No Mass on the Feast of the Assumption?

:slight_smile: Hi, everybody!


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.



why are we discussing something that happened, or rather, did not happen in 2001 on this forum? is there a point here?

Ya, Annie, it sure is puzzling. I don’t have a clue either.

:slight_smile: Hello, PuzzleAnnie and roehmke!

Good questions, thank you, both.

But, yes! Something did not happen in 2001.

The vast majority of a congregation of 150 people loyal to the Society of St. Pius X did not attend a diocesan Indult Latin Mass to fulfill their holyday obligation, *given the absence *of one of their own priests on that day, simply because their priest didn’t tell them that they could.

The point of putting this on this 2007 forum?

Because there are traditional Catholics and there are Traditional Catholics.

In this case I submit the that particular section of the Society of St. Pius X represented the capital “T” division.

It is as though the message was: “The only good, authentic Latin Mass is one said by one of our priests, no one elses can be the same.”

My point?

The people bought into it.

Want to bet, going on 6 or 7 years later, they still don’t?



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