Mater Dei Traditional Latin Mass Community

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Pastor:  Pater Vincenzo Fiore


SUN, 19 MARCH, 11:00 A.M. – 3rd SUNDAY OF LENT (high)

Mon, 20 March, 6:00 P.M. – St. Joseph, Spouse of the Bl. Virgin Mary (transferred) (low)

Tues, 21 March, 6:00 P.M. – Feria of Lent (low)

Wed, 22 March, 6:00 P.M. – Feria of Lent (low)

Thurs, 23 March, 11:00 A.M. – Feria of Lent (low)

Fri, 24 March, 11:00 A.M. – Feria of Lent /Commemoration of St. Gabriel the Archangel  (low)

Sat, 25 March, 11:00 A.M. – The Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (low)

**Click on ‘Monthly Bulletin’ to view the month’s full schedule of Masses**

**Feria = a weekday on which no feast occurs**

Registration for First Holy Communion is now available.  Please contact the parish office: (705) 586-1156

Link to ‘Sudbury Star’ newspaper article on Mater Dei & the Latin Mass (06 March 2017)

THE EASTER CYCLE – Traditional

Season of Septuagesima:  12-28 February

The Season of Septuagesima is a preparation for the season of Lent.  The season begins with First Vespers on Saturday, 11 February.

  1. The Gloria is omitted on Sundays & ferial days.
  2. The Alleluia verse is suppressed, also the word Alleluia wherever it occurs.  The Alleluia verse is replaced by the Tract on Sundays and feast days.
  3. The ferial Mass is the Mass of the preceding Sunday, without the Tract.
  4. During Septuagesima and Lent, Laus tibi Christe replaces the Alleluia otherwise said after Deus in adjutorium meum intende…Gloria Patri…at the Hours of the Divine Office.

Season of Lent I:  01 March – 01 April

  1. 01 March: Ash Wednesday.  Ashes are blessed and distributed before Mass.  The Mass which follows begins with the Introit, the Prayers at the Foot of the Altar being omitted.  Ash Wednesday is a day of fast and abstinence (see rules for fasting & abstinence below).
  2. Ferias of Lent are of the third class and take precedence over third class feasts.
  3. Commemorations of the feria in Lent are privileged and must be made on feasts at all Masses, as well as at Lauds & Vespers.
  4. On Sundays & ferial days during the entire season of Lent, the altar is not ornamented with flowers, & the organ is silent except to sustain the choir.
  5. On the fourth Sunday of Lent (Laetare Sunday), violet vestments may be worn but rose vestments are preferred.  Organ & flowers are permitted.
  6. Fourth class votive Masses and fourth class Masses of the Dead are not allowed on ferial days during Lent.
  7. In churches where the faithful are accustomed to stand for Collects & Postcommunion prayers at Mass, they should be instructed to kneel for these prayers on the ferias of Lent & Passiontide (not, however, on Sundays or feast days).
  8. On each of the Fridays of Lent, a plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful who, after Communion, recite the “Prayer Before a Crucifix”.

Look down upon me, good & gentle Jesus while before Thy face I humbly kneel & with burning soul, pray & beseech Thee to fix deep in my heart lively sentiments of faith, hope, & charity; true contrition for my sins; & a firm purpose of amendment; while I contemplate with great love & tender pity Thy five most precious wounds, pondering over them within me while I call to mind the words which David Thy prophet said of Thee, my Jesus: “They have pierced My hands & My feet, they have numbered all my bones.”  Amen.

9.  21 March 2017: The anniversary of the solemn installation of His Holiness, Pope Francis (perpetually transferred to 20 March due to the Feast of St. Joseph [Rubric #363]).  The Votive Collect Pro Papa must be added (under one conclusion) to the Collect of the day at all Masses, whether low or sung.

-from the 2017 Liturgical Ordo of the Fraternal Society of St. Peter (FSSP).

