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'Packed House' Welcomes Latin Mass to Front Royal (Virginia)
Arlington Catholic Herald ^ | 8/10/2006 | Gretchen R. Crowe

Posted on 08/10/2006 11:15:52 AM PDT by Pyro7480

'Packed House' Welcomes Latin Mass to Front Royal

By Gretchen R. Crowe
HERALD Staff Writer
(From the Issue of 8/10/06)

The choir loft at St. John the Baptist Church in Front Royal offered the best view of the delicate black and white head coverings, the newly installed Communion rail, and the tall candles on the ornately adorned altar. Each served as a telling sign that the parish’s first Latin Mass was no ordinary eucharistic celebration.

A large group of altar boys assisted Father Ed Hathaway, pastor, in celebrating the Mass last Sunday. Attending in choir were Fathers Paul deLadurantaye, director of the Office of Sacred Liturgy; Chris Pollard, parochial vicar; and Jerome Fasano, pastor of St. Andrew the Apostle Church in Clifton. Eager parishioners and curious visitors filled the pews and flooded out the back of the church into the vestibule.

“It was a packed house,” said Father Hathaway, who said the Latin Mass is “an expression of our tradition that fills in a piece of our heritage.”

While the Latin Mass was familiar to older parishioners, it was the first introduction for many younger ones. Following the Mass, Ellen Kelly signed a “thank you scroll” for Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde, who expanded the option for the Latin Mass to be celebrated in the diocese in March. The Latin Mass also is celebrated every Sunday at St. Lawrence Church in Alexandria.

Holding son, Peter, 1, Kelly said that she and her husband enjoyed “teaching our boys what a truly reverent Mass can be like.”

They weren’t the only ones teaching their children the older traditions of the Church. Bayard and Kimberly Keller filled up the vestibule with their 10 children. The family is moving to Front Royal from Westminster, Md., where they currently attend the Latin Mass in Baltimore.

“It’s something that we’ve evolved into,” Bayard said, as he continuously adjusted the white veil on top of his 4-year-old daughter’s head.

Celebrating the Latin Mass is “more reverent and pleasing to God,” said Therese DeClue, 17. DeClue said she used to attend a Latin Mass with her family in Michigan.

Catherine Jerge, sitting in the front row with daughter Emma on her lap and daughter Jessica by her side, said she used to attend the Latin Mass as a child.

“I love it,” she said. “It’s just a good experience.”

“‘Lord it is good for us to be here,’” said Father Fasano, echoing the day’s Gospel reading of the Transfiguration in his homily. “Some of us have waited 37 years to be able to say this. It is good for us to be at this Mass that we love so much.” The one language “reminds us of the universality of the Church.”

Kurt Poterack, director of Christendom College’s choir and adjunct professor, played the organ and led a schola in the Latin chants, which served as a guide for the congregation that tried its best to keep up with the unfamiliarity of the service.

Regina Hines, a parishioner from Sacred Heart Parish in Winchester, said the two-hour Mass was “a lot longer, a lot grander, a lot more solemn” than what she was used to. She particularly was touched by the reverence given to the Eucharist through kneeling while receiving Communion.

“It’s not a Mass that I would want to go to every Sunday,” she said, but added that it was valuable “to get hold of the old tradition, to reach back into what used to be.” She said she might make the 30-minute drive from Winchester once a month.

Not every Sunday’s Latin Mass will be two hours long, said Father Hathaway. The high sung Mass, which was celebrated last Sunday, will be held on the first Sunday of the month, with a low Latin Mass to be celebrated every other week.

Parishioner Michelle Catellan said she hopes that she and her family will attend the Mass regularly. “It really draws your mind and your heart into heaven.”

Gretchen R. Crowe can be reached at gcrowe@catholicherald.com.


