Nota – 16 May 2012

by Paul S on May 16, 2012

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May 16, 2012

Vigil of the Ascension of Our Lord / Rogation Day

Greetings Friends,This email is the first of an occasionally published bulletin (nota≈ “news”) that aims to inform you of the activities of Juventutem Michigan as well as other liturgies and events in our state which the Board recognizes as relating to our mission:

Juventutem is a group of Catholic young adults who pursue holiness by attending the Traditional Latin Mass and by tapping into other timeless traditions of the Faith. Members of Juventutem work for the sanctification of youth – both at the triennial World Youth Days as well as in the local dioceses and parishes.

You are receiving this email either because you attended a previous young adult Latin Mass event, have indicated an interest in or intent to attend tomorrow night’s Ascension Thursday Mass, or have “liked” us on Facebook.  Among other things, this edition includes answer to questions that we have received since our last Mass & social as well as a list of some upcoming events.  If you would not like to receive emails like this in the future, please let us know.

Please do invite young adults (18-35) to tomorrow’s Ascension Mass & Dinner (fb).

God bless,

Group Coordinator, Juventutem Michigan

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I join?
How can I help?
Juventutem Michigan Schola?



How do I join?
A Michigan young adult (age 18-35) can become a member of Juventutem Michigan (hereinafter “JM,” sometimes) by undertaking the commitments of Juventutem (listed on our website).  Young adults are encouraged – but not required – to prayerfully review the international charter of Juventutem (pdf) before committing to our mission.  The membership year runs from May 24th until May 23rd of the following year.

Next week, JM will forward to the international Bureau (HQ) the funds and registration information of those who wish to be members of JM for the full 2012-2013 year.  The international dues are 10€ – please feel free to bring Euros tomorrow night 😉 – if you do not have Euros, we will accept exact change of $13 (or $15, if you don’t bring exact change).  Please bring cash.

To become an enrolled member of Juventutem Michigan, you can pay the international dues and sign our rolls at any of our monthly socials.  In addition, we have prepared commitment cards which you may sign and carry to help remind of the commitments of the organization.

To assist the enrollment process, please supply your mailing address at the bottom of the survey form indicated below.

How can I help?
As a soon-to-be-registered non-profit, JM can use all sorts of help from those who believe in and are committed to our mission.  Yesterday we prepared this new Google survey, listing many of needs that we have already identified.  Please view the survey, even if you ultimately don’t complete it.  If you are able to serve in a way that is not identified in this survey, please let us know.

Juventutem Michigan Schola?
Juventutem Michigan works to render glory to God according to Holy Mother Church’s historic liturgy, employing her rich treasury of sacred music.  To that end, we are forming a Schola – a choir committed to chant and sacred polyphony.

The Archdiocese of Detroit has requested our assistance in leading the singing of familiar English hymns during the Corpus Christi procession after the 11:00 a.m. Mass at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral on Sunday, June 10th.  The packet of music – this pdf – can be downloaded from our website.  We hope to have a brief rehearsal of these old standards at our Mass & dinner on May 17th.  Please download and print out a copy of this music and bring it with you, tomorrow night.

On Saturday evening, June 23rd, the Vigil of the Feast of St. John the Baptist, we will organize our first Sung (Extraordinary Form) Solemn Vespers, at a parish in Ypsilanti.  More information on practice sessions will be shared in the near future. 


