The End of Christmastime

Having safely passed the waypoint of the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, those of us navigating with the 1969 Novus ordo chart know that we have departed the Ocean of Christmastime and entered the Sea of Ordinary Time, v.1. Here we will make our way across the waters of the weeks until we pass the Point of Ash Wednesday, entering the Easter Sea via the Storms of Lent.

For those who are blessed enough to be able to follow the alternative chart of 1962, well, you are in a different part of the ocean of Christmas Cycle known as the Time After Epiphany. Here you will go until you, too, leave the Ocean of Christmas. But you will enter the Easter Sea via a different route, three weeks ahead of we who must use the newer chart. Your route does not recognize “Ordinary Time” but will take you by the “pre-Lenten” rocks of Septuagisema, Sexagesima and Quinquagisima Sundays. No matter, for you, too will end up at the same place: Ash Wednesday.

As for me, I have encountered a sharp but hopefully transient increase in work related demands for the next couple of months. Thus, while I shall keep the dates of upcoming TLM Masses up to date – to the extent that I know about them - you will not be hearing much else from me. Perhaps that is a blessing.

Curate, ut valeatis!

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Christmastime and Epiphany - a brief calendar review,

Christmas Time

Last year, I did an overview of how the Liturgical Year differs, and how it remains the same, across the two liturgical forms, the Novus Ordo (Ordinary Form or OF) and the Tridentine (Extraordinary Form or EF). I also loosely refer to them as the 1962 calendar (the calendar followed by the EF) and the 1969 calendar (the calendar followed by the OF). I also did a post on the period of Christmastime, and how it differs across the two calendars. The period we are in now, the period after Christmas, is particularly confusing, so I thought I would update and repost that post on Christmastime.

First, though, a note of caution: the purpose of these posts is simply to explain the differences, and the similarities between the two calendars. The Church can, and has, altered the Liturgical Calendar through the millennia. I’ve heard, for example, that once upon a time, Advent was 8 weeks, not 4. Sometimes changes seem for the better, other times not so much. But the Church has the authority to do this.

Finally, I was critiqued once for spending to much time on OF things. Well, truth is, we live in a Novus ordo world, and it is instructive to recognize the differences. Also, many of us – me, for example- simply don’t have recourse to an EF Mass, because there are so few to be had, and those that exist are all clustered around Portland, far from where I live. So, we go to Novus ordo Masses, like it or don’t.

1962 Calendar

Beginning with the EF, my Baronius Press 1962 Daily Missal tells me that the season of Christmas, or the Christmas Cycle, begins with the First Sunday of Advent, and ends with the Saturday before Septuagesima. This Cycle is also known as The Mystery of the Incarnation, and has three parts. Thus we have:

Part I of the Christmas Cycle. Advent: First Sunday of Advent (the Sunday closest to November 30th) up to the Vigil Mass on December 24th. The feast of the Immaculate Conception, a Holy Day of obligation in the US (being as Our Lady is, after all, the Patroness of these United States) is on December 8th. The 3rd Sunday of Advent is Gaudete (rejoice!) Sunday. Note that the Ember Days for Advent also occur during Advent. These are days of recommended (not obligatory) fasting; in Advent they occur on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday after the 3rd Sunday of Advent. The subject of Ember Days probably should have its own post someday.

Part II of the Christmas Cycle. Christmastide: Begins with the Vigil Mass, December 24th, (which I believe in the 1962 calendar must span midnight) and runs through Epiphany.

Now things get a little confusing. Right after Christmas Day comes the days of the Octave of Christmas; these have their own Masses, with Decembers 26, 27 and 28 are the Masses of St. Stephen, St. John the Evangelist, and the Holy Innocents, respectively. Decembers 69, 30 and 31 are just called 5th, 6th and 7th days in the Octave. If a Sunday happens to fall in there, it gets its own Mass, the Sunday within the Octave. Then comes the Octave, January 1st, previously known as the Mass of the Circumcision (I think), as under the Jewish Law, it was on the 8th day of life that the boy was to be circumcised. Now it is known as the Octave Day of Christmas.

On the Sunday after the Octave Day of Christmas comes the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus. Now, if this Sunday happens to fall on January 1st, 6th or 7th, then the Holy Name Feast is kept on January 2nd. Except when it isn’t. Current calendars for the EF available to me differ slightly on this point. Anyways, the days of January 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th are Feria (non feast) masses with their own designated readings, Collects, Introits and so forth.

What we can be sure of, though, is that in the 1962 calendar, Epiphany falls on Epiphany, the 12th Day of Christmas, January 6th..

The Octave of the Epiphany is January 13th, the Baptism of the Lord.

Part III of the Christmas Cycle: Season after Epiphany: Now things get a bit more straightforward. Each Sunday after Epiphany (As many as 6 depending on when Ash Wednesday comes) gets its own Mass, and the days in between are Ferias interdigitated with various saints’ feast days. This season runs up to the Saturday prior to Septuagesima Sunday. Thus endeth the Christmas Cycle in the Extraordinary Form, according to the 1962 Liturgical Calendar. The periods known as Ordinary Time are not present in the 1962 calendar.

Et nunc,

How does Christmas time work in the 1969 Calendar? The USCCB promulgates the Liturgical Calendar for these United States every year, the USCCB calendar website is here, the link for the calendar PDF is here.

