I had a note from a fellow in Mississippi which contained bad news and a plea which I must pass along (edited):
Father, I am a member of Una Voce Mississippi. We are in a very large diocese with very few Catholics and Mississippi is the only state without a TLM. [Horribile lectu!] We are a small group, but I know there are other Catholics in MS who want a TLM, but who we have trouble reaching due to the physical distance that our diocese spans. So, we are having difficulty getting the unified “stable group” to request the TLM, which our diocesan hierarchy vehemently opposes. [A “stable group” does not have to be large. The people do not have to be geographically close to a parish or each other.] […] We need a large group to make a bold statement. I was wondering if you could make a post asking all interested Catholics in Mississippi, USA to contact Una Voce Mississippi via our website http://www.unavocemississippi.org/ or our Facebook group “Una Voce Mississippi”. It would be greatly beneficial to our organization and the establishment of a permanent TLM in our state.
For those not in MS, we ask for lots of prayers! God bless!
I hope you get a good response.
Some friendly advice.
First, as you get a number of people together, be willing to do all the work and pay all the expenses. You have to be up front about these important points. Make sure that everyone in the inner ring of organizers is on board and committed to these.
Also, if you get a TLM established at a parish, then promote participation in other activities of the parish as well. Don’t just show up for Masses, drop $5 in the basket, and hit the trail until next Sunday.
In the same vein, your TLM group should be the first people to volunteer to get involved with parish activities which involve spiritual and corporal works of mercy. Excel and give an example that cannot be ignored.
Above all, in all your dealings with priests, be diplomatic and cordial. And I refer you back to my first point.