The St. Gregory the Great Latin Mass Chaplaincy (Fr. Robert Parent) will offer, on ASCENSION THURSDAY (30 May 2019), Masses as follows:

8 AM

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
307 Congress Street, Portland

6:30 PM
Saints Peter and Paul Basilica
122 Ash Street, Lewiston

The remaining Sunday Masses for May by Fr. Parent will be at the usual times and places:

8:30 AM
Saints Peter and Paul Basilica
122 Ash Street, Lewiston

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
307 Congress Street, Portland

Curate, ut valeatis!

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The priest shortage is a self inflicted wound.

There is a classic piece by Anthony Esolen, entitled “The Catholic Church’s priest shortage is a self-inflicted wound”, published over 4 years ago on LifeSite, still available here. Worth reading (or re-reading), it goes like this:

Suppose you take a double-barrel shotgun and aim it at your foot. You press the trigger, and half of your toes are bloody fragments. Then you pray, ‘Cure me, O Lord, for I am lame!’…

The Catholic Church is in dire need of priests. She had plenty of priests before the onset of liturgical abuses not sanctioned by the Second Vatican Council's Sacrosanctum Concilium. Mathematician and computer programmer David Sonnier has plotted out the precipitous decline in vocations after the Council, illustrating it by an asymptotic curve he calls, with mordant irony, the Springtime Decay Function, whereby he concludes that we are missing more than 300,000 priests who otherwise might have been ministering to the people of God today. He shows his students the data, telling them that it marks enrollment at a college, and he asks them to guess what happened. They reply in one way or another that the college in question must have made a dreadfully bad decision in 1965.

Did they get rid of football?” asked one of the students.

The answer to that is yes, they did “get rid of football.” Nowhere in Sacrosanctum Concilium or in other documents of Vatican II … are the following liturgical innovations mandated or recommended or even suggested:

* orientation ad populum

* Communion in both species

* Communion received in the hand

* Communion received while standing, as at a delicatessen

* removal of altar rails

* prohibition of Masses said according to the 1962 missal

* exclusive use of the vernacular

* girls serving at the altar

Sonnier understands that correlation and causation are not the same; though it defies all reason to suppose that a decline so sudden and so calamitous was strictly coincidental. One way to show that it was not coincidental – that the foot's agony had something to do with the shotgun and the trigger – would be to go to those dioceses and communities that did not pull the trigger, and to see whether they are walking about hale and hearty and on two feet. And so they are: Lincoln, Nebraska; Arlington, Virginia; Ciudad del Este, Paraguay; the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate; the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter… (the list goes on and on – TC)

There are many potential contributors to the collapse of priestly vocations: smaller Catholic families, the enormous cost of attending seminary, the self destruction of the seminaries (cf. Michael Rose’s Goodbye, Good Men, written in 2002 but still achingly relevant and available pretty much everywhere), the degradation of the sanctuary as a sacred and holy space, the general “feminization” of the church and the Mass; these are just a few of reasons that pop into mind. But in my view, an overarching reason is the loss of the view of the unique, manly, “priestly” role of the priest as, well, a man, set apart from the rest of us not because he is better but because he is intended to act as alter Christus – another Christ. It is a high calling, and a difficult one: done well, it may be one of the most difficult callings imaginable.

I believe that the Mass as it was practiced up until Advent 1969 had to be a constant reminder to the poor, weak man (n.b.: I myself am a poor, weak man) who was the priest of the large, transcendent, vitally important role he was called to fulfill. It did this by making God, not the man, the center of the action, though the man – the priest - was necessary for the action. The ancient rite was suffused with the transcendent mystery of God. Although it is possible for the Novus ordo to be done in a similar way: emphasizing the greatness and mystery of God with man as an appendage (more on this in a later post), generally the innumerable “options” that the N.O. allows means that all too often the reverse becomes the reality: the man is the center, God is the appendage. Further, the new form opens the door to all the additional antics listed above by Dr. Esolen, and none of which are called for by the Novus ordo Missae.

The net effect is this: the Novus ordo, as generally practiced, is sterile, it doesn’t make priests. The Mass of All Time did.

Curate, ut valeatis.

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Latin Mass schedule for May, 2019, Diocese of Portland, Maine

Please feel free to E-mail me at info@unavocemaine.org or timothy.collins3@va.gov with additions, deletions or corrections.

FIRST SATURDAY MASS Saturday, 4 May 2019.


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

EVERY SUNDAY (courtesy of the Saint Gregory the Great Latin Mass Chaplaincy):

  • 8:30 AM
  • Saints Peter and Paul Basilica
  • 122 Ash Street, Lewiston

  • 12 noon

  • Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
  • 307 Congress Street, Portland

Curate, ut valeatis!

Killing the plants in the garden.

