The Rural Traditionalist and Why Yarmouth Is a Great Place to Live

In Canada, there are not a lot of options for living rurally AND attending an Extraordinary Form Mass. I think that St. Paul, Alberta has a Latin Mass, and it is a town about 2 hours from Edmonton. However, the cost of living in Alberta is quite high! What is a Catholic family to do? You may want to raise your kids in a simple, more old-fashioned way and even try your hand at homesteading, but you don’t want to leave your tight-knit and very orthodox Latin Mass community in the city.

It is my sincere hope that an Extraordinary Form Mass in Yarmouth would attract traditionalist Catholic families who wish to live in a more rural, isolated setting, away from the debauchery and surveillance of the big cities, but still have access to the Tridentine liturgy. We are working very hard to make that happen.

So here are some of the reasons that I think Yarmouth is a great place to live and a good place to raise a Catholic family:yarmouth

  1. It is very isolated! Halifax is 3.5 hours away by car. We formerly lived in Edmonton, and I can say that I really enjoy being far away from the big city, where you are constantly bombarded by bad influences and things you do not want your children exposed to, like billboards with half-naked models on them. Annoying family members will be less tempted to visit you.
  2. It is a cute small community! Ironically, I felt more socially isolated in Edmonton than I do here. Here in Yarmouth I can hardly go anywhere without seeing someone I know. Everybody is extremely friendly. People are constantly stopping me in the street and in the stores to comment on my kids and to tell me about their own grandkids. For two years in a row now Yarmouth has hosted its “100 Meals” program where for 100 days in a row there is a free meal somewhere every day. It is great fun!
  3. There is a strong homeschooling presence here. I know several Catholic families who homeschool or are planning to homeschool. There is a homeschool group that meets every Thursday, and a couple hours up the way there is a homeschool consignment store. Although the government here is Liberal and the people in general are quite liberal, they seem content to just let families be. I so far haven’t seen any persecution of homeschoolers here the way I saw in Alberta.
  4. Housing is cheaper. What more needs to be said?
  5. There are cheap stores. Living on a tight budget? You should check out our Frenchys stores, which sell high-quality clothes for cheap. Even cheaper is the Salvation Army, which is an awesome place, and has kid books for free. There is a place called Parent’s Place where you can get free clothes, books and toys. Yarmouth is also a yard sale paradise. Nova Scotians LIVE for yard sales.
  6. It has Catholic doctors. Surprisingly, quite a few. I know of at least one family doctor, two emerg doctors, one maternity doctor, and two psychiatrists that are Catholic. There are also other doctors who are Protestant. Not once since moving here have I been asked about birth control. Not even after giving birth to Rose. The maternity ward is actually extremely pro-breastfeeding and pro-natural birth.
  7. The Parish priest is supportive of the Extraordinary Form.
  8. Although it is a small town, because of its distance from Halifax, Yarmouth actually has quite a few stores, such as Superstore, Wal-Mart, Bulk Barn, a health-food store, Shopper’s, etc.
  9.  It’s cutesy and quaint.
  10. More opportunities to practice French or teach your kids French.
  11. It’s on the ocean, so the climate is mild (mild compared to places like Freezington and Winterpeg). Some have called it the Miami of Canada.

 

But most importantly of all, the Chandlers are here. So you better come in a van packed full of kids and we will welcome you with open arms.

Stay-tuned for more updates on the TLM. We are still working hard to find a priest and to get things up and running.

En union de prière,

Leila

 

My Review of Why Tradition, Why Now

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I recently ordered this new book by Brian Williams. In short, I really enjoyed it.

It is very short, more of a booklet than a book. It has eleven very short essays on all the important issues surrounding the traditional liturgy.

Here is the table of contents:

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I found the essays to be very good. They were concise and to the point, and made good arguments. The first essay is rather hard-hitting. It doesn’t say anything bad about the Second Vatican Council, but it does strongly criticize the post-Vatican II attitudes that lead to many liturgical abuses:

“What followed [the 1970s] was largely a rush to the bottom, as the pedestrian and profane was extolled and the transcendent was escorted from the stage” (4).

Williams laments the loss of Gregorian Chant, high altars, altar rails, statuary, Communion on the tongue, Latin, and authentic Catholic education. He argues that in throwing off the past and the traditions that have stood firm for centuries, society became disordered, characterized by chaos and instability. With regards to the movement to establish the Traditional Latin Mass he says:

“An increasing number of the faithful have discovered that we need tradition, and we need it now. We need order and peace. Restoring the sacred, returning to the Traditional Mass, is an intentional decision. It is fortification against disorder” (6).

I can strongly identify with this quote about why many people are turning to the Latin Mass:

“It is finding the peace that comes from order, the order that comes from ritual, and the ritual that leads us to God” (6). Couldn’t have said it better myself.

He goes on to give excellent arguments for preserving the use of Latin in the liturgy and for traditional liturgical practices. Throughout the book he includes powerful quotes from authorities, such as Ratzinger, Church documents, and Council documents. He answers all the common objections you may routinely hear, and he does so in a short, powerful manner, in simple language, without clouding the issues with a lot of rhetoric and complicated arguments.

One thing I really appreciate is that the tone is balanced and logical. There is no mention of Masons or conspiracy theories, no bashing of the Ordinary Form, no talk of “false popes”, and no unsubstantiated accusations against any of the Council Fathers. There is nothing extreme or radical about it. He simply makes logical arguments that are fully in-line with Church teaching and that conform to the documents of Vatican II. It also gives encouragement to those in the clergy wishing to implement more traditional reforms, by citing statistics and anecdotes.

