15 Aug: Berlin/Merchantville, NJ – annual Solemn High Mass for Assumption

Here is a note from my friend Fr. Robert Pasley, parish priest of Mater Ecclesiae in Berlin, NJ.

Each year they have a wonderful celebration for the Feast of the Assumption.

Mater Ecclesiae’s Ninth Annual Solemn High Mass of the Assumption
 
On the Feast of the Assumption, Saturday, August 15, 2009 at 12 Noon, Mater Ecclesiae Roman Catholic Church will celebrate the Ninth Annual Mass of Thanksgiving at Saint Peter Roman Catholic Church, 43 West Maple Avenue, Merchantville, New Jersey.  The Solemn High Extraordinary Form of the Mass will be celebrated according to the 1962 Roman Missal and will once again feature the Ars Laudis Festival Chorus and Orchestra.
 
The Mass setting will be Missa Sancti Nicholai (1772) by Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809), conducted by Dr. Timothy McDonnell.  The singing of the Gregorian Propers will be directed by our Cantor, Mr. Nicholas Beck.
 
The location of the Mass has changed this year due to ongoing renovations at the Cathedral in Camden.
 
For the ninth 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 the website:  www.materecclesiae.org.
 
Mater Ecclesiae is a Mission of St. Edward’s Parish, Pine Hill, in the Diocese of Camden New Jersey.  The Mission was established on October 13, 2000, the anniversary of the final apparition of Our Lady at Fatima.  All Masses and Sacraments are celebrated according to the liturgical books of 1962.

 

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8 Responses to 15 Aug: Berlin/Merchantville, NJ – annual Solemn High Mass for Assumption

  1. Bryan says:

    Will we be lucky enough to be able to share your presence with you this year again? Sorry I didn’t get a chance to introduce myself to you last year, but thoroughly learned from your homily.

  2. I missed you being there last year. I will be there this year. The Assumption is a special feast for me. It is the date that I made my first consecration to the Blessed Virgin in 2007, the same date I was being operated on for thyroid cancer. I will be renewing my consecration this year and will be happy to do so after celebrating at this Solemn High Mass. I have had such wonderful experiences at Mater Ecclesia. This will only be my fifth EF experience, and somehow I’ve only chosen Solemn High Masses (once by pure chance). Looking forward to it. Father Pasley is fantastic.

  3. Btw, anyone thinking about going who has not being to St. Peter, it is an absolutely gorgeous church. Truly magnificent.

  4. Ken says:

    “Mater Ecclesiae is a Mission of St. Edward’s Parish, Pine Hill, in the Diocese of Camden New Jersey. The Mission was established on October 13, 2000, the anniversary of the final apparition of Our Lady at Fatima.”

    Let’s not forget the history of this very important place. It was constructed by (sedevacantist) brothers, who maintained it until the mid-1990s when they moved to New York.

    Father William Ashley began “Opus Mariae Mediatricis” shortly thereafter and was housed there with permission and blessing from Camden Bishop James McHugh. When Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio replaced Bishop McHugh, sadly, he aborted the entire operation Father Ashley began. (There were religious sisters and plans for brothers and novices — way too much tradition for that bishop.)

    Father Pasley, who assisted Father Ashley during the Opus Mariae days, began the current mission that operates today — a thriving, reliable location for the traditional Mass and sacraments.

    I write this merely to give a little context to the graces we have today. The TLM movement did not begin with the motu proprio or even under the indult. We should never forget that as we enjoy the beautiful annual Assumption liturgy in that region.

  5. dcs says:

    Let’s not forget the history of this very important place. It was constructed by (sedevacantist) brothers, who maintained it until the mid-1990s when they moved to New York.

    No, it wasn’t constructed by them. It was founded by Br. Joseph Natale, OSB, in the late 1960s, and taken over at some point (around 1995 or so) by the sedevacantists you mention. In fact yesterday I happened to come across a newsletter from Most Holy Family Monastery, dated 1993 — i.e., when it was located where Mater Ecclesiae now is — and there is not a hint of sedevacantism in it.

  6. AlwaysCatholic says:

    I am fortunate to be a parishioner at Mater Ecclesiae. Besides the dedication of Fr Pasley to the 1962 Books, the parish life is full and thriving. the activities, both spiritual and social will make any OP parish look dull in comparison. We have Our Lady and Fr. Pasley to thank for all of it.
    I know I will be criticized for talking about parish life but it is an essential part of what it means to be “Always Catholic”.

    Thank you Father Zuhlsdorf for being such a good friend to Father Pasley and for giving of your time to our little parish.

    Ad Iesum Per Mariam!

    Sophia

  7. AlwaysCatholic says:

    oops, I meant OF Ordinary Form parish! Sorry to any Dominicans! ROFL!

  8. Lola in Spain says:

    Here in Spain, the Feast of the Assumption is an official holiday :-)