Wilmington Traditional Latin Mass

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the Extraordinary Form will be offered at St. Mary's Shrine (5th and Ann Sts.) in Wilmington, NC on the FOURTH Sunday of each month at 7 p.m.

Please make all donations payable to:
The Diocese of Raleigh
In the lower left-hand "memo" section, please write "The Extraordinary Form Ministry"


Click here to see "which Sunday" it is (The Proper of Seasons).

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Miracle of Our Lady Of Akita
Please keep this in mind, and pray for our priests

From The Blessed Mother to Sister Agnes Sasagawa -
October 13, 1973

"My dear daughter, listen well to what I have to say to you. You will inform your superior."

After a short silence:

"As I told you, if men do not repent and better themselves, the Father will inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity. It will be a punishment greater than the deluge, such as one will never seen before. Fire will fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity, the good as well as the bad, sparing neither priests nor faithful. The survivors will find themselves so desolate that they will envy the dead. The only arms which will remain for you will be the Rosary and the Sign left by My Son. Each day recite the prayers of the Rosary. With the Rosary, pray for the Pope, the bishops and priests."

"The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, bishops against bishops. The priests who venerate me will be scorned and opposed by their confreres...churches and altars sacked; the Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord.

"The demon will be especially implacable against souls consecrated to God. The thought of the loss of so many souls is the cause of my sadness. If sins increase in number and gravity, there will be no longer pardon for them"

"With courage, speak to your superior. He will know how to encourage each one of you to pray and to accomplish works of reparation."

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Where Are My Manners?

I just wanted to acknowledge the great numbers we had at last Sunday's Mass. I saw both familiar faces and new. And (as usual) nothing but great feed-back from EVERYONE who assisted at The Mass. Even the newcomers!

See everyone again October 25th! Same time, same place.

Monday, September 28, 2009

The Marines Save The Day!

Great news out of Camp Lejeune. I just received an e-mail from the Chaplains Office in regards to non-military personnel getting aboard Base for this upcoming Sunday's Traditional Latin Mass.

Fr. Bautista has asked that I forward a list of those who will need a one-day-pass for Sunday, he in turn, will notify the Base MPs that those on the list are authorized visitors. With the Terrorism Threat Level being somewhat elevated, there might be trouble with non-military getting aboard base.

So, if anyone is interested in attending Mass on base, just e-mail me your name and address no later than this Wednesday. For those that desire to attend, I'll post directions to both the Main Gate and to St. Francis Catholic Chapel later this week.
"Without Priests, There Is No Holy Church..."
~ Father Paul Parkerson. June, 2007

In this Year for Priests, I've posted this article from The Lair of the Catholic Cavemen.

WARNING!! If the truth hurts, don't watch the linked video.


Thursday, June 07, 2007
If Only All Priests Were Like This
From the Diocese of Raleigh, NC
Helmet tip to Edmund C

I just saw a very interesting post at Mission Territory - Papists in Dixieland. Here's some of it;

If you have 20 minutes to spare, check out last Friday’s Diocese of Raleigh Vocations Holy Hour homily, given by Fr. Paul Parkerson of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dunn, NC. Fr. Parkerson is a throwback (and a fellow deeply Southern, ex-Baptist convert); rarely do you hear one of the words “schism,” “rank heresy,” “apostasy,” “abomination,” and “sins of the flesh” in any given homily, much less all of them. [emphasis mine]

Here’s a link to the video. (From the official website of the Diocese of Raleigh, NC)

I just saw that video. In a word... awesome. Do yourself a HUGE favor and check out this video.

And if anyone was wondering, here's just a little of what our own bishop had to say about this priest who some detractors refer to a "that guy from Dunn":
Our Diocese is blessed that we already have priests exercising an effective apostolate offering the Mass and other sacraments using the Forma extraordinaria. I am grateful to these priests for their generosity to assist any priest seeking liturgical formation in the Forma extraordinaria of the Mass. In particular, I wish to recognize the Reverend Paul M. Parkerson, Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Dunn for his leadership in this regard. I also express my gratitude to those in liturgical leadership at Sacred Heart, Dunn for offering liturgical formation in the ministry of altar server for the Forma extraordinaria of the Mass.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

I Know This Is Late In The Ballgame
Update on donations

I've just found out that there has been a change in specifics for those who will be donating at the Mass at St. Mary's here in Wilmington. Instead of the past instructions, from now on if you are going to write a check, please make it out to the following:
The Diocese of RaleighAnd in the lower left-hand "memo" section, please write;
The Extraordinary Form MinistryThanks! And sorry for that wee bit of confusion. We're still getting the bugs worked out!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Just like a buncha redneck truckers!


Anyone interested in convoying up to Lejeune on Oct 4th, drop me a line. We can all swing by the Base Visitors Center in one fell swoop, and with the power of my USMC Retired ID Card, I can ensure that everyone gets a one day pass.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Another Traditional Latin Mass in Coastal Carolina!
This just in...

