Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Spiritual Bouquet of Rosaries for the New Bishop

Laity of the Springfield/Cape diocese have asked Father Joseph Orthel to assist in gathering a Spiritual Bouquet of Rosaries to present to Bishop-elect Johnston. Father Orthel has graciously agreed to accept the rosary information and submit it to the new bishop. If you want to participate, please download this attachment, and send Father Orthel the number of rosaries you are saying for the new bishop in the month of February. You may submit by email to Father at: or by regular post to Father Joseph Orthel, St. Elizabeth Parish, 609 S. Main St., El Dorado Springs, MO 64744.

New and Simple Internet Address

The Latin Mass Community of Southern Missouri has a new and simple Internet address. This should help you get the word out about us, without having to remember a complicated Internet address....

Please spread the word!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Springfield Mass Time Has Been Changed

The Latin Mass time for February 10th, 2008 at Holy Trinity Church has been changed to 2pm. Please forward this information to everyone you know, and refer them to this blog for further updates. Thank you.

We Have A NEW Bishop

Appointed Msgr. James Vann Johnston of the clergy of Knoxville, U.S.A., chancellor and moderator of the diocesan curia, as bishop of Springfield - Cape Girardeau (area 66,586, population 1,248,000, Catholics 64,900, priests 128, permanent deacons 13, religious 222), U.S.A. The bishop-elect was born in Knoxville in 1959 and ordained a priest in 1990. He succeeds Bishop John J. Leibrecht, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.
From the 'Kansas City Catholic' blog:
a letter from a parishioner in Knoxville Tennessee.......

Fr. Johnston, a bright canon lawyer (and former electrical engineer) is absolutely orthodox and straight-down-the-line in support of Faith and Pope. This has shown up in an unusual way in his practice of correcting (in following responses) any heterodox claims made in letters to our diocesan biweekly.

This appointment is great news for everyone in Springfield-Cape Girardeau who loves properly and reverently celebrated liturgy, including those who seek the traditional Latin Mass. He has been a warm and encouraging chancery friend of the Knoxville Latin Mass community, and probably was largely responsible for our original indult.

It is a special loss for the parish where he was just appointed pastor about six months ago, and in that short time the daily Masses I attend have been completely "squared away" (Roman Canon on all feasts and solemnities, etc.), new more traditional hymnals have been ordered, altar servers now wear cassocks and surplices, hold communion patens and receive on the tongue, and discussion has been initiated about moving the tabernacle back to a central position behind the altar.

It is gratifying to see a priest like Fr. Johnston plucked out a remote location like ours and appointed to the episcopacy, but his departure will be a personal loss to everyone here who knows him well. Not least in that -- his so clearly being episcopal timber -- so many of us were hoping he would be staying here as our own new bishop....

read full letter here

more information here

Monday, January 21, 2008

Location of Springfield Latin Mass

If you, or somebody you know, would like to be an altar server, schola, trainer, musician, or help in any way, with the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM) in Springfield, please leave your contact information with Shane Schaetzel. I will put you in touch with the right people. We are making arrangements starting now.

The Springfield Traditional Latin Mass (TLM) will be at 2pm on Sunday, February 10th, 2008. The location is Holy Trinity Church on E. Bennett Street...

Friday, January 18, 2008

Learn The Latin Mass

Sancta Missa is an website that was launched after Pope Benedict XVI's ground breaking motu proprio liberalizing use of the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM). The website will acquaint you with the order and details of the TLM, which includes videos and tutorials, both for priests and laity.

Download Flyer -- Get The Word Out!

The link below is to a PDF flyer you can download and print on your printer. You will notice this very same flyer posted at community centers and public libraries around Springfield. Feel free to use it to get the word out. You can post it in places were it is legal (and tasteful) to hang, or you can hand it out to whomever you want. The idea is to direct those interested to this website, and then from here they can find out about mass times, locations, supplies, opportunities to help, and so forth. It saves you a lot of trouble trying to remember and explain it all. Download the Flyer Here

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Help Needed In Springfield

If you, or somebody you know, would like to be an altar server, schola, trainer, musician, or help in any way, with the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM) in Springfield, please leave your contact information with Shane Schaetzel. I will put you in touch with the right people. We are making arrangements starting now. One would need to be available to serve at least once a month, starting February 10th, 2008 at 2:00pm at Holy Trinity Church (website, directions).

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Chapel Veils

Catholic Women Pray at 2007 Latin Mass in St. Louis

This information is for the ladies who wish to participate in the ancient Catholic and Biblical custom of veiling (1st Corinthians 11). Canon Law no longer requires women to wear veils, but it remains the normal custom for those who attend the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM). In some places, the custom is even returning to the New Vernacular Mass.
You can learn how to make your own chapel veil for about $3 (cost of material). These wonderful instructions come to us from Allena Jackson. (Click Here to See)

The following is a short list of online retailers who specialize in chapel veils and prayer shawls for women....

