Let us pray for our Bishop Allen Vigneron:
May he stand firm, and feed his flock ; in thy strength, O Lord, and in the majesty of thy Name. Amen
Hail Mary (3 times) Good St. Anne, patroness of the Archdiocese of Detroit, pray for our archbishop, all the clergy, religious and faithful of this area.
1991 – Thomas Marshall from Michigan, and Earl Amyotte and Murray Harris from Windsor successfully obtain permission from (then) Diocese of London, Ontario Auxiliary Bishop Frederick Henry for a Tridentine Mass under the 1988 Indult, Ecclesia Dei. The initial home of the Mass is the Assumption High School Chapel. A non-profit entity, the Windsor Tridentine Mass Association, is formed to administer the operation.
1997 – Wassim Sarweh joins the WTMA and starts its first music program.
1997 – The WTMA is given permission to hold a one-time-only Mass in Assumption Church, for the first Mass of a newly ordained priest. The community is stunned by the crowds that attend.
1998 – The Windsor Mass is relocated to the chapel of the Villa Maria Nursing Home. This unfortunate location caused several people to cease attending the Mass.
December, 2002 – Discussions begin with Fr. Mark Borkowski about starting a Tridentine Mass in the Archdiocese of Detroit. Previous efforts to obtain permission from the Archdiocese have failed, thus new approaches are called for.
Spring, 2003 – Newly installed London Bishop Ronald Fabbro gives permission to the WTMA to relocate to any parish it wishes in Windsor, as long as the pastor approves. The Mass moves to St. Michael’s Church, the first time that the Mass has a fitting home.
October, 2003 – Fr. George Gabet, FSSP, celebrates the first Solemn High Mass held in metro Detroit in almost 35 years at St. Michael’s Church. A sizable crowd attends.
Summer, 2004 – Cardinal Maida approves an Indult Mass for Detroit.
October, 2004 – The first Tridentine Mass in the Archdiocese of Detroit in almost 35 years debuts at St. Josaphat Church. Wassim Sarweh is appointed by the Archdiocese of Detroit as music director, after an audition at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral.
April, 2007 – Auxiliary Bishop Anthony Daniels approves the relocation of the Windsor Tridentine Mass to Assumption Church, the most appropriate location in Windsor for the Tridentine Mass.
September, 2007 – As the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum takes effect, St. Josaphat Church commences a Monday evening Tridentine Low Mass
October, 2007 – St. Joseph Church commences a Tridentine Mass on the Fourth Sunday of the Month.
December, 2007 – The Christmas Midnight Mass at St. Joseph Church, historically a Latin Novus Ordo Mass, becomes a Tridentine Mass.
February, 2008 – Special-occasion Tridentine Masses begin to be held at St. Albertus Church
May, 2008 – Special-occasion Tridentine Masses begin to be held at Sweetest Heart of Mary Church
We received the following link to a blog that gave a short testimonial about the weekday Monday Night Masses.
The following link is from the Musings of a Pertinacious Papist blog. http://pblosser.blogspot.com/2009/01/and-they-dont-even-charge-admission.html.
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We are still in the process of preparing more recent photos. In the meantime, please spread the word about this blog and keep on coming and checking for updates.
An article was posted on The New Liturgical Movement about the new Archbishop of Detroit. Please visit the following link http://thrownback.blogspot.com/2009/01/archbishop-vigneron-on-liturgy-im.html
This Sunday, we will have one of our special devotions in honor of St. Philomena Virgin and Martyr. The service takes place after the 9:30 AM Tridentine Mass and consists of prayers and veneration of St. Philomena’s relic. All are invited to remain after Mass for this special devotion.
These devotions were initiated at St. Josaphat in August of 2005 with the permission of the pastor, Fr. Mark Borkowski.
Not much is known historically about St. Philomena. Whatever is known about the saint is based on what was found in the Catacombs of St. Priscilla or in Church approved private revelations. St. Philomena is invoked as a special intercessor in cases of the impossible, the youth, motherhood and spiritual needs (like conversions and return to the sacraments).
These devotions take place twice a year, once in January and once in August. The devotion in January honors the birthday of the saint (traditionally believed to be January 10) and also to closely unite the devotion to the shrine in Italy which blesses oil annually on the Sunday after the saint’s birthday in January. (You may view photos from last year’s January devotion below). The August devotion is held on the Sunday closest to August 11, the historic feast of the saint (prior to the changes in the liturgical calendar in the 1960′s).
You may learn more about the saint at www.philomena.it
Mass according to the Extraordinary Form will be celebrated at St. Josaphat this Tuesday, January 6 at 7:00 PM. This Mass will be a sung Mass (Missa Cantata).
In the Extraordinary Form, Epiphany cannot be transferred to a Sunday as is done in the Ordinary Form (Novus Ordo).
On another note, if you did not get your Epiphany Holy Water and blessed chalk, you may do so on Tuesday. You are all encouraged to take these special sacramentals home with you.
This Sunday, Epiphany water and chalk will be blessed before Mass (using the proper exorcisms and blessings in the Extraordinary Form of the Rituale Romanum.) Those of you who are planning to come to the regular 9:30 AM Tridentine Mass are invited to bring a bottle so as to take some of this special Holy Water home with you.
The following is an excerpt about the Epiphany water and chalk from the Tridentine Community Column from January 6, 2008.
Blessing of Chalk and Epiphany Water
On this Feast of the Epiphany, it is fitting that we discuss the Epiphany tradition of blessing chalk, water, and occasionally incense.
The European custom is then to take the blessed chalk home and use it to write over the door of the house, 20 + C + M + B + 08, where the letters stand for the names of the Magi, Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar. If blessed incense was also distributed, the door of the house is to be incensed at this point.
“Three Kings Water” is blessed, if time allows, with an elaborate ceremony from the Rituále Románum. Time limitations may dictate the use of the regular exorcism and blessing of Holy Water. Epiphany Water is then taken home and sprinkled in the rooms of the house as a protection against evil.
Amiable Infant Jesus, Whose sweet and holy Name rejoices the hearts of the faithful, we praise Thee! O sweet Child Jesus! Be praised and blessed in Thy incarnation. Be praised and blessed in Thy annihilation. Be praised and blessed in Thy submissiveness. Be praised and blessed in Thy helplessness. Be praised and blessed in Thy desertion. Be praised and blessed in Thy retirement. Be praised and blessed in thy poverty. Be praised and blessed a hundred and a thousand times in all Thy infinite perfections, in all Thy innumerable virtues, in all the details, the states, and the grace-conferring mysteries of Thy sweet and lovable infancy. Amen.
- From the Novena to the Infant of Prague
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Well, here is a continuation of the series of photos from Christmas.