1969 Calendar

Advent: Using my handy and dandy Daily Roman Missal, Third Edition I find that, as in the EF, Advent runs from the First Sunday of Advent up to First Vespers of Christmas, essentially Sunset of Christmas Eve (which is when the Vigil Mass is often held). As in the EF, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception is on December 8th, and Gaudete is still the Third Sunday, but the Ember Days are all gone. Indeed, all of the Ember Days throughout the year were expunged from the 1969 calendar. Other than that, things are pretty similar to the EF.

Christmas Time: Begins December 24th at First Vespers (Evening Prayer I, which is essentially sundown). The Octave is pretty much as in the 1962 calendar, although the Octave Day (1 January) is the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. In the 1962 calendar, this feast is not a solemnity, and is on October 11th.

Next up is Epiphany. In the Dioceses of the United States, Epiphany is on the Sunday that falls between January 2 and January 8. If that Sunday happens to be the 6th of January, then Epiphany is on Epiphany. If that Sunday happens to be not January 6th (Epiphany), then Epiphany is celebrated on that Sunday anyway and January 6th in that case is just another day. Now, this period around the 1st of the year is already confusing, as we saw in the 1962 calendar, it is doubly so in the 1969 calendar, because we have two factors that move: the days of the week change relative to the calendar dates (normal), and the date of Epiphany moves, to keep it on a Sunday (less normal). This, in turn, necessitates extra set(s) of weekday readings. If you are not following this and are getting a headache, don’t worry. It’s only in these United States that this goes on. In the rest of the Roman Catholic world, at least so far as I know, they celebrate Epiphany on Epiphany. Or, maybe they don’t.

The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord ends Christmas Time, but it isn’t celebrated at the Octave of Epiphany, as it is in the 1962 calendar. It can be anywhere from 1 to 7 days after Epiphany which, as we saw, has no fixed date either. To recap: in the 1962 calendar, Epiphany is on Epiphany, January 6th, and the Baptism of the Lord is January 13th. The Season After Epiphany, Part III of the Christmas Cycle, can vary in length, but it always ends the evening before Septuagesima Sunday. Spetuagesima Sunday, in turn, is always three Sundays before Ash Wednesday, and nine Sundays before Easter. Always. It’s easy to keep oriented to where you are in the year.

In the 1969 calendar, Epiphany is sometime between January 2nd and January 8th, and the Baptism or the Lord (and the end of Christmas Time) is 1 to 7 days after that. Some years, like last year, Christmas Time can end rather abruptly, with the Baptism falling the day after Epiphany, which was placed that year on January 7th. On the other hand, in this year – 2019 – the Novus ordo Epiphany happens to fall on the actual Epiphany, January 6th.. So, in the 1969 calendar, if you find yourself feeling slightly disoriented after January 1st, well, don’t worry about it. The USCCB isn’t.

After the Baptism of the Lord (1969 calendar) Christmas Time is over, and we go into the first of the two rounds of “Ordinary Time”. There are no “pre-Lenten Sundays” (Septuagesima, Sexagesim, Quinquagesima). So, there it is.

Curate, ut valeatis.

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Latin Mass Schedule for January, 2019, in the Diocese of Portland, Maine

Noto bene: I post times and places of Latin Masses in the Diocese, to the extent that I know of them. Please feel free to E-mail me at or with additions, deletions or corrections. Happy New Year!

FIRST SATURDAY MASS this Saturday, 5 January 2019.

Fr. Steven Cartwright
Parochial Vicar - Sebago Lakes Region Parishes
Office Phone: 207-857-0490, ext. 22


And don’t forget, EVERY SUNDAY (courtesy of the Saint Gregory the Great Latin Mass Chaplaincy):

Saints Peter and Paul Basilica
122 Ash Street, Lewiston

12 noon
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
307 Congress Street, Portland

Curate, ut valeatis!

Adeste, fideles, laeti triumphantes, in Anno Domini MMXVIII

Latin Masses on New Year’s Day:

8AM: Low Mass at the Cathedral (St. Gregory the Great Latin Mass Chaplaincy).

Noon: Sung Mass at the Basilica in Lewiston (St. Gregory the Great Latin Mass Chaplaincy).


For whatever it’s worth, a literal rendering of Adeste, Fideles laeti triumphantes comes out as “Be present! Faithful, happy, victoriously marching ones.” I had help, of course, from Professor Hans-Friedrich Mueller but no matter.

Anyway, here’s the entire piece, and may God bless you all in this Christmas Season! See you in January.

Curate, ut valeatis!

1. Adeste Fideles laeti triumphantes,
Veníte, veníte in Bethlehem.
Natum vidéte, Regem Angelorum:

Veníte adoremus,
Veníte adoremus
Veníte adoremus Dóminum

2. Deum de Deo, lumen de lúmine,
gestant puellae viscera
Deum verum, genitum non factum:

Veníte adoremus,
Veníte adoremus
Veníte adoremus Dóminum

3. Cantet nunc io chorus Angelórum
cantet nunc aula caelestium:
Gloria in excelsis Deo:

Veníte adoremus,
Veníte adoremus
Veníte adoremus Dóminum

4. Ergo qui natus, die hodierna
Jesu, tibi sit glória
Patris aeterni Verbum caro factum:

Veníte adoremus,
Veníte adoremus
Veníte adoremus Dóminum

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Schedule of Christmas Masses in the Extraordinary Form, Diocese of Porltand, Maine, Anno Domini MMXVIII

MIDNIGHT MASS 12AM St. Anthony of Padua

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Christmas Day:

8AM: Low Mass at the Cathedral (St. Gregory the Great Latin Mass Chaplaincy).

