[quote=Scotty PGH]Hi Mummybee -
I’m also a member of the Pgh Latin Mass Community at St. Boniface. So glad to hear you’ve started attending! Did you go to the High Mass or Low Mass? I think most new people find High Mass a bit more “engaging.” And yes, I know exactly what it’s like to try to wrestle the kids while also trying to follow the Mass. It can be tricky at that age (I have a 19 month old and a 6 month old).
I can tell you from experience that the best way to learn the ropes is simply through repetition. After you’ve assisted at about 10 TLM’s or so, it will start to feel very natural. You will find that you’ve gotten familiar with all the different parts of the Mas in no time. Also, it helps if you have a personal missal to review outside of Mass.
Did you happen to grab one of the red missals that the ushers hand out at the door? They are pretty easy to follow. I have the Angelus Press Missal, and it’s fantastic. There is a similar missal printed by Baronius Press that is equally as nice. Also, you can find tons of old missals on Ebay or through other traditional, online Catholic vendors. These missals will contain at a minimum the Epistle and Gospel for each Sunday. The bigger ones contain the other proper prayers for thre day. There’s no hurry to get one though, the red missals at Chuch are perfect for getting used to the standard parts of the Mass.
Let me know if there is anything I can help you with. You can feel free to PM me too.
BTW - don’t let the hair-splitters on this forum bother you. “Latin Mass” is a perfectly valid way to refer to the indult. You’ll notice that our community is the Pittsburgh Latin Mass Community.
We actually picked up some second hand missals at the Sacred Heart of Jesus book store in Bloomfield (if you haven’t, you absolutely MUST go there!!! It’s an absolute treasure trove! www.abebooks.com/home/IMMACULATABOOKS ) We got a St. Andrew, a Maryknoll and a Fr. Lesance (sp?) We took the St. Andrew and Maryknoll with us. I got lost shortly after the asperges, :rotfl:I was waiting to hear the kyrie and gloria, but didn’t get it until later that the choir was singing it while the priest moved on with other stuff. I didn’t catch up until the gospel. Another thing that threw me was the fact that they hear confessions all the way up to the sanctus! It’s a bit of a circus. Next week we’re going to give the red missals a shot and see if that helps us to transition more effectively.
We are joining the Holy Wisdom parish as PLMC members, and our elder daughter had her first catechism lesson on Sunday. She’s adorable. I explained to her that we were going to a different kind of mass than she’d ever been to before, that this is the way it was for 2000 years, and that it would be almost completely in Latin. She turned to me, aghast, and asked, “How are they going to understand me in my catechism class if they speak Latin? They won’t understand a word I say!” aaaaaaaahahahahaha! Of course, I clarified things for her, and she really liked her class. She’ll be making her First Holy Communion there next year.