For your “Brick by Brick” file, in the El Paso Times:
El Paso Catholic Diocese to offer Mass in Latin [Will it be the Novus Ordo?]
“Oremus,” which means ‘let us pray’ in Latin will be heard regularly in Mass starting in late summer.
Catholic Diocese of El Paso leaders said they will welcome members of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, [FSSP] a community of Roman Catholic priests who offer the Mass in the traditional Roman Rite. They will serve at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Downtown El Paso in August.
“(The Latin Mass) is both a challenge and a need and so the diocese is responding to that …. there is a segment of the population in the church that has an affinity for the Latin Mass,” said the Rev. Tony Celino, moderator of the Curia. [It isn’t all that big a challenge, as challenges go. Also, let’s avoid using “Latin Mass” to describe this form of Holy Mass. That could also mean Novus Ordo in Latin. Perhaps Traditional Latin Mass or TLM would work better. Nevertheless, Fr. Celino is right. There is a segment.]
In a statement, Bishop Mark J. Seitz said, “The Holy See has told bishops around the world that where a stable community attached to the Tridentine form of the Liturgy exists, [and that stable community does NOT have to be large] we have a responsibility to assure that this group has the opportunity to celebrate the sacraments in this way.”
The Latin Mass was how Catholic Churches celebrated prior to the renewal that came with the Second Vatican Council.
Seitz added that the arrival of the group will be beneficial in another way.
“It was becoming more and more difficult to provide a priest to serve the parish of Immaculate Conception,” he said. [Ah… they buried the lead. So, the presence of the FSSP and the use of the older forms could save a parish.]
The fraternity will allow diocesan priests to continue to serve the business community by leading the noon Mass Monday through Friday in English, Seitz said. [Note how awkward that it. This is written as if “the business community” wouldn’t be served otherwise. Piffle. They could attend a TLM just as well.]
Celino said there is a community of Catholics who already attend Mass in Latin on Sundays at St. Anthony’s Seminary in Central El Paso. The fraternity’s Mass will replace the one at the seminary. [BOOOO! We need more TLMs, not status quo ante!]
Celino said Immaculate Conception will be the only church in communion with the Catholic Church in El Paso that offers a Mass in Latin. Jesus and Mary Roman Catholic Chapel, on West Yandell, offers the traditional Tridentine Mass but it is not under the diocese of El Paso. [Yet another reason to have more TLMs.]
Fr Z kudos to the FSSP for getting that parish in El Paso and, probably, saving that parish.