September 18, 2022

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18 September 2022

Ordinary Form
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Amos 8,4-7
Psalm 113,1-2.4-6.7-8
1Timothy 2,1-8
Luke 16,1-13

Extraordinary Form
15th Sunday post Pentecost

Galatians 5,25-26; 6,1-10
Psalm 91,2-3
Psalm 94,3
Matthew 7,11-16

Why are the Mass Times not published?

On December 4 of last year the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship addressed a letter and a Responsa ad Dubia (response to questions) to the Presidents of each Bishops Conference in the world. It began and concluded the cover letter with these beautiful words:

“It is sad to see how the deepest bond of unity, the sharing in the one Bread broken which is His Body offered so that all may be one (cf. Jhn 17:21), becomes a cause for division.”

“Let us entrust our service “to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Eph 4,3), to Mary, Mother of the Church.”

The Responsa gave some specific guidance to good bishops like ours that, among things:

This Congregation... can grant, at the request of the diocesan Bishop, that the parish church be used to celebrate according to the Missale Romanum of 1962... Moreover, such a celebration should not be included in the parish Mass schedule, since it is attended only by the faithful who are members of the said group.

When Bishop Burbidge issued the “Policy for Implementing Traditionis Custodes in the Diocese of Arlington” he indicated that he had received dispensation from the Vatican for three parishes, including ours, to “offer the Mass in the usus antiquior in their parish church for a period of two years, which may be extended upon the approval of the Dicastery, so long as ongoing work toward a unitary form (use of the third edition of the Roman Missal, promulgated in English in 2008 and in Spanish in 2011) of the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy continues” and that, “per the Responsa ad Dubia and as directed by the Dicastery, the parish may not publish the times of the Mass in the usus antiquior in the bulletin or on the parish website of social media”. Since the Congregation for Divine Worship stated clearly that there is “no intention in these provisions to marginalise the faithful who are rooted in the previous form of celebration” it seems fitting to make available to parishioners and to the public the Mass schedule in a unified manner. An attractive Mass Schedule adorns the vestibule. Many people have already utilized the new email address for inquiring about the schedule: [email protected]

One for all and all for one!

Fr. Christopher J. Pollard