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Joe Frances said in November 19th, 2007 at 11:44 pm

What a magnificent Church! What a beautiful setting for the Extraordinary Rite. Would that the music would be up to the setting and the prayer.

Anonymous said in November 20th, 2007 at 2:41 am

Superb photos. And a magnificent little church. What an amazing thing we are witnessing flow from Summorum Pontificum!

Wil said in November 21st, 2007 at 12:36 pm

I was there. It was my first Tridentine Mass and I loved it. There were around 900 attending that night.
Fr. Bevins is just super.
For the moment, it will be celebrated at 6:00pm on Sundays. Hopefully it will be celebrated every day and a second Mass added on for Sunday morning.

Nancy said in November 21st, 2007 at 1:36 pm

We were there!!! It was a beautiful Mass, and the seminarians (some are members of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius of Chicago) did a splendid job with the music.

Tonight, November 21, 7:00 pm at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Friary of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate in Griswold, CT, the friars will celebrate a Missa Cantata. The friars do a beautiful job!!!

We are so blessed here in CT.

Anonymous said in November 21st, 2007 at 5:40 pm

Is the Missa Cantata according to the Missale of 1962 or according to the latin version of the Novus Ordo? Because the FFI have done the latter for years … so I wonder if your news is a sign of change.

Nancy said in November 21st, 2007 at 8:55 pm

Yes, it is according to the Missale of 1962! The FI offered a Missa Cantata after Pope Benedict XVI’s new motu proprio at the Griswold, CT location. I don’t know if they have offered it at the New Bedford, MA, Maine, NY, or Bloomington, IN locations.

Nancy said in November 21st, 2007 at 9:04 pm

Oh, speaking of the seminarians from Holy Apostles who are members of the Society of St. John Cantius, you might be interested in their website that offers priests and laity lessons in the Extraordinary Form of the Latin Rite according to the Missale Romanum 1962: http://www.sanctamissa.org/

Gregory said in November 22nd, 2007 at 10:17 pm

Ditto to all above. The (soon-to-be) basilica was, literally, full. And the congregation was NOT just packed with “grayhairs” –by no means. It was a normal, mixed-age congregation typical of any Sunday Mass anywhere. The bulk were under 40. There were many families with children. There were a number of women with veils (I’m sure this beautiful practice will grow). And how edifying it was to see the good pastor there, in the sanctuary, with his biretta, lifting it slightly at every mention of the name of Jesus.
One could not but have the impression that an historical threshold has been crossed in the life of the Church, that a huge chasm has been crossed over a wide and sturdy bridge, the formation of which the Providential hand seemed quite evident to me. And I have absolutely no doubt that had Benedict XVI seen this liturgical celebration –in a land which all but the least trace of it was totally shorn for 40 long years– he would be heartened to the point of tears. (Send him the pics!)
Deo gratias!

Anonymous said in November 23rd, 2007 at 1:41 am

Does anyone know if the Immaculate will have the TLM each Sunday now at 6:00 pm?

It was unclear whether it was only for this occasion (and/or the following Sunday). I live in the Waterbury area, although not an Immaculate parishioner — I would definitely attend the TLM there, even though I was unable to go last week.

Gregory said in November 23rd, 2007 at 9:07 am

Yes, the plan is a weekly Trid Mass at 6pm. At the end of the 11/18 Mass, Fr. Bevins took a quick, show-of-hands poll, regarding a weekly Trid rite. The response was overwhelmingly affirmative. The 6PM slot was likely preferred by the great majority.

Nancy said in November 23rd, 2007 at 1:00 pm

Gregory, I, too, would like to see the wearing of chapel veils return. If Our Blessed Mother’s head is always covered during all of the apparitions, and she is always in the presence of God, then ALL women should have their heads covered while in the presence of God. Perhaps, the Holy Spirit will inspire more women!

Anonymous said in November 24th, 2007 at 6:20 pm

Wil: 900 people were there?! That doesn’t seem right. Can anyone confirm?

Wil said in November 26th, 2007 at 11:57 am

I stand corrected.
The next day at morning mass we were incorrectly told about 900 attended.
Well, it was more like 400-500 attended that night. This is based on the body count when students from St. Mary’s school attend Mass.

Brendan said in November 28th, 2007 at 10:34 am

Actually, the Latin Mass has been offered in Waterbury on a sporadic basis for many years.

Father (now Monsignor) Coleman made use of the first indult to say the TLM at Sacred Heart High School in 1984.

Thereafter he had a monthly indult at St Margaret’s and, I believe, Sacred Heart parish.

Ginny said in November 29th, 2007 at 4:35 pm

Hi Stuart
This was such a beautiful Mass
I am so glad that Conecticut is spreading out with the Mass
The Immaculate conception Church is only 10 minutes from home for me

Can you email me the pics?

LARRY! said in December 1st, 2007 at 7:49 pm

There were less than 100 Mass-goers. I don’t know where the 400, 500, 900 numbers are coming from. Over-zealous estimates methinks.

Stuart Chessman said in December 10th, 2007 at 11:38 pm


OK, I have reconfiremed the numbers. Regarding the first mass, one authorative source estimated atttendance at 500, another authoritative person put it at 800-900. I will charitably assume you attended one of the subsequent masses. There attendance was much lower – 100 or even less. On two of those three occasions (including last Sunday)there was a severe weather alert.

Nick said in October 23rd, 2013 at 3:06 pm

They are still doing this every Sunday evening at 6 p.m. I have been going for about a year now, and I cannot live without it! It would be great if they added one for Sunday mornings. More people would go if it was done more frequently.

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