Saturday, April 29, 2017

Missa Cantata for Our Lady of Fatima - May 13 at St. Mary's in Toronto

May 13 is the 100th anniversary of the appearance of the Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Mother of God at Fatima, Portugal. In the traditional calendar, May 13 is the Feast (3rd class) of St. Robert Bellarmine.  In the new calendar for the Novus Ordo Missae, it is the "Optional Memorial" of Our Lady of Fatima. An "Optional Memorial" is just that, the priest can choose the text for Our Lady of Fatima or the Ferial. The traditional calendar was never updated liturgically to recognise the appearance of Our Lady at Fatima.

In the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum, Pope Benedict XVI made possible the updating of the traditional Mass calendar of 1961 to include more current feasts and saints. Recently, the Pontifical Council Ecclesia Dei in the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith decreed that Our Lady of Fatima could be celebrated on May 13 in the traditional Mass. How appropriate then that the first change should be for Our Lady and in 2017, to recognise the 100th anniversary of her appearance at Fatima.

The text of the Mass is the Votive Mass of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (August 22) with the double Alleluia for Paschaltide. The feast of St. Robert Bellarmine will be commemorated, meaning the Collect, Secret and Postcommunion will be doubled to include those from both Masses.

Una Voce Toronto is very grateful to the pastor and parish of St. Mary's Polish Roman Catholic Church for the opportunity to celebrate this great day.

We ask you to be generous at the collection as the funds will be used by the parish for sanctuary renovations.

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017



Rubrics for the singing of the Traditional Latin Mass

Let us review some terms and basic rubrics for the Traditional Latin Mass, also known in modernist terms as the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. There is charity in truth and there is peace and unity in truth. There is no charity in silence and appeasement.

Read Mass or Missa Lecta 
Commonly referred to as “Low” Mass, the Mass is more properly referred to as a “Read Mass.” This comes from its Latin name, Missa Lecta. The Mass, in history, would have always been Solemn (see below), but as parishes and villages developed away from monasteries and cathedrals; and as mendicant Orders journeyed to preach, priests would desire to offer the Holy Sacrifice for themselves and the souls they found on their journeys. The Missa Lecta was developed for this purpose. It is a quiet and contemplative Mass with one server only, though two can be “tolerated.” The Mass is entirely in Latin, though, in accord with the legitimate Law as prescribed by Pope Benedict XVI, in Universae Ecclesiae the Lesson(s), Epistle and Gospel may be said in the vernacular from an approved translation at the time (1962) from the Altar without first being read in Latin. There is normally no music permitted.
Read Mass with Music
Music is not permitted in a Read Mass except in specific circumstances. In fact, a more proper word than permitted would be tolerated, in its classic sense. One may have an organ prelude or postlude and organ music at the Offertory or during Communion in those times of the year where organ music is not prohibited. No solo organ music is permitted in the Mass during Advent, except on Gaudete Sunday or in the season of Lent on Laetare Sunday. No solo organ music is permitted under anytime at a Requiem Mass. Organ music may be used at a Requiem Mass only to support the singing and only if absolutely necessary to even do that. Music or, hymn sinning may be used at a Read Mass in the following manner. A hymn may be sung as a processional and the recessional and these may be in the vernacular. A Latin hymn may be sung at the Offertory and the Communion but it may not be the text of the Proper of the Mass which must be read by the priest aloud and heard by the faithful in attendance. A hymn may be sung in the vernacular at the Offertory and Communion provided it is connected with the liturgical action. For example, the Offertory hymn could be, “See Us Lord, About Your Altar,” or, “Lord, Accept the Gifts We Offer.” At Communion, the hymn, if in the vernacular, must be a hymn to the Blessed Sacrament or be a hymn of Thanksgiving.  The Gloria and Credo cannot be sung at a Read Mass.  A Kyrie, Sanctus and Agnus Dei may be sung if it is short, for example, Mass XVI or Mass XVIII, never Mass IX per se. All singing must conclude so that the action of the Priest is not delayed and the audible texts are not covered by music. The Priest does not sing the Collect or Postcommunion nor any other oration, nor does he chant in any way the salutations, nor do the people respond in chant. These are only said.
Sung Mass—or Missa Canata or Solemn Mass—Missa Solemnis
All Propers must be sung, there are no exceptions. The Epistle and Gospel must be sung, there are no exceptions. All salutations and response are sung, there are no exceptions. If the priest cannot sing the melismatic tones of the Lesson, Epistle or Gospel, then he can chant them recto tono, on the same note. If the Schola cannot manage to sing the Proper chants with the melisma, then it is permissible to sing them in psalm tone, or recto tono. They can also be sung in Polyphony when considered appropriate. At the Offertory and Communion, Latin motets or hymns can also be sung, but only after the Proper Antiphon.
Requiem Mass
The musical rubrics apply to a Requiem Mass as to the degree above.

