KNOXVILLE LATIN MASS COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER
MASS THIS SUNDAY (August 31, 2014)
Preface of the Holy Trinity (598)
Antiphon (961): Salve Regina
11 am in Townsend; 3 pm in
MASS NEXT SUNDAY (September 7, 2014)
11 am in Townsend; 3 pm in Cleveland; 3 pm in Johnson City
CHALDEAN CATHOLICS IN IRAQ AND SYRIA THREATENED WITH GENOCIDE
A Sunday (August 24) text message from an Iraq relief worker:
"We lost the city of Queragosh. It fell to ISIS and they are beheading children systematically. This is the city we have been smuggling food too. ISIS has pushed back Peshmerga (Kurdish forces) and is within 10 minutes of where our CRI team is working. Thousands more fled into the city of Erbil last night. The UN evacuated its staff in Erbil. Our team is unmoved and will stay. Prayer cover needed!"
Click here for a link to a donation page sponsored by the Chaldean Catholic Eparchy in the U.S., with 100% of donations received going to the Iraq Relief Effort to aid the tens or hundreds of thousands of faithful Catholics who have fled their homes under threat of death, with only the clothes on their backs, and are now wandering (and dying in) desolate deserts and mountains with no food, water, shelter, or medical supplies. Radical Islamic ISIS forces are threating the regional capital of Mosul, across the Tigris River from Nineveh, the great Biblical city of the Book of Jonah and the capital of the Assyrian empire whose invasion of Israel is chronicled in II Kings.
FINDING WHAT SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN LOST:
PRIESTS AND THE EXTRAORDINARY FORM OF THE MASS
In a Catholic World Report article, “Four post-Vatican II priests discuss how they came to know and love celebrating Mass in the Extraordinary Form.” The CWR “spoke to four priests who regularly celebrate the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, each of whom has spent most of his life attending, and most of his priesthood celebrating, the Novus Ordo.” Some extracts:
(Fr. Mark Mazza is pastor of Star of the Sea Church, near the Golden Gate Bridge in the Archdiocese of San Francisco.) Ordained a priest in 1980, Father Mazza had celebrated the Novus Ordo for more than 30 years when San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone asked him to begin a regular Extraordinary Form Mass at the parish in 2012. He agreed, and spent several months learning its precise rubrics. From an early age, Father Mazza lamented the end of the celebration of the older form of the Mass in many dioceses after the Second Vatican Council. “I always thought it was a great loss, even when I was a child,” he said. “We had celebrated it for so many centuries, and it went into eclipse. It’s a beautiful part of our faith life that we never should have lost.” . . . . “It has a mystical, contemplative, and mysterious quality, with its use of Latin, the gestures, the position of the altar, and the prayers, which are more ornate than we have today.
(Fr. Paul Beach is pastor of St. Martin of Tours Church in Louisville, Kentucky.) Father Beach, age 38, is quick to point out that he celebrates the older form of the Mass by choice, not out of a sense of nostalgia. “I was born 10 years after the end of the Second Vatican Council, and several years after the liturgical changes were implemented,” he says. “My only memory is of the Ordinary Form, beginning in the late 1970s into the 80s.” . . . . [Of his first exposure to the EF] Father Beach recalled, “I was a lifelong Catholic, and I’d never experienced the Mass in that way. I didn’t imagine such a Mass existed. I was enthralled by it.” He founded himself attracted by the peaceful, meditative atmosphere of the older form of the Mass. He liked its “God-centeredness,” and that it was ad orientem (with the priest facing East, in the same direction as the people). “The prayers are oriented to God, with the priest speaking on behalf of the people,” he explained. . . . He says celebrating ad orientem results in a diminished focus on the priest. “When I celebrate the Mass, it has less to do with me, the priest, and is more about God,” he says. . . . . About 250 attend the St. Martin’s Extraordinary Form Mass regularly, and most of these are his age or younger. “People are surprised that we attract so many young people,” he says. “They mistakenly think people are coming to the Extraordinary Form for nostalgic reasons.” He does far more baptisms and weddings than funerals at the parish, he noted, “with lots of screaming babies.”
(Fr. Peter Carota is associate pastor of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Phoenix, Arizona.) He celebrates both forms of the Mass at the poor, mostly Hispanic parish. “The Tridentine Mass has changed me,” he said. “I like its reverence, and it’s helped me see the Mass as a sacrifice, not just a memorial.” . . . . Most in his Latin Mass community are poor Mexican immigrants, he said, who have been receptive to the “Old Mass” and his traditional perspective.
(Carmelite Father Mark Kristy resides at the Oakville Carmelite House of Prayer in the Diocese of Santa Rosa, California.) In the 1970s, he was a drummer for the Christian rock band Shalom, which provided music for Novus Ordo Masses. . . . . While in Northern California he attended a Latin Mass offered by Father John Rizzo of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter. . . . Father Kristy recalled, “After seeing him celebrate it, I loved the Latin Mass. . . . .Father Kristy has been saying Mass in the older form for the past decade. “The traditional Mass is directed to God the Father through his Son Jesus Christ,” Father Kristy said. “It also has an emphasis on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.”
DON'T FORGET YOUR PIOUS RESOLUTION . . . . .
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