REMINDER: Third annual Nellie Gray Mass set at Old St. Mary’s

The Paulus Institute will sponsor the third annual Nellie Gray Mass at 4:00 pm on Thursday, January 22, 2015, at Washington’s St. Mary Mother of God Church, which was the late Miss Gray’s place of Sunday worship.  Thursday afternoon’s Mass will come at the conclusion of the annual March for Life in Washington.  This Mass is being added to our seven-day schedule.

The Most Reverend Thomas John Paprocki, Bishop of Springfield in Illinois, will offer a pontifical Solemn High Mass of the Holy Innocents from the faldstool. Also participating in the votive Mass for the unborn, in whose defense Miss Gray worked tirelessly for many years until her death in 2012, will be assistant priest Reverend Father John Zuhlsdorf, deacon Reverend Monsignor Charles Pope, and subdeacon Reverend Father Paul Scalia. Choral accompaniment will be provided by The Schola Cantorum from The Lyceum School of South Euclid, Ohio.

St. Mary Mother of God Church is located at 727 Fifth Street NW in Chinatown.

Third annual Nellie Gray Mass set at Old St. Mary’s

We are informed via Fr. Z’s Blog that the Paulus Institute will sponsor the third annual Nellie Gray Mass at 4:00 pm on Thursday, January 22, 2015, at Washington’s St. Mary Mother of God Church, which was the late Miss Gray’s place of Sunday worship.  The Mass will come at the conclusion of the annual March for Life in Washington.

The Most Reverend Thomas John Paprocki, Bishop of Springfield in Illinois, will offer a pontifical Solemn High Mass of the Holy Innocents from the faldstool. Also participating in the votive Mass for the unborn, in whose defense Miss Gray worked tirelessly for many years until her death in 2012, will be assistant priest Reverend Father John Zuhlsdorf, deacon Reverend Monsignor Charles Pope, and subdeacon Reverend Father Paul Scalia. Choral accompaniment will be provided by The Schola Cantorum from The Lyceum School of South Euclid, Ohio.

St. Mary Mother of God Church is located at 727 Fifth Street NW in Chinatown.

Fr. Zuhlsdorf to speak at Juventutem Louisville spiritual conference

Father John T. Zuhlsdorf, author of Fr. Z’s Blog, will be the speaker at a spiritual conference to be hosted by Juventutem Louisville at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, 639 S. Shelby Street, Louisville, Kentucky, on Saturday, August 16, 2014, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

The event will feature three talks by Fr. Zuhlsdorf and a question-and-answer session, and will be highlighted by a traditional Solemn High Mass at 11:30 am.  Lunch, at a cost of $10 payable in advance, will be catered by FDKY BBQ.

All are welcome to attend this conference; those wishing to join the group for lunch should send payment no later than Friday, August 8, by mail or PayPal.  Please download the conference flier for complete details of the day’s events.

The liturgical renaissance in foresight and (early) practice

Many Catholics who were better and longer formed in the Faith than your blogmaster was in 1970 (when he was receiving his first Holy Communion at age seven) probably had a sense that the Church was on the cusp of a generation of liturgical turmoil, even if they didn’t have a sense of how very badly worship would be distorted at certain times and places.

In that year Dr. Eric de Saventhem, first president of the International Federation Una Voce, expressed a vision for the future that was by no means as grim as others’ might have been:

A renaissance will come: asceticism and adoration as the mainspring of direct total dedication to Christ will return. Confraternities of priests, vowed to celibacy and to an intense life of prayer and meditation will be formed. Religious will regroup themselves into houses of strict observance. A new form of Liturgical Movement will come into being, led by young priests and attracting mainly young people, in protest against the flat, prosaic, philistine or delirious liturgies which will soon overgrow and finally smother even the recently revised rites.

New Liturgical Movement contains a longer excerpt from Dr. de Saventhem’s lecture from which the above was quoted.

If you agree that the renaissance is well under way, you may yet wonder whether the renewed sprouting of traditional liturgy is attracting worshipers to the pews — or driving them away. Many readers of Fr. Z’s Blog have recently been sharing their diverse and occasionally surprising experiences as either a new or established attendee at the revivified TLM.

Recapturing the joy of being Catholic

Father Z, via his Blog, sums it up well, wouldn’t you say?

Can we recapture something of the joy and zeal of converts in our participation in Holy Mass?

A Church-wide liturgical catechesis could help.  So will Holy Mass celebrated in such a way that we can sink into it, grow from it, rest in it, be nourished by the mysteries our Church sacramentally re-presents in it for us.  Mass is not just play-acting or simple remembering: it is about Life itself.   Everything we do and say during Mass has meaning, sometimes plain, often veiled.