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"


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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Our First Ever Bulletin!

Traditinal Latin Mass of the Lower Cape Fear
February 28, 2010
Dominica II in Quadragesima
Celebrated at 7 PM, the last Sunday of each month at The Shrine of St. Mary (5th and Anne Sts.), Wilmington, N.C.

Diocesan Delegate of the Forma extraordinaria, Father Paul M. Parkerson.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church
106 South McKay Avenue
PO Box 535
Dunn, North Carolina 28335


We’re looking for a few good men… and women. We’re in need of volunteers in the following areas –

1. Sacristan. To care for the sacred vessels, vestments, lights, sound system, etc.
2. Altar boys. Boys and young men to serve the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
3. Ladies Altar Guild. Ensure that altar linens, flowers, etc., are properly placed
on the altar.
4. Choir. Experience with sacred music is a plus, but not a necessity.
5. Ushers. Assist seating and taking up the collection. Ensure the collection is
properly accounted for.

A Brief History of the Traditional Latin Mass
“The Extraordinary Form”, “The Tridentine”,
“The Traditional Latin Mass”…
different names, different Masses?

Despite pronouncements from certain unlearned individuals, the language of the liturgy in the Early Church wasn’t English and Spanish. As Liturgical Latin started to die out as a “living language”, Pope St. Gregory the Great instituted ‘The Gregorian Mass’ in the late 6th century.Thus ensuring that what was said was meant, and what was meant was said.

During the pontificate of Pope St. Pius V, it was evident that the Mass was beginning to have variances from nation to nation, province to province, village to village. A veritable Tower of Babel was rearing its ugly head in the Western Church. It was common for Catholics to not understand the language being spoken in parishes other than their own. Rites less than 200 years old were effectively suppressed and the Council of Trent standardized the Latin Mass (Tridentine) for the Western Church.

The overwhelming majority of Latin Rite Catholics may not have been Latin scholars, but for centuries, Catholics understood enough Latin to understand exactly what was happening during the Mass. In some ways, our current situation resembles that at the time of the Council of Trent.

Local dioceses—even local parishes—have added Eucharistic Prayers and modified the text of the Mass, practices forbidden by the Church. The celebration of the Mass in the local language and the increased migration of populations has meant that even a single parish may have several Masses on a Sunday that are celebrated in different languages. Some critics argue that these changes have undercut the universality of the Mass, which was evident in the strict adherence to rubrics and the use of Latin in the Tridentine Latin Mass.

"Do's" and "Don'ts" of Church Conduct

For the glory and honor of God and for the benefit of yourself and of all parishioners, please make note of the following Church Conduct Do’s and Don’ts:

· Recognize and appreciate that Mass is the re-presentation of Calvary. Mass is not a party. Socializing should be conducted outside the church building.

· Remember the maxim: "Silence is Golden in the House of the Lord". Note that this includes the time before and after Mass as well as all other times outside of Mass (most especially during Eucharistic Adoration and Confession).

· Attend each Mass as if it was your first - and last.

· Arrive early and prepare properly for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

· Focus on the priest (who is in the place of Christ) during Mass, not on your neighbor. No time is more advantageous to you for gaining graces. Acquire and use an appropriate missal during Mass.

· Wear appropriate clothing to church. Clothing should be modest and should not be tight-fighting or clingy. Bathing suits, shorts, halter tops, and t-shirts are unsuitable attire, as are sleeveless dresses, low cut tops, skirts above the knees, tops exposing the stomach or back, clothes with advertising or logos, see-thru clothing, suggestive clothing, etc.

· Women of all ages are to wear a head covering as directed by St. Paul in the Holy Bible (see 1 Cor. 11:4-16).

· Turn off phones, pagers, alarms, etc. before entering the church.

· Genuflect towards the Tabernacle and make a sign of the Cross before entering the pew and when passing the Tabernacle. Remember that the Holy Eucharist contains the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ. Nothing on earth is more holy. If you do not treat It reverently, what on earth is sacred?

· Adopt an attitude of piety, humility, and reverence while in church.

· Receive Holy Communion in a kneeling position.

What Do the Popes Say About Applauding During Mass?

“It is not fitting to applaud the servant in the house of his Master.” - Pope St. Pius X

“Wherever applause breaks out in the liturgy because of some human achievement, it is a sure sign that the essence of liturgy has totally disappeared and been replaced by a kind of religious entertainment. – Pope Benedict XVI


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