03 August 2007

Good News-- Traditional Mass in West County Will Continue Despite Canons' Departure


A reader who is a member of the CRNJ Mass community in West county emailed me with very good news...


...to let you know, if you don't already know, that the pre-conciliar Mass at the Passionist Nuns' Chapel will continue even though the Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem are leaving. The Archbishop assigned Fr. Thomas Keller to say Sunday and Holy Day Masses for the congregation. He was at the Mass last Sunday and stayed for the coffee afterwards and made a sincere effort to talk to everyone. In addition, the Bishop wants to meet with the members of the community to discuss our pastoral needs and to answer our questions. (Obviously, I am a part of that community.)


This is excellent news. Fr. Keller is a wonderful priest with a love of the traditional Mass. He has celebrated the TLM at St. Francis de Sales Oratory and has helped the Institute of Christ the King, Sovereign Priest in many capacities here. Plus, he is the celebrant of that already legendary ad orientem novus ordo Mass at the Cathedral on June 15, 2007 (pictured above).


It just shows yet again the tremendous spiritual leadership of Archbishop Burke. I trust that more TLM opportunities in that part of the Archdiocese will follow in the coming months.

6 comments:

Patrick Kinsale said...

Great! Thanks for the update. Ascension Parish in Chesterfield has a nice little chapel that would also be a good venue. It's a little more intimate than the convent chapel, though.

And Sacred Heart in Valley Park has great potential.

YoungCatholicSTL said...

Will we ever see the TLM in North County? South City and West County are 30 minute drives from North County (even though many of my relatives make the drive each week). Old St. Ferdinand would make an ideal location.

-- YoungCatholicSTL (www.YoungCatholicSTL.blogspot.com)

thetimman said...

Within a generation you will be able to ask the same question about the novus ordo.

In the meantime, drive to St. Francis de Sales. You know you want to.

Latinmassgirl said...

One of my friends who is a member of a novus ordo parish told me I am reaping many rewards from St. Francis de Sales, but she said that they were well deserved because of the sacrifice we make driving 40 minutes to go to mass.

Sacrifice???!!!! I was shocked to think that she thought it was a sacrifice for me. My husband and children agree that it is a privilege, an honor, a gift from God. It is as close as one can get to Heaven on Earth.

thetimman said...

LatinMassGirl,

As anyone who reads this blog for more than 60 seconds can tell, I strongly support the ICRSP Oratory of St. Francis de Sales. It is well worth travelling for. Having a 100% fully Catholic, traditional parish, makes it all worthwhile. Knowing that the traditional Mass, so beautifully celebrated, awaits me every day, and knowing that I never have to worry or cringe about what my children will hear from the pulpit is fantastic. There is a complete parish life-- not just the Mass by itself, although that is a good thing if that is all one can get.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photo with Father Keller! And to think he's co-director of the archdiocesan office of worship...