Tuesday 20 December 2011

Epiphany of the LORD - Missa Cantata

On Friday, January 6, 2012 at 7:30 P.M. a Missa Cantata will be celebrated for the Epiphany of the Lord of the Lord at St. Lawrence the Martyr Scarborough. The church is on the north side of Lawrence Avenue just west of Kennedy Road.

Thursday 15 December 2011

Divinum Officium and Daily Missa

The internet has brought many resources to those interested in the Liturgy of the Church in all its Forms.

Here is a website which has the daily Mass according to the Roman Missal of 1962 and even the Divine Office from the ancient Monastic, to Trent to the Rubrics and New Calendar of 1962.

What an enormous work and to give due credit to the founder, let us read from their page.

This website was created and designed by the late Laszlo Kiss. Mr. Kiss, longtime resident of Forrest Lake, Illinois, died suddenly at his home on Monday, 11 July 2011, shortly after returning from a walk with his wife Marta. He was three days shy of his 73rd birthday. Mr. Kiss was born in Budapest, Hungary, on 14 July 1938, and married Marta Noske on 31 January 1968. He worked in Budapest as a computer engineer until emigrating to the United States of America in 1982. In 1983, he developed "Image," one of the first computer-controlled manufacturing systems in the world (still in use to this day). He retired in 2000, and, among other things, selflessly devoted hundreds of hours to creating the website divinumofficium.com, which provides free access to many different versions of the Divine Office (or breviary), the traditional daily prayer book of the Roman Catholic Church. His funeral was held at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Volo, Illinois, on the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (16 July). Mr. Kiss is survived by three brothers in Hungary, and in the States by his loving wife Marta (of forty-three years), their two sons Zoltan and Chaba, and their two grandchildren Sophie and Ryan.
On Monday, August 15, 2011, the Solemnity of the Assumption of Our Lady, The Divinum Officium Project was founded, with the permission of Laszlo's son Chaba, to preserve and further Laszlo's work and to promote the worship of the Triune God through the Divine Office. Currently, The Divinum Officium Project consists of a diocesan priest as well as three software developers who maintain the site and ensure its accuracy.
May Mr. Kiss rest in peace.

Monday 5 December 2011

Rorate Mass in Kinkora!

In the pre-dawn hours of Saturday, December 17, 2011, a Rorate Mass will be held at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Kinkora, Ontario. Kinkora is about 20km northwest of Stratford in the Diocese of London. The Mass will beging at 5:30AM and end just before dawn. Following this holy liturgy a "pot-luck" breakfast will be held.

The "Rorate Mass," so called because it begins with the words "Rorate caeli desuper, et nubes pluant iustum..." (Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the Just One...), is a votive Mass offered within the season of Advent in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Celebrated by candlelight, and traditionally held before dawn, this beautiful liturgy is esteemed particularly as part of the patrimony of the German and Polish-speaking peoples. Diane M. Korzeniewski, OCDS, publisher of the blog Te Deum Laudamus, has an informative article on her blog about the Rorate Mass celebrated at Assumption Grotto in Detroit.

Friday 11 November 2011

Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form

Una Voce Toronto is pleased to announce that the Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite will be celebrated on Thursday, December 8, 2011 at St. Lawrence the Martyr, Scarborough at 7:30 P.M.

Music will include the Gregorian Mass IX, Missa cum Jubilo and the Ave Maria by Jacques Arcadelt.

A reception will follow.

Monday 7 November 2011

Men; Can you sing?


Do you know that if you can kneel before God that you can stand before anyone?

Have you heard that which St. Augustine said; that when "you sing, you pray twice?

Do you remember the phrase, "Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the party?"

The Una Voce Toronto Choir has been formed and is progressing well. But more men are needed to round out the sound and the favours are not going to always be available.

We need men who can sing Tenor or Bass. If you have an ear for music, we will teach you to read.

Please write to:

And help us to "make a joyful noise unto the LORD."

Monday 17 October 2011

Feast of All Saints -- Solemn Mass

Una Voce Toronto is pleased to be sponsoring a Missa Solemnis for the Feast of All Saints on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at 7:30 P.M. at St. Leo's Mimico. Located at 277 Royal York Road in Etobicoke.