Noon: Sung Mass at the Basilica in Lewiston (St. Gregory the Great Latin Mass Chaplaincy).

New Year’s Day:

8AM: Low Mass at the Cathedral (St. Gregory the Great Latin Mass Chaplaincy).

Noon: Sung Mass at the Basilica in Lewiston (St. Gregory the Great Latin Mass Chaplaincy).

On the Stability of the Latin Mass in these times of chaos.

From the National Catholic Register:

I think it’s the uncertainty that everything seems to be shifting and the [traditional] Mass itself is stable,” Joseph said. “It doesn’t change.”

I have never had the sense of peace in the Novus ordo that I had back in the day when we were able to go to a local Vetus ordo parish. Since it was an FSSP parish, we didn’t feel like we were second class citizens, relegated to a side chapel, the basement, or an inconvenient Mass time. The Mass was reverent, it was predictable, it was not about the priest drawing attention to himself or the people drawing attention to themselves. It was about God. The Mass was the Mass, it didn’t change, and that was that.

Michael Price is a 23-year-old former atheist who is taking a Catholic catechism class. He described himself as on the verge of converting and believes the traditional Latin Mass has been helping him in his conversion process.

It would be slow going otherwise,” he said, adding that the “atmosphere” he experienced at the Novus Ordo Masses has led him to want to leave. He said, “I don’t get that at all with the Latin Mass.” 

For Price, there’s something straightforward about the extraordinary form of the Mass.

Price thinks the traditional Latin Mass “really embodies the dogma and teaching of the Catholic Church better than the Novus Ordo does. A reason for that could be that that is the way the Mass has been for over 1,000 years. Being entrenched in that one manner of prayer and sacrifice really enabled that ritual, that Mass, to embody the dogma more effectively than the Novus Ordo, which was more recently instituted.”

The Mass is the Mass, and that is that. The article continues,

“’The whole orientation,’ Father Berg (of the FSSP parish in Rhode Island - TC) added, ‘focuses upon the offering of the sacrifice to God, rather than on the community, as in the new rite.’ Also, in the extraordinary form, he said, Catholics are reminded constantly of their kneeling before God and the humility they ought to have in offering sacrifice. ‘If that relationship with God is understood, we believe that relationship defines all your other relationships.’

I recommend the article to you – it is very good.

Curate, ut valeatis.

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December 17th is the last day for shopping...

… at the Dominican Nuns Cloister Shoppe!!!

They close down every year on December 17th (they’ll be back in January) because, well, they want to focus on the birth of Our Lord and Savior on Christmas Day. Was Jesus really born on Christmas Day? I believe He was.

Anyway, here’s some information on The Cloister Shoppe in particular and the nuns in general. We also discussed them here. So, help support them and get some nice stuff for Christmas, too.

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Curate, ut valeatis.

The Sacrifice of Fr. Schmitt, the Second Sunday of Advent, 1941.

American military chaplaincies predate the Constitution, as do both the Army and the Navy. The United States Navy was established by the Continental Congress on 13 October, 1775, and the first set of “Rules for the Regulation of the Navy of the United Colonies” (commonly known as “Navy Regulations”) were promulgated by the Second Continental Congress on 28 November, 1775. Within the second Article of this first set of Navy Regulations we find:

"...the Commanders of the ships of the thirteen United Colonies are to take care that divine services be performed twice a day on board and a sermon preached on Sundays, unless bad weather or other extraordinary accidents prevent."

Thus was born the United States Navy Chaplain Corps. Chaplains in the Armed Services are commissioned officers, and wear the uniform of branch in which they serve. Some chaplains serve for only a few years, others serve for an entire career. I served as a medical officer aboard two United States Navy warships: USS Wasp (LHD-1) and USS Nassau (LHA-4). Aboard both, at 2100 hours (9PM) some version of the following would be piped over the 1MC (public address from the bridge): “All hands stand by for the evening prayer.” The the chaplain would come on and offer a short prayer. Generic, to be sure, but a prayer, nevertheless. On Sundays and Holy Days of obligation, when a priest was available (he usually was flown over from another ship on the ‘holy helo’ yuk yuk) there was Mass, sometimes in the medical spaces, occasionally on the flight deck, assuming no flight ops, a rarity except when in port.

Which brings us to this from US Naval Institute News regarding Fr. Aloyius H. Schmitt, Lieutenant (junior grade), Chaplain Corps, USN, and his sacrifice on the morning of December 7th, 1941. LT (jg) Schmitt was serving as Catholic Chaplain aboard the battleship USS Oklahoma.

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The USS Oklahoma was the second of the Navy’s Nevada class battleships, laid down in 1912 and commissioned in 1916. Like many of the WW I era Navy ships, she underwent several modernizations through the period of the 1920s and 1930s, and eventually found herself as part of the Pacific Fleet moored that peaceful Sunday morning in berth F5, “Battleship Row”, Pearl Harbor Naval Base when the Imperial Japanese Navy carried out the sneak attack which brought the United States into World War II. The Oklahoma was torpedoed, capsized and sank during the attack.

From the Citation for Fr. Schmitt:

As Oklahoma was capsizing, Schmitt sacrificed his own life to assist many of his shipmates’ escape through an open porthole. Schmitt had been hearing confession when Oklahoma was hit by four torpedoes, according to the Navy.

Schmitt helped a small group of sailors escape, before he attempted getting through the porthole. He was struggling to get through when he noticed more sailors had entered the compartment he had been in, according to the Navy.