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I attended this first Traditional Latin Mass with the family of my boss. It was a really great experience. The church, though it is of recent construction, is beautifully-decorated with great stained glass windows of the saints. There were two reasons why the Mass lasted two hours. Fr. Fasano, who gave the homily, spoke for about 40 minutes, covering both the feast of the Transfiguration, and the Latin Mass. Also, it was probably the first public traditional Mass for the priest who offered it. Here are some pictures from the Mass (the Arlington Catholic Herald will post some more later at their photo album).


Fr. Chris Pollard distributes communion during the first Latin Mass celebrated at St. John the Baptist Church in Front Royal. (ACH Photo by Gretchen R. Crowe)


1 posted on 08/10/2006 11:15:54 AM PDT by Pyro7480
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To: Siobhan; Canticle_of_Deborah; broadsword; NYer; Salvation; sandyeggo; american colleen; ...

Catholic ping!


2 posted on 08/10/2006 11:16:41 AM PDT by Pyro7480 ("Love is the fusion of two souls in one in order to bring about mutual perfection." -S. Terese Andes)
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To: Pyro7480
Average age of the folks in these photos: ca. 35.

Average age of the harpies who participated in the priestess "ordination" in P'burgh: ca. 60.

Future looks bright, don't it?
3 posted on 08/10/2006 11:19:32 AM PDT by Antoninus (Public schools are the madrassas of the American Left. --Ann Coulter, Godless)
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To: Carolina; Miss Marple; nanetteclaret; Cheverus; Suzy Quzy; technochick99; kosta50; Daffy; ...

Ping!


4 posted on 08/10/2006 11:20:33 AM PDT by Pyro7480 ("Love is the fusion of two souls in one in order to bring about mutual perfection." -S. Terese Andes)
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To: Pyro7480
the newly installed Communion rail

Maybe I'll start bugging my pastor, "The other kids have one, how come we can't have one?"

It's modern and up to date! A sign of unity.

Last weekend we did sing Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence for the Offertory hymn. Maybe things are stirring under the surface.

5 posted on 08/10/2006 11:29:42 AM PDT by siunevada (If we learn nothing from history, what's the point of having one? - Peggy Hill)
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To: Pyro7480
I'd just like to note that the priests mentioned in this article are ordinary, diocesan priests ... they attended seminary at Mt. St. Mary's, or St. Charles Borromeo, or similar. They're not FSSP or some such.

It's quite thorougly possible for priests who didn't attend a "traditionalist" seminary, and are not members of a "traditionalist" order to offer the Tridentine Mass.

6 posted on 08/10/2006 11:37:47 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Pyro7480
look at the people in the pictures -- no one is chewing gum, no concert t-shirts (or much worse, the double-entendre disgusting overpriced A&F t-shirts). Doubt anyone is wearing flip-flops and baggy shorts either. They must think they are going to see God or something.
7 posted on 08/10/2006 11:40:02 AM PDT by Nihil Obstat
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To: Pyro7480; american colleen; Lady In Blue; Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; ...


8 posted on 08/10/2006 11:41:44 AM PDT by NYer
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To: Pyro7480

So beautiful!

(I must resist the temptation to whine and say, "I feel cheated!")

Our bishop turned 75 last month. Praying that his resignation will be accepted and that the Lord will send us someone holy and reverent who will undo decades of "wreckovation" in our diocese.


9 posted on 08/10/2006 11:43:46 AM PDT by nanetteclaret (Our Lady's Hat Society)
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To: Pyro7480

This a little far for me to travel (living in the countryside, north of Charlottesville, VA an hour or so away) but I had heard about this and was thinking about making the trip once in awhile.


10 posted on 08/10/2006 11:45:37 AM PDT by DoctorMichael (A wall first. A wall now.)
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To: Pyro7480
Celebrating the Latin Mass is “more reverent and pleasing to God,” said Therese DeClue, 17.

We desperately need to recover a sense of reverence and awe at Mass.

FYI, Front Royal is home to Seton homeschooling, the largest Catholic homeschooling group, with over 10,000 children enrolled.

