15 May 2007

Mark Your Calendars-- ICRSP Ordination Mass Only 30 Days Away

This is a reminder of the eagerly expected ordinations on June 15, 2007, in the Traditional Rite, of two candidates of the Institute of Christ the King, Sovereign Priest, at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis by His Grace Raymond L. Burke, Archbishop of Saint Louis.

From the desk of Monsignor Schmitz, Provincial of the ICRSP for the United States:

Dear Friends,

It is my great joy to officially announce that the Archbishop of Saint Louis, His Grace Raymond L. Burke, will ordain two of our Deacons to the Holy Priesthood in the Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis on the Feast of the Sacred Heart on Friday, June 15, 2007, at 1:00 p.m. This will be the first time that the priests of the Institute are ordained in the United States.

(Ed. website for the Cathedral Basilica with information and address here: http://www.archstl.org/parishes/101.shtml)

The Ordinations will take place in the presence of our Prior General, Monsignor Gilles Wach, and a large number of seminarians from Gricigliano, who will travel to the United States for this special occasion.

All are cordially invited to attend this joyous occasion of great solemnity.

Yours very truly in Christ the King,
Msgr. R. Michael Schmitz

The picture above was taken at the Solemn High Mass celebrated at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis on March 7, 2007. This Mass was offered by Fr. Karl Lenhardt, Vice-Provincial and Rector of St. Francis de Sales Oratory.
The June 15, 2007 ordinations will be celebrated by the Archbishop himself.

These ordinations, conducted in the Traditional Rite, are the fruit of many prayers and a sign of God's blessings on this Institute and on the Archdiocese as well. Please, do consider attending this event, even at some sacrifice.

The Institute has published information on hotel discounts for those attending from out of town:
After the Ordinations, the first Masses for the newly ordained will be held in St. Louis as follows, as reported at the ICRSP site:

On the following day, Saturday, June 16th, Abbé Matthew Talarico will celebrate his first Mass at our St. Francis de Sales Oratory in St. Louis, and on Sunday, June 17th, will be the first Mass of Abbé William Avis, also at the Oratory. Both these first Masses are, of course, open to all, after which the ordinands will give their first blessing as newly-ordained priests, a blessing to which a special power and charisma has always been attributed.


Whether the awaited Motu Proprio will have been published or merely still awaited at that time, the Ordination Mass will be an important event in the further support and promotion of the Traditional Latin Mass.

Finally, whether you attend or not, please keep these two young men in your prayers as they prepare for their orders.


Maureen said...

May the Lord guard and guide these men who are following the call of Jesus Christ. Many congratulations. And may the Holy Mother of God and the Holy Angels be with you all.

Thanks for having such courage in these most difficult and decisive times Bishop Burke.

Much love and prayers to you all!

May the Lord give us the grace of perserverance and my He convert those who are enslaved by evil, sin and the father of lies. AMEN.

Anonymous said...

Jube, Domine, benedicere.

We thank God Almighty for these blessings of Traditional Rite priests. I pray that many local altar servers attend to honor the new priests and be inspired to follow them in their vocation. The Traditional Rite will one day rejuvenate the Church, it's only a matter of time.

Deo gratias.

thetimman said...

Thanks to you both for your prayers and kind wishes. The Institute is inspiring vocations. My son serves the altar here. He may be a future priest!

Austin Hoang said...

I was at the March 7th, 2007 high Tridentine Mass at the Basilica Cathedral in St. Louis, will consider going again June 15th, wouldn't miss it for the world! God bless the Archdiocese and the Institute of Christ the King, most especially the Archbishop Raymond Burke.

Judy K. said...

How sad!! It is not unlike the Israelites longing for the fleshpots of Egypt as they moved toward the Promised Land. Why anyone would want to return to the Latin Liturgy is beyond my comprehension. Our present Liturgy can engage the sensibilities of all, not just of those (if there any left) who understand Latin. The current Liturgy emphasizes the fact that the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the act of worship of the entire Church, not just of the clergy. Yes, I loved the Latin Liturgy when I was growing up. But I love our current Liturgy even more because I am fully engaged in offering my worship with my whole heart, soul, mind and active participation in the prayers, readings, responses and hymns.

I am weary of those who say that the mystery has gone out of the Liturgy since the changes made post Vatican II. Not so!! The extraordinary mystery of the transubstantiation, the tramsformation of bread and wine into the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of our beloved Lord and Savior, Jesus, at the words of Consecration, continues to this day, and will continue until the end of time. How awesome a reality! Jesus chose to leave Himself with us in bread and wine so as to give us His own life. That will never change. How can one not respond with deep love to our Jesus Who has done this for

And to those who say that the Liturgical reforms are responsible for the decrease in participation in the sacred Liturgy, I must beg to differ. If that were so, virtually no one would be worshipping with the Catholic Community. If that were true, people like me would not have grown in our love and appreciation for this precious gift! And grow I have. I am moved to tears at the Consecration at each Mass, overcome by the love of Jesus for me, for all of us. As an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion for over 30 years, I never cease to be awed by this ministry. No, it is not Liturgical change that is responsible for the decline in the numbers of those worshipping. It is rather the societal and familial changes that have taken place over the past 40 or so years.

I am sorry that there are those who feel that they must return to the past to find something which they feel they have lost. It is not lost; it is present in each and every Eucharistic celebration according to the practice of the
Church. There is no need to go back! The mystery, the Beloved, is present in this age just as He was in the Church of pre-Vatican II days. Immerse yourselves in the Liturgy that is and you will find Him.

thetimman said...

