Monday, April 22, 2013

News from Pittsfield, MA.

I thought I would share this story sent in by a reader, not the least of which to show you rather striking altarpiece of the chapel altar.

On Sunday, April 14 at 2:00pm, a Missa lecta in the Extraordinary Form was celebrated in the chapel at St. Mark Church, Pittsfield, MA by Fr. Tomasz Parzynski, parochial vicar at St. Mark's. My schola, the St. Jean de Brébeuf Schola cantorum based in Williamstown, MA, led the Latin hymns. Attendance ran 35-40 persons. According to long-time residents of the city, this was the first public EF Mass celebrated in Pittsfield since the introduction of the 1970 Missal. Our current plan is to celebrate an EF Mass once a month, moving to a Missa cantata in June. This is the only regular EF Mass in the entire diocese of Springfield (MA).