Thursday, September 24, 2015

A New Home for the Latin Mass Community in South Bend, Indiana

We recently received this information about the new location of the FSSP Apostolate in South Bend, Indiana, from the parish priest, Msgr. John C. Fritz. NLM joins the Fraternity in thanking His Excellency Kevin Rhoades, bishop of Fort Wayne - South Bend, for this generous pastoral provision for the faithful in his diocese attached to the traditional Mass.  

The Mother Theodore Guerin Latin Mass Community had been celebrating the Traditional Latin Mass as guests at St. Patrick’s Parish in South Bend. As the small community continued to thrive and grow, its chaplain, Msgr. John C. Fritz, FSSP began to think that perhaps the group was ready to find a home of its own. As often happens, Divine Providence stepped in, and the opportunity came through a phone call from the local bishop. Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of the Diocese of Fort Wayne South Bend called to ask Msgr. Fritz how he would feel about relocating his community to St. Stanislaus Parish in South Bend, thereby placing the parish under the care of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter. Msgr. Fritz called a ‘town hall’ meeting of his community where the proposal was unanimously and joyfully accepted! Msgr. Fritz went home to pack his bags in order to prepare to move from Fort Wayne to South Bend, in order to take up residence in the rectory of St. Stanislaus Parish as its new pastor.

The Traditional Latin Mass was resumed at St. Stanislaus on September 8, 2015, the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and will continue regularly on Sunday mornings at 10:00 am. Msgr. Fritz warmly welcomes everyone in South Bend and the nearby areas to come and experience this beautiful ancient liturgy. We will celebrate a Solemn High Mass on Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. with guests Fr. Gerard Saguto, FSSP and Fr. Simon Harkins, FSSP. All are welcome to attend.

The Fort Wayne – South Bend Diocesan Newspaper, Today’s Catholic, recently did a feature story on the changes taking place at St. Stanislaus, and the South Bend Tribune also published an informational piece explaining what people can expect when they attend the Latin Mass. Check out either of these great articles or the parish website ( to learn more!

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