A way to support Pope Benedict on 24 April – Pontifical Mass in Washington DC

It occurs to me that coming up in April Catholics in the US (and elsewhere) could have a good way to show support for His Holiness Pope Benedict.

At 1:00 pm on 24 April at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC there is to be a Pontifical Mass celebrated by His Eminence Dario Card. Castrillon Hoyos, former President of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei.  This will be the 5th anniversary of the election of His Holiness Benedict XVI.
The Ordinary of the Mass will be a polyphonic Mass setting sung by a professional choir, while the Propers will be Gregorian chant, chanted by an experienced men’s schola.

The National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is the United States’ patronal church, and for that reason this Mass is an event for all Americans.

There is an effort to have this Mass broadcast on EWTN, which requires funding to handle a special broadcast. 

Therefore, there is a kind request that people who are interested in seeing such a broadcast might give a donation of at least $5 through THIS PAGE.  $5 in honor of the 5th anniversary of the election of Pope Benedict seems reasonable.  Of course you could give more.  

It would be wonderful to have this Pontifical Mass in the National Shrine broadcast and thus made available to so many more… thus to further Pope Benedict’s vision to revitalize our Catholic identity especially through a true renewal of our liturgical worship in continuity with Tradition.

If you are anywhere near Washington DC on that date, you might consider helping to fill the Shrine to bursting.

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  1. Henry Edwards says:

    I see the item


    on the “April Grids” EWTN schedule for 1 pm on April 24 at http://www.ewtn.com

    However, I understand that specially arranged telecasts from the National Shrine are expensive, and additional funding may still be required.

  2. becket1 says:

    That’s not the way the Ordinary Form is celebrated at the Los Angeles Religious Education Conference. People are really going to be confused now. He will be facing the people right?. We need to see his face to worship God properly. Joking!!!.:).

  3. becket1 says:

    I wonder if Cardinal Roger Mahony will be there to seriously rebuke Cardinal Castrillon for having that style of Mass here in the US?. There better be altar girls and EMHC or the USSB will find out. Along with Sr. Joan Chittister. He He !!.

  4. becket: I think it may be different in some respects from the thing that happened in LA.

  5. New Sister says:

    In addition to funding – dear brethren – let us seriously try to come & show the world WE LOVE OUR HOLY FATHER — let’s not give liberals any room to compare that appalling video in LA, with a packed stadium, to a half-empty nave in the National Shrine of our country’s Patroness, the Immaculate Conception, on the anniversary of the election of our Supreme Pontiff, Benedict XVI.

    I pray we may actively demonstrate our shared love and support for him by making the effort to attend- bring friends, family, and colleagues to pack the place full and open people’s eyes to God’s tremendous gifts in both this Pope and the Sacred Liturgy – Amen!

    (P.S. D.C. is a lovely place to visit in the Spring!)

  6. aladextra says:

    My name is Christopher Butler and I am working on publicity and fundraising for the Mass at the Shrine. It so happens that today we are in the process of switching over to a new dedicated site for the Mass, and contributions made in the last hour will not go through at the link Fr. Z has so generously supplied. The link goes to a “dummy” donation page.

    I have moved up the timetable to the next 15-20 minutes to accommodate to Father Z.’s generous admonition.

    I am emailing you as well Father Z., but I hope you will offer an explanatory post and a re-link in the next 20 minutes when the problem is corrected.

    Thank you so much for this Father.

    I would like to add that we are still quite some way from our fundraising goal for EWTN. We are counting on the God’s providence to supply much of the money still.


  7. aladextra says:

    The problem I mentioned above is now fixed. Please follow Fr. Z’s link and contribute. Thanks again to Fr. Z for mentioning the Mass.

    Any contributions made earlier today will not be processed. But in any case, we WILL NOT process any double contributions for today.

    Thank you and God bless.