Holy Mother Church has determined the above rubrics in order to ensure the proper dignity of the Mass. When we work within the Laws of the Church, there is peace and understanding and serene contemplation of the holy actions taking place before us.

When we deviate from these for pastoral or other reasons or through pressure, we create confusion and disunity and distress and these are not from the Holy Spirit; we insert our own desired into the liturgy, where it does not belong. None of us are masters of the Liturgy of God, we are the servants. We must do our work in truth and humility, we must submit to the mind of the Church and we must reject any inculturation and pastoral provision that deviates from the truth.

At no time is a guitar permitted during a Traditional Latin Mass

There is no evidence that Fr. Franz Gruber, S.J. ever permitted Stille Nacht on guitar at a Midnight Mass due to a broken organ. This is “fake news.”

At no time is it permitted to sing anything in the vernacular in a Sung or Solemn Mass. Any reference to what occurred between the great wars in Europe in Germany, Belgium or Holland should be understood in the context of dissent and diabolical disorientation that lead to the complete upheaval of the holy liturgy.

Lest one doubt the above. Be assured that every educated Catholic in proper Church music and liturgy according to its venerable tradition is aware of these rubrics and knows where to find the sources. Let those who labour for the love of true worship of the LORD in the timeless liturgy understand the need to maintain consistency, peace and serenity in the work before us. This peace and serenity can only be achieved if we work within that which we are given. By humbling ourselves to the timelessness, we will achieve peace in our work. It is when deviations occur that we bring disunity and cognitive dissonance to the holy work before us. 

Una Voce Toronto

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Return to celebration of Advent in Toronto - Get thee to a Traditional Latin Mass!

The Toronto Traditional Mass Society - UNA VOCE TORONTO, announces a number of Masses for the Advent season some of which are regularly scheduled, and some which are specifically organised by the Society.

On every Sunday in the Archdiocese of Toronto, there are four Masses offered in the Traditional Rite at diocesan parishes. In addition, the Society of St. Pius X offers three Masses at its Toronto Chapel and one in Orillia.


St. Patrick's Schomberg
9:00 A.M. Sung Mass 

Oratory Church of St.Vincent de Paul
9:30 A.M. Read (Low) Mass 

Oratory Church of the Holy Family
11:00 A.M. Solemn Mass 

St. Lawrence the Martyr, Scarbrough
1:00 P.M. Read Mass with music 

Society of St. Pius X

Church of the Transfiguration Toronto
8:00 A.M. Read Mass
10:30 A.M. Sung Mass
5:00 P.M. Read Mass

Church of the Canadian Martyrs Orillia
10:00 A.M. 

There are three particular outside of Sunday to which we draw your attention. 

This coming Thursday, December 8, is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. There will be varied traditional Mass locations in diocesan churches in Toronto plus the SSPX.  

Two more that you should note and attend. 

Saturday, December 10 at 9:00 A.M. at St. Mary's Polish Roman Catholic Church on Davenport Road in Toronto; a Read Rorate Mass with Music. While the old "custom" was to start before daybreak, that is not a liturgical rubric. The pastor at the parish offers the traditional Mass every Saturday at 9:00 A.M. and will offer here, the Votive Mass for Our Lady in Advent.
The next Saturday, December 17, is the Ember. There will be a Sung Mass at the Carmel in Mississauga. An incredible liturgy that is rarely, if every sung with its multiple Lessons and Graduals culminating in the sung Canticle of the Three Children from the fiery furnace in Babylon. 