11 posted on 08/10/2006 11:45:53 AM PDT by Aquinasfan (When you find "Sola Scriptura" in the Bible, let me know)
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To: Pyro7480

One thing this reminds me of is too many Latin Masses have become too long. For certain occasions, they are supposed to be longer, but I have noticed that some are very long on a regular basis. It is my understanding that back when, even high Masses didn't take so long. The once-a-month Mass in my diocese is on Saturday night at 7:30, and it usually runs until 9:30. I wouls say at earliest it gets out about 9:10, and on occasion goes has gone to 10:00. (It used to be a dicosean priest, but is now served by the FSSP)


12 posted on 08/10/2006 12:02:26 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nanetteclaret
(I must resist the temptation to whine and say, "I feel cheated!")

Why? You have.
13 posted on 08/10/2006 12:03:01 PM PDT by Slugworth
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To: Pyro7480
For any ladies who need the proper accoutrements:

Chapel veils and mantillas

14 posted on 08/10/2006 12:07:31 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: Slugworth

I know I've been cheated. It's the whining that's the sin, instead of praying about it.


15 posted on 08/10/2006 12:09:49 PM PDT by nanetteclaret (Our Lady's Hat Society)
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To: Pyro7480

Wonderful! May St. John be richly blessed and may vocations spring forth.


16 posted on 08/10/2006 12:10:59 PM PDT by Carolina
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To: nickcarraway
One thing this reminds me of is too many Latin Masses have become too long. For certain occasions, they are supposed to be longer, but I have noticed that some are very long on a regular basis.

My parish in DC has a monthly Solemn High Mass on the second Sunday of the month, except for July and August. The priest who normally offers that Mass, a monsignor who is the pastor at another parish in DC, is infamous for his long homilies. But I haven't heard anyone complain out the length of his homilies or the length of the Mass. They usually go for about an hour and 20 minutes.

17 posted on 08/10/2006 12:18:54 PM PDT by Pyro7480 ("Love is the fusion of two souls in one in order to bring about mutual perfection." -S. Terese Andes)
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To: Aquinasfan

And also the home of Christendom College. BTW, I highly recommend the one-volume "best of Triumph magazine" issued by Christendom Press (now being sold through ISI); there are many great articles in it, but the one about Fritz Wilhelmsen, Brent Bozell and the Sons of Thunder doing the first abortion mill invasion, in DC in 1970 (yes, pre-Roe), is worth the price of the book itself.

In that article there is a reference to the Sons wearing red berets. When I finally met Fritz in 1990 at a conference at Steubenville, I asked him whether those berets had anything to do with Carlism, and he said "Of course, I'm an honorary Requete [the Carlist militia], you know."

"Faith and Reason" from Christendom, has the best memorial to Fritz as well. RIP.


18 posted on 08/10/2006 12:42:39 PM PDT by Theophane
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To: Theophane
BTW, I highly recommend the one-volume "best of Triumph magazine" issued by Christendom Press (now being sold through ISI)

ISI handles the orders for Christendom Press books, which doesn't surprise me, given that ISI definitely leans towards the Catholic traditionalist part of the conservative movement.

19 posted on 08/10/2006 1:05:08 PM PDT by Pyro7480 ("Love is the fusion of two souls in one in order to bring about mutual perfection." -S. Terese Andes)
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To: Pyro7480
My husband and I are going to visit Front Royal in September and I am going to attend the Tridentine Mass at St. John the Baptist. We are looking at Front Royal as a possible place to retire to. If we move there we will be closer to our daughters who live in D.C. The fact that they have a TLM there now makes it all the more appealing.
20 posted on 08/10/2006 1:38:33 PM PDT by k omalley (Caro Enim Mea, Vere est Cibus, et Sanguis Meus, Vere est Potus)
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To: Pyro7480
Latin Mass is “more reverent and pleasing to God,”

Hubris, hubris. Who can know what is more pleasing to God? The Latin mass is more pleasing to me but God may prefer a mass said in Portuguese. On a cruise ship. On a balmy night under a full moon just after midnight near the Equator.

