What is Extraordinary Faith?
From their website (my emphasis):
“Extraordinary Faith is a monthly 30 minute television program on EWTN that celebrates the beauty of classical Catholic sacred art, architecture, music, and liturgy. We’ll take you to some of the world’s most awe-inspiring churches. We’ll introduce you to dynamic young Catholics whose faith has survived the demands of a secular world and who are becoming key players in the New Evangelization by sharing their enthusiasm for the traditions of Catholicism. We’ll show you the rich vocations harvest that is synonymous with the movement to restore the Extraordinary Form of Mass to mainstream parish life. We’ll give you the resources to find churches that offer traditional worship experiences, and we’ll even assist you to organize your own Latin Masses..”
I admit, I don’t watch TV at all, I don’t even have one. So, I’ve never heard of these guys (although, yes, I have heard of EWTN). It’s fascinating and uplifting to find that the network devotes a show to, among other things, a point that I (and many others) have made time after time after time: the rich vocations harvest that is synonymous with the movement to restore the Extraordinary Form of Mass to mainstream parish life. If only the bishops would listen!!!
But the most interesting part (to me, anyway) of the entire Extraordinary Faith program is that they will come and train diocesan priests – parish priests and parochial vicars - at no charge. They will come to the parish!!
Read about it here. I took the liberty of cutting and pasting the entire thing as well, because I think it’s so important! (My emphasis.)
Are you a priest or bishop interested in learning how to celebrate the Extraordinary Form of the Mass? Looking for an easier alternative than one of the multi-day training workshops offered by various religious communities? Extraordinary Faith has an innovative option for you to consider.
Over the years, members of the staff of Extraordinary Faith have trained numerous priests, bishops, and musicians to celebrate and sing for the Traditional Latin Mass. We recognize that not every person can afford to attend one of the out-of-town training workshops, either financially or time-wise. We are therefore providing a convenient alternative: we will come to you instead. We offer a condensed course, to be conducted in one or two days according to your availability, at your parish, in how to celebrate the Extraordinary Form Sung Mass (Missa Cantata) and Low Mass. No experience is necessary, just a desire to learn the Church’s historic Liturgy. By the end of our time together, you will have celebrated at least one Mass – we guarantee it. In fact, we’re happy to provide references to prove our capabilities.
Our philosophy is simple: One does not need to be a mechanic in order to drive a car. We believe you will be motivated to learn more about the Classic Form of the Mass after you learn how to celebrate it. We’ll get you started; how much additional learning about the Mass to pursue afterwards is a matter of personal preference.
Best of all, celebrant training is provided at no charge anywhere in North America as part of our apostolate. Even the travel expenses will be covered. There is only one requirement: Clergy taking us up on this offer must commit to holding Mass in the Extraordinary Form at least once per month, for at least three months, commencing within two months of our visit.
For further information, please call (248) 952-8190, or e-mail email@example.com.
I, Tim Collins, Chairman of Una Voce Maine and overworked overtired pewsitter and general nobody in the church, am appealing directly to the priests out there (if any) who may read this little blog:
Please consider having these folks come and train you! There is no reason to not consider it. Of course you are busy, but you are no busier than I am. Please, please, please consider it!
Noto bene: I first stumbled upon this, as I do so many worthwhile things, on Fr. Z’z Blog here.
Curate, ut valeatis.