It’s nearly 3 weeks to the Feast of the Assumption, 2001, and in a large US city the members of a Society of St. Pius X Chapel are in a tizzy.
Number one: starting three (3) Sundays in advance their little bulletin states clearly that “There will be no Mass offered at our chapel on August 15th. The Feast of the Assumption.” Period.
Some “radical elements” both “inside the Society” and “outside” quietly point out a simple fact anyone would most likely already know:
Our local Archbishop is doing what he can for all the members of his sprawling corner of the world, including devoted fans of the Latin Mass:
In addition to his regularly scheduled Indult Tridentine Latin Sunday Mass said by any one of three(3) seasoned priests, his has already promised the Indult Mass community of Saint Somebody that “Yes! I’ll guarantee you a priest Assumption Day, too!”
But what happens next?
The Society Coordinator, a decent hardworking professional, frowns uneasily:
“Yeah, I know what you mean, but don’t forget we’re Society here, and it’s for them to tell us what to do, o.k.?”
But then he adds politely: “Thanks for coming over to tell me, though. I guess I can always call Father So-and-so our Society District Superior, maybe he can figure something out.”
Out of roughly 150 men, women, and children, in that St. Pius X Chapel:
1 out of 75 attended Assumption Day Mass at the Indult Mass Community.
1 out of 150 went to a special Anglican community whose priests had been accepted by Rome.
8 to 12 “showed” up at the St. Pius X Chapel for their own little ceremony.
Thus, perhaps anywhere up to 135+ out of 150 faithful, did ??? by way of fulfilling their Holy Day obligation.
Good friends of the Latin Mass, what would *you * have done, had you been a member of that same Society of St. Pius X chapel community, faced with this kind of problem?
I’m not trying to put anyone on the spot, but there it is, in terms of the adage: “By their fruits you shall know them.”
And where even the Mother of Christ’s Feast Day is subordinated to some whimsical eccentricity.