21 posted on 08/10/2006 1:46:57 PM PDT by Veto! (Opinions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: Pyro7480; jrny; Antoninus
“It’s not a Mass that I would want to go to every Sunday,” she said, but added that it was valuable “to get hold of the old tradition, to reach back into what used to be.” She said she might make the 30-minute drive from Winchester once a month.

Mwa ha haaaa (evil grin)....and so it spreads!!

22 posted on 08/10/2006 1:50:27 PM PDT by Claud
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To: Pyro7480

My husband and I will one day relocate from NY, and Virginia is on the top of our list. While looking for towns with traditional Catholic churches, I came across St. John the Baptist's website and was thrilled to see that they were about to begin celebrating the TLM.

So now...Front Royal is on the top of our "Virginia" list of places to relocate. I only wish St. John's had a school, and that there was a good, traditional Catholic High School nearby.

I wish the (very lucky indeed) parishoners of St. John's the best of luck, and may God bless the priest who broght them the TLM.

Regards,


23 posted on 08/10/2006 2:24:37 PM PDT by VermiciousKnid
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To: nickcarraway

God bless you. When I was a kid and served the Tridentine Mass (late 1950s), 40 minutes was extraordinarily long unless it was a Solemn High Mass or the pastor's funeral or some such. I don't want to deprive those who want every bell and whistle three times over, but it would be nice to have weekly Masses in manageable time frames at convenient times and places: The Mass of the Ages not the Mass that Lasts for Ages.


24 posted on 08/10/2006 3:34:31 PM PDT by BlackElk (Dean of Discipline of the Tomas de Torquemada Gentlemen's Club)
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To: ArrogantBustard

Laus tibi Christi!


25 posted on 08/10/2006 3:48:54 PM PDT by Frank Sheed (Tá brón orainn. Níl Spáinnis againn anseo.)
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To: BlackElk

1959 sounds about right. And you too rushed through saying the "Confiteor" in words so fast they couldn't be comprehended? (he implores, ashamedly)....

Frank


26 posted on 08/10/2006 3:53:21 PM PDT by Frank Sheed (Tá brón orainn. Níl Spáinnis againn anseo.)
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To: Pyro7480

Be nice if some of this rubbed off on the Diocese of Richmond.

My cousin passed away two months ago and he had a Latin Mass. The choir sang the Mass in Latin and the altar had a railing. The church also had statues.


27 posted on 08/10/2006 4:30:44 PM PDT by franky (Pray for the souls of the faithful departed.)
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To: BlackElk

I remember the days of no summer homily. Of course those were the pre airconditioning churches when some of the women who were standing (the churches were packed in those days)passed out in the aisles.


28 posted on 08/10/2006 4:34:23 PM PDT by franky (Pray for the souls of the faithful departed.)
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To: Pyro7480

We have one here in Kansas City, also. I love Bishop Finn! Here's our website if anyone is ever in the area and wants to attend!

http://oldstpatrick.com/


29 posted on 08/10/2006 5:41:33 PM PDT by samiam1972 (Live simply so that others may simply live!)
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To: Veto!
Hubris, hubris. Who can know what is more pleasing to God? The Latin mass is more pleasing to me but God may prefer a mass said in Portuguese. On a cruise ship. On a balmy night under a full moon just after midnight near the Equator.

I wouldn't say it's hubris at all. I think, as Our Lord put it, "by their fruits, you shall know them." The Mass of the Ages is known to be associated with many saints, and a Christian society. It's too soon to say whether the post-Vatican II liturgy is or isn't conducive to sainthood, but it definitely isn't associated with a Christian society. It is definitely a product of the zeitgeist.

30 posted on 08/10/2006 6:07:22 PM PDT by Pyro7480 ("Love is the fusion of two souls in one in order to bring about mutual perfection." -S. Terese Andes)
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To: BlackElk; nickcarraway
Mass of the Ages not the Mass that Lasts for Ages.

