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Summorum Pontificum

Latin Mass in Melbourne's St Patrick's Cathedral

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 Contents - Dec 2011AD2000 December 2011 - Buy a copy now
Homily: Benedict XVI: From his Christmas homily - Pope Benedict XVI
Ad Limina Visit: Australia's Bishops reaffirm their unity with Benedict XVI - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
Vocations: Do not be afraid: successful Young Men of God retreat - Dr Barry Coldrey
Youth Events: iWitness Retreat and Campion Summer Program
Religious freedom: The plight of Christians in Islamic countries - Babette Francis
Schools: St Philomena's school: a beacon of excellence - Alistair Barros
Religious education: Different worlds: being Catholic in Indonesia and Australia - Phillip Turnbull
Tyburn world tour: A visually compelling new documentary on the monastic life - AD2000 Report
Pilgrimage: Young disabled Catholics: new ministry initiative - Fr James McCarthy
Catholic Literature: Robert Hugh Benson and Christ's Second Coming - Br Christian Moe FSC
Summorum Pontificum: Latin Mass in Melbourne's St Patrick's Cathedral - Michael Daniel
Letters: Homeschooling - Matthew Buckley
Letters: Eucharistic confusion - John Royal
Letters: Atheism - Paul Fitzgerald
Letters: Vatican II - Peter Howard
Letters: Natural law - Thomas A. Watkin
Letters: Devotion to Mary - Cedric Wright
Letters: Action needed - Dick Nolan
Events: Advent and Christmas Liturgies - Extraordinary Form
Books: WHY WE SHOULD CALL OURSELVES CHRISTIANS, by Marcello Pera - Elizabeth Lev (reviewer)
Books: RONALD KNOX AND ENGLISH CATHOLICISM, by Terry Tastard - Michael Daniel (reviewer)
Donations: Fighting Fund concludes
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Reflection: Advent faith, Christmas and the Pope's call to evangelise - Fr Dennis Byrnes

In the wake of Summorum Pontificum (2007), Pope Benedict XVI's motu proprio freeing up restrictions on the celebration of the Extraordinary Form of the Mass - known to some readers as the "Traditional Latin Mass" - a group of lay faithful sought to have a weekday celebration of the Extraordinary Form in St Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne.

The first Mass was celebrated on Wednesday, 10 August, the Feast of St Laurence, by Fr Glen Tattersall. Low Mass is now celebrated on most Wednesdays at 5.30pm in the Sacred Heart Chapel, on the right hand side of the main sanctuary.

The 5.30pm time has proven to be suitable for a range of people, particularly those working in or near the city, as it enables them to attend a Mass soon after they complete work, being accessible to a range of public transport options. Entrance to the Cathedral at this time is via the right-hand transcept door.

Those attending the Mass wish to thank Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne, and the Dean of the Cathedral, Very Rev John Salvano, whose generous assistance has facilitated a regular celebration, as well as clergy who have celebrated Mass, including Revs N. Dillon, J. Walshe, B. Arthur, J. O'Connor and C. Marshall.

As AD2000 goes to print, regular worshippers look forward to Bishop Peter Elliott, well known to readers, celebrating Pontifical Low Mass in the Cathedral on Wednesday, 14 December. All readers are naturally welcome to attend this Mass and any other Extraordinary Mass celebrated either at the Cathedral or at St Aloysius', Caulfield North, particularly those who have either yet to experience the Extraordinary Form or who may have not attended it for a number of years.

Further information can be obtained by accessing the Newman Community's website or by phoning the Newman Community on (03) 9532-7771.

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 24 No 11 (December 2011 - January 2012), p. 13

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