Fr. Carr to offer TLM this Wednesday, Saturday

The Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form) will be offered 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, September 27, at 6:45 am, Low Mass of the Feast of Ss. Cosmas & Damian will be offered. Low Mass of the Feast of St. Jerome will be offered at 7:00 am on Saturday morning, September 30.

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.

The reconciliation initiated by Our Lord’s Passion was reinforced at Pentecost

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

If we consider closely all these mysteries of the Cross, those words of the Apostle are no longer obscure, in which he teaches the Ephesians that Christ, by His blood, made the Jews and Gentiles one “breaking down the middle wall of partition . . . in his flesh” by which the two peoples were divided; and that He made the Old Law void “that He might make the two in Himself into one new man,” that is, the Church, and might reconcile both to God in one Body by the Cross.”40

The Church which He founded by His Blood, He strengthened on the Day of Pentecost by a special power, given from heaven. For, having solemnly installed in his exalted office him whom He had already nominated as His Vicar, He had ascended into Heaven; and sitting now at the right hand of the Father He wished to make known and proclaim His Spouse through the visible coming of the Holy Spirit with the sound of a mighty wind and tongues of fire.41 For just as He Himself when He began to preach was made known by His Eternal Father through the Holy Spirit descending and remaining on Him in the form of a dove,42 so likewise, as the Apostles were about to enter upon their ministry of preaching, Christ our Lord sent the Holy Spirit down from Heaven, to touch them with tongues of fire and to point out, as by the finger of God, the supernatural mission and office of the Church.

40 Cf. Eph., II, 14-16.
41 Cf. Acts, II, 1-4.
42 Cf. Luke, III, 22; Mark, I, 10.

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Fatima talks, Mass set for Saturday at Baltimore St. Alphonsus

This Saturday, September 23, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm, the Shrine of St. Alphonsus Liguori in Baltimore will host a series of events related to Our Lady of Fatima.

After a continental breakfast in the church hall, Reverend Father Anthony Mastroeni of the Diocese of Paterson will give talks in the morning and afternoon and will celebrate Holy Mass at noon. There will be a potluck lunch after Mass, for which attendees are asked to bring an item to share.

Those planning to attend should notify Susan Krebs by email on inDeoFidemus@verizon.net. There is no charge for Saturday’s program; however, a free will offering will be taken up to support the Shrine and Reparation Society.

The Shrine is located at 114 West Saratoga Street in downtown Baltimore. Free parking for the day’s events will be available in the lot at the corner of Saratoga and Liberty Streets.

The death of the Savior released the gifts of the Holy Ghost to the Church

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

But if our Savior, by His death, became, in the full and complete sense of the word, the Head of the Church, it was likewise through His blood that the Church was enriched with the fullest communication of the Holy Spirit, through which, from the time when the Son of Man was lifted up and glorified on the Cross by His sufferings, she is divinely illumined. For then, as Augustine notes,39 with the rending of the veil of the temple it happened that the dew of the Paraclete’s gifts, which heretofore had descended only on the fleece, that is on the people of Israel, fell copiously and abundantly (while the fleece remained dry and deserted) on the whole earth, that is on the Catholic Church, which is confined by no boundaries of race or territory. Just as at the first moment of the Incarnation the Son of the Eternal Father adorned with the fullness of the Holy Spirit the human nature which was substantially united to Him, that it might be a fitting instrument of the Divinity in the sanguinary work of the Redemption, so at the hour of His precious death He willed that His Church should be enriched with the abundant gifts of the Paraclete in order that in dispensing the divine fruits of the Redemption she might be, for the Incarnate Word, a powerful instrument that would never fail. For both the juridical mission of the Church, and the power to teach, govern and administer the Sacraments, derive their supernatural efficacy and force for the building up of the Body of Christ from the fact that Jesus Christ, hanging on the Cross, opened up to His Church the fountain of those divine gifts, which prevent her from ever teaching false doctrine and enable her to rule them for the salvation of their souls through divinely enlightened pastors and to bestow on them an abundance of heavenly graces.