A friend just read me the bulletin from the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Chapel up in Camp Lejeune. As of October 4th, the Catholic Chaplaincy will start celebrating the TLM EVERY Sunday!

"TRADITIIONAL LATIN MASS: We will start a Traditional Latin Mass at St. Francis Xavier on Oct 4th at 12:30. While CCD is in session the TLM will be at 1230 and when CCD is over well have it at 0930. This Mass will not replace any Mass that is currently being celebrated."I'm trying to contact the Chaplain's Office to see if it's possible for non-military to get aboard base to attend Mass. But to be completely honest, I couldn't see any reason why civilians couldn't get on base -- just swing by the Visitors Center (right there at the Main Gate), show your drivers license, registration and proof of insurance -- and just let the MPs know you're going to attend Mass at the Catholic Chapel... it shouldn't be a problem.

But when I hear something solid from the God Locker, I'll pass the word.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Catholic Priests Doing What Catholic Priests Are SUPPOSE To Do!
Father Capodanno would be proud

I just read a moving article concerning a Chaplain serving with his Marines in Iraq. I highly reccommend it.

Fr. Bautista-Rojas is currently serving not far from here up in Camp Lejeune.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

How Fast A Month Has Gone By

Just a quick reminder to all... Mass is only a week away. 7:00 PM, September 27th at the Shrine of St Mary, downtown Wilmington (the corner of 5th and Ann).

I'm certain that all the temperature control and sound system problems that were an inconvenience last month are now resolved.

Please know that the Rosary will start promptly a half hour prior to Mass.

See you then....

Friday, September 11, 2009

Additional TLM's In The Wilmington Area?
Nothing solid as of yet

There have been some rumblings as of late... just rumblings, mind you... that the Military Archdiocese just may be offering The Traditional Latin Mass at one of the handful of Military Bases within proximity of the Wilmington area.

Camp Lejeune/New River MCAS are less than an hour's drive, and Ft Bragg is about the same driving distance as "that parish in Dunn". When something solid happens, I'll be sure and post it.

Servants of God Vincent Capodonno and Emil Kapaun, Ora Pro Nobis.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Uncle Benny Wants YOU!
To serve and sing

Yeah, we wanted to let the dust settle before we charged ahead with out latest endeavor --- training new altar boys and starting up a choir.

WE NEED YOU!! We already have two young men who are trained, but might need a refresher course, and one other young man who has shown an interest.

Now we need voices! And if we don't get some volunteers for the choir, it'll be my croaking voice that you'll hear warbling though "Holy God We Praise Thy Name". And none of us want that.

Aaaaaaaanyhoooooooo, just go ahead and shoot us an e-mail at the above link with your name and contact info, and we'll get the ball a'rollin'!


Sunday, September 6, 2009

Reasons NOT to Attend the Traditional Latin Mass

These were all reasons I've found for not attending the TLM:

1. I don't know Latin.

2. I don't want to stand out because I don't know what I'm doing.

3. I can't follow the Mass.

4. I prefer English.

Can anyone reading relate? I could keep going if you'd like...

...and...does anyone notice a similar subjective personal pronoun that keeps popping up?

Yes, one of the biggest obstacles in attending the Mass in the Extraordinary Form is ones own personal pride (that Deadly Sin with the capital "I" in the middle). It kept me from attending for years, despite my sincere desire to develop a deeper growth in my faith and more intimate relationship with the Eucharist. Let's face it, we are caught up in a society and culture that keeps our gaze inward. Yet, at the same time we instinctively seek a deeper spiritual relationship with our Lord and Savior. We just tend to get in our own way of it.

So, I'd like to throw out my own version of Pascal's Wager out there. If you are anything like me and are seeking that connection at Mass which for whatever reason, seems insufficient or inadequate, give the Latin Mass a try. I mean, what do you have to lose? Sit in the back and just follow along. It will quickly become clear to you that no one will notice that this is new to you. Then it will become even more clear why...

...that the miracle that God is allowing us to witness and assist in, is the total focus of everyone in attendance. It is about the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, not about any one individual. It is greater than any one of us and you just can't but put your focus, perhaps for the first time this unobscured, on the True Presence of Christ in the Eucharist.

For those who take up my 'challenge', "Welcome Home"...

Another TLM coming to Southeastern North Carolina?

At our most recent TLM here in Wilmington, I was told that two of the handful of priests in choir were Catholic Chaplains from up Camp Lejeune way. Possibly I'm just grasping at straws, but it sure would be great if they started celebrating the TLM here in our AO, as well.

We'll see, God willing.

Marines celebrate Mass atop Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima, WWII.

You know what else happened on that particular mountaintop, don't you?

Servant of God Father Vincent Capodanno, Ora Pro Nobis

Friday, September 4, 2009

You've Found It!

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See ya at Mass!