Leave the shopping. Leave the insanity of our secular and grotesque and hostile Toronto. Get thee to a Latin Mass and get back to God this Advent!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Cardinal Collins to Preach at a Traditional Mass in Toronto's St. Michael's Cathedral

Toronto Cardinal Thomas Christopher Collins will, for the second time, be present at a Solemn Mass according to the traditional Latin rite. 

In June of 2014, Cardinal Collins presided at a Solemn Mass on the Vigil of Pentecost and in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Monsignor Vincent Foy. Msgr. Foy is still with us and is now 101! 

Now, after the rededication of St. Michael's Cathedral and its recognition as a Basilica, Cardinal Collins will preach the Homily at a Solemn Mass to be celebrated on the traditional Feast of Christ the King. The Priest, Deacon and Subdeacon are all diocesan priests of the Archdiocese of Toronto.

May the Lord abundantly bless Cardinal Collins.

On behalf of the Toronto Traditional Mass Society-Una Voce Toronto, thank you Cardinal Collins for your support of the traditional Latin Mass. We also thank the organisers of this Mass and congratulate the St. Patrick's Gregorian Choir for their work at this Mass and on their anniversary.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Sponsorship of Toronto Seminarian for the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest

The Toronto Traditional Mass Society - Una Voce Toronto is established to promote the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, (the Traditional Catholic Latin Mass) and Gregorian chant in the Archdiocese of Toronto.
Abbé Joseph Heppelle is the eldest of eight from a home-schooled family here in the Archdiocese. He grew up serving and singing the chant for the Traditional Roman Liturgy. He is studying for the Catholic priesthood at the Institute of Christ the King, Sovereign Priest Seminary of St. Philip Neri in Gricigliano, Italy. Abbé Heppelle is now a Subdeacon having been ordained in July 2016.
This is the fourth year now that we have assisted in fundraising for Abbé Heppelle. Seminary cost is expensive as you can imagine and challenging in that all his classes are in French and Italian.
Please give consideration to donating for this young-man's education as he prepares to serve Jesus Christ, Sovereign Priest and His One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church and the community of faithful which belong to Her.
You may visit our web page at or write us directly
May God bless you and thank you.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Ascension of the Lord

St. Lawrence the Martyr, Scarborough, Read (Low) Mass 
7:00 A.M.

Holy Family Church, Read (Low) Mass
11:00 A.M.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Triduum Thanks!

Dear Friends,

The Sacred Triduum was a tremendous undertaking. The last two years, we were able to organise it at the Carmel of the Infant Jesus in Zephyr. While the good Sisters did much of the preparatory work, it was a great distance.

This year, thanks to the graciousness of the Rector of St. Augustine's Seminary and Chancellor of the
Archdiocese of Toronto, we were able to use the second chapel in the former School of Philosophy at St. Augustine's Seminary, a chapel now part of the school board's, Blessed Cardinal Newman Catholic High School.

We were very honoured prior to Mass on Holy Thursday when Thomas Cardinal  Collins who celebrated the Mass at the Seminary and properly washed the feet of his seminarians, dropped by to greet all and we were able to thank him personally for his support.

To the three priests who worked hard to learn the complexities of the solemn Triduum liturgies, we are grateful. Thanks also go to the Master of Ceremonies and the Assistants and those who came to serve, to those who joined in the Schola.

To the hundreds who came, thank you. Thank you also for your generosity. We were able to cover our expenses for the school board Permit, Insurance, Staff costs for two Caretakers and the liturgical needs. We have a small surplus which shall be put towards additional liturgical items for next year.

God bless and a blessed Eastertide to one and all.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Solemn Traditional Latin Triduum for Toronto

We are pleased to announce that the Solemn Paschal Triduum according to the Roman Missal of 1962 will be held in Toronto. The last two years we were thankful to the Carmelite Sisters of the Infant Jesus in Zephyr for hosting the Triduum at the Zephyr Carmel. Please keep our good friend, Sister Marie Therese, OCD, and the nuns there in your prayers.

