New Hampshire
Una Voce is an international federation of associations 
dedicated to preserving, restoring and promoting the Mass according to the 1962 Roman Missal of Blessed John XXIII
     In Support of the Traditional Latin Mass

15  Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
16  St. Joachim, Father of the Blessed Virgin - 
      2nd class
17  St. Hyacinth - 3rd class
18  Feria - 4th class
 or St. Agapitus - 4th class
19  St. John Eudes - 3rd class
20  St. Bernard of Clairvaux - 3rd class
21  14th Sunday after Pentecost - 2nd class
22  Immaculate Heart of Mary - 2nd class
23  St. Philip Benizi - 3rd class
24  St. Bartholomew - 2nd class
25  St. Louis IX - 3rd class
26  Feria - 4th class
 or St. Zephyrinus - 4th class
27  St. Joseph Calasance - 3rd class
28  15th Sunday after Pentecost - 2nd class
29  Beheading of St. John the Baptist - 3rd class
30  St. Rose of Lima - 3rd class


Next TLM's in

New Hampshire
and North
ern MA:


Monday, August 15,  2016
St. Stanislaus Church
Nashua, NH

Sung Latin Mass:                               6:00PM  

Every Saturday
St. Benedict Center Church

Still River, Harvard, MA
Low Mass:                    7:30AM and 11:00AM 
Sung High Missa Cantata:              9:15 AM

Sundays, 2016
St. Benedict Center
Richmond, NH
TLM Mass:                                         2:00PM
See Article on our Front Page for revised June/July 2016 schedule

St. Adelaide's Church
Peabody, MA
Sung High Mass every Sunday:
Sung High 
Missa Cantata:                 1:00 PM

Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Newton, MA 
Sung High Missa Cantata:            10:30 AM

 The Assumption
       August 15, 2016

Dear Friends:

If this is your first time visiting Una Voce NH, welcome. The Mission of Una Voce NH is to promote the spread of the offering of the Traditional Latin Mass(TLM) in New Hampshire. As the official voice of Una Voce International in New Hampshire, our goal is to unite traditional Catholics  throughout the state in a network to support and promote the celebration of the Mass according to the 1962 Missal of Blessed John XXIII.

We need your help. Volunteer your efforts or donate to our cause!!! Thank you...and may God Bless you!!! 

Bill St. Laurent
President, Una Voce New Hampshire
Telephone    603-436-1378     


Traditional Latin Mass
The Assumption 
, August 15, 2016

St. Stanislaus Church, Nashua, NH 
6:00 PM
 Missa Cantata

         The Assumption of the
      Most Blessed Virgin Mary  



++++++++++++Breaking News+++++++++++++

1st Traditional Latin Mass offered in St.
   Stanislaus Parish on August 7, 2016

           New Personal Parish in Nashua, NH

From Latin Mass Society of Merrimack Valley

There is good news this month in the Merrimack Valley!

Saint Stanislaus Church, Nashua, NH
Saint Stanislaus Church, Nashua, NH

In the Diocese of Manchester, Bishop Peter Libasci has created a personal parish for tradition-minded Catholics wishing to observe Mass and the other sacraments in the older forms. The parish is based at Saint Stanislaus Church in Nashua, and is entrusted to the Fraternity of Saint Peter.  This will be the first parish in northern New England dedicated to the traditional form of Mass.

The first pastor of the parish, Fr. John Brancich, FSSP, arrived on August 1 and set to work preparing the church for a first Sunday Mass on August 7, a Missa Cantata attended by 315 people.

DSC_0281Fr. Georges DeLaire, the judicial vicar of the diocese, was present representing Bishop Libasci, and spoke to thank Fr. Brancich and the Fraternity for taking on this mission which has been close to the bishop’s heart since he arrived in New Hampshire and began to receive letters from the faithful requesting it. The bishop, he said, was unable to attend the parish’s first Mass, but hopes to visit soon and eventually to return to offer a Pontifical Mass.

Fr. Brancich expressed his gratitude for the especially warm welcome he received from the diocese and from other local priests who have been visiting and offering help. 

Some of that help will be practical in nature, inasmuch as St. Stanislaus has been an adoration chapel for several years without regular celebrations of Mass, so the church lacks some of the usual furnishings.

As the community begins to form, a fixed schedule of Masses has not been finalized yet, but Mass times are being announced for the coming week on the new parish’s web site at http://latinmassnashua.org/ .
Latin Mass Society of the Merrimack Valley

The biggest problem today is mass "facing the people"

I’ve written about Prof. Robert Spaemann before (e.g., HERE).  Even though German theologians today set a low bar for clarity and orthodoxy, Spaemann is clearly the best working theologian among them.  And he is faithful.  He is quite close to Pope Benedict and has participated in his annual Schülerkreis for decades.

Prof. Spaemann gave an interview to Fr Claude Barthe, which appears on the French language site Paix Liturgique.  Fr. Barthe, a serious scholar and gentleman, has done everyone a real service in helping to organize the annual Summorum Pontificum pilgrimages in Rome at the end of October.  If you have a chance, GO!

In Barthe’s interview, Spaemann breaks open some issues about which I have written with frequency.  Spaemann talks initially about some changes and adaptions that can be made in the Extraordinary Form. For example, he says that changes should be made so slowly that they are hardly to be perceived.

This is in keeping with the reflections I heard from Joseph Ratzinger in the late 80’s and early 90’s. This is, I think, at the heart of his implementation of Summorum Pontificum and his desire for an ultimate mutual enrichment. Because the Novus Ordo was artificially created on desktops by liturgists with scissors and glue pots, there was an unfortunate break in our tradition. This discontinuity and rupture did untold damage to our Catholic identity, the results of which are plain before our daily eyes. Benedict’s vision was that side by side celebrations would result, eventually, in a jump-start of the organic development of liturgy which the Church always knew. This is a slow and patient process, one that is never to be forced. In his interview Spaemann said something very wise (my translation):

FR. BARTHE: You said at the beginning that the Tridentine liturgy is not a final(ized) form in itself. It could have changed and could change.

SPAEMANN: The changes have to be so slow and so imperceptible that everyone arriving at the end of his life, has the impression that he is still using the same rite as that of his childhood, though if this rite had in fact changed.

Concerning ad orientem, or versus populum worship, which topic has been much discussed since Card. Sarah made he appeal to priests begin offering Holy Mass facing the liturgical East this coming Advent, Spaemann invoked the work of Klaus Gamber. I’ve mentioned time and again in these electronic pages that Gamber, a great scholar and liturgist of the 20th c. who strongly influenced Joseph Ratzinger, thought that the single most damaging change perpetrated in the name of the Council (in the “spirit of the Council”) was the turning around of our altars. Hence (my emphases),

FR. BARTHE: What would you suggest to begin to modify the liturgical lot of ordinary parishioners?

SPAEMANN: I believe that the most important problem is that of versus populum celebration. Mass facing the people changes the way of living that which is happening profoundly. One knows especially through the writing of Msgr. Klaus Gamber that this form of celebration never existed as such in the Church. In antiquity, it had a completely different sense. By facing the people, one has today the impression that the priest says some prayers in order to make us pray, but one doesn’t have the impression that he himself is praying. I’m not saying that he isn’t praying, for some priests, in fact, manage to celebrate Mass versus populum while visibly praying. I have in mind John Paul II: one never had the impression that he was talking to the people during Mass. But it is very hard to get to that point.

I was at a procession for Corpus Christi… in the diocese of Feldkirch in Austria, at which a bishop, a member of Opus Dei, presided. At the stations of repose, [usually along the route of a Eucharistic procession there are altars set up along the way where the Blessed Sacrament is placed, incensed, and then Benediction is given, before continuing the procession] the bishop turned his back to the monstrance when saying the prayers. I remarked to myself that if a child would see this, he would not be able to believe that the Lord is present in the sacred Host, because he knows quite well, that little child, that when one talks to someone, one doesn’t turn his back on him. Things like this are very important. A child may well study the catechism, but that comes to nothing if he sees contradictory actions right before his eyes. Hence, I believe that the first thing to do would be to turn the altar around again. It seems that this is more important than a return to Latin. Personally, I have numerous reasons to stick to Latin, but this is not the most fundamental issue. For my part, I would prefer the Traditional Mass in German than the New Mass in Latin.

