May 22, 2011


After our last Mass on June 5th, there will be Benediction and Litanies of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Litaniae de Sacratissimo Corde Iesu) and of Saint Joseph (Litaniae Sancti Ioseph). Copies of the litany prayers in Latin and English will be placed at the front entrance table, and all are encouraged to join the choir in chanting the responses. There will not be Vespers on this day, as we will have a community meeting downstairs in the parish hall after Mass to discuss the future direction and plans for the Latin Mass in our local parishes. Feel free to either bring food to share as we will have potluck dinner, or make a donation towards drinks and paper goods.

May 16, 2011

Last Mass in the Extraordinary Form at St. Joseph's Church

Dear friends in Christ:
It is with sadness but not without hope for the future that it is announced that Mass in the Extraordinary Form at St. Joseph parish in Fitchburg will terminate on June 5th. The reasons are of simple practicality and a realistic evaluation of the fact that after almost one year of having the Traditional Latin Mass at this parish, the number of attendees has not increased and is not sufficient to maintain basic expenditures. The various considerations which affect growth, including Mass time, location, and proximity to other Traditional Latin Masses in the diocese may all be considered in our decisions for future directions. We will thus meet after our last Mass on June 5th downstairs in the parish hall (at our community potluck) for discussion and planning. We have been blessed with many resources including a highly trained choir director and full choir, experienced M.C.’s and many trained servers in addition to a congregation with a sincere love of our Catholic liturgical heritage. On an encouraging note, the Vatican has just issued instructions for the implementation of Summorum Pontificum with explanatory notes to be used as guidelines for the establishment of the Extraordinary Form Mass in local parishes. For further reading, see: Universae Ecclesiae
and the explanatory guidelines.
All of us have shared the heart- felt sorrow of the closing of such a beautiful church as Immaculate Conception , and we are very grateful to Father Trainor for welcoming us at St. Jospeh’s. We have also shared much liturgical splendor in giving glory to God in reverential worship, and we express our undying gratitude to Father Phillipson who has shepherded us through the past two years. Let us strive to continue our efforts in promoting the Extraordinary Form Mass in our local parishes and prayerfully seek the will of God.

May 11, 2011

Movie Evening

Any who would like to attend the very inspiring movie “Of Gods and Men” is invited, and feel free to invite others. It is playing at a very limited number of theaters (other closest location is Cambridge, MA), and is only playing for one week in Keene.
Rated: PG-13 – for a momentary scene of startling wartime violence, some disturbing images and brief language; 120 minutes. Under threat by fundamentalist terrorists, a group of Trappist monks stationed with an impoverished Algerian community must decide whether to leave or stay. (Based on true events).

Where: The Colonial Theater, 95 Main Street, Keene, NH (near Richmond)
Ticket Costs: Adults $8; students/ seniors $6

When: This Sunday May 15 at 5pm; we will leave St. Joseph’s after Vespers by 3:30pm- should be enough time to drive to Keene. People may carpool if they like.
Food options: You can either bring your own meal to coffee/ donuts time after Mass or eat after the movie as there are several good nearby restaurant options in Keene (those who want to eat out can look at the options list after the movie and choose which type of food they like).

Directions: (38 miles)

May 5, 2011

Litany of Loreto

On Sunday, May 8, which is Mother's Day, we will honor Our Blessed Mother by praying the Litany of Loreto after Mass. Copies will be provided.
Litaniae Lauretanae

May 3, 2011

Divine Mercy Celebration

How singularly blessed we were to honor Our Lord with the Rosary, Holy Mass, Benediction, Vespers and the Divine Mercy Chaplet.  Our heartfelt thanks to Father Phillipson for giving us the opportunity of receiving an outpouring of Divine Mercy from the pierced Heart of Our Saviour.  The Latin Mass Community shared a wonderful time of fellowship and a celebration dinner that same evening.    May all of us partake together of the eternal banquet where our hearts live with our merciful Lord.

April 24, 2011

Easter, 2011

Surrexit Dominus vere, alleluia!
May the graces of this holy Easter Season remain with all of us throughout the year. 

April 17, 2011

Palm Sunday 2011

How beautiful it is to see our faith carried into the city streets.  Gloria, laus et honor tibi sit, Rex Christe Redemptor.
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