This came by email:
I’m a college student in Dubuque, Iowa (Loras College if you’ve heard of it) and after growing up on the Novus Ordo I thought it would be
interesting to go to a Latin Mass. I found one in Dyersville, IA (Field of
Dreams location!) at St. Francis Xavier Basillica. I went this afternoon and was blown away.
The beauty of the church hit me as soon as I walked in – though I’d been
there once before I still was struck speechless. I have attached a few
pictures of the side altars and the magnificent baldachinno I know you
love. A few people trickled in (I figured there would have been more, (sadly I would only say 25-30 people were in attendance, I expected more) but as Mass started I could just feel a sense of reverence I had only ever felt on rare visits to the Cathedral of St. Paul back home. Although it wasn’t a solemn high Mass (the handy dandy book I received with responses informed me how to tell the difference) the music of the cantor combined with the elderly priest blew me away. The priest’s homily was so more deep than the average sermon, and the silent beauty of the Eucharistic prayer had me in total adoration. I walked out of that Basilica a person who can’t wait to go to another Tridentine Mass, with even more appreciation of the Church. This experienced touched me in a deep way. Every Catholic should go to one.