There is quite a bit more to the interview, but that’s what I have time for now, and I think these are the essential bits.

We MUST make changes to our sacred liturgical worship!  However, we must do so carefully, prudently, patiently, with lots of catechism and explanations.  I firmly believe that no initiative we undertake in the Church will bear lasting fruit unless it is rooted in our sacred liturgical worship.  Our liturgical worship MUST be revitalized.  This is why we need many celebrations of Holy Mass and Hours side by side with the Novus Ordo.  One big step we can take is to take Card. Sarah’s appeal for ad orientem worship to heart and DO IT.

Ask your priests and bishops to return to “Eastward” worship!  Be ready to put good resources into their hands.  Be ready to help in any way necessary to make it happen.  And PRAY for it.

Mater Ecclesiae Assumption Mass in New Jersey


The 16th Annual Assumption Mass, sponsored by Mater Ecclesiae, Berlin, NJ, will take place at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Logan Circle, Philadelphia, PA at 7:00PM, tonight, August 15. This Mass is a festival of praise and thanksgiving on the feast of Our Lady's great victory over sin and death. Each year monumental music from the Church's treasury is chosen, music that cannot be used in a small parish setting.

People from across the Delaware Valley travel through traffic and all types of weather to attend. Some groups that will be participating again this year: Priests, deacons and seminarians from many dioceses, the Knights and Ladies of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and Malta, The Knights of Columbus, the Carmelites of Mater Ecclesiae, the Federation of North American Explorers, Juventutem of Lehigh Valley, PA, the altar servers and Blessed Imedla Society of Mater Ecclesiae, the altar servers and Maidens of the Miraculous Medal from Saint John the Baptist, Allentown, NJ.
This Mass is also meant to be a manifestation of the beauty and growth of the Traditional Latin Mass Movement. We have been given a very great gift. Help us to share and proclaim it!

Diocese of Peoria: August 25 - Requiem for 1st Bishop 

Here is some great news via Badger Catholic:

Peoria IL Cathedral to celebrate beautiful new renovation with TLM August 24th

The beautiful restoration work is nearly complete at St Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria, IL (photos on their Facebook). To celebrate the completion of this work and in honor of the 100th anniversary of the death of the first bishop of the Diocese of Peoria, two special Masses are schedule:

1) On Wednesday, August 24 at 7:15pm a Solemn Requiem qMass will be offered in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite at the Cathedral in commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Death of Archbishop Spalding

2) On Thursday, August 25 at 1pm a Solemn Mass of Founder’s Day will be celebrated by Bishop Daniel Jenky in the Cathedral.

Details can be found HERE


I can’t tell from this whether or not this is a Pontifical Requiem, to be celebrated by Bishop Jenky.  I hope so.

Traditional Latin Mass returns to Holy Rosary, Lawrence, MA

Latin Mass Society
Merrimack Valley

The Latin Mass Society/Latin Mass North Blog has announced that there will be a Traditional Latin Mass(Extraordinary Form-1962 Missal) offered at Holy Rosary Church, Lawrence, Ma.

          Sunday, August 14th, 2016

           Offered by Fr Joseph Medio
    Franciscans of the Primitive Observance


             13th Sunday after Pentecost
        Holy Rosary Church, Lawrence, MA

Latin Mass Society of the Merrimack Valley

Dominican Rite Mass in Youngstown, Ohio, August 19, 2016

To commemorate the 800th anniversary of the Dominican Order, St Dominic’s Church in Youngstown, Ohio, has celebrated a special series of Masses in the traditional Dominican rite. The last of these will take place on August 19, a Solemn High Votive Mass of St. Dominic; before the liturgy, there will be a brief lessons from the friars explaining the history and the significance of the rite, beginning at 6:30 p.m., with the Mass itself 7:15 p.m. For more information, see the poster below, and visit the parish’s website, www.saintdominic.org.

We also wish a happy feast of St Dominic (EF) to all the son and daughters of the Order of Preachers throughout the world, and a special word of thanks to those who have been making so many efforts of late to maintain their great liturgical tradition!

D. Manchester: New FSSP Parish

Here is some interesting news. But watch how it is reported by AP.

There is a new FSSP parish in New Hampshire.  It looks like they are having their first Mass there today, Sunday 7 August.

From AP (with my emphases and comments):

New Hampshire parish set to offer traditional Latin Mass
A Roman Catholic parish in New Hampshire will be the first in the state dedicated solely to the traditional Latin Mass

Highlight Comment  from Fr. Z:
[Hmmm… he a “dozen” priests who could do this and then he brought in the FSSP?  I would have thought that diocesan priests might be able to staff that parish.  Frankly, while I admire the FSSP and I think they do great work, the real growth of the TLM will come with the involvement of more diocesan priests.]

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — When he arrived in Manchester nearly four years ago, Bishop Peter Libasci started getting letters from parishioners looking for a church that offered a traditional Latin Mass. [Everyone… TAKE NOTE! Be The Maquis!]
Few New Hampshire churches at the time offered the services, which date to the 15th century [ummm… it’s older than that] and had largely had been replaced since the 1960s by services in English, Spanish and French.  [Good grief.]
First, Libasci had a dozen priests trained to conduct Masses in Latin. [Two points.  First, the bishop did this?  And the Novus Ordo ought to be in Latin.] Then, he went in search of a parish. He settled on St. Stanislaus in Nashua, which opened in 1908 to serve the Polish community but stopped holding mass after it was combined with St. Aloysius of Gonzaga parish in 2002. [Again, this seems to be something the bishop.  If so, kudos to him.]  He recruited Rev. John Brancich, a member of the conservative Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, and the church will reopen Sunday — making it the first parish in New Hampshire dedicated to traditional Latin Mass. [Hmmm… he a “dozen” priests who could do this and then he brought in the FSSP?  I would have thought that diocesan priests might be able to staff that parish.  Frankly, while I admite the FSSP and I think they do great work, the real growth of the TLM will come with the involvement of more diocesan priests.]
Libasci said the Latin Mass appeals to “not only those looking for it but those who can be touched by it,” even if they’ve never seen it before.
“To withhold it would not be honest, it would not be true,” he said. “So this is a full expression of our whole treasury of prayer.”  [Do I hear an “Amen!”?]
Across New England, churches offer Latin services along with services in English and other languages. Some do Latin services occasionally, while a handful conduct them every Sunday. In a Latin Mass, [NB the constant ignorant reference to Latin, Latin Mass.] everything except the homily and readings are in Latin and most of the hymns are sung in the language. As for the service, the priest faces in the same direction as the parishioners and also wears a ceremonial garment 7/8— known as a maniple— on his left forearm.
While still a tiny fraction of overall masses, Latin services have grown in recent years following the decree, Summorum Pontificum, from Pope Benedict XVI in 2007 that made it easier for bishops to offer Latin Masses.
That came on top of earlier guidance in 1980s from Pope John Paul II, who said priests could get permission from their bishop under limited circumstances to celebrate the rite. The guidance marked a shift from the early 1960s when Vatican II largely phased out Latin Masses under Pope John XXIII, with the goal of making Catholic traditions more relevant. Although it was opposed by more conservative forces in the church, it ushered in among other things English Mass.  [English Mass… Latin Mass… good grief.]
“There is a conservative/traditionalist trend which is strong among younger clergy, but disliked among some older liberal clergy, which gained a lot of ground under Pope Benedict XVI to promote traditional liturgical practices,” said Father Anthony Ruff, an associate professor of theology at St. John’s University and School of Theology-Seminary in Minnesota who also has a liturgy blog called PrayTellBlog.com. “In general, it’s a very small group of people who want Latin Mass, but its adherents are very zealous about it, and it is growing.
The desire often overlaps with other conservative trends such as homeschooling, Ruff said, but some parishioners like it “for aesthetic reasons, or find it spiritually calming and beautiful and don’t necessarily have other attendant agendas.”
Monsignor Kevin Irwin, research professor at The Catholic University of America, said the Latin Mass — or Tridentine Mass — is one tool the Catholic Church is using to “bring back the groups that went away from the church after Vatican II.”  [Perhaps he should learn it and then start saying it regularly for a congregation.  He’ll find out who is actually participating at these Masses.]
“It’s an act of trying to reconcile,” Irwin said. “It’s not liturgy in terms of style or pomp and circumstances. It’s wanting to make sure the church doesn’t break down.” [Good grief.]
Over time, however, Latin Masses have become a personal preference for some, and people do in fact like the pomp and circumstance, Irwin said. [Ummm… Low Mass has “pomp and circumstance”?  He needs to learn a few more things about this.]
Sister Maureen Sullivan, professor emerita of theology at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, described Latin Masses as having a sense of grandeur, like a “medieval opera,” where the priest wears opulent vestments and altar boys carry the cape he is wearing while walking down the aisle. [Sometimes when newsies interview you, they use very little of what you said.  I hope she told the writer something smarter than this.]
“I would go to one if one was here, as a remembrance,” said Sullivan, who now lives in Maybrook, New York. “I would go because it would bring back memories.”
Libasci sees the desire for Latin Masses as a response to concerns of globalization, and a return to a time when Latin served as a unifying force for the church.
“Latin was the one language that everybody knew. When you go to church, you pray this way,” he said. “That has been lost.”

