Missa Cantatas every Sunday through July

Missa Cantatas will continue to be offered at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Bloomington, IN, on Sundays at 12 noon. Because our schola is still small and in the process of familiarizing itself with the various chant settings, most of these Masses will see the Introit, Offertory, and Communion chants done in recto tono (at a single, sustained note). On that note, if you’re able to chant (or willing to learn), we’d love to have you — reach out to me at lmsbloomington at gmail dot com with contact information and I’ll put you in touch with our schola director.

At the moment, it appears certain that these Masses will continue through June and all of July, discontinuing thereafter until and unless we are able to find a new celebrant. Pray for us!

Missa Cantata this Sunday, June 14

The Latin Mass Society’s first Missa Cantata will be celebrated this Sunday, June 14, at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Bloomington, IN, in honor of the Third Sunday after Pentecost.

A Missa Cantata, or “Sung Mass,” is a High Mass celebrated by a priest without the assistance of a deacon or subdeacon. All audible parts of the Mass are sung or chanted, either by the priest or schola.

Low Mass for Corpus Christi this Sunday, June 7

Please join us at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church this Sunday, June 7, at noon for a low Mass celebrated for the feast of Corpus Christi. As always, many of us go out for lunch afterward, so please feel free to stick around and join us.

Very often, the External Solemnity of Corpus Christi is celebrated with a Eucharistic procession — which is a good part of the reason why it’s allowed to be celebrated on Sundays in the US (Corpus Christi is proper to Thursday, the day on which the Eucharist was instituted). The Bloomington LMS is still too wobbly on its feet to support such an endeavor just yet, but Holy Rosary Parish in Indianapolis will have a procession beginning at 1:30 PM after their usual Sunday Missa Cantata, visiting three altars in the area before returning for final benediction. If Bloomington is too far, consider dropping by there to experience a wonderful piece of the Church’s liturgical heritage.

No Mass this Sunday; future plans

We will have no traditional Latin Mass this Sunday at St. John’s, but we will resume on Sunday, May 31, and afterward every Sunday through June and possibly into July. These will be at the usual time and place: 12 noon at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Bloomington, IN.

We are also planning our first Missa Cantata for the near future; currently, we’re aiming for Sunday, June 14. If you’re a competent singer familiar with chant and are willing to get involved, please let us know.

Finally, note that we will be taking up collections at Sunday Masses beginning on the June 7 Mass. These will be the usual Sunday collections in support of St. John’s, whose pastor has graciously made the parish available for the the celebration of the traditional Latin Mass, so I ask that all attendees show their appreciation appropriately!