A year ago or so, I wrote the following in a comment to a post I had made listing all of the Spanish language Masses that were being celebrated in the archdiocese:
Well, There are 220 parishes in our archdiocese. The vast majority of the people don't know anything about Spanish. What will Spanish-speaking Catholics do if we stop offering the Mass in Spanish?
The Church is universal. Besides English, Spanish and Latin, the Mass is also offered here in Vietnamese, Korean, Hmong, Polish and in American Sign Language.
Why can't those who want the Mass in Latin be able to do so?
Latin is beginning to expand in our archdiocese after Pope Benedict issued his Motu Proprio (personal permission) for any priest to be able to celebrated the Mass according to the form of the 1962 Roman Missal, now referred to as the Extraordinary Form (EF). The Novus Ordo English language Mass with which we are all familiar is referred to as the Ordinary Form of the Mass (OF). Permission of the bishop is not needed, but the priest must have some competence (not necessarily fluency) in Latin.
The Latin Masses currently being offered here are all being celebrated by the priest ad orientem, that is with the priest facing the crucifix and the tabernacle.
Prior to 2009, the EF Mass was authorized here by indult (special permission) only at
St. Agnes in
A few months ago, Father John Ubel, pastor of St. Agnes, began to celebrate Latin Masses in accordance with the following schedule:
Saturday - Gregorian Chant Responses by the Congregation
If you had a map, you would quickly note that these locations are at the extreme eastern side of the archdiocese. Hundreds of people drive a long way to get to the Latin Masses at St. Agnes,
When gasoline was 90 cents a gallon (I won’t tell you how cheap it was when I was a lad) the travel time was the biggest problem for those Mass commuters. But now that it is approaching three dollars again, this gets to be a financial drain on some of these commuting families, many of whom bring a raft of [extremely well-behaved] children with them.
For a short time in
But it has creased with the news that Father Bryan Pedersen, formerly assistant to Fr. Echert in South St. Paul was given his own parish, Sacred Heart in Robbinsdale and is now offering a Low Mass (without musical accompaniment as of yet, building it “brick by brick”) each Sunday. That could save twenty miles of driving from many living on the west side of the archdiocese.
On Saturday mornings in
In orthodox “cafeteria Catholicism” Latin will become just another option like charismatic Masses, like the Spanish and other language Masses, contemporary music Masses, childrens’ Masses and, for those that think they can't sing, music-less Masses..