Schmitt realized the water was rapidly flooding the compartment, and soon this exit would be closed. Schmitt asked to be pushed back into the compartment, so others could escape, urging the sailors with a blessing, according to Navy. Oklahoma continued filling with water and capsized. More than 400 sailors, including Schmitt, died on Oklahoma…

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The USNI article continues:

Last year (2016-TC), (Fr.) Schmitt’s remains were positively identified using DNA testing and were re-interred at the Loras College chapel, which was dedicated to Schmitt, a 1932 graduate. A memorial to Schmitt in the chapel includes his chalice, prayer book, military medals and more of his personal belongings recovered in the ship’s wreckage. The book is still marked with a page ribbon for Dec. 8 prayers, according to Loras College…

Before Fr. Schmitt died, he saved 12 of his shipmates. Christ the King Chapel at Loras College was built in 1946 as a memorial to Fr. Schmitt. He was posthumously awarded the Silver Star on December 7th, 2017. Fr. Schmitt was the first American chaplain of any faith to die in World War II. December 7th, 1941 was the Second Sunday in Advent.


Since 1985, all Catholic chaplains (and, for that matter, all Catholics serving in the military and their families) fall under the Archdiocese for the Military Services USA) sometimes known as “AMS” or the “Military Ordinariate”) established by Pope John Paul II. Some details are here. For whatever it’s with, although the chaplains themselves are commissioned officers (and thus paid by their Service), that’s all that’s paid for. From the FAQ page (my emphasis):

The AMS is a church entity. It is not a part of the Armed Forces and is not funded by the federal government. It is a “home” mission diocese that depends almost entirely on financial support from individual donors including personal donations from its military and VA chaplains, gifts from military communities, gifts from dioceses, charitable bequests, and grants.

The military chaplains are members of the Armed Forces and, as such, are paid by the government. The AMS must pay all the considerable travel costs for its clergy to visit military installations around the world. They do not travel on military aircraft. The AMS receives limited support from certain US dioceses and foundations that support Catholic causes.

On a personal note, I and my wife went through RCIA under the auspices of the AMS while stationed in Italy, and we came into the Church in the military chapel at the Naval Support Activity Naples, Italy. I have been to I don’t know how many Masses offered by priests in the USN Chaplain service aboard several different warships, as well as in Italy, Spain, and various locals in the Persian Gulf. I cannot express how important these men have been to me in my life, and to others serving haze gray and underway.

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USS Oklahoma

Curate, ut valeatis.

Advent Lessons and Carols and the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

This just in:

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And, don’t forget the schedule for this Saturday, 8 December 2018:

December 8th, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception:

8AM: Low Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress St., Portland, ME (sponsored by St. Gregory the Great Latin Mass Chaplaincy).

Noon: Low Mass at St. Anthony of Padua. 268 Brown St, Westbrook, Maine

Contact: Fr. Steven Cartwright, Parochial Vicar - Sebago Lakes Region Parishes Office Phone: 207-857-0490, ext. 22

Noon: Sung Mass at the Saints Peter and Paul Basilica, 122 Ash Street, Lewiston, Maine (sponsored by St. Gregory the Great Latin Mass Chaplaincy).

Curate, ut valeatis.

Thoughts on the passing of Bishop Robert Morlino for this First Sunday of Advent, Anno Domini MMXVIII

We noted Bishop Robert Morlino’s sudden and unexpected passing on November 24th, 2018 here. There are many biographies on the Bishop, a reliable one is from the Diocesan paper, the Madison Catholic Herald. Fr. Z, who knew him well, has written a lot about him in recent days: go here for the archive. Pundits have written as well; Fr. Raymond deSouza wrote here, and one of the most complex eulogies is that of Rocco Palmo. Some have interpreted Rocco’s piece as a slam on the Bishop before the body is cold; I think it is an ode to a happy warrior.

Both the SSPX and the FSSP have weighed in as well.

Why is such a deal being made about all this? In my opinion, it is because the Bishop was a happy warrior, a man who was simply unafraid of the world, the culture, even what people and even other bishops said about him. From my distant vantage point, he appears to be a man who understood exactly what his job was, and went ahead and did it, and the heck with what people said about it. He didn’t answer to them, he answered to a higher authority.

Fr. Z wrote this (my emphases):

It was Bp. Morlino’s desire to provide the city and diocese with a new Cathedral church once again, which would have a crypt chapel for their bishops… The old cathedral burned down, due to arson, over a decade ago and has not been replaced…

To give you a sense of the sort of bishop he was, he shelved plans for a new cathedral in order to raise money for a foundation that would pay for formation for seminarians for the priesthood. When he took over the diocese, there were about 6 seminarians – total – and that was what was budgeted. However, under Bp. Morlino vocations soared to a high of some 34, and 24 now. As you can imagine, a budget for 6 was not adequate. He shelved his cathedral to build a “priests for the future” campaign. It was quite successful. He left that aspect in good shape. He also ordained 40 men for the diocese in his time...

Joseph Pearce wrote about how the Bishop understood the evangelizing power of beauty, and its importance in “cultural apologetics”, in the National Catholic Register. It is worth your time to read the entire article. A snippet:

At [Bishop Morlino’s] behest, I spoke of the good, the true and the beautiful as being a reflection of the Trinity, inseparable, coequal and yet mystically distinct. The good was the way of virtue or love; the true was the way of reason; the beautiful was the way of creation. In an age which had corrupted the meaning of love, removing its rational and self-sacrificial heart and replacing it with narcissistic feeling, and in an age which had corrupted reason to something merely relative and devoid of objectivity, the power of beauty to evangelize was more important than ever…

To me it seems that Bishop Morlino saw his job as saving souls, not superstructures (nevertheless understanding that one side benefit of a robust Church is robust superstructure; it’s all related), and he understood the importance of beauty – objective beauty – as well as clear and unambiguous orthodoxy in that job of leading souls to salvation.

