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Michael Voris on Latin Mass parishes March 28, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Latin Mass, Sacraments, Tradition, Virtue.
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Some people say that Latin Mass parishes are really strong in the Faith because that’s the kind of people they attract.  They attract the already committed.  There are claims that such parishes somehow rob other parishes of “the good people.”  There may be some (a little) truth in that belief, but I can state that my experience is that Latin Mass parishes tend to cause one to grow in their Faith tremendously.  Someone who may be so-so may become a really devout, committed Catholic as a result of assisting at a Latin Mass parish regularly.  I think it’s a positive reinforcement loop – “good” people or people with a propensity to want to learn and grow in the Faith develop an attraction for the Latin Mass, and then get exposed to a really powerful, what I would call very authentic form of Catholicism, and that makes them grow all the more.   Once one gets a taste of devout, traditional Catholicism, there is a tendency to hunger for more.  If it weren’t 45 minutes each way to the parish, and if gas weren’t umpteen dollars a gallon, and if I didn’t have so many other things going on!, I’d be there every day.  I love it.

But there is no question that our local Latin Mass parishes are blessed with many extremely talented, on-fire, committed, devout and young souls with a burning desire to serve Christ in His Church.  I am humbled to be in their presence.  That’s not to say there aren’t such souls at “regular” parishes.  There are .  But the density seems very high at the Latin Mass parishes I’ve experienced.  Michael Voris’ experience seems to bear that out, as well.

If it weren’t 45 minutes each way to the parish, and if gas weren’t umpteen dollars a gallon, and if I didn’t have so many other things going on!, I’d be there every day.  I love it.  I crave it.  It’s amazing being among a group of people who are striving to live a faithful Catholic existence. It’s more than that………it’s transformative.

Update on the schedule at the Discalced Carmelite Monastery March 28, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, Interior Life, religious.
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As usual, thanks to MJD.

The Stations of the Cross at the Carmelite Monastery will start  at  5:30 PM on Friday, March 30  instead of at 6:30 PM.

Reminder:

Holy Face Devotions and Benediction on Palm Sunday, April 1 at 3:30 PM.

Palm Sunday Mass at the  Monastery is at 7:00 AM.

Holy Thursday, April 5, Evening Mass of The Lord’s  Supper, starts at 5:00 PM.

(No washing of the feet.)

There is NO All Night Vigil in  April.  [So, no vigil on April 6] You are welcome to attend Good Friday service (April 6), starting at 3:00 PM.  Gates close at  5:30 PM. 

Holy Saturday (April 7) Easter Vigil starts at  9:00 PM. Bring small container to take home blessed Easter Holy  Water.

Easter Sunday (April 8) Holy Mass is at 7:00 AM.

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During the last All Night Vigil and Holy Face  Devotions, the Carmelites passed out holy cards, with a prayer for our country  & the upcoming election, written by The Servant of God, Father  John Hardon, S.J.

If you would like holy cards for you friends and  family (and to pass out at your parish), please either send a self-addressed  envelope with a donation to cover the cost of the prayer cards  to:

Discalced Carmelite Nuns
600 Flowers Ave.
Dallas, TX  75211

Or, you may pick them up at the turn, at the  convent.  Donations to cover the cost of printing are much appreciated  since the Carmelites do not receive any money from the  diocese.