The Sacred Ministers include Father Paul Nicholson, Priest, Father Kim D'Souza, Deacon and Father Russell Asch, Subdeacon. This the fifth time that Father D'Souza has been Deacon in a Solemn Mass, the fourth since being ordained to the priesthood in 2010. Father Asch was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Toronto in May 2011. Father Nicholson celebrates both the Ordinary and Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite as his parish, St. Patrick's Kinkora in the Diocese of London. The Pastor of St. Leo's, Father Frank Carpinelli, will provide the homily.

Thw music will be provided by the new Una Voce Toronto Schola and Choir and includes the Gregorian Propers including the extended Offertory and the extended Psalm verses for the Communion. The Ordinary is the Mass for Three Voices by William Bryd with motets by Palestrina, Viadana and Dering.

We hope to see you at this most sacred feast.

Sunday 2 October 2011

An Extraordinary October 30

In the calendar for the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, the last Sunday of October is the Feast of the Kingship of Our LORD Jeuus Christ.

Look what you have to choose from on this glorious day.

Solemn High Mass at 11:30 AM
Toronto Oratory Church of St. Vincent de Paul

Read Mass with Music at 1:00 PM
St. Lawrence the Martyr Scarborough

Solemn High Mass at 2:30 PM
St. Patrick's McCaul Street

Dialogue Mass with Music (1962 Rubrics and Universae Ecclesiae)
St. Mary Immaculate, Richmond Hill 7:00 PM

Toronto is truly blessed.

Monday 26 September 2011

Missa Lecta in full Dialogue with Music on the Feast of Christ the King

Update: We are very pleased that over 75 people attended the Mass at St. Mary Immaculate.

If we fully implemented the desire of St. Pius X and the liturgical documents of his successors Pius XI, Pius XII and Benedict XV, what would the Missa Lecta, the Read Mass more commonly referred to as the Low Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite look like?

The norm for celebrating the Mass is to be Solemn (Missa Solemnis) with Deacon and Subdeacon. If this is not possible then a Sung Mass (Missa Cantata) is the exception and if no music is available it is a Missa Lecta or Read Mass, more unfortunately referred to as "Low" Mass, as if any Divine Worship could ever be considered, "low."

Between 1903 and 1958 significant liturgical documents were issued in harmony with the great Saint's desire to see the laity take full and conscious actual and active participation in the liturgy to develop their own personal holiness. This participation is to be internal and external and involves understanding not only the words of the liturgy through our translations in the Missal but what they mean and what each liturgical actions signifies. The "spectator" role of the Catholic in the pew was to come to an end. While the rosary and devotionals are important, their place in the Mass was not correct. "Don't pray at Mass, pray the Mass...Don't sing at Mass, sing the Mass!' These were the words of St. Pius X!"

There was an ignoring of the documents issued by the Sacred Congregation of Rites and the Popes who agreed with the Liturgical Movement to change not the Mass, but how we approached the Mass. I believe that the consistent lack of obedience to Rome lead to the direct takeover of the liturgical extremists who have wreaked havoc on the Church's patrimony for the last 45 years, an extremism which is only know dissipating.

Some devotees of the traditional liturgy will accuse what you will read below as heresy or an abuse or some improper influence of the Novus Ordo on the Usus Antiquior.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

The Roman Missal of 1962 was issued with the addition of St. Joseph to the Canon, the elimination of the Confiteor before Communion (where in place, it could continued) a change in the Good Friday prayer and some other minor changes some modification and simplification of the rubrics.

Most parishes did not purchase a new 1962 Altar Missal, they simply wrote in the name St. Joseph and taped over the old, the new Prayer for the Jewish People; in fact, I have one of these. By the time they might have gotten around to actually obtaining a new 1962 Roman Missal, the 1965 edition was issued which was necessary to purchase and a few years later, the Novus Ordo was promulgated and the opportunity for true liturgical development to the Usus Antiquior lay hidden and virtually unknown, until now.

While the desire to "sing the Mass" clearly included the Gregorian chant Propers and the entire Ordinary as this is the fullest expression of the liturgy (as it is also in the Novus Ordo Missae) this was not and is not always possible. Many priests and parishes may wish to move forward and include the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite as a regularly scheduled Mass in the weekly schedule. The ability to undertake the Mass in all its ceremonial and musical completeness may not be possible. This represents an optional along hte way.