I stumbled on something recently in the National Catholic register lately, an essay by Fr. John P. Cush about Bishop Robert Barron, entitled Bishop Robert Barron on the Priesthood. Here is the entire quote as Fr. Cush used it, from a book by Bishop Barron published in 2004 (but with my emphasis):

I came of age in the late sixties and seventies of the last century, in the immediate aftermath of Vatican II. What I witnessed during that period was a terrible war of attrition between two extreme camps (with, admittedly, numerous shades in between): progressives overly in love with the culture and pushing myriad reforming agendas and conservatives desperately trying to recover the form of Catholicism that predated the council. Some of these liberals were so enamored of growth, play, and free development that they allowed John XXIII’s flourishing garden to become overgrown and untamed; while some of these traditionalists were so attached to an outmoded cultural expression of the Church’s life that they effectively killed off the plants in the garden, pressing their dead leaves between the pages of a book. (xiv-xv).

This is a sad caricature of those of us who long for the reverence, solemnity and seriousness of the traditional form of the Mass. As I said here, a return to the traditional form of the liturgy will not magically fix the Church. After all, the Church had plenty of problems before Pope Paul VII’s Novus ordo Missae was mandated in 1969. I do, however, believe that the pewsitters in the Church (that would include me) have lost the sense of the mystery of God, and the mystery of the Mass, with the current liturgical form, and that a return to the traditional form will help return the sense of mystery that we all so very much need as a starting point.

Curate, ut valeatis.


Latin Mass Schedule for Easter, 2019, Diocese of Portland, Maine

Latin Masses in Maine for Easter, 2019

21 April: EASTER SUNDAY (all Masses courtesy of the St. Gregory the Great Latin Mass Chaplaincy):

8:30 AM

Saints Peter and Paul Basilica

122 Ash Street, Lewiston


Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

307 Congress Street, Portland

28 April LOW SUNDAY (a.k.a. Sunday in Albis, Quasimodo Sunday, Divine Mercy Sunday)

8:30 AM

Saints peter and Paul Basilica

122 Ash Street, Lewiston


Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

307 Congress Street, Portland

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Bishop Deeley's Call to Action on LD 820

A letter from Bishop Deeley was available at the Palm Sunday Masses today (Palm Sunday, 2019). In it he clearly and courageously called Maine Catholics to oppose LD 820, which would have Maine taxpayers fund abortion services. We discussed this bill not too long ago here. Well, it’s up for a vote soon, possibly this week. Sadly, I cannot reproduce the letter here due to certain technical deficiencies, but here’s the link to the actual letter. Alternatively, if you go to the diocesan website and type LD 820 into the search bar, it comes up. Anyway, here is the seminal paragraph:

As your bishop … I ask you to call your state senator at (207) 287-1540 and your state representative at (207) 287-1400. State your name, where you live and that you oppose LD 820. If you do not know who your senator or representative is, visit http://www.faithfulcitizenme.org to discover who they are. Speak out against these actions and let your voice be heard before it is too late….”

I followed the instructions on the letter Sunday evening, it took less than 10 minutes to identify my senator and representative, call, and leave the messages on the voicemail. I had already written them, but what the heck, I called ‘em anyway. Helpful hint: just put your zip code in the “Faithful Citizen” search bar. Your entire address may confuse it.

Alternatively, these links provide E-mail and regular mail addresses as well.

Find your State Senator

Find your State Representative

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A world without God can only be a world without meaning: the April 2019 esay of Benedict XVI

In April, 2019, Pope Emeritus XVI published, with the permission of both the Vatican Secretary of State and the Holy Father, a 6000 word essay in the Klerusblatt [a monthly periodical for clergy in mostly Bavarian dioceses]. The entire essay is presented in the National Catholic Register, here. It has generated no number of responses and critiques, good, bad, indifferent. I only offer a few clips (as always, my emphasis), from Part III. Ratzinger is a clear, linear, concise writer and thinker. He is not difficult to understand, but one must pay attention to what he is writing. Go read it and digest it yourselves.

[From III (1)]:“A world without God can only be a world without meaning. For where, then, does everything that is come from? In any case, it has no spiritual purpose. It is somehow simply there and has neither any goal nor any sense. Then there are no standards of good or evil. Then only what is stronger than the other can assert itself. Power is then the only principle. Truth does not count, it actually does not exist. Only if things have a spiritual reason, are intended and conceived — only if there is a Creator God who is good and wants the good — can the life of man also have meaning…

[From III (2)]: “Let us consider this with regard to a central issue, the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. Our handling of the Eucharist can only arouse concern...

...What predominates is not a new reverence for the presence of Christ’s death and resurrection, but a way of dealing with Him that destroys the greatness of the Mystery. The declining participation in the Sunday Eucharistic celebration shows how little we Christians of today still know about appreciating the greatness of the gift that consists in His Real Presence. The Eucharist is devalued into a mere ceremonial gesture...”

