I want to share an e-mail I received.
Edite and with my emphases and comments.
Dear Fr. Zuhlsdorf,
I wanted to share my family’s good news today!
We were happy to hear at this morning’s Mass at Omaha’s St. Patrick church (a shared indult parish), [I take it that means both uses were in use there.] that the Archbishop of Omaha (His Excellency Elden Curtis) has decided to make Immaculate Conception Church the first Traditional Latin Mass Parish in Omaha as of August 20, 2007. It is designated as a Personal Parish and entrusted to the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, with Fr. John Brancich as Pastor, and Fr. Chad Ripperger as Parochial Vicar. [I am pleased that this is occuring. However, I would have been far more pleased had it been staffed by diocesan priests.] We will enjoy full use of the Traditional form of the sacraments. Our move will begin on August 20, and the first Mass will take place on August 26th. The Church even comes with its own bowling alley under the gym! [Interesting! I know three old German parishes in St. Paul, MN which had bowling alleys!]
The archbishop is providing a transition period for the approx. eighty parishioners who attended the Novus Ordo Mass, by allowing one Saturday evening Mass in english until December 31st of this year. They will also be able to request a Novus Ordo funeral Mass in the future, in which case a priest will be brought in to offer the Mass. [Too bad it isn’t staffed by diocesan priests who could use both Missals.] Ten or more of the olderparishioners have stated that they will stay at Immaculate Conception even with the Traditional Mass being offered. They stated "That’s what they grew up with, we can get used to it again". Thatis great news for us. We are growing even before it’s official!
Our Pastor mentioned this as an historic day for us. He said we may be, in fact, the first parish where the full implementation of the Motu Proprio will take place in its full implementation. Incredible! [I think the provisions of the Motu Proprio were implemented long before there was a Motu Proprio at Mater Ecclesiae in the Diocese of Camden. It is a fully functional "Tridentine" Parish, but staffed by diocesan priests. But I am delighted that this is happening in Omaha!]
Immaculate Conception Church is in the National Registry of Historic places, and our pastor mentioned that this is perhaps the most beautiful parish that the Fraternity of St. Peter has use of in all of North America. It is simply stunning!
We have been waiting for this day for almost 20 years! Deo Gratias!
This is a very good piece of news. I am delighted for the people there in Omaha.