According to the 1962 rubrics and the more recent Universae Ecclesiae, here is what you will experience at this Mass in the Extraordinary Form:

  • Organ: Prelude & Fugue in D Minor -- J.S. Bach
  • Processional Hymn: CROWN HIM WITH MANY CROWNS
  • Prayers at the Foot of the Altar (All)
  • Introit: Dignus est Agnus (Priest)
  • Kyrie from Gregorian Mass VIII--Missa de Angelis (sung by all)
  • Gloria (recited by all)
  • Epistle in English with the response by all, Deo Gratias
  • Graduale: Dominabitur (Priest)
  • Alleluia: Postestas eius (Priest)
  • Gospel in English with all responding in Latin to its introduction and conclusion, Laud tibi, Christe
  • Homily
  • Creed (recited by all)
  • Offertory: Postula (Priest)
  • Sanctus from Gregorian Mass VIII--Missa de Angelis (sung by all)
  • Pater Noster (recited by all)
  • Agnus Dei from Gregorian Mass VIII--Missa de Angelis (sung by all)
  • Jesu Rex Admirabilis -- G.P. da Palestina
  • Communion Antiphon: Sedebit (Priest)
  • Last Gospel responses
  • Organ Postlude: Te Deum -- M.A. Charpentier

St. Mary Immaculate, Richmond Hill
Yonge Street
Sunday, October 29, 2011
Pre-Mass talk on the rubrics 6:30 PM
Holy Mass at 7:00 PM

Saturday 10 September 2011

St. Lawrence the Martyr -- Scarborough's New Home for the Traditional Latin Mass

Fifteen years ago, under the former indult of Ecclesia Dei Adflicta, the usus antiquior found a home in the Toronto suburb of Scarborough and just a stones throw from St. Augustine's Seminary. For a short-time in 2008-2010 this was the home of the Toronto Apostolate of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter.

The Mass in the Extraordinary Form at this Church was always a struggle. While 1:00 in the afternoon was not the best time, it was not the biggest obstacle to growth. The location was out of the way and hard to reach on public transit and parking was non-existent. Moreover, what was lacking was a clear sense of parish life and community which was common with the old "indult" situation. The people of St. Theresa parish had little to zero to do with the strangers that came for the Latin Mass at 1:00 and vice-versa. I can recall even one Sunday as Schola Master that a visiting priest, was literally yelling at us to get out so he could "perform a baptism."

Thankfully, those days are now over.

After the departure of the Fraternity of St. Peter, a diocesan priest was appointed as Chaplain to this congregation in addition to his regular parish duties in Richmond Hill, 45 minutes away.

In July, the Archdiocese of Toronto made its annual pastor changes. From St. Elizabeth Seton in Newmarket to St. Lawrence the Martyr in Scarborough came a Pastor friendly to the traditional Mass. So friendly in fact, that every Friday night and Saturday morning, the Mass was celebrated at his former parish by the priest who served long at St. Theresa and still celebrates every Sunday at St. Patrick's in Schomberg. St. Lawrence the Martyr on Lawrence Avenue is only about a ten minute drive from St. Theresa's. With this it the Archdiocese of Toronto saw the light and the the priest from Richmond Hill is now based at St. Lawrence the Martyr as well.

Now, in addition to the Toronto Oratory Church of St. Vincent de Paul west of Yonge Street the people who desire the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in the east end of Toronto now have a welcoming Pastor, a beautiful church, a resident priest, parking, public transit, a church hall and can truly become part of a parish community something so desperately lacking previously at St. Theresa Shrine.

The Mass at St. Lawrence the Martyr is Sundays at 1:00 as well as a weekly schedule. The Sunday Mass is celebrated as a Missa Lecta or Read Mass; what is frequently referred to as Low Mass. However, there is music provided, though not the complete Ordinary and not the Propers as this is not a Missa Cantata (Sung Mass) commonly referred to as a High Mass.

According to the most recent rubrics from 1962, music for the Missa Lecta is permitted in the following manner.

