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Salicus said in September 22nd, 2013 at 11:24 pm

Here is the notice that appeared in the bulletin at Our Saviour. Seems like a perfectly reasonable explanation, especially given that the TLM is celebrated in a neighboring church.

In his 7 July 2007 Apostolic Letter, Summorum Pontificum, Benedict XVI sought to address a pastoral situation that existed in some areas of the Catholic world—the desire of some of the faithful to return to worshiping with the Roman Missal that had been replaced in the years following the Second Vatican Council. To make use of this privilege, the Pope stated that there should be a “stable group of faithful who adhere to the earlier liturgical tradition.” (Art. 4) He also stated, “Priests who use the Missal of Bl. John XXIII must be qualified to do so” (Art. 5, §4), i.e., conversant with the Latin texts and the various rituals and rubrics involved. A few weeks ago, Father Justin Wylie informed the Pastor that he would no longer be able to continue the responsibility of saying the Extraordinary Form Mass at Our Saviour for the foreseeable future. Our staff has been finding individual celebrants in the meantime. However, we have not been able to find a priest who is willing to do this on a regular basis. Father Robbins spoke with Father Myles Murphy, pastor of St. Agnes Church, where there is a weekly celebration of the Extraordinary Form every Sunday at 11:00 a.m. Father Murphy has asked that those who celebrate the Extraordinary Form here at Our Saviour should feel most warmly welcomed at St. Agnes. Additionally, St. Agnes has a first-rate choir at the 11:00 a.m. Mass, led by music director James Wetzel. Beginning next Sunday, 29 September, the 9:00 a.m. Mass will be in the ordinary form and in English here at Our Saviour. We continue to rely on your understanding and cooperation as we attempt to meld together three parishes on Murray Hill and in Kips Bay.

Peregrinus said in September 23rd, 2013 at 8:06 am

Do you have any current information on the Community of St. Benedict , a traditional Benedictine monastery apparently using the traditional Benedictine liturgy right there in Connecticut? From what I’ve heard they have a very promising future. It’s wonderful to have a traditional Benedictine monastery right here in the Northeast!

K. R. said in September 23rd, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Can you say something more about the Schola at St. Mary’s in New Haven? I couldn’t find anything on the parish website or in the bulletins posted there, and I’m curious what rationale could be given for disbanding the schola.

Stuart Chessman said in September 23rd, 2013 at 11:25 pm


Really? The new pastor could not have learned the Extraordinary Form himself as others have done – including his immediate predecessor?

There are other things worth commenting in this “message from the pastor” including the tendentious description of Summorum Pontificum. But what really caught my eye was the reference to ‘melding three parishes.” I don’t believe this has been previously announced or disclosed as a goal by the Archdiocese or the parishes affected. Although the recent career of the current pastor of Our Saviour makes the thought process obvious.

Tim said in September 24th, 2013 at 6:52 pm

Pope Francis does not appear very friendly toward the traditional Mass and much that goes along with it. But it seems the downhill trend started before Pope Francis. Just look at Waterbury. Hundreds attended the traditional Mass when it started at Immaculate Conception. Now just over a hundred there is a good number. Sat. and Sun. traditional Mass at St. Margaret’s: gone for about two years now. The pastor there tried, but next to no one attended. And the traditional Mass on the first Fridays of the month was taken away at St. Ann’s. The way of the cross is not enjoyable. Things will be much better in the reign of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. But what of the timetable and the additional suffering to come before then?

Joe said in September 25th, 2013 at 7:07 pm

This shows how really important the sspx is.

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