The Diocese of Madison has a page here. This page lists Requiem and Memorial Masses being said, not just in Wisconsin but elsewhere in the country, and internationally.

EWTN will be broadcasting the funeral at 11AM, Tuesday, December 4th.

Thought you might be interested.

Curate, ut valeatis.


Latin Masses in the Portland, Maine area in December, 2018, including a Midnight Mass (revised schedule).

We are in to Advent, the beginning of a new Liturgical Year, and there are a plethora of Masses to be offered in the Extraordinary Form in the Portland area in December! (Around seventeen altogether, if you include the “regular” Sunday 8AM and noon Masses).

There are three Extraordinary Form Masses to be at St. Anthony of Padua, located in St. Hyacinth Church, 268 Brown Street, Westbrook, ME 04092 (207-857-0490 or E-mail to: For those who (like me) may be unfamiliar, Westbrook is right outside of Portland. Details on these Masses are below.

In addition, the St. Gregory the Great Latin Mass Chaplaincy will be having Masses as usual every Sunday at 8:30AM (Basilica, Lewiston) and noon (side chapel, Cathedral, Portland), as mentioned on the sidebar, in addition to two Masses on each of the Holy Days (8 December, 25 December, 1 January).

So, here is the December schedule:

December 8th, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception:

8AM: Low Mass at the Cathedral (St. Gregory the Great Latin Mass Chaplaincy).

Noon: Low Mass at St. Anthony of Padua.

Noon: Sung Mass at the Basilica in Lewiston (St. Gregory the Great Latin Mass Chaplaincy).


8AM: Low Mass at the Cathedral (St. Gregory the Great Latin Mass Chaplaincy).

Noon: Sung Mass at the Basilica in Lewiston (St. Gregory the Great Latin Mass Chaplaincy).


MIDNIGHT MASS 12AM St. Anthony of Padua

New Year’s Day:

8AM: Low Mass at the Cathedral (St. Gregory the Great Latin Mass Chaplaincy).

Noon: Sung Mass at the Basilica in Lewiston (St. Gregory the Great Latin Mass Chaplaincy).

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Latin Masses in the Portland area in December, including a Midnight Mass!

As you know, this Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent, the beginning of a new Liturgical Year, and there are a plethora of Masses to be offered in the Extraordinary Form in the Portland area in December! (Around fifteen altogether, if you include the “regular” Sunday 8AM and noon Masses).

There are three Extraordinary Form Masses to be at St. Anthony of Padua, located in St. Hyacinth Church, 268 Brown Street, Westbrook, ME 04092 (207-857-0490 or E-mail to: For those who (like me) may be unfamiliar, Westbrook is right outside of Portland. Details on these Masses are below.

In addition, the St. Gregory the Great Latin Mass Chaplaincy will be having Masses as usual every Sunday at 8:30AM (Basilica, Lewiston) and noon (side chapel, Cathedral, Portland), as mentioned on the sidebar.

So, here is the December schedule:

This Saturday, December 1st, is First Saturday Mass (sung Mass) 9AM, with confessions at 8AM, St. Anthony of Padua.

Next Saturday, December 8th, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception there are two Masses:

8AM: Low Mass at the Cathedral (St. Gregory the Great Latin Mass Chaplaincy).

Noon: Low Mass at St. Anthony of Padua.


8AM: Low Mass at the Cathedral (St. Gregory the Great Latin Mass Chaplaincy).


MIDNIGHT MASS 12AM St. Anthony of Padua

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RIP Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison, WI

From the Diocese of Madison, WI, via Fr. Z:

It is my sad duty to inform you of the death of Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison. Bishop Morlino died tonight, Saturday, November 24th, at approximately 9:15 pm at St. Mary Hospital in Madison at the age of 71...

Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.

I never met Bishop Morlino, but I knew of him, and his work, and he was an inspiration to me as an example of what a good and faithful Catholic could be. Along with one of Fr Z’s commentators, I pray that he has heard these words:

Well done, O good and faithful servant.”


The End of Ordinary Time

This Sunday, 25 November, in the "New Universal Roman Calendar" (source: USCCB Liturgical calendar) is the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. The subsequent week is the 34th (or Last) Week in Ordinary Time, and it’s conclusion next Saturday evening brings to an end the second of the two Ordinary Time periods, as well as the Liturgical Year. From the National Shrine of St. Jude website:

The "Lectionary," the Mass readings from the Holy Bible, follows a Sunday cycle and a weekday cycle. The Liturgical Calendar follows a three-year cycle, each year being represented by the letters, A, B, and C. During the year A cycle, the Gospel of Matthew is the primary Gospel that is used for the readings. In year B, Mark is the primary Gospel. In year C, Luke is the primary Gospel. The Gospel of John is proclaimed on particular Sundays in each of the years.

