Cleansing Fire

Defending Truth and Tradition in the Roman Catholic Church


August 17th, 2013, Promulgated by b a

From the first page of this week’s bulletin at St. Benedict Roman Catholic Parish (encompassing St. Mary’s in Canandaigua and St. Bridget’s in East Bloomfield), Fr. Peter Mottola writes:

(typos are my fault… for some reason copying and pasting from the pdf wasn’t working, so I re-typed it)

After some parishioners discovered that I sometimes celebrate the Latin Mass on my day off (Mondays), I was asked to announce the time so that people can attend. So, for anyone interested in assisting at Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (the traditional “Latin Mass”), next week I will celebrate the Latin Mass on Monday, 8/26 at 6:00pm, at St. Bridget’s. And in the future I will have these dates and times published in the bulletin.

Since this form of the Mass is unfamiliar to many, I want also to offer some reflections on what this liturgy has meant to me, not so much as a priest but simply as a Catholic. Specifically, I am often asked the question, “What is it that attracts so many young people to the Latin Mass?” Here are three attempts at an answer to that question:

Read the rest on Fr. Mottola’s blog – Declina Paulisper: The renewed appeal of the Latin Mass



  1. Diane Harris says:

    This is extraordinarily great news! I have also been to two recent bible studies with Fr. Peter at St. Mary’s Canandaigua, and am delighted to have been able to be there too. We are blessed!

  2. Jim says:

    Thanks for posting and announcing this, Ben.

  3. DanielKane says:

    My experiences with “Peter” and Deacon Peter both in Geneva and in Auburn shows that the sacerdos bench is “extraordinarily” solid, well formed and doctrinally sound.

  4. Diane Harris says:

    A report on the Latin Mass last evening at St. Bridget’s in Bloomfield:

    IT WAS MAGNIFICENT! Thank you Fr. Peter Mottola for bringing a Latin Light to us again. Old missals with cherished memories appeared in hand. Fr. Peter did a requiem in black vestments I was astounded at the turnout. While I sat up front and didn’t count heads, I have to estimate at least 80, maybe more. In the parking lot, the common themes were: “Will this be every Monday?” “WOW — I had forgotten how much I loved this Mass!” and “Oh, so much was taken away from us!” Noticeable was the diminished gab in the Church afterward, though not completely. But there was a certain peace and afterglow. One person reported she has extra missals to share with those in need. Perhaps there will be some “loaners” at future Masses? On the more humorous side, it was only after I had to bend under the pew a second time to retrieve holy cards falling out of my old missal that I remembered that had been a problem, but I’ve forgotten how I’d long ago mastered it!

  5. Choir says:

    I agree with Diane, it was very beautiful with a most sacred silence. I hope there are many more Tridentine Latin Masses in the future.

  6. Nerina says:

    I’d say 80 people would be a fantastic turnout for the physical building of St. Bridget’s since it only holds about 250 people when full. We were out of town for this particular Mass, but I hope there will be more.

  7. Diane Harris says:

    There will be a celebration of the Mass in the Extraordinary Form (Latin Mass) at St. Bridget’s in Bloomfield on Monday, September 16th, at 6:00 PM. For more information or to receive regular updates, email to

Leave a Reply

Log in | Register

You must be logged in to post a comment.

-Return to main page-