D. of Venice in Florida: Personal Parish for TLM

I received this new via e-mail:

Bishop Dewane Gives First Church in Florida for Exclusive Use of the Latin Mass  His Excellency Bishop Frank Dewane announced today that the Diocese of Venice in Florida has purchased a church for the exclusive use of the Extraordinary Form of the Mass.

This will be the first church to be dedicated exclusively for the Latin Mass in Florida.

The church is situated on close to three acres of property and is located at 1900 Meadowood Street, Sarasota.

The property previously belonged to Holy Trinity Anglican Church.

Significant renovation will be necessary before doors can be opened, including a new roof, renovating the sanctuary and making the nave of the church larger. However it is hoped that the new church will be opened in the near future.

Juridically, the building will be erected as a chapel, and at a future date it will be raised to the status of a parish.

There will be an open house this coming Saturday afternoon (September 27th, 2008). All are welcome, bring friends!
Sunday, September 21, 2008

You can go to www.venicelatinmass.org for pictures.

Give thanks to God and our Bishop!

 

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12 Responses to D. of Venice in Florida: Personal Parish for TLM

  1. Felix says:

    Great news!

    One question – is the first diocesan church in the US that has been allocated exclusively for the TLM (as opposed to churches owned by the FSSP)?

  2. Bill says:

    When will this be available; Will the Bp. ok weddings funerals etc? Progress.

  3. wsxyz says:

    The FSSP parish I am familiar with is not owned by the FSSP at all. The Church, Rectory, and land are owned by the diocese. The FSSP simply provides the priests, who are assigned to the parish by the diocesan bishop on the recommendation of the FSSP Superior.

    Some of the other parishes in the diocese are similar. In one, the priests are Marists, in another they are Legionaries, and so on.

  4. Margaret C. says:

    “The property previously belonged to Holy Trinity Anglican Church.” As the Episcopal Church continues to implode, I wonder if it will be possible to pick up some nice churches to renovate for Catholic worship. I know of a couple of lovely ones with beautiful altars, choirs, and altar rails. Their average Sunday attendance is down to around 35-40 people.

    I don’t regret swimming the Tiber, but sometimes I wish I could have taken my old church building with me…

  5. The FSSP parish I am familiar with is not owned by the FSSP at all. The Church, Rectory, and land are owned by the diocese. The FSSP simply provides the priests, who are assigned to the parish by the diocesan bishop on the recommendation of the FSSP Superior.

    I think this is the general pattern throughout the country. I’ve never heard of the FSSP owning any parish churches.

  6. doozerdog says:

    Is it just me or is anyone else surprised by the fact that the diocese actually BOUGHT a building for this? That, to me is shocking as it is…

  7. Louis E. says:

    Mater Ecclesiae Mission (http://www.materecclesiae.org) claims the distinction of first exclusively-TLM diocesan church since the Novus Ordo…the rector has posted here,and Fr Z. has spoken there.

    If the one in Florida is given canonical status as a parish that might be a first.

  8. Brian2 says:

    St. Francis de Sales in the Diocese of Atlanta has been cannonically established as a TLM parish, staffed by FSSP, for some time now

  9. Nemo says:

    Yes, doozerdog got it right! The diocese bought the property for this purpose. The church will be manned by the FSSP. Bishop Dewane has been extremely generous to the TLM throughout his diocese. Our gratitude to His Excellency knows no bounds.

  10. Chironomo says:

    I sent this on to both Fr. Z and NLM, but it seems somebody beat me to the punch. This church is less than 3 miles from my parish, at the north end of Sarasota. Bishop Dewane has been most generous in this Diocese, establishing 4 parishes in the Diocese with EF Masses so far, including a daily schedule at Ave Maria. This is an exciting project, and was announced rather suddenly! I spoke with Fr. Fryar via e-mail today and the Open House will be from 12 Noon – 6PM Saturday the 27th. Anybody within reach, please attend and show your support.

  11. St. Francis de Sales in the Diocese of Atlanta has been cannonically established as a TLM parish, staffed by FSSP, for some time now

    Since January 1999: http://www.francisdesales.com/parish.html

  12. A.T.S. says:

    Does this mean Fr. Fryar is leaving St. Martha?