This year, we will be in Toronto at St. John's Chapel at Blessed John Henry Newman High School on the grounds of St. Augustine's Seminary. We thank the Rector of St. Augustine's Seminary, the Principal and Caretakers of Blessed Cardinal Newman High School and the Permit Staff of the Toronto Catholic District School Board for their support and cooperation. The large chapel is located on the west side of the school with entry from 100 Brimley Road South off Kingston Road in Scarborough on the grounds of St. Augustine's Seminary.

All services will be in the solemn form with priest, deacon and subdeacon. If you wish to assist as a server or in the Schola, please contact

Your financial support for this project is welcomed and necessary as there is a significant cost to the Toronto Traditional Mass Society for the permit, caretaking staff, insurance and liturgical items. Would you consider a tax-deductible donation today which you can do so online here at CanadaHelps?

Friday, January 22, 2016

Latin Mass 101 - Coming to Mississauga January 30


Nota Bene: Correction to address on poster:

5440 Durie Road

Catholics in Sudbury, Ontario now have a Traditional Latin Mass regularly celebrated!

Let us rejoice with some good news for the Catholics of Sudbury, a vibrant city in northern Ontario which has given, or I should say, sold to the world much of what it sits on. A few months ago, I had heard through some contacts there and in the liturgical movement in Canada that after many years, a traditional Latin Mass was to be held regularly.

The community is known as the Mater Dei Latin Mass Community and Mass it twice per week; a Read Mass on Wednesday at 5:00 P.M. and a Sung Mass with incense on Sundays at 5:00 P.M. The Masses are offered at St. Casimir's Church at 210 Paris Street. 

The community has a Facebook page and their web page which can be found at

God bless the people who have made this possible.

+JMJ+My friends, greetings! My name is Fr. Vince Fiore.Please take a moment to read this. Thank you.Installed by the Catholic Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie, I am the new pastor of the MATER DEI LATIN MASS COMMUNITY in Sudbury, Ontario.Mater Dei (Mother of God) is a brand new community that will offer a weekly option of attending the Sacrifice of the Holy Mass in the Traditional Latin Rite on Sundays at 5:00 P.M., beginning:When: Sunday, 17 January 2016Where: St. Casimir Church, 210 Paris Street, Sudbury, Ontario (parking lot in back, accessible from Van Horne, then Solidarity Lane).Attending Mass in the Traditional Rite FULFILLS THE CATHOLIC SUNDAY OBLIGATION TO ATTEND MASS.We are very excited and are diligently working to be able to offer to Almighty God the fullness of the splendour of this extraordinary Liturgy which, thanks to Dr. David Buley, professor of Music Education at Laurentian University, includes an exquisite integration of Gregorian Chant.A Low Mass will be offered weekly as well, at St. Casimir on Wednesdays at 5:00 P.M.. This is also often referred to as a 'quiet Mass', that is, without the chanting and incensing one would normally experience at a Sunday High Mass and other 'High Feast Days'.Sacrament of Penance (Confession) will be made available before Mass on Sunday and Wednesday at 4:00 P.M..We are totally dependent on the generosity of others. Please remember the Mater Dei Latin Mass Community in your prayers. As usual, a collection will be taken up at the Sunday Masses, please give as generously as possible. Thank you.As well, please consider Mater Dei as a charitable option, monthly or as regular as possible. It is amazing, as you know, how quickly and wildly costs will mount. Tax receipts will be issued. Donations can be made out and sent to:Mater Dei Latin Massc/o 21 Ste. Anne RoadSudbury, OntarioP3C 5P6This is a Diocesan-wide initiative. Please feel free to come and experience the Divine Liturgy as the Saints you know and love would have known it.Do not have concerns such as "I won't know what to do", or, "I don't understand Latin". To follow along, resources will be provided. Myself, the servers and the musicians are learning, too. So, be at peace and know that we will be growing in this endeavour together. Very exciting!We are currently working on our website.Thank you to Almighty God and Our Lady for this extraordinary opportunity!Thank you and Dominus Vobiscum! (The Lord be with you!)Please help spread the word!Through Him, With Him, and In Him,Pater Vincenzo Fiore(Father Vince Fiore)Mater Dei, ora pro nobis! Mother of God, pray for us!