I have had notes from reader about good things going on.
First, I call your attention to a good initiative in the Diocese of Burlington (Vermont). A new group has been established called the St. Philip Neri Latin Mass Chaplaincy. I am very much in favor of St. Philip Neri. Included in the email was this:
There will be a special High Mass in the Extraordinary Form on
Tuesday, August 1, 2017, at 6pm, for the feast day of Saint Peter in Chains, followed by veneration of the relic of the chain of Saint Peter. The Diocese of Burlington is the only diocese outside of Rome to possess a link of the chain of Saint Peter. It was brought to Vermont by the first bishop of the diocese, Bishop Louis de Goesbriand (served 1853 to 1899), given to him by Blessed Pius IX. The chain link is stored in the diocesan archives and is only taken out for special occasions, so this is a rare opportunity to see and venerate the relic. The Mass will be celebrated in the basement chapel of the Co-Cathedral of Saint Joseph, 20 Allen Street, Burlington, Vt., by Father Brian O’Donnell, the chaplain of the Saint Philip Neri Latin Mass Chaplaincy, recently erected by Bishop Christopher J. Coyne. Father O’Donnell celebrates the Extraordinary Form six days a week there.
Facebook event: HERE
In other news, my friend Fr. Dave Ireland wrote with news about the Solemn Mass celebrated there by His Eminence Francis Card. Arinze (Card. Bp of my diocese!) at their parish in S. Euclid, OH. PHOTOS
Moreover, in Philadelphia there has revitalized a community of Carmelite women, who have now a chaplain from the FSSP.
From the Office for Clergy in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia:
Dear Brother Priests and Deacons,
On behalf of Bishop Fitzgerald, who works closely with the many religious communities serving our local Church as part of his pastoral and administrative responsibilities, I write to share joyful news.
Today, six nuns from the Carmelite Monastery of Valpraiso, Nebraska, and four nuns from the Carmelite Monastery of Elysburg, Pennsylvania, transferred to the Carmelite Monastery of Saint Joseph and Saint Anne in Philadelphia. As a result of these transfers, there is now a community of twelve nuns in the Philadelphia Carmel, which was founded in 1902. Since that time it has been home to generations of Discalced Carmelite nuns who have dedicated themselves to a cloistered life of contemplation and prayer for the good of us all.
Tomorrow, Wednesday, July 26th, the Feast of Saints Joachim and Anne, all are invited to a Solemn High Mass at the Carmel and are welcome to greet the new sisters in the “speakroom” of the convent following the liturgy. Details are below.
1400 66th Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19126
Concert of Sacred Music at 6:15 p.m.
Solemn High Mass at 7:00 p.m.
Celebrant: Rev. William Allen, FSSP, Chaplain for the Philadelphia Carmel
Homilist: Most Reverend Michael J. Fitzgerald
N.B. Clergy in attendance are requested to wear choir dress.
For additional information on the Philadelphia Carmel, please visit http://www.discalcedcarmelitesphila.org/. Kindly consider sharing this invitation broadly with others and join in praying for the Carmelite community in Philadelphia. Thank you.
Sincerely in Christ,
Rev. Msgr. Daniel J. Sullivan
Vicar for Clergy
In the balance this is great news.
Good things are happening. The riches of the Church’s treasury have been opened up and put to good use again. The ripple effects will be manifold. It takes a while to build a beautiful thing, and so we must be patient and we must – above all – persevere in our efforts.
Never allow yourselves to be discouraged. Go forward. Get organized. “Don’t let the bastards grind you down”, with rumors – probably designed to make the trad community go bananas, react sharply and without filters. Then they can point and say, “See how awful they are? The old Mass needs to be suppressed!” Think about it.