Saturday, August 18, 2007


As many blogs are reporting EWTN will broadcast a celebration of a Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form ( aka `Tridentine`) on September 14th, the day the new law comes into effect. I don`t have EWTN but hope to get to see this somehow. It is available to anyone with a SKY satellite system. Here is the report:

EWTN to Televise Live Tridentine Mass Celebrated by the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter

DENTON, Nebraska - AUGUST 17, 2007 - For the first time in its 26 year history, Mother Angelica’s Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) will be broadcasting a live Solemn High Mass at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Alabama on September 14, 2007 at 8:00AM EST. EWTN has asked for the assistance of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, an international Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Right, to help celebrate this “extraordinary” form.

This past July 7th, Pope Benedict XVI affirmed the beauty and importance of the Tridentine Mass by issuing Summorum Pontificum, a papal document encouraging and confirming the right of all Latin Rite priests to use this more ancient use of the Mass starting September 14th. The Tridentine Mass was the normative liturgy experienced by Latin Rite Catholics prior to the Second Vatican Council.

“Most Catholics have not seen this heavenly celebration in over 40 years,” said Father Calvin Goodwin, a professor at the Society’s international English-speaking seminary located in Denton, Nebraska. “We are very excited to help EWTN and to support the Holy Father’s call for a wider presence of this form of the Mass. This is a cause for great joy.”

Priests and seminarians from Denton, Nebraska will travel to Alabama and provide the celebrant, deacon, subdeacon, preacher, master of ceremonies and altar servers.

About the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter: Established in 1988 by Pope John Paul II, the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter is an international society of Catholic priests entrusted with the preservation and administration of the Catholic Church’s ancient Latin liturgical traditions. Over 120 seminarians are preparing for the priesthood in the Fraternity’s two seminaries in Bavaria, Germany and Denton, Nebraska.

About EWTN: Founded by Mother Angelica, a Poor Clare nun, the Eternal Word Television Network has become the largest religious media network in the world, transmitting programming 24 hours a day to more than 123 million homes in 140 countries and territories on more than 4,800 cable systems, wireless cable, Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS), low power TV and individual satellite users.

Contact:Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary7880 West Denton RoadDenton, NE 68339 U.S.A.(402) 797-7700


Anonymous said...

According to Raymond Arroyo's biography of Mother Angelica there was a point in the EWTN history when the local Bishop refused permission for anyone to broadcast a mass "Ad orientum." I am curious to know if this has been lifted. If it hasn't, technically EWTN would be in violation and disobedient to the local ordinary, if they were to broadcast an "extraordinary rite" mass in the ordinary way that it is celebrated.

Fr Michael Brown said...

Les, I don`t think you need to worry. You may not have seen the story but a new bishop has been appointed to Birmingham,Alabama this week ( He will be installed on October 2nd. He is known to be very favourable towards the Extraordinary Form. I am sure that this broadcast will have been approved by bishop Baker.

Anonymous said...

If you have broadband you should be able to access EWTN via your computer; this is how I do it.


Fr Michael Brown said...

Thanks Sharon: that`s what I`ll do.