39 Cf. De pecc. orig., XXV, 29: Migne, Patrologiæ Cursus completus, Series Latina, XLIV, 400.

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

A Low Mass in the Traditional Dominican Rite will be offered Sunday, September 17, at the Traditional Latin Mass Congregation of Silver Spring, Maryland. The celebrant of the Mass of the Fifteenth 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. There will be no coffee social after Mass, as Our Lady Queen of Poland Church, the congregation’s host, prepares for its annual Fall Festival from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, to which all congregation attendees are invited.

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

Visiting Fr. Insco FSSP to offer Masses, first blessings at Baltimore St. Alphonsus

A visiting priest of the Priestly Society of St. Peter, Reverend Father Caleb Insco, will offer the 12:10 pm Masses at the Shrine of St. Alphonsus Liguori in Baltimore this Wednesday, September 13, and Friday, September 15.

Father Insco, a recent FSSP ordinand, will offer individual First Blessings after Friday’s Mass and Sacred Heart devotions. All members of the faithful are encouraged to receive Fr. Insco’s blessing, which is indulgenced during a priest’s first year after ordination.

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.

Woodbridge St. Elizabeth Ann Seton sets Missa Cantata for Seven Sorrows

A Missa Cantata for the Feast of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be offered at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Woodbridge, Virginia, this Friday, September 15, at 7:00 pm. This Mass has been added to our seven-day schedule.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church is located at 12805 Valleywood Drive in Lake Ridge. Ample free parking is available.

Fr. Thompson to offer Sunday Missa Cantata at Silver Spring

A Missa Cantata with schola will be offered this Sunday, September 10, at the Traditional Latin Mass Congregation of Silver Spring, Maryland. Reverend Father D. B. Thompson of the Diocese of Lake Charles will be the celebrant of the Mass of the 14th Sunday after Pentecost. 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 the Catholic University of America.

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 Traditional Mass this Friday morning [UPDATE: Saturday cancelled]

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

On Friday morning, September 8, Low Mass of the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be offered at 6:45 am. Low Mass of Saturday of Our Lady with commemoration of St. Gorgonius will be offered at 7:00 am on Saturday morning, September 9. [UPDATE: Because of a last-minute schedule change, there will be no TLM Saturday morning.]

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.

By the power of the Cross, Our Lord unites and reigns over His Mystical Body

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

On the Cross then the Old Law died, soon to be buried and to be a bearer of death,36 in order to give way to the New Testament of which Christ had chosen the Apostles as qualified ministers;37 and although He had been constituted the Head of the whole human family in the womb of the Blessed Virgin, it is by the power of the Cross that our Savior exercises fully the office itself of Head of His Church. “For it was through His triumph on the Cross,” according to the teaching of the Angelic and Common Doctor, “that He won power and dominion over the gentiles”;38 by that same victory He increased the immense treasure of graces, which, as He reigns in glory in heaven, He lavishes continually on His mortal members; it was by His blood shed on the Cross that God’s anger was averted and that all the heavenly gifts, especially the spiritual graces of the New and Eternal Testament, could then flow from the fountains of our Savior for the salvation of men, of the faithful above all; it was on the tree of the Cross, finally, that He entered into possession of His Church, that is, of all the members of His Mystical Body; for they would not have been untied to this Mystical Body through the waters of Baptism except by the salutary virtue of the Cross, by which they had been already brought under the complete sway of Christ.

36 Jerome and Augustine, Epist. CXII, 14 and CXVI, 16: Migne, Patrologiæ Cursus completus, Series Latina, XXII, 924 and 943; St. Thos., Summa Theologiæ [ST] I-II, q. 103, a. 3, ad 2; a. 4; ad 1; Council of Flor. pro Jacob.: Mansi, Sacrorum Conciliorum Nova et Amplissima Collectio XXXI, 1738.
37 Cf. II Cor., III, 6.
38 Cf. ST III, q. 42, a. 1.

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