Monday, January 14, 2008

Basic Supplies for Mass

The following is a short list of products from retailers that market to Catholics interested in the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM).

The Ultimate Missal !
The most complete Latin-English Missal ever produced! This is the first time that a Tridentine Latin/English daily missal has been newly typeset in over 40 years! The 1,980 pages of this missal include the complete texts of the liturgy in both Latin and English. This Missal also contains prayers not found in other similar missals. It's a great buy for $65. ORDER HERE

My Sunday Missal - Exact Reproduction
1962 Missal My Sunday Missal Explained by Father Stedman. (Latin Tridentine, pre-1962). The perfect pocket-size Missal for Mass!

This is a new but exact reproduction edition of this famous and most popular missal. It contains the complete Masses for Sundays, Holy Days, important feast days of St. Joseph, Christ the King, Mass for the dead, and the Nuptial Mass. Only $25. ORDER HERE

A Very Elegant Missal
A new edition to celebrate the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum issued by Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday 7th July 2007.

This 21st Century edition of the traditional Missal of the Tridentine Rite is published with a new 21st Century Imprimatur. (A unique feature for an old missal.) The binding and cover is beautiful and elegant. Price: $55 ORDER HERE

The Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary (1962 version)
This is the first ever edition that includes the complete Gregorian Chant for the Little Office – in traditional four stave notation! The music for the Little Office has never before been gathered together in one volume. For many people the Gregorian chant of the Little Office offers an introduction to the beauty of the Church’s traditional liturgical heritage. This volume will help you sing all the Hours of the Little Office. Price: $30 ORDER HERE

Booklet Missal for praying the Tridentine Latin Mass
Let these Booklet Missals guide YOU to a fuller, more prayerful participation in the old Mass in Latin. Each booklet provides a compact source for praying the old Mass in Latin as well as other traditional prayers and meditations. Large, clear print, classic illustrations and concise explanations make this most recent edition easy to follow for anyone unfamiliar with the rituals of the Tridentine Latin Mass (1962 Missale Romanum) and other time-honored prayers of the Catholic Faith. Price: $7 each ORDER HERE

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Transforming The Alter

I thought this little video would be helpful to our current situation. The following is an example of how a traditional and contemporary Catholic community can exist together, in harmony, within the same parish. (The ideal state.) The video below ("Transformation of the Alter") was filmed in France, so you'll have to excuse the French titles. Nevertheless, the video is pretty much self explanatory. Here we see the transformation of a typical contemporary alter after a typical contemporary mass. With a few custom made pieces, a little creativity, and a lot of love for historic tradition, the alter undergoes a metamorphosis which makes it suitable for the Traditional (Latin) mass that follows. Because the pieces are portable, they can be taken down just as easily. Indeed they would have to be in parishes where no historic high-alter exists. The basic materials used for the structure are of minimal cost, and could easily be acquired at Lowes or Home Depot. The rest is just window dressing to make it look pretty, and I suppose fabrics and lace could easily be acquired at Wal-Mart. Large candlestick holders could also be found for a reasonable price with a little shopping, as well as the candles themselves. (I would advise contacting a place that rents the non-drip kind for weddings, and find out how we could purchase some at a reasonable price.) Probably the most expensive item is the tabernacle itself, and it would be advisable to get one that is light weight for obvious reasons.

Latin (Tridentine) Mass In Southern Missouri

After much preparation, Bishop John J. Leibrecht, of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, has confirmed the initial celebration of the extraordinary mass in the cities of Springfield and Stockton Missouri. These celebrations come in accord with Pope Benedict XVI's motu proprio, Summorum Pontificum, liberalizing usage of the Tridentine mass as the 'extraordinary form' of the Roman Rite.

Initial celebration in Springfield will begin on a monthly basis, starting February 10th at Holy Trinity Church (website, directions). The exact time has not been set in stone, but so far it looks like 2pm. Monsignor Raymond Orf will preside. Its success will depend entirely on the Catholic people of Springfield and the surrounding region. Regular turnout and participation is the key.

Initial celebration in Stockton will begin every Sunday, starting at 12pm (noon) on February 3rd at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church (directions). Father Joe Orthel (email, profile) will preside. Like Springfield, its success will depend on the Catholic people of Stockton and the surrounding region. Regular turnout and participation is the key.

This blog was created by Mr. Shane Schaetzel - 4th degree knight (email, profile), as a communication forum for Missouri Catholics (particularly those in Southern Missouri), interested in the Tridentine mass, and the historic tradition of the Catholic Church.