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


01  Feria of Advent - 3rd class
 or Jesus Christ the High Priest - 3rd class
02  St. Vivian - 3rd class
 or Sacred Heart of Jesus - 3rd class
03  St. Francis Xavier - 3rd class
 or Immaculate Heart of Mary - 3rd class
04  2nd Sunday of Advent - 1st class
05  Feria of Advent - 3rd class
06  St. Nicholas - 3rd class
07  St. Ambrose - 3rd class
08  Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary - 1st class
09  Feria of Advent - 3rd class
10  Feria of Advent - 3rd class
11  3rd Sunday of Advent - 1st class
12  Feria of Advent - 3rd class
 (USA) Our Lady of Guadalupe - 3rd class
13  St. Lucy - 3rd class
14  Ember Wednesday of Advent - 2nd class
15  Feria of Advent - 3rd class
16  Ember Friday of Advent - 2nd class
17  Ember Saturday of Advent - 2nd class


Next TLM's in

New Hampshire
and North
ern MA:


Thursday, December 11, 2016
St. Joseph Church
Claremont, NH
Sung High Latin Mass:                           Noon  

Sunday, December 11, 2016
St. Patrick Church
Nashua, NH

Sung High Latin Mass:                       Noon  

Sundays, 2016
St. Stanislaus Church
Nashua, NH
Sung High Latin Mass                    10:00AM 

St. Benedict Center Church

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

St. Benedict Center
Richmond, NH
TLM Mass:                     Call (603) 239-6485

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
    2nd Sunday of

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
Sung High Missa Cantata's

St. Patrick's Church, Nashua, NH
       Sunday, December 11,  2016 
   Sung High Latin Mass Noon

   St. Stanislaus Church, Nashua, NH      Sunday, December 11,  2016
Sung High Latin Mass   10:00AM           

   The Immaculate Conception


++++++++++++Breaking News+++++++++++++
1st Sung High Latin Missa Cantata in a generation  to be offered at St Joseph Church, Claremont NH on December 8, 2016!

Una Voce NH

It has been announced that the first Sung High Missa Cantata in the Extraordinary Form
in over 50 years will occur at St. Joseph Parish in Claremont, NH on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, this Thursday, December 8, 2016.

This is the first time since 1965 that the Extraordinary Form will be offered at this parish.  It is occurring at the specific request of Bishop Libasci in response to a demand he sensed for the Extraordinary Form in the western part of the diocese.   

 St. Joseph Church...is a fitting venue for the Traditional Latin Mass:

Aside from the addition of a free-standing altar (which is being removed for the upcoming Extraordinary Form Mass), the church never suffered any of the post-Vatican II renovations that prevailed in this diocese, and the high altar, side altar, and altar rails remain unaltered in their original condition.  Of particular note to elderly Catholics, the parish is fully handicapped and wheelchair accessible and has a full service elevator
accessed through the side door of the church. 

 St. Joseph’s is on Phone: (603) 542-5732
    Phone: Elm St. in Claremont, NH
   Pastor: Very Rev. Shawn M. Therrien V.F.

                            Interior: St. Joseph Church, Claremont, NH

  7 Reasons Why I love the Traditional Mass

Ad Orientum - How's it going?

December 3, 2016  

Two weeks ago, I received the following message from a priest friend who runs two parishes: “Today was the last Sunday with versus populum Novus Ordo Masses at our parishes ... . From next week on, all Masses shall be celebrated ad orientem.” Another friend, a laymen, wrote at the same time to say “(Our) parish ... will have all the Masses ad orientem during Advent. This has been announced in the bulletin for a month, accompanied with educational explanations, and I know Father X has already received some push-back in his efforts.” The priest has since written to say “I’d like to thank you for your prayers for this weekend. I’d say I almost witnessed a ‘moral miracle’ at (one of his parishes). We had all the Novus Ordo masses celebrated ad orientem, and not a single parishioner criticized or complained about it, something that I certainly never expected. Some people were even happy at this.” Thus far, I haven’t heard from the layman about how things went at his parish.

Anyway, it seems like a good idea to see how things are going with Cardinal Sarah’s call to return to what should, of course, be the norm for Catholic worship, turning to the Lord when addressing the Lord. So I’d like to ask our readers, clerical and lay, to report in the combox of this post their experiences from those places where ad orientem worship has been instituted, even if only ad experimentum. We will be happy to publish photos, which you can submit to our usual photopost address:
photopost@newliturgicalmovement.org. (We can safely assume that Fr X is not the only priest receiving push-back on this, so if you have any reason to think that your local priest may be put in difficulties, please ask him before commenting or sending in pictures.)

Novus Ordo Mass celebrated ad orientem at the church of the Sacred Heart in Clifton, New Jersey: from this year’s All Souls photopost.

