Lauda, Jerusalem! Charles Town Canons to celebrate two ordinations in October

On Saturday morning, October 17, at 10:00 am, two brothers of the Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem will join the Very Reverend Prior Daniel Augustine Oppenheimer CRNJ as priests of the Charles Town, West Virginia, monastic community.

Dom John Berchmans Tonkin CRNJ and Dom Alban Baker CRNJ will be ordained to the sacred priesthood of Jesus Christ at the hands of the Right Reverend Athanasius Schneider ORC, Auxiliary Bishop of Astana, Kazakhstan, during a traditional Mass of Ordination in the presence and with the approval of their Ordinary, the Most Reverend Michael J. Bransfield, Bishop of Wheeling-Charleston. The ordinations will be celebrated at St. James the Greater Catholic Church, 49 Crosswinds Drive, Charles Town. A reception will follow.

On each of the two days following, a public First Mass in the Extraordinary Form will be celebrated by one of the new ordinands at the Priory of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 301 South George Street, Charles Town. Dom John Berchmans will celebrate a First Mass on Sunday morning, October 18, at 10:15 am. On Monday evening, October 19, Dom Alban will celebrate a First Mass at 7:30 pm.

TLM, recollection set for Monday afternoon at Lourdes Chapel

On Monday afternoon, September 14, at 4:00 pm, a Missa Cantata for the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross will be offered at Lourdes Chapel of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Avenue NE, Washington.



The Mass will be celebrated by Reverend Father Brian Sanderfoot, pastor of St. Francis de Sales Church in Northeast Washington, who will offer a recollection afterward, “What Does Active Participation in the Extraordinary Form Mean?” A social gathering will conclude the afternoon’s events, which are sponsored by Juventutem DC and are open to all.

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

Friday, Saturday TLM events set at Benedict St. Francis de Sales

Two special Traditional Latin Mass events will be held this coming weekend at St. Francis de Sales Church in Benedict, Maryland:

  • On Friday evening, July 3, at 7:00 pm, there will be a Traditional Mass for the First Friday in June, followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. After Mass and Adoration, there will be light refreshments in the rectory.
  • On Saturday morning, July 4, there will be a Traditional Latin Mass at 8:00 am.

These Masses have been added to our seven-day schedule.

St. Francis de Sales Church is located in Charles County about 45 minutes to an hour south of the Capital Beltway (I-95/495). Established in 1903, the parish has offered the Traditional Latin Mass every Sunday since the first Sunday of Advent 1989.

Corpus Christi weekend TLM events set at Benedict St. Francis de Sales

Three special Traditional Latin Mass events will be held this coming weekend at St. Francis de Sales Church in Benedict, Maryland:

  • On Friday evening, June 5, at 7:00 pm, there will be a Traditional Mass for the First Friday in June, followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. After Mass and Adoration, there will be light refreshments in the rectory.
  • On Saturday morning, June 6, at 8:00 am, there will be a Traditional Latin Mass followed by light refreshments.
  • The regular Sunday morning TLM at 11:00 am on June 7 will be a Missa Cantata. Sunday’s 9:00 am Ordinary Form Mass will be followed by a Eucharistic procession in honor of the external solemnity of Corpus Christi.

These Masses have been added to our seven-day schedule.

St. Francis de Sales Church is located in Charles County about 45 minutes to an hour south of the Capital Beltway (I-95/495). Established in 1903, the parish has offered the Traditional Latin Mass every Sunday since the first Sunday of Advent 1989.

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.

Juventutem DC schedules Lenten recollection day at Lourdes Chapel

A Lenten Day of Recollection sponsored by Juventutem DC will be held at midday on Monday, March 16, in Lourdes Chapel at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington.

Reverend Father Daniel Heenan FSSP, parochial vicar of San Pedro en Cadenas in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, will offer a Traditional Low Mass at 11:30 am. Mass will be followed by a recollection on the theme “Make unto You Friends of the Mammon of Iniquity (Luke 16:9): Lenten Almsgiving.” Confessions will be available before Mass beginning at 10:45 am.

Contributions are being solicited to help the FSSP continue to expand its apostolic outreach in Mexico and throughout Latin America. Fr. Heenan writes about this work in a recently published article at New Liturgical Movement that includes a donation link.

Canons Regular schedule Lenten Quiet Days at Charles Town priory

The Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem have scheduled two Lenten Quiet Days at the Priory of the New Jerusalem in Charles Town, West Virginia. A Quiet Day for women is scheduled on Saturday, March 7, while a Quiet Day for men is scheduled for the following Saturday, March 14.

Each Quiet Day begins with the Traditional Latin Mass at 9:30 am and ends with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 3:30 pm. Two spiritual conferences will be given by the Canons on the theme of Genesis 3: the Fall of our first parents, the implications for our lives, and the solution in Christ. The cost of the program is $20 which includes lunch; ample free parking is available at the Priory.

Registration details for these events, as well as information on additional programs for adults, children, and families, may be found on the Canons’ website. The Priory of the New Jerusalem is located at 219 S. George Street in Charles Town, West Virginia, about 90 minutes’ drive from the Capital Beltway via Interstates 270 and 70 and U.S. Highway 340.