Lately I have been thinking that if I went to an FSSP parish I might be more happy about things at Church. It’s not that I do not like my parish but I feel it’s a little too liberal for me personally. I went to a Solemn High Mass for a parish anniversary in the area and it was offered by an FSSP priest. I met the priest after mass and told him how much I enjoyed the mass. He said to me that “The Latin Mass is a piece of Heaven on Earth” I have pondered that knowing that both the OF and EF masses are the same sacrifice however I guess I would like more tradition. So my question is, for those of you who go to an FSSP parish, do you have any regrets? Did it take a long time to get used to?
NO REGRETS whatsoever! It may take a little while to get acclimated, if you are not heavily grounded in the EF. But no regrets are likely.
I’ve only went twice and I love it. Although admittedly my path to find greater spirituality doesn’t go through the Extraordinary Form, I think very highly of the FSSP priests and if anyone would ask me to go with them to the FSSP parish, I would. No regrets whatsoever.
I’ve never been to any Tridentine Masses, but I love them!!!
I’m even thinking about becoming a priest for the FSSP, because they celebrate the Tridentine Mass, they’re traditional, and they wear cassocks.
Hope this helps, it probably doesn’t, but, if I were you, I’d just enjoy how much more beautiful and Catholic the Tridentine Mass is compared to the Novus Ordo.
No regrets at all. The FSSP 1962 Mass is the Mass I grew up with and I love it. I hadn’t realized how much I missed it until I went back. I loved my old parish, but I am much more fulfilled with the FSSP parish.
I’m at an uber liberal parish right now, but I was attending an FSSP parish (The FSSP priest was the associate pastor, and then there was the main pastor looking after the NO.) throughout Lent when I was lived within a 2 hour drive from the city that offered it. (I moved home for summer, so it’s too far to attend now.)
Honestly, I’m a poor student. I was living off $600/month and the price of gas was at an all time high. I literally cut out anything extra that cost me money, just so I could make the drive every Sunday, and a couple Saturdays for Confession. It was that worth it. It wasn’t just the Mass. It was the priest too. He called a spade a spade, was available for confession and actually gave good counsel, and I knew if I needed spiritual direction, I could actually get it, and trust it. Even the people who attended the TLM were friendlier. The only regret I have is having to move home for the summer.
I wish I still lived near an FSSP parish, even though I do assist at a diocesan EF now.
NO (pun intended) regrets! Its an hour drive every Sunday. I’m fortunate to have a great NO parish near my current residence, but the FSSP parish has become my Sunday getaway.
I’ve gone to an FSSP parish this year… NO REGRETS at all I loved it, and miss it very much now that I’m back home and can’t go there anymore.
It took a few times getting used to the Latin, using the missal etc, but then it was great
When you go, tell one of the ushers that you’re new. They’ll do what they can to help out and give you a missal so that you can follow along. But it may still take a few times before you have a good grip on the EF Mass. But good luck, I’m sure you’ll love it!
I don’t know where or even know how to find a Tridentine Mass in my diocese (Toledo, Ohio). The only FSSP parishes in Ohio are on the Eastern border by Pennsylvania and on the Southern border on the Ohio River (Toledo is NW Ohio). Are there any other Orders or Societies that do the Latin Mass that might be in my diocese?
No regrets at all. The area I am in is blessed enough to have a Latin Mass parish, with it’s own building, church hall, children’s school, etc etc. It is wonderful. Such a spiritual blessing, and I am only afraid I’m going to begin to take this incredible blessing for granted.
Best of luck in your searching.
According to Latin Mass Times website there is diocesan EF in Toledo
St. Joseph Church
628 Locust St.
Toledo, OH 43604
**Tridentine Latin Masses
Sundays 10:30 A.M.
Thursdays 6:00 P.M.**
Holy Days of Obligation
8:30 A.M. & 6:00 P.M.
Priest: Fr. Stephen Majores
Phone: (419) 255-5526
here is the page with their mass times from this weeks bulletin
TOLEDO—Catholics devoted to the Latin-language liturgy that predates Vatican II have long found a home in Toledo St. Joseph.
The congregation on the edge of downtown Toledo has celebrated the Mass according to the 1962 Roman Missal, commonly called the Tridentine Mass, regularly since Father Stephen Majoros became pastor in 1994. Prior to that, several other pastors had celebrated the post-Vatican II liturgy in Latin on a regular basis at St. Joseph.
Last spring the parish began offering the Tridentine Mass every Sunday at 10:30 a.m., and the attendance has been so high and the response so positive that Father Joseph Poggemeyer, who became the new pastor last July, is now considering celebrating the 8:30 a.m. Sunday Mass in this form once a month as well.
He notes many people devoted to the Latin-language Mass never experienced it as children, but discovered it as adults.
“People are clamoring for something transcendent and ancient, and that, I think, explains why you do have young people who are pretty on fire for the Tridentine form,” says Fr. Poggemeyer.
With what he describes as its “transcendent aesthetic,” Fr. Poggemeyer says, “some people feel much more aided in their approach to the divine in the Tridentine Mass than they do in the Novus Ordo,” the new order of the Mass promulgated in 1970 as part of the reforms of the Second Vatican Council.
Thank You Very Much!
Are you close to Detroit? Here is a more extensive guide.
Unfortunately, we don’t have a FSSP parish, but we have a FSSP priest. We ‘borrow’ the parish church, which is not ideal. (We are constantly treated as outsiders and there is no mixing between NO and EF people. We are hoping to have a parish soon.) However, no regrets about going there. I can’t imagine going back to my old parish.
The FSSP is organic part of the Catholic Church. The serve those who like the traditional, and they serve it well. No reason to regret anything.
One will be neither better nor worse Catholic to attend traditional mass.
But, one that is traditional tends to have more of a Catholic identity and they’re proud of it, compared to a non-traditional Catholic.
I disagree. But this is off topic.
That is an unfair assumption.