[From III (3)]: ”And finally, there is the Mystery of the Church. The sentence with which Romano Guardini, almost 100 years ago, expressed the joyful hope that was instilled in him and many others, remains unforgotten: ‘An event of incalculable importance has begun; the Church is awakening in souls.’ … About half a century later, in reconsidering this process and looking at what had been happening, I felt tempted to reverse the sentence: ‘The Church is dying in souls.’...

In III (3), Benedict develops his comparison between Job and the Church, within the framework of St. John’s Apocalypse.

“..The idea of a better Church, created by ourselves, is in fact a proposal of the devil, with which he wants to lead us away from the living God, through a deceitful logic by which we are too easily duped. No, even today the Church is not just made up of bad fish and weeds. The Church of God also exists today, and today it is the very instrument through which God saves us...”

Enough. I am no theologian. I am merely offering this to alert you – in case you had missed it - regarding a recent writing by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

Finally, I do not believe that a return to the traditional form of the liturgy will magically fix the Church (although I have been accused of this). After all, the Church had plenty of problems before Pope Paul VII’s Novus ordo Missae was mandated in 1969. I do, however, believe that the pewsitters in the Church (that would include me) have lost the sense of the mystery of God, and the mystery of the Mass, with the current liturgical form, and that a return to the traditional form will help return the sense of mystery that we all so very much need as a starting point.


Curate, ut valeatis.

Tenebrae 2019

From the Diocese of Portland on Tenebrae:

Tenebrae (Latin word meaning “darkness”) is a service that grew out of a combination of night prayer and early morning prayer, with an additional focus on the commemoration of the Passion of our Lord.

The most significant feature of the service is the gradual extinguishing of the lights and candles around the altar. As it gets darker and darker, the community reflects on the great emotional and physical pain that was very real for Jesus during his Passion.

The schedule of Tenebrae services during Holy Week is as follows (alphabetically by town/city):

Monday, April 15, at 7 p.m.
St. Mary of the Assumption Church
41 Western Avenue

Thursday, April 18, at 9:30 p.m.
St. Anne Chapel of St. Joseph Church
178 Elm Street
(Service follows the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7 p.m. and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament which will continue in the chapel until 9:30 p.m.)

Cape Elizabeth
Monday, April 15, at 7 p.m.
St. Bartholomew Church
8 Two Lights Road

Wednesday, April 17, at 7 p.m.
Holy Family Church
145 Pritham Avenue

Monday, April 15, at 7:35 p.m.
Holy Family Church
607 Sabattus Street

Monday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church
919 Roosevelt Trail

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Going backwards to go forwards.

From Life Site News (my emphasis):

A historic U.S. Catholic Church has escaped closure thanks to the return of the traditional Latin Mass.

St. Mary’s Church on Broadway in Providence, Rhode Island was the focus of a WPRI news spot this past Sunday because the ancient liturgy now being celebrated there has increased the congregation, leading to a fuller collection basket and thus a future for the 150-year-old church. St. Mary’s “is going back in time in order to move forward,” said WPRI News reporter Julianne Lima in the two-minute report…

the church has been saved thanks to the current Bishop of Providence. In August 2018, Bishop Thomas J. Tobin asked a liturgically traditional order of priests to take charge of St. Mary’s. Father John Berg of the Fraternity of the Priests of Saint Peter (FSSP) is now the pastor and offers Mass solely in the traditional form … the restoration drew Catholics from all over New England to St. Mary’s: the average parishioner now travels for 45 minutes to attend or, to use traditional language, “assist” at the Mass… ‘It will never close now,’ (a parishioner) told WPRI News.

Here is the website for St. Mary's in Providence, RI. In particular, I want to direct your attention to the Activities tab. Look at each subtab: the St. Mary’s calendar, the Server's Guild, the Rosa Mystica Girls Society. Let me sketch a few points, and make comparisons.

What St. Mary’s offers, and (in my experience) all the FSSP parishes offer, is a “full community life”, to borrow a phrase from one of the parishioners in the Life Site article. That means, first and foremost, Masses offered weekly, and all Holy Days, at accessible times, in the main part of the church building. Not at some weird time or place (7AM, 6PM, basement or side chapel, what have you). When the TLM is only offered in a parish at some off the wall time and/or place, that only emphasizes the general notion out there in Catholic land that the TLM is just some weird thing, and makes it profoundly difficult for the TLM to flourish.

“Full community life” also means that there are other things that regularly go on that draw laity into, and strengthen the life of, the parish. These include items such as those under the “Activities” tab. In my experience they also include things like most excellent weekly after Mass gatherings for refreshment and socialization. Some Novus ordo parishes do some of these “community life” things, and some do them well. Others don’t do them at all.

Which brings me to the comparisons.

