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Diocese of Oakland Establishes New Carmel

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

On July 24, five cloistered Carmelite nuns arrived in Canyon, California where their new foundation – Carmel of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph – is being established. The nuns left the Carmelite monastery in the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska because that community had exceeded its limit of 21 women. In their beautiful new setting in the Diocese of Oakland, the five nuns hope to build a full monastery, capable of housing 21 community members. For more on this story, please visit Cal Catholic Daily.

Santa Clara Choir Makes Ancient Music Live for New Generations

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Our Mother of Perpetual Help Oratory in Santa Clara

With permission of Carolyn Schuk, Santa Clara Weekly:

Michael Hey was four years old when the Roman Catholic Church convened the Second Vatican Council. So you can hardly describe his love for western Christianity’s traditional Latin liturgy and music as a die-hard’s nostalgia for the past.

And you can’t say it about the choir he directs every Sunday at Our Mother of Perpetual Help Oratory in Santa Clara, either. The famous 1962-1965 gathering of leaders of the Roman Catholic Church – the world’s largest single Christian body – was long over by the time most of Hey’s singers were born. Arguably, these days the reactionaries are their tambourine-toting, Birkenstock-shod, stuck-in-the-70s baby boomer parents.

The recently retired Cisco engineer began singing Gregorian chant with Palo Alto’s St. Ann Choir ( and its director, Stanford professor and early music titan Dr. William Mahrt, at Our Lady of Peace. The Santa Clara parish celebrated a traditional Latin mass on Saturday evening for many years.

When the traditionalist Oratory of Our Mother of Perpetual Help ( acquired the historic Elim church on Homestead Road, Santa Clara’s Latin mass made its home there and the choir brought its talents to the chapel’s 9:30 a.m. liturgy. The Oratory now celebrates four Latin masses every Sunday.

With support over the years from St. Ann choir member David Webb, the Oratory’s choir is now a capable group of about a dozen with a solid repertory of Gregorian chant and medieval and Renaissance polyphony.

“These young people love good music and they see the importance of worshipping in a reverent way,” explains Hey. “There are now there are so many resources available online that there’s no excuse for not doing this music.”

*”Mass” is the principal worship service of the Roman Catholic Church. The name derives from the final words of the liturgy: Ite missa est, deo gratias.

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Instruction on the application of Summorum Pontificum

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Universæ Ecclesiæ, the long-awaited instruction on the application of Summorum Pontificum, was released on Friday, May 13, 2011, the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima.

Latin Mass Returns to Fatima

Friday, October 8th, 2010

The Canons Regular of St. John Cantius visited Fatima, Portugal, from September 8-11, 2010 for a liturgical conference on the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. Priests, deacons, seminarians traveled from all over Portugal to attend. Other attendees came from Spain and Italy. Conferences were open to priests, seminarians, religious brothers and sisters as well as the laity. The conferences were given in the Hotel de Fatima. Read the full story >

Living the Liturgy: Documentary on Benedictine Monks of Clear Creek, OK

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

This new documentary about the Benedictine monks at Clear Creek Abbey in Oklahoma, is entitled Living the Liturgy.  These traditional contemplative monks sing the Divine Office in Latin in Gregorian chant, and celebrate Mass in the Extraordinary Form.

The full-length feature (52mins) of Living the Liturgy is now available on YouTube at the following link:

We extend our congratulations and thanks to the monks of Clear Creek, and also to David Biddle, Una Voce Northern Alabama, who assisted by editing this documentary at EWTN and also did production work on the FSSP vocation videos as well.

Mater Ecclesiae’s Tenth Annual Solemn High Mass of the Assumption

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

On the Feast of the Assumption, Sunday, August 15, 2010 at 1:00 PM, Mater Ecclesiae Roman Catholic Church will celebrate the Tenth Annual Mass of Thanksgiving at Saint Peter Roman Catholic Church, 43 West Maple Avenue, Merchantville, New Jersey. The Mass will be celebrated according to the 1962 Roman Missal and will once again feature the Ars Laudis Festival Chorus and Orchestra.

For the tenth consecutive year, the Reverend Robert C. Pasley, KHS, Rector of Mater Ecclesiae, Berlin, NJ, will celebrate this Solemn Mass in thanksgiving for the canonical establishment of Mater Ecclesiae. For more information, please call 856-753-3408 or visit

Tradition Returns to Warren, Massachusetts

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

For the past year, the Catholic faithful in Warren, Massachusetts have been able to attend the traditional Latin Mass every Sunday morning at St. Paul the Apostle Parish. The pastor at St. Paul’s, Fr. Daniel Becker, has spent nearly 10 years restoring the interior of this beautiful church. Meanwhile, the parish has also launched a traditional Catholic school for grades K-12. To learn more about the good news in Warren, please visit the parish website.

