Washington DC & Baltimore: upcoming Solemn TLMs

This is in my e-mail:

Next weekend, there will be two special Solemn High Masses (1962 Missal), in addition to the usual 2nd Sunday Mass at Old St Mary’s in DC.  The additional ones are connected with the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter (FSSP).

1.  On Saturday, June 7, at 6:00 pm, Solemn High Mass in the Crypt Church at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.  Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This is the concluding Mass of the FSSP’s pilgrimage to Washington.  The DC-area based Canticum Novum schola directed by Richard Rice will be singing.

2.  On Sunday, June 8, at 11:30 am,  Solemn High Mass at St Alphonsus in Baltimore.  Fourth Sunday after Pentecost.  This will be one of the first Masses of Fr Jonathan Romanoski, FSSP, who was ordained last Friday, May 30.  After Mass, Fr. Romanoski will be imparting the special blessing of a newly ordained priest.  The St Alphonsus schola and choir will both provide the music for this Mass.

All are invited to these Masses, as well as the 5:00 pm Solemn Mass at Old St Mary’s.  For those who love the Solemn Mass, this seems like an embarassment of riches!  Deo gratias!

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  1. Jon says:


    And don’t forget – on Sunday, June 15th, at 2:30, Father Romanowski will be celebrating a Solemn High Mass at the Cathedral of St. Patrick, in Harrisburg. Father Eric Flood, North American Superior for the FSSP, will serve as deacon, and Father Frank Parrinello, the FSSP chaplain of the Mater Dei Community, will be subdeacon.

    Father Romanowski realized his vocation while attending the TLM with his family in Harrisburg, back when the Mass was allowed only once a month.

    This will be the first time a Solemn High Mass has been celebrated in our diocesan cathedral in over forty years.

    For those of you who would like to see where Father’s Harrisburg Mass will be, go here: http://picasaweb.google.com/mknight415/CorpusChristiProcession2008

    These are pictures of last week’s Corpus Christi Procession, from St. Lawrence, where our TLM apostolate is located, to the cathedral, which is about 500 yards up the street.

    An embarrassment of riches indeed!

  2. Andrew says:

    Has anyone found information online about the Mass to be held at the Shrine on Saturday? There’s nothing about it on the Shrine’s website, and while I do believe it’s going to take place, I’d prefer to find confirmation somewhere before I make the trek downtown. Thanks!

  3. Aric says:

    Andrew, this is not confirmation from the Shrine, but from the FSSP end. Last week I stumbled upon this announcement on their website.


    (The misspelling of pilgrimage is in the url itself.)

  4. techno_aesthete says:

    There will be two Solemn High Masses in the NYC metro area this weekend as well. Msgr. Wach of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest will be the celebrant for both Masses.

    The first will be on Friday, June 6, at 6:30 p.m. at the Church of the Guardian Angel at 10th Avenue and 21st Street in Manhattan.

    The second will be on Sunday, June 8, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Chapel in West Orange, NJ.

  5. Petrus says:

    I’m thinking of going to the mass at the Shrine on Saturday. It is a bit out of my way, but I think it would be worth it.

  6. Deo volente says:

    For those who have never been to Saint Alphonsus Church in Baltimore, it is modeled after the Cathedral of Cologne, Germany. Both St. John Neumann and Blessed Francis Seelos were pastors there. The altar is gorgeous.


  7. giovanni says:

    If this is the case, the 6:00 pm start will overlap with the 5:15 vigil mass in the upper church, so parking will be tight, but of course the Shrine can handle great numbers. For the young folks the easiest thing is to head down to the lower lot and walk up the hill. Metro info is available on the Shrine website…Brookland CUA on the redline. I will try to be there and will spread the word. I love the crypt church… the hidden jewel of the Shrine, and it is just crying out for a TLM! I hope they will have a photographer?

  8. Royce says:

    Okay I have a question about the propers for the June 7 Mass at the Shrine. The Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is on August 22 in the old calendar, but on June 7 in the new this year (since it’s based on the positioning of the season). So why are they celebrating the Immaculate Heart of Mary on June 7 in the old rite?

  9. Adam Y. says:


    The description in the main post is inaccurate: they are celebrating a _Votive Mass_ of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, not the Feast. This is allowed according to the FSSP Ordo.

  10. techno_aesthete says:

    Royce, it is common for EF Masses on the First Saturday of the month to be a votive Mass of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

  11. Royce says:

    Ah, so it is just coincidence that they will be doing so on the date of the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in the new calendar. Of course it does seem fitting for the conclusion of a Marian pilgriamage.

    Are the propers different if it is celebrated as a votive Mass?


  12. Rellis says:

    As a reminder, under the 1983 Code of Canon Law, the Mass will fulfill one’s Sunday Mass obligation. CIC trumps rubrics.

  13. Antiquarian says:

    The Saturday Mass at the basilica was lovely, celebrated by one of the newly ordained FSSP priests. The crypt at the Shrine has ideal acoustics for Gregorian Chant. I wondered a bit at the homilist, an older priest, spending quite so much time making sidelong remarks about the Novus Ordo, but he was charming even while doing so. (And I suppose he can be forgiven for playing to the crowd, many of whom had travelled far to be there.)

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