So, this article was a mixed bag.  It reported something positive, but it was poorly written.

Bp. Libasci clearly has game and I compliment him for his initiative and openness.  Also, I compliment those people who originally asked the bishop for his pastoral solicitude.

Take note, everyone.  ¡Hagan lío

In Honor of St. Dominic

In the Ordinary Form calendar today is the Feast of St. Dominic.  You might check out the site of the wonderful Summit Dominicans, the great “Soap Sisters” in New Jersey.  I think that, today, they have some things on sale in their online shop today, in honor of their great founder, who took care of business with the Albigensians.


The sisters need to build.  They are crammed into convent that is too small for the numbers of women who would like to join them.  Give them all the support you can!

Traditional Latin Mass for this Sunday 8/7/16 at St. John the Baptist, Suncook,  NH is cancelled
 Fr. Longchamps

Dear Traditional Mass attendees:
I was asked by Fr. Adrien Longchamps to send out this message as he was unable to use his email service.

Father asked me to tell you that he will not be celebrating the Tradition Latin Mass this Sunday, August 7 nor will he be celebrating the TLM Sunday, September 4  at St. John the Baptist Church in Suncook.  He is scheduled for heart bypass surgery and will not be celebrating Mass for the next two months. 

We might all say prayers for Father that he recovers quickly from his surgery and that he will be back with us to celebrate the most beautiful thing this side of Heaven.  God Bless you Father Adrien and come back to us soon, we love you and cannot thank you enough for celebrating the sacrifice of Jesus Christ with the Traditional Latin Mass.
Bill St. Laurent
President, Una Voce NH

New FSSP Pastor arrives in Nashua NH
First Traditional Latin Mass at St. Stanislaus, Nashua will be this Sunday, August 7, 2016 at 10:00AM !

Una Voce NH

he new FSSP Pastor of St. Stanislaus Church, Nashua, Fr. John Brancich has announced that the first Traditional Latin Mass(EF) at the re-opened St. Stanislaus Church  will take place this coming Sunday, August 7 at 10:00AM.

The preliminary web site for the new Fraternity of St. Peter parish in the Diocese of Manchester, NH, St. Stanislaus Church site is:


Fr. Brancich offers TLM at his previous
Parish in Omaha, Nebraska

Father John Brancich, F.S.S.P. has been a priest for 12 years.  He has served as Parochial Vicar at St. Patrick's Church in Omaha, Nebraska and Pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in Omaha, Nebraska.  He taught Gregorian Chant at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary where he also served as a confessor and Spiritual Director to seminarians.  He is an elected member of the General Council of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter through 2018.

St. Stanislaus Catholic Church
5 Green St.
Nashua, NH  03064-2641

Dominican Missa Cantata for the Feast of St. Dominic

The Parish of St. Vincent Ferrer and St. Catherine of Siena in New York City will have a Missa Cantata for the Feast of St. Dominic (EF calendar) on August 4, 2016 at 7 pm. The Missa Sacerdotes Domini by Palestrina and Dominican Chant for the Feast of St. Dominic will be sung. All are welcome to celebrate the patronal feast of the Order of Friars Preachers during this 800th Anniversary of their foundation. The church of St. Vincent Ferrer is located at 869 Lexington Avenue.

(Isn’t it great to see how many Dominican Masses are being celebrated these days?!)

From Una Voce NH...Dominican Rite Mass (EF) Video

A Joyous Young Woman enters Carmel

This is pretty cool. A friend alerted me to this video of a young woman entering a Carmel.

Video Player


More HERE.

You young women out there, think about it.

I don’t think that God is calling fewer women per capita to religious life than He did before. Fewer can hear it for the din of modern life and the horrid expectations and images placed in women’s minds and hearts in this twisted world.

In each age since Christ’s Ascension, people have felt they were in the End Times. They were right. In any moment, when the conditions are right, the Lord could return.

Considering what is happening in the world now, I am pushed to think about the way Mass is being celebrated, even the number of Masses being celebrated. Many more people went to confession.

Once there were many communities of contemplatives, spending time before the Blessed Sacrament or in contemplation, in collective and in private prayer.

Who can know how they lifted burdens from the world and turned large and small tides by their prayers to God for mercy and in reparation for sin?

An EF Requiem for Fr. Jacques Hamel

Yesterday, the Fraternity of St Joseph the Guardian celebrated a Requiem Mass for Fr Jacques Hamel in their church in La-Londe-Les-Maures, France. I am sure all our readers know that Fr Hamel, an 85-year-old priest, was murdered last Tuesday by Islamic fanatics while he was in the middle of celebrating Mass in a small church near Rouen. I would call to our readers’ attention the palm branch laid upon the catafalque, symbolizing that Fr Hamel was murdered in odium fidei, and may very well soon be formally honored by the Church as a martyr. The full set of pictures may be seen at the FSJC’s Facebook page.

A virtual Reconstruction of the Old St. Peters Basilica

I just stumbled across this very interesting video, which gives a virtual reconstruction of the Constantinian Basilica of St Peter in the Vatican, as it would have been roughly at the end of the first millenium. What we see here is sort of a “bare-bones” version of the church, which shows very little of the decorations or the innumerable side-chapels and altars (over 120 of them, 27 dedicated to the Virgin  Mary alone!)

By the beginning of the 16th century, when the church was close to twelve centuries old, parts of it were collapsing under the weight of the ceiling, and the north wall had a stretch of about half its full length which was sagging about a meter off the perpendicular. It was therefore torn down in various stages, and after a long series of fits and starts, rebuilt as the church which we know today by the genius of Michelangelo and his successors. In the year 1590, a canon of the church, Tiberio Alfarano, published this famous plan which shows where everything was in the ancient basilica. (Click to enlarge.)

Fr. John Brancich, FSSP  appointed new Pastor of reopening St. Stanislaus Parish, Nashua, NH
by UnaVoceNH   
Una VoceNH - Una VoceNH has now confirmed that Fr. John Brancich, FSSP, has been assigned as the new Pastor of St. Stanislaus Church, Nashua NH that was closed in 2002. The parish is re-opening and being created as a Traditional Parish for the Latin Mass.

Father  comes to Nashua from Immaculate Conceptio
n Parish, Omaha, Nebraska,  where he has served for 12 years
. It was his first and only assignment, first at St. Patrick's, then, since 2007, at Immaculate Conception in Omaha.

Father arrives in Nashua on August 1.

Welcome, Fr. Brancich! Deo Gratias!

Cardinal Rivera celebrates Traditional Mass in Mexico City on Feast of St. Peter with the FSSP

Cardinal Rivera, Archbishop of Mexico City, celebrated the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception (administered by the Fraternity of St. Peter - chaplain Fr. Kenneth Fryar), with a Traditional Mass. It was Cardinal Rivera's first public Traditional Mass since the introduction of the Novus Ordo in 1969/1970.

The official news service of the Archdiocese adds the following:

[D]uring the Mass, two great relicaries were exposed to the veneration of the faithful, with first class relics of Saint Cristóbal Magallanes and his 24 martyr companions of the Cristero War, as well as 13 lay martyrs of the same period of history, group headed by Anacleto González Flores, who were beatified during the pontificate of Benedict XVI.

The two great relicaries belong to the Archdiocese of Guadalajara, in Jalisco, but were brought to Mexico [City] exceptionally in the celebrations for the 50 years of priestly life of Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, Primate Archbishop of Mexico.