The "New Universal Roman Calendar" (sometimes called the “Revised Calendar”), as we recall from this earlier post, was promulgated by Pope Paul VI in 1969 as part of the 1969 Edition of the Roman Missal, also known as the Novus ordo missae, which took effect on the First Sunday of Advent, 1969. In the Revised Calendar, there is “Ordinary Time” (there are two “Ordinary Time” periods, actually) and there is Advent, Lent, Christmas Time and Easter Time. During ordinary Time there is a three year Sunday lectionary cycle as we saw above (A, B and C) and a two year weekday lectionary cycle (Year I, which is odd years, and Year II, which is even years). Advent, Christmas Time, Lent and Easter Time have their own annual set of readings and prayers.

The Traditional Latin Mass 1962 Calendar is much simpler as there’s only one annual cycle (although because of this there’s certainly far fewer Scripture readings over the year: increasing the amount of Scripture was one of the stated reasons for the Revised Calendar). This coming up Sunday is the 24th Sunday After Pentecost (the Solemnity of Christ the King is on the 4th Sunday of October in the old calendar) and the readings for the final week of the liturgical year are either those for whatever Saint’s Day it happens to be, or a free day ("Feria").

Since we’re discussing Calendars and Missals, here’s a plug for a beautiful 1962 Missal,

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and a beautiful Novus ordo Daily Roman Missal.

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And, don’t forget your Advent Candles and other Cloister Shoppe goodies from our friends the Dominican Nuns of Summit, NJ!

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Curate, ut valeatis!

Thanksgiving 2018

Some Thanksgiving reflections which originated at The Presence Radio Network. Let us remember that we are, in this nation, blessed in so very many ways:

We'd like to share a Thanksgiving reflection from Glen Lewerenz (Glen's Story Corner) heard weekdays on Morning Air® from 7am-9am.

Here are some points to ponder as we celebrate this Thanksgiving:

If you woke up this morning with more health, than illness, you're more fortunate than the million who will not survive this week.  

If you've never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture or the pangs of starvation, you're ahead of 500 million people in the world. 

If you can attend church without fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death, you're more privileged than 3 billion people in the world. 

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If you can hold someone's hand, hug them or even touch them on the shoulder, you're blessed because you can offer healing touch. 

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If you hold your head up with a smile on your face, and are truly thankful, you're blessed because the majority can, but most do not. 

1 Thessalonians 5:18 ~ In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.

May God bless you all, and wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving!


Clarity is rare.

To quote Monsignor Charles Pope of the Diocese of Washington, DC:

Clarity is rare.

If you haven’t read Archbishop Carlo Maria Vignano’s third letter, well, it can be found right here. Msgr. Pope courageously and forthrightly discusses it here, and comes right out with Archbishop Vignano’s “bottom line,” with which I wholeheartedly agree. From the Archbishop’s letter (my emphasis):

[T]his very grave crisis cannot be properly addressed and resolved unless and until we call things by their true names. This is a crisis due to the scourge of homosexuality, in its agents, in its motives, in its resistance to reform. It is no exaggeration to say that homosexuality has become a plague in the clergy, and it can only be eradicated with spiritual weapons. It is an enormous hypocrisy to condemn the abuse, claim to weep for the victims, and yet refuse to denounce the root cause of so much sexual abuse: homosexuality. It is hypocrisy to refuse to acknowledge that this scourge is due to a serious crisis in the spiritual life of the clergy and to fail to take the steps necessary to remedy it.… the evidence for homosexual collusion, with its deep roots that are so difficult to eradicate, is overwhelming. …To claim the crisis itself to be clericalism is pure sophistry.

None of this is about people with disordered inclinations, whether it be inclinations towards adultery, fornication, or lust; inclinations towards excessive drink, inclinations towards sloth, gluttony or greed; or inclinations towards engaging in sex with others of your own sex. All of us have our own crosses to bear regarding disordered inclinations. The problems come when we act on these inclinations. The problem – the systemic problem, the crisis in the Church - is men, ordained as priests, engaging in homosexual activity, and using their positions as priests to further their activities.

Msgr. Pope:

...Whatever the number or percentage of philanderers (i.e., ‘womanizers’ among the priesthood – TC) — one is too many — the much larger number of homosexual offenses (80 percent) in clergy sexual delicts shouts for attention. But few, very few bishops or Vatican officials are willing to talk openly and clearly about it. This must change if any solutions are to be credible and trust is to be restored with God’s people. Excluding any reference to active homosexuality in the priesthood is like excluding any talk about cigarette smoking as a cause for lung cancer. It results in a pointless and laughable discussion that no one can take seriously. Will any other bishops follow the lead of Archbishop Viganò and a few others, such as Bishop Robert Morlino? It remains to be seen, but credibility remains in the balance.

The US Bishops have just finished their confab in Baltimore, convened at the expense of those of us still willing to put cash in the collection plates. These men flopped around pretty much one might expect. You can get as much on the Baltimore spectacle as you can stomach in lots of places – the National Catholic Register, the new Catholic Herald "America" section (which is excellent, by the way), or whatever venue you like. I personally doubt that the USCCB, as a body, has the courage to address this: "Is Catholic clergy sex abuse related to homosexual priests?"

I have said before, do not use this as an excuse to “give up” on the Church. Fr. Z had some calming thoughts on the matter here. The truth is, I am as disgusted with the antics of highly-placed churchmen as anyone, maybe more so: if I discharged my professional obligations as stupidly and incompetently as your average bishop, I’d not only be unemployed but might even be in jail. However, if watching this freak show is painful for me, how much more so it must be for those seminarians, priests and bishops who have given their lives to Christ and His Church, and who truly want to be good and faithful priests. I believe these men – those who desire to be good and faithful priests - make up the majority of the clergy. More than ever, they need our support.