Processional: Organ or a hymn in Latin or English
Kyrie; but it must be a short setting
Offertory: Organ or a hymn in Latin or English but it must reflect sacrifice or offering.
Sanctus ; a short setting
Agnus Dei, a short setting
Communion: Organ or a hymn in Latin or English but it must be oriented to the Eucharist or thanksgiving
Recessional: Organ or hymn in Latin or English

St. Lawrence the Martyr was built in 1960 and is the last of an era. Looking at the church's exterior one can see that the Italian residents of this part of Scarborough used a design that they would have known from Italy. Yellow brick, red tiled roof, two towers; it is clearly the most beautiful church east of the downtown. Along with St. Benedict's in Etobicoke, it is one of the finest churches built in the Archdiocese of Toronto in the post-war period. As in any Italian parish, expect beautiful and abundant statues and lots of terrazzo and marble. While if one looks carefully at the floor of the sanctuary the design shows where the High Altar once stood but don't let that dissuade you. The Tabernacle is in the middle on a beautiful Altar of Repose.The new sanctuary floor blends wonderfully with the original terrazzo, the colours and marble are uniquely blended. The Altar of Sacrifice is of marble and solid and of exquisite design with a matching Ambo or Pulpit of dignity and beauty. The acoustic is lively, very lively and there are some interesting notes on the matter regarding the new organ.

The Archbishop of Toronto, Thomas Collins is deserving of the prayers and thanks of those who desire to worship in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in this part of Toronto as does the most welcoming Pastor, Father Roy Farrell. The parish is also assisted by Father by Associate Pastor, Father Ion Bolog with Father Steven Szakaczki as Chaplain for the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite and Father Liam Gavigan, In Residence.

St. Lawrence the Martyr Scarborough is located at 2210 Lawrence Avenue East between Birchmount Road and Kennedy Road.

The Mass schedule is:
Sunday 1:00
Monday-Wednesday 11:00
Thursday-No Mass
Friday: 7:00 P.M
Saturday: 10:00 A.M.

(weekday Masses are subject to change or cancellation depending on funerals and the availability of the priest)

Sunday 21 August 2011

Missa Cantata - The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Una Voce Toronto is pleased to announce that a Missa Cantata in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite will be celebrated on September 14, the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. This is the third special Feast Day or former Holy Day of Obligation Usus Antiquior liturgy which we have organised. Over 225 attended St. Mark's on Corpus Christi and almost 400 on the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary at St. Mary Immaculate in Richmond Hill.

Continuing our plan to promote the Extraordianry Form of the Roman Rite across the Archdiocese of Toronto this Mass will be at St. Joseph's Streetsville, in Mississauga. Considering that "Mississauga" was formed as a City in 1968, I think it is safe to say that this is the first time that a public, Missa Cantata according to the liturgical books of 1962, will be celebrated there.

It is also the fourth anniversary of the coming into force of the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum which has made all this possible and to give thanks to God for this grace, the "Te Deum" will be sung following the Mass.

Una Voce Toronto will make available for "sale' the red missalettes to assist with the Ordianry of the Mass for $5.00. We will no longer "loan" these out for the Mass as they are not being returned. A translation aid will be available for the Proper of the Mass. However, we encourage you to purchase a Roman Missal which can be easily found at the book stall on Sundays at The Oratory at either St. Vincent de Paul or Holy Family. As well you can find the "Baronius" Missal on lne which we highly recommend.

Wednesday 17 August 2011

Una Voce Toronto Choir

Over the last few months, Una Voce Toronto has been promoting and organizing the holy Mass on specific feast days in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in Toronto.

On Corpus Christi at St. Mark's over 225 attended a Missa Solemnis and a few evenings ago on the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary over 375 attended the Missa Cantata.

With the direction of the Board of Una Voce Toronto, Vox is forming the Una Voce Toronto Choir to be available for various Masses which we sponsor over the course of the year.

The next are:

  • The Exaltation of the Holy Cross Missa Cantata on September 14, Holy Cross in Mississauga at St. Joseph's Streetsville
  • The Feast of all Saints on November 1, Etobicoke at St. Leo's Mimico
  • Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary on December 8, church to be confirmed
  • Epiphany of the LORD on January 6 at St. Lawrence the Martyr, Scarborough.
The music programs will include the Gregorian Chant Propers, Gregorian Ordinaries for Mass IV Cunctipotens Genitor Deus, Mass VIII Missa de Angelis, Mass IX Cum Jubilo and the Requiem Mass. Polyphonic Masses will include the Mass for Three Voices by William Byrd and the Missa Salve Regina by Christoph Dalitz with motets by Palestrina, Arcadelt and others as part of the preliminary plan.

