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, November 30, 2009

Marines To The Rescue!
Well, technically, they're Navy, but I won't hold that against 'em

Fathers Logan and BautistaRojas came down to Wilmington from Camp Lejeune to pinch hit for a laid up Father Parkerson (remember him in your prayers, he's having severe back problems... again).

Friday, November 27, 2009

Just A Reminder

This Sunday is the end-of-month Traditional Latin Mass held at the Shrine of St Mary's in Wilmington.

7:00 PM, 5th and Ann Streets.

See ya at Mass!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Discover The Beauty & Majesty Of The Difficult
Helmet tip to Mary Rose

For someone raised in the Novus Ordo (the New Mass), this series of videos are excellent resources in better understanding the Traditional Latin Mass. Give 'em a watch. You'll be glad you did.

WARNING! Those that are theologically lazy and who are use to being fed theological pablum may find these videos offensive.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Shame Of The Marines
Not starring John Garfield

First off, let it be known this posting is my personal opinion, and that of no one else.

On with the show.

I'm disappointed -- VERY DISAPPOINTED -- with my fellow Marines up in Camp Lejeune. We Marines have always prided ourselves with our stickler adherence (bordering on the psychotic and OCD) to the history, customs and traditions of The Corps.

Ask any Marine, you'll hear about Tun Tavern. Want to know who Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller is? Ask a Marine. 'Blood Stripe', what the hell's a Blood Stripe? Ask a Marine. 18 or 80, show a picture of the flag raising on Mount Suribachi to a Marine, the chest swells more than a wee bit. The Marine Corps Birthday Ball... "March on the Beef", first and second slice of cake to the oldest and youngest Marine present. Hell, you can be stationed in the friggin' desert, but the floor is 'the deck', a mop is 'a swab', and that 26-year old Captain is 'the Old Man'.

Yep, Marines are figuratively eat-up with our history, customs and traditions.

To a very large degree, it's our bulldog adherence to our traditions that separate and differentiate us from those in our Sister Services. The exception, it would seem, would be Catholic Marines and the Traditional Latin Mass.

Since the re-introduction of the TLM at Camp Lejeune, the numbers have winnowed from a decent number, to a mere handful. The congregation is roughly broken into equal thirds -- active duty, retired military, and local civilians. The number of active duty personnel should be through the roof. But in all fairness, during the first few Masses, there were more than a few 'lookie-loos'. To include a father and son across the aisle from me who snickered and made smart-ass comments throughout the entire Mass. Only through the divine aid of St Francis Xavier was I kept from making these two numbskulls the first martyrs for Bugnini.

And for this truly historic Mass that has recently been celebrated with regularity aboard Camp Lejeune, the highest ranking Catholic I've seen present is a retired(?) Navy Commander. In my personal opinion, that is absolutely and utterly shameful on the part of both the senior Officer and Enlisted leadership who call themselves Catholic.

Anyhow, if any of my fellow Marines up Camp Lejeune way should be reading this, I ask of you to consider the following;

1. This Mass goes back 1,500 years. You can't get much more traditional than that.

2. This is the Mass whose roots, the words of Consecration itself, goes all the way back to the exact words used by Sts. Peter and Paul when they preached in pagan Rome.

3. This is the Mass that inspired Catholic Warriors to defend Christendom at the Battle of Lepanto, the Battle of Vienna, during the Holy Crusades, etc.

4. This is the Mass that strengthened centuries upon centuries of martyrs as they were led away to be beheaded, burned or have their guts slit open and their insides ripped out... all for the high crime of being Catholic.

5. This is the Mass that was celebrated at Belleau Wood, Iwo Jima, the Chosin, Hue.

6. This is the Mass of Servant of God Father Vincent Capodanno (CMoH), Father Joseph O'Callahan (CMoH) and Father Aloysius Schmitt (who the chapel was initial dedicated to).

7. This is a masculine Catholicism. Do the right thing, you'll be rewarded. Purposfully do the wrong thing, get ready for your sword to be stomped on in biblical proportions. No holding of hands, or "it's only a sin if you think it's a sin" at the TLM.

8. This is the Mass that is set in stone, unambiguous, in your face in it's moral absolutes... just like the Marine Corps.
With all that said, allow me to be so bold as to remind my fellow Marines that yes, I understand that learning Latin seems intimidating. But no one's expecting you to become a Latin scholar... just understand enough to understand the Mass.

Understanding the rubrics of the TLM takes time. But no one expects you to become a professional liturgist... just understand enough to understand the Mass.