Traditional Orders of Sisters:
Nuns who wear habits

FIUV PP 29: Una Voce International Position Paper: Role of the Laity

Thousands of Catholics from France
and other countries participate in the annual pilgrimage
from Paris to Chartres, attending Holy Mass
in the Extraordinary Form every day.
It has been argued that the Extraordinary Form excludes the laity from liturgical participation by accommodating only a limited number of formal liturgical roles for the laity: thus they can be servers, but not readers or Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. This claim is itself linked to accusations of ‘clericalism’. This paper shows that the formal liturgical roles are not intended to promote participation, but rather the worthy celebration of the liturgy, and the danger today, condemned notably by Pope St John Paul II and Pope Francis, is rather a clericalist ‘clericalisation’ of the laity, which seeks, on the basis of a perception that clerics alone in the Church have authority and prestige, to make an elite of the laity an adjunct of the clerical class. The clear demarcation between clerics and laity in the Extraordinary Form facilitates a strong sense of the proper lay role, of conforming the home and the worlds of work and politics to Christ. . . . . . .

The 29th in the FIUV Position Papers series, called The Role of the Laity in the Extraordinary Form is now available in the FIUV Position section.

Los Angeles Religious Education Conference: Youth Day 2016 | Eucharistic Liturgy (morning)

Una VoceNH

Not much has changed over the last couple years in Los Angeles despite the appointment of a new Archbishop there...This is another very different perspective(well amazing) on our sacred Catholic Liturgy


First TLM to be offered at Sacred Heart Church 
Chapel in Quincy Mass, July 1, 2016
at 7:00PM  

Latin Mass North Blog

Fr. Jason Worthley will Celebrate a Traditional Latin Mass using the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite on Friday, July 1st at 7:00pm. The Mass will be in the Chapel of Sacred Heart Church and will be the Feast of the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ. All are welcome.

Fr. Worthley's site:ttps://vimeo.com/169325544

Note that there will be NO First Friday Mass this evening at the Boston Cathedral. Please support Fr Worthley if you can.

Sacred Heart Church Chapel
386 Hancock St, Quincy MA 02171

Sacred Heart Church Website( Quincy Catholic Collaborative): http://qcc14.org/335

Directions: http://qcc14.org/P3/directions

Benedict makes rare public appearance:
Benedict XVI's Address for his 65th anniversary

Video: Pope Emeritus Benedict's Address

Video: Solemn Commemoration of the 65th Anniversary of Priestly Ordination of Benedict XVI 28 June 2016 Full Ceremony

Posted on
by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Benedict XVI, cent’anni, doesn’t appear in public very often.  He just gave his first public address since his resignation in the Sala Clementina (alas, not from the central, raised chair). Benedict appeared on the occasion of his 65th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood.

From CNA:

.- On Tuesday Benedict XVI gave his first public speech since his final day as Pope, expressing gratitude for a lengthy priesthood and for Pope Francis’ “goodness,” which he said moves him deeply.

Speaking to Pope Francis and the College of Cardinals gathered inside the Vatican’s small Clementine Hall for the 65th anniversary of his priestly ordination, Benedict said the Greek word “Efkaristomen (let us give thanks),” expresses “all that there is to say” for the occasion. [That smacks of Modern Greek.  Better is eukaristomen.  In his address, Benedict said both versions.]

“Thank you, thank you everyone! Thank you Holy Father – your goodness, from the first day of your election, every day of my life here moves me interiorly, brings me inwardly more than the Vatican Gardens.”

“Your goodness is a place in which I feel protected,” he said, and voiced his hope that Francis would be able to “move forward with all of us on this path of Divine Mercy, showing Jesus’ path to God.” [Very gracious.]

Since his resignation from the papacy in 2013, Benedict XVI has made only a handful of public appearances, none of which he spoke at. The celebration inside the Vatican Palace, then, marks not only another rare public appearance, but also the first time he has spoken in public since his resignation Feb. 28, 2013.

The June 28 celebration was held for Benedict in honor of the 65th anniversary of his ordination as a priest, which took place June 29, 1951 – the feast of Saints Peter and Paul – in the cathedral of Freising. His older brother Georg, who is still living today and was present for the ceremony, was ordained with him.

After the choir singing sacred polyphony had finished, Benedict listened to brief speeches made by Pope Francis; Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Dean of the College of Cardinals, and Cardinal Gerhard Muller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Cardinal Muller gifted [ = gave] Benedict several copies of a book containing his homilies on the priesthood printed specifically for the occasion of his anniversary. Benedict in turn gave one to Pope Francis.

In his brief, off-the-cuff speech, Benedict thanked both Cardinal Sodano and Cardinal Muller for their speeches, and for the book. [And he didn’t say anything confusing.]

He told Cardinal Sodano that his address, which quoted scripture from the day of Benedict’s ordination and his speech during his visit to Freising in 2006, “truly touched my heart.”

Benedict then returned to the word “Efkaristomen (let us give thanks),” which he recalled a fellow priest ordained on the same day had written on the memorial card for his first Mass.

This word, he said, hints not only at “the dimensions of human thanksgiving,” but also “the deepest word that is hidden,” and which appears in both the liturgy and Scripture in the expression “gratias agens benedixit fregit deditque,” meaning “having given thanks, he broke it and gave it.”

“Efkaristomen sends us again to that reality of thanksgiving, to that new dimension that Christ has given,” Benedict said, explaining that Jesus has transformed into thanksgiving “the cross, suffering and all of the evil in the world.”

In doing so, Jesus “fundamentally transubstantiated” life and the world, he said, adding that the Lord both has given and continues to give us daily “the bread of true life, which overcomes the world thanks to the strength of his love.”

Benedict closed his address by expressing his hope that all would, with the help of God, help in the “transubstantiation of the world: that it be a world not of death, but of life; a world in which love has overcome death.”

In his brief speech, Pope Francis told Benedict that “you continue to serve the Church, you do not cease to really contribute with vigor and wisdom to her growth.”

By contributing to the Church and her mission from the small monastery of Mater Ecclesiae inside the Vatican, Benedict represents “anything but these forgotten corners in which today’s culture of waste tends to relegate people when, with age, their strength becomes less,” Francis said.

He prayed that the retired Pope would continue to feel the hand of “the merciful God who supports you,” that he would continue to both experience and bear witness to the love of God, and that alongside Peter and Paul, he would “continue to exult with great joy while walking toward the goal of our faith.”

From ZENIT comes the English translation of Francis’ address to Benedict.

St. Benedict's, Richmond, New Hampshire announces revised Mass Schedule from June 14 to July 18

From Catholicism.org

by Brother André Marie

Sunday Masses for the rest of June are at the regular time (7:30 low Mass/9:30 sung Mass).

Weekday Masses will be offered only on the following days: Wednesday, June 15; Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, June 20-22; Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, June 27 to 29.

All of these scheduled June Masses will be offered by Msgr. Lamothe.

There will be only one Sunday Mass on July 3. It will be at 2:00 in the afternoon. We will also have weekday Masses on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, July 4 to 6. These early July Masses will be offered by Msgr. Lamothe.

From July 8 to July 18, our regular Mass schedule will be as usual (7:30 daily Mass; 7:30 low, and 9:30 sung Mass on Sunday) due to the return of our new priest friend from France.

We are working on getting a priest to serve here July 19 to early August.

Good news for August and early September! A priest from England will be offering Mass according to our regular schedule from August 4 to September 5.

We will utilize the SBC web site and calling tree to notify people of changes to what is here.


SSPX Communique: We do “not seek ‘primarily’ a canonical recognition”

At the conclusion of the meeting of the major superiors of the Society of Saint Pius X that was held in Switzerland, from June 25 to 28, 2016, the Superior General addressed the following communiqué:

The purpose of the Society of Saint Pius X [NB] is chiefly the formation of priests, the essential condition for the renewal of the Church and for the restoration of society.

