Nov 10 2008

Off to a Good Start at St. Rose

Thought I’d write a little about how the first Masses went at St. Rose yesterday.  First, a few clerical details.  The Sunday High Mass has been moved to 11:00am, not 10:00am as I posted earlier.  That’s to make it easier for people coming long distances to get here in time.  Apparently we have people coming from as far as 100 miles away.  Also, we were calling St. Rose a “shrine” before, since there are technical reasons it can’t be called a parish; but it turns out that won’t work either, because shrines are places that have pilgrimages.  So technically, it will be a chaplaincy for now, which is much like a parish, but people who become members can stay members at their previous parishes.  The official name is now simply St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church.

I went to both Masses, because I plan to go to the 8:00 most of the time, but I’d never been to a High Mass, and I wanted to hear the choir sing, so I went to that one too.  The Low Mass at 8:00 was what I’ve gotten used to, with a few minor differences from the way Fr. Schlangen did it.  I can report that the kneelers are reasonably comfortable—certainly better than kneeling on marble like the servers were up front.  I heard there were 140 people there, which was more than I expected for the early Mass.

High Mass was pretty impressive.  The choir sounded good, but they need more voices to pump out enough volume to fill the place.  We had nine (9!) servers, and they all had things to do.  I told someone that the main thing we had to do when I served the Novus Ordo was try not to fall asleep, but these guys stayed busy.  They did a great job of keeping it all straight, considering it was their first time.  Kudos to them and the older guys who have been training them.

There was some confusion in the pews about when to stand, sit, and kneel.  The missal tells us when, but with the choir singing, I think people lost track of where we were exactly.  At one point I and about a dozen other people sat down, and no one else did.  We’ll get better with practice, though.  As Father said in his sermon, the Latin Mass does take some getting used to.  It has less dialogue between priest and congregation, and more internal communication between the individual and God.  During the consecration, there are long stretches of silence where we have nothing to “do,” so we have to get used to the idea of praying and using that time to prepare for Communion.  As Pope Saint Pius X said, “Don’t pray at Holy Mass, but pray the Holy Mass.”

There were about 230 people at High Mass, so nearly every pew was in use, but there was room for 100 or so more.  Not counting the people like me who went to both, we probably had nearly 350 altogether, so that was a great start.  In the hall afterwards, people were full of excitement and so thankful for Father Devillers and everyone who worked to make this happen.  I didn’t take any pictures, but I hope to get some from someone who did, and put them up soon.  I’ll keep writing about St. Rose and the Latin Mass, since I’m interested and involved in it, but also because it brings me more traffic than anything else I write!

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  • John Michael says:

    How exciting! I am going to finally get to meet a fellow blogger.

    The high Mass was beautiful. It was funny seeing the congregation trying to figure out when to sit and stand, myself included.

    I am thrilled that a Latin Mass is within driving distance. My daughter is telling everyone how beautiful the Church is and how she wants to receive her first Holy Communion there.

    Currently, we will be splitting time between our home parish and St. Rose.

    Thank you for the post. I will link to them shortly.


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  • Aaron says:

    Thanks for the comment! I’m glad you made it to Mass and enjoyed it. If you stayed after High Mass, we may have actually met, but I’m bad with names and I have a real hard time hearing in crowds. I’ll try to remember your name in future; I’ve never met a fellow blogger either, except ones I already knew from real life.

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  • Gus says:

    Both masses were wonderful to see, and all the people who want to pray without talking like most churches in Quincy. Thank God NO MORE FOLK MUSIC!!!!. we need the silence of pray and the priest is a most is so kind, a real role model for the rest there

    the music was great and the coffee and donuts, what a great idea to meet people and talk (outside the church building)

    I met some of the people who help start this too, so nice to know. I hope all of you come and see what the beauty of this mass is about, and we all face the same way too towards the tabernacle, God Bless all of you who helped get this mass to Quincy and to the Bishop too.

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  • Aaron says:

    Yes, we’re lucky there were no takers when the organ was up for sale along with everything else. A modern electric organ just wouldn’t sound the same in that big old church (and we won’t even talk about guitars).

    Fr. Devillers does seem like a good guy. I’m looking forward to hearing a real sermon from him, since last Sunday he had a laundry list of announcements to get through, so I don’t think he had time for anything else.

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