    Christopher Butler

  8. tjtenor2 says:

    I’ll be at the Mass, and I’m bringing at least three other people with me. I’m really looking forward to it!

  9. bernadette says:

    I will be there and am bringing at least one guest. I know of two other people from my parish who are definitely going and a few who are thinking about it. We are coming from quite a distance.

  10. Mike says:

    I am going to the Mass with several colleagues from a local Catholic all-boys school, along with my old friend from Philly, and my two teenage sons.

    After Mass we’re thinking of going to a family-style Greek restaurant to kick back w. a glass of wine and some terrific dishes.

  11. I wish I could be there. Prayers from here.

  12. Jon says:

    Our Holy Name Society at the FSSP apostolate in Harrisburg has arranged for a bus. We’ll have some fifty souls along.

  13. wanda says:

    Donation made.

  14. chloesmom says:

    Ditto to what Nazareth Priest said. Montreal isn’t far from DC, but alas, not possible to attend.

  15. Lucas says:

    Me my wife and son will be going. My Dad wants to go, so we will see.

    Also, I spoke with one of the managers at the Bookstore there and they told me they will have a large selection of traditional materials for that day.

  16. jt83 says:

    I would totally go! however I live all the way over in the “other” Washington. My prayers for Pope Benedict and for this blessed event. Let’s pack the church!

  17. markomalley says:

    Been on the calendar for a couple of months.

    My NO parish is going to advertise it in the weekly bulletin starting Easter!!!

    We have up some posters for it as well.

    Get there early, folks…if you are able to go.

  18. Dubya Ay-See says:

    The white-fezzed brothers of the Order of Alhambra will be there: http://www.orderalhambra.org

  19. patergary says:

    I spoke with my brother priests in our archdiocese this evening during our chrism Mass and we have a good contingent of priests attending the Pontifical Solemn High Mass in EF. I will bring some parishioners interested to attend.

  20. dimsum says:

    God willing, I travel from Florida and will also be there.

  21. Philippus says:

    Dear Father,

    Thanks for setting this up here. We had a fundraiser across from the Potomac last week and were able to raise some money. It was good, but we need more help!


  22. wanda says:

    hmmm..considering what we saw from Fr. Z.’s posting on the LA Education Conference closing liturgesy..I believe there were 160 or more postings. I don’t see that same fervor here.
    I know that most of Fr. Z’s readers are lovers of the TLM Mass or The Extraordinary Form of the Holy Mass. I hope that many of them will support this worthy effort to show more of the world what they love so much, the beauty and the mystery of this Pontifical Mass at the Shrine.

  23. La Sandia says:

    My husband and I are going! And we are trying to bring other friends as well, including a few non-Catholics that we are trying to recruit to Team Rome.

  24. paterpetri says:

    Left a donation. May Almighty God bless our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI and protect him from the wolves!

  25. irishgirl says:

    Oh, how I want to go there! But it’s too far for me, and there’s no one up here in Upstate NY who would want to go!

    I guess I’ll just have to pray for its success, and hope that it will be on EWTN! At least I can access their video streams at the library!

    And I hope that the Shrine will be packed to the doors!

    Let’s show the liberals and those who hate the Holy Father that we ‘little people’ love him and support his ‘Marshall Plan’ for the Church!

  26. Eoin Suibhne says:

    We are planning to make the trek over the Potomac to attend — 5 kids (w/ one on the way) in tow!

  27. Tina in Ashburn says:

    I expect to be there and look forward to gathering with friends before or afterward. Perhaps there is a way for fellow-Zers to make themselves known while there?

    I’ve been spreading the word, amazing how few are aware of this fantastic occasion – the first Tridentine Mass at the high altar in over 40 years. I hope that this is as well-attended as possible to demonstrate the support of this Mass, and of the Holy Father.

  28. Phil says:

    Unfortunately I can’t take off work to fly up Friday. But I would if I could. I’ll be watching on TV! God Bless Pope B16.

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