Hoosier TLM news

Good news from the Hoosier state chapter of Una Voce:

What do you do when 152 people show up for the inaugural Sunday Traditional Latin Mass and you can only seat 98 people? Father Gerard Saguto, FSSP had no thoughts of sending anyone home and in the true spirit of Summorum Pontificum said “stack’em in”. They were able to fit another 13 seats in the packed day chapel and the remaining 41 people stood and sat in the narthex outside the entrance door.  Of course, the Hamilton County Fire Marshall has now issued an arrest warrant for Father Saguto. [I hope that is a joke.]

Una Voce officers and board members designed and constructed portions of the altar onto an existing altar. A frontal cloth, gradines and tabernacle canopy were constructed from scratch and installed with no damage to the existing altar. Also, a dual communion rail with continuous kneelers was also built and set into place. Missals were printed and stapled together. Chapel veils were made and provided.  [Which is nice, even though canon law does not require them any more.]

Two young men, Masters Hofmeister and Golightly, veteran altar servers came from Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Indianapolis to help. Several other attendees came from as far away as Alexandria, Muncie, Lafayette and Kokomo. The organist drove all the way from Metamora.

After the Mass, a potluck was served and many people ate while making new acquaintances and many friends chatted.  [I have noticed this at many places where there is a TLM: people tend to socialize!]

The next Traditional Latin Mass at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton will be on Sunday, April 20th at 5:00 pm. Offering the Mass will be Father Andreas Hellmann, Vice Rector of Christ the King Shrine in Chicago, Illinois from The Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest.  For more information or if you can help please call (317) 581-0315.

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  1. Cristhian says:

    “After the Mass, a potluck was served and many people ate while making new acquaintances and many friends chatted. [I have noticed this at many places where there is a TLM: people tend to socialize!]”

    I don’t understand, do you see this with good eyes or not?

  2. magdalen says:

    Awesome! Way to go Una Voce! And the ‘day chapel’ granted for the ‘few’ who
    wish the TLM was not big enough. How about that!

    How we need more events like this. Keep up the good work.

  3. Ken says:

    “Chapel veils were made and provided. [Which is nice, even though canon law does not require them any more.]”

    ??? Father, I have noticed repeated anti-chapel veil comments from you — I hope this is not intentional.

    How about “Communion was distributed kneeling and on the tongue. [Which is nice, even though that is not required any more.]”

  4. Ken: Don’t be absurd. Read what I have written about chapel veils a zillion times on this blog.

  5. gsk says:

    “Chapel veils were made and provided. [Which is nice, even though canon law does not require them any more.]”

    ??? Father, I have noticed repeated pro-chapel veil comments from you—I hope this is not intentional.

    (who could resist!?! Comments are indeed in the eye of the beholder…)

  6. Maureen says:

    Yeah, Fr. Z famously _likes_ chapel veils. But he knows what’s required and what’s not, and he tells
    people the truth about it. How could truth be construed as opposition?

  7. Kradcliffe says:

    Cristhian, I\’m sure Fr. Z thinks socializing is a GOOD thing. He\’s not talking about chatting in the sanctuary before Mass.

    I\’ve noticed that the EF Mass at Sacred Heart in Glasgow is very friendly. The friendliest reception I\’ve ever had at a Catholic Mass, actually. They went out of their way to speak to me and invite me to the rectory for tea and biscuits!

  8. Mark M says:

    What is a chapel-veil anyway?

  9. therecusant says:

    I was there and was very pleased with the turn out. Lots of first-timers finding out what the Extraordinary Form is all about.

    The homily was very strong, but the priest insisted in calling the mass the “Latin Mass.” I found it curious.

    It will be interesting to see how much the numbers fall off from the first to the second mass when many of the simply curious elect not to return. I’m praying the number will be small & that other first-timers take their place.

  10. Marcus says:

    A delightful situation to be in! Too many people coming for Mass? In light of all the negative BS in the press lately about lapsed and unbelieving Catholics (a huge problem, to be sure), it’s disappointing that the thing that packs ’em in has been shoved into a back corner, so to speak.

    Our TLM community has the same problem at the moment: a tiny, out-of-the-way parish when I’m sure they could make some room in the schedule at, say, the cathedral (LOL!). Still, great news.

    I never cease to be amazed and amused by how much agitation results from just the mention of the words “chapel veil”.

  11. M. says:

    Yes I agree the socializing thing is good, for several reasons. I sometimes attend a lovely sung Mass at the parish church in the tiny village of Harvington in Warickshire, UK. and the organisers are very genuinely welcoming. They usualy provide a excellent traditional English tea with egg and cress sandwiches and spongecake afterward. It is very nice to be made welcome and good to be social. Some people may have come from somewhat farther away and it is good to offer them refreshments. Also it give you a chance to meet other people who love the older form of the Mass and realise that they are quite normal too. Of course the tea is served in a barn next to the church and there is a reverential silence in church both before and after Mass.

  12. Royce says:

    The parish this Mass was held it is anything but tiny and out of the way. St. Elizabeth in Carmel is the hub of the Diocese’s largest deanery and has an almost completely packed Mass schedule. There is a Mass in the main church the same time as this one, hence the use of the day chapel.

    Congratulations again to UV Carmel! There are many of us in the Diocese praying for your work, even if we can’t be there for the Mass!

  13. Gloria says:

    St. Stephen the First Martyr in Sacramento, CA, now a full-blown parish, often must put folding chairs along the walls for High Mass. There are about 700 families (many with several children) attending a full schedule of weekday and Sunday Masses, devotions and evening classes, on liturgy, the councils, scripture, offered by the staff of three FSSP priests. The gym cum parish hall, equipped with a good kitchen, is packed after Sunday Masses. Sometimes there are donuts and coffee; but most of the time various families will fix breakfast and lunch for a fee e.g., $3.50 combo plate, to benefit Rosa Mystica, Sodality, Pipe and Drum Corps, etc. We have a number of Filipino families. On the Sundays when there is pancit and lumpia, you can be sure that they sell out. A friend from a Novus Ordo parish who consented to come to a Sunday High Mass left with the comment that there was no feeling of community during Mass !! Once she had said to us that she goes to church to see her friends, and that she can pray at home. Such is the attitude of many who don’t seem to recognize the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, or the Sacrifice that is the Mass. “Community” is the name of the game AFTER Mass – in the hall. If she had stayed, she would have been welcomed, invited back, introduced around, and watched as scads of children ate, played (loudly), and laughed after about an hour and 45 minutes of behaving themselves during Mass. 17 counties of Northern CA are represented at St. Stephen’s. Some drive for over two hours to get there. I live in the foothills of the Sierras. It takes me about an hour and fifteen minutes. I am always meeting someone new over coffee, who heard about the parish and is making the effort to become a “regular.”

  14. Matthew says:

    This is very good news for the northern half of Indiana!

    Does anybody know if the southern half of the state will see any TLM activity? I was thinking of going to Graduate school in Bloomington, but was not so much looking forward to the hour+ drive to and from Holy Rosary in Indianapolis… So far as I can tell, there are no other traditional masses in the Bloomington orbit, though.

  15. Matthew:

    Yes, a TLM will soon be available in Bloomington, Indiana!

  16. M says:

    Mr. Arbuckle:
    I am curious whether the Franciscans of the Immaculate are involved?

  17. I would love to see a weekly Tridentine Mass in Kokomo, Indiana!

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