I highly recommend this book. It is like a pocket apologetics for the Traditional Latin Mass. I will be ordering more copies to hand out to people.

If you do read it, go ahead and leave a rating and review on Amazon.

Pax vobiscum,

Leila

 

Happy New Year

Happy New Year, everyone. I hope that 2019 will be the year in which we see a Latin Mass come to Yarmouth.

In December Tom Vess and I met with Archbishop Mancini. It went well and he was favourable towards our project. He was concerned about the effort it would require to establish a regular Latin Mass, and he said he was unaware of a priest in our diocese who knows Latin and the Tridentine Rite. However, if we are able to find a priest who would agree to learn it and do the TLM, then he said he would be willing to revisit the issue with us.  Let us not forget that many Latin Masses are said by diocesan priests who learned it through training DVDs, books, and with the help of the FSSP.

Please keep us in your prayers!

In Christ,

Leila

Pints With Aquinas

Hello everyone, and happy Advent! My children and I are getting excited for Saint Nicholas’ Day, a fun tradition that needs to be brought back!

We are currently trying to schedule a meeting with our Archbishop, so please pray for that.

In other news:

As traditionalists, we are aware of the importance of the thought of Saint Thomas Aquinas, a medievial scholastic philosopher who lived in the 13th century. His writings have been very influential in Catholic theology and philosophy.

However, he fell out of favour in the modern world, as being too rigid, scholastic, difficult, formal, or whatever. Not touchy-feely enough maybe, haha.

Well, young traditionalists today and many homeschooling families are bringing back Thomism! Today I am going to share with you a wonderful resource for acquainting yourself with the writings of Saint Thomas Aquinas: Pints with Aquinas. Pints With Aquinas is a podcast by Matt Fradd, a former apologist from Catholic Answers. I find his podcasts to be easy to understand, well explained, and with a good dash of humour and light-heartedness thrown in. They are excellent for the beginner Thomist. They will help you to be able to explain the Catholic faith better and to confidently respond to the objections posed by Atheists. What I like about podcasts is that I don’t have to sit down and read a long post. As a busy mom of three, I can listen to it while folding laundry, walking to the store, or getting supper ready. I am now much more conversant in the Quinque Viae.

Here are some of my favourite episodes (however it is generally recommend that you start with episode 1 and proceed on through in order):

Episode #28: 7 Common Logical Fallacies

Episode #29: More Logical Fallacies!

Episode #33: What’s the contingency argument for God’s existence? (With guest speaker Robert Delfino)

Episode #42: Is it possible to pray at all times?

Episode #42.5: Are you opposed to open borders?

Episode #46: Can you explain your argument for God from Design? (With Robert Delfino)

Episode #49.5: Does God exist? Michael Nugent vs William Lane Craig

Episode #66: Trent Horn vs Ricky Gervais

Episode #68: Responding to Hank Green’s objections to Aquinas’ 5 ways

Episodes #79 and #80: Ed Feser Responds to Richard Dawkins on Thomas’ 5 ways

Episode #91: Ten heresies every christian should know about (with Trent Horn)

Episode #93: What really happened to the 12 apostles? (with Sean McDowell)

Episode #95: Why does every atheist misunderstand your arguments for God’s existence?

Episode #102: What is Pascal’s Wager?

He also wrote a book:

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It is excellent and I highly recommend it. Probably the most entertaining way to learn The Five Ways.

That’s all, folks. Please keep praying for our little community!

Leila

Know a priest?

Hello all!

In the course of our meetings, we here at The Halifax-Yarmouth Latin Mass Society have discussed the possibility of finding a priest who would do Yarmouth, Halifax and Moncton on a rotating schedule. The idea is that we can’t afford a full-time Latin Mass priest on our own, but we might be able to if we share amongst several areas.

Do you know a priest from one of these areas who might be willing to learn how to say the TLM? Together with Una Voce Canada we have drafted a letter that can be given to a priest, explaining who we are and how he can learn the TLM. One of our members owns a hard copy of the FSSP training DVDs. Many priests have learned to say the Latin Mass this way.

If you know of someone you’d like to approach with this letter, please send me an email at yarmouthlatinmass@gmail.com

-Leila

Right Now is coming to Yarmouth

Greetings!

The pro-life group, Right Now, is coming to Yarmouth on October 9th to give a presentation.

They are a group that seeks to elect pro-life politicians and pass pro-life legislation. This is from their website:

“RightNow exists to nominate and elect pro-life politicians by mobilizing Canadians on the ground level to vote at local nomination meetings, and provide training to volunteers across the country to create effective campaign teams in every riding across Canada. It is only when we have a majority of pro-life politicians in our legislatures, that we’ll see pro-life legislation passed in our country.”

To visit their website, click here.

They were recently featured in a Maclean’s article, that a did a good job of highlighting the ways they have made a difference. For that article, click here.

They encourage pro-lifers to buy party memberships and vote in nomination elections, because that is one area where we can make a big difference.

You may be thinking that there is no way that abortion will ever be made illegal in Canada! Well, there are many areas in which we can still pass pro-life laws, such as conscience rights, parental consent, lifting of speech restrictions on pro-life groups, protecting free speech rights on campuses, removing sidewalk bubble zones, allowing pregnancy crisis centres to operate freely, not funding overseas abortions, etc.

So please come check it out! It will be on Tuesday, October 9th, at 7pm, at 31 Lakeside Road, Hebron, NS. 

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Update on the Latin Mass: I gave a letter to a priest asking if he’d consider learning the TLM. No word from him so far. I will follow up with him and if it doesn’t look like likely then I will follow a different lead and send a letter to a priest in Halifax.

God bless, and keep praying for us,

Leila

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