Monday, October 08, 2007

More Traditional Masses in Los Angeles

Things have been looking up lately for the traditional Roman Rite in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

The southern half of the Archdiocese has been without a traditional Mass on the third Sunday of the month for several years now. Last month, the pastor of the Discalced Carmelite Church of St Theresa in Alhambra remedied that by sponsoring a third Sunday of the month Mass at 1:00 p.m. Then a couple of weeks ago this was expanded to include the fourth, and where necessary, the fifth Sundays of the month. These Masses are celebrated by Fr Robert Bishop, C.M.F. who also celebrates the indult Masses on the same days. The pastor is anxious to learn the old Mass so that he can take over from Fr Bishop on these days and institute additional Masses on the first and second Sundays of the month.

The Oblates of the Virgin Mary are beginning a 1:00 p.m. celebration of the traditional Mass this coming Sunday, 14 October at St Peter Chanel Church in the city of Hawaiian Gardens. It's hoped that this will be permanent, but it is dependent upon respectable attendance figures.

The Norbertines at Ss Peter and Paul Church in Wilmington will begin celebrating the traditional Mass at 6:30 a.m. on 2 December, the first Sunday of Advent. This, too, is announced as dependent upon attendance numbers. The latest bulletin says they need at least 100 people attending to make it viable.