Institute of Christ the King Parish St. Kevin's  in Dublin

A First Mass in Ireland

Thanks to our friend Mr John Briody for sending in these photos of the First Mass of Canon John O’Connor of the Institute of Christ the King, celebrated this past Sunday at St. Kevin’s Church, Harrington Street, Dublin, Ireland which is home to the Latin Mass Chaplaincy for the Dublin Archdiocese. Our congratulations to Canon O’Connor, who is currently posted to the Institute’s Apostolate located at Sacred Heart Church, The Crescent, in Limerick. (A reminder that Mr Briody has a large number of photos, of liturgies and other stuff, on his two flickr accounts.)

I saw this on Facebook:

innovations of v2

Today a priest friend told me that Summorum Pontificum was the obituary of the Spirit of Vatican II.

More and more we will see how important Summorum Pontificum is.  It will have an ever greater impact.

One of the gifts which the Church has received through the promulgation of the Ordinariate Liturgy is a model for vernacular liturgy that preserves some of the great treasures of the Catholic liturgical tradition, treasures which in one way or another were lost to the liturgical reform. Here we see a Mass for All Souls’ Day celebrated at Incarnation Catholic Church in Orlando, Florida, celebrated ad orientem and in black vestments; particularly noteworthy is the singing of the famous sequence of the Requiem Mass, the Dies irae, in an English translation which perfectly preserves the music of the Latin original (starting at 9:57).

Anglo-Catholic church produced quite a lot of music which the English-speaking Catholic world would have done well to adopt when vernacular liturgy came in the 1960s. (A friend of mine who grew up in a very famous Anglo-Catholic parish knew how to sing the Introit of Corpus Christi, also in an English that followed the original Gregorian chant exactly.)

In the Liturgy of the Hours, the Dies irae is given as an optional hymn (split into three parts) for the Office of Readings, Lauds and Vespers on the ferias between Christ the King and First Advent. In his book Te decet laus, Dom Anselmo Lentini, O.S.B., who led the committee that revised the Office hymns, leaves little doubt as to what he really thought of the removal of the Sequence from the Requiem Mass, referring to it as something which the faithful knew very well and sung with enthusiasm. The committee decided to give it a place in the Office, lest it be lost altogether from the liturgy, since the revisers of the Mass had
decided that death was henceforth to be treated as a rather cheerier affair.

 Confirmations in the Traditional Form of the Roman Rite                

Last night here in the Diocese of Madison we had Solemn Mass for the Feast of St Andrew and the Sacrament of Confirmation administered in the Traditional Roman Rite by His Excellency Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino, aka the Extraordinary Ordinary.

A few photos.

Mass was, of course, ad orientem, as are all the Masses at this parish, NO and TLM.

We were happy to use the wonderful red set of vestments for which some of you good readers made donations.




We had over 50 confirmands from several states.

Among the confirmation names I saw most frequently as I received the name cards for the bishop were Teresa or Therese and Michael.  There were a couple John Pauls.  Among the most interesting names were Venantius and Zdzislaw.

The Sacrament of Confirmation is important.  Never forget your confirmed character.  Ask God to strengthen you through the sacrament when you are challenged or beset.  Ask Him to help you bear witness to the Faith.  Ask Him for a special measure of gift of Fortitude in your struggle against the world, the flesh and the Devil.


A few more snaps from another source.






SSPX Exclusive - Bp. Fellay speaks to Rorate on Rome negotiations as world's largest traditional seminary is blessed in Virginia


A Conversation with Bishop Fellay

By Father Kevin M. Cusick*
Rorate correspondent for the
opening of the SSPX Seminary
in Virginia

The faithful gather from far and wide

Dozens of cars from many states and Canada lined the gravel drive that connects the blacktop country road in the small town of Dillwyn, Virginia, with the new seminary of the Society of Saint Pius X on a knoll in the heart of the property. I found an unclaimed spot along a side trail and began to walk myself, joining the faithful young and old on their way to the holy Mass at the head of the day’s events planned to inaugurate the new US headquarters for the mission of forming the priests of the apostolate.

A non-Catholic couple from Farmville, Virginia, stopped and offered me a ride, he a VIP guest from the Chamber of Commerce. I gratefully accepted: my formal shoes ill-suited for the hike still ahead of me along the drive that by turns was muddy. I exited the vehicle before a vast white tent where the pontifical High Mass was already underway, priests hearing confessions on the open ground next to it.

The day’s events

Once inside the tent I found open seating at the front near the SSPX sisters at the temporary altar rails. Over 1,000 intrepid faithful overflowed the tent, some with mud caked on their shoes, eloquent evidence of the difficulties which they are willing to endure for the Faith fed by the Mass of all time. The abundance of families have become no doubt well used to Mass in fields under inclement weather over the years in what has been an often homeless apostolate. The full sunshine on this day, however, promised a natural benediction to accompany the bishop’s sacramental ministry.