To the best of my knowledge, the FSSP won’t have a parish with only one priest. There’s always two priests, or at least a priest and a rotating FSSP seminarian. Also, to the best of my knowledge, there are no cluster parishes in the FSSP world. There are two men running one church building. Thus, they are able to focus on one parish, and devote all of their attention to it’s many needs. Finally, and this is really important: the FSSP congregation is self-selected. The people there want to be there, they are not a cross section of the modern American Catholic world. The FSSP priest individually offers no fewer masses on a daily basis as his Novus ordo confrere, and has the same sorts of management headaches, as his Novus ordo brother, but he is doing it all in the same place, the same building, the same congregation. There is only one set of bills, one parking lot needing to be plowed and, most importantly, one (generally heavily invested) congregation.

In the Novus ordo world, you have one parish priest, and maybe a parochial vicar or two, running two, three, five, or more individual churches which were once upon a time separate parishes with their own priests but now have been clustered into a single uber-parish. Thus, you have the priest running out of the 8AM Sunday mass in one church to get to the 10:30AM mass across town, with the 6PM mass out at the other church over the hill and far away yet to come. While the individual priest has limits on the number of masses he can say in a day, it’s still a lot schedule coordination between the (usually multiple) priests, and a lot of driving around and refocusing. Plus, the parish priest has maybe a dozen buildings (church buildings, rectories, parish halls, etc) he has to manage. Finally, unlike the FSSP priests, the N.O cluster parish priest has as many different congregations (with their own needs, wants and oddities) as there are church buildings in the cluster. These congregations are, unlike the self-selected FSSP congregation, a cross section of American Catholics today, and they are every bit as fragmented and fractured as Americans are in general.

Add to that the fact that most (not all) N.O. priests don’t know anything about Latin (although it is supposed to be taught in seminary) and don’t know anything about the TLM. Finally, even priests who are well intentioned towards the TLM know that, were they to try to anything that might suggest “traditional Catholicism”, some of their parishioners (generally of a certain very vocal “boomer” generation of which I am embarrassed to be a member) would simply disapparate.


Nobody needs that.

Last, but by no means least, is the diocesan bishop. The bishop can be a big support to a parish priest trying to bring Tradition to his parish. He can also be big thumb in the eye. And then there is this: once upon a time not too long ago, a priest was assigned to a parish more or less for life. Problem priests could be removed for grave reasons, but in general “parish priest” was a lifetime appointment. In the past few decades, however, the practice has appeared where bishops arbitrarily move priests around every few years. Thus, there is no incentive for a priest to get too heavily invested in long term projects in his parish: build a new school, build a new church, build a new catechetical program, build a robust altar server program, build a Latin Mass. Why should he? All his efforts may just go down the tubes when the bishop decides to move him out and move in a new man who isn’t interested in, say, a school, a catechetical program, or training altar servers, or Tradition.

Our Diocesan priests who want to offer the TLM have many impediments, we laity need to be aware of them. We laity cannot offer Mass, and we cannot decide how a Mass, whether a TLM or Novus ordo missae is done, or whether the Mass is done poorly or well. That is the priest’s responsibility. We can, however, understand the obstacles the priests have, and do what we can in terms of time, talent, and treasure, to assist him.

Curate, ut valeatis.


Paul VI's Missale Romanum turns 50

From the National Catholic Register article St. Paul VI's 'Missale Romanum' Turns 50:

On April 3, 1969, Pope Paul VI promulgated the apostolic constitution, paving the way for the celebration of the Mass according to the Roman Missal promulgated in 1969 (with another slightly revised missal promulgated in 1970), one of the most visible changes to occur in the post-conciliar Church. The revisions to the Roman Missal that Paul VI announced in Missale Romanum went into effect later that year on the First Sunday of Advent, Nov. 30, 1969.

The document, which details the changes that the Roman Missal would undergo, was greeted with great optimism, as many believed these changes would lead to a greater love for and understanding of the liturgy. But the hopes placed in such changes are today tempered by the reality that much work remains to be done to bring Catholics to a greater appreciation for the liturgy, even as the Mass that Paul VI’s document precipitated remains a pastoral touchstone for priests and an accessible entry point for converts to the faith…”

Go read the entire thing there. It is a very optimistic view of the effect of the Novus ordo Missae on the Church.

And we have Fr. Zuhlsdorf's comments:

Precisely 50 years ago today the “God of Surprises”, through his permissive will and his vicar Paul, allowed us to experience a brand new version of Mass.

The Apostolic Constitution Missale Romanum was promulgated by Paul VI on 3 April 1969.

The world would never be the same.”

I would especially recommend the comments, not because they’re snarky, but because many of them are thoughtful. For example:

The new Mass has so many permutations with various options, you could visit 10 parishes on a single Sunday and not find the same Mass twice. Imagine there are priests who never use the Confiteor. (This is the case in my parish – TC) The Confiteor! There are Catholics who haven’t said, “I confess to Almighty God…” in years!

