Traditional Mass

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

“Milestone for the Latin Mass community”

Bishop emeritus of Fresno to participate in 20th anniversary commemoration of Traditional Mass Society

News Release from Fresno Traditional Mass Society

The Most Reverend José de Jesús Madera Uribe, M.Sp.S, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Fresno, will be presiding in choir at the Mass commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Latin Mass in Fresno, CA on October 3, 2010 at the Shrine of St. Therese at 3:30 p.m.
In 1990, Bishop José de Jesús Madera Uribe, M.Sp.S., gave his blessing for the Latin Mass to be celebrated regularly in Fresno. For many years, the Latin Mass community met at St. Anne’s Chapel on the grounds of the chancery offices of the Diocese of Fresno. The community later moved to St. Agnes Mission Church in Pinedale, where the Latin Mass became available every Sunday.

The Latin Mass is now celebrated every Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Church, Guadalupe Chapel. Regular celebrants include priests of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP); Fr. Salvatore Ciranni, RCJ; Fr. Angel Sotelo; and Fr. Mark Kristy, OCD.

“We are grateful to God and His Providence that Bishop Madera will be here to share in this milestone for the Latin Mass community and, in fact, all the faithful in the Diocese,” says Keven Smith, president of the Fresno Traditional Mass Society. “His Excellency celebrated the first Latin Mass for our community twenty years ago. We are honored that he is joining us again, twenty years later.”

In addition, the Mass will now be a Solemn High Mass due to the generosity of one of the families in the Latin Mass community. Two seminarians from Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Denton, Nebraska, will be flying out to assist Fr. Michael Stinson, FSSP, in celebrating a Solemn High Mass, with incense and Gregorian chant.

The October 3 Mass will begin at 3:30 p.m., with printed English translations available. After Mass, there will be veneration of a first-class relic of St. Therese, followed by a reception in the parish hall. All mothers in attendance will receive a floral scented bracelet in honor of St. Therese. The Shrine of St. Therese is located at 855 E. Floradora Ave. in Fresno.

The Fresno Traditional Mass Society is a chapter of Una Voce America. Its members work to promote the traditional Latin Mass and Gregorian chant.