A reader alerted me to this piece in the Ave Herald:
My emphases and comments in this excerpt.
Fr. Tatman: "We’re Off to a Wonderful Start"
Tuesday, 31 March 2009 08:34
It was not a typical parish appointment, and not a typical parish. When Fr. Robert Tatman walked down the in the procession ahead of Bishop Frank Dewane aisle at the dedication of the Ave Maria Oratory a year ago, only a handful of the people crowded into the 1,100-seat church realized that he had been appointed the pastor. "Everyone’s going to be really surprised," he remembers thinking.
The community all knows him now, though. A year later, Fr. Tatman says he has grown more comfortable in the community and that his experience as administrator of the Quasi-Parish of the Ave Maria Oratory has "invigorated me spiritually." [Brick by brick.]
Fr. Tatman also firmly established the celebration of the Latin form of the mass every Sunday at 12:30 p.m. and twice during the week. He had to learn this Extraordinary Form of the Mass, as it is known, which he believes has helped him in many ways. "It has not just benefited the community," he said, "but it increased my own involvement and understanding of the Mass. I think it shows in all my Masses as well."
During the academic year, when students are available to sing, this rite is celebrated as a High Mass, the only one in the area. "It’s our fastest-growing Mass," he said.
As I have been saying all along….
Pope Benedict has a vision to reinvigorate our Catholic identity, call it his "Marshall Plan". A sound reform and restoration of our worship is a part of this plan.
I have said again and again that Summorum Pontificum was a part of that "Marshall Plan" and that it is especially a great gift to priests.
When priests learn or relearn the older form of Mass, that experience changes they way they say Mass in with the Novus Ordo Missale Romanum.
Using the older form changes the way a priest thinks about Mass and about who he is at the altar.
These changes will affect a congregation, a parish, a region.
Also, it should not be any surprise that the TLM is the fastest growing Mass for the students. No surprise at all.
As a matter of fact, it is so clear that this would be the case that the enemies of Pope Benedict’s vision, the "rupture-ites", will do what they can to suppress the implementation of the Holy Father’s provisions in Summorum Pontificum. The TLM is the monster lurking under their beds. It is their terrible nightmare.