05 July 2011

Mass in the Extraordinary Form to be Discontinued at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish

Multiple sources have confirmed that the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, which has been a regular part of the Sunday and Holy Day Mass schedule at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish, will soon be discontinued.  

The CDF's instruction Universae Ecclesiae, providing norms of implementation for the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum, sums up the reasons why the Holy Father enacted the motu proprio.  Its aims are as follows:

a.) offering to all the faithful the Roman Liturgy in the Usus Antiquior [SLC note: the Extraordinary Form], considered as a precious treasure to be preserved;

b.) effectively guaranteeing and ensuring the use of the forma extraordinaria for all who ask for it, given that the use of the 1962 Roman Liturgy is a faculty generously granted for the good of the faithful and therefore is to be interpreted in a sense favourable to the faithful who are its principal addressees;

c.) promoting reconciliation at the heart of the Church.

No word yet on whether any parish in South County or elsewhere will take on this important apostolate.  I say apostolate, because even though any priest may say the EF by right, and even though the Holy Father has encouraged parishes to provide both Forms, the reality is that St. Elizabeth's is one of few to provide the EF in a "normal" parish setting.

It is no secret that I believe the process of liturgical renewal and restoration is best served by the Extraordinary Form spreading throughout the life of the Church.  The universality of the EF is explicitly confirmed by Universae Ecclesiae.  However, though every Catholic has the right to assist at this Form, they may never know of it unless it is made available in the neighborhood parish. 

This is not to slight the importance of regional or diocesan centers dedicated solely to the EF; St. Louis has two such oratories.  But the theological and moral problems in the Church today will only effectively be addressed when both Forms of the Mass are celebrated as the Church desires.  It is my opinion that the best hope that the OF will be so celebrated lies in the widespread availability of the EF.

This is a matter for prayer.  I will post more information as it comes to light.


Anonymous said...

Indeed, Saint Louis is fortunate to have two such Oratories to 'fall back on'. Could you imagine the complete abandonment a similar group like the one at Saint Elizabeth would feel had this happened in a diocese without Ss. Gregory and Augustine or The Institute as a refuge?

The core of us who have been together for the last year and a half - and some for even longer when it was over at Assumption, are now disbanded as a worshiping body at this Mass at this Parish, because it was taken away. It continually amazes me the depth of disdain for the EF, from the diocesan leadership level on down to Joe Regular in the pew.

Timman, you are spot on about liturgical renewal and restoration, but I would go further in saying that the so-called springtime of faith will blossom only when Traditional Catholicism in general, and the Mass of Antiquity in particular, is allowed to flourish and grow at the Parish level, and then, only when the marginalization of Traditional Catholicism ceases.


Anonymous said...

and the pattern continues...

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
and the pattern continues...

Brick by brick

Fenian said...

Other than Little Flower, what geographically-defined parishes still have a regular Sunday EF Mass?

Peggy said...

If one is close to IL, one can attend the EF at Log Church in Cahokia. 9am Sundays. Adoration follows low masses. I think high mass may be 2nd Sunday of month. Manned by Institute priests.

Long-Skirts said...

Timman says:

"But the theological and moral problems in the Church today will only effectively be addressed when both Forms of the Mass are celebrated as the Church desires"


One day Assisi
The next day Latin
One day The Way
Some use a paten.

Some let ministers
Hand out Our Lord
So you can have your pick.

Sometimes bongos
Assembly on their feet
Holding hands in the air
Kneelers obsolete.

One Holy Catholic
Apostolic Church?
Good for some let others run
In circles as they search.

For we are all approved
Don't ever rock the boat --
Like those who open schools have classes
Teaching souls to float.

Saintly Thomas More
Could’ve had it all
Private Latin Masses
Behind a purpled wall.

But no - he chose the scaffold
Where truth and lie collide

Heads were cut --

Entrails gut -

Ambiguity couldn’t hide!

TLMer said...

I too have been blessed to have been part of our TLM community at St. Elizabeth, and before that, Assumption. I understand the desire for parish-level integration, but have to wonder if this can really occur without true support from our diocesan leadership. Without it, we will continue to be Wandering Worshipers.

Anonymous said...

Is there still a TLM at the Shrine of St. Joseph?

thetimman said...

I don't think there is one at St. Joseph. But if someone knows otherwise, please correct me.

JBQ said...

I attended the Latin Mass at St. Elizabeth on Sunday, July 3. There was a mood that I didn't understand. This included a rotten greeting from the new Msgr. pastor. Now, I know why. This could only be done on orders from the new bishop.

thetimman said...

JBQ, I just want to say for the record that there is no official word on why the Mass is being discontinued. Certainly, the Archbishop is likely to know that the Mass is being discontinued-- but saying it is on orders from him is jumping the gun.