News in Brief

Tomorrow: Ascension Thursday – Sung Mass & Young Adult Social at Old St. Patrick, Ann Arbor
May 19: Sung Mass on Detroit’s West Side
May 20: TLM & Devotion to St. Philomena at St. Josaphat
May 24: Feast Day of Our Patroness: Our Lady Help of Christians
May 26: JM trip to Mass in Empire, MI
May 27-June 3: Pentecost Octave of TLMs at Old St. Patrick
May 28: Memorial Day / Pentecost Monday Mass & Picnic at Old St. Patrick
June 1: First Friday TLM, Hillsdale
June 9 (tentative): JM Frisbee & barbecue
June 10: Corpus Christi Procession, Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Detroit
June 15: Feast of the Sacred Heart – Sung Mass & Young Adult Social at St. Josaphat, Detroit
June 18-19: Diocese of Marquette Sacred Music Conference

Notes: Rogation Days; Octave of Pentecost; Catholic News: Venerable Frederic Baraga; Teresa Tomeo interview



Ascension Thursday + Juventutem Michigan socialTomorrow, Ascension Thursday, Juventutem Michigan follows up its Inaugural Mass and Social of April 27 with a May Mass and Social at Old St. Patrick, Ann Arbor. Mass will be preceded by public recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6:30 p.m. for the intention of an increase in Priestly and religious vocations in the local dioceses.Fr. Gerald will celebrate the Traditional Latin Mass at 7:00 p.m. at Old St. Patrick Church. After Mass, there will be a cook-out and social and bonfire! Please note that all ages are welcome to the Mass, but the social is limited to young adults, single and married, between the ages of 18-35.Facebook

TLM / Schubert Mass in GSS. Peter and Paul Parish invites you to a Traditional Latin Mass celebrating the External Solemnity of the Ascension of Our Lord, this Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

Music will be provided by the Teutonia Choir of Windsor under the direction of Mr. David Carle, DMA.

Organ Accompaniment and Gregorian Chant by Mr. Joe Balistreri

(313) 846-2222 for more information


St. PhilomenaAt St. Josaphat, on Sunday, May 20th, following the regularly scheduled 9:30 a.m. TLM, there will be public devotions in honor of St. Philomena – a patroness of the youth and impossible cases (just like St. Jude and St. Rita) – and veneration of one of her relics.

Our Lady Help of ChristiansThe name Juventutem was mentioned for the first time on the 24th of May 2004, in correspondence between the founders of Juventutem. May 24th is the Feast of Our Lady Help of Christians. Following the victory of Christendom over the Turks at Lepanto, in the Ionian islands (1571), the Pope, St. Pius V, had inserted in the litanies to the Blessed Virgin the invocation to Our Lady Help of Christians.  It was also under this title that Pope Pius VII created a feast day, on the 24th of May, in honor of the Virgin Mary, to express his gratitude for deliverance in 1814 from exile and the captivity imposed on him by Napoleon I.
24th May is considered to be the anniversary of Juventutem. The International Juventutem Federation was founded in Bern, Switzerland, on the 24th of May 2006.

Under the charter of Juventutem, every year, on the 24th of May, a member’s commitment to Juventutem is renewed for a year, unless the member expresses a contrary intention to the group coordinator.

Empire TLMOver Memorial Day weekend, as part of TC Frassati’s “Pentecost Party in the Pinkie,” Juventutem Michigan will coordinate a trip for retreatants to a TLM celebrated by Fr. Donald Libby in Empire, Michigan.

Memorial Day / Pentecost MondayIn many European countries, the Monday after Pentecost Sunday is a “bank holiday” – that is, a day when most employees need not report to work and are free to do things of a spiritual nature, such as complete the third and last day of the annual Paris-Chartres pilgrimage (consider this 2009 PBS video, for one summary).

This year, by happy coincidence, most Americans will get Pentecost Monday off as well, due to the coincidence of Memorial Day.  If you are not otherwise committed to corporate celebration that day, please consider joining Fr. Gerald Gawronski and Juventutem Michigan for a celebration at Old St. Patrick.

Precise details to follow.

First Friday TLMOn the first Friday of each month, Fr. Jeffrey Njus, pastor of St. Anthony of Padua, Hillsdale, celebrates a TLM in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

On Friday, June 1st, there will be a low Mass, attended by at least a few young adults from the Ann Arbor and Jackson Tridentine Communities.  If you are interested in attending and would like a ride from Ann Arbor, contact Paul.

