Vatican City, Apr 6, 2017 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican office which governs the use of the extraordinary form of the Roman rite has given priests permission to say a special Mass for the feast of Our Lady of Fatima this year, noting the importance of the apparition’s centenary.
In an April 5 decree the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei gave permission for any priest of the Latin Rite to celebrate a votive Mass of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary on May 13, 2017 – the 100th anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady at Fatima, Portugal.
The decision was made because “many of the Christian faithful who are attached to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite have a particular and fervent devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima” and out of a wish “to encourage the devotion of the faithful to the Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima,” according to a translation of the decree made by Gregory DiPippo, editor of New Liturgical Movement.
The permission is significant because in the extraordinary form, May 13 is the third class feast of St. Robert Bellarmine – which means Our Lady of Fatima cannot normally be celebrated.
In the ordinary form, meanwhile, May 13 is already an optional memorial of Our Lady of Fatima.
If a Votive Mass of the Immaculate Heart is celebrated on May 13 in the extraordinary form, it may include a commemoration of St. Robert Bellarmine, as per the rubrics of the Roman Missal of 1962.
The traditional Latin Mass is celebrated every Sunday at 10:00 AM at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in Las Vegas. Learn more about the Latin Mass community in Las Vegas by visiting the group’s new website >
Father Alfaro, FSSP, is looking for two volunteers that would be interested in teaching at the FSSP school in Anolaima Colombia. He would especially like Americans to volunteer. The role would officially be an English teacher but there are many other opportunities and needs for help at the FSSP school.
You would need to commit for 6 months starting in mid January 2016 and leave in late June/early July 2016. You would be provided room and board. You would need about $300 US for personal expenses for the 6 months and you would have to provide your own airfare to Bogota. You would need to know a little Spanish — some basics so you can build on it and learn the language while there. Ages desired are about 23 or up. Living conditions are very basic and this will be a challenging and sometimes difficult assignment. If you would like to volunteer or if you know a Catholic in the USA or Canada who would be interested, you can contact me and I”ll give them the details and if interested I’ll put them in contact with the FSSP in South America. God Bless,
Robert Quagan, husband of Chrstine Quagan,chairwoman of Una Voce Boston, passed away Saturday evening, on the Feast of the Assumption. His Requiem Mass was celebrated this morning at Mary Immaculate of Lourdes in Newton Highlands, Ma. by Fr. Charles Higgins with Fr. Joseph Santos of Providence as Deacon and Fr. Thomas Kocik of Fall River as Subdeacon.
In addition to his efforts to promote the traditional Mass, Rob was one of the men who revitalized the Holy Name Society at Holy Trinity Church in Boston. At a time – pre-Summorum Pontificum – when any overt efforts to promote the TLM were regarded with fear and suspicion by the chancery, the HNS was an important organization for men of a traditionally-Catholic orientation in the Archdiocese to meet and deepen their faith. Trained as an architect, Rob was an especially eloquent exponent of traditional Catholic church architecture and was a stalwart in the long struggle to try and save Holy Trinity Church.
Rob was a true Catholic Gentleman, a good father and husband, and a loyal friend. His life exemplified the Christian Virtues, and especially those of Fortitude, Faith, Hope, and Charity during his three-year illness. In your charity please pray for the repose of his soul, and for the intentions of his family.
Msgr. Anthony Spinoza, rector of the Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon, will celebrate a Missa Cantata for the Feast of the Assumption on Saturday, August 15 at 10:00 a.m. Music will be provided by the Schola Basilicorum and the St Cecilia Chorale. The Basilica is located at 2759 North Lipkey Road, North Jackson, Ohio. Learn more about the shrine here >
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The Latin Mass Society of Northeast Missouri offers this ‘home video’ documenting their journey and interviews with attendees of the Latin Mass offered by the Fraternity of St. Peter priests. It captures the sacrifice and vitality that is exhibited in Latin Mass communities, no matter how restricted they are often permitted to be – and how difficult they often are to find.
A new Carmelite Monastery has officially opened in Kensington, California. The Carmelite Sisters of the Carmel of Jesus Mary and Joseph–the daughter community of the Carmel in Valparaiso, Nebraska–have moved from their temporary location in Canyon to their new home located at 68 Rincon Road, Kensington, CA 94707. To view a Mass schedule and learn more about the community, visit their website.
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Fr. Kenneth Walker, FSSP was born in Upstate New York near Poughkeepsie, the middle of 11 children (6 boys and 5 girls). His family moved frequently when he was young. While his father was working construction in Wilmington, N.C, the family decided to build, with their own hands, a log cabin on some land they owned in nearby Tennessee. Their intention was to sell the home, but they changed their minds and moved in. While living there, they visited a used book store and found a book called The Incredible Catholic Mass. It described the Tridentine Mass, which they had never seen nor heard. The book was considered worthless and the storeowner gave it to them for free.
The family was intrigued. The more they learned about the Traditional Mass, the more they wanted it in their daily lives. On his own initiative, Fr. Walker began learning Latin. The family decided to sell their log cabin and move to rural Pennsylvania near Scranton where the Traditional Mass was offered. Fr. Walker eventually became an altar server at the FSSP Apostolate, and after attending Our Lady, Seat of Wisdom Academy in Ontario, entered the seminary.
He was ordained to the Sacred Priesthood in 2012, and currently served as Assistant Pastor of Mater Misericordiae Mission, the FSSP Apostolate in Phoenix.
Father Kenneth Walker, 28, was shot and killed in the rectory of Mater Misericordiae (Mother of Mercy) Mission, the small church he served near downtown Phoenix. Though badly beaten, Father Joseph Terra, 56, the senior pastor, administered the Last Rites to Walker.
(Contributed by Bill Mooney)
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