DETROIT – 30 August Pontifical Mass & CHARLOTTE – 31 August – Solemn Requiem

For your kind attention:

Friday 30 August, 7 PM at Detroit’s Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, the Most Reverend Donald Hanchon, auxiliary bishop of Detroit, will be celebrant for Mass in the Extraordinary Form.  The Mass is organized by Juventutem Michigan, an apostolate for young people who are devoted to the traditional Latin Mass.

Mass will be preceded by the Rosary at 6:30.

And then…

There will be a Solemn Requiem Mass on Saturday, 31 August at 10:00 AM at Saint Ann Catholic Church in Charlotte. It is probably the first in the history of the Diocese of Charlotte, since the diocese was after the Second Vatican Council.

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  1. george says:

    More EF Masses in any diocese is wonderful. And I am glad we have youth who are promoting the Traditional Latin Mass. Very glad, indeed!

    What I don’t understand though is this: Juventutem Michigan is quite active. They have these events and they’ve done pilgrimage walks in parts of the state and have asked for the EF Mass at then endpoints (at least) of their pilgrimmages. I believe many of the Juventutem members are from the Lansing area, either by residence or because of the university. We have a “Summorum Pontificum Community” in Lansing and our chaplain offers the EF Mass exlusively. We have Mass every Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday and at other times if there is a significant event (e.g. Feast of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist). But to the best of my knowledge, we only have 2-3 Juventutem members who regularly attend.

    To be fair, I don’t know but one of them, so maybe I just don’t know what they are up to… But I would think that a group like that would be eager to support our Community and help us grow, since we are trying to actively promote the Traditional Rites in all the sacraments.

  2. samwise says:

    From ’08-’10, I lived in downtown Detroit, working with Capuchins and highschool youth.

    In all honesty, I guarantee that NO LOCAL DETROITERS will attend the said Mass. Unfortunately, it will all be people from the suburbs.

    To prove me wrong, could someone invite a local to that Mass who actually lives in Detroit.

  3. eyeclinic says:

    And the Bp. plays a mean banjo!(Or used to when I knew him as Fr. Hanchon 40+years ago…)

  4. Paul_S says:

    Thank you for the note, Fr. Z!

    Tonight is Bishop Hanchon’s first Extraordinary Form Mass. As best as anyone knows, this will be the first Traditional Latin Mass at Detroit’s Cathedral in more than four decades. Windsor-Detroit’s Tridentine Community News recently featured an article on some liturgical treasures of the Cathedral. Confessions will be heard from 6:15 p.m. and several priests of the archdiocese are planning to attend in choir, as is new ICRSS subdeacon Abbé Edward Gardner – who originally hails from southeast Michigan and recently served in his first Solemn Mass for one of the principal Windsor-Detroit Tridentine communities (pictures).

    Young adults (18-35) are encouraged to assist at tonight’s Mass and to use Juventutem Michigan‘s Facebook event page to invite friends and to let them know about the Mass and the post-Mass social for young adults, clerics, and musicians in the Cathedral’s lower level.

    George – Of the 94 souls that have RSVP’d via Facebook, we only know of three young adults who will be coming from Lansing to assist at this evening’s Mass. They have offered a carpool on the Facebook event page – perhaps you can get in touch and ride down with them? If you’re a young adult, it would be great to see you at the social after tonight’s Mass.

    Of the 100+ young adults who attended last month’s Mass at Fr. John Riccardo’s parish in Plymouth (pictures) only three are remembered to have come from Lansing. The leaders of JM are certainly glad that Bp. Boyea established the Blessed John XXIII Tridentine Community back in 2010. We were there. We have assisted at Mass with that community when in Lansing, and have promoted its Holy Day liturgies on our Facebook timeline when given adequate notice. But Lansing is a long haul from the Ann Arbor-Detroit axis where most JM attendees live and our team will only occasionally be able to extend our organizing efforts over so great a distance (as we did, last November, and at the two most recent statewide young adults conferences).

    Samwise – while it is true that many from the suburbs and exurbs of Detroit will assist at tonight’s Mass, there are already four Facebook RSVPs who live in Detroit and can be hoped to attend. In addition, given today’s ads on the airwaves near Bp. Hanchon’s old parish in Mexicantown, it is our belief that there will be a goodly number of Detroiters for tonight’s celebration of St. Rose of Lima.