The Mass was certainly beautiful, secured as such through faithfulness to the tradition handed down to ensure the worthy praise and honor of God. The seminary schola and servers were alert and attentive soldiers in the army of the Lord, formed now and for the future to fight for His rights as God among men who sometimes fall slack in their loving devotion.

Bishop Fellay’s sermon

In his sermon Bishop Fellay spoke simply and without pretense about the new seminary, the life of seminarians, the mission of the priesthood in the Church for the salvation of souls. Prayer, silence, spiritual reading and detachment from earthly things are among the necessities for men called to priesthood, he reminded us.

Many young people and families from a dozen or more states in the throng are a strong promise for the future. Some queued in the line for the lunch ahead of me had flown from Saint Mary’s, Kansas. European accents were in evidence in accord with the strong international identity of the Society.

The seminary building had only been approved for occupation the previous day and then only with the proviso that a fire truck be standing by at all times. A generous benefactor made even that possible so that the day could proceed as planned.

Lunch took place in the vast refectory under the imposing crucifix as well as on tables set up in courtyard around a water reservoir necessary in case of fires due to seminary’s remote location.


The blessing procession began with the bishop and clergy formed up in the small seminary chapel and exiting to meet faithful outside for commencing the litanies and blessing prayers. First the exterior of the building was blessed and then interior, the refectory and the refectory crucifix as we chanted the “Asperges me”. Bronze non-liturgical bells from France were blessed outside and then hung in hallways and classrooms for marking the periods of the seminary day.

The seminary building reminds of a French Romanesque chateau with its rounded corner towers capped by conical roofs. The appointments are spare in favor of quality construction to last for many years in brick, stone, slate and copper. Turkish travertine paving stones will be laid over the cement walks, the heavy wooden doors and banisters were made by seminarians practiced in the carpenter’s trade. These are rendered in a beautiful and loving craftsmanship intended to endure, reflecting both of the beauty of our Creator God through what He has made and His image in man whose skills praise Him.

I met with Bishop Fellay after a tour of the seminary, work on the final finishing details interrupted briefly for the hospitality necessary to serve the day’s numerous guests. Work has progressed enough to allow the worship, prayer and classes to begin. Our conversation was made possible through kindness of the Society’s media relations man and Society priests.

“Almost ready”

I asked the bishop if he had good news to share about the status of the personal prelature rumored to be on offer in Rome in order to integrate the Society fully and permanently into the life of the universal Church. The bishop described the current arrangements as “almost ready” and one of “fine tuning”, his demeanor and expression exuding confidence and serenity. When I asked if the situation was one merely for prayer he was very quick to assert that developments in the canonical proceedings had progressed beyond that point. But, he said, “the problem is not there” but with the matter of Vatican II.

“There’s still some need of clarification.”

He went on to elaborate, however, that the documents of Vatican II are at issue, a matter with which many readers are already aware, the remaining sticking points being those documents treating religious liberty, ecumenism and reform of the liturgy. The Society has been very firm and consistent over the years that these teachings are incompatible with the integral tradition of the Church.

The bishop recommended three major interviews given by Abp. Pozzo and published by the French bishops’ newspaper La Croix as a good source for an adequate summary of the current status of talks between the Society and the Holy See because “these give the position of Rome clearly”. The most recent of these was published in July.

The bishop elaborated by describing the talks on the documents of Vatican II with Rome as being in a “clarification” stage. He mentioned this as being the case in particular because of the statement by Archbishop Muller that the Society must accept Vatican II, including the portions at issue.

“The Modernists”

The bishop said that “there is a lot of pressure from those which we call the Modernists” to make things impossible when it comes to integrating the Society.

He said that “a certain mentality” is involved here and “you know it can be very difficult to change mentalities”; it is the mentality of a certain generation” and these things “take time”. He said that we must arrive at a point where one can “disagree and still be a Catholic” when it comes to the mentioned points of Vatican II at issue.

It appears Bishop Fellay is prepared to wait if necessary, biding his time though not idle in the least, for the work of the Society continues to grow and flourish. I thanked him for his ministry as bishop and for the beautiful Mass and sermon which began this first day of a new phase in the life of the society.

The men lining up to bolster as priests the already vigorous life of the Society begin formation in the new seminary, prepared for a capacity of 120, are a sign of robust faith. No modernists here.

