Latin Mass at Ateneo High School Chapel postponed to June 2011 due to chapel renovation
Fr. Tim Ofrasio, S.J. celebrating the Ateneo Latin Mass Society's Inaugural Mass at the Ateneo de Manila University High School Chapel last March 3, 2011
25 April 2011
Dear ALMS members and friends,
Today I called Ma’m Ditas of the Ateneo High School Campus Ministry to finalize our schedule of May 4 for our Latin Mass. She said that the renovation of the Ateneo High School Chapel shall start next week; all activities for May at the chapel are canceled. Our next mass shall be on June 2011.
The Loyola Schools Campus Ministry has agreed to place one of our posters in the College chapel bulletin board. We need to recruit more people to attend our mass. I met Fr. Tim yesterday in Novaliches. He wishes that on our next mass, more will attend. We shall set the mass at 6 pm at not anymore at 7 pm so that more can come. Those with mass intentions can send them directly to Fr. Tim before the mass: put your donation on a sealed letter envelope, then write your name (optional) and your intention (birthday, souls in Purgatory, thanksgiving, healing, etc). Those who wish to help defray the minimum expense for the mass can send their donations to me before or after the mass. The minimum expense for the mass is Php 4,000. Php 2000 goes to Fr. Tim, Php 1,000 goes to the chapel rental, and Php 1,000 goes to the campus ministry staff overtime pay. Place your donation on a sealed letter envelope, write your name (optional), and write “For Latin Mass Expenses”.
We are currently laying the groundwork for the sacristan and choir training in the first semester. We shall ask experts to train us. We shall also have tutorials in Latin. Donations to ALMS can defray the costs of these trainings (because we also need to financially support our priests, religious, and lay experts). The trainees can opt to divide the cost among themselves–more trainees, lesser cost. And our donors and experts would be happy to know that what they impart reaches a greater audience for the greater glory of God. So let us recruit more people to join the sacristan, choir, and Latin language training. Spread the word. We wish ALMS to set the standard for serving at the altar and singing the Gregorian chants in both Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms of the Roman Rite. After we finish ironing out the kinks in these trainings, I shall post the invitations in the Ateneo Blueboard and in the College Chapel.
By the way, Fr. Tim has trained his altar servers and choir in his parish in Novaliches. The Easter mass last Sunday (ordinary form) was sung mostly in Latin (Credo, Gloria, Pater Noster, etc), even if it was not Fr. Tim who celebrated the mass. If Fr. Tim can do it in Novaliches, we can also do it here in Ateneo.
Monkshobbit: The Latin mass is in the ordinary form (Novus Ordo) of the Roman Rite; our choir and altar servers are not yet trained for the extraordinary form (Tridentine).