  1. In the great and painful confusion that currently reigns in the Church, the proclamation of Catholic doctrine requires the denunciation of errors that have made their way into it and are unfortunately encouraged by a large number of pastors, [NB] including the Pope himself.
  2. The Society of Saint Pius X, in the present state of grave necessity which [here’s the old “state of emergency” argument] gives it the right and duty to administer spiritual aid to the souls that turn to it, does not seek primarily a canonical recognition, [primarily… they said – above – their “chief” purpose is formation of priests and they follow with another “desire”] to which it has a right as a Catholic work. It has only one desire: faithfully to bring the light of the bi-millennial Tradition which shows the only route to follow in this age of darkness in which the cult of man replaces the worship of God, in society as in the Church.   [Which goal we should all embrace.]
  3. The “restoration of all things in Christ” intended by Saint Pius X, following Saint Paul (cf. Ep.h 1:10), cannot happen without the support of a Pope who concretely favors the return to Sacred Tradition. While waiting for that blessed day, the Society of Saint Pius X intends to redouble its efforts to establish and to spread, with the means that Divine Providence gives to it, the social reign of Our Lord Jesus Christ. [This sounds as if they won’t agree to any kind of unity until this or a future Pope behaves in the way they determine is acceptable.  Peter must conform to their expectations.]
  4. The Society of Saint Pius X prays and does penance for the Pope, that he might have the strength to proclaim Catholic faith and morals in their entirety. [Do I hear an “Amen!”?] In this way he will hasten the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary that we earnestly desire as we approach the centennial of the apparitions in Fatima.  [Which date, as it approaches, seems to be more and more important.]

Bishop Bernard Fellay, Superior General of the Society of Saint Pius X
Ecône, June 29, 2016
The Feast of Saints Peter and Paul

So, we will keep our eyes on the SSPX with hope and we will pray for improved conditions for manifest unity.  What a great day that will be.

Prayer can accomplish a great deal, friends.  God grants many amazing things through our prayers and mortifications.  But we have to ask.

Card. Burke to Deliver Keynote Address at Fota IX

St. Colman’s Society for Catholic Liturgy is pleased to announce that His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke will open the Fota IX International Liturgy Conference to be held in Cork, Ireland, July 9-11, 2016, and deliver the keynote address.

The Society is also pleased to announce that Professor William Mahrt of Stanford University (and NLM’s publisher) will join the panel of speakers and deliver a paper.

The subject of the conference is Liturgy and Scripture and will be explored by a panel of experts drawn from the United States, Germany and Ireland. Further details of the conference are available at this link: https://gloria.tv/text/rbHvZG6atAvA4MdUxxUfxoQcZ

Cardinal Burke celebrating Mass at last year’s Fota conference.

Pontifical Liturgies This Week - Madison WI (July 1) and Charlotte, NC (July 3)

We have received news from Fr Zuhlsdorf that His Excellency Robert C. Morlino, the bishop of Madison, Wisconsin, will celebrate an EF Pontifical Mass at the throne on Friday, July 1, the Feast of the Most Precious Blood, starting at 7:00 p.m., at the chapel of Holy Name Heights (aka Bishop O’Connor Center, 702 S. High Point Road, in Madison.) The Mass is organized by the Tridentine Mass Society of the Diocese of Madison, and will be offered for the intentions of suffering and persecuted Christians around the globe. All are welcome; Catholic clergy are cordially invited to participate in choir dress.

On Sunday, July 3, a Pontifical Divine Liturgy in the Byzantine Rite will be celebrated in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, located at 1400 Suther Road, starting at 11 a.m. The celebrant will be Bishop Bohdan Danylo of the Eparchy of Saint Josaphat in Parma, Ohio. The liturgy is organized by the St. Basil the Great Eastern Catholic Mission, who ask for our prayers in continuing their work as a fast-growing mission parish committed to the ancient beauty and spirituality of the Byzantine Christian East.

Bishop Athanasius Schneider to Pontificate in Rhode Island, June 28-29

Readers in New England may want to know that Bishop Athanasius Schneider, who is becoming ever more widely known in traditional Catholic circles (e.g., here, here, and here), will visit Holy Ghost Church in Tiverton, Rhode Island, next week.
On Tuesday, June 28th, at 6:00 pm, he will speak on the crisis of faith in the world today ($10 ticket required) and then preside at Solemn Vespers in the ordinary form (Latin and English). A reception in the church hall will follow. Copies of his book Dominus Est—It Is the Lord! will be available for purchase.
On Wednesday, June 29th, at 6:00 pm, he will celebrate Solemn Pontifical Mass at the faldstool (extraordinary form) for the Feast of SS Peter & Paul.
For tickets and more information, visit the parish website.
Founded/Restored the Traditional Latin Mass at St. Patrick's, Nashua:

                      St. Patrick's Church, Nashua
     5th Anniversary Low Requiem Mass
                         with Hymns 

                               Fr. Martin Kelly
               Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 7:00PM

                               Requiescant in Pacem
                                               5th Anniversary


  As announced at his Funeral, Fr. Kelly requested that the Traditional French Hymn,
         J'irai la Voir un Jour  be sung at his funeral as a tribute to his "two" Mothers.


NASHUA - The Rev. Martin T. Kelly, 66, pastor of St. Patrick Church, died June 21, 2011. He was born on Dec. 22, 1944, in Nashua, to Martin M. and Cecile (Dumont) Kelly. He attended the former Sacred Heart School of St. Patrick Church and graduated from Nashua High School in 1962. Father Kelly studied at the College of Holy Cross in Worcester and at Tufts University in Boston, earning a bachelor's and a master's degree in classics. He completed his ecclesiastical studies at Mount Saint Mary Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md.

The Rev. Kelly was ordained a Roman Catholic priest on June 3, 1989, by the Most Rev. Odore J. Gendron, D.D., seventh bishop of Manchester, at St. Patrick Church. He was assigned as associate pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Milford in June 1989 and then as associate pastor of Holy Angels Parish in Plaistow in June 1991. Family includes his brother and sister-in-law, John D. and Diane D. Kelly of Enfield; a niece, Sarah Kelly; two nephews, Kieran and Brendan Kelly; and several cousins. .

 IN HIS LIFE: In June 1992, Father Kelly was assigned as associate pastor of St. Patrick Church, returning to his home parish where he was baptized, received his first Eucharist and was confirmed. In June 1997, Bishop Leo E. O'Neil appointed Father Kelly as pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Nashua, where he served faithfully until his death.

Father Kelly was a member of the Diocesan Liturgical Commission. Prior to his ordination, Father Kelly was a teacher with the Nashua school system, where he taught Latin at Nashua High School.

Remembering Fr. Kelly:
Fr. Kelly offers the 1st Latin Mass in the Manchester Diocese in almost 40 years on September 16, 2007

Above: St. Patrick's filled to capacity for 1st Latin Mass

Above: Fr. Kelly offers the 1st Traditional Latin Mass in a generation

Cardinal Sarah calls for Ad Orientum Worship as the Norm in the Mass
Below is a translation of a recent interview with His Eminence Robert Cardinal Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, in which he advocates a general return to worship ad orientem. The interview was originally published online by French journal Famille Chrétienne; the translation linked above by Christine Broesamle was published on Monday the website of the National Catholic Register.

I would recommend also a blog article written by Christ Carstens, the editor of the Adoremus Bulletin, in which he comments on why this call is so important. (h/t Adam Bartlett of Illuminare Publications).

I have nothing to add myself except, if only this would happen...

Cardinal Sarah: ‘How to Put God Back at the Center of the Liturgy’

Translation of an interview with the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, published by the French magazine Famille Chretienne.


Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

  – Wikipedia/François-Régis Salefran/CC BY-SA 4.0

Editor’s Note: The French magazine Famille Chretienne published an online interview with Cardinal Robert Sarah of Guinea on May 23. The following is a Register-commissioned translation from the original French.


Cardinal Robert Sarah
, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, calls us to a serious reflection on the Eucharist. He also invites priests and the faithful to turn and “orient” themselves towards the East, “the Orient” — that is, to Christ.

Several weeks ago, you discussed a desire to see “The Sacrament of Sacraments put back in the central place,” that is, the Eucharist. What is your reasoning?

I wish to engage a serious consideration on this question, with the goal of placing the Eucharist back at the center of our lives. I have witnessed that, very often, our liturgies have become like theater productions. Often, the priest no longer celebrates the love of Christ through his sacrifice, but just a meeting among friends, a friendly meal, a brotherly moment. In looking to invent creative or festive liturgies, we run the risk of worship that is too human, at the level of our desires and the fashions of the moment. Little by little, the faithful are separated from that which gives life. For Christians, the Eucharist is a question of life and death! 

How can we put God at the center?

