Here’s some good news. A reader alerted me to a great East and West “both lungs” development.
From The Sudbury Star in Ontario:
Church revives Latin mass
For a group of worshippers who gather at St. Michael’s Church in Coniston, moving forward also means knowing where they’ve come from.
Father Vince Fiore of the Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie has begun to lead a traditional Latin mass, also known as the Tridentine Rite or the Extraordinary Form, rather than the New Rite, used in the Catholic Church since the 1969.
“There was a group of faithful in Sudbury who had requested that this mass be made available to them and had approached the bishop about making it available to them,” Fiore said. “The bishop turned to his priests and myself, having the Italian background, it may have been a little more convenient for me to transition into the Latin, so I was asked to learn it and make it available to this group of people.”
The Mater Dei Traditional Latin Mass Community is now about one year old. St. Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Church offered them the building in Coniston as a place to conduct their services.
“We don’t have parochial status yet,” Fiore said. “We are a community and we offer mass in the traditional Latin Rite or the Tridentine Rite and we’re a community that’s growing.”
Between 40 and 60 people have been turning out for mass, including a low, or read mass [I love it!] on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 11 a.m. and a high mass, complete with singing, a musician, [!] servers, incense and Gregorian chanting, on Sunday at 11 a.m.
For Fiore, the task of learning and offering the traditional mass was quite an undertaking.
“It was a bit, as a matter of fact, because I’m a priest ordained for nine years now and my experience has been in what’s called the Mass of Paul VI, the New Rite.” Fiore said. “It wasn’t just a matter of learning the mass and how to execute the rites, but learning the theology, as well. [Indeed.] The traditional mass is the ancient form of the mass and had not changed until (1969), when they made some changes – of course, no longer using Latin and being spoken in the vernacular, and all kinds of different changes that were made that you would not find in the traditional mass.” [The Novus Ordo should be in Latin too, but I digress.]
He has since developed “a great love” for the Latin mass.
“I really fell in love with the theology and it gives me great joy to know that some of the great saints, like St. John Vianney, St. Augustine or St. Maximilian Kolbe, this is the mass they would have offered. I love speaking the Latin and being able to offer it, it has been a great joy for me to do so.”
Not only numbers, but enthusiasm is growing for the mass, he said, among those who already had an affinity for the ancient traditions of the church, and even those who first came out of curiosity.
Read the rest there.
Fr. Z kudos especially to our Ukrainian brethren who are so hospitable.