Call for the formation of the Ateneo Latin Mass Society (ALMS) core group

A Letter to the ALMS: Meeting of the ALMS core group


It is nearly a year since the Ateneo Latin Mass Society (ALMS) was established and we still have not moved forward. I am partly to be blamed because I tried to carry the burden of ALMS alone, when there are many ALMS members who are more competent in making things happen. I am very sorry.

In this regard, I think it is high time to form an ALMS core group who shall select its Chair and Secretary. The members of the core group can be either from Ateneo or outside, as long as the Chair is from Ateneo (otherwise it won’t be ALMS), and as long as each member is committed to attend the weekly one-hour meetings. The Chair of the ALMS core group shall be the over-all coordinator of ALMS.

The function of the ALMS core group is to formulate the direction and activities of ALMS, especially now that we have difficulty finding a chapel for the Traditional Latin Mass and Fr. Tim Ofrasio, S.J. was assigned in a parish in Novaliches where he spends most of his time.

There are many things that the core group can discuss in its weekly meetings:

1. Use of the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite in Latin
2. Training program for the Altar Servers
3. Training program for the Choir
4. Lecture series on the Traditional Latin Mass
5. Tours to Traditional Latin Mass Chapels in Metro Manila
6. Date and agenda of the next ALMS General Assembly
7. Chapel and priest for the regular ALMS Traditional Latin Mass
7. Other things that would help move ALMS forward

If you wish to be part of the ALMS core group, please post your weekly schedule in the ALMS yahoo group as a reply to this mail and add a line to describe yourself–full name, school, department, and position–so that everybody in ALMS would know you. We can then find a common time for the group to meet. As a reminder, each member of the ALMS core group is committed to join and participate in the weekly one-hour core group meetings in Ateneo.

Sincerely yours,

Dr. Quirino Sugon Jr.
Ateneo Latin Mass Society

P.S. Today, November 15, is the Feast of St. Albert the Great, Doctor of the Church, patron of scientists, and teacher of St. Thomas Aquinas.

Feast of St. Albert the Great

Today, November 15, is the Feast of St. Albertus Magnus, my patron saint.  Here are some excerpts about him from the Catholic Encyclopedia:

Known as Albert the Great; scientist, philosopher, and theologian, born c. 1206; died at Cologne, 15 November 1280. He is called “the Great”, and “Doctor Universalis” (Universal Doctor), in recognition of his extraordinary genius and extensive knowledge, for he was proficient in every branch of learning cultivated in his day, and surpassed all his contemporaries, except perhaps Roger Bacon (1214-94), in the knowledge of nature. Ulrich Engelbert, a contemporary, calls him the wonder and the miracle of his age

The influence exerted by Albert on the scholars of his own day and on those of subsequent ages was naturally great. His fame is due in part to the fact that he was the forerunner, the guide and master of St. Thomas Aquinas, but he was great in his own name, his claim to distinction being recognized by his contemporaries and by posterity. It is remarkable that thisfriar of the Middle Ages, in the midst of his many duties as a religious, as provincial of his order, as bishop and papal legate, as preacher of a crusade, and while making many laborious journeys from Cologne to Paris and Rome, and frequent excursions into different parts of Germany, should have been able to compose a veritable encyclopedia, containing scientific treatises on almost every subject, and displaying an insight into nature and a knowledge of theology which surprised his contemporaries and still excites the admiration of learned men in our own times. He was, in truth, a Doctor Universalis. Of him it in justly be said: Nil tetigit quod non ornavit; and there is no exaggeration in the praises of the modern critic who wrote: “Whether we consider him as a theologian or as a philosopher, Albert was undoubtedly one of the most extraordinary men of his age; I might say, one of the most wonderful men of genius who appeared in past times” (Jourdain, Recherches Critiques).