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Fort Worth TLM parish juridicially stands up August 1 – UPDATED, details confirmed July 28, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, Tradition, Virtue.

Fort Worth Bishop Michael Olson has announced that the FSSP personal parish of Saint Benedict will be effective as of Saturday, August 1.  It is unknown at this time when formal operation will begin with offering of the Sacraments.  I have no details on that as of yet.  I am not even certain the location of the parish has been announced.  The rumor is the “former” Saint Thomas the Apostle in NW Fort Worth, about halfway between Meacham Airport and Carswell?

The deal regarding Saint Thomas is that they have purchased new land to move the parish, and have plans in place to do so.  So the Fraternity may be taking over this vacating parish?  Not sure how the timing works out.  I’m not sure the new facility for Saint Thomas the Apostle is ready.

If Saint Thomas will become Saint Benedict, FSSP, here’s what it looks like:



I couldn’t find any clear shots of the interior, but there are stained glass windows along the side.  I don’t know if the church itself will require modifications to make it suitable for the TLM.

I suppose I should shut up and wait for the forma announcement?  Seems like they are cutting things pretty close before doing so, given that the parish stands up, officially, this Saturday.

Formal act of creation here.

UPDATE: A lot more from North Texas Catholic, the official news organ of the Diocese of Fort Worth:

Two priests from Fraternity of St. Peter will pastor new St. Benedict Parish// //

The parish will celebrate weekly Mass at 5:30 p.m. in the Extraordinary Form at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 509 W. Magnolia Ave., on the near South Side of Fort Worth. [OK, Sunday Mass stays at St. Mary’s for now] Two priests from the Fraternity of St. Peter will lead the church community. Father Karl Pikus, FSSP, has been appointed pastor of the new parish, effective July 23. Father Peter Bryne, FSSP, whose appointment becomes effective August 10, will serve as parochial vicar.

Daily Mass will be celebrated on the campus of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, 2920 Azle Ave., at a time yet to be announced. St. Thomas Church is located in Northwest Fort Worth. The new St. Benedict Parish will also have its offices on the property of St. Thomas Parish until St. Thomas completes the building of its new church just north of Loop 820. [What I presumed is confirmed.  Still no date of beginning the new Mass, nor times]

The name for the new parish was chosen by Bishop Olson after consulting members of the community already celebrating the Latin Mass at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish.



1. DM - July 29, 2015

It’s nice that the St. Thomas church at least looks decently like a church from the outside. It looks quite small though. How large is the Fort Worth TLM community? I just hope they won’t have the same lack-of-room issue as Mater Dei Parish as they grow.

richardmalcolm1564 - July 29, 2015

If the bishop is giving them a free building, or at least for nominal rent, I think it would be hard to complain. It buys them time, if nothing else.

My understanding is that it’s not an especially large group (not yet, at any rate), at least nothing like Mater Dei – so I can’t imagine they have a great deal in the way of resources to secure a building on their own. I’d be happy to stand corrected on that, however.

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