Here are some excerpts from a brick by brick success story in Dallas. From dallasnews.com:
Dallas Diocese’s only Latin Mass church, Mater Dei, celebrates opening of Irving sanctuary
By SAM HODGES / The Dallas Morning News
Jack Schmidt converted to Catholicism about a decade ago and never learned Latin. But that’s the language he prefers for Mass.
“I really feel like I’ve been to Mass when I come to the Latin Mass,” the Irving man said.
Andrew Davis does know Latin and struggles in English to describe how much the traditional Latin Mass means to him.
“The liturgy is so beautiful and inspiring,” the Corinth college student said. “It’s something that really raises my heart and mind to God.”
For Schmidt, Davis and a few hundred other North Texas Catholics, this is a big day. Mater Dei Catholic Church, local home of the traditional Latin Mass, will be in its own sanctuary for the first time.
Bishop Kevin Farrell of the Diocese of Dallas will come to Irving this morning to bless a former Korean Methodist church building that had a $600,000 makeover to become Mater Dei’s worship space.
The location would seem unlikely for the only Diocese of Dallas church where Latin liturgy is the norm. Tractor-trailer trucks grind their gears on nearby East Highway 356. Neighbors include a Waffle House and a body shop.
But Mater Dei has doubled attendance to 600 at two Sunday Masses since buying the property last December and beginning to meet in the fellowship hall.
Mater Dei leaders believe the sanctuary will only boost the pace of growth.
“It’s going to be too small, very fast,” said the Rev. Thomas Longua, pastor.
In 1991, the Mater Dei (Latin for “mother of God”) community formed in Dallas in connection with the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter in North America, which is committed to the traditional Latin Mass. That group met in borrowed space, including for more than 17 years in the chapel of a local convent.
Last year, Farrell gave Mater Dei permission to buy the Irving property. Longua said he got the keys on Dec. 6. Church members had the fellowship hall ready for Mass in less than 24 hours.
At Easter, Farrell established Mater Dei as a “personal parish,” meaning Catholics from around the diocese are free to be members there or just attend.
“At our church, people go to confession a lot,” said Julie Dougherty, who has been part of Mater Dei almost since its beginning.
Mater Dei’s approach to Catholicism is, in fact, comprehensively traditional.
Longua noted that nearly all Mater Dei parishioners are involved in anti-abortion efforts. Many parents home-school their children. Adherence to the Vatican’s teaching against contraception is high.
That means big families.
For some photos and insider observations, check the blog Ut videam.
As I read this, what flashed through my mind was that there are many bishops and priests out there who are just fine with any number of liturgical abuses of the Novus Ordo, all manner of shabby preaching, loss of Catholic identity resulting in shrinking congregations, closing schools and loss of hospitals.
But remember! … It’s the old Mass that’s dangerous and has to be contained.