  5. Sonshine135 says:

    St. Ann is where I went to last week for my first Missa Cantata. They have a very powerful Priest in Father Timothy Reid. Even when he does a Novus Ordo, the prayers after Mass are performed.

    Interesting things are starting to happen in the diocese. Bishop Jugis is only approving churches to be built in the Tridentine manner. No more fish bowls! There are not enough churches in the diocese that would be capable of being configured properly for the Latin Mass. My belief is he is trying to turn the ship around be it ever so slowly.

    Please pray for Father Reid, St. Ann Church, and Bishop Jugis. Also, pray for newly ordained priest, Father Christian. He is fresh out of seminary and performs the Mass in Extraordinary Form.

  6. Christopher says:

    As a note to all your readers here Father. The Solemn Requiem Mass@ 10:00 AM this coming Saturday at Saint Ann Catholic Church in Charlotte will not have a corpus present.
    (Requiem Masses can be offered even if there isn’t a deceased corpus (or body) present.)
    And as you like to say Father, this should be a reminder to go to Confession!

  7. JonPatrick says:

    Cool to see the “reform of the reform” happening brick by brick.

    I was thinking about “brick by brick” last night when watching the EWTN (OF) Daily Mass, which I hadn’t seen for a couple of years. One thing I noticed was a larger percentage of women were wearing chapel veils. Also in addition to the genuflection before receiving, I saw several people actually kneel to receive, something I don’t recall seeing when I watched before. Priest also gave a good homily tying John the Baptist’s speaking out against Herod’s illicit marriage with the current need to defend marriage in our society.

  8. Robbie says:

    In the future, I wish the organizers of events like these would consider streaming the Mass online. Nothing like this happens in my area so it would be great to at least see it take place somewhere else.

  9. joan ellen says:

    Will offer a Joyful Mystery Rosary now in thanksgiving for JM.

  10. joan ellen says:

    And will also give thanks for all of the other good news here.

  11. goodone121 says:

    Slightly off-topic, but I live in the diocese next door, Raleigh (St. Patrick Parish in Fayetteville is my home parish, to be exact), and pray for the repose of our dearly departed Bishop Emeritus Gossman, who died a few weeks back, and received a Mass in his name by our current bishop, Burbidge (fun fact: the Mass was televised by our local FOX Entertainment affiliate, WRAL-TV, and can be accessed here).

  12. goodone121 says:

    Correction\clarification to the fun fact: the Mass was hosted by our bishop, but the principal celebrant was our archbishop (of Atlanta), Gregory.

  13. Jim says:

    I assisted at the Requiem mass at St Ann this morning (probably the first in the Diocese and offered by our youngest Priest).

    Beautiful does not even come close to describing what I saw, what I felt within me, what I heard and even the silence. All I could think of was my own littleness, my inevitable death and my soul standing naked at judgement in front of the Light – when it is time for perfect justice. I cannot describe it – but the following from St Augustine is a good close.

    “Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you! You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you. In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which you created. You were with me, but I was not with you. Created things kept me from you; yet if they had not been in you they would not have been at all. You called, you shouted, and you broke through my deafness. You flashed, you shone, and you dispelled my blindness. You breathed your fragrance on me; I drew in breath and now I pant for you. I have tasted you, now I hunger and thirst for more. You touched me, and I burned for your peace.”

    If you haven’t been at a Solemn Requiem mass and have to drive a 100 miles to assist at one, if one is offered – DO IT.
    God is so good!

  14. jameeka says:

    Jim: you really make me wish I had been there–sounds quite moving.

  15. inara says:

    Our Sunday EF Masses are streamed here, for any who would be interested:

    It sounds like Fr. Christian celebrated the Mass at St. Ann’s ~ we love him so! He did a “practice” Requiem (apparently in preparation for the publicly announced one) in Salisbury in July that I was privileged to attend. I had never heard the “Dies Irae” live before ~ so beautiful. As a funny side note, a few extra demons got into the printed program & in the Preface, we were to “be consoled by the promise of future immorality”! LOL

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