Fr. Saguto to offer Sunday TLM, give talk at Baltimore St. Alphonsus

Fr. Kiefer to offer additional Sunday Mass at 7:00 am

fr_gerard_sagutoThis Sunday, October 8, at 11:30 am, the Traditional Latin Mass at the Shrine of St. Alphonsus Liguori in Baltimore will be celebrated by Reverend Father Gerard Saguto, North American District Superior of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter. After Mass, Father Saguto will give a talk in the Shrine’s courtyard. All are invited to attend.

Also, this Sunday only, Shrine pastor Reverend Father Joel Kiefer will offer an additional Low Mass at 7:00 am.

The Shrine is located at 114 West Saratoga Street in downtown Baltimore. Free street parking for Sunday Mass will be available, as well as in the lot at the corner of Saratoga and Liberty Streets. Attendees are advised to be aware of road closures for Sunday afternoon’s Columbus Day parade.

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.

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.

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.

Fr. Heenan to offer Saturday TLM at Purcellville St. Francis

Reverend Father Daniel Heenan fssp will offer a Traditional Latin Mass at 10:30 am this Saturday, October 15, at St. Francis de Sales Church in Purcellville, Virginia. This Mass has been added to our seven-day schedule.

Father Heenan attended high school in Northern Virginia and is a graduate of Christendom College with degrees in Philosophy and History. He was ordained for the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter on June 24, 2014, in Leesburg, Virginia, and now serves the Fraternity’s apostolate in Guadalajara, Mexico.

St. Francis de Sales Church is located at 37730 St. Francis Court (Virginia State Route 722) in Purcellville, a half mile from the northbound Berlin Turnpike (Virginia State Route 287) exit off Virginia State Route 7. Ample free parking is available.

Oratorians, FSSP seminarians to celebrate Vespers and Benediction Sunday at St. Thomas Apostle

The Oratorian Fathers of the Community of St. Philip Neri, currently in formation at Washington’s St. Thomas Apostle Church, will conduct their weekly service of Solemn Vespers and Benediction in the Extraordinary Form this Sunday, June 5, at 4:00 pm.

The liturgy will be conducted by Oratorian and secular associate clergy led by community Moderator Reverend Monsignor Andrew Wadsworth, accompanied this week by visiting seminarians of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP). Assistance to the clergy and seminarians will be provided by the Brothers of the Little Oratory led by Brother Rector Jeff Bedia. Choral accompaniment will be provided by the Vespers schola of St. Thomas Apostle Church directed by Vincent Bury. The public is encouraged to attend and to join in the singing of the traditional evening prayer of the Church’s Divine Office.

St. Thomas Apostle Church is located at 2665 Woodley Road in Woodley Park, one block up from the Woodley Road Metrorail and Metrobus stops at Connecticut Avenue.

FSSP pilgrimage to conclude Saturday with Missa Solemnis at National Shrine

A three-day walking pilgrimage from upper Montgomery County, Maryland, to Washington, D.C., sponsored by the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP), will conclude at 5:30 pm on Saturday, June 4, with a Solemn High Mass in the Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Sponsored by the Paulus Institute in cooperation with the FSSP, the Mass will be offered as an act of reparation for abortion and the sins of our nation. Musical accompaniment will be provided by a local men’s schola directed by David Sullivan and by a polyphonic choir. This Mass is being added to our seven-day schedule.

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is located at 400 Michigan Avenue NE in Brookland, a five-minute walk from the Brookland-CUA Metrorail station. Ample parking is available adjacent to the Shrine and on the surface lot across Harewood Road.

FSSP pilgrimage to conclude Saturday with Missa Solemnis at National Shrine

A three-day walking pilgrimage from upper Montgomery County, Maryland, to Washington, D.C., sponsored by the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, will conclude at 5:30 pm on Saturday, June 6, with a Solemn High Mass at the Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Chorus Sine Nomine will be singing Byrd’s Mass for Four Voices and several motets by Palestrina, Bruckner, and Victoria. Chant will be sung by the St. Mary’s Schola.

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is located at 400 Michigan Avenue NE in Brookland, a five-minute walk from the Brookland-CUA Metrorail station. Ample parking is available adjacent to the Shrine and on the surface lot across Harewood Road.

FSSP sets August 1 day of prayer for persecuted Middle East Christians

Readers of this blog are encouraged to follow the initiative of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter in setting aside this coming Friday, August 1, as a day of prayer and penance on behalf of the suffering and persecuted Christians of Iraq, Syria, and elsewhere in the Middle East.

Via the blog sidebar of (non-FSSP) Father John Zuhlsdorf, here is a prayer for the suffering Church suitable for offering on August 1 or any time:

Grant unto thy Church, we beseech Thee, O merciful God, that She, being gathered together by the Holy Ghost, may be in no wise troubled by attack from Her foes. O God, who by sin art offended and by penance pacified, mercifully regard the prayers of Thy people making supplication unto Thee, and turn away the scourges of Thine anger which we deserve for our sins. Almighty and Everlasting God, in whose Hand are the power and the government of every realm: look down upon and help the Christian people that the heathen nations who trust in the fierceness of their own might may be crushed by the power of Thine Arm. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end.  Amen.

Mater Ecclesiae Fund makes leap of faith

Because of a decrease in the number of grant applications and a sharp increase in financial support, the Mater Ecclesiae Fund for Vocations has decided to make financial awards to all 23 applicants who submitted requests for financial assistance in 2014.  According to the Fund, “This act equates to a commitment to raise an additional $75,000 each year for more than a decade.”

Often, men and women who have discerned a religious or priestly calling are impaired from pursuing their vocation by large amounts of outstanding student loans, whose settlement normally must be arranged prior to entering the novitiate or seminary. The Mater Ecclesiae Fund seeks to remove these impairments by paying candidates’ student loan installments while candidates pursue their vocations.

At present, more than 100 men and women are being helped by the Mater Ecclesiae Fund to follow their vocations. The fund has assisted a number of newly ordained priests, including Fr. Daniel Heenan who was ordained last Saturday in Leesburg as a priest of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter.

Contributions to the Mater Ecclesiae Fund are tax-deductible and may be made year-round. While the 2014 grant application cycle has completed, the 2015 application cycle is expected to open on September 15, 2014.