Traditional Catholic spirituality and all that it entails can be kind of tough to wrap both mind and soul around, but hey... as Marines, we know that nothing worthwhile comes easy. If anyone understands that painfully simple maxim, one would think it would be Marines.

Yeah, it's tough, but maybe that's why they're called spiritual excersizes.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Now THAT'S A Tabernacle!
The original tabernacle from when the Base Chapel was first built back in WWII

And now we go from majesty to travesty. Check out the latest in modern church archetecture from Ireland.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Even MORE Hot Scoop Out Of Lejeune

Update on the times of Masses during Christmastide;
25 December Christmas Day Mass (Low) 9:00 A.M.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

More Hot Scoop Out Of Lejeune
This was in Father Logan's handout at Mass last Sunday;
Schedule of Masses in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite
(The Traditional Latin Mass)
At St. Francis Xavier Chapel, Camp Lejeune, NC

15 Nov 12:30 PM
22 Nov 12:30 PM
29 Nov 9:30 AM
6 Dec 12:30 PM
7 Dec Requiem Mass (Pearl Harbor Day) 7:00 AM
8 Dec The Immaculate Conception 7:00 AM
13 Dec 12:30 PM
20 Dec 12:30 PM
25 Dec Midnight Mass 12:00 AM
27 Dec 9:30 AM
1 Jan 9:00 AM
And here is the map to the Catholic Chapel on 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. For those who DO NOT have a base vehicle sticker on their car, you'll have to stop off at the Visitors Center at the main Gate and get a Visitors Pass. On the block where it asks who your "sponsor" is, just write down "Chaplain Logan".

From the Main 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.

And if there are any further questions, the phone number for the Chaplain's Office is 910-451-8686/8606.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

I'll Admit, This Sounds Like I'm Whining And Then Slapping Myself On The Back...
But read all the way through before you make a judgment call

Mrs. Caveman and I are lucky. We now have the opportunity to drive roughly 100 miles round trip to attend the Traditional Latin Mass (Camp Lejeune's St. Francis of Xavier Chapel) every Sunday. And to make things even better, we have a TLM local on the last Sunday of the month. We use to have drive about 225 miles round trip to Sacred Heart parish in Dunn, NC.

Anyhow, on our way home from Mass this past Sunday, the House Sergeant Major commented; "Kev, we shouldn't have to drive all this way. We should have a TLM in our Deanery every Sunday.

And she's right. We should, but we don't.

And I've made no secret of some of the blatantly anti-Catholic statements made from some of the parishes here in the Cape Fear Deanery. Everything from "when we receive Holy Communion, we become Jesus", to "during WWII, the Catholic Church stood by and did nothing to protect the Jews", to "outside of Mass, the Eucharist is no different than what you'd be given at a fast food drive-through".

These are things said from the pulpit by Catholic clerics.

And it would be easy to regularly attend Mass locally. To be just another dead fish going with the flow. Seriously, who enjoys spending 3 hours driving on a Sunday? But as we all know, Christ told us over and over to never take the easy way. I'm sure we all are familiar with the admonitions to take the more difficult path in life.

Along those lines, I've posted about Blessed Ralph Milner in the past. A man who died a martyr's death for the high crime of simply being Catholic. A man who was hung, drawn, and quartered. And for those who aren't exactly sure what entails to be hung, drawn and quartered - it means that he was hung by the neck and slowly strangled, had his belly slit open and his intestines yanked out, then had his arms and legs ripped from their sockets.

All while alive and conscience.

I guess that long drive really isn't all that bad after all.

Jim Fritz of TheDefender.org said it best:
Blessed Ralph Milner, pray for our dissident priests and the timid laity among us.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Hot Scoop Out Of Rocky Mount

Missa Solemnis at Our Lady of Pepetual Help on Sunday, November 22 at 6 PM, 331 Hammond St, Rocky Mount, NC

Fr. Meares, celebrant
Fr Parkerson, deacon
Fr Ospina, sub-deacon
Choirs combined from Schola Vox Clara, Sacred Heart Dunn and OLPH under the direction of Dr. Patricia Warren.

Dinner served after Mass.

It's given to the glory of God, in honor of St. Cecilia and in thanksgiving for Summorum Pontificum.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Hot Scoop Out Of Camp Lejeune
From the desk of Fr. Logan

There will be a rehearsal for men and boys who would like to serve the Traditional Latin Mass at Camp Lejeune on this Thursday at 6:30 PM, St. Francis Xavier Chapel. There will also be a rehearsal for anyone who would like to sing in our schola, same time, same place.

Fr. Aidan Logan, OCso
Deputy Chaplain 2nd Marine Division