In the first week of September, at the invitation of the new bishop of Jackson (Mississippi, USA), the Most Reverend Joseph R. Kopacz, the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius gave a Sancta Missa Latin Mass Workshop in cooperation with Una Voce Mississippi. Priests learned to offer Mass according to the 1962 Missale Romanum, as men learned to serve at the altar for Low Mass and High Mass. For those interested in learning more about the Extraordinary Form, the Canons will offer additional workshops for clergy and seminarians in Chicago this fall, and Fr. John Zuhlsdorf will give a conference for laity (and interested clergy) at St. John Cantius in Chicago, October 3-5.
In joyous thanksgiving for the graces flowing from the pastoral guidance of Bishop Kopacz, on September 5th a votive Mass of the Sacred Heart (Missa cantata) for first Friday was offered in the Extraordinary Form by Fr. Scott Haynes, SJC, at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Jackson, with Fr. Anthony Rice, SJC, homilist (video highlights HERE). The schola of Una Voce Mississippi sang for the Mass and the cathedral organist, James Scoggins, provided fabulous organ music on the Rieger organ (made in Schwarzach, Austria). With the leadership of Bishop Kopacz, the Latin Mass, celebrated according to the usus antiquior, is returning to the Jackson Diocese. Deo gratias!