*Fr. Cusick, a chaplain in the United States Navy, is also the pastor of St. Francis de Sales, in Benedict, Maryland (Archdiocese of Washington)

Event: First TLM in St. Patrick's Cathedral (NYC) since the 1990's

The Traditional Catholicism blog announced a few days ago that a Solemn Mass (1962 Missal) will be celebrated in St. Patrick's Cathedral on November 14, the first since Summorum Pontificum took effect and the first in nearly 20 years:

The (traditional) Councils of the Knights of Columbus – the Regina Coeli Council that meets at Holy Innocents & the Agnus Dei Council – received a generous permission from Cardinal Dolan to have a pilgrimage and a (traditional) Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral before the end of the Year of Mercy.

This will be the first time since Summorum Pontificum that a traditional Mass will be publicly celebrated at the Cathedral of the Archdiocese of New York!

On May 12, 1996, Alfons Cardinal Stickler celebrated a magnificent Solemn Pontifical Mass in St. Patrick's, the first TLM to be said there since the liturgical reforms. That Mass attracted between 4,000 and 5,000 faithful. In 1997 a Solemn Mass was celebrated by Fr. John Perricone, and unfortunately that proved to be the last for nearly two decades.

CMMA Sacred Music workshop for Winter 2017

The Church Music Association of America will hold its Winter 2017 Sacred Music Workshop in Birmingham, Alabama, from January 2 to the 6th. This five-day workshop offers participants the opportunity to study chant and polyphony with outstanding directors Scott Turkington and Nick Botkins, as well as some lectures by Dr William Mahrt, President of the CMAA Board and Associate Professor at Stanford University. (Also the publisher of NLM!) The full program and explanation of all of the different study sessions which are offered can be see here at the CMAA website: http://musicasacra.com/winter-2017/; online registration is available at https://shop.musicasacra.com/. Early registration is still available until November 15th, so there is time to save $50; CMAA members also save an additional $5.

CMMA SAcred Music

From the Archives: On the Use of Black Vestments

From time to time, it’s nice to look back at some of the articles in our archives (currently over 12,000 items!) For All Souls’ Day, here is a great piece about black vestments posted by our founding editor Shawn Tribe in November of 2005, when NLM was less than four month old. This was a year and half before Summorum Pontificum, and I think it probably not too optimistic to think that opposition to the use of black vestments has weakened even further, now that more people will have used in the EF Requiem Mass, where they are mandatory.  

Many out there are likely aware that there has been these past 40 years or so an aversion to black vestments for times such as funerals, or for the Feast of All Souls and so on. (Thankfully this is decreasing with the newer generations of clergy.)

Often black vestments have been excluded in practice (though not necessarily in law) -- enough so that there are entire generations who will have never seen a black vestment worn, let alone know of its existence as a liturgical colour. For example, in the modern rite, red is now worn on Good Friday instead of black, which is still used in the classical rite of course. White will typically be worn for funerals. Sometimes purple will be used.

Now let us get it straight: this is not a liturgical abuse as these are options which the Church has given, or in the case of Good Friday, changes that have been made. There are some, however, for whom this is not simply aesthetic (nor should it be), nor a question of common practice in a diocese, but is actually an ideological opposition aimed at the perceived “negativity” of black. This latter idea is a problem. I wish to address in a roundabout way both the problem with the former way of thinking, but also I want to make a case for why I believe the effective disappearance of black is not desirable, even when we are just exercising another legitimate liturgical option as a norm.

The use of black is representative of some fundamental Christian realities. While Christians are a people of hope (the oft used argument for those wishing to exclude black), we are also a people aware of the reality of sin and judgement. We do not presume to know the state of our loved one’s soul. Too often even some parish priests themselves acquiesce to this idea that our achieving of our heavenly reward is a fait accompli. While we indeed hope and pray that our loved one has attained his or her heavenly reward, it is not a hope that is without reservations or loving concern. As Christians we are hopeful and yet also have a humble realism. We know that we are sinful creatures and we do not always meet the mark, nor necessarily repent of our sins. As such, we both hope and pray.

Black, with its echoes of mourning and reserve, both acknowledges our own emotional response to the loss of a loved one, and is further representative of our need to pray for the repose of our loved one’s soul. It also is a reminder and symbol of our belief in Purgatory wherein the suffering souls require our prayers and especially Masses. After all, Requiem masses are not merely memorials made for the living -- tools for our psychological and emotional comfort -- but are first and foremost powerful prayers and graces for the repose of our dearly beloved. If we approach the afterlife of heaven as “automatic” or as a given, who will take seriously the need to pray for the souls of Purgatory or our departed loved one? Eventually, who will see the need to have a funeral Mass? Black represents our mourning and also that there is work yet to be done -- the work of prayer, the graces of the Mass. The gold or silver which adorns the decoration of a black vestment gives us that silver-lining of Christian hope which we have for the resurrection of our loved one, and eventually ourselves, into Our Father’s House.

