D. Worchester – new TLM

From a reader:

The Most Reverend Robert J. McManus, Bishop of the Worcester Diocese, has given his approval for this new regularly scheduled Traditional Latin Mass. 
The following is the press release:

In response to Pope Benedict XVI’s Summorum Pontificum, Reverend Father Thien Nguyen, pastor at Immaculate Conception Church in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, has generously invited Reverend Father David Phillipson to offer the  Extraordinary Form Mass (the Traditional Latin Mass) every Sunday at 8am, beginning on June 28th and also on Holy Days according to the Traditional Calendar.  Father will hear confessions at 7:30am before Mass, and the Rosary will be prayed aloud at that time.  Father will also hold spiritual conferences and traditional devotions, and administer the Sacraments according to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.  For more information, visit the parish website at www.immaculateconceptionfitchburg.com.     Immaculate Conception Church is located at 59 Walnut Street in Fitchburg, Massachusetts.  The parish will also continue to keep its regular schedule of Masses in the Ordinary Form (Novus Ordo Masses).

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  1. chironomo says:

    “Worcester”… pronounced like Wuster. This is an excellent development in a diocese that is more generally… well…let’s say slightly progressive. When the TLM begins taking hold in MA, things are definitely moving along! I grew up in one of those small towns and would never imagine such a thing happening…good news!

  2. Causus Omnium Danorum says:

    Bravo, Bishop McManus!
    We in Providence miss him, a very good and orthodox (and fortunately relatively young) priest. If we’re lucky, someone has an eye on him for bigger and better things….

  3. inillotempore says:

    Hey Causus…Don’t promote out bishop just yet Ha Ha !

  4. Fr. Gary V. says:

    Fr. Nguyen is a good friend of mine when we were at the Seminary and had been to I.C. parish in Fitchburg a couple of times. I’m glad that he welcomed the TLM in his parish. The parish has few parishioners and hopefully the TLM faithful will re-energize the parish.

  5. inillotempore says:

    If you live in Worcester, you pronounce it Wooo-ster.

    Many people from other parts of the country put the \”h\” in the spelling.

    Here\’s another difficult-to-pronounce MA town ,named after it\’s counterpart in merry old England,to pronounce : Leicester (pronounced \”Les-ter\”)

  6. chironomo says:


    Fortunately… I grew up in the easy-to-pronounce town of “Holliston”…no silent letters, although the recent fad of “Hollister” T-Shirts reminds me of being at a school pep-rally sometimes.

    When I phonetically spelled it “Wuster” I meant the the Latin pronunciation of the “U”… as in “tuo”. If you’re from Southie… it would be “Woostah”.

  7. Maureen says:

    Here in Ohio, we just spelled it “Wooster” and got it over with. :)

  8. Bo Dean says:

    No, no people it’s Wu-stah…

  9. Dove says:

    My husband is from there. The first syllable rhymes with “book”. Woo-stah. But not woo as in “too”.
    Also, Fr Z you have a typo in your heading. No “H” in Worcester.

  10. Ohio Annie says:

    Dove is right. Hey, Wuhstah is my home town! Home of Robert Goddard, Jack Lemmon and Ohio Annie!

  11. paul says:

    I love the time- 8am, a normal time for a traditional Mass. This permits those who wish to fast from midnight a sensible amount of time to fast. I just find this very respectful toward Catholics attached to the EF. Thankyou Bishop.

  12. Charivari Rob says:

    I pronounce it “Worcester”, the same way as in “Worcestershire sauce”.
    I lived there for a while myself – did my undergrad degree at WPI (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)

  13. Tom in NY says:

    A rare event – Fr. Z nodded. His reference should have been an English county and a food product. And his second reference, “Vigornium castrum.”
    Salutationes omnibus.

  14. Jason says:

    On your way to Worcester, make sure to stop by Meffa (aka Medford).

  15. inillotempore says:

    Ohio Annie : I believe that Robt. Goddard was actually from neighboring Auburn, MA.

    Charivari Rob : I did some graduate work at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and worked
    at Holy Cross College back in the 1980’s

  16. Ohio Annie says:

    robert goddard was born in worcester but it may have been in auburn where he crashed his first rocket into his aunt’s cabbage patch though i thought that occurred in worcester too.

    in wisconsin and environs “worcestershire” is pronounced war-chester-shy-er.

  17. Mike says:

    This is the diocese where the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary are. They hold the ALL OF TH DOGMAS of the Church, namely EXTRA ECCLESIAM NULLA SALUS. Mons. Lefebvre thought people could be saved in false religions!

  18. Mike says:

    This is the diocese where the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary are. They hold the ALL OF THE DOGMAS of the Church, namely EXTRA ECCLESIAM NULLA SALUS. Mons. Lefebvre thought people could be saved in false religions!

  19. Mary says:

    If this is the same Fr Phillipson that was briefly at Queen of the Holy Rosary in Ohio, I envy the parishioners at this parish. He was my favorite priest of all time. I loved (and got so much) out of his sermons. He really challenged you. I miss him very, very much.

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