Kentucky Catholic Homeschooling Conference Kicks Off with Latin Mass

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

The First Annual Kentucky Catholic Homeschooling Conference will begin with a traditional Latin Mass on Saturday, June 5, 2010, at 8:00 am in Radcliff, Kentucky. Fr. Isaac Mary Relyea, a priest of the diocese of Madison, Wisconsin, will be the celebrant for the Mass and the keynote speaker for the Conference. The Mass, to be celebrated at St. Christopher Parish, will be the first public Latin Mass in the county since Pope Benedict XVI’s Motu Proprio, Summorum Pontificum. Read the full story. >

Cardinal Levada to Preach at Consecration of FSSP chapel in Lincoln (to be televised on EWTN) March 3rd

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

This Wednesday, March 3rd, Wednesday Cardinal William Levada, the Pope’s successor as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, will preach at the consecration at the Priestly Society of St Peter’s Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary chapel in Nebraska.

The consecration, conferred in the traditional rite, will be televised on EWTN.

Interview with UVA’s Michael Dunnigan & Jason King, Zenit

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

Formation for the Extraordinary Form

A lack of priests trained to celebrate Mass in the extraordinary form was a common concern after the Pope issued “motu proprio” [on his own initiative] his apostolic letter “Summorum Pontificum” in 2007. The papal document aimed to make it easier to celebrate the old Mass, but a lack of qualified priests was sometimes used as a reason not to allow it to be celebrated in certain dioceses.

But thanks to the traditionalist Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) and Una Voce USA, an international federation promoting the Tridentine Mass, it has co-produced a successful program to fill the gap. The FSSP priests have teamed up with the traditionalist group to help train other clergy on how to celebrate Mass in the extraordinary form across the United States.

Since it began in 2007, 130 priests have been trained through the program, and a highly acclaimed CD has been produced in collaboration with EWTN to help them learn more about how to celebrate the old rite. FSSP priests are sent to any diocese where a “stable group” of faithful has requested Mass in the old rite. “The results have been amazing,” says Jason King, a director of Una Voce USA who thought up the idea of working with the FSSP on the project. “It’s been such a blessing to be involved in it and to help others have the ability to attend Mass in the extraordinary form whenever they like.”

King, who is also second vice president of the International Federation of Una Voce, was in Rome for the organization’s annual meeting. In a report on the second anniversary of Summorum Pontificum, Una Voce noted that since September last year, there has been a “noticeable improvement” in awareness of the motu proprio in Poland, South Africa, and the United States. In the U.S., traditional Masses are now being celebrated in 151 of the nation’s 178 dioceses.

But it also reported that in most other places, the situation remains “unchanged” with resistance among some bishops to the old rite, and even threats against some priests who wish to celebrate it. In Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, England and Wales, there has been “some increase in Masses and locations”, but it added that this is “often due to the persistence of lay people and the courage of individual priests rather than the pastoral concern of their bishops.”

Michael Dunnigan, chairman of Una Voce USA, said the resistance isn’t always so obvious: Some bishops or chanceries, for example, are telling groups who request a Mass in the extraordinary form that they have to find a priest themselves to celebrate it. “I don’t think it’s right to put that burden on the laity,” he says. Help from the FSSP priests is reducing the number of these cases, says Dunnigan, but some chanceries are even opposed to them visiting their dioceses to train other priests.

One other weakness since the Holy Father released the motu proprio has been a lack of back-up from Rome. Summorum Pontificum stated that, should there be resistance to requests, appeals could be made, but the Ecclesia Dei Commission at the Vatican has not been offering much in the way of support, according to some who favour the old rite.

But overall, supporters of the old Mass are still delighted with the results of the motu proprio so far. Una Voce were particularly grateful that they could have a public, solemn High Mass celebrated in St. Peter’s basilica last weekend – only the second of the past 40 years (the first was celebrated last month by Archbishop Raymond Burke). Significantly, the Mass took place in the St. Pius X chapel, after being moved at the last minute from the nearby chapel of St. Joseph.

“The best part was the spontaneous singing that occurred, which filled the basilica with wonderful Latin hymns,” says King. “I wasn’t looking, but I heard later that so many people were stopping and looking in wonderment at the liturgy that was taking place.”

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Edward Pentin is a freelance writer living in Rome. He can be reached at: