Below is a letter from an Una voce member in Skowhegan, requesting the Extraordinary Form in that location. This is wonderful and exciting, and I place it on the Chairman’s Blog with his permission, to keep all of you aware of things extraordinary in the State of Maine. It is also a most excellent example of how to construct a letter to the Bishop on this matter.
November 7, 2017
The Most Reverend Robert Deeley, J.C.D.
Bishop of Portland
510 Ocean Avenue
Portland ME, 04103-4936
Re: Tridentine Rite Mass
In the spirit of articles 5.1, 5.2, and 7 of Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI’s pronouncement in Summorum Pontificum describing the circumstances pursuant to which a priest may celebrate the Tridentine Rite or Traditional Latin Mass, I am writing to request that you allow the Extraordinary Form of the Mass to be celebrated ad experimentum on a Sunday in the near future at Notre Dame de Lourdes Church of Christ the King Parish in Skowhegan.
I have spoken to our pastor, the Rev. James Nadeau, who has said that he is willing and able to celebrate the Extraordinary Form of the Mass provided that you grant permission. I believe that there are locally and in nearby parishes a group of the faithful who are attached to the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, and my hope would be that the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass, ad experimentum, as I have requested, would demonstrate the existence and desire of that group for the Extraordinary Form. In suggesting this, I note that for many in central Maine, from Waterville, to Skowhegan, Bangor, Dover-Foxcroft, Pittsfield, and other centrally located towns, a trip either to the Cathedral or to the Basilica is unthinkable, where a trip to Skowhegan would be perfectly within reason.
As I suggested, Father Jim has said that he would be willing and happy to celebrate this form of the Mass, and I prayerfully request that you consider it. In closing, I would like to express my thanks and that of many in Christ the King for your assignment of Father Jim to our community. He is, in virtually every way, an answer to our prayers and a wonderful pastor.
Respectfully yours in Christ,