Cleveland blognic report

I met some wonderful people at the Cleveland blognic on Saturday.  Some of them came from as far as Columbus, OH for the event, and I am grateful.

All in all, over the whole period about a dozen people came.  Also, I learned yesterday that someone stopped in just after we has suspended the festivities, at noon.  Sorry!  We were pretty much on schedule.

Among those who were at the meeting was a young man who is considering seminary and a nice woman who said that my blog helped her to return to the Church.

Also, I learned about a marvelous museum in Columbus, which I had never heard of before.

I would very much like to visit the place, where they also have the older form of Mass.  However, to avoid confusion I mentioned that it is better to get an invitation from the pastor of the parish there.

So, this is what he sent!  (Too much!)


Fun!   What an invitation.

Do you suppose they have the TLM there? 

My photos of the blognic are locked in the memory stick of my camera, which for some reason my laptop won’t read.  So, I have to wait with them.

But here is one posted by someone who came on her own blog.


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  1. Contra says:

    Sounds like that parish/museum is right up your alley!

  2. Fr. Z,

    I had no idea anyone from Holy Family was heading up to Cleveland. I was planning to go up myself. Unfortunately, a last minute phone call from a friend in need had me heading in the opposite direction from Columbus on Saturday morning.

    But, I would love to meet you when you come to visit Holy Family and the Jubilee Museum.

  3. Frank H. says:

    Fr. Z –

    I only recently discovered your blog, and was also considering making the drive from the Columbus area, but had previous commitments on Saturday. Fr. Lutz’s Holy Family Parish has been the TLM indult parish for the Diocese of Columbus, and has clearly embraced Summorum Pontificum with an expanded offering of Extraordinary Form Masses. They regularly offer the EF (at a minimum) on Sunday 9am, Thursday 7pm and Saturday 9am. In a recent bulletin I counted FIVE opportunities in one week!

    Holy Family is a beautiful church, and the museum – in a separate building – is fascinating.

    The parish ministers to the needy as well, with a soup kitchen that reportedly serves 700 hot meals daily Monday through Friday.

    I hope your travels might bring you to the Columbus area sometime soon!

    Frank Hartge

  4. Brendan says:

    Here’s another invitation to Columbus!

    We’d love to have you Father!

  5. Chris says:

    Father, you should go visit Holy Family in Columbus. I go to Columbus a few times a year and we always go there. It’s a good parish, stuck in the ghetto but thriving from what we can tell.

    Also, make sure while you’re there you eat some buffalo burgers at Ted’s Montana Grill downtown five minutes from the church. Yes, Ted Turner is a communist, but man, what a great burger!

  6. Lee says:

    I always look for an EF Mass when traveling. I’ve been to Holy Family when booked to play a concert for the Central Ohio Hot Jazz Society in Columbus. It is a beautiful church, well attended (at least on the day I was there). You should go. Unfortunately, because of timing, I could not hit the museum.

  7. Father:

    Thanks for the link to my blog and for considering a visit! Fr. Lutz was quite delighted this a.m. when told of your interest in the museum. Perhaps he’ll treat you to a little organ concert as well. He’s quite the gifted musician!

  8. Gloria says:

    Someday I hope to see the museum. Father Lutz visited us at St. Stephen’s in Sacramento. He is a good friend of Father Lebel, FSSP (now back in France), who was giving a class on “The Heresy of Formlessness.” Father Lutz spoke to the class and told us about the museum. I hoped to have some things to send him from my beautiful old college alma mater chapel which was going to be “wreckovated.” However I had no response after several tries. I understand that the museum is quite inspiring and a labor of love as well as preservation.

  9. Thomas says:

    Holy Family is a wonderful place that has helped make my college experience quite joyful. I can hardly wait to return. Fr. Lutz’ public speaking is an experience in itself.

  10. Zach says:

    Hey! My home parish!

    Although the video has been removed (by request) a new one will be made shortly talking about the museum. Perhaps even showcasing some rooms. We hope to see you in Columbus soon Fr. Z!

  11. Zach says:


    If you have had some trouble getting a hold of Fr. Lutz, please keep trying. I volunteer at Holy Family and I know that with the museum becoming more popular and the parish expanding, he can get rather busy. Probably the best way to donate to the museum is to contact Mr. Stedman at the museum number, (614) 461-6204.

  12. T. Chan says:

    Alas, the video is no longer available.

  13. John Spangler says:

    Do visit Holy Family Church and the Jubilee Museum, Father. I have very fond memories of driving up from here in central Kentucky to Columbus with a good priest friend who offered the Old Mass there and of touring the Museum and the Josephinum with him afterwards. What a gem the museum is! Father Lutz has saved so much of the patrimony of his local church. Would that others had, too!