Choir practices will be every Tuesday beginning September 13 at St. Cyril's Catholic School on Kempford Avenue one block south of Finch Avenue west off of Yonge Street. The school is just in from the corner of Yonge and Kempford Avenue. It is a short walk from the Finch Subway on the TTC and from York Region at Finch Station. There is parking in the school parking lot off of Kempford.

The first practice will include the work to be sung the next evening at St. Joseph's in Mississauga. As this is the first the program will be confined to what is expected to be known and can be sung by the congregation Mass VIII, Missa de Angelis and Credo III as well as Lift High the Cross as a recessional hymn.

Men who have some knowledge reading Gregorian notation or a desire to learn to sing the Proper of the Mass are must welcome.

For more information:

Sunday 14 August 2011

Missa Cantata - Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

   Please join us on Monday, August 15, 2011 for the Holy Mass in honour of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary at St. Mary Immaculate, Richmond Hill at 7:30PM. 
We are also in planning for September 14, Feast of the Holy Cross and Thanksgiving to Pope Benedict XVI for Summorum Pontfiicum in Mississauga and a Missa Solemnis for the Feast of All Saints in Etobicoke.

Missa Solemnis for the Patronal Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Blessed Virgin Mary at St. Mary Immaculate in Richmond Hill.

Saturday 30 July 2011

Liturgical Latin Symposium

St. Mary Immaculate Parish, Richmond Hill.

Liturgical Latin is an introductory course for those interested in learning the ritual language of the Roman Catholic Church and who wish to participate in the liturgy of the Roman Rite in a manner that is active and fruitful. This course will focus on the conventions of liturgical Latin and facilitate the correct pronunciation of the words and their meaning so that the beauty and depth of the Latin liturgy may be more fully appreciated. It is an ideal course for priests and deacons who wish to celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in Latin in both the ordinary and extraordinary forms, for musicians and for anyone who wishes to learn ecclesiastical Latin.

The course consists of two terms, each lasting twelve weeks. Classes will be taught at St. Mary Immaculate Parish, Richmond Hill on Wednesdays, beginning on September 14th. Two class times are available; afternoon or evening.

For further information, cost and registration form, please address your inquiries to liturgical.latin@live.ca or call 905-884-1784.

Sunday 24 July 2011

Pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of the Cape


A 3-day Walking Pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of the Cape, Quebec
Saturday 3rd to Monday 5th September 2011
(An ‘Una-Voce Toronto’ sponsored event)
Transportation from Toronto to Pilgrimage
Bus Departs Toronto at 12:00 noon on Friday September 2nd. Bus departs Shrine for
Toronto at 3pm on Monday 5th.
Transportation Cost: ~$85 Pilgrimage Registration Cost: $75
More Information:
Patrick:  Email: mcloughlin.patrick (at) gmail (dot) com
Ken: Email: ken.bradley (at) weighhouse (dot)com

Marie Reine du Canada, a lay-led apostolate of St. Clement Parish, Ottawa, organizes the annual three-day 100 km pilgrimage on foot from Saint-Joseph-de-Lanoraie to Notre-Dame-du-Cap shrine at Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Que. It is 3 days of prayer, Penance, Fraternal Charity and many graces. A pilgrimage is a journey made to a holy place or shrine for the sanctification of the pilgrim; with the purpose of venerating a saint or martyr associated with the site; to pray to God; to ask for supernatural aid; to give thanks for favours received; or to discharge a religious obligation. The arduous journey, offered joyfully to God, represents our spiritual pilgrimage to the Heavenly City.

Mass is celebrated each day of the pilgrimage in the Extraordinary Form of the Latin Rite, the traditional liturgy of the Roman Catholic Church. The Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, has expressed the desire that the Tridentine Latin Mass according to the 1962 Missal of Blessed Pope John XIII should flourish and continue to enrich our spiritual lives, particularly among the young. Our chaplains are priests of the Fraternity of St. Peter, canonically established by Pope John Paul II in 1988.

