What is a “Chaplaincy”? Is it like a parish?
No. A Chaplaincy is set up to provide the spiritual needs of the faithful in a particular area or circumstance. A Chaplaincy is one of the options suggested to the bishops by the Holy Father in his Motu Proprio. A parish has a particular canonical status under Church law. A Chaplaincy does not have this status. The bishop at some future date could establish a Parish for the Latin Mass community, but for now, he feels that a Chaplaincy is the best format.
How is the Chaplaincy funded?
The Chaplaincy is completely self-funded. There are no funds from the diocese, such as funds from the Bishop’s Appeal, that are used to support it. The collections from the Masses and other donations are directed exclusively and entirely for the support of the Chaplaincy. These costs include the priest’s salary, health and pension benefits, housing and mileage reimbursements, office expenses, liturgical items, etc. Also, there is a payment made each time the Mass is offered in a parish church to compensate for the expenses incurred because of the Chaplaincy's use of the building. (Lights, heat, etc.)
Can I still support my parish if I attend Masses provided by the Chaplaincy?
Yes. Anyone attending Chaplaincy Masses is still a member of their proper parish. If you would like to support your parish, just place your contribution in your parish envelope and it will be forwarded. Contributions to the Chaplaincy can be made in cash, or in Chaplaincy envelopes.
Contributions by check should be made out to: “St. Gregory (the Great) Latin Mass Chaplaincy”
Do you have to register with the Chaplaincy to attend Masses?
No. Registration with the Chaplaincy is completely voluntary, and is provided for several reasons. It provides a means by which people may formally identify themselves with the extraordinary form and also provides for the financial support of the Chaplaincy. Many people attend Mass according to the extraordinary form only on occasion, while they attend Mass at their home parish in the ordinary form on other occasions. The extraordinary form of the Roman Missal is not a different “rite”. It is simply another form of the same Roman Rite, the same form used by the entire Latin Rite before the current missal was introduced. The faithful are free to attend either form as they please, without any special arrangement.
I am not familiar with Latin, or the extraordinary form of the Mass. Do you provide any help with following the Mass, posture, etc? I would like to attend, but I’m unsure what to do.
Since the publication of the Holy Father’s Motu Proprio, many people have expressed interest in attending the old form of the liturgy, even though they have no former experience with it. The Chaplaincy has printed small missals with explicit directions for the parts of the Mass, as well as the common prayers. Also, the proper prayers and readings are printed on an insert that is provided every week. Those who do not have a missal may use these to follow the Mass.
Currently, most Chaplaincy Masses are done according to a simple form of the “Missa Cantata”(sung Mass), so many people will find it quite similar in structure to the current ordinary form. Although all of the prayers and hymns during the Mass must be in Latin, (The entrance and recessional may be in English) the music is included in the Chaplaincy missals, and the faithful are encouraged to participate in both the hymns and appropriate prayers as indicated.
I have been attending the “Latin Mass” for years, but the Chaplaincy is doing some things at Mass that I have never seen before.
There are options for Mass according to the missal of 1962 that many are not familiar with, mainly because of the lack of widespread use of this missal in recent years. Each Mass setting has it’s own rubrics and directives, as well as regional practices and customs approved by the proper liturgical authority at the time of the publishing of the 1962 missal. It is the wish of the Bishop, and the chaplain concurs, that in general, the Sunday Masses will follow the simple form of the “Missa Cantata”(sung Mass). In this form of the Mass, the posture of the people is different from a low Mass. There are also several levels of participation of the people provided for by the 1962 missal, and these are being encouraged as it was the desire of many popes preceding the Second Vatican Council that the people’s proper role in the liturgy be encouraged and promoted. Rest assured that everything is being done according to the rubrics of the 1962 missal. If you have any questions, the Chaplain will be happy to explain any details.
Can only certain priests offer the “Latin Mass”?
According to the Holy Father’s Motu Proprio, all priests may offer the Mass according to the missal of 1962 at a parish Mass, without any other formal permission, if the faithful request it. Although there are not that many priests who are currently familiar with it, many are learning as opportunity arises. Also, many seminaries are now including the proper instruction in their formation, so in the near future, many more priests will be prepared to offer Mass according to the extraordinary form, should the faithful in their parishes request it.