As our parish concludes her celebration of the sesquicentennial anniversary of the consecration of our present church building, we are happy to offer our parishioners an opportunity to pray the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. At this point in history, the Roman Church has two expressions of the same Mass: the Ordinary Form or the New Mass of the Second Vatican Council and the Extraordinary Form the Mass or Traditional Latin Mass, according to the 1962 Missal of St. John XXIII. As you may know, the Mass of 1962 is prayed in Latin and is celebrated ad orientum, that is, with the priest and people together facing East in worship. We close this year of celebration with this expression of the one Mass because it is the form of the Mass which has been celebrated the longest in our present church building.
The Solemn High Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, 26 October at 2:00 pm. Since it is another expression of the one Mass of the Roman Church, it fulfills the Sunday obligation. Fr. Matthew Morris, a recently ordained son of the parish will be the Celebrant of the Mass. Dcn. Nic Ventura, another son of the parish who is completing studies and formation at the Josephinum to be ordained a priest this May, will serve as the Deacon. Another Deacon of the Diocese of Columbus will serve as the Subdeacon of the Mass.
There will be a few brief remarks on this form of the Roman Rite by Fr. Morris before the Mass begins. We hope you are able to join us for this historic occasion to worship God and to give thanks for the faith and dedication of our forefathers in building this beautiful house of worship to almighty God.
St. Mary School will celebrate Catholic Schools Week September 29 – October 3 with a variety of school activities including aFairfield-Hocking Catholic School Deanery Mass with Bishop Campbell on October 2. The activities are part of the 40th anniversary of the nationwide celebration of Catholic education. This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service,” which highlights St. Mary School’s focus on faith development, academic excellence and dedication to community service. With a focus on the Catholic faith, an award-winning Science program, a licensed before and after school care program, new Art, Spanish, and Physical Education classes, and an environment based on moral development, St. Mary School offers a well-rounded and vigorous educational experience for students. A CATHOLIC EDUCATIONAL TRADITION IN LANCASTER SINCE 1840, ST. MARY SCHOOL CONTINUES TO FLOURISH TODAY THANKS TO THE SUPPORT OF OUR PARISHIONERS, ALUMNI, AND SCHOOL FAMILIES. St. Mary School serves students in Kindergarten through grade 8, and now offers Ohio Department of Education licensed Preschool classes (full or half day) for children ages 3-5. For more information, call 740-654-1632 or visit www.saintmarylancaster.com.
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