While walking each day, we pray the Rosary (in French and Latin) and Sing from a pilgrimage program book provided to each pilgrim. In late evening we pray Compline with the priests. The churches we visit along the route are truly spectacular by Canadian standards. Built in the 19th and early 20th century, they show the vibrancy of the faith that once was a large part of Quebec's identity. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is celebrated in parish churches along the route -- in Berthierville, Yamachiche, and in the historic Small Shrine of Our Lady of the Cape at Cap de la Madeleine -- with the blessing of the Bishops of Joliette and of Trois-Rivieres, and the local parish priests. Two priests are normally available to hear confessions in French and English, throughout the pilgrimage, en route, in camp or before mass. 

What to Bring

1. Well-used, broken-in footwear is recommended. It's a good idea to double up on socks to reduce the likelihood of blisters; that's what the guy at the front does.
2. Very basic (but good) meals are provided. They consist of bread with jam etc. and coffee or hot chocolate at breakfast; bread and water at lunch; the same at dinner, plus hot soup. It is strongly recommended to bring your own food as well, trail mix, fruit, granola bars and other energy food to fill the gap and share with others. Do not bring food that requires heating; as there are no cooking facilities.
3. Ample bottled water is provided but you may wish to bring a few juice boxes.
4. Bring an insulated mug or thermos to hold hot beverages in the morning and soup in the evening.
5. Your heavy luggage, such as tents, sleeping bags, and duffel bags with clothing, will be moved by a truck driven by the Worker Pilgrims of the St. Joseph Chapter.
6. Some pilgrims like to have a day pack (small backpack) in which to carry sunscreen, a hat, a poncho or rain-jacket, and an extra bottle of water. It should be as light as possible since you will carry it all day.
7. The only banners permitted are those with a patron saint or parish symbol. No slogans, signs, or 'organizational' banners are allowed.
8. You will be provided with a booklet containing the Mass with Propers for the three days. No need to bring a Missal.
9. The spirit of pilgrimage: Your Chapter will be your "family" for the three-day walk.

Each pilgrim marches, sings and prays with as much fortitude as personal stamina will allow, maintaining appropriate decorum and deportment throughout. In the spirit of sacrifice and of charity you are urged to be attentive to your fellow pilgrims, assisting and encouraging those who are suffering, discouraged or more weary than yourself.

Saturday 25 June 2011

The Finest of Wheat on Park Lawn Road

"Qui pacem ponit fines Ecclesiae, frumenti adipe satiat nos Dominus"--The LORD establishes peace in the borderlands of His Church and feeds His people with the finest of wheat. These were the words from scripture of the anthem, Qui Pacem Ponit by Jean-François Lallouette (1651–1728) sung last night after Holy Communion at St. Mark's in Toronto at the Missa Solemnis in honour of our Eucharistic LORD on the Feast of Corpus Christi.
At 6:30, a half-hour before Mass, it was evident that we had miscalculated. There were only 100 red missal books and 100 printed translation aids. These were gone not too many minutes later. Last night in Toronto, 225 souls attended the Holy Mass and were fed the Finest of Wheat by the Priest Celebrant who confected the Holy Eucharist on the original High Altar at St. Mark's, not used in more forty-five years for this sacred purpose. That priest was ordained less than two months ago in Toronto and will shortly begin his parish duties. He was assisted by two other priests as Deacon and Subdeacon ordained in 2010. The parish's pastor provided the homily and assisted at the distribution of the Holy Eucharist.

Except for perhaps the Holy Mass at The Toronto Oratory Church of St. Vincent de Paul in honour of Blessed John Henry Newman last September, this was the largest number of Catholics gathered for the Usus Antiquior of the Latin Church since it was falsely abolished by the episcopacy in this diocese and in this country. Pope Benedict XVI in Summorum Pontificum has written that this liturgy "was never abrogated."

There will be more Masses of this nature. This liturgy will save our faith.