That, to me, is one of the greatest among the manifold problems with the New Order of the Mass: the countless number of varieties and permutations and “options”; you never know what you’ll be served up. Is it going to be a beautiful, reverent Mass (and, yes, the N.O can be done beautifully and reverently) or is it going to be flying monkey and space aliens? One never knows. Please note, the NCR points to all this variety as one of its greatest strengths. I believe it is one of the great weaknesses in a liturgy remarkable for its brokenness. And, more importantly, it’s the only thing most Catholics today know.

Curate, ut valeatis!


Latin Masses in Maine for April, 2019

Latin Masses in Maine for April, 2019

Noto bene: To the best of my knowledge, the times and locations are correct. Please feel free to E-mail me at info@unavocemaine.org or timothy.collins3@va.gov with additions, deletions or corrections.

Also, there will be NO Masses at the Franciscan Monastery in Kennebunkport until September 15th.

Also, to the best of my knowledge there are NO Latin Masses scheduled anywhere in Maine for Holy Thursday or Good Friday.


Confessions: 8:00 AM

Recitation of the Holy Rosary: 8:05 AM

Holy Mass: 9:00 AM

All at:

St. Anthony of Padua Parish

268 Brown Street

Westbrook, Maine

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

7 April: PASSION SUNDAY) (both Masses 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

14 April: PALM SUNDAY (both Masses 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

7 APRIL: EASTER SUNDAY (both Masses 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

28 April LOW SUNDAY (a.k.a. Sunday in Albis, a.k.a. Quasimodo Sunday, a.k.a. Divine mercy Sunday) (both Masses 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

Here is the Resurrection of Jesus Christ by artist Daniel Mitsui.

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Addendum to "On birthing priests."

Anyone who has endured even a handful of my posts knows that I often go to the profoundly erudite, linguistically gifted (at least English, Italian, Latin and German) and occasionally laugh out loud funny Fr. John Zuhlsdorf for information, such as this, which popped up this morning. For your convenience I also link the National Catholic Reporter article by Mr. Edwin Pentin here, and also snatch a bit of Mr. Pentin’s prose:

Pope Francis Appoints French Patristics Scholar to Handle SSPX Talks…

Msgr. Patrick Descourtieux, a former official at the now abolished Pontifical Commission ‘Ecclesia Dei,’ is a distinguished patristics scholar who is said to be sympathetic to the SSPX and traditional communities...

I recommend you go there and read the entire thing (it’s not long). I’m putting this up because it’s relevant to what we just discussed on birthing priests, here. Let us just keep chugging along, busting through the ice...

Curate, ut valearis!

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On birthing priests.

No matter how much we laity may long for it, until there are priests who are willing to learn, and say, the Latin Mass, we laity are just sitting in a circle talking to each other. Where are those priests going to come from? Two places, methinks.

First, and in my opinion, best: Diocesan priests would be willing to learn, and say, and offer every Sunday the Latin Mass. Sure, it takes a bit of time to learn it. Sure, priests are busy: I get that, for I am busy, too. But the ultimate solution is for Diocesan priests to be doing it in their own parishes. This topic is a post in itself, and perhaps soon I shall do it: one of my as yet un-realized visions for Una voce Maine is that it could become a source of financial aid for Diocesan priests and seminarians who want to be able to learn, and offer on a weekly (meaning every Sunday) basis, the TLM. Alas, UvM has no money, collects no money, and doesn’t even have a bank account. So, that vision must simply remain a vision, at least for now.

Which brings us to the penultimate solution: those orders, and their seminarians, that “specialize” in the Latin mass. There are three that do so, and I’ll give you a little survey of them. From smallest to largest we have these:

First is the Institute for Christ the King, Sovereign Priest (ICK) From their website:

The Institute was founded in 1990 by Monsignor Gilles Wach and Father Philippe Mora in Gabon, Africa, where we still have missions. Today, the motherhouse and international seminary of the Institute is located in Gricigliano, in the Archdiocese of Florence, Italy… after nearly twenty-five years of existence, the Institute counts 80 apostolates in twelve countries, 80 priests, and more than 90 seminarians is perhaps sufficient proof that the Institute is on the right path within the Church…

The mission of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest is to spread the reign of Christ in all spheres of human life by drawing from the millennial treasury of the Roman Catholic Church, particularly her liturgical tradition, the unbroken line of spiritual thought and practice of her saints, and her cultural patrimony in music, art and architecture…

There are about 15 apostolates in the US, they are listed here (scroll down the page, and look on the right: they are listed under “U.S. Apostolates”).

Information regarding ICK’s educational opportunities for any priest is here:

All priests who are seriously interested in learning to celebrate the Extraordinary Form of the Roman rite … are fraternally invited to contact the US Provincial Headquarters of the Institute of Christ the King in Chicago … we offer priests the opportunity to be introduced to the Rites of the Classical Roman Liturgy individually or in small groups while living with the Institute's community at one of our Oratories in the United States … No fee is asked (these guys are serious- TC); however, a fraternal donation to the household of the respective community would be welcome… Contact us.

Note well: the closest oratory to Maine is in Bridgeport, CT. I can spit further than that.

