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!