The liturgy is the door to our union with God. If the Eucharistic celebrations are transformed into human self-celebrations, the peril is immense, because God disappears. One must begin by replacing God at the center of the liturgy. If man is at the center, the Church becomes a purely human society, a simple nonprofit, like Pope Francis has said. If, on the contrary, God is at the heart of the liturgy, then the Church recovers its vigor and sap! Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger prophetically wrote, “In our relationship with the liturgy, the destiny of the faith and of the Church plays out.”

What remedy do you recommend to us?

The recognition of the liturgy as the work of God implies a true conversion of the heart. The Second Vatican Council insisted on a major point: In this domain, the importance is not what we do, but what God does. No human work can ever accomplish what we find at the heart of the Mass: the sacrifice of the cross.

The liturgy permits us to go out past the walls of this world. To find the sacredness and the beauty of the liturgy requires, therefore, a work of formation for the laity, the priests and the bishops. It is an interior conversion.

To put God at the center of the liturgy, one must have silence: this capacity to silence ourselves [literally: “shut up”] to listen to God and his word. I believe that we don’t meet God except in the silence and the deepening of his word in the depths of our heart.

 How do we do this concretely?

To convert is to turn towards God. I am profoundly convinced that our bodies must participate in this conversion. The best way is certainly to celebrate — priests and faithful — turned together in the same direction: toward the Lord who comes. It isn’t, as one hears sometimes, to celebrate with the back turned toward the faithful or facing them. That isn’t the problem. It’s to turn together toward the apse, which symbolizes the East, where the cross of the risen Lord is enthroned.

By this manner of celebrating, we experience, even in our bodies, the primacy of God and of adoration. We understand that the liturgy is first our participation at the perfect sacrifice of the cross. I have personally had this experience: In celebrating thus, with the priest at its head, the assembly is almost physically drawn up by the mystery of the cross at the moment of the elevation. 

But is this way of celebrating the Mass authorized?

It is legitimate and conforms to the letter and the spirit of the Council. In my capacity as the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, I continue to remind all that the celebration toward the East (versus orientem) is authorized by the rubrics of the missal, which specify the moments when the celebrant must turn toward the people. A particular authorization is, therefore, not needed to celebrate Mass facing the Lord. Thus, in an article published by LOsservatore Romano June 12, 2015, I proposed that the priests and the faithful turn toward the East at least during the Penitential Rite, during the singing of the Gloria, during the Propers and during the Eucharistic Prayer.

In the minds of many, the change of the orientation of the altar is tied to Vatican II. Is this accurate?

More than 50 years after the closure of Vatican II, it becomes urgent that we read these texts! The Council never required the celebration facing the people! This question is not even brought up by the Constitution [on Sacred Liturgy], Sacrosanctum Concilium. ... What’s more, the Council Fathers wanted to emphasize the necessity for all to enter into participation of the celebrated mystery. In the years that have followed Vatican II, the Church has searched for the means of putting this intuition into practice.

Thus, to celebrate facing the people became a possibility, but not an obligation. The Liturgy of the Word justifies the face-to-face [orientation] of the lector and the listeners, the dialogue and the teaching between the priest and his people. But from the moment that we begin to address God — starting with the Offertory — it is essential that the priest and the faithful turn together toward the East. This corresponds completely with that which was willed by the Council Fathers.

I believe that we need to review the Council text. Certain adaptations to the local culture have probably not been fully developed enough. I have the translation of the Roman Missal in mind. In certain countries, important elements have been suppressed, notably the moment of the Offertory. In French, the translation of the Orate fratres has been truncated. The priest must say, “Pray my brothers that my sacrifice which is also yours would be agreeable to God the almighty Father.” And the faithful should respond: “May the Lord receive from your hands this sacrifice for the praise and the glory of his Name, for our good and that of all his Holy Church.” [Translator’s note: In French, currently the people respond: “For the glory of God and the salvation of the world.”] At the audience which the Pope granted me on Saturday, April 2, he confirmed that the new translation of the Roman Missal must imperatively respect the Latin text.

 What do you think about the participation of the faithful?

The participation of the faithful is primary. It consists, first of all, of allowing ourselves to be led to follow Christ in the mystery of his death and of his resurrection. “One doesn’t go to Mass to attend a representation. One goes to participate in the mystery of God,” Pope Francis reminded us very recently. The orientation of the assembly toward the Lord is a simple and concrete means to encourage a true participation for all at the liturgy. 

The participation of the faithful, therefore, would not be understood as a necessity to “do something.” On this point, we have deformed the teaching of the Council. On the contrary, it is to allow Christ to take us and associate us with his sacrifice. Only a view tempered in a contemplative faith keeps us from reducing the liturgy to a theater show where each has a role to play. The Eucharist makes us enter in the prayer of Jesus and in his sacrifice, because he alone knows how to adore in spirit and in truth.

 What significance does the Church give to this question of orientation?

To begin with, we are not the only ones to pray “oriented,” that is, facing the East. The Jewish Temple and the synagogues were always facing East. In regaining this orientation, we can return to our origins. I note also that some non-Christians, the Muslims in particular, pray facing the East.

For us, the light is Jesus Christ. All the Church is oriented, facing East, toward Christ: ad Dominum. A Church closed in on herself in a circle will have lost her reason for being. For to be herself, the Church must live facing God. Our point of reference is the Lord! We know that he has been with us and that he returned to the Father from the Mount of Olives, situated to the East of Jerusalem, and that he will return in the same way. To stay turned toward the Lord, it is to wait for him every day. One must not allow God reason to complain constantly against us: “They turn their backs toward me, instead of turning their faces!” (Jeremiah 2:27).

Read more: http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/cardinal-sarah-how-to-put-god-back-at-the-center-of-the-liturgy/#ixzz4CAig1tf7

Ugly Churches Win Awards

The website of the Italian Episcopal Conference’s newspaper Avvenire reported Wednesday on the winners of the 6th edition of the International “Frate Sole” prize for sacred architecture. I would normally ignore an item like this when it pops up, as it did, on my Facebook feed, but for the grossly inappropriate headline, “Here Are The New Most Beautiful Churches in the World.” Tourism accounts for around 10% of Italy’s economy, which is the 8th largest in the world; the nation received over 57 million foreign visitors in 2013, while every holiday season, millions of Italians travel within their own country to visit what they call the “Città d’arte – Art cities.” (This classically Italian expression means both cities that are full of art, but also cities that are in and of themselves works of art.) One cannot help but ask, What kinds of churches, and what kind of beauty, do the editors of Avvenire imagine these people are coming to their country to see?

This photograph of the 3rd prize winner highlights the problem perfectly; at first glance, most people would probably assume that the building in the background was the church, and the one in the foreground a train station, or perhaps a library dedicated to the works of really depressing philosophers.

(photograph from Wikimedia Commons by RobKohl)

Unfortunately, the one in the foreground is the Propsteikirche (Provost’s Church) of the Holy Trinity in Leipzig, Germany; the only thing to indicate this architecturally is the cross on the bell tower, which looks a great deal like the clock tower of the train station in my home town of Providence, R.I. The building in the background is the early 20th century city hall.

Things don’t get any better inside.

(photograph from Wikimedia Commons by Martin Geisler)

And then there’s the first prize-winner, the Iglesia de Iesu (it is apparently officially spelled that way, according to the Greek, for no discernible reason) in San Sebastián in northern Spain. Here we will start with the sanctuary, featuring a retable that is completely blank. (closer view - photos from Wikipedia by Simoncio)

‘Charles,’ said Cordelia, ‘Modern Art is all bosh, isn’t it?’ ‘Great bosh.’

The tabernacle

Just over three years ago, I noted a critique of this style of church design from no less a personage than Dr Antonio Paolucci, the director of the Vatican Museum, which applies here just as much as it does to the modern churches in the periphery of Rome about which they were originally said: ”They look like warehouses. ... Spaces that do not invite (us) to meditation, devoid of the sense of the sacred, without a breath of mystery or religion.”

The problem here is that the title of this article is not just true in the immediate sense, a way of saying in the classic style of newspaper headlines that specific ugly churches have just won awards. It is also true aphoristically; ugly churches win architectural awards all the time, because they are designed to win awards, not to serve as the House of God and the home of His people.

To cleanse the palate, here’s a photo of the Greek Orthodox church in Venice, San Giorgio dei Greci, recently taken by our Ambrosian correspondent Nicola de’ Grandi. Not designed to win awards.