LOL! Fr. Fasano, as cool as he is, and as good as a homily he gave, was a bit like the Energizer Bunny. He kept going and going.... ;-)

31 posted on 08/10/2006 6:08:57 PM PDT by Pyro7480 ("Love is the fusion of two souls in one in order to bring about mutual perfection." -S. Terese Andes)
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To: samiam1972

That church has a very good website! My uncle lives in Kansas City, and if I ever end up there, I will definitely check out that parish!


32 posted on 08/10/2006 6:09:54 PM PDT by Pyro7480 ("Love is the fusion of two souls in one in order to bring about mutual perfection." -S. Terese Andes)
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To: Nihil Obstat; Pyro7480; ArrogantBustard; Northern Yankee; Victoria Delsoul
They must think they are going to see God or something.

Gee, imagine that!

33 posted on 08/10/2006 6:29:17 PM PDT by kstewskis ("Tolerance is what happens when one loses their principles..." Fr. A. Saenz)
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To: ArrogantBustard

" It's quite thorougly possible for priests who didn't attend a "traditionalist" seminary, and are not members of a "traditionalist" order to offer the Tridentine Mass."

Not in our diocese (Portland, OR).
Our priests are not required to take Latin in seminary.


34 posted on 08/10/2006 6:34:00 PM PDT by rogator
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To: BlackElk

I'm not trying to pick on you, but, honestly, is 1.5 hours all that much to offer up at a beautiful Mass on Sunday?

If Christ could bleed out for three hours on that cross for me I sure can handle a one or two hour Mass!

What about the Melkites? Or Russians? Their liturgies are often two or three hours long. Wouldn't bother me in the least.


35 posted on 08/10/2006 6:43:40 PM PDT by vladimir998 (Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ. St. Jerome)
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To: ArrogantBustard

Are you sure these priests were not trained by FSSP or some other traditionalist priests?


36 posted on 08/10/2006 6:45:16 PM PDT by vladimir998 (Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ. St. Jerome)
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To: ArrogantBustard

Fr. Fasano apparently already said Masses (the new Mass?) in Latin for sometime:

http://www.catholicherald.com/parish%20profiles/catherine.htm


37 posted on 08/10/2006 6:48:07 PM PDT by vladimir998 (Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ. St. Jerome)
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To: ArrogantBustard

" It's quite thorougly possible for priests who didn't attend a "traditionalist" seminary, and are not members of a "traditionalist" order to offer the Tridentine Mass."

Not in our diocese (Portland, OR).
Our priests are not required to take Latin in seminary.


38 posted on 08/10/2006 6:50:54 PM PDT by rogator
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To: VermiciousKnid
Maybe we will be neighbors! I understand that large families and homeschooling are big in the Front Royal area which might explain why there is no Catholic school.
39 posted on 08/10/2006 6:53:27 PM PDT by k omalley (Caro Enim Mea, Vere est Cibus, et Sanguis Meus, Vere est Potus)
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To: vladimir998

I know some of them, particularly Fr. Pollard and Fr. DeLadurantaye. Fr. Fasano has been offering a (Traditional) Latin Mass, although not on a regular basis, at St. Andrew the Apostle Parish for a few years. I've met him a few times.

This is my Diocese.


40 posted on 08/10/2006 6:57:07 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: k omalley

Could be...Front Royal first came to my attention YEARS ago, when National Review magazine profiled Christendom College, and I got the idea that it was a pretty orthodox school surrounded by a pretty orthodox population.

I love the idea of homeschooling, but I admit that it might not be right for our family, as I am noticably short in the patience department (sadly). A traditional Catholic school would be a dream come true for us.

My oldest boy has his heart set on Annapolis, but if that doesn't pan out, I've already begun touting Christendom. I mean, he's ALREADY in the fifth grade! LOL (You don't think that's too soon, do you?)

Regards,


41 posted on 08/10/2006 7:17:29 PM PDT by VermiciousKnid
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To: Pyro7480

Our Latin Mass lasts 1 hour and 20 minutes mostly because it takes so long to give out Holy Communion....takes about 15-18 minutes.


