REVIEW: Convenient TLM “travel” altar card set for Mass kits. GREAT! Hey, Father! Check ’em out!

Want to promote the New Evanglization?

Looking for something to give a bishop, priest or seminarian?

Want to complete that Mass kit or home altar?

The “Society for the Preservation of Roman Catholic Heritage” (SPORCH … yah, I know) has developed extremely convenient and well-made portable, altar cards that are perfect for a priest’s Mass kit, or setting up on a side altar, etc.

Here they are.  I include a standard holy card for perspective.


The package folds open.  The two cards for the Gospel and Epistle sides are detached, and the center card opens like a triptych.  Included is a card with vesting prayers and, on the flip side, the Prayers at the Foot of the Altar.   I does not have the Prayers After Mass.


The text on the main cards does not include accent marks, for pronunciation of the Latin.  The accents are included on the separate card of the Prayers at the Foot of the Altar.

I noted that in the said Prayers, the Latin “I” is used, but on the altar cards, “J” is spotted for “Jube” and “Jesus” (insert biretta tip here).  However, in the vesting prayers we find “Iugum”.  Other than that, I didn’t spot any typos.


The Vesting Prayer/Foot of Altar card is pretty flexible, but it is plastified (if that’s a word).  It should be durable.


That black part behind the lighter text is a fabric reinforcement.  They were made the last.

That gold thing is a velcro tab that holds the package closed.


Very thin.  Very light.  VERY convenient.


This is going into my Mass kit right now.

“But Father! But Father!”, are are surely saying. “Where I can get one?… or two?  Are you getting a commission, as you do for Mystic Monk Coffee”?

I wish I were!  I hope they sell thousands of them!

But here is the tag on the back and here is a LINK.


Kudos.  This was a great idea.

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  1. JSArt867 says:

    For some reason, the link doesn’t work.

  2. APX says:

    @Fr. Z
    but it is plastified (if that’s a word).
    The word you’re looking for is “laminated”.

  3. APX says:

    I should add, there is a word, “plasticize” which literally means to turn into plastic. Such is not the case, however. The cards are paper covered with a laminate film. The paper and laminate film co-exist together and the substance does not change, whereas when something is plasticized, the substance actually changes into plastic. (Yes, it’s a slow day at the office today and I got all my work completed first thing.)

  4. Choirmaster says:

    @APX: I take a grave moral and polemical stance decidedly against your transubstantive definition of plasticize. I believe the word means to make like plastic or to make plastic in the accidental sense, and not the substantive, assuming by “plastic” we mean the petro-chemical-derived material ubiquitous in modern commercial goods.

    To plasticize something would make it appear to be plastic (or more plastic, such as the treatment done to the plastic moldings in automobile interiors), to our senses, but still, substantively, remaining unchanged. But, in the interest of modern ecumenism, we may simply gloss over this insignificant difference of opinion and focus on our very important similarities, like the fact that we spell the word the same.

    (I love this blog, and yes, APX, it’s a slow day in my office too. :) )

  5. Supertradmum says:

    If there was a huge bomb, would the world be plasticized into a plastic ball, because of all the chemical energetic plasticizers? Thought I would interject metaphysics into grammar.

  6. Maggie says:

    The link seems to be broken…. Is there a typo in it?

  7. Choirmaster says:

    @Supertradmum: I was trying to interject some metaphysics myself, but, alas, I don’t think I have enough of a grasp of the subject to actually make it funny.

    Your comment about the “world” being plasticized catches me, though, because I think I have heard the Earth’s mantle-layer described as being “plastic”. This is the use of the word “plastic”, I believe, as an adjective, describing the physical properties of the material, which are what you would expect of a material described as “plastic”, that is, kind of bendy but you can’t really misshape it like you could a piece of metal.


  9. Supertradmum says:

    Choirmaster, You could bend anything with enough chemical energetic plasticizers. And your comment was funny…what we all need today, I think.

  10. APX says:

    No, I believe the commingling of the paper card and laminate film signifies that the two were separated, but through the work of the venerable laminator, became consubstantial with eachother and is now truly the paper card and laminate film combined together to form one laminated prayer card.

    PS: It’s time for lunch.

  11. Choirmaster says:

    @APX: But what about those pagans… er… environmentalists that don’t believe in plastic or that petro-chemicals are made for Man and not Man for petro-chemicals?

  12. The correct link is

    I just ordered a couple for upcoming priestly birthday/ordination gifts.

  13. APX says:

    @ Choirmaster
    @APX: But what about those pagans… er… environmentalists that don’t believe in plastic or that petro-chemicals are made for Man and not Man for petro-chemicals?

    To them I say, let ye who is without sin cast the first stone. For what art thou shoes and clothing made of? For not do thy clothing and shoes contain petrochemicals, or require the burning of petrochemicals in the process of fabrication? From whence did they come into existence? And from there, I speaketh, I rest my case.

  14. Sword40 says:

    I purchased a set of Requiem Mass Cards from them about 5 years ago. Very good folks to do business with (even if you don’t like plastic).

  15. ipadre says:

    I received my copy about a week ago. They are great!

  16. jflare says:

    Home ALTAR??

    I assume you must be referring to something that a comparative few priests would have? I’ve typically assumed that the average priest would celebrate Mass in the church where he’s assigned. I’ve also assumed that laity, being genuinely incapable of offering Mass, wouldn’t build an altar per se.
    I do, however, have a spot in my bedroom with candles, statues of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, and I typically keep some spiritual books close at hand. I think there’s a Rosary in there too.

    I WOULD, however, be quite interested in something “official-looking” that would have the prayers of the Rosary and other devotions.
    Come to think of it, a Chaplet of Divine Mercy in something leather bound would be pretty cool.

  17. Mariana says:

    “SPORCH … yah, I know”

    Well, I’m all for a SPORCHed earth policy!

  18. Marina: That would be “Altar Cards for all priests everywhere”, right?

  19. Mariana says:

    Yes, Father, exactly!

  20. Jamesy says:

    Society for the CONTINUANCE of Roman Catholic heritage would’ve been better.

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