I asked my pastor for the Extraordinary Rite. Although he is the most fluent priest I know in Latin, he is not interested in learning the rubrics for the 1962 Missal. Nor is he interested in “everything else that goes with it” as he said (cassock and surplices for the Altar Boys, an altar rail, etc).
We are a tiny parish, about 400 families (registered) with about 150 total Mass attendance on any usual Sunday. There are 20 people who have expressed an interest in the Extraordinary rite. That’s not a whopping number but is about 10% of our Sunday Mass attendance so is not an insignificant number either. While we don’t know any priests to say the Mass, we have three boys (so far) interested in serving and someone to train them.
I also asked Father, is he didn’t want to say the EF, could he help us find a priest to say the Mass. Also, “no”. There is an indult Mass on Sundays but it is about an hour’s drive away and at 8am making it very difficult for families with small children to wrangle, which most of the above mentioned group is.
My husband wants me to write the Archbishop. Our AB is one of the ones who’s letters appeared in Father Z’s column and who is taking what Father Z calls the “party line”. He claims there is not much demand, that demand is being met nicely by the one indult Mass and that there aren’t priests to say the EF Mass anyway.
My plan is to wait until a full month has passed from my original request to my pastor and make sure that all of the other families have made their desires clearly known and then write to the AB. I don’t expect a response but I think it is important that he sees these letters and knows that there IS a demand that isn’t being met.
What should I say in the letter except that we want the EF Mass and that we have already approached our pastor? What do I do next, if I don’t get any response? I read somewhere that you should write twice before going higher up. Are two letters, a month apart to the AB sufficient? Then what? The Ecclesia Dei commission?
Is it a good idea to try to coordinate an effort with people from other parishes in our Deanery or Diocese or should we keep the focus at the parish level?