Brick by brick in Oklahoma!

A reader alerted me to this from the Edmond (Oklahoma) Sun:

New church to revive ancient rite
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — It has been more than 40 years since the Tridentine rite has been regularly celebrated in a proper parish of the Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. Old St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, built in 1891 and destroyed by fire in 1960, is the historic site near which the new Tridentine parish will be built[This really is brick by brick!]

Groundbreaking for the unnamed parish was Nov. 2 just east of the foundation of Old St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and Cemetery along Sorghum Mill road between Council and County Line roads.

“The Latin worship of the Church is over 1,500 years old,” said Rev. Howard Remski, pastor of the new parish.

The parish will be a convenient location for the expanding northwest area of Oklahoma City, and the parish welcomes any Catholics who desire to worship in this manner, Remski said.
Olsen-Coffey Architects has designed a beautiful Spanish Mission-style building, Remski said. Thanks to the parish’s motivated builder, Dan Hilgenberg of Clear Creek Creations, [Clear Creek?] Remski expects to be in the new building in time for solemn Easter ceremonies.

The Tridentine Rite

The Tridentine Rite, or the Traditional Mass, is the way in which worship was conducted for hundreds of years before it was updated in the 1960s during the second Vatican Council, Remski said. The Catholic Mass of the Roman Rite was in Latin throughout the world, and any Catholic would be familiar with how the services were conducted.

The music is predominantly Gregorian Chant and also will contain a rich heritage of Sacred Polyphony such as composed by Palestrina and other classical artists.

Remski said the church will attempt to connect the divine with man, and bring the mysteries of the Catholic faith into prayer life and practice. That will be accomplished in part through the use of a sacred language, sacred symbols and rituals to convey divine truths of humanity’s redemption in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, he said.

Remski said he believes the new church will offer people a strong sense of sacredness. Many Americans are used to the mundane and common life, he said


I hope when it is done, I might be able to visit there!

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  1. kenoshacath says:

    Great story! Here’s one that I’d like to share from Kenosha,WI:

    We don’t have our own building yet and pray to have this Mass available daily, but we are grateful for the warm welcome from St. Peter’s Church in Kenosha. Please join us for the TLM Mass if you are in the area and visit/subscribe to the website for any updates:

  2. q7swallows says:

    Visit?! It’s just another reason to move there!

    Thank you (again!), Bishop Slattery!

  3. Jono says:

    @ q7swallows, Archbishop Eusebius Beltran in the bishop of Oklahoma City. But I’ll agree with you that Slattery should be thanked for what he has done for the liturgy in his diocese (Tulsa). In the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, there is a parish in Bethany that has been used for the Extraordinary Form. However, the more centralized location of this new parish seems a much better idea. It should draw more people, and, as I assume it will be much larger, will be able to accomodate more people.

  4. Mattiesettlement says:

    Great news!

    Fr. DeCoste

  5. grasp says:

    See, the thing is, progress is being made to give everyone equal rights, including those repugnant gays. Hey, and the hatred of gays is completely founded, since in the Bible in the book of Leviticus, it says that homosexuality is an abomoniation, and then it goes on to say so is eating lobster. In the same breath. THAT’S how repugnant it is – it’s equally as bad as eating seafood without scales.

    The Bible also supports owning slaves, it’s in there, it even suggests prices for slaves, and yet, somehow, we as a people, rose above owning people, and while the Church may think that the Bible justifies it, sane people do not, not anymore.

    Those same sane people also consider treating homosexuals as lesser humans is equally as repugnant as owning one of them.

    And as I said before, the Church cannot stand to give rights to gays… that is, gays that aren’t priests. Those get plenty of rights, priveleges, and when they’re found out diddling kids, they’re promoted, or moved laterally, and given a whole new, completely unsuspecting flock to diddle.

    Yup. Defend the Church’s stand on gays all you like, Lee. It’s as consistent as anything the Church does, or the foundation it does it on. If it benefits the Church, it’s fine and dandy, despite it being completely against Jesus’ teachings. But if it doesn’t, screw it. We’ll find passages in the Bible to support our hatred. And if not, we’ll write them.

    This IS the same Church that edited God’s own handwriting and removed the second commandment in 767ad. Cause it wanted to keep its statues.

    Yeah… the Church.

  6. grasp says:

    Dang it. The above was a heated response after I forwarded your wonderful entry to a progressive friend of mine. I meant to use this as an intro, but fat fingered and hit submit too soon. My apologies.

  7. grasp says:

    UGH! this was meant for WaPo idiocy…

    wow, I’m stupid.

  8. This is truly a blessing. My great grandfather received the land where the old church used to be a year after the land run of 1889. He farmed 180 acres and donated 5 acres to the church and helped build it. I never got to see it as it had been destroyed before I was born. There is still a beautiful cemetery there. It is thrilling that a new church is being built will be utilizing the TLM. We have been praying for this for a long time!

  9. ssoldie says:

    I would very much like to move there, and live out the rest of my life. That would be quite wonderful to me. God bless Archbishop E. Beltram, truly a Shepherd.

  10. q7swallows says:

    Jono:  I stand (happily) corrected!

    Thank you, Archbishop Beltran (Metropolitan-Archbishop Beltran?!)  We are SO looking forward to living in a state where the EF is supported and encouraged by *all* the local bishops!  Oklahoma is proving itself to be a fountainhead in that department.

    Please pray for our imminent move there. It’s very much a Little House on the Prairie sort of thing…but with a big family.


  11. vincentuher says:

    Oklahoma is one of the bright spots in the English-speaking Roman rite dioceses. The good Archbishop of this story as well as the marvellous Bishop Slattery of Tulsa are reason enough to move house, if one were able to do so, in order to participate and support the excellent efforts underway in Oklahoma. With Clear Creek Monastery, the new EF parish in Oklahoma City, and Father Mark Daniel Kirby’s new monastery in Tulsa, why wouldn’t one want to be a part of such a flowering of the Church that is overflowing with life and firmly rooted in that common ground of continuity from which the most beautiful expressions of the Gospel, of the Church, of religious life, and of new vocations shall grow.

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