Monday, April 28, 2008

Your Catholic Sunday Homily Minute - Fifth Sunday of Easter

From the Desk of Father Mark, Your Catholic Sunday Homily Minute

My Dear People,

I Am A Tridentine Lover!

Before the Second Vatican Council of the early 1960's, all masses were prayed in the universal language of the Church Latin. As the Council developed, even though the major parts of the mass were to remain in Latin, various abuses led to Mass completely in the vernacular. So, a Roman Catholic traveling to Paris, Frankfurt, or Rome, could no longer participate with the rest of the congregation, unless they knew the native tongue of the locals. After the Protestant Reformation in the middle 16th century, due to the destructive nature of the revolt, the Roman Church convened the Council of Trent. This counter Catholic Reformation led to the solidification of the major aspects of Catholicism. Among the pronouncements, came the establishment of the Tridentine Mass, or the Latin Mass. The Pope at the Council of Trent declared that nothing was to ever change in the Mass of Trent...under grave penalties.

So the Second Vatican Council Reformers decided to develop the Novus Ordo...or the New Mass. Not until Pope Benedict XVI, have all priests been given general permission to again pray the Mass of Trent, or the Tridentine Mass. If you were born after 1965, you may never have prayed the Mass in the universal language of the Church prior to the 1960's. On Friday, May 9th, at St. Mary Church at 7pm, the Tridentine Mass will be celebrated. This is a valid Catholic Mass. All are cordially invited to experience this very beautiful Mass once prayed for over 400 years. Come join us in prayer!

May we learn to more fully appreciate the many gifts and little miracles that God sends to us everyday.

Entrusting you to the care of Our Lady,

Fr. Mark

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