In response to the requests of a number of parishioners, I have decided to begin having one weekday Mass each month in Latin. This will be in the bulletins at both parishes this weekend.
For those who may be alarmed, or may spread alarm, relax: it's one Mass a month, on a weekday, on Wednesday, when there are two Masses that day, so there is a choice.
We will do it once a month, first Wednesday, 8 am, at St. Mary. This will be the current, ordinary usage of the Roman Rite, not the older, extraordinary usage. We’ll start September 5, and booklets will be available. (Although I just noticed, after all 50 were run, that "semper" was misspelled as "simper." It's that *%#@ Microsoft Word Nanny program that re-spells things because it's knows better than you.)
With the exception of the readings, prayers of the day, and the homily, Mass will be in Latin, and we will have suitable music throughout.
This is an experiment, a response to those who said they wanted it. I will try it for a year, and we will see how well it is supported.
Now, I have this word for those who are holding out for Mass in the extraordinary usage (the old-style Latin Mass). I don't quarrel with you about your devotion to the classic Mass, I admire it. But consider this a step toward what you want. If a Latin Mass on a weekday is well received, it can only make for a more positive environment for a Mass in the old form. As it is, I'm not in a position to offer the classic Mass, and I don't know how soon I will be; and I have yet to receive a request for the extraordinary form, other than for a funeral--and that was "someday."
Meanwhile, I reiterate what I said a couple of weeks ago, in a homily at all Masses: if there are requests for the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite, I will, as the pope says, "willingly accede." In the meantime, will you be supportive of this?
The other thing is, there will be a few who will object, and do so very forcefully to anyone who will listen. They will be heard from, count on it.
But: will those who want it, also be heard from--i.e., will they show up? Time will tell.