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.