and unshakable right to this essential element of our liturgical patrimony, as well as an obligation to guard the unimpeded exercise of that right by all Catholic priests and faithful.

What, then, is to be done?

Our duty—for our own good and that of our neighbor—is not merely to bemoan the focal displacement of the Mass and the Church during the past half century. It is, rather, to work actively and tirelessly toward the extinction of that displacement, through the full restoration of traditional worship and devotion.

So we pray. We frequent the Sacraments and the Traditional Latin Mass. We fast and, as Our Lady of Fatima entreated, we do penance. We perform the works of mercy. We resist usurpers, to the face if (and only if) need be. And we support our traditional priests and Religious and faithful prelates with every resource at our command.

More importantly, we offer all our works and prayers to God the Father, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, for the restoration of His Church and the conversion of sinners.

And most importantly of all, we place our total reliance upon the grace and mercy of Our Lord and the intercession of Our Blessed Mother. If we but turn contrite hearts to them in simple, childlike faith—no matter the depths of our past failings, infidelities, and torpor—we can be assured that they will not fail the Church Militant in Her hour of need.

Fr. Rigdon to offer TLM at Silver Spring for Feast of Assumption

A Low Mass will be offered Tuesday morning, August 15, at the Traditional Latin Mass Congregation of Silver Spring, Maryland. Reverend Father Vincent Rigdon, pastor of Our Lady of the Presentation Church in Poolesville, Maryland, will be the celebrant of the Mass of the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Holy Mass will begin at 11:00 am. Confessions will be heard before Mass beginning at 10:30 am. This Mass has been added to our seven-day schedule.

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

Fr. Carr to offer TLM this week on Tuesday, Saturday morning

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

On Tuesday morning, August 8, at 6:45 am, Mass of the Feast of St. John Vianney will be offered. Mass of the Feast of St. Clare will be offered at 7:00 am on Saturday morning, August 12.

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.

Fairfax St. Leo sets Thursday evening TLM schedule for August

The Traditional Latin Mass will be celebrated at 7:00 pm on each of the next four Thursday evenings at St. Leo the Great Church in Fairfax.

A Missa Cantata will be offered on August 24. On August 10, 17, and 31, Low Mass will be offered. These Masses will appear on our seven-day schedule.

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.

Msgr. Smith to offer Sunday TLM as Silver Spring congregation resumes weekly schedule

After a hiatus during the month of July, the regular weekly Mass schedule resumes this Sunday, August 6, at the Traditional Latin Mass Congregation of Silver Spring, Maryland. Reverend Monsignor K. Bartholomew Smith, pastor of St. Bernadette parish in Four Corners, will celebrate a low Mass of the Feast of the Transfiguration. This Mass has been added to our seven-day schedule.

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 for Catholic Communications and Human Development.

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

Baltimore St. Alphonsus to welcome Fr. Kiefer at Sunday post-TLM social

A social will be held at the National Shrine of St. Alphonsus Liguori in Baltimore after the 11:30 am Traditional Latin Mass this coming Sunday, August 6, to welcome new pastor Reverend Father Joel Kiefer to the parish. Father Kiefer, a member of the Priestly Society of St. Peter, assumed pastoral duties at the Shrine this past Tuesday, August 1, succeeding interim administrator Reverend Father William Spacek of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

The Shrine, located at 114 West Saratoga Street in downtown Baltimore, now offers the Traditional Latin Mass every Sunday at 11:30 am and every weekday at 7:00 am. These Masses are listed on our seven-day schedule.

Fr. Carr to offer TLMs Thursday, Friday evenings, Saturday morning

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

A month’s mind Requiem Mass will be offered on Thursday evening, August 3, at 5:30 pm, for the grandmother of one of St. Michael’s altar boys. On Friday evening, August 4, Low Mass of the Feast of St. Dominic will be offered at 5:00 pm. Low Mass of the Feast of Our Lady of the Snows will be offered at 7:00 am on Saturday morning, August 5.

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.