Judy, can we put you down for two seats, then?

In all seriousness, I am going to refrain from engaging in a dispute over the two Masses, because I simply don't want to dilute the point of the post-- something great is taking place here in a month. Come if you like, don't if you don't. Others have compared and contrasted the two missals better than I can in this space. Martin Mosebach, in The Heresy of Formlessness, comes to mind. The book is listed at the left and is published by Ignatius Press. You prefer the new Mass. Great. Some people prefer rap music to Mozart.

I do think that comparing the Traditional Mass to slavery in Egypt may not be the best analogy to carry your point with my readers. And of course I don't think you really grasp the profound level of actual participation in the Traditional Mass experienced by the faithful who assist at it.

I would also suggest visiting the blog The New Liturgical Movement or wtdprs.com, both listed at left. Both are written by persons with a great degree of liturgical knowledge and expertise and who are not "traditionalists". You might get a better appreciation of things there. And of course, I encourage you to visit the ICRSP website, listed at left.

The Holy Father seems to value the Traditional Mass. Good enough for me.

Anonymous said...

One could ask Judy why she is reading a blog that is obviously inspired by the 'Traditional' Latin Mass, when the thought of the Mass makes her so sad?

thetimman said...

Anon, Judy may have gotten here by a link on Spirit Daily, which is a broader Catholic site with a lot of traffic. They were kind enough to post a link to this story. Perhaps a better question is why she would post a comment negative of the traditional Mass to the readers of a blog inspired by the traditional Mass.

In any event, I welcome her visit and the opportunity to provide a forum where she may be able to reassess her feelings on the matter. There is a lot of misinformation out there about the traditional Liturgy, and part of the reason for this blog is to help correct that.

She mentioned that she had experience with the Mass in her youth. I have found that many who really have a visceral dislike of the traditional Mass come from this demographic group. It undermines the tired old accusation that only people stuck in the past, nostalgic greybeards, want the traditional Mass.

As most of you know, this is far from the truth. This is not to say that there are not many faithful who attend who experienced what what was taken from them so many years ago. They are a wonderful example to us all of faithfulness and perseverance in adversity. But the "typical" TLM attendees are young families with an average of 5 or 6 children.

It is a beautiful sight to see on Sunday at High Mass, a gorgeous church, filled with families-- the future of the Catholic Church.

As for Judy, pray for her. Pray for the Church. Good things are happening. In her book, "The New Faithful," Colleen Carroll Campbell documents how young people of all religious denominations are becoming much more "traditional" or "orthodox" or "conservative" (all these labels can be misleading, but are commonly used) in the practice of faith.

The Holy Father has been constantly emphasizing the need to restore the sacred to the Mass-- whichever Missal is used. The traditional Mass is replete with this sense of sacred.

Veritatem Facientes in Caritate

Anonymous said...

I don't understand what all the fuss is about! There is only ONE Church, and only ONE Rite, in the Latin West. What we are seeing here is the Holy Spirit working. The Holy Father has often spoken of the "reform of the reform", and I believe we are seeing it today. There are many good things that came from Vatican II, and many things that were implemented wrong. Instead of us pointing at one another, and falsely acting like the pre-Mass, is somewhat more Catholic than the post-Mass. Who really makes that decision? Lets us be humble, and pray that the Lord protects the Holy Father and our wonderful Archbishop Burke. Great things are happining at St. Francis de Sales...Why not be a part of it?

Christopher said...


Thanks for your coverage on this glorious event,

I will be attending the pontifical high mass up in conception this weekend, and will be there in june for these ordinations,

My wife and I are going to make a mini vacation out of it we just booked the hotel this week, while the IRCSS list of hotels were nice I would suggest to readers to continue to search for the best deal out there.

Thanks for all your info.

Christ is Risen

thetimman said...

Christopher-- the traditional Mass in Conception Abbey is also huge news, especially in that diocese, which does not have an indult Mass. I wish I could make it, and if you have any contact info you would like to post about it, feel free to do so.

Christopher said...

All info I have I posted on my blog that I got from our bulletin last Sunday heres a link in case you or others missed it:


I plan to take some pictures and will post them when I return,

The only thing is that I believe that Conception Abbey is part of the KC-ST.JO Diocese, and Bishop Finn did issue the indult for the ICRSS Kansas City Missouri (Old St. Patrick)

Please correct me if I'm wrong

God Bless

thetimman said...

I was wrong; for some reason I thought Conception was in the Jeff City diocese, where there is no indult Mass.

Thanks for the info, though, it would still be a great event to attend.

I added you to the blog list at left-- been meaning to but finally remembered to update.

Anonymous said...

That is really funny...An indult Mass in the Diocese of Jefferson City....The SSNDs run that diocese, not the bishop. Until Jefferson City get a CATHOLIC bishop there will never be an indult Mass...They are still singing the praises of folk music, and hoping for womens ordination. Pray for the Diocese of Jefferson City.

Anonymous said...

Great Forum which I stumbled upon after watching the TLM mass from earlier this year on Youtube. I too will add my prayers for these two soon to be priests and we can only hope for the MP to come soon...this is the only way we will ever get a TLM in your neighboring diocese of Springfield, IL. Can you believe that the liberals have gone so far as to suggest removing the High Altar in our Cathedral because it was "no longer functioning"!!! No, the only problem is that no one is allowed to use it for its originally intended purpose. I wish I could be there for the ordination, but unfortunately I will be in Chicago for a performance of Verdi's Requiem.
Thanks and Pray for us in Springfield.
P.S. The TLM is not just wanted by the "greybeards" as I am 17.