ICD also has an Adopt a Seminarian program. Check it out. I was recently contacted (via the UvM website) by an ICD seminarian, if anyone out there is interested in taking this on I can give you details. Please note: you would be gifting the Seminary, NOT the seminarian directly, but the gift would be in his name, and designated for his support. Contact me if you are interested in the details.

Here is the ICK seminary in Gricigliano:

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Next up is the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP)

Considerably larger, although only a couple of years older than ICD, we have this from their "Who we are" page:

The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) is a clerical Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Right, canonically erected by Pope St. John Paul II in 1988. Their priests serve in apostolates across the world, with the faithful celebration of the traditional Mass and Sacraments (Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite) at the center of their charism…

With more than 300 priests and 150 seminarians from 30 countries, the Fraternity serves in over 130 dioceses on 5 continents. International headquarters are located in Fribourg, Switzerland and North American headquarters in the Diocese of Scranton, Pennsylvania. Fraternity seminarians receive training at one of two international seminaries: Priesterseminar Sankt Petrus in Wigratzbad, Germany (for German and French speakers) and Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Denton, Nebraska (for English speakers)…

In the US, there are 112 priests in 54 Apostolates in 39 dioceses in the US, and 7 in Canada. The map is here. As some of you know, one of the most recent Apostolates is that established in Nashua, NH in July, 2016. FSSP Apostolates are in full communion with the Holy See, and they exist in dioceses with the permission and full approval of the local ordinaries (this is important to understand when we get to the discussion of the SSPX down below).

The U.S. Seminary is the still abuilding Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Denton, Nebraska (Diocese of Lincoln). Go check it out. Although I don’t know if they have an “adopt a seminarian” program like the ICD, certainly it’s easy to gift the seminary. The Donations page is here. PS: they also have a great bookstore.

Regarding priest training, in the past they have offered week-long “boot camps” for Diocesan priests wanting to learn the TLM. The cost was quite modest, the main expense was airfare to Nebraska (as a personal aside, some years back I offered our Bishop, in writing, to fully fund any diocesan priest who wanted to do this. I never received a reply…)

I can vouch for the FSSP and their priests – we attended (and help build) one of their Apostolates, I discussed it a little bit in my very first Una voce Maine post, here.

Here is the Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Nebraska:

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Thirdly, we have the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX).

Some of you will have never heard of the SSPX, others will have heard all too much! I cannot hope to unpack the long and complex history of this Society. Suffice it to say that the first, and still extant, seminary was originally founded by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre (d. 1991) in Econe, Switzerland in 1970 under the auspices of the local bishop, and officially approved by Rome in 1971 (cf. SSPX's own "Short History part I" and Part II). It grew. In 1988, Archbishop Lefebvre consecrated four bishops without the permission of Pope John Paul II, which resulted in the excommunication of all the SSPX bishops, including Lefebvre, under the 1988 apostolic letter Ecclesia Dei. This same letter, by the way, led to the formation of the FSSP, discussed above. Anyway, SSPX continued, and continued to grow worldwide. In 2009 the Vatican remitted the excommunications of the Society’s bishops, since then the discussions between the Vatican and the SSPX have been, to use the phrase from the Wikipedia page, “complex”.

Their current status is murky, to say the least. Catholic News Agency has an entire series of recent articles regarding the current relationship between the Holy See and the SSPX here. Best for you to go read up on it for yourself. Keep in mind that SSPX chapels are at this time NOT recognized by the dioceses in which they reside: therein lies many of the practical questions and problems. There are no SSPX chapels in Maine. This is a profound practical difference between the FSSP and the SSPX.

All that said, the SSPX continues to grow, with some 650 priests in over 70 countries, the two largest presences being in the US and France. They also have a fairly extensive network of schools (26 in the US, 47 in France) and a publishing house, Angelus Press. They have no fewer than 6 seminaries, including the original seminary in Switzerland, and the US St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary, originally in Wisconsin but now in transition to the massive new seminary in Dyllwin, VA. That’s the Blue Ridge mountains in the background, home of my coal-mining ancestors.

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Whatever opinions some of you may hold regarding the SSPX, it is a simple fact that were it not for the sacrifices (yes, sacrifices, the greatest being that he died “excommunicated”) of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, Tradition as most of us understand it would have decades ago disappeared down the memory hole.


So, what are some take-aways from all this?

1. All of these orders are growing: they are the only ones building new seminaries.

2. All of these orders are ordaining men in double digit numbers.

2. All of these orders understand that the Mass is the nidus of the Church, and that if the Mass is done poorly, so too is the rest of the Church done poorly.

3. Most (not all) bishops in the US absolutely refuse to try to learn anything from them, and most pretend they don’t exist and fervently hope they will just go away.

4. Not one of these orders is without problems. They are, after all, comprised of mere mortal men. Fallible men. Like the Church.

