Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Introibo ad Altare Dei

As of the first Sunday of Lent, Berwyn, Illinois, the working-class Chicago suburb that has been home to Haus Jansen for the past three years years, has been home to a church — St. Odilo Parish — that offers the Tridentine Mass every Sunday (at 1:00 PM).

Happily for us, St. Odilo is a mere four blocks from our place; thus we often end up splitting our time between it and St. John Cantius Parish in Chicago (whose recently redesigned website is about 8,000 times better than its old one).

Father Tony Brankin, who enjoys a well-deserved reputation among local orthodox Catholics, has been pastor of St. Odilo for just over a year now, and has been steadily implementing several changes within the parish (e.g., moving the tabernacle back to the center of the church, introducing various modes of chant, making plans to install a Communion rail salvaged from a recently closed South Side parish), all the while taking care not to change too much too fast — in my opinion, an eminently wise and prudent decision on his part as pastor.

This coming Sunday, March 9, the storied Paulist Choir will be singing for the 1:00pm Tridentine Mass. For y'all who are local folk, consider coming (see map and directions here). Our pamilya will be there with bells on.

(Whilst searching for information about the Paulist choir, I happened upon two articles that I couldn't resist posting links to: one is a New York Times article from 1918 [!] about a concert the choir performed at Carnegie Hall; the other is an article about the choir from a 1954 edition of Time magazine.)

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