Turn towards the Lord!

The esteemed scholar and liturgist Klaus Gamber said that the single most damaging thing that happened in the wake of the Council was the shifting around of orientation at the altar.   In The Spirit of the LiturgyJoseph Ratzinger picked up on Gamber’s work and wrote his own exceptional explanation of the significance of ad orientem worship.  He advocated a return to ad orientem worship, but in a way that was peaceful, not like a abrupt way that changes had been imposed on the people of God – changes never called for by the Council Fathers – virtual overnight and without explanations.  As a transitional phase, Ratzinger suggested what has come to be known as the “Benedictine Arrangement” of  candles and crucifix on the altar.  My friend Fr. Lang has a helpful book about Turning Towards the Lord.  Over the last few year a growing number of priests (sometimes with the help of, sometimes with the interference of bishops) have been taking their parishes to ad orientem worship.  I know one parish where this was implemented, along with the installation of an altar rail.  Now, there, virtually everyone kneels to receive Communion on the tongue, parish registrations are up, and the average age of the congregation is plummeting.

Our re-orientation of our liturgical worship of God is of central importance for the revitalization of our Catholic identity.

The revitalization of our Catholic identity – and therefore our ability to influence the world around us – is only possible through a renewal of our liturgical worship.  No great undertaking we enter into as a Church (macro or micro) will succeed without it being rooted in proper sacred liturgy, whence comes what we need to initiate and sustain all our good efforts which are pleasing to God.

Recently His Eminence Robert Card. Sarah drew attention to ad orientem worship in aninterview with French Catholic magazine Famille Chrétienne.

Picking up on that interview, and the fact in Providence, RI there is a parish where Mass is said ad orientem, the diocesan newspaper of the same Providence has an article that features comments of my friend Fr. Jay Finelli.  HERE

A snip:

“We’re worshipping with the people in a common orientation,” he said. “We’re going toward the Lord.”

Initial reactions to the changes at Holy Ghost were mixed, but Father Finelli said parishioners have come to enjoy the practice. More importantly, he said, returning to their liturgical roots has benefitted the parish spiritually.

“In the beginning a few people had difficulties,” he said. “But now it seems to have led to a — how can I express this — a deep spirituality. There’s more of a reverence, there’s more of a prayerfulness on behalf of the whole congregation.”

Father Finelli said the practice is also beneficial for priests, who are reminded of their role in the liturgy by facing God as the people do.

“It shows us that we, the priests, aren’t the focus,” he said. “We’re not important. We’re just a vessel of the Lord being used by him for the people.”

Though he said he thinks the celebration of the liturgy ad orientem could be practiced in any parish, Father Finelli advised priests considering it to thoroughly teach the meaning behind the practice before instituting any changes. He believes that much of the discomfort with changes following the Second Vatican Council as well as discomfort with the return of pre-Vatican II practices in recent years stem from a lack of education.

“After the Second Vatican Council, there was no discussion and it caused a lot of anger, pain and hurt,” he said. “But if we teach the people as we should — why are we doing this, why is this important — of course some might not like it in the beginning, but eventually I think it really sinks in.”

Fathers! Get on this!

Dominican Rite Masses in Ohio for the Order's 800th Anniversary Celebrations

To commemorate the 800th anniversary of the Dominican Order, St Dominic’s Church in Youngstown, Ohio, will celebrate a special series of Masses in the traditional Dominican rite.

July 1: Feast of the Precious Blood (Low Mass)
July 22: Feast of Mary Magdalene (Sung Mass)
August 19: Votive Mass of St. Dominic (Solemn High Mass)

There will be lessons by the friars explaining the history and the significance of the rite before each Mass, beginning at 6:30 p.m., with the Mass itself 7:15 p.m. For more information, see the poster below, and visit the parish’s website, www.saintdominic.org.

Events: ICRSS Ordinations - July 7, 2016 - 11 new priests

The Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest will have 11 deacons ordained to the Sacred Priesthood on July 7th by the hands of H.E. Raymond Cardinal Burke at the Institute church of Sts. Michaele and Gaetano in Florence, Italy. They are the following:

1. Deacon Heitor MATHEUS
2. Deacon Cyprien PARANT
3. Deacon Cosme MONTJEAN
4. Deacon Erwan WAGNER
5. Deacon Erwan JOSSEAUME
6. Deacon Grégoire de GUILLEBON
7. Deacon David SILVEY
8. Deacon Florian BRAUN
9. Deacon Joseph de PONCHARRA
10. Deacon Martial PINOTEAU
11. Deacon John O’CONNOR

In addition to the priests ordained, 8 sub-deacons and 7 deacons ordained this July.

There's "That's wrong!" and then there's...this....

Someone ought to have a few words with this … fellow.

From a reader…


I hope that this isn’t really a photo of Mass.  Maybe it’s some, I dunno, bible church group doing their thing.   But I fear that it is what it looks like it is.

SSPX reaches a new milestone: 600 priests

Rorate Caeli Blog

Una Voce NH note - The SSPX is separated from and not currently regularized with or  in union with the Roman Catholic Church.

On this feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, in the (almost former) seminary of Winona, in Minnesota, the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX / FSSPX) reaches a new milestone. With the priestly ordination of 7 deacons (6 Americans and one Briton), the Society will now have 600 priests.

Let us pray to the Sacred Heart of Jesus that justice be done regarding the final regularization of this majestic work of God, so that even more thousands of Catholics may benefit from it.

Sancte Pie Decime, ora pro nobis!

Letter from the President of Una Voce NH to Bishop Libasci:
  Thank You, Bishop Libasci!

Thank you Bishop Labasci for the most wonderful gift you could ever give to the parishioners of this wonderful diocese.

The gift of a dedicated celebration of the Tridentine Latin Rite Mass entrusted to members of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter {FSSP}, will fulfill the prayers of many parishioners of our diocese.

...Thank you for your service to our diocese and GOD BLESS what you have given to us with the Tridentine Rite Mass.
With Love and Affection from a grateful community,

Bill St. Laurent, President
253 Colonial Dr.
Portsmouth NH 03801
   Memorial Day Reflections: Requiescant in Pace  

                  The Soldier's Prayer
                    The Soldier’s Prayer, from the belongings of Corporal James Byron, 
                                               which were returned to his mother.



SSPX Reconciliation. I Think it might happen.

I have said for years that the SSPX could be reconciled without all sorts of doctrinal declarations about points in Vatican II documents.

I see this at the NCRegister:

Cardinal Müller Expects SSPX to Recognize Disputed Council Teachings

Cardinal Gerhard Müller has said he expects the Society of St. Pius X, which has always opposed the Second Vatican Council’s declarations on religious freedom and ecumenism, to “unreservedly recognize” freedom of religion as a human right, and an obligation to ecumenism.

In an interview in the June edition of the German publication Herder Korrespondenzthe prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said that if one “wants to be fully Catholic, one must recognize the Pope and the Second Vatican Council.”

Cardinal Müller said he expects a recognition of all the Council declarations that deal with these issues, according to the interview, reported on the Austrian Catholic website, Kathpress, May 24.

His comments come after reports that the Society of St. Pius X, which continues to oppose key teachings of the Second Vatican Council regarding ecumenism, freedom of religion and aspects of liturgical reform, may be close to being recognized by the Holy See.


I am hearing things in the background.

Friends… I think this is going to happen.

Pope Francis speaks: "The Society of St. Pius X are Catholics on the path to full communion."

From Rorate Caeli Blog

[UPDATED BELOW] Pope Francis granted an extensive interview to Guillaume Goubert, the director, and Sébastien Maillard, the Rome correspondent of the semi-official daily of the French Bishops, La Croix, on May 9. The interview (including videos) has been published today, and included the following very relevant excerpt:

    La Croix: You received, on the past April 1st, Bp. Bernard Fellay, Superior-General of the Society of Saint Pius X. Is the reintegration of the Lefebvrists in the Church once again being considered?