From a cultural perspective, this lack represents a divide from the common cultural sentiment expressed at death which has been informed by religious principles for generations -- one cannot help but notice that black is still the colour of mourning among most people at a funeral. If we are truly interested in speaking to people in symbols and language they can understand and relate to, the use of black at a funeral cannot be surpassed in this regard. (I am not suggesting that culture must inform liturgical practice; in this case, I think the Faith has informed the culture and the culture still retains this formation on a deep level.)

There really is nothing to stop a priest from re-introducing black vestments into the sacred liturgy when the rubrics allow for it -- and this I would heartily recommend to parish priests who read this weblog.

That being said, I receive many emails from readers on this weblog asking advice on how to approach such questions in there parishes. Often they are facing situations where there is little interest in the liturgy, or at least, little interest in the goals of the reform of the reform -- which may go in an opposite direction from where their parish is heading.

In such instances, getting black vestments re-instituted may be a non-starter with their parish clergy -- but as I say, there is a surprising openness to them from many of the younger clergy. If you don't have that situation, don’t worry, there may yet be hope. While you may not get black vestments instituted in your parish, there is another option that comes halfway at least, and may be more acceptable in such a situation and would help begin to restore this balance of hope, mourning and prayers for the dead.

Here is my proposal for a pastor that can’t yet (or won’t) re-institute black vestments: a white (or preferably off-white cream colour) vestment, with a large, substantial band of black brocade going up the centre of the vestment -- or also with the traditional Y-orphrey. The key is making the black noticeable.

First Weeks of St. Joseph Oratory, Detroit

One of our regular readers and guest contributors, Teresa Chisholm, has sent in a bit of good news from Detroit about the new ICK Oratory getting off the ground there. “In the first three weeks of liturgical life at the new St Joseph Oratory in Detroit, the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest has celebrated many beautiful High Masses with choir and chant schola - the First Mass on October 16, the Solemnity of Christ the King (the titular feast of the Institute), All Saints, and All Souls (with Fauré’s Requiem). On the following Sunday, November 6, the Rector, Rev. Canon Michael Stein, began his Lesson in Liturgy series with “The Reason for Liturgy: God then Man.” He encouraged the faithful to turn for additional study to Rev. Dr. Nicholas Gihr’s treatise The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass: Dogmatically, Liturgically and Ascetically Explained. All are invited to the next Lesson in Liturgy on November 27, following the 11 am High Mass, which will cover ‘Praying with your Missal: for Mind and Heart.’ The new weekly schedule for St. Joseph Oratory may be found on its website and Facebook page. Thanks be to God for His many blessings on this new parish.”

First Mass

Christ the King

All Saints

All Souls

         Dear Fathers: An Advent challenge for you

...Choose your highest attended Novus Ordo Sunday Mass and, the first week of Advent, make it a TLM.

From Rorate Caeli Blog

A note and call to action for our priestly readers (and for our lay readers, send this post to your local parish priests):

We often hear from diocesan priests who either pray a private traditional Latin Mass but whose public Masses are Novus Ordo, or priests who say one TLM a week, with the rest of their Masses being the Novus Ordo. What they tell us is that they either have no room in their schedule to add the TLM, or that one TLM a week is all they can do, due to the ignorance of their Novus Ordo parishioners which would not support any or additional traditional Masses. 

Looking at this situation dispassionately (and without the blue hairs complaining vociferously in our ears, as we know you dear Fathers deal with), it all seems to boil down to fear of the unknown: Your parishioners don't know what they're missing, your schedule is already full even if the pews aren't and you don't know how to introduce them to the traditional Mass. 

Bold idea and challenge for priests: Whether you have a weekly TLM already or not, choose your highest attended Novus Ordo Sunday Mass and, the first week of Advent, make it a TLM.

This would preferably be a Sung Mass. If you can't pull together polyphony or chant, your typical choir will work. And if they can't pull off a full Missa Cantata, a "four-hymn sandwich" Low Mass will do. If you don't have servers trained in the TLM, just ask the nearest parish that offers it. They will surely part with two servers for one Sunday to spread tradition. And don't worry about the fine details. If you're missing certain things, most won't notice anyway.

Also: Do NOT announce this in advance (if you are comfortable with this). You don't need the heat from the "liturgy group" of ladies before it happens. Just make a quick announcement a couple of minutes before Mass begins. You can tell the congregation that Cardinal Sarah, "from the Vatican," asked you to celebrate Mass ad orientem in Advent, and you are expanding on his request by making it a traditional Latin Mass as well. If Pope Francis' Vatican wants it, who can complain?!

What may just happen after forcibly exposing your Catholics to true Catholicism is that your already-on-the-schedule TLM becomes more widely attended or, if you don't have a current TLM, you may just get that "stable group" of parishioners to justify starting a new Sunday TLM and ending one of the most likely numerous Novus Ordos with sparse Sunday attendance. 

