View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Latin Mass

I don't know what's happening out in the wide world of Catholic worship, but in my own little parish, the effects of the new John XXIII Mass (the old Latin Mass) rules are not visible so far.

I was at choir practice, chatting with one of our liturgical types.

Even though our parish has an older population - with lots of traditional activities, a 24-hour perpetual adoration chapel, an altar rosary society, special devotions to saints, and so on - no one has requested the old Mass.

Just a week so far, but nothing.

Of course, our pastor, who was ordained in the 70s, doesn't know the rite, so if anyone did request it, one of our retired priests in residence might be able to pull it off with some refreshing.

But no one has shown any interest.

Haven't heard of any other parishes where the traditionists have risen up.

Maybe the one Mass that's been allowed for years in the City of Rochester meets the need.

Any rumblings out there?


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