Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Latin Mass in Northern and Central Mississippi

Our good friends at Una Voce Mississippi have a launched a petition for the establishment of a Latin Mass apostolate for Catholics living in the Diocese of Jackson; they need to demonstrate the presence of a "stable group of faithful" committed to liturgical reform. Mississippi is one of the few states in the country without a regularly scheduled Tridentine Latin Mass. Here is their announcement:

If you belong to the Jackson Diocese, and can commit to attending a Sunday Latin Mass at least once a month, please send your (1) name, (2) parish, and (3) phone number or email address to: unavocems@gmail.com Also, be sure to include in your email the names of any and all household members -- spouses and children -- who have received their First Communion and wish to lend their support to the effort.

If you have friends and family who support the effort and want to add their name to the petition, pass along their names, parishes, and their email address or phone numbers as well.

If you are committed to the cause of liturgical reform, your contribution to this petition effort is essential, if we are to demonstrate the existence of a "stable group" of faithful in northern and central Mississippi who desire the traditional liturgy.

We respect your privacy. Your signatures and contact information will not be published publicly, and will be presented solely to diocesan clergy or Vatican officials.

The text of the petition is as follows:

We the undersigned, practicing Catholics of the Diocese of Jackson, in keeping with Pope Benedict XVI’s motu proprio Summorum Pontificum, respectfully request to have the Mass of Blessed John XXIII offered at the Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle or at another nearby parish. We request that Mass in the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite be offered on Sundays, feast days, and week days. We would also like to request establishment of a personal parish or the appointment of a chaplain for the extraordinary form of the Mass, as permitted under Summorum Pontificum. Our ultimate goal is the celebration of a High Mass (Missa Cantata or Missa Solemnis) on all Sundays and holy days, and by our signatures we commit to assisting at such celebrations on a regular basis, should they be offered.

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