Two years ago today, I wrote a letter to Bishop McManus asking if there can be a Latin Mass in Worcester. He responded with a handwritten note:
"Before I would begin a Mass in the Extraordinary Form, I would have to be assured that there are more than a few [than] several people who wish to attend. Another consideration is that it is very difficult to find a priest in our diocese who is either willing or able to celebrate the Mass in the Extraordinary Form."
I wrote this letter because of an anniversary Novus Ordo Mass that went totally wrong. SJ's had their so-called 175th, where auxiliary emertitus Bishop George Rueger had to celebrate the Mass, but with some planned and unplanned liturgical abuses.
First of all, too much incense was burned, and with the sensitivity of a meetinghouse type building, the smoke caused the fire alarm to go off, whereas a fire truck came to the scene and turned around when they knew it was a "false alarm." [I hope the Fire Dept. fined SJ's because they responded unnecessarily.]
Secondly, afterwards, the bishop said "The fire alarm went off, it must be St. John's Parish!"
Everyone laughed, but the use of incense was suspended thereafter. People came up from the audience to do readings, and there was no Confiteor, Kyrie, or Gloria!
After this, I said enough's enough. I officially became a Traditionalist Catholic on October 1, 2009. I attended my first Tridentine Latin Mass at the College of the Holy Cross' St. Joseph's Chapel on the Titular Feast of St. Joseph, March 17, 2010. I attended my first Mass at Mary Immaculate in Newton on Low Sunday, April 11, 2010; and I later joined the parish.
The Mass at Holy Cross was organized by the students, but was said by a visiting priest, Fr. David Phillipson of the St. Benedict Center, and not the Jesuits because they didn't have a clue how to do one. This was the last Traditional Latin Mass in Worcester to date.
The bishop did not say one word about the Holy Cross Latin Mass because it was said on a college campus, property not owned by the diocese. But, if a Mass was said, or at least advertised to be said in a parish, then he would most likely place him on administrative leave for something he did legally.
So what if there are Traditionalist Catholic students on campus at Holy Cross or Anna Maria College in nearby Paxton? It would be a shame for them to have to leave a "Catholic" campus to attend Sunday (and/or perhaps Daily) Mass elsewhere, and if they don't have a car, ouch! There is no public transportation to Anna Maria; while Holy Cross is on a bus route, they don't run a lot on Sunday mornings.
So what if there are Traditionalist Catholics on campuses of secluar institutions, for which Worcester has quite a few of them? Since the Catholic colleges are mostly Novus Ordo-ized, then why doesn't a Newman Center at a secluar school offer a Traditional Latin Mass? At least here, the bishop won't take notice?
Well, sadly, chances are far worse off at a non-Catholic college's Newman Center than a Catholic-in-name-only college. The reason being that most pastoral ministers on campus will call the chancery and ask the Novus Ordo bishop to assign a priest-chaplain to the college, for whom will Woodstock the whole thing (i.e. World Youth Day). These kids and faculty don't understand the difference between the Roman Catholic Church and the Novus Ordo Church.
In terms of having a Latin Mass in a Worcester parish, the chances are slim because the bishop hates the Latin Mass. He wants nothing to do with it. He is a heretic. The only diocesan priest saying the Tridentine Mass is doing so in the boondox, so nobody can get to him.
The only thing we can do is pray the Rosary several times this month of October, the Month of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Prayer for the Restoration of
the Traditional Latin Mass
O Divine Jesus, blessed be Thy Holy Name, which is above every other name. Grant, we beseech Thee, that the Traditional Latin Mass may be restored to every church in the Diocese of Worcester and throughout the world. May this restoration be cause for the conversion of sinners, the destruction of all heresy, the salvation of souls, and the praise and glory of Thy Holy Name.
Holy Mary Our Mother, grant us many holy priests to offer the eternal sacrifice of thy Son. May all men learn to acknowledge His Real Presence in the Blessed Sacrament with fearful reverence and devotion, and to honor thee as the Glorious and Immaculate Virgin Mother of God.
Our Father . . .; Hail Mary . . .; Glory be . . .;
Our Lady Help of Christians, pray for us.
Queen of the Liturgy, pray for us.
Saint Gregory the Great, pray for us.
Saint Pius V, pray for us.
Saint Pius X, pray for us.
Blessed John Henry Newman, pray for us.