Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Traditional Latin Mass at St. Mary's, Norwalk, CT

St. Mary Church in Norwalk, Connecticut is pleased to announce that it will be starting a weekly Missa cantata in the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite. Beginning on the First Sunday of Advent, Dec. 2nd, the traditional Latin Mass will be celebrated every Sunday at 9:00 a.m. in St. Patrick Chapel. St. Mary's is very glad to support the Holy Father's great leadership and courage in opening more widely to the Church the treasure of the classical Roman liturgy.

In bringing the traditional Latin Mass to Norwalk, Fr. Greg Markey, the pastor of St. Mary's, is responding to the requests of a number of parishioners in the months following the publication of Summorum Pontificum . Throughout October he led a series of well-attended classes at St. Mary's on the motu proprio and the traditional Latin Mass. This month Fr. Markey has also offered a series of motu proprio classes in Spanish, and these have been enthusiastically received.

In conjunction with the advent of the traditional Roman Rite, the parish is also excited to announce two recent clergy assignments. Fr. Richard Cipolla has been assigned to St. Mary's, Norwalk as parochial vicar. Fr. Cipolla, who until now had been parochial vicar at St. Mary's in Stamford, Connecticut, brings with him a wealth of experience in the traditional liturgy. In addition, Fr. Paul Check will be in residence at St. Mary's as he begins a new assignment as national director of the Courage apostolate. Both Fr. Cipolla and Fr. Check will arrive the weekend of the First Sunday of Advent, and will be instrumental in the celebration of the extraordinary form of the Mass at St. Mary's.

A professional choir under the direction of David Hughes, St. Mary's organist and choirmaster, will sing chant and polyphony every week for the 9:00 Mass in the extraordinary form. ( St. Mary's choir of dedicated volunteers will continue to sing for the 11:00 Mass in Latin in the ordinary form.) The traditional Latin Mass will begin in the newly renovated St. Patrick Chapel under the main church. If it is evident that there is a "stable group of the faithful" (per the motu proprio) who attend regularly, the Mass will then move to the upstairs church. The Masses on Dec. 2nd and Dec. 16th will be followed by a reception and a short talk by one of the priests, to which everyone is warmly invited. All are welcome to join the many faithful from Connecticut and New York who will be coming to Norwalk for the traditional Latin Mass!

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