MASS THIS SUNDAY (August 28, 2016)
15th Sunday after Pentecost

12:00 pm, Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville (NEW TIME!)

St. Edmund Campion Missal & Hymnal page numbers:

Sprinkling Rite:  Asperges me  (567)

Order of Mass (569)

Proper Prayers and Readings (373)

Ordinary of the Mass:  Mass XI  (740)

      Kyrie, Gloria, Credo III, Sanctus, Agnus Dei

Preface of the Holy Trinity (598)

Marian Antiphon: Salve Regina (961)

3 pm, St. Joseph the Worker Church, Madisonville

5 pm,  Basilica of Sts. Peter & Paul, Chattanooga


MASS NEXT SUNDAY (September 4, 2016)

16th Sunday after Pentecost

12:00 pm, Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville

3 pm, St. Therese of Lisieux Church, Cleveland

3 pm, St. Mary Church, Johnson City



Don’t forget that the Latin Mass at Holy Ghost Church—long  offered at 1:30 pm—has been moved to

12:00 Noon every Sunday

So start to Mass an hour and a half earlier than in the past, lest you arrive at the end of Mass rather than before it begins.


The Most Beautiful Thing This Side of Heaven"


Beauty and reverence.  Perhaps the words most frequently heard in reactions to the Mass of the Ages – the traditional Latin Mass.  The Mass that Blessed John Henry Newman said he could attend forever, and not be tired. Fr. Frederick Faber—19th century English priest and composer of Catholic hymns such as “Faith of our Fathers” and “There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy”—described it as “the most beautiful thing this side of heaven”, and he continued:


“It came forth out of the grand mind of the Church, and lifted us out of earth and out of self, and wrapped us round in a cloud of mystical sweetness and the sublimities of a more than angelic liturgy, and purified us almost without ourselves, and charmed us with the celestial charming, so that our very senses seemed to find vision, hearing, fragrance, taste, and touch beyond what earth can give.”


And so one sees almost daily an exuberant reaction from a Latin Mass newcomer, like the one quoted recently at Fr. Z's Blog:


I recently began going to the Latin Mass at St. Stanislaus Oratory in Milwaukee. Words truly fail me in describing the beauty and reverence I found in the Latin Mass. It makes me want to climb the clock tower above Historic Mitchell Street and shout, ‘Come and see!’ I never understood the term “Heaven on Earth” until I witnessed and prayed the Tridentine Mass. Armed with my Campion Missal, I am now happy at my new home. I have you to thank for this. Please keep spreading the word about traditional liturgy. Everyone needs to know!


Beautiful photos (more here) from a recent Ars Celebranda liturgical conference for priests featuring exemplary celebrations of the classical Roman rite:

Click each image for more detail.


From the bishop who presided at the Mass pictured above:


“The Latin liturgy celebrated in this very form is a very rich liturgy. There is calm, there is order, there is a lot of silence, there is beautiful chant, there is prayer that must be born in the silence of heart. When there is little left that I can still tell Our Lord, because I cannot find words to express all that is happening inside me, I can still resort to quietness, to silence. . . . It is better to kneel down two times too many than to kneel down one time too few. For this is not about our dealing with a buddy, this is not about our dealing with a neighbor, this is about our being before God. This liturgy, through the Latin language, brings us back to the very origins of the Church. . . . Very many young people start learning Latin nowadays; the start reaching out for it, because they realize that one has attempted to root out of their hearts a part of their identity. The interest of young people in this difficult but beautifully celebrated liturgy raises much hope, for those things are appreciated that cost a lot. . . . . What one finds so impressive here is this: There is no haste. No rush.


Finally, just for its beauty, and with the octave of the Assumption just past, an image from Fr. Z’s blog on the 5th glorious mystery, the Coronation of Our Lady:


The Madonna of the Magnificat, Detail of the Virgins Face and Crown, 1482

Botticelli’s The Madonna of the Magnificat, Detail of the Virgin's Face and Crown, 1482


All children and youth (K-12) who attend the 12 pm Mass at Holy Ghost Church are invited to join our Good Shepherd's Schola for Children (info at


Adults who sing well and are amenable to service in the choir loft are invited to contact the Latin Mass choir director (Mary Garner, 


The role of Latin Mass altar server is vital and integral to traditional liturgy (and is more active and visible than in the new Mass). Young men and boys attracted by the challenge of learning to assist the priest at the Latin Mass altar are invited to speak to Fr. Hendershott.



Plan to stay next Sunday (September 4) after Mass at Holy Ghost for camaraderie and potluck downstairs. Potluck works only if everyone participates. So anyone who can bring something for the refreshments is urged to do so, and in case of questions may call or text Rosa Rodriguez at  (510) 229-2005.



Knoxville Latin Mass Community expenses in support of Latin liturgy typically average two to three hundred dollars weekly. These expenditures support the Knoxville Latin Mass Schola and provide liturgical wear and supplies needed for the EF Mass at Holy Ghost Church.


Please use the special addressed Knoxville Latin Mass Community envelopes that can be handed in or mailed to the KLMC (but should be kept separate from and in addition to the regular parish and diocesan offertory envelopes). For additional details or to contribute online, see the "Make a Contribution" page at our community web site


To receive a weekly notice of the Latin Mass newsletter when it is posted. . . . Just send your name and e-mail address to, or write them on a Knoxville Latin Mass Community envelope and leave it on a missalette table after Mass. The posted e-mail version has live internet links, and usually includes photos or other additional content that doesn't fit in the printed version.