Sunday 22 May 2011

Solemn Mass on Sundays at St. Vincent de Paul, Toronto

What initially began as a Missa Lecta (Read Mass or Low Mass) under the old indult, it eventually progressed through a simple Missa Cantata now to a Missa Solemnis from after Labour Day to Trinity Sunday every Sunday at 11:30AM.
St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church
277 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto
The parish of St Vincent de Paul is one of two, the other being Holy Family, under the care of the Fathers of the Congregation of the Oratory. You can find more about the Toronto Oratory here. 

Saturday 21 May 2011

North of Toronto? Traditional Mass is in Schomberg

Nestled on the north shoulder of the Oak Ridges Moraine, Schomberg is a small village located at the north end of King Township at the junction of The King's Highways #9 and #27. Here in this little farming village from the 19th century is a little village church built in a neo-Gothic style and appropriately named in honour of St. Patrick. It was to these villages and farming communities outside Toronto that the Irish were banished from the "Ulster of North America" following the waves of immigrants that survived the fever shed on the lakefront after their long journey to escape the famine in Ireland.

Here, you find the lilt of a travelling Irish priest celebrating the usus antiquior every Sunday at 9:00.

Wednesday 18 May 2011

Statement by Mr. Leo Darroch, President – Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce.

FIUV Statement in Response to the Publication of 
Universae Ecclesiae.

The publication of the document Universae Ecclesiae on 13th May 2011 has generated much comment and been the subject of detailed analysis in the media. The International Federation Una Voce would like to present a different perspective on this document which it welcomes enthusiastically. The Una Voce movement started in late 1964, before the end of the Second Vatican Council, to ensure the retention of the age-old Latin language for the celebration of the Holy Mass. National societies were formed and the International Federation Una Voce (FIUV) came into being formally in 1967. In 1970, following the introduction of the Novus Ordo Missae, the emphasis had changed and the members of the Una Voce Federation decided to strive for the preservation of the traditional Roman rite as decreed by the Council Fathers in Sacrosanctum Concilium (Art. 4), the document on the liturgy.

In 1970, Dr Eric de Saventhem, the first President of the FIUV, said that the suppression of the traditional Mass had been achieved de facto only and not de jure. It would be unthinkable, he said, for the older form of Mass to be forbidden as one would have to argue that it had been wrong or bad –either doctrinally or pastorally.

In 1984 the Indult Quattuor Abhunc Annos of Pope John Paul II granted a partial relaxation for the celebration of the traditional Mass which was a small step forward. In 1988 the Indult Ecclesia Dei Adflicta was more generous but the difficulty remained that a bishop’s permission was required and in most instances this was not forthcoming. The situation remained very unsatisfactory – both for priests and laity. When Pope Benedict XVI was elected in 2005 he asked that people pray for him that he may not flee for fear of the wolves. Notwithstanding the great obstacles being faced, the Holy Father promulgated the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum in July 2007 and affirmed the right of all priests of the Roman rite to celebrate the traditional Latin Mass, thus confirming the position of the Una Voce Federation since 1970 that the traditional Mass may have been suppressed de facto but not de jure. To their shame, some in the Church refused to accept the will of the Holy Father and the legitimate aspirations of many of the faithful and were determined to undermine this Motu Proprio at every opportunity. It was this negative and obstructive stance that made necessary a subsequent document to clarify certain matters.

Although some have commented that Universae Ecclesiae still leaves some questions unclear, what is perfectly clear is that the Holy Father has fully restored to the universal Church the traditional Roman rite as enshrined in the liturgical books of 1962, that the rubrics in force in 1962 must be strictly observed, and that Latin and the Usus Antiquior must be taught in seminaries where there is a pastoral need. And this pastoral need must be determined by those who wish to benefit from Summorum Pontificum and Universae Ecclesiae, and not be decided by those many in authority whose natural desire is to prevent their implementation.

The International Federation Una Voce has worked patiently and tirelessly for the restoration of the traditional liturgy for more than 40 years and is now witnessing a vindication of its fidelity to Holy Mother Church and the See of Peter. The Federation expresses its thanks, prayers, and admiration to our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, and praises his courage in not fleeing in the face of the wolves. The Federation also extends its thanks and gratitude to the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, and to those bishops and priests who have also striven, often in great personal difficulty, to preserve and foster the traditional liturgy for this and future generations. 

Leo Darroch, President – Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce.
17th May 2011.