SAVE THE LITURGY – SAVE THE WORLD! A TLM community reports in with GOOD NEWS

They say that the plural of anecdote is “data”.  This is another data point which underscores just exactly how right I am about everything, and how unstoppable this movement is.

This is from the Latin Mass Community in Erie, PA.

I would like to alert you to the new website for the flourishing Latin mass community in the diocese of Erie Pennsylvania: . The Erie Latin mass community has doubled in the past two years and it continues to grow, especially among young families. Thank you for all that you have done to promote the sanctification of the Church through the liturgy and sound doctrine. Much of our growth has happened during the pandemic. This pandemic has forced people to go online with their faith, and they have found bloggers like yourself and Taylor Marshall who have made them aware of the Latin Mass. Many of our new community members didn’t even know the Latin mass existed before the pandemic.

While I get notes like this from lay people and priests around the country quite often, I thought this was timely, given the rant that I ranted in a previous post today.

There are a few things I really like about this.

First, they have a nice website.

Next, “doubled in the past two years”… “young families”.

Next, people who have started to attend during COVID-1984 picked up the idea from people like me.  They “didn’t even know the Latin mass existed before the pandemic”.  I think I would re-write a little: “Before the pandemic, they didn’t know the Latin Mass existed.”   Why, yes!  It did exist before the pandemic and the pandemic helped the TLM to spread, too.

Next, note the connection between sanctity, sound doctrine, and liturgy.  It’s all there, folks.  Right there.

Next, from the site I learned of a super idea.   At a regularly scheduled TLM, they invite in a “Guest Priest” to preach.  Their bishop is coming soon.  Great idea.

Fr. Z kudos.   I really like news like this.  I needed good news today.

Here’s a thought.

Those of you who have organized TLM COMMUNITIES, such as this one and such as the TMSM of which I am the “prez”… WRITE TO ME.  I’d like to build a page of these organized communities.

I don’t mean, “Hey Father, we have a nice group who attends St. Cunégonde in the Diocese of Red Bird.  Nice people.  There are donuts after.

No, I mean an organized group, with a structure in place.

Write to me HERE and put TLM COMMUNITY in the subject line.

And remember that, perhaps, the Catholic Signal Corps could help you get online.

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  2. Semper Gumby says:

    Thanks Fr. Z for sharing the electronic epistle from our brethren and sisteren in Erie, hard by the waters of the Great Lakes.

    “The Erie Latin mass community has doubled in the past two years and it continues to grow, especially among young families.”

    Excellent, the occasion calls for the zesty Psalm 127 [126 in Douay-Rheims]:

    3 Lo, sons are a heritage from the Lord,
    the fruit of the womb a reward.
    4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
    are the sons of one’s youth.
    5 Happy is the man who has
    his quiver full of them!
    He shall not be put to shame
    when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

    Praise be to Jesus Christ for confounding and baffling our heathen enemies at the gate. Meanwhile, here is what the Death Party Regime is up to inside the gates of the White House: a photo yesterday of a “cleansing ritual” by the “Domestic Policy Advisor” Susan Rice:

    “That in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those that are in heaven, on earth, and under the earth.” -Phillipians 2:10.

    A few years ago Doug Barry gave a motivating talk (the topic was Modesty I think- the audio is somewhere on YouTube), in which he described how he as a father blessed his family and house with Holy Water every evening. That’s the Spirit.

    Back to the Erie Latin Mass community, from their link above:

    “The Traditional Latin Mass refers to the way in which the Roman Catholic Mass was celebrated across the world until 1970. For centuries the Traditional Latin Mass inspired saints, nourished the souls of sinners, and converted nations to Jesus Christ.”

    Indeed. Against the disordered novelties of the present day, the Mass of Ages builds our foundation on rock, not sand, “so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the cunning of men, by their craftiness in deceitful wiles.” Ephesians 4:14.

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