I am grateful for Msgr. Pope, and all those priests (and bishops, yes, there are a few) who are showing clarity and courage on this. It cannot be easy.

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Valete, ut cureate.

Agatha Christie and the Latin Mass (from the Catholic Herald)

From the Catholic Herald (my emphasis):

“… Opposition to the liturgical reforms and regret at the passing of a liturgical tradition going back to the 4th century, if not further, was widespread, as the radical nature of what was being done in the name of the Second Vatican Council became apparent in the 1960s. The Latin Mass Society (of England and Wales, website here – TC) was founded in 1965, as the first reforming documents from Rome made clear that the Latin language was in the crosshairs, and liturgical experiments and abuses were disturbing the faithful in parishes.

Cardinal John Heenan ordered all parish churches in Westminster diocese to celebrate one Mass on Sundays in Latin, in light of Vatican II’s mandate: “the use of the Latin language is to be preserved in the Latin rites” (Sacrosanctum Concilium 36.1). However, the celebration of the reformed Mass in Latin quickly came to be seen as an anomaly, and the rule was withdrawn early in 1971. The debate resolved for most into a choice between the New Mass in the vernacular, and the “Tridentine” (or Latin) Mass…

The article is a short summary of that brief moment on the eve of the top-down imposition of the Novus ordo Missae on the First Sunday of Advent, 1969 (we discussed this here) when attempts were made to stop the “terrible mistake” of the liturgical “reform” which Pope Paul VI had made the centerpiece of his pontificate. One approach (among many) was developed as a petition to Pope Paul VI…

“… by the remarkable Alfred Marnau, a Slovakian poet who had come to Britain in 1939…

‘…The rite in question, (wrote Marnau - TC) in its magnificent Latin text, has also inspired a host of priceless achievements in the arts – not only mystical works, but works by poets, philosophers, musicians, architects, painters and sculptors in all countries and epochs. Thus, it belongs to universal culture as well as to churchmen and formal Christians.’

knowing time was short, in the space of just three weeks Marnau managed to gather the signatures of more than 50 public figures, including an MP from each of the major political parties, two Anglican bishops, and numerous writers, artists and musicians. These included Graham Greene, Colin Davis, Iris Murdoch, FR Leavis, Malcolm Muggeridge, Yehudi Menuhin and Nancy Mitford. William Rees-Mogg, editor of the Times, ensured that it received national attention.

But it was another signatory who, at least in popular legend, caught Paul VI’s eye, when the petition was presented to him by Cardinal Heenan, on behalf of the Latin Mass Society. Marnau relates: “The story goes that Pope Paul VI was reading quietly through the list of signatories and then suddenly said, ‘Ah, Agatha Christie!’ and signed his approval.”

Sadly, the Pope’s approval was only that the Latin Mass not be entirely suppressed. The Pope chose to not halt the impending trainwreck of liturgical revolution.

Curate, ut valeatis.


On nuns and home improvement.

From the Catholic Herald:

A few years ago I gave a child a holy picture of Saint Faustina, explaining that she was a very holy nun. “What’s a nun?” the child asked…”

The complete collapse of religious orders in the west is no surprise to anyone who has at least brainstem function. The Herald continues, citing the Catholic Philly:

“…The number of women religious in the United States has declined from a peak of 181,421 in 1965 to 47,160 in 2016, National Religious Retirement Office statistics show. About 77 percent of women religious are older than 70.

As many as 300 of the 420 religious institutes in the United States are in their last decades of existence because of aging membership and declining vocations, officials said…” (n.b.: If you want a clue regarding the reasons for the vocations collapse, all you need to do is go the Catholic Philly article – TC)

None of my children has ever seen a nun. Although there are a handful of very elderly sisters cloistered around the state of Maine, for practical purposes the “vocation to religious life” that is mindlessly repeated during the “prayers of the faithful” each Sunday has no meaningful, visible corollary. There are no nuns teaching in the schools. There are no nuns working and taking care of patients in the (ostensibly) Catholic hospitals. There are no nuns walking down the street, there are no nuns in the former convent attached to the school. The old convent has, in fact, been “repurposed” to a secular assisted living facility of some sort. For my children, and for all of the children in the State (and all of these United States) “praying for vocations to religious life” is like praying for dinosaurs. Except, they are taught about dinosaurs in their Catholic school.

However, as the Herald article points out (my emphasis),

“…Certain orders are not going to continue, while others are; the orders women still want to join are by and large, for want of a better term, traditional ones. Those facing extinction, not so much…”

Which brings me to some examples I’d like to share with you, because the nuns are out there, slowly, quietly, patiently rebuilding. Brick by brick. You just have to look.

Firstly, The Dominican Nuns at the Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary, Summit, New Jersey. What, you may ask, is a “Dominican Nun”? from the website:

Like all contemplatives, our specific mission is unceasing prayer for the entire Church, a spiritual service in the form of praise, adoration, intercession, expiation and thanksgiving…

..Contemplative activity at the service of the Church is the definite pattern set by St. Dominic for the Nuns of the Order, for he founded them ten years before the Brethren to offer their prayers and penances for all “preachers of the word.” From the very beginning of the Order, St. Dominic associated us with “the holy preaching,” through a life of contemplation, liturgical prayer, work, and sacrifice. He founded the nuns before the friars, knowing that the success of his preaching depended upon and was linked intimately with the intercession of his daughters…”

You can explore their website, and learn a great deal about them on your own. However, I’d like to point out their Cloister Shoppe. I’ve been buying stuff from there for a few years now, especially soap and beeswax Advent candles. They sell most of their stuff year ‘round, but you gotta hurry on the Advent candles as they are seasonal, and when they’re gone, they’re gone, until next year!

