Friday, October 19, 2007

Finally, something closer to home!

Mass using Roman Missal of 1962: Plans for celebration in Madison
By Jacek Cianciara

(See also front-page sidebar: Bishop to celebrate Missa Pontificalis.)

MADISON -- Earlier this year, in the apostolic letter Summorum Pontificum, Benedict XVI allowed for a broader use of the Roman Missal of 1962, the Mass missal revised by Blessed John XXIII.
The pope emphasized that the teachings of Vatican II must be interpreted in light of Catholic tradition within the continuity of magisterial teachings.
The Holy Father expressed hope that a broader use of the Missal of 1962, the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite, would encourage "interior reconciliation in the heart of the Church" and would restore a more reverent approach to the ordinary form of the rite, celebrated according to the current missal promulgated by Pope Paul VI in 1970.
Bishop Robert C. Morlino, in his comments on the apostolic letter Summorum Pontificum (Catholic Herald, July 19, 2007), announced that he intends to celebrate Mass according to the missal of Blessed John XXIII, also known as the Roman Missal of 1962, as a "joyful act of obedience to the motu proprio of Pope Benedict and grateful to be freed from the limitation of his own judgment."
The bishop also pointed out that "every celebration, either in the ordinary form or the extraordinary form, will express the reverence proper to the truth that this celebration unites earth to heaven and joins us here in the Diocese of Madison with the great assembly of angels and saints."
Even before Summorum Pontificum was issued, a number of Catholics representing various parishes in the Diocese of Madison met to ascertain how Mass according to the Roman Missal of 1962 could be sanctioned in the Diocese of Madison, under the provisions of the apostolic letter Ecclesia Dei of 1988.
After several meetings and consultation with Bishop Morlino, a society in the Diocese of Madison was formally established on August 30, 2007. The purpose of the society is to facilitate the initial celebration of the Mass according to the Roman Missal of 1962 in the Diocese of Madison.
In addition, the society will provide ongoing support for the weekly regular celebration of the Mass and assist in providing full catechesis with regard to the liturgy based on the Roman Missal of 1962.
The next meeting of the society will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Holy Redeemer Church, 120 W Johnson St., Madison. At the meeting, additional information about the society and its various activities, including plans for the Mass of Blessed John XXIII in the Diocese of Madison, will be provided.
All individuals and families interested in Mass according to the Missal of Blessed John XXIII, also known as the Roman Missal of 1962, including Gregorian chant, are invited to participate in the meeting and to join the society. For more information, call Duane Zinkel at 608-238-4420.

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