We are hard at work trying to bring a Latin Mass to Yarmouth, and that certainly will require time and money. In the meantime, what can we do to still support the spread and promotion of the Extraordinary Form? Here are a few ideas for you:
1) Support the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter
I cannot say enough good about the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP)! They are a community of Roman Catholic priests who offer the Mass exclusively in the Extraordinary Form. They train seminarians from all over the world and they have a presence in many countries. I have met several FSSP priests and they were all wonderful and on fire for Christ and the Church. I have always found their preaching to be excellent. The FSSP priest in Edmonton was a big part of the reason I first loved going to the Latin Mass.
You can support them here, but the way I like to support the FSSP is through to donating to their seminary in Denton, Nebraska.
This is Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Denton. Each seminarian requires about $7000 USD in tuition each year. Currently there is a seminarian from Edmonton named William Rooney, whom we have been supporting. There is also one from New Brunswick named Luc Poirier.
It would be a great idea for our community to get together and make a group donation once a year in support of a seminarian. This would help us to build a relationship with the FSSP and to be on their radar screen. An FSSP priest in Yarmouth would be a blessing of immeasurable worth!
The FSSP also has a confraternity that you can join to support their important work through prayer and offering Masses.
2) Support the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest
The ICRSS is another society of priests dedicated to offering the Mass in the Extraordinary Form. I have been to their parishes in Lille, France. I don’t believe they have any apostolates in Canada as of right now, but they do have a presence in many countries, including the US. Their seminary is located in Italy.
They also have a lay society called The Society of the Sacred Heart.
3) Join Una Voce Canada
Una Voce Canada is the Canadian arm of Una Voce International. Una Voce International is a lay movement that seeks to protect and promote the Latin Mass as well as sacred music and art. Una Voce Canada helps Canadian parishes establish the Latin Mass and they fundraise to support Canadian seminarians at the FSSP and ICRSS seminaries, including Luc Poirier from Moncton.
Membership is $20 and with it you get their newsletter, eloop publications and any advice or assistance that they are able to provide with regards to establishing the TLM. They also have Masses said for the benefit of their members. By joining them you will be supporting this very important movement to protect and preserve the Latin Mass!
I have contacted them to help with our efforts here in Yarmouth.
4) Order some books from Fraternity Publications
Get some good traditional books from the FSSP’s official bookstore.
While you’re at it, check out Baronius Press and Biretta Books, too.
Unfortunately, it can sometimes be quite expensive for Canadians to order from American stores. I have to admit that I try to use Amazon.ca as much as possible because the shipping is so much cheaper. However, many good books aren’t available from Amazon.
5) Subscribe to Latin Mass Magazine
I have recently subscribed to this, and what initially sold me on it was the fact that they have some FSSP contributors. It is a pretty good magazine with some very interesting reads. However, my one complaint would be that some of the articles are rather critical of the Ordinary Form (I like to avoid divisions and in-fighting) and sometimes the problems they address seem like making a mountain out of a molehill.
Well, it is up to you to decide! Apparently this a publication that is quickly growing in popularity.
6) Learn to sing traditional forms of music
If you are a musical person and enjoy singing, why not try learning Gregorian chant and sacred polyphony? You would become an invaluable asset to any Latin Mass community! It is a great way to contribute at the Latin Mass.
(Apparently Digby has a traditional schola. Maybe worth looking into?)
If you are talented with instruments, why not try learning to play the organ? I don’t have a musical bone in my body, otherwise I would love to try and learn. Being able to play the organ for Mass is something that people really appreciate, and it really brings the liturgy to another level.
And finally: pray, pray pray. It is essential to our efforts. In Edmonton, they liked to say novenas to St. John Vianney. When St. John Vianney first started working in Ars in 1818, the French Revolution had devastated the Church and there was widespread religious indifference amongst the towns people. Near the end of this life, however, tens of thousands of pilgrims were flocking to his church every year and he spent almost all of his day in the confessional. Wouldn’t it be great if tens of thousands of Nova Scotians started flocking to the TLM?
I have heard that another good saint for the intentions of the TLM is St. Joseph.
Well there you have it! And I’m sure you can come up with a few more ideas, too. What we really need right now is for people to commit to signing their names as requesting the Latin Mass, and to commit to coming to the Mass if it ever happens. Join our mailing list! firstname.lastname@example.org
Feel free to contact me if you need any help navigating the above suggestions.
Have a great day. Pax Christi.