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).

Monday, October 26, 2009

Pics Of Last Night's Mass
Helmet tip to Chris

The only thing missing were the wooden shoes and Joe Sarto.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Missalettes Available!

Just got word that there are paperback TLM Missalettes available at the St. Mary's book store. Here's their contact info:

Store Hours
Sunday 9 am - 1 pm, and
Tuesdays - Fridays from 10 am till 3 pm.
The store is available at other times courtesy of the church staff.

(910) 762-5491, ext. 59.
You may also email them at bookstore@thestmaryparish.org.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Update On Times For TLM At St. Francis Xavier Chapel
Camp Lejeune, NC

25 Oct - Feast of Christ the King - 1230

1 November - All Saints Day - 1230

2 November- All Souls Day - Low Mass 0700
High Mass 1800

8 November - 1230

15 November - 1230

22 November - 1230

29 November - 0930

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The 13th Day
Pray unceasingly

Yes, today is the 13th of October. Both for Fatima and Akita.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Update On The TLM At Camp Lejeune
Another High Mass

Two in a row from Father Logan! I'm guessing that Fr. Bautista-Rojas is still in the bull pen warming up for the Low Mass. Anyhow, here's another photo from today's Mass, as well as a couple of other photos from around the chapel itself. (Click on photos for larger images.)

Just one of many stunning stained glass windows

Statue of St. Francis Xavier w/ Holy Relic at bottom right

Chapel façade

And for the history buffs out there, here's some of the background on St Francis Xavier Chapel (but more specifically, Father Schmitt) from the official Camp Lejeune website;
Camp Lejeune's Roman Catholic Chapel was first dedicated as St. Aloysius on 6 December 1942 in memory of Father Aloysius Schmitt, the first chaplain and first Catholic Chaplain to die in World War II. It was rededicated as St. Francis Xavier Chapel on 27 January 1943.

Each of the ten stained glass windows was designed by New Jersey artist Katharine Lamb Tait and depicts two life-size images of saints of Catholic tradition. The windows were funded as memorials to their wartime dead by the six World War II Marine Divisions, the 3rd and 5th Amphibious Corps, Fleet Marine Force Pacific, Navy personnel, and personnel of Camp Lejeune.
Father Aloysius H. Schmitt. Killed In Action Dec. 7th, 1941. USS Oklahoma - Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
Roman Catholic Chaplain Lt. j.g. Aloysius H. Schmitt, born Dec. 4, 1909 in St. Lucas, Iowa, was at the beginning of his naval career. Appointed as acting chaplain on June 28, 1939, he was serving his first tour of duty at sea onboard the USS Oklahoma (BB-37) at the time of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He had just finished celebrating his morning mass when the attack began. As the assault on the Navy’s fleet raged, Chaplain Schmitt went to the ship’s sick bay to minister to the injured and dying.

When the Oklahoma was struck and water poured into her hold, the ship began to list and roll over. Many men were trapped. Schmitt found his way - with other crew members - to a compartment where only a small porthole provided enough space to escape.

Chaplain Schmitt helped other men, one by one, to crawl to safety. When it became his turn, the chaplain tried to get through the small opening. As he struggled to exit through the porthole, he became aware that others had come into the compartment from which he was trying to escape. As he realized that the water was rising rapidly and that escape would soon be impossible, he insisted on being pushed back through the hole so that he could help others who could get through the opening more easily. Accounts from eyewitnesses that have been published in the Arizona Memorial newsletter relate that the men protested, saying that he would never get out alive, but he insisted, “Please let go of me, and may God bless you all.” (From Catholicmil.org)

Father Schmitt's actual medals

Saturday, October 10, 2009

A Note From Father Logan (Camp Lejeune)
Please make note ---
Greetings from Camp Lejeune. Thanks for your kind write-up on our first TLM.

Please pass the word to those interested that THIS Sunday, 11 October, the Lejeune TLM will be at 9:30 AM due to a conflict with the Parish Picnic. On 18 October we will return to 12:30 PM.

Many thanks and God bless you,
Fr. Aidan Logan, O. C.s.o.
Commander, Chaplain Corps, US Navy
Senior Catholic Chaplain
Camp Lejeune, NC

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Change In Mass Times, And New Info For Getting On Camp Lejeune
Straight from the Base website

It was announced that Mass on base is now changed from 12:30 to 9:30.

And after some confusion as to what is required for non-military getting a one-day-pass, here's exactly what I found on the Camp Lejeune website;
Temporary PassesID Card and/or driver's license
vehicle registration
proof of insurance (must meet NC minimum)
Military sponsor (present depending on current threat condition)
This past Sunday, it was as simple as the visitor writing down "Chaplain Logan" in the sponsor box. A saw at least 9 different people get on base this way.

Just keep in mind, folks... if the Terrorist Threat Level goes up, it could be a bit tougher getting on base for Mass.
Wilmington TLM Has Gone International
How cool is this?

We've been picked-up by a Traddy blog in Spain, UNA VOCE MÁLAGA.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

The first Latin Mass in Camp Lejeune in 40 years

What a historic day. Father Aiden Logan celebrated and Father Jose Bautista-Rojas in choir.

Two Altar Boys you really don't want to mess with, and Fr Logan.

Introibo ad altare Dei

Elevation of The Precious Blood

St Francis Xavier Chapel

It was great to be back on base. I retired over 12 years ago, and I never make it up to Lejeune all that often. But in a word --- Nice.

And you can tell when you're on a Marine Base when the Chaplain says "we need more young men to step up and learn how to serve the Mass because one of our servers will be leaving in the next few weeks for Afghanistan".

Please ensure you say a prayer for that young man (the taller of the two altar boys) and for all the men in our Armed Forces.

By the way, I'll have more pictures next Sunday.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Map To Catholic Chapel, Camp Lejeune
Please know, this map is NOT to scale

Click here for the map.

As you'll see at the bottom edge, the arrow pointing to the Main Gate. From the gate itself to the traffic circle (the intersection of Holcomb Blvd and Thomas J. McHugh Blvd) that's approx 5-7 miles.

From the traffic circle, take the first right on to McHugh, and go about a mile and a half. You'll see the Catholic Chapel about one and a half miles from the circle.

Easy to find.
Another Short Round Fired Off
Sorry, guys!

I finally got of my patootie and called the Base MPs at Lejeune. Good news and bad. Civilians CAN get on Base, and as I already passed on to everyone, you must have drivers license, registration and proof of insurance. And here's the kicker... they MUST have someone with a valid military ID Card to sign for them. I can do that for everyone.

I'll be at the Main Gate Visitors Center between 11:45 and 12 noon to sign everyone in. I'll have a little sign on my car saying "MASS" so you can spot me. Just remember, for those unfamiliar with Camp Lejeune, there are a handful of smaller "satellite" bases surrounding Camp Lejeune proper. So if you get lost, just ask for directions to the main Gate itself. Highway 24 (Midway Park). Click here for the Google Map.

See ya then!