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A home for Latin in the Lone Star state

A church in North Texas is now the official home for the Latin mass in that part of the state.

From the Dallas Morning News:

Jack Schmidt converted to Catholicism about a decade ago and never learned Latin. But that’s the language he prefers for Mass.


“I really feel like I’ve been to Mass when I come to the Latin Mass,” the Irving man said.

Andrew Davis does know Latin and struggles in English to describe how much the traditional Latin Mass means to him.

“The liturgy is so beautiful and inspiring,” the Corinth college student said. “It’s something that really raises my heart and mind to God.”

For Schmidt, Davis and a few hundred other North Texas Catholics, this is a big day. Mater Dei Catholic Church, local home of the traditional Latin Mass, will be in its own sanctuary for the first time.

Bishop Kevin Farrell of the Diocese of Dallas will come to Irving this morning to bless a former Korean Methodist church building that had a $600,000 makeover to become Mater Dei’s worship space.


The location would seem unlikely for the only Diocese of Dallas church where Latin liturgy is the norm. Tractor-trailer trucks grind their gears on nearby East Highway 356. Neighbors include a Waffle House and a body shop.

But Mater Dei has doubled attendance to 600 at two Sunday Masses since buying the property last December and beginning to meet in the fellowship hall.

Mater Dei leaders believe the sanctuary will only boost the pace of growth.

There’s more at the link.

And you can also visit Mater Dei’s website.

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posted October 9, 2010 at 11:04 pm

The term “Latin Mass” can mean several things. It can be the Tridentine rite in Latin as done by the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter. Or it can mean the Novus Ordo, or new Mass in Latin as though Latin were the venacular. Or it could mean anything in between these two concepts.

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posted October 9, 2010 at 11:06 pm

Sorry to use the word “comcept” in this way. The only concept about it is how to convey the meaning, not that the meaning is a concept.

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posted October 10, 2010 at 12:25 pm

I find it sad that Jack Schmidt only feels that he’s “really been to Mass” after he’s been to the Latin Mass. As if receiving Our Lord in His Word, Body and Blood and in the presence of His people isn’t enough?

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posted October 10, 2010 at 7:16 pm

Taylor Marshall is a member of this parish (it looks beautiful inside). He has an article at the the following link. Within the article is another link explaining why he prefers the Extraordinary Form of the Mass.

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