Wednesday, March 5, 2008


Remember back in August 2007, Bishop Cooney of Gaylord MI gave this directive:

Until other law is promulgated, all liturgies in the Diocese of Gaylord are to be celebrated entirely in English by the presiding celebrant.
The use of other languages in songs and hymns...can be used occasionally, but must never overshadow the use of English.
Any variance from this policy must be requested on an individual basis from the Bishop of the Diocese of Gaylord using the form that can be obtained from the Secretariat for Worship & Liturgical Formation or the Office of the Bishop.
This Policy takes effect immediately.

Well, I have good news --- he's apparently had a change of heart. Here's an excerpt of a letter from the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius (RSCT Shawn Tribe at NLM):

At the invitation of the Most Rev. Patrick R. Cooney, S.T.D., S.T.L., Bishop of the Diocese of Gaylord, Michigan, Fr. Scott A. Haynes, a priest of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius, Chicago, Illinois, visited the Diocese of Gaylord from February 24-29, 2008, to instruct priests in the celebration of the Roman Rite according to the Extraordinary Form. Fr. Donald Libby of Holy Rosary Parish in Cedar, Michigan, hosted the workshop, which also provided training to altar boys in the ceremonies of Low Mass and High Mass. Each day the Holy Mass was celebrated according to the Missal of 1962, as the faithful were catechized on the meaning of the Sacred Liturgy. The Sunday celebration of the Extraordinary Form will be coming to the Gaylord Diocese by Easter. Deo Gratias!

An excellent turn of events in Gaylord!

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