    Pope Francis: In Buenos Aires, I always spoke with them. They saluted me, they asked for [my] blessing on their knees. They consider themselves Catholic. They love the Church. Bp. Fellay is a man with whom we can dialogue. It is not the case of other somewhat strange elements, such as Bp. Williamson, or others who have radicalized. I think, as I had expressed in Argentina, that they are Catholics on the path to full communion. During this Year of Mercy, it seemed that I should authorize their confessors to pardon the sin of abortion.[*] They thanked me for this gesture. Before that, Benedict XVI, whom they respect greatly, had liberalized the Mass according to the Tridentine Rite. We dialogue well, we do a good work.

    Would you be ready to grant them a status of personal prelature?

    Pope Francis: It would be a possible solution, but, before, a fundamental agreement should be established with them. The Second Vatican Council has its value. We move forward slowly, with patience.

UPDATE (May 17, 8 AM): La Croix has released this Tuesday their English translation of the full interview.

Fraternity to Begin New Apostate in the Diocese of Manchester, NH

Bp. Peter A. Libasci, Diocese of Manchester, New Hampshire

Most Rev. Peter A. Libasci, Bishop of Manchester, New Hampshire

The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter is pleased to announce that the Most Reverend Peter A. Labasci, Bishop of Manchester, has invited the FSSP into the diocese in order to administer the parish of St. Stanislaus in Nashua, New Hampshire.  His Excellency noted:

“Since coming here in 2011, I have heard from many Catholics who have a deep affection for the traditional liturgical forms of the pre-Vatican II era. Consistent with that desire, I am happy to announce the opening of this parish, dedicated to the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, as suggested by Pope Benedict XVI in his Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum, issued Motu Proprio in 2007.”

The Fraternity is grateful to Bishop Labasci for this opportunity, and look forward to providing for the spiritual needs of the Diocese by means of the traditional Roman Sacraments.

Please, in your kindness, keep the Fraternity and the parishioners of St. Stanislaus in your prayers as the apostolate begins in early August of 2016.

New Apostolate in the Diocese of Manchester - St. Stanislaus in Nashua

Recent Public appearance:
Pope Emeritas Benedict XVI !
Recent image of the Pope Emeritus in a concert offered for his birthday (April 2016)

FSSP News:
New Apostolate in Pennsylvania at St. Stephen's Church

 A press release from the North American District of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter:

The Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter is pleased to announce the opening of a new apostolate in the Diocese of Allentown, Pennsylvania. The Fraternity will take over the administration of St. Stephen of Hungary parish on July 1, 2016.

The announcement that the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter will be assuming pastoral responsibility for St. Stephen was made at the parish on the Feast of Pentecost, May 15, 2016, prior to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The members of the parish are very excited to welcome the FSSP to their parish, and are deeply thankful for the priests of the Diocese of Allentown who have offered the Traditional Latin Mass at St. Stephen’s over the years, as well as all those who have prayed and sacrificed for the FSSP to be invited into the diocese.

The Fraternity is grateful to the Most Reverend John O. Barres, Bishop of Allentown, and his priestly assistants of the chancery for this opportunity.

Congratulations to the FSSP and to the local parishioners! And thanks to Bishop Barres!

(We thank local readers D, J, and L, who had sent us the news days ago.)

Manchester Diocese announces:
FSSP coming to
 Nashua, New Hampshire!

Latin Tridentine Mass and all Sacraments to be offered exclusively in the  Extraordinary Form: Baptisms, Weddings, and Funerals

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May 20, 2016                                                                            OFFICE OF COMMUNICATION





Staffed by the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter, the reopened parish will be

dedicated to the celebration of the Latin Mass


            (MANCHESTER, NH) – The Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci, Bishop of Manchester, announced today that the Diocese of Manchester will soon be blessed with the opening of a new parish dedicated to the celebration of the Tridentine Rite Mass, when the former Saint Stanislaus church in Nashua will reopen. The new parish will be entrusted to the members of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP). While a pastor for the new parish has not yet been named, current plans call for the celebration of the first Mass in early August.

            “Since coming here in 2011, I have heard from many Catholics who have a deep affection for the traditional liturgical forms of the pre-Vatican II era,” said Bishop Libasci. “Consistent with that desire I am happy to announce the opening of this parish, dedicated to the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, as suggested by Pope Benedict XVI in his Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum, issued Motu Proprio in 2007.”

            Saint Stanislaus parish, established in 1908 to serve the Polish community of Nashua, was unified with Saint Aloysius of Gonzaga Parish in 2002. The church has remained in use since then as a Eucharistic adoration chapel. Since 1999 it has also been the home of the Corpus Christi Food Pantry. The pantry, with its many dedicated volunteers, will continue to offer its valuable services and programs that serve those who are in need in the greater Nashua area.

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The Diocese of Manchester is the Roman Catholic Church in New Hampshire, serving the needs of more than 264,000 Catholics.  For more information, please visit www.catholicnh.org.

Front page story From the Nashua Telegraph:

                  Interior of St. Stanislaus Church in Nashua, NH


Catholic Diocese to reopen city church

Staff Writer

NASHUA - The Catholic Diocese of Manchester plans to reopen the former St. Stanislaus Parish in Nashua as a separate parish in which Masses and the entire life of the parish will follow the traditional Latin rite liturgy, church officials said Thursday.

This is the first time the diocese, which encompasses all of New Hampshire, will open a new parish in at least 15 years - an era marked by many parish mergers, a high-ranking church official said. It is also the first church-sanctioned parish to open in New England that will be dedicated solely to the traditional liturgy that was in force in 1962 prior to the reforms of the Second Vatican Council, the church official said.

The Corpus Christi Food Pantry and Assistance, which provides food and financial assistance to thousands of Nashua families and leases space in the basement of the church building at 43 Franklin St., will not close as a result of the move, diocesan officials stressed. It is currently not known, however, if the food pantry will relocate to another site in the city, they said.

"I can definitely say it is not going to close," diocesan spokesman Thomas Bebbington said.

Bishop Peter Libasci, Bebbington said, "recognizes the essential ministry of the food pantry ... to Nashua and surrounding towns. It is not the intention of the diocese or the bishop to bring an end to that important or needed work."

The diocese intends to reopen St. Stanislaus Parish in August and staff it with a Roman Catholic priest from the Priestly Society of St. Peter, Bebbington said. The clerical society is in full communion with the Roman Catholic church, whose priests are trained in the Latin rite, or Tridentine, tradition and sent to serve in parishes in the United States and the world, he added.

The parish initially will be staffed by one priest and a second is expected to arrive about a year later, he said.

Libasci is opening the parish in response to Catholics who have requested it, according to Bebbington.

"He's heard fairly consistently from a lot of Catholics around the state that they have a deep affection for the traditional - the pre-Vatican II era - Mass," he said. "He has been looking for some way to fulfill that need."

St. Patrick Parish in Nashua and St. John the Baptist Parish in Suncook currently are the only two that offer Latin Masses. But the Masses are only celebrated in Latin once a month. They will continue to offer the monthly Latin Masses, the church official said.

Unlike traditional parishes that serve specific geographical areas, this new parish will be formed as a "personal parish" that will not be confined by territorial boundaries, but will serve a specific population that wants to participate in the traditional liturgy of the Roman rite, Bebbington said. Not only will the Mass be celebrated in Latin, but baptisms, weddings, funerals and other sacraments will follow the Latin rite, he said.

As a personal parish, it would be similar to the national parishes formed in the 19th century specifically to serve ethnic groups and offer Masses in their native languages, Bebbington said.

St. Stanislaus Parish, which was set up to serve Polish-speaking Catholics, closed in 2002 and merged with St. Aloysius de Gonzaga Parish. Since then, the church no longer operated as a parish, but remained open as a chapel for Eucharistic Adoration.

The Corpus Christi Food Pantry and Assistance is a nonprofit organization incorporated by the diocese in 1998, executive director Kay Golden said. It operates in the church basement in space it leases from St. Aloysius de Gonzaga Parish, she said.

The food bank served 5,315 families in 2014, 4,533 families in 2015, and, as of April this year, served 1,728 families, Golden said. The organization also provides financial assistance to many Nashua families.

Ernest Belanger, who is president of the Corpus Christi board of directors, said the board is working with the diocese to locate another space to move to.

"The diocese does not want us to close the pantry and we don't want to close the pantry," Belanger said.

"We certainly don't want people to think that we're closing, because that would really hurt us a lot," he added.

Bebbington said the diocese is beginning to look for space that can incorporate the food pantry. Belanger said it is possible the food pantry can remain at the church for a while even after it reopens as a new parish.