CHICAGO 18 Nov: 1st Traditional Latin Mass at great North Side church in almost 60 years

The north side of Chicago has massive and venerable Polish churches.  Some have languished and were in danger of closure, such as St. John Cantius and St. Mary of the Angels.

What revived them?  Traditional Catholic liturgy and teaching.

I had a note from a reader that St. Stanislaus Kostka, nearly taken out by the building the Kennedy Expressway, will have its first TLM in many decades.

Everyone one in Chicagoland should go and support this Mass.  It is very important.

Here is a link to our Facebook event page for this Holy Mass:

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  1. Michael Haz says:

    I wish this topic had a “like” button that I could click one thousand times.

  2. Michael in NoVA says:

    My wife and I were married in St. Mary of the Angels. They truly do not build churches like that anymore, but what have we lost by the dumbing down of our architecture?

    A relative who came to our wedding Mass, a Southern Baptist from the mountains of Tennessee, stood in wonder as he gazed upon the stained glass, impressive dome, and beautiful altar and kept repeating over and over again, “Now this is a church! Now this is a church!” How many have their hearts and souls moved by modern church architecture?

    Is it a coincidence that the loss of architecture that glorifies God has followed hand-in-hand with the reform of the liturgy?

  3. S.Armaticus says:

    St. Stan’s was my first parish. I attended school there from grade 1 to 7. It was under the Resurrectionists, an order founded by the Poles in Paris in the mid 19th Century during what was known as the Great Immigration. The order’s name is in reference to Poland (then under partition by the three continental powers), which at the time was seen as a “Christ among nations” – so naturally a Ressurection was in order. (Aside, next year on Veteran’s Day, the Poles will be celebrating 100 years of Poland’s return to the map of Europe, which was another successful Restoration) In the early 20th Century, St. Stan’s was the large elementary school in the State of Illiniois, having over 25oo students at its peak. Classes were in English up to 12:00 and then in Polish for the rest of the day. And then the Kennedy Expressway was built and they had to dismantle half the school.

    It was the first Polish parish (mother parish) on the near north side (Bucktown- Stanislawowo to the Poles). It was founded in 1867 and I vividly remember the Centenary. Have the yearbook and will be posting some stuff in the near future.) Priests from St. Stan’s then went on to found St. John Cantius, St. Mary of the Angles, Holy Trinity and a number of other parishes that can still be seen as one is driving along the Kennedy Express way.

    I also remember the Holy Thursday masses and the Way of the Cross on Good Friday’s. The church was so packed, that you could not get in. They were stunning. Aside, the notable feature of the upper church is that it has a double choir.

    I was an altar boy during the Destruction of the Liturgy. Remember 1969/1970 all too well. Actually, I’m still in shock, all these years later.

    As for the priests, they were real men. The pastor – Fr. Kalleth was an “innovator” unfortunately. In 1967 he already had the coffee table up in front of the High Altar. I don’t remember when they put the coffee table in the lower church, nor do I remember when the priests turned around to face the crowd.

    Serving at the altar started in 6th grade. In 5th grade, the candidates for the upcoming year were prepared. I remember that we had to learn the prayers at the foot of the altar in both Latin and English. Unfortunately by the time I got to serve the following year, 1969 the PATFOTA were no longer said.

    Very sad…

    The saddest and strongest memory I have was at the morning masses, (each school day began with morning Mass). The older priests would offer Mass at the side altars while the 07:30 school Mass was in progress. Masses began each day at 05:30 and ran each half hour. There were four priests, so the older ones would say the mass of Paul VI and then go and offer the regular Mass at the side altars later. Such a sad sight…

    And then the following year, my family moved to the suburbs, into one of those space ship church parishes. And that was a whole new experience.

    Very, very sad…

    Anyways, so the Mass of All Ages that will soon be offered at St. Stan’s has a more significant meaning, me thinks. It represents not just another brick in the Restoration, but likewise the condemnation of those early innovators, like Fr. Kalleth who need to be remembered for what they did. I also see it as a justification of those older priests who didn’t buy into the destruction of the Litergy and kept on offering the proper Mass. Yet the were obedient…. May they rest in peace.

    Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis. Requiescant in pace. Amen.

    PS More good news. A few weeks ago, I asked your readers to pray for our Faithful in Utrecht in the Netherlands. The SSPX was trying to purchase the St. Willibrord Church. We have been successful and the Reconciliation Mass was offered this past Sunday. A big Deo gratias is in order to all those that prayed for a successful outcome.

    We saved another one folks!

  4. JonPatrick says:

    Another “brick by brick” – In St. John New Brunswick Canada there is now a regular Extraordinary Form Mass at Holy Trinity Church 348 Rockland Rd. (just off exit 123 of Highway 1) at 12:30 PM every Sunday. We drove there from our place in Eastern Maine – it is about an hour from the border crossing in Calais. A familiar story – a newly ordained young pastor who has added this Mass along with the existing Novus Ordo Masses, and did an excellent job of it. I met one gentleman who had driven 4 hours from Nova Scotia to attend, such is the hunger there for the TLM.

  5. Atra Dicenda, Rubra Agenda says:

    @Michael in NoVA

    The architectural decline preceded (not followed) the formal/global liturgical changes of of the Roman Rite after Vatican 2. There were some really ugly churches being built in the early 1960s, 1950s and 40s, and even in the 30s.

    However, I would hazard a guess the worst of the architectural decline was coterminous with the then illicit liturgical aberrations in the Rhinelands preceding the Council.

  6. Mac says:

    I go here every Tuesday for adoration and mass and I proposed to my now wife at that church. Fr. Anthony is quite faithful. Excited to attend on Saturday.

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