42 posted on 08/10/2006 7:23:57 PM PDT by Suzy Quzy ("When Cabals Go Kaboom"....upcoming book on Mary McCarthy's Coup-Plotters.)
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To: Suzy Quzy

Yeah, it took a long time for Holy Communion at this first Mass in Front Royal as well, but it was really worth it. The schola sang chant, including "Pange Lingua Gloriosi."


43 posted on 08/10/2006 7:26:49 PM PDT by Pyro7480 ("Love is the fusion of two souls in one in order to bring about mutual perfection." -S. Terese Andes)
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To: VermiciousKnid; NYer

Here are the "real Catholic colleges" recommended by an orthodox priest. (Note no Jesuits, the mighty are falling.)

Recommended Catholic Undergraduate Liberal Arts Colleges

Christendom College www.christendom.edu
134 Christendom Drive (800) 877-5456
Front Royal, VA 22630 (540) 636-2900

Franciscan University of Steubenville www.franciscan.edu
1235 University Blvd (800) 783-6220
Steubenville, OH 43952 (740) 283-3771

Redeemer Pacific College www.rpcollege.bc.ca
7600 Glover Road Langley (877) 477-7212
British Columbia, Canada V2Y 1Y1 (604) 882-8048

Thomas Aquinas College www.thomasaquinas.edu
10000 N. Ojai Road (800) 634-9797
Santa Paula, CA 93060 (805) 525-4417

The Thomas More College www.thomasmorecollege.edu
Six Manchester Street (603) 880-8308
Merrimack, NH 03054

University of Dallas www.udallas.edu
1845 E. Northgate Drive (972) 721-5000
Irving, TX 75062

Wyoming Catholic College www.wyomingcatholiccollege.edu
(New! First Class forming for 2007)
P.O. Box 750 - 163 Leedy Dr. (877) 332-2930
Lander, WY 82520 (307) 332-2930


44 posted on 08/10/2006 7:31:10 PM PDT by baa39 (Quid hoc ad aeternitatem?)
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To: baa39

Don't forget Ave Maria in Florida.

There is also another good one in Eastern Canada that is associated with Steubenville in some way. Name escapes me at the moment.


45 posted on 08/10/2006 7:36:37 PM PDT by vladimir998 (Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ. St. Jerome)
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To: baa39

Thank you! I'm bookmarking this!

Regards,


46 posted on 08/10/2006 7:47:11 PM PDT by VermiciousKnid
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To: franky

Are you kidding? The Diocese of Richmond, I must humbly submit, is home to to not one but two all traditional parishes, St. Joseph's in Richmond and St. Benedict's in Chesapeake, Both have Mass every day, several times on the weekend, catechism, all sacraments, etc. St. Benedict's is staffed by the FSSP's Fr. Kevin Willis and St, Joseph's has a Benedictine priest.

While Richmond was very liberal under Bp. Sullivan, he was gracious enough to give us these two great parishes in the diocese. Arlington has (and continues to be) way behind with only one Mass on Sunday in a shared church.


47 posted on 08/10/2006 8:09:19 PM PDT by WWEG
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To: WWEG
Arlington has (and continues to be) way behind with only one Mass on Sunday in a shared church.

And now, as of this past Sunday, two Masses on Sunday in two shared parishes.

48 posted on 08/10/2006 8:13:10 PM PDT by Pyro7480 ("Love is the fusion of two souls in one in order to bring about mutual perfection." -S. Terese Andes)
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To: Pyro7480

Sorry that is what I meant. It was the once a wekk and shared part I was trying to emphasize!


49 posted on 08/10/2006 8:15:54 PM PDT by WWEG
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To: DoctorMichael

I once went to a Coptic church in Ohio. I asked one guy where he was from. He said he makes the weekly trip from southern Illinois!


50 posted on 08/10/2006 8:44:52 PM PDT by xxyyxx
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