Wednesday 24 July 2013

Windsor, Ontario; Episcopal erection of a Latin Mass Community

While planned for a while, it is now official that the Windsor Tridentine Mass Association has now been given the status of a "community" putting the community on a firmer foundation towards full parish status. For more information, please visit the Latin Mass London Ontario blogsite for the full report courtesy of Musings of a Pertinacious Papist.

May God bless Bishop Ronald Fabbro and congratulations to our friends in Windsor.

Wednesday 3 July 2013

Traditional Latin Mass in London, Ontario - the anniversary of Summorum Pontificum

Sunday, July 7, 2013 is the sixth anniversary of Summorum Pontificum, the motu proprio of our beloved Benedict XVI which declared once and for all, that the traditional Latin Mass was never abrogated and can be celebrated by any priest in the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church. How providential then that on this Sunday which in 2013 is the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost the Latin Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite begins in London, Ontario.

After an absence of nearly a year from its small existence in London, the Mass returns with the combined community and resources previously at St. Patrick's Kinkora where the former Pastor, Father Paul Nicholson began celebrating the Usus Antiquior, four years ago. Exercising his most appreciated pastoral care of the people in the area of the City of London and its environs, Bishop Ronald Fabbro, CSB, of the Diocese of London has been instrumental and consistent in his desire to provide for the people who wish to worship God in this venerable Rite.

For July and August, the Mass will be in the chapel at John Paul II Catholic Secondary School at 1300 Oxford Street East in the City of London. Once reconstruction on the site is concluded at the end of the summer, the community will move to its permanent home at Regina Mundi College at 5250 Wellington Road South. Regina Mundi College was originally built as a minor seminary; it has as splendid chapel of noble simplicity seating 200 and a pipe organ which will be enthusiastically used along with the fine St. Edmund Campion Hymnal. The Mass will be at 2:00 P.M. and will continue to be a Missa Cantata and now has the potential of some Sundays being celebrated as  a Missa Solemnis. While one might cringe at the time of day, it is necessary because the Mass will be celebrated on a rotation by six, Diocese of London priests who will need to finish their pastoral work in their parishes. Two o'clock is a small price to pay for the embracing of this by the Bishop and these six priests and possibly more in the future. The use, through permitting of these school facilities eliminates any conflict with other Mass schedules and provides for other space for the after Mass luncheons and recreation.

Icon writer and Woodstock, Ontario resident Wojciech Strahl, has crafted a magnificent Icon of St. Michael the Archangel through the munificence or a resident of Kinkora. In tribute to the family's Irish heritage, the shamrock is woven through the scroll work in the frame. This icon will be erected weekly to invoke the Archangels' protection. A reredos is being constructed for the Altar which will have as its feature a magnificent painting our Our Lady receiving the news of the Annunciation of the Lord by the Archangel Gabriel. Hence, we are pleased to announce that Annunciation of Our Lord is the name by which the Latin Mass Community of London will be known.

The Toronto Traditional Mass Society-UNA VOCE TORONTO, is honoured to be working closely with our brothers and sisters in the Diocese of London on this most worthy and necessary endeavour; to bring the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite from its beginnings in Kinkora to the City of London, the Seat of the Diocese. We ask for the gracious blessings of God and the protection of Our Lady and St. Michael the Archangel on His Excellency, Bishop Ronald Fabbro, CSB for his pastoral love and care of those desiring the Usus Antiquior and for facilitating everything associated with the Usus Antiquior in London, Ontario. May God also richly bless and keep Father Paul Nicholson for his dedication and service at St. Patrick's Kinkora and for his work as Coordinator for the Latin Mass in London and for all that he has done for the souls in his care.

A Facebook Page for the Annunciation of Our Lord Latin Mass Community of London, Ontario can be found here and there is a blog which can be found at by visiting until a web page can be built. Those of you in the Diocese of London unfamiliar with the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, you are joyously welcomed to attend this Holy Mass. If you are in the Archdioceses of Toronto or Detroit or the Dioceses of Hamilton or St. Catharines, you are welcomed to come for a visit. If you are a Catholic who has drifted away from the Church, you will be welcomed home by a kind and joyful Catholic community. God bless you all.

Tuesday 2 July 2013

New FSSP priest hails from Archdiocese of Toronto

What joy it must be for two of our Society's members, the parents of newly ordained, Father Juan Tomas of Markham, Ontario in the Archdiocese of Toronto. Father Tomawas ordained to the Holy Priesthood of Our Lord Jesus Christ for the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter.

On behalf of the Board and the Members of the Toronto Traditional Mass Society-UNA VOCE TORONTO, let us give thanks to the Lord of heaven and earth for this vocation and let us pray for this new priest. May the Lord protect him always and may Our Lady keep him always close.

From the New Liturgical Movement


A First Mass and a "New" Salve Regina

This past Wednesday, Fr. Juan Tomás, a newly ordained priest of the Fraternity of St. Peter. celebrated his first solemn Mass in the Borghese Chapel of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome. Palestrina's Mass Tu es Petrus was sung for the Ordinary; the final piece, however, was a setting of the Salve Regina written by the very first master of the Borghese Chapel, Ugolino, in the first decades of the 17th century. The piece has never been transcribed before, and so I believe this is the first recording of it ever made. Hopefully, the choir which sang the Mass, the Concerto Romano, conducted by maestro Alessandro Quarta, will do a professional recording of it at some in the future; this is the second time I have been present for a Mass sung by them, and do not hesitate to say that they are probably one of the best choirs in the world. At their website, you can hear several short recordings of some of their performances.