    Pax et bonum!

    John Spangler
    Versailles, KY

  14. TB says:

    Here’s another warm welcome to you, Fr. Z, from Holy Family! We are new to the parish and the TLM and loving it! Holy Family is indeed a special place. Wish we could have met you yesterday in Cleveland, but another commitment kept us closer to home. Hope to see you in Columbus soon!

  15. Mary Rose says:

    Fr. Z, it was such a joy to meet you. I also got a kick out of some of the curious looks we received in the coffee house! It was evident that we were a group obviously enjoying a great time of fellowship. :-)

    As I shared with you, from reading your blog about four months ago, I was intrigued enough from your description of the TLM to visit one myself. My only Catholic friend at that time (seriously, she was the only one…) attended Holy Family and suggested I experience the TLM at least once. She insisted it was truly beautiful. Hesitant, but curious because of your blog, I went. The rest, as they say, is history. I have fallen in love with the TLM. Shortly after, I invested in the Roman Missal of 1962 and a mantilla. (I was already aware of 1 Cor. 11.)

    I have always loved typography and symbolism. What I had craved for many years, unbeknownst to me, was sacred liturgy. Once I experienced the TLM, I knew my soul had found a home.

    Meaning – is this not what so many crave after living in a world where the most sacred transactions between people are trivialized? This is what the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass does for me. It infuses my spirit with meaning, knowing I am accountable to a very Holy God.

    There’s so much more, but that’s why I started my own blog. I continue to be shocked and amazed by what God has done. (Which is usually what happens when man connects with God!) I can’t imagine where my Christian path would be today if I had not found the TLM. I suspect it wouldn’t be as far but this may be because of my own temperament. God speaks to everyone in different ways and for many, the Novus Ordo is the way He uses to bring them close to Him.

    I know you were rethinking the purpose of this blog. I do hope you continue to write from somewhere, whether it’s your own blog or a group blog. But I will also say that I believe there are many more out there like me – hungering for something real but not sure where to go. You were definitely one of the lights who led me home.

    Meanwhile, Holy Family has brought me good, solid Catholic friends who have already been an immeasurable source of encouragement. Kimberly, mother of nine children, is an extraordinary woman and Tom is a true knight in the faith. Holy Family is filled with such people. I believe it’s because of Fr. Lutz that it’s so warm and yet devoted to the Magisterium. It is truly a blessing.

    And now, off to the Low Mass. :-)

  16. patrick says:

    “Among those who were at the meeting was a young man who is considering seminary and a nice woman who said that my blog helped her to return to the Church.”

    The Blog as a form of evangelization.

    Keep it up Father!

  17. a catechist says:

    While visiting Columbus 2 weeks ago, my family attended Mass at Holy Family for our very first Gregorian Missa Cantata. WOW! We didn’t get to hear Fr. Lutz preach because of a guest homilist. But while there were a few things that were strange, many little graces followed in that week. And the power of receiving Communion at the rail was immediate and profound.

    We would never have thought to look up a Latin Mass online before our vacation had it not been for your blog, Fr. Z. Deo gratias!

    I’m happy to say publicly how welcoming a priest Fr. Lutz is–he welcomed and recruited EVERY person leaving Mass he didn’t recognize. When he learned we were travelers & hope our young son will learn the Gregorian Mass, he immediately made a gift of the Booklet Missal to take home for study. We weren’t able to take the musuem tour, but hope to in a future visit. May God bless him for his hospitality!!

  18. Gloria says:

    Zach, thanks, but the lack of response came from my college, not from Father Lutz. I’m sure he or a representative would answer in a heartbeat. I had been told by someone at the college the person to contact, which I did, explaining that I wanted absolutely anything no matter how shabby or in a state of disuse, and the purpose for which I wanted items – for the museum. I tried a couple of times to no avail.

  19. Heitzy says:

    They dont call it “God’s Parish” for nothing. We moved away from Holy Family so I could finish school. We are praying that I am accepted at a law school in the Columbus area so we can once again be parishioners. I hope that we are there when you visit Father. God bless.

  20. Matthew Meloche says:

    Also, sometimes traditionalists are labeled as not caring for social justice, or giving to the poor… Holy Family’s Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry are one of the most active in all of Columbus (perhaps the most?).

  21. PG says:

    Fr. Z:

    You have many loyal followers in Columbus from parishes besides Holy Family including quite a few from <a href=”St. Patrick Church” run by the Dominican Friars.

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