MASS THIS SUNDAY (June 28, 2020)

4th Sunday after Pentecost

Proper Prayers and Readings – online here, leaflet here

     (Angelus 726, Baronius 774, Campion 328)

Order of Mass:   Angelus 838, Baronius 900, Campion 569

Ordinary:  Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Agnus Dei

Preface of the Holy Trinity (Angelus 875, Baronius 884, Campion 598)
Anthem to the Virgin Mary:  Salve Regina – from Trinity Sunday until Advent

            (Campion Missal 961, Angelus Missal 116, Baronius Missal 121, online here)

8 am, St. Mary Church, Athens

11:30 am, Basilica of Sts. Peter & Paul, Chattanooga

            External Solemnity of Ss. Peter & Paul to be celebrated on June 28 for

            the Basilica’s patronal feast and the 130th anniversary of the parish

12 noon, Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville

2 pm, St. Mary Church, Johnson City


MASS NEXT SUNDAY (July 5, 2020)

5th Sunday after Pentecost

8 am, St. Mary Church, Athens

11:30 am, Basilica of Sts. Peter & Paul, Chattanooga

12 noon, Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville

2 pm, St. Mary Church, Johnson City




(Angelus 726, Baronius 774, Campion 328)



Da nobis, quǽsumus, Dómine: ut et mundi cursus pacífice nobis tuo órdine dirigátur; et Ecclésia tua tranquílla devotióne lætétur.

Grant, we beseech thee, O Lord, that the world may be governed for us in peace by thy providence, and that thy Church may rejoice in tranquil service.



Oblatiónibus nostris, quǽsumus, Dómine, placáre suscéptis: et ad te nostras étiam rebélles compélle propítius voluntátes.

Receive our offerings, we beseech thee, O Lord, and be appeased thereby : and mercifully draw even our rebellious wills to yield to thee.



Mystéria nos, Dómine, quǽsumus, sumpta puríficent: et suo múnere tueántur.

May the sacrament we have received, O Lord, we pray thee, purify us and by its gift of grace defend us.


Notice how spare and concise are these “ordinary Sunday” propers, in comparison with the more loquacious propers of the recent June solemnities. Or compare the collects (below) for this coming week’s two solemnities (class 1 feasts).



The stars have so aligned the Church’s sanctoral and seasonal cycles this year that this coming week’s Monday Feast of Saints Peter & Paul and the Wednesday Feast of the Most Precious Blood round out an extraordinary extended month—from May 31 to July 1—bristling with no less than seven class 1 feasts (aka solemnities):


May 31   – Pentecost Sunday

June 7    – Trinity Sunday

June 11  – Corpus Christi

June 19  – Sacred Heart of Jesus

June 24  – Nativity of St. John the Baptist

June 29  – Saints Peter & Paul

July  1    – Most Precious Blood of Our Lord


Other than the Sundays of Advent and Lent, Holy Week, and the octaves of Easter and Pentecost, the Church calendar includes only about twenty 1st class feasts, with their typically more beautiful and eloquent chants and proper prayers.


Collect for the Feast of Saints  Peter & Paul (Monday, June 29)

Deus, qui hodiérnam diem Apostolórum tuórum Petri et Pauli martýrio consecrásti: da Ecclésiæ tuæ, eórum in ómnibus sequi præcéptum; per quos religiónis sumpsit exórdium.

O God, who hast consecrated this day by the martyrdom of thy glorious Apostles Peter and Paul : grant to thy Church to follow in all things the precepts of those from whom it received the faith.


On the Feast of Ss. Peter & Paul the statue of St. Peter & Paul in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome is annually vested and crowned with the papal triple tiara.

Click image to enlarge.


Collect for the Feast of the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord  (Wednesday, July 1)

Omnípotens sempitérne Deus, qui unigénitum Fílium tuum mundi Redemptórem constituísti, ac eius Sánguine placári voluísti: concéde, quǽsumus, salútis nostræ prétium sollémni cultu ita venerári, atque a præséntis vitæ malis eius virtúte deféndi in terris; ut fructu perpétuo lætémur in cœlis.

Almighty and eternal God, who didst ordain thine only-begotten Son to be the Redeemer of the world, and didst will to be appeased by his blood : grant, we beseech thee, that we may so honour by our solemn service this the price of our redemption, and by its virtue be so defended from the evils of our present life on earth, that we may enjoy its fruit in heaven for evermore.



Condensed from a recent FSSP Missive (here)


Locked out of our churches for so many weeks this year, and being compelled to either offer prayers on our own, read our Missals, or follow along with televised Masses, we have all gained a new appreciation for bringing the liturgy into our homes.


The concept of the “domestic Church” has a very ancient pedigree. . . . ” St. John Chrysostom called the home a micra ecclesia, a little church . . . While naturally we can’t offer Mass or other rites as our priests and bishops do in sacred buildings, we are all still very much expected to unite ourselves with those rites in spirit, even to the extent of making our homes a spiritual and even physical extension of our parishes into the secular world.


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We are very soon to enter the long period of the Sundays after Pentecost—half a year of “ordinary” green Sundays. How can we keep ourselves and our children as engaged as we seem to be on the 1st Sunday of Advent?


Here is where a home altar can come in. By maintaining a home altar not just as a static home for our rosaries and prayer books but as a closer mimic of its ecclesial namesake, the liturgical year can be a visible part of your home at all times.



There are many possible methods to do this, but here is one framework.


First, an altar cloth of the appropriate liturgical color can be used. . . . The altar cloth is changed at the beginning of each new liturgical season and, if desired, at important feast days such as the Assumption.


Next, statues and icons of favorite family saints are placed atop the altar. Some may stay there year round—favorite images of Our Lord and Our Lady for example—but the others can be rotated in at the beginning of each month, depending on the sanctoral calendar.  . . .


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Other pious practices, borrowed from our parishes, quickly suggest themselves. Some extra violet cloth will allow you to cover the sacred images at Passiontide. The home altar can be stripped on Maundy Thursday and, save for any Good Friday devotions, left bare until Easter. At All Saints’ Day, the altar can be filled to capacity with every icon and statue available. During All Souls’ Day, black cloth and family photos can remind us to pray for the Church Suffering.


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Overall, maintaining a home altar provides us with a tangible and visible connection to our parishes, and it extends liturgical living well beyond the hour and a half on Sunday when we are present at Mass. . . .


The home altar is a particularly powerful teaching tool for young children. They may not yet have the understanding or the attention span to pick up on subtle changes in recited prayers—but they are naturally fascinated by colors, images, flowers and lights and will participate with enthusiasm. . . .



Anyone with a First Communion or Confirmation candidate is asked to let Misty Weber know at or 816-809-7309. 


Directives for resumption of public Masses

Dispensation from Sunday obligation


Click here to read Bishop Stika’s pastoral letter and his decree listing procedures for returning to Mass. 


In his letter, Bishop Stika also extends his dispensation indefinitely to all Catholics living in the Diocese of Knoxville from their obligation to attend Sunday Mass. “Let me emphasize, if you are vulnerable, elderly, or just not comfortable going to a public Mass beginning May 30-31, please stay home!” Bishop Stika said.


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