JM Frisbee and BarbecueOn Saturday, June 9th, JM members will gather somewhere in western Wayne County to play frisbee/soccer and share a barbecue.

Corpus Christi ProcessionAs detailed above, JM will be attending and assisting the Corpus Christi procession at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral on Sunday, June 10th.

June Mass & Social

Juventutem Michigan’s June Mass & Dinner will be on Friday, June 15th, the Feast of the Sacred Heart, at St. Josaphat, Detroit.

Diocese of Marquette Sacred Music ConferenceAlex Sample, one of Michigan’s excellent young bishops, is going to release a pastoral letter on sacred liturgy.  He has organized this great conference on Sacred Music to introduce it:

Juventutem Michigan will be sending a chapter.  The UP pilgrimage also hopes to visit the shrine of the Venerable Bp. Baraga.  We may depart Saturday, June 16th and return Wednesday, June 20th.  Please let us know if you’d like to go.

Other Notes

Rogation Days
Today is the last of the 2012 Rogation Days.  Please see this article at Fish Eaters, which begins:

“Rogation” comes from the Latin “rogare,” which means “to ask,” and “Rogation Days” are days during which we seek to ask God’s mercy, appease His anger, avert His chastisements manifest through natural disasters, and ask for His blessings, particularly with regard to farming, gardening, and other agricultural pursuits. They are set aside to remind us how radically dependent we are on Mother Earth, and how prayer can help protect us from nature’s often cruel ways.

Note on the Octave of Pentecost
One aspect of the work of Juventutem Michigan is to spread awareness of the similarities and differences of the two two calendars of the Roman Rite – that of the Ordinary Form and that of the Extraordinary Form – which often overlap or express similar themes (as is to be expected of calendars of the Church’s liturgical year).

The week of Pentecost is among the greatest exceptions to a rule of general similarity.

According to the calendar of the Ordinary Form, Monday, May 28th is part of the “Eighth Week of Ordinary Time” – the resumption of the part of the church year between the Easter Season and the Advent Season when the Church sequentially reads through one of the synoptic gospels each year.  (This year, the Sundays of Ordinary Time focus on the Gospel of Mark.)  The liturgical color is Green.

According to the calendar of the Extraordinary Form, that Monday is the second day of “Octave of Pentecost” – the weeklong celebration of the gift of the Holy Spirit and of the Church’s birthday that falls between Pentecost Sunday and Holy Trinity Sunday.  The liturgical color is Red.  The Octave provides a fitting and celebratory coda after the conclusion of the Easter season and, together with the Embertide observance, directs us towards living, growing and sharing our faith through the summer of God’s mercy.

This episode, related by Fr. Z., tangentially addresses the process by which the Octave of Pentecost was suppressed in the adoption of the Ordinary Form calendar in 1969-1970.  (this op-ed provides mild support for the facts that Fr. Z. relates – in that they would appear to have passed the scrutiny of the NYT editorial page editor).

Given the celebratory benefits of older usage and the background of its suppression, some are supporting the restoration of the Octave to the Ordinary Form calendar.  In Ann Arbor, Fr. Gerald plans to celebrate each Mass of the Octave according to the Extraordinary Form at Old St. Patrick.  There may be part or all of the Octave in Detroit, as well.

Catholic News: Venerable Frederic Baraga
Last week, Pope Benedict XVI approved the degree of heroic virtue of Frederic Baraga, begin the process by which he might ultimately be added to the Church’s canon of saints.  Baraga served as the first bishop of Marquette, Michigan and was known as the saintly “snowshoe priest,” who traveled his snowy diocese as the state of the art then allowed.  Feel free to read more of his personal history, care of the Bishop Baraga Association.

Teresa Tomeo interview
Yesterday, two of our board members were interviewed on Teresa Tomeo’s morning show Catholic Connection and explained some of the things that Juventutem Michigan is up to.  A link to a recording of the interview is available here.

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