Last: If you try this, please let us know! Send us an email and let us know how it went, what the response was and what your future plans are for the TLM. Feel free to write as much as you want. Send your story to athanasiuscatholic AT yahoo DOT com. If you request it, we'll keep your name and the name of your parish private.

  Latin Mass Training Workshops for Diocesan Priests
             from Canons Regular St. John Cantius
     Tridentine Mass Training Workshops for priests, deacons and seminarians
Extraordinary Form of the Mass - 1962 Missale Romanum
       Of particular interest for Diocesan Priests...St. John Cantius Church offers the
                   Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms side by side each Sunday

The Canons Regular of St. John Cantius, in conjunction with the Archdiocese of Chicago, are offering Traditional Latin Mass Training Workshops for priests and seminarians.

The training workshops for priests, deacons, and seminrians in the Extraordinary Form of the Latin Roman Rite (1962 Missale Romanum) will provide instruction in the Traditional Latin Mass with the Canons Regular of Saint John Cantius, as well as an opportunity to gain experience with the Traditional Roman Liturgy through hands-on demonstration, conferences and question/answer sessions... More details about the Latin Mass Workshops for Priests, Deacons, and Seminarians. 

November 8-11, 2016 at St. John Cantius Church, Chicago
May 2-5, 2017 at St. John Cantius Church, Chicago

Workshop Locations:
St. John Cantius Church
825 N. Carpenter St.
Chicago, IL 60642 USA

PDF Download Your Registration Form
The Workshops will include training in Low Mass (for those just beginning), Missa Cantata (for those who have mastered the Low Mass) & an introduction to the Roman Ritual (Baptism, Extreme Unction, Confession, Weddings, and Funerals). We can also provide training in Solemn High Mass and Pontifical Mass.

Questions about the registration process can be directed towards:
Rev. Robin Kwan, SJC
(email: rkwan@cantius.org) - (312) 243-7373


Wimple by Wimple in New Jersey

A few days ago I was in Florence and I saw things and places associated with Savonarola.  This, of course, reminded me of the smoke-scented glycerin soap made by the wonderful Summit Dominicans, the great “soap sisters”, called “Savonarola”… get it?  Lemme help… any French speakers out there who know something of the history of Florence?

They’re not on a bus.  They’re not in pants suits.  They’re in habits.

Not only. These marvelous Dominicans have now returned to the use of the wimple.

Here is a recent photo…


Help them build their new monastic building.  They are in desperate need of more space.

PS to women religious out there reading this:

Video for the "Making the Light Shine Brighter" Capital Campaign of for the 2019 Centennial of the Dominican Nuns of Summit, NJ.


Event: Solemn High Mass for All Souls Day in New Orleans (by a Jesuit, praise God!)

                 Event: Ignatian Retreat in New Jersey

IMPORTANT: SSPX Superior General Bp. Fellay met with Pope and CDF yesterday, October 15, 2016

Bp. Fellay, the Superior-general of the Society of St. Pius X (FSSPX / SSPX) met Pope Francis yesterday, October 13, in Casa Santa Marta.

Afterwards, he held a meeting with the highest authorities of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), Card. Müller, Prefect, and Abp. Ladaria Ferrer, Secretary. Bp. Fellay was joined by his two assistants, Fr. Nély and Fr. Pfluger.

According to the SSPX General House, the CDF meeting, "foreseen for a long time," "is the second one since September 13, 2014", and "is part of the framework of relations that the Society of Saint Pius X has always had with the Roman authorities, in particular in these past few years, by the doctrinal visitations that took place in the several seminaries of the Society, and that will continue in the upcoming months."

Spiritual Super Powers: Monks of Norcia and Cardinal Sarah

I am reading Card. Sarah’s new book “The Power of Silence: against the dictatorship of noise”.  It is profound.  What a tonic for the confused pabulum we are getting from… elsewhere.

I got a note from the Benedictine monks of Norcia – who make great beer – about the visit of Card. Sarah to their earthquake stricken digs.

“It reminds me of Bethlehem.”

With these words, Robert Cardinal Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship at the Vatican, brought consolation and inspiration to the ears of his listeners — the 10 monks of San Benedetto in Monte. In the early hours of October 22, we gathered together for the Cardinal’s blessing of our temporary living quarters.

After sprinkling the kitchen, scriptorium, beds and chapel, he declared gently but powerfully: “I am certain that the future of the Church is in the monasteries… because where prayer is, there is the future.”

Planned long before the earthquake, His Eminence’s visit for a speech to the local lay chapter of the Association of St. Benedict, Patron of Europe, became the occasion for a visit to the damaged buildings and personal time with the monks. After assisting at Conventual Mass in choir, the Cardinal brought his gentle tone and gracious words to an informal gathering of the entire monastic community and answered our questions with candor and depth, reminding us that, just as Pope Benedict XVI has given us an example of the importance of prayers, we are called to be men of prayer for the entire Church, to help bring up to heaven all who encounter us in one broad sursum corda.

