I get some very good new via e-mail about what is happening in the Diocese of Raleigh about Summorum Pontificum and the use of the older form of Mass. You will remember that Bishop Burbidge is really stepping up to the plate in implementing the Holy Father’s provisions.
Here is a piece from the diocesan website:
The Forma extraordinaria of the Mass will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Cathedral on the Solemnity of the Epiphany, Sunday, January 6, at 4:30 PM. Father Paul Parkerson, pastor of Sacred Heart in Dunn, will be the celebrant for this Mass in the presence of the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge. Beginning with this Mass, the Forma extraordinaria will be celebrated at the Cathedral on the first Sunday of every month at 4:30 PM.
At present, three other churches in the Diocese of Raleigh have scheduled regular celebrations of the Forma extraordinaria:
* Saint Therese Church in Wrightsville Beach is celebrating the Forma extraordinaria on the last Sunday of each month at 3:30 PM.
* Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Rocky Mount is celebrating the Forma extraordinaria on the second Sunday of each month at 4:00 PM.
* The Mass at Sacred Heart Church in Dunn, which had been celebrated each week at 4:00 p.m., is now celebrated at 12:00 p.m.
In his letter announcing the implementation of the Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum on September 7, 2007, Bishop Burbidge said it was his intention “to make the Forma extraordinaria more available to the faithful.” He noted resources would be made available “to those priests who are able and choose to study how to properly celebrate the Forma extraordinaria of the Mass so that he and the people of God will be best served.”
Liturgical formation for priests interested in celebrating the Forma extraordinaria continues with a workshop scheduled January 8-10 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Newton Grove. Fourteen priests are expected to attend.
As priests receive the necessary formation to celebrate the Mass, it will be made available at more parishes in the Diocese, where possible.
This is exceptionally good news. We applaud Bp. Burbidge for his good work.
On that note: I received this notice from Raleigh via e-mail:
[N]ext week – on Tuesday, Jan 8 – Thurs. Jan. 10, there will be a training seminar for several priests of the diocese (at least – but more like 10-12) in how to offer the TLM. We have asked Fr. Robert Ferguson, FSSP, to teach the "workshop".
Also, check this site for some photos.