And, although they are a small group, they are growing, and have a capital campaign (look at the “construction photos” link!)

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Next up, Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles in Gower, Missouri. From their website,

Our community first began under the aegis of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter in 1995, in the Diocese of Scranton, Pennsylvania…

In March 2006, we accepted the invitation of Bishop Robert W. Finn to transfer to his diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph in Missouri. We were established as a Public Association of the Faithful with the new name, “Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles”. By the grace of God and through the fatherly solicitude of Bishop Finn, we were raised to the status of Religious Institute of Diocesan Right under the supreme authority of Ecclesia Dei on November 25, 2014.”

Like the Dominicans in NJ, the Benedictines are small but growing, and they had a major milestone in the consecration of the newly built Abbey and the Abbess this past September. Fr. Z covered it in great detail with great photos and great videos here, here and here.

They, too, have a store. The Dominicans have an extensive collection of craft items for sale, while these Benedictine sisters have greeting cards and especially music CDs covering all the Liturgical year: Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, and more. Check it out!

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Third, we have Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, founded in 1997 in Ann Arbor, Michigan by four foundresses: Mother Assumpta Long, O.P., Sr. Joseph Andrew Bogdanowicz, O.P., Sr. Mary Samuel Handwerker, O.P., and Sr. John Dominic Rasmussen, O.P. Teaching is their primary apostolate. From the Apostolate link (my emphasis):

“…Women religious have been an integral part of the history of Catholic education in the United States. As Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, we seek to continue the tradition of educating generations of young people in their Faith and most of all, to bring youth into deeper relationship with Christ…

In our Spiritus Sanctus Academies or in other Catholic schools where our Sisters are involved in the administration or teaching apostolate, we look to foster, flowing from the Dominican charism, the formation of the students, spiritually, intellectually, and physically. We support the growth and excellence of the whole person so that they too can go out and engage the culture with a knowledge of the Truth. We seek to foster the holiness of our students, because holiness and happiness are synonymous in the light of Faith.

At this juncture in the Catholic Church’s history in our country, which is in such great need for the new evangelization spoken of by Saint John Paul II, we serve the Church by deepening the renewal of Catholic education and bringing consecrated women religious back into the schools.”

In addition to the Mother House in Ann Arbor, they are building a new Religious House in Austin, Texas. They also have teaching missions in Michigan (Lansing, Detroit and St. Claire Shores, and of course, Ann Arbor), Chicago, IL, Worthington, OH, Peoria, IL, St. Paul, MN, Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, Kansas City, MO, Houston, TX, Georgetown, TX, Austin, TX and Buda, TX (what’s up with Texas??). They are also in Phoenix, AZ, Sacramento, CA and San Francisco, CA. Finally, they are also in Rome, serving at the Pontifical North American College.

And, of course, they have a store. Here is the Texas Religious House.

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Lastly, I offer the Carmelite nuns of the Diocese of Harrisburg, PA. From their website:

The Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph is a papally enclosed Discalced Carmelite community in the farmlands of Elysburg, Pennsylvania. In communion with the Roman Catholic Church and approved by their diocesan bishop, the Most Rev. Ronald Gainer of the Harrisburg Diocese, the cloistered Nuns live lives of solitude, prayer and sacrifice. Their monastery is at full capacity — and their numbers continue to grow.

The primary mission of the Carmelite Order is to pray and offer oblation for the Church and the world. The use of the Extraordinary Form of the Mass and Divine Office sets this monastery apart and their observance of the Rule and Constitutions is part of an unbroken tradition stretching back from Mexico to Spain to Mount Carmel itself in the Holy Land...”

Since moving into the Elysburg monastery (vacated in 2007 by an aging community), the Nuns have experienced a surge in vocations. Here, this new generation has found the perennial ideals of the cloistered Carmelite vocation lived in all its traditional fullness. While this is a blessing, it has also created a challenge. With these new vocations, the Nuns have outgrown their current monastery. Rooms meant for recreation, meals, and work are fast being turned into living quarters to accommodate new postulants.

...Since moving into the Elysburg monastery (vacated in 2007 by an aging community), the Nuns have experienced a surge in vocations. Here, this new generation has found the perennial ideals of the cloistered Carmelite vocation lived in all its traditional fullness. While this is a blessing, it has also created a challenge. With these new vocations, the Nuns have outgrown their current monastery. Rooms meant for recreation, meals, and work are fast being turned into living quarters to accommodate new postulants.

Bishop Ronald Gainer of the Harrisburg Diocese gave the Carmelites permission to branch out and found a new community. With his blessing, the Carmel of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph began the design process and in 2012 purchased the land on which to build. 

At both Elysburg and the new monastery, the nuns will be able to continually grow, attracting new vocations and providing powerhouses of prayer and sacrifice the world so desperately needs...”

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All of these communities: the Dominicans in New Jersey, the Benedictines in Missouri, the Dominicans in Michigan, the Carmelites of Pennsylvania, are growing. That’s why I’ve posted construction pictures and links. They also have stores and get a fair amount of their income through their stores. They sell beautiful and unique things, and three have music CDs which make wonderful gifts for any priests or seminarians you may happen to know.

Curate, ut valeatis!