Season of Lent II: Passiontide & Easter:  2-15 April

  1. The last two weeks of Lent for the season called Passiontide.  During this small time all crucifixes & sacred images in the church are veiled in violet after Mass on the preceding Saturday.  In Masses of the season, the Psalm Judica me is not said at the Prayers at the Foot of the Altar, & there is no Gloria Patri at the Asperges, Introit, or Lavabo.
  2. On Friday in Passion Week, two Masses of the Seven Sorrows may be said (Gloria, Sequence, commemoration of the feria) where devotions to Our Lady of Sorrows are held that day.  The psalm Judica me is said, & the Gloria Patri at the Introit & Lavabo.
  3. On Palm Sunday red vestments are worn during the blessing & procession, violet vestments at Mass.  There is no Asperges.  Palms are blessed before Mass.  The Mass begins with the Introit or incensation if following the procession, omitting the Prayers at the Foot of the Altar, & the Last Gospel is not said.  At other Masses, the Last Gospel is proper.
  4. All the days of Holy Week are ferias of the first class which cannot be superseded by any feast.  No commemorations are permitted.
  5. Holy Thursday.  Mass is celebrated in the evening between the hours of 4:00 & 9:00 P.M.  The tabernacle must be empty.  Enough hosts must be consecrated today for both Holy Thursday & Good Friday.  The bells are rung & the organ played during the singing of the Gloria & thereafter are silent.  The washing of the feet or Mandatum may take place after the Gospel, or even outside of Mass, or omitted entirely.  Proper Communicantes, Hanc Igitur, & Qui Pridie.  The appendices of some Missals also contain a proper Preface for Holy Thursday.  Agnus Dei…miserere nobis is said 3 times.  Before Communion the prayer Domine qui dixisti is omitted.  Benedicamus Domino replaces Ite, missa est.  There is no final blessing & no Last Gospel.  Procession to the Altar of Repose after Mass.  Pange Lingua.  Stripping of the Altars: Psalm 21.  the altars are stripped of everything except Cross & candlesticks.  (These are removed before the morning Offices of Good Friday).  Vespers not obligatory for those who assist at evening Mass.  Compline proper with psalms of Sunday.  The Blessed Sacrament must be venerated at the altar of repose until midnight.
  6. Good Friday.  The liturgy of the Commemoration of the Passion & Death of Our Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ.  The liturgy is celebrated in the afternoon at about 3:00 P.M., & in any event before 6:00 P.M.  The altar is completely care, without crucifix, candles, or altar cloths.  After adoration of the Holy Cross, until the beginning of the Easter Vigil, all genuflect before the Cross on the main altar, but only during liturgical services.  Otherwise, all bow to the altar.  Vespers not obligatory for those who assist at the evening service.  Compline proper with psalms of Sunday.  Good Friday is a day of fast & abstinence (see rules for fasting & abstinence below).
  7. Vigil of Easter.  The liturgy is begun so that Mass begins around midnight.  During the ceremonies before Mass, violet vestments are worn; white vestments are worn for the Procession & Exultet, renewal of baptismal promises, & the Mass itself.  The Blessing of New Fire.  Blessing of the Paschal Candle.  Procession.  Exultet.  Four Lessons.  First Part of the Litany.  Blessing of Easter Water & of Baptismal Water (in churches with a font).  Renewal of Baptismal Vows.  Second part of the Litany.  Mass begins with Kyrie.  Bells rung & organ sounded during Gloria.  Threefold Alleluia after Epistle.  No lights at Gospel.  No Creed.  No Offertory verse.  Preface of Easter (in hac potissimum nocte).  Proper Communicantes.  Proper Hanc Igitur.  No Agnus Dei.  No kiss of peace.  Domine qui dixisti omitted.  After Communion of the People, a shortened for of Lauds is sung.  Ite, missa est, alleluia, alleluia.  No Last Gospel. Compline, Matins, & Lauds the next morning are not obligatory for those who assist at the Paschal Vigil.

-from the 2017 Liturgical Ordo of the Fraternal Society of St. Peter (FSSP).

The Season of Septuagesima & the Season of Lent


The Discipline of 1962 – Traditional

Laws of Days of Abstinence

  • Applies on one’s 7th birthday.
  • Complete Abstinence: all Fridays of the year, Ash Wednesday, Holy Saturday, and the Vigil of Christmas.
  • Partial Abstinence (meat & soup or gravy made from meat permitted once a day at the principal meal): all the days of Lent, the Ember Days of Wednesday & Saturday, & the Vigils of Pentecost & the Assumption.
  • Abstinence from meat is dispensed on Holy Days of Obligation.

Laws of Fast

  • Applies for those aged 21 to 59, inclusive.
  • Days of Lent from Ash Wednesday inclusive, Ember Days, & Vigils of Christmas, Pentecost, & the Assumption.
  • One full meal permitted & two other meals may be taken which, when combined, are less than a full meal.

The Law of the Eucharistic Fast

The complete fast from all food & drink (except water or medicine) for three hours before the reception of Holy Communion.  Those who are able to maintain the midnight fast, which was the previous discipline, are still encouraged to do so.

-from the 2017 Liturgical Ordo of the Fraternal Society of St. Peter (FSSP).




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Bishop’s Visit to Mater Dei

On Sunday, 17 April 2016, the Bishop of Sault Ste. Marie, His Excellency, Marcel Damphousse was present in choir dress for the Third Sunday After Easter.  As well, Mater Dei welcomed Fr. Marion Struc of the Eastern – Ukranian Rite and Fr. Neil Campbell, Pastor of Holy Family Parish – Britt, Ontario, to this Mass.

Video of the Mass


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