MASS THIS SUNDAY (May 26, 2019)

5th Sunday after Easter

12:00 noon, Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville

St. Edmund Campion Missal & Hymnal page numbers:

Sprinkling Rite:   Vidi aquam  (566)

Order of Mass:  Missalette or Campion Missal (569)

Proper Prayers and Readings  (283) – online here, leaflet here

Ordinary:  Kyrie, Gloria, Credo III, Sanctus, Agnus Dei - Mass I – Lux et erigo (696)

Preface of Easter (Campion 687, Angelus 873, Baronius 881)
Anthem to the Virgin Mary:  Regina Caeli - throughout Eastertide until Trinity Sunday

               (online here, Campion Missal 954, Angelus Missal 116, Baronius Missal 121)


8 am, St. Mary Church, Athens

5 pm, Basilica of Sts. Peter & Paul, Chattanooga


MASS NEXT SUNDAY (June 2, 2019)
Sunday after the Ascension

12 noon, Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville

8 am, St. Mary Church, Athens


Thursday, May 30, 2019

6:30 AM – Low Mass (in the chapel)

Our Lady of Fatima Church, Alcoa  (map here)

Proper Prayers and Readings – online here, leaflet here


This Latin Mass will afford area Catholics the opportunity of hearing the Mass of the Ascension of Our Lord on its proper date—the 40th day of Eastertide, the Thursday 10 days before Pentecost. The noon Mass at Holy Ghost Church on Sunday, May 2 will instead be the Mass of the Sunday after the Ascension. So those who attend only on Sunday will miss the Mass of Ascension Thursday, a solemnity (class 1 feast) which is a holy day of obligation in some countries.




The collects and other orations of the traditional Roman Missal are composed in a concise and polished form of classical Latin that was never the spoken vernacular language of ordinary Romans (just as Shakespeare was never street lingo in England). They typically interweave multiple layers of meaning and scriptural or classical allusion, which may be difficult to capture in any single English translation. The English translations in different Latin-English hand missals may therefore differ slightly in their emphases. Comparison of two different English translations may help one to penetrate the full meaning of the original Latin. Compare the translations below with those in your own personal hand missal (e.g., Angelus 641, Baronius 679, Campion 283).



Deus, a quo bona cuncta procédunt, largíre supplícibus tuis: ut cogitémus, te inspiránte, quæ recta sunt; et, te gubernánte, éadem faciámus.

O God, from whom all good things do come : grant to us thy suppliants that by thy inspiration we may think what is right, and under thy guidance put it in practice.



Súscipe, Dómine, fidélium preces cum oblatiónibus hostiárum: ut, per hæc piæ devotiónis offícia, ad cœléstem glóriam transeámus.

Receive, O Lord, the prayers and sacrifices of the faithful that by these offices of loving devotion we may attain to heavenly glory.



Tríbue nobis, Dómine, cæléstis mensæ virtúte satiátis: et desideráre, quæ recta sunt, et desideráta percípere.

Grant us, O Lord, whom thou hast filled with the strength of this heavenly banquet, both to desire what is right, and to obtain what we desire.



From OnePeterFive (here)


“It’s opened my eyes to the tradition of the Faith. You know, with Saint Augustine, with Thomas Aquinas, with all of these great saints, and then seeing that this Mass of the Roman Rite, the Latin Mass has been the Mass for the past 1500 years that all these great saints went to. They were saying the same Latin prayers. It’s just very beautiful, you know? I feel very united.”


“It doesn’t go with the world….it’s just like kind of old school traditional stuff. But then I think that also attracted me because it was so different from the world.”


In the 12-minute EWTN interview linked below, Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker is talking about the traditional Latin Mass (TLM), a liturgy which he not only attends, but at which he also regularly serves at the altar.



The parish Butker attends is St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Independence, Missouri (where his ordinary is Holy Ghost native son Bishop James Vann Johnston). Founded in 1823, St. Mary’s has the distinction of being the oldest Catholic Church in the Diocese of Kansas City-Saint Joseph.


His pastor at St. Mary’s is Fr. Matthew Bartulica, during whose time in the seminary Pope Benedict XVI’s motu proprio Summorum Pontificum was released, freeing the ancient liturgy and extolling its sacredness. By the time of Fr. Bartulica’s ordination in 2010, he had already come to love the Church’s ancient liturgy.


“In a culture that is so divided,” he says, “the TLM gives us a source of unbroken unity that brings all Catholics together, anywhere in the world, and is the liturgy that can trace its roots all the way back to the source of our Faith”.


As pastor of St. Mary’s, he has four regularly scheduled TLMs at the parish — three on weekdays, and one on Sundays — the one Harrison Butker now attends.


“It’s a great blessing having his family at the parish,” Fr. Bartulica says of Butker. “Boys wanting to learn to serve the Latin Mass went from one or two to around ten when they heard he was serving.”



“As Vatican II says,” Fr. Bartulica mentions, “the liturgy is the source and summit of our Faith. Since the greatest saints of the Church were formed by the Latin Mass, there seems to be no better way for us to learn the Faith than through the same liturgy that they participated in.”


What Fr. Bartulica and Harrison Butker have both come to understand is something that Father recalls Dostoyevski having said: “Beauty will save the world. When the Church finally recognizes her beautiful traditions and liturgy,” Fr. Bartulica adds, “true evangelization will begin. Until then we are wasting our time.”



Knoxville Latin Mass Community (KLMC) expenses in support of Latin liturgy typically average several hundred dollars weekly. This includes a regular KLMC contribution to Holy Ghost Church of two hundred dollars per scheduled Latin Mass in support of our fine sacred music, plus additional expenses for purchase of vestments, choir support, Latin Mass materials, stipends for visiting priests, and for special occasions (e.g., a couple of thousand dollars for this year’s Holy Week and Easter stipends and supplements).


All these expenses are covered solely by donations directly to the KLMC (rather than by the general parish budget). So please use the special addressed Knoxville Latin Mass Community envelopes, or donate online (here).


But let’s not forget our duty to also support our parish through general Sunday collections and parish envelopes. Donations to the Holy Ghost building fund are used to pay off the church debt.


To receive a weekly notice of the Latin Mass newsletter when it is posted (here) at the KLMC web site . . . Just send your name and e-mail to  The posted e-mail version has live internet links, and usually includes photos and other features that don’t fit in the printed version.  Typically, the weekly online newsletter is several times longer than the occasional brief Sunday handout.