This delightful visit was no doubt the highlight of the week, but as we prepared for it we also cleaned the property and enjoyed an intense mountain hike to explore the 17th century stone walls surrounding the property. We were searching for the best places to pray — and for a spot to picnic!
Other discoveries this week have included the surprise donation of a gas stove top from a local restaurant. Monks in town made a fraternal visit to the Benedictine monastery of S. Pietro in Perugia which has often hosted our monks while they study Italian. The leaves are now changing color and the mountainside of Norcia reminds of autumn in New England. We know many there and throughout the world are praying for us and as winter comes closer, know that your prayers are appreciated as we now have roofs over our heads and a warm fire. Deo Volente, we might just have our church of San Benedetto in Monte open by Christmas. A new Bethlehem indeed.

We produce below a transcript of the Cardinal’s words to the monks at San Benedetto in Monte following the blessing:

Thank you for this welcome, for the prayer this morning, and for asking me to bless this house, which reminds me of Bethlehem, where it all began. Salvation began in Bethlehem, in absolute poverty, and I think that we should follow Christ in this, in His poverty, which is also the humility of God. God is humble, God is poor, but He is rich in love. To live here means that your heart is full of the love of God, for you cannot live with God without loving him. Love is at the center of all of our work. This is why the revelation that Jesus gives us says that the Lord, our Father, is love, and that everything we do comes from love, above all.

I ask that this be a place of love for the Lord. I am certain that the future of the Church is in the monasteries, because where prayer is, there is the future. Where there is no prayer, there is disaster, division, war. Perhaps I am not an optimist, but I see that a church that doesn’t pray is a disastrous church. Since you are a church that prays, the whole of the Church is here.

So I thank you for your commitment, for this manifestation of your love, for the expression of your love in continuous prayer. Pray for the Church, pray for the Holy Father, for his collaborators and for me. I promise you now that I am familiar with your home, that I will always pray for you and ask the Lord to continue to send you more young men to join your life that serves the Lord in prayer, in silence and, above all, in solitude.

Thank you, pray for me. I promise to pray for you. And if the Lord gives me life, perhaps I will return to see your new home. But never forget poverty, never forget humility, and if your house is beautiful, remain always humble and poor. Thank you.

– Robert Cardinal Sarah –
October 22, 2016

St. Patrick's, Nashua marks 9 continuous years
       of offering the Traditional Latin Mass

Una Voce NH - Last month (September) marked the 9th year that St. Patrick's Church, Nashua has continuously offered the Traditional Latin Mass on the 2nd Sunday at Noon and every Saturday at 8AM. The TL Mass was started by the Rev. Martin Kelly(RIP) and then continued by the new and current Pastor, Fr. Michael Kerper! Thank you Fr. Kerper!

              The next Latin Mass(1962 Missal) is next Sunday, October 9, 2016.
                                                           Deo Gratias!

          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

Historical Recreation of a 15th Century Catholic Mass

Ben stumbled across this very interesting video which was published a bit less than two weeks ago, an historical reenactment of Mass as would it have been celebrated in a parish church in Sweden on Sunday, October 4, 1450. On the Youtube channel it is described as the 18th Sunday after Pentecost, but the video itself correctly notes it as “Dominica XVIII post Trinitatis (festum) - the 18th Sunday after (the feast of the) Trinity,” according to the system widely used in the north of Europe in the later Middle Ages.

Some of the differences from the Tridentine Mass as celebrated today which you may note here can be attributed to the many variants and vagaries of medieval liturgical custom. The most obvious is the the use of a red vestment instead of green; this was common enough in the Middle Ages, and continues in use to this day in the Ambrosian Rite for the season after Pentecost.

Someone posted in the comments on Youtube an English translation of the introduction, which occupies the first 3:45 of the video; I will post part of it below. However, I feel that there is one very significant problem here which ought to be addressed, namely, the fact that throughout the service, the congregation remains completely silent. Obviously, one cannot exclude absolutely the notion that such Masses happened in the Middle Ages. However, common experience would strongly indicate that this was not typical, and that a sufficient number of people would have known at least the Ordinary, and perhaps rather more than that, well enough to join in with the cantor.

While there are many EF Masses celebrated today where only the schola sings, there are also many where the congregations does join in for at least the Ordinary and things like the hymns sung at the Offertory or Communion. Surely this must have been all the more common when attendance at the regularly Sunday liturgy was so much more the focus of peoples lives, when did not depend anywhere near as much as we do on printing, and when most of them lived their whole lives in the same church, hearing the same chants year in and year out.

