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Photo: Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Dec 8 2011, St. Stephen Church

Monday, February 1, 2016

St. Blaise, Feb 3

The legend as given in the Grande Encyclop├ędie is as follows:

Blaise, who had studied philosophy in his youth, was a doctor in Sebaste in Armenia, the city of his birth, who exercised his art with miraculous ability, good-will, and piety. When the bishop of the city died, he was chosen to succeed him, with the acclamation of all the people. His holiness was manifest through many miracles: from all around, people came to him to find cures for their spirit and their body; even wild animals came in herds to receive his blessing. In 316, Agricola, the governor of Cappadocia and of Lesser Armenia, having arrived in Sebastia at the order of the emperor Licinius to kill the Christians, arrested the bishop. As he was being led to jail, a mother set her only son, choking to death of a fish-bone, at his feet, and the child was cured straight away. Regardless, the governor, unable to make Blaise renounce his faith, beat him with a stick, ripped his flesh with iron combs, and beheaded him.

7am Low Mass
Immaculate Conception

6:30pm Low Mass
St. Stephen

The Blessing of Throats will follow both Masses.

Article 1625 from The Book of Blessings contains a brief historical background of the blessing of throats:
Saint Blase was the bishop of Sebaste in Armenia during the fourth century. Very little is known about his life. According to various accounts he was a physician before becoming a bishop. His cult spread throughout the entire Church in the Middle Ages because he was reputed to have miraculously cured a little boy who nearly died because of a fishbone in his throat. From the eighth century he has been invoked on behalf of the sick, especially those afflicted with illnesses of the throat.
Details regarding the miraculous healing of the boy vary. One account relates that the miracle occurred during the journey to take Blaise to prison when he placed his hand on the boy's head and prayed; another that the miracle happened while Blaise was in prison when he picked up two candles provided to him and formed a cross around the boy's throat.
The use of candles for the blessing of throats stems from the candles that Blaise used while in prison. When an old woman's pig had been miraculously rescued from a wolf by Saint Blaise, she would visit him in prison, bringing him food and candles to bring him light in his dark cell.

Sunday, January 31, 2016


Please kindly accept our apologies. Incorrect information was given to us regarding the Candlemas mass time at St Stephen. Please pay attention to the following, and if you informed anyone previously, send along this correction.

St Stephen's will celebrate Candlemas on Tuesday, Feb 2 at 6:45 AM. The blessing and procession will take place before mass.

Again, the mass for Candlemas at St Stephen is a morning mass, not an evening mass.

Candlemas, Feb 2

Candlemas, the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord and Purification of the BVM, is Tuesday Feb 2. The Latin Masses are listed below.

7am Low Mass (regular Tuesday morning Mass)
St. Stephen

6:30pm High Mass with Blessing of Candles and Procession
Immaculate Conception

6:45pm High Mass with Blessing of Candles and Procession
St. Stephen

From New Advent....

According to the Mosaic law a mother who had given birth to a man-child was considered unclean for seven days; moreover she was to remain three and thirty days "in the blood of her purification"; for a maid-child the time which excluded the mother from sanctuary was even doubled. When the time (forty or eighty days) was over the mother was to "bring to the temple a lamb for a holocaust and a young pigeon or turtle dove for sin"; if she was not able to offer a lamb, she was to take two turtle doves or two pigeons; the priest prayed for her and so she was cleansed. (Leviticus 12:2-8)
Forty days after the birth of Christ Mary complied with this precept of the law, she redeemed her first-born from the temple (Numbers 18:15), and was purified by the prayer of Simeon the just, in the presence of Anna the prophetess (Luke 2:22 sqq.). No doubt this event, the first solemn introduction of Christ into the house of God, was in the earliest times celebrated in the Church of Jerusalem. We find it attested for the first half of the fourth century by the pilgrim of Bordeaux, Egeria or Silvia. The day (14 February) was solemnly kept by a procession to the Constantinian basilica of the Resurrection, a homily on Luke 2:22 sqq., and the Holy Sacrifice. But the feast then had no proper name; it was simply called the fortieth day after Epiphany. This latter circumstance proves that in Jerusalem Epiphany was then the feast of Christ's birth.
Incidentally, it is made clear again the importance and solemnity with which the Feast of the Epiphany was kept in times past.

Also, the interesting history behind the procession....

