Here is a good Brick By Brick story.
A while back I posted a note to traditional Catholics. This is our time to push forward and use the provisions of Summorum Pontificum and advance the vision of Benedict XVI. I urge you to go read that post.
On that note, I received this from a reader:
Dear Father Z,
Thanks for all you do. I read your blog all the time, but never post in comments. I was reading your “Dear Trads” post – it got me all fired up…
Recently we were able to start up an EF Mass at our parish, Our Lady of Victory in State College, PA (Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown). This is a pretty liberal diocese, and we don’t have much support for this from the pastor OR bishop. However, our pastor agreed to it as long as we (a group of young men, I am the oldest at 34) did all the work. [Excellent.]
After months of planning, we have been able to start a Missa Cantata on the first Saturday of each month at 7pm (first Mass was in January 2013). We have had a pretty good turnout at around 150 (our parish has thousands…) for the first 3 Masses. As our church was built in late 1969 and features an altar pushed so far forward that it cannot be accessed from the front, one of our altar boys, for his Eagle Scout project, built a 3 step platform so we could access the altar ad orientem – with the exception of the past 3 months, the Old Mass has NEVER been celebrated in that church. Also, we are importing a priest from 2 hours away for the Mass, and have a 6-8 member (give or take) all male schola cantorum. Just wanted to let people know that it is possible to introduce the EF in their parishes as long as they are willing to put in the hard work. We were wondering if you might possibly do a blog post for the “brick by brick” file? [Sure!]
The info for the Mass: 7pm on the 1st Saturday of every month, Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, 820 Westerly Parkway, State College, PA If you would like any other info, please email me – I know you are very busy, and again, thanks for all you do with this blog – it has helped me learn so much about the Faith.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
PS – we do have some pics from the second Mass (Candlemas – complete with Procession!) if you are interested…
No whiny defeatism. Get to work.