To this day, if one attends a Divine Liturgy celebrated in Old Church Slavonic for a Ukrainian or Slovak congregation, people still sing along with the invariable parts such as the Creed and the Cherubic hymn, and very often with a great deal more besides. One may argue that the language of a modern Ukrainian is nowhere as far from Old Church Slavonic as medieval Swedish is from Latin; to this I answer that my own regular attendance at the liturgy in Old Church Slavonic has enabled me to learn a great deal of it without any particular effort, despite no knowledge at all of any Slavic language. Earlier this year, I attended the first part of the Easter vigil on Julian Holy Saturday in a Russian Orthodox church, and heard several people single along with the Cherubic hymn “Let all mortal flesh keep silent”, which is only sung once a year, at that service.

I say this, not to run down the creators of the video, who clearly put a great deal of effort into it. Nevertheless, we as Catholics ought to always keep a clear and accurate understanding of what the religion, the prayer, and the liturgical life of people really was in the Age of the Faith, as the historian Will Durant rightly proposed to rename the “Middle Ages.” Modern scholarship such as Eamon Duffy’s The Stripping of the Altars and Fr Augustine Thompson’s Cities of God have shown that medieval people knew and understood, and lived participated in the liturgy, far more than they and their culture are generally given credit for.

Translation of the Swedish introduction:

“Five hundred years ago, the universe seemed much more understandable than it does for us. All of existence was framed by a number of ceremonies and behavioral patterns which were a matter of course for people at the time. And the most important of them was the Holy Mass - that ring of charged words and actions which surround the central mystery in the Christian faith: That Jesus becomes man anew in the creatures of bread and wine.
We have reconstructed a High Mass from 500 years ago in an ordinary Swedish parish church, namely in Endre Church, one mile east of Visby in Gotland. We imagined ourselves to be participating in this high mass on an autumn Sunday in the middle of the 15th century. It is local people who are participating in clothes typical for the time, and we have tried as much as possible to reconstruct [something to do with (worship) services] in the Diocese of Linköping at that time - since Gotland belonged to that diocese.

The service is conducted in an incomprehensible language, a language incomprehensible to the people: Latin. Because church services at the time were not considered a medium for communicating information, except for silent prayers. Just as one cannot describe what is fascinating about a melody or a sight, one shouldn't be able to understand or describe the central mystery of the universe. The congregation waits for the central moment, when the bread and wine shall be transformed into the body and blood of Christ.

The priest was helped by a chorister, perhaps the [experienced?] youth whom [his soul has discovered?] and who with time would be sent to Linköping in order to attend the cathedral school. Songs, mostly from the Bible, were sung by the local cantor. We don't know exactly how the music went in the medieval churches. Maybe Endre Church had a specific order which required a qualified cantor like the one we shall see here.

The Sunday service began when the priest sprinkled Holy Water on the congregation. This was to remind them that they had become members of the Christian church through baptism. The Holy Water would drive away all the powers of evil. "Let us now place ourselves in the Middle Ages. Let us try to grasp the atmosphere in a normal Swedish parish church, in a time where man still believed himself cast out into an empty, cold existence, when Europe was still unified, and when the central mystery around which everything revolved was that Jesus Christ, had become man, had died, and risen again for all.”

First Solemn Mass held in the church since Vatican II
EF Solemn Mass for St. Therese of Lisieux in Madera, California

The church of St Joachim in Madera, California, (401 West 5th St) will hold an EF Solemn High Mass, this coming Monday, October 3rd, for the feast of St Thérèse of the Child Jesus, patroness of the Diocese of Fresno. The Fresno Traditional Mass Society will be assisting in the preparations; the Mass begins at 6 p.m. This is the first Solemn Mass held in the church since since the post-Conciliar reforms were instituted.


ICKSP Takes on New Apostolate in Naples

Two years ago, we reported that the Archdiocese of Naples, Italy, had established a new home for the regular celebration of the Traditional Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation at the church of the Archconfraternity of Santa Maria del Soccorso all’Arenella. We recently received word from the organizers of the Mass, the Coetus Fidelium «Sant’Andrea Avellino», that His Eminence Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, has now entrusted the celebration of this Mass to the priests of the Institute of Christ the King, beginning last week on the feast of the city’s principal Patron Saint, Januarius.

The Coetus fidelium «Sant’Andrea Avellino» wishes to express their gratitude to Cardinal Sepe for his paternal and pastoral solicitude in their regard, and likewise to the superiors of the ICK, Mgrs Gilles Wach and Michael Schmitz, and to Don Aldo Scatola, the parish priest of Santa Maria del Soccorso, and head of the Archconfraternity, for his generous hospitality. (Below, various Masses at the church of Santa Maria del Soccorso all’Arenella.)

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/ .
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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

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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