But the Church needs these orders, all three of them, and more besides. But even more, the Church needs diocesan priests to learn, and to say, the Mass of All Time.

Curate, ut valeatis.

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On Daily Missals

People have contacted me from time to time who are new to the Traditional Latin Mass. The one suggestion that I can make is that of purchasing a Missal. It is absolutely worth the investment ($60, more or less) and you can learn a lot about the Mass from it, as well as lots of other Catholic stuff. These Missals are packed with prayers, the daily Mass readings, notes on the various seasons of the Liturgical Year, and even basic Catholic Catechetical things (e.g. the Sacraments, Sacramentals, the ten Commandments, Precepts of the Church, Cardinal and Theological Virtues, the list goes on and on). So, if I were going to recommend one book in addition to the Bible (in a trustworthy translation) and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, it would be a decent Daily Roman Missal. Here’s a list of 1962 Missals that are out there: all of them are decent and well and beautifully bound, and will last for years.

1) The Baronius Press Missal (currently out of stock at Baronius Press but ostensibly available through Amazon).

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2) The Angelus Press Missal, from the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX).

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They also have a Spanish-Latin version and a "young Catholic's" version, which is not dumbed down and infantilized.

3) The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) also offers a 1962 Daily Missal,

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as well as a Missal for Young Catholics, a Marian Children's Missal and Booklet Missals in English and Spanish. Note: these last two items, the “Booklet Missals,” are NOT full daily Missals. They are the little red booklets that give an overview of the Mass, but do not have all the daily readings, prayers, etc. You may have seen them, they look like this:

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Finally, for those of you who, like me, are unable to attend the Traditional Latin Mass, I strongly recommend the Daily Roman Missal, 3rd Edition for the Novus Ordo. Like the 1962 Missals listed above, this has not only all the readings and prayers for each Mass, but is also crammed with “extras”. It was originally published by the Midwest Theological Forum back during the Pontificate of Benedict XVI (when I got mine) but alas I can no longer find it on their website. That’s a shame. You can, however, find it elsewhere, including the Catholic Company (that I linked above) and, of course, Amazon.

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Curate, ut valeatis!

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MORE abortion in Maine in Lent.

Hard on the heels of the pending public funding on abortion legislation, discussed here, we have LD1261, An Act To Authorize Certain Health Care Professionals To Perform Abortions, introduced 14 March 2019 (yesterday, as of this post). It expands those who can perform abortions to include physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners. The bill is a “Governor’s Bill”, pushed by the new Governor, Janet Mills. The sponsor is the current Speaker of the House, Sara Gideon. Co-sponsors are here. The text is here. The relevant passage is this:

1596. Abortion and miscarriage data

1. Definitions. As used in this section, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following terms have the following meanings.

A. "Abortion" means the intentional interruption of a pregnancy by the application of external agents, whether chemical or physical, or the ingestion of chemical agents with an intention other than to produce a live birth or to remove a dead fetus, regardless of the length of gestation.

B. "Miscarriage" means an interruption of a pregnancy other than as provided in paragraph A of a fetus of less than 20 weeks gestation.

C. "Health care professional" means a physician or physician assistant licensed under Title 32, chapter 36 or 48 or a person licensed under Title 32, chapter 31 to practice as an advanced practice registered nurse.

Contact your representative. She happily accepts your tax dollars. She is obligated to hear your views.

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Maine State Representatives

Expect more of this, folks, on the front end of life, and on the back end.

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Democrats push public funding for abortion in Maine

As is usually the case in this sort of thing, the bill is disingenuously and deceptively named An Act To Prevent Discrimination in Public and Private Insurance Coverage for Pregnant Women in Maine. It is a bill for public funding of abortion. The Summary is as follows (my emphasis):

This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide coverage to a MaineCare member for abortion services. The bill provides that abortion services that are not approved Medicaid services must be funded by the State. The bill also directs the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt rules no later than March 1, 2020.

The bill also requires that health insurance carriers that provide coverage for maternity services also provide coverage for abortion services. The bill applies this requirement to all health insurance policies and contracts issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2020, except for those religious employers granted an exclusion of coverage. The bill authorizes the Superintendent of Insurance to grant an exemption from the requirements if enforcement of the requirements would adversely affect the allocation of federal funds to the State.

The complete text is here. The new Democratic Governor, Democratic Speaker of the House and the Democratic Assistant Majority Leader, have endorsed, supported and pushed this and other upcoming legislation to further abortion in this State, and to oppose attempts to restrict abortion.

There is a PUBLIC HEARING: Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 1:00 PM, Cross Building, Room 220

So far, I can find nothing on the Diocesan website regarding this. However, Maine Right to Life has it in their ALERTS section here, as well as a detailed piece here: please look at it. It has lots of legislative links. Here are the two most important:

Find your State Senator

Find your State Representative

Find your senator and representative, mail or call him or her. Just as the proliferation of slavery was a central plank of the Democratic Part, a plank they maintained up into the Civil War, the expansion of abortion and it’s congeners is a central plank – some say the central plank of today’s Democratic party. With complete control of the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the Maine government by the Democrats, look for more, much more, of this in the years to come.

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Ember Days in Lent, Anno Domini MMXIX

Awhile back, we looked at Ember Days here and here, and the Catholic Herald had a piece (now behind a paywall) on The Revival of Ember Days:

The Ember Days recall an age when the rhythms of human life were still bound to the changing of the seasons. A corruption of the Latin Quatuor Tempora (“Four Times”), the Ember Days were an attempt by the ancient Church to preserve and sanctify the pagans’ observation of equinoxes and solstices. Our predecessors in the faith marked the cycles of Creation with fasting, prayer and acts of charity – giving thanks to “the Lord of the Harvest”, as Jesus called his Father.

The Ember Days are seldom marked by Catholics today, when every fruit and vegetable is available in the supermarket all year round…

Ember Days have been suppressed, of course, in the 1969 Novus ordo calendar, but they are in the Traditional Calendar. Once upon a time, Ordinations took place on Ember Days, and the faithful were to pray for priests.

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Fr. Z has a 5 minute podcast on Wednesday of the 1st Week of Lent, which includes the Ember Days, here. It is a brief reminder of the Ember Days and what they are about, and a reading from Cardinal Newman. It is 5 minutes well spent.

Curate, ut valeatis!


St. Gregory the Great Latin Mass Chaplaincy has a website!

Many of you are familiar with the St. Gregory the Great Latin Mass Chaplaincy, they’re the folks who offer the only weekly – meaning every Sunday - Latin Mass in Maine, at two locations:

8:30AM at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul at 122 Ash St, Lewiston, ME 04240

Noon at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress St. Portland, ME 04101

Holy Days: as announced.

They also now have a website, here.

Here are some snippets from the "FAQ's"(read them all there):

What is a “Chaplaincy”? Is it like a parish?

No. A Chaplaincy is set up to provide the spiritual needs of the faithful in a particular area or circumstance… A parish has a particular canonical status under Church law. A Chaplaincy does not have this status. The jurisdiction of the St. Gregory the Great Latin Mass Chaplaincy extends to Mass and confessions…

I am not familiar with Latin, or the extraordinary form of the Mass. Do you provide any help with following the Mass, posture, etc? I would like to attend, but I’m unsure what to do.

The Chaplaincy has printed small missals with explicit directions for the parts of the Mass, as well as the common prayers. Also, the proper prayers and readings are printed on an insert that is provided every week. Those who do not have a missal may use these to follow the Mass…

And, please pay attention to this one (my emphasis):

How is the Chaplaincy funded?

The Chaplaincy is completely self-funded. There are no funds from the diocese, such as funds from the Bishop’s Appeal, that are used to support it. The collections from the Masses and other donations are directed exclusively and entirely for the support of the Chaplaincy. These costs include the priest’s salary, health and pension benefits, housing and mileage reimbursements, office expenses, liturgical items, etc. Also, there is a payment made each time the Mass is offered in a parish church to compensate for the expenses incurred because of the Chaplaincy's use of the building. (Lights, heat, etc.) (I’ve heard that their rent has recently been doubled, although this may be rumour … - TC)

So, if you’re geographically able to attend, by all means go and support the Chaplaincy!!

PS: I am not in any way affiliated with the Chaplaincy; indeed I live too far away to even attend. I just want to see the Latin Mass grow and flourish in Maine.

Curate, ut valeatis!

Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, Lewiston

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Cathedral in Portland

Cathedral in Portland

Latin Mass Schedule for the Diocese of Portland, Maine, March, 2019 UPDATE!!!



ASH WEDNESDAY, the St. Gregory the Great Latin Mass Chaplaincy shall offer MASS:

8:00 AM Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress Street, Portland

6:30PM at Saints Peter and Paul Basilica 122 Ash Street, Lewiston.


Noto bene: As for me, I shall keep the dates of upcoming TLM Masses up to date to the extent that I know about them.

Please feel free to E-mail me at info@unavocemaine.org or timothy.collins3@va.gov with additions, deletions or corrections.

FIRST SATURDAY MASS Saturday, 2 March 2019.

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


THIRD SUNDAY MASS (Traditional Latin Mass) Sunday, 17 March 2019


"Missa Cantata"

St. Anthony Franciscan Monastery

28 Beach Avenue, Kennebunk

Confession available.

Overnight accommodations available, contact the Guest House: 207-967-4865

Contact the Monastery:


(207) 967-2011

PO Box 980

Kennebunkport, ME 04046

Also at the St. Anthony Francisca Monastery: FIRST SATURDAY DEVOTION TO OUR LADY OF FATIMA

Begins at 7:45AM, Novus Ordo Mass, Confessions Benediction, meditation and Rosary.

Contact the Monastery for more information (contact info as above)

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!