The solemn procession represents the entry of Christ, who is the Light of the World, into the Temple of Jerusalem. It forms an essential part of the liturgical services of the day, and must be held in every parochial church where the required ministers can be had. The procession is always kept on 2 February even when the office and Mass of the feast is transferred to 3 February. Before the reform of the Latin liturgy by St. Pius V (1568), in the churches north and west of the Alps this ceremony was more solemn. After the fifth oration a preface was sung. The "Adorna" was preceded by the antiphon "Ave Maria". While now the procession is held inside the church, during the Middle Ages the clergy left the church and visited the cemetery surrounding it. Upon the return of the procession a priest, carrying an image of the Holy Child, met it at the door and entered the church with the clergy, who sang the canticle of Zachary, "Benedictus Dominus Deus Israel". At the conclusion, entering the sanctuary, the choir sang the responsory, "Gaude Maria Virgo" or the prose, "Inviolata" or some other antiphon in honour of the Blessed Virgin.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Epiphany Masses

Masses for the Feast of the Epiphany, on Wednesday, Jan 6, are listed below.

7am Low Mass
Immaculate Conception

6:30pm High Mass
St. Stephen
Immaculate Conception

7pm High Mass
Sacred Heart of Jesus, South Euclid

Monday, December 28, 2015

The Best New Year's Resolutions

Thanks to a Friend for kindly sending in the following suggestion for a good, Catholic New Year's resolution. Managing body weight and our spending/saving habits aren't the only things we should be mindful of. 


First Friday – every First Friday of the month
With the intention, in the heart, of making reparation to the
Sacred Heart of Jesus for the sins committed against Him.

  • Go to Mass and receive communion in a state of grace

First Saturday - on 5 Consecutive First Saturdays of the Month:
With the intention, in the heart, of making reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for the sins committed against her, her name, her initiatives and images of her.

  • Go to Confession (8 days before or after)

  • Go to Mass and Receive Communion in a state of grace

  • Say a five-decade rosary

  • Meditate on one or more of the mysteries of the rosary for 15 minutes

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

A reminder that December 8 is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady and a day of obligation. Latin Mass times are below. 

7am Low Mass
St. Stephen

6:30pm High Mass
St. Stephen

6:30 pm Solemn Mass
Immaculate Conception
And a special note from Fr Godic:

"Immaculate Conception Parish will celebrate their 150th Patronal Feast on December 8, 2015with a Solemn High Latin Mass at 6:30 PM followed by procession with the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction to mark their Eucharistic Devotions. Father Bede will be the celebrant and Father Godic, pastor, will preach the sermon." 

Friday, November 20, 2015

Support Your Local Schola

Cleveland TLM Friends was asked to post the following.

I'm Jeffrey Quick, Schola director for the Latin Mass at St. Sebastian. A High Mass requires music. Music requires musicians. The music at our Masses is provided by volunteers (not professionals), and there are never enough of them. If you have any musical experience or ability at all, you should be singing in a Schola. Naturally, I'd like you to sing in MY Schola (rehearsal Tues.night 8-9:30; and 12:15 before the 1:00 Mass), which does easier part music in addition to chant. But St. Stephens and Immaculate Conception need singers as well. If you go to these parishes regularly, you have a feel for how they are: a little more chant at St. Stephens, a lot more polyphony at the Mac. One or more of these will match your skill level and schedule. So look at yourself and your life, talk to God about it, and then contact one of us:

Jeffrey Quick (St. Sebastian)
Fred Lautzenheiser (Immaculate Conception)
Nathan Marinchick (St. Stephen)

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Feast of the Presentation of the BVM

Fr Godic, pastor of Immaculate Conception, would like for everyone to know that they will celebrate a Low Mass at Mary's Altar for the feast of her Presentation on Saturday, November 21 at 8am.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

All Saints and All Souls

The great celebrations of the Church Triumphant and Church Suffering are approaching, and mass schedule is below.

Sunday, Nov 1, All Saints, is a regular Sunday schedule of Latin Masses.

Monday, Nov 2, All Souls
6:30pm at Immaculate Conception
7pm at St Stephen

Also, the rector of Our Lady of Lebanon National Shrine in North Jackson, Ohio, would like you all to know:

Tridentine Missa Cantata for the Commemoration of All Souls
Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon
2759 North Lipeky Rd
North Jackson, OH 44451
Nov 2 at 7pm
with prayers of absolution at the catafalque
Music provided by the Schola Basilicae

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Mass Against the Heathen

A friend of the TLM forwarded this information, and thought you all may be interested. St Titus parish is in the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Friday, 11 September 2015, 7:00 PM
Traditional Latin MassVotive Mass Against the Heathen(Holy Rosary & Confessions begin at 6:30 PM)
St. Titus Church952 Franklin Avenue, Aliquippa PA 15001
Celebrant: Fr. Ladis J. Cizik
Sponsored by:Knights of Columbus Woodlawn Council 2161Traditional Latin Mass Guild
ALMIGHTY, everlasting God, in Whose hand are the power and government of every realm; look upon and help the Christian people, that the heathen nations who trust in the fierceness of their own might, may be crushed